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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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 - Paradise Lake Marina, only 7 miles from Downtown Mackinaw City.

Contestants will meet at the Paradise Lake Marina.  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.
Apr 1-9, 20182018-04-01T00:00:00-04:002nd Annual Mackinac Meltdown Celebration
2nd Annual Mackinac Meltdown Celebration2nd Annual Mackinac Meltdown Celebration

Sunday, Apr 1st-9th, 2018

Come Join us in Mackinaw City Celebrate for the 2nd Annual Mackinac Meltdown Celebration! This celebration includes several coinciding events the same week with Michigan Spring Break including:

2nd Annual Mackinaw Spring Meltdown Gala,
2nd Annual Mackinac International Bridal Expo,
2nd Annual Spring Break Splash at Pirate’s Adventure Waterpark,
2nd Annual Taste of Mackinac,
2nd Annual Midwest Roller Derby Tournament
Ferry service from Mackinaw City to Mackinac Island starts April 1st! (weather permitting)

$89.00 Overnight Specials with events! Call 1-800-410-5302 to make a reservation.

Sponsors: Reinhardt Food Service, Starline Ferry, Mackinaw Crossings, Dixie Saloon, Mackinaw City Convention and Visitors Bureau, Mackinaw City Chamber of Tourism, Mackinac Island Brewhouse.

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)
Apr 1-9, 20182018-04-01T02:00:00-04:002nd Annual Spring Break Splash
2nd Annual Spring Break Splash2nd Annual Spring Break Splash

Sunday, Apr 1st-9th, 2018

2nd Annual Mackinac Spring Break Splash
April 1st thru April 9th
Splash into Spring! $5 Indoor Water Park Fun!
Apr 1-2, 20182018-04-01T13:00:00-04:002nd Annual April Falls Day Roller Derby Tournament
2nd Annual April Falls Day Roller Derby Tournament2nd Annual April Falls Day Roller Derby Tournament

Sunday, Apr 1st-2nd, 2018

April 1st and 2nd 2018 - April Falls Day Roller Derby Tournament

On April 1, 2018 River City Renegades Roller Derby league will host a triple header event:

1st game is at 1 PM with the visiting team Michigan vs team Michigan! "A" team skaters from all over Michigan are playing each other!

2nd game is at 4:00 pm with the visiting teams from Dead River Derby's team Rolling Riptide from Marquette, Michigan vs Traverse City Roller Derby's Toxic Cherries!

3rd game is at 7:00 mp with your hosts, the River City Renegades vs Bath City Roller Girls from Lapeer, Michigan's team the "Bathtub Betties".

VENUE LOCATION: Mackinaw City Recreation Center, 507 W. Central Ave, Mackinaw City, MI 49701

*Tickets will be available at the door/ $5 one game OR $7 for all!
Apr 1, 20182018-04-01T13:00:00-04:002nd Annual Mackinac International Bridal Expo
2nd Annual Mackinac International Bridal Expo2nd Annual Mackinac International Bridal Expo

Sunday, Apr 1st, 2018

Coming to the runways of your hometown! The 2nd Annual Mackinac International Bridal Expo is a great way to optimize the opportunity for networking and making new contacts! Love is in the air! International & Local Exhibitors will be here to present to: Wedding Couples, Family, Friends and Everyone the many ideas, visions and connections that will contribute to making their Special Day as extraordinary as imaginable!

Food and Beverages will be Available

April 1st from 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Free Admission with overnight stay at participating hotel
$10.00 for a combo pass for Bridal Expo and Taste of Mackinac Food Experience
Apr 1, 20182018-04-01T14:00:00-04:002nd Annual Taste of Mackinac
2nd Annual Taste of Mackinac2nd Annual Taste of Mackinac

Sunday, Apr 1st, 2018


Food Samples Galore from 11:00am - 2:00pm, and then relax and enjoy a local brew from Mackinaw City's Newest Micro-Brewery Bier De Mac, during their TAP TAKE OVER!

Enjoy the tastes from Mackinac Island Brewhouse & Mackinac Island Winery Beer Tasting for Wine Lovers & Wine Tasting for Beer Lovers!

Mackinac Island Brewhouse; is a beer lovers dream come true with Over 300 Selections of Michigan Microbrews & Craft beer​ to choose from Mackinac Island Winery features over 400 Michigan Wines Whether your appreciation is for a rich full bodied Red Wine to a Light fruitful White Wine. There is enjoyment for every one to experience! Event will be located at Mackinac Bay Trading Company across from Conkling Heritage Park on Huron Avenue.
Apr 8, 20182018-04-08T21:00:00-04:002nd Annual Mackinaw Spring Meltdown Gala
2nd Annual Mackinaw Spring Meltdown Gala2nd Annual Mackinaw Spring Meltdown Gala

Sunday, Apr 8th, 2018

Spring Gala Dinner at Nonna Lisa's Italian Restaurant. Dinner, Dancing and Music. Cost of this Event is $45 which includes: 6 Course Gourmet Meal, Live Music Nightly, Cash Bar
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
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