From bright, fragrant tulips to a hip Michigan ukulele festival to sipping some of the state's best wine and beer offerings, this May in Michigan is jam-packed with fun events.
Here are 10 things to do.
Who wants mushrooms? We all do! Mesick, the self-proclaimed mushroom capital of the U.S., hosts its 57th annual Mesick Mushroom Festival May 6-8. Activities include a parade, an arts and crafts show, a flea market, a 5K run and 2K walk, live music and, of course, morel mushroom hunting.
Mesick is a village located between Traverse City and Cadillac on M-37 and M-115. For information on the festival, head to www.mesick-mushroomfest.org.
Tulip Time is a sure sign that summer is on the way. The popular annual festival is set for May 7-14 in Holland.
The Holland area is home to nearly 4.5 million tulips, and the Tulip Time festival takes place throughout the city of Holland, offering parades, the Dutch Dancers performing traditional Dutch dances and other special events. Many events are free, while others are ticketed.
For information, head to www.tuliptime.com
S.S. Badger Maiden Voyage
The S.S. Badger takes attendees on a round-trip cruise from Ludington to Manitowoc, Wis., with fun things to do along the way, from movies to games to children’s activities.
The ship's annual maiden voyage starts on the morning of May 12, departing from the Ludington S.S. Badger dock, which is at 701 Maritime Drive, and returning that evening.
The ship's sailing season runs through Oct. 16. It makes two crossings per day between June 5 and Sept. 11.
Tickets are $35 per adult, $19 for youth 5 to 15 years old and free for children under 5.
For information and tickets, visit www.ssbadger.com.
Comics come to life
The Motor City Comic Con is going strong for a 27th year, boasting more than 250 comic book creators, writers and artists, plus actors from TV and the big screen.
This year’s event brings more than a million comics for sale, as well as movies, gaming merchandise, collectible toys and anime.
The 2016 guest lineup includes Lena Headey of HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” Adam West (Batman) and Burt Ward (Robin) of the 1960s “Batman” television series, Lea Thompson from “Back to the Future,” Seth Gilliam of “The Walking Dead” and actress Tara Reid.
Motor City Comic Con is May 13-15 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi. Ticket pricing varies per day.
For information and tickets, visit www.motorcitycomiccon.com.
Beer in Hudsonville
Spring is a great time to sip on some cool, bubbly brews, and Beer City Spring Fest is here to help you do just that. This year’s festival, set for May 7 at the Hudsonville Fairgrounds in Hudsonville, offers a lineup of Michigan beers from local breweries.
General admission tickets run $29 per person and include eight sample tickets.
Mighty Uke Day
Michigan’s largest ukulele festival happens May 13-15 in Lansing’s Old Town. The annual event includes live shows, open mic performances, workshops, strum-alongs, jam sessions, children’s activities and more in various locations throughout Old Town.
Headliners include Victor & Penny on May 13 and Kalei Gamiao on May 14 and 15. Other groups and solo ukulele players will also perform throughout the festival.
Prices for shows and workshops vary. Some events are free.
For information and tickets, visit www.mightyukeday.com.
Wine tasting at eight wineries
Love wine? Then take note of Blossom Day with the Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula in Traverse City. The event, set for May 14, gives wine lovers the chance to sample new vintages and try spring-inspired food pairings. Attendees may also chat with winemakers.
Blossom Day tickets are $25 in advance or $30 day of the event.
Multiple wineries comprise the Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula: 2 Lads Winery, Black Star Farms, Bowers Harbor Vineyards, Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery, Chateau Chantal, Chateau Grand Traverse, Hawthorne Vineyards and Peninsula Cellars.
For information and tickets, visit www.WineriesofOldMission.com/Events.
Michigan Adventure Race: Epic Edition
The Michigan Adventure Race: Epic Edition is set for May 21 at Ludington State Park in Ludington. This Epic Edition has one-, two- and three-person teams running, biking and paddling to checkpoints throughout the park along Lake Michigan and Hamlin Lake. Are you up for the adventure?
Five- and 10-hour courses are available. Per-person costs range from $74 to $79 for the five-hour course and $110 to $120 for the 10-hour course.
For information and to register, head to www.miadventurerace.com.
East Lansing Art Festival
The East Lansing Art Festival gets started May 20 with a prefestival kick-off concert from Michigan’s Huckleberry Groove. The festival runs May 21 and 22 throughout downtown East Lansing. The event, which is a juried festival, will offer a fine craft exhibition and marketplace, as well as live music, kids’ activities and a variety of food. Admission is free.
For information, visit www.elartfest.com.
That same weekend, the Michigan State University Spring Arts & Crafts show takes place at the MSU Union on the campus of MSU. The free event runs May 21 and 22 and will bring more than 300 artisans to the campus of MSU.
For information, head to www.uabevents.com/retailad/arts-and-crafts-show.
Barley, BBQ & Beats
Barley, BBQ & Beats offers tasty BBQ from Grand Rapids-area restaurants, cocktails made from Michigan spirits and music from area performers.
All proceeds from Barley, BBQ & Beats support Hospice of Michigan’s Open Access program. Entertainment for the event, which is May 21 at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, includes Domestic Problems, Mid-Life Crisis and Big Dudee Roo. Tickets are $35.
For information and tickets, head to www.hom.org/events/.
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