The lakeside communities of Petoskey, Harbor Springs, Bay Harbor and Boyne City are famous for their nautical flair. From crystal-blue Little Traverse Bay to sparkling inland lakes, water fun is everywhere. To top it off, there’s a calendar full of incredibly cool events, festivals and entertainment. Take a look below for a glimpse of what makes our area a Michigan treasure.
Summer has arrived and it’s time to trade shoes for flip-flops and business suits for the swimming kind. Yep, it’s time to head for the beach to catch some rays and enjoy a summer vacation Pure Michigan style. While there are beautiful beaches throughout the mitten state, you won’t find many better than those in and around Petoskey, Harbor Springs, Bay Harbor and Boyne City. So if your idea of a great vacation includes great beaches, look no further than the Petoskey Area of northern Michigan.
Emmet County Fairgrounds in Petoskey
Following an $11 million renovation, Antiques at the Fairgrounds
is back. More than 170 dealers from around the country will be exhibiting a huge array of antique merchandise from the smallest collectibles such as estate jewelry, to a wide range of antique furniture and everything in between: pottery, china, textiles, prints, etc.
Visit the Harbor Springs area for a special evening dedicated to artists and fine art lovers! All galleries, studios and boutiques will be presenting original, one-of-a-kind, and limited edition works of art, fine jewelry and crafts during Harbor Springs’ Night of Arts
. Admission is free.
Lake Charlevoix in Boyne City
is a 150-mile boating poker run. This unique boating event showcases high performance boats slicing through the waters of Lake Charlevoix and Lake Michigan.
Festival Farm in Harbor Springs
is a celebration of music, culture, art and community featuring diverse and innovative folk, world and roots music and dance spent over a weekend in picturesque northern Michigan.
The Bay View Cottage Walk
is an opportunity to view nine private Bay View cottages and several historic campus buildings. Other highlights include musical and theatrical presentations and lunch on the picturesque grounds of Bay View.
Pennsylvania Park in Petoskey
Artists from all over the country come to Art in the Park
to show off their work. From jewelry to photography, paintings to pottery and everything in between, this is the perfect place to find that perfect, one-of-a-kind gift or decorative piece.
Flywheelers Show Grounds
You won’t want to miss the Antique Tractor-Engine and Craft Show
presented by the Northern Michigan Flywheelers. Opening ceremonies start at 9am and the activities include a Parade of Power, 100 Doodlebug Challenge, Tractor Safari and so much more. This is a fun-filled event for the whole family.
Sailboats from across the U.S. head to Harbor Springs each summer for sailing traditions: the Little Traverse Yacht Club Ugotta Regatta
. The Regatta brings some of the best sailboat racers in the country to Little Traverse Bay. Approximately 85 sailboats will participate. The series begins with one design racing on Thursday and Friday followed by tour-of-the-bay courses on Saturday and Sunday.
Village at Bay Harbor
Each summer, the Bay Harbor Arts Festival
features artists from across the country chosen for their unique talents. The festival takes place along the waterfront at the Village at Bay Harbor. Artists’ works represent a variety of fine art which includes painting, pottery, jewelry, metal works, furniture, glass, wood and fiber art. Live musical entertainment will also be a part of the festival.
July 31-Aug 1
2015 is the 50th
anniversary of Petoskey Downtown Sidewalk Sales
, and the city is celebrating by offering visitors the best prices of the year on a unique variety of merchandise. The streets will be closed off to create an outdoor festival environment. Hours are 9am-9pm Friday and 9am-6pm Saturday. The farmers’ market will be open as well, and musical performances will keep everyone entertained.