Lake Michigan Calendar of Events

May 2019

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Wednesday, May 1st, 10am-5pm

Big Sable Lighthouse Opens for Season
The Big Sable Lighthouse is located inside of the Ludington State Park. It is a two-mile hike out to see the 150-year-old lighthouse and keepers quarters. Guests can explore the downstairs of the quarters, the gift shop and watch a short video about the history of the light. Then climb the 130 stairs to see spectacular views of the State Park and Lake Michigan. Fee to climb the tower is $5 for adults and $2 for children 12 and under; must be 40" tall to climb. Ludington State Park, 8800 W. M-116, Ludington.
Big Sable Point Lighthouse

Friday, May 3rd, 7pm

Mandolin Concert by Brian Oberlin
His concerts feature a wide range of musical styles (swing, Italian classical, bluegrass and traditional). Tickets $10 ($8 for LACA members). Ludington Area Center for the Arts, 107 S. Harrison St., downtown Ludington.
Performing Arts

Saturday, May 4th - Monday, May 6th

Music In the Parlor
Local musicians will be performing in the parlors of our Ludington Historic Bed & Breakfasts. After enjoying a nice dinner on your own, head to one of our three Ludington Inns for dessert and live music performed exclusively for our guests. The Lamplighter Bed & Breakfast, Ludington House Bed & Breakfast and Candlelite Inn Bed & Breakfast are all within walking distance of each other along historic Ludington Avenue. Cost is just $30 in addition to a two night stay at one of the participating inns of your choosing.
Music in the Parlor

Saturday, May 4th

Historic White Pine Village opens for season
Historic White Pine Village, Ludington.
Historic White Pine Village

Saturday, May 4th

Pentwater 4th Annual Founder's Day
Children's activities, two-man pull saw, logging implement display, historical photos, music, biking tour, history displays, merchant sidewalk sales. Downtown Pentwater.

Saturday, May 4th, 7am-11am

Win with Wellness Health Fair
Main hospital lobby, Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital, Ludington.

Saturday, May 4th, 8pm

Concert by Head East
Little River Casino Resort, Manistee.

Sunday, May 5th, 4pm-6pm

Bob Parker Music Series: TBA
The event takes place on the third floor. The rest of the museum is closed. Admission is a free-will offering for the "Bob Parker Music Enrichment Fund" managed by the Community Foundation For Mason County. Sandcastles Children's Museum, downtown Ludington.

Tuesday, May 7th

Ludington 4th & 5th Grade Musical
Peterson Auditorium, Ludington.

Tuesday, May 7th, 7pm

Hart Middle School Spring Awards Concert
Hart Middle School Auditorium, Hart.

Thursday, May 9th

Ludington 4th & 5th Grade Musical
Peterson Auditorium, Ludington.

Thursday, May 9th - Thursday, May 30th

Spring History in Action Days
From 10am-2:30pm on May 9, 16, 23, and 30. History comes alive as volunteers and First Person Interpreters welcome school groups to Historic White Pine Village and show visitors how pioneers in West Michigan lived during the late 1800s and early 1900s. Historic White Pine Village, Ludington.
Historic White Pine Village

Thursday, May 9th, 7pm

Pentwater Band Concert
5th-12th grade band. Pentwater School.

Friday, May 10th, 9am

SS Badger First Sailing Day
Climb aboard! The S.S. Badger sets sail for the first time this season.
SS Badger

Friday, May 10th, 7:30pm

Hart Community Performing Art Series: The Ehud Asherie Trio
Hart Middle School Auditorium, Hart.
Performing Arts

Saturday, May 11th - Sunday, May 12th

MIHA Jr. Equestrian Meet Horse Show
Mason County Fairgrounds, Ludington.
Horse Shows

Saturday, May 11th, 12pm-3pm

Met Opera: "Dialogues des Carmelites" (Francis Poulenc)
Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts, Manistee.
Performing Arts

Saturday, May 11th, 6pm-10pm

The Main Event at LACA
Wrestling Live hosted by Ludington Area Center for the Arts and Hook and Catch Wrestling Club. Ludington Area Center for the Arts, 107 S. Harrison St., downtown Ludington.
Ludington Area Center for the Arts

Monday, May 13th, 6pm-7pm

MCC Upper Elementary Spring Music Program
A.O. Carlson Auditorium, Scottville.

Monday, May 13th, 7pm

Hart High School Spring Awards Concert
Senior and Jazz Bands, Middle School Auditorium, Hart.

Monday, May 13th, 7:30pm

WSCC Performing Arts Series: Gold Coast Chorale
Center Stage Theater, West Shore Community College, Scottville.
Performing Arts

Tuesday, May 14th, 6pm-7pm

MCC Upper Elementary Spring Music Program
A. O. Carlson Auditorium, Scottville.

Friday, May 17th - Sunday, May 19th

Blessing of the Bikes
Motorcycles of all varieties and sizes make their way to Baldwin every May for the annual Blessing of the Bikes. The weekend activities include a marketplace, with the blessing occurring on Sunday. Baldwin.
Blessing of the Bikes

Friday, May 17th - Saturday, May 18th

Standard Flower Show
Mason County Garden Club hosts its bi-annual Standard Flower Show. The theme this year is "From Mother Goose to Dr. Seuss." Open to the public Friday from 3:30-6pm and Saturday from 9am-5pm. Ludington Public Library, downtown Ludington.

Saturday, May 18th

Ludington Petunia Parade planting day
Each spring, hundreds of volunteers gather along Ludington Avenue, the downtown boulevards, and the marina to plant 30,000 red, white and blue petunias, grown by Gustafson's Greenhouse.
Petunia Parade

Saturday, May 18th

Garden tractor pulls
Dead-boat pull at 10am, transfer sled pull at 1pm. West Michigan Old Engine Club grounds, Scottville Riverside Park, Scottville.
Western Michigan Old Engine Club

Saturday, May 18th, 7:30pm-9pm

Ernie Pyle Show
A tribute to WWII veterans during Tight Lines for Troops. Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts, Manistee.
Performing Arts

Saturday, May 18th, 8pm

Evening with Carrot Top
Little River Casino Resort, Manistee.

Sunday, May 19th

Mason County Saddle Club Horse Show
Mason County Fairgrounds, Ludington.
Horse Shows

Sunday, May 19th, 2pm

Ludington Band Spring Concert
Peterson Auditorium, Ludington.

Sunday, May 19th, 2pm-5pm

Pentwater Wine and Art Scholarship Benefit
Sponsored by Pentwater Women's Club. Tickets $20 advance, $25 at door. Silent auction. Proceeds benefit the scholarship fund. Pentwater.

Tuesday, May 21st, 7:30pm-9pm

LHS Choirs Spring Concert
Peterson Auditorium, Ludington.

Thursday, May 23rd, 5pm-8pm

Live in the Plaza
James Street Plaza, downtown Ludington.
Summer Music

Friday, May 24th

Ludington North Breakwater Light opens for the season
Stearns Park Beach, Ludington.
Ludington North Breakwater Light

Friday, May 24th

Little Sable Point Lighthouse opens for season
Little Sable Point Lighthouse, Mears.
Little Sable Point Lighthouse

Friday, May 24th - Saturday, May 25th

WMOEC Swap Meet
West Michigan Old Engine Club grounds, Scottville Riverside Park, Scottville.
Western Michigan Old Engine Club

Saturday, May 25th

Ludington Jaycees Minigolf Course opens for season
Ludington Jaycees Minigolf Course, Stearns Park, Ludington.
Ludington Jaycees Minigolf Course

Saturday, May 25th - Monday, May 27th, 12am-12am

Memorial Weekend Fishing Derby
Amateur salmon and trout fishing derby. Pentwater.

Saturday, May 25th, 9am-12pm

Annual Spring Plant Sale
Sponsored by Pentwater Garden Club. Bell Park next to Pentwater Village Office, Pentwater.

Saturday, May 25th - Friday, May 24th, 10am-4pm

Art, Craft & Vendor Show
Shagway Arts Barn, 5949 Shagway Road, Ludington.
Mason County Summer Arts and Crafts Fairs

Monday, May 27th, 7am

Rich Tompkins Memorial 5k run/race
Hart Commons, Hart.

Monday, May 27th, 10am

Pentwater Memorial Day Parade
Line up on First Street. Services at Municipal Marina, Village Green and Pentwater Cemetery. Pentwater.

Thursday, May 30th, 5pm-8pm

Live in the Plaza
James Street Plaza, downtown Ludington.
Summer Music