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Week of July 23


July 25…Free Produce! 1pm-til gone at Cheboygan Salvation Army –Cheboygan.


July 25-30…Traverse City Film Festival! An outstanding selection of independent, foreign, and documentary films, as well as premieres, parties, panel discussions and lectures about the world of film. Most events are held near downtown -- at the vintage State Theatre, Bijou by the Bay, the City Opera House, and the Old Town Playhouse, but there are also many free festival opportunities including the family movies shown each night at an outdoor screen at the Open Space Park on the shore of West Grand Traverse Bay.



July 26…Congregational Summer Assembly Art & Craft Fair 01-4pm at their ball field-Benzonia. More than 100 artisits, food tent, bake sale and more. Info: 816-304-4123


July 27…Save the Trees 28th Annual Fundraiser 6-8:30pm at Walstrom Marine Showroom- Harbor Springs, to benefit the Little Traverse Conservancy. Silent auction, live music, small bites and simply sweet treats. Info:


July 27-30…30th Annual Flywheelers Celebration. Parade of power, tractor safari, live music, flea market, kids activities and more. Gates open at 7am daily. $7 adults, kids under 12 free with adult. Northern Michigan Antique Flywheelers Ground – Boyne Falls. Info:


July 28… Petoskey Rocks! 6pm-11pm downtown Petoskey. Free carriage rides, ghost walk, live music, movie in the park. Info:


July 28…Luau Party/Chinese Auction 4-8pm at the Sand Road Senior Center-Cheboygan. $10 person for dinner, includes 10 auction tickets. Proceeds benefit senior programs. Info: 231-627-7234


July 28-30…57th Annual Little Traverse Bay Regatta. Brings together some of the best sailboat racing in the country on Little Traverse Bay-Harbor Springs. The Ugotta Regatta begins with "one-design" racing on Friday followed by a "tour-of-the-bay" course on Saturday and windward-leeward racing on Sunday.  It will be a bevy of boats competing and may be viewed from around the bay from 10am - 4pm. Info:


July 28-30…Bay Harbor Fine Arts & Fine Crafts Festival. Expanded categories, make & take tent, food and more. Info:


July 28-29…Downtown Music Festival-Festival Square, Cheboygan. Free admission. Friday 5pm: Bad Jam, 8pm: Brian Lorente & the Usual Suspects. Sat 5pm: The Honorable Spirits, 8pm: The Hollows.


July 29…Rockin’ Rivertown Ride Motorcycle Poker Run-Cheboygan. 10-noon registration at Festival Square, run begins at noon, parade on Main Street at 4pm followed by a bike show. $25 registration. Info:


July 29…Mackinaw Area Historical Festival. Features food, music, vintage baseball, tours and more! Free. Heritage Village-Mackinaw City. Info:


July 29…15th Annual Bike Ride for Breast Cancer – East Park, Petoskey. 48 mile; 20 mile or 7 mile. Proceeds benefit Northern Michigan breast cancer programs. Info:


July 29…Alden Days. Kids parade


July 29…Samba Social to benefit Wounded Warrior Project 11a-3p. Instructors will be offering free lessons in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Samba dancing to live Brazilian music at Zoedance studio downtown Petoskey on Mitchell Street. $15 suggested donation per family to support the awesome mission of Wounded Warrior Project. Info: 231-203-1230


July 29…Alden Run 5K & 10K starts just East of the Community Center. Both begin at 9am. Portion of the proceeds benefit the Bellaire and Mancelona High School Cross Country teams. Info:


July 29…Classic Instruments in Boyne City 40th Anniversary Party 9a-4pm. Live music, car show, raffle to raise money for the Boyne City Police Department and more. Info: 800-575-0461


July 29…Crooked Tree Outdoor Art Fair 9a-4pm at NMC-Traverse City. Browse and buy pieces by over 100 artists and artisans from across the country, including jewelry, fibers, paintings and other 2-D art, metalwork, sculpture, pottery, and more. Live music throughout the day. Admission and parking are free! Info:


July 29-30… AuSable River International Canoe Marathon downtown Grayling.  America’s Toughest Spectator Sport. Opening ceremonies 6pm. Race Start 9pm.  120 miles, night journey, Grayling to Oscoda.  Veteran broadcaster Larry Roberts with live remote coverage throughout the night  Info:


Week of August 1


Aug 1…Mackinaw City Antique Show 10a-4:30pm at Mackinaw City High School. Admission: $2.50. Info:


Aug 1-6…Rogers City Nautical Festival. Live music, Texas Hold-em Tournaments, carnival, teen dance, timber show, craft show, pet show, and more! Info:


Aug 2-13…Great Lakes Equestrian Festival at Flintfields Horse Park-Williamsburg.  Watch thrilling world class hunter and jumper competition, hunter rider and hunter derby. Info: 


Aug 2,9,16,23,30…Indian River “Rhythm on the River” free Wednesday night concerts 6-9pm at the Marina Park Pavilion. Bring a chair or blanket. Info:


Aug 2-5…Elk Rapids Harbor Days Festival. Carnival, live music, bicycle stunt show, games, swan race, movie in the park, fun run, grand parade, fireworks and more! Info:


Aug 3… Get acquainted with the Les Cheneaux Islands Community at Cedarville's First Thursday Night Walk events. The first Thursday of each month, 20 local businesses and organizations will be open with music, prizes, samples, give-aways, fun and excitement. The walking tour begins at The Old Shell Gallery, on the corner of M-134 and M-129. Pick up your maps and you may win some great prizes! Also happening September 7th. Info: 906-322-1016


Aug 3…Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation will celebrate their annual gathering into a community ice cream social! 4:30-6:30pm, at the City of Petoskey’s Festival Place Bayfront Park, behing the Petoskey City Hall near the breakwall. Info:


Aug 3-6…Boyne City Polish Festival. Car show, polka tent, carnival, horse pull, youth bike parade, family movie, live music, grand parade, battle of the bands and more! Info:


Aug 4… Petoskey Rocks! 6pm-11pm downtown Petoskey. Free carriage rides, ghost walk, live music, movie in the park. Info:


Aug 4-5…41st Annual Northern Michigan Gospel Music Festival. 5-1p Fri, 4-10p Sat. on the Northern Michigan Antique Flywheelers Ground – Boyne Falls. Admission –free will offering. Info:


Aug 4-25…Friday Night Live every Friday from 5:30-9pm downtown Traverse City. This community block party features a full slate of music, entertainment, food, demonstrations and family activities along the 100 and 200 blocks of East Front Street. Info:


Aug 5…Charlevoix Area Humane Society 3rd Annual WoofStock Pet and Music Festival Noon-6p at Mackinaw Trails Winery in Petoskey. Live music, animal agility demonstrations, pet contest, wagon rides, food, crafts and more! Info: 231-582-6774


Aug 5…Portside Arts Fair 10a-5p at Elm Pointe-East Jordan. Great food and art! Info:


Aug 5…Boats on the Boardwalk 10-4pm on the Boardman River – downtown Traverse City. Featuring 50 boats, circa 1900 through current wooden classics. Boats on display usually include high-powered mahogany runabouts, hydroplanes, outboards, vintage engines, powered launches, wooden canoes, and rowboats. Live musical entertainment and lunch available.  Info:


Aug 5-6…38th Annual Suttons Bay Art Festival at Marina Park. Over 100 artists, community groups, food, children’s area and more. 10-6 Sat, 10-5 Sun. Info:


Aug 5-12…Cheboygan County Fair. Heavyweight Horse Pull, 4x4 Truck Mud Run, Tractor/Truck Pull, Bump & Run, carnival, games, petting zoo, 4-H exhibits and more! Info:


Week of August 6


Aug 6-12…Northwestern Michigan Fair-Traverse City. 4-H exhibits, tuff truck, horse pulls, lawnmower races, truck & tractor pull, rodeo, carnival and more! Info:


Aug 8…48th Annual Mackinaw City Antique Show 10a-4:30pm at Mackinaw City High School. $2.50 admission, kids 10 & under free. Refreshments and lunch available. Info:


Aug 9…Northport Annual Dog Parade 11am. Registration 9:30-10:45. Pre-registration $5, day of $10. Parade begins on Third St, near Millpond, ends at Marina Park. Info:


Aug 9…Northport Wine Festival Noon-6pm at Marina Park. $15 admission. Live music, food and fun! Info:


Aug 9-12…”Hockey-The Musical” 7:30-9pm at the City Opera House, Traverse City. Noted author Mitch Albom skates into the world of comedic farce with Hockey - The Musical! When God decides there are too many sports in the world, He chooses to eliminate one of them - hockey. But that doesn't sit well with fans of the underdog game. So God says if five pure-of-heart souls can plead their case to save their beloved sport, he'll reconsider. Info:


Aug 10…Harbor Springs Car Festival 5:30-10pm downtown Zorn Park. Info:


Aug 10…Summer Concert Series 7-8pm in Washington Park-Cheboygan. Free. Featuring: Petoskey Steel Drum Band. Info:


Aug 10-12…Antrim County Fair-Craven Park, Bellaire. Carnival, dog show, horse pull, ice cream social, livestock auction, live music, silent auction, 4-H exhibits and more! Info:


Aug 10-11…Glen Lake Community Library Used Book sale 9a-Noon. $5 per bag at the Glen Arbor Twp Hall. Info: 231-326-5361


Aug 11… Petoskey Rocks! 6pm-11pm downtown Petoskey. Free carriage rides, ghost walk, live music, movie in the park. Info:


Aug 11-13…International Ironworkers Festival-Mackinaw City. Ironworkers from around the country and Canada compete in skilled events, including rivet toss, spud throw, column climb and more. Mackinaw City High School. Free for spectators. Info:


Aug 11-13…Gaylord Community Productions presents “Guys & Dolls” at the Alan Gornick Auditorium. Fri/Sat 7-9pm, Sun 2pm. Adults $17, Kids $14. Info:


Aug 11-12…Michaywe Arts & Crafts Fair at the Michawywe Clubhouse-Gaylord. Over 100 exhibitors with a wide variety of items- painting, pottery, fiber, photography, and more. Info:


Aug 11-12…10th Annual Traverse City Summer Microbrew & Music Festival at the Village at Grand Traverse Commons. 3 stages of music, marching bands, food, craft beer, silent disco and more! Info:


Aug 12…Les Cheneaux Antique Wooden Boat Show-Hessel.


Aug 12…Brave Hearts Archery Shoot 10a-pm at Brave Hearts Estate-Pellston. Help support Operation Injured Soldiers. Competition classes will be held in both adult (16+) and youth. $20 adult/$15 kids registration fee. Cash and other prizes to 1st-3rd place. 30 3D archery targets. Info: 231-539-7111


Aug 12…59th Annual Charlevoix Waterfront Art Fair 9a-6pm East Park-downtown.  It is the second oldest juried art fair in Michigan. Info:


Aug 12-16 (Recurring weekly on Saturday)…The Old Town Playhouse Young Company presents: Seussical, Kids. 7pm at the Old Town Playhouse-Traverse City. $15 adults, $6 kids under 18. Info:


Aug 12-13…Outboard Marathon Nationals Racing. Top O’ Michigan Outboard Racing presents the 69th Annual marathon navigating through 87 miles of Inland Waterways. Starts at DeVoe Park-Indian River. Info:


Aug 12-13…Antique Auto Show & Flea Market at Veterans Memorial Park-Boyne City. 9a-4p both days. Free. Info:


Aug 12-13…26th Annual Odawa Homecoming Pow Wow at the Little Traverse Bay Band Pow Wow grounds-Harbor Springs. Admission is free and open to the general public. Singing and dancing are a big part of the festivities, and don't miss the drum contest and Miss Odawa Contest. Grand entry times are 1pm and 7pm on Saturday and 12 (noon) on Sunday. Info:


Week of August 13


Aug 13…Swim for Grand Traverse Bay 8a-2pm -Traverse City. Celebrate clean, healthy water with one of the region’s only point-to-point open water swim events  to benefit The Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay, a non-profit that works to protect the Bay and its 1,000-square-mile watershed. The 2-mile bay swim begins at Greilickville Harbor Park in Elmwood Township and ends at Volleyball Beach, downtown Traverse City. An after-party with food, beverages, games and entertainment will follow next door at Clinch Park. Info:


Aug 13-19…136th Otsego County Fair – Gaylord. 4-H exhibits, carnival, games, heavy weight horse pull, rodeo, bump & run, interactive circus, demo derby, and more! Info:


Aug 13-20…30th Annual Rubber Ducky Festival – Bellaire. Talent show, picnic, kids activities, rubber duck race, arts & craft show, ice cream social and more! Info:


Aug 15…Free clothing giveaway 1-7pm at The Gathering Place inside Black River Full Gospel Church. Also excepting new & gently used clean clothes. Info: 231-625-9305


Aug 16…6th Annual Summer Super Swirl 5:30-8pm at the Crooked Tree Arts Center-Petoskey. Stroll through indoor and outdoor exhibits while enjoying samples of fine wines and food. $25 adv/$30 day of. Info:


Aug 17…Howl at the Moon fundraiser for Little Traverse Bay Humane Society. 6-9pm at Walstrom Marine Boat Warehouse-Harbor Springs. $150, includes food, cocktails, silent & live auction and live music. Info:


Aug 17… Free clothing giveaway 10-4pm at The Gathering Place inside Black River Full Gospel Church. Also excepting new & gently used clean clothes. Info: 231-625-9305


Aug 17-20…50th Annual Buckley Old Engine Show. Exhibits of hundreds of tractors and equipment, flea market, entertainment, arts & crafts, demonstrations  and more. Gate fee $10 adults, kids 15 & under free. Info:


Aug 18-19…15th Annual Festival on the Bay-Petoskey. Children’s activities, silent disco, chalk the walk, petting zoo, live music, wine on the water, art show and more! Info:


Aug 19…BIG Art Show 10a-5pm in Pennsylvania Park-Petoskey. Benefits Big Brothers/Big Sisers. Info:


Aug 19...Kiersten's Ride. Horseback, walk or ATV at Chandler Hills Campground in Boyne Falls. Event raises money for a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing help, hope and healing through suicide prevention programs in Northern Lower Michigan. $15 registration fee, plus raise at least $50 and get a t-shirt. Register at 231-675-5047


Aug 19…Paddle for the Pool 7:30a-1pm at Ferry Beach-Charlevoix. A 4-mile predicted time contest (kayak, SUP and canoe). Estimate your elapsed time for this 4-mile paddle event and if you are the closest, you are the winner! Everyone can enjoy this great fundraising event for the Charlevoix Area Community Pool. Info:


Aug 19…Lake Leelanau Street Fair 1-6pm. Great music, authors, artists, crafts people and more. Free admission to the street fair, music & wine tent $15. Info:


Aug 19…13th Annual Churchill Classic Trail Run – Cheboygan. ½ Marathon, 5K 10K & 1 Mile. North Central State Trailhead. Entry fees vary. Proceeds benefit the Cheboygan County Firefighters Association. Info:


Aug 19-20.,.Peshawbestown Traditional Pow Wow. The Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians holds its annual Pow Wow featuring native singers, dancers, artists and artisans. Info:


Week of August 20


Aug 22-27…112th Emmet/Charlevoix County Fair. 4-H exhibits, live music, carnival, games, supercross racing, monster truck shootout, auto cross racing, firefighters show, battle of the bands and more! Info:


Aug 24…The Michigan Sheriff’s Mounted Association Otsego County presents “Country Music at it’s Best” featuring Country Music Legend T. Graham Brown at 7pm at Gaylord High School. Tickets are $20 ea/$35 pair or $50 family of 8. Info: 800-445-2143


Aug 25-27…National CoHo Salmon Festival – Honor. Family fun, car show, live music, parade, softball tournament and more. Info:


Aug 26…4th Annual Wrestle the Lake boat poker run. Held on Lake Charlevoix with stops on Round Lake, Oyster Bay, Holy Island and Horton Bay. Registration a 9am at the Ferry Beach Pavilion. Proceeds benefit the Charlevoix Wrestling Club. Info: 231-622-2582


Aug 26-27…Corvette Crossroads Auto Show-Downtown Mackinaw City.


Aug 26-27…4th Annual Music Bash at the Bluffs on Black Lake-Cheboygan. 5 bands, drink & food specials, rustic camping. $10 cover, must be 21+. Info: 231-625-2080


Aug 26-Sep 4…Chippewa County Fair - Kinross





Now – Aug 27…Every Sunday…Movies by the Bay 10m American Legion Park-Downtown St. Ignace. Refreshments are available on site.  FREE popcorn!  Bring your blankets and chairs for a fun-filled evening with the kids! Info:


Now – Aug 29. .. Music in Mackniaw Concert Series. Tuesdays & Saturday Evenings at 8:00pm at Conkling Heritage Park-Mackinaw City. Free. For a complete list of performers visit


Now-Aug 31…Boat Movies in the Park every Thursday in the Village Green Park-Walloon Lake. Watch from the lawn or from your boat. Free. For a list of movies:


Now-Sept 1…Every Friday – Music in the Park 7-9pm at GM Dame Marina Park-Northport.  Bring chairs, blankets and a basket full of your favorite local goodies for the full experience. Socialize, picnic and mingle while live music comes your way from some of the most loved talent in the region. Info:


Now-Aug 31…Street Musique every Thursday from 7-9pm on the streets of Harbor Springs. Live local music, activities for kids, face paintings, food and more. Info:


Now-September- Every Thursday enjoy an evening on the patio at Petoskey Farms Vineyard from 5:30-7:30pm. Free. Info:


Now-Sept 29…  2017 season of the Downtown Petoskey Farmer's Market every Friday from June 16th to September 29th, from 8:30 am to 1 pm.


Now- Aug 18…Concerts in the Park at noon on Wednesdays and Fridays-Pennsylvania Park Gazebo-Petoskey. Free. Info:


Now – August 31…Concerts on the Lawn 7pm at the Grand Traverse Pavilions-Traverse City. Free admission. Enjoy a summer evening with great music, family and good friends. Bring a chair, blanket or picnic. Food, drinks, and ice cream are available. Info:


Now-Sept 2…Stone Circle Gatherings every Saturday form 9-11pm. $5 adults, $3 kids 12 & under. Poetry, storytelling and music are featured at this unique outdoor amphitheater. Poet bard Terry Wooten will host the gatherings around the fire. Sit under a canopy of stars perched on a boulder, or bring a blanket or chair to enjoy the ever-changing variety of entertainment that is woven throughout the evening. Stone Circle is located ten miles north of Elk Rapids off US 31. Turn right on Stone Circle Dr., and follow signs. Info:


Now – Oct 10…Kalkaska Farmer’s Market open on Tuesdays 2-6pm at Railroad Square-Downtown. Info:


Northern Care Center is a free medical center for the Cheboygan community that is struggling for health care.  Please call to schedule an appointment at 231-333-3019. They are located on the corner of State and Water Street in Cheboygan. Walk in clinic 1 & 3rd Tuesday, 10am register by 4pm. By appt 2 & 4th Thursday from 10a-2pm. Feb 28 10-2p by appt. March 9 10-2 by appt.


One in eight women will be affected by Breast Cancer this year. For women ages forty to sixty-four that need help getting routine cancer screenings, District Health Department #10 may be able to help. To see if you qualify, contact your local DHD#10 office or visit Don’t forget to find District Health Department #10 on Facebook, too.”


Ongoing: Raven Hill Discovery Center opens to families for free the second Saturday each month. No groups or organizations. Open noon-4 p.m. Raven Hill is located at 4737 Fuller Rd., East Jordan. (231) 536-3369 or


TFN…Openings are available in the NEMCSA Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion Volunteer Programs. Applicants must be over 55, income eligible and have reliable transportation. Info: 877-222-9043


Ongoing…The Cheboygan Parkinson Support Group meets the 3rd Tuesday of the Month at 1pm (starting in August) at the Cheboygan Campus of McLaren Northern Michigan, 3rd Floor Conference room. Free to attend. For more info: 231-445-1595


Ongoing…First & 3rd Friday each month 6:30-8:30 Dance Class at the Area Seniors Inc Activity Center on Maple St-Bellaire. Learn and practice ballroom dance steps like the Waltz, Two-step, and Swing. Join in on Contra and Square Dances too. No experience. $5.


TFN…Second Tuesday of every month – Cancer support group meets at the Salvation Army community room in Cheboygan at 7pm. Info: 231-537-2277


TFN…First Thursday of every month- Learn the medical aspects of cannabis 6:30-7:30p at the Cheboygan Library.


TFN…Every Saturday 10a-2pm Indoor Farmers Market at the Village at Grand Traverse Common-Traverse City. Free admission. Great local fare, Farm fresh eggs, fish, meats, milk, and cheese; fruits and veggies; homemade breads, pasta, and sweet treats; honey, preserves, maple syrup and MORE!. Info:


TFN…The Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan would like to remind you that screening and early detection of breast and cervical cancer saves lives.  Visit today.


First Thursday of each month, the Munson Grief Support Group meets from noon-1p in conference room B at Munson Heathcare Charlevoix Hospital. No charge. Info: 231-547-8569



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