Colonial Michilimackinac Private Events

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.

Schedule & Amenities

Private events may be scheduled at Colonial Michilimackinac from early May through October. Fort Mackinac is available for set-up 15 minutes after closing to the public. All reservations include a 3-hour time block with the Colonial Michilimackinac exhibits available for viewing.

In the summer months, Colonial Michilimackinac is available for private events 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily during the operating 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 must be concluded by 10:00 p.m. and clean-up finished by 11:00 p.m.

In the case of inclement weather, the private event will be relocated to the Church of Ste Anne de Michilimackinac, located within Colonial Michilimackinac. This property is not approved for tent usage.

Programs

All historic buildings will be open for guests. MSHP provides two historical interpreters to present a program highlighting the fort’s history which includes firearms demonstrations.

Guidelines

— A Mackinac State Historic Parks representative will be available throughout the private event to answer questions about the historic site.

— Decorations must not in any way be affixed to, or otherwise endanger, museum buildings or collections. No tape and tacks of any type may be used to install decorations. Signage cannot be hung on the walls or within any windows.

— It is the responsibility of the group to designate an individual to remove any decorations or other items immediately following the reservation; otherwise, the items will be removed and discarded by Mackinac State Historic Park staff. Mackinac State Historic Parks will not take the responsibility for storage of any items before or after the scheduled date.

— Any special equipment brought onto a Mackinac State Historic Parks site must be approved prior to the day of the event. This includes lighting or amplifications systems.

— Due to Mackinac State Historic Parks’ mission of preserving the natural integrity of the state park, only acoustic music is allowed. Use of amplification and sound systems must be approved by the Group Travel and Special Events Coordinator. Volume will be monitored by the Park Manager.

— Properly licensed caterers are welcome at Colonial Michilimackinac. Excessive alcohol consumption within MSHP buildings and grounds is strictly prohibited.

— “No Smoking” policy is enforced for all Mackinac State Historic Parks buildings and grounds.

— Electricity is available in the fort, but accessibility to the outlet is limited.

— Parking for your guests must be at the Colonial Michilimackinac Visitor’s Center located underneath the south end of the Mackinac Bridge. The walk from the Visitor’s Center to the fort is 520 yards.

— There are restrooms located inside within Colonial Michilimackinac will remain available for your guest. A 500-foot path leads from the Visitor’s Center to the fort. A layer of sand sometimes covers the hard-packed trail to and within the fort.

Fee

A non-refundable $250 deposit must be made to secure Colonial Michilimackinac for a private event. Deposits can be made via check or credit card.

0-99 guests                                 $1,500

100-199 guests                           $2,000

200-299 guests                          $2,500

300 0r more guests                   $3,500

Refund Policy

— $250 is non-refundable under any circumstances.

— Cancellations 30 days or less prior to reserved date are non-refundable.

Contact

If you wish to view Colonial Michilimackinac, please call to schedule a visit. The fort is open to the public, and you may also view it without an appointment. Dates and times fill up fast and are reserved on a first come, first served basis.

Cassondra Boothroyd
(231) 436-4100
207 W Sinclair, Mackinaw City, MI 49701