The majestic and historic Grand Hotel is one of the first sights visitors see as they head into the harbor on Mackinac Island.
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Celebrate a Tasty Treat at Mackinac Island's Fudge Festival
Fudge! This wonderful, sweet, silky creation is known on Mackinac Island. And so it’s time to celebrate. The Mackinac Island Fudge Festival celebrates this delight with music and activities. Plus fudge!
Here's a typical schedule for the event:
Activities Which Occur Over Multiple Days
- 9am-4pm – Fire the canon at Fort Mackinac. Sign-up at the Tourism Bureau Booth. Must be 13 or older to sign-up.
- 9am-5pm – Be an honorary fudge maker with this hands on experience. Sign up at the Tourism Bureau Booth.
- 9am-5pm – 16 foot coloring mural at Windemere Point- 7894 Main St., Mackinac Island.
- 12-5pm – Fudge Quest. Follow the clues then claim your prize at the Tourism Bureau Booth.
Saturday & Sunday
- 12:30-2:30pm – Free Mystery Game at May’s Candy Shop. Play for a chance to win a 1 1/2 lb. box of fudge.
- 10am – Free Fudge Flights to the first 50 patrons at May’s Candy Shop- 7351 Main St.
- 12pm – Free movie at Mission Point Theater- 6633 Main St.
- 6-8pm – Market Street Art Walk.
- 10:30am-4pm – Michigan Sugar Queen and court tour fudge shops.
- 12pm – May’s Candy Shop reveals the Fudge Festival Flavor of the Year. Free samples. Michigan Sugar Queen and court will be attendance.
- 7-9pm – Mackinac Island Cup Soccer Match at Great Turtle Park- 2601 Crest View Dr.
- 12pm – Fudge-O-Lympics at Windemere Point. Watch local fudge shop owners/staff compete in fudge-themed “Minute-to-Win-It” style games.
- 1-3pm – Slow Bike Race and Sugar Sack Relays at Windemere Point. Free event.
- 3:30pm – Free movie at Mission Point Theater.
Experience Mackinac Island
Mackinac Island was originally a fort built to protect nearby territories, but now it is filled with beauty and lots of things to do. Read the stories below or go to the Mackinac Island destination page.
Mackinaw and Mackinac are pronounced the same way. Why? It's the area's rich history with the Native Americans, French, and British.
Fort Mackinac is open from May-October and includes buildings restored their original look after the fort's occupation by the British
Arch Rock is a geologic wonder on Mackinac Island and stands 146' over the Lake Huron shoreline- nearly 15 stories tall.
Mackinac Island is rich in history and is also filled with beauty and lots of activities and attractions to explore.
Referred to as the "Jewel of the Great Lakes", Mackinac Island has many special festivals and events that go on during their prime season.
The Mackinac Bridge is the 10th largest suspension bridge (over water) in the world and connects Michigan's Upper and Lower Peninsula.
Stay tuned for updated information on the 2024 Mackinac Island Fudge Festival!
For more information on the Mackinac Island Fudge Festival, please contact the event organizer:
Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau
7274 Main Street, Mackinac Island, MI, 49757
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Activities & Attractions in Northern Michigan
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Historic Mill Creek Discover Park has 625 acres along Lake Huron, 3.5 miles of hiking trails, a reconstructed saw mill, mill dam, and more.
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Little Traverse Conservancy protects land and scenic areas and provides opportunities for all of us to appreciate the environment.
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Northern Michigan is home to several different museums for people of all ages which highlight the area’s businesses, history, and culture!
North Central Michigan College’s Natural Area in Petoskey includes over five miles of trails that run through unique habitats.
Bicyclists, walkers, and roller bladers can go from Harbor Springs to Charlevoix on the 26-mile long Little Traverse Wheelway.
The Charlevoix Circle of Arts is a vibrant, cultural center in downtown Charlevoix that presents six major visual exhibits annually.
The North Country Trail is the longest trail in the U.S. and stretches from North Dakota to New York, passing through Northern Michigan.