Lighthouse & Maritime Festivals

Michigan has an array of festivals that celebrate its deep maritime heritage.  Michigan’s port cities roll out the red carpet and provide you with a fun filled collection of memorable experiences with a nautical flare.

MICHIGAN LIGHT HOUSE FESTIVAL



Founded by Marge Ellenberger. Please keep checking back for more up to date details covering this exciting festival sure to thrill lighthouse enthusiasts everywhere.

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TALL SHIP CELEBRATION
www.tallshipcelebration.com 
Tall Ship Celebration: Bay City
July 14-17, 2016

Tall ships are coming! Join the fun on July 14-17, 2016 as an international fleet of tall ships descend on Bay City for Tall Ship Celebration. Explore two parks filled with family friendly activities, climb aboard the visiting ships for interactive deck tours and enjoy an assortment of international maritime musicians on stages throughout the festival.
For more information, visit our website
or call (989) 895-5193.



GRAND HAVEN COAST GUARD FESTIVAL
www.coastguardfest.org
July 28 to August 6, 2017 The Coast Guard Festival is a premier ten day national military festival whose purpose is to honor the men and women of the U.S. Coast Guard.  Come and enjoy activities for the whole family with ship tours, waterfront entertainment, a large arts & crafts show, carnival midway, water ski show, street dance and more.  Visit the link above or call the Coast Guard Festival office for more details at 616.846.5940.


40 MILE POINT LIGHTHOUSE

www.40milepontlighthouse.org

You're Invited to the 40 Mile Point Lighthouse Society's Annual Arts & Craft Show and Open-House, Memorial Day Weekend. May 27 & 28, 2017. The hours are 10am -4pm both days. Enjoy the work of very talented Artists and Musicians from all over Michigan. You may climb the Lighthouse tower, visit the Calcite pilothouse or see the shipwreck on the beach. On Sunday enjoy a Maritime Concert, all sponsored by the 40 Mile Point Lighthouse Society

Call Barb Stone 989-734-4587



GREAT LAKES SHIPWRECK FESTIVAL - ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN
www.greatlakesshipwreckfestival.org
The 36th annual Great Lakes Shipwreck Festival. A film festival celebrating our rich heritage of shipwrecks in the Great Lakes along with worldwide exotic dive travel. Presented by the Ford Seahorses SCUBA Diving Club in Southeast Michigan. Reserve your exhibit space now. Festival is on March 4, 2017.


HARBOR BEACH MARITIME FESTIVAL - HARBOR BEACH, MICHIGAN
www.harborbeachmi.org
Harbor Beach's annual maritime celebration.
July 9-12, 2015
Let The Party Begin! This action packed festival has something for everyone. Enjoy the concerts, food, and activities. Competitive Events typically include Volleyball, Jet Ski Racing, 5K run/walk, Chaulk Art, Frog Jumping, Bocce, Sand Sculpting, Raffle, Car Show and the Soggy Bottom Regatta. Go to the Maritime Festival menu link at the website above.



MARINE CITY MARITIME DAYS - MARINE CITY
www.visitmarinecity.com
Carnival! Parade! Fireworks! Games! Crafts and More!! Look for information on Marine City's website above.


ROGERS CITY NAUTICAL FESTIVAL - ROGERS CITY, MICHIGAN
www.nauticalfestival.org
A yearly event where Rogers City celebrates everything nautical about Rogers City. The festival always boasts a long list of events and activities during the week-long event. August 1st -6th, 2017



SOO LOCKS ENGINEERS DAY- SAULT STE. MARIE, MICHIGAN
www.saultstemarie.com
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers annaul Open House at the famous Soo Locks. Go behind the fences and gates to get a close up view of the giant ships going through the Soo Locks. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers your host at one of the most interesting events in Michigan. The famous Soo Locks is a true marvel, and an engineering gem for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Detroit District. Look for details at the website above.
Last weekend in June 2017.


SOUTH HAVEN'S HARBORFEST - SOUTH HAVEN, MICHIGAN
www.southhavenharborfest.com
This quaint Lake Michigan shoreline town celebrates its maritime history with free live music, craft fair, dragon boat races, classic boat show, and more. Check out their website for details.


THUNDER BAY MARITIME FESTIVAL - ALPENA, MICHIGAN

The Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary in Alpena is host to this community event showcasing the area's rich Maritime Heritage. Enjoy live music and more. There are games for kids and crafts. Festivities start at 500 W. Fletcher Street following the 4th of July parade. Call for information 989-346-8805 ext. 13.


WHITE LAKE AREA MARITIME FESTIVAL - WHITEHALL
www.whitelake.org
Usually held in August. Go to the website for more information.
Or call 231-893-4585.


MICHIGAN FESTIVALS AND EVENTS ASSOCIATION
www.mfea.org
The Michigan Festivals and Events Association is a statewide non-profit  organization serving communities, events, festivals, fairs, businesses and volunteers throughout Michigan.  We promote local events, festivals and destinations and provide technical assistance, training, and education to our many members. We ourselves are not a festival, but an organization that markets and provides education to our members that include Festivals, Events, Tourism, Government Related Agencies, Year-Round Fun Spots, Seasonal Fun Spots, Lodging, Students, and Vendors catering to Festivals and Events.

 



 

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