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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.

Monday Sep 7th 2015
57th 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 11th-Sep 12th 2015
18th 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 11th-Sep 12th 2015
8th 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 18th-Sep 20th 2015
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. Registerfor your adventure by calling 231-436-5574 or visit www.mackinawchamber.com for Tour regulations and registration information.


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Saturday Sep 19th-Sep 21st 2015
20th Annual Big Truck Show and Parade of Lights

20th 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 20th: Semi-Trucks on Display September 19th: 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 20th and 21st: Semi-Trucks on Display & Awards Ceremony Location: St.Ignace Downtown / Parade through Mackinaw City Downtown


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Thursday Oct 1st-Oct 31st 2015
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 9th-Oct 10th 2015
Fort Fright at Michilimackinac

Michilimackinac to Turn into "Fort Fright" October 9th and 10th, 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 9th-Oct 17th 2015
38th Annual Fall Shoppers Festival

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


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Saturday Oct 10th 2015
7th 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 2015. 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!

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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Sunday Oct 25th 2015
Halloween Festival- Party Dixie Saloon Mackinaw C

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


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

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