Thursday, May 18th

3 pm – Schmidt Amusements Carnival in Veterans Park

4-11 p.m.  – Open Mic Competition in Veterans Park Festival Tent – First place cash prize is $500, second place $250, third place $150, fourth place $75, fifth place $25. Entry fee is $25 by April 15 or $35 after April 15.  2016 Entry form and detailsSponsor opportunities.

5 to 9 pm – Craft Beer Block Party on South Lake Street 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. This year’s live band is the Galactic Sherpas. 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 19th

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

1-6 pm  – M.O.R.E.L. Show “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

4 pm – Morel Seminar – Free tips on finding morels in the woods, featuring local morel hunting expert Anthony Williams.  Beer & wine available.

5 pm – Guided Morel Hunt buses depart from Veterans Park,   $15. You can register in the festival tent from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday; cash or checks only only for late registration, no credit cards. Register in advance by May 17 on Application & Rules Page, $15.  After May 17, pay cash or check between 2-4 p.m. on May 19, the day of the event, in the Festival Tent. Late registration subject to availability. Guided Hunt Information.

5:30 & 8:00 pm  – Morelfest Wine & Dine gourmet event with two seatings and live entertainment. This event sells out every year, so register early!  Details and online registration here.

8:30 – 11:30 p.m. – Music and dancing in the Festival Tent featuring two great performances by “The Vintage,” a Detroit-based rock band featuring classics from the 60’s through today, and 3 Hearted, delivering an authentic, polished alternative rock/pop sound. Admission is $5 at the door to the heated tent. Beer and wine available.

Saturday, May 20th

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.  2016 Application

8 am  – National Mushroom Hunt
**Register 8 – 9 a.m. at 1315 Boyne Ave., the former Carter’s store parking lot.  Buses leave at 9 am sharp. Winners announced at 3:30 pm Saturday in festival tent.   Register in advance by May 17th on Application & Rules Page, $20.  Late registration  after May 17 is $25 cash or check only from 8-9 a.m. on Saturday.

10 -6 pm  – Craft Show showcasing 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

12 – 3 pm – Taste of Morels,  Our Premiere Event!  12 area restaurants & chefs provide morel-infused delicacies!  Beer & wine available.  2016 participants were:

  • 40 Acres Tavern at Boyne Mountain
  • Barrel Back/Walloon Lake Inn
  • BC Pizza
  • Beach House Restaurant at Boyne Mountain
  • Big E’s Smoke Shack
  • Bridge Street Tap Room
  • Cafe Santé
  • Everett’s at Boyne Mountain
  • Porter Creek Fish House
  • Red Mesa Grill
  • The Tilted Skillet
  • Walloon Lake Inn

> Add your restaurant – Info and rules  |  Application

8:30 pm – Live music and dancing – The tent rocks with two great bands, Scarkazm, one of Michigan’s premier bands, and Project 6, Northern Michigan’s hottest new acoustic group. Admission is $5 at the door to the heated tent. Beer and wine available.

Sunday, May 21st

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

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

1 –4 pm  Northern Michigan Cancer Crusaders sponsor Live Music, Auction & Food.  All proceeds to local families.


Shop the “Morel Festival Store” open from 10 – 5 pm at the tent for all your morel gear (T-shirts, hats, etc.)

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