With 55 years of tradition to serve as a firm foundation, our seasoned staff at the Dayton House is often asked what guests can do when visiting Myrtle Beach. There are obvious answers, such as play in the waves or tee it up on your favorite golf course. Myrtle Beach visitors can also play mini-golf, take helicopter rides, swim in a pool, chill out on the lazy river, eat some of the best seafood in the world, hang out at Broadway at the Beach or go see one of the many fantastic shows.
Beyond the year-round attractions, here are a few of our suggestions for season-specific events and activities you can pursue if you visit in May or June:
Be part of history and experience the 1st Annual Beach Bash for the Veterans. This fish fry and summer-drink contest will be held at Scotty’s Beach Bar in Surfside on May 1. Come on down for food and drinks, live music, a silent auction, and wonderful raffles. All the proceeds will go to the Veterans Welcome Home and Resource Center.
Celebrate with a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend. Encourage Mom to relax on the oceanfront, or invite her to go shopping, golfing or fishing. If she loves racing, then she won’t want to miss the Mother’s Day NASCAR race at the Myrtle Beach Speedway on May 7. All moms get in free to enjoy this NASCAR event.
Head on down south to Murrells Inlet to experience the Blessing of the Inlet. This local, annual tradition will be held on May 7 this year. Afterward, treat yourself to some of the best seafood ever at some of Murrells Inlet’s local restaurants. Take the time to travel just a little further south, and take the kids to check out the larger-than-life Lego® brick sculptures on exhibit at Brookgreen Gardens.
Bikers are welcome for the Myrtle Beach Bike Week Spring Rally May 13 through 22. Come experience Myrtle Beach with the freedom only a motorcycle can provide. All types of exciting events will be held up and down the Grand Strand for bikers and for those who just want to be bikers for a day. Tours through beach towns and area landmarks, games, racing and entertainment are all planned to help motorcyclists to enjoy their vacations!
The Blue Crab festival is set for May 14 and 15. This marks the 35th year of the Blue Crab Festival, one of the largest festivals in the Southeast with attendance of more than 50,000. This year’s festival will feature approximately 300 fine arts and crafts vendors, specialty food vendors, tremendous entertainment and a phenomenal children’s area. The World Famous Blue Crab Festival has been awarded the Best Annual Event/Festival on the Grand Strand by readers of the Sun News newspaper for the past six consecutive years. With excellent vendors, entertainment, food and fellowship, the festival continues to be one of the premier events on the Grand Strand.
The Military Appreciation Days Parade is set for Saturday, May 28. Held to honor the men, women and families of our armed forces, the Military Appreciation Days Parade returns to the former site of the Myrtle Beach Air Force Base, now known as The Market Common. The parade kicks off at 10:30 a.m. and is expected to be one of the biggest and best ever! After the parade, stay for the Big Family Picnic, complete with activities, military exhibits and live music, from noon to 2:00 p.m. at Grand Park in The Market Common. The picnic is free for military personnel, veterans and their families, including the National Guard and Reserve.
May 31-June 4:
The 33rd Annual National Retired Military Golf Classic is set to hit the links May 31 through June 4. The event offers a chance to compete and form new friendships with your fellow retired military members on some of Myrtle Beach’s best golf courses, including Myrtle Beach National, Pine Lakes, Myrtlewood, Wild Wing Plantation and World Tour.
The Myrtle Beach Corvette Club hosts the 21st Annual Corvettes at the Beach on June 4..The event will be held at Broadway at the Beach and runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and admission to view the pristine cars on display is free. All proceeds from this year’s event go to two selected charities — Barnabas Horse Foundation and Meals on Wheels of Horry County.
Monster Jam returns to Myrtle Beach Speedway June 9-10 this summer. Two awesome monster-mayhem truck shows await and will feature the infamous Grave Digger, MAX-D, El Torro Loco and more. Both shows sold out last year. Stay up to date regarding scheduling and ticket sales at monstserjam.com
The 2nd Annual Carolina Country Music Festival is set for June 9-12. The festival site, located oceanside right in the heart of Myrtle Beach, spans 18 acres running from the Boardwalk to Ocean Boulevard. This multi-day event brings together some of the biggest names in country music along with up-and-coming artists. Featured acts in 2016 include Tim McGraw, Keith Urban, Florida Georgia Line, Jake Owen, Cole Swindell, Kelsea Ballerini and many more. The site boasts a zip line, a VIP area, concessions areas, merchandise booths and more. Music fans and beach lovers alike will find this an unforgettable weekend experience!
All types of events are waiting here for you and your family. Come and enjoy the experience and hospitality of the Dayton House and Myrtle Beach.