Michigan Events and
Activities May 2013

If you are looking for fun Michigan events and cool things to do all over the state of Michigan, May has a lot to offer.


Things to Do in Michigan in May 2013


Family Fun
Family Fun
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May 2013 has so many great things to do that is will be hard to fit in all the things that you may want to do and experience.

Whether you want to explore artifacts from the Titanic, would love to stroll through tulips and Dutch dancers, or want to escape to a spa oasis, May is the time to do it!


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Concerts and Performances

Willie Nelson

Willie Nelson & Family – May 8

The living legend Willie Nelson will bring the Kalamazoo State Theatre to life on May 8. Tickets sell for less than $100, so this is an affordable outing for every Nelson fan. The concert was originally scheduled for May 9, but it was rescheduled for May 8.

This concert has sold out in other areas of the state, so make sure to get your tickets early if you plan to attend.

Jillian Michaels at Fox Theatre – May 9

Jillian Michaels has inspired thousands of people from around the world to change their lives by exercising and eating right. Her approach has now expanded to helping her fans reach their goals in all aspects of their life, and that is the focus of her current tour across the country. Do you have some changes to make in your life? Are you ready to get healthy, feel better, and live longer? If so, book your tickets for the Fox Theatre on May 9.

Laughter and Reflection with Carol Burnett – May 15

If you could sit down for a cup of tea with carol Burnett, what would you ask her? If you have curiosities about this living legend, book your tickets for this intimate session at Michigan State University’s Wharton Center. Participants will have the opportunity to supply the questions while Carol supplies the honest answers and loads of laughter for all.

Detroit Symphony Orchestra Tribute to Lennon & McCartney – May 17-19

John Lennon and Paul McCartney may not be available for a live performance in Michigan this year, but you can still enjoy the sounds of their music. The Detroit Symphony Orchestra will pay their tribute to these legends with several performances stretching out toward the end of May.

Tours and Getaways

Grand Traverse Resort Mother’s Day Spa Retreat – all of May

May is mother’s month! Send yourself or a special mother you want to celebrate away for a night or two of complete relaxation and rejuvenation. This special Mother’s Day package gives women access to this beautiful, relaxing resort as well as a massage, facial, and pedicure to ensure she goes home refreshed. There is also a mother and daughter retreat package for those who want to turn the event into a family affair.

Leelanau Peninsula Vintners Association Spring Sip & Savor Outing – May 4-5

This weekend is all about putting on your best hat and enjoying wine with other women from Michigan and surrounding areas. Suttons Bay is home to the popular Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail, and this event allows you to sip the best wines from all of the wineries on the trail. This enjoyable event may sell out, so get your tickets before it is too late. This is the perfect getaway for a girl’s trip if you have friends who enjoy sipping wine and chitchatting in a casual fashion.

Family Fun

Michigan Race with Kids

Borgess Run for the Health of It Kid’s Run & Motivational Mile – May 3

This is an active event that challenges children and their families to get active and live healthy lives. The kid’s run will award the top runners while encouraging children of all ages to push their bodies and enjoy running. The one mile motivational run is perfect for adults trying to get their bodies moving for a healthier lifestyle. The event will be held in Kalamazoo in early May.

Sleeping Beauty by the Children’s Ballet Theatre of Michigan – May 3-4

The Children’s Ballet Theatre of Michigan will put on an explosive, fun performance of Sleeping Beauty in Lansing, Michigan. Children and adults will love their engaging rendition of this classic fairy tale, so use it as an excuse to drag the kids out for a family night.

Day Out with Thomas – May 4-5, 11-12

Thomas is riding into the Henry Ford Museum in Greenfield Village, and he is taking kids for a tour of the village. Sir Topham Hatt will be on hand to lead the tour, and Thomas will whisk children around for a bit of fun before heading out to his next tour destination. Tickets should be purchased in advance because this event will sell out quickly.

The Frankenmuth Dog Bowl – May 25-26

This free event combines hot air balloons and man’s beloved four-legged friends. There are events that your dogs can participate in, and many other events that you can watch with the four-legged members of your family. Go up in a hot air balloon or keep your feet on dry land while watching others explore the skies in beautiful balloons. From races to costume contests, all members of the family will enjoy this free event. The event is held in Frankenmuth, and food will be available on site as well as through local restaurants.

Fairs & Festivals

Holland Tulip Time Festival – May 4-11

When thousands of tulips go into bloom in Holland, Michigan, visitors flock from all over to take in their beauty. Of course, they may also be drawn to the multiple parades, fireworks, and other amusements that come along with the Tulip Time Festival. Tulips of every color can be seen throughout Holland during this festival, and there is something to enjoy for every member of the family.

Great Lakes Kite Festival – May 17-19

Visit the Grand Haven State Park in Grand Haven, Michigan to witness one of the most spectacular air shows in the Midwest. Bring your own kites, participate in kite seminars, and enjoy unique kite ballets performed in the air. This is an interesting event that the entire family will enjoy…and it won’t cost you a dime!

Museums and Exhibits

Shirin Neshat Exhibit – May 1-31

The Detroit Institute of the Arts will is offering a unique exhibit dedicated to the Iranian American artist Shirin Neshat. The unique photography and paintings of this artist show a perspective on life that is not seen through every lens and eye. The exhibit will be featured at the museum through May and into later months.

Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition – May 1-31

The Grand Rapids Public Museum will feature an educational exhibit of artifacts from the Titanic. This crashed ship has inspired a romantic film and many historical conversations around the world, and now it is on display for your family to enjoy. The event will continue through July.

Chippewa Nature Center Native Plant Exhibit/Sale – May 23-25

Native plants are best for the Michigan landscape, but also make pleasant additions to home landscapes in surrounding states. This exhibit and plant sale will take place in Midland, Michigan at the Chippewa Nature Center. It is an annual event that starts the gardening season for those in and around Michigan.

Sporting Events

Michigan Girl on a Bike

Pedal and Paddle Bicycle Tour – May 18-19

If you enjoy biking and paddling, you may want to combine your passions and explore River Country this year. This well-planned event will start out with a beautiful bike ride, followed by lunch at Covered Bridge Park, and ending with canoeing or kayaking through the Rocky River. Dinner and entertainment will await you at the finish line, bringing the event to an exciting celebration at the Riviera Theatre.

Ride the Keweenaw Weekend – May 25

Copper Harbor, Michigan is the home of the challenging Copper Harbor trails, and this May you have the chance to tour those aggressive trails with the supervision of experienced guides. This event includes an aggressive riding experience as well as social events for riders.

Kid’s Night at the Tri-City Motor Speedway – May 31

The Tri-City Motor Speedway is an exciting place for kids of all ages, but your little ones will be even more excited on kid’s night. Kids under the age of six can enter for free, and there will be an autograph session for all kids to connect with their favorite race car drivers. Gates open at 5 p.m., and you can purchase passes to enter the pits for just $28.


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