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Thursday Feb 11th-Feb 14th 2016
The Labatt Blue U.P. Pond Hockey Championship

5 minutes from Mackinaw City. Hotels are Available in Mackinaw City. The Labatt Blue U.P. Pond Hockey Championship will be played on the Wild Ice of Moran Bay, Lake Huron, downtown St. Ignace, Michigan! We hope to have 160 teams competing for prizes! This is a MAHA sanctioned event - Sanction #: MIT1614292245.

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Friday May 6th-May 8th 2016
Troop Mackinaw

Troop MackinawA fun & affordable weekend dedicated to Girl Scouts exploring Mackinac Island. This event is the complete Mackinac Island Package for Girl Scouts! Hotel, Ferry, Grand Hotel Lunch Buffet, Carriage Tour & More! You won't find another package at this price with this much included. Whether visiting with the whole troop or just mother & daughter you are sure to have a Grand time!

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Saturday May 7th 2016
3rd Annual Mackinaw City Magical Color Fun Run

Run or walk, Northern Michigan's most colorful & magical 5K, being held in Mackinaw City on May 7th 2016 {Rain or Shine}! Bring all your friends and family to run a color-blasted 5K, where you get showered in safe, Eco-friendly, plant-based cornstarch dye every kilometer; or you may also do the 1 mile walk. Then enjoy a colorful & magical party afterward immediately following, where you can Tie-Dye the Sky (not to mention all your friends!) in this ultimate celebration of life, friendship, fitness, and fun!

Pre-Register by April 13th 2016 to be guaranteed a white T-Shirt & Color Packet for the after party! Also, you will receive a discounted run fee for early registration.

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Saturday May 21st-May 23rd 2016
27th Annual Zoo-De-Mackinac - Harbor Springs & Mackinaw City, MI

The Zoo-De-Mackinac is a weekend of fun with two huge parties and great bands, a lot of sunshine, one awesome island, a boat ride under the mighty Mackinac Bridge, and one of the most scenic bicycle rides in the country! This event attracts around 2,000 participants every year. Book your hotel accommodations early at Mackinaw City Hotels.

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Friday May 27th-May 29th 2016
Memorial Weekend Pageant

During this weekend in Mackinaw City: Over 400 cast members will re-create events that took place between the French, British and Indian tribes, on June 2, 1763. This historically rich event will take place for the 50th consecutive year. The Fort Michilimackinac Pageant is the longest running, free historical Memorial Day performance in the Nation. Visitors will meet famous Indian Chiefs: Miniavavan and Matchekewis of the Ojibwa tribe, and Wawatam who becomes a blood brother to Alexander Henry and later saves his life.

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Mackinaw City, Michigan

Mackinaw City is the perfect vacation destination at the base of the Mackinac Bridge on the shores of the Straits of Mackinac, where the Great Lakes Huron and Michigan meet. There is something for everyone in Mackinaw: Mackinaw City is rich in history and four historic Michigan state parks preserve Mackinaw City's heritage, while the natural beauty of Mackinaw City and Mackinac Island captivate your senses. Unique shops and restaurants can be found in downtown Mackinaw City to peak your interest and satisfy your appetite. Catch a ferry to Mackinac Island for the day to enjoy all it has to offer and return to Mackinaw City and experience our parks, relaxing sandy beaches, unique shopping, restaurants, golf courses, concerts in the park, and a free nightly Laser Light Show. All this and more await you when you visit Mackinaw City!

Mackinaw City Prepares For A Vibrant Fall Color Tour

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Changing leaves herald the coming of autumn to Mackinaw City as early as mid-September. That's when forest roads and trails begin to hum with the crowds of nature lovers who come to enjoy the display in the Mackinaw City countryside. The Mackinaw City area encompasses such a broad range of habitats that it's possible to stretch this most colorful of seasons into more than a month of celebration within its boundaries. The gold rush begins on the higher slopes Mackinac Island and the Tunnel of Trees just south of Mackinaw City as leaves change to amber while summer is still in the air. From there the transformation gradually migrates to crimson and then to fuchsia maples around the hills of Mackinaw City. The climax of this parade of color generally occurs around the first week of October, but remnants of reds, oranges and golds linger as late as mid-November in French Farm near Mackinaw City.

The Northwestern Michigan fall color tour includes hilly, forested countryside, charming resort towns nestled along the sparkling blue waters of Lake Michigan, breathtaking views, fresh air and colorful wildlife.

Fall sweeps across Michigan and the Mackinaw City area in broad strokes of color. Discover perfect places to relax, renew and reconnect. Fall is the best time to savor quiet pleasures from beaches to fine restaurants, farm markets and art galleries of Mackinaw City.

Beginning mid-September and stretching through the end of October, the colors of autumn peak at varying times in the Mackinaw City area.

Headlands Dark Sky Park

Headlands International Dark Sky Park

The Headlands became an International Dark Sky Park in May of 2011, one of the first 10 in the entire world!

What it means: The sky over the 600 acre Headlands park will be protected from the effects of light pollution, forever! Stargazers, astronomers, photographers and dark-sky enthusiasts visit the park knowing that they will have an undiluted night sky of the celestial wonders above. There are 2.5 miles of shoreline along this park, where visitors gather year round for programming and for independent stargazing.

Headlands is located 2 miles west of downtown Mackinaw City; it is open every day, 24 hours a day, at no charge. Programs are held monthly and are also free. Visit or call (231) 348-1704 for more information

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