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July 2024 Events Calendar

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Featured July Events

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July 1-7, 2024

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July 8-14, 2024

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July 15-21, 2024

Monday, July 16th-Saturday, July 21st, 2024

Ludington Offshore Classic Fishing Tournament
Waterfront Park- 391 S. William St., Ludington

July 22-31, 2024

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


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

Manistee National Forest Festival
Annual event with fun for the whole family.

Lakeshore Animal Friends Benefit Yard Sale
Brand new items, clothing for all ages, toys, furniture, and more. Proceeds help cover costs associated with spay/neuter and helping home animals. Hamlin Township Hall- 3775 N. Jebavy Dr., Ludington.

Luther Days
Annual festival with fun for the whole family including live music, fireworks, 5k run/walk, kids games, rodeo, and more. Downtown Luther. For more information, visit

Frankfort-Elberta 4th of July Carnival
Annual old fashioned carnival with rides and games and Carnival food. Hours are Thursday from 5-10pm, Friday from 3-10pm, and Saturday/Sunday from 12-10pm. Frankfort Open Space- 800 Main St., Frankfort. For more information, visit

Manistee World of Arts & Crafts Show
Red Szymarek Park- 106 Charter Ct., Manistee.

Heykoop Veteran Memorial Car Show & Benefit
All vehicles are welcome to enter with multiple awards and trophies to be given out. Winners are chosen by public vote and by the Board of Directors. Categories include: motorcycles, trucks, jeeps, and tribute vehicles. Event also includes silent/live auctions, raffle bags, and door prizes. All proceeds go to Lighthouse For Veterans and the fight against Veteran suicide. For more information or to register, visit Hot Rod Harley Davidson- 149 Shoreline Dr., Muskegon.

PM Motoring Club Car Show
Registration is $10 and begins at 9am. There will also be a 50/50 raffle and door prizes. Dash plaques will be awarded to the first 100 entrants. For more information, contact Bob at (231) 690-9601.  Mason County Fairgrounds- 5032 W. US-10, Ludington.

West Shore Art Fair 
Sponsored by Ludington Area Center for the Arts. Rotary Park- Corner of Lewis St. and Ludington Ave., Ludington.

National Cherry Festival
Annual festival with fun for the whole family including concerts, parades, fireworks, and an air show. For more information, visit Festival Grounds- 521 S Union Street, Traverse City. 

Pancake Breakfast
Pentwater VFW- 8440 N. US-31, Pentwater.

Stony Lake Sparkler 5k
Starts at Stony Lake Inn- 4722 Scenic Dr., Shelby. 

Hart Sparks Celebration
Free kids activities from 6-9pm, food trucks & vendors from 6-10pm, live music featuring Faster Horses from 7-10:30pm, and fireworks at Dusk. 

Pentwater Fireworks
At Charles Mears State Park.

Ludington Area Jaycees Freedom Festival
Event includes Children & Pet Parade, 1-Mile Fun Run at 1:30pm, Parade at 2pm, and Fireworks at Dusk. Downtown Ludington.

Hesperia Family Fun Fest
This annual event includes an arts & crafts fair, food trucks, foam party, duck race, live music, and much more. For information, visit or call Rhonda (231) 450-3186.

Independence Day Bike Parade
Registration/Line-up at 9:30am, Parade at 10am. Charles Mears State Park– 400 W. Lowell St., Pentwater. For more information, visit

Art in the Park Arts & Crafts Fair
Main Street, Downtown Frankfort.

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

Thunder on the Dunes Fireworks
Over the Silver Lake Sand Dunes.

Junior Tennis Clinic
Pentwater Tennis & Pickleball Club- 8502 N. US-31, Pentwater. For more information or to register, visit

Bear Lake Days
Annual festival in Bear Lake with fun for the whole family.

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.

Block Party
Portage Ave., Onekama. For more information, visit

Wings Over Muskegon
The Yankee Air Museum, in conjunction with the Muskegon County Airport and F3 Airport host this aviation experience tour and air show. Flyable aircraft at the Yankee Air Museum will provide rides throughout the event with the air show occurring on July 8th-9th. Muskegon County Airport- 99 Sinclair Dr., Norton Shores. For more information, visit

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

Glow Bash
Event includes Dinner Glow Crafts, Glow Paint, Glow Games, live music, and Glow Golf with Glow Desserts & Snack Bar Included. Golden Sands Gold & Bucket Bar- 2501 N. Wilson Rd., Silver Lake/Mears.

Young Eagles Rally
The event offers free airplane rides for children ages 8 to 17. Pilots and ground support personnel participating in the event donate their time, their planes and fuel. The weather back-up day is Sunday, July 9th, same times. For questions, contact John at (231) 757-2951. Register at Mason County Airport- 5300 US-10, Ludington.

Merchants and 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

Pentwater Juried Arts & Crafts Fair
The Pentwater Junior Women’s Club hosts this one-day, juried, high-traffic arts and crafts fair, which has had an excellent reputation for high quality since 1964. For an application or more information, visit

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.

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

Drive-Thru Diapers & Donuts
Families with children ages 3 and under are invited to receive complimentary diapers and donuts. A parent or legal guardian must be present in order to receive diapers. Car seat safety checks available upon request. West Shore Family Support- 603 E. Tinkham Ave., Ludington.

Beach Photos with Santa
Get a photo with Santa on the beach for $20. Proceeds benefit the Oriole Giving Tree Project, an organization that supports Ludington students/families in need during the holidays. Meet at the West end of Ludington Avenue, Ludington.

Roots on the River Music Series
Live music at the Manistee Jaycees Bandshell- 117 Memorial Dr., Manistee. Rain location is 5th Avenue Beach in Manistee.

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

Mears Art Fair
To register, visit Downtown Mears.

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

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

Lakeshore Pyrate Heads Buccaneer Bash
Food trucks, silent & live raffle items, live music by Jimmy Dodson from 4-6pm and Two Dudes in Flip Flops from 6-9pm, and prizes for best Pirate Attire. $5 at the door, kids 5 and under are free. Proceeds benefit the Alzheimer’s Association. Ludington Boat Club- 502 Lake St., Ludington.

Kaleva Heritage Days
Annual festival with an arts & crafts show, fireworks, parade, car show, and more. Kaleva Roadside Park.

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

Baldwin Troutarama
Annual festival with fun for the whole family. Downtown Baldwin.

National Baby Food Festival
Annual festival with fun for the whole family. Main St., Fremont. For more information, visit

Muskegon Bike Time
Annual celebration of motorcycles which includes concerts, entertainment, and food. Thursday from 12-11pm, Friday/Saturday from 9am-11pm, and Sunday from 9am-4pm. For more information, visit

“A Day in the Garden” National Garden Club Standard Flower Show
Hosted by the Mason County Garden Club. Friday from 4-7pm and Saturday from 9am-5pm. Free and open to the public. Ludington Senior Center- 308 S. Rowe St., Ludington.

Arcadia Daze
Annual festival in Arcadia with fun for the whole family.

Ludington Coin Club Coin & Stamp Show
Free admission. Door prizes and raffle prizes. Hamlin Town Hall- 3775 N. Jebavy Dr., Ludington.

Muddy Fox Trot
Family-friendly 5k mud run with a boot camp style obstacle course. West Shore Community College- 3000 N. Stiles Rd., Scottville.

Walk the Beat Music Festival
Free music festival with 18 venues in Whitehall and Montague featuring 36 musical acts, $5,000 grand prize raffle, $4,000 in free door prizes, and a community pig roast and jam session at 5:30pm in Goodrich Park- 100 Lake St., Whitehall. For more information or a pdf map, visit

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

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

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.

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

Silver Lake Community Concert Series
Live music at Golden Township Park- 445 N. Lighthouse Dr., Mears.

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.

Sounds of Summer Concert Series
Live music at Bolt Park- 225 Franklin St., Grand Haven.

Congregational Summer Assembly Arts & Crafts Fair & Cottage Treasures Sale
The Cottage Treasures Sale will take place inside the CSA Assembly Building- 2128 Pilgrim Hwy, Frankfort from 9am-1pm and will also include a silent auction. The Arts & Crafts Fair will run from 9:30am-3pm outside, rain or shine. For more information, contact Cynthia at (309) 255-5429 or

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

Echo Through the Timber Music Series
Live music at Wenger Pavilion, downtown Baldwin.

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

Ludington Slow Roll Ride
Social bike ride with a relaxed pace, riding the alleys and back streets of town. Begins and ends near the south concession building at Stearns Park Beach-420 N. Lakeshore Dr., Ludington.

Music in the Streets
Live music at 273 S. Benzie Blvd., Beulah.

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

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.

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

Hart Historic District Concert Series
Live music at Hart Historic District- 570 E. Lincoln St., Hart.

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

Strut Your Mutt 5K Fun Run and 1 Mile Pet Stroll/Walk Fundraiser
Oceana County’s LASSI (Local Animal Shelter Support, Inc.) is sponsoring this event to help support animals staying in the Oceana County Animal Shelter. Registration is $30 which includes a T-shirt and medal, and those with dogs will receive a doggie bandanna and doggie bag. Up North Farm Market- 3890 Monroe Rd., Hart.

Craft & Vendor Show
For more information, visit Muskegon County Fairgrounds- 6621 Heights Ravenna Rd., Fruitport.

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

West Shore Bank’s 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- 391 S. William St., downtown Ludington. 

Ladies Classic Fishing Tournament
Sponsored by the Pentwater Sportfishing Association. Visit for more information or to register.

Smoke on the Water Music Festival
Live Music, Beer Tent, Artist/Vendor Section and Cannabis Vendor and Consumption Area. Tickets are $25 in advance or $35 at the door. Special VIP Experience for $55 in advance or $75 at the door. For more information, visit Lions Pavilion- First Street Beach, Manistee.

Crooked Tree Art Fair
Crooked Tree Art Center- 322 Sixth St., Traverse City

Cruise-In Car Show
Street Rods, Muscle Cars, Trucks, Cycles, Customs, all welcome. Includes music, door prizes, 50/50 raffle, and food. Prizes awarded at 1:30pm. Downtown Grand Haven.

Ludington Golf Cart Show
Free family-friendly golf cart awards show with with parade, awards, and prizes. Visit to register. West Foster St., Ludington.

Music Sparks Meaning Summer Sunset Series
Live music at the First Street Beach Gazebo, Manistee.

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