We’re looking forward to another beautiful spring weekend in Northern Michigan! Explore these 12 local events and festivals taking place from May 18-21. Hosting an event? Let us know! info@mynorth.com.

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May 18-21 | National Morel Mushroom Festival | Boyne City 

Boyne City’s National Morel Mushroom Festival returns this year with special morel-inspired recipes, live entertainment, a carnival, a craft show and more.

May 18 | Outdoor Storytime | Charlevoix 

Have storytime in the garden! Charlevoix Public Library is hosting a special spring storytime event from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. for ages up to 5 years old. No registration is required. If there’s inclement weather, attendees will gather at the Youth Activity Center.

May 19 | Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre | Curtis 

You’re invited to the Whiskey River Trailer Park Potluck! Don’t worry, you won’t need to bring anything because Granny and her crew have got it covered. Dress up in your best outfit and join the other residents. What could go wrong at a potluck? You’ll find out at this Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre event.

People drinking wine, cheers!

Photo by Captured By Grace Photography

May 19-21 | Experience Leelanau | Leelanau County 

Take a tour of the breathtaking beauty of The Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail. New this year, Experience Leelanau is a celebration honoring Michigan Wine Month and everything that makes our region special. Whether you’re a nature lover, a foodie, a music enthusiast, or simply someone who appreciates the finer things in life, this event has something for everyone.

May 20 | Tight Lines for Troops | Manistee

Welcome veterans back from their morning fishing tournament at this annual Manistee tradition, Tight Lines for Troops. Around noon, boats will return to the City Marina up the Manistee River Channel, with patriotic supporters waving flags and welcoming them “home.” After the return, spend the rest of your time exploring the area!

May 20 | Spring Mushroom Hunt | Bellaire 

One of our favorite spring traditions? Hunting for mushrooms! Join this weekend hike at Grass River Natural Area to search for morels, other fungi and fiddleheads along the trails. The event starts at 9 a.m. and registration is required.

May 20 | Hyemin Kim’s Collaborative Recital | Williamsburg

Sit back and relax at this concert featuring Hyemin Kim, Nancy Stagnitta, Dane Philipsen and Michael Coonrod, playing “All About Fantasy” with music by Camille Saint-Saens, Malcolm Arnold, George Enescu, Francoise Borne, Franz Schubert and Madeleine Dring.

May 20 |  Lake Louise Flea Market/Swap Meet | Boyne Falls

If you love to hunt for unique treasures, then you’ll want to stop by this flea market in Boyne Falls. The Lake Louise Flea Market/Swap Meet kicks off from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 11037 Thumb Lake Road, featuring vintage and antique goods, tools, jewelry, crafts, household items, furniture and more. Food will be available and the event will take place rain or shine.

May 20-21 | Bayfront Spring Art and Craft Show | Petoskey

This lakeside art and craft show will be one for the books, located in downtown Petoskey at Bayfront Park. The show will feature the finest painters, sculptors, mixed media artists, glass blowers, woodworkers, jewelry and more, hosted by Blue Ribbon Events. Plus, it’s within walking distance to area breweries, bars and the shopping district.

May 20 | Outdoor Craft and Vendor Show | Traverse City 

Head to The Village at Grand Traverse Commons this weekend for a craft show offering artwork, jewelry, handmade goods, food and more. This is a free event that’s great for all ages. The show will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Village at Grand Traverse Commons

Photo by Dave Weidner

May 21 | Pumpkin Pedal | Traverse City 

Ready for a fun weekend ride through Old Mission Peninsula? The Pumpkin Pedal, hosted by Jolly Pumpkin, features a fun 40-mile, 20-mile or 7.5-mile group ride through the peninsula with registration starting at 11:30 a.m. Plus, the event will benefit TART Trails and Northern Michigan E3.

May 21 | Barn Red Movie at The Bay Theatre | Suttons Bay 

Join this special viewing of “Barn Red,” produced by filmmaker Richard Brauer, outlining the story of a farmer who protects his cherished farm from developers through land conservation. Following the film, Grand Traverse Regional Conservancy Director Glen Chown and Leelanau Conservancy Director Tom Nelson will share how land stewardship protects irreplaceable land that’s critical to our region. The film starts at 4 p.m.

Photo(s) by Dave Weidner