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Kalamazoo Metaphysical Expo - April 30-May 1, 2022. 10 AM - 6 PM. Kalamazoo County Expo Center, 2900 Lake St, Kalamazoo, MI. Tarot, Henna Art, Artists, Crystals and Rocks, Classes, Books, Healing and more!
Tall Ship Manitou Sails - So many different cruises to choose; Moomers Ice Cream Cruise, Evening Sails, Brunch Cruises, Dinner Sails and more! Book on line for Mid-May, June, July, August and September sailing dates. 13258 S West Bay Shore Dr. Traverse City, MI. Time: 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM. Price: Visit their Website to book!
Gilmore International Keyboard Festival, The Gilmore’s 2022 season is April 25-May 15, 2022 The Gilmore International Piano Festival comes back to West Michigan, beginning with a pre-festival event featuring the incomparable Yuja Wang in a solo recital on April 8, 2022. Join us to celebrate the diversity of the piano with world-class musicians from across the globe.
2022 Antiques on the Bluff- St. Joseph, Mi, Sun. May 1, 2022, 10:00am - 5:00pm. Find something old that's new and exciting for you! Shop along Lake Bluff Park. Such fun May things to do!
Suckerfest! - May 1st, 2022 in Adair, MI! Poker Run, Parade, beer, music and fun for the whole family. Great opportunity to support Kids In Distress Services.
St. Pat's Irish Festival - Sunday, May 1, 2022. St. Patrick's Senior Center, 58 Parsons St, Detroit, MI. Many of Detroit’s finest singers, players and dancers will be back on three separate stages. You’ll also find the usual outstanding food and drink, games, raffles, family fun
The Nashville Michigan Hot Air Balloon Festival – May 6-8, 2022, Nashville, Michigan. Balloon Launches - Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday morning and evening! Balloon Glows Friday and Saturday Evening. Tethered Balloon Rides Nightly (Additional Fees). Free car show on Saturday! Lots of kids activities.
Mesick Mushroom Festival – May 6-8, 2022, Mesick, MI (Preplanning: Annual Festival, May 12th – 14th, 2023) Come out to hunt for great morel mushrooms all on Mother’s Day weekend! The annual Mesick Mushroom Festival is in Mesick MI (which claims to be the mushroom capital of the United States!) Activities for the whole family. Come hunt for mushrooms, Blessing of the Jeeps, car show, flea market, food of all kinds, concerts, events for kids and a grand parade! You can also get a mushroom picking kit at the festival office.
Open the Grand, Grand Hotel, 286 Grand Avenue, Mackinac Island, MI, Mackinac Island-The Grand Hotel Opening Weekend- May 6-8, 2022. Be one of the first guests at the Grand Hotel this year as they Open the Grand. Call soon to book a special packages in celebration!
The First Friday Art Walk is a community event held the first Friday of each month in downtown Grand Rapids. 6:00-9:00 p.m. May 6, 2022. Avenue for the Arts, 100 S. Division Avenue, Grand Rapids, MI. On the first Friday of every month, South Division Ave is the place to be for art lovers! See artwork created by local artists, handmade goods, and food and drink specials. Grab the local First Friday schedule!
Annual Women's Lifestyle Expo, Kalamazoo Expo Center, May 6, 2022 - May 7, 2022 Free Parking! Gift Bags, Fashion Shows, Pampering, Shopping, And So Much More! Friday, May 6, 2022: 12 pm - 6 pm and Saturday, May 7, 2022: 9 am - 5 pm. Kalamazoo County Expo Center, 2900 Lake Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49048
- May 6, 2022, Mackinaw City, See incredible demonstrations of cutting timber into lumbar and water wheels! Great walking paths and pretty ponds.
Holland Tulip Festival May 7-15, 2022. It's one of the hottest May Michigan events of the month!
Midland Farmers Market - Opening day will be Saturday, May 7, 2022. The Midland Area Farmers Market will be located at Dow Diamond East parking lot for the 2022 season.
Tulip Time Run, May 7, 2022, Holland, Kollen Park, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Experience the beauty of Holland as you run through the tulip-lined streets! The Tulip Time Run offers an event for everyone — a 5K, 10K and Kids’ Fun Run.
Osseo Heritage Day & Great Mushroom Hunt - May 7, 2022!! 8:00 am Great Mushroom Hunt registration. 9:00 am art and crafter booths open, 10:00 chainsaw carving demo, 11:30 Lunch, 1:00 Free Magic Show, 2:00 the Great Mushroom Hunt Check-in Begins and ends at 4:00 pm. 5:00 is the awards and morel drawing!
Taco and Tequila Festival – May 7, 2022, Grand Rapids at the LMCU Ballpark, 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. Buy your tickets early! July Michigan events and fun things to do!
Ann Arbor Water Lantern Festival – May 7, 2022, Milford Charter Township, Kensington Metro Park (Martindale Beach), 4570 Huron River Pkwy, Milford Charter Township, MI. Each adult ticket comes with entry to the festival, floating lantern kit and candle, and marker. Lovely May Michigan event!
Midland/Saginaw Spring Parade of Homes - May 7, 8, 11, 14, 15, 2022 Weekends, 1 pm - 5 pm | Wednesday 5 pm - 8 pm. More info and maps at hbas.org under "events."
Summerhouse Lavender Farm - Let's open the season on the farm! May 8, 2022, 11 am- 5 pm. Tour the farm, see live glass blowing, yoga demonstrations, wood turning, and more at their family farm in Saugatuck, MI. Outdoor event. Artisans will be Brian Newton with wood turning demos, Dawn Stafford of Peachbelt Studio, Hinterland Farm + Kitchen will feature locally made pastas, sauces and chocolates, Mike Vermerris with fine ceramics, Theresa VanEyk with yoga demos and Tristen Purpura with on-site glass blowing!
Spring Fling Military Truck Run, May 6-8, 2022, Cornwell’s Turkeyville USA, Marshall. 9am
Renaissance Festival, Saturday, May 7, 2022 - May 8, 2022. 10:00 am - 5:00 pm . Cornwell's Turkeyville, 18935 15 1/2 mile road, Marshall, MI 49068
Spring Wagon Ride Through the Orchard - May 7, 2022, at 12:00 pm - 2:00 p.m. Robinette's Apple Haus and Orchard, Grand Rapids, MI. $6 per person, includes donut and cup of cider.
Funtown Chowdown Food Truck Festival Frankenmuth, 2022. It’s time for the Funtown Chowdown, Frankenmuth’s Annual Food Truck Festival at Frankenmuth River Place Shops! The fun takes place in the parking lot east of the shopping complex on the second Thursday of the month starting in May: May 12, 2022; June 9, 2022; July 14, 2022; August 11, 2022 and September 8, 2022.
Featuring 20 food trucks from across Michigan, a beer tent with both Michigan & national craft breweries, live music & fun activities for the whole family!
Pop on down to Frankenmuth River Place Shops (925 South Main Street, Frankenmuth, MI). Admission: FREE, Time: 2:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Support food trucks from across Michigan! Featuring around 20 food trucks, including a dessert option. Chowdown is is one of our favorite things to do in Michigan in May!
The National Morel Mushroom Festival - May 12-15, 2022 Boyne City, Michigan. Weekend Craft Show, Carnival, Farmers Market, Friday Wine & Dine, Saturday Taste of Morels and evening concert featuring Detroit's award-winning country rock band The Family Tradition Band, 7 pm to 11 pm under the heated tent in Veterans Park.
Annual Arts and Crafts in Veteran’s park: Friday, May 13, 12 noon – 6 p.m. and Saturday, May 14 from 10 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday, May 15, 12 noon to 3 p.m.
The Taste of Morels, Saturday, May 14 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. under the tent in Veterans Park. Chefs from our local restaurants will serve morel “tastes” using some of their favorite recipes! Check their website for more info, dates, times and tickets if needed.
Thomas the Train returns to Greenfield Village for a springtime adventure May 13-15 and 20-22, 2022. See their website for more info!
Blossomtime Festival, Festival Grand Floral Parade- St. Joseph, MI. May 14, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. Several events! Perfect May Michigan events and fun things to do in May!
Great Lakes Boating Festival, May 14, 2022- May 15, 2022, Grosse Pointe Shores and the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club. Experience an awesome boat show!
Spring Wagon Ride Through the Orchard - May 14, 2022, at 12:00 pm - 2:00 p.m. Robinette's Apple Haus and Orchard, Grand Rapids, MI. $6 per person, includes donut and cup of cider.
Boats at the Barn, May 14, 2022, Gilmore Car Museum, Hickory Corners, 9 am–4 pm. Open to all types, styles and sizes with a focus on antique & classic boats and engines - wooden, metal and fiberglass. If your boat is over 25 years old, show it off!
kayak • canoe • amphicar • car top • ice boats • outboard motors • submarine • classic jet ski • fishing • hunting • power • racing • sail • folding & canvas boats
Great Lakes International Cider and Perry Competition (GLINTCAP)-May 18-20, 2022 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Perfect May Michigan events and fun things to do in May!
Visit University of MI Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd, Ann Arbor. Check out the wildflower garden that begins blooming late April and peaks in May!
Motor City Comic Con, May 13-15, 2022, Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave, Novi, MI. What a fun May Michigan event!
Blessing of the Bikes Festival, What day is the Blessing of the Bikes in Baldwin Michigan? Friday, May 13-15, 2022. The 50th Anniversary of Blessing of the Bikes! There will be vendors from across the country set up all over the town of Baldwin. Gates will open at 9 AM and donation in $5 per bike (not per person). More than 40 thousands bikers come every year from all over the country.
Art on Center Gallery Stroll, May 14, 2022, 5-7 pm, Free. Stroll though six fine art galleries located on Center Street in downtown Douglas. Explore Button Gallery, LebenArt Gallery, Mixed Media Gallery, Mr. Miller’s Art Emporium, Water Street Gallery and Krista Reuter Studio to discover one-of-a-kind paintings, digital art collages, ceramics, glass, sculpture and unique mixed media paper creations.
World Expo of Beer, May 20-21, 2022, It is held at Harvey Kern Pavilion in Heritage Park, Frankenmuth, Michigan. Michigan's largest beer sampling event! There will be 350 different beers from around the world! Admission includes a free collector beer sampling mug and 6 beer sampling tickets.
Kalamazoo Antique Toy Show, May 21, 2022, Kalamazoo Events Center, 9 am–2 pm
Chateau Chantal Cooking Classes! May 21, 2022 – Blazing & Glazing Cooking Class – With Executive Chef Chris Mushall
Lake Orion Flower and Art Fair, May 21-22, 2022 This lovely fair located in Lake Orion, Michigan is a great place to shop for beautiful flowers, plants and items for your homes. You can see lots of landscaping ideas, DIY projects like (pot planting and wine glass painting). There will also be a Beer Garden featuring BBQ Pitmasters, games, live music and fun!
Arts and Craft Show, Saturday, May 21, 2022 - May 22, 2022, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm at Cornwell's Turkeyville, 18935 15 1/2 mile road, MI
MCMM Great Lakes Stampede All Ford & Mustang Show - May 21, 2022, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm, Birch Run Outlet Mall at 12240 S. Beyer Rd., Birch Run, Michigan
Corvette Car Show, Sunday, May 22, 2022, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Cornwell's Turkeyville, 18935 15 1/2 Mile Road, Marshall, MI. Bring your Corvette to display in their annual car show. See all the amazing cars on display.
82nd Kitchenaid Senior PGA Championship 2022 - May 25-29, 2022. Check out photos, roster, schedule, volunteer opportunities, celebrity chefs and awesome things to see and do at the PGA Championship in Benton Harbor!!
Mancelona Bass Festival, May 26-30, 2022. This annual festival rocks parades, a carnival, flea market, craft show and fun for the whole family!
West MI Apple Blossom Cluster Dog Show - May 26 - May 30, 2022
Thursday - Monday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Kalamazoo Expo Center, AKC Dog shows featuring All Breed shows, Obedience Trials, and Rally Trials.
Alma Highland Festival & Games, May 27-29, 2022. The festival is located on the Alma College campus in Alma, Michigan. Each year this exciting festival brings thousands of visitors to enjoy dozens of pipers and drummers playing at once in a massed band performance. Entertainment Tent will feature live professional entertainment and cold beer on tap.
Michigan Beer & Brat Festival, Crystal Mountain, May 28, 2022. 12500 Crystal Mountain Drive, Thompsonville, MI, Enjoy live entertainment, sample a great selection of Michigan's finest microbrews, local hard cider, mead and tasty brats at the Michigan Beer and Brat Festival!
Hot Air Balloon Championships, Frankenmuth, May 27-30, 2022. Flights are early morning and later evening weather permitting. These hot air balloon championships is one of my favorite events near me!
2022 St. Joe Farmers Market, Sat. May 28, 2022 | 9:00am - 2:00pm, Lake Bluff Park, St. Joseph, MI. Get spot to get fresh coffee, tasty treats, flowers, vegetables and more!
Wine Sample Sundays, St. Joe Wine Shoppe at The Market, Sun. May 29, 2022 | 1:00pm - 5:00pm. 301 Main St, St Joe, MI.
Dog Bowl, Frankenmuth, May 28-29, 2022 So freakin' adorable! Swimming, agility courses, wiener dog races and so much fun! It's free and one of our favorite May Michigan things to do! Perfect Michigan event for families!
2022 Movement Electronic Music Festival Detroit - May 28-30, 2022, Hart Plaza, Detroit, MI If you love music festivals, this is the one to attend!
Local Appreciation Day, Castle Farms, 5052 M-66, Charlevoix, MI, May 30, 2022 10-5 p.m. Explore Castle Farms for free if you are residents with a valid driver’s license from Charlevoix, Emmet, Antrim, Otsego, or Cheboygan County. All others, just $5!
Miller Auditorium in Kalamazoo is hosting several events this May if you enjoy performances and shows.
Fort Michilimackinac Historical Reenactment Pageant -Memorial Day Weekend is the longest running free Memorial Day historical program in U.S. in Mackinaw City. See over 400 cast members bring to life the 1763 Fort Michilimackinac battle between the French, British, and Native Americans.
A highlight of the weekend is the Memorial Day parade through the streets of Mackinaw City! So many fun things to do for your Michigan May calendar of events.
9 am, Fort Michilimackinac opens
1 pm, Grand Parade
3 pm, 18th Century fashion show, fort parade grounds
3:30 pm, Reenactment at Fort Michilimackinac
See the Fireworks at dusk at the water front state dock area.
9 am, Fort opens
9:30 am, Voyageurs Knive & Hawk (Voyageurs Camp)
10:30 am, Voyageurs children's game, high school
2pm, 18th Century Mackinac Fashion Show, fort parade grounds
2:30 pm, Reenactment at Fort Michilimackinac
4:30 pm,Voyageurs Other Competitions (Voyageurs Camp)
9 am, Fort opens
10 am, Memorial Day Service: Marina Park/Cemetery
2 pm, 18th Century Mackinac Fashion Show, fort parade grounds
2:30 pm, Reenactment at Fort Michilimackinac
St. Louis Michigan: Each year on Memorial Day, the St. Louis V.F.W. sponsors a Memorial Day parade through town with a decorated bicycle contest, school bands and more. There will be a tribute to sailors lost at sea, a twenty-one gun salute and a Veterans service at the Veterans Hill section of Oak Grove Cemetery.
St. Mary’s Polish Country Fair, May 27-29, 2022. A Michigan tradition for years, this annual fair is held at St. Mary’s Preparatory School campus, which overlooks Orchard Lake. It is a popular Memorial Day weekend event. Enjoy carnival rides (including an 80-foot roller coaster!), music, dancing, kids activities, entertainment and authentic Polish food.
Keepsakes Collection (Quality Art and Craft Shows) May 28, 29, 2022, 10-5pm at Uncle John's Cider Mill.
Movement (Techno Music Festival), Hart Plaza in downtown Detroit - May 28-30, 2022. One of the world's longest-running and most-esteemed festivals celebrating techno music.
Taking place every Memorial Day weekend, Movement is the city’s electronic music showcase. Listen to local legends and newbies from multiple outdoor stages. Sometimes there are more than 100 acts on Movement's lineup for this three-day event. Excellent Detroit events in May.
2022 Memorial Day Parade- St. Joseph, May 27, 2022 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm The parade will begin at the intersection of Lake Blvd. and Park St.
Kalamazoo Memorial Day Parade: 10:00 am, May 30, 2022. Parade starts on Michigan Avenue in downtown and continues to Riverside Cemetery on Gull Road where a ceremony honoring veterans will be held.
Memorial Day Parade: Downtown Saugatuck 9 a.m.
Memorial Day Parade: Downtown Douglas 10 a.m. Venue: City of the Village of Douglas, 86 W Center St. Douglas, MI 49406
Memorial Day Parade: Downtown Hastings 9:30 a.m.
Holland Vintage Flea Market, May 29, 2022, Sunday, May 29 from 12pm-6pm. Free Admission!
Kayaking on the Chippewa River, Chippewa Nature Center, Midland, MI. May 2021 TBD, 6-9 p.m. Reservations required. I love spending an evening paddling down the Chippewa River! You will be guided by a naturalist as you look for turtles, fish, herons, hawks, deer and eagles. After meeting at the Visitor Center, you'll travel to the Universal Access Site on Chippewa River Rd in a CNC van. You'll learn basic paddling techniques too, so don't worry if you are new to kayaking! I embark on at least two padding trips each summer and absolutely love this May Michigan activity!
Keep checking this event page for events in Michigan this weekend!
Holland Farmers Market | 150 W. 8th St., Holland, Wednesdays & Saturdays
South Haven Farmers Market | Huron St. Pavilion, Saturdays
Texas Township Farmers Market | 7110 W Q Ave, Saturdays
Kalamazoo Farmers Market | Mayors’ Riverfront Park, Saturdays
Portage Farmers Market | City Hall Parking Lot, Portage, Sundays
Battle Creek Farmers Market | Festival Market Square, Wednesdays & Fridays
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