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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.

Tuesday Jul 22nd 2014
Music in Mackinaw - Adjacent 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 26th 2014
Music in Mackinaw - Adjacent 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 29th 2014
Music in Mackinaw - Adjacent 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 2nd 2014
Music in Mackinaw - Adjacent 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 2nd 2014
Mackinaw Area historical Festival - Mackinaw City Hotels

A Day of Historic Fun at Heritage Village FREE Event

The Mackinaw Area Historical Society invites everyone to an old-fashioned celebration of summer in Mackinaw City, 1880's style, on Saturday, August 2nd, 2014 at their historical village site on Wilderness Park Drive 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.


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Tuesday Aug 5th 2014
Music in Mackinaw - Adjacent 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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Wednesday Aug 6th 2014
Mackinaw City Antique Show

Come join us in Mackinaw City for the Antique Show. Area Antique Shops display and sell antiques in Mackinaw City. Event: Antique Show Time: 10:00 a.m. to 4:30p.m. Location: Mackinaw City High School


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Friday Aug 8th-Aug 10th 2014
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. Event: Ironworkers Time: Various Times Throughout the Weekend Location: Mackinaw City High School

Come join us for a fun filled weekend! Location: Mackinaw City High School Time: Various Times Throughout the Weekend


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Saturday Aug 9th 2014
Music in Mackinaw - Adjacent 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 12th 2014
Music in Mackinaw - Adjacent 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 16th 2014
Music in Mackinaw - Adjacent 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 19th 2014
Music in Mackinaw - Adjacent 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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Friday Aug 22nd-Aug 24th 2014
Corvette Crossroads Auto Show

Mackinaw City is the place to be August 22nd - August 25th 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 23rd 2014
Music in Mackinaw - Adjacent 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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Saturday Aug 23rd-Aug 24th 2014
Mackinaw City Arts and Craft Show

Join us at Conkling Heritage Waterfront Park in Mackinaw City for this unique Arts and Craft Show on August 23, 2014

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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Tuesday Aug 26th 2014
Music in Mackinaw - Adjacent 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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Monday Sep 1st 2014
56th 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. For further information, contact the Mackinac Bridge Authority at 906-643-7600 or visit www.mackinacbridge.org


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Friday Sep 5th-Sep 6th 2014
18th Annual Hopps of Fun Beer & Wine Festival

Join us in Mackinaw City for Hopps of Fun! On September 5th & 6th, 2014 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 5th-Sep 6th 2014
7th 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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Friday Sep 12th-Sep 14th 2014
Big Mac Shoreline Scenic Bike Tour

Join us for a one of a kind bike tour that has become a tradition for many bikers in Michigan and in surrounding states. On Saturday, September 13th, over 300 participants celebrate a 25, 50, 75, or 100 mile bike tour along the shores of Lake Michigan. The routes are clearly marked and a number of rest areas dot the course. SAG Safety Wagons also circle the route to ensure safety for riders.

Join us in Mackinaw City for the most breathtaking ride of the season. The Saturday tour begins at the Mackinaw City Recreation Center. Participants depart between 7:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. depending on route taken. Registration is held at the Recreation Center, Friday, September 12th from 1:00 pm. to 8:00 pm and Saturday, September 14th from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Complete the weekend with a tour across the Mackinac Bridge on Sunday, September 14th. The tour begins promptly at 7:00a.m. from the Fort Michilimackinac parking lot. This is a one way tour. Bikers continue to the Arnold Mackinac Island Ferry Dock in St.Ignace and are transported back to Mackinaw City. ONLY 400 RIDERS ARE ALLOWED FOR THE BRIDGE RIDE, SO ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. YOU MUST BE 13 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS EVENT, AND ALL RIDERS MUST WEAR HELMETS.


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Friday Sep 12th-Sep 14th 2014
19th Annual Big Truck Show and Parade of Lights

19th Annual Richard Crane Memorial Big Rig Truck Show See these awesome semi-trucks with customized cabs, extraordinary paint/art work and neon light displays. Come see the spectacular view of the lighted big trucks as they parade through South Huron Avenue and Central Avenue Saturday night.

September 12th: Semi-Trucks on Display September 13th: Mackinac Bridge "Parade of Lights" at dusk starting in St. Ignace crossing the "Mighty Mac" to Mackinaw City and then will return to St. Ignace. September 13th & 14th: Semi-Trucks on Display & Awards Ceremony Location: St.Ignace Downtown / Parade through Mackinaw City Downtown


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Friday Sep 26th-Sep 28th 2014
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! Whether visiting with the whole troop or just mother & daughter you are sure to have a Grand time! For more information visit www.TroopMackinaw.com


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Wednesday Oct 1st-Oct 31st 2014
French Farm Lake Nature Excursions

The hills and valleys of Northern Michigan and Mackinaw City are home to many species of wildlife. One of the most uniquely outstanding outdoor recreation areas in this region is French Farm Lake. Here one can find activities such as birding, equestrian trail rides, and many other outdoor activities that will provide one with the up close and personal experiences that only nature can provide. Hiking is one the more popular activities around French Farm Lake. During these hiking excursions, it is very common to see wildlife like deer, beaver, and the occasional bear among many other species. During the colder, snowy months of winter, these hiking trails are transformed and become some of the area's best cross country ski trails.

The hills and valleys of Northern Michigan are home to many species of wildlife. One of the most uniquely outstanding outdoor recreation areas in this region is French Farm Lake. Here one can find activities such as birding, equestrian trail rides, and many other outdoor activities that will provide one with the up close and personal experiences that only nature can provide. Hiking is one the more popular activities around French Farm Lake. During these hiking excursions, it is very common to see wildlife like deer, beaver, and the occasional bear among many other species. During the colder, snowy months of winter, these hiking trails are transformed and become some of the area's best cross country ski trails.


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Friday Oct 10th-Oct 11th 2014
Fort Fright at Michilimackinac

Michilimackinac to Turn into "Fort Fright" October 10th & 11th, Colonial Michilimackinac will be transformed into a haunted habitat where werewolves, witches, and other legendary characters roam. Operating under the name "Fort Fright" for these two nights, the 18th-century fort and fur trading village will be open from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.

The characters that will be seen and talked about throughout the evening are drawn from a book called Were-Wolves and Will-o-the-Wisps: French Tales of Mackinac Retold, which was authored by Dirk Gringhuis and published by Mackinac State Historic Parks in 1974. "The book describes the best-known legends in French-Canadian folklore," explained Brisson, "like the man who can change into a wolf, the ghostly light known as will o' the wisp, and the good and bad goblins called lutins." Many of these legends spread to other countries, Brisson noted, and some are still believed in today-with a twist. "For instance, Gringuis' book tells us that black cats-now thought of as bringing bad luck-were originally considered the best of the good lutins." Priced at $6 a copy, the softbound Were-Wolves and Will-o-the-Wisps will be available for purchase at the Visitor's Center on the nights of the event. Information is available at 231-436-4100 or on the web at www.MackinacParks.com. Event: Celebration Time: 06:30PM to 09:00PM Location: Colonial Michilimackinac


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Friday Oct 10th-Oct 18th 2014
37th Annual Fall Shoppers Festival

Celebrate the fall colors in Mackinaw, during the Fall Shoppers Festival.


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Saturday Oct 11th 2014
6th Annual Fall Colors Bridge Race

This is the last chance to take in the breathtaking view from the top of the Mackinac Bridge on foot in 2014. This race, in it's sixth year, promises to be one you won't soon forget! Come to Mackinaw City and enjoy this unique opportunity to run the Mighty Mac!


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Saturday Oct 25th 2014
Halloween Festival- Party Dixie Saloon Mackinaw City

Biggest Dance Party in Mackinaw City at the Dixie Saloon all for Free located in Downtown Mackinaw City.

See Costumes and Dance until 2 a.m. at the Dixie Saloon and connected O'reilly's Irish Purb. DJ at the Dixie and Acoustic Band at O'Reilly's. Mackinaw City's Premiere Party.


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Monday Dec 1st-Dec 31st 2014
Christmas in Mackinaw City

Welcome to Christmas in Mackinaw 2013! Everyone knows that Christmas and the Holiday season is a great time to visit Mackinaw City.

Christmas in Mackinaw activities include: The annual tree lighting procession line up at the Marina parking lot Parade - This is a go regardless of weather. The parade of caroler wagons, walkers, decorated vehicles and City Trucks will honk and sing to the community Christmas tree at Indian Pathways Park. Santa has candy canes for all. Parade will go north on Huron to Central Ave, west on Central Ave to Nicolet Street and Indian Pathways Park.


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Wednesday Dec 31st 2014
Mackinaw City New Year's Eve Party-2014

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

Party at the Dixie Saloon and O'Reilley's Irish Pub to Welcome the New Year in Mackinaw City. Dancing, Special Drinks, and Live Music.


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

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