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Special Events

    May

  • Memorial Day Observance, Fort Mackinac Post Cemetery

    Monday, May 29

    A brief and informal Memorial Day observance to pay tribute to the soldiers who served at Fort Mackinac. Soldiers will assemble at 8:30 a.m. at Fort Mackinac, march to the cemetery, perform a short ceremony and salute, and return to the fort.

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  • June

  • Michigan Governor's Summer Residence Tours

    Wednesday, June 7

    Explore the Governor's Summer Residence on Mackinac Island each Wednesday from June 7 to August 30. Built in 1902 as a private summer cottage by Lawrence A. Young, it has served as the Governor's summer Residence since 1945. The residence was listed in the Michigan Register of Historic ...

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  • Rendezvous at the Straits: Voyageur Culture

    Saturday, June 10

    French-Canadian voyageurs, known as voyageurs, were among the most colorful historic visitors to Michilimackinac. Try your hand at voyageur games, join in singing a rousing paddling song, and master the skills these hardy men needed to keep the Great Lakes fur trade moving.

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  • Rendezvous at the Straits: Voyageur Culture

    Sunday, June 11

    French-Canadian voyageurs, known as voyageurs, were among the most colorful historic visitors to Michilimackinac. Try your hand at voyageur games, join in singing a rousing paddling song, and master the skills these hardy men needed to keep the Great Lakes fur trade moving.

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  • Michigan Governor's Summer Residence Tours

    Wednesday, June 14

    Explore the Governor's Summer Residence on Mackinac Island each Wednesday from June 7 to August 30. Built in 1902 as a private summer cottage by Lawrence A. Young, it has served as the Governor's summer Residence since 1945. The residence was listed in the Michigan Register of Historic ...

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  • Gardens and Good Things to Eat

    Saturday, June 17

    Everyone loves a good meal, including the historic residents of Michilimackinac! Join historic interpreters to tour and help maintain the fort's gardens, assist with running the outdoor bread oven (and taste the results!), watch meals cooked over an open fire, and learn more about the unique food ...

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  • Lilac Festival Grand Parade

    Sunday, June 18

    Finish off the week of festivities from the Lilac Festival with the Grand Parade which will go down M-185.

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  • Gardens and Good Things to Eat

    Sunday, June 18

    Everyone loves a good meal, including the historic residents of Michilimackinac! Join historic interpreters to tour and help maintain the fort's gardens, assist with running the outdoor bread oven (and taste the results!), watch meals cooked over an open fire, and learn more about the unique food ...

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  • Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum

    "Mackinac in Motion" Exhibition Awards Ceremony and Reception

    Wednesday, June 21

    A celebration of "Mackinac in Motion" as captured in art.  This event will feature short comments and light refreshments.  Open to the public at no charge.

    The absence of automobiles from Mackinac Island has helped preserve its character and created a need for transportation in ...


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  • Michigan Governor's Summer Residence Tours

    Wednesday, June 21

    Explore the Governor's Summer Residence on Mackinac Island each Wednesday from June 7 to August 30. Built in 1902 as a private summer cottage by Lawrence A. Young, it has served as the Governor's summer Residence since 1945. The residence was listed in the Michigan Register of Historic ...

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  • Garrison Life at Fort Holmes

    Saturday, June 24

    War of 1812 reenactors join Fort Mackinac Soldiers to recreate the early years of peace following the War of 1812 and the garrison of Fort Holmes. Special interpretive programs will highlight the period immediately after the war, ...

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  • Garrison Life at Fort Holmes

    Sunday, June 25

    War of 1812 reenactors join Fort Mackinac Soldiers to recreate the early years of peace following the War of 1812 and the garrison of Fort Holmes. Special interpretive programs will highlight the period immediately after the war, ...

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  • Michigan Governor's Summer Residence Tours

    Wednesday, June 28

    Explore the Governor's Summer Residence on Mackinac Island each Wednesday from June 7 to August 30. Built in 1902 as a private summer cottage by Lawrence A. Young, it has served as the Governor's summer Residence since 1945. The residence was listed in the Michigan Register of Historic ...

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  • July

  • Star Spangled Fourth of July

    Tuesday, July 4

    The historic island fort is decked out in patriotic finery with banners, flags and bunting. It is an 1880’s Independence Day, with 38-gun salutes honoring the states of the period, performances of patriotic music, and Victorian children’s games. Guests join the party and participate in ...

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  • An American Picnic

    Tuesday, July 4

    Checkered red and white tablecloths spread on the grass of Fort Mackinac’s parade grounds create a patchwork quilt welcoming hungry patriots with Grand Hotel’s all-you-can-eat tangy BBQ baby back ribs, grilled chicken breasts, hamburgers, hot dogs, turkey burgers, corn on the cob, and a slew of ...

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  • Michigan Governor's Summer Residence Tours

    Wednesday, July 5

    Explore the Governor's Summer Residence on Mackinac Island each Wednesday from June 7 to August 30. Built in 1902 as a private summer cottage by Lawrence A. Young, it has served as the Governor's summer Residence since 1945. The residence was listed in the Michigan Register of Historic ...

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  • Michigan Governor's Summer Residence Tours

    Wednesday, July 12

    Explore the Governor's Summer Residence on Mackinac Island each Wednesday from June 7 to August 30. Built in 1902 as a private summer cottage by Lawrence A. Young, it has served as the Governor's summer Residence since 1945. The residence was listed in the Michigan Register of Historic ...

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  • Soldiers of the King: The British Garrison of Michilimackinac

    Saturday, July 15

    Michilimackinac came under British rule in 1761, and the fort played an important role in British diplomacy and military affairs for the next 20 years. Enlist in King George's army and watch as member of the 8th Regiment of Foot and Royal Regiment of Artillery post guards, drill and fire muskets on ...

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  • Historic Downtown by Candlelight

    Saturday, July 15

    Stroll through downtown Mackinac Island by candlelight and meet characters from the island's rich historic past. During the 1830s Mackinac Island's fur trade was bustling with interesting people. Meet the Biddle family with strong family and community ties, workers of John Jacob Astor's American ...

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  • Soldiers of the King: The British Garrison of Michilimackinac

    Sunday, July 16

    Michilimackinac came under British rule in 1761, and the fort played an important role in British diplomacy and military affairs for the next 20 years. Enlist in King George's army and watch as member of the 8th Regiment of Foot and Royal Regiment of Artillery post guards, drill and fire muskets on ...

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  • Vintage Base Ball

    Saturday, July 22

    A vintage game of “base ball” as it was meant to be played, barehanded and by gentlemen’s rules on the old Fort Mackinac ball field behind Fort Mackinac, the oldest continually used ball field in Michigan! Learn an old-fashioned cheer, watch players fined for smoking cigars on the field, and ...

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  • Jaeger's Battalion of Roger's Rangers Encampment

    Saturday, July 22

    Robert Rogers, leader of the renowned Roger's Rangers military unit, was perhaps Michilimackinac's most famous resident. Join reenactors from Jaeger's Battalion or Roger's Rangers as they demonstrate military skills and camp life of the 1760s.

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  • Jaeger's Battalion of Roger's Rangers Encampment

    Sunday, July 23

    Robert Rogers, leader of the renowned Roger's Rangers military unit, was perhaps Michilimackinac's most famous resident. Join reenactors from Jaeger's Battalion or Roger's Rangers as they demonstrate military skills and camp life of the 1760s.

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  • Michigan Governor's Summer Residence Tours

    Wednesday, July 26

    Explore the Governor's Summer Residence on Mackinac Island each Wednesday from June 7 to August 30. Built in 1902 as a private summer cottage by Lawrence A. Young, it has served as the Governor's summer Residence since 1945. The residence was listed in the Michigan Register of Historic ...

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  • Native American History and Culture

    Saturday, July 29

    Long before Europeans arrived, Native Americans from around the Great Lakes gathered at Michilimackinac every summer to trade, fish, and socialize. Stop by the Native summer encampment and help smoke a fish or sew a moccasin, grind local-grown corn, and watch traditional skills demonstrated by ...

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  • Native American History and Culture

    Sunday, July 30

    Long before Europeans arrived, Native Americans from around the Great Lakes gathered at Michilimackinac every summer to trade, fish, and socialize. Stop by the Native summer encampment and help smoke a fish or sew a moccasin, grind local-grown corn, and watch traditional skills demonstrated by ...

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  • August

  • Michigan Governor's Summer Residence Tours

    Wednesday, August 2

    Explore the Governor's Summer Residence on Mackinac Island each Wednesday from June 7 to August 30. Built in 1902 as a private summer cottage by Lawrence A. Young, it has served as the Governor's summer Residence since 1945. The residence was listed in the Michigan Register of Historic ...

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  • Historic Downtown by Candlelight

    Wednesday, August 2

    Stroll through downtown Mackinac Island by candlelight and meet characters from the island's rich historic past. During the 1830s Mackinac Island's fur trade was bustling with interesting people. Meet the Biddle family with strong family and community ties, workers of John Jacob Astor's American ...

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  • Robert Griffing Art Show

    Saturday, August 5

    A visual interpretation of 18th-century America through a frontier art exhibit featuring works by Robert Griffing in the Visitor's Center at Colonial Michilimackinac.

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  • Soldiers of the King: The British Garrison of Michilimackinac

    Saturday, August 5

    Michilimackinac came under British rule in 1761, and the fort played an important role in British diplomacy and military affairs for the next 20 years. Enlist in King George's army and watch as member of the 8th Regiment of Foot and Royal Regiment of Artillery post guards, drill and fire muskets on ...

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  • Robert Griffing Art Show

    Sunday, August 6

    A visual interpretation of 18th-century America through a frontier art exhibit featuring works by Robert Griffing in the Visitor's Center at Colonial Michilimackinac.

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  • Soldiers of the King: The British Garrison of Michilimackinac

    Sunday, August 6

    Michilimackinac came under British rule in 1761, and the fort played an important role in British diplomacy and military affairs for the next 20 years. Enlist in King George's army and watch as member of the 8th Regiment of Foot and Royal Regiment of Artillery post guards, drill and fire muskets on ...

    Learn More >

  • Michigan Governor's Summer Residence Tours

    Wednesday, August 9

    Explore the Governor's Summer Residence on Mackinac Island each Wednesday from June 7 to August 30. Built in 1902 as a private summer cottage by Lawrence A. Young, it has served as the Governor's summer Residence since 1945. The residence was listed in the Michigan Register of Historic ...

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  • Michigan Governor's Summer Residence Tours

    Wednesday, August 16

    Explore the Governor's Summer Residence on Mackinac Island each Wednesday from June 7 to August 30. Built in 1902 as a private summer cottage by Lawrence A. Young, it has served as the Governor's summer Residence since 1945. The residence was listed in the Michigan Register of Historic ...

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  • Pastimes in Times Past

    Saturday, August 19

    Even in the Great Lakes wilderness, the historic residents of Michilimackinac knew how to have a good time. As you explore the fort, stop and try your hand at games of skill and chance, sing a song, take tea with the neighbors, enjoy the latest news from London, or learn an 18th century dance.

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  • Pastimes in Times Past

    Sunday, August 20

    Even in the Great Lakes wilderness, the historic residents of Michilimackinac knew how to have a good time. As you explore the fort, stop and try your hand at games of skill and chance, sing a song, take tea with the neighbors, enjoy the latest news from London, or learn an 18th century dance.

    Learn More >

  • Michigan Governor's Summer Residence Tours

    Wednesday, August 23

    Explore the Governor's Summer Residence on Mackinac Island each Wednesday from June 7 to August 30. Built in 1902 as a private summer cottage by Lawrence A. Young, it has served as the Governor's summer Residence since 1945. The residence was listed in the Michigan Register of Historic ...

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  • Michigan Governor's Summer Residence Tours

    Wednesday, August 30

    Explore the Governor's Summer Residence on Mackinac Island each Wednesday from June 7 to August 30. Built in 1902 as a private summer cottage by Lawrence A. Young, it has served as the Governor's summer Residence since 1945. The residence was listed in the Michigan Register of Historic ...

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  • September

  • Soldiers of the King: The British Garrison of Michilimackinac

    Saturday, September 9

    Michilimackinac came under British rule in 1761, and the fort played an important role in British diplomacy and military affairs for the next 20 years. Enlist in King George's army and watch as member of the 8th Regiment of Foot and Royal Regiment of Artillery post guards, drill and fire muskets on ...

    Learn More >

  • Soldiers of the King: The British Garrison of Michilimackinac

    Sunday, September 10

    Michilimackinac came under British rule in 1761, and the fort played an important role in British diplomacy and military affairs for the next 20 years. Enlist in King George's army and watch as member of the 8th Regiment of Foot and Royal Regiment of Artillery post guards, drill and fire muskets on ...

    Learn More >

  • Fire at Night - Fort Mackinac Rifle and Cannon

    Saturday, September 16

    See the flash of the fire when Fort Mackinac has rifle and cannon firings in the evening. Sunsets from Fort Mackinac are truly spectacular, and what better way to watch the sun set over the Mackinac Bridge than a celebratory cannon shot to go with it. Enjoy the Soldier's Barracks, shopping at ...

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  • The Straits Defended: Weapons on the Frontier

    Saturday, September 23

    Beginning in 1715, Michilimackinac served as an important military outpost for the French and British governments. Special tours will highlight the defensive features of the fort, including the remains of the original powder magazine. Join historic interpreters as they demonstrate the historic ...

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  • Fire at Night - Fort Mackinac Rifle and Cannon

    Saturday, September 23

    See the flash of the fire when Fort Mackinac has rifle and cannon firings in the evening. Sunsets from Fort Mackinac are truly spectacular, and what better way to watch the sun set over the Mackinac Bridge than a celebratory cannon shot to go with it. Enjoy the Soldier's Barracks, shopping at ...

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  • The Straits Defended: Weapons on the Frontier

    Sunday, September 24

    Beginning in 1715, Michilimackinac served as an important military outpost for the French and British governments. Special tours will highlight the defensive features of the fort, including the remains of the original powder magazine. Join historic interpreters as they demonstrate the historic ...

    Learn More >

  • Fire at Night - Fort Mackinac Rifle and Cannon

    Saturday, September 30

    See the flash of the fire when Fort Mackinac has rifle and cannon firings in the evening. Sunsets from Fort Mackinac are truly spectacular, and what better way to watch the sun set over the Mackinac Bridge than a celebratory cannon shot to go with it. Enjoy the Soldier's Barracks, shopping at ...

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  • October

  • Fort Fright

    Friday, October 6

    Explore the wooden palisade of Fort Michilimackinac at twilight and experience the legends and lore of the Native Americans, French Canadians, and British who called this home. Last admission is at 8:30 p.m. Check back for ticket information.

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  • Fort Fright

    Saturday, October 7

    Explore the wooden palisade of Fort Michilimackinac at twilight and experience the legends and lore of the Native Americans, French Canadians, and British who called this home. Last admission is at 8:30 p.m. Check back for ticket information.

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