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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Apr 1-30, 20182018-04-01T01:00:00-04:00Mackinac Island Ferry Service From Mackinaw City starts Apr 1st!
Mackinac Island Ferry Service From Mackinaw City starts Apr 1st!Mackinac Island Ferry Service From Mackinaw City starts Apr 1st!

Sunday, Apr 1st-30th, 2018

For the second time in History, there will be ferry service from Mackinaw City to Mackinac Island starting April 1! The Service includes a free Mackinac Bridge Tour on Mackinac Old Time Trolley and free luggage transport for passengers if needed. Please book the April Ferry option on our site or purchase tickets at participating hotels. (As always, the ferry can not run during inclement weather)
May 6, 20182018-05-06T09:00:00-04:00Mackinaw City Magical Color Fun Run
Mackinaw City Magical Color Fun RunMackinaw City Magical Color Fun Run

Sunday, May 6th, 2018

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 18-20, 20182018-05-18T00:00:00-04:0029th Annual Zoo-De-Mackinac - Harbor Springs & Mackinaw City, MI
29th Annual Zoo-De-Mackinac - Harbor Springs & Mackinaw City, MI29th Annual Zoo-De-Mackinac - Harbor Springs & Mackinaw City, MI

Friday, May 18th-20th, 2018

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 25, 20182018-05-25T10:30:00-04:00Mackinaw City Fireworks
Mackinaw City FireworksMackinaw City Fireworks

Friday, May 25th, 2018

Come celebrate summer with Mackinaw City's Fireworks Display every Friday at dusk during the summer season!
May 26-28, 20182018-05-26T00:00:00-04:00Memorial Weekend Pageant
Memorial Weekend PageantMemorial Weekend Pageant

Saturday, May 26th-28th, 2018

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 26, 20182018-05-26T06:00:00-04:00Annual Mackinaw Memorial Bridge Run
Annual Mackinaw Memorial Bridge RunAnnual Mackinaw Memorial Bridge Run

Saturday, May 26th, 2018

Put your running shoes on and meet us in Mackinaw City for the 14th Annual Mackinaw Memorial Day Bridge Race! This is a unique opportunity as only two times a year runners are allowed to run the "Mighty Mac" ! The other possibility, being the Fall Colors Bridge Run held in October 2017. Runners must register in advance and be able to run a minimum of 12 minutes per mile to race in the event. Time: 6:00am to 12:00pm
May 28, 20182018-05-28T00:00:00-04:00Memorial Day Observance
Memorial Day ObservanceMemorial Day Observance

Monday, May 28th, 2018

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 1-3, 20182018-06-01T00:00:00-04:00Troop Mackinaw
Troop MackinawTroop Mackinaw

Friday, Jun 1st-3rd, 2018

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.
Jun 1, 20182018-06-01T22:30:00-04:00Mackinaw City Fireworks
Mackinaw City FireworksMackinaw City Fireworks

Friday, Jun 1st, 2018

Come celebrate summer with Mackinaw City's Fireworks Display every Friday at dusk during the summer season!
Jun 8-17, 20182018-06-08T00:00:00-04:0069th Annual Lilac Festival on Mackinac Island
69th Annual Lilac Festival on Mackinac Island69th Annual Lilac Festival on Mackinac Island

Friday, Jun 8th-17th, 2018

The Lilac Festival on Mackinac island features days of activities and ends with one of the largest festival parades in Michigan.
Jun 8-10, 20182018-06-08T00:00:00-04:00Troop Mackinaw
Troop MackinawTroop Mackinaw

Friday, Jun 8th-10th, 2018

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.
Jun 8, 20182018-06-08T20:30:00-04:00Mackinaw City Fireworks
Mackinaw City FireworksMackinaw City Fireworks

Friday, Jun 8th, 2018

Come celebrate summer with Mackinaw City's Fireworks Display every Friday at dusk during the summer season!
Jun 15, 20182018-06-15T22:30:00-04:00Mackinaw City Fireworks
Mackinaw City FireworksMackinaw City Fireworks

Friday, Jun 15th, 2018

Come celebrate summer with Mackinaw City's Fireworks Display every Friday at dusk during the summer season!
Jun 17, 20182018-06-17T00:00:00-04:00Lilac Parade - Mackinac Island
Lilac Parade - Mackinac IslandLilac Parade - Mackinac Island

Sunday, Jun 17th, 2018

The Lilac Parade is one of Michigans Largest Festival Parades. - Mackinac Island, Michigan, 15 minutes from Downtown Mackinaw City. Save by booking your room early in Mackinaw City!

Jun 22-23, 20182018-06-22T00:00:00-04:00Antiques On The Bay Auto Show
Antiques On The Bay Auto ShowAntiques On The Bay Auto Show

Friday, Jun 22nd-23rd, 2018

5 miles from Mackinaw City. 20th Annual Antiques On The Bay Auto Show is the first of three auto-related events. This show features original and restored classic and antique vehicles on display along the downtown waterfront only minutes from Mackinaw City. Period clothing, entertainment, and a Mackinac Bridge rally add to the festivities.
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