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Things To Do in May in Myrtle Beach

  By  Ashlee Carson

The month of May brings in plenty of fun events and things to do each year. This year we will celebrate our service members and veterans during Military Appreciation Days, watch as the bikes rumble into town, and head out to the ballfields for fun nights filled with baseball. It’s tough to pick just one event but here are just a few of our favorite things coming up this month!

Blessing of the Inlet

9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 6 at Belin United Methodist Church

The Blessing of the Inlet has been a celebration held each year along the Murrells Inlet Salt Marsh at Belin Church. This year marks its 27th event which raises money for charities, missions, and non-profit organizations. They begin with the Blessing at 10 a.m. in front of the famous cross that overlooks the salt marshes. There will be food vendors, a children’s play area, and plenty of fun family-friendly things to do throughout the day.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

Various Dates in May

Let’s cheer on our home team as the Myrtle Beach Pelicans play throughout the month. May is a beautiful time of year to go out to the ballgame! They’ll be playing the Lynchburg Hillcats each night from May 9-14, then the Augusta Greenjackets from May 16-31; and finally, the Salem Red Sox May 30-31. Each night has its own great theme including Bark in the Park (bring your dog); Weiner Wednesdays; St. Patrick’s Day in May where they’ll don green jerseys; and Family Friday and Fireworks.

Spring Wine Festival in the Gardens

1-4 p.m. Saturday, May 13 at Brookgreen Gardens

Join Friends of the Gardens as they host the 3rd annual Spring Wine Festival in the oak grove near Pegasus at Brookgreen Gardens. Tickets include 10 tasting tickets, admission to the gardens, and live music. VIP Packages are available and include reserved seating, a personal charcuterie box, 15 tasting tickets, and an exclusive selection of wines. Additional tasting tickets will be sold during the event where they’ll host games and other fun activities.

Smoke on the Beach

May 19-20 at 8th Ave. N. Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach

The Myrtle Beach Shrine Club will host the annual Smoke on the Beach BBQ Competition. The event was originally slated for April but due to inclement weather was moved to May. There’s a car show planned as well as tons of great food vendors, a BBQ competition, live entertainment, and great vendors. The First-Place winner will get $2,500!

World Famous Blue Crab Festival

May 20-21 at the Historic Little River Waterfront

The 41st annual World Famous Blue Crab Festival will be held along the Little River Waterfront with live music, plenty of seafood, and lots of vendors. It’s consistently ranked as one of the most popular events on the Grand Strand. Tickets are $7/person and ages 12 and under are free. Several parking lots are available to festival goers and are provided with a free shuttle ride to the event. Be sure to pick up a balloon animal or souvenir for your kids from one of the roaming stilt walkers!

Myrtle Beach Military Appreciation Days

May 25-29 throughout the Myrtle Beach area

Celebrate our military members during Military Appreciation Days held this month. They’ll have a special Military Appreciation night at Pelicans Stadium on May 20 as well as the Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall Exhibit which will be in the field at Crabtree Memorial Gym. Don’t miss the parade taking place at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 27 through The Market Common followed by a family picnic.

Myrtle Beach Bike Weeks

Myrtle Beach Bike Week Spring Rally May 12-21 & Atlantic Beach Bikefest May 26-29

There are two major bike rallies in Myrtle Beach each May! The first one is the Myrtle Beach Bike Week Spring Rally which hangs out at popular spots in Murrells Inlet and the two Harley-Davidson locations at the beach. The Atlantic Beach Bikefest is held on Memorial Day weekend with parties, cruises, and plenty of fun. Each Bike Week event includes vendors and plenty of places to ride up and down the Grand Strand.

Ashlee Carson

Ashlee Carson grew up in Northwest Ohio but has lived in Myrtle Beach since graduating from the University of Central Florida in Spring of 2006 with a B.A. in Advertising and Public Relations. She was a former Public Relations intern at the Chamber of Commerce in the Summer of 2005 where her excitement for writing about Myrtle Beach began. Ashlee has two children, and loves boating, the beach, fishing and exploring everything the Grand Strand has to offer.