Special Events

    July

  • Mackinac Arts Council Workshop Series

    Monday, July 15

    Watercolor with Mary Lou Peters.Visit the Mackinac Arts Council for more information.

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  • Michigan Governor's Summer Residence Tours

    Wednesday, July 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 ...

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  • Mackinac Arts Council Workshop Series

    Wednesday, July 17

    Pencil Drawing with Bethany Phipps.For more information contact the Mackinac Arts Council. 

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  • Music in the Park

    Thursday, July 18

    The Mackinac Arts Council presents folk-rock artist Megan Dooley.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 ...

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  • Introduction to Typography

    Friday, July 19

    Are you fascinated by fonts? Participants will gain basic typographic knowledge and learn quick, hands-on type design in this combination lecture and workshop. Limited to 30 people. The workshop will be held at Station 256 Conference Room, located above the Mackinac Island State Park Visitor's ...

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  • Vintage Base Ball

    Saturday, July 20

    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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  • Mackinac Arts Council Workshop Series

    Monday, July 22

    Watercolors with Mary Lou Peters.For more information contact the Mackinac Arts Council.

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  • Michigan Governor's Summer Residence Tours

    Wednesday, July 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 ...

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  • Music in the Park

    Thursday, July 25

    The Mackinac Arts Council presents pop country artist Darby O. Bell.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 ...

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  • July Mackinac Island State Park Commission Meeting

    Friday, July 26

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

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  • Walking Type Tour

    Friday, July 26

    What does a sign really say? Join for a guided downtown walking tour to explore the rich history and meaning of typefaces on Mackinac Island's most recognizable and beloved signage.

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  • Mackinac Arts Council Workshop Series

    Monday, July 29

    Block Printing with Natalia Wohletz.For more information contact the Mackinac Arts Council.

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  • Keyboard Composition Recital

    Tuesday, July 30

    Roger MacNaughton, award-winning composer and pianist, will present a free concert at the Mackinac Island State Park Visitor's Center Station 256 Conference Room. He will be performing and discussing many of his various compositions, as well as interspersing well-known pieces that have inspired him ...

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  • Michigan Governor's Summer Residence Tours

    Wednesday, July 31

    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 ...

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  • Mackinac Arts Council Workshop Series

    Wednesday, July 31

    Watercolors with Mary Lou Peters.For more information contact the Mackinac Arts Council. 

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  • August

  • Music in the Park

    Thursday, August 1

    The Mackinac Arts Council presents electronica/funk artist Echoes.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 ...

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  • Mackinac Arts Council Workshop Series

    Monday, August 5

    Marbling with Heidi Finley.For more information contact the Mackinac Arts Council.

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  • Mackinac Arts Council Workshop Series

    Tuesday, August 6

    Marbling with Heidi Finley.For more information contact the Mackinac Arts Council.

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  • Michigan Governor's Summer Residence Tours

    Wednesday, August 7

    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 ...

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  • Music in the Park

    Thursday, August 8

    The Mackinac Arts Council presents folk rock artist The Go Rounds.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 ...

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  • Keyboard Composition Recital

    Friday, August 9

    Roger MacNaughton, award-winning composer and pianist, will present two free concerts at the Station 256 Conference Room above the Mackinac Island State Park Visitor's Center. He will be performing and discussing many of his various compositions, as well as interspersing well-known pieces that have ...

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  • Gardens and Good Things to Eat

    Saturday, August 10

    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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  • Gardens and Good Things to Eat

    Sunday, August 11

    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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  • Mackinac Arts Council Workshop Series

    Monday, August 12

    Watercolors with Mary Lou Peters.For more information contact the Mackinac Arts Council.

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  • S'more...Meteors!

    Monday, August 12

    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 behind Fort Mackinac at the avenue of flags for a solar light-guided hike to Fort Holmes with a park ranger.

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  • Michigan Governor's Summer Residence Tours

    Wednesday, August 14

    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 ...

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  • Mackinac Arts Council Workshop Series

    Wednesday, August 14

    Plein Air Painting with Maeve Croghan.For more information contact the Mackinac Arts Council.

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  • Music in the Park

    Thursday, August 15

    The Mackinac Arts Council presents R&B artist Britney Stoney with F I N K L E.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 ...

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  • Mackinac Associates Annual Meeting

    Sunday, August 18

    Mackinac Associates, the friends group for Mackinac State Historic Parks, will host their annual meeting at Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park.This is a private event for Mackinac Associates members. For information on ...

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  • Mackinac Arts Council Workshop Series

    Monday, August 19

    Plein Air Painting with Chris Groves.For more information contact the Mackinac Arts Council.

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  • Mackinac Arts Council Workshop Series

    Tuesday, August 20

    Plein Air Painting with Chris Groves.Please contact the Mackinac Arts Council for more information.

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  • Michigan Governor's Summer Residence Tours

    Wednesday, August 21

    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 ...

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  • Mackinac Arts Council Workshop Series

    Wednesday, August 21

    Plein Air Painting with Chris Groves.For more information contact the Mackinac Arts Council.

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  • Music in the Park

    Thursday, August 22

    The Mackinac Arts Council presents folk rock group Friends with the Weather with guest Pete Kehoe.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 ...

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  • Mackinac Arts Council Workshop Series

    Monday, August 26

    Songwriting with Pete Kehoe.For more information contact the Mackinac Arts Council.

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  • Mackinac Arts Council Workshop Series

    Tuesday, August 27

    Songwriting with Pete Kehoe.For more information contact the Mackinac Arts Council.

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  • Michigan Governor's Summer Residence Tours

    Wednesday, August 28

    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 ...

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  • September

  • Mackinac Arts Council Workshop Series

    Monday, September 9

    Watercolors with Mary Lou Peters.For more information contact the Mackinac Arts Council.

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  • Michilimackinac at Work: Labor and Trades

    Saturday, September 14

    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 ...

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  • Michilimackinac at Work: Labor and Trades

    Sunday, September 15

    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 ...

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  • September Mackinac Island State Park Commission Meeting

    Friday, September 27

    The Mackinac Island State Park Commission will meet at a location TBD on Mackinac Island.

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  • October

  • Fort Fright

    Friday, October 4

    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 ...

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  • Fort Fright

    Saturday, October 5

    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 ...

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