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Most Popular Events & Festivals on Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island is known as the “Jewel of the Great Lakes” for so many reason. It’s home to historic Fort Mackinac and world-famous Mackinac Island fudge. And it’s charm can’t be beat while strolling the carless streets full of horse drawn carriages. The Island also hosts many special festivals and events during their peak season for visitors and locals to enjoy.

Here we’ve condensed the most popular annual happenings, so you can see at a glance which time of year you may want to visit our wonderful area. Welcome to Mackinac Island!

Lilac Festival


The annual Mackinac Island Lilac Festival features many varieties of gorgeous lilacs during the ten days of activities. Some varieties of these beauties were brought to the island before the Civil War and this festival makes the lilacs the stars of this spectacular celebration. Activities include live music, boat cruises, free seminars, walking tours, and so much more.

4th of July on the Island


There are a multitude of events that occur on the island to celebrate Independence Day. The Grand Hotel holds it’s annual Old Fashioned Mackinac Fourth of July Celebration with special packages that include lodging, food, and fun activities. Elsewhere on the island is the annual Stone Skipping Clinic and Tournament at Windemere Park and the ever-popular Star Spangled Fourth of July at Fort Mackinac. Including with an admission ticket are special events like a 38-gun salutes honoring the states of the period, performances of patriotic music, Victorian children’s games, and more.

Fudge Festival


Mackinac Island’s fudge is so legendary, the island hosts an annual festival to honor the tasty treat! Activities include the opportunity to fire the canon at Fort Mackinac, a coloring mural, movies in the park, the chance to be a fudge maker for a day, a soccer match, and more!

Current Events in Northern Michigan

East Jordan Freedom Festival

East Jordan Freedom Festival

East Jordan’s Freedom Festival has food, music, fun, entertainment, carnival, dancing, and more. Fun for the whole family!

July 4th Up North

An amazing array of activities like parades, fireworks, and more, make the 4th of July a special day in Northern Michigan.

St. Ignace Car Show Weekend

St. Ignace Car Show Weekend

Hundreds of antique, custom, and celebrity automobiles take part in the internationally acclaimed St. Ignace Car Show Weekend.