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Top Events in Pentwater

Walking through downtown Pentwater, you’re struck by the colorful storefronts that beckon you inside to explore their unique items- perfect for your home or that special gift. Discuss the day’s news inside one of Pentwater’s cozy restaurants, or take an ice cream cone and sit on the soft grass on the Village Green. The cool breezes off Lake Michigan will refresh you, and it’s fun to watch the boats come in and out of Pentwater marinas. Slip onto a side street and admire the charming Victorian homes and cottages. There are also many great festivals and events to enjoy!

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 Pentwater!

Pentwater Homecoming

For those that call Pentwater home, or others that previously resided here, Homecoming Weekend is the most popular event all summer. Activities include a golf scramble, softball tournament, parade, the Scottville Clown Band, and MSU tailgate party. 

Arts & Crafts Fairs

Three times each year, the Pentwater Village Green hosts large Arts & Crafters Fairs with vendors from all over the country.

Summer Music

The Pentwater area offers many opportunities to enjoy live music throughout the summer, the most popular being the Pentwater Civic Band concerts on Thursday nights. 


Pentwater’s Oktoberfest is growing bigger every fall. There are a variety of activities for all ages, including the Classic Car and Hot Rod Show and Cruise.

Christmas in the Village

Christmas in the Village takes place throughout December, where Pentwater’s shops and restaurants are decked out for the holiday season. Special events include a tree lighting, Santa’s arrival, horse-drawn carriage rides, and caroling.

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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.

West Michigan Arts Scene

West Michigan is home to numerous artists with so many different talents. Groovy music, vivid paintings, gorgeous photography, and more!

Traverse City Opera House

The Traverse City Opera House has a 700-seat theater which offers a place for quality arts and cultural entertainment.

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.