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, 20202020-12-01T00:00:00-05:00Christmas in Mackinaw City
Christmas in Mackinaw CityChristmas in Mackinaw City

Tuesday, Dec 1st-31st, 2020

Welcome to Christmas in Mackinaw! Everyone knows that Christmas and the Holiday season is a great time to visit Mackinaw City.
Jan 15-17, 20212021-01-15T00:00:00-05:00Mackinaw City Winterfest
Mackinaw City WinterfestMackinaw City Winterfest

Friday, Jan 15th-17th, 2021

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 16, 20212021-01-16T01:00:00-05:00Mackinaw City Winterfest Ice Fishing Tournament
Mackinaw City Winterfest Ice Fishing TournamentMackinaw City Winterfest Ice Fishing Tournament

Saturday, Jan 16th, 2021

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 16, 20212021-01-16T14:00:00-05:00International Outhouse Race Mackinaw City
International Outhouse Race Mackinaw CityInternational Outhouse Race Mackinaw City

Saturday, Jan 16th, 2021

Winterfest's Biggest Attraction! Outhouse Racers Wanted! 
Create an Outhouse or register to a team race one of ours.
Feb 11-14, 20212021-02-11T08:00:00-05:00The Labatt Blue U.P. Pond Hockey Championship
The Labatt Blue U.P. Pond Hockey ChampionshipThe Labatt Blue U.P. Pond Hockey Championship

Thursday, Feb 11th-14th, 2021

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 #: MIT2060542083


May 21-23, 20212021-05-21T00:00:00-04:0031st Annual Zoo-De-Mackinac - Harbor Springs & Mackinaw City, MI
31st Annual Zoo-De-Mackinac - Harbor Springs & Mackinaw City, MI31st Annual Zoo-De-Mackinac - Harbor Springs & Mackinaw City, MI

Friday, May 21st-23rd, 2021

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.
May 29-31, 20212021-05-29T00:00:00-04:00Memorial Weekend Pageant
Memorial Weekend PageantMemorial Weekend Pageant

Saturday, May 29th-31st, 2021

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 51st 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.
May 31, 20212021-05-31T00:00:00-04:00Memorial Day Observance
Memorial Day ObservanceMemorial Day Observance

Monday, May 31st, 2021

A brief and informal Memorial Day observance at Fort Mackinac Post Cemetery on Mackinac Island, to pay tribute to the soldiers who served at Fort Mackinac. Soldiers will assemble at 10:00 a.m. at Fort Mackinac. They will march to the cemetery, perform a short ceremony and salute, and return to the fort. Open to the public.
Jun 4-13, 20212021-06-04T00:00:00-04:002021 Annual Lilac Festival on Mackinac Island
2021 Annual Lilac Festival on Mackinac Island2021 Annual Lilac Festival on Mackinac Island

Friday, Jun 4th-13th, 2021

The Lilac Festival on Mackinac island features days of activities and ends with one of the largest festival parades in Michigan.
Jun 12, 20212021-06-12T16:00:00-04:00Lilac Grand Parade - Mackinac Island
Lilac Grand Parade - Mackinac IslandLilac Grand Parade - Mackinac Island

Saturday, Jun 12th, 2021

Celebrating Mackinac’s lilac collection began in 1949. The idea was to bring people to the Island to enjoy a great horse drawn parade amidst the lovely lilacs that fragrance the Island in June. What began as a one day event called the Mackinac Island Lilac Day has blossomed into a ten day festival.

This year theme is Mackinac Island! A team of judges votes on all parade entries with this theme in mind as well as other criteria for selecting those who will receive the coveted parade trophies.

Jun 24-26, 20212021-06-24T00:00:00-04:00Annual St. Ignace Car Show
Annual St. Ignace Car ShowAnnual St. Ignace Car Show

Thursday, Jun 24th-26th, 2021

5 miles from Mackinaw City. This internationally acclaimed event takes place Just 5 miles from Mackinaw City. This well known St. Ignace Car Show was formed in 1975 and the first show was held the last Saturday of June 1976. 134 vehicles were on display that year. The show continued to grow each and every year and by 2004, 2500 collector vehicles were on display with 100,000 spectators observing.
Jul 4, 20212021-07-04T00:00:00-04:00July 4th  Fireworks & Mackinaw Inc. Waterfront Events
July 4th Fireworks & Mackinaw Inc. Waterfront Events

Sunday, Jul 4th, 2021

Fireworks get underway at dusk. Celebrate an all American 4th of July in Mackinaw City. Enjoy children's games on the Marina Lawn, an evening concert at Conkling Heritage Park and the largest fireworks display in Northern Michigan.Parking available throughout Mackinac Bay Trading Company. Accommodations available at mackinaw city hotels for weekend festivities.
Jul 4, 20212021-07-04T00:00:00-04:00Mackinaw City Fourth of July
Mackinaw City Fourth of JulyMackinaw City Fourth of July

Sunday, Jul 4th, 2021

Celebrate an all American 4th of July in Mackinaw City.
Jul 17-19, 20212021-07-17T00:00:00-04:00Chicago to Mackinac Island Yacht Race - Mackinaw City
Chicago to Mackinac Island Yacht Race - Mackinaw CityChicago to Mackinac Island Yacht Race - Mackinaw City

Saturday, Jul 17th-19th, 2021

The Chicago Yacht Club is proud to have a longstanding tradition of yachting excellence. The Club's most famous event is the Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac, which is the longest annual freshwater sailing race in the world. Boats will pass under the Mackinac Bridge in Mackinaw City heading East. Perfect view from area hotels like Best Western Dockside, Hamilton Inn Select and Clarion Hotels in Mackinaw City.
Jul 24-26, 20212021-07-24T00:00:00-04:00Port Huron to Mackinac Island Yacht Race - Mackinaw City
Port Huron to Mackinac Island Yacht Race - Mackinaw CityPort Huron to Mackinac Island Yacht Race - Mackinaw City

Saturday, Jul 24th-26th, 2021

Skippers may choose to race north on Lake Huron from Port Huron, race the 235-mile Shore Line Course up the Michigan coastline or the 290-mile Southampton Course, which directs sailors toward Southampton Ontario, and then to the finish line at Mackinac Island. The race is viewable from Mackinaw City.
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