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Visiting Northern Michigan

It's late summer and northern Michigan communities from Escanaba to Alpena to Ludington are still enjoying the warmest, sunniest weather they get all year. This is the time to experience the Wolverine State at its most vibrant, and visitors are invited to do just that by joining in on an abundance of special events, festivals, and outdoor activities.

While the students are away from Lake Superior State University, Sault Ste. Marie remains a vacation destination where visitors can get a sense of bi-national culture. Art lovers can see the works of local, regional, and international artists at the Art Gallery of Algoma, while history buffs and aviation enthusiasts alike will get a kick out of the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre.

To the south, St. Ignace and Mackinaw City visitors won’t want to miss the 2015 Mackinaw Area Historical Society Festival. Held at the society’s historical village site on July 31st and August 1st, the event is an old-fashioned, family-friendly celebration of summer, complete with 1870s music, living history performances, wagon rides, maypole dances, soap making workshops, and more.

Northern Michigan’s mild summer weather means county fair season comes early – the 2015 Northern Michigan Fair is a week of fun for the whole family in Grawn, just south of Traverse City. Though the fair’s focus is showcasing the latest in Michigan agriculture, horticulture, and fine arts, fairgoers can also enjoy staples like midway rides and games, fried food, and more, August 9th through 15th.

Then, August 25th through 30th, the 109th Annual Emmet-Charlevoix County Fair brings country music performances, monster truck events, horse pulls, petting zoos, and more to Harbor Springs.

September visitors to Harbor Springs are in for a treat on the 21st of the month. The Taste of Harbor Springs is an annual favorite held at the Harbor Springs Waterfront, and the 2015 iteration invites visitors to sample some of the best food and drink the city has to offer. Get there early to taste it all – the fun begins at noon.

For Ludington visitors, it’s a great time of year to explore Manistee National Forest. The area boasts thousands of lakes, miles upon miles of gentle rivers and sparkling streams, and an extensive array of 4,000-year-old lakeshore dunes – some of which stand around 140 feet tall. Make use of this season’s glorious weather by canoeing and fishing on Pere Marquette and Au Sable Rivers. There is also hunting across more than 540,187 acres of wilderness.

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Northern Michigan Events

September 2015

September 11 & 12, 2015
2015 Hopps of Beer & Wine Festival

Over 50 award-winning micro brews and 40 carefully selected regional wines will be available for two days during this annual city, hosted at Macinaw Crossings in Mackinaw City. The event begins at 5 p.m.

September 21, 2015
2015 Taste of Harbor Springs

An annual fall festival held in Harbor Springs, this event will feature the best culinary creations and beverage retailers Harbor Springs has to offer. The event begins at 12 p.m. at the Harbor Springs waterfront.

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