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, 20172017-12-01T00:00:00-05:00Christmas in Mackinaw City
Christmas in Mackinaw CityChristmas in Mackinaw City

Friday, Dec 1st-31st, 2017

Welcome to Christmas in Mackinaw! Everyone knows that Christmas and the Holiday season is a great time to visit Mackinaw City.
Dec 31, 20172017-12-31T00:00:00-05:00Mackinaw City New Year's Eve Party
Mackinaw City New Year's Eve PartyMackinaw City New Year's Eve Party

Sunday, Dec 31st, 2017

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 20-23, 20182018-01-20T00:00:00-05:00Mackinaw City Winterfest
Mackinaw City WinterfestMackinaw City Winterfest

Saturday, Jan 20th-23rd, 2018

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 20, 20182018-01-20T01:00:00-05:00Mackinaw City Winterfest Ice Fishing Tournament
Mackinaw City Winterfest Ice Fishing TournamentMackinaw City Winterfest Ice Fishing Tournament

Saturday, Jan 20th, 2018

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

Contestants will meet at the DNR Boat Launch Access at Paradise Lake.  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 20, 20182018-01-20T14:00:00-05:00International Outhouse Race Mackinaw City
International Outhouse Race Mackinaw CityInternational Outhouse Race Mackinaw City

Saturday, Jan 20th, 2018

Winterfest's Biggest Attraction! Outhouse Racers Wanted! 
Create an Outhouse or register to a team race one of ours.
Feb 16-18, 20182018-02-16T08:00:00-05:00The Labatt Blue U.P. Pond Hockey Championship
The Labatt Blue U.P. Pond Hockey ChampionshipThe Labatt Blue U.P. Pond Hockey Championship

Friday, Feb 16th-18th, 2018

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 #: MIT1614292245.
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 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 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 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!

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