May 2021

Calendar of Events

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Revving up for summer!

We're here to fill you in on what's happening this May in West Michigan.

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Saturday, May 1st, 9am-3pm

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

Saturday, May 1st, 10am-5pm

Port of Ludington Maritime Museum Opens for the Season 
217 S. Lakeshore Dr., Ludington

Saturday, May 1st, 10am

Hart Hills Gravel Bike Race 
Distances offered are 50 miles, 25 miles, 10 miles or 5 miles. Start and finish from Hart Pizza- 105 E. Main St., Hart

Saturday, May 1st, 10am-5pm

Historic White Pine Village Opens for the Season 
1687 S. Lakeshore Dr., Ludington

Monday, May 10th, 10am-5pm

Big Sable Point Lighthouse Opens for the Season 
Ludington State Park- 8800 M-116, Ludington 

AM Wedding Guide Ad
AM Family Fun Ad

Saturday, May 15th, 10am

West Michigan Old Engine Club Antique Tractor Pull
700 S. Scottville Rd., Scottville

Sunday, May 16th

Blessing of the Bikes 
Downtown Baldwin 

Tuesday, May 18th, 6pm

West Michigan High School Band and Choir Showcase
Free virtual concert featuring the Ludington High School Choir, the Ludington High School Band, the Mason County Eastern Band, the Manistee Catholic Central High School Band, the Manistee High School Band, the Pentwater High School Band & Jazz Band, and the Shelby High School Band. The showcase will premier on the LACA’s website,,

Wednesday, May 19th, 7-8pm

AFFEW Beach Sweep 
Sponsored by A Few Friends for the Environment of the World (AFFEW), meet at the South Concession Stand at Stearns Park- 420 N. Lakeshore Dr., Ludington.

Thursday, May 20th, 9am

SS Badger Carferry’s First Sailing Day of the Season 
Climb aboard! The S.S. Badger sets sail for the first time this season- 701 Maritime Dr., Ludington

Thursday, May 20th, 7pm

MCE Evening of the Arts  
Outdoor performance by the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade band, and the high school band of Mason County Eastern Schools; also a showcase of student art will be on display. Mason County Easter School- 18 Custer Rd., Custer.

AM Home & Garden Living Ad
AM Manistee National Forest Festival Ad

Saturday, May 22nd

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

Saturday, May 22nd, 9am

Harbor Run 5k & 10k
Race as part of the RunLudington series to commemorate the start of the S.S. Badger’s sailing season and National Maritime Day. Route starts at Waterfront Park- 391 S. William St., Ludington. Register at


Saturday, May 22nd

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

Saturday, May 22nd, 6pm-11pm- CANCELED for 2021

Lud Vegas 
Event benefiting Habitat for Humanity of Mason County. Graystone Event Center- 4079 US-10, Ludington.


Sunday, May 23rd, 2pm-5pm

14th Annual Wine & Art by the Water 
Sponsored by Pentwater Women’s Club, fundraiser for college scholarships for graduating seniors. Tickets: $25/advance or $30/at door. Wine tasting, silent art auction. Pentwater Yacht Club- 205 N. Dover St., Pentwater.

Wednesday, May 26th, 11am-1pm

Drive Up Pre-Memorial Day Soup Fest 
Choice of Beef Stew, Chicken Stew, Cheesy Cauliflower Broccoli. Suggested donation- $6. Ludington Senior Center- 308 S. Rowe St., Ludington.

Friday, May 28th-Saturday, May 29th

West Michigan Old Engine Club Swap Meet
Set up on May 27th. Old Engine Club Grounds in Riverside Park- 700 S. Scottville Rd., Scottville.

Friday, May 28th, 5-8pm (TENTATIVE)

Live Music in the Plaza
Performer TBA. Legacy Park- 106 N. James St., Ludington.

Friday, May 28th, 10am-5pm

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

Friday, May 28th, 10am-5pm

Little Sable Point Lighthouse Opens for the Season 
At Silver Lake State Park- 9679 W. State Park Rd., Silver Lake

Friday, May 28th, 3pm-9pm

Final Friday Experience
Includes farmers market, live music, safe activities, Baby Badger rides and more, Downtown Ludington.

Friday, May 28th, 7pm

Mason County Central High School Commencement Ceremony
Outdoors at Spartan Community Field- 300 W. Broadway, Scottville.

Saturday, May 29th, 10am-4pm

Footsteps 4 Families Craft Fair 
Sponsored by West Shore Family Support and held at Rotary Park- Corner of Lewis St. and Ludington Ave., Ludington.

Saturday, May 29th

Ludington High School Commencement Activities
2pm- Graduation. 9pm- Fireworks & Tribute to Seniors. Oriole Field- 700 W. Tinkham Ave., Ludington.

Monday, May 31st

Memorial Day Observance
11:30am- Ludington Memorial Day Service will be held at American Legion Post 76 (outdoors)- 317 N. James St., Ludington. 12pm- Flag Raising at Stearns Park Veterans Mall- 420 N. Lakeshore Dr., Ludington. To follow: Flag Raising at the Fallen Heroes Memorial at the Mason County Courthouse- 304 E. Ludington Ave., Ludington.

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There’s no shortage of events and festivals along the lakeshore of West Michigan, no matter what the season. Check out these additional resources to find out what’s going on in various communities.

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