May is almost here, and that means the peak of spring in Pure Michigan is on the horizon! The temperatures are rising, the flowers are blooming across the state and festival season is upon us.
Below is a roundup of some of the many events going on around the state in May. Please visit michigan.org for a complete listing of things to do across the state.
Week of April 28
April 28-May 4, 2013, Saint Joseph
The Blossomtime Festival takes place April 28 – May 4. This annual festival, which began in 1906 celebrates the agricultural industry in southwest Michigan. It is a multi-community event including 25 communities in southwest Michigan. The Grand Floral Parade lasts two hours and has over 100 units including floats with community queens and their courts, bands, clowns, costumed characters and antique cars. More than 250,000 spectators come from across the Midwest to enjoy this colorful parade which travels from St. Joseph across the river into Benton Harbor. Click here or phone for more details (269) 982-8016.
May 2-4, 2013, Jackson
Held the first weekend of May each year, storytellers from all over the United States bring their special stories to Jackson, Michigan; where audiences of all ages share in the laughter, the tears, and the memories. Make plans to head to Jackson on May 2, 3 and 4, for the Storyfest, to celebrate 26 Years of “Stories to Tickle, Tug and Touch You.” Please visit the website link for more information or call Jackson Storyfest at (517) 499-2290.
May 4-5, 2013, Grand Ledge
Grand Ledge celebrates Michigan artists, local culture and rich Victorian heritage by inviting visitors to historical demonstrations and themed activities in beautiful downtown Grand Ledge, overlooking the river and picturesque ledges. For more information contact (517) 627-5170.
Tulip Time Festival 2013
May 4-11, 2013, Holland
Celebrating over 80 years of culture, heritage and beauty, the Tulip Time Festival is a celebration of Dutch heritage and culture. This 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 (800) 822-2770 or (616) 396-4221.
Week of May 5
Guts & Glory – An Evening with Anthony Bourdain
May 7, 2013, East Lansing
Chef, author and raconteur Anthony Bourdain is best known for traveling the globe on his stomach, daringly consuming some of the world’s most exotic dishes on his hit TV shows Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations and The Layover. Somewhat notoriously, he has established himself as a professional gadfly, bête noir, advocate, social critic and pork enthusiast, recognized for his caustic sense of humor worldwide. He is as unsparing of those things he hates, as he is evangelical about his passions. The event will take place at the Cobb Great Hall at 7:30pm. Content may not be suitable for children. Tickets starting at $38. To purchase tickets click here.
May 10-11, 2013, Lake Orion
In its 13th year, downtown Lake Orion’s annual Flower Fair event will be held on Friday, May 10, 2013, from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Saturday, May 11, 2013, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. This event, which takes place in the streets of downtown Lake Orion, kicks off the summer season and provides patrons the opportunity to purchase flower and garden related products as well as art and craft items. Patrons will also be able to speak with home improvement and backyard goods and service providers and visit our business showcase. The activities will be fresh and fun, many will tie into Mother’s Day. For more information about the event, please contact the Lake Orion DDA at (248) 693-9742 or visit the website.
Mesick Mushroom Festival
May 10-12, 2013, 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 10 – 12, 2013. For more details on the event, visit the website link or call (231) 885-2679.
Morel Mushroom Festival & Craft Show
May 11, 2013, Lewiston
The Lewiston Chamber of Commerce puts on our Annual Mushroom Festival and craft fair at the Lewiston Elementary school. Among the events include a mushroom tasting with a variety of dishes from area residents and restaurants, guided mushroom hunts with a professional mushroom guide and sales, specials and more from local businesses participate, click here for more information!
Michigan All State Bonsai Show
May 11-12, 2013, Grand Rapids
Ryan Neil, one of the most sought-after bonsai artists in the country, will headline this year’s show. Ryan studied in Japan for six years and has taught workshops and given demonstrations at bonsai conferences throughout the world. Twice he has been featured in Bonsai Focus magazine. The Bonsai Show will also include vendors from across the country, offering handmade bonsai pots, large specimen trees, affordable trees with “bonsai potential” and a complete assortment of bonsai supplies. This free event runs from 11 a.m. -5 p.m. For more information, call (616) 957-1580 or visit the website here.
Week of May 12
May 16-19, 2013, Berkley
Featuring carnival rides and games for families to enjoy, a craft show with unique crafts and gift ideas, a pooch pageant and punt, pass and kick competition this event if fun for the whole family. The kids can also enjoy a petting zoo on Sunday.
Morel Mushroom Festival 2013
May 16-19, 2013, Boyne City
This fun-filled festival is the ultimate signal that spring is here…featuring a 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 visit the website here.
World Expo of Beer 2013
May 17-18, 2013, Frankenmuth
On May 17-18 Frankenmuth is home to a beer tasting event including music, souvenirs and 50 breweries from 5 continents brought to you by Jaycees Frankenmuth Chapter. The fun takes place May 17 from 5-10 p.m. and May 18 from 3-10 p.m. For more detailed information and to purchase online tickets, visit the link or call (888) 805-1504.
East Lansing Art Festival
May 18-19, 2013, East Lansing
The Fine Art Festival in downtown East Lansing features an art exhibition and marketplace – ranked 55th in the nation’s top 100 fine art festivals! This art exhibition and marketplace will feature original works by more than 200 invited fine artists and traditional craft artisans from across North America. The event is free to the public with live music and children’s arts activities going on all weekend long. For more information, visit the website link or call (517) 319-6804.
Empire Asparagus Festival
May 18-19, 2013, 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 website link or call (231) 326-6081.
Week of May 19
Eastern Market Flower Day
May 19, 2013, Detroit
Flower Day at the Eastern Market is one of the largest flower shows in the country. Members of the Metro Detroit Flower Growers Association (MDFGA), and hundreds of flower growers from Michigan, Canada and neighboring states will fill the market with their colorful array offerings. Over 15-acres of the highest quality annuals, perennials, foliage, shrubbery, trees, exotics, tropical plants, flats, hanging baskets and more will be available for purchase. Click here for more information.
Rock the Coast 2013
May 24-25, 2013, Muskegon
Rock the Coast is back for 2013 and is bigger and better than ever! This year the event includes two full days with TWO nights of concerts at Michigan’s Adventure, including the Wild Water Adventure on Saturday. RTC 2013 will truly be the kickoff to summer. To purchase tickets visit www.miadventure.com or stop by the Michigan’s Adventure park office.
Ride the Keweenaw Weekend
May 24-27, 2013, Copper Harbor
The weekend celebrates the designation of the Copper Harbor mountain bike trails as an “Epic Ride” and provides two days of guided tours on four single track trail systems between Houghton and Copper Harbor. The event includes bike demos, downhill shuttle runs, a vendor expo and live music. For more information, call (906) 289-4788.
Movement: Electronic Music Festival
May 25-27, 2013, Detroit
The Movement Electronic Music Festival features five technologically-rich outdoor stages; more than 100 artists; free Wi-Fi access on the grounds; a posh VIP setting located up and behind the main stage; dozens of official after parties around the city; an interactive technology center featuring the hottest gear in the industry; and several art displays to stimulate the senses. Click here for more information.
May’d in Michigan
May 25-27, 2013, Augusta
May’d in Michigan, a place for everything Michigan. The event features local artisans and entertainment. May’d in Michigan will be held May 25th, 26th and 27th, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Event held at 13215 M-89; Augusta, MI 49012. For more information, call (810) 834-4294 or visit the website.
Week of May 26
Cadillac Memorial Day Celebration
May 27, 2013, Cadillac
The Cadillac Memorial Day Celebration is a full day of patriotic ceremonies and a celebration of our freedom to express ourselves. There will be races, a parade, honor guard ceremony, Veteran’s Memorial Service and a patriotic flag burning ceremony. For a full schedule, visit the website link or call (800) 225-2537 or (231) 775-0657.
Mancelona Bass Festival
May 30-June 2, 2013, Mancelona
The annual festival is the place to be for parades, a carnival, flea market, craft show and so much more. The entire family will enjoy the barbecue, fishing tournament, kids games, fireworks and free on stage entertainment.
Grand Haven Offshore Challenge
May 31-June 2, 2013, Grand Haven
The Grand Haven Offshore Challenge is an annual fishing tournament with awards for all categories including kids, women, amateur and professional. Friday, May 31st – Women & Kids Tournament, June 1st & 2nd – Pro Am Tournament. For event details, visit the website or call (616) 638-1370.
Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix
May 31-June 2, 2013, Detroit
Come and experience the fastest weekend of the summer at the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, May 31-June, 2013. The event features world-class auto racing, family fun, live music, interactive games and displays and much more. There’s something at the Grand Prix for people of all ages. Belle Isle hosts three days of racing, music and family entertainment as the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix returns to the Motor City. Premiere racing action will be featured on the newly-reconfigured raceway at Belle Isle Park. The weekend features the IZOD IndyCar Series, the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series and the Pirelli World Challenge Championship Series. In 2013, Belle Isle will host the first IndyCar doubleheader race weekend with full championship races on both Saturday and Sunday in the Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit. Even if you’re not a race fan, there’s plenty to experience and enjoy at the Grand Prix. Friday, May 31, is “Free Prix Day” as fans will have free admission to the track as well as the race paddock. Great weekend or single-day ticket packages are available and tickets start as low as $25. For more information and to purchase tickets online, visit the website or call (866) 464-PRIX (7749).
Ya’ssoo Greek Festival
May 3-June 2, 2013, Ann Arbor
Ya’ssoo is an annual festival featuring live music and entertainment, Greek cuisine, homemade pastries, Kafenio and Taverna, Agora Marketplace and church tours. The event is held at the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church; 3109 Scio Church Rd; Ann Arbor, Michigan 48103. Last year over 7,000 people attended. The event takes place Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 12 midnight and on Sunday from 12 noon to 6 p.m. Children 12 and under are free and admission is free for everyone on Sunday. Visit the festival’s website for more information.
These are just a few of the many events happening next month in Pure Michigan. Please visit michigan.org for a complete listing.