Don’t miss the Mushroom Festival

Don’t miss the 53rd Annual National Morel Mushroom Festival in Boyne City from Thursday May 16 through Sunday May 19.

Don’t miss the 53rd Annual National Morel Mushroom Festival in Boyne City from Thursday May 16 through Sunday May 19.
Whether you love all things fungi or you just like a good festival, the Boyne City Morel Mushroom Festival has something for everyone.
Find your own morels in Boyne’s numerous prime picking grounds or enjoy a meal of morels at a local eatery. Then, be sure to enjoy the fun and excitement of the carnival amusements, craft show, several acts in differing genres providing live entertainment, guided mushroom hunts, mushroom seminars and classes, disc golf tournament, historical society tours, farmer’s market, softball tournament and so much more!
This year’s signature event “Taste of Morels” is Saturday, May 18 from noon to 3 p.m. Local chefs will showcase recipes featuring the prized morel mushroom.
The Mushroom Pole will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday May 18 at the Southwest corner of Park & Water streets. Mushroom hunters will hang their smallest, biggest and best finds on the pole and you can judge them!
Unless otherwise noted, all events are held under the tent in Veterans Park, 207 North Lake St. in Boyne City.
For more information on this year’s festival including a downloadable brochure, entry forms, maps, event tickets and more, go to www.morelfest.com.

Schedule of Events
Thursday, May 16

  • 3 p.m. Carnival opens in Veterans Park; 5:30 p.m. Showcase of Local Musicians! Local talent in Veterans’ Park-FREE EVENT

Friday, May 17

  • 10 a.m.-6 pm Craft Show in Veterans Park.
  • 10am-6 pm Michigan Outdoor Recreational Experiences & Living Show in Sunset Park.
  • 3 pm Carnival opens in Veterans Park
  • 4 pm Morel Seminar
  • 4:30 pm Festival “Guided” Morel Hunt Departs from Veterans Park Visit a nearby forest to look for the elusive morel & other edibles! $15, register in advance www.morelfest.com
  • 5:30 pm Morelfest “Wine & Dine” 5:30-7:30 pm @ the Beach House Restaurant. Reservations required www.boynechamber.com
  • 8:30 pm Yankee Station performs; $5 at the door, beer & wine available

Saturday, May 18

  • 7 -10 am Morel Breakfast; VFW 1108 Boyne Ave.
  • 7:30 am Boyne Valley Lions’ Nat’l Mushroom Hunt Register 1315 Boyne Ave. (formerly Carter’s) Leave 9 am. Winners announced 3 pm.
  • 10 am – 6 pm Michigan Outdoor Recreational Experiences & Living Show in Sunset Park.
  • 10 am – 6 pm Craft Show in Veterans Park.
  • 11 am Carnival opens in Veterans Park
  • 12 – 3 pm Taste of Morels Our Premiere Event!! Beer & wine available. Purchase taste tickets at the door!
  • 4 pm Great Morel Giveaway: Downtown
  • 8:30 pm Audio Circus performs; $5 at door

Sunday, May 19

  • 11 am – 4 pm Craft Show in Veterans Park
  • 11 am – 6 pm Michigan Outdoor Recreational Experiences & Living Show in Sunset Park
  • Noon Carnival reopens in Veterans Park
  • 1– 5 pm Cancer Crusaders Concert & Silent Auction featuring TNT & Northern Nites