Schedule of Events

Thursday, May 17th

3 pm – Schmidt Amusements Carnival in Veterans Park

5 to 9 pm – Craft Beer Block Party in downtown Boyne City.  Last year’s party featured 22 craft beer brewers, two wineries, 3 local restaurants,  2 local food trucks and live music.  Admission is $15, which includes a souvenir beer glass and tasting tickets. For details, visit or call the Boyne Area Chamber at 231-582-6222.

Friday, May 18th

1-6 pm  – Craft Show – Veterans Park .  Showcasing crafters with unique, hand-made items. Application and rules.

1-6 pm  – M.O.R.E.L. Show  – Sunset Park.  “Michigan Outdoor Recreational Experiences & Living Show” in Sunset Park, corner of Water and Lake Streets, adjacent to the Chamber office. Vendor application and rules.

3 pm – Schmidt Amusements Carnival in Veterans Park

4 pm – Morel Seminar – A free one-hour seminar with great tips on finding morels in the woods, featuring local morel hunting expert Anthony Williams.  Veterans Park.

 5 pm Friday Evening Guided Morel Hunt.  $15.00 per person. The Guided Hunt is designed as an educational morel hunt with guides that will help you identify morel hunting areas as well as other edibles in the woods.  There is no guarantee that you will find morels, but you will gain “a bag full of knowledge” about morels and other edibles in the northern Michigan forest.  You may bring a sack, walking shoes, water and a cell phone.  Buses depart from Veterans Park following the Morel Seminar at 5 p.m.   Plan on returning to Veterans Park by 7:00 p.m.  Advance registration available through Paypal.  This event is limited to the first 200 applicants

5:30 and 8:00 pm  – Morelfest Wine & Dine gourmet event with two seatings and live entertainment.   Offered by the Boyne Area Chamber.  Registration opens on March 1; check this page for details at that time.

Saturday, May 19th

7-10 am  – Morel Breakfast at the VFW Post 3675 @ 1108 Boyne Avenue.

8 am  – “Run for Their Lives” Humane Society 5K run.
**Register in Sunset Park beginning at 7 am.  Application

8:00 am The Saturday Competitive Hunt.  $20.00 per person.This is a competitive, 90-minute morel hunting experience.  You will be bused to a secret location to collect the most morels.  Prizes are awarded.  The buses will leave from the registration area at the former Carter’s Store at 1315 Boyne Avenue (M-75) at 9:00 a.m. sharp!   Plan on returning to the same location approximately three hours later. (Parking is available).  Advance registration available through Paypal.   Winners will be announced and prizes will be awarded at the tent in Veterans Park at 3:30 p.m.  (On-site registration will be available on Saturday, May 19th from 8-9:00 a.m. for $25.00 per person).

10 -6 pm  – Craft Show – Veterans Park.  Showchasing crafters with unique, hand-made items.

10 – 6 pm  – M.O.R.E.L. Outdoor Show, Sunset Park, corner of Water and Lake Streets adjacent to the Chamber office.

11 am – Schmidt Amusements Carnival in Veterans Park

12 – 3 pm – Taste of Morels,  Our Premiere Event!  Area restaurants & chefs provide morel-infused delicacies!  Beer & wine available.  Admission $5.00.   This year’s participants are to be announced!  Below is a list of participants for 2017.

  • Barrel Back Restaurant
  • BC Pizza of Boyne
  • BC Lanes
  • Beach House
  • Bella Vita
  • Blue Smoke
  • Boyne City Taproom
  • Café Sante
  • Everett’s
  • Forty Acres Tavern
  • Red Mesa Grill
  • Sommerset Pointe/Porter Creek Fish House
  • The Tilted Skillet

Tastes from 2017 included: Creamy Morel Mushroom Risotto, Morel Mushroom Soup, Beef & Venison Slider with morels, Morel Fricasse w/ Chicken, Morel Pizza, Morel Taquodilla, Smoked Duck & Morel Taco. 

If you would like your restaurant to participate in theTaste of Morels, complete the Taste of Morels Application 2018, and email to following application.  Additional information is available here Taste of Morels explanation letter 2018 for participating restaurants.

8:30 pm – Live music and dancing –  Downtown Boyne City, more information to follow.

Sunday, May 20th

11 – 4 pm – Craft Show in Veterans Park.  Showcasing crafters with unique, hand-made items.

11 – 6 pm  – M.O.R.E.L. Outdoor Show in Sunset Park, corner of Lake and Water Streets adjacent to Chamber office.

12 noon – Schmidt Amusements Carnival in Veterans Park.

Shop the “Morel Festival Store” open from in the tent for all your morel gear (T-shirts, hats, etc.).  All proceeds benefit the Morel Festival and scholarships.


Official site for the Mushroom Festival held each May in Boyne City, Michigan