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 details. Sponsor 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 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, $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
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.)