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May Michigan Event Calendar (2023): BEST Things to Do in May in Michigan

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Looking for the Best Things to Do in Michigan in May? Find Top Michigan May Events, Concerts, Tulips Festival and More

Top Things to Do in Michigan in May and Michigan May Events

In May, Michigan officially welcomes spring with open arms. A swath of green covers the state as trees bloom in full. Farm markets pop up again and offer local foods for fair prices and locals get out to explore a nature preserve or find other fun events in Michigan. 

This month is the perfect time for some pure Michigan fun with a spring road trip up north through the tunnel of trees to iconic sites like Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore or the Pictured Rocks in the Upper Peninsula. Otherwise, there is plenty of fun in Michigan to be had in cities across the state. 

Find Michigan May Events, Festivals, Concerts and MORE!

Spring events are unique because they bring us back out into nature after a long cold winter has kept us shut in.

For a list of interesting and unique local events, festivals and more happening in Michigan this May, check the event calendar below. If you’re looking for a things to do this weekend near me, scroll to the bottom for an interactive map.

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May Events and Things to Do in East and Southeast Michigan

Anastasia: New Broadway Musical

Where: Detroit
When: 5/3 – 5/8/22

Based on the 1997 animated film of the same name, the Anastasia the Musical adapts the legend of Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia, who could have escaped the execution of her family. With music and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, Anastasia brings history to life.

Water Lantern Festival

Where: Ann Arbor
When: 5/7/22

While they’re called many things such as lantern festivals, lights festivals, floating lanterns, water fest, or Chinese lanterns – only Water Lantern Festival allows you to Light The Water in a way you’ll never forget.  There’s a lot to do here- check out our guide to the top things to do in Ann Arbor.

Motor City Comic Con

Where: Novi
When: 5/13 – 5/15/22

Join Hollywood stars like Star Trek’s Captain Kirk, WillIam Shatner, Danny Trejo, Alicia Silverstone and others at this popular fn convention in Southeast Michigan.

Lake Orion Flower and Art Fair

Where: Lake Orion
When: 5/20 – 5/22/22

This popular fair in downrown Lake Orion celebates it’s 21st year with a variety of artists, crafters, farmers, food trucks, and more.

Day Out With Thomas at Greenfield Village

Where: Dearborn, MI
When: 5/13 – 5/15/22; 5/20 – 5/22/22

The Henry Ford Museum is already a great way to spend a family afternoon, especially for kids that love all things planes, trains, and automobiles, but for two weekends in May, fans of Thomas the Tank Engine are in for a massive surprise. Visit Greenfield Village to hitch a train ride with Thomas, meet Sir Topham Hatt, and enjoy themed programming from magic shows to art and crafts from May 13-15 or May 20-22.

Third Place [MusicFest]

Where: Ann Arbor
When: 5/25 – 5/28/22

In Ann Arbor, Third Place [MusicFest] takes four days to celebrate performing arts. Welcoming, accessible, and inclusive converts will be performed in local spaces with the goal of bringing artists, business and community together. Stop by Ann Arbor from May 25-28 to see what Third Place [MusicFest] is all about.

Movement Music Festival

Where: Downtown Detroit
When: 5/28 – 5/30/22

Fans of electronic dance music simply can’t miss this Detroit MI tradition. This must-see Southeast Michigan music festival brings over 110 artists to Hart Plaza for three days of music and dancing. Movement Festival in Detroit begins on May 28 and runs through to May 30. 

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May Events and Things to Do in West Michigan

Tulip Time

Where: Holland
When: 5/7 -5/15/22

Tulip Time returns to Holland for 2022 from May 7-15. In this city of wooden shoes, Dutch heritage, windmills, and more, the springtime welcomes tulips aplenty. The Tulip Time Festival is Holland’s highlight of the year and it’s plain to understand why when you see endless tulips of all colors filling the town.

Blessing of the Bikes

Where: Baldwin
When: 5/13 – 5/15/22

It’s the 50th anniversary of the Blessing of the Bikes! One of the largest events in the area, this popular event is a favorite with bikers and non-bikers alike. Tael a walk around Baldwin, check out the bikes in all shapes and sizes while enjoying the food and vendors.

Spring Wagon Ride Through the Orchard

Where: Grand Rapids
When: 5/14/22

Take a spring wagon ride through one of Michigan’s most popular apple orchards and cider mills. See apple and cherry blossoms on the is fun, family activity in Grand Rapids.

Liz Longley in Concert

Where: Spring Lake
When: 5/15/22

Popular Nashville-based singer Liz Longley brings here amazing voice to the stage in Spring Lake, located just north of Grand Haven along Lake Michigan.

Perennial Outdoor Plant Swap 

Where: Zeeland
When: 5/19/22

 Meet fellow gardeners and browse the variety of plants brought in for exchange at this fun spring plant swap. Don’t have a plant to exchange?  Limited extra plants will be provided if you have none to swap.

WWE SmackDown

Where: Grand Rapids
When: 5/20/22

Catch your favorite wrestling superstars live in the ring at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids this spring. Spend an exhilarating night out watching rivalries get settled on the mat live on May 20. There’s simply no other show like a WWE SmackDown. 

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May Events and Things to Do in Southwest Michigan

Antiques on the Bluff

Where: St. Joseph
When: 5/1/22

One of the premiere art fairs in Michigan, the event features over 50 vendors and runs the first Sunday of the month, May through October. The art fair is held on scenic bluff overlooking Lake Michigan.

Michigan Shores Mini & 5K Run

Where: New Buffalo
When: 5//22

Blossomtime Festival

Where: St. Joseph
When: 5/14/22

The Blossomtime Festival, established in 1906, is Michigan’s oldest and largest multi-community Festival. The Grand Floral Parade is the Crown Jewel of the Blossomtime Festival and will be
celebrating its 116th year in 2022.

The Grand Floral Parade features over 120 units including bands, floats, clowns, costumed characters, antique cars and tractors, unicycle teams, equestrian units and the famed Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Motorcycle Drill Team.

PRO-TIP: St. Joseph is one of out favorite Michigan beach towns. Make a weekend of it and check out the best things to do in St. Joe’s.

South Haven Farmer’s Market

Where: South Haven
When: 5/14/22; Saturdays through fall

South Haven’s Farmers Market is one the biggest farm markets in the area, offering produce and homemade treat from local vendors. This marks the first Saturday market of the season.

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May Events and Things to Do in Mid Michigan

Royal Stagg Renaissance Faire

Where: Marshall
When: 5/7 – 5/8/22

In Marshall, history enthusiasts will have the opportunity to travel back in time to the renaissance period on May 7 and 8. Historical re-enactors bring magic from another time to life with plenty of food, entertainment, and shopping to enjoy along the way. 

Nashville Michigan Hot Air Balloon Festival

Where: Nashville
When: 5/6 – 5/8/22

Watch the skies over Nashville, Michigan to find hot air balloons soaring high above. On May 6-8 the Hot Air Balloon Festival is offering tons of activities for balloon enthusiasts, including launches, rides, and even balloon glows on Friday and Saturday evenings. 

FunTown ChowDown Food Truck Festival 

Where: Frankenmuth
When: 5/12/22

Starting in May, the second Thursday of the month marks the FunTown ChowDown Food Truck Festival in Frankenmuth. The event takes place in the parking lot east of the shopping complex on May 12 and will feature 20 food trucks from across Michigan as well as a beer tent, live music, and other fun activities for the whole family.

World Expo of Beer

Where: Frankenmuth
When: 5/20 – 5/21/22

Michigan’s largest beer sampling event returns to Frankenmuth on May 20-21. The World Expo of Beer offers 350 beers to try, including Michigan beer and brews from around the world, including everything from stouts to blondes. Admission includes a collector beer sampling mug and six tickets for sampling any beer of your choosing.

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May Events and Things to Do in Northern Michigan

Tall Ship Manitou Sails

Where: Traverse City
When: May 2022

Sailing out of Traverse City this May, the Tall Ship Manitou is a replica of a cargo schooner, much like those that sailed the Great Lakes and the Atlantic in the 1800s. With an overall length of 114 feet, there is plenty of space to sit or move around the decks while the comfortable, relaxing motion soothes both experienced sailors and landlubbers. 

PRO-TIP: Traverse City is home to some top breweries and wineries. Use our guide to 6 Top Traverse City Breweries and our Ultimate Guide to Traverse City wineries for more details.

Grand Hotel Opening Weekend 

Where: Mackinac Island
When: 5/6 – 5/8/22

Enjoy the view from the world’s longest front porch as you celebrate the Grand Hotel’s 136th season. Stay at the Grand from May 6-8 and experience Mackinac Island as you never have before, with all of the island fun in the sun you already love and the added benefits of this exclusive deal for the Grand Hotel’s first guests of the 2022 season.

Participation in this event includes a lecture from local historian Bob Tagatz as well as discounted ferry rides to St. Ignace or Mackinaw City.  

PRO-TIP: Need a place to stay when you’re on the Island, use the guide to the best places to stay on Mackinac Island for a list of our favorite places.

Fort Mackinac Opening Day

Where: Mackinac Island
When: 5/3/22

Cannon blasts, rifle fire, and soldiers marching through historic Fort Mackinac mark the opening day for this iconic Mackinac Island landmark. On May 3, experience the history of Mackinac Island as it comes to life to celebrate the onset of another successful season. 

The Mesick Mushroom Festival 

Where: Mesick
When: 5/6 – 5/8/22

Michigan’s favorite fungus is back in the spotlight as the damp spring allows mushrooms to grow freely. The Morel is prized for its earthy, woodsy, and nutty flavor profile and admired for its unique honeycomb shape, which is why Mesick hosts a festival dedicated to them each spring.

From May 6-8 celebrate with fellow fungi fans in the self-proclaimed mushroom capital of the United States. 

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TV6 Mother’s Day Craft Show

Where: Marquette
When: 5/6 – 5/8/22

Held in Northern Michigan University’s Superior Dome, this is one of the largest arrts and craft fairs in the Upper Peninsula.

Bay de Noc Kennel Club Dog Spring Agility Trials

Where: Escanaba
When: 5/21 – 5/22/22

Watch as young pups show their newly-acquired agility skills in the Sping Agiity Trials!

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Memorial Day Parades

On Memorial Day, we remember the U.S. military personnel who lost their lives in the line of duty. We honor their service with festival and events throughout Memorial Day weekend. Marking the end of the May calendar of events, Memorial Day Parades are holiday events that you can find dotted throughout the state. 

Kalamazoo – May 30

Muskegon – May 30

Royal Oak – May 30

Saugatuck – May 31

Sterling Heights – May 30 

St. Joseph – May 27

Wayne-Westland – May 29

Zeeland – May 30

Want More Michigan Memorial Day Events?

Use our Guide to the Best Things to Do to celebrate Memorial Day in Michigan.

When it Memorial Day 2022?

Monday, May 30, 2022 is Memorial Day.

What is There to Do in Michigan in May?

From Memorial Day parades to spring concerts; craft shows and festivals like the Mesick Morel Mushroom festival, there are things to do all month long. Michigan plays hose to many family-friendly activities, too, like the Blossomtime Fetival in St. Joseph, MI.

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Bella DiMascio is a Content Editor for She grew up in the Detroit suburb of Westland and later attended Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo where she majored in Communication Studies and minored in English: Writing. Creative writing has been a hobby and interest of Bella’s since she was in elementary school and she is thrilled to be using her talents to highlight the Great Lakes State. Outside of writing, Bella enjoys getting outside with her two Australian Shepherds, playing video games, and binging shows on Netflix.