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Most Popular Events & Festivals in Petoskey

Beautiful Petoskey in Northern Michigan offers fun events and festivals that have something for everyone. From open houses to wine tastings and music events to a great New Year’s Eve Party, you’ll never be bored in Petoskey!

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 Petoskey!

Downtown Winter Carnival


Celebrate the winter at Petoskey’s Winter Carnival! This annual event includes a chocolate walk, cardboard sled workshops, kids activities, ice carving, a hockey charity event, youth sledding contest, ice skating exhibitions, and much more! It’s held right downtown and is put on in partnership with the long-running Winter Sports Park Winter Carnival.

Fourth of July

July 4th

Celebrating the Fourth of July in Petoskey is a time-honored tradition that has been taking place for decades. Petoskey is a favorite on the Fourth for locals and visitors, alike, because of it’s beautiful beaches, downtown shops, and more.

Light Up the Night Holiday Parade & Tree Lighting


Petoskey’s annual Holiday Parade & Tree Lighting begins with family activities in Pennsylvania Park at 5 pm, which is followed by a festive evening parade. Activities include cookie decorating
, letters to Santa, a photo area, and more. The parade begins at 6pm and features thePetoskey High School Marching Band, Santa Claus, and many other entries.

New Year’s Eve at the Crooked Tree Arts Center

December 31st

This fun, affordable family event includes music, art, food, and fun and all to celebrate the New Year at the Crooked Tree Arts Center in downtown Petoskey and is alcohol free so it’s designed for all ages. There are activities going on inside the Crooked Tree Arts Center, just outside it at the Bidwell Plaza, and nearby at the Petoskey District Library. 

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Petoskey State Park

Petoskey State Park

Petoskey State Park is one of the premier destinations for campers and outdoor lovers and is tucked away between Petoskey and Harbor Springs.