Festivals & Events
Light Up the Sky 5k Run/Walk (Memorial Day Weekend): The 5k Run/Walk is always held the last Sunday in May. The event is held as a fundraiser for the Presque Isle Harbor Fireworks. Come help raise money for the fireworks. For more information, contact email@example.com
Thunder Bay Maritime Festival (4th of July):
Bring the whole family to this free annual community event hosted by the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Since 2001 the sanctuary has encouraged thousands of visitors to delve deeper into the maritime world at this celebration of all things nautical. Tour tall ships, research vessels, and fishing boats docked along the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Trail. Enjoy live music on the main stage, kids games and crafts, see the small boat workshop, taste some local whitefish, explore the shipwreck century exhibits and more! Contact: Jean Prevo, 989-356-8805, ext. 13, firstname.lastname@example.org
Nautical Festival(end of July):
The Nautical Festival is held annually in Rogers City the last weekend in July through the first week of August. The Queen’s Pageant is held on Friday evening, and the festival events begin with the kick off dinner on Tuesday evening. Events and festivities continue throughout the week and conclude on Sunday with fireworks at dusk.
Alpena County Fair(end of August):
The Alpena County Fair is in it’s 137th year (in 2011). There is a Queen’s Pageant, animal shows, horse pulls, live concerts and entertainment, amusement rides and games, karaoke contests, a bump ‘n run, auctions….and more!
Presque Isle County Fair (Labor Day weekend):
The Presque Isle County Fair was started by the Presque Isle County Agricultural Mechanical Society and was first held on September 25 and 26, 1901 in Millersburg. Sometime around 1932 the fair moved to Onaway. After a stop at Posen as a 4-H fair and the Moltke Township Hall where it was held for about eight years, the year 2000 saw plans made to move the fair back to Millersburg. The first fair back at its original location was held in 2001. The fair date was recently changed from the end of June to the Labor Day weekend. Please visit their website or call 733-7300 for more information.
Posen Potato Festival (weekend after Labor Day):
The Potato Festival is held annually in the village of Posen the weekend after Labor Day. Events kick off Friday evening and run through Sunday night. There is live entertainment at the Country Western Pavilion and Polka Pavilion, Arts & Crafts, vendors, a bump ‘n run, a grand parade, potato pancake dinner (any many more tributes to the potato and polish heritage), a polish polka mass, and much, much more! For more information, contact 989-766-8182.
Great Lakes Lighthouse Festival (2nd weekend of October):
The Great Lakes Lighthouse Festival is held during the second weekend of October. The four day event provides activities for the young and old including lighthouse tours (aerial, boat or personal vehicle), entertainment, and vendors. The festival boasts over 100 maritime related vendors including lighthouse preservation groups, artists, authors and more.
Although the main site of activities occur at Alpena’s APLEX Event Center, 701 Woodward Avenue, Alpena, MI., many additional activities are held throughout the community. From Saginaw to Mackinaw, lighthouses will be open for tours and visits!