Fun and Unique Weekend Things to Do in Michigan during May

Heather Raulerson

Are you looking for some fun weekend road trips through Michigan during May? There are some very creative and unique events in cities across the state this month that you and your family will love. Here are the fun and unique things to do in Michigan this month.

Blow Up II: Inflatable Contemporary Art 4/27 - 5/1 - Traverse City

A fun art exhibit that will have you amazed by the large-size inflatable sculptures. This Inflatable Contemporary Art exhibit explores the imaginative ways that air is used as a tool to create large-scale sculptures. Your family will love seeing how everyday materials and creativity get turned into larger-than-life yet nearly lighter-than-air art.

Sean Kenney's Wild Connections Made with LEGO® Bricks 4/27 - 5/2 - Grand Rapids
Hummingbird created by Sean KenneyHeather Raulerson

Join the Grand Rapids Public Museum for the Sean Kenney's Wild Connections Made with LEGO® Bricks exhibit! I saw this exhibit at BrookGreen Gardens in Myrtle Beach, and it is fantastic! You’ll be able to explore beautiful works of art made from LEGO® bricks to explore animal endangerment, the balance of ecosystems, and humankind’s relationship with nature in the new exhibit Wild Connections. The exhibition is open from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Advanced timed tickets on the hour can be purchased for $12/adults and $7/children. Visit for more information.
Deer created by Sean KenneyHeather Raulerson

Baby Goat Cuddles 4/28 - 5/3 - Ada

You can’t go wrong with snuggling up next to baby goats. These cute, spunky, curious kids will bring smiles to your face. Sign up yourself or your family for the experience you must have after a year like this one. Come and enjoy animal therapy for 30 minutes of uninterrupted snuggles and happiness.

Aureum - An Aerial and Acrobatic Adventure Tale 5/7 - Benton Harbor

Bring out your family to see Aureum, an adventure tale told through heart-stopping aerial routines and fantastic acrobatics. Thrill to the incredible original soundtrack, choreography, and some never-seen-before aerial performances at the Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College. One fantastic family night to see the ultimate high-flying adventure!

Hackley Attic Escape Room 5/14 & 5/28 - Muskegon

For many years, the Hackley Attic has been a mysterious place for visitors. Now you and your friends can try to escape a Victorian storage room filled with puzzles, locks, and riddles at the Hackley and Hume Historic Site. Brush up on your Muskegon history and escape the attic in 80 minutes! $20 for members & $25 for non-members. Purchase tickets via Eventbrite here:

Space is limited to 10 people per session, so be sure to order your tickets quickly!

The Rush Tribute Project 5/21 - Manistee

Rock Lovers have to come out and listen to the Rush Tribute Project, an homage to one of the most enduring and influential rock bands. Covering all forty-plus years of Rush's remarkable musical career, RTP recreates the sound and energy that has made Rush one of the biggest selling rock bands of all time. The Rush Tribute Project stands out as one of the premiere tributes to this legendary rock band. This three-piece uses vintage instruments, clothes, and sounds to produce a Rush concert experience that is unparalleled for the casual fan and the most discerning Rush fan. You won’t be disappointed.

Balloons Over Bavarian Inn 5/28 - 5/31 - Frankenmuth
Bavarian InnHeather Raulerson

I love Hot Air Balloons, and being able to witness them at sunrise or dusk is incredible. You and your family will be able to see more than 25 hot air balloons fly high over Frankenmuth during Balloons Over Bavarian Inn! Each night you will be able to watch the balloons fly high during Frankenmuth Dog Bowl in the grassy field near River Place Shops. To get last-minute location and timing on balloon activities, contact the Bavarian Inn Lodge Operator at 989-652-7200.

Frankenmuth Dog Bowl 5/29 - 5/30 - River Place Shops, Frankenmuth
River Place Shops in FrankenmuthHeather Raulerson

The world’s largest Olympic-style festival for dogs includes dock and disc dog competitions, sheep herding demonstrations, hot air balloon flights, wiener dog races, a pet costume parade, and tons more! This FREE two-day family event takes place Memorial Day weekend. Make sure your dog must be on a leash! Shop our pet-themed vendor marketplace, sign your dog up for doggie races or lure coursing competitions and explore more than 40 shops and attractions located at River Place Shops. Find more information and a complete schedule, visit

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Heather is a freelance writer and photographer who loves slow travel where she can stay in one place to get to know the local scenery and culture. She is the owner of Raulersongirlstravel, a travel website sharing her solo adventures and photographs around the world.

Rochester Hills, MI

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