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 in Northern Michigan

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. 

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February, 2023

March, 2023

  • Events at Up North Ski Resorts – March in Northern Michigan is when the ski resorts celebrate the end of the ski season in style. Nub’s Nob’s, The Highlands, and Boyne Mountain all have special events to enjoy.

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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.

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Activities & Attractions in Northern Michigan

Cheboygan Opera House

Cheboygan Opera House

The elegantly restored Cheboygan Opera House is an acoustically superb, Victorian theatre that presents entertainment of many genres.

Fishermans Island State Park

Fisherman’s Island State Park

Fisherman’s Island State Park has more than 2,600 acres and miles of gorgeous Lake Michigan beach and is located just south of Charlevoix.

Northern Michigan Lighthouses

In Northern Michigan, you’ll find lighthouses where lighthouse keepers once lived and worked that have been restored and are open to visitors.

Downtown Mackinac Island

Get off the ferry from Mackinaw City or St. Ignace to Mackinac Island and the first thing you’ll see is the historic downtown area.