Mackinaw City Events at a Glance
Our Winterfest, Spring and Fall Bike Tours, Corvette Show, Golf Outing, Fall Shoppers Fest and Christmas in Mackinaw are all fantastic reasons to visit us in Mackinaw City. Please check out the 2018 Straits Area Calendar of Events for dates or review the details listed below for more information.
STRAITS AREA CALENDAR OF EVENTS- 2018
Mackinaw City, Carp Lake, St. Ignace, Mackinac Island
13 Audie’s Scholarship Ball – Mackinaw City
20 Winterfest – Mackinaw City
19-21 MCAAC Art Exhibit– A Meet Mackinaw Showcase Event!
20 Mackinaw Outhouse Races- 2pm www.mackinawouthouserace.com – Mackinaw City
20 Ice Fishing Tournament on Carp Lake at DNR Access – Hosted by the Paradise Lake Association
27 Celestial highlights of the new year featured at Headlands 5-7 pm
31 Total Lunar Eclipse viewing at Headlands 5:45-8:30 am
3 Snowshoe hike the 600-acre wood at Headlands 2 pm
10 Mardi Gras Dance at the Headlands 5:30pm-8pm
15-18 Labatt Blue Pond Hockey Championship- St. Ignace
18 MC Bridal Show at Audie’s
2-3 UP Scramble and Glow Ball Challenge
3 Straits of Mackinac State Park Summer Job Fair, St. Anthony’s Church, 10:00 – 2:00
10 Public Observing at Headlands Observatory 8-10 pm
11 Cabin Fever Dinner by Mackinaw Area Historical Society at Audie’s 5-7pm
17 Michigan Works! Job Fair with the Mackinaw City Chamber of Commerce
17 Astrophotography lecture and workshop with Shawn Malone at Headlands 7:30-10 pm
18 Solar Observing at Headlands Observatory 12-2 pm
1-9 2nd Annual Mackinac Meltdown Celebration
- Spring Break Splash at Pirate’s Adventure Waterpark
- 2nd Annual Taste of Mackinac
- Home and Gun Show at Little Bear East- St. Ignace
6-8 Mackinaw Raptor Fest www.mackinawraptorfest.org
7 International Bridal Expo
7-8 Annual Midwest Roller Derby
7 Public Observing at Headlands Observatory 9-11 pm
11 Airport After Hours-Regional Business After Hour Event 5:30-7:30pm
20 Outdoor Lighting Forum luncheon at Headlands 11am – 1 pm
20 Statewide Astronomy Night at Headlands 8-10 pm
20-21 Jeep the Mac – St. Ignace www.stignace.com/event/jeep-the-mac
29 Solar Observing at Headlands Observatory 12-2 pm
2 Colonial Michilimackinac open for season, 9:00
4 Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park open for season
4 Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse open for season
5 4th Annual Mackinaw City Magical Color Fun Run – 5k & 1 mile kids run/walk- Trailhead- A Meet Mackinaw Showcase Event!
12 Cosmic Gizmos and Gadgets at Headlands 8:30-10 pm
19 St. Ignace Rock and Run Half Marathon/5k
25 Fireworks at dusk over Lake Huron- Conkling Heritage Park
26 15th Annual Mackinaw Memorial Bridge Run – Mackinaw City-Call for Registration Event Info
26 Memorial Day Parade 1 PM and Fireworks at Dusk by MAVB – Mackinaw City
26 Public Observing at Headlands Observatory 10 pm-12 am
26-28 Colonial Michilimackinac Pageant – Mackinaw City
27 Native American Festival Museum of Ojibwa Culture- St. Ignace
27 Solar Observing at Headlands Observatory 12-2 pm
28 Memorial Day Observance 10am- Marina Lawn to Cemetery- American Legion
Fireworks at dusk over Lake Huron- every Friday Memorial Day through Labor Day- Conkling Heritage Park
1-3 Troop Mackinaw #1 – Mackinaw City www.troopmackinaw.com
4 The King’s Birth-Day Celebration-Mackinac State Historic Parks
16-17 Annual Lilac Festival (Parade Sunday, 17th) – Mackinac Island
8-10 Troop Mackinaw #2 – Mackinaw City www.troopmackinaw.com
9 Historic Downtown Mackinac open for season
9-10 Soldiers of the King: The British Garrison of Michilimackinac Theme Weekend, Colonial Michilimackinac, 9:00 – 7:00
9-10 Big Mac Spring Shoreline Scenic Bike Tour & Sunday Ride Across Mackinac Bridge – Mackinaw City
14 Taste of Mackinac- Mackinac Island
18 Crescent Moon Monday with Norbert Vance, EMU Astronomy at Headlands 9-10:30 pm
21 Native American Solstice traditions at Headlands 4-11 pm
22-23 Antiques on the Bay Classic & Antique Car Show – St. Ignace
23-24 Rendezvous at the Straits: Voyageur Culture Theme Weekend, Colonial Michilimackinac, 9:00 – 7:00
23 Public Observing at Headlands Observatory 11 pm-1 am
24 Solar Observing at Headlands Observatory 12-2 pm
25-29 Discovery Camp – Heritage Village – Mackinaw City
28 First Full Moon of Summer evening cruise with Mary Stewart Adams and Shepler’s 9:15-10:45 pm
28-30 St Ignace Car Show Weekend (Friday, 7 pm, parade) – St. Ignace
30 Public Observing at Headlands Observatory 11 on-1 am
30-Jul 1 Premier Arts & Craft Show, Saturday 8-7, Sunday 10-3 – Mackinaw City
Fireworks at Dusk Every Friday Memorial Day through Labor Day- Conkling Heritage Park
Music in Mackinaw- July and August Tuesday’s, Saturday’s and Select Fridays 8pm- FREE at Conkling Heritage Park
Lunch at St. Helena Island Light- www.gllka.org July 8, July 15, July 22 and July 29- A Meet Mackinaw Showcase Event!
1 Solar Observing at Headlands Observatory 12-2pm
4 Independence Day Parade in St. Ignace—St. Ignace
4 Waterfront Events, Music & Fireworks at Dusk – Mackinaw City
4 Mackinaw Woman’s Club Strawberry Social 12:30- 4:30– Marina Lawn -A Meet Mackinaw Showcase Event!
7 Public Observing at Headlands Observatory 11 pm-1 am
7 Summer Day in Paradise – Carp Lake/Paradise Lake – Breakfast, 8-11; Street Parade, 1; Sponsored by the Paradise Lake Association– A Meet Mackinaw Showcase Event!
8 Solar Observing at Headlands Observatory 12-2 pm
13 Seeing in the Dark summer sky program at Headlands 9-10:30 pm
14 Public Observing at Headlands Observatory 11 pm
14 Port Huron to Mackinac Yacht Race
15 Goddesses of the Night Sky evening cruise with MSA and Shepler’s 9:15-10:45
16 Crescent Moon Monday with special guest at Headlands 8:30-10 pm
21 5th Annual Mustang Stampede-Sat, Music- MAVB- Mackinaw City
21 Vintage Base Ball: Fort Mackinac Never Sweats vs Mackinaw City Boys, Fort Mackinac, Mackinac Island, 6:30p
21-22 Diverse Entertainments: Historic Pastimes and Games Theme Weekend, Colonial Michilimackinac, 9am-7pm
21 Chicago to Mackinac Yacht Race
TBA Mighty Mac Golf Outing – Mackinaw City call (231)436-5574 to register for this event
26 St. Anthony’s Catholic Church BIG Garage Sale 9am-3pm – Mackinaw City
26 Full Thunder Moon Cruise with MSA and Shepler’s 9-10:30 pm
28 Meet the Mackinaw; an “on board” nautical celebration with games, food, prestigious guests, and fun- Icebreaker Mackinaw Museum Ship- normal admission rates apply- 11-2 www.themackinaw.org
29 Geocaching fun at Headlands 10 am- 2 pm
29 Solar Observing at Headlands 12-2 pm
Fireworks at Dusk Every Friday June, July, and August 2018- Mackinaw City
Music in Mackinaw- July and August-Tuesday’s, Saturday’s, and select Friday’s 8pm- FREE at Conkling Heritage Park
2-5 Rendezvous & 18th Century Market Fair – Mackinaw City
3-4 Annual Heritage Festival by Mackinaw Area Historical Society at Heritage Village– A Meet Mackinaw Showcase Event!
4 Public Observing at Headlands Observatory 10 pm-12 am
4 Cross Quarter Day Fun Run at Headlands 2-4 pm
4-5 Griffing Art Show, Colonial Michilimackinac Visitor’s Center, 9:00 – 7:00
5 Solar Observing at Headlands Observatory 12-2 pm
7 49th Annual Mackinaw Woman’s Club Antique Show, Sale, and Luncheon 10-4pm – High School – A Meet Mackinaw Showcase Event!
9-11 Northern Michigan Astronomy Club Star Party at Headlands
9-11 Solar Observing at Headlands Observatory 12-3 pm
10 Midnight Meteor Shower Cruise with MSA and Sheplers 11 pm-1 am
10-12 Ironworkers Festival -Fri 3:00pm Walk of Iron inductee’s- Parade Saturday at 10 am – Mackinaw City
11-12 Gardens and Good Things to Eat Theme Weekend, Colonial Michilimackinac, 9:00 – 7:00
11 Annual LIGHTS OUT CHALLENGE and Perseid Meteor Shower program with Headlands 8-10 pm
12 Midnight Meteor Shower Cruise with MSA and Shepler’s 11 pm-1 am
18 Case Knife Event – Coffman Hardware – Mackinaw City
18 Public Observing at Headlands Observatory 10 pm-12 am
25 Corvette Crossroads Auto Show 29th Annual (7 pm, Parade) – Mackinaw Crossings Mall – Mackinaw City- A Meet Mackinaw Showcase Event!
25-26 Mackinaw Premier Arts & Craft Show, Saturday 10am-7pm, Sunday 10am-3pm – Mackinaw City
25-26 Pow Wow/Rendezvous- St Ignace
TBA Troop Mackinaw #4 – Mackinaw City www.troopmackinaw.com
19 Solar Observing at Headlands Observatory 12-2 pm
25 Public Observing at Headlands Observatory 10 pm-12 am
26 Solar Observing at Headlands 12-2 pm
1-2 Arts & Crafts Dockside-St. Ignace
1 Public Observing at Headlands Observatory 9-11 pm
2 DALMAC Bike Tour– Bridge Crossing 8-11am – Mackinaw City
2 Solar Observing at Headlands Observatory 12-2 pm
3 State St. Bridge Walk – Cheboygan
3 61st Annual Mackinac Bridge Walk – St. Ignace to Mackinaw City
7-8 11th Annual Owosso Tractor Parts Antique Tractor Bridge Crossing Fri 10 am and St Ignace Show
8 Mackinaw City Wine & Beer Festival
8 Public Observing at Headlands Observatory 9-11 pm
8-9 Michilimackinac at Work: Labor and Trades Theme Weekend, Colonial Michilimackinac, 9:00 – 5:00
9 Wandering Stars Cruise with MSA & Shepler’s 7:45-9:15 pm
9 Solar Observing at Headlands Observatory 12-2pm
14-16 23rd Annual Richard Crane Memorial Truck Show, Parade at Dusk Sep. 15th – St. Ignace
15-16 Big Mac Fall Shoreline Scenic Bike Tour & Sunday Ride Across Mackinac Bridge – A Meet Mackinaw Showcase Event! 15 Annual Big Truck Parade of Lights through St. Ignace & Mackinaw City at dusk
16 Solar Observing at Headlands Observatory 12-2 pm
21-23 Troop Mackinaw #3 – Mackinaw City www.troopmackinaw.com
22 Harvest Moon Dance at Headlands 7-10 pm
22 The Coronation of Their Majesties Celebration, Colonial Michilimackinac, 9 – 5 pm
23 Solar Observing at Headlands 12-2 pm
25 Public Observing at Headlands Observatory 9-11 pm
28-30 Troop Mackinaw #4 – Mackinaw City www.troopmackinaw.com
29 Trek the Mac- ATV/ORV Ride – St. Ignace
5-6 Fort Fright: Colonial Michilimackinac, 6:30-9:30 A Meet Mackinaw Showcase Event! www.mackinacparks.com
5-7 Great Pumpkin Hunt- Chamber of Commerce – Mackinaw City
5-8 US 23 Lake Huron Discovery Tour www.us23heritageroute.org
5-14 Annual Fall Shopping Festival – Mackinaw City
6-7 Fall Fest at the Cheboygan Lighthouse, 9-5 Saturday and Sunday GLLKA- A Meet Mackinaw Showcase Event
6 10th Annual Fall Colors Bridge Race- MAVB Pre-registration required (231)436-5664
6 Public Observing at Headlands Observatory 8-10 pm
7 The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum, Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse, Colonial Michilimackinac and Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park last day of operation for 2018 season
14 Ghost Supper/Spirit Feast by Mackinaw Area Historical Society at Heritage Village 2-4pm
20 Orionid Meteor Shower viewing at Headlands 7:30-9:30 pm
21 Solar Observing at Headlands Observatory 12-2 pm
27 10th annual Headlands Challenge 8-10 pm
27 Triple Fright Night –McGulpin Point Lighthouse, Heritage Village, Headlands Dark Sky Park – Mackinaw City
27 Great Turtle Trail Run- Mackinac Island
TBA Mackinaw Community Cash Bash Raffle and Annual Meeting
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
1 Christmas in Mackinaw – by Mackinaw Area Historical Society at Heritage Village- A Meet Mackinaw Showcase Event!
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
Calendar event postings as of 2-13-18
PLEASE CONFIRM DATES BEFORE TRAVEL (231)436-5574
Event Descriptions and Information
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. Register Today!
Sunday, Apr 1st–9th, 2018 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)
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!
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.
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/
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 – Mid June to August
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 – June 15-16, 2018
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 – August 10-12, 2018
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 – August 25, 2018
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 – September 3, 2018
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
707 N. Huron Avenue
Mackinaw City, Michigan 49701