Libby’s Picks: Can’t-Miss Northern Michigan Events July 21–27

Northern Michigan’s largest event calendar, the MyNorth Calendar, highlights amazing things going on across the North—from Frankfort and Glen Arbor to Traverse City, Charlevoix and Grayling. 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!


July 21–23 | Arcadia Daze
This festival is a great local event that celebrates the heritage of Arcadia. Enjoy live entertainment, delicious food, a craft bazaar and fireworks over Lake Michigan. Village Park, 231.398.9355

July 21 | Summer Sounds at Michigan Legacy Art Park: Mount Valor
Bring family and friends for a wonderful night of entertainment at an Art Park concert this summer. Guests are welcome to bring picnics, lawn chairs or blankets. Art Park folding chairs will be available to rent or purchase. To purchase your custom picnic dinner for two delivered to you at the concert, call Crystal Mountain at 231.378.2000 ext. 5000. Food and drink will be available to purchase at this concert. Michigan Legacy Art Park, Thompsonville. Tickets available at MyNorthTickets.com.

July 21 | Music in the Park: Mule Bone (Blues)
Enjoy free, lively music and beautiful views of Northport Bay at G.M. Dame Marina Park. Bring chairs, blankets and a basket full of your favorite local goodies for the full experience. 7–9 p.m.

July 21–22 | Petoskey Blues Festival: Summer Time Blues
Two nights of live music featuring Larry McCray, Laith Al-Saadi and Davey Knowles. Emmet County Fair Grounds, Petoskey. 231.348.5479, tickets available at the Grain Train and MyNorthTickets.com.July 22–23 | Historic Cannon Firing Competition
Camp Grayling will echo with the sights, sounds, and smells of historic ordnance during the Cannon Firing Competition. Don’t forget your ear protection and binoculars!

July 22 | Arts & Crafts Show
Downtown River Street, Elk Rapids, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

July 22 | St. Ignace Fish Feast
Bring your appetite to the St. Ignace Marina pier, where live music, food and beverages are offered. Sample fish delicacies prepared by local restaurants; kids enjoy a variety of games including the Kid’s Trout Fishing Pond. Fireworks over the bay at dusk. Tentative schedule of events beginning at 4 p.m. 906.643.8717.

July 22 | Venetian Races Drenth Memorial Foot Race
5K/10K Charlevoix, 231.547.3872

July 22 | Friends of Fishtown 5K
The 9th Annual Friends of Fishtown 5K course winds through Leland’s neighborhoods and along the Leland River, starting and finishing in the heart of Fishtown. All proceeds help preserve Fishtown.

July 22–30 | AuSable River Festival & Canoe Marathon
Car show, art fair, kid’s day, teen dance and more. Check out the schedule of events.

July 23 + July 27 | Concerts at Fountain Point Resort
July 23: Olivia Millerschin. July 27: The Crane Wives. Shows will take place on the lawn of the historic hotel by the lake. Come by boat or car, bring a picnic and a friend to experience a night of music like never before. Lake Leelanau. 231.256.9800. Tickets available at MyNorthTickets.com.

July 25–30 | Traverse City Film Festival
Not-to-miss films, parties, panels, schools and more. Plan your movie marathon!

July 25 | Running Bear Run
5K and ½ Mile Kids Run, starts at Cherry Republic in Glen Arbor.

July 26 | CSA Arts & Crafts Fair
The CSA Fair offers a wide variety of arts and crafts by both amateur and professional artisans. In addition, there are CSA-sponsored booths open for most of the day (Baked Goods, Kids’ Corner, Cottage Treasures) and a Food Booth featuring coffee and doughnuts in the morning. Two miles north of Frankfort on M22.


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