11 Legged Lake Tour: Fuel up at the pancake & sausage breakfast before riding any of three bike routes around the Elk Rapids area at this annual fundraiser for children's charities. The event also features a raffle & lunch between 11am & 2pm.
52nd Annual Buckley Old Engine Show: August 15-18. Over 1,000 antique steam, gas & diesel tractors, 400 lot flee market, 600+ antique gas & oil engines, 1800's sawmill, 1918 steam train rides, 1948 Spirit of Traverse City steam train rides, arts & crafts, wood shop & wood crafts, tractor games, farm exhibits & much more.
Eighth Annual Dune Dash: A 4-mile run/walk. Starting & finishing at the base of the Dune Climb, runners follow the paved Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore past rolling dunes & forests to the turn around point at Glen Haven. Proceeds benefit the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail.
Hoxeyville Music Fest: Aug. 16-18. Featuring Railroad Earth, Leftover Salmon, Billy Strings, Dave Bruzza, Keller & The Keels, Anders Osborne, Fruition, The Go Rounds, May Erlewine & The Motivations, The Crane Wives & many others. Daily passes: $30. Located a half mile west of the intersection of M-37 & W 48 1/2 (Hoxeyville) Rd.
Paddle 4 The Pool: 2 mile or 4 mile courses. Paddlecrafts: SUP, kayak, canoe. Estimate your elapsed time for this paddle event, & if you finish the closest to your prediction, you are the winner. Benefits the Charlevoix Area Community Pool. There will also be live music by the Crosscut Kings & a food truck.
Paint Grand Traverse: Free Painting Demos: Paint Grand Traverse is a week-long plein air painting festival & competition featuring artists from across the country. Watch live as they paint their way around the bays & shorelines; through the vineyards & orchards; & around the historic villages & vibrant downtowns. The event will take place August 12-18. Visit paintgrandtraverse.com to discover where to find artists each day.
"Impressions Small Works Showcase": Presented by the American Impressionist Society. Nearly 200 original paintings from artists across the nation will be on display for this showcase. Runs through Aug. CTAC will host a four-day Impressionist plein air paint out in the Petoskey area on June 5–8, which will culminate with a “wet paint sale” & opening reception from 5-8pm on Sat., June 8. There will also be live painting demonstrations ...
32nd Annual Rubber Ducky Festival: Aug. 12-18. Featuring the Bay Area Big Band, Community Paddle Event, Commission on Aging Picnic & Car Show, Duck & Glow 5k Run/Walk & 1 Mile Kiddie Dash, Grass River’s “Riverfest & Auction,” Dominic Fortuna, Corn Hole Tournament, Rubber Ducky Parade & Race, Woodstock 2, Short’s Glacial Hills Challenge XC, & much more.
The Magic Thursday Artists Summer Show & Sale: Runs July 1 - Aug. 31. Enjoy over 100 works of original art in oil, pastel, acrylic & watercolor. Hours are weekdays from 10am-5pm. The opening reception is on July 10 from 5-7pm. A special feature this year is “Art Takes Flight," a nod to the beauty of birds in northern MI.
"Harbor Springs: Then & Now": Each piece of art from this exhibition is a snapshot of the people, events & landscapes which make up the heritage of Harbor Springs. Open on Fridays & Saturdays from 11am-3pm, July 26 - Oct. 12.
"Sea to Sky" : Solo show of MI artist Edward Duff. Featuring recognizable scenes of the region & beyond. An opening reception will be held tonight from 5-8pm. Show runs during gallery hours through Sept. 1.
Exhibit: Marilyn Silver Quilting Legacy : Featuring Marilyn's quilting timeline from 1998-present. Runs Aug. 16 - Sept. 7. An opening reception will be held on Sat., Aug. 17 from 4-7pm & will include the quilts of the late Marilyn Silver. Also enjoy wine, light fare & Tom Kaufman on piano.
Horizon Books, TC Events: 11am-1pm: Gretchen Rose will sign her book "Dune Dragons." 1-3pm: Mary McNear will sign her book "Up at Butternut Lake." 3-5pm: Book Launch Party for Elizabeth Buzzelli & her book "And Then They Were Doomed."
Waganakising Bay Day: Family-friendly water festival with hands-on activities. Learn from environmental experts on wildlife, water quality, stewardship & recreation. Learning stations feature the natural & cultural heritage of the region.
Writer's Blocked (Chopped Writing Challenge): Choose from a list of mundane, wild, or exotic ingredients & cook up a story to wow the senses. To "win" you must complete the story from start to finish in the allotted amount of time using all the ingredients you pulled. Winners will be entered into a random drawing for prizes. Presented by the local NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) group (TC WriMos).
"Minglings: The Migration": Featuring internationally recognized fiber artist Gerhardt Knodel. Inspired by a 17th century Ming dynasty textile fragment that traveled in its day from China to Portugal. Runs June 9 - Sept. 8. Open daily 10am-5pm & Sundays from 1-5pm.
17th Annual Festival on the Bay: Aug. 15-17. Featuring live music, The BIG Art Show, kayak rides, Jiimaan Canoe rides on the Bay, Petoskey Great Duck Drop, Petoskey Cardboard Boat Race, Celebration of the Sunset, Million Dollar Sunset, & more.
Bluegrass Barbeque Buffet & Del McCoury Band: Enjoy live music by the Del McCoury Band while feasting on Southern-style BBQ, followed by some line dancing. BBQ: $15. Del McCoury Band tickets range from $20-$50.
Take It From The Top Showcase: The pinnacle of the weeklong musical theater workshops, the Take It From The Top Showcase is the culmination of participants' musical theater talents. Working side by side with Broadway teaching artists, students have honed their musical theater skills (dance, voice, acting) & debut their learnings in this performance.
Paint Grand Traverse Finale Celebration & Sale : View & purchase the paintings created by featured artists over the course of the Paint Grand Traverse week. Over 200 pieces will be available, depicting scenes from Leelanau Peninsula, Sleeping Bear Dunes, Old Mission Peninsula, Downtown Traverse City, Crystal Mountain Resort, the Michigan Legacy Art Park, & more. Also enjoy food, wine & live music. Ages 21+. Your ticket includes a strolling dinner & one drink ...