Summer Festivals and Events in the Petoskey Area

Warm weather fun is beginning to heat up in the Petoskey Area of northern Michigan

Warm weather fun is beginning to heat up in the Petoskey Area of northern Michigan
May and June are a great time to head to the northern Michigan resort towns of Petoskey, Harbor Springs and Boyne City. After months of cabin fever, you’ll enjoy strolling the charming downtown areas and window-shopping the unique shops and boutiques. The golf courses are open and uncrowded, and Lake Michigan is a picture-perfect backdrop for all your activities.

Don’t miss the nationally renown Morel Mushroom Festival
May 12 - 15 Boyne City, Michigan
Boyne City, MI – The 51st Annual Morel Mushroom Festival will take place May 12-15 with Boyne City being the center of the activities. This fun-filled festival is the ultimate signal that spring is here. There will be a carnival, cooking demonstrations and lots of Morel hunting. Come share in the fun and bring your appetite! You’ll see why this has been a favorite springtime event for locals and visitors alike for over 50 years.
For more information, contact the Boyne Area Chamber of Commerce at 231-582-6222 or visit www.morelfest.com.

Take in the lakeshore beauty during the 5K Run & Walk and the Kid’s ¼ Mile Run
May 14 Village at Bay Harbor, Michigan
Bay Harbor, MI – The race, which begins at 9am on Main Street in the Village at Bay Harbor, is designed for the novice to the veteran. The entire run is on paved roads and wraps around the stunning shores of Bay Harbor Lake. Kids can enjoy a 1/4-mile race of their own, beginning in the Village at Bay Harbor at 10 am. Awards are given.
For more information, call Candy Fitzsimons at 231-439-2700, or visit www.bayharborfoundation.org.

Summer really gets rolling with the 22nd Annual Zoo-de-Mackinac Bike Tour
May 21 Harbor Springs, Michigan
Harbor Springs, MI – The Zoo-de-Mackinac is a weekend of huge parties with great bands, one of the most scenic bicycle rides in the country, views of the mighty Mackinac Bridge, and one magical island.
The Zoo-de-Mackinac, from Harbor Springs to Mackinaw City, isn’t a race. It’s 2,000 outdoor enthusiasts enjoying a little exercise in one of the most beautiful areas in Michigan. The bike ride starts Saturday morning, May 21 at Boyne Highlands Resort and spans 51 miles along Lake Michigan on a paved road with very little automobile traffic. Riders pedal through rolling countryside and trillium covered forests, along sandy beaches, and are surrounded by breathtaking views of Lake Michigan from 400' high bluffs. You’ll stop approximately halfway for a leisurely lunch and to swap stories. The ride continues on to Mackinaw City, where you'll catch a ferry to Mackinac Island. For more details, call 313-727-4068 or visit www.zoo-de-mack.com.

Be part of the action at the Annual Drag Race
May 29 Boyne City, Michigan
Boyne City, MI – The Annual Boyne City Police Department Drag Race will be held on May 29 at the Boyne City Municipal Airport. Join in the fun and excitement as cars and motorcycles will be racing. Driver fees are $30. Admission is $10 for spectators; children under 12 are admitted free.
For information, contact the Boyne City Police Department at 231-582-6611.


Saddle Up for the Harbor Springs Cycling Classic
June 4 Harbor Springs, Michigan
Harbor Springs, MI --The Cycling Classic begins at 8:00 am on June 4. You’ll leave from the Birchwood Inn, 3 miles north of Harbor Springs, and tour the famous “Tunnel of Trees.” Choose 20-, 42- or 64-mile routes. When the riding's done, enjoy a barbeque and pool party. This is a gorgeous ride – don't miss it. $25 ride registration - lodging packages available.
Call the Birchwood Inn at 231-526-2151 or visit www.birchwoodinn.com/specialevents/hscyclingclassic.html.


You’ll feel right at home at the 6th Annual Spring Open House
June 4 Petoskey, Michigan
Petoskey, MI - Everyone is invited to the 6th annual Spring Open House in downtown Petoskey.
Come for the entertainment, the gracious hospitality of our stores and restaurants, and the family fun. Enjoy street entertainers and music, an ice cream social, a mini farmers market, and sidewalk dining at downtown restaurants. Buy a chance on the Spring Open House Raffle. The drawing is scheduled for 9pm in front of the Chamber building. There will be specials offered in stores, as well as a preview for great summer merchandise.
For more information, call Kathy Bardins at 231-487-1188 or visit www.petoskeydowntown.com.


Catch a great time during the Free Fishing Weekend
June 11 - 12 Petoskey-Harbor Springs-Boyne City Michigan
Petoskey, MI - Two days twice a year, families and friends can enjoy one of Michigan's premiere outdoor activities, Michigan fishing, for FREE! All fishing license fees will be waived for two days. Residents and outstate visitors may enjoy fishing on both inland and Great Lakes' waters for all species of fish. All fishing regulations will still apply. Find out for yourself how great the fishing is in northern Michigan.
For details, visit www.michigan.gov/dnr.

See stunning art at the Gallery Walk
June 16 Petoskey, Michigan
Petoskey, MI - The galleries of Downtown Petoskey welcome the public to this evening of art and fun on June 16. This is your chance to visit galleries in an open house setting; some even have the artists on hand. Don't miss the afterglow party in the beautiful Rose Garden Veranda of Stafford's Perry Hotel. There will be a raffle where you could win some wonderful pieces of art from the participating galleries.
For more information, call Becky Goodman at 231-622-8501 or visit www.petoskeydowntown.com.


Set sail for the 9th Annual In-Water Boat Show
June 17 - 19 Bay Harbor, Michigan
Bay Harbor, MI – Bay Harbor Lake Marina will host the 9th annual Bay Harbor In-Water Boat Show Father’s Day weekend, June 17 - 19, 2011. This year’s show will feature in-water displays from personal water crafts to luxury yachts as well as diverse on-land displays. Exhibitors will be represented from the East Coast and Midwest.
The true stars of our show are all the beautiful watercrafts that will be on display over the weekend. Patrons can expect to see a range of one-of-a-kind exhibitors this year, offering everything from yachts to boating goods for sale at the event. There will also be on-land displays with exhibitors presenting wonderful items including smaller watercrafts, kayaks and boating accessories.
Show hours will run Friday, June 17 from 3pm – 8pm, Saturday, June 18 from 10am - 8pm and Sunday, June 19 from 10am - 3pm.
Admission to the show is free so bring your family and come to the In-Water Boat Show!
For information, call the Bay Harbor Lake Marina at 213-439-2544 or visit www.villageatbayharbor.com.

Bring your appetite to Taste of the North
June 18 Petoskey, Michigan
Petoskey, MI – The Little Traverse Regional Historical Society is busy planning the 31st annual Historic Festival and Taste of the North. This gathering is the primary fundraiser for the Historical Society and Museum, and offers wonderful activities, entertainment and taste sensations from area restaurants for the entire community. Activities will include entertainment, games for children, a petting zoo, a silent auction and wine-tasting, and Taste of the North, a sampling event with fine foods provided by more than 20 area restaurants.
For more details, call the Little Traverse History Museum at 231-347-2620.

9th Annual Pink Ribbon Bike Ride
June 18 Charlevoix-Boyne City, Michigan
Charlevoix, MI – This is "Pedaling for a Purpose" — a bike ride in memory of Kathleen McDonald and an annual event to raise funds for breast cancer support programs. It's also a beautiful ride of 7, 20, 42 or 65 miles - some along the shore of Lake Charlevoix.
For information, visit www.bike4breastcancer.org.

Good times will be served at the Petoskey Sand Dig Beach Volleyball Tournament
June 18 - 19 Petoskey, Michigan
Petoskey, MI – The Petoskey Sand Dig Beach Volleyball tournament will be held June 18 and 19 at the Petoskey State Park. Where better to play volleyball than on one of the most beautiful beaches in northern Michigan? Join in the fun, and for chances to win cash and prizes, at the longest running Beach Volleyball Tournament in northern Michigan. This will be a great time whether you're playing or just watching the excitement!
Call 231-347-2500 for a registration form, or 231-838-5553 for more information.

Bay Harbor Vintage Car & Boat Festival
June 23 - 26 Bay Harbor, Michigan
Bay Harbor, MI – The Bay Harbor Vintage Car & Boat Festival June 23-26 with public events taking place on June 25th. The Festival will start with a parade of vintage cars and viewing of vintage boats, which will begin on Main Street at 10am sharp on Saturday! Exhibitors and spectators will truly see an extraordinary array of vintage and antique automobiles from America's glorious past. Sit back and enjoy commentator specialist Edward Lucas as he invites and introduces the car exhibitors to the red carpet.
Award Presentation will take place in the Village at 2:30. Be sure to stroll the docks to check out the beautiful array of vintage watercraft throughout the day as well.
At 6pm on Saturday, it's Margaritaville of the North with libations, strolling dinner, liver music and a sensational sunset.
For information, call 231-439-2700 or visit www.bayharborfoundation.org.

Fun will be uncorked at the Harbor Springs Waterfront Wine Festival
June 25 Harbor Springs, Michigan
Harbor Springs, MI – Come to downtown Harbor Springs on June 25 for the 6th Annual Waterfront Wine Festival. This special event will feature over a dozen purveyors of national and international wines, live music, and samplings by local restaurants and specialty food stores.
Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the event. Tickets include 2 wine tastings. Additional tasting tickets are available at $2.00 each or bundled at a discount of 15 tickets for $20. Tickets ordered on line and will be held for pick up at the event.
For more information, visit www.waterfrontwine.org.