Thursday, May 18th
3 pm – Schmidt Amusements Carnival in Veterans Park
5-11 p.m. – Open Mic Night in Veterans Park Festival Tent – Not a contest this year, just show up and play. Beer and wine available.
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 www.morelblockparty.com 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. Sorry, this event is now SOLD OUT!
5:30 and 8:00 pm – Morelfest Wine & Dine gourmet event with two seatings and live entertainment. As of May 5th, we are close to a sell-out and are now taking registrations only by phone to 231-582-6222, from 9 to 5 Monday through Friday. Don’t delay! Event details.
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. Advance registration is now closed. Late registration is $25, cash or check only, from 8-9 a.m. on Saturday at the former Carter’s Store, 1315 Boyne Avenue (M-75).
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! 13 area restaurants & chefs provide morel-infused delicacies! Beer & wine available. This year’s participants:
- Barrel Back Restaurant
- BC Pizza of Boyne
- BC Lanes
- Beach House
- Bella Vita
- Blue Smoke
- Boyne City Taproom
- Café Sante
- Forty Acres Tavern
- Red Mesa Grill
- Sommerset Pointe/Porter Creek Fish House
- The Tilted Skillet
These are some of the tastes: Creamy Morel Mushroom Risotto, Morel Mushroom Soup, Beef & Venison Slider with morels, Morel Fricasse w/ Chicken, Morel Pizza, Morel Taquodilla, Smoked Duck & Morel Taco.
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.
ALL WEEKEND . . .
Shop the “Morel Festival Store” open from 10 – 5 pm at the tent for all your morel gear (T-shirts, hats, etc.)