Saturday Dec 31st 2016 Mackinaw City New Year's Eve Party
Northern Michigan's Largest New Years Eve Party. Celebrate the New Year at Mackinaw City's Largest Restaurant/Bar complex, The Dixie Saloon and Oreilly's Irish Pub. Champagne Toast. Free late night appetizers and live music in Mackinaw City. For those that want to enjoy the party and be safe, accommodations are available at many mackinaw city hotels
Thursday Jan 12th-Jan 15th2017 Mackinaw City Winterfest
Parade, Chili Cook Off and Outhouse Parade and race at 2:00 p.m.
Celebrate winter in Mackinaw City during our annual Winterfest. Enjoy a variety of fun outdoor events as our famous outhouse races, city wide poker walk, chili cookoff and more. Sign up for the ice fishing contest in Paradise Lake.
Saturday Jan 14th 2017 Mackinaw City Winterfest Ice Fishing Tournament
Winterfest Ice Fishing Tournament - Carp Lake Marina, only 7 miles from Downtown Mackinaw City.
Contestants will meet at the DNR Boat Launch Access at Paradise Lake. All entry fees include a chance ticket valued at $5. The three categories to be judged are: heaviest pike, heaviest walleye and heaviest pan fish. Each category carries a $300 top prize.
Application forms are available at Carp Lake General Store and Clyde's Bar until 3 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 13. Participants may preregister from 3-6 p.m. on Jan. 13 in the headquarters trailer at the public access. Day of tournament registration is from 6:30-8 a.m. at the headquarters trailer.
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
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 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 www.MIdarkskypark.org or call (231) 348-1704 for more information