Boyne City National Morel Mushroom Festival

Boyne City, MI 49712
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Event Start
8:00 AM  on  on May 16, 2019
Event End
8:00 PM  on  on May 19, 2019

Thursday, May 16

3 pm – Schmidt Amusements Carnival in Veterans Park

5 to 9 pm – Craft Beer Block Party in downtown Boyne City.  For details, visit or call the Boyne Area Chamber at 231-582-6222.

Friday, May 17

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

3 pm – Schmidt Amusements Carnival in Veterans Park

3:30 pm – Free Morel Seminar – A free one-hour seminar in the festival tent with great tips on finding morels in the woods, featuring local morel hunting expert Anthony Williams.  Tony is a multiple winner of the National Mushroom Hunt. New this year, Tony will be joined by Rose Newton, a certified morel and wild mushroom identification expert. She will be sharing tips and information on uses of mushrooms from cooking to medicine, traditions and explaining how fungus is a critical component of bioremediation for our environment.

 5 pm Friday Evening Guided Morel Hunt.  $25.00 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.  You may register on line here.  This event is limited to the first 200 applicants and a few spaces will be saved for registration the day of the hunt.

5:30 pm and 8:00 pm  – Morel Fest Wine & Dine gourmet event with live entertainment.   Offered by the Boyne Area Chamber with two seatings at 5:30 and 8 p.m. at the Beach House restaurant on Deer Lake (439 E. Deer Lake Road). This event always sells out, so don’t wait to make your reservations.  Register below. Questions? Call the Chamber at 231-582-6222.
> First seating 5:30 p.m. – click here for reservations.
> Second seating 8 p.m. – click here for reservations.

Saturday, May 18

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

8:00 am The 59th Annual Morel Mushroom 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 Boyne City High School, 1035 Boyne Avenue, Boyne City, MI 49712 at 9:00 a.m. sharp!   Plan on returning to the same location approximately three hours later. (Parking is available).  Winners will be announced and prizes will be awarded  upon return to the registration area. You may register on line here.

8:00 am  – “Run for Their Lives” Humane Society 5K run.
Register in Sunset Park behind the Boyne Area Chamber office beginning at 6:30 am.  Click here for the Run for their lives Registration Form and more information.

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

11 am – Schmidt Amusements Carnival in Veterans Park

12 – 3 pm – Taste of Morels,  Our Premiere Event!  More than a dozen area restaurants & chefs will provide morel-infused delicacies!  Admission is $10.00 (includes 5 food tickets and a Saturday evening concert ticket!) Purchase additional taste tickets to choose the tastes you want.   Beer and  wine is available.

4 p.m. – The Great Morel Giveaway. Enter to WIN a pound of Morel mushrooms at 25 stores in downtown Boyne City. Look for the Great Morel Giveaway poster in the store windows of participating merchants. Shop downtown in participating stores ahead of time and enter individually in each participating store. Enter in as many stores as you want! Stores will have either a pound of morels or a gift certificate to their store. Drawings will begin at Freshwater Gallery at 4 p.m. Walk through downtown with Tony Williams, event organizer, leading the “Morel Mob” to watch the drawings at each store. You must be present to win! List of participating stores from 2018.

7:30 pm to 11:30 pm Midnight – Concert Featuring local band, “Yankee Station”.  Sponsored by Boyne City Ace Hardware,  “Yankee Station” is a five-piece band featuring classic rock, blues and a little bit a country, too.  Under the heated tent in Veteran’s Park.  Beer and Wine available.

Sunday, May 19

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

1- 3 pm  Event to be announced!

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.


Event Start
8:00 AM  on  on Thursday, May 16, 2019
Event End
8:00 PM  on  on Sunday, May 19, 2019
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