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August 2024 Events Calendar

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Featured August Events

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August 1-7, 2024

August 6th-10th, 2024

Western Michigan Fair
Multi-day event with fun for the whole family. Mason County Fairgrounds- 5302 W. US-10, Ludington.

August 7th-10th, 2024

Unity Christian Music Festival
Music festival featuring Christian arts at Heritage Landing- 1050 7th St., Muskegon.

August 8-14, 2024

August 6th-10th, 2024

Western Michigan Fair
Multi-day event with fun for the whole family. Mason County Fairgrounds- 5302 W. US-10, Ludington.

August 7th-10th, 2024

Unity Christian Music Festival
Music festival featuring Christian arts at Heritage Landing- 1050 7th St., Muskegon.

August 15-21, 2024

Saturday, August 17th, 2024

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.

Saturday, August 24th-Sunday, August 25th; 2024

Pentwater Sidewalk Sales
Downtown Pentwater.

August 22-31, 2024

Stay tuned for information on events happening during this time! In the meantime, scroll down to see events that occurred in 2023.

The following events are from 2023. Stay tuned for information on dates for these events in 2024!


Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival
Annual Festival with fun for the whole family. Downtown Grand Haven. For tickets or more information, visit

Win & Bette Matteson Annual Big Fish Contest
Sponsored by the Pentwater Sportfishing Association. For more information or to register, visit

Back to School Backpack Bonanza
Mason County students in grades Kindergarten-12th grade (with a guardian) are invited to play a round of free mini golf and receive a free backpack and school supplies. The event is limited to 300 students. There will also be face painting and balloon creations. Ludington Area Jaycees Mini Golf at 900 W. Ludington Ave., Ludington.

C. Howard Hornung Memorial Concert
Performance by the West Shore Civic Band at the Scottville Clown Band Shell.

Harbor Days Arts & Crafts Show
To register, visit River Street, Elk Rapids. 

Copemish Heritage Days
Annual community festival featuring a parade, live music, 5k, and more. For the most updated information, visit

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

Teach a Kid Youth Fishing Tournament
Sponsored by the Pentwater Sportfishing Association. For more information, visit

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

#WillStrong Benefit Soccer Tournament
100% of the proceeds raised goes to the local Childhood Cancer Campaign. This 6v6 soccer tournament is family friendly and cost is $250 per team. Bryant Soccer Fields- 1002 N. Lavinia St., Ludington. For more information, visit

Meeks 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. Includes food & craft vendors. For applications or more information, visit

Annual Lost Boys Motorcycle Ride
Chapter 35-7 is hosting this CVMA sanctioned ride which begins and ends at VFW Post #4499- 1211 28th St., Manistee. The ride is open to all riders and also features food, live music, raffles, and prizes. Cost is $20/rider which will benefit local veterans in need. For more information, visit

Annual Old Engine Club Show
This annual 3-day show has different events each day including daily tractor pulls featuring antique tractors, garden tractors, and doodle bugs. Daily events include tractor parades, large flea market, arts and crafts and swap meet. For more information, visit

West Shore Bank Rhythm & Dunes Concert
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. 

Chicken Dinner
Take-out only chicken dinner. St. James Episcopal Church-82 S. Wythe St., Pentwater.

Cars & Coffee
Ludington Auto Club’s first event. No registration necessary. Participants are invited to cruise out to Fox Barn Winery after the car meet. Coffee and food will be available for purchase from on-site food trucks. The 10 Spot- 5750 US-10, Ludington.

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

Maxine’s Closet Back to School Kickoff
Free items for area children like backpacks, school supplies, and new underwear and socks. There will also be representatives from community resource organizations and meals for children. Shelby High School parking lot, use 6th Street entrance.

Sidewalk Sales
Visit local shops for specials and discounts. Hours are Friday from 9am-7pm and Saturday from 9am-5pm. Downtown Manistee.

Merchants & Makers Market
Shop over 100 booths while enjoying live music and enjoying a variety of food trucks. Chinook Pier- 301 N. Harbor Dr., Grand Haven. For more information, visit

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

Filer Food Truck Frenzy
The Filer DDA is hosting this event which includes offerings by multiple food trucks from 5-9pm and live music featuring Aintee-Kim & U’Neek Soul at 5:30pm. Dunham’s parking lot- 1361 US-31, Manistee.

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

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

Skate, Scootin’ Boogy Skate Competition
Skateboarders and scooterers under age 18 are invited to compete to win prizes. Free registration at Gordy’s Skate Co- 104 W. Ludington Ave.; the Ludington Police Department- 400 S. Harrison St., or Safe Harbor Credit Union- 5511 US-10, Ludington.

Ludington Lighthouse Triathlon
This event begins in downtown Ludington and ends at the beach. It includes biking, kayaking, and running.

PLA Concerts in the Park
Live music in  Village Park- Portage Ave., Onekama.

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

Manistee Shoreline Showcase
Live music at Douglas Park- First Street Beach, Manistee.

Friends of the Ludington State Park Summer Concert Series
Live music at the Ludington State Park Amphitheater- 8800 M-116, Ludington.

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

Backpack Blowout
Children will receive free backpacks and school supplies. There will also be games, balloons, crafts, and dinner… all free of charge. Trinity Lutheran Church- 5631 W. Stony Lake Rd., New Era.

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

LACA Summer Concert Series
Free concert at Waterfront Park- 391 S. William St., Ludington.

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.

Diapers & Donuts
West Shore Family Support will be giving away free diapers & donuts at Hart Wesleyan Church- 3757 W. Polk Rd., Hart. Free car seat checks will also be offered.

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

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

Joe Lancour Memorial Scholarship Golf Scramble
Funds raised help Ludington High School seniors who want to continue their education. Lancour was killed while in combat in Afghanistan in 2007. Cost is $400/team of four or $100/individual. Check-in/registration is at 11 am followed by a 12pm shot gun start. Register in advance by contacting Starla Owens-Murphy at (231) 613-0349 or

Muskegon Party in the Park
Live music, kids activities, food/drink trucks, and more. Hackley Park- 350 W. Webster Ave., Muskegon.

Folk Friday
Live music featuring Mustard’s Retreat. Lake County Historical Museum- 915 N. Michigan Ave., Baldwin.

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

Sidewalk Sales
Visit local shops for specials and discounts. Hours are Friday from 9am-7pm and Saturday from 9am-5pm. Downtown and Centertown, Grand Haven.

Advanced Photography Weekend Workshop
Presented by Todd & Brad Reed Photography and held at Heaven on Hamlin- 3795 N. Lakeshore Dr., Ludington.

Community Cats TNR Benefit Sale
There will be a sale of a variety of donated items to help offset costs of spaying/neutering, health checks, and vaccinations for homeless cats in Mason County through Community Cats TNR. Mason County Fairgrounds 4-H Building- 5302 US-10, Ludington.

Clean Sweep Household Hazardous Waste & Pharmaceutical Collection Day
Residents of Mason, Manistee, and Oceana Counties may drop off hazardous waste at collection sites. Mason County: Mason-Lake Conservation District- 655 N. Scottville Rd., Scottville. Manistee County: Manistee Conservation District- 8840 Chippewa Highway, Bear Lake. Oceana County: Oceana Conservation District- 1064 Industrial Park Dr., Shelby.

West Michigan Old Engine Club Tractor Pull
Free to attend. WMOEC Grounds- 700 S. Scottville Rd., Scottville.

Rubber Ducky Festival Arts & Crafts Show
To register, visit Downtown Bellaire

Downtown Art Fair
To register, visit Downtown Cass St., Traverse City.

Shaw Family Backpack Giveaway
Mike & Debbie Shaw, in conjunction with Living Word Church, will be giving away backpacks full of school supplies at Pathfinders Community Library- 812 Michigan Ave., Baldwin. 

S.S. Badger Carferry Shoreline Cruise
Includes live music. Theme TBA. S.S. Badger Carferry- 701 Maritime Dr., Ludington. (800) 841-4243.

Michigan’s Free ORV Weekend
Michigan residents and out-of-state visitors can ride DNR-designated routes and trails without purchasing an ORV license or trail permit.

Horse Shows
Caswell Horse Park at the Mason County Fairgrounds- 5302 US-10, Ludington.

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

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

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

Sounds From the Forest Music Series
Live music at Wenger Pavilion, downtown Baldwin.

Summer Music in Legacy Plaza
Live music at Legacy Plaza- 110 N. James St., Ludington.

Night at the Lights Concert Series
Live music at Little Point Sable Lighthouse– 287 N. Lighthouse Dr., Mears.

Music on the Commons
Live music at the Hart Commons- 49 S. State St., Hart.

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

Pentwater Gallery Stroll
Galleries open their doors for visitors. Includes refreshments and a drawing for a $25 Gift Card to any of the participating galleries. Downtown Pentwater.

Log Cabin Concerts
Live music at the Log Cabin Theater- Corner of Panu & Walta Streets, Kaleva.

Evenings at the Light Station Concert Series
Live music at White River Light Station– 6199 Murray Rd., Whitehall.

Forest Trail Music Festival
Annual music festival that also features camping, tie-dye, yoga, craft vendors, and more. Held on the edge of the Manistee National Forest- 352 W. Forest Trail Rd., Free Soil. Tickets range from $25-$75. For more information, visit

Car & Vendor Show
Event also includes 50/50 raffle, silent auction, games, music, and more. VFW #5096- 2022 State St., Custer.

Parking Lot Craft & Vendor Sale
The 10 Spot- 5750 US 10, Ludington. For more information, call (231) 425-3488.

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.

Bear Lake End of Summer Let’s Glow Party
Music festival on the sandbar of Bear Lake. Live music by 5th Gear. Theme is 80’s-90’s, 
dress to impress in neon/retro wear.

Shaw Family Backpack Giveaway
Mike & Debbie Shaw, in conjunction with Living Word Church, will be giving away backpacks full of school supplies at West Shore Bank- 107 State St., Scottville.

Manton Trails Live Music Summer Saturdays
Guests and local residents are invited to enjoy live music at Manton Trails RV Park, Hotel, & Campground- 9909 N. 39 Rd., Manton.

Burning Foot Beer Festival
Annual festival featuring live music, food vendors, art displays, and beer from dozens of breweries. For tickets, visit Pere Marquette Beach- 3510 Channel Dr., Muskegon.

Craft Fair & Farmers Market
Cedar Polka Fest grounds- 3200 Sullivan St., Cedar. Go to to reserve a booth.

Annual Grant Fire Department Chicken Dinner
Tickets are $15 and include 1/2 BBQ chicken, baked potato, baked beans, dinner roll, corn on the cob, sweet & sour cabbage, dessert, and drinks. There will also be a classic car show. 835 W. Hoague Rd., Manistee.

Jammin’ Mondays on Betsie Bay
Live music at the Waterfront Amphitheater- Centre St., Elberta

Mason County Conservation District Annual Farm Tour
Event includes a bus tour to three Mason County farms and a catered dinner. The event is free and open to the public but donations are appreciated. RSVP’s are requested by August 23rd and can be made by calling (231) 757-3707 ext. 5 or by emailing

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

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