Official Mackinaw City Chamber of Tourism

Mackinaw City Events

Mackinaw City has much to offer travelers and residents throughout the year. Local events combined with the natural beauty of the Great Lakes and a rich area history give Mackinaw City it's unique flavor. To view scheduled local events, choose the month you would like to view below.

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Dec 1-31, 20182018-12-01T00:00:00-05:00Christmas in Mackinaw City
Christmas in Mackinaw CityChristmas in Mackinaw City

Saturday, Dec 1st-31st, 2018

Welcome to Christmas in Mackinaw! Everyone knows that Christmas and the Holiday season is a great time to visit Mackinaw City.
Dec 31, 20182018-12-31T00:00:00-05:00Mackinaw City New Year's Eve Party
Mackinaw City New Year's Eve PartyMackinaw City New Year's Eve Party

Monday, Dec 31st, 2018

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.

Jan 18-20, 20192019-01-18T00:00:00-05:00Mackinaw City Winterfest
Mackinaw City WinterfestMackinaw City Winterfest

Friday, Jan 18th-20th, 2019

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.
Jan 19, 20192019-01-19T01:00:00-05:00Mackinaw City Winterfest Ice Fishing Tournament
Mackinaw City Winterfest Ice Fishing TournamentMackinaw City Winterfest Ice Fishing Tournament

Saturday, Jan 19th, 2019

Winterfest Ice Fishing Tournament - Paradise Lake Marina, only 7 miles from Downtown Mackinaw City.

Contestants will meet at the Paradise Lake Marina.  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. Participants may preregister from 3-6 p.m. on Friday in the headquarters trailer at the public access. Day of tournament registration is from 6:30-8 a.m. at the headquarters trailer.

Jan 19, 20192019-01-19T14:00:00-05:00International Outhouse Race Mackinaw City
International Outhouse Race Mackinaw CityInternational Outhouse Race Mackinaw City

Saturday, Jan 19th, 2019

Winterfest's Biggest Attraction! Outhouse Racers Wanted! 
Create an Outhouse or register to a team race one of ours.
Feb 14-16, 20192019-02-14T08:00:00-05:00The Labatt Blue U.P. Pond Hockey Championship
The Labatt Blue U.P. Pond Hockey ChampionshipThe Labatt Blue U.P. Pond Hockey Championship

Thursday, Feb 14th-16th, 2019

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 #: MIT1829906366

Deadline for finalizing your team roster is February 6, 2019
Registration fee is $425 per 7-person team
Registration fee includes 3-game guarantee, Labatt Gift and free pub trolley service Thursday, Friday & Saturday

Apr 1-15, 20192019-04-01T00:00:00-04:003rd Annual Mackinac Meltdown Celebration
3rd Annual Mackinac Meltdown Celebration3rd Annual Mackinac Meltdown Celebration

Monday, Apr 1st-15th, 2019

Come Join us in Mackinaw City Celebrate for the 3rd Annual Mackinac Meltdown Celebration! This celebration includes several coinciding events the same week with Michigan Spring Break including:

3rd Annual Mackinaw Spring Meltdown Gala,
3rd Annual Mackinac International Bridal Expo,
3rd Annual Spring Break Splash at Pirate’s Adventure Waterpark,
3rd Annual Taste of Mackinac,
3rd Annual Midwest Roller Derby Tournament
Ferry service from Mackinaw City to Mackinac Island starts April 1st! (weather permitting)

$89.00 Overnight Specials with events! Call 1-800-410-5302 to make a reservation.

Sponsors: Reinhardt Food Service, Starline Ferry, Mackinaw Crossings, Dixie Saloon, Mackinaw City Convention and Visitors Bureau, Mackinaw City Chamber of Tourism, Mackinac Island Brewhouse.


Apr 1-16, 20192019-04-01T02:00:00-04:003rd Annual Spring Break Splash
3rd Annual Spring Break Splash3rd Annual Spring Break Splash

Monday, Apr 1st-16th, 2019

3rd Annual Mackinac Spring Break Splash
April 1st thru April 16th
Splash into Spring! $5 Indoor Water Park Fun!
Apr 5-7, 20192019-04-05T13:00:00-04:003rd Annual April Falls Day Roller Derby Tournament
3rd Annual April Falls Day Roller Derby Tournament3rd Annual April Falls Day Roller Derby Tournament

Friday, Apr 5th-7th, 2019

April 5th-7th 2019 - April Falls Day Roller Derby Tournament

VENUE LOCATION: Mackinaw City Recreation Center, 507 W. Central Ave, Mackinaw City, MI 49701

*Tickets will be available at the door/ $5 one game OR $7 for all!
Apr 6, 20192019-04-06T11:00:00-04:003rd Annual Taste of Mackinac
3rd Annual Taste of Mackinac3rd Annual Taste of Mackinac

Saturday, Apr 6th, 2019

SAMPLE DELICIOUS FOOD FROM LOCAL MACKINAW CITY RESTAURANTS!

Food Samples Galore from 11:00am - 2:00pm, and then relax and enjoy a local brew.

Enjoy the tastes from Mackinac Island Brewhouse & Mackinac Island Winery Beer Tasting for Wine Lovers & Wine Tasting for Beer Lovers!

Mackinac Island Brewhouse; is a beer lovers dream come true with Over 300 Selections of Michigan Microbrews & Craft beer​ to choose from Mackinac Island Winery features over 400 Michigan Wines Whether your appreciation is for a rich full bodied Red Wine to a Light fruitful White Wine. There is enjoyment for every one to experience! Event will be located at Mackinac Bay Trading Company across from Conkling Heritage Park on Huron Avenue.
Apr 6, 20192019-04-06T13:00:00-04:003rd Annual Mackinac International Bridal Expo
3rd Annual Mackinac International Bridal Expo3rd Annual Mackinac International Bridal Expo

Saturday, Apr 6th, 2019

Coming to the runways of your hometown! The 3rd Annual Mackinac International Bridal Expo is a great way to optimize the opportunity for networking and making new contacts! Love is in the air! International & Local Exhibitors will be here to present to: Wedding Couples, Family, Friends and Everyone the many ideas, visions and connections that will contribute to making their Special Day as extraordinary as imaginable!

Food and Beverages will be Available

April 6th from 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Free Admission with overnight stay at participating hotel
$10.00 for a combo pass for Bridal Expo and Taste of Mackinac Food Experience
Apr 6, 20192019-04-06T19:00:00-04:003rd Annual Mackinaw Spring Meltdown Gala
3rd Annual Mackinaw Spring Meltdown Gala3rd Annual Mackinaw Spring Meltdown Gala

Saturday, Apr 6th, 2019

Spring Gala Dinner at Nonna Lisa's Italian Restaurant. Dinner, Dancing and Music. Cost of this Event is $45 which includes: 6 Course Gourmet Meal, Live Music Nightly, Cash Bar. 7PM-2AM
May 4, 20192019-05-04T09:00:00-04:00Mackinaw City Magical Color Fun Run
Mackinaw City Magical Color Fun RunMackinaw City Magical Color Fun Run

Saturday, May 4th, 2019

Run or walk, Northern Michigan's most colorful & magical 5K, being held in Mackinaw City {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 12th to be guaranteed a white T-Shirt & Color Packet for the after party! Also, you will receive a discounted run fee for early registration.

May 10-12, 20192019-05-10T00:00:00-04:00Troop Mackinaw
Troop MackinawTroop Mackinaw

Friday, May 10th-12th, 2019

Troop Mackinaw is the premiere Mackinac Island Girl Scout event. This fun & affordable weekend is the complete Mackinac Island Scout package. No other package offers so much for so little. Bring the whole troop or just mother & daughter! For more information visit our website
May 17-19, 20192019-05-17T00:00:00-04:0030th Annual Zoo-De-Mackinac - Harbor Springs & Mackinaw City, MI
30th Annual Zoo-De-Mackinac - Harbor Springs & Mackinaw City, MI30th Annual Zoo-De-Mackinac - Harbor Springs & Mackinaw City, MI

Friday, May 17th-19th, 2019

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.
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