On the Cheap | Many events to last for summer


Summer’s beginning to kick into gear, which means many of the free and cheap events that will take place over the next two weeks in Myrtle Beach will continue throughout the summer. Here’s the list:

May 30-31

On Saturday and Sunday, the Native Sons Salt Games will take place at the old Pavilion site (between Eighth and Ninth avenues North at the boardwalk) and on the beach out front. Admission is free for spectators; there are some fees if you want to participate in the games. This event includes beach yoga, contests, a beach volleyball tournament, beach wrestling, lifeguard games, paddleboard races, cornhole tournaments, live music, food vendors, beer trucks and more. Hours are from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Every day this summer, kids can bowl for free (two free games per day) at Waccamaw Lanes at 101 Gray Drive. If you want to bowl with your kids, you can buy a family pass for a one-time fee of $26.95. With the family pass, up to four family members can also bowl two games per person per day. To get the free bowling vouchers and/or the family pass, you’ll need to sign up at www.kidsbowlfree.com.

June 4

The city of North Myrtle Beach is putting on its annual Music on Main Concert Series from 7-9 p.m. every Thursday night through Oct. 1. Admission is free. The concerts will either be on Main Street or at The Horseshoe (11 S. Ocean Blvd.). You can find the schedule at http://parks.nmb.us/Page.aspx?id=11. You might want to bring a chair.

June 6-7

From 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, all Home Depot locations are holding a free workshop for kids ages 5-12. The kids will be building a Load ’n Go Truck.

On Sundays during the month of June, The Market Common is offering free carriage rides from 5-8 p.m. with any Market Common receipt (no minimum purchase required).

June 9

The Myrtle Beach Hot Summer Nights downtown concert series begins in Plyler Park (next to the SkyWheel). Admission is free. The concerts will take place every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday night from 8-11 p.m. through Aug. 29. You might want to bring a chair.

June 11-12

Monster Jam is coming to the Myrtle Beach Speedway. Tickets are $15 for adults; $10 for kids in advance (all tickets are $2 more at the gate). This event will feature Monster Jam trucks Grave Digger, Carolina Crusher, Monster Mutt, Scooby-Doo, Heavy Hitter, River Rat, Strait Jacket and Gunslinger. The gates open at 6:30 p.m. both nights. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Go to www.monsterjam.com/Events/2015/06/11/Myrtle_Beach,_SC for advance tickets.

JULIE HENRY is a freelance writer, editor and project manager. She owns and operates Myrtle Beach on the Cheap: www.myrtlebeachonthecheap.com.