Lite Weekends
Up North Events

Red Cross Blood Drives

June 20     St Ignace Kewadin Shores                              noon-5:45
June 21     Soo Tribal Health Center                                 10-3:45
June22      Traverse City Elks Lodge                                noon-5:45
June 23     Diocese of Gaylord                                          noon-5:45
June 28     Odawa Casino                                                 10-3:45
June 30     VFW Cherryland Post in TC                            noon-5:45
July 3         Petoskey Landmark Baptist                             9-2:45
July 7         Petoskey American Red Cross Mitchell Park   noon-5:45

Bay Harbor Vintage Car and Boat Show

Bay Harbor Vintage Boat and Car Show, June 22-24
The Bay Harbor Vintage Car and Boat Festival brings you an amazing show on the third weekend in June with a fantastic collection of classic cars and wooden boats!

The highlight of Vintage Weekend is the Parade of Vintage Cars and Display of Vintage Boats, held Saturday afternoon and capped off with a drive-by awards ceremony at 2:30 p.m.

The parade is at Saturday at 10 a.m. and is free to the public, and every year thousands of people, both locals and visitors from across the Midwest bring their families to see this elegant gathering of vintage cars and motor boats.

Vintage cars and wooden boats will be coming from all over the country, so it will be an exciting weekend for our exhibitors and guests!

Vintage Cars

St Ignace Car Show, June 22-24 in downtown St Ignace
One of the largest all-make, all-model shows in the country!  Over 3,000 Antique, Custom, and Celebrity Automobiles take part in this internationally acclaimed event.  Parades, cruises, awards, and more!  Upwards of 700 entries are expected in 2015; including Hot Rods, Custom vehicles, trucks, and more.  Contests, Exhibits, Vendor booths and more make this a fun, family event.

Charlevoix Art Fair

Charlevoix Summer Art Fair, June 24 and 25, East Park
The Charlevoix Summer Art Show, features a mix of fine art and fine crafts displayed on the shores of scenic Round Lake in downtown Charlevoix. Participating artists are carefully selected to ensure a well rounded show with many fun and unique items on display. Join us as we welcome the arrival of summer in northern Michigan at the Charlevoix Summer Art Show, where works of art and scenic views are just a step away!

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.
June 22     Rebooted
July 6         Jetty Ray
July 13       Miriam Pico
July 20       Peter, Paul and Mary Remembered
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

NCMC Career Academy

North Central Michigan College is pleased to offer a career-focused, three-day career academy, Tuesday – Thursday, August 15th -17th from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. each day.  The academy gives students an opportunity to explore manufacturing technologies as a career pathway, participate in tours of local manufacturers, plan a project and produce personalized products in North Central’s stationary lab and state-of-the-art mobile digital fabrication lab, the Fab Lab. The academy is for students in grades 8-11. The cost is $60 which includes a T-shirt and take home project.  Space is limited to the first 12 registrations received. For more information, contact Angie Ross at 231-439-6265

Tour De Tart

Tour de TART, July 21, 4-10 TART Trail
Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation (TART) Trails hosts the 17th annual Tour de TART bicycle ride on Friday July 21, 2017 from 4-10 pm. More than 600 people of all ages will hit the TART and Leelanau Trails for an evening ride up to Suttons Bay for a bayside dinner and transportation back to Traverse City. The Tour de TART is an eagerly anticipated summertime tradition, and registration is now open. Tour de TART is TART Trails’ premier fundraising event of the year. Participants can register at

Eco Fair

Beaver Island Eco Fair, June 23-24 on Beaver Island
Beaver Island Eco-Fair is a celebration of nature and sustainability. The focus is promoting solutions in ecology, renewable energy, and local food systems. The fair features local and regional green vendors, sustainable technology, arts, music, environmental action & education organizations. The mission of the Beaver Island Eco-Fair is to showcase sustainable solutions and demonstrate that Beaver Island is a regional leader in the promotion of renewable energy, healthy food systems, and community resilience.

Polka Festival

Cedar Polka Fest, June 22-25, Cedar Tennis Courts
This Polish-American Leelanau Peninsula community kicks up its heels June 22 to June 25 with hearty food, drink and continuous polka music and dancing. Flag raising ceremony is on Thursday, parade on Saturday at 4:00 PM and Polish mass on Sunday morning at 11 am.
Veterans Tribute will take place on Saturday. In honor of our military, veterans and current military personnel will be admitted into the Polka Fest FREE when presenting a military ID. 

Drink Local

Traverse City Wine and Cider Festival, June 24, 3-9pm, GT Commons
This year's Traverse City Wine and Cider Festival will be celebrating the region's award winning wines and, new this year, many local ciders on tap.  Come celebrate with us as you enjoy great wine, cider, food, music, art, and fun at the Historic Village at Grand Traverse Commons. More info at

Kids Fishing Day

Lake Leelanau Lake Association Kids Fishing Day - June 25, 
11:00 am-3:00 pm at Veronica Valley Park.
This is the largest kids fishing event and the best according to the DNR.  Over 2,000 blue gills have been planted and ready to be caught and taken home by the children.  No License or bait required.  A limited number of fishing poles and reels will be available.  There will be nature displays of native replies, frogs, turtles and fish. There will be hiking tours of the park by the Leelanau Conservancy.  A fly fishing demonstration and lesson will occur.  Also fish painting.  All of this free plus hot dogs and pop of the hungry fisherkids!

Boz and Michael

Lite 96.3 Welcomes Boz Scaggs and Michael MacDonald to Interlochen. June 28th, 8pm
Two immediately identifiable voices combine for an evening of classic hits as five-time Grammy winner Michael McDonald teams with Boz Scaggs in a showcase of songs that span the past 40 years. Friends and touring partners for years, McDonald and Scaggs share a palpable affinity for each other as they play their hits and share stories of their songs and life on the road. Tickets are available at

Paul Shaffer at Interlochen

Paul Shaffer and the World’s Most Dangerous Band with Valerie Simpson, June 29, 8pm at Interlochen Arts Festival, 8pm
From his early days orchestrating the band on Saturday Night Live to his more than 30 years as musical director for David Letterman, Shaffer has had a hand in the sounds and songs that peppered the landscape of late night television. Still behind the keyboard, he now spearheads The World's Most Dangerous Band, the group of musicians who formed from the CBS Orchestra and from some of his many other professional endeavors. Solid and powerful, this group of accomplished musicians brings a gravitas to their shows that cannot be denied. Tickets at

Kick of Summer Boating

Join Lite 96.3 for the Blessing of the Fleet and Summer Launch Party, June 28th in Harbor Springs
The Harbor Springs Area Historical Society invites the entire community to their Fifth Annual Blessing of the Fleet and Summer's Launch Celebration on Wednesday, June 28th.
The events kick off with the Blessing of the Fleet boat parade on the harbor beginning at 6:00 pm. Spectators can watch the parade from the city docks or along Harbor Springs historic waterfront. Lite 96.3’s Heather Leigh will be on the water and Tim Nixon will be broadcasting live and playing music from the docks. After the Blessing, join your friends at the Summer's Launch Celebration party at the Boathouse of Harbor Springs. Enjoy a strolling supper from Vernales, local beer, wine and cocktails, a silent auction, music, dancing and more. Tickets for the party on sale now at  

Kids Bike Safety Day

Bike Safety, June 28, Otsego Sportsplex, 3-5pm
On Wednesday, June 28, McLaren Northern Michigan and area businesses are sponsoring the “Gear Up for Safety” event. The free event will be held at the Otsego County Sportsplex in Gaylord, from 3-5 p.m. Activities will include:
Helmet Checks –Bring in your helmet and McLaren Northern Michigan will make sure it is fitted properly.
Water Safety – Otsego County Sportsplex will have a lifeguard on hand talking about how to stay safe in, on, and near the water.
Sun Safety – McLaren Northern Michigan will help you stay sun safe; just Slip, Slop, Slap, Wrap! Activity: Make your own sun bracelet. 
Vehicle Safety – What is considered distracted driving? Find out and receive a free “No Texting” cellphone bag for participating.
General Safety – Michigan State Police will be onsite providing free fingerprinting and child ID kits, as well as general safety tips for kids.
Register to win with Great Start Collaborative Cheboygan-Otsego-Presque Isle Counties for a free bike helmet, sponsored by R-N-R Excavating and Storage in Millersburg, MI. Additional activities and giveaways will be available to those who participate.
For information on the McLaren Northern Michigan “Gear Up For Safety” visit

Diabetic Education

Diabetic Education Classes, July 17-Aug 21
Alcona Health Center in Harbor Springs will hold a free diabetes education series beginning in July. The class is once a week for 6 weeks for people to come learn how to gain (or re-gain) control of their diabetes or pre-diabetes.  It includes meal planning, carbohydrate counting, medications, handling high and low blood sugar, what to do on sick days, when to call the doctor, stress-management, and so much more.
The class will be held on MONDAYS, 1:00-3:30 PM, JULY 17 – AUGUST 21, 2017 at the Emmet County Health DepartmentYou may register by calling 348-9900 ext. 5165.  Diabetics and people supporting someone with diabetes are welcome.
Lite 96.3 Features 

Show off your summer ride!

Join Lite 96.3's Tim Nixon every Tuesday night for Bike Night and Classic Cruise-Ins at Boyne Mountain. Tim will be there from 6-9 and it's a lot of fun. See the rides from your school days, enjoy food and drink specials and lots of giveaways. The Clock Tower Lodge Circle Drive becomes a show place every Tuesday night. Bring your classic car or bike and join in.

Teddy Bear Patrol is on the move.

The Lite 96.3 Teddy Bear Patrol delivered bears to first responders during EMS week. Emmet, Cheboygan and Charlevoix EMS and sheriff deputies are now stocked up for a busy summer. Your donations have provided hundreds of bears and they so appreciate it! Click here to read more.
Pet of the Week 

Harvey is all white with beautiful gold eyes. He is one of the dogs that we brought up from a high kill shelter down south. We think Harvey had a pretty rough start in life. Harvey  will take a minute to feel comfortable with you but then he will show his true personality. Harvey wants to be your friend and play with you. Read more about me here.
Lite 96.3 Weather