20th Dogwood Fine Arts Festival
May 6-14, 2011, Dowagiac
Novelist Jonathan Franzen and Chef John Besh are among the featured guests at this annual feast for the senses celebrating the visual and culinary arts, music, dance, storytelling and literature.
Tulip Time Festival
May 7-14, 2011, Holland
A springtime favorite for over 80 years, this celebration of Dutch heritage and culture features over six million blooming tulips, three parades, theatre, concerts, a Dutch Marktplaats, wooden-shoed dancers, food and crafts, carnival rides and kiddie activities.
Civil War Days
May 27-29, 2011, Coldwater
President and Mrs. Lincoln are the very special guests at this annual living history weekend featuring Civil War battle reenactments, steam engine train rides, period crafts, a military dance, a Civil War church service and the Grand Military Ball.
May 6-7, 2011, Jackson
The 24th Annual Jackson Storyfest showcases the ancient art of storytelling at public performances and workshops by gifted performers.
Green Street Fair
May 6-8, 2011, Plymouth
Earth-friendly and informational fun for the whole family features 200 exhibitors, entertainment, art, cooking demonstrations and more in the heart of charming downtown Plymouth.
May 13-15, 2011, Detroit
WYCD radio presents the largest country music festival of its kind. More than 50 new up and coming artists perform in free concerts at the Detroit Riverfront Hart Plaza.
Great Lakes Wine Fest
May 21, 2011, Brooklyn
Enjoy the tastes and toasts of Michigan wineries, breweries and eateries in a unique setting at the Michigan International Speedway. In addition to the sampling, seminars on wine, food and related topics will be held.
May 28-30, 2011, Detroit
The 11th annual Movement features four stages and nearly 100 performers who will fill the Riverfront Hart Plaza with the sounds of electronic music in the birthplace of the techno sound.
Civil War Remembrance
May 28-30, 2011, Dearborn
Over 450 Union and Confederate soldiers and civilians of the era set up camp at Greenfield Village at The Henry Ford complex for battle reenactments, 19th century music, parades, demonstrations, dramatic presentations and other activities typical of the Civil War era.
Through Labor Day, 2011
Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs!
Dinosauria at the Detroit Zoo, Royal Oak: 30 animatronic creatures populate the park.
World of Dinosaurs: The Expedition Continues at Cranbrook Institute of Science, Bloomfield Hills: Features eggs, skeletons and casts of 40 different species of creatures from a private collection and the institute’s collection.
Dinosaurs Unearthed at the Detroit Science Center: More than 20 animatronic dinosaurs, plus skeletons and replicas; Dinosaurs Alive! Playing in the Science Center’s IMAX Theater; Dinosaur Planet at the Planetarium
Grand Ledge Victorian Day
May 7, 2011, Grand Ledge
Start cultivating your mustache for the annual contest as part of this fun look at the Victorian era. Learn about fashions of the period, witness a wedding, see a Civil War encampment and enjoy your choice of High Tea or Teddy Bear Tea.
Great Lakes Kite Festival
May 20-22, 2011, Grand Haven
Test the latest kites and power kites, watch kite ballets, indoor kite fly, and illuminated kite fly Saturday evening. See kites the size of school buses take to the air, and browse the latest kites and gear at the outdoor store on the Lake Michigan beach. (The festival is free; there is a fee for entry to Grand Haven State Park.)
Pow Wow in the Park
May 21-22, 2011, Muskegon
Watch and listen to the drumming and music of traditional Native American dancing, and browse arts and crafts at this free event in Hackley Park.
Fruitport Old Fashioned Days
May 25-30, 2011, Fruitport
Good fun for the whole family in Michigan’s Fruit Belt includes carnival rides, a circus, an ox roast, 5K & 10K races, fireworks and entertainment capped by the Memorial Day Parade that steps off at noon Monday.
Alma Highland Festival
May 28-29, 2011, Alma
For the 44th year Alma College becomes “Scotland U.S.A.” as the air fills with the sounds of piping, drumming and band competitions and performances, and thousands enjoy the traditional dancing, foods, workshops exhibitors, athletic events, and parade.
Durand Railroad Days
May 13-15, 2011, Durand
The 36th annual festival recognizes the history and importance of the rail industry with a parade, carnival, and activities at the beautiful station that houses the Michigan Railroad History Museum.
World Expo of Beer
May 20-21, 2011, Frankenmuth
Over 250 beers from Michigan and around the world are available for sampling from the mug included in the $7 ticket price. Live music, food and companion Beer School (separate registration) round out the event for adults 21 and over at Heritage Park.
Mesick Mushroom Festival
May 6-8, 2011, Mesick
The wild and elusive morel mushroom is the star at the 52nd annual event featuring contests for shroomers, a carnival, sports competitions, entertainment, and Grand Parade.
National Morel Mushroom Festival
May 12-15, 2011, Boyne City
Shroomers enjoy guided and competitive mushroom hunts, Morel Breakfast, Morelfest Wine & Dine, cooking demo and seminars, outdoor expo, entertainment, and the delicious Taste of Morels event.
May 14-15, 2011, Traverse City
Enjoy a celebration of blossoms, beauty and bounty at the seven wineries of Old Mission Peninsula. Tickets are $15 and include a souvenir glass and tasting at each winery.
8th Annual Empire Asparagus Festival
May 20-22, 2011, Empire
Welcome Michigan’s asparagus season with a parade, tasting dinner, 5K Kick Ass-paragus Fun Run/Walk, and Ode to Asparagus poetry competition.
Antrim County Petoskey Stone Festival
May 28, 2011, Eastport
Michigan’s official state stone—which is actually a fossil unique to the area—gets its own day of celebration including stone hunting, stone skipping, Petoskey stone and rock and gem vendors, and local foods and music.
Morel Mushroom Festival
May 7, 2011, Lewiston
Learn to find the delicacy on a guided morel mushroom hunt, sample the treasured fungi at a mushroom tasting, browse the arts & crafts show, and enjoy the Mother’s Day Poetry Contest.
Tawas Point Birding Festival
May 13-15, 2011, East Tawas
More than 160 species of migrating warblers are spotted in the area each May, making this one of the premier spots in the Great Lakes region for learning about bird conservation and sharpening birding and photo skills.
Kirtland’s Warbler Wildlife Festival
May 21, 2011, Roscommon
This “Celebration of Nature” honors the cheery lemon-breasted songbird that nests only in limited areas of Northern Michigan. View the endangered bird’s nesting areas in Jack pine plantations, take a guided nature walk, enjoy music and a juried Nature Fine Arts Show at Kirtland Community College.
Memorial Weekend Pageant
May 28-30, 2011, Mackinaw City
The 49th annual re-enactment of the 1763 Native American siege of Fort Michilimackinac is brought to life by more than 400 costumed performers. Period games and demonstrations surrounding the main program include a knife & hawk throw, 18th Century Mackinac Fashion Show, primitive archery competition and biscuit toss competition.
Mackinaw Memorial Weekend Celebration
May 28-30, 2011, Mackinaw City
Bands, clowns, parade, Saturday evening fireworks, Memorial Day Service on Monday at Marina Park, and Saturday’s 8th annual run across the Mackinac Bridge over the Straits of Mackinac accompany the Fort Michilimackinac Pageant.
Keweenaw International Migratory Bird Festival
April 30 through May, 2011, Copper Harbor
A month-long celebration of migratory birds as they rest for the flight across the big lake to Canada, and also to welcome numerous species of returning winged residents. The Bird Fest Benefit Breakfast is May 22.
Lake Gogebic Area Chamber of Commerce Spring Fishing Tournament
May 21-22, Lake Gogebic
Join this catch and release contest, with prizes up to $1,000, and a fish fry Sunday afternoon for all participants.