Wine month is officially here, folks! Traverse City is getting uncorked this month, and there are plenty of things to do. Take a look at the list below for some highlights and be sure check out the Events Calendar for a complete list of May events.

WINE, BEER & FOODIE EVENTS

Cinco de May with Oh Brother Big Sister at Bonobo – May 5

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Oh Brother Big Sister and a glass of wine in hand! 

Spring Sip & Savor – May 6

As our vineyards awaken to the sun and warmth of May, toast to the enchanting beauty of spring, indulge your senses and discover delicious Leelanau Wines splendidly paired with scrumptious small bites!

Free Vineyard Tour at Bowers Harbor Vineyards – May 7 to May 21 Every Sunday

In honor of Michigan Wine Month, we will be offering complimentary vineyard tours every Sunday during the month of May! Accompany Senior Staff Member Tom Petzold through our property as he educates you on the grape growing process and the current stage of our vines.

bowers harbor vineyard

2896 Langley Vertical Wine Tasting Dinner – May 13

Bowers Harbor Vineyards is partnering with The Boathouse Restaurant to create a unique opportunity that showcases our most prized red wine label, 2896 Langley. Hand-harvested from a single vineyard, aged in first use French oak barrels, and only produced in the best growing years...this vertical tasting is one you do not want to miss!

Chateau Chantal Winery & Inn Mother’s Day Wine Pairing Dinner – May 13

Elevate Mother's Day from brunch to dinner & enjoy our multi-course wine pairing dinner with exquisite service - just the way Mom always taught you!

Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula Blossom Day – May 13

A celebration of blossoms, beauty and bounty on Old Mission Peninsula. Old Mission winemakers invite you to their tasting rooms to give you a sample of unreleased wines. Barrel and reserve wines are showcased at select wineries in addition to each winery’s standard tasting list. 

Cherry Blossoms

Black Star Farms Comparative Wine Dinner at PepeNero – May 18

Join Black Star Farms Winemaker Lee Lutes and Executive Chef Giorgio Logrecco of PepeNero for what is sure to be an enlightening evening of Italian and Sicilian cuisine and culture paired with Michigan and Italian wines. This is your chance to experience how our local wines can shine on a global scale.

Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula (WOMP) Wine Dinner – May 20

As part of our celebration of Michigan Wine Month, we have partnered with the Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula (WOMP) to host a special one-night food & wine pairing event. 

OUTDOOR EVENTS

Traverse City March for Babies – May 6

Lace up your sneakers and join the March of Dimes on Saturday, May 6th for the March for Babies! Over 300 walkers will gather to take the 3-mile stroll along the parks and downtown Traverse City.

Shanty 2 Short’s 5k, 10k & Fun Run – May 13

Join us for the 6th Annual Shanty-to-Short’s 5K • 10K • Fun Run!

Tails to Trails 5k Fun Run/Walk – May 20

Join us with your four-pawed friends on Saturday, May 20th, at the Vasa Pathway for the 8th Annual Tails to Trails! This 5K fun run/walk on the scenic Vasa Pathway is a unique opportunity to mingle with other dog owners and experience the trails with your canine friend. All proceeds benefit TART Trails.

Bayshore Marathon – May 27

An annual spring run up the Old Mission Peninsula - one of the world's most beautiful marathon settings - that attracts more than 7,000 runners. Half-marathon and 10k runs are also offered.

Bayshore

ARTS & CULTURE

Lil’ Ed and the Blue Imperials – May 6

Join us at the Dennos Museum Center for an evening of music with Lil’ Ed and the Blue Imperials!

Hang at Chateau Grand Traverse – May 17

What could be better than enjoying a night out with friends and wine while creating a trendy sign to take home? During the workshop, you will enjoy a beautiful winery setting while learning the simple process to make a sign project you’ll love to be proud to hang in your home or cottage. With several design options, shapes, and sizes, there’s something for everyone.

Seth Bernard and Mark Lavengood with Max Lockwood and Janga Special Guest: The Lil Smokies – May 24

Mark Lavengood and Seth Bernard come together for a night of bluegrass and folk featuring the joint release of their newest works. Bassist Max Lockwood (Big Dude RO) and drummer Janga (Vox Vidorra) join Bernard and Lavengood plus special guests, The Lil Smokies open the show.

FESTIVALS

Empire Asparagus Festival – May 20

The lakeshore village of Empire greets the arrival of asparagus season with a 5K run, a recipe contest, games, a parade, food and - of all things - an annual oral poetry contest for the best "Ode to Asparagus."

Antrim County Petoskey Stone Festival – May 27

Celebrate Michigan's state stone with a day of stone-hunting, stone-skipping, demonstrations, prizes, and other fun at Barnes Park near Eastport.