Special Events

    February

  • Twilight Turtle Trek

    Saturday, February 1

    Mackinac Island Turtle Trek - A lantern-lit ski and snowshoeing trek through some of Mackinac Island's natural winter wonderland. The trail begins at Greaney Grove (corner of Arch Rock Road and Huron Road) with a bonfire and hot chocolate. The trail is groomed, track set, lit by lanterns and ...

    Learn More >

  • March

  • March Mackinac Island State Park Commission Meeting

    Friday, March 6

    The Mackinac Island State Park Commission meeting for March will be at the Blue Cross Blue Shield Michigan Lyon Meadows Conference Center in New Hudson.

    Learn More >

  • Twilight Turtle Trek

    Saturday, March 7

    Mackinac Island Turtle Trek - A lantern-lit ski and snowshoeing trek through some of Mackinac Island's natural winter wonderland. The trail begins at Greaney Grove (corner of Arch Rock Road and Huron Road) with a bonfire and hot chocolate. The trail is groomed, track set, lit by lanterns and ...

    Learn More >

  • May

  • Fort Mackinac Open for the Season

    Friday, May 1

    Fort Mackinac opens for the 2020 season on May 1 at 9:00 a.m. Join us in celebrating 125 years of Mackinac State Historic Parks!  

    Learn More >

  • The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum Open for Season

    Monday, May 4

    The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum opens for the 2020 season on May 4, 2020. Join us in celebrating 125 years of Mackinac State Historic Parks by enjoying "A Day in the Park," a celebration of Mackinac Island State Park.

    Learn More >

  • Biddle House Open for the Season

    Tuesday, May 5

    The Biddle House, featuring the Mackinac Island Native American Museum, opens for the 2020 season on May 5 at 11:00 a.m. Help us celebrate 125 years of Mackinac State Historic Parks at this new exhibit!

    Learn More >

  • Colonial Michilimackinac Open for Season

    Wednesday, May 6

    Colonial Michilimackinac opens for the 2020 season on May 6 at 9:00 a.m. Help us celebrate 125 years of Mackinac State Historic Parks!

    Learn More >

  • Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse Open for the Season

    Thursday, May 7

    Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse opens for the 2020 season on May 7 at 9:00 a.m. Help us celebrate 125 years of Mackinac State Historic Parks! 

    Learn More >

  • Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park Open for the Season

    Friday, May 8

    Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park opens for the 2020 season on May 8 at 9:00 a.m. Help us celebrate 125 years of Mackinac State Historic Parks!

    Learn More >

  • Residents Appreciation Day

    Saturday, May 9

    For residents of Mackinac, Cheboygan, or Emmet counties, for one weekend, we discount the admission prices for all of our sites to what they were when we first began operating our modern museum programs for the public in 1958. (.50 cents adults, .25 cents children). Thank ...


    Learn More >

  • Fort2Fort Five Mile Challenge

    Saturday, May 9

    The third annual Fort2Fort Five Mile Challenge starts with a blast of the rifles at Fort Mackinac at 9:00 a.m. and passes all of the historic and natural wonders Mackinac Island State Park has to offer! This challenging but fun course takes runners by Arch Rock, the Mackinac Island Service Camp ...

    Learn More >

  • Residents Appreciation Day

    Sunday, May 10

    For residents of Mackinac, Cheboygan, or Emmet counties, for one weekend, we discount the admission prices for all of our sites to what they were when we first began operating our modern museum programs for the public in 1958. (.50 cents adults, .25 cents children). Thank ...


    Learn More >

  • May Mackinac Island State Park Commission Meeting

    Friday, May 22

    The Mackinac Island State Park Commission Board will meet in Mackinaw City at the Mackinaw Reception and Conference Center.

    Learn More >

  • Memorial Day Observance, Fort Mackinac Post Cemetery

    Monday, May 25

    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.

    Learn More >

  • Movie in the Fort

    Tuesday, May 26

    Settle in under the stars at Fort Mackinac and enjoy Toy Story 4 on the Parade Ground. Bring a blanket or a chair. This is a Mackinac Parks: 125 free event!

    Learn More >

  • War of 1812 Battlefield Bike Ride

    Wednesday, May 27

    Learn more about the War of 1812 and the battle of Mackinac Island on this guided bike ride to the 1814 battlefield on Mackinac Island. Meet at the Avenue of Flags at Fort Mackinac. This is a Mackinac Parks: 125 free event!

    Learn More >

  • Guided Botanical Trail Hike

    Thursday, May 28

    Join the MSHP Naturalist for a guided hike along the beautiful Mackinac Island Botanical Trail. Meet at the trail head at the Arch Rock Bicycle Trail. This is a Mackinac Parks: 125 free event!

    Learn More >

  • Movie by the Bridge

    Friday, May 29

    Enjoy Toy Story 4 in Michilimackinac State Park in Mackinaw City with the Mackinac Bridge as your background. Bring a blanket or a chair. This is a Mackinac Parks: 125 free event!

    Learn More >

  • Mackinac - Our Famous Island, presented by Mackinac Arts Council

    Sunday, May 31

    Detroit Public TV and Mackinac State Historic Parks takes viewers along its many shores and trails to experience the natural beauty of the island, visit landmarks that reveal its earliest history and introduce the people who still work to preserve this special place. There is far more to this ...

    Learn More >

  • June

  • Movie in the Fort

    Tuesday, June 2

    Settle in under the stars at Fort Mackinac and enjoy Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone on the Parade Ground. Bring a blanket or a chair. This is a Mackinac Parks: 125 free event!

    Learn More >

  • Michigan Governor's Summer Residence Tours

    Wednesday, June 3

    Explore the Governor's Summer Residence on Mackinac Island each Wednesday from June 5 to August 28. 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 ...

    Learn More >

  • The King's Birth-day Celebration

    Thursday, June 4

    An annual highlight for the British soldiers and civilians at Michilimackinac, King George III's official birthday on June 4 was marked by toasts, dinners and salutes. Join the interpretive staff at Michilimackinac as they celebrate this most British of holidays with artillery fire, drinks and ...

    Learn More >

  • Movie by the Bridge

    Friday, June 5

    Enjoy Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in Michilimackinac State Park in Mackinaw City with the Mackinac Bridge as your background. Bring a blanket or a chair. This is a Mackinac Parks: 125 free event!

    Learn More >

  • Lilac Festival Queen Coronation

    Friday, June 5

    Presented by the Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau. Join us in beautiful Marquette Park at the Father Marquette statue for the crowning of the 2020 Lilac Festival queen. This is a free Mackinac Parks: 125 event.

    Learn More >

  • Historic Downtown Mackinac Open for Season

    Saturday, June 6

    Mackinac's 19th-century fur trade community comes to life at the American Fur Company Store & Dr. Beaumont Museum, Benjamin Blacksmith Shop and McGulpin House. See a blacksmith demonstrate his or her trade at the Benjamin Blacksmith Shop, learn about Dr. Beaumont and his famous ...

    Learn More >

  • Complimentary Admission to the Mackinac Art Museum

    Saturday, June 6

    Enjoy complimentary admission to The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum June 6 - June 14 as part of the Mackinac Parks: 125 and Mackinac Island Lilac Festival celebrations!

    Learn More >

  • Mackinac Island Lilac Festival Cornhole Tournament

    Saturday, June 6

    Presented by the Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau. This fun, family-friendly event will take place in beautiful Marquette Park near the Peace Garden. A Mackinac Parks: 125 event!

    Learn More >

  • Mackinac - Our Famous Island, presented by Mackinac Arts Council

    Sunday, June 7

    Detroit Public TV and Mackinac State Historic Parks takes viewers along its many shores and trails to experience the natural beauty of the island, visit landmarks that reveal its earliest history and introduce the people who still work to preserve this special place. There is far more to this ...

    Learn More >

  • Complimentary Admission to the Mackinac Art Museum

    Sunday, June 7

    Enjoy complimentary admission to The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum June 6 - June 14 as part of the Mackinac Parks: 125 and Mackinac Island Lilac Festival celebrations!

    Learn More >

  • Complimentary Admission to the Mackinac Art Museum

    Monday, June 8

    Enjoy complimentary admission to The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum June 6 - June 14 as part of the Mackinac Parks: 125 and Mackinac Island Lilac Festival celebrations!

    Learn More >

  • Complimentary Admission to the Mackinac Art Museum

    Tuesday, June 9

    Enjoy complimentary admission to The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum June 6 - June 14 as part of the Mackinac Parks: 125 and Mackinac Island Lilac Festival celebrations!

    Learn More >

  • Movie in the Fort

    Tuesday, June 9

    Settle in under the stars at Fort Mackinac and enjoy E.T. - The Extra-Terrestrial on the Parade Ground. Bring a blanket or a chair. This is a Mackinac Parks: 125 free event!

    Learn More >

  • Michigan Governor's Summer Residence Tours

    Wednesday, June 10

    Explore the Governor's Summer Residence on Mackinac Island each Wednesday from June 5 to August 28. 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 ...

    Learn More >

  • Complimentary Admission to the Mackinac Art Museum

    Wednesday, June 10

    Enjoy complimentary admission to The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum June 6 - June 14 as part of the Mackinac Parks: 125 and Mackinac Island Lilac Festival celebrations!

    Learn More >

  • Complimentary Admission to the Mackinac Art Museum

    Thursday, June 11

    Enjoy complimentary admission to The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum June 6 - June 14 as part of the Mackinac Parks: 125 and Mackinac Island Lilac Festival celebrations!

    Learn More >

  • Business After Hours, presented by Mackinaw City Chamber of Commerce

    Thursday, June 11

    Join the Mackinaw City business community for an evening of networking at Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse. Enjoy tours of the lighthouse tower, explore the new exhibits on the second floor, and enjoy one of the best views in northern Michigan. Presented by the Mackinaw City Chamber of Commerce. ...

    Learn More >

  • Complimentary Admission to the Mackinac Art Museum

    Friday, June 12

    Enjoy complimentary admission to The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum June 6 - June 14 as part of the Mackinac Parks: 125 and Mackinac Island Lilac Festival celebrations!

    Learn More >

  • Movie by the Bridge

    Friday, June 12

    Enjoy E.T. - The Extra-Terrestrial in Michilimackinac State Park in Mackinaw City with the Mackinac Bridge as your background. Bring a blanket or a chair. This is a Mackinac Parks: 125 free event!

    Learn More >

  • Soldiers of the King: The British Garrison of Michilimackinac

    Saturday, June 13

    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 >

  • Summer Stargazing

    Saturday, June 13

    Join a Mackinac Island park ranger for a constellation program showcasing the twinkling wonders of the night sky. Meet at the Fort Mackinac Avenue of Flags for a guided hike with solar lights to Fort Holmes, the highest point on Mackinac Island. This is a Mackinac Parks: 125 free event!

    Learn More >

  • Complimentary Admission to the Mackinac Art Museum

    Saturday, June 13

    Enjoy complimentary admission to The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum June 6 - June 14 as part of the Mackinac Parks: 125 and Mackinac Island Lilac Festival celebrations!

    Learn More >

  • Lilac Festival Grand Parade

    Sunday, June 14

    Finish off the week of festivities from the Lilac Festival with the Grand Parade which will go down M-185 into downtown. Keep an eye out for the special Mackinac Parks: 125 float!

    Learn More >

  • Soldiers of the King: The British Garrison of Michilimackinac

    Sunday, June 14

    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 >

  • Mackinac - Our Famous Island, presented by Mackinac Arts Council

    Sunday, June 14

    Detroit Public TV and Mackinac State Historic Parks takes viewers along its many shores and trails to experience the natural beauty of the island, visit landmarks that reveal its earliest history and introduce the people who still work to preserve this special place. There is far more to this ...

    Learn More >

  • Complimentary Admission to the Mackinac Art Museum

    Sunday, June 14

    Enjoy complimentary admission to The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum June 6 - June 14 as part of the Mackinac Parks: 125 and Mackinac Island Lilac Festival celebrations!

    Learn More >

  • Movie in the Fort

    Tuesday, June 16

    Settle in under the stars at Fort Mackinac and enjoy The Incredibles on the Parade Ground. Bring a blanket or a chair. This is a Mackinac Parks: 125 free event!

    Learn More >

  • "A Day in the Park" Open House and Reception

    Wednesday, June 17

    Join us in celebrating 125 years of Mackinac Island State Park as captured in art. "A Day in the Park" will be celebrated with awards and reception outside The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum. This event is open and free to the public.For this special anniversary ...

    Learn More >

  • Michigan Governor's Summer Residence Tours

    Wednesday, June 17

    Explore the Governor's Summer Residence on Mackinac Island each Wednesday from June 5 to August 28. 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 ...

    Learn More >

  • Artist-in-Residence Workshop

    Wednesday, June 17

    Join our Artist-in-Residence for an educational, free workshop held at the Station 256 Conference Room, located above the Mackinac Island State Park Visitor's Center. Cover art is from 2019 Artist-in-Resident Mia Cinelli. More information to come soon.

    Learn More >

  • Hidden Histories: The Enslaved Community at Michilimackinac

    Thursday, June 18

    As part of the Mackinac Parks: 125 festivities, we want to explore elements of Colonial Michilimackinac's history and culture that are not currently well-represented in interpretive programming and exhibits. This walking tour/discussion will focus on the enslaved community at Michilimackinac, and ...

    Learn More >

  • Movie by the Bridge

    Friday, June 19

    Enjoy The Incredibles in Michilimackinac State Park in Mackinaw City with the Mackinac Bridge as your background. Bring a blanket or a chair. This is a Mackinac Parks: 125 free event!

    Learn More >

  • Mackinac Associates: G. Mennen Williams Celebration

    Saturday, June 20

    Mackinac Associates' annual G. Mennen Williams Celebration brings together lovers of Mackinac to recognize the outstanding support and efforts of Mackinac State Historic Parks' friends group.Cocktails will ...

    Learn More >

  • Mackinac - Our Famous Island, presented by Mackinac Arts Council

    Sunday, June 21

    Detroit Public TV and Mackinac State Historic Parks takes viewers along its many shores and trails to experience the natural beauty of the island, visit landmarks that reveal its earliest history and introduce the people who still work to preserve this special place. There is far more to this ...

    Learn More >

  • Movie in the Fort

    Tuesday, June 23

    Settle in under the stars at Fort Mackinac and enjoy The Wizard of Oz on the Parade Ground. Bring a blanket or a chair. This is a Mackinac Parks: 125 free event!

    Learn More >

  • Michigan Governor's Summer Residence Tours

    Wednesday, June 24

    Explore the Governor's Summer Residence on Mackinac Island each Wednesday from June 5 to August 28. 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 ...

    Learn More >

  • Fire at Night - Fort Mackinac Rifle and Cannon

    Thursday, June 25

    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. A Mackinac Parks: 125 event! $5 admission.

    Learn More >

  • Movie by the Bridge

    Friday, June 26

    Enjoy The Wizard of Oz in Michilimackinac State Park in Mackinaw City with the Mackinac Bridge as your background. Bring a blanket or a chair. This is a Mackinac Parks: 125 free event!

    Learn More >

  • Rendezvous at the Straits: Voyageur Culture

    Saturday, June 27

    French-Canadian canoe men, 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.

    Learn More >

  • Rendezvous at the Straits: Voyageur Culture

    Sunday, June 28

    French-Canadian canoe men, 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.

    Learn More >

  • Mackinac - Our Famous Island, presented by Mackinac Arts Council

    Sunday, June 28

    Detroit Public TV and Mackinac State Historic Parks takes viewers along its many shores and trails to experience the natural beauty of the island, visit landmarks that reveal its earliest history and introduce the people who still work to preserve this special place. There is far more to this ...

    Learn More >

  • Nature Talk

    Monday, June 29

    Join our MSHP Naturalist for a nature-themed discussion at the British Landing Nature Center. More information to come. This is a Mackinac Parks: 125 free event!

    Learn More >

  • Movie in the Fort

    Tuesday, June 30

    Settle in under the stars at Fort Mackinac and enjoy Frozen II on the Parade Ground. Bring a blanket or a chair. This is a Mackinac Parks: 125 free event!

    Learn More >

  • July

  • Michigan Governor's Summer Residence Tours

    Wednesday, July 1

    Explore the Governor's Summer Residence on Mackinac Island each Wednesday from June 5 to August 28. 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 ...

    Learn More >

  • Artist-in-Residence Workshop

    Wednesday, July 1

    Join our Artist-in-Residence for an educational, free workshop held at the Station 256 Conference Room, located above the Mackinac Island State Park Visitor's Center. Cover art is from 2019 Artist-in-Resident Mia Cinelli. More information to come soon.

    Learn More >

  • Mackinac's Got Talent, presented by Mackinac Arts Council

    Thursday, July 2

    The Mackinac Arts Council presents Mackinac's Got Talent , an exciting competition of local musicians and performers on the island. This is a free event in Marquette Park on Mackinac Island.

    Learn More >

  • Movie by the Bridge

    Friday, July 3

    Enjoy Frozen II in Michilimackinac State Park in Mackinaw City with the Mackinac Bridge as your background. Bring a blanket or a chair. This is a Mackinac Parks: 125 free event!

    Learn More >

  • Star Spangled Fourth of July

    Saturday, 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 ...

    Learn More >

  • An American Picnic

    Saturday, 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 ...

    Learn More >

  • Mackinac Associates Red, White & Blue Celebration

    Saturday, July 4

    An annual private Independence Day reception for members of Mackinac Associates.Head to the Mackinac Associates website ...

    Learn More >

  • Mackinac - Our Famous Island, presented by Mackinac Arts Council

    Sunday, July 5

    Detroit Public TV and Mackinac State Historic Parks takes viewers along its many shores and trails to experience the natural beauty of the island, visit landmarks that reveal its earliest history and introduce the people who still work to preserve this special place. There is far more to this ...

    Learn More >

  • War of 1812 Battlefield Bike Ride

    Sunday, July 5

    Learn more about the War of 1812 and the battle of Mackinac Island on this guided bike ride to the 1814 battlefield on Mackinac Island. Meet at the Avenue of Flags at Fort Mackinac. This is a Mackinac Parks: 125 free event!

    Learn More >

  • Movie in the Fort

    Tuesday, July 7

    Settle in under the stars at Fort Mackinac and enjoy Mary Poppins Returns on the Parade Ground. Bring a blanket or a chair. This is a Mackinac Parks: 125 free event!

    Learn More >

  • Michigan Governor's Summer Residence Tours

    Wednesday, July 8

    Explore the Governor's Summer Residence on Mackinac Island each Wednesday from June 5 to August 28. 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 ...

    Learn More >

  • Fire at Night at Michilimackinac

    Thursday, July 9

    Experience Colonial Michilimackinac in an entirely new way and see the flash of the cannon under the stars! This is a Mackinac Parks: 125 free event!

    Learn More >

  • Movie by the Bridge

    Friday, July 10

    Enjoy Mary Poppins Returns in Michilimackinac State Park in Mackinaw City with the Mackinac Bridge as your background. Bring a blanket or a chair. This is a Mackinac Parks: 125 free event!

    Learn More >

  • Michilimackinac at Work: Labor and Trades

    Saturday, July 11

    Michilimackinac was a hardworking community in the 18th century. Voyageurs, blacksmiths, laundresses, clerks, and soldiers all plied their trades at the fort, employing both skilled and unskilled labor. Join the interpretive staff as they demonstrate a variety of tasks that made up the ...

    Learn More >

  • Summer Stargazing

    Saturday, July 11

    Join a Mackinac Island park ranger for a constellation program showcasing the twinkling wonders of the night sky. Meet at the Fort Mackinac Avenue of Flags for a guided hike with solar lights to Fort Holmes, the highest point on Mackinac Island. This is a Mackinac Parks: 125 free event!

    Learn More >

  • Michilimackinac at Work: Labor and Trades

    Sunday, July 12

    Michilimackinac was a hardworking community in the 18th century. Voyageurs, blacksmiths, laundresses, clerks, and soldiers all plied their trades at the fort, employing both skilled and unskilled labor. Join the interpretive staff as they demonstrate a variety of tasks that made up the ...

    Learn More >

  • Mackinac - Our Famous Island, presented by Mackinac Arts Council

    Sunday, July 12

    Detroit Public TV and Mackinac State Historic Parks takes viewers along its many shores and trails to experience the natural beauty of the island, visit landmarks that reveal its earliest history and introduce the people who still work to preserve this special place. There is far more to this ...

    Learn More >

  • Movie in the Fort

    Tuesday, July 14

    Settle in under the stars at Fort Mackinac and enjoy A League of Their Own on the Parade Ground. Bring a blanket or a chair. This is a Mackinac Parks: 125 free event!

    Learn More >

  • Michigan Governor's Summer Residence Tours

    Wednesday, July 15

    Explore the Governor's Summer Residence on Mackinac Island each Wednesday from June 5 to August 28. 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 ...

    Learn More >

  • Hidden Histories: Marriage and the British Army

    Wednesday, July 15

    As part of the Mackinac Parks: 125 festivities, we want to explore elements of Colonial Michilimackinac's history and culture that are not currently well-represented in interpretive programming and exhibits. This walking tour/discussion will focus on marriage and the British army. and will be led ...

    Learn More >

  • Music in the Park, presented by the Mackinac Arts Council

    Thursday, July 16

    From the Arts Council: "With a spectacular backdrop, our summer concert series takes place on the lawn of a National Historic Landmark, Marquette Park, which is at the foothills of Historic Fort Mackinac downtown across from the marina. Bring a picnic and tune in for some great live folk, rock, ...

    Learn More >

  • Movie by the Bridge

    Friday, July 17

    Enjoy A League of Their Own in Michilimackinac State Park in Mackinaw City with the Mackinac Bridge as your background. Bring a blanket or a chair. This is a Mackinac Parks: 125 free event!

    Learn More >

  • Vintage Base Ball

    Saturday, July 18

    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 ...

    Learn More >

  • Mackinac - Our Famous Island, presented by Mackinac Arts Council

    Sunday, July 19

    Detroit Public TV and Mackinac State Historic Parks takes viewers along its many shores and trails to experience the natural beauty of the island, visit landmarks that reveal its earliest history and introduce the people who still work to preserve this special place. There is far more to this ...

    Learn More >

  • Nature Talk

    Sunday, July 19

    Join our MSHP Naturalist for a nature-themed discussion at the British Landing Nature Center. More information to come. This is a Mackinac Parks: 125 free event!

    Learn More >

  • Movie in the Fort

    Tuesday, July 21

    Settle in under the stars at Fort Mackinac and enjoy Wreck-It Ralph on the Parade Ground. Bring a blanket or a chair. This is a Mackinac Parks: 125 free event!

    Learn More >

  • Michigan Governor's Summer Residence Tours

    Wednesday, July 22

    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 ...

    Learn More >

  • Artist-in-Residence Workshop

    Wednesday, July 22

    Join our Artist-in-Residence for an educational, free workshop held at the Station 256 Conference Room, located above the Mackinac Island State Park Visitor's Center. Cover art is from 2019 Artist-in-Resident Mia Cinelli. More information to come soon.

    Learn More >

  • Music in the Park, presented by the Mackinac Arts Council

    Thursday, July 23

    From the Arts Council: "With a spectacular backdrop, our summer concert series takes place on the lawn of a National Historic Landmark, Marquette Park, which is at the foothills of Historic Fort Mackinac downtown across from the marina. Bring a picnic and tune in for some great live folk, rock, ...

    Learn More >

  • July Mackinac Island State Park Commission Meeting

    Friday, July 24

    The Mackinac Island State Park Commission will meet at the Mackinac State Historic Parks Post Hospital Administrative Office Board Room on Mackinac Island.

    Learn More >

  • Movie by the Bridge

    Friday, July 24

    Enjoy Wreck-It Ralph in Michilimackinac State Park in Mackinaw City with the Mackinac Bridge as your background. Bring a blanket or a chair. This is a Mackinac Parks: 125 free event!

    Learn More >

  • Northern Michigan Brass Band

    Saturday, July 25

    Kick off the Mackinac Parks: 125 Gala Day with the renowned Northern Michigan Brass Band in Marquette Park. This is a Mackinac Parks: 125 free event!

    Learn More >

  • Mackinac Parks: 125 Fireworks

    Saturday, July 25

    The finale to the Mackinac Parks: 125 Gala Day are fireworks over the Straits of Mackinac. This is a Mackinac Parks: 125 free event!

    Learn More >

  • Mackinac - Our Famous Island, presented by Mackinac Arts Council

    Sunday, July 26

    Detroit Public TV and Mackinac State Historic Parks takes viewers along its many shores and trails to experience the natural beauty of the island, visit landmarks that reveal its earliest history and introduce the people who still work to preserve this special place. There is far more to this ...

    Learn More >

  • Movie in the Fort

    Tuesday, July 28

    Settle in under the stars at Fort Mackinac and enjoy Space Jam on the Parade Ground. Bring a blanket or a chair. This is a Mackinac Parks: 125 free event!

    Learn More >

  • Michigan Governor's Summer Residence Tours

    Wednesday, July 29

    Explore the Governor's Summer Residence on Mackinac Island each Wednesday from June 5 to August 28. 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 ...

    Learn More >

  • Music in the Park, presented by the Mackinac Arts Council

    Thursday, July 30

    From the Arts Council: "With a spectacular backdrop, our summer concert series takes place on the lawn of a National Historic Landmark, Marquette Park, which is at the foothills of Historic Fort Mackinac downtown across from the marina. Bring a picnic and tune in for some great live folk, rock, ...

    Learn More >

  • Movie by the Bridge

    Friday, July 31

    Enjoy Space Jam in Michilimackinac State Park in Mackinaw City with the Mackinac Bridge as your background. Bring a blanket or a chair. This is a Mackinac Parks: 125 free event!

    Learn More >

  • August

  • Pastimes in Times Past: Fun and Games

    Saturday, August 1

    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 >

  • Pastimes in Times Past: Fun and Games

    Sunday, August 2

    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 >

  • Mackinac - Our Famous Island, presented by Mackinac Arts Council

    Sunday, August 2

    Detroit Public TV and Mackinac State Historic Parks takes viewers along its many shores and trails to experience the natural beauty of the island, visit landmarks that reveal its earliest history and introduce the people who still work to preserve this special place. There is far more to this ...

    Learn More >

  • Movie in the Fort

    Tuesday, August 4

    Settle in under the stars at Fort Mackinac and enjoy Finding Nemo on the Parade Ground. Bring a blanket or a chair. This is a Mackinac Parks: 125 free event!

    Learn More >

  • Michigan Governor's Summer Residence Tours

    Wednesday, August 5

    Explore the Governor's Summer Residence on Mackinac Island each Wednesday from June 5 to August 28. 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 ...

    Learn More >

  • Artist-in-Residence Workshop

    Wednesday, August 5

    Join our Artist-in-Residence for an educational, free workshop held at the Station 256 Conference Room, located above the Mackinac Island State Park Visitor's Center. Cover art is from 2019 Artist-in-Resident Mia Cinelli. More information to come soon.

    Learn More >

  • Music in the Park, presented by the Mackinac Arts Council

    Thursday, August 6

    From the Arts Council: "With a spectacular backdrop, our summer concert series takes place on the lawn of a National Historic Landmark, Marquette Park, which is at the foothills of Historic Fort Mackinac downtown across from the marina. Bring a picnic and tune in for some great live folk, rock, ...

    Learn More >

  • Movie by the Bridge

    Friday, August 7

    Enjoy Finding Nemo in Michilimackinac State Park in Mackinaw City with the Mackinac Bridge as your background. Bring a blanket or a chair. This is a Mackinac Parks: 125 free event!

    Learn More >

  • Gardens and Good Things to Eat

    Saturday, August 8

    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 ...

    Learn More >

  • Gardens and Good Things to Eat

    Sunday, August 9

    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 ...

    Learn More >

  • S'more...Meteors!

    Sunday, August 9

    Welcome to the biggest event of the month...meteor showers! Watch meteors, learn about constellations, and enjoy s'mores at Mackinac Island's highest point - Fort Holmes!Meet at the Fort Mackinac Avenue of Flags for a solar light-guided hike to Fort Holmes with a park ranger. This is a Mackinac ...

    Learn More >

  • Mackinac - Our Famous Island, presented by Mackinac Arts Council

    Sunday, August 9

    Detroit Public TV and Mackinac State Historic Parks takes viewers along its many shores and trails to experience the natural beauty of the island, visit landmarks that reveal its earliest history and introduce the people who still work to preserve this special place. There is far more to this ...

    Learn More >

  • Guided Botanical Trail Hike

    Monday, August 10

    Join the MSHP Naturalist for a guided hike along the beautiful Mackinac Island Botanical Trail. Meet at the trail head at the Arch Rock Bicycle Trail. This is a Mackinac Parks: 125 free event!

    Learn More >

  • Movie in the Fort

    Tuesday, August 11

    Settle in under the stars at Fort Mackinac and enjoy The Mighty Ducks on the Parade Ground. Bring a blanket or a chair. This is a Mackinac Parks: 125 free event!

    Learn More >

  • Michigan Governor's Summer Residence Tours

    Wednesday, August 12

    Explore the Governor's Summer Residence on Mackinac Island each Wednesday from June 5 to August 28. 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 ...

    Learn More >

  • Music in the Park, presented by the Mackinac Arts Council

    Thursday, August 13

    From the Arts Council: "With a spectacular backdrop, our summer concert series takes place on the lawn of a National Historic Landmark, Marquette Park, which is at the foothills of Historic Fort Mackinac downtown across from the marina. Bring a picnic and tune in for some great live folk, rock, ...

    Learn More >

  • Movie by the Bridge

    Friday, August 14

    Enjoy Finding Nemo in Michilimackinac State Park in Mackinaw City with the Mackinac Bridge as your background. Bring a blanket or a chair. This is a Mackinac Parks: 125 free event!

    Learn More >

  • Mackinac Associates Annual Meeting

    Saturday, August 15

    Mackinac Associates, the friends group for Mackinac State Historic Parks, will host their annual meeting on Mackinac Island.This is a private event for Mackinac Associates members. For information on how to ...

    Learn More >

  • Mackinac - Our Famous Island, presented by Mackinac Arts Council

    Sunday, August 16

    Detroit Public TV and Mackinac State Historic Parks takes viewers along its many shores and trails to experience the natural beauty of the island, visit landmarks that reveal its earliest history and introduce the people who still work to preserve this special place. There is far more to this ...

    Learn More >

  • Explore Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse

    Monday, August 17

    Join us at Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse as we take a deeper dive on some of its fascinating history. More information to come. All special programs included with a regular Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse admission ticket. A Mackinac Parks: 125 event!

    Learn More >

  • Movie in the Fort

    Tuesday, August 18

    Settle in under the stars at Fort Mackinac and enjoy Moana on the Parade Ground. Bring a blanket or a chair. This is a Mackinac Parks: 125 free event!

    Learn More >

  • Michigan Governor's Summer Residence Tours

    Wednesday, August 19

    Explore the Governor's Summer Residence on Mackinac Island each Wednesday from June 5 to August 28. 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 ...

    Learn More >

  • Artist-in-Residence Workshop

    Wednesday, August 19

    Join our Artist-in-Residence for an educational, free workshop held at the Station 256 Conference Room, located above the Mackinac Island State Park Visitor's Center. Cover art is from 2019 Artist-in-Resident Mia Cinelli. More information to come soon.

    Learn More >

  • Hidden Histories: The Grenadiers' "Mutiny" of 1780

    Wednesday, August 19

    As part of the Mackinac Parks: 125 festivities, we want to explore elements of Colonial Michilimackinac's history and culture that are not currently well-represented in interpretive programming and exhibits. This walking tour/discussion will focus on the Grenadiers' "mutiny" of 1780, and will be ...

    Learn More >

  • Mackinac's Got Talent, presented by the Mackinac Arts Council

    Thursday, August 20

    The Mackinac Arts Council presents Mackinac's Got Talent , an exciting competition of local musicians and performers on the island. This is a free event in Marquette Park on Mackinac Island.

    Learn More >

  • Movie by the Bridge

    Friday, August 21

    Enjoy Moana in Michilimackinac State Park in Mackinaw City with the Mackinac Bridge as your background. Bring a blanket or a chair. This is a Mackinac Parks: 125 free event!

    Learn More >

  • Mackinac - Our Famous Island, presented by Mackinac Arts Council

    Sunday, August 23

    Detroit Public TV and Mackinac State Historic Parks takes viewers along its many shores and trails to experience the natural beauty of the island, visit landmarks that reveal its earliest history and introduce the people who still work to preserve this special place. There is far more to this ...

    Learn More >

  • Movie in the Fort

    Tuesday, August 25

    Settle in under the stars at Fort Mackinac and enjoy The Lego Movie on the Parade Ground. Bring a blanket or a chair. This is a Mackinac Parks: 125 free event!

    Learn More >

  • Michigan Governor's Summer Residence Tours

    Wednesday, August 26

    Explore the Governor's Summer Residence on Mackinac Island each Wednesday from June 5 to August 28. 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 ...

    Learn More >

  • Music in the Park, presented by the Mackinac Arts Council

    Thursday, August 27

    From the Arts Council: "With a spectacular backdrop, our summer concert series takes place on the lawn of a National Historic Landmark, Marquette Park, which is at the foothills of Historic Fort Mackinac downtown across from the marina. Bring a picnic and tune in for some great live folk, rock, ...

    Learn More >

  • Movie by the Bridge

    Friday, August 28

    Enjoy The Lego Movie in Michilimackinac State Park in Mackinaw City with the Mackinac Bridge as your background. Bring a blanket or a chair. This is a Mackinac Parks: 125 free event!

    Learn More >

  • Guided Native American Cultural History Trail Ride

    Saturday, August 29

    Join Eric Hemenway, Director of Archives and Records for the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, for a guided tour of the Native American Cultural History Trail on Mackinac Island. This is a Mackinac Parks: 125 free event!

    Learn More >

  • Mackinac - Our Famous Island, presented by Mackinac Arts Council

    Sunday, August 30

    Detroit Public TV and Mackinac State Historic Parks takes viewers along its many shores and trails to experience the natural beauty of the island, visit landmarks that reveal its earliest history and introduce the people who still work to preserve this special place. There is far more to this ...

    Learn More >

  • September

  • Movie in the Fort

    Tuesday, September 1

    Settle in under the stars at Fort Mackinac and enjoy Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker on the Parade Ground. Bring a blanket or a chair. This is a Mackinac Parks: 125 free event!This movie is rated PG-13.

    Learn More >

  • Hike to Fort Holmes

    Wednesday, September 2

    Join an MSHP staff member for a guided walk to Fort Holmes, the highest point on Mackinac Island. Meet at the Fort Mackinac Avenue of Flags. This is a Mackinac Parks: 125 free event!

    Learn More >

  • Music in the Park, presented by the Mackinac Arts Council

    Thursday, September 3

    From the Arts Council: "With a spectacular backdrop, our summer concert series takes place on the lawn of a National Historic Landmark, Marquette Park, which is at the foothills of Historic Fort Mackinac downtown across from the marina. Bring a picnic and tune in for some great live folk, rock, ...

    Learn More >

  • Movie by the Bridge

    Friday, September 4

    Enjoy Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker in Michilimackinac State Park in Mackinaw City with the Mackinac Bridge as your background. Bring a blanket or a chair. This is a Mackinac Parks: 125 free event!This movie is rated PG-13.

    Learn More >

  • Mackinac - Our Famous Island, presented by Mackinac Arts Council

    Sunday, September 6

    Detroit Public TV and Mackinac State Historic Parks takes viewers along its many shores and trails to experience the natural beauty of the island, visit landmarks that reveal its earliest history and introduce the people who still work to preserve this special place. There is far more to this ...

    Learn More >

  • Artist-in-Residence Workshop

    Wednesday, September 9

    Join our Artist-in-Residence for an educational, free workshop held at the Station 256 Conference Room, located above the Mackinac Island State Park Visitor's Center. Cover art is from 2019 Artist-in-Resident Mia Cinelli. More information to come soon.

    Learn More >

  • Mackinac - Our Famous Island, presented by Mackinac Arts Council

    Sunday, September 13

    Detroit Public TV and Mackinac State Historic Parks takes viewers along its many shores and trails to experience the natural beauty of the island, visit landmarks that reveal its earliest history and introduce the people who still work to preserve this special place. There is far more to this ...

    Learn More >

  • Michilimackinac Secrets and Scandals: History Revealed

    Saturday, September 19

    This new themed weekend will present visitors with a variety of programs focusing on some of Michilimackinac’s lesser known history. Each program will examine an aspect of the Michilimackinac’ past that caused the original residents to gossip and share secrets with one another. All special ...

    Learn More >

  • Mackinac - Our Famous Island, presented by Mackinac Arts Council

    Sunday, September 20

    Detroit Public TV and Mackinac State Historic Parks takes viewers along its many shores and trails to experience the natural beauty of the island, visit landmarks that reveal its earliest history and introduce the people who still work to preserve this special place. There is far more to this ...

    Learn More >

  • Michilimackinac Secrets and Scandals: History Revealed

    Sunday, September 20

    This new themed weekend will present visitors with a variety of programs focusing on some of Michilimackinac’s lesser known history. Each program will examine an aspect of the Michilimackinac’ past that caused the original residents to gossip and share secrets with one another. All programs and ...

    Learn More >

  • Artist-in-Residence Workshop

    Wednesday, September 23

    Join our Artist-in-Residence for an educational, free workshop held at the Station 256 Conference Room, located above the Mackinac Island State Park Visitor's Center. Cover art is from 2019 Artist-in-Resident Mia Cinelli. More information to come soon.

    Learn More >

  • September Mackinac Island State Park Commission Meeting

    Friday, September 25

    The Mackinac Island State Park Commission will meet at the Mackinac State Historic Parks Post Hospital Administration Office Board Room on Mackinac Island.

    Learn More >

  • Mackinac - Our Famous Island, presented by Mackinac Arts Council

    Sunday, September 27

    Detroit Public TV and Mackinac State Historic Parks takes viewers along its many shores and trails to experience the natural beauty of the island, visit landmarks that reveal its earliest history and introduce the people who still work to preserve this special place. There is far more to this ...

    Learn More >

  • October

  • Mackinac - Our Famous Island, presented by Mackinac Arts Council

    Sunday, October 4

    Detroit Public TV and Mackinac State Historic Parks takes viewers along its many shores and trails to experience the natural beauty of the island, visit landmarks that reveal its earliest history and introduce the people who still work to preserve this special place. There is far more to this ...

    Learn More >

  • Fort Fright

    Friday, October 9

    Lanterns light your way through an 18th-century fort and fur trading village overrun by werewolves, witches, goblins and ghouls. Storytellers weave spooky folktales near bonfires and treats such as hot mulled cider, cookies and candy can be found throughout the site. Most stops are suitable for all ...

    Learn More >

  • Fort Fright

    Saturday, October 10

    Lanterns light your way through an 18th-century fort and fur trading village overrun by werewolves, witches, goblins and ghouls. Storytellers weave spooky folktales near bonfires and treats such as hot mulled cider, cookies and candy can be found throughout the site. Most stops are suitable for all ...

    Learn More >

  • Mackinac - Our Famous Island, presented by Mackinac Arts Council

    Sunday, October 11

    Detroit Public TV and Mackinac State Historic Parks takes viewers along its many shores and trails to experience the natural beauty of the island, visit landmarks that reveal its earliest history and introduce the people who still work to preserve this special place. There is far more to this ...

    Learn More >

  • December

  • A Colonial Christmas

    Saturday, December 12

    Join us at Colonial Michilimackinac for a taste of the holidays in the 18th century. From the first Christmas services in Mackinac recorded by Jesuits to later British and French-Canadian traditions, the Colonial Christmas at Michilimackinac gives visitors the rare chance to step inside ...

    Learn More >