Hospitality @ its Best! Four Seasons of Fun!

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Experience the great Northern Michigan events, hip happenings and vibrant goings on that make our Michigan Vacation Destinations such great places to visit any time of year.

Join us for our holiday parades, parties, fireworks and seasonal celebrations. Let us tune you into upcoming concerts and plays or share a little local knowledge about cultural gigs at our art galleries, museums and theaters. Get the skinny on upcoming 5Ks, 10Ks, marathons, bridge walks and more. Fall in step with sporting events that range from ski, bike and boat races to fishing tournaments, corn hole contests and pumpkin hunts. Whet your appetite by browsing our list of wine tastings, farmer’s markets, culinary expos and other foodie events. Whether you’re into cars, boats, antiques or historical reenactments, just about every hobby under the sun has its day in Mackinaw City and Petoskey. 

When it comes to Northern Michigan events, our local region serves up “Four Seasons of Fun!”   

PETOSKEY, MICHIGAN EVENTS

June 18th, 2015 – Gallery Walk

Here you’ll find the largest concentration of art galleries in the city. The art walk is free & self-guided, every month from 6 pm to 8 pm.

June 19th- 21st – In-Water Boat Show

Bay Harbor Lake Marina will host the 13th annual In-Water Boat Show over Father’s Day weekend – June 19th – 21st. The show will feature the finest in watercraft from pleasure boats to mega-yachts and everything in between!

June 20th – Historic Festival and Taste of the North

Tastings will take place from 11am-2pm on the waterfront. Activities include a petting zoo presented by the 4-H, giant board games by Grandpa's Shorter's, face painting by Patti Ward, and balloon twisting for children.

June 27th – Vintage Car and Boat Festival

The Bay Harbor Vintage Car and Boat Festival kicks off the summer in Bay Harbor with a fantastic collection of classic cars and wooden boats. The highlight of Vintage Weekend is the Parade of Vintage Cars and Display of Vintage Boats, held Saturday afternoon and capped off with a drive-by awards ceremony. The parade is free to the public, and every year thousands of people, both locals and visitors from across the Midwest bring their families to see this elegant gathering of vintage cars and motor boats.

July 3rd – Bay Harbor Fourth of July Events and Fireworks

Come down and celebrate the 4th of July holiday a day early during our 3rd of July festivities. The Petoskey Steel Drum Band will entertain the crowds, followed by a spectacular fireworks display to celebrate our nation in style!

July 4th – Fourth of July Parade and Fireworks

The Fourth of July parade in Harbor Springs is a true American event where families come from all over northern Michigan to celebrate together in our small town. The parade begins at 1pm at Zoll and Main Streets and heads west on Main to State Street, then down to Bay Street where it winds back east to Zoll Street. Excellent viewing spots are available all along Main, State and Bay Streets.

July 10th – 12th – Blissfest

The 35th Annual Blissfest Music Festival will be a celebration of music, culture, art and community featuring a world of diverse and innovative folk, world and roots music and dance at the Festival Farm in picturesque rural northern Michigan. It is truly a blissful musical weekend to be shared with families, friends and music-lovers of all ages. The annual event is a showcase of the many musical styles that define American roots and world music. Bluegrass, Blues, Zydeco, Celtic, Folk, Jazz, Latin, Ethnic, World music and dance all share the stage. Innovators of these roots styles are on hand to dazzle and amaze.

July 18th – Art in the Park

Artists from all over the United States descend upon Downtown Petoskey to show off their wares. For over 30 years, approximately 130 booths have graced Pennsylvania Park, with items ranging from pottery to jewelry, from paintings to photographs, and much more.

July 24th – 26th – Ugotta Regatta

Sailboats from across the U.S. head to Harbor Springs each summer for sailing traditions: the LTYC Ugotta Regatta. Hosted by the Little Traverse Yacht Club, the Regatta brings together some of the best sailboat racers in the country to Little Traverse Bay. Ugotta Regatta takes place the weekend following the 2nd of the Mackinac Races (Port Huron-Mackinac, Chicago-Mackinac).

July 31st – Aug 1st – Sidewalk Sales

The annual Sidewalk Sales provide our Downtown merchants with the opportunity to move their stores into the streets, and present their wares in a traditional, old-fashioned sidewalk sales venue.

August 14th – 16th – Festival on the Bay

The Petoskey Regional Chamber of Commerce invites you to attend the 13th Annual Festival on the Bay, August 14-15, 2015 at the Petoskey, Michigan waterfront. Every year, visitors enjoy great music inside the Entertainment Tent and a fun Children’s Area all weekend. Other activities Teen Events, Chalk & Chocolate Festival, Youth Fishing Derby, The BIG Art Show, a Petting Zoo on Saturday, and so much more!

August 25th – 30th – Emmet-Charlevoix County Fair

TUESDAY AUG. 25

Seniors (55) and Handicapable Persons Day, free gate admission until 6 p.m.!

  • Grandstand
  • Noon: Pony pulls
  • 2:30 p.m. Mini-horse pulls - new this year!
  • 6 p.m. Draft horse pulls
  • Admission for all three shows: $5 for ages 13 and up; 12 and under enter free


WEDNESDAY AUG. 26

7 p.m. MXR SUPERCROSS RACING (NEW FOR 2015!)
Admission: $10 for 13 and up; $5 for 5 to 12 year olds; 4 and under enter free

THURSDAY AUG. 27

7 p.m. MONSTER TRUCK SHOOTOUT - BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND, ON A NEW NIGHT!
Admission:
Pre-buy, 2 for $25, single $17 for ages 13 and up
Day of show $17 each for ages 13 and up; ages 2-12, $7 each. Age 2 and under admitted free.

FRIDAY, AUG. 28

CHRIS YOUNG COUNTRY MUSIC CONCERT!
Gates open at 5 p.m.
Opening act, Billy Jewell and His Bad Habits, 5:30 p.m.
Chris Young, 7 p.m.
www.etix.com for ticket purchases or call (800) 514-3849
Tiered ticket pricing: $35, $50 and $75

SATURDAY AUG. 29

6 p.m. AUTO CROSS RACING (NEW NIGHT!)
Admission: $10 for 13 and up; 5-12 years $5; 4 and under enter free

SKERBECK FAMILY SHOW CARNIVAL RIDES

TUESDAY-SUNDAY, AUG. 25-30

Carnival opens Tuesday, Aug. 25, at 2 p.m.! Carnival opens at NOON on all other days.

  • Wrist-band days: Wednesday, Aug. 26 and Thursday, Aug. 27, $20 ride all day
  • Dollar rides: Friday Aug. 28 from noon to 6 p.m.
  • Mega ride pass, unlimited carnival rides all week: $60 now through Monday, Aug. 24 ONLY; $70 starting Tuesday, Aug. 25.

October 3rd – Shopping Scramble

Competitors will test their skills on the pristine shopping course of Downtown Petoskey. Shoppers gather in the morning to enjoy coffee and breakfast treats, then head out to shop 18 holes in Downtown Petoskey. In between, shoppers will enjoy an elegant lunch and a fashion show. The day ends at the 19th Hole Party with great food and prizes. In addition, each Shopping Scramble participant will receive a gift bag filled with donations from area merchants and a chance to win several grand prizes and many more door prizes and awards. Dozens of businesses in Downtown Petoskey will be offering special promotions exclusively to Shopping Scramble participants, including “hole in one” discounts or a percentage off purchases made that day. Ticket prices will be posted as they become available. 

October 31st – Trick or Treating

On Monday, the streets will be filled with little ghosts and goblins in search of sweet treats.
Many area communities host designated trick or treat hours, most of which are taking place on Halloween.In addition, children can get an early start on the spooky festivities on Saturday, Oct. 29, when the Downtown Petoskey trick or treat parade takes place. Lineup for the costume parade begins at 9:30 a.m. at Central Elementary School, at the corner of Howard and State streets. The parade begins at 10 a.m. and runs along Howard Street to Pennsylvania Park. Streets are closed for the parade. Trick or treating follows from 10 a.m. to noon, downtown, and businesses with treats to offer will have a sign posted in the window.

MACKINAW CITY, MICHIGAN EVENTS

June 5th – 14th – Lilac Festival

The 10-day celebration is the first and largest summer event on the Island, attracting thousands of visitors. A celebration that blends the Island’s historic varieties of lilacs – many of which were brought here during the Colonial era; distinctive equestrian culture; fine food, drink and accommodations plus a range of other activities, the festival is one of the Island’s biggest attractions. Festivities include the coronation of the Lilac Festival Queen and Court, Lilac Festival 10K, Grand Hotel History Lecture, horse drawn carriage tours, numerous concerts, sailing tours of the harbor, boat cruises under the Mackinac Bridge, wine tastings, A Taste of Mackinac Culinary Event, Mackinac Island Dog and Pony Show and the festival’s signature event, the Lilac Festival Grand Parade.

June 27th – 28th – Fine Arts and Crafts Show

The show will feature many artists from around the country. Exhibits to include Paintings, Woodwork, Hand-Crafted Jewelry, Hand-Designed Clothing, and much more.

July 4th – Fourth of July Parade/Strawberry Social and Fireworks

The Fourth of July in Mackinaw City included both the Mackinaw Woman’s Club’s Strawberry Social and the village’s annual games on the Mackinaw City Municipal Marina lawn. At the Strawberry Social, the club sold hundreds of strawberry shortcakes for $5 apiece and $1 bottles of water. The fundraiser is one of the club’s largest of the year, raising money for a variety of causes, including Mackinaw City Public Schools field trips and scholarships, the Women’s Resource Center in Petoskey, and Diane Peppler Resource Center in Sault Ste. Marie.
• 1:30- Enjoy games on the Marina Lawn (Fun for all ages)
• Dusk to 9:00pm - Straits Area Concert Band to perform at Conkling Heritage Park
• At Dusk - the largest spectacular fireworks display in Northern

July 11th – 14th – Mackinac Yacht Race

This is known as the world’s longest freshwater sailing event and is recognized as one of the most prestigious sailing races in the world. Today, sailors from Maine to California make this race an invariable part of their summer. Moreover, each year the Mac hosts sailors from as far off as Hong Kong, New Zealand and Australia. Although the Mac remains primarily an amateur event, this race has a proven track record of attracting some of the finest sailing talent in the sport. The monohull record of 23 hours, 30 minutes, and 34 seconds set by Roy Disney’s Pyewacket in 2002, and Steve Fossett on Stars and Stripes set the multihull record of 18 hours, 50 minutes, and 32 seconds in 1998. Both records still stand today. The unpredictable weather and fickle winds on Lake Michigan make the Race to Mackinac a supreme test, which many competitors feel rivals any ocean race. As one veteran sailor put it, “It’s fun, but it’s serious fun.”


July 29th – Aug 1st – Mackinaw Heritage Festival

Heritage Village offers a fun filled family event that celebrates history with historic programs that are free and open to all. Watch a vintage baseball game, ride on a hay wagon, take a trolley ride, play historic children’s games, dance around a maypole, square dance, watch quilters and spinners or run in an historic foot race. Chat with quilters and spinners and lumberjacks or be a heckler at the historic ball game.

August 4th – Antique Show

• Mackinaw City High School on W. Central Ave.
• 5 blocks West of the I-75 Underpass
• Admission - $2.00 and is good for all day

August 7th – 9th – International Ironworkers Festival

The International Ironworker Festival is an annual event held each summer in Mackinaw City, MI. located on the Straits of Mackinac overlooking the beautiful Mackinaw Bridge. It attracts ironworkers from across the United States and Canada to compete in friendly competition. It is open to the general public, although only ironworkers and retirees can compete in the skilled events. These events include knot tying, rod tying, rivet toss, spud throw, column climb all on Saturday and the World Championship Column Climb on Sunday. The old-timers events are also held on Sunday. This years festival will take place August 9th, 10th, and 11th

August 21st – 23rd – Mackinac Island Fudge Festival

While fudge was not invented on Mackinac Island, Mackinac Island’s fudge has become the most popular fudge in America. This festival celebrate the creamy goodness with events such as Dining Under the Influence of Fudge, Fudge on the Rocks, Michigan Craft Brew Beer Tastings, Great Turtle Slow Ride and the coveted “Daddy, I Want the Golden Ticket” vacation giveaway.

August 22nd – 23rd – Corvette Crossroads Auto Show

If you like cool cars, this is the event for you!corvette Hundreds of Corvette enthusiasts gather at this celebration of the Chevy Corvette held each August. This isn’t your average car show, though. Those who attend can vote for their favorite car and enjoy a host of related entertainment and events.
August 22nd – 23rd – Fine Arts and Crafts Show
The Show will feature many artists from around the country. Exhibits to include Paintings, Woodwork, Hand-Crafted Jewelry, Hand-Designed Clothing, and much more.

September 7th – Mackinac Bridge Walk

The walk begins in St. Ignace, at the north end of the Mackinac Bridge in the UPPER PENINSULA, and ends in Mackinaw City at the south end in the LOWER PENINSULA.

September 11th – Antique Tractor Bridge Crossing

Imagine unloading nearly 1,000 tractors in one field in a single day! Nearly all of the tractors pull into the staging area in Mackinaw City on Thursday the day before the event to line up with their respective clubs. Friday morning around 9:00 am we have the Mackinaw City parade and the Mackinac Bridge parade leaves the staging area at the same time. It takes about 50 minutes to clear over 800 tractors from the lot. The Mackinac Bridge Parade travels directly to the bridge and enter the bridge with the Mackinac Bridge Authority directing them. The Mackinaw City parade travels through town and gets on the bridge right behind the bridge parade. The tractors for the 2015 event will travel over the Mackinac Bridge and into the city of St. Ignace, Michigan. The whole travel time from beginning to end is about 3-1/2 hours.

September 11th – 12th – Hopps of Fun

More than 50 award-winning micro brews and over 40 wines from Michigan wineries are on tap--literally--at the Hopps of Fun Beer and Wine Festival in Mackinaw City. This annual fall event is packed with good fun, hopps, and wine at the Mackinaw Crossings.

October 9th – 10th – Fort Fright

Lanterns light your way through an 18th-Century Fort and Fur Trading Village overrun by Werewolves, Witches, and Goblins & Ghouls! Storytellers weave spooky folktales near bonfires & treats such as hot mulled cider, cookies and candy can be found throughout the site!
French voyageurs tell eerie tales by campfires as you pass down the Lantern lit trail. Werewolves howl over the Palisade Fort as you enter through the gate patrolled by the Skeleton Redcoats! Get goodies from colonial fireplaces; hear spooky stories and if you’re a brave soul, enter the haunted Rowhouse!
Experience Michilimackinac at night like you Never Have Before!!
• Time: 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm {Both Nights}!
**Last admission is at 8:30 pm**

October 10th – Fall Colors Bridge Race and Fireworks

Enjoy the spectacular views from the top of the Mackinac Bridge and all its Fall splendor! This race in its 7th year; promises to be one you won't forget ~ it is only one of two chances for a unique opportunity to run the "Mighty Mac" each year! The other possibility being: Mackinaw Memorial Bridge Run held on Saturday during Memorial Day weekend.

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