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July 2022 Events Calendar

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Featured July Events

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July 1-7, 2022

Through-August 26th, 2022

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.

Through-Friday, July 29th, 2022

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

Through-Monday, July 4th, 2022

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

Through-Sunday, July 4th, 2022

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. 

Friday, July 1st-Saturday, July 9th, 2022

Harbor Classic Quarter Horse Show
Caswell Horse Park at the Mason County Fairgrounds- 5302 US-10, Ludington.

Friday, July 1st-Saturday, July 9th, 2022

National Cherry Festival
Annual festival with fun for the whole family including concerts, parades, fireworks, and an appearance by The Blue Angels. For more information, visit cherryfestival.org. Festival Grounds- 521 S Union Street, Traverse City. 

Friday, July 1st-Sunday, July 3rd, 2022

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 facebook.com/lutherloggingdays.

Friday, July 1st, 2022
4-7pm

Live Music at Legacy Plaza
Featuring Jason “Harvey” Hargreaves. Legacy Plaza- 110 N. James St., Ludington.

Friday, July 1st, 2022
11am-4pm

50th Anniversary Motor Muster
The Pere Marquette Motoring Club is celebrating its 50th Anniversary with a Motor Muster. Any vintage, collector, or special-interest cars are welcomed. Please contact Bob Andrews at (231) 690-9601 to register a vehicle.

Friday, July 1st, 2022
5-8pm

Ludington Golf Cart Show
Free golf cart awards show with crystal trophies for winners in eight categories Best Hometown Pride, Best Work in Progress, Farthest Traveled Cart, Best Overall Modified, Best Theme, Cleanest, Best Feature, and Best Use of Homemade Supplies. The event also includes parade, live music, family fun, and prizes. Visit ludingtongolfcartshow.com to register. West Foster St., Ludington.

Saturday, July 2nd-Sunday, July 3rd,
9am-5pm

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

Saturday, July 2nd-Sunday, July 3rd, 2022
10am-5pm

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

Saturday, July 2nd, 2022
10am-2pm

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 lighthouseforveterans.org/car-show.

Saturday, July 2nd, 2022
5-9pm

Forest Trail Summer Sunset Music Series
Featuring Full Cord Bluegrass with Kanin Elizabeth. 352 W. Forest Trail, Free Soil. For more information, visit foresttrailmusic.com.

Saturday, July 2nd, 2022
6-11pm

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. 

Sunday, July 3rd, 2022
8am

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

Sunday, July 3rd, 2022
8am-12pm

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

Sunday, July 3rd, 2022
1pm

Ice Cream Eating Competition at Downtown Delights
Each participant will have seven minutes to eat as much ice cream as they can. There will be three age categories: 11 and under, 12-17, and 18 and up. The winner in each category will receive a trophy and gift card to Downtown Delights. The event is free but limited to 15 participants in each age category. Registration is from June 26th-July 2nd by stopping at Downtown Delights- 457 River St., Manistee.

Sunday, July 3rd, 2022
10pm

Pentwater Fireworks
At Charles Mears State Park.

Monday, July 4th, 2022

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

Monday, July 4th, 2022
9:30am

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 pentwater.org.

Monday, July 4th, 2022
10am-5pm

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

Monday, July 4th, 2022
7-9pm

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

Monday, July 4th, 2022
9-11pm

S.S. Badger Carferry Shoreline Cruise
Patriotic Theme with live music by Joey Mankus. $55/person. Visit ssbadger.com/trip-planner/shoreline-cruises-2022 to book tickets. S.S. Badger Carferry- 701 Maritime Dr., Ludington. (800) 841-4243.

Monday, July 4th, 2022
10pm

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

Tuesday, July 5th-Friday, July 8th, 2022

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

Tuesday, July 5th, 2022
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.

Tuesday, July 5th, 2022
6:30-8:30pm

Silver Lake Community Concert Series
Live music featuring John Merchant and Greg Miller. Golden Township Park- 445 N. Lighthouse Dr., Mears.

Tuesday, July 5th, 2022
7pm

Manistee Shoreline Showcase
Live music featuring Double Trouble: Mary Rademacher and Francesca Amari
with the Mark Kahny Band. Douglas Park- First Street Beach, Manistee.

Wednesday, July 6th, 2022
7-9pm

LACA Summer Concert Series
Free concert featuring the Double Trouble at Waterfront Park- 300 W. William St., Ludington.

Thursday, July 7th-Saturday, July 9th, 2022

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

Thursday, July 7th, 2022
4pm

Onekama Block Party
Portage Ave., Onekama.

Thursday, July 7th, 2022
4-7pm

Live Music at Legacy Plaza
Featuring Nick Veine. Legacy Plaza- 110 N. James St., Ludington.

THURSDAY, JUly 7TH, 2022
7-9PM

Music on the Commons
Live music featuring the Second Chances Band. Hart Commons- 49 S. State St., Hart.

THURSDAY, JUly 7TH, 2022
7PM

Roots on the River Concert Series
Live music featuring the Awesome Distraction. Manistee Jaycees Bandshell- 117 Memorial Dr., Manistee.

Thursday, July 7th, 2022
8pm

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

July 8-14, 2022

Friday, July 8th, 2022
4-7pm

Live Music at Legacy Plaza
Featuring 80 Cows. Legacy Plaza- 110 N. James St., Ludington.

Friday, July 8th, 2022
5-9pm

Party in the Park
Featuring live music by Brother Elsy and SIRSY. Hackley Park- 350 W. Webster Ave., Muskegon.

Saturday, July 9th, 2022
9am-5pm

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 pentwaterjrwomensclub.com/artscrafts.

Saturday, July 9th, 2022
9am-2pm

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 10, same times. For questions, contact Robert Taylor at (231) 690-0397. Register at youngeaglesday.org.

Saturday, July 9th, 2022
11am-3pm

Village History Hunt
Enjoy a fun family scavenger hunt as you interact with Village docents to help you find the missing pieces to the puzzle. 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.

Sunday, July 10th, 2022
2pm

Meijer Grand Prix Horse Show
Flintfields Horse Park- 6535 Bates Rd., Williamsburg.

Sunday, July 10th, 2022
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. 

Monday, July 11th-Sunday, July 17th, 2022

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

Monday, July 11th, 2022
7-9pm

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

Tuesday, July 12th, 2022
6-8pm

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

Tuesday, July 12th, 2022
6:30-8:30pm

Silver Lake Community Concert Series
Live music featuring Better Than One. Golden Township Park- 445 N. Lighthouse Dr., Mears.

Tuesday, July 12th, 2022
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.

Tuesday, July 12th, 2022
7pm

Manistee Shoreline Showcase
Live music featuring James Armstrong. Douglas Park- First Street Beach, Manistee.

Wednesday, July 13th, 2022
7-9pm

LACA Summer Concert Series
Free concert featuring the James Armstrong at Waterfront Park- 300 W. William St., Ludington.

Thursday, July 14th-Sunday, July 17th, 2022

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 muskegonbiketime.com.

Thursday, July 14th, 2022
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, July 14th, 2022
4-7pm

Live Music at Legacy Plaza
Featuring Jim Dodson. Legacy Plaza- 110 N. James St., Ludington.

Thursday, July 14th, 2022
7-9pm

Music on the Commons
Live music featuring the Silverado Band. Hart Commons- 49 S. State St., Hart.

THURSDAY, JUly 14TH, 2022
7PM

Roots on the River Concert Series
Live music featuring the I Am James. Manistee Jaycees Bandshell- 117 Memorial Dr., Manistee.

Thursday, July 14th, 2022
8pm

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

July 15-21, 2022

Friday, July 15th-Sunday, July 17th, 2022

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

Friday, July 15th, 2022
4-7pm

Live Music at Legacy Plaza
Featuring Benjamin Paetz.  Legacy Plaza- 110 N. James St., Ludington.

Saturday, July 16th, 2022
10-5pm

Elk Rapids Arts & Crafts Show
River Street, Elk Rapids

Saturday, July 16th, 2022
1-5pm

Lakeside Club Tour of Homes
At various locations in Manistee. For tickets, go to lakesideclubmanistee.org or visit one of the following Manistee businesses: T.J.’s Pub, Kellie’s Hallmark, Alex Doucette’s, Manistee Visitors Bureau, or Macbeth and Co.

Saturday, July 16th, 2022
4-10pm

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 12 and under are free. Proceeds benefit the Alzheimer’s Association. Ludington Boat Club- 502 Lake St., Ludington.

Saturday, July 16th, 2022
6pm

Smoke on the Water Rock & Blues Festival
A celebration of music and fun, all proceeds go to community projects with the current project being a beautiful, state-of-the-art amphitheater to be built on the shores of Lake Michigan. Performance times are: 5-6pm – Sufferin’ Suckotash, 6:15-7:15pm – The Downtowners, 7:30-8:30pm – Project ‘Stee, 8:45-9:45pm – Big Slip Daddy, and 10-11:30pm – Perfect Strangers. There will be a 6-foot fenced-in area with privacy screening for marijuana consumption. Tickets are $20 + a $1 processing fee. A limited number of tickets are available. Tickets will be $30 at the door. For more information, visit facebook.com

Saturday, July 16th, 2022
5-9pm

Forest Trail Summer Sunset Music Series
Featuring Third Coast Swing with Kyle Brown. 352 W. Forest Trail, Free Soil. For more information, visit foresttrailmusic.com.

Sunday, July 17th, 2022
2pm

NetJets Grand Prix Horse Show
Flintfields Horse Park- 6535 Bates Rd., Williamsburg.

Monday, July 18th, 2022
7-9pm

PLA Concerts in the Park
Live music featuring Jake Slater Elvis Tribute. Village Park- Portage Ave., Onekama.

Tuesday, July 19th, 2022
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.

Tuesday, July 19th, 2022
6:30-8:30pm

Silver Lake Community Concert Series
Live music featuring the Silverado Band. Golden Township Park- 445 N. Lighthouse Dr., Mears.

Tuesday, July 19th, 2022
7pm

Manistee Shoreline Showcase
Live music featuring Greg Nagy’s Men of Leisure. Douglas Park- First Street Beach, Manistee.

Wednesday, July 20th-Saturday, July 23rd, 2022

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

Wednesday, July 20th-Saturday, July 23rd, 2022

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

Wednesday, July 20th, 6-8pm

Youth Pickleball Clinic
Pentwater Tennis & Pickleball Club- 8502 N. US-31, Pentwater. For more information, visit pentwatertennisclub.com.

Wednesday, July 20th, 2022
7-9pm

LACA Summer Concert Series
Free concert featuring the Greg Nagy’s Men of Leisure at Waterfront Park- 300 W. William St., Ludington.

Wednesday, July 20th, 2022
7-8pm

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

Thursday, July 21st, 2022
11am-3pm

Living History Day
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, July 21st, 2022
4-7pm

Live Music at Legacy Plaza
Featuring JD & the Bees Knees. Legacy Plaza- 110 N. James St., Ludington.

Thursday, July 21st, 2022
7-9pm

Music on the Commons
Live music featuring I.AM.JAMES. Hart Commons- 49 S. State St., Hart.

THURSDAY, JUly 21st, 2022
7PM

Roots on the River Concert Series
Live music featuring Chloe Kimes. Manistee Jaycees Bandshell- 117 Memorial Dr., Manistee.

Thursday, July 21st, 2022
8pm

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

July 22-31, 2022

Friday, July 22nd, 2022
4-7pm

Live Music at Legacy Plaza
Featuring Justin Wierenga. Legacy Plaza- 110 N. James St., Ludington.

Friday, July 22nd, 2022
5-9pm

Party in the Park
Featuring live music by Hannah Ellis and Upcoast Kin. Hackley Park- 350 W. Webster Ave., Muskegon.

Friday, July 22nd-Sunday, July 24th, 2022

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

Saturday, July 23rd-Sunday, July 24th, 2022

4 Seasons Equestrian Association Open Show
Caswell Horse Park at the Mason County Fairgrounds- 5302 US-10, Ludington.

Saturday, July 23rd, 2022
9am-4pm

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

Saturday, July 23rd, 2022
10am

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

Sunday, July 24th, 2022
2pm

Grand Prix Horse Show
Flintfields Horse Park- 6535 Bates Rd., Williamsburg.

Sunday, July 24th, 2022
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. 

Monday, July 25th, 2022
7-9pm

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

Tuesday, July 26th-Sunday, July 31st, 2022

Traverse City Film Festival
The festival brings films and filmmakers from around the world to Northern Michigan and presents classic movies free of charge. For more information, visit traversecityfilmfestival.org

Tuesday, July 26th, 2022
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.

Tuesday, July 26th, 2022
7pm

Manistee Shoreline Showcase
Live music featuring Bobby Murray’s All Stars. Douglas Park- First Street Beach, Manistee.

Wednesday, July 27th, 2022
7-9pm

LACA Summer Concert Series
Free concert featuring the Bobby Murray at Waterfront Park- 300 W. William St., Ludington.

July 28th-31st, 2022

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

Thursday, July 28th, 2022
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, July 28th, 2022
12:30-6pm

Flower Show
Divisions include Horticulture, Design, Education, Youth, and Botanical Arts (with sections on Artistic Crafts and Photography). Farr Center- 5283 Main St., Onekama. For more information, visit portagelakegardenclub.org.

Thursday, July 28th, 2022
4-7pm

Live Music at Legacy Plaza
Featuring Redux. Legacy Plaza- 110 N. James St., Ludington.

Thursday, July 28th, 2022
7-9pm

Music on the Commons
Live music featuring the Guitar of Dutch Henry. Hart Commons- 49 S. State St., Hart.

THURSDAY, JUly 28TH, 2022
7PM

Roots on the River Concert Series
Live music featuring the Bluewater Ramblers. Manistee Jaycees Bandshell- 117 Memorial Dr., Manistee.

Thursday, July 28th, 2022
8-10pm

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

Thursday, July 28th, 2022
8pm

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

Friday, July 29th-Sunday, August 7th, 2022

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

Friday, July 29th, 12-7pm

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

Friday, July 29th, 2022
3-9pm

Live Music at Legacy Plaza
Featuring The Ukes from 3-5:30pm and American Ages from 6-9pm. Legacy Plaza- 110 N. James St., Ludington.

Friday, July 29th, 2022
5-9pm

Party in the Park
Featuring live music by The Hip Pocket. Hackley Park- 350 W. Webster Ave., Muskegon.

Saturday, July 30th, 2022

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

Saturday, July 30th, 2022
9am-4pm

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

Saturday, July 30th, 2022
5-9pm

Forest Trail Summer Sunset Music Series
Featuring the Bootstrap Boys with Kyle Garber. 352 W. Forest Trail, Free Soil. For more information, visit foresttrailmusic.com.

Saturday, July 30th, 2022
5pm

International Hunter Derby Horse Show
Flintfields Horse Park- 6535 Bates Rd., Williamsburg.

Saturday, July 30th, 2022
6pm

West Shore Bank’s Rhythm & Dunes Concert
Union Guns, an eclectic country 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- 391 S. William St., downtown Ludington. 

Sunday, July 31st, 2022
2pm

Grand Prix Horse Show
Flintfields Horse Park- 6535 Bates Rd., Williamsburg.

Sunday, July 31st, 2022
9-11pm

S.S. Badger Carferry Shoreline Cruise
Through the Decades Theme with live music by Mike Lenich. $45/person. Visit ssbadger.com/trip-planner/shoreline-cruises-2022 to book tickets. S.S. Badger Carferry- 701 Maritime Dr., Ludington. (800) 841-4243.

Check back often for updates to this calendar of events!