Up North Events

Red Cross Blood Drives

Aug 17       Petoskey Dave Kring Chevrolet                       10-3:45
Aug 22       Kewadin Shores Casino St Ignace                  noon-5:45
Aug 23       Boyne Falls School                                          11-4:45
Aug 23       Soo Tribal Health Center                                 10-3:45
Aug 24       Traverse City Elks Lodge                                noon-5:45
Aug 25       Harbor Springs Holy Childhood                       noon-5:45
Aug 28       Boyne City St Matthews Catholic Church        11-5:45
Aug 29       Drummond Island Township Hall                     11:30-5:15
Aug 30       Mackinaw City St Anthony Parish                    noon-4:45
Aug 31       Charlvoix Munson Hospital                              10-3:45



Fireworks over the Bay, St Ignace
Come and enjoy the fireworks over the bay in downtown St. Ignace!
Every Saturday night  through September 2nd, fireworks will decorate the sky over Moran Bay. Visitors can enjoy the display from the Huron Boardwalk, area restaurants and motels, or even just strolling through the business district. Saturdays at dusk or 10:00 p.m.,

Stroll the Street

Stroll the Streets, Boyne City, Friday nights through August
Stroll the Streets fills downtown Boyne City with music and fun every summer Friday evening from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Music ranges from traditional folk, bluegrass and jazz to rock. Special activities include magicians, caricature artists, face-painters and balloon-twisters.

Nominate a Woman That Matters

Women’s Resource Center Tribute Awards, thru Sept
Nominations are being accepted for the 2017 Tribute awards.  Women’s Resource Center of Northern Michigan invites community members to nominate women, female students and men who have shown a commitment to strengthening our community and improving the lives of those who live here.  Tribute awards recognize extraordinary individuals for their personal accomplishments – and also help raise funds to support essential programs and services provided by the Women’s Resource Center.   Nominations are being accepted until 5 p.m., Thursday, September 14.  Details and nomination forms are available on the Women’s Resource Center of Northern Michigan website at   Tribute award honorees will be recognized during a reception at Stafford’s Perry Hotel in Petoskey on November 9.

Hospice Raffle

Hospice Raffle of the Rivals! We invite the community to participate in our Raffle of the Rivals supporting Hospice of Northwest Michigan. Raffle is for (2) tickets to the U of M vs. MSU Game on Saturday, October 7, 2017 at The Big House in Ann Arbor and includes a $500 Gift Card. Seats are Sideline 3, Row 2, seats 17 & 18). Each chance to win is $25 and there are limited tickets being sold. Drawing is September 15th at the Charlevoix County Sheriff's Department. Call for tickets (231) 547-7659

Summer Concerts on the Lawn

Concerts on the Lawn, GT Pavillions, Thursdays, 7pm
Bring a chair, blanket and or a picnic. Food, beverages and ice cream are available 5:30-7:30.
July 27       K. Janes and the Benzie Playboys
Aug 3         Grand Traverse Piper and Drums
Aug 10       Bay Area Big Band
Aug 17       Rob Bolin
Aug 24       Dan Fogleberg Tribute
Aug 31       Backroom Gang

Blood Battles

Dealership Battle for Blood - Thursday August 17th at Dave Kring Chevrolet-Cadillac, 1861 US 31 North, Petoskey, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:45p.m. The blood drive event is co-sponsored by Dave Kring and Brown Motors. Schedule an appointment to support your community and your dealer team. It only takes one blood donation to help save the lives of up to 3 people. For info or appointment, visit

Fight Human Trafficking

An Evening For Rescue, Aug. 19, 7pm Harbor Light Chapel
Help raise awareness in the fight against human trafficking with a concert to benefit the rescue organization The Exodus Road. The evening includes music from Remedy Drive and stories from the front line in rescue. The event is Aug. 19th, 7pm at the Harbor Light Chapel in Harbor Springs.

Friday Night Live

Friday Night Live, every Friday night thru Aug 25th in Downtown Traverse City staring at 5:30
Jazz, art, food and fun will fill East Front. This popular 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.

National Writers Series Tickets on Sale

National Writers Series Fall Schedule
Tickets are now on sale for some great Nation Writer Series Fall events including celebrated chef Alice Waters on Sept. 24th and Doug Stanton on Sept. 17th. Get the whole schedule and ticket info at

Buckley Old Engine Show

Buckley Old Engine Show, Aug 17-20 in Buckley
Running from August 17 - 20 the Buckley Old Engine Show has over 700 antique gas and steam tractors, cars and trucks -- and a working 1923 steam locomotive that carries passengers around a mile of track.  

See the Eclipse

Raven Hill Discovery Center is gearing up to end the summer season with two great events.  Raven Hill’s 3rd Annual Technology (TEC) Day is Saturday, August 19th from noon to 4 p.m.  A variety of technology explorations will be set up to challenge families. The hands-on museum will be open for play and families can stop by and say “hello” to the animals. Catch the Solar Eclipse on Monday, August 21st from 1 to 3 p.m. NASA has donated solar eclipse glasses for all visitors, so that the eclipse can be viewed safely. Admission for each event is $5 per person or $20 per family, so make plans to visit. For more information, please call Cheri at 231.536.3369 or email her at

YMCA Color Run

Join the Y for the 3rd annual 5k Color Fun Run on Saturday, August 19th! You can register in advance at the the Y office (434 E. Lake St. In downtown Petoskey) or online registration will be available through Wednesday, August 16th at You can also register the morning of the run starting at 7:30 a.m! For registration or more information, check out our website at:

Pow Wow

Pashawbeetown Pow Wow, Aug 19 and 20
The Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians holds its annual Pow Wow featuring native singers, dancers, artists and artisans. Head out to the Peshawbestown powwow grounds for one of the region's finest displays in cultural heritage. Get more info at

Help Cheboygan Humane

Cheboygan Humane Society Garage Sale, Fri. 25th/Sat. 26th at the Cheboygan County Fair Grounds
Clean  your closets and help the animals of the Cheboygan County Humane Society. Drop off and donate your unwanted but saleable items on Wednesday, the 23rd from 10-2pm at the Cheboygan County Fair Grounds. The great big sale is Friday and Saturday with all proceeds going to help area homeless pets.

Blueberries and More!

Paradise Blueberry Festival, Aug 18-20
Love Blueberries?   The Annual Wild Blueberry Festival is happening August 18-20 in Paradise, just north of the Mackinaw Bridge on the Shores of Beautiful Whitefish Bay.  Over 100 arts and craft vendors, live entertainment and lots of local food flavors.  You’ll find something for the entire family.

Street Fair Time

Lake Leenau Street Fair, Aug. 19
Lake Leelanau is taking it to the streets! On Saturday August 19th , hear live music from The Crane Wives, Oh Brother, Big Sister, and Bugs Bedow! Dozens of arts and craft booths, authors, kid’s activities, food vendors, and local beers and wines.  Don’t miss the Lake Leelanau Street Fair. More info at


LobsterFest to benefit the Grand Traverse Light House Museum, Aug. 19, 5pm in Northport
Join the Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum for our annual Lobster Fest. A New England tradition on the 3rd coast. Dinner includes Maine lobster or chicken, red skin potatoes, corn on the cob, pie, bread rolls, cole slaw, with beer and wine available.

Oh Brother, Big Sister will be providing entertainment for the evening, and there will also be a silent auction to help raise funds for the museum. Tickets available at

Fair Time!

Emmet Charlevoix County Fair, Aug 22-27
Grandstand shows, carnival rides and of course, an opportunity to see the cute animals and wander the 4-H tent. Other exciting events like pony, mini-hourse and draft pulls, MXR supercross racing, monster truck shootout and auto cross racing are often part of the fun, too.

Relive Club Ponytail

Club Ponytail Reunion, Aug 24, 5pm at Nubs Nob
Dance the night away at the  second annual Club Ponytail: A Reunion Party on Thursday, August 24, 5:00 pm at Nub’s Nob. This throwback party of the summer features live music from The Boyfriends, an original Club Ponytail band, and a picnic dinner with burgers, brats, baked beans, salads and more. There will also be a cash bar and Club Ponytail memorabilia on display.
Everyone is invited to the party! Tickets are $35.00 in advance and $40.00 the week of the event with all proceeds supporting the Historical Society. Guests are strongly encouraged to purchase their tickets in advance and can do so by visiting the Harbor Springs History Museum, by calling (231) 526-9771 or online at

Art Fair by the Bridge

Art Fair, Mackinaw City Conklin Park, Aug 26 and 27
The Show will feature many artists from around the country.  Exhibits to include: Paintings, Woodwork, Hand-Crafted jewelry, Hand-Designed Clothing, Self Published Books, Nature Photography, Gourmet Dips and Salsa, Seasonal Decor and much more!

Help The Northmen

Ford Drive For Your School, Aug 28th, 5-8, Petoskey Northman Stadium
Take a spin in a new Ford vehicle from Brown Motors. For every test-drive taken, Ford Motor Co will donate $20 to Petoskey Bands, for a total of up to $6,000. Dinner served for test drive participants & their family.

Walk The Bridge

Mackinac Bridge Walk, Sept 4th, starting at 7am
Join thousands of pedestrians as they participate in a long standing tradition, the LABOR DAY BRIDGE WALK. The walk begins at 7:00 a.m. on Labor Day and concludes at 11:00a.m. This is the only day of the year that walking the "Mighty Mac" is allowed.  
There are going to be some changes to the 2017 Annual Bridge Walk. For safety and security, the bridge will be closed from 6:30 a.m. to noon to all vehicle traffic except official walk shuttle buses and emergency vehicles.  The walk starts at 7 a.m. – In St. Ignace – all walkers must start across by 10 a.m.
Buses will be available 4:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. to take participants from Mackinaw City to St. Ignace
Bus tickets $5.00 (infants ride free) The walk is free!
More info at

Paddle Antrim

Paddle Antrim, Bellaire, Sept 15 and 16
Paddle Antrim is showcasing the Chain of Lakes Water Trail this year at the Paddle Antrim Festival on September 15th and 16th. This event celebrates the amazing waterways and communities of Antrim County.  The Festival includes a two-day kayak paddle and local events all weekend long. This non-competitive paddle is great for all levels of kayakers as they choose your own adventure by paddling one or both days and decide how far to travel. Local events begin Thursday evening with food, music, and great times and continue through Saturday when we end with a bang at the Final Bash hosted by Short’s Brewing Company. Friends, family, and the entire community are welcome to join for the local events. For more information, check out
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