Things to do in the Myrtle Beach area on May 20

Folks dressed as “Deadpool” characters have fun in the limelight at the Palmetto Studios Arts Alliance’s 2016 “XCon World.” The 10th annual “XCon” goes two more days: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. Admission remains free for ages 12 and younger. Save on advance tickets, at www.xconworld.com, for pickup at the will-call window.
Folks dressed as “Deadpool” characters have fun in the limelight at the Palmetto Studios Arts Alliance’s 2016 “XCon World.” The 10th annual “XCon” goes two more days: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. Admission remains free for ages 12 and younger. Save on advance tickets, at www.xconworld.com, for pickup at the will-call window. Courtesy photo

Get out for Blue Crab fest, ‘Ribbit’ day

▪ “World Famous Blue Crab Festival,” 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday on Little River waterfront. Daily: $4 advance or $5 at gate, for ages 13 and older, and free ages 12 and younger. 843-249-6604 or www.bluecrabfestival.org.

▪  “Ribbit the Exhibit Day” – with J.A. Cobb’s copper frog sculpture exhibit continuing through July 9 –10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at Brookgreen Gardens, on U.S. 17, between Murrells Inlet and Litchfield Beach, open 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Free with admission, which lasts seven consecutive days – $16 ages 13-64, $14 ages 65 and older, $8 ages 4-12, and free ages 3 and younger. 843-235-6000, 800-849-1931 or www.brookgreen.org.

▪ “World War II Living History Day” – commemorating Armed Forces Day, and remembering President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s 1944 visit, and with World War II Army re-enactors, led by Mike Glazier, guest speaker – 1-4 p.m. at Hobcaw Barony, on U.S. 17, north of Georgetown. $10. Reservations required. 843-546-4623 or hobcawbarony.org.

Join ‘Military Appreciation Days’ in two parks

Two Myrtle Beach city parks have “Military Appreciation Days” events, for free. Details at 843-918-1014 or www.militaryappreciationdays.com:

▪ Dedication of National Atomic and Nuclear Veterans Monument, 10 a.m. at Warbird Park, on Farrow Parkway, just west of U.S. 17 Business, along southern end of Myrtle Beach International Airport.

▪ Vocal Edition concert, 6 p.m. in Valor Memorial Garden, on Farrow Parkway, at The Market Common.

Myrtle Waves open weekends to start season

Myrtle Waves Water Park will open for weekends this month: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, and May 29, before going daily for summer as of June 3. Details at 843-913-9250 or www.myrtlewaves.com.

Details: On Mr. Joe White Avenue (formerly 10th Avenue North) Extension in Myrtle Beach, at U.S. 17. Price options vary; discounts available with advance purchase online.

‘XCon’ celebration commands convention center

Palmetto Studios Arts Alliance’s XCon World 10” includes a slew of celebrity guests. More details at www.xconworld.info.

Details: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at Myrtle Beach Convention Center, at Oak Street and 21st Avenue North. Weekend badge, at door – $30 ages 13 and older, or $20 advance, with pickup at will-call window; and free ages 12 and younger.

Sensory screening, ‘Hoops’ outings geared to youth

▪ Special sensory showing of “Diary of a Wimpy Kid,” for families with children with autism, 10 a.m. at Grand 14 Cinema at The Market Common in Myrtle Beach. 609-744-0099, championautismnetwork.com, or email beckylarge66@gmail.com.

▪ “Hoops for Hope: Teens Team Up to Prevent Teen Pregnancy” basketball tournament for boys ages 13-18, 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at Beck Recreation Center, on Church Street in Georgetown. 843-359-3143, www.chrsc.org, or email giany@chrsc.org.

Car wash, ‘Hands Across the Sand’ events outside

▪ ​Car wash benefit for Kind Keeper Animal Rescue, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Sandhills Bank, 1020 U.S. 17 N., North Myrtle Beach. 843-855-1398 or kindkeeper.org.

▪ Surfrider Foundation, Grand Strand Chapter, co-hosting “Hands Across the Sand”: Gather 11:30 a.m., remarks 11:45 a.m, and event noon-12:15 p.m., in Myrtle Beach’s Plyler Park, at Mr. Joe White Avenue and North Ocean Boulebvard, near SkyWheel. 843-902-7615.

▪ “Super Saturday,” noon-5 p.m. – with music 12:30-4:30 p.m. by Shamalama Duo – at La Belle Amie Vineyard, 1120 St. Joseph Road, Little River, just west of North Myrtle Beach Middle School. Free. 843-399-9463 or labelleamie.com.

Other special events include reunion benefit

▪ Myrtle Beach Car Club cruise-in, noon-3 p.m. at NHC Healthcare, 9405 U.S. 17, Garden City Beach, accessed from Garden City Connector. Free. 843-742-9802 or www.myrtlebeachcarclub.com.

▪ “Pawleys Pavilion Reunion,” for Habitat for Humanity of Georgetown County and with Blackwater Rhythm & Blues Band, 6-11 p.m. at Pawleys Island Nature Park, on North Causeway. $30 advance or $35 at site for ages 13 and older, $10 ages 3-12, free ages 2 and younger. 843-546-5685, ext. 6; or www.habitatgeorgetown.com/events.html.

▪ Social dance, with music from disc jockeys Rosalie and Jack Drust, 7-10 p.m. at Myrtle Beach Base Recreation Center, 800 Gabreski Lane, near Pampas Drive and Horry-Georgetown Technical College Grand Strand Campus. $7. 570-881-0244, or email rosaliejack1566@gmail.com.

Choose from ‘Pops’ in park, Palmetto Bronze concerts

▪ North Myrtle Beach Community Band’s third annual “Pops in the Park: A Salute to America,” 5:30 p.m. – starting with Stardusters big band – at North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex, at S.C. 90 and Robert Edge Parkway – or, if raining, inside North Myrtle Beach’s J. Bryan Floyd Community Center, 1030 Possum Trot Road. Free. 843-488-6742 or www.nmbcommunityband.com.

▪ Palmetto Bronze handbell choir concert, 7 p.m. at Church of the Resurrection, 8901 U.S. 17, west of Surfside Beach, on highway’s northbound side between Glenns Bay Road and Garden City Connector. $5 individual, or maximum $20 per family. 843-729-6275 or www.palmettobronze.com, or host site at 843-215-4500.

Museums, planetarium pack day with events

▪ “Migratory Bird Walks on the Atlantic Flyway,” 8:30-10:30 a.m. Saturdays through May 27, at The Center for Birds of Prey, 4719 U.S. 17 N., Awendaw, about 40 miles south of Georgetown – southbound, take first left turn after Dollar General. Each $20 ($15 members), including morning site tour and flight demos. 843-971-7474. Advance purchase at 888-448-7260 or www.thecenterforbirdsofprey.org.

▪ “Turtle Talk,” 11 a.m., with Ocean Isle Beach Sea Turtle Protection Organization, 11 a.m. at Museum of Coastal Carolina, 21 E. Second St., Ocean Isle Beach, N.C. Free with admission: $9.50 ages 13-61, $8.50 ages 62 and older, $7.50 ages 3-12, and free ages 2 and younger. 910-579-1016 or museumplanetarium.org.

▪ Horry County Museum events, both free: lecture by George Wingard, from Savannah River Archaeological Research Program, 1 p.m. at museum, 805 Main St., Conway (843-915-5320); and traditional music demonstration, 1-3:30 p.m. at L.W. Paul Living History Farm, 2279 Harris Shortcut Road, at U.S. 701, north of Conway (843-365-3596). www.horrycountymuseum.org.

▪ “15th Birthday” program, 7 p.m., and “StarWatch” telescope observation 8 p.m., at Ingram Planetarium,7625 High Market St., Sunset Beach, N.C. Free for both events. 910-575-0033 or museumplanetarium.org.

Student, youth productions dazzle stages

▪ “Skin Deep” fifth annual Spring Dance Showcase, 2 p.m. at Black Water Middle School, 900 E. Cox Ferry Road, Conway, between S.C. 90 and U.S. 501. $5 at door. 843-903-8440, ext. 52116.

▪ “That’s Entertainment III” year-end revue by “Musical Theatre Apprentices” students ages 11-18, 3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday at Brunswick Little Theatre, 8068 River Road, Southport, N.C. $10 at door. 910-457-5651, brunswicklittletheatre.com, or email dskillman@ec.rr.com.

▪ “Murder at the Banquet” murder mystery “dessert theater,” 7 p.m. at St. James High School, 10800 S.C. 707, in Burgess community, at Salem Road. $8.00 adults or $5 students, at door. 843-650-5600, or email Lmeyer@horrycountyschools.net.

House of Blues loads up on performances

House of Blues, in Barefoot Landing, on U.S. 17 in North Myrtle Beach (843-272-3000 or www.hob.com/myrtlebeach), has filled its day. Ticketing fees might apply:

▪ On The Deck, with Big Engine, 1-5:15 p.m.; and D.B. Bryant, 6:15-10:30 p.m. – each free.

▪ “Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre,” by Murder Mystery Productions, 7 p.m., for $42 (www.murdermysteryproductions.com).

▪ Blackberry Smoke, with Brother Hawk, 8:30 p.m., for $25-$60.

Theaters shine with ‘K2,’ ‘AniMagic’

▪ Atlantic Stage season finale, “K2,” geared to adults, 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays through June 11, at Myrtle Beach Mall, at U.S. 17 and S.C. 22, near Briarcliffe Acres. $27.50 general admission; $22.50 ages 55 and older, as well as educators and military; and $17.50 students, including Coastal Carolina University Osher Lifelong Learning Institute members. 877-287-8587 (ATS-TKTS) or www.atlanticstage.com.

▪ Swamp Fox Players’ “AniMagic – Songs from the World of Animation,” for all ages, 8 p.m. Saturday and May 26-27; and 2:30 p.m. Sundays through May 28 – at Strand Theater, 710 Front St., Georgetown. $20. 843-527-2924 or www.swampfoxplayers.com.