Plein Air Painting, presented by the Mackinaw City Area Arts Council

Explore light and color changes in the Straits of Mackinac at a unique venue – the Bridgeview Gazebo within Michilimackinac State Park! Enjoy painting on site with fellow artists. Bring your own supplies. This is a free Mackinac Parks: 125 event! In the event of inclement weather, this will take place the following day.

Pastimes in Times Past: Fun and Games

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. All special programs included with a regular Colonial Michilimackinac ticket. A Mackinac Parks: 125 event!

Paddle Painting

Presented by the Mackinaw City Area Arts Council. Come to create your own design on a full-size decorative wooden paddle at the Bridgeview Gazebo in Mackinaw City! There will be many bright paint colors and pattern ideas to embellish this memory of your visit. In case of inclement weather this event will take place the following day, July 28. A free Mackinac Parks: 125 event!

Hidden Histories: Marriage and the British Army

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 by historian(s) from Mackinac State Historic Parks. This is a free event.

Michilimackinac at Work: Labor and Trades

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 world of work at Michilimackinac in the 18th century. All special programs included with regular admission to Colonial Michilimackinac. A Mackinac Parks; 125 event!