Benzie County’s best events this May and June, get the lineup here:

Benzie County Mushroom Hunting, Wildflower Walks, and Bird Watching

Early to Late May (Depending on weather conditions)

In the spring visitors delight in looking for prized morel mushrooms and spring leeks that grow wild in the meadows and woodlands. Wild flowers and bird watching are also favorite activities for nature lovers.

Benzie County is also a great place to hunt for morel mushrooms due to its natural habitats that include forests, riverbeds, fields, and natural paths along old railroad tracks that are now used for hiking and biking. There is also a handy morel mushroom hunting guide on within the spring page under “things to do”.

For more information see or call 800-882-5801.

Michigan Beer & Brat Festival

Crystal Mountain, Thompsonville

May 25, 2013

Kick off the summer with this Memorial Day Weekend tradition at Crystal Mountain. Enjoy live entertainment while sampling over 50 of Michigan’s finest microbrews, local hard cider & mead, and gourmet brats from northwest Michigan markets. Admission is $6. Food and Beverages are $10 for 10 tokens.  For more information see or call (231) 378-2000.

Frankfort Craft Fair & Antique Vehicle& Muscle Car Show


June 15, 2013

The annual Frankfort Craft Fair starts the summer season in Frankfort with unique craft art of over 75 artists. Also, enjoy the display of antique & Muscle Car Show. For more information see or call 231-352-7251.

Michigan PGA Women’s Open Pro-Am

Thompsonville – Crystal Mountain

June 21 – 23, 2013

One of the premier Michigan golfing events, The Michigan PGA Women’s Open, returns to Crystal Mountain, featuring some of the best professional and amateur women golfers from around Michigan and across the country. For more information see or call (231) 378-2000.

Michigan PGA Women’s Open Championship

Thompsonville – Crystal Mountain

June 24 – 26, 2013

Crystal Mountain is pleased to once again welcome some of the top players in women’s golf from throughout Michigan and around the country to the Mountain Ridge course for the Michigan PGA Women’s Open.  For more information see or call (231) 378-2000.

The Battle at the Betsie Fishing Tournament


June 28-30, 2013

Sponsored by Big Bob’s Up North Outfitter in Frankfort this event which is part of the Tournament of Trails 2013 series highlights the spectacular fishing in Benzie County.  For more information see  (231) 352-5360 or (231) 645-8366.

Nature’s Light: The Talents and Techniques of Roland Roycraft Exhibition


June 30-July 27, 2013

The Elizabeth Lane Oliver Center for the Arts announces it has received exclusive permission to host an exhibition of paintings from Northwest Michigan’s own American Watercolor Society (AWS) member, Roland Roycraft. The art show will feature never before exhibited works on loan from private collections. The show, which runs from June 30th through July 27th, 2013 in the Oliver Arts Center’s  brand new entrance gallery, is entitled, Nature’s Light: The Talents and Techniques of Roland Roycraft. To date, the works have been compiled from collections located in Michigan, Illinois, Georgia, and Florida. A special open house tour and celebration will be held on Sunday, June 30th to honor the new entrance gallery and gift shop, as well as the opening of the Roland Roycraft exhibition. Call (231) 352-4151 for more information.

Find more Northern Michigan events on the MyNorth Events Calendar and!