The Best 2020 May Michigan Events and Things to Do!

By Sherry Trautman | Traveling Michigan

The ULTIMATE SOURCE of 2020 May Michigan events and things to do for families, couples and friends! Grab our Boredom Zapping Ideas for fun in Michigan! 

Destinations: DetroitAnn ArborGrand RapidsKalamazooLansing, Traverse City, CharlevoixHoughtonMidland, South Haven, St. Joseph and more!  

Plan your May Michigan trip or vacation around our inspiring festivals and events! 

OMG! We've finally thawed out!  You have no idea how ready I am for warm breezes, planting my garden and exploring our glorious state without having to "suit up" first.  It brings me joy!

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May Michigan Events 2020


There are so many May Michigan events to see, do and explore!! No way you will be bored this month!  Let's start traveling Michigan!

Boyne City Restaurant Week, (2020 date not yet listed).

Open the Grand, Grand Hotel, 286 Grand Avenue, Mackinac Island, MI, May 1, 2020. 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!

Car Show, Music and Vendor Market, (2020 date not yet listed), Calhoun County Fairgrounds, Marshall, MI

2020 Art Market, Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery, 34270 County Road 652, Mattawan, MI. May 2, 2020, 10 a.m. -4 p.m. Get hooked on art! The Friends of Wolf Lake are hosting its first annual "up-scale" art market and gift fair. Local artists will be set up inside the visitor center and around the show pond.

Blossomtime FestivalFestival Grand Floral Parade- May 2, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. Several events!

Big Dogg's House of Hot Rods Spring Tune Up Car Show, Calhoun County Fairgrounds, 720 Fair Street, Marshall, MI, (2020 date not yet listed), 10 a.m. -4 p.m. Music Celebration and Vendor Market.

Fiesta, The Shops at Westshore, 12331 James Street, Holland, MI, May 1-2, 2020. A community favorite, the annual Fiesta is full of fun for the whole family! With live music and performances, amusement park, ethnic food, car show, and Latino musical acts that bring everyone to their feet! There will also be rides and activities for kids; and for the adults.




Holland Tulip Festival May 2-10, 2020.  Plan your Tulip Time visit with 2020 schedule of events! Optimize your day with our Tulip Time Map! It's one of the hottest May Michigan events of the month!

Frankenmuth Food Truck Festival, May 14, 2020, 3 p.m.- 9 p.m. Funtown Chowdown, Frankenmuth’s Annual Food Truck Festival is located at Frankenmuth River Place Shops! The fun begins in May and will take place on the second Thursday of each month through September from 3pm – 9pm each date.

Cider Week-Grand Rapids, May 11-17, 2020 restaurant specials and fun with live music, food and Michigan ciders.  see here for more info!

Cherry Blooms, Traverse City, mid May!  The Leelanau and Old Mission peninuslas will be stunning mid May!  Once in full bloom they last about a week! 

University of MI Matthaei Botanical Gardens1800 N. Dixboro Rd, Ann Arbor. Check out the wildflower garden that begins blooming late April and peaks in May!  

Boyne City National Morel Mushroom FestivalBoyne City, MI, May 14-17, 2020. Opens in Veterans Park. Beer block party, carnival, mushroom hunt and more! Visit their website for more info!

Blessing of the Bikes Festival, Friday, May 15, 2020 - Sunday, May 17, 2020, Motorcycle Rally with vendors from across the country set up all over the town of Baldwin. Giant food fest all week and the blessing will be on Sunday, May 17th at the airport. Gates will open at 9 AM and donation in $5 per bike (not per person). More than 40 thousands bikers come every year to this fun May Michigan event.

World Expo of Beer, May 15 and 16, 2020, It is held at Harvey Kern Pavilion in Heritage Park, Frankenmuth, Michigan

Motor City Comic Con 2020, Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave, Novi, MI, May 15-17, 2020

Petoskey Restaurant Week, (May 2020 date not yet listed)

All Ford Car Show, (May 2020 date not yet listed), Birch Run Outlet Mall, Birch Run, MI

Tawas Area BirdingChippewa Nature Center, Midland, MI, May 16 and 17, 2020 6 a.m. - 6 p.m. During spring migration, Tawas Point State Park is a natural birding “hotspot” as birds travel along the Lake Huron coastline. On this one-day trip with Naturalists, you can see up to 100 species including many warblers, vireos, sparrows, hawks, bitterns, shorebirds and more! Fee. Book early.

Hot Air Balloon Championships, Frankenmuth, May 22-25, 2020 Flights are early morning and later evening weather permitting.



Dog BowlFrankenmuth, May 22-25, 2020 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!

Local Appreciation Day, Castle Farms, 5052 M-66, Charlevoix, MI, May 25, 2020, 9-5 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! 


Oh, and FYI, May is Michigan Wine Month!

Kayaking with the Chippewa Nature Center, Travel-Mi.comKayaking on the Chippewa River, Chippewa Nature Center, Midland, MI. Travel-Mi.com


Kayaking on the Chippewa RiverChippewa Nature Center, Midland, MI. May 26, 2020, 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!

Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix- May 29-May 31, 2020. The 32st Grand Prix event in Detroit will take place at the Raceway at Belle Isle Park. Buy your tickets early!  We love attending this May Michigan event each year! We buy our tickets in January!

Lake Bluff Artisan Faire, May 30, 2020, Lake Bluff Park, St. Joe, 10 am–5 pm Free

Traverse City and the Leelanau Peninsula's cherry trees should be in full bloom around the last week of May.  Awesome photo opts and time to visit the wine trail!

Krusin Klasic Fun Run, May 29 and 30, 2020, Steam and Gas Engine Museum, car show, Escanaba.

Hippie Fest, May 30, 2020, Kalamazoo Expo Center, 2900 Lake Street, Kalamazoo, MI 12–7 pm

Classic Car Show, May 30-31, 2020, Midland County Fairgrounds. Mid Michigan's Largest Car Show, 6905 Eastman, Midland, MI.

Midland Antique Festival-May 30-31, 2020. Nearly a thousand antique dealers setup at the Midland County Fairgrounds carrying vintage goods, antiques, collectibles & so much more. Along with the vast array of Antique Dealers is Michigan’s largest swapmeet. Folks from all over bring their garage sale items to the swap meet/flea market area. On top of that is also one of Michigan’s longest running Car Shows!

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Disclaimer: Please be sure to visit a particular event's website to verify dates, times, happenings and details.  We make every possible effort to be verify these the event details but as we are human, mistakes can occur and event dates/times can change.  If you see an error below, PLEASE let us know and we will correct it.

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