Northern Michigan Events: Elk Rapids Harbor Days is August 1-5, 2012!

Northern Michigan Events: Located 20 minutes from Traverse City, Elk Rapids is a small yet beautiful Northern Michigan harbor town. This year take some time with the whole family to check out one of Elk Rapids' biggest festivals, Harbor Days, August 1-5, 2012!

With plenty of kids activities on Kid's Day (Friday August 3rd) ranging from the Diaper Derby to the Ballin' on the Bay basketball tournament as well as plenty of opportunities for parents to enjoy themselves with a microbrew tent, Hole in One Golf contest and much more, Elk Rapids Harbor Days offers something for everyone. Start your week off with fun on River Street and end it Saturday night watching the firework display on the water! Don't forget to look for kids games and activities at the MyNorth media booth and enter to win a vacation! There is a reason this event was voted Red Hot Best Small Town Festival of Northern Michigan by Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine, come and see why!

Opening Day: Wednesday, August 1

4-10 pm- Arnold's Amusements noon- 2 pm- Senior Luncheon, music and bingo
5 pm- Information Booth and Button sales open at the Harbor Days Headquarters tent and at Cedar and River Street.
5-9 pm- ER Kicks, at the Elk Rapids High School Soccer Field
6-9:30 pm- Evening on River Street with musical entertainment by Dominic Fortuna 7 pm- Opening Ceremonies on River Street

Community Day: Thursday August 2

9 am-3 pm- Pillo Polo Tournament 9:30 am- Zumba in the Park,
10 am- Harbor Days Headquarters opens at Veteran's Memorial Park
1 pm-3 pm- Hole in One Golf Event at the the Elk Rapids Golf Club   
4-10 pm- Arnold's Amusements
5-9 pm- ER Kicks Tournament at the Elk Rapids High School Soccer Field
5 pm- Information Booths Open
5-7 pm- Dinner in the Park-advanced tickets required, available to purchase at the Elk Rapids Chamber of Commerce. Only accepting cash and checks. $12.50/person.
6-9 pm- Mulebone Concert in the Park
7-12:30 am- Beer Tent, entertainment by Jelly Roll Blues Band 7:30 pm- Harbor Voices at the Elk Rapids High School Auditorium

Kid's Day: Friday August 3

8 am- Harbor Days Headquarters opens at the Harbor Days Tent- Veteran's Memorial Park 8 am- Farmers Market at the Elk Rapids Chamber US 31
8 am – Ballin' at the Bay 3×3 Basketball, located at the tennis courts at Veteran's Memorial Park with concessions available
8 am- Elk Rapids Garden Club Bake Sale at the gazebo on the corner of River and Bridge Streets
9 am- Information Booths open
10 am- noon- Diaper Derby
Noon-2 pm- Kid's Day for children through age 12. Media Partner MyNorth Media/Traverse Magazine
1-3 pm- Hole in One Golf Event at the Elk Rapids Golf Club
1:45 pm- Kid's Bike Give Away
2-3 pm- Kid's Water Ball
3-11 pm- Arnold's Amusement
3 pm-Penny Scramble
3 pm- Root Beer Floats
6-7:30 pm- Harborun  registration and packet pick up at the gazebo on the corner of River and Bridge Streets
7 pm- Fireman's Water Ball
7-12:30 am- Beer Tent, musical entertainment by The Bronk Brothers
7-9 pm- Cherry Bake Off at the Harbor Pavilion
7:30 pm- Harbor Voices at Elk Rapids High School Auditorium
8-9 pm- Family Zumbatomic Party 9:30 pm- Movie in the Park

Family Day: Saturday August 4

7 am- Harbor Days Headquarters opens in Veteran's Memorial Park 7:30 am- Registration for Harborun in Veteran's Memorial Park
8 am- HERTHA Coffee and donut sales in front of the Historic Elk Rapids Town Hall
8:30 am- Harborun Fun Run
9 am- Harborun 5K run/walk and 10K run
9 am- Information booths open
10 am- 3pm- Family Sandcastle Building at the beach
11 am- 4pm- MNM Memorial Volleyball Tournament at the beach
11 am-7 pm- Chicken BBQ
Noon- Harbor Days Grande Parade
1-3 pm- Hole in One Golf Event at the Elk Rapids Golf Club
1:30 pm- Royalty Luncheon at St. Paul's Episcopal Church. (Luncheon directly following the Harbor Days Grande Parade)
2-6 pm- Visit Downtown Elk Rapids and support our local merchants
2:30 pm- Paddlebuoy Registration
4 pm- Paddlebuoy Races at bridge
4:30 pm- Pet Show registration
4:30-5:30 pm- Elk Rapids High School Jazz Band performances at the Elk Rapids Cinema
5 pm- Pet Show
6 pm-midnight- Short's Brewery Fest. A picnic atmosphere with entertainment and microbrew
5:30-7 pm- Music in the Park, musical entertainment by Syzygy
8-10 pm- Music in the Park, musical entertainment by Funktion
Dusk- Boat Lighting Display, Winner of the People's Choice Voting announced on Sunday 10:20 pm- Zambelli's International Fireworks!

Clean Up: Sunday August 5

7 am- Clean up Elk Rapids! Please bring your gloves and garbage bags to help keep Elk Rapids beautiful! Meet at the Dam Beach for a thorough firework clean up. We'll be dispersing cleaning crews from this location. 11 am- Worship in the Park, featuring a praise and worship service. Potluck follows the service.

For more Northern Michigan Festivals and events check out MyNorth.com's event calendar!

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