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
Monday, May 10th, 10am-5pm
Big Sable Point Lighthouse Opens for the Season
Ludington State Park- 8800 M-116, Ludington
Saturday, May 15th, 10am
West Michigan Old Engine Club Antique Tractor Pull
700 S. Scottville Rd., Scottville
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, ludingtonartscenter.org,
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.
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 eventbrite.com.
Saturday, May 22nd, 6pm-11pm- CANCELED for 2021
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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