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August, 2022

Calendar of Events

Savoring the Last Moments of Summer!

Featured August Events

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MAY 26TH-AUGUST 26TH

Win & Bette Matteson Annual Big Fish Contest
Sponsored by the Pentwater Sportfishing Association. For more information or to register, visit pentwaterpsa.org/annual-big-fish-contest.

Monday, August 1st-Saturday, August 6th

Manistee County Fair
Fun for the whole family at the Manistee County Fairgrounds- 7587 1st St., Onekama.

Tuesday, August 2nd, 10am-12pm

Children’s Pioneer Camp
Kids will learn about the pioneers during this hands-on experience at the Historic White Pine Village– 1687 S. Lakeshore Dr., Ludington. Cost is $25 per child and reservations can be made by e-mailing Michelle at michelle@mchshistory.org.

Wednessday, August 3rd, 7-9pm

LACA Summer Concert Series
Free concert featuring the Planet D Nonet at Waterfront Park- 300 W. William St., Ludington.

Thursday, August 4th, 4-7pm

Live Music in Legacy Plaza
Performer TBA. Legacy Plaza- 110 N. James St., Ludington.

Thursday, August 4th, 7:30pm

Downtown Ludington’s Movies in the Park
Featuring Encanto. Rotary Park- corner of Ludington Ave. and Lewis St.

Thursday, August 4th, 8pm

Pentwater Civic Band Concert
Weekly Summer Civic Band Concerts on the Village Green- 327 S. Hancock St., Pentwater.

Friday, August 5th, 4-7pm

Live Music in Legacy Plaza
Performer TBA. Legacy Plaza- 110 N. James St., Ludington.

Friday, August 5th-Monday, August 8th

Onekama Days
Annual festival in Onekama with fun for the whole family. 

Friday, August 5th-Saturday, August 27th

Celebrating the Ludington State Park Art Exhibit
Artists will display their multi-media artworks celebrating the State Park. Ludington Area Center for the Arts– 107 S. Harrison St., Ludington. Submissions will be accepted from May 27th-July 29th at $5/piece with a limit of three submissions. For more information or to submit art, visit ludingtonartscenter.org/modes-of-abstraction.

Saturday, August 6th

Teach a Kid Youth Fishing Tournament
Sponsored by the Pentwater Sportfishing Association. 

Saturday, August 6th, 8:30am

COVE Benefit Beach 5k/10k Run/Walk
Charles Mears State Park- 400 W. Lowell St., Pentwater.

Saturday, August 6th, 8:30am

#WillStrong Benefit Soccer Tournament
100% of the proceeds raised goes to the local Childhood Cancer Campaign. Bryant Soccer Fields- Corner of Bryant Rd. and Washington Ave. in Ludington.

Saturday, August 6th, 12-8pm

Annual Homecoming Jazz & Blues Festival
Free live music event sponsored by the Idlewild African American Chamber of Commerce at John Meeks Park- Martin Luther King & Idlewild Blvd, Idlewild.

Saturday, August 6th, 6pm

West Shore Bank Rhythm & Dunes Concert
Your Generation, Decades Band. Free outdoor concert with a portion of the proceeds from vendor sales donated to the music programs at three Mason County schools. Waterfront Park- 319 S. William St., downtown Ludington. 

Sunday, August 7th, 4-8pm

Music in the Park
FREE music event at Lindsey’s Park- 310 E. Wilson Dr., Idlewild. Performer TBA. Field games for all ages, picnic tables provided or bring your own table/chairs. Some weekends will include pop-up shops and food vendors. BYOB. 

Tuesday, August 9th-Saturday, August 13th

Western Michigan Fair
Mason County Fairgrounds- 5302 US-10, Ludington.

Tuesday, August 9th, 10am-12pm

Children’s Pioneer Camp
Kids will learn about the pioneers during this hands-on experience at the Historic White Pine Village– 1687 S. Lakeshore Dr., Ludington. Cost is $25 per child and reservations can be made by e-mailing Michelle at michelle@mchshistory.org.

Wednesday, August 10th, 6-8pm

Leo’s Classic Car Show
Car Show with music, ice cream, and cake. Golden Sands Golf & Bucket Bar- 2501 N. Wilson Rd., Mears. No pre-registration necessary. For more information, call (231) 873-4909.

Wednessday, August 10th, 7-9pm

LACA Summer Concert Series
Free concert featuring the Robert Pace’s Natures Brew at Waterfront Park- 300 W. William St., Ludington.

Thursday, August 11th-Sunday, August 14th

Pentwater Homecoming Celebration
Pentwater’s biggest event of the year includes fun for the whole family!

Thursday, August 11th, 12-5pm

Bus Day to Big Point Sable Lighthouse
Free concert from 1-3pm. Bus transportation from 12pm-5pm. Big Sable Point Lighthouse in Ludington State Park- 8800 M-116, Ludington.

Thursday, August 11th, 4-7pm

Live Music in Legacy Plaza
Performer TBA. Legacy Plaza- 110 N. James St., Ludington.

Thursday, August 11th, 7:30pm

Downtown Ludington’s Movies in the Park
Featuring Clifford the Big Red Dog. Rotary Park- corner of Ludington Ave. and Lewis St.

Thursday, August 11th, 8pm

Pentwater Civic Band Concert
Weekly Summer Civic Band Concerts on the Village Green- 327 S. Hancock St., Pentwater.

Friday, August 12th, 4-7pm

Live Music in Legacy Plaza
Performer TBA. Legacy Plaza- 110 N. James St., Ludington.

Saturday, August 13th-Sunday, August 14th

Gold Coast Artisan Fair
Saturday from 10am-5pm and Sunday from 10am-4pm. Rotary Park- Corner of Lewis St. & Ludington Ave., Ludington.

Saturday, August 13th, 5-9pm

Forest Trail Summer Sunset Music Series
Featuring The Ragbirds with Ben Traverse. 352 W. Forest Trail, Free Soil. For more information, visit foresttrailmusic.com.

Saturday, August 13th, 8-10pm

Run the Pier 5k
First Street Beach- 100 S. Lakeshore Dr., Manistee.

Saturday, August 13th, 9-11pm

S.S. Badger Carferry Shoreline Cruise
Bon Voyage to Summer Theme with live music by Joey Mankus. $45/person. Visit ssbadger.com/trip-planner/shoreline-cruises-2022 to book tickets. S.S. Badger Carferry- 701 Maritime Dr., Ludington. (800) 841-4243.

Tuesday, August 16th, 10am-12pm

Children’s Pioneer Camp
Kids will learn about the pioneers during this hands-on experience at the Historic White Pine Village– 1687 S. Lakeshore Dr., Ludington. Cost is $25 per child and reservations can be made by e-mailing Michelle at michelle@mchshistory.org.

Wednesday, August 17th, 7-8pm

AFFEW Beach Sweep
Beach clean-up at Stearns Park, Ludington.

Wednessday, August 17th, 7-9pm

LACA Summer Concert Series
Free concert featuring the The Paul Nelson Band at Waterfront Park- 300 W. William St., Ludington.

Thursday, August 18th, 11am-3pm

Living History Day
Special performances by Suzanne and Jim, musicians who explore new directions by looking back into the roots of Americana music and lore. Cost is $18 for Adults, $16 for Seniors, $14 for Children ages 4-13, and free for Children under age 4. Historic White Pine Village– 1687 S. Lakeshore Dr., Ludington.

Thursday, August 18th, 4-7pm

Live Music in Legacy Plaza
Performer TBA. Legacy Plaza- 110 N. James St., Ludington.

Thursday, August 18th, 7:30pm

Downtown Ludington’s Movies in the Park
Featuring Sing 2. Rotary Park- corner of Ludington Ave. and Lewis St.

Thursday, August 18th, 8pm

Pentwater Civic Band Concert
Weekly Summer Civic Band Concerts on the Village Green- 327 S. Hancock St., Pentwater.

Friday, August 19th-Sunday, August 21st

Hoxeyville Music Festival
Americana and Roots festival with two stages featuring national touring artists, and the best and brightest Michigan talent. 11130 W. 48 1/2 Rd., Wellston. For tickets or more information, visit hoxeyville.com.

Friday, August 19th-Saturday, August 20th

Frankfort Art Fair
Market Square Park on M-22, Frankfort. Free Benzie Bus Shuttle. Friday from 1-7pm and Saturday from 10am-4pm.

Friday, August 19th, 4-7pm

Live Music in Legacy Plaza
Performer TBA. Legacy Plaza- 110 N. James St., Ludington.

Saturday, August 20th-Sunday, August 21st

Michigan Free ORV Weekend
ORV without a permit all weekend on Michigan’s 4,000 miles of trails and sic scramble areas: Bull Gap, Black Lake Scramble Area, Holly Oaks ORV Park, The Mounds, Silver Lake State Park, St. Helen’s Motorsport Area.

Saturday, August 20th

MCE Equestrian Speed Show
Caswell Horse Park at the Mason County Fairgrounds- 5302 US-10, Ludington.

Saturday, August 20th, 9am-1pm

Clean Sweep Household Hazardous Waste & Pharmaceutical Collection Day
Manistee, Mason, & Oceana County residents have the opportunity to safely discard hazardous waste and pharmaceuticals. 

Saturday, August 20th, 10-4pm

Rubber Ducky Festival Arts & Crafts Show
Downtown Bellaire

Saturday, August 20th, 10-5pm

Downtown Art Fair
The Open Space- 111 E. Grandview Pkwy, Traverse City.

Saturday, August 20th, 12-5pm

Suds on the Shore Craft Wine & Beer Festival
Benefit for the United Way of Mason County. Rotary Park- Corner of Lewis St. and Ludington Ave., Ludington.

Sunday, August 21st

Mason County Saddle Club Horse Show
Caswell Horse Park at the Mason County Fairgrounds- 5302 US-10, Ludington.

Sunday, August 21st, 4-8pm

Music in the Park
FREE music event at Lindsey’s Park- 310 E. Wilson Dr., Idlewild. Performer TBA. Field games for all ages, picnic tables provided or bring your own table/chairs. Some weekends will include pop-up shops and food vendors. BYOB. 

Tuesday, August 23rd-Sunday, August 27th

Oceana County Fair
Oceana County Fairgrounds- 1025 S. State St., Hart.

Tuesday, August 23rd, 11:30am

Ludington & Scottville Chamber of Commerce Golf Outing
Visit ludington.org for more information.

Wednessday, August 24th, 7-9pm

LACA Summer Concert Series
Free concert featuring the Eat-It-Up Trio at Waterfront Park- 300 W. William St., Ludington.

Thursday, August 25th-Sunday, August 28th

Cedar Polka Festival
Annual festival with fun for the whole family include live music, food, car show, 5k, and more! Visit cedarpolkafest.org for more information. Festival Grounds- 3075 E. Sullivan St., Cedar.

Thursday, August 25th, 12-5pm

Bus Day to Big Point Sable Lighthouse
Free concert from 1-3pm. Bus transportation from 12pm-5pm. Big Sable Point Lighthouse in Ludington State Park- 8800 M-116, Ludington.

Thursday, August 25th, 4-7pm

Live Music in Legacy Plaza
Performer TBA. Legacy Plaza- 110 N. James St., Ludington.

Thursday, August 25th, 8-10pm

Sunset Bonfire
Free bonfire with live music at Stearns Park Beach, Ludington.

Thursday, August 25th, 8pm

Pentwater Civic Band Concert
Weekly Summer Civic Band Concerts on the Village Green- 327 S. Hancock St., Pentwater.

Friday, August 26th-Saturday, August 27th

Pentwater Sidewalk Sales
Downtown Pentwater.

Saturday, August 27th, 3-10pm

Muskegon’s craft beer festival, the only beer fest to take place on a sandy beach, taking place on beautiful Pere Marquette Beach- 3510 Channel Dr., Muskegon. For more information, visit burningfoot.beer

Friday, August 26th-Sunday, August 28th

Benzie Fishing Frenzy Pro/Am Sportfishing Tournament
For more information or to register, visit tournamenttrail.net/tournaments#/frankfort.

Friday, August 26th-Sunday, August 28th

Forest Trail Music Festival
Festival of live music, camping, craft vendors, food, tie-dye, yoga, and more! For tickets or more information, visit foresttrailmusic.com.

Friday, August 26th, 4-7pm

Pentwater Gallery Stroll
Visit Pentwater galleries to browse art and enter to win prizes. Downtown Pentwater.

Friday, August 26th, 4-7pm

Live Music in Legacy Plaza
Performer TBA. Legacy Plaza- 110 N. James St., Ludington.

Saturday, August 27th, 10am-3pm

Outdoor Craft & Vendor Show
Shop on the historic front lawn of The Village at Grand Traverse Commons- 1200 W. Eleventh St., Traverse City. 

Saturday, August 27th, 10am-4pm

Pentwater Wooden & Classic Boat Show and Parade
Boat show on the water and on the Village Green- 327 S. Hancock St., Pentwater. Open to the public.

Wednessday, August 31st, 7-9pm

LACA Summer Concert Series
Free concert featuring the Duffy King Koalition at Waterfront Park- 300 W. William St., Ludington.

Check back often for updates to this calendar of events!