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Mackinaw City Calendar of 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.

Friday May 6th-May 8th 2016
Troop Mackinaw

Mackinaw City Troop Mackinaw

A 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. www.mackinawreservations.com

THIS IS NOT A RACE!! The Zoo-de-Mackinac is a collection of outdoor enthusiasts (2,200+ last year) who want to enjoy a little physical exercise together in one of the most beautiful areas in the state of Michigan. The bike ride starts Saturday morning at Boyne Highlands Resort and spans 51 miles along Lake Michigan on a paved road with very little automobile traffic. Riders pedal through rolling countryside and trillium covered forests, along sandy beaches, and are surrounded by breathtaking views of Lake Michigan from 400' high bluffs. We stop approximately half way, at a unique place called the Legs Inn for a leisurely lunch and to swap stories. The ride continues on to Mackinaw City, where Arnold Ferry boats have been chartered for the ride over to Mackinac Island. As the evening wears on, the island comes alive with The Gatehouse (formerly The French Outpost), Pink Pony, and Horns hosting post ride parties with incredible live bands!


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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.

Come watch and see! Schedule of events for memorial weekend in Mackinaw City, MI there is no admission charge for the historical reenactment pageant or related events.

Saturday 1:00 pm - Grand Parade - Begins at Conkling Heritage Park and ends at Colonial Fort Michilimackinac. This is the largest Memorial Parade in the State of Michigan.

2:30 pm - Historical Reenactment Pageant - Colonial Fort Michilimackinac

Dusk: Fireworks Display

Sunday 2:30pm - Historical Reenactment - Colonial Fort Michilimackinac

Monday 2:30pm - Historical Reenactment - Colonial Fort Michilimackinac


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Friday May 27th-May 29th 2016
Troop Mackinaw

Mackinaw City Troop Mackinaw

A 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 28th 2016
13th Annual Mackinaw Memorial Bridge Race

Put your running shoes on and meet us in Mackinaw City for the 13th 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 2016. 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


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Monday May 30th 2016
Memorial Day Observance

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.


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Friday Jun 3rd-Jun 12th 2016
67th Annual Lilac Festival on Mackinac Island

The Lilac Festival on Mackinac island features days of activities and ends with one of the largest festival parades in Michigan.

See over 100 different species of lilacs throughout the splendor of the Island. A day on Mackinac Island during the Lilac Festival is the perfect Spring getaway.


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Friday Jun 3rd-Jun 5th 2016
Troop Mackinaw

Mackinaw City Troop Mackinaw

A fun & affordable weekend dedicated to 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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Friday Jun 10th-Jun 12th 2016
Big Mac Shoreline Scenic Bike Tours

Mark your calendar for two of the best Bike Tour opportunities around. Set your goal: 25, 50, 75 or 100 miles. Choose from several inland and shorelineroutes. Mackinaw City is proud to host the Spring and Fall Big Mac Shoreline Scenic Bike Tours. Register your plans to join hundreds of other riders from all over the country for these awesome tours. Early Saturday morning in both June September will find riders meeting at the Mackinaw City Reception & Conference Center to begin the day's excursion. Clearly marked routes point the way to your personally designed adventure. Mackinaw City supports your best efforts with SAG safety wagons patrolling the routes and designated rest areas. Whether you are pedaling for recreation, or personal challenge, you are rewarded with incredible scenery and a light cook-out lunch at the reception center upon the completion of your ride. On the Sunday following, riders over the age of 13 will climax their adventure with a ride across the magnificent Mackinac Bridge. Call 231-436-5574 for Tour regulations and registration information.


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Sunday Jun 12th 2016
Lilac Parade - Mackinac Island

The Lilac Parade is one of Michigans Largest Festival Parades. - Mackinaw Island, Michigan, 15 minutes from Downtown Mackinaw City. Make sure to book your room early at a Mackinaw City hotel and enjoy!


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Friday Jun 17th-Jun 18th 2016
Antiques On The Bay Auto Show

5 miles from Mackinaw City. 19th 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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Friday Jun 24th-Jun 26th 2016
Annual St. Ignace Car Show

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.

It's just a short trip from Mackinaw City.


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Saturday Jun 25th-Jun 26th 2016
Mackinaw City Arts and Craft Show

Beautiful Conkling Heritage Park on South Huron Avenue in Mackinaw City is where you will find this premier Arts & Craft show. The park is located on the waterfront next to the Best Western Plus Dockside.

The show will feature many artists from around the country. Exhibits to include paintings, woodwork, hand-crafted jewelry, hand-designed clothing, self published books, nature photography, gourmet dips and salsa, seasonal decor and much more. EventTime: 10:00 a.m. till 7:00p.m. on Saturday, and 10:00a.m. till 3:00p.m. on Sunday


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Wednesday Jun 29th 2016
Music in Mackinaw

Adjacent to Mackinaw City Hotels. Concerts in Conkling Heritage Park right next to the Mackinaw City Best Western Dockside Waterfront Inn. All Concerts are Free and located right next to Lake Huron and the new State of Michigan Marina in Mackinaw City. The music is good and best of all, it is absolutely FREE!!!


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Sunday Jul 3rd 2016
Music in Mackinaw

Adjacent to Mackinaw City Hotels. Concerts in Conkling Heritage Park right next to the Mackinaw City Best Western Dockside Waterfront Inn. All Concerts are Free and located right next to Lake Huron and the new State of Michigan Marina in Mackinaw City. The music is good and best of all, it is absolutely FREE!!!


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Monday Jul 4th 2016
Mackinaw City Fourth of July

Celebrate an all American 4th of July in Mackinaw City.

Scheduled Events 1pm to 3pm - Enjoy games on the Marina Lawn (Fun for all ages). 9pm to Dusk - Straits Area Concert Band to perform at Conkling Heritage Park. At Dusk - the largest fireworks display in Northern Michigan


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Saturday Jul 9th 2016
Music in Mackinaw

Adjacent to Mackinaw City Hotels. Concerts in Conkling Heritage Park right next to the Mackinaw City Best Western Dockside Waterfront Inn. All Concerts are Free and located right next to Lake Huron and the new State of Michigan Marina in Mackinaw City. The music is good and best of all, it is absolutely FREE!!!


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Saturday Jul 9th-Jul 11th 2016
Port Huron to Mackinac Island Yacht Race - Mackinaw City

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.

The fastest boats will usually finish Sunday evening


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Tuesday Jul 12th 2016
Music in Mackinaw

Adjacent to Mackinaw City Hotels. Concerts in Conkling Heritage Park right next to the Mackinaw City Best Western Dockside Waterfront Inn. All Concerts are Free and located right next to Lake Huron and the new State of Michigan Marina in Mackinaw City. The music is good and best of all, it is absolutely FREE!!!


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Saturday Jul 16th-Jul 18th 2016
Chicago to Mackinac Island Yacht Race - Mackinaw City

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.


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Saturday Jul 16th 2016
Music in Mackinaw

Adjacent to Mackinaw City Hotels. Concerts in Conkling Heritage Park right next to the Mackinaw City Best Western Dockside Waterfront Inn. All Concerts are Free and located right next to Lake Huron and the new State of Michigan Marina in Mackinaw City. The music is good and best of all, it is absolutely FREE!!!


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Tuesday Jul 19th 2016
Music in Mackinaw

Adjacent to Mackinaw City Hotels. Concerts in Conkling Heritage Park right next to the Mackinaw City Best Western Dockside Waterfront Inn. All Concerts are Free and located right next to Lake Huron and the new State of Michigan Marina in Mackinaw City. The music is good and best of all, it is absolutely FREE!!!


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Saturday Jul 23rd 2016
Music in Mackinaw

Adjacent to Mackinaw City Hotels. Concerts in Conkling Heritage Park right next to the Mackinaw City Best Western Dockside Waterfront Inn. All Concerts are Free and located right next to Lake Huron and the new State of Michigan Marina in Mackinaw City. The music is good and best of all, it is absolutely FREE!!!


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Tuesday Jul 26th 2016
Music in Mackinaw

Adjacent to Mackinaw City Hotels. Concerts in Conkling Heritage Park right next to the Mackinaw City Best Western Dockside Waterfront Inn. All Concerts are Free and located right next to Lake Huron and the new State of Michigan Marina in Mackinaw City. The music is good and best of all, it is absolutely FREE!!!


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Saturday Jul 30th 2016
Music in Mackinaw

Adjacent to Mackinaw City Hotels. Concerts in Conkling Heritage Park right next to the Mackinaw City Best Western Dockside Waterfront Inn. All Concerts are Free and located right next to Lake Huron and the new State of Michigan Marina in Mackinaw City. The music is good and best of all, it is absolutely FREE!!!


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Saturday Jul 30th 2016
Mackinaw Area Historical Festival

Free event. A Day of Historic Fun at Heritage Village.

The Mackinaw Area Historical Society invites everyone to an old-fashioned celebration of summer in Mackinaw City. The event will feature fun, food, music, vintage baseball, and tours of our restored one-room Freedom School and Pest House Infirmary in Mackinaw City. Close to Mackinaw City hotels.


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Tuesday Aug 2nd 2016
Music in Mackinaw

Adjacent to Mackinaw City Hotels. Concerts in Conkling Heritage Park right next to the Mackinaw City Best Western Dockside Waterfront Inn. All Concerts are Free and located right next to Lake Huron and the new State of Michigan Marina in Mackinaw City. The music is good and best of all, it is absolutely FREE!!!


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Tuesday Aug 2nd 2016
Mackinaw City Antique Show

Come join us in Mackinaw City for the Antique Show. Area Antique Shops display and sell antiques in Mackinaw City. Time: 10:00 a.m. to 4:30p.m. Antique Dealers interested in participating in this show and/or to request a contract online, please contact us.


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Friday Aug 5th-Aug 7th 2016
International Ironworkers Festival

The International Ironworker Festival is an annual event held each summer in Mackinaw City. It attracts Ironworkers from across the United States and Canada to compete in friendly competition. It is open to the General Public, although only Ironworkers and Retirees can compete in the skilled events. These events include knot tying, rod tying, rivet toss, spud throw, column climb (Field Event), and the World Championship Column Climb. Come join us for a fun filled weekend!


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Saturday Aug 6th 2016
Music in Mackinaw

Adjacent to Mackinaw City Hotels. Concerts in Conkling Heritage Park right next to the Mackinaw City Best Western Dockside Waterfront Inn. All Concerts are Free and located right next to Lake Huron and the new State of Michigan Marina in Mackinaw City. The music is good and best of all, it is absolutely FREE!!!


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Monday Aug 8th 2016
Music in Mackinaw

Adjacent to Mackinaw City Hotels. Concerts in Conkling Heritage Park right next to the Mackinaw City Best Western Dockside Waterfront Inn. All Concerts are Free and located right next to Lake Huron and the new State of Michigan Marina in Mackinaw City. The music is good and best of all, it is absolutely FREE!!!


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Saturday Aug 13th 2016
Music in Mackinaw

Adjacent to Mackinaw City Hotels. Concerts in Conkling Heritage Park right next to the Mackinaw City Best Western Dockside Waterfront Inn. All Concerts are Free and located right next to Lake Huron and the new State of Michigan Marina in Mackinaw City. The music is good and best of all, it is absolutely FREE!!!


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Tuesday Aug 16th 2016
Music in Mackinaw

Adjacent to Mackinaw City Hotels. Concerts in Conkling Heritage Park right next to the Mackinaw City Best Western Dockside Waterfront Inn. All Concerts are Free and located right next to Lake Huron and the new State of Michigan Marina in Mackinaw City. The music is good and best of all, it is absolutely FREE!!!


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Saturday Aug 20th 2016
Music in Mackinaw

Adjacent to Mackinaw City Hotels. Concerts in Conkling Heritage Park right next to the Mackinaw City Best Western Dockside Waterfront Inn. All Concerts are Free and located right next to Lake Huron and the new State of Michigan Marina in Mackinaw City. The musics good and best of all, it is absolutely FREE!!!


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Tuesday Aug 23rd 2016
Music in Mackinaw

Adjacent to Mackinaw City Hotels. Concerts in Conkling Heritage Park right next to the Mackinaw City Best Western Dockside Waterfront Inn. All Concerts are Free and located right next to Lake Huron and the new State of Michigan Marina in Mackinaw City. The musics good and best of all, it is absolutely FREE!!!


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Friday Aug 26th-Aug 27th 2016
Corvette Crossroads Auto Show

Mackinaw City is the place to be August 26th-27th for the Corvette Crossroads Auto Show! This annual event is hosted by the Mackinaw Area Chamber of Commerce and supported by the area businesses. It is definitely a must for Corvette vacationers. The Auto Show starts at 10:00 a.m on Saturday and the Corvette Parade across the Mackinac Bridge is Saturday evening at 7:00pm.


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Saturday Aug 27th-Aug 28th 2016
Mackinaw City Arts and Craft Show

Join us at Conkling Heritage Waterfront Park in Mackinaw City for this unique Arts and Craft Show.

The Show will feature many artists from around the country. Exhibits to include: paintings, woodwork, hand-crafted jewelry, hand-designed clothing, self published books, nature photography, gourmet dips and salsa, seasonal decor and much, much more. Time: 10:00 a.m. till 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, and 10:00 a.m. till 3:00 p.m. on Sunday Location: Conkling Heritage Waterfront Park, South Huron Avenue Mackinaw City.


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Monday Sep 5th 2016
58th Labor Day Bridge Walk

Join thousands of pedestrians as they participate in a long standing tradition, the LABOR DAY BRIDGE WALK. This event has been held every year since 1958. The walk begins at 7:00 a.m. on Labor Day and concludes at 11:00a.m. This is the only day of the year that walking the "Mighty Mac" is allowed

The Labor Day Bridge walk is recognized as "The World's Greatest Walking Event"! The walk brings over 70,000 people to the area. Buses are available for transportation to the North end of the bridge. Participants begin on the St. Ignace side of the bidge in the Upper Peninsula and walk south to Mackinaw City in the Lower Peninsula. At the finish line you are awarded a numbered certificate of completion. Make the LABOR DAY BRIDGE WALK a new tradition and join us in Mackinaw City this year.


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Friday Sep 9th-Sep 10th 2016
19th Annual Hopps of Fun Beer & Wine Festival

Join us in Mackinaw City for Hopps of Fun! On September 11th and 12th, 2015, Mackinaw Crossings will host "Historic Depot Happy Hour Hopps of Fun". This unique event will feature an extensive sampling of 50+ award winning Michigan micro brewed beers and over 40 wines from Michigan's four internationally recognized wine regions.

Food, wine, beer, entertainment and fun! Festival grounds are located at Mackinaw Crossings in Downtown Mackinaw City. Time: 5:00 p.m. till 11:00 p.m. on Friday, and 1:00p.m. till 11:00 p.m. on Saturday


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Friday Sep 9th-Sep 10th 2016
9th Annual Antique Tractors Mackinac Bridge Crossing Parade

Come watch HUNDREDS of unique tractors in this year's Owosso Tractor Parts Antique Tractor Parade starting in Mackinaw City and crossing over the Mighty Mackinac Bridge to St. Ignace.


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Be sure to check back soon as our Mackinaw City calendar is constantly updated.

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