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The communities located in Ludington offer fun events and festivals that have something for everyone. From festivals to fishing tournaments, there’s fun for all.
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 Ludington!
It’s a special day in Ludington when the S.S. Badger sounds its horn for the first sailing of the season. Area residents and the local fire department are on hand for the festive event.
Since 1980, the Lakestride Half-Marathon has taken place every June. It consists of a 5K, 10K, and half marathon, with Lake Michigan as its backdrop.
Ludington is considered one of the best and biggest Gus Macker tournaments, as the courts are set up along Stearns Park Drive…where the beach is an added bonus.
Sponsored by the Ludington Area Jaycees, the Freedom Festival features a patriotic parade and fireworks display over Lake Michigan.
Always held close to July 4th, West Shore Art Fair is a favorite among residents and visitors. It’s held in Rotary Park and is sponsored by the Ludington Area Center for the Arts.
The Gold Coast Artisan Fair is held every August in Rotary Park. You can shop for jewelry, art, photography, pottery, and very unique gift items.
Sponsored by West Shore Bank, Rhythm and Dunes is an outdoor concert is held at Waterfront Park and features a popular out-of-town act for 2 weekends in July and August.
Everyone loves the Western Michigan Fair, with its carnival, exhibits, 4-H animals, harness horse racing, demolition derby and grandstand events.
Suds on the Shore offers an opportunity to enjoy over 100 samples of beer, hard cider and wine at this popular event in Rotary Park. Live music and food make it a fun afternoon.
If you’re shopping for a new boat or RV, the Western Michigan Boat, RV, Outdoor & Home Show is where you want to be. It’s fun to see the variety, and there’s live music and food during the show.
Welcome Santa to town and get into the Christmas spirit with “Aglow on the Avenue”! Shops and restaurants downtown stay open late to accommodate the spirited crowd.
Ludington is proud to host one of the few lighted ball drops in Ludington. Shop, eat and drink downtown, then enjoy the ball drop at midnight.
Chase the winter blues away at Pure Ludington Brrrewfest, held in Legacy Plaza. Sample delicious varieties of beer, wine, cider and mead.
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Ludington has many businesses to help you enjoy crafting and appreciate the finished product. Let them help you create your own masterpiece!
Visit the new Value of Sports Museum located at Historic White Pine Village just a short drive from Ludington.
Manistee National Forest together with the Huron National Forest occupies almost a million acres of land in Michigan’s lower peninsula.
West Michigan boasts numerous museums to learn about the area’s rich history and to expand knowledge through activities and exhibits.
Pere Marquette River, with it’s moderately fast current and clear water, is an extremely popular river for canoeists and kayakers.
The spring/fall runs of steelhead and salmon, the resident brown trout and “brookies” make the PM River extremely popular for fishing.
Enjoy the happiest of holidays in West Michigan! From Manistee to Ludington and every city in-between, there is holiday cheer all around!
Pet live animals, enjoy fresh produce and dairy products, and more! Lots of experiences are available for the family when you visit the farm!
West Michigan is home to numerous artists with so many different talents. Groovy music, vivid paintings, gorgeous photography, and more!
The Silver Lake State Park is 3,000 acres and is situated between Silver Lake and Lake Michigan, offering boating, fishing, swimming, & ORV.