Photo by Apple & BBQ Festival Committee

Silver Lake Sand Dunes Apple & BBQ Festival

September 8th-9th, 2023

The Silver Lake Sand Dunes Apple & BBQ Festival takes place each year at the Golden Township Park- 8711 W. Silver Lake Rd. in Mears. The two-day festival includes a wide variety of activities that are fun for all ages. 

Proceeds from the festival benefit organizations and programs that serve the Silver Lake Sand Dunes area. Examples include the Silver Lake Fireworks, beautification projects in Silver Lake, and helping other projects fund the growth of Golden Township park.

Participants in the BBQ Contest grill away. | Photo by Apple & BBQ Festival Committee.

Here is the Typical Event Schedule:


  • 12-4pm – DJ
  • 12-5pm – Kids Activities
  • 12-9pm – Food Vendors at Festival Grounds
  • 2-9pm – Beer Tent Open
  • 6-8pm – Live Music on the Festival Stage


  • 8am – Apple a Day 5k Run Run at Mac Woods Dune Rides- 629 N. 18th Ave., Mears; Registration from 8-9am with 9am start; for more info, call Tom at (231) 923-6366
  • 10am – National Anthem in front of the Pavilion in Golden Township Park- 8711 W Silver Lake Rd, Mears
  • 10am-2pm – Classic Vehicle & ORV Show at the Dunetown Mall- 8239 W. Hazel Rd., Mears; Registration begins at 8am
  • 10am-5pm – Arts & Craft Show on West Silver Lake Rd. 
  • 10am-5pm – Alonzo Montoya, Chainsaw Carver demo at the Festival Grounds; Raffle to win a carving
  • 10am-5pm – DJ
  • 10am-5pm – Kids Activities
  • 10am-9pm – Food Vendors at Festival Grounds
  • 11-11:30am – Apple Pie Contest Check-In at the Pavilion
  • 11am-1pm – Live Music at Silver Lake Chicken Shack-8343 W Hazel Rd., Mears
  • 12-9pm – Beer Tent Open
  • 1:30pm – Apple Pie Contest Awards
  • 2pm – Classic Vehicle & ORV Awards at Silver Lake Chicken Shack
  • 6-8pm – Live Music on the Festival Stage

Shuttle Pick-up will be available from the Festival Grounds to the Round About on Friday from 2-9pm and Saturday from 10am-9pm

Experience Silver Lake

Decades of prevailing westerly Lake Michigan winds created this giant, 2,000 acre sandbox along four miles of Lake Michigan shoreline. Read the Silver Lake destination page.

For more information on the Silver Lake Sand Dunes Apple & BBQ Festival, please contact:

Apple & BBQ Festival Committee

P.O. Box 82, Hart, MI  49420

(231) 873-2247

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