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May 2023 Events Calendar

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Featured May Events

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May 1-7, 2023

Friday, May 5th-Sunday, May 7th; 2023

Picture Perfect Photography Weekend Workshop
Presented by Todd & Brad Reed Photography. Held at the Lamplighter Bed & Breakfast- 602 E. Ludington Ave., Ludington.

Saturday, May 6th, 2023
11am AND 3pm

Souper Hero’s and Princesses Par-Tea
This event is a fundraiser for the Miss Ludington Area Scholarship Program. Kids and their favorite adult are encouraged to dress up for this event which includes learning manners, a light luncheon of assorted soups or a lite dinner, and a photo opportunity! 11am-1pm is a session for children ages 3-9 and a separate session for friends 10 and over will be from from 3-5pm. Adult participation is required for both sessions. For the most updated information, visit Ludington Area Center for the Arts- 107 S. Harrison St., Ludington.

Saturday, May 6th, 2023

COVE Birthday Bash- Mason County
This event is a benefit for Communities Overcoming Violent Encounters (COVE). Tickets are $30 and include appetizers. COVE staff will talk the history and current services provided by COVE.
Attendees are encouraged to bring a “birthday gift” for COVE in the form of pillows, full sized blankets, large kitchen utensils, silverware sets, laundry soap, toilet paper, mixing bowls, table lamps, new washing machines, or a monetary donation. For tickets or more information, click here. Scotty’s Restaurant- 5910 W. US-10, Ludington.

May 8-14, 2023

Tuesday, May 9th, 2023

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

Friday, May 12th, 2023

Westbound Situation Progressive String Band
Ludington Area Center for the Arts– 107 S. Harrison St. Ludington.

Saturday, May 13th, 2023

150th Birthday Party for Ludington
To celebrate Ludington’s Sesquicentennial, this event will include stations providing hands-on activities that exemplify the differences from 150 years ago. Those attending are encouraged to dress 1870 style. There will be live music by Eric Engblade, crafts by Deb Borema, biscuits with Mary Lou Ohnsman, games, some giveaways, and cake. Entry fees apply. Sandcastles Children’s Museum- 129 E. Ludington Ave., Ludington.

Saturday, May 13th, 2023

Archery Day
Those 8 years of age and older are invited to learn about the history of archery, proper techniques, and have the opportunity to shoot. Those under age 17 must have a parent or guardian with them. All supplies are provided and no registration is necessary. Ludington State Park– 8800 M-116, Ludington.

May 15-21, 2023

Thursday, May 18th-Sunday, May 21st; 2023

10-Minute Play Festival
Entries due by February 12th. For guidelines, visit Ludington Area Center for the Arts- 107 S. Harrison St. Ludington.

Thursday, May 18th, 2023

First Sailing of the Season for the S.S. Badger Carferry
For reservations, call (800) 841-4243.

Saturday, May 20th, 2023

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

Saturday, May 20th, 2023

RunLudington Harbor Run
Downtown Ludington.

May 22-31, 2023

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2023

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

Saturday, May 27th & Sunday, May 28th, 10am-4pm; 2022

West Shore Family Support Craft Fair
Register by visiting Rotary Park- corner of Ludington Avenue & Lewis Street, Ludington.

The following events are from 2022. Stay tuned for information on dates for these events in 2023!


Mason County Garden Club Plant Exchange/Sale
Bring plants to exchange, or purchase plants. Leveaux Park- 900 E. Ludington Ave., Ludington.

Historic White Pine Village AND the Port of Ludington Maritime Museum Open for the Season
Historic White Pine Village– 1687 S. Lakeshore Dr., Ludington. Port of Ludington Maritime Museum– 217 S. Lakeshore Dr., Ludington.

Horse Shows
Caswell Horse Park at Mason County Fairgrounds- 5302 W. US 10, Ludington.

Play Tennis Midwest
Free interactive tennis activities, games and play for adults and children age 6 and up. Space is limited. Register at For more information, contact Coach Brown at (517) 745-6113.

Submissions Accepted for the Celebrating the Ludington State Park Art Exhibit
Artists will display their multi-media artworks celebrating the State Park on August 5th-27th at the Ludington Area Center for the Arts– 107 S. Harrison St., Ludington. Submissions cost $5/piece with a limit of three submissions. For more information or to submit art, visit

Auditions for Stratford “Off” the Avenue Theatre Festival at LACA
The Stage Left Theatre Company is holding is seeking seasoned and new actors, ages 5th Grade and up for their 6th Annual event. Those wishing to audition are asked to arrive at the starting time and plan to stay for the duration of the auditions. Sides will be provided. The festival is scheduled for August 5th-7th and August 12th-13th at the Ludington Area Center for the Arts– 106 S. Harrison St., Ludington.

Check back often for updates to this calendar of events!

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