Photo by Lakeside Shakespeare Theatre

Top Events in Benzie County

Any season, any time, Benzie County is a great place to be. There’s always something fun going on, no matter what time of year.  From arts & crafts fairs to film festivals, you’ll never be bored in Benzie County!

Here we’ve condensed the most popular annual happenings, so you can see at a glance which time of year you may want to visit our wonderful area. Welcome to Benzie County!

Frankfort Arts & Crafts Fairs

The Frankfort-Elberta area is host to several arts and crafts fairs through the summer months as well as a holiday fair in late November. With its beautiful location along Lake Michigan, Frankfort attracts thousands of visitors every summer. 

Lakeside Shakespeare Theatre

The Lakeside Shakespeare Theatre brings two Shakespearean plays to the beautiful outdoor venue of Tank Hill in Frankfort each summer.

Annual National Coho Salmon Festival

Held in Honor each August, the National Coho Salmon Festival celebrates the birth of a great fishing location as well as the economic boost the fall salmon run brings to the area each year. The event includes a parade, car show, arts & crafts fair, and more.

Beulah Winterfest

The Winterfest in Beulah is held each February and includes fun for the whole family. Events include a cookie sale, poker run, horse-drawn carriage rides, rubber duck race, parade, fireworks, and more.

Benzie County Fallfest

Held in downtown Beulah, the Benzie County Fallfest is always held on the first Saturday in October. There are a variety of events, like pumpkin decorating, kids games/activities, a classic car & motorcycle show and more. 

Frankfort Film Festival

The Frankfort Film Festival is held each October at the historic Garden Theatre in downtown Frankfort. Traditionally, eight films are shown as part of the festival. 2021 will mark the festival’s 13th year.

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West Michigan Activities & Attractions

Grand Traverse Lighthouse

The Grand Traverse Lighthouse is situated at the end of the Leelanau Peninsula within, about eight miles north of the town of Northport.

The Vogue Theatre in Manistee

The historical Vogue Theatre in Manistee, renovated as a modern-day movie theater, shows current movies, classic films, and family movies.

Manistee Fall Color Tour

Beautiful color emerges come Fall. Take it all in with an afternoon drive, or stroll, through the many forests of West Michigan.

Manistee’s Riverwalk

The Manistee Riverwalk follows the Manistee River from Jones Street, under the US-31 bridge, behind downtown, and ends at First Street beach.

Beaches & Parks

Before you make a splash in Lake Michigan, check out the water temperatures for beaches from Manistee, Ludington, Pentwater, and Silver Lake.

M-22 Scenic Drive

Take one of the most scenic drives in the nation as you travel across M-22 in Manistee County. A long winding road of adventure awaits!