Mackinac Island Events: What began 63  years ago as an afternoon horse parade has blossomed into a 10-day celebration of Mackinac Island’s early summer beauty. From June 8 thru 17, 2012, the Island will be thrown into a Lilac haze with a bevy of activities, some rooted in tradition, others just plain summertime fun. This weekend, take a ferry across the Mackinac Straits and join the biggest party north of the Mackinac Bridge.

Here are a few of the many events going on this weekend!

Run a 10K!
Saturday, June 9, 2012 at 9:30am

What better way to celebrate the Lilac Festival than to run a 10K? This Saturday lace up your running shoes to do something for yourself and to celebrate the 63rd Annual Lilac Festival. See a little bit of everything Mackinac Island has to offer on this paved course that takes you through downtown Mackinac as well as the wooded center part of the island and along the shore road, providing a beautiful view of the Straits of Mackinac. For more information or to register click here!

Hayride + BBQ at the Cannonball = Perfect evening
Friday June 8 and Saturday June 9 2012 at 6pm

Enjoy a relaxing hayride that will take you from downtown to the historical British Landing! Eat some delicious BBQ and sample a world famous deep fried pickle at the Cannonball restaurant, all the while taking in the view of water and the Straits of Mackinac. For more information and reservations call: 906.847.0932

Some of the Lilac Festival events run continuously through the 10 days. While there are many more on their website, here are two options for day and night!

Legends and Lore Trek

Explore Mackinac Island with expert Dr. Mary Patay. The hikes leave from the Murray Hotel twice a day, once in the morning and again later in the afternoon, and cover both the best walking trails and the most celebrated legends of Mackinac Island.

Participation is $10, and reservations can be made at 231.590.5731

Stu Stuart Stand Up Comedy Show

A stand-up comedian from Seattle where he teaches Beginning Stand-Up Comedy at the University of Washington, Stu Stuart spends summers  in Mackinac Island where he gets some of his best material! Enjoy his conversational-style and often improvised comedy at the Lilac Tree Hotel, downtown Mackinac Island.

Tickets are priced at $15, $12.50 for Seniors, Students & Military. For more information visit Stuart’s website.

For a complete list of Lilac Festival goings-on, visit Mackinac Island Lilac Festival’s online home!

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