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Top Events in Silver Lake/Mears

Silver Lake/Mears boast access to both Silver Lake and Lake Michigan and the 107′ Little Sable Point Lighthouse is located in the Silver Lake State Park. Rolling sand dunes, camping, hiking, fishing, and acres of forest make this park a vacation paradise. 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 Silver Lake!

Silver Lake Jeep Invasion

Join in the creative atmosphere of the Silver Lake Jeep Invasion to experience the Off Road Trails, Jeep Car Shows, National Vendor Show Events, Trail Rides, live music, raffles, awards, and more.


The Silver Lake area has their Independence Day fireworks display at dusk over the sand dunes. Referred to as “Thunder over the Dunes,” it’s a great way to cap off the July 4th holiday.

Apple & BBQ Festival

The Silver Lake Sand Dunes Apple & BBQ Festival includes Amateur & KCBS Professional Competition, Craft Show, Classic Auto & ORV Show, Beer Tent, live entertainment, and food vendors.

Summer Music

In addition to live music held at Silver Lake establishments like Golden Sands Golf & Bucket Bar and Val-Du-Lakes, Silver Lake offers many opportunities to enjoy live music throughout the summer.

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West Michigan Activities & Attractions

Lake Michigan Water Temperatures

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

North Country Trail

Created in 1980, this trail has 1,000 miles running through Michigan, which also runs through the Huron-Manistee National Forest.

Winter in Manistee County

Winter in Manistee County includes great outdoor activities like skiing, snow shoeing, hiking, ice skating, and more.