Libby’s Picks is Back! Dive in as our MyNorth Media and Traverse Magazine Office Manager extraordinaire Libby Stallman shares the best events happening THIS weekend in Northern Michigan.

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Northern Michigan Events on May 19 & 20, 2022

May 19-22 | Chicago, the Musical | Traverse City

An award-winning tale of crime, celebrity and dirty deeds, Chicago delivers sizzling dance numbers at the Old Town Playhouse.

May 20-27 | Petoskey Restaurant Week | Petoskey

The best restaurants in the area have joined forces for this special culinary event! Three-course menus for $15/$25/$35 with some establishments offering two for one pricing.

Grandpa Shorter's in Petoskey

Photo by Rachel Haggerty

May 21, 2022 Events in Northern Michigan

May 21 | 1950s Murder Mystery Dinner | Gaylord

This 1950s prom is a doo-wop disaster! When a death on the dance floor makes this prom night a party foul, it’s up to you to find the culprit. Held at the Otsego Resort, get out your puffy sleeves and tuxedos for this thrilling night. Tickets include dinner, a show and a cash bar will be available. Learn more and grab tickets for this event here.

May 21 | Craft & Vendor Show | The Village at the Commons, Traverse City

Stop by for a day of shopping on the historic front lawn of The Village at Grand Traverse Commons. Don’t forget to visit Haven for the best spring fashion!

May 21 | Evening of Art: Roaring ‘20s Fundraiser | Maple City

Don your favorite 1920s attire and swing the night away! The Leelanau Montessori Forever Foundation will host its annual fundraiser this Saturday at Nature, a beautiful Northern Michigan event center located in Maple City. Spend a night out in Leelanau County with appetizers, dessert, a live and silent auction, beer and wine, and dancing, from 6-11 p.m. Grab your tickets on the MyNorth Tickets website.

Can’t make it in person? Buy a $25 ticket to gain access to the auctions. Local pick-up and shipping will be available for those not present or living out of town.

May 21 | Guided Wildflower Hike | Empire

Get the most out of your springtime Northern Michigan visit with a Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore adventure led by a professional guide. On this leisurely hike along a trail brimming with early wildflowers, attendees will explore early bloomers, wildlife and more. This hiking series by Sleeping Bear Dunes Tours will also feature another hike to round up the month on May 28. Grab tickets for this event on the MyNorth Tickets website.

White flowers in a garden slowly blooming.

Northern Michigan Events on May 22, 2022

May 22 | Sunday Brunch Live Music Series | Artisan Waterfront Restaurant, Traverse City

Head to Artisan from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to watch local artists perform while enjoying a delightful and delicious Sunday brunch.

May 22 | Family Movie Matinee | Curtis

Take your little ones to a family movie night at Erickson Center for the Arts in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, featuring “SING 2.” In this popular film, Buster Moon and his all-star performers prepare to launch their most dazzling stage extravaganza yet, all in the glittering entertainment capital of the world. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. Grab tickets for this event on the MyNorth Tickets website.

Photo(s) by Dave Weidner