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May 2024 Events Calendar

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Featured May Events

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May 1-7, 2024

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May 8-14, 2024

Wednesday, May 8th, 2024

Colonial Michilimackinac Opens for the Season
Beneath the Mackinac Bridge, Mackinaw City

May 15-21, 2024

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May 22-31, 2024

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The following events are from 2023. Stay tuned for information on dates for these events in 2024!

First Friday Charlevoix
This event includes a cocktail trail, shopping, fun activities to enjoy, and a chance to win Downtown Dollar Gift Cards. For more information, visit Downtown Charlevoix

Northern Michigan Brass Band Concert
Tickets are $15 each and can be purchased by visiting Great Lakes Center for the Arts- 800 Bay Harbor Dr., Petoskey.

Fort Mackinac Opens for the Season
7127 Huron Rd., Mackinac Island.

Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse Opens for the Season
526 N. Huron Ave., Mackinaw City.

Fort-2-Fort 5-Mile Challenge
Race begins with a blast of the rifles at Fort Mackinac- 7125 Huron Rd., Mackinac Island. Then it takes a winding route up to Fort Holmes, and back down to a finish behind Fort Mackinac next to the scout barracks. Register and find more information at:

National Morel Mushroom Festival
Annual, multi-day event with fun for the whole family. 

Zoo-de-Mack Bike Ride
This leisurely 51-Mile Bike Ride takes participants from the Zoo Bar at Boyne Highlands, to Harbor Springs, to Mackinaw City. It also includes live music and huge parties.

Lavender Hill Farm Annual Plant Sale
Anticipated 2023 Lavender Varieties include Hidcote Pink, Edelweiss, Folgate, Grosso, Hidcote Blue, Munstead, Melissa, Vera, and Royal Velvet. Limit 100 per customer. No reservations or holds. Lavender Hills Farm- 7354 Horton Bay Rd. North, Boyne City.

Jordan Valley Community Band Spring Concert
Free concert at East Jordan Community Auditorium-
304 Fourth St., East Jordan. Donations appreciated.

Morel Madness
Local mushroom legend, Anthony Williams, shares his expertise. A storyteller as much as an expert, Tony relays lifelong family stories on hunting morels in the Boyne City area. Boyne District Library Community Room- 201 E. Main St., Boyne City.

Native American Festival
For more information, call (906) 643-9161. Museum of Ojibwa Culture-500 N. State St., St. Ignace.

Top of Michigan Festival of Races
5k, 10k, and half marathon beginning at Bayfront Park- 101 E. Lake St., Petoskey. Register by visiting

Fireworks Over the Bay
Fireworks will decorate the sky over Moran Bay in downtown St. Ignace.

Fort Michilimackinac Historical Reenactment Pageant
The longest running free Memorial Day historical program in the U.S. which takes place in Mackinaw City, Michigan. More than 400 cast members take part in the three-day pageant that brings to life the 1763 Fort Michilimackinac battle between the French, British, and Native Americans. Fort Michilimackinac- 106 W. Straights Ave., Mackinaw City.

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What's going on now in Northern Michigan?

Discover more to do in Northern Michigan!

Indian River Summerfest

Indian River Summerfest

Indian River celebrates summer in Northern Michigan with SummerFest, an event with five days of family fun.

Emmett-Charlevoix County Fair

Emmett-Charlevoix County Fair

The Emmet-Charlevoix County Fair is held at the fairgrounds on Charlevoix Avenue, and is a mix of carnival rides, food, exhibits, and more.

July 4th Up North

An amazing array of activities like parades, fireworks, and more, make the 4th of July a special day in Northern Michigan.

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Activities & Attractions in Northern Michigan

Northern Michigan Beaches

Summer’s not summer without a day at the beach and Northern Michigan offers some of the best beaches anywhere.

Petoskey State Park

Petoskey State Park

Petoskey State Park is one of the premier destinations for campers and outdoor lovers and is tucked away between Petoskey and Harbor Springs.

Fishermans Island State Park

Fisherman’s Island State Park

Fisherman’s Island State Park has more than 2,600 acres and miles of gorgeous Lake Michigan beach and is located just south of Charlevoix.

Maple Syrup Time

Maple Syrup Season

Spring brings lots of outdoor activities to Northern Michigan but one often ends up on pancakes: making maple syrup.

Up North Snowmobiling

With miles of scenic trails terrain and local snowmobile clubs, Northern Michigan is the place to bring the snow sleds in the winter.