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Visiting Northern Michigan

Northern Michigan emerges from the winter cold with a wealth of ways for visitors to have fun outdoors. Destinations like Hiawatha National Forest and Mackinac Island State Park are as inviting as ever, and communities from Sault Ste. Marie to Ludington welcome visitors with all sorts of family-friendly fun. Special events, spring festivals, days out on the links, and more – there’s much to see and do in the Great Lake State’s northern reaches this season.

Warming weather means it’s finally time to get back out on the golf course, and northern Michigan is home to numerous top-flight facilities. “Yoopers” and visitors to the Upper Peninsula community of Escanaba can check out Escanaba Country Club, which lays claim to an 18-hole, par-71 course open to the public. To the east, the Saint Ignace Golf Course is a go-to for golfers in St. Ignace. Further south in Ludington, players practice their swings at Hemlock Golf Course.

The Ludington Area Jaycees Mini Golf Course will be the beneficiary of the 2016 Ludington Lake Jump. Join Ludington visitors in taking the plunge in the still-cold waters of Lake Michigan, as part of one of the area’s biggest annual charity events on March 19th.

The Ludington Petunia Parade is another local tradition, and the 2016 iteration takes over Ludington Avenue in downtown Ludington on May 21st. Stroll down the idyllic streets amid more than 30,000 red, white, and blue petunias before settling in to enjoy a festive parade. It all starts around 9 a.m.

Boyne City, just minutes south of Harbor Springs, hosts the 54th Annual Morel Festival, May 12th through 15th. The 54th year of this annual celebration of mushrooms isn’t all fungi – the three-day party features the Craft Beer Block Party, Schmidt Amusement Carnival, and more.

Sacred Sparks, in nearby East Jordan, draws people from Traverse City and beyond with the 2016 May Day Festival. It’s a day of story-telling events for the kids, and the highlight is the May Pole Dance. The fun goes from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on May 9th.

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Northern Michigan Events

May 2016

May 21, 2016
Ludington Petunia Parade

What has become an annual tradition, the Ludington Petunia Parade is a premier spring event. On May 21st, head for Ludington Avenue in downtown and see more than 30,000 colorful petunias along with a festive parade.

May 12 – 15, 2016
54th Annual Morel Festival

Head for Veterans Park in Boyne City for the annual Morel Festival. Now in it's 54th year, this annual celebration of mushrooms kicks off May 12th. Across three days, check out the Craft Beer Block Party, Schmidt Amusement Carnival, and much more.

May 9, 2016
May Day Festival

Held at Sacred Sparks in East Jordan, the annual May Day Festival is a must-see on your next visit to northern Michigan. Check out the fun on May 9th, from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. There will be story-telling events for the kids, and the highlight is the May Pole Dance.

August 2016

August 15 & 16, 2016
2016 Throwdown in the U.P.

The TORC Series makes its way to Bark River for rounds 13 and 14 at Bark River International Raceway. Get your tickets today.

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