April showers bring May flowers... and lots of other great things such as racing at Paragon Speedway, tons of outdoor recreation opportunities and fun outdoor events! May means patio dining, and the return of some of our favorite seasonal events, such at the Morgan County Farmers Market, outdoor concerts, Mother's Day events and more.
We've compiled a list of upcoming events you'll want to have on your calendar this May, but we're always adding more, so be sure to check our Events Calendar for updated listings in the coming weeks for even more fun options. In particular, keep an eye out for additional last minute live music events to be added at area venues.
Tuesdays & Saturdays - Morgan County Farmers Market
The Morgan County Farmers Market returns in early May with locations in both Mooresville and Martinsville! Stop in a browse locally grown produce and meats, fresh eggs and baked goods and a variety of handcrafted items. Find them on Tuesdays from 3 to 6 pm at the Friends Church in Mooresville and on Saturdays from 9 am to 1 pm at The Main Connection in Martinsville. Opening day dates are May 9 in Mooresville and May 13 in Martinsville.
Thursdays - Cruise-in on the Square
Downtown Martinsville is home to the Cruise-in on the Square each Thursday evening from 5 to 9 pm. Classic and unique cars, trucks and motorcycles take over the parking area around the Morgan County Courthouse. Head downtown to browse these awesome rides, talk to their owners and enjoy dinner and shopping on the square!
May 5 - Veteran's Creative Arts Festival & 2nd Friday Open Studios
The American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) Unit 230 in Martinsville will host their 2nd Annual Veterans' Creative Arts Festival on Friday, May 5th at the Art Sanctuary of Indiana located at 190 N. Sycamore Street in Martinsville. The exhibit will feature art from area veterans in a variety of categories. Cash awards are given in each category. Come support these American heroes in their creative endeavors!
May 5 & 6 - Oaks/Derby Weekend Menu at 21 North
Join Chef Matt and the staff at 21 North in downtown Martinsville for a special menu to celebrate the Oaks and Derby weekend! This menu will be served all day on May 5 and 6, along with an extensive Derby cocktail list including $5 mint juleps. Highlights include Lobster Bisque, Fired Green Tomatoes, Wagyu Meatballs with Woodford Reserve BBQ, Shrimp and Cheddar Grits, Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Kerns Derby Pie, Angel's Envy Bourbon Fudge Cake and more! Reservations are always recommended.
May 6 - Derby Day at The Creek
Enjoy a Kentucky Derby Day party at Cedar Creek Winery and Brewery in Martinsville. They'll have live music, great food and of course, lots of locally crafted beverages including wine, beer and spirits! The fun begins at Noon. Be sure to wear your very best Derby hat! Acoustic Catfish will take the stage at 4 pm.
May 6 - Live Music: Austin James
Join Black Dog Brewing Company in Mooresville for live music from popular area musician Austin James. Music begins at 7 pm on Saturday, May 6. Be sure to enjoy one of their tasty flatbread pizzas along with your locally-brewed craft beer as you enjoy the tunes.
May 6 - 3rd Annual SingerHobbies Car/Motorcycle Show
SingerHobbies will host their annual Car and Motorcycle Show on Saturday, May 6, from 9 am to 1:30 pm. 20+ awards will be given out, including People's Choice. Come out and browse the vehicles, then vote for your favorite! Singer Hobbies is located in the shopping plaza between Burton Lane and State Road 39. Rain date is May 20.
May 6 - Free Comic Book Day & Artist Visit
Krypton Comics is set to celebrate Free Comic Book Day with free comics, of course, but also with a fun meet-n-greet opportunity featuring comic book artist Michell Caver, costumes and more! Join them on Saturday, May 6 and get your free comic book (a variety of books are available for all ages).The fun starts at Noon.
May 6 - Beer 101 with Black Dog Brewing
Join Mooresville's Black Dog Brewing Company for a fun Beer 101 event! Seating is limited, so register early. Owner and certified Cicerone Jeremy Kuntz will lead participants through an informal class where you'll learn beer history, production processes, and gain insights on some of the most influential beer regions in the world. Class begins at 3 pm. Of course, learning works best when it's "hands on" so you'll also learn how to taste beer for evaluation purposes, with several rounds of sampling aimed at the qualitative evaluation of beer. Must be 21+.
May 6, 7, & 13 - Wines & Vines Container Gardening Parties
Greendell Landscape Solutions is back with their fun spring themed Wines & Vines Container Gardening Parties! Instructor-led classes are available May 6, 7, and 13. Sign up in advance to reserve your group's table and time. Wine will be on hand from Mallow Run Winery. (Please call ahead for groups larger than four.) Enjoy a fun afternoon of gardening and leave with a beautiful new addition to your porch or patio! Cost is $70 per person; space is limited. Participants receive your first glass of wine, snacks, a container, base soil, potting soil, five annual plants and a commemorative wine glass. Additional plants, embellishments and wine available for purchase.
May 6, 13, 20, & 27 - Dirt Track Racing at Paragon Speedway
Racing has returned to our favorite dirt track oval at Paragon Speedway. The 2023 season is currently underway and the track is ready to shine with lots of recent improvements under new ownership. Races take place on Saturdays with affordable admission costs. (Some events may be subject to special event ticket pricing.) Bring the kids and enjoy a night at the races! This month's race dates are May 6, 13, 20 and 27. Check out the Paragon Speedway FB page for the entire season schedule and any updates.
May 7 - Live Music: The Electric Martinis
Cedar Creek Winery and Brewery present live music with The Electric Martinis on Sunday, May 7. Music begins at 2 pm. This is a casual, free performance and all ages are welcome. The onsite eatery will be open as well for a late lunch, early dinner or just a snack (we highly recommend the pretzel charcuterie).
May 12 - Steak & Whiskey Friday at 21 North
Chef Matt presents a special Steakhouse Menu on Friday, May 12 at 21 North Eatery & Cellar. Served all day from 11 am to 9 pm, this menu will feature woodfired stakes from the chef's kitchen and a selection of bourbons from their private reserve. Additional menu highlights include Lobster Cocktail, Sundried tomato Bread Plate, Seafood Chowder, a selection of steaks and a smoked pork chop with cherry cider glaze. Make your reservations early!
May 12 - Silent Disco at The Creek
The Martinsville Rotary Club presents another fun Silent Disco event, this time at the beautiful Cedar Creek Winery and Brewery! If you've never been, this uniquely fun (and quiet!) dance party provides wireless headphones for each participant. There are three channels to choose from, each playing a different genre of popular dance music (i.e. pop and alternative hits from the 70s, 80s and 90s, hop hop and current dance hits, or classic rock and danceable country tunes). Dance with your friends, even if you don't agree on the perfect music choice! Admission is $20; 21+ only. Cash bar.
May 12 - Downtown Summer Concert: My Yellow Rickshaw
The first Downtown Martinsville Free Summer Concert of the season will take place on Friday, May 12. Music will begin at at 7 pm with popular regional band My Yellow Rickshaw. Bring your own seating. This year's free concert series will take place at the brand new downtown performance venue located at the corner of Jefferson and Pike Streets, just one block off the historic courthouse square. Food and drink will be available on site and from downtown eateries.
May 12 - May Open Studios Night
The Art Sanctuary of Indiana in downtown Martinsville presents their monthly Open Studios Night on Friday, May 12. On the second Friday of each month, stop by to talk with resident artists in their working studios. The Art Sanctuary is home to more than a dozen local artists. Often, you'll also find an exhibit in the main gallery and a Creative Cafe option in the lower gallery for a tasty, affordable dinner option. Proceeds from the Creative Cafe support the arts in Martinsville.
May 12 & 13 - Swing into Spring: Monrovia Jazz Band Concert
Join the Monrovia Jazz Band for two nights of musical entertainment. On May 12 and 14, this group of talented local young musicians will perform a variety of pop hits from the past 10 decades! Doors open at 6:30 pm and music begins at 7 pm at the Monrovia High School Center for the Performing Arts. This event is a fundraiser for the Monrovia High School Music Program. Admission is $15 ($10 for Monrovia students; free for preschool age and younger). Don't forget to bid on the silent auction items!
May 13 - Morgan County Habitat Annual Home Tour
Come out to enjoy a day of fun in Martinsville with the annual Habitat Home Tour! This year's theme is "Something old, Something new, Something for everyone to view!" Tour a mix of gorgeous, historic homes all located near the courthouse square in downtown Martinsville and brand-new, recently constructed homes in the Sand Creek Knoll subdivision, located approximately two miles east on State Road 252. This annual fundraising event is presented by Morgan County Habitat for Humanity, and is set to take place on May 13 from 1 to 5 pm. Tickets are available now at a cost of $25 per person in advance or $30 on the date of the tour Come early for a great lunch at one of downtown Martinsville's locally-owned eateries!.
May 13 - Downtown Mooresville Street Fair
The first of three Downtown Street Fairs in Mooresville will take place on Saturday, May 13, from 10 am to 3 pm. This is the third year for these fun downtown events featuring 100+ vendors, several food trucks, downtown merchants, live music and more! Additional street fair events will take place in July and September.
May 13 - Touch a Truck
Get the kids and head for Pioneer Park on Saturday, May 13 for Touch a Truck. From 10 am to Noon, you'll find a wide variety of vehicles to explore, including public service, emergency utility, construction, transportation, deliver and just plain cool - all in once place! This is a rain or shine event. Vehicles will be located in the Aquatic Center parking lot. Free.
May 13 - Live Music: Jamie Nichole Haywood
Join Black Dog Brewing Company in Mooresville for live music from local singer and songwriter Jamie Nichole Haywood on Saturday, May 13. Music begins at 7 pm on Saturday, May 6. Be sure to enjoy one of their tasty flatbread pizzas along with your locally-brewed craft beer as you enjoy the tunes.
May 14 - Mother's Day Brunch
Join Chef Matt at his friendly staff at 21 North Eatery & Cellar for a special Mother's Day Brunch. The special Mother's Day menu will be served from 11 am to 2 pm and features several scrumptious options, including special Mother's Day cocktails! Kids menu available; reservations strongly encouraged.
May 19 - Free Concert: Martinsville High School Jazz Band
Enjoy a free outdoor concert at the brand new Downtown performance venue, just off the square in Martinsville. The Martinsville High School Jazz Band will perform on Friday, May 19. Bring your own seating. Food and drink will be available from local vendors.
May 19 - Summer Concert: The Indigos
The first free Sumer Concert of the season at Pioneer Park will take place on Friday, May 19, featuring regional favorites The Indigos. These performances take place in the open area behind the Aquatic Center. There will be a food truck as well as local beer and wine available on site. Well-behaved pets on leashes are welcome. Bring your own seating; music begins at 7 pm.
May 19 - Family Campout Night
Jimmy Nash City Park will host a family campout at the park on Friday, May 19. Participants will be assigned a location for their tent and all will join together for a dinner of hot dogs cooked over the campfire, and s'mores. Join in a nighttime hike and an outdoor movie after dark! Cost is $20 per family. Preregistration required.
May 19 & 20 - A tribute to Patsy Cline & Tammy Wynette
Join performer Ginny Spillman as she pays tribute to two of the leading ladies of country music, Patsy Cline and Tammy Wynette. Show dates are May 19 & 20, beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $15 per person and are available online at martinsvillearts.org or at the door. This show takes place at the historic Depot Theatre on Marion Street in Martinsville. This intimate venue has limited seating, so get your tickets early! Come early to enjoy dinner at one of the area's downtown eateries.
May 20 - Black Dog Brewing Anniversary Party
Mooresville's Black Dog Brewing Company will celebrate their anniversary with a party on Saturday, May 20 featuring live music from Kris Garner, Brian Wiser and more! Stop by throughout the day to enjoy live music, great food and locally crafted beer.
May 20 - Drink at the Creek: Resurrection & Fancy Sauce
The 2023 Drink at the Creek Concert Series kicks off on Saturday, May 20 with fan favorites Resurrection (Journey Tribute band) and Fancy Sauce! Gates open at 2 pm. Tickets are available online at rdproductionsllc.com as well as in person at Cedar Creek Winery. Cost is $15 in advance or $20 at the gate. Kids age 12 and under are free; locally-crafted beer, wine and spirits, plus food vendors are available on site. Bring your own seating. Picnics are welcome; no outside alcohol allowed.
May 20 - 2023 Season Opening Day at Willowfield Lavender Farm
Willowfield Lavender Farm will kick off their 2023 season on Saturday, May 20. Hours for this season will be 11 am to 4 pm, Thursdays through Saturdays. Come enjoy the beauty of the lavender fields, complete with free aromatherapy! Browse the store for lavender-themed products and enjoy a glass of signature iced tea and cookies as you relax amid the lavender. Season will continue until early October.
May 21 - Morgantown Memorial Parade
The small town of Morgantown will host their annual Memorial Parade on Sunday, May 21 at 1 pm. A local tradition for 100+ years, the parade is held on the Sunday before Memorial Day Weekend to honor those lost while defending our nation. This is a true small-town parade featuring antique tractors and automobiles, animals, floats, marching groups, and more that travels north through town, ending at East Hill Cemetery where a brief memorial service is held.
May 21 - Live Music: Tim Neuman
Cedar Creek Winery and Brewery invite you to enjoy live music from Tim Neuman on Sunday, May 21. Music begins at 2 pm and all ages are welcome at this fun, casual show. The onsite eatery is open as well for a late lunch, early dinner or shared appetizer! Tim performs at Cedar Creek most months, so if you can't be there in May, watch our calendar for future dates!
May 27 - Drink at the Creek: Thunderstruck & Jump
The 2023 Drink at the Creek Concert Series continues on May 27 with an evening of rock n roll. The popular AC/DC tribute band Thunderstruck will take the stage following opening act Jump, a Van Halen tribute band. Gates open at 2 pm. Tickets are available online at rdproductionsllc.com as well as in person at Cedar Creek Winery. Cost is $15 in advance or $20 at the gate. Kids age 12 and under are free; locally-crafted beer, wine and spirits, plus food vendors are available on site. Bring your own seating; picnics welcome but no outside alcohol allowed.