Northern Michigan Events: Boyne City and Bay Harbor Festivals

Northern Michigan Events: Two festivals in two days: Check out these two Northern Michigan festivals perfect for the whole family—nothing says summer’s here better than art, music and good company Up North! 

The SOBO Arts Festival of the emerging art district in Boyne City launches its 2nd annual festival this Friday and Saturday, June 24 and 25. Initially created to revitalize the downtown community, SOBO is now a huge hit, and a large component of Boyne City’s summer schedule. Live, outdoor music from Peace Meal, Bay Area Big Band, and Festival co-founder and musician Robin Lee Berry compose the festival’s musical lineup, while contra dancing, games, and crafts will entertain visitors of all ages. This year, several guest artists will focus on the healing arts, located at the Freshwater Studio. Massages, palm reading, iridology (the study of the iris of your eye), hypnotism and yoga will be available by specialists. Activities kick off at 6 p.m. on Friday with Kelly Strehal performing gymnastics on a ribbon dangling from a fire truck (yowza!) followed by music at 8 p.m. The Festival continues on Saturday, beginning at 10 a.m. with art demonstrations, music, and fun activities throughout the day.

The Petoskey Vintage Car and Boat Festival in Bay Harbor celebrates its 13th year this weekend on June 24 through the 26.  Nearly 80 cars and 40 boats are featured in this nostalgic festival, all of which can be seen in the Festival’s parade at 10 a.m. on Saturday the 25. Saturday morning. As each car rolls down the red carpet, guests listen to commentary by specialist Edward Lucas. Later in the afternoon at 2:30 p.m., watch the crème de la crème of the vintage cars at the award presentation. Be swept down memory lane and head to Bay Harbor! 439.2700.

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