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12 Things To Do During May in Michigan

by Lisa Diggs

The merry month of May always makes us feel like summer will finally arrive, yet it brings plenty of opportunities for fun all on its own.

 
May 1-8 Restaurant Week – Petoskey

Petoskey and Bay Harbor restaurants have teamed up to bring you the chance to try some wonderful dishes - all at great prices! You can enjoy three course menus for $25 for dinner and $15 for lunch. With a wide variety of options ranging from Roast and Toast to Sage and Palette Bistro to Grand Traverse Pie Company, there’s something for everyone. www.petoskeyrestaurantweek.com

 

May 1-17 Tropical Pickle Dinner Theater – Lowell

Written by Jeff Daniels, Tropical Pickle is a comedy set in Macomb County that centers around the peculiar Lee family. Bob Lee promises his wife that he will win them a free trip to Miami to represent his company, Shankelferd Pickle, at the National Condiment Convention. The Lee's plan to impress the new company president with a dinner party, but everything goes awry. The production takes place at Larkins Other Place, 301 W. Main Street in Lowell on Friday and Saturday evenings--May 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16 and a Sunday matinee at 1:30pm on May 17. Show only tickets are also available.  www.lowellartsmi.org  

 
May 2-9 Tulip Festival – Holland

Celebrating over 80 years of culture, heritage and beauty, the Tulip Time Festival is one of Michigan’s grandest traditions. It’s a celebration of Dutch heritage and culture, that has a little bit of something for everyone including: three amazing parades, multiple Dutch dance performances, concerts, theatre, Dutch attractions, tantalizing food, children’s events, trolley tours, and of course stunning tulips. www.tuliptime.com

 

May 9 Michigan Wine and Beer Fest – Brooklyn

There are many wine and beer tastings popping up around the state, but this one truly offers something unique. It features the tastes and toasts of Michigan wineries, breweries and eateries amidst a NASCAR racetrack. Guests may sample wines, beer, and food from Michigan vendors and buy favorite wines by the bottle or case. There will also be live entertainment throughout the weekend. Tickets are $30 and include $10 worth of tasting tokens. Gates open at noon and close at 9pm.  www.mispeedway.com

 
May 14-17 Railroad Days – Durand

There’s truly something romantic about old railroads, and Durand brings that nostalgia to life. Families will enjoy checking out Michigan’s Railroad Museum, the historic depot, a model railroad and collectible show, arts and crafts show, a parade, and even a beautiful baby contest. While in town, wander through downtown businesses taking in works by local area artists, participate in the 5K walk/run, and/or entice your palate during the wine and beer tasting events on Friday and Saturday nights. www.durandrailroaddays.com

 
May 14-17 National Morel Mushroom Festival – Boyne City

Boyne City, nestled on the shores of Lake Charlevoix, will celebrate the 55th Morel Mushroom Festival this year. The area is a spectacular place for the popular Michigan sport of morel hunting. Outdoor enthusiasts and gourmet food lovers will gather together to enjoy Taste of Morels, the largest concentration of morel cooking anywhere. You’ll find delicious morel dishes, wine tasting, expert chefs, a mushroom seminar by local experts, a carnival, and a guided morel hunt for novices. Golfers and fishing enthusiasts will find the world’s finest golf courses and outstanding fishing.www.morelfest.com

 
May 15-17 Asparagus Festival– Empire

One of the first bumper crops of the new agricultural season in Michigan every year is aspargus. It's a sure sign that spring has arrived, and summer is nearly upon us. 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. www.empirechamber.com

 
May 17 Eastern Market Flower Day – Detroit

Entering its 49th year, nothing makes southeastern Michigan feel the warmth of spring like Flower Day at Eastern Market. All sheds and open areas are covered with every possible annual, perennial, herb, shrub and tree at prices well below what nurseries typically charge. You’ll also find food vendors, entertainment, and a host of restaurants eager to welcome you in. If you’re attending for the first time, it's highly recommended that you bring a wagon or a cart to help tote your precious purchases back to your vehicle. www.easternmarket.com

 
May 22-23 Northern Michigan Hearse Cruise – Gaylord

In one of the stranger new traditions in the state, the Northern Michigan Hearse Cruise will be hosting its second annual event. This two day oddity begins Friday May 22nd from 6pm until 10pm in downtown Gaylord under the Pavilion. The hearses come from across the country. Saturday May 23rd features a car cruise, traveling from Gaylord to Traverse City. They'll be stopping for two hours in the towns of Mancelona, Kalkaska, and Traverse City, between 9am and 5pm, where these unique vehicles will be displayed at no cost to the public.  www.nmhc.squarespace.com

 
May 22-25 Balloons over Bavarian Inn & Dog Bowl – Frankenmuth

Michigan’s Little Bavaria is the place to be for family fun this weekend. First hot air balloons ascend above the town and fill the sky with color. Then on May 23 & 24, the World's Largest Olympic Style Event for Dogs descends upon this tiny hamlet. It’s a high energy showcase that features dogs running, jumping, diving, and retrieving! There are lots of great competitions and activities, and all breeds are welcome to compete. www.frankenmuthriverplace.com  

 
May 23-25 Civil War Remembrance at the Henry Ford – Dearborn

Feel the Civil War come alive all around you as bustling camps, cavalry and period music enliven an entire weekend filled with reenacted events. This year marks the sesquicentennial, the surrender of Gen. Robert E. Lee and the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, both in April 1865. Visit Greenfield Village as hundreds of Union and Confederate reenactors, civilians, musicians and historic presenters — all in period clothing — converge, eager to share their knowledge of that triumphany, yet tragic chapter in our American history. www.thehenryford.org/events/civilWarRemembrance.aspx

 
May 23-25 Movement Electronic Music Festival – Detroit

This event has been known under a few different names, but has always possessed the same unifying sprit that draws visitors from around the world. It's a celebration of music and culture held in the heart of the city. Detroit is the birthplace of Techno, and thousands of young people descend upon the city each year to dance and celebrate in Hart Plaza, and various clubs downtown. www.movement.us  

 


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