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May 2024 Events Calendar

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Featured May Events

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May 1-7, 2024

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

May 8-14, 2024

May 10th-11th AND 17th-19th, 2023

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. 

Saturday, May 11th, 2023
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

May 10th-11th AND 17th-19th, 2023

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. 

May 22-31, 2024

Stay tuned for information on events happening during this time! In the meantime, scroll down to see events that occurred in 2023.

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

 

The River Community Center Presents Cooking Matters for Kids
This program teaches kids basic cooking and knife skills, and nutrition education, and helps build confidence in the kitchen. Students will receive a workbook, prepare a recipe each week in class, and also take home groceries every week for the recipe prepared in class. Parents are encouraged to participate and transportation may be available upon request. Registration is limited and can be done by visiting events.anr.msu.edu. River Community Center- 5871 S. M-37, Baldwin.

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

Wellston Boosters Craft Sale/Seniors Bake Sale 
Wellston Community Center- 1273 S. Seaman Rd., Wellston.

Parking Lot Craft & Vendor Sale
The 10 Spot- 5750 US 10, Ludington. For more information, call (231) 425-3488.

Souper Hero’s and Princesses Par-Tea
This event is a fundraiser for the Miss Ludington Area Scholarship Program. Kids and their favorite adult are encouraged to dress up for this event which includes learning manners, a light luncheon of assorted soups or a lite dinner, and a photo opportunity! 11am-1pm is a session for children ages 3-9 and a separate session for friends 10 and over will be from from 3-5pm. Adult participation is required for both sessions. For the most updated information, visit facebook.com. Ludington Area Center for the Arts- 107 S. Harrison St., Ludington.

COVE Birthday Bash- Mason County
This event is a benefit for Communities Overcoming Violent Encounters (COVE). Tickets are $30 and include appetizers. COVE staff will talk the history and current services provided by COVE.
Attendees are encouraged to bring a “birthday gift” for COVE in the form of pillows, full sized blankets, large kitchen utensils, silverware sets, laundry soap, toilet paper, mixing bowls, table lamps, new washing machines, or a monetary donation. For tickets or more information, click here. Scotty’s Restaurant- 5910 W. US-10, Ludington.

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

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.

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

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, interactive games with prizes, informational booths from area businesses and the farming community, free treats sponsored by Mason County Dairy Farmers, wagon rides, farm animals, and more. For more information, visit facebook.com. Mason County Central Upper Elementary School- 505 W. Maple St., Scottville.

COVE Birthday Bash- Manistee County
This event is a benefit for Communities Overcoming Violent Encounters (COVE). Tickets are $30 and include appetizers. COVE staff will talk the history and current services provided by COVE.
Attendees are encouraged to bring a “birthday gift” for COVE in the form of pillows, full sized blankets, large kitchen utensils, silverware sets, laundry soap, toilet paper, mixing bowls, table lamps, new washing machines, or a monetary donation. For tickets or more information, click here. Taco ‘Bout It Mexican Fusion- 344 River St., Manistee.

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

Riverton Fire Department Pancake Breakfast
$10 per person age 7 and up, free-will donation for those 6 and under. Breakfast includes all you can eat pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage patties, apple sauce, fruit, coffee, juice, and maple syrup from Kistlercrest Farms. There will also be a silent auction, 50/50 raffles, and a bake sale. In addition, there will be a raffle to raise money for 4-year-old Ray Anderson, who has been diagnosed with leukemia. Riverton Township Hall- 2104 W. Hawley Rd., Ludington.

Friends of the Shelby Area District Library Plant Exchange
Bring plants to exchange (and leave a donation if you wish) or purchase garden items. Proceeds go towards maintenance of the library garden. Shelby Area District Library- 189 Maple St., Shelby.

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

Bike Rodeo
The free, family friendly event will teach riders the safest way to enjoy bike riding through the following stations: helmet check, bike check, wheel check, safe riding, and bicycle skills course. There will also be a book giveaway and toddler balance bikes and helmets giveaway. Registration opens May 1st and can be found here. West Shore Community College- 3000 N. Stiles Rd., Scottville.

Archery Day
Those 8 years of age and older are invited to learn about the history of archery, proper techniques, and have the opportunity to shoot. Those under age 17 must have a parent or guardian with them. All supplies are provided and no registration is necessary. Ludington State Park– 8800 M-116, Ludington.

West Michigan Old Engine Club Garden Tractor Pull
Pulls at 10am and 1pm at Scottville Riverside Park- 700 S. Scottville Rd., Scottville.

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

White River Light Station Opens for the Season
Whitehall.

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

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

Run Ludington Harbor Run 
Downtown Ludington.

Mom-2-Mom Sale
Shop from a wide range of children’s clothing, toys, strollers, maternity-wear, and limited sizes of women’s clothing. There will also be face painting, balloon animals, games, and food available for purchase. $1 entry fee and 100% proceeds go to support the Manistee Mothers of Preschoolers. Faith Covenant Church- 475 8th St., Manistee.

Vintage & Craft Vendor Show
Michillinda Lodge- 5207 N. Scenic Dr., Whitehall.  For more information or to reserve a space, e-mail hosts@michillindalodge.com or call (231) 893-1895.

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

Parking Lot Craft & Vendor Sale
The 10 Spot- 5750 US 10, Ludington. For more information, call (231) 425-3488.

COVE Birthday Bash- Oceana County
This event is a benefit for Communities Overcoming Violent Encounters (COVE). Tickets are $30 and include appetizers. COVE staff will talk the history and current services provided by COVE.
Attendees are encouraged to bring a “birthday gift” for COVE in the form of pillows, full sized blankets, large kitchen utensils, silverware sets, laundry soap, toilet paper, mixing bowls, table lamps, new washing machines, or a monetary donation. For tickets or more information, click here. Kristi’s Pour House- 211 E. Main St., Hart.

Mason-Lake Conservation District Mushroom Hike
Mushroom Hike, in partnership with Linda Scribner, beginning at the Fin & Feather Club- 3276 Darr Rd., Scottville. Register at mason-lakeconservation.org by May 12th, 2023.

Horse Shows
Caswell Horse Park at Mason County Fairgrounds- 5302 W. US 10, Ludington. For more information, visit miha.org

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, and raffle. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door and will be available from Pentwater merchants (list TBA). Park Place- 750 N. Rush St., Pentwater. For more information, visit pentwaterwomensclub.org.

Play Tennis Midwest
Free interactive tennis activities, games and play for adults and children age 6 and up. Space is limited. Register at usta.com/playtennismidwest. For more information, contact Coach Brown at (517) 745-6113.

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

Little Sable Point Lighthouse Opens for the Season
Silver Lake.

Ludington North Breakwater Light Opens for the Season
Stearns Park- 420 N. Lakeshore Dr., Ludington.

Spring Walking Tour
Learn about both invasive and native plants at Cartier Park with Dave Dister, local botanist and author. Dave will lead a walking tour of the spring growth in the park, give information on a variety of invasive species, and more. Meet by the Bark Park at the end of Rath Ave. by Lincoln Lake, Ludington.

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.

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.

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

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

West Shore Family Support Craft Fair
Register by visiting docs.google.com. Rotary Park- corner of Ludington Avenue & Lewis Street, Ludington.

Memorial Weekend Fishing Derby
Hosted by the Pentwater Sportfishing Association. 

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.

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

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.

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.

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. 

Pentwater Memorial Day Observance
Veterans, Girl Scouts, and Boys Scouts are encouraged to participate. Services to follow parade at Pentwater Marina and the Village Green, Pentwater. 

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

Downtown Hart Memorial Day Observance
Parade in Hart.

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.

Paddle Antrim Season Kick Off Gathering
Kick-off the paddling season on the Chain of Lakes Water Trail with Short’s Brewing Company. Grab your  paddle craft of choice and a life jacket for an hour-long paddle on Elk River followed by a gathering at Short’s Pull Barn. No registration required but all participants must fill out a waiver. Find the waiver at paddleantrim.com. Elk Rapids Rotary Park- 305 US-31, Elk Rapids.

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