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Story by Ian Guerin
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. | If the March and April tourism season forces the doors open on all that the Myrtle Beach area has to offer, May can be considered the buffer before the full summer rush.
For those who elect to split the difference and book a golf trip to Golf Capital, U.S.A. that month, entertainment is anything but lacking. The slight dip in traditional crowds can be a major benefit to golfers, not just in terms on on-course time, but also for those looking for something to do after the rounds.
City-wide celebrations, festivals, national touring acts and sports attractions are prominent. And let’s not forget that the massive saltwater pool connected to our beaches is hitting its temperature stride. We assume you already know a little something about that, though.
Instead, we want to tell you about the some of the other icing on the cake.
Every weekend in May, a different town in Horry County gets its moment in the spotlight.
Venturing into the county seat of Conway, just a few miles west of Myrtle Beach, is a must-plan for May 5, when the Rivertown Music & Craft Beer Festival fires up for another year. The street fair traditionally features a classic car show and plenty of vendors, in addition to tons of tunes and, well, the reason we’d all want to go - the great beer.
Mayfest on Main has typically been one of North Myrtle Beach’s busiest events that month for more than a decade. In 2018, it will coincide with the city’s 50th anniversary. The rain-or-shine festival will take place on May 12.
The 37th Annual Blue Crab Festival (May 19-20) in Little River is a site to behold, with nearly approximately 50,000 showing up over the course of two days to enjoy seafood and hit up more than 300 vendors.
Memorial Day parades in various cities wrap up the list.
If you’re bringing your younger dance fans with you, the Myrtle Beach Convention Center will serve as one of the best spots in the country for it on May 12. Showstopper, the international dance competition, will be hosting one of its regionals.
The all-inclusive program features hip-hops acts alongside jazz ones, ballet numbers taking on routines that can’t really be classified into any genre.
SPORTS FANS AND PARTICIPANTS
Baseball fans heading to the area have two different options to witness some high-quality games without simply tuning a television to your favorite Major League team. The Myrtle Beach Pelicans - the Chicago Cubs’ High-Class A Minor League Team - have 14 home dates set for May. Additionally, Coastal Carolina University, the 2016 NCAA College World Series champions, have a non-conference game against perennial powerhouse North Carolina (May 9) and then a three-game homestand the following weekend as it winds down its regular season slate.
For golfers who also enjoy a nice run, the fifth annual Brookgreen Gardens 5K race and one-mile fun runs will take place on Sunday, May 27. It’s a way to see the historic property in a new way (although participants also get a free ticket for future admittance) and during one of the prettier parts of the day - just before sunset.