May Michigan Events Monthly Calendar: The Best 2021 Things to Do! (+Memorial Day and Tulip Festival)

By Sherry Trautman | Traveling Michigan

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Destinations: DetroitTraverse CityFrankenmuthAnn ArborKalamazooPetoskeyCharlevoixHoughton LakeMidland, South Haven, St. Joseph, Grand Rapids, Upper Peninsula and more!  

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


What Weekend is Memorial Day in 2021?

Memorial Day is May 31, 2021 so the weekend would be May 29-31, 2021

What is There to do in Michigan in May?

Autorama, Art Markets, Holland Tulip Festival, Cider Week, Blessing of the Bikes and so many more fantastic Michigan festivals, events and things to do! Keep reading!

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!

Join us on Instagram where I've posted all our May Michigan adventures!  We hope you enjoy our May Michigan events and fun things to do! And as always, if you have an event that you would like listed, let us know here!

The Ultimate May Michigan Events 2021- So Many Fun Things to do in Michigan This Weekend!

See Detroit Autorama!

Autorama-Detroit, Cobo Center. April 30-May 2, 2021.  Check out sweet rides, vendors and eats! We love this show and will be there again this year! It's one of our favorite March Michigan Events!


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!

Fiesta, The Shops at Westshore, 12331 James Street, Holland, MI, April 30-May, 2021. 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.

2021 Antiques on the Bluff- St. Joseph, Mi, Sun. May 02, 2021, 10:00am - 5:00pm. Find something old that's new and exciting for you!  Shop along Lake Bluff Park.

Boyne City Restaurant Week, April -May 2021 Dates TBD

Open the Grand, Grand Hotel, 286 Grand Avenue, Mackinac Island, MI, Mackinac Island-The Grand Hotel Opening Weekend- First Dinner service is May 6, 2021

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!

Blossomtime FestivalFestival Grand Floral Parade- St. Joseph, MI. May 8, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. Several events!




Holland Tulip Festival May 1-9, 2021.  Plan your Tulip Time visit with 2021 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 2021, Pop on down to River Place Shops in Frankenmuth from 12 noon to 8 PM on Fridays and Saturdays and support food trucks from across Michigan! Each pop-up event will feature at least five food trucks, including a dessert option, taking place in the parking lot on the east side of River Place Shops.

Cider Week-Grand Rapids, May 19-21, 2021 restaurant specials and fun with live music, food and Michigan ciders.  In conjunction with Great Lakes International Cider and Perry Competition (GLINTCAP)-May 19-21, 2021 in Grand Rapids, Michigan

See the 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! 

Visit 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!  

Blessing of the Bikes Festival, Friday, May 14-16, 2021 There will be vendors from across the country set up all over the town of Baldwin. Food fest, blessing will be on Sunday May 16th 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 from all over the country. 

World Expo of Beer, May 21-22, 2021, It is held at Harvey Kern Pavilion in Heritage Park, Frankenmuth, Michigan

Motor City Comic Con May TBD 2021Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave, Novi, MI, 

Great Lakes Stampede – All Ford & Mustang Car Show, May 15, 2021, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Birch Run Outlet Mall, Birch Run, MI

Hot Air Balloon Championships, Frankenmuth, May 28-31, 2021 Flights are early morning and later evening weather permitting.



Dog BowlFrankenmuth, May 29-30, 2021 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 2021 TBD, 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! 


What is there to do on Memorial Day weekend in Michigan?

Memorial Day Weekend is a time of remembrance in Michigan. One of the biggest events is the Fort Michilimackinac Historical Reenactment Pageant that happens in Mackinaw City.  See the schedule below and several other events this weekend. 

Memorial Day Weekend Events, Activities and Things to Do

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! 

Saturday
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.

Sunday
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)

Monday
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 21-24, 2021. 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. 

Civil War Remembrance at Greenfield Village - May 2021 TBD. Honor the sacrifices of all those who bravely fought in defense of our great nation during Civil War Remembrance weekend at The Henry Ford’s Greenfield Village. See reenacted events, music, historic presentations. Free with Village admission.

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 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!

Celebrate Mushrooms at the Morel Festival in Boyne City-May 2021 dates TBD. Did you know Northern Michigan is a hot spot to hunt for morels?  At this Boyne City festival, hundreds of mushroom lovers from around the country converge to search Northern Michigan woods to take home the top prize for the most mushrooms found. Enjoy seminars, breakfasts, guided hunts, craft show, carnival and so much more!

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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Event Centers in Michigan

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