Pure Michigan Events – May 2010

Tulip Time Festival, Holland, May, 1-8, 2010

This springtime celebration of the area’s Dutch heritage and culture is more than 80 years old, and features over six million blooming tulips and multiple parades, concerts, Dutch Marktplaats, wooden-shoed dancers, traditional street scrubbers, food and crafts, entertainment, carnival rides and kiddie activities.

Jackson Storyfest, May 7-8, 2010

Who doesn’t enjoy a good story? The 23rd Annual Jackson Storyfest is an opportunity to appreciate this oral tradition and enjoy listening to performers gifted in the ancient art of storytelling.

51st Mesick Mushroom Festival, May 7-9, 2010

The “Mushroom Capital of the U.S.” celebrates the morel mushroom with a carnival, sports competitions, entertainment, and Grand Parade.

Morel Mushroom Festival, Lewiston, May 8, 2010

Search for the elusive morel on a guided mushroom hunt, sample the delicacy at a mushroom tasting, browse the arts & crafts show, and enjoy the Mother’s Day Poetry Contest.

50th National Morel Mushroom Festival, Boyne City, May 13-16, 2010

This festival includes the Morelfest Wine & Dine, cooking demo and seminars, outdoor expo, entertainment, and the delicious Taste of Morels event.

Tawas Point Birding Festival, East Tawas, May 14-16, 2010

The Chimney Swift is the featured bird of this year’s gathering of birders who come for the digital photo workshop, trip to the Kirtland’s Warbler Pine River Habitat, wildflower and wildlife tours, and seminars.

West Michigan Birding Festival, Ludington, May 14-16, 2010

The 2nd annual event wings its way into Ludington State Park with programs about waterfowl, bald eagles, and the piping Plover, which nests along the Lake Michigan shoreline.

Downtown Hoedown, Detroit, May 14-16, 2010

For the 28th year WYCD radio brings “Country music’s largest free concert” to the stage at the Detroit Riverfront Hart Plaza with headliners and up and coming talent.

Durand Railroad Days, May 14-16, 2010

The 35th annual festival recognizes the history and importance of the rail industry in an active railroad center with a beautiful station that houses the Michigan Railroad History Museum.

Empire Asparagus Festival, May 14-16, 2010

The 7th annual event welcomes asparagus season with a parade, tasting dinner, 5K Kick Ass-paragus Fun Run/Walk, and Ode to Asparagus poetry competition.

Blossom Days, Traverse City, May 15-16, 2010

Welcome spring as the cherry blossoms bloom on a self-guided tour to sample unreleased wines at the 7 Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula.

World Expo of Beer, Frankenmuth, May 21-22, 2010

Enjoy beers from Michigan and around the world, plus live music and food at Heritage Park.

Great Lakes Kite Festival, Grand Haven, May 22-23, 2010

Giant kites, graceful kite ballets, fighter kite competition and a lighted kite Night Fly are highlights of the annual event along Lake Michigan at Grand Haven State Park. There’s even an indoor kite fly plus family-friendly crafts and games.

Fruitport Old Fashioned Days, May 26-31, 2010

The Memorial Day Parade steps off at noon Monday, capping a full calendar of good fun for the whole family in Michigan’s Fruit Belt, including a pig roast, fireworks, entertainment, carnival rides and petting zoo.

43rd Alma Highland Festival & Games, May 29-30, 2010

A bit of Scotland comes to Alma College each year with traditional dancing, piping, drumming and band competitions and performances, athletic events, a parade, exhibitors, and massed bands performances of some 1,000 pipers and drummers. Celebrate at a Ceilidh (party) on Saturday night.

Mackinaw Memorial Bridge Race, Mackinaw City, May 29, 2010

For the 7th year runners are allowed to cross the Mackinac Bridge over the Straits of Mackinac. The 5-mile span connecting the Upper and Lower Peninsulas is usually open only to motorized vehicles.

Movement: Detroit Electronic Music Festival, Detroit, May 29-31, 2010

Each year since 2000 the birthplace of techno music has filled the riverfront Hart Plaza with the sounds of established and new artists and celebrated the city’s contributions to the electronic music scene.

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