Events at a Glance

Mackinaw City Events at a Glance

STRAITS AREA CALENDAR OF EVENTS- 2019
Mackinaw City, Carp Lake, St. Ignace, Mackinac Island

November
2 Mackinaw Community Fast Cash Bash Raffle and Annual Meeting & Dinner
3 Cross Quarter Day Hike at Headlands 2-4 pm
10 Public Observing at Headlands Observatory 7-9 pm
17 Leonid Meteor Shower and Lantern Walk at Headlands 4-7 pm
December
1 Christmas in Mackinaw – by Mackinaw Area Historical Society at Heritage Village- A Meet Mackinaw Showcase Event!
1 Decorate Christmas Trees at the Recreation Center – 11am-6pm – Mackinaw City
5 Snowmobile the Mac – St. Ignace
8 Public Observing at Headlands Observatory 6-8 pm
13 Geminid Meteor Shower program at Headlands 7-10 pm
21 Winter Solstice Under Starry Skies at Headlands 4-7 pm
30 Solar Observing at Headlands Observatory 12-2 pm
January 2019
12 Audie’s Scholarship Ball – Mackinaw City
18-19 Winterfest – Mackinaw City
19 Mackinaw Outhouse Races- 2pm www.mackinawouthouserace.com – Mackinaw City
19 Ice Fishing Tournament on Carp Lake at DNR Access – Hosted by the Paradise Lake Association

February 2019
14-17 LaBatt Blue UP Pond Hockey Championship – St. Ignace
17 Mackinaw City Bridal Show @ Audie’s Restaurant

March 2019
1-2 U.P. Ice Golf Scramble & Glow Ball Challenge – St. Ignace
10 Mackinaw Area Historical Society Cabin Fever Dinner @ Audie’s 5-7 pm

April 2019
5-7 Mackinaw Raptor Fest www.mackinawraptorfest.org
26-28 Jeep the Mac – St. Ignace www.stignace.com/event/jeep-the-mac

May 2019

1 Colonial Michilimackinac Open for Season – Mackinaw City
3 Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse and Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park Open for Season – Mackinaw City
TBA Chamber Annual Breakfast at St. Anthony’s
4 6th Annual Mackinaw City Magical Color Fun Run – 5k run/walk- Trailhead
10-12 Troop Mackinaw www.troopmackinaw.com
11-12 Residents Appreciation Days at all State Historic Park Locations $.50 adult & $.25 child admissions)
11 Fort2Fort Five Mile Challenge – Fort Mackinac – Mackinac Island
25 Memorial Day Parade 1 PM – Mackinaw City
25-27 Colonial Michilimackinac Pageant – Mackinaw City
27 Memorial Day Observance 10am- Marina Lawn to Cemetery- American Legion
31-June 2 Troop Mackinaw www.troopmackinaw.com

June 2019
Fireworks at Dusk Every Friday Memorial Day through Labor Day- Conkling Heritage Park – Mackinaw City
4 The King’s Birth-day Celebration – Colonial Michilimackinac – Mackinaw City
7-16 Annual Lilac Festival (Parade Sunday, 16th) – Mackinac Island
8 Back to the Bricks
7-9 Troop Mackinaw – Mackinaw City www.troopmackinaw.com
8 Historic Downtown Mackinac open for season
21-22 Antiques on the Bay Classic & Antique Car Show – St. Ignace
TBA Discovery Camp – Heritage Village – Mackinaw City
26 Business After Hours at Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse – Mackinaw City
27-29 St Ignace Car Show Weekend (Friday, 7 pm, parade) – St. Ignace
29-30 Premier Arts & Craft Show, Saturday 10-7, Sunday 10-3 – Mackinaw City
29-30 Rendezvous at the Straits: Voyageur Culture – Colonial Michilimackinac – Mackinaw City

July 2019
Fireworks at Dusk Every Friday Memorial Day through Labor Day- Conkling Heritage Park – Mackinaw City
Music in Mackinaw- July and August Tuesday’s, Saturday’s and Select Fridays 8pm- FREE at Conkling Heritage Park – MC
Lunch at St. Helena Island Light- www.gllka.org July 8, July 15, July 22 and July 29
4 Independence Day Parade in St. Ignace—St. Ignace
4 Straits Area Concert Band 9 pm to Fireworks at dusk – Conkling Heritage Park – Mackinaw City.
4 Waterfront Events, Music & Fireworks at Dusk – Mackinaw City
4 Mackinaw Woman’s Club Strawberry Social 12:30- 4:30– Marina Lawn
6 Summer Day in Paradise – Carp Lake/Paradise Lake – Breakfast, 8-11; Street Parade, 1; Sponsored by the Paradise Lake Association
13-14 Pastimes in Times Past: Fun and Games – Colonial Michilimackinac – Mackinaw City
13 Port Huron to Mackinac Yacht Race
20 6th Annual Mustang Stampede-Sat, Music- MAVB- Mackinaw City
20 Chicago to Mackinac Yacht Race
25 St. Anthony’s Catholic Church BIG Garage Sale 9am-3pm – Mackinaw City

August 2019
Fireworks at Dusk Every Friday Memorial Day through Labor Day- Conkling Heritage Park – Mackinaw City
Music in Mackinaw- July and August-Tuesday’s, Saturday’s, and select Friday’s 8pm- FREE at Conkling Heritage Park – MC
1-4 Rendezvous & 18th Century Market Fair – Mackinaw City
2-3 Annual Heritage Festival by Mackinaw Area Historical Society at Heritage Village
6 50th Annual Mackinaw Woman’s Club Antique Show, Sale, and Luncheon 10-4pm – High School
9-11 Ironworkers Festival -Fri 3:00pm Walk of Iron inductee’s- Parade Saturday at 10 am – Mackinaw City
10-11 Gardens and Good Things to Eat – Colonial Michilimackinac – Mackinaw City
17 Case Knife Event – Coffman Hardware – Mackinaw City
24 Corvette Crossroads Auto Show 30th Annual (7 pm, Parade) – Mackinaw Crossings Mall – Mackinaw City
24-25 Mackinaw Premier Arts & Craft Show, Saturday 10am-7pm, Sunday 10am-3pm – Mackinaw City
24-25 Pow Wow/Rendezvous- St Ignace

September 2019
Aug 31-2 Arts & Crafts Dockside-St. Ignace
2 State St. Bridge Walk – Cheboygan
2 62nd Annual Mackinac Bridge Walk
6-7 12th Annual Owosso Tractor Parts Antique Tractor Bridge Crossing Fri 8:30 am and St Ignace Show
7 Mackinaw City Wine & Beer Festival
13-15 22th Annual Richard Crane Memorial Truck Show, Parade at Dusk Sep. 15th – St. Ignace
14-15 Michilimackinac at Work: Labor and Trades – Mackinaw City
TBD Big Mac Fall Shoreline Scenic Bike Tour & Sunday Island Ride – Mackinaw City
14 Annual Big Truck Parade of Lights through St. Ignace & Mackinaw City at dusk
27-29 Troop Mackinaw www.troopmackinaw.com

October 2019
1-31 Fall Into Mackinaw!
4-5 Fort Fright: Colonial Michilimackinac, 6:30-9:30 www.mackinacparks.com
4-6 Great Pumpkin Hunt- Chamber of Commerce – Mackinaw City
4-7 US 23 Lake Huron Discovery Tour www.us23heritageroute.org
5 Go With the Glo 5k & 1 mile Fun Run/Walk www.mackinawchamber.com
12 Creepy Critter Pet Parade & Monster Mash Street Bash – downtown Mackinaw City www.mackinawchamber.com
20 Ghost Supper/Spirit Feast by Mackinaw Area Historical Society at Heritage Village 2-4pm
26 11th annual Headlands Challenge 8-10 pm – Mackinaw City
26 Fright Night – Heritage Village – Mackinaw City
26 Great Turtle Trail Run- Mackinac Island
31 Trunk or Treat at Old School Park & Community Trick or Treating – Mackinaw City

Calendar event postings as of 11-15-18
PLEASE CONFIRM DATES BEFORE TRAVEL (231)436-5574

Event Description

Mackinaw City Magical Color Fun Run
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.

3rd 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)

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!

Zoo-De-Mackinac
The Zoo-de-Mackinac is a weekend of huge parties with great bands, one of the most scenic bicycle rides in the country, a lot of sunshine, views of the mighty Mackinac Bridge, and one magical island. This event starts in Harbor Springs and ends in Mackinaw City, Michigan.

Memorial Weekend
One of the highlights of this start of the summer season is the Fort Michilimackinac Pageant and parade along with the annual footrace across the Mackinac Bridge. The historic re-enactment takes place on Saturday at 3:30 pm and again on Sunday & Monday at 2:30. The parade will be held Saturday at 1 pm. For more information visit www.fmpcfestival.org/

Bike Tours 
Bicycle enthusiasts fill the area mid June & mid September for a chance to pedal the area’s scenic routes and infamous Mackinac Bridge during Mackinaw City’s Annual Spring & Fall Shoreline Scenic Bike Tours.

Music in Mackinaw 
Join us for the 2017 Concert Series in Conkling Heritage Park every Tuesday and Saturday evenings at 8 pm.

St. Ignace Car Show 
One of the largest all-make, all-model shows in the country! Hundreds of antique, custom, and celebrity automobiles take part in this internationally acclaimed event.

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

Annual Mustang Stampede
The party will include Mustangs from 1964 to 2016 on display, Detroit bands and local talent on stage, food/ drink, kids activities, a craft show and will be topped off with a parade of Mustangs across the Mackinac Bridge.

Mighty Mac Golf Outing
Each summer our chamber supporters gather for a day of fun on the links for this outing that begins with a shotgun start with a scramble format. Women’s, mixed and men’s 4-person teams are welcome. Prizes include: Hole in One Award cash prize, a variety of golf games and door prizes for all.

Fine Arts & Craft Show 
Mackinaw Area Visitors Bureau to host the Mackinaw City Arts and Craft Show at Conkling Heritage Park on South Huron Avenue.

Mackinaw Antique Show
The Mackinaw Women’s Club presents the Annual Antique Show and Sale.

Mackinaw Area Historic Festival 
The Mackinaw Area Historic Festival takes place at Heritage Village with Vintage 1880’s Baseball, period clothed docents in each of the historic buildings, children’s games, Native-American displays, and more.

Rendezvous in Mackinaw 
Rendezvous in Mackinaw 18th & 19th Century Trade Fair at Conkling Heritage Park

International Ironworkers Festival 
The International Ironworker Festival is an annual event held each summer in Mackinaw City, MI. located on the Straits of Mackinac overlooking the beautiful Mackinac Bridge.

Corvette Crossroads Auto Show 
If you like cool cars, this is the event for you! Hundreds of Corvette enthusiasts gather at this celebration of the Chevy Corvette held each August. This isn’t your average car show, though. Those who attend can vote for their favorite car and enjoy a host of related entertainment and events.

Mackinac Bridge Walk
Thousands gather to join the Governor of Michigan to make the annual Labor Day trek across the third longest suspension bridge in the world.

Mackinac Bridge Antique Tractor Crossing
The Mackinaw City parade travels through town and get on the bridge right behind the bridge parade. The tractors for the event will travel over the Mackinac Bridge and into the city of St. Ignace, Michigan.

Richard Crane Memorial Truck Show 
See these awesome semi-trucks with customized cabs, extraordinary paint/artwork and neon light displays.

Fort Fright Night
French voyageurs tell eerie tales by campfire as you pass down the trail of lantern lights. Werewolves howl over the palisade fort as you enter the gate patrolled by skeleton Redcoats.

Great Pumpkin Hunt
The Mackinaw City Chamber of Commerce invites you to participate in the Great Pumpkin Hunt!

Fall Colors Bridge Race
Enjoy the breathtaking view from the top of the Mackinac Bridge and Michigan in all its Fall.

Fall Fest and Color Tours
Come out and enjoy fall savings and colors! The Mackinaw City Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the Fall Shoppers’ Fest and Color Tours. Many local merchants in Mackinaw City will have great sales on their merchandise and welcome you to stop in and have a look.

Christmas in Mackinaw
Share the spirit of the season in downtown Mackinaw.

The Official Mackinaw City Chamber of Commerce

Chamber Office

707 N. Huron Avenue
Mackinaw City, Michigan 49701

Phone

(231) 436-5574

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