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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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

We can’t wait for the snow to melt and spring to arrive!

May 2023

If you love morels, then visit Boyne City for the annual National Morel Mushroom Festival. With food, music, morel hunting contests, a kids carnival, and more, this festival is a great event for May fun!

Bike the 50 miles from the Boyne Highland’s Zoo bar to Mackinac Island in the Zoo de Mack.

In Mackinaw City, Colonial Michilimackinac includes firing demonstrations on most days.

June 2023

Mackinac Island’s Lilac Festival highlights an amazing array of lilacs.

Farmers Markets are in full swing.

East Jordan’s Freedom Festival includes family activities, fireworks, and a parade, the last weekend in June.

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

    Charlevoix's Historical Museums

    Charlevoix’s History Museums

    The Harsha House and the Charlevoix Depot Museum, run by the Charlevoix Historical Society, preserve much of Charlevoix’s rich history.

    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.

    The Little Traverse Wheelway

    The Little Traverse Wheelway

    Bicyclists, walkers, and roller bladers can go from Harbor Springs to Charlevoix on the 26-mile long Little Traverse Wheelway.

    Beaver Island

    Beaver Island Up North

    Beaver Island is located 32 miles offshore of Charlevoix, Michigan and is the largest island in Lake Michigan.

    Charlevoix Circle of Arts

    The Charlevoix Circle of Arts is a vibrant, cultural center in downtown Charlevoix that presents six major visual exhibits annually.