April showers bring May flowers... and lots of other great things such as outdoor recreation opportunities and fun events! May means patio dining, the return of some of our favorite seasonal events, such at the Morgan County Farmers Market, tons of outdoor concerts and more. Here, 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 back to our Events Calendar for updated listings.
Succulent Wreath Workshop
Fancy Plants in Mooresville will host a workshop on May 2 where you'll learn to create a beautiful, living decorative wreath with succulent plants. Hang it outdoors to enjoy all summer, then bring it inside for the colder months. Must preregister.
Spring Flowers Workshop
Join artist Lynne Medsker for a Spring Flowers workshop on May 2 at 6:30 pm. Preregistration is required and class size is limited. Participants will meet at the new makerspace at The Sterling Blutterfly for a mixed media/painting class that will result in three small, whimsical pieces on canvas panels.
Meet the Artists Reception
Mingle with a selection of talented artists featured at The Sterling Butterfly in downtown Martinsville. Drop in at the stores's new location on the courthouse square on May 3 from 4 to 6 pm to see the new space, enjoy refreshments, chat with artists and see live demos!
Frank Bradford at The Creek
One of Indiana's finest solo artists, Frank Bradford, will bring his take on classic rock and modern pop favorites to Cedar Creek Winery on Friday, May 3. Enjoy live tunes and locally crafted wine. Music begins at 5 pm.
Free Comic Book Day & Mini Con
Join Krypton Comics in Martinsville for a mini-convention of regional comic book artists on Free Comic Book Day, May 4. Admission is free and works from several Hoosier artists will be on display and available for purchase, as well as free comic books for all attendees and a visit from Survivor star, Rupert!
Spring Handmade is Heartmade Marketplace
Bran N Shorts in Mooresville will host a vendor marketplace on Saturday, May 4 from 9 am to 2 pm. Fuel up on coffee and treats, then browse through a variety of vendor booths featuring locally handmade items.
5 East Spring Market
From 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday, May 4, enjoy a fun filled day at the 5 East Spring Market in downtown Mooresville. This cute event space will welcome a variety of vendor booths featuring handmade and vintage pieces from around the region.
Fables and Fairy Tales Artie-versary
Join Martinsville's independent book shop, Fables and Fairy Tales as they celebrate their first full year in their new downtown location! There will be Star Wars themed fun on May the 4th, featuring story time, family board games, movie night and lots of fun giveaways!
Star Wars Crafts
May the 4th be with you! Join the Morgan County Public Library's Martinsville branch for fun Star Wars themed crafts from 10:30 am to Noon. Drop in any time to enjoy several craft centers in the library's meeting room. This free activity is targeted for children ages 5-11.
Inky Doodles Workshop
Create fun mixed mixed media doodles with artist Lynne Medsker at her Unruly Image Art Studio near Martinsville. On May 4, she will guide participants through the steps to create bright, happy artwork on Yupo paper with drops, splashes and swirls. Choose morning or evening class time - preregistration is required.
Link Observatory Open Observation
On May 4, come visit this historic observatory for a public observation night! Experts will be on hand to answer all your questions about the observatory itself and the night skies. The dome will open so you can look through the powerful telescope, if weather permits.
Wines & Vines Container Gardening Parties
Join Greendell Landscape Solutions for one of their most popular programs of the year! These fun Saturday events combine container gardening and local wine from nearby Mallow Run Winery. Classes are held May 4, 11 and 18, from 1 to 4 pm.
Exit 99 at The Creek
Cedar Creek Winery welcomes Exit 99 on May 5. This fun acoustic duo, made up of Angie Sell and Brad Owns, is driven by a shared passion for music and performing. Music begins at 2 pm.
Americana The Concert
This year's Spring Concert from the Martinsville Community Band will features a fun and eclectic mix of Rock 'n Roll, Aaron Copeland and more! Join them at the First Baptist Church on Monday, May 6, beginning at 7 pm.
Tuesday Farmers Market
Beginning on May 7, the Morgan County Farmers Market returns to Mooresville on Tuesdays from 3 to 6 pm. Join them at the Friends Church for a weekly dose of locally grown and locally crafted items including veggies, meats, eggs, jams, soaps, jewelry and more! On opening day, pick up your Visit Morgan County tote bag to celebrate National Tourism Week.
Wood Painting Party
Join Cedar Creek Winery for a fun wood painting party on May 8, led by the experts from Creative Gatherings Indy. Choose your own sign from over 900 designs! Must preregister by purchasing your sign online before the event.
Daytime Open Hours at Link Observatory
Join the experts at Link Observatory for a daytime visit on May 9! Explore the historic structure, see Dr. Link's doctor memorabilia from the 1930's and learn about the construction and the history of the unique observatory. Open 9 am to 3 pm.
2nd Friday Open Studios Night & Open Mic Night
The Art Sanctuary welcomes you to their monthly Open Studios Night on May 10 to chat with resident artists. The former church building is home to 20+ artist studios, exhibit space and even performance space. Don't miss Open Mic Night downstairs where local musicians will share their talents.
Chicken Bone at The Creek
Join Cedar Creek Winery for live acoustic music from Chicken Bone, made of up members from regional favorite band Tastes Like Chicken. Music begins on May 10 at 5 pm.
Pedal Power 500
Waverly Park will host the first ever Pedal Power 500 on May 10, from 6 to 8 pm. Bring your bike, trike or big wheel to participate in family friendly fun, racing and s'mores! Participants will have an opportunity to decorate their wheels and sign up for youth time trials, followed by a parade and s'mores around the campfire.
Run With the Foxes
This fun annual run takes place on the trails of Morgan-Monroe State Forest on May 11. There are four course lengths to choose from to ensure easy participation from all levels of runners. Check in begins at 7:30 am and the race begins at 9 am. Register early - participant numbers are limited.
Morgan County Fallen Officers 5K
This year's kickoff race for the regional Mag 7 Race Series is the Morgan County Fallen Officers 5K, which honors offers who have fallen in the line of duty and helps raise funds for future law enforcement officers in the community. The race will take place on May 11, beginning at Liberty Christian Church.
Saturday Farmers Market
Beginning on May 11, the Morgan County Farmers Market returns to Martinsville on Saturdays from 9 am to 1 pm. Join them at The Main Connection for a weekly dose of locally grown and locally crafted items including veggies, meats, eggs, jams, soaps, jewelry and more! Maggie's at the Main will be open during the Market as well with locally roasted coffee. On opening day, be sure to pick up your Visit Morgan County tote bag to celebrate National Tourism Week.
Another chance to enjoy the wildflowers - this will be the last spring wildflower walk of the season at Burkhart Creek Park on May 11. Master Naturalist David Mow will lead participants on a 90 minute walk highlighting native Indiana wildflowers along the way.
Roger Banister at The Creek
Enjoy live music with Roger Banister, known for high energy roots music will guitar, bass, banjo and fiddle. Cedar Creek will serve up locally crafted beverages as you enjoy this performance on May 11, beginning at 4 pm.
Welcome Back Summer!
Ralph and Ava's Public House will welcome the return of summertime with a fun night of live music beginning at 7 pm on May 11. The evening will feature festive, upbeat summer themed tunes from three local artists, plus tasty food and drink specials.
Phil Pierle at The Creek
Popular musician Phil Pierle, also known as the lead vocalist for The Woomblies, will perform at Cedar Creek Winery on May 12 and May 26. These relaxed, acoustic shows will begin at 2 pm on both dates.
Kids Potting Workshop
On May 16, Fancy Plants in Mooresville will host a fun workshop for kids ages 12 and younger. They will choose their own pot and succulent or cacti, then learn how to plant and care for their new plant friend. Class size is limited, registration required.
Classic Country Night
Join Ralph and Ava's Public House for an evening of classic country tunes on May 17, beginning at 7 pm. Multiple artists will be on hand to celebrate their favorite classic country hits from the 50s through the 80s.
Touch a Truck
Pioneer Park in Mooresville will host a fun Touch a Truck event from 10 am to 2 pm on May 18. Bring the kids (of all ages) to get up close and personal with big trucks and other large vehicles.
Link Observatory Program & Viewing
A multi-media presentation from the experts from Link Observatory Space Science Institute kicks off at 8 pm on May 18 at the Mooresville Public Library. Following the presentation, a shuttle is available to transport families to the Observatory itself for a public telescope viewing opportunity.
Resurrection & Fancy Sauce in Concert
The first of the Drink at the Creek Concert Series, at Cedar Creek Winery, Brewery and Distillery in Martinsville will feature Resurrection (a Journey tribute band) and Fancy Sauce on May 18. Music begins at 5 pm, all ages are welcome.
Morgantown Memorial Parade
This annual memorial parade celebrates 106 years in 2019! Enjoy an old fashioned parade through the streets of Morgantown featuring antique tractors and autos, animals, floats, marching groups and more. Parade begins at 1 pm on Sunday, May 19.
Rob Amrhein at The Creek
Guitarist Rob Amrhein will bring his wide variety of cover songs to Cedar Creek Winery on May 19, beginning at 2 pm. Favorite tunes will include songs by The Beetles, The Fray, Ed Sheeran and more.
Switchyard Brewing Company Tap Takeover
21 North will welcome Switchyard Brewing Company for a fun tap takeover event on May 24, from 6 to 19 pm. Kick off your holiday weekend with great craft beer and live music from Joey Blankenbaker of Joey B's Acoustic Show.
Hairbangers Ball & Big 80s in Concert
Cedar Creek Winery, Brewery and Distillery presents Hairbangers Ball and Big 80s as part of their Drink at the Creek Summer Concert Series. Come out to "The Creek" on May 25 for this fun night of classic hair band rock 'n roll with a side of tasty, locally crafted beverages. All ages welcome.
Mr. Molecule's Big Blast of Space
The Main Branch of the Morgan County Public Library will host a special kickoff event for their summer reading program featuring Mr. Molecule's Big Blast of Space Science Show! Come by to enjoy science themed fun for the whole family, beginning at 10:30 am on May 31.