Special Events

    May

  • May Mackinac Island State Park Commission Meeting

    Friday, May 24

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

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  • Michilimackinac Pageant

    Saturday, May 25

    Experience a reenactment of the 1763 Native American attack on the British-held fort as presented by a Mackinaw City community group. Admission to the pageant is free. Access to Colonial Michilimackinac requires the purchase of a regular admission ticket.

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  • Michilimackinac Pageant

    Sunday, May 26

    Experience a reenactment of the 1763 Native American attack on the British-held fort as presented by a Mackinaw City community group. Admission to the pageant is free. Access to Colonial Michilimackinac requires the purchase of a regular admission ticket.

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  • Memorial Day Observance, Fort Mackinac Post Cemetery

    Monday, May 27

    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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  • Michilimackinac Pageant

    Monday, May 27

    Experience a reenactment of the 1763 Native American attack on the British-held fort as presented by a Mackinaw City community group. Admission to the pageant is free. Access to Colonial Michilimackinac requires the purchase of a regular admission ticket.

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  • June

  • The King's Birth-day Celebration

    Tuesday, 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 ...

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  • Michigan Governor's Summer Residence Tours

    Wednesday, June 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 ...

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  • Historic Downtown Mackinac Open for Season

    Saturday, June 8

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

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  • Mackinac Island Arts Council's Workshop Series

    Monday, June 10

    Watercolors with Mary Lou Peters. Visit Mackinac Arts Council website for more info, http://www.mackinacartscouncil.org/.  

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  • Michigan Governor's Summer Residence Tours

    Wednesday, June 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 ...

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  • Lilac Festival Grand Parade

    Sunday, June 16

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

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  • Mackinac Island Arts Council's Workshop Series

    Monday, June 17

    Drawing with Bill Murcko. More information available at the Mackinac Arts Council.

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  • Michigan Governor's Summer Residence Tours

    Wednesday, June 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 ...

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  • Mackinac Island Arts Council's Workshop Series

    Wednesday, June 19

    Kids Day!

    Visit the Mackinac Arts Council for more information.


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  • Music in the Park

    Thursday, June 20

    The Mackinac Arts Council presents Sunny Wilkinson, a jazz vocalist, to Marquette Park. 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 ...

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  • Mackinac Associates: G. Mennen Williams Celebration

    Saturday, June 22

    Mackinac Associates' annual G. Mennen Williams Celebration brings together lovers of Mackinac to recognize the outstanding support and effort of Mackinac State Historic Parks' friends group. This is a Members Only ...

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  • Civil War Reenactment Weekend

    Saturday, June 22

    The Multi-Lakes Association for Civil War Studies will be participating in events at Fort Mackinac the weekend of June 22-23, 2019. Every hour they will be part of a demonstration on the parade ground at the fort, and available for questions and information all day ...

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  • Civil War Reenactment Weekend

    Sunday, June 23

    The Multi-Lakes Association for Civil War Studies will be participating in events at Fort Mackinac the weekend of June 22-23, 2019. Every hour they will be part of a demonstration on the parade ground at the fort, and available for questions and information all day ...

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  • Mackinac Island's Arts Council's Workshop Series

    Monday, June 24

    Watercolors with Mary Lou Peters.

    For more information, visit Mackinac Arts Council's website at http://www.mackinacartscouncil.org/


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  • Michigan Governor's Summer Residence Tours

    Wednesday, June 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 ...

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  • Business After Hours at Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse

    Wednesday, June 26

    Hosted by the Mackinaw City Chamber of Commerce. Join fellow business and community members for an evening of networking, food and beverage, and friendship.

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  • Mackinac Arts Council Workshop Series

    Wednesday, June 26

    Block printing with Natalia Wohletz. For more information head to the Mackinac Arts Council.

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  • Music in the Park

    Thursday, June 27

    The Mackinac Arts Council presents Scale Model, a pop band from Nashville. 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 ...

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  • Rendezvous at the Straits: Voyageur Culture

    Saturday, June 29

    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.

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  • Rendezvous at the Straits: Voyageur Culture

    Sunday, June 30

    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.

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  • July

  • Mackinac Arts Council Workshop Series

    Monday, July 1

    Illustrative Lettering with Kate Dupre. For more information visit the Mackinac Arts Council.

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  • Michigan Governor's Summer Residence Tours

    Wednesday, July 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 ...

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  • Mackinac Arts Council Workshop Series

    Wednesday, July 3

    Plein Air Painting with Maeve Croghan. Please visit the Mackinac Arts Council for more information.

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  • Star Spangled Fourth of July

    Thursday, 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

    Thursday, 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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  • Mackinac Associates Red, White & Blue Celebration

    Thursday, July 4

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

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  • Music in the Park

    Thursday, July 4

    The Mackinac Arts Council presents Jetty Rae, a folk rock singer. 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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  • 1812 Encampment at Forts Holmes and Mackinac

    Saturday, July 6

    Join historical reenactors for an 1812 weekend at Forts Holmes and Mackinac on Mackinac Island. More information to come.  

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  • 1812 Encampment at Forts Holmes and Mackinac

    Sunday, July 7

    Join historical reenactors for an 1812 weekend at Forts Holmes and Mackinac. More information to come.

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  • Mackinac Arts Council Workshop Series

    Monday, July 8

    Bookbinding with Cindy Hunter Morgan. Visit the Mackinac Arts Council for more information.

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  • Mackinac Arts Council Workshop Series

    Tuesday, July 9

    Bookbinding with Cindy Hunter Morgan. Visit the Mackinac Arts Council for more information.

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  • Michigan Governor's Summer Residence Tours

    Wednesday, July 10

    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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  • Music in the Park

    Thursday, July 11

    The Mackinac Arts Council presents Bassel and the Supernaturals, a funk and soul band from Chicago. 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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  • Pastimes in Times Past: Fun and Games

    Saturday, July 13

    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: Fun and Games

    Sunday, July 14

    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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