Blue Crab Fest opens
The 32nd annual Blue Crab Festival opens for two days through Sunday, and includes music on this day by Craig Woolard Band 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., and the Carolina Soul Band 3-6 p.m.. Details at 795-9755 or 385-3180.
Details | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. on Little River waterfront; advance: $3 one day or $5 for both days; $5 daily at gate; and free pass for ages 12 and younger available at www.bluecrabfestival.org.
Trio of outings
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Special events include these:
• Brunswick County 4-H Teen Council’s “Flapjack Fundraiser,” 7-10 a.m. at Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill and Bar, 1113 Newpointe Blvd., Leland, N.C., for $6, to help offset costs for the youth to attend the N.C. State 4-H Congress in June. Details at 910-253-2610.
• Cruise-in, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Smitty’s Pine Island Pub, at Pine Island Road and Grissom Parkway in Myrtle Beach, just east of Coastal Grand mall. Free. 215 0379.
• Eighth annual Makai Luau, benefiting Surfrider Foundation Grand Strand Chapter, 6-10 p.m. at Hot Fish Club, 4911 U.S. 17 Business, Murrells Inlet, for $30 individual or $55 couple, including a fire and hula show, luau buffet, and prizes for such contests as Ugliest Hawaiian Shirt and Best Lei. 333-2034 orwww.surfridergrandstrand.org
Train ‘Swap Meet’ at mall
The Grand Strand Model Railroaders Inc. will have a “Swap Meet,” with HO, O, N, Z scale items and train memorabilia. Also, the club welcomes the public to watch and play with trains 4-7 p.m. Mondays, noon-4 p.m. Wednesdays and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays, for free. Details at 293-4386 or www.isfans.com/gsmrrc.
Details | 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in front of the club site, in Myrtle Beach mall, three doors from Bass Pro Shops, at U.S. 17 and S.C. 22, near Briarcliffe Acres.
Art show premieres
The Waterway Art Association opens its 22nd annual Art Exhibit and Sale, continuing daily through May 23. Details at 910-575-2527 or www.waterwayart.org.
Details | 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at Brunswick Community College Extension, on U.S. 17 in Calabash, N.C.
‘Beach Blast’ downtown
The annual “Beach Blast” Christian music festival opens with a welcome by Bone Hampton at 3:55 p.m., then Jamie Grace plays at 4 p.m., Matthew West 4:40, Building 429 at 5:20, Tenth Avenue North 6:25, a message from Matthew West at 7:20, Compassion International at 8:05, and TobyMac at 8:55. Also Outcast Motocross shows will roll at 4 and 6 p.m., across from stage. Details at 800-965-9324 or www.beachblastfest.com.
Details | along Myrtle Beach’s Ocean Boulevard, between Eighth and Ninth avenues North; tickets in advance for ages 3 and older: $25-$60, family four pack $85, and group tickets for 10 or more people $38 each, and 20 or more $34, with respective at-door rates of $25-$70, four pack $90, and group rates of $39 and $43. Free for ages 2 and younger.
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