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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

July 2016

July 14-17, 2016
2016 Ludington Offshore Classic

A fishing event of epic proportions, featuring a four-day tournament held along the pristine beaches of Lake Michigan. Register today, or simply enjoy the city-wide festivities that weekend. 

July 2 & 3, 2016
2016 West Shore Art Fair

Rotery Park in Ludington is set to host two days of juried artists showing off the best in clay, fiber, jewelry, painting, photography, and so much more, alongside live music, food, and kids' activities. Don't miss out!

July 30, 2016
2016 Country Music, BBQ & Bourbon

A fun-filled, savory event held in Traverse City featuring a craft market, live music, bourbon and BBQ vendors, and more. It all starts at 9 a.m.

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.

August 8-13, 2016
2016 Cheboygan County Fair

All your favorite county fair classics, held at the Cheboygan County Fairgrounds in Cheboygan. Rodeo, dragster tractors, carnival rides – it's all here. Grab your tickets today.

August 5 & 6, 2016
2016 Downtown Days

Downtown Sault Ste. Marie is set to host two days of family activities, special deals, local food, and more. Enjoy the weather and grab some regional wares this summer.  

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