Events

An escape to Bay Harbor is the ultimate getaway, but the idea of a "getaway" varies from one guest to the next. For those who prefer to experience the flavor of the region firsthand, we take care to keep our event calendar full. Whether you schedule your visit around a particular event-or you're looking for an experience to enrich your stay at our one-of-a-kind Up North destination-there's a good chance you'll find something unique to pique your interest. Check back regularly for our updated event calendar, and contact Concierge Services for additional details. 


Mackinac Bridge Memorial Bridge Run

Gear Up for an Active Summer with the 14th Annual Mackinaw Memorial Bridge Run! Being one of the only two unique opportunities runners are allowed to run across the "Mighty Mac".

Runners must register in advance and be able to run a minimum of 12 minutes per mile to race in the event. Event begins at 6am. 

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Top of Michigan Community Marathon

A USATF Certified Course to benefit the Top of Michigan Trails Council and Petoskey High School sports teams.

The marathon race will be run on a beautiful course made of asphalt starting in Charlevoix, then runs through Petoskey and finishes in Harbor Springs. The trail is an excellent venue for runners stepping up to a marathon or seasoned runners looking for a fast time. The trail is relatively flat and perfect for getting a qualifying time for other races. There is a grassy half-mile section run on the bluff in Bay View (to avoid pedestrian traffic). Runners will enjoy many spectacular views of the Little Traverse Bay. In addition, there is a 10k race/walk and half marathon.

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Jun 02

Downtown Petoskey Open House

Pennsylvania Park comes alive with the sounds of the Petoskey Steel Drum Band, and Downtown will be bustling with activity as the restaurants and merchants show off their new seasonal merchandise.  Enjoy Downtown events in Pennsylvania Park, a movie in the park at dark on a huge inflatable movie screen, store activities and more.

Jun 09 - Jun 18

Lilac Festival

The Mackinac Island Lilac Festival is the first and largest summer event on the Island, attracting thousands of visitors. Festivities include the coronation of the Lilac Festival Queen and Court, Lilac Festival 10K, horse drawn carriage tours, numerous concerts, wine tastings, A Taste of Mackinac Culinary Event, Mackinac Island Dog and Pony Show, the Lilac Festival Grand Parade and so much more.

Jun 15

Gallery Walk

The art world arrives Downtown Petoskey for the 16th annual Gallery Walk.

Participating art galleries greet guests from 6 - 9pm in an open-house format and offer delights for your eyes, ears, and taste buds.

Art lovers also could also win some fabulous art donated by the participating galleries. Each gallery you visit during the evening earns you another dot on your walking map, and each dot earns you a ticket to go in the drawing. Additional tickets are earned with each purchase you make. Thousands of dollars-worth of art is given away each year.

Bay Harbor's In-Water Boat Show

Bay Harbor Lake Marina will host the 14th annual In-Water Boat Show over Father's Day weekend. The show will feature the finest in watercraft from pleasure boats to mega-yachts and everything in between! Diverse land displays will also be a part of the show including a dynamic display of Mercedes, BMW and GEM cars from Fox Motors.

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Bay Harbor's Vintage Car & Boat Show

The Bay Harbor Vintage Car and Boat Festival kicks off the summer in northern Michigan with a fantastic collection of classic cars and wooden boats. The highlight of Vintage Weekend is the Parade of Vintage Cars and Display of Vintage Boats, held Saturday afternoon and capped off with a drive-by awards ceremony at 3:30pm.

Parade: Saturday, 10am

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Jun 24 - Jun 25

Charlevoix Summer Art Show

The Charlevoix Summer Art Show, features a mix of fine art and fine crafts displayed on the shores of scenic Round Lake in downtown Charlevoix. Participating artists are carefully selected to ensure a well-rounded show with many fun and unique items on display. Join us as we welcome the arrival of summer in northern Michigan at the Charlevoix Summer Art Show, where works of art and scenic views are just a step away!

Jul 03

Bay Harbor Fireworks

Come down to the Village at Bay Harbor and enjoy an always amazing show by the Petoskey Steel Drum Band, as well as balloon twisting and fun with Jania Taylor beginning at 8pm. Face Painting will be available for the kids as well. Fireworks Display over Bay Harbor Lake will commence at dusk. Come and get your seat on the lawn early, as it's always a spectacular show in Bay Harbor for fireworks night - July 3!

Jul 07 - Jul 08

Boyne Thunder

There's nothing quite like seeing (and hearing) this race of incredible boats!

This unique boating event showcases high performance boats, some sporting several thousand horsepower, cruising through the waters of Lake Charlevoix and Lake Michigan on a 90-mile excursion.

Jul 08 - Jul 09

Charlevoix Arts & Craft Show

Combine one of the most picturesque settings in the state with a gathering of 150 artists and craftsmen from around the country, and the result is Charlevoix's 48th Annual Art & Craft Show.

This year's show has something for everyone, offering an exciting mix of fine arts and hobby crafts. Acrylic and oil paintings, sculpture, hand blown glass beadwork, pottery, baskets, furniture, clothing, hand woven rugs and quilted works are just a few of the things you will find. It is a spectacular representation of craftsmanship and artwork with many fun and unique products to choose from.

Jul 15

Petoskey's Art in the Park

Artists from all over the United States will descend upon Downtown Petoskey to show off their wares for the 30th year. Again this year, approximately 135 booths will grace Pennsylvania Park, with items ranging from pottery to jewelry, from paintings to photographs, and more.

Wander through the hostas to find everything from that perfect, one-of-a-kind gift for someone special to that jaw-dropping focal piece for the office. The show is rain or shine, so come prepared to shop. 

Charlevoix's Venetian Festival

What began nearly a century ago as a simple candle-lit boat parade has grown into a week-long flurry of color and pageantry that highlights the summer season and attracts tens of thousands of visitors.

The Festival offers a wonderful variety of events geared to delight and entertain every age group. Most events take place within waterfront parks, Round Lake Harbor and Lake Charlevoix. Come join in a variety of fun and exciting events geared to delight and entertain the entire family. Each day offers a variety of activities ranging from sporting events to spectacular fireworks over Round Lake. It's a week that you won't want to miss!

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Bay Harbor Arts Festival

The Bay Harbor Arts Festival is held annually the last full weekend in July at Bay Harbor's breathtaking Lake Michigan waterfront to celebrate the talents of the finest local and national artists. The festival is punctuated with pageantry, music and food while the quality of work exhibited attracts knowledgeable art lovers and buyers. The fair includes a variety of artistic media in an effort to make the Arts Festival both a high-quality art experience and a broad exposure to art.

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Aug 12

Charlevoix's Waterfront Art Fair

Many of the nation's finest artists and craftsmen will be coming to the Charlevoix Waterfront Art Fair to exhibit their best works. These have been chosen from over 1000 applicants who subject their work to the jury. This is a most difficult task since this fair attracts the finest, but only a limited number of spaces are available.

The Fair is always held the second Saturday in August and draws more than 25,000 art lovers to this resort town between Lake Michigan and Round Lake. It is the second oldest juried art fair in Michigan.

Petoskey's Festival on the Bay

The Petoskey Regional Chamber of Commerce invites you to attend the 14th Annual Festival on the Bay at the Petoskey, Michigan waterfront. Every year, visitors enjoy great music inside the Entertainment Tent and a fun Children's Area. Other activities include Boat Cruises, a Teen Dance, Chalk & Chocolate Festival, Youth Fishing Derby, Arts and Crafts Show, a Petting Zoo, and more!

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Boyne City Triathalon

A beautiful venue, incredible cause, and a yet to be determined, significant prize purse await you! Funds raised from this event support Team Lucky Seven, Inc. and its mission of 'Racing to Fight Brain Disease'. In the first four years $18,000 was granted to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, for the express purpose of Neurological research only. Funds have supported research in Multiple Sclerosis, Alzheimer's and ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease).

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Annual Mackinac Bridge Walk

Led by the Governor, thousands of folks will walk the Mighty Mac on the one day of the year that foot traffic is allowed. Continue a family tradition or start a new one yourself. Come and join the flocks of people who enjoy the walk - and the view!

The walk begins at 7am. You may start walking anytime after the Governor's party starts the walk at approximately 7am. No one is permitted to start after 11am, so arriving early is recommended. 

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