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Week of Aug 12


Now-Aug 17…Concerts in the Park noon-1pm every Wednesday and Friday in Pennsylvania Park-Petoskey. Bring your lunch and enjoy free music. . In case of rain, concerts will be moved to the Crooked Tree Arts Center's Ross Stoakes Theater. Info:


Now-Aug 23…Street Musique 7-9p every Thursday downtown Harbor Springs. Different varieties of music, kids activities, food and more! Info:


Now – Aug 24th…Every Friday, Friday Night Live in downtown Traverse City 5:30-9pm. Music, entertainment, food, family activities, demonstrations, and more! Info:


Now-Aug 29…Rhythm on the River music series every Wednesday from 6-8pm on the side lawn of the Indian River Public Library. Bring your chair or blanket and enjoy free music. Info:


Now-Aug 30…Music on Main 6-8pm every Thursday at the Village at Bay Harbor. Different musicians every week. Free. Info:


Now – Aug 30…Concerts on the Lawn – Thursdays at 7pm at Grand Traverse Pavilions-Traverse City. Bring a chair, or blanket. Food, Ice cream & beverages available from 5:30-7:30p, or bring your own. Info:


Now – Aug 30…Summer Concert Series every Thursday from 7-8:30pm enjoy free music in Washington Park-Cheboygan. Info:


Now – Aug 31…Mackinaw City Fireworks every Friday at dusk at Mackinac Bay Beach. Info:


Now-Aug 31…Music in the Park every Friday from 7-9pm at G.M. Dame Marinea Park-Northport. Bring a chair or blanket and snacks. Free. Info:


Now- Aug31…Every Friday, the United Way will be trying to “stuff the bus” with school supplies to benefit kids in Cheboygan County. Aug 3 at Awakon FCU-Indian River; Aug 10 at Walmart-Cheboygan; Aug 17 at Citizen’s National Bank downtown Cheboygan; Aug 24 at Citizen’s National Bank on S. Straits Hwy; Aug 31 at Walmart in Cheboygan. Info:231-627-2288


Now-Sept 1…Music on Mullett every Saturday 1-4pm at Mullett Lake Marina. Free. Info:


Now – Sept 2…Fireworks over Moran Bay-St. Igance. Every Saturday at dusk. Info:


Now -Sept 7…Stroll The Streets 6-9pm every Friday downtown Boyne City. Music, entertainment, kids activities, and more. Info:


Now-Sept 4…If you have a child that does not fit in a traditional educational setting and many need credit recovery, the Inverness Academy in Cheboygan offers online classes, face to face traditional classes and a mixture of both. Info: 231-627-4436


Now- Sept 11…Stone Circle Gathering every Saturday from 9-1pm enjoy storytelling, poetry and music in a unique outdoor amphitheatre. $5 adults/$3 kids. Stone Circle is located ten miles north of Elk Rapids off US 31. Info: 231-264-9467


Aug 13…Mackinaw Area Historical Society monthly lecture series presents Dr. Charles Cleland on the topic Beyond the Far Horizon: Adventures of a Fur Trader”. 7pm at the Mackinaw Area Public Library. Info: 231-436-5626


Aug 14…TC Patriot Game joins Central and West High Schools to honor northern Michigan’s fallen heroes, military, veterans and first responders. Commemorative t-shirts are available with proceeds helping the Warrior Sailing Veteran Program. Info:


Aug 15…Out of the Darkness Walk to benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. 9a registration, walk begins at 10:30 at the Civic Center-Traverse City. Get a team together or donate today at


Aug 15…Annual Traverse City Chamber Golf Outing at Grand Traverse Resort & Spa. The cost is $190 per golfer and $760 for a foursome, which includes 18 holes of cart golf, a registration gift, lunch and dinner, along with drink and prize tickets. Proceeds from the Chamber Golf Outing support our award-winning Leadership Grand Traverse program and other Chamber leadership initiatives. Info:


Aug 15…Swing Dance at the Carnegie 5:30-7pm-Cheboygan. Free lessons. Info: 2231-420-6665


Aug 16…Elder Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation Prevention Conference 9a-3p at the Knights of Columbus Hall-Cheboygan. Lunch provided. Free. Register at 989-358-4616


Aug 16…Free concert in the park 6:30-8:30 at Trestle Park-Prudenville. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy!


Aug 16-18…16th Annual Festival on the Bay – Petoskey. Live music, kids activities, petting zoo, big art show, carboard boat race, waterball competition and more! Info:


Aug 16-19…51st Annual Buckley Old Engine Show. Over 700 antique gas and steam tractors, cars and trucks; flea market, woodworking, arts & crafts, kids activities and more! Info:


Aug 17…2nd Annual “Giving Back to the Community Bowling Party” 6-8pm at Spare Time Lanes-Cheboygan. Free but donations are being accepted for the Salvation Army food pantry. Info: 231-597-8000


Aug 17-18…42nd Annual Frankfort Art Fair at Market Square Park. Over 175 artists display their works. Info:


Aug 17-19…Rubber Ducky Festival-Bellaire. Arts & Crafts, games, parade, rubber duck race, free kids movie, bounce houses, and more! Info:


Aug 18…8th Annual Chicken BBQ 4-7pm at St. John Lutheran Church-Cheboygan. Please bring a donation of canned goods or non-perishable food items and a donation for your meal. Proceeds benefit the Lord’s Kitchen.


Aug 18…Paddle 4 The Pool. A predicted time contest on Lake Charlevoix at Ferry Beach (2 Mile SUP Course and 4 Mile Kayak/Canoe Course). Estimate your elapsed time and if you are the closest to your prediction, you are the winner! Proceeds benefit the Charlevoix Area Community Pool. Beach activities for the entire family during the event at Ferry Beach. Stick around for prizes and awards after.


Aug 18…Cheboygan Compassionate Ministries annual back to school event noon-1:30pm at the Wesleyan Community Church-Cheboygan. Free backpacks w/school supplies, haircuts, lunch and more. Info: 231-627-2047


Aug 18…2nd Annual Coastie Appreciation Day 11a-3p at Reining Liberty Peace Ranch-Traverse City. All Active Duty, Veterans, Law Enforcement, EMT, Fire Department, Nurses and their families are welcome to attend. Enjoy a day of food, drinks, and fun at the "Ranch". There will be games, raffle prizes and fun. Info:


Aug 18…9th Annual Bark at the Park 11a-3p at Hull Park (behind the TC Public Library). There will be a silent auction, animal friendly vendors, along with other activities. Benefits H.A.N.D.S.  to the Rescue, helping abused, neglected, disabled dogs. Info:


Aug 18… 6th Annual Kiersten’s Ride-Horseback/Walk/ATV for suicide prevention programs at Chandler Hills Campground-Boyne Falls. 10a horseback trail ride; noon walk; 2pm ATV ride. Pre-registration $15 before 8/11, after $25. Lunch provided from 1-2pm for all participants. Prizes for most money raised. Camping available by reservation only. Info:


Aug 18…14th Annual Churchill Classic ½ Marathon/10K/5K/1Mile. North Central State Trailhead-Cheboygan. 7:30am. Benefits Girls on the Run-Sunrise Side. Info:


Aug 18…7th Annual Onaway Car Show 9a-2pm at Onaway Speedway. Free admission. Raffles, prizes, free camping available. Car registration $20 per car. Info: 989-733-2874


Week of August 19


Aug 19…Topinabee Firefighters Station 6400 Annual Chicken BBQ at the Topinabee Beach Park Pavilion Noon-4pm. Adults $15, Children 12 & under $10. Info:231-238-4812


Aug 19…St. Clements Annual Parish Festival 11:30-3pm at the church in Pellston. Chicken & golumpki dinner, raffle & white elephant sale. $12 adults. $6 kida 6-12, 5 & under free. Info: 231-539-8805


Aug 20…American Red Cross Blood Drive Noon-4:45 at St. Anthony Parish-Mackinaw City. Info: 231-436-4119


Aug 21…Monthy neighborhood meeting 6-8pm at Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency-Traverse City. This month's topic will be a presentation from Leisa Eckerle Hankins, Resources Director from United Way of Northern Michigan. There will be an opportunity to ask questions. A light mean is provided prior to the meeting. Info: 231-947-3780


Aug 21…Watercolor workshop with Mary Lou Peters 1-3pm at the Mackinaw Woman’s Club Building-Mackinaw City. $10, all materials provided. Info: 231-436-5626


Aug 21-26…Emmet-Charlevoix County Fair-Petoskey. Carnival, 4-H exhibits, Monster Truck Shootout, live music, Autocross, games and more! Info:


Aug 22..Alzheimer’s Association Early Detection Workshop 12:15 at  Community Action in St. Ignace. Free, no sign up necessary. Info: 800-272-3900


Aug 23…17th Annual Jewel at Mackinac Golf Tournament on Mackinac Island. Limited registrations now available. Info: 906-643-0443


Aug 23…Taste of Up North/Peace Pole Auction 5:30-9pm at Fernelius Toyota-Cheboygan. Live Peace Pole auction, food tasting, wine & beer, silent auction, raffle. $40 proceeds benefit the McLaren Northern Michigan Foundation. Info:


Aug 23…Country Music legend Moe Bandy performs at Gaylord High School at 7pm to benefit the Otsego County Sheriff’s Mounted Association. Tix $20 ea/$35 couple/$50 family. Info: 800-445-2143


Aug 24…Michigan Jamboree of T’s 10-2p East Park-Charlevoix. Model T chapters from all around Michigan will gather to meet, celebrate, and share their passion for the culture and history of the Model T. Info:


Aug 24…Cheboygan County Council on Aging community party 4-7pm at Lumberjack Park-Wolverine. Donation based. Live music, food, raffles and more. Proceeds benefit the Wolvering Senior Center. Info: 231-627-7234


Aug 24-25…Corvette Crossroads Auto Show-Mackinaw City. Info:


Aug 24-25…Garage Sale to benefit the Cheboygan County Humane Society at the Cheboygan County Fairgrounds. Fri 9a-6p, Sat 9a-5p. Antiques, clothing, furniture, household items, books and more! Info:


Aug 25…Old 27 Motor Tour & Car Show 5-9pm- Cheboygan. Info:


Aug 25…Fallen Firefighters Memorial 5K Fun Run/Walk at the Kalkaska Township Fire Department. 10 race; noon-picnic. Info: 231-384-3993


Aug 25…Short’s 5K Run/Walk for Veterans 8-10pm at Wuerfel Park-Traverse City. Registration for the race is $30 from now until August 25th; On August 25th, the day of the race, the registration fee goes up to $45. The race fee includes a set of patriotic dog tags, and a choice of hot dog or brat + a beverage post race. A portion of the proceeds will also be donated to the Reining Liberty Ranch. Info: 231-943-0100


Aug 25…World Championship Wanigan Race-Cheboygan. Begins at Waterways Campground and ends at Lincoln Street Bridge.


Aug 25…29th Annual Corvette Crossroads Auto Show- in the Mackinaw Crossing Parking Lot - Mackinaw City


Aug 25-26…Arts and Crafts Show in Conkling Heritage Park-Mackinaw City. Info:


Aug 25-26…Mackinac Island Fudge Festival 10-8pm. The festival features a number of fudge-related activities including: Miss Michigan Sugar Appearances; Daddy…I want the Golden Ticket Vacation Giveaway; Great Turtle Slow Ride Bike Race; Fudge Making Demonstrations & Tastings; Fudge on the Rocks; Fudge Infused cocktails at Island restaurants; Info:


Week of August 26


Aug 26…Bridge, Barracks & Barbecue 7-10pm at Fort Michilimackinac. Community Fun, including Bridge Views, Local BBQ and Brews Tasting Stations, Barracks Tours and Interpreters, Live Music and Entertainers, Games and Demonstrations. $25.00 Admission at the door (This is an adult 21 and over event). Info: 231-436-5574


Aug 26…Annual Mackinac Island Medical Center Auction 5pm at the Grand Hotel. Admission $40 and includes dinner and beverages. Info: 906-847-3582


Aug 26…Pellston Masonic Lodge #440 monthly Swiss Steak Dinner 4-6pm. Adults $12, kids under 12 $5. Proceeds benefit community charities. Info: 609-915-6059


Aug 27…Annual Family Festival Noon-4pm at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Riggsville. Dinner of baked chicken & roast beef, with garden vegetables & dessert will be served from 12:00 noon until 4:00 pm.  There will also be raffle tickets with a $1000 first prize, hourly 50/50 drawing, live music, bingo, kids games, country store, refreshment stand & more.  The church is located on the corner of Polish Line & Church Road in Riggsville, Cheboygan county.  The mass schedule is 4:00 pm on Saturday & 9:00 am on Sunday. Info:231-627-9663


Aug 29…Project Backpack/Project Connect 11-1 at Little Bear East Arena-St. Ignace. Over 20 agencies with info on home ownership, health, credit repair and more; haircuts, crafts, school supplies for Mackinac County Students; food pantry and more. Info: 906-250-9178


Aug 29…Summer Super Swirl 5:30-8pm at Crooked Tree Arts Center-Petoskey. Stroll through the indoor and outdoor spaces of the arts center. Enjoy live-art demonstrations and music by multiple performers and sample fine wines and food. $25 adv./$30 day of. Info: 231-347-4337


Aug 30…Be part of a Guinness World Record for largest gathering of people breaking bread! Community dinner featuring locally grown food at 6pm at the Village at Bay Harbor. Tickets $35, 12 & under free. Proceeds benefit local children organizations. Info: 231-439-2700


Aug 31…Boyne City Labor Day Weekend Car Show and Drive-in Preview 6-9pm 100 & 200 blocks of E. Water St. Info: 231-582-2492


Aug 31…BKC Charity Garage Sale 8a-3pm at their parking lot on Water St – Cheboygan. Proceeds benefit the Cheboygan Backpack Food Program. Info:


Aug 31…9th Annual Beer Fest & Boat Yard Bash 5-9pm at the Great Lakes Boat Building School-Cedarville. Live music, craft beer, food and auction. Benefits the school. $40. Info: 906-484-1081


Sept 1…Boyne City Car Show 8a-4pm Veteran’s Park. Advance registration $20 per vehicle through 8/30/18. $25 after. Info: 231-582-2492


Sept 1…Petoskey Food Truck Rally 11-5pm corner of Emmet and Fulton Streets. Food, drinks, music and more! Admission $1. Info:



September 2018


Sept 3…61st Labor Day Mackinac Bridge Walk 7a-11a. NO bus transportation will be available this year. Limited parking. Info:


Sept 3…Annual Labor Day State Street Bridge Walk in Cheboygan. Line-up starts on the east side of the bridge at 11am, walk at 11:45 to Festival Square for a free community picnic. Info: 231-392-4977


Sept 7…11th Annual Mackinac Bridge Antique Tractor Crossing. Info:


Sept 7-11…2018 NHL Prospect Tournament – Centre Ice, Traverse City. Info:


Sept 8…Harvest of Harmony 7pm at TC Central High School. Presented by the Cherry Capital Chorus. Special guests include the Grand Traverse Show Chorus. $15. Info:


Sept 8…3rd Annual Mackinaw City Beer & Wine Festival 1-9pm at Conkling Heritage Park. Craft beer, wine, food, live music. $5, includes a tasting glass and 3 tasting drink tickets. Info:


Sept 10-11…McLaren Cheboygan Guild Collective Goods Sale at the Cheboygan Campus. 8a-5p Mon, 8a-noon Tues. Info: 231-627-1200


Sept 14-18…Detroit Red Wings Training Camp at Centre Ice-Traverse City. Info:


Sept 14-16…Richard Crane Memorial Truck Show- Little Bear East Arena and downtown St. Ignace. Big rigs on display, live music, parade of lights and more. Info:


Sept 15…13th Annual Northern Rods ‘N Rides annual car show 8:30-3:30p at the FOE – Indian River. Info:


Sept 15…Out of the Darkness TC Walk for Suicide Prevention at the Grand Traverse County Civic Center-Traverse City. 9a registration, opening ceremony 10:30, walk at 11am. Proceeds benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Sign up or donate at


Sept 22…Blocktoberfest! Live music, German food, kids games, craft beer/wine tent, trivia and more in downtown Gaylord! Info:


Sept 22…25th Annual Taste of Harbor Springs noon-3pm at the Harbor Springs Waterfront. Tickets $30 adv./$45 day of event. Includes unlimited food tastes and two drink tickets. Rain or shine, 21+ only. Supports local culinary students.  Info:


Sept 23…Boyne City Firefighter’s Association 36th Annual Country Music Spectacular featuring Gunner & the Grizzly Boys with special guest Morgan Frazier. Two shows, 3 & 6pm at the Boyne City High School Performing Arts Center. Proceeds used to update equipment and training. Info: 231-225-0275


Sept 28-30…Festival of the Book-Harbor Springs. A three-day gathering of nationally known presenters with festival attendees for a celebration of books, and the stories that make them great. Info:


Sept 29…Boyne City Harvest Festival 8a-4p. Music, crafts, farmers market, kids games, hay rides and more! Info:


Sept 29…Harvest Festival & Scarecrow Extravaganza – downtown Bellaire 10a-6p. Pancake breakfast, arts & crafts, flea market, bounce houses, hands on activities, food and more! Info:


Sept 29…Acme Fall Festival 10a-4p at Flintfields Horse Park. Arts & crafts, farmers market, kids activities, car show, Monarch butterfly release, silent auction, petting zoo and more. Info:


Sept 29…Leelanau UnCaged noon-10pm-Northport. Dozens of musical performers, dancers, artists, and food vendors. Free admission. Info:


Sept 29…5K/10K Farm Day 9a-1pm at Reigning Liberty Peace Ranch-Traverse City. The 3.1 and 6.2 mile courses wind through the beautiful Pere Marquette forest that surrounds Hoosier Valley on a dirt county road. For those who wish to participate but neither walk nor run, a wagon ride pulled by a team of spotted drafts will be available. Proceeds benefit the rescue horses at Peach Ranch. Pre-registration $35, day of $40, includes swag. Kids 10 & under free. Info:

Sept 29…A Walk to End Alzheimer’s starting at 10am at American Legion Park-St. Ignace. Info: 906-643-0478


October 2018



Oct 5-7…Cheboygan Fallfest with 35+ events! Details coming soon. Info:


Oct 6…Go with the Glo! 5K/1Mile Fun Run 8:30p-10:30pm – Mackinaw City. $25 person.


Oct 12-14…Charlevoix Apple Fest




Help is available for Michigan homeowners to avoid foreclosure through Step Forward Michigan. Questions, call Lindsey 231-582-6436


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


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.


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


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


Every Monday the Indian River Kiwanis Club meets at pm at Vivio’s Restaurant. The public is invited. Info: 231-290-0044

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.


TFN…Free arts & crafts for all school aged kids from noon-3pm on the second Saturday of the month at the Gaylord Area Council for the Arts. Offering fun and original projects for each session. 125 E. Main-Gaylord. Info: 989-732-3242