May Michigan: The Ultimate 2024 Guide to Events, Music, Festivals and Best Things to Do in Michigan This Weekend + Holland Tulip Time Festival, Mushroom Festivals, Memorial Day Things To Do, Farmers Markets

Article: May Michigan: The Ultimate 2024 Guide to Events


The ULTIMATE SOURCE of 2024 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, Southeast and Northern Michigan events monthly calendar. See what's happening in Michigan today on our May 2024 calendar! 

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

Expert Tip: Plan your May Michigan trip, getaway or vacation around our inspiring festivals, live music and family-friendly events! Dates and times are updated below.


What Weekend is Memorial Day in 2024?


Memorial Day is Monday, May 27, 2024 so Memorial Day weekend is May 25-26, 2024.  We have a HUGE list of Michigan Memorial Weekend Parades, Events and Services.


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 (basil, tomatoes, onions, carrots!) and exploring our glorious state without having to "suit up" first.  It brings me joy!

Join Chris and I on Instagram where we've posted all our May Michigan adventures! We make an effort to personally attend as many event as we can to offer you an eye witness account. 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!


Top Events for May in Michigan


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 2024 - 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!


2024 Grand Rapids Lantern Festival | John Ball Zoo | Southwest Michigan


Grand Rapids Lantern Festival, John Ball Zoo

When: (Ongoing) April 10 – June 16, 2024. Wednesday-Sunday, 7:30PM – 11:30PM. 

Where: John Ball Zoo, 1300 W. Fulton St, Grand Rapids, MI 49504.

The lantern festival features handcrafted Asian lantern displays that will illuminate the Zoo and tell the intersecting story of wildlife and Asian culture. We can't wait to go this year!


Tall Ship Manitou Sails | Traverse Tall Ship Company | Northwest Michigan

Tall Ship Manitou Sails - So many different cruises to choose; Moomers Ice Cream Cruise, Evening Sails, Brunch Cruises, Dinner Sails and more! Great for date night, girls night out adventures, or family friendly afternoons on the water.

When: Book on line for Mid-May, June, July, August and September sailing dates.

Where: Traverse Tall Ship Company, 13258 S West Bay Shore Dr. Traverse City, MI. 

Book Tall Ship Manitou early!


Summerhouse Lavender Farm Opening Day | Fennville, Michigan | Southwest Michigan

Summerhouse Lavender Farm - Let's open the season on the farm!

When: May 1, 2024!

Where: Summerhouse Lavender Farm, 2975 65th St, Fennville, MI 49408

Summerhouse Lavender Farm is a wonderful garden to walk, relax, and connect with nature in a peaceful and lavender scented environment. 

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


2024 Grand Hotel Opening Weekend | Mackinac Island | Northern Michigan

Grand Hotel Opening Weekend on Mackinac Island

When: Friday, May 3, 2024 - Sunday, May 5, 2024

Where: 286 Grand Avenue, Mackinac Island, MI, 

Mackinac Island-The Grand Hotel Opening Weekend is so exciting! 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!


Bird Walks at the Ford House! | Fun Outdoor Activities in the Metro Detroit Region

Bird Walk at the Ford House! Calling all bird watching enthusiasts! Bring your binoculars and cameras, such a great photography opportunity!

When:

  • Friday, May 3, 2024 at 7:00 a.m.
  • Saturday, May 4, 2024 at 7:00 a.m
  • Sunday, May, 2024 at 7:00 a.m.

Where: Edsel & Eleanor Ford House, 1100 Lake Shore Road, Grosse Pointe Shores, MI 48236

Beginner and experienced bird watchers alike will love this Bird Walk within the lovely grounds of the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House, located in Grosse Pointe Shores. Throughout the years, visitors have seen 200 species of birds during their fun bird walks. Feel free to bring binoculars and waterproof footwear. Loaner binoculars are available. Be ready to walk about a mile during this Michigan birding adventure! 


Great Lakes Piping Plovers Tours! | Bird Watching Adventure

Great Lakes Piping Plovers Tours!

When: May-July, 2024

Where: Sleeping Bear Tour Company

First and only guided opportunity in Michigan to view Great Lakes Piping Plovers, a federally protected endangered species. Enjoy a 2 hour tour in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. What a fun Michigan adventure!


Judas Priest and Sabaton | Wings Event Center | Live Concert in West Michigan

Judas Priest and Sabaton! 

When: Saturday, May 4, 2024 at 7:00 pm

Where: Wings Event Center, 3600 Vanrick Dr, Kalamazoo, MI 49001

Are you excited? Heavy metal artists, Judas Priest have announced their "Invincible Shield Tour" with special guest Sabaton. There are 14 shows in the USA this year so be sure to see them at the Wings Event Center!


May First Friday Art Walk | Grand Rapids | FUN Art Event

The First Friday Art Walk is a community event held the first Friday of each month in downtown Grand Rapids.

When: May 3, 2024. 4:00-7:00 p.m. 

Where: Grab the local First Friday schedule!


IT'S HOLLAND TULIP TIME! Flowers, Concerts, Dancing and Shows Galore!


Holland Tulip Festival May 4-12, 2024. It's one of the hottest May Michigan events of the month and we have ALL the latest info! 


Midland Farmers Market Opening Day

Midland Farmers Market - Opening day

When: May 4, 2024

Where: The Midland Area Farmers Market will be located at Dow Diamond East parking lot for the 2024 season. 


2024 Taste of Clare

Taste of Clare

When: Saturday, May 4, 2024, 4:00 PM 7:00 PM


2024 Dina and Dragon Stroll | Canterbury Village

Dina and Dragon Stroll 

When: FOUR WEEKENDS! May 4-5, 11-12, 18-19, and 25-26, 2024. Open 10am to 4pm.

Where: Canterbury Village, 2325 Joslyn Rd, Lake Orion, MI

Guess what, it's bigger than ever! Take a trip back in time as you walk through and get up close with life-like and life-size dinosaurs! Advanced animatronics and sound technology bring these amazing creatures to life for a truly unforgettable experience!


Tulip Time Run | 5K, 10K and Kids’ Fun Run

The Tulip Time Run offers an event for everyone — a 5K, 10K and Kids’ Fun Run.

When: Saturday, May 4, 2024, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Where: Holland, Kollen Park, 240 Kollen Park Drive Holland, MI 49423

Experience the beauty of Holland as you run through the tulip-lined streets! The 5K and 10K Run/Walk begin at 8am and participants can run or walk both the 5K and 10K.


Flea Market and Antique Show | Cornwell's Turkeyville | Marshall, MI

Flea Market and Antique Fair in Marshall Michigan

When: May 4, 2024 - May 5, 2024, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Where:  Cornwell's Turkeyville, 18935 15 1/2 Mile Rd, Marshall, MI 49068


This Spring and Summer, Visit Michigan Petting Zoos!

Oh and it's the perfect time to visit Michigan's Zoos and Aquariums!

 

2024 Keepsakes Collection (Quality Art and Craft Shows)

Keepsakes Collection (Quality Art and Craft Shows) - May 4, 2024. Clarkston High School, 10 am - 4:00 pm

Additional Keepsakes Collection Shows:

  • May 4, 2024- Clarkston High School
  • May 25, 26, 2024 - Uncle John's Cider Mill
  • August 24, 25, 2024 - Uncle John's Cider Mill
  • September 21, 22, 2024 - Uncle John's Cider Mill
  • November 9, 2024 - Morey Courts
  • December 7, 8, 2024 - Clarkston High School
  • December 14, 2024 - Horizons Center


The Mitten Vintage Market At Calder Plaza | Grand Rapids | May 2024

The Mitten Vintage Market At Calder Plaza in Grand Rapids 

When: Saturday, May 4, 2024 | 12:00 PM - 06:00 PM

Where: Calder Plaza, 300 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids, 49503

Attention vintage lovers! Shop 50+ vendors selling vintage clothes, décor, and more! Spring 2024 event!


Thomas the Train | Greenfield Village | Spring 2024

Thomas the Train returns to Greenfield Village for a springtime adventure!

When: May 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, 2024 at 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Where: Greenfield Village, 20900 Oakwood Boulevard, Dearborn, MI 48124

  • Train Rides
  • Storytelling
  • Live Music
  • Lawn Games
  • Magic Shows
  • Painting Activities and so much more!

We highly recommend buying your tickets early to reserve a time slot.


Funtown Chowdown Food Truck Festival Frankenmuth, Spring 2024

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. 

  • May 9, 2024: Kickoff to Summer
  • June 13, 2024: A Night at the Movies
  • July 11, 2024: Christmas in July
  • August 8, 2024: Bavarian Blast Themed
  • September 12, 2024: Oktoberfest

Where: Frankenmuth River Place Shops, 925 South Main Street, Frankenmuth, MI.

Each Funtown Chowdown festival will have about 20 food trucks from across Michigan offering meals and desserts, live music, craft beer and non-alcoholic beverage sales, designated handicap parking area, and fun activities for families of all ages.

Admission: FREE, Chowdown is is one of our favorite things to do in Michigan in May!


Side by Side Studio: Shadow Puppet Theater | Parents and Kids Event | Spring of 2024

Side by Side Studio: Shadow Puppet Theater

When: Thursday, May 9, 2024 | 6:00 – 7:30 PM

Where: Saugatuck Center for the Arts, 400 Culver Street Saugatuck, MI

Register early to join an intergenerational program for Spring of 2024! Explore creativity with your kids alongside Julie Ganey, and artist, Shannon Mack. Kids and grown-ups will each learn a method of making art, separately, but side by side. Learn character development and puppets, creating a mini performance!


Spring Fling Military Truck Run | Cornwell’s Turkeyville USA

Spring Fling Military Truck Run

When: Saturday, May 11, 2024, 9:00 am Military Truck Run

Where: Cornwell's Turkeyville, 18935 15 1/2 Mile Rd, Marshall, MI 49068


Royal Stagg Renaissance Faire | Cornwell’s Turkeyville USA

When: May 11, 2024 - May 12, 2024, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Where: Cornwell's Turkeyville, 18935 15 1/2 Mile Rd, Marshall, MI 49068

Food, live music, activities, and booths for shopping will be available outside. Dress up in your best renaissance outfits!


Remember, Mother's Day is May 12, 2024!

Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park Opening Day

Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park Opening Day is...

When: May 10 – September 1, 2024, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Where: Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park, 9001 W, US-23, Mackinaw City, MI 49701

See incredible demonstrations of cutting timber into lumbar and water wheels!  Great walking paths and pretty ponds. 


2024 Mesick Mushroom Festival 

65th Annual Festival Mesick Mushroom Festival 

When: May 10-12, 2024

Where:  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, carnival, food of all kinds, concerts, flea market, mud bog, grand parade, many events for kids, baseball and volleyball. You won't want to miss the Friday night street fair. You can also get a mushroom picking kit at the festival office.


Summerhouse Lavender Mother's Day Weekend  | Fennville, Michigan | Southwest Michigan | Ladies Day Out!

When: May 11 and 12, 2024!

Where: Summerhouse Lavender Farm, 2975 65th St, Fennville, MI 49408

Come on out to southwest Michigan for a weekend of lavender-filled fun, with activities for all ages, May 11 & 12. Explore their lavender farm, cut some scented lavender cutting, enjoy delicious lavender treats, and celebrate Mother's Day with a free gift for Mom!

Stroll through the farm, relax in the Zen garden, and shop for locally sourced lavender products distilled on-site.


2024 Midland/Saginaw Spring Parade of Homes 

Midland/Saginaw Spring Parade of Homes

When: May 11-12, 15, 18-19, 2024 Weekends, 1 pm - 5 pm | Wednesday 5 pm - 8 pm.

More info and maps at hbas.org under "events." 


2024 Osseo Heritage Day & Great Mushroom Hunt

28th Annual Osseo Heritage Day & Great Mushroom Hunt

When: Saturday, May 11, 2024

Where: Osseo, MI, USA

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!


2024 Blossomtime Festival, Festival Grand Floral Parade | St. Joseph | Southwest Michigan

Blossomtime FestivalFestival Grand Floral Parade- St. Joseph, MI. I just love this parade and have personally attended several times! 

When: Saturday May 11, 2024, at 1:00 p.m.

The Grand Floral Parade is celebrating its 118th year in 2024! The Parade begins in St. Joseph and continues its way through the city, across the Bicentennial Bridge and into Benton Harbor. Bring your family to enjoy seeing 120 parade units including marching bands, colorful floats, costumed characters, antique cars and tractors, unicycle teams, equestrian units and the awesome Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Motorcycle Drill Team! Perfect May Michigan events and fun things to do in May! 


FAQ's people are asking!

Question: Where does Blossomtime Parade start?

Answer: The Blossomtime Parade starts on Main Street near the intersection with Pearl.  

Question: What is the oldest festival in Michigan?

Answer: The Blossomtime Festival is the oldest Festival in Michigan! It began in 1906.

Question: How old is the Blossomtime Festival?

Answer: The Blossomtime Festival began in 1906!

2024 Vintage Boat Show & Travel Trailer Rally | Gilmore Car Museum, Hickory Corners Michigan

Vintage Boat Show & Travel Trailer Rally

When: Saturday, May 11, 2024; 9:00am - 4:00pm

Where: Gilmore Car Museum, 6865 Hickory Road, Hickory Corners, MI 49060

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 | Gilmore Car Museum, Hickory Corners Michigan

Corks & Crafts Wine and Beer Festival 

When: Saturday, May 11, 2024; 9:00am - 4:00pm

Where: Gilmore Car Museum, 6865 Hickory Road, Hickory Corners, MI 49060

For beer and wine enthusiasts, held in tandem with the Vintage Boat Show & Travel Trailer Rally. It's their annual spring fundraiser tasting event!


Visit University of MI Matthaei Botanical Gardens 


Visit University of MI Matthaei Botanical Gardens this May! I absolutely LOVE strolling through this garden, it's incredible!

Where1800 N. Dixboro Rd, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Check out the wildflower garden that begins blooming late April and peaks in May!  See other fantastic Michigan Botanical Gardens!


Sculptures at Dow Gardens | Midland MI

When: May tbd

Where: Dow Gardens, Midland Michigan


18th Annual Great Lakes International Cider and Perry Competition (GLINTCAP) |  World’s Largest Cider Competition!

18th Annual Great Lakes International Cider and Perry Competition (GLINTCAP) 

Did you know GLINTCAP is the World’s Largest Cider Competition?! How cool is that?!

When: May 15-17, 2024

Where: Grand Rapids

Perfect May Michigan events and fun things to do in May!


More May Michigan Events!


It's MUSHROOM FESTIVAL TIME!  Grab our Guide to the Best Mushroom Festivals in Michigan!  Events, seminars, schedules!


The 64th National Morel Mushroom Festival | Boyne City, Michigan

The 64th National Morel Mushroom Festival

When: May 16-19, 2024 

Where: Most events are at Veteran's Memorial Park, Boyne City, Michigan. The 64th Annual National Competitive Morel Mushroom Hunt is at the Boyne City High School.

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! Here's our BIG list of Michigan Mushroom Festivals!


World Expo of Beer | Frankenmuth, Michigan | Fun Beer Festival!

World Expo of Beer in Frankenmuth Michigan!

When: May 17 - 18, 2024. Friday hours: 5:00PM - 10:00PM and Saturday hours: 2:00PM - 10:00PM

Where: Harvey Kern Pavilion in Heritage Park, 599 Weiss St, Frankenmuth, MI 48734

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!


2024 Blessing of the Bikes Festival | Baldwin Michigan

Blessing of the Bikes Festival

When: What day is the Blessing of the Bikes in Baldwin MichiganMay 17-19, 2024

Where:  Baldwin Airport

This year, 2024 is the 52nd 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). 10-40 thousands bikers come every year from all over the country. 


Donald’s Dust-Off | Gilmore Car Museum | Car Show in Hickory Corners

When: Saturday, May 18, 2024; 9:00am - 4:00pm

Where: Gilmore Car Museum, 6865 Hickory Road, Hickory Corners, MI 49060

  • All makes and models car show to kick off summer!


Chateau Chantal Cooking Classes! May 2024

Chateau Chantal Cooking Classes: Spring into Summer Cooking Class & Dinner 

When: Saturday, May 18, 2024, Class begins at 12:30pm

Where: Chateau Chantal, 15900 Rue de Vin, Traverse City, MI 49686

Check their website for details


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


2024 Motor City Comic Con | Novi, MI

Motor City Comic Con, such a fun May Michigan event!

When: May 17-19, 2024!

Where: Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave, Novi, MI.

 What a fun May Michigan event!


Clarkston Food Truck Rally

When: May 17, 2024, 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Where: Neiman's Family Market Clarkston, 7111 Dixie Hwy, Clarkston, MI 48346-2077

Enjoy live music, kids entertainment, and a beer tent. Plus, there will be lots of delicious food trucks!


2024 Yoder's Quilt Auction and Flea Market | Clare County Amish Auction

Clare County Amish Auction

When: May 17-18, 2024, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM and also August 30-31, 2024, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM  

Where: 10885 N. Leaton Road, Clare, MI  48617. Parking is best in downtown Clare with shuttle services running to and from the auction site on a regular basis.

The Yoder’s and their friends hold a large quilt auction, craft show, and flea market each spring (third Friday and Saturday of May). Fields are transformed into rows of crafters, antiques, and flea marketers – hundreds of vendors! This event is one of the largest, well attended, craft shows, flea markets and quilt auctions in Michigan. No machine stitched quilts are sold at the auction. Purchase Amish crafted furniture, quilts and goods, arts and crafts, discounted tools, jewelry, cutlery, jams, and plants and more! A number of concession stands and several food specialty tents, featuring baked goods and cheese, are hosted by the Amish women. Parking is best in downtown Clare with shuttle services running to and from the auction site on a regular basis. The Clare Area Chamber of Commerce has more info.


2024 Rock Lansing | Outdoor Rock Music Festival

When: May 18, 2024; 2 pm to 11 pm

Where: Louis F. Adado Riverfront Park, 201 E. Shiawassee St. Lansing, MI 48933

Rock Lansing is an outdoor rock music festival hosted at Adado Riverfront Park. The event features national and regional bands playing on multiple stages, food trucks and more!

  • Afterwards, head to the Best of Lansing Festival listed directly below!


2024 The Best of Lansing Festival | FREE! 

When: May 18, 2024; 2 pm to 11 pm

Where: State Capitol Building, 100 N. Capitol Avenue, Lansing, MI 48933

Come and play in Downtown Lansing at this FREE family-friendly event!  Enjoy larger-than-life inflatables and obstacle courses on the Capitol Lawn. There will be at least 100 vendors from Lansing's creators! So much fun for everyone!




Asparagus Fest | Ed Dunneback and Girls Fruit Farm | Grand Rapids, MI

Asparagus Fest!

When: May 2024 tbd.

Where: Ed Dunneback and Girls Fruit Farm, 3025 6 Mile Road, Grand Rapids, MI. Live Music plus fresh picked asparagus is available in the Farm Market all week!


Lavender Hill Farm Annual Plant Sale

Lavender Hill Farm Annual Plant Sale,

When: May 2024 tbd, 10am – 5pm

Where: Lavender Hill Farm, Boyne City, 7354 Horton Bay Rd. North, Boyne City, MI 

Opening Day, Wellington Farm USA

Opening Day, Wellington Farm USA

When: May 2024 tbd.

Where: 6944 S Military Rd., Grayling, MI. 

Wellington Farm USA is a living history complex that offers a unique look at life in a mid-western farming community during the 1930’s. Great place to visit in Northern Michigan (lower peninsula)!


2024 Lake Orion Flower and Art Fair

Lake Orion Flower and Art Fair!

When: May 18-19, 2024.   The vendor market is open Saturday 10AM – 6PM & Sunday from 10AM – 4PM

Where: East Flint & Broadway Streets, downtown Lake Orion, Michigan (Midwest)

This lovely fair located in Lake Orion, Michigan is a great place to shop for beautiful flowers, plants and items for your homes. There will be 100 juried booth spaces. 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!


Great Lakes Boating Festival | Grosse Pointe Shores, MI

Great Lakes Boating Festival

When: May 18 and 19, 2024, Saturday Noon–7pm | Sunday, Noon–5pm

Where: Grosse Pointe Yacht Club, 788 Lake Shore Rd, Grosse Pointe Shores, MI

Experience an awesome boat show! 


Bee Day Festival St. Johns Lutheran Church, Adrian

Bee Day Festival! What a happy place to bee!

Where: May 18, 2024, 10 am - 4pm.

Where: St. Johns Lutheran Church, Adrian. 3448 N Adrian Hwy, Adrian, MI 49221

Learn about pollinators, meet beekeepers, kids games, local vendors, food trucks, FUN!


Bark and Brew | Keeley Park in Jackson, MI

Bark and Brew!  

When: May 18, 2024, 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Where: Ella Sharp Museum, 3225 4th St, Jackson, MI 49203

Beer, dogs, music, food trucks and FUN!


Founders’ Day Festival | Highland Township

Founders’ Day Festival

When: Saturday, May 18, 2024, 9 AM – 4 PM

Where: Downtown Highland area

The annual parade at 10 AM and begins at Highland Nazarene church and goes East down Livingston Road to John Street. Kids will have a blast in our free Kids Zone, complete with bounce houses, pony rides, a petting zoo, and even a bike giveaway. Crafters and vendors offer unique finds, and delicious food trucks keep everyone energized. Plus, don't miss the moving Veteran's ceremony, mini-train rides, face painting, and so much more!

 

2024 Niles Renaissance Faire

Niles Renaissance Faire

When:  May 18, 19, 2024. Hours: Saturday is 10 am-6pm and Sunday is 10 am - 4 pm 

Where: Plymouth Park, 401 Marmont St. Niles, MI 49120

A fun and fantasy filled weekend for the whole family. Learn about the Renaissance, meet the queen and enjoy a celebration of the medieval times. As you wander the land you will meet merchants selling their wares and bards will lull you with their musical talents. You may be heckled by the town Fool or be mesmerized by mercenaries.


The Grand Rapids Tequila Fest

The Grand Rapids Tequila Fest 

When:  Saturday, May 18, 2024, 6 pm - 9 pm

Where: DeVos Place, 303 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Over 100 tequilas, mezcals and cocktails ranging from the simple to the extravagant will be available for tasting in a fun and social setting.


Dust Off Car Show | Downtown Ithaca

When: May 19, 2024, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Where: Downtown Ithaca


Skip's European Farmers Market 2024 Season

Skip's European Farmers Market

When: The 2024 season begins on May TBD and every Saturday and Sunday (weather permitting) stretching through mid-October.

Where: 16710 Lakeshore Rd (corner of Red Arrow Highway and Lakeshore Road), just north of New Buffalo.

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. 


Big Bay Relay | Marquette, MI | Running Event

Big Bay Relay~ The 46th Annual Race

When: Saturday May 18, 2024. The race begins at 8:00am at the Kaufman Sports Complex and concludes at Draver Park, Big Bay

Where: 846 Hawley Street, Marquette, MI US 49855

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! Perfect outdoor May Michigan event!


61st East Lansing Art Festival

East Lansing Art Festival! SO FUN! Perfect outdoor May Michigan event!

When: May 18, 2024, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and May 19, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

Where: Albert Ave, East Lansing, MI

  • Enjoy a full line-up of performers both days of the festival
  • The artist demonstration area will be full of interactive and learning experiences from many different types of artists

Shop 180-200 artists at the festival each year. 

Expert Tip: Go to the MSU Craft Fair on the same days, listed below.


2024 The MSU Craft Fair

The MSU Craft Fair 

When: May 18, 2024, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and May 19, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

Where: MSU Union (49 Abbot Rd, East Lansing Michigan, 48824).

Over 330 vendors and 40,000 patrons over the weekend. So it's a big deal! 

Where to Park: Ramp 6 parking will be free during the MSU Arts and Crafts Show. 

Expert Tip: Go to the East Lansing Art Festival on the same day, listed above.


MCMM Great Lakes Stampede All Ford & Mustang Show

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

Sip and Shop Spring Craft Show - The Double JJ Resort, May 20, 2023, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Check out the art of over 120 crafters!  Free.



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

World’s Largest Food Truck Rally - May 20-21, 2023, Ionia Free Fair. May 20, 2023- Opens at 11:00 am. May 21, 2023 - Opens at 12:00 pm. 

May Mayhem - Demo Derby at the Food Truck Rally (listed above). May 20, 2023 at 4:00 p.m. Ionia Free Fair.  Destruction galore and food to go along with it! Tickets sold the day of at the Grandstand ticket booth.

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?


Fabulous Bingo at Blake's!

When: May 24, 2024 at 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm 

Where: Blake's Tasting Room 17985 Armada Center Road, Armada, MI

Come out for a fun night of glitz, glamour and bingo!! Enjoy drinks, good food, and fun!


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Kitchenaid Senior PGA Championship 2024 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.

Spring Farm to Table Dinner - May 25, 2023. 6:00 pm. Ed Dunneback and Girls Fruit Farm, 3025 6 Mile Road, Grand Rapids, MI.  Book now!

Alma Highland Festival & Games!  | Parade, Performances

Alma Highland Festival & Games

When: May 24, 25 & 26, 2024

Where: Alma College, 614 W Superior St, Alma, MI 48801

Each year this exciting festival brings thousands of visitors to enjoy dozens of pipers and drummers playing at once in a massed band performance. There will also be a parade, road run, arts and crafts, clan tents, games and lots more. 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.

Petoskey Stone Festival, May 27, 2023. The 17th annual Antrim County Petoskey Stone Festival will be held, as always, on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend at Antrim County’s Barnes Park, located on beautiful Lake Michigan at 12298 Barnes Park Road, Eastport, MI.

Memorial Weekend Arts and Crafts Festival – Newaygo, Saturday May 27, 2023 and Sunday May 28, 2023, 10 am - 5pm. Arts and Crafts, food trucks, annual Car Show, live music, and local businesses will have sidewalk sales and specials! This show has continuously brought in approximately 4,500 guests!

Greater Rochester Heritage Days – Saturday May 27, 2023 and Sunday May 28, 2023. Saturday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Heritage Rod & Custom Car Festival-Saturday, May 27th, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Festival of Cars-Sunday, May 28th, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. There will also be artists, a pioneer playground and lots of things to do. Fantastic May Michigan event. 

Memorial Weekend Wine & Art Festival at Lemon Creek Winery, Saturday May 27, 2023 and Sunday May 28, 2023 | 12-6pm | Free Event

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. 

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

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!

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.

Local Appreciation Day, Castle Farms, 5052 M-66, Charlevoix, MI, May 29, 2023. 10-4 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! 

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

Spring Parade of Homes - Grand Rapids

Spring Parade of Homes - Grand Rapids

When: May 31 - June 8, 2024

Fridays + Saturdays 1 pm - 9 pm
Monday - Thursday 5 pm - 9 pm

Tickets: Tickets go on sale May 13.


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 Weekend Events in Michigan | Parades, Services, Activities!

Memorial Day is Monday, May 27, 2024 so the weekend is May 25-26, 2024

We have a HUGE List of Memorial Weekend Parades, Services, Events and Activities!


Oh, and FYI, May is Michigan Wine Month!

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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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