Northern Michigan Festivals & Events

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Festivals & Events in Northern Michigan

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Throughout the year, Northern Michigan is the place to find fabulous festivals and special events. Based around history, the arts, outdoor activities and special celebrations such as the Venetian Festival in Charlevoix or the Mushroom Festival in Boyne City, Northern Michigan’s many special events offer something for everyone.

While many of the celebrations are in the warm weather months when so many visitors and summer residents are in Northern Michigan to enjoy all that we have to offer, don’t miss some special events in the Ski Season such as Krazy Days at Boyne Highlands, Mardi Gras at Nub’s Nob, and Carnival at Boyne Mountain, all in March.

Current Events

The information below is presented as a perpetual calendar, with the current month's events first. Scroll down for more months.

The events listed on this page are just the highlights of what’s happening in the months to come. Click the “View All Events” button for our full monthly calendar with time and date details. 

January 2023

January is the month for winter festivals! 

February 2023

February is the month for love in Northern Michigan. And you’ll love these great winter events to enjoy with your sweetheart, family, or friends. 

March 2023

We will be adding March events as they are announced. Please check back soon.

March in Northern Michigan is when the ski resorts celebrate the end of the ski season in style. Nub’s Nob’s Mardi Gras is an annual spring fling filled with zaniness. The  Highlands at Harbor Springs has a Ring in Spring Weekend, and Boyne Mountain celebrates with Carnival Weekend.

April 2023

May 2023

June 2023

  • Mackinac Island Lilac Festival – The Mackinac Island Lilac Festival is filled with events and the celebration of the Island’s many varieties of lilacs.
  • Bay Harbor In-Water Boat Show – This event kicks off the summer season in northern Michigan as it’s typically held in mid-June over Father’s Day Weekend.
  • East Jordan Freedom Festival – With food, music, entertainment, a carnival, dancing, and more, this Festival is packed with activities for the entire family.

July 2023

  • Charlevoix Venetian Festival – The Venetian Festival in Charlevoix, in existence for more than 80 years, has music, children’s activities, fireworks and many more free events.
  • Little Traverse Yacht Club Ugotta Regatta – LTYC’s Ugotta Regatta is a fun celebration on the gorgeous waters of Little Traverse Bay.
  • Indian River Summerfest – With a parade, lobster fest, duck race and kayak event, there is something for all ages at the Indian River Summerfest.
  • July 4th Up North – The Norman Rockwell backdrop of Northern Michigan combined with an amazing array of activities makes the 4th of July a special day in Northern Michigan.

August 2023

September 2023

  • Boyne City Harvest Festival – This annual festival fills the downtown with music, crafts, and fall produce including a variety of apples and other harvest items. There’s also more than 30 arts and craft vendors onsite.
  • A Taste of Harbor Springs – Visitors and residents alike enjoy the best of the areas restaurants, food and beverage retailers, and wine distributors.
  • Harbor Springs Festival of the Book – This three-day gathering includes nationally known presenters for a celebration of books and the stories that make them great. The annual literary event brings authors and readers from around the country to downtown Harbor Springs.

October 2023

November 2023

December 2023

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