Enjoy fun on the Water, Relive the Past, and get out and get active!

Head for Petoskey this weekend for a ton of fun right on the waterfront! You can stroll through the past in Buckley, Dash through the dunes of Sleeping Bear, or enjoy a paddle for a cause on Lake Charlevoix! Then, get medieval in Mackinaw City!


17th Annual Festival On the Bay, August 15th-17th, Petoskey’s Waterfront

Featuring live music, the BIG art show, kayak rides, canoe rides on the bay, the Petoskey Great Duck Drop, a cardboard boat race, Celebration of the Sunset, and much more. Get the complete schedule of events at petoskeyfestival.com


52nd Annual Buckley Old Engine Show, August 15th-18th

Come out to the Old Engine Show Grounds in Buckley to see the Past In Motion! Over 1000 antique steam, gas and diesel tractors, 600+ antique gas and oil engines, an 1800’s sawmill, 1918 steam train rides, arts & crafts, a wood shop and wood crafts, farm games, plus a HUGE flea market, and lots more! Admission is $10 for adults, 15 and under free. Learn more at buckleyoldengineshow.org



8th Annual Dune Dash, Saturday, August 17th, 9am

A 4-mile run/walk. Starting and finishing at the base of the Dune Climb, runners will follow the paved Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail, past rolling dunes and forests to the turn-around point at Glen Haven. Proceeds benefit the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail. Registration is $20-$30. Learn more at dunedash.com



Paddle 4 the Pool, Saturday, August 17th, 9am, Ferry Beach, Lake Charlevoix

Choose a 2 mile or 4 mile course. For SUP, kayaks, & canoes. Estimate your elapsed time for this paddle event-the one who finishes closest to their estimated time is the winner! There will also be live music from the Crosscut Kings and a food truck. All proceeds benefit the Charlevoix Area Community Pool. Registration is $35. Sign up at paddle4thepool.com



Mackinaw City Renaissance Festival, Saturday, August 17th, Mackinaw Crossings

Featuring costumed performers, family friendly entertainment and events, a Renaissance-themed outdoor marketplace & performance stage, Tarot readings, swordfighting and more. All free.

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