Located on the shore of the Straits of Mackinac, visitors can enjoy stunning views of the Mackinac Bridge, the straits, and the Upper Peninsula. Colonial Michilimackinac is a 18th-century fort and fur trading village, reconstructed based on historic maps and more than 60 years of archaeological excavations. Here, you will see and hear how soldiers, civilians, and Native people responded to threats real and imagined as they attempted to maintain their livelihood, the fur trade. Historical interpreters representing voyageurs, British soldiers, and French-Canadian merchant families are stationed throughout the fort to answer your questions and perform demonstrations.
All events are expected to harmonize with the character, mission and public purpose of the site, such as dinners and receptions for convention and travel groups visiting Mackinac Island. Events celebrating birthdays, weddings, etc. are typically not permitted. Check with the Special Events Coordinator for more information on permissible events. In order to preserve the historical appearance of each site signs and decorations are restricted. Consult the Special Events Coordinator for more information.
Any properly licensed caterer can be contracted for your event at Colonial Michilimackinac. Mackinac State Historic Parks does not offer a catering service.
Special events may be scheduled from early May through October. All rentals include a 3-hour time block for decorating, dinner, and clean-up. Colonial Michilimackinac is available 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. during peak season. Event set-up and preparation may begin immediately following the final rifle firing. No vendor or guest will be allowed to enter before that time. Guests may begin arriving any time after 7:00 p.m. Events and clean-up must be concluded by 10:00 p.m.
Two historical interpreters (in costume) will present a program highlighting the fort’s history which includes firearms demonstrations. .
A deposit of $250.00 is required with application. Final payment must be received one month prior to the scheduled event.
-Final payment is due day of event.
Contact the Group Travel Coordinator for an evening event application.
For more information:
Box 370, Mackinac Island, MI 49757