With traveling still limited for the month of May, northern Michigan businesses have stepped up to offer some amazing virtual experiences. Check out our event round-up below and get ready to enjoy everything from concerts to art shows to cooking classes from the comfort of your home! 

May 1: Sing Along with Miriam Pico

The Live & Local Concert Series presented by the Dennos Museum continues with local artist Miriam Pico. Catch the Facebook Live performance at 5:00 p.m.

May 1: Raise a Glass with Blue Goat Wine & Provisions

Enjoy a virtual wine tasting with Blue Goat and Barry O’Brien of O’Brien Vineyards. Get all the details on the Zoom event here.

Bonobo Wine & Cheese

May 1: Pair Wine and Cheese with Bonobo Winery and the Cheese Lady

Wine + cheese = yum! Get the scoop on this Zoom gathering with Carter Oosterhouse, Amy Smart, and Traverse City’s official Cheese Lady! And don’t miss special guest Ty Pennington of Trading Spaces fame!

May 2: Sing Along with Kayleigh Sloan

A partnership between Two K Farms cidery and artist Kayleigh Sloan continues the Bittersweet Virtual Series at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday.

May 5: Peruse a Virtual Art Show with Higher Art Gallery

In lieu of their usual spring show, Higher Art Gallery presents The Woodland, featuring the artwork of Kristen Egan and Brian Sostrom. Get the scoop here.

May 7, 14, 21, and 28: Enjoy Poetry Hour with Bellaire Public Library

Every Thursday from 7 to 8 p.m., the Bellaire Public Library and Crosshatch Center for Art and Ecology are hosting a poetry night. Register for the free Zoom gathering here.

May 8: Combine Wine and Cocktails with Bonobo Winery and Mammoth Distilling

Another fun time with Bonobo Winery! This week, tune in for cocktail tips from their friends at Mammoth Distilling. Visit Bonobo's Facebook page for more information.

May 10: Treat Mom to a Cooking Class with Chateau Chantal 

Join Chef de Cuisine Chris Mushall at 2:00 p.m. via Facebook Live as he prepares a delicious Mother’s Day dinner featuring Shrimp Gnocchi paired with a homemade raspberry sparkler! 

Trails to Tails

May 15–25: Walk/Run a 5K with Tails for Trails

The 11th annual Tails for Trails 5K is going virtual this year! Take Fido (or just yourself) for a walk or run to support Traverse Area Recreation Trails. For more information or to register, click here.

May 20: Attend a National Writers Series Event with Scott Turow

The National Writers Series will be live with Scott Turow, a New York Times bestselling author of legal thrillers, talking about his new book, The Last Trial. Join via Zoom for this free event.

May 25: Tune in for a Film with the Dennos Museum

Eating Up Easter focuses on Easter Island’s booming tourism trade that rakes in money but brings about climate change, threatening the fragile ecology of the island. The broadcast premieres May 25 at 10:00 p.m. and streams free on the PBS app and PBS.org through June 23.

Sara Hardy Market

All Month: Shop the Sara Hardy Farmers Market

For the month of May, the beloved Sara Hardy Farmers Market will be virtual. Shop all of northern Michigan’s amazing produce here.

All Month: Read a Story with Traverse Area District Library

Join Miss Linda, Mr. Andy, and Mr. Matt for stories and songs on Facebook Live every weekday in May. This is a virtual story time, accessed only through Facebook Live (publisher permissions allow some story times to be viewed after the event.)

All Month: Take a Cooking Class with Fustini’s

Fustini’s Oils and Vinegars is known for its amazing cooking classes. They’ve taken those classes online, with more than 40 options during the month of May. View the class schedule and sign up here.