Mother’s Day, Wine Month and Outdoor Festivals

Celebrate spring in Northern Michigan with Mother’s Day brunches, farmers markets, wine tours and the reintroduction of outdoor festivals for everything from mushrooms to beer. Explore these May 2022 events in the North and find out how you can get your tickets now.

Rosé All May // Leelanau Peninsula // May 1-31

May is Michigan Wine Month! Join the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Route for a month-long tour around the Leelanau Peninsula, featuring rosé from over 20 wineries in the region.

Photo of Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail

Brass Band Concert // St. Ignace // May 1

After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the Northern Michigan Brass Band will return to Michigan’s beautiful Upper Peninsula at St. Ignatius United Methodist Church.

Mother-Daughter Night // Kingsley // May 4th

It’s time to spoil mom! Celebrate Mother’s Day with Olds Floral & Design by creating a beautiful carnation table arrangement together.

LUNGS: A Play Reading // Traverse City // May 5

Presented by Parallel 45 Theatre, “Lungs” is a smart and funny drama that follows a couple through the surprising life cycle of their relationship as they grapple with issues of family, change, hope and of betrayal.

Chicago // Traverse City // May 5

Opening night for “Chicago” at the Old Town Playhouse in Traverse City will be utterly irresistible, so don’t miss it.

Art Walk // Traverse City // May 6

The Downtown Traverse City Art Walk is a can’t-miss community event, running from 4-7 p.m., while a variety of stunning exhibits will be featured at participating businesses.

Live music at Encore 201 // Traverse City // May 6, 7, 12, 14, 27 & 28

Add some live music to your night in downtown Traverse City with Encore 201’s concert series. In May, popular bands like Drew Hale, the Charlie Millard Band and more will take to the stage.

Mother’s Day Brunch // Suttons Bay // May 7

Pamper Mom with a trip to Black Star Farms. Enjoy an incredible culinary array provided by estate chef John Worjnarski.

Guided Wildflower Hike // Empire // May 7, 14, 21 & 28

With your guide, explore different wildflower habitats at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. As you hike, you’ll hear about early bloomers, woods, and wildlife.

Northern Michigan pink spring flowers

Picture of Sleeping Bear Dunes Tours

Mother’s Day at Old Mission Flowers // Traverse City // May 8

Celebrate Mother’s Day with a bouquet of freshly picked daffodils for mom at Old Mission Flowers.

National Morels Festival // Boyne City // May 12, 13, 14 and 15

It’s that time of year! Get ready for the Boyne City National Morel Festival, which returns this year with special morel-inspired recipes, live entertainment, carnival, craft show and more.

Michael Clem House Concert // Cadillac // May 14

At this Cadillac house concert, enjoy an exclusive performance by Michael Clem, who plays bass, sings and writes songs for the nationwide tour he co-founded, Eddie of Ohio, for nearly 30 years.

Fort2Fort 5 Mile Challenge // Mackinac Island // May 14

Join the Fort2Fort 5 Mile Challenge at Mackinac Island, starting with a gun blast at Fort Mackinac, then taking a winding road to Fort Holmes, the highest point on the island.

‘Nunsense’ A Musical // Curtis // May 18, 19 and 20

Coming to the Pine Performance Center at the Erickson Center for the Arts, Nunsense is a wacky comedy and jaw-dropping performance by local actors. Take a trip to this Upper Peninsula show!

The Barry Ross Trio // Williamsburg // May 18

Join crusader violinist Barry Ross, acclaimed jazz pianist Terry Lower, and acclaimed vocalist Lana Hoffman on “The Great American Songbook and All That Jazz.” The Barry Ross Trio will delight your senses and evoke unblemished memories.

GARY: A Game Reading // Traverse City // May 19

Presented alongside Taylor Mac, a non-binary playwright, actor, singer-songwriter, performance artist, director and producer, Parallel 45 Theater will host a play reading by GARY, A Sequel to Titus Andronicus at the barn of Cathedral.

A 1950s Murder Mystery Dinner // Gaylord // May 21

Hosted by Otsego Resort, enjoy this 1950s prom murder mystery event. Get your prom dresses and puff sleeve tuxedos ready, there’s a case to be solved. (Cocktail hour included!)

An Evening of Art: A Roaring 20s Event // Maple City // May 21

Join the Leelanau Montessori Forever Foundation at Nature for an evening of fun, food, auctions and dancing, all for a good cause. 20s attire is strongly encouraged but not required. All money raised supports the Leelanau Montessori Public School Academy.

Farmer’s Market // Harbor Springs // May 28

Nothing better than fresh produce and flowers. Head to the Harbor Springs Farmers Market, which opens for the season on the corner of State and Main.

Photo of Harbor Springs Farmer’s Market

Michigan Beer and Brat Festival // Thompsonville // May 28

The 15th Annual Michigan Beer and Brat Festival at Crystal Mountain features a wide selection of Michigan microbrews, meads, hard ciders, wine and of course gourmet brats.

Bayshore Marathon // Traverse City // May 28

Prepare your running shoes! The Bayshore Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K have become a Memorial Day weekend tradition for runners who want to see the beauty of Grand Traverse County.

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