May is the month of morels, spring activities and heading outdoors. From celebrating bike month with Norte to Rosé All May on Leelanau Peninsula, view our Northern Michigan event roundup below to start planning your spring.
Rose All May // May 1 to 31
Rosé All Day? No, Rosé All May! Join us on the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail for pours of Rosé for the entire month of May.
Norte Spring Youth Mountain Biking Season // May 3 to June 6
Norte’s Spring Youth Mountain Biking season starts today and runs for five weeks, empowering young people to be independent and strong.
Birding 101 Workshops // May 4
In Birding 101 at North Central Michigan College, learn the basics, such as optics, field guides, birding technology, predicting migratory flights using weather and radar, attracting birds to your yard and how to find and identify birds during a four-session workshop.
Wine & Shine – Summer Wine Walk // May 8 & 22
Enjoy a leisurely walk along a scenic trail while sampling wine from three tasting stations paired with light food fare. Check in will be at noon at Otsego Resort.
The Mesick Mushroom Festival 5k Glow Run/Walk takes participants along the beautiful Manistee River and scenic trails, where you may even find morels to pick throughout the course! The festival runs May 7-9 with additional activities.
Mother’s Day Brunch at Otsego Resort // May 9
Show mom your appreciation and celebrate with family and friends at Otsego Resort. Enjoy a hosted brunch buffet where moms will get a complimentary flower and choice of mimosa or glass of wine.
Stream story time, a craft session or a class with your little one. Traverse City’s Great Lakes Children’s Museum is offering live virtual programming on Thursdays and Fridays. Today’s Storytime Live is “Diary of a Worm,” by Doreen Cronin.
Trujillo Napa Valley Wine Dinner // May 13
Savor an evening of small production, premium wines with special guest Michael Trujillo, Trujillo Wines. Enjoy a perfectly paired menu prepared by Executive Chef, John Norman.
National Morel Festival // May 14-16
The National Morel Festival is set for May 14-16 in Boyne City. The festival has been downscaled for safety but still includes arts and crafts, morel hunting, a morel dinner and more.
Leelanau Montessori Evening of Art 2021 // May 15
Leelanau Montessori Forever Foundation is hosting our 2021 Annual Evening of Art Event. This year our event will be held virtually. We will offer tickets including a delicious meal offered by the VI Grill for $50. Those who live too far to enjoy the food can purchase a ticket for $25 to bid in the auction. Auction will include some wonderful items and experiences and children’ collaborative art pieces. The students of Leelanau Montessori will be showcasing collaborative pieces available for auction online. Each classroom will have a collaborative piece. Supporting the children’s art will support the school.
Laughs and Drafts Comedy Show // May 15
Laughs and Drafts comedy show kicks off this year at the beautiful Ellison Place in Gaylord, Michigan on Saturday May 15th. Headlining this show is the hilarious Jeff Shaw with special guest comedian Brad Tassle.
Oregon Spring Wine Dinner // May 20
Speaker Travis Tache, Woodberry Wines, will showcase a lineup of wines from Oregon with known grapes like Pinot Noir and lesser known grapes like Auxerrois – paired with a delicious spring menu prepared by Chef Dan. Travis is an advanced sommelier and will be taking us through all of the exciting grapes that Oregon is growing!
Our culinary team invites you to an evening you will remember forever at the exclusive Inn at Black Star Farms. Our wine-paired, culinary experiences are inspired by the best local, seasonal ingredients sourced from Northern Michigan’s finest farms along with our own in Suttons Bay.
Native American Festival // May 28-30
St. Ignace’s Festival is a time to recognize and celebrate the rich culture and contributions of the area’s Anishinaabe people. The event is held on the grounds of the Museum of Ojibwa Culture and activities are free.
Harbor Springs Farmers Market // Saturdays starting May 29
A longstanding tradition, the Harbor Springs Farmers Market returns every Saturday starting today.
North Mitten Half Marathon, 10K & 5K // May 30
The North Mitten Half Marathon, 10l and 5k is a combination of paved roads, dirt roads and trails on Crystal Mountain’s property. A great race for beginners and experienced runners.
Local Appreciation Day at Castle Farms // May 31
It’s Local Appreciation Day at Castle Farms in Charlevoix. All residents with a valid drivers license from Charlevoix, Emmet, Antrim, Otsego or Cheboygan counties tour for free.