May Michigan: The Ultimate 2023 Guide to Events, Music, Festivals and Best Things to Do in Michigan This Weekend + Holland MI Tulip Festival, Mushroom Festivals, Memorial Day Things To Do, Farmers Markets

May Michigan: The Ultimate 2023 Guide to Events  | By Sherry Trautman | Travel-Mi.com | Updated: February 3, 2023

The ULTIMATE SOURCE of 2023 May Michigan events and things to do for families, couples and friends! Grab our Boredom Zapping Ideas for fun in Michigan and add them to your events calendar! 

Best Southwest Michigan events monthly calendar. See what's happening in Michigan today on our May 2023 calendar! 

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

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


What Weekend is Memorial Day in 2023?

Memorial Day is Monday, May 29, 2023 so the weekend is May 27-28, 2023

What is There to do in Michigan in May?

Autorama, Art Markets, Holland Tulip Festival, Mushroom Festivals, Cider Week, Blessing of the Bikes and so many more fantastic Michigan festivals, events and things to do! Keep Reading! So many fun things to do for your Michigan May calendar of 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!

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

It's Asparagus Season, friends!  Sooo Excited! Get outside and pick some lovely, tender stalks for your stir fry, grill, salads, quiches, and soups!

Asparagus U Pick Farms and Farm Stands Near You

The Ultimate May Michigan Events 2023 - So Many Fun Things to do in Michigan This Weekend!


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

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.  Book Tall Ship Manitou early!

2023 Antiques on the Bluff- St. Joseph, Mi, Sunday, June 4, 2023 | 10:00am - 5:00pm at Lake Bluff Park, St. Joseph, MI. Find something old that's new and exciting for you!  Shop along Lake Bluff Park. Such fun May things to do!

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


Bird Walk, at the Ford House, May 2, May 9, May 16, May 23, and May 30, 2023 at 8 a.m. - Join birding experts on this walk of the Ford House grounds in search of the many birds that make Ford House home. On the walk, you may see dozens of species and every walk is different. 1100 Lake Shore Road, Grosse Pointe Shores, MI 48236

Suckerfest!May 2023 TBD in Adair, MI! Poker Run, Parade, beer, music and fun for the whole family. Great opportunity to support Kids In Distress Services.

The Nashville Michigan Hot Air Balloon Festival – May 2023 TBD, 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. 

Open the Grand, Grand Hotel, 286 Grand Avenue, Mackinac Island, MI, Mackinac Island-The Grand Hotel Opening Weekend- Friday, May 5, 2023. 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. 4:00-7:00 p.m. May 5, 2023. Celebrate the opening of the MAC's (MacRostie Art Center) new exhibit and explore the other downtown events on the First Friday Art Walk. Grab the local First Friday schedule!

Thomas the Train returns to Greenfield Village for a springtime adventure May 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 2023.  


Holland Tulip Festival May 6-14, 2023. It's one of the hottest May Michigan events of the month!



Midland Farmers Market - Opening day will be early May 2023. The Midland Area Farmers Market will be located at Dow Diamond East parking lot for the 2023 season. 

Tulip Time Run, May 6, 2023, Holland, Kollen Park, 8:00 AM  –  12:00 PM. Experience the beauty of Holland as you run through the tulip-lined streets! The 5K and 10K Run/Walk begin at 8 am and participants can run or walk both the 5K and 10K.

Osseo Heritage Day & Great Mushroom Hunt - May 2023 TBD 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!

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The Mitten Vintage Market At Calder Plaza - May 6, 2023, 11 am – 5 pm. Attention vintage lovers! Get ready for the ultimate shopping experience at the Grand Rapids Vintage Curated Market on May 6th and July 8th. With 60 incredible vendors and delicious food trucks, you won't want to miss out on this one-of-a-kind event.

Taco and Tequila Festival – May 2023 TBD, Grand Rapids at the LMCU Ballpark, 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. Buy your tickets early! July Michigan events and fun things to do!

Rooted in Michigan - May 6, 2023, 7:00 p.m. Saugatuck Center for the Arts, 400 Culver Street Saugatuck, MI.  Come out for an evening of bold expression, interactive art, musical performance, and more throughout the SCA Campus. Ten artists will showcase their talents in various forms inspiring creativity, thoughtfulness, and positive movement.

Thomas the Train returns to Greenfield Village for a springtime adventure May 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 2023. 

Spring Fling Military Truck Run, May 6-7, 2023, Cornwell’s Turkeyville USA, Marshall. 9 am

Chateau Chantal Cooking Classes! May 6, 2023  – Check their website for details

Keepsakes Collection (Quality Art and Craft Shows) - May 6, 2023. Clarkston High School, 10 am - 4:00 pm

Additional Keepsakes Collection Shows:

  • May 6, 2023- Clarkston High School
  • May 27, 28, 2023 - Uncle John's Cider Mill
  • August 26, 27, 2023 - Uncle John's Cider Mill
  • September 16, 17, 2023 - Uncle John's Cider Mill
  • November 11, 2023 - Morey Courts
  • December 2, 3, 2023 - Clarkston High School
  • December 9, 2023 - Horizons Center

Flea Market and Antique Fair, Saturday, May 6, 2023 - May 7, 2023, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. Cornwell's Turkeyville, 18935 15 1/2 mile road, MI

Funtown Chowdown Food Truck Festival Frankenmuth, 2023. 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 11, June 8, July 13, August 10, and September 14, 2023.  The theme this month is Star Wars!  WHOOT! 

Each food truck festival will showcase special activities and entertainment along with a variety of great food and specialty tap takeovers. Pop on down to Frankenmuth River Place Shops (925 South Main Street, Frankenmuth, MI). Admission: FREE, Chowdown is is one of our favorite things to do in Michigan in May!

Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park Opening Day - May 12, 2023, Mackinaw City, See incredible demonstrations of cutting timber into lumbar and water wheels!  Great walking paths and pretty ponds. 

Mesick Mushroom Festival – May 12-14, 2023, Mesick, MI 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. 

Summerhouse Lavender Farm - Let's open the season on the farm! May 13 and 14, 2023, Mother's Day! Summerhouse Lavender Farm will be hosting some amazing artists from West Michigan including glassblower Tristen Purpura, painter Dawn Stafford of Peachbelt Studio, ceramicist Mike Vermeriss, and more! There are plenty of places to walk, relax, and connect with nature in a peaceful and lavender scented environment.

Renaissance Festival - May 13, 2023. 10:00 am - 5:00 pm. Cornwell's Turkeyville, 18935 15 1/2 mile road, Marshall, MI. Free. Food, live music, activities, and booths for shopping will be available outside

Midland/Saginaw Spring Parade of Homes - May 13, 14, 17, 20, 21 2023 Weekends, 1 pm - 5 pm | Wednesday 5 pm - 8 pm. More info and maps at hbas.org under "events." 

Blossomtime FestivalFestival Grand Floral Parade- St. Joseph, MI. Saturday May 13, 2023 at 1:00 p.m. EST. Several events! Perfect May Michigan events and fun things to do in May!  The Grand Floral Parade is celebrating its 117th year in 2023! The Parade begins in St. Joseph and continues its way through the city, across the Bicentennial Bridge and into Benton Harbor. See over 120 units including bands, floats, clowns, costumed characters, antique cars and tractors, unicycle teams, equestrian units and more!

Great Lakes Boating Festival, May 2023 TBD, Grosse Pointe Shores and the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club.  Experience an awesome boat show! 

Vintage Boat Show & Travel Trailer Rally on May 13, 2023, Gilmore Car Museum, Hickory Corners.  Enjoy a combined show featuring classic boats, travel trailers, and RVs.  Trailer your classic boat or camper to their combined show, held alongside the museum’s Corks & Crafts beer, wine and spirits tasting event! Learn more about the Gilmore Car Museum events.

Corks & Crafts Wine and Beer Festival on May 13, 2023, Gilmore Car Museum, Hickory Corners. For beer and wine enthusiasts, held in tandem with the Vintage Boat Show & Travel Trailer Rally.

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!  See other fantastic Michigan Botanical Gardens!

Blessing of the Bikes Festival, What day is the Blessing of the Bikes in Baldwin Michigan? May 2023 TBD. This year, 2023 is the 51st Anniversary of the Original “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. 



May through September are prime flower picking months!  Find Michigan Flower Farms near you for u pick...tulips, daisies, poppies, mums, sunflowers, lavender!


17th Annual Great Lakes International Cider and Perry Competition (GLINTCAP)- May 17-19, 2023 at the Embassy Suites Grand Rapids Downtown. Perfect May Michigan events and fun things to do in May!

The 63rd National Morel Mushroom Festival - May 18-21, 2023 Boyne City, Michigan. Craft Show, Carnival, Seminars, 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. Get your tickets to the concert early!

Lake Orion Flower and Art Fair, May 19-21, 2023.  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! The vendor market is open Saturday 10AM – 6PM & Sunday from 10AM – 4PM. Location: East Flint & Broadway Streets, downtown Lake Orion, Michigan (Midwest)

World Expo of Beer, May 19 - 20, 2023, 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.  Get your World Expo of Beer tickets early!

Motor City Comic Con, May 19-21, 2023, Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave, Novi, MI. What a fun May Michigan event!

Julia Child: A Recipe for Life at The Henry Ford - May 20, 2023 -September 20, 2023

Congress of Motorcars and Family Day, Gilmore Car Museum, Hickory Corners, Sat, May 20, 2023. Bring the kids, and experience history! This pre-1942 show features gas, steam and electriic vehicles and period-specific attire & activities.

The Grand Rapids Tequila Fest - Devos Place on Saturday, May 20, 2023, where over 100 tequilas, mezcals and cocktails ranging from the simple to the extravagant will be available for tasting in a fun and social setting.

Skip's European Farmers Market, The 2023 season begins on Saturday, May 20, 2023 and every Saturday and Sunday (weather permitting) stretching through mid-October, great locally produced vegetables, fruits, jellies, jams, salsas, bread, maple syrup, homemade soaps, cut flowers, potted plants, eggs, cheeses, pastries, meats, sausages, fresh-made food products, art, jewelry, clothing and more will be available at New Buffalo European Farmers Market at Skip’s Restaurant. 16710 Lakeshore Rd (corner of Red Arrow Highway and Lakeshore Road), just north of New Buffalo.

Big Bay Relay - May 20, 2023, Each year in May, teams come together to conquer a course that stretches from Marquette, MI to Big Bay, MI with friends and a community of runners by their side. Register early!

East Lansing Art Festival, May 20, 2023, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and May 21, 2023, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.  Performers, artist demonstration area, 180-200 artists at the festival each year. Festival is on Albert Ave. Go to the MSU Craft Fair on the same day, listed below.

The MSU Craft Fair - May 20, 2023, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and May 21, 2023, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. MSU Union (49 Abbot Rd, East Lansing Michigan, 48824). Over 330 vendors and 40,000 patrons over the weekend. Go to the East Lansing Art Festival on the same day, listed above.

MCMM Great Lakes Stampede All Ford & Mustang Show - May 20, 2023,  9:00 am – 3:00 pm,  Birch Run Outlet Mall at 12240 S. Beyer Rd., Birch Run, Michigan

77th Kalamazoo Antique Toy Show, May 20, 2023, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Expo North, at the Kalamazoo Expo Center, Kalamazoo, Michigan

Kalamazoo Reptile & Exotic Pet Expo, May 20, 2023, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Expo South, at the Kalamazoo Expo Center, Kalamazoo, Michigan

Arts and Craft Show, Saturday, May 20, 2023 - May 21, 2023, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm at Cornwell's Turkeyville, 18935 15 1/2 Mile Rd, Marshall, MI

Corvette Car Show, Sunday, May 21, 2023, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Corvette Car Show. Cornwell's Turkeyville, 18935 15 1/2 Mile Rd, Marshall, MI. Bring your Corvette to display in their annual car show. See all the amazing cars on display. 

St. Pat's Irish Festival - Sunday, May 21, 2023. 1:00 pm - 8:00 p.m. 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 great food and drink, games, raffles, and family fun.

Janet Jackson, Together Again concert, May 24, 2023, 8:00 pm, Concert at Detroit's Little Caesar's Arena. Did you know she's celebrating 50 years in the entertainment business?


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Kitchenaid Senior PGA Championship 2024 (2023 is in TX) Info to Follow.  Check out photos, roster, schedule, volunteer opportunities, celebrity chefs and awesome things to see and do at the PGA Championship in Benton Harbor!!

West MI Apple Blossom Cluster Dog Show - May 25, 2023 - May 29, 2023 This is a qualifier event for NADD Regionals. Kalamazoo Expo Center.

Alma Highland Festival & Games, May 26-28, 2023. 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. See the Highland Festival and Games schedule.

Cherry Capital Comic Con (C4) - May 26-28, 2023, C4 is Northern Michigan’s largest comic book and pop entertainment expo. Located at the scenic Grand Traverse Resort, C4 is Northern Michigan’s perfect gathering of comic book creators, exhibitors, and fans. Popular Traverse City events May 2023.  

Hot Air Balloon Championships, Frankenmuth, May 26-29, 2023. Flights are early morning and later evening weather permitting. These hot air balloon championships is one of my favorite events near me!

Dog BowlFrankenmuth, May 26-29, 2023 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! Enjoy this AND the Hot Air Balloon Championships!!

Michigan Beer & Brat Festival, Crystal Mountain, May 27, 2023. Come out for the 16th annual celebration of Michigan made food and craft beverages happening Saturday, May 27, 2023. 12500 Crystal Mountain Drive, Thompsonville, MI.

Enjoy live entertainment while sampling an enormous selection of Michigan's finest microbrews, meads, hard ciders, wine, liquor and gourmet brats from northwest Michigan markets.

2023 St. Joe Farmers Market, Sat. May 27, 2023 | 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 28, 2023 | 1:00pm - 5:00pm. 301 Main St, St Joe, MI. 


Love buying local?  Check out these  Michigan Honey Farms! See where to get raw honey, beeswax, honey gifts and more!

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! The Leelanau and Old Mission peninsulas will be stunning mid May!  Once in full bloom they last about a week! 


 2023 Movement Electronic Music Festival Detroit - May 27-29, 2023, 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 TBD 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! 

Allegan Antique Market, May 28, 2023, Allegan Co. Fairgrounds, 8 AM–4 PM Make it a fun weekend getaway in Michigan this April! $5 admission.

Miller Auditorium in Kalamazoo is hosting several events this May if you enjoy performances and shows.

Keep checking this event page for events in Michigan this weekend!


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

Memorial Day is Monday, May 29, 2023 so the weekend is May 27-28, 2023

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.

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.

Keepsakes Collection (Quality Art and Craft Shows) May 27, 28, 2023, 10-5pm at Uncle John's Cider Mill.

Movement (Techno Music Festival), Hart Plaza in downtown Detroit - May 27-29, 2023. 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.

2023 Memorial Day Parade- St. Joseph, Friday, May 26, 2023 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm. The parade will begin at the intersection of Lake Blvd. and Park St.

2023 Kalamazoo Memorial Day Parade: 10:00 am, May 2023 TBD.  Parade starts on Michigan Avenue in downtown and continues to Riverside Cemetery on Gull Road where a ceremony honoring veterans will be held.

2023 Allegan Memorial Day Parade - May 29, 2023, 9:30 a.m - 12:30 pm at the Court House. 

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.

2023 Memorial Day Parade Mancelona - Parade begins 9:00 a.m. A service is held downtown Mancelona on the grounds of the Township Library.

2023 Memorial Day Parade Alden


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

Michigan Farmers Markets to Check Out!

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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