Libby’s Picks: Can’t-Miss Northern Michigan Events June 9–25

Northern Michigan’s largest event calendar, the MyNorth Calendar, highlights amazing things going on across the North—from Suttons Bay and Traverse City to Elk Rapids, Petoskey and Mackinac Island. Each week, we pick our favorite events to share with you. Curated by MyNorth’s Calendar Editor, Libby Stallman, here’s what’s happening Up North!


Divas Uncorked | June 9
This “Girls Night Out” is an evening devoted entirely to women, wine, food, and fun. Enjoy wine and food pairings as well as giveaways and pampering. Unwind and recharge with the Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula. Tickets available at MyNorthTickets.com.

Young King Arthur | June 9–11
A legend that has stood the test of time. See it at Old Town Playhouse. Tickets available at MyNorthTickets.com.

Pellston’s Summer Fest | June 9–11
This weekend event features a variety of musical acts, an art show, car show, activities for children and families, craft beer competition, rib and chili cook-off and the Taste of the Northwest.

Leland Wine & Food Festival | June 10
Celebrate fantastic local wine and food culture at the 32nd Leland Wine & Food Festival. Twelve Leelanau wineries, one brewery and eight food vendors along with non-stop live music featuring The Hidden Agenda Band. Wine Fest re-entry wristbands allow you to come and go anytime during the festival, noon–6 p.m. at the Leland Harbor. Tickets available at MyNorthTickets.com.

The M22 Challenge | June 10
This unique run-bike-paddle event is held in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Recognized as “The Most Beautiful Place in America,” the overwhelming beauty of the race course and the camaraderie of fellow racers will make this event one you won’t forget!

Valentino in “The Son of the Sheik” | June 10
Valentino’s final film, considered by many critics his best. He plays the son of the Sheik who falls in love with the wrong woman and finds himself held for ransom by a den of Moorish thieves. Romance and intrigue with beautiful music! The Music House Museum. Tickets available at MyNorthTickets.com.

Experience Art Rapids! | June 10–24 
A 15-day art competition and exhibition actively supporting the arts in Elk Rapids.

Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra presents Americana Plus | June 11
See the performance at John M. Hall Auditorium in Petoskey. Tickets available at MyNorthTickets com.

Guest Chefs at The Cooks’ House | June 12
Chefs Jennifer Jackson and Justin Tootla prepare 5 courses of their fabulous food at The Cooks’ House. Tickets at MyNorthTickets.com.

Copper Enamel Jewelry Class | June 13 
Discover the beautiful art of copper enameling. In this workshop at Oliver Art Center, fuse colorful powdered glass to copper. Workshop participants will have the option of creating 1) two pairs of earrings or 2) a pair of earrings and a pendant 3) two pendants.

THE GREAT GIVEAWAY | June 14
Once again, First Congregational Church will fill a 30’ x 90’ tent with furniture, kitchen/household/decor items, small appliances, sporting goods, and lawn and garden items. As always, all items are free to those who need them! 6:30–8:30 p.m.

Annual Taste of Mackinac | June 15
This annual event is a part of the 69th Annual Lilac Festival held on the lawn of Harbour View Inn on Mackinac Island. MyNorthTickets.com (Tickets are now sold out.)

Black & White Masquerade Gala | June 15 
(Masks optional.) An enchanting evening awaits you at the City Opera House! Mingle with friends of the theater, give back to your community playhouse and enjoy a delicious dinner and cocktails. Tickets at MyNorthtickets.com.

Art in Transit Project | Through June 25
The Traverse City Art Network and BATA are excited to collaborate on a project which focuses entirely on what TCAN is devoted to—creative ways to enliven our community through art and draw attention to the talented visual artists in our region. They need the community’s support to get the “ART IN TRANSIT PROJECT” moving (literally). Two talented local artists have been nominated to showcase their work on each side of a downtown Bata bus, and one artist’s work will grace a downtown bus shelter. Vote, donate and learn more at traversecityart.org.

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