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May 2024 Events Calendar

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Featured May Events

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May 1-7, 2024

Friday, May 3rd, 2024

Mackinac Island State Park Visitor’s Center Opening Day
For more info, visit 7165 Main St., Mackinac Island.

May 8-14, 2024

Wednesday, May 8th, 2024

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

Thursday, May 9th, 2024

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

Friday, May 10th, 2024

Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park Opens for the Season
526 N. Huron Ave., Mackinaw City.

Friday, May 10th, 2024

Benjamin Blacksmith Shop Opens for the Season
For more information, visit 7406 Market St., Mackinac Island

Friday, May 10th, 2024

Biddle House, featuring the Mackinac Island Native American Museum, Opens for the Season
For more information, visit 7406 Market St., Mackinac Island

Friday, May 10th, 2024

The Richard & Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum Opens for the Season
For more information, visit 7070 Main St., Mackinac Island

Saturday, May 11th, 2024

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:

May 15-21, 2024

May 16th-19th, 2024

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

Friday, May 17th-Saturday, May 18th, 2024

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.

May 22-31, 2024

Saturday, May 25th, 2024

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

Saturday, May 25th, 2024

Scottville Clown Band Performances at Mackinaw City Memorial Festival
Pre-Parade Show at 11am and performance during parade at 1pm. Mackinaw Crossings– 248 S. Huron Ave., Mackinaw City

May 25th-27th, 2024

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.

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.

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.

Check back often for updates to this calendar of events!

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Petoskey State Park

Petoskey State Park

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Charlevoix’s History Museums

The Harsha House and the Charlevoix Depot Museum, run by the Charlevoix Historical Society, preserve much of Charlevoix’s rich history.

Up North Snowmobiling

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