Annual Island Events

MAY

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FORT 2 FORT 5-MILE CHALLENGE

 

The first race of the season! This 5-mile route takes you from Fort Mackinac up to Fort Holmes and back to the finish line at Fort Mackinac. This is a fun way to see the island in the spring. Register online...more details

 

ZOO-DE-MACK BIKE RIDE

 

When the Zoo-de-Mack organizers put the disclaimer that this bike ride was not a race; they meant it!  Proudly going for over 20 years, the Zoo de Mack is a springtime rite of passage...more details

 

JUNE

MACKINAC ISLAND LILAC FESTIVAL

 

What began as a simple conversation in the 1940s is now a fantastic ten day event with lots of family friendly activities and fun things to do. Evangilene “Ling” Horn and Nurse Stella King spoke with veterinarian...more details

 

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LILAC FESTIVAL 10K RUN & WALK

 

Join over 1,100 participants to kick of the Lilac Festival with a scenic 10K through downtown, the island's interior and around the shoreline. You can register online at...more details

 

JULY

4TH OF JULY

 

Come spend your Independence Day with us on Mackinac Island. Stop by Windermere Point were you'll find good old-fashioned fun and games provided by the Mackinac Island Recreation Department...more details 

 

CHICAGO YACHT CLUB RACE TO MACKINAC

 

The annual Chicago to Mackinac yacht race is one of the most prestigious yachting traditions.  For over one hundred years, this annual sailing extravaganza has entertained, uplifted, and educated...more details 

 

VINTAGE BASE BALL

 

“Hip Hip Huzzah!  Hip Hip Huzzah!” These are just the authentic sounds of the original all-American pastime of base ball. Every year on the parade ground behind Fort Mackinac...more details

 

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BAYVIEW MACKINAC RACE

 

Bayview Mackinac Race, which is held mid-July, is recognized by sailors as one of the most challenging freshwater boat races in the world.  Whether you’re watching from one of the...more details

 

AUGUST

MACKINAC ISLAND FUDGE FESTIVAL

 

Come celebrate Mackinac Island's famous sweet treat at the Mackinac Island Fudge Festival! This two day festival in late August features candy-making demonstrations, new flavor tastings, family games and more! ...more details 

 

SEPTEMBER

JAZZ WEEKEND

 

Jazz fans the world over like to take in the smooth sounds of jazz on Mackinac Island.  The Grand Hotel’s Labor Day Jazz Weekend is the perfect opportunity to come enjoy good music, good...more details

 

ANNUAL LABOR DAY MACKINAC BRIDGE WALK

 

The Annual Labor Day Mackinac Bridge Walk is sponsored by the Mackinac Bridge Authority, the St. Ignace Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Mackinaw Area Chamber of Commerce...more details 

 

MACKINAC ISLAND EIGHT MILE RUN/WALK

 

Join us for the running of this exciting, end of summer event. You will experience Mackinac Island in one of the oldest and most scenic races in Michigan....more details

 

MACKINAC POLICY CONFERENCE

 

Celebrating 30 years of moving Michigan forward, the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce Mackinac Policy Conference comes to Grand Hotel.  By bringing over 1,500 of Michigan’s business...more details


 

OCTOBER

GREAT TURTLE TRAIL RUN

 

Travel the trails in the largest and most scenic trail events in the state. We have a capacity of 3,500 participants running and walking the inside trails of Mackinac Island...more details

 

HALLOWEEN PARTIES

 

Halloween on Mackinac Island is definitely not your typical Halloween experience. For starters, the Halloween parties are the weekend before the actual Halloween as many stores and restaurants...more details 

 

DECEMBER

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CHRISTMAS BAZAAR

 

The annual Mackinac Island Christmas Bazaar is always a wonderful way to start the holiday season with its early December tree lighting ceremony. What could be more magical than this snow-covered island...more details

 

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NEW YEAR'S EVE TURTLE DROP

 

Ring in the New Year with the Turtle Drop. This fun event has a turtle in a top hat positioned high above Main Street ready to be lowered to street level at the midnight countdown...more details

 

FEBRUARY

WINTER FESTIVAL

 

Mackinac Island's Winter Festival is an annual event organized by Mackinac Island Recreational Development with the proceeds from the celebration used to improve recreational activities in the...more details 

 

For a full list of daily events visit: 

www.mackinacisland.org