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July, 2022

Calendar of Events

Celebrating Our Freedom and the Beauty of Summer!

Featured July 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.

Friday, May 27th-Friday, July 29th

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.

Thursday, June 30th-Monday, July 4th

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

Friday, July 1st-Saturday, July 9th

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

Friday, July 1st-Saturday, July 9th

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, 4-7pm

Live Music at Legacy Plaza
Performer TBA. Legacy Plaza- 110 N. James 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, 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, 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, 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, 10:15pm

Hart Sparks Fireworks
Downtown Hart.

Sunday, July 3rd, 8am

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

Sunday, July 3rd, 8am-12pm

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

Sunday, July 3rd, 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, 10pm

Pentwater Fireworks
At Charles Mears State Park.

Monday, July 4th

Ludington Area Jaycees Freedom Festival
Event includes 1-Mile Fun Run, Parade, and Fireworks. Downtown Ludington.

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

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

Monday, July 4th, 10pm

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

Monday, July 5th-Thursday, July 8th

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

Tuesday, July 5th, 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, July 6th, 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

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

Thursday, July 7th, 4-7pm

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

Thursday, July 7th, 8pm

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

Friday, July 8th, 4-7pm

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

Saturday, July 9th, 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, 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, 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, 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

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

Tuesday, July 12th, 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, 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, July 13th, 7-9pm

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

Thursday, July 14th, 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, 4-7pm

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

Thursday, July 14th, 8pm

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

Friday, July 15th-Sunday, July 17th

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

Friday, July 15th, 4-7pm

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

Saturday, July 16th, 10-5pm

Elk Rapids Arts & Crafts Show
River Street, Elk Rapids

Saturday, July 16th, 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, 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.

Tuesday, July 19th, 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, 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, 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, 7-8pm

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

Wednesday, July 20th-Saturday, July 23rd

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

Thursday, July 21st, 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, 4-7pm

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

Thursday, July 21st, 8pm

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

Friday, July 22nd, 4-7pm

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

Friday, July 22nd-Sunday, July 24th

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

Saturday, July 23rd-Sunday, July 24th

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

Saturday, July 23rd, 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, 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, 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, July 26th, 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, July 27th, 7-9pm

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

July 28th-31st

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

Thursday, July 28th, 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, 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, 4-7pm

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

Thursday, July 28th, 8-10pm

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

Thursday, July 28th, 8pm

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

Friday, July 29th, 12-7pm

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

Friday, July 29th, 4-7pm

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

Saturday, July 30th

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

Saturday, July 30th, 9am-4pm

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

Saturday, July 30th, 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, 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, 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!