Pure Michigan May Events Roundup

May in Pure Michigan means springtime fun and sunny weather. From BBQs and outdoor festivals to Memorial Day celebrations, it’s a great time of year to enjoy our state’s many offerings. For more suggestions on things to do this May in Michigan, visit michigan.org.

East Central

Cinco de Mayo
May 4-5, 2012, Imlay City
The streets of Imlay City will be alive with Hispanic music, art, crafts, food and entertainment as we celebrate Cinco de Mayo. For more information call (810) 724-1361, or click here.

Mother’s Day at the Zoo
May 13, 2012, Saginaw
Free admission for Mom on her special day! Zoo open 10am-5pm. Regular admission, Members free. Train and carousel rides, $2 per person, per ride. For more information on this event, call (989) 759-1408, or click here.

Barks, Bikes & Balloons
May 26-27, 2012, Frankenmuth
We’re launching the Summer Season Memorial Weekend. Activities for the whole family. Frankenmuth River Place is hosting the Dog Bowl. Competitions for all dogs. Tour de Frankenmuth bicycle road race starts on Saturday, May 26th at 8am. A Bike Expo is planned. Hot Air Balloons will take flight on Saturday, May 26 6:30am. Competitive Hot Air Balloon launches and Balloon Glows are planned. Call for more information (800) FUN-TOWN.

Lexington Memorial Day Parade 2012
May 28, 2012, Lexington
Come to Lexington for the patriotic Memorial Day Parade 11 am. Follow the parade to Lexington’s Historic Cemetery where there is a brief ceremony and tours of the Moore Historic Chapel.

Memorial Day Parade
May 28, Midland
Come to Downtown Midland to remember our heroes and enjoy the Memorial Day parade, beginning at 10am. Start your day with a breakfast at a Downtown eatery and after the parade enjoy a leisurely lunch at one of our many restaurants. Shop, dine and play in Downtown Midland. For more information, call (989) 837-3330, or click here.

Northeast

Mushroom Festival 2012
May 12, 2012, Lewiston
Come up to Lewiston for our annual Mother’s Day Mushroom Festival. Learn how to hunt for those tasty morel mushrooms and learn how to cook them in a variety of ways. This is a great way to spend Mother’s Day weekend. For more information call (989) 786-3160.

Tawas Point Birding Festival
May 17-20, 2012, East Tawas
Fellow bird lovers unite for this event held in cooperation with the Ausable Valley Audubon Society. This is your opportunity to see over 300 species of birds at a Nationally recognized Important Birding Area. There will be presentations from birding experts, demonstrations, and birding tours of Tawas Point, Kirtland’s Warbler habitat, Tuttle Marsh and Clarks Marsh. In addition you can climb the 70 foot tall Tawas Point lighthouse and get a bird’s eye view of Tawas Point. There is a $2 fee for touring the lighthouse. A Recreation Passport of $10 is your ticket to Michigan’s state parks and outdoor adventures! For more details contact the park at (989) 362-5041, or click here.

Mackinaw Memorial Bridge Race
May 26, 2012, Mackinaw City
Gear Up for an Active Summer with the Mackinac Bridge Memorial Weekend Race. One of the only times of year that runners are allowed to run the Mackinac Bridge will be this year on May 26. Runners must register in advance and be able to run a minimum of 12 minutes per mile to race in the event. For more information on this event visit the link or call (231) 436-5664.

Au Gres VFW Memorial Day Parade
May 27, 2012, Au Gres
Parade held Sunday, May 27, 2012, at 1pm right down US-23 in Au Gres. Parade entries wanted- call to sign up! Parade line up at 12:30pm behind Bopp-Busch, N Main Street, Au Gres. For more information call (989) 876-6397, or click here.

Northwest

Mesick Mushroom Festival
May 11-13, 2012, Mesick
Mesick, the “morel mushroom capitol,” pulls out all the stops for the celebration including a grand parade, carnival, largest mushroom contest and more from May 11 – 13, 2012. For more details on our event, visit the link or call (231) 885-2679.

Morel Mushroom Festival 2012
May 17-20, 2012, Boyne City
This fun-filled festival is the ultimate signal that spring is here…carnival, mushroom hunting, cooking demonstrations and lots of morels! Come share in the fun and bring your appetite. Call the Boyne Area Chamber of Commerce for details at (231) 582-6222, or click here.

Empire Asparagus Festival
May 18-20, 2012, Empire
The lakeshore village of Empire greets the arrival of asparagus season with good food, wine & beer. Dancing & an annual oral poetry contest for the best “Ode to Asparagus.” For more information click on the web site link or call (231) 326-6081.

Harrison’s Memorial Weekend Events
May 26-27, 2012, Harrison
Saturday, May 26th, Car Cruise around Harrison and Budd Lake. Line-up is at 4pm at Hayes Township Hall. Afterwards; muddy mayhem at the Memorial Weekend Mud Bog at the Clare County Fairgrounds. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids 10 and under. The event begins at 7pm. On Sunday the 27th, Car & Bike Show in downtown Harrison. $10 registration; goody bags to first 75 registered. Registration available before by calling (989) 539-6011; or register day of event at 8am. Craft vendors will be on-site at the event. For more information, call (989) 539-6011.

Southeast

Jonesville River Fest – 2012
May 18-20, 2012, Jonesville
This festival is always held on the 3rd weekend in May in downtown Jonesville. Come join us for canoe races, a car show, music, food, and lots of fun. For more information, visit the website link or call us at (517) 320-1403.

Great Lakes Wine Fest
May 19, 2012
An annual event between Michigan International Speedway (MIS) and the Michigan Wine Foundation. The event will feature the tastes and toasts of Michigan wineries, breweries and eateries in a unique setting – a NASCAR racetrack. Guests may sample wines, beer and food from Michigan vendors and buy favorite wines by the bottle or case. Live entertainment throughout the weekend will also be featured. Advance tickets are $25. Tickets at the gate are $35. Gates open at noon and close at 9pm. This event is for guests 21 years and older. For more information call (800) 354-1010, or click here.

Romeo Victorian Festival
May 19, 2012, Romeo
On Saturday, May 19, from 9am to 6pm, the historic village of Romeo will host their Seventh Annual Victorian Festival. Events include ice cream making, Civil War reenactment camp, Victorian style children’s games and entertainment. For more information call (586) 752-4111, or click here.

Sumpter Country Festival
May 24-28, 2012, Belleville
The Sumpter Country Fest includes a carnival, beer tent, casino, bingo, free children’s entertainment, crafts, food, demolition derby, enduro racing, fireworks, live music, Impersonators/tribute bands, & much much more!!! Sumpter Township (Belleville, MI). For more information call (734) 461-6201.

Southwest

Blossomtime Festival
May 1-5, 2012 Benton Harbor
Blossomtime Festival April 29 – May 5. The Blossomtime Festival, which began in 1906 is an annual festival celebrating the agricultural industry in southwest Michigan. It is a multi-community event including 25 communities in southwest Michigan and is the oldest festival in the state. The Grand Floral Parade lasts two hours and has over 100 units, including floats with community queens and their courts, bands, clowns, costumed characters, antique cars and special units. 250,000 spectators come from the Midwest to enjoy this colorful parade which travels from St. Joseph across the river into Benton Harbor. Phone for more details (269) 982-8016, or click here.

Mayfaire Renaissance Festival
May 19-20, 2012 Marshall
The Mayfaire Renaissance Festival in Marshall, MI runs for two full weekends plus Memorial Day: May 19-20 & May 26-28, 2012. Event hours are 10am – 6pm (Open Rain or Shine!) See swordfighting, comedy, jugglers, musicians and shop for unique artisan wares in a beautiful wooded setting. For more information, call (269) 382-6120, or click here.

Saugatuck & Douglas Memorial Day Parades 2012
May 28, 2012, Douglas
Come join us in Saugatuck at 9am and Douglas at 10am for our patriotic Memorial Day Parades. For more information, visit the website link or call (269) 857-1701.

Upper Peninsula

Keweenaw Migratory Bird Festival
May 1-31, 2012 Copper Harbor
This event, held throughout the month of May in Copper Harbor, offers superb daytime birding opportunities and plenty of fun activities for the whole family. There will be programs, speakers, bird walks, guided tours, and much more during the weekends in May. For more information on this event, visit the website link.

West Central

Tulip Time Festival 2012
May 5-12, 2012, Holland
Celebrating over 80 years of culture, heritage and beauty. The Tulip Time Festival is a celebration of Dutch heritage and culture, a multi-generational event that has a little bit of something for everyone including; three amazing parades, multiple Dutch Dance performances, concerts, theatre, Dutch attractions, Dutch food, children’s events, trolley tours and so much more! For more information on this event, visit the link or call us at (800) 822-2770 or (616) 396-4221.

Memorial Day Weekend
May 25-28, 2012, Pentwater
Memorial Day Weekend is the official start of summer, boating, beach, and family time! Come and start off your summer in Pentwater, Michigan. The annual Fishing Derby, Marine Corps League Pancake Breakfast, Annual Plant Sale, and our Pentwater Memorial Day Parade. Come visit us and start your summer off right! For additional information call (231) 869-4150, or click here.

Alma Highland Festival Games
May 26-27, 2012, Alma
Held on the campus of Alma College the last week in May, the Scottish Heritage festival features Old World competition and pageantry at the largest Midwest festival of its kind. For more information, call (989) 463-8979, or click here.

Hudsonville Memorial Day Service
May 28, 2012, Hudsonville
The Hudsonville Memorial Day Service honors the men and women who have so bravely served our country. Join us at 10am at Veteran’s Park in Hudsonville to honor our service men and women. May 28, 2012 at 10am. Veterans Park is located on the corner of 32nd Avenue and Central Boulevard and is adjacent to the City Hall property. For more information call (616) 669-0200 x 411.