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May 2024 Events Calendar

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May 1-7, 2024

Throughout the Month of May 2024

Traverse City Uncorked
Take a self-guided wine tour of Traverse City powered by a digital passport complete with savings, special offers, and opportunities to win prizes. To get your passport and for more information, visit traversecity.com.

May 3rd-5th AND 10th-12th, 2024

Performance of “Don’t Hug Me”
Fridays/Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2pm. Ramdell Regional Center for the Arts- 101 Maple St., Manistee.

Thursday, May 2nd, 2024
4-7pm

Ludington Area Volunteer Fair
Numerous non-profit organizations will have informational booths. There will also be door prizes and refreshments. Ludington Library- 217 E. Ludington Ave, Ludington.

Thursday, May 2nd-Sunday, May 5th, 2024
7:30pm

Performance of Ragtime
2nd-4th at 7:30pm AND 5th at 3pm. Frauenthal Theatre- 425 W. Western Ave., #401, Muskegon.

Friday, May 3rd, 2024
4-7pm

Downtown Art Walk
Downtown Traverse City. For more information, visit downtowntc.com.

Friday, May 3rd, 2024
7:30pm

Performance by The Four C Notes ~ A Night Celebrating Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
City Opera House- 106 E. Front St., Traverse City.

May 3rd-5th, 2024

Picture Perfect Photography Weekend Workshop
Presented by Todd & Brad Reed Photography. Held at the Lamplighter Bed & Breakfast- 602 E. Ludington Ave., Ludington.

May 3rd-5th, 9th-12th, 16th-19th, AND 23rd-25th; 2024

Performance of The Wedding Singer: The Musical Comedy
Thursdays-Saturdays at 7:30pm & Sundays at 2pm. Old Towne Playhouse- 148 E. 8th St., Traverse City.

Saturday, May 4th, 2024
9am-12pm

Foster the Family 5K and Family Fun Day
This event includes a 5k, Fun Run, and Family Fun Day at Riverside Park- 2001 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids. The event benefits Foster the Family which provides immediate emergency support and long-term holistic care to foster families and children in the Grand Rapids area. 5k is $35, Fun Run is $10, and the Family Fun Day is $10. To register, visit runsignup.com. For more information, email Faye at faye.veltman@fosterthefamily.org.

Saturday, May 4th, 2024
9am-Sundown

Flea Market & Craft Show
Vendors, food trucks, and kids activities. To apply for a space, visit facebook.com or call (231) 862-3571.

Saturday, March 4th, 2024
9am-3pm

Wellston Boosters Craft Sale/Seniors Bake Sale 
Wellston Community Center- 1273 S. Seaman Rd., Wellston. To register, contact Denise at roadkingdc@hotmail.com or (231) 330-2422.

Saturday, March 4th, 2024
10am

Hart Hills Bike Race
Race starts and finishes in downtown Hart with a 5, 10, 25, and 50 mile option offered. Refreshments will be available at the finish line. Overall and age group winners will be recognized with a unique medal. For more information or to register, visit harthills.com.

Saturday, May 4th, 2024
10am

Historic White Pine Village AND the Port of Ludington Maritime Museum Open for the Season
Historic White Pine Village– 1687 S. Lakeshore Dr., Ludington. Port of Ludington Maritime Museum– 217 S. Lakeshore Dr., Ludington.

Saturday, May 4th, 2024
10am-2pm

Farm Market
Vendor Show at Tractor Supply Company- 4572 W. US-10, Ludington. To reserve a space, message Berrim Peterson on facebook.com.

Saturday, March 4th, 2024
10am-3pm

Pig Roast with Craft & Vendor Show 
Pig roast with all the fixings for $10 per person, kids activities, and raffles. Craft & Vendor Show in the parking lot at Kalkaska Baptist Church- 1651 County Rd. 612, Kalkaska.

Saturday, March 4th, 2024
10am-4pm

NW Michigan Record Show
Dealers will be set up from across Michigan and Indiana selling new and used vinyl records. Also buying and trading. To reserve a table, contact Barry price on facebook.com.

Saturday, March 4th, 2024
11am

Ship Tours Begin
Boat tours of the SS City of Milwaukee and the USCGC Acacia ships begin. 99 Arthur St., Manistee. For more information, visit carferry.com.

Saturday, May 4th, 2024
12-5pm

Brews & Beats on the Village Green
Enjoy local craft beer, wine, cider, food, live music, yard games and more! Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door which includes a tasting glass and six beer samples. For more information & to purchase tickets visit facebook.com

Sunday, May 5th, 2024
7:30pm

Performance of Tonight I’m My Mother: a Night of Improv with Liz Allen
The Playhouse at White Lake- 304 S. Mears Ave., Whitehall.

Sunday, May 5th, 2024
4pm

Performance performance by Earthwork Music Collective
Ludington Area Center for the Arts- 107 S. Harrison St., Ludington.

May 6th-12th, 2024

Frankfort-Elberta Restaurant Week
For more information, visit frankfortelbertarestaurantweek.com.

Tuesday, May 7th, 2024
10am

Big Point Sable Lighthouse Opens for the Season
Big Point Sable Lighthouse- 8800 W. M-116, Ludington.

Tuesday, May 7th, 2024
10am

Sheep Shearing Demonstration
Free to all seniors and individuals with special needs. A free will donation is requested from the general public. RSVP by calling (231) 462-3732 or email circlerockingsfarm@att.net. Circle Rocking “S” Children’s Farm- 5487 Tuttle Rd., Free Soil.

May 8-14, 2024

Throughout the Month of May 2024

Traverse City Uncorked
Take a self-guided wine tour of Traverse City powered by a digital passport complete with savings, special offers, and opportunities to win prizes. To get your passport and for more information, visit traversecity.com.

May 3rd-5th, 9th-12th, 16th-19th, AND 23rd-25th; 2024

Performance of The Wedding Singer: The Musical Comedy
Thursdays-Saturdays at 7:30pm & Sundays at 2pm. Old Towne Playhouse- 148 E. 8th St., Traverse City.

May 6th-12th, 2024

Frankfort-Elberta Restaurant Week
For more information, visit frankfortelbertarestaurantweek.com.

Wednesday, May 8th, 2024
5:30-7:30pm

Mason County Agriculture Night
This free event will celebrate Mason County’s agricultural heritage and will also be a chance for the public to tour the Michigan Farm Bureau’s Farm Science Lab. Highlights include free Sanders hot dogs from Lakeside Wiener Wagon, interactive games with prizes, informational booths from area businesses and the farming community, free ice cream sponsored by Mason County Dairy Farmers, wagon rides, farm animals, and more. For more information, email Angela Taylor at ataylor@mccschools.org or call (231) 757-3713, ext. 131. Mason County Central Upper Elementary School- 505 W. Maple St., Scottville.

Thursday, May 9th, 2024
8am-1pm

Corewell Health Ludington Plant Sale
This sale includes a variety of plants as well as hanging baskets and will be held in the circular drive next to the Corewell Health Ludington Medical Building- 7 Atkison Dr., Ludington. Proceeds benefit the Corewell Health Foundation.

 

Thursday, May 9th, 2024
3:30-5:30pm

Diapers & Donuts
West Shore Family Support will be giving away free diapers & donuts to families with children age 3 and under at Crossroads Church of Mason County- 1463 E. US-10, Scottville. Free car seat checks will also be offered.

Friday, May 10th, 2024
7:30pm

Performance by the Alexis Cole Quartet featuring Pasquale Grasso
As part of the Hart Community Performing Arts Series. Hart Middle School Auditorium- 308 Johnson St., Hart.

May 10th-11th AND 17th-19th, 2024

Performance of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Performance by the Central Park Players at Central Park Place, 421 Columbus Ave., Grand Haven. Fridays/Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2:30pm. 

May 3rd-5th AND 10th-12th, 2024

Performance of “Don’t Hug Me”
Fridays/Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2pm. Ramdell Regional Center for the Arts- 101 Maple St., Manistee.

May 10th-12th, 2024

Mesick Mushroom Festival
Annual event for mushroom lovers. For more information, visit mesick-mushroomfest.org.

Saturday, May 11th, 2024
7am-12pm

Riverton Fire Department Pancake Breakfast
Cost is typically $10 per person age 7 and up, free-will donation for those 6 and under. Breakfast includes blueberry pancakes with fresh locally made maple syrup, sausage, scrambled eggs, fruit, orange juice and coffee. There will also be raffles, 50/50 drawings, a large silent auction, and a bake sale all to benefit the Fire Department. Riverton Township Hall- 2104 W. Hawley Rd., Ludington.

Saturday, May 11th, 2024
8am-1pm

Newaygo Conservation District Native Plant Sale
Plants will be sold on a first come, first serve basis, we are not doing any preorders. Cash, check, and card payments will be accepted. Newaygo County Fairgrounds- 815 S. Stewart Ave., Fremont. For more info, visit facebook.com.

Saturday, May 11th, 2024
8:30am-3pm

Rats ‘n Rods Car Show
260 St. Mary Pkwy, Manistee. For more information, call (231) 510-7452.

Saturday, May 11th, 2024
9am-4pm

Spring Art Market
Denos Museum Center- 1701 E. Front St., Traverse City

Saturday, May 11th, 2024
1pm

The Met Opera presents an HD performance of Madame Butterfly
Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts– 101 Maple St., Manistee.

Sunday, May 12th, 2024
3pm

Performance by the Traverse City Symphony Orchestra
Broadway Spectacular at City Opera House- 106 E. Front St., Traverse City.

May 15-21, 2024

Throughout the Month of May 2024

Traverse City Uncorked
Take a self-guided wine tour of Traverse City powered by a digital passport complete with savings, special offers, and opportunities to win prizes. To get your passport and for more information, visit traversecity.com.

Thurday, May 16th, 2024
9am-2pm

Antiques & Vintage Sale
Items for sale on a “make a reasonable offer” basis. First Methodist Church of Scottville- 114 W. St., Scottville.

Thursday, May 16th, 2024
7pm

Scottville Clown Band Performance at Baldwin AmVets Blessing
1959 W. 24th St., Baldwin

May 16th-19th AND 23rd-25th; 2024

Performance of The Wedding Singer: The Musical Comedy
Thursdays-Saturdays at 7:30pm & Sundays at 2pm. Old Towne Playhouse- 148 E. 8th St., Traverse City.

May 17th-19th, 2024

Performance of School House Rock
Performance by the Central Park Players at Central Park Place, 421 Columbus Ave., Grand Haven. Fridays/Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2:30pm. 

Friday, May 17th, 2024
9am

First Sailing of the Season for the S.S. Badger Carferry
For reservations, call (800) 841-4243.

Friday, May 17th, 2024
7:30pm

Performance by the Cherry Blossom Ramblers Family Band
Ramsdell Theatre- 101 Maple St., Manistee.

Friday, May 17th-Saturday, May 18th, 2024
9am-2pm

Vendor/Craft Sale & Flea Market
More than 30 booths of direct sales vendors, crafts, vintage items, and flea market items. First Methodist Church of Scottville- 114 W. St., Scottville. Register by messaging Dawn Quick on Facebook. 

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

Tight Lines for Troops
Charity fishing tournament for Michigan’s disabled veterans.

Friday, May 17th-Sunday, May 19th, 2024

10-Minute Play Festival: Tales for the Stage
Submissions due by February 4th, 2024. For more info, visit ludingtonartscenter.org. Ludington Area Center for the Arts- 107 S. Harrison St., Ludington.

Friday, May 17th-Sunday, May 19th, 2024

Blessing of the Bikes
Motorcycles of all varieties and sizes make their way to Baldwin for this annual event.

Saturday, May 18th, 2024
9am

Run Ludington Harbor Run 5k 
Downtown Ludington.

Saturday, May 18th, 2024
9am

Ludington Petunia Parade Planting Day
Along Ludington Avenue and around Ludington Municipal Marina, Ludington.

Saturday, May 18th, 2024
9am-5pm

Craft & Vendor Market
Contact Jennifer Swanson on Facebook to reserve a space. Evangelical Covenant Church of Whitehall- 900 Warner St., Whitehall.

Saturday, May 18th, 2024
10am-3pm

Outdoor Craft & Vendor Show
The Village at Grand Traverse Commons- 1200 W. 11th St., Traverse City. To register, visit fareharbor.com.

Saturday, May 18th, 2024

Horse Shows
MCE Equestrian Speed Show; for more information, visit miha.org. Caswell Horse Park at Mason County Fairgrounds- 5302 W. US 10, Ludington. 

Saturday, May 18th, 2024
5-10pm

Blast Into Summer Party
Annual benefit for the Alzheimer’s Association presented by the Lakeshore Pyrate Heads. Admission is a cash donation or donation of a non-perishable food or hygiene item. Tropical or pyratical attire is encouraged. 50/50 raffle, live auction, and music by Two Dudes in Flip Flops.  Sportsmans/The Mitten Bar- 109 W. Ludington Ave., Ludington.

Sunday, May 19th, 2024
2pm

Guided Hike
Beginning at the Warming Shelter at the Ludington State Park- 8800 M-116, Ludington.

Sunday, May 19th, 2024
2-5pm

Annual Wine & Art Scholarship Fundraiser
Sponsored by Pentwater Women’s Club, fundraiser for college scholarships for graduating seniors. Includes silent auction, over 30 wines for sampling, hors d’oeurves, desserts, and raffle. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door and will be available from Port View- 560 S. Hancock St. and Jilly’s Gallery- 226 S. Hancock St. Event held at Park Place- 750 N. Rush St., Pentwater. For more information, visit pentwaterwomensclub.org.

Sunday, May 19th, 2024

Horse Shows
Mason County Saddle Club Show; for more information, visit masoncountysaddleclub.com. Caswell Horse Park at Mason County Fairgrounds- 5302 W. US 10, Ludington. 

Tuesday, May 21st, 2024
10am

Little Sable Point Lighthouse Opens for the Season
Silver Lake.

Tuesday, May 21st, 2024
10am

White River Light Station Opens for the Season
Whitehall.

May 22-31, 2024

Throughout the Month of May 2024

Traverse City Uncorked
Take a self-guided wine tour of Traverse City powered by a digital passport complete with savings, special offers, and opportunities to win prizes. To get your passport and for more information, visit traversecity.com.

May 16th-19th AND 23rd-25th; 2024

Performance of The Wedding Singer: The Musical Comedy
Thursdays-Saturdays at 7:30pm & Sundays at 2pm. Old Towne Playhouse- 148 E. 8th St., Traverse City.

May 22nd-27th, 2024

Fruitport Old Fashioned Days
Annual festival with fun for the whole family. Includes midway, live music, food, car show, and more. For more information, visit fruitportlionsclub.com.

Friday, May 24th, 2024
6-8pm

Live in Legacy Plaza
Live music featuring Tim Krause. Legacy Plaza- 112 N. James St., Ludington.

Friday, May 24th, 2024
7:30pm

Performance of Remembering Patsy Cline
Ramsdell Theatre- 101 Maple St., Manistee.

Friday, May 24th, 2024
7:30pm

Performance by Night Fever: The Ultimate Bee Gees Tribute Featuring The New York Bee Gees
City Opera House- 106 E. Front St., Traverse City.

Saturday, May 25th, 2024
10am-4pm

Parking Lot Craft & Vendor Sale
The 10 Spot- 5750 US 10, Ludington. For more information, call or text Kayleen at (231) 683-8058.

Saturday, May 25th, 2024
10am-4pm

Elk Rapids Arts & Crafts Show
To register, visit elkrapidschamber.org. River Street, Elk Rapids

Saturday, May 25th, 2024

West Michigan Old Engine Club Garden Tractor Pull
Dead Sled at 9am, Transfer Sled at 12pm at Scottville Riverside Park- 700 S. Scottville Rd., Scottville.

Saturday, May 25th, 2024

Michigan Beer & Brat Festival
Enjoy live entertainment while sampling an enormous selection of Michigan’s finest microbrews, meads, hard ciders, wine, liquor, and gourmet brats from northwest Michigan markets. Crystal Mountain Resort- 12500 Crystal Mountain Dr., Thompsonville. For more information, visit crystalmountain.com

Saturday, May 25th-Sunday, May 26th, 2024
10am-4pm

West Shore Family Support Craft Fair
This show includes a variety of talented crafters & artists as well as food trucks. Rotary Park- Ludington Ave. & Lewis St., Ludington. For more information or for an application, visit supportwsfs.org.

May 25th-27th, 2024

Memorial Weekend Amateur Salmon & Trout Fishing Derby
Sponsored by the Pentwater Sportfishing Association. For more information or to register, visit pentwaterpsa.org/memorial-weekend-derby.

May 25th-August 23rd, 2024

Win & Bette Matteson Annual Big Fish Contest
Sponsored by the Pentwater Sportfishing Association. For more information or to register, visit pentwaterpsa.org/annual-big-fish-contest.

Sunday, May 26th, 2024
8am-12pm

Pentwater VFW Pancake Breakfast
Pentwater VFW- 8440 N. US-31, Pentwater.

Sunday, May 26th, 2024
10am-1pm

Cars & Coffee Car Meet
Free car meet with no registration or registration fees. All are welcome. At the Meraki Coffee Truck in the parking lot of Scotty’s Restaurant- 5910 W. US-10, Ludington. Food trucks will also be on site.

Sunday, May 26th, 2024
1pm

Fountain Horse Pull & Activities
Horse pull at 1pm.  In addition to the pull, there will be a bake sale, a vendor/craft show, food, horseshoe tournament, and raffles. Delaney’s- 4108 E. Main St., Fountain. For the most updated schedule of events, visit facebook.com

Sunday, May 26th, 2024
1pm

Blessing of the ORV’s
Cost is $5/vehicle for an all-day pass. Events include a Law Enforcement Workshop, Blessing of the ORV’s at 1pm, Vendors, Food, and Manistee Forest ORV merchandise. Skinner Park- 5074 W 10 1/2 Mile Rd., Irons.

Monday, May 27th, 2024
10am

Pentwater Memorial Day Observance
Parade at 10am beginning on 1st St. Veterans, Girl Scouts, and Boys Scouts are encouraged to participate. Services to follow parade at Pentwater Marina and the Village Green, Pentwater. 

Monday, May 27th, 2024
10am

Manistee Memorial Day Observance
9am- Poppy placement and rifle salute at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery- 1628 Maple Rd. 9:30am- Poppy placement and rifle salute at Oak Grove Cemetery- 1040 Veterans Oak Grove Dr. 10am- Memorial Day Parade beginning at the corner of River & Division Streets and ending at Veteran’s Memorial Park- 117 Memorial Dr., Manistee. 

Monday, May 27th, 2024
11am

Downtown Hart Memorial Day Observance
Parade in Hart.

May 30th-June 2nd, 2024

Silver Lake Jeep Invasion
An annual event for Jeep enthusiasts held on the Silver Lake Sand Dunes.

Friday, May 31st, 2024
5-9pm

Muskegon Party in the Park
Live music featuring Lookin’ Back (Tribute to Bob Seger) and Allentown (Tribute to Billy Joel), kids activities, food/drink trucks, and more. Hackley Park- 350 W. Webster Ave., Muskegon.

Friday, May 31st, 2024
6-8pm

Live in Legacy Plaza
Live music featuring JD & the Bees Knees. Legacy Plaza- 112 N. James St., Ludington.

May 31st-June 2nd, 2024

Grand Haven Offshore Challenge Fishing Tournament
For more information and to register, visit tournamenttrail.net/tournaments

The following events are from 2023. Stay tuned for information on dates for these events in 2024!

 

Mears Memorial Day Observance
Mears Cemetery- 6189 W. Fox Rd., Mears.

Ludington Memorial Day Observance
Service at 11:30am at Veterans Mall in Stearns Park- 420 N. Lakeshore Dr., Ludington. Complimentary luncheon for all veterans at 1pm at American Legion Post 76- 318 N. James St., Ludington.

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