Charlevoix boasts pristine Lake Michigan beaches alongside a relaxed downtown lined with quaint shops, craft brewpubs and fantastic restaurants. Bonus: The city’s summer calendar is bursting with family fun. Add these Charlevoix events to your vacation!

Can’t-Miss Charlevoix Events in June

Charlevoix artist Cal Kemppainen

Trout Tournament | June 9–11
The Charlevoix Area Trout Tournament starts Friday, June 9 at 5 a.m. through Sunday, June 11 at noon. First place takes home $1,000—lake trout, salmon, steelhead, brown trout and walleye divisions.

Charlevoix Circle of Arts Paint Out! | June 10
The Charlevoix Circle of Arts will hold their annual Paint Out on Saturday, June 10 beginning at 8 a.m. when artists register to have their blank canvases stamped for a day of painting. As artists return to the Circle with their work, a “Wet Paint Sale” will be installed and paintings will be immediately for sale. The wet paint sale is always a fun experience when artists share stories of unexpected events and challenges that they have faced working from life as the day unfolded.

During the wet paint sale last year, local musician Chris Martin was on hand to entertain the crowd. As Chris played, the front yard of the Circle was transformed into a celebratory happening with artists and patrons dancing the afternoon away and enjoying the arts in the most memorable way. Back by popular demand, Chris has agreed to perform again. Local artist Paul Andrzejewski of Pizza Girl will have pizza pies available!

Patrons and artists alike are encouraged to save the date and make plans to join the Circle of Arts at 109 Clinton Street in the heart of downtown Charlevoix. Beginning at 6 p.m. awards will be presented to the artists, honoring their successes. For more information please contact the Charlevoix Circle of Arts at 231.547.3554 or visit the website at

Charlevoix Welcomes the Season with the Summer Open House | June 15
Charlevoix merchants are celebrating the arrival of the summer season with the 6th Annual Summer Open House taking place downtown Charlevoix on Thursday, June 15 from 4 to 8 p.m. Participating shops and restaurants will extend a warm welcome to all by offering sales, prize drawings, specials, snacks, activities, and more!

Come see what’s new! Merchants invite you to check out their summer merchandise and the many fantastic brands and services they have available. See the exciting selection of antiques, art, bicycles, books, clothing, gifts, home accents, jewelry, specialty foods, toys, wine, and so much more!

Stroll the streets and enjoy musical entertainment downtown on the sidewalks from 6 to 8 p.m., including special performances by Charlie’s Root Fusion, 45 North, and solo performances by Ms. Emily Chapdelaine, and Paul Gelderblom. The Pine River Jazz Band will perform a swing dance concert on the East end of Mason Street. Beginners and experts are welcome to put on their dancing shoes and boogie in the street. Learn a new move or two during this lively musical performance or just pull up a chair and watch.

For details contact the Charlevoix Area Chamber of Commerce at 231.547.2101 or visit for a list of participating stores and restaurants.

Bay Harbor Lake Marina in Water Boat Show | June 16–18
Bay Harbor Lake Marina will host the 15th annual In-Water Boat Show over Father’s Day weekend. The show will feature the finest in watercraft from pleasure boats to yachts and everything in between. There will also be a car display, including GEM cars from Fox Motors, and kids activities.

Farm-to-Table Dinner Castle Farms | June 21
Enjoy a farm-to-table dinner and Twilight Tour at Castle Farms. Catered by Grey Gables Inn Restaurant, a local favorite, the three-course meal plus welcome tasting will showcase meats and vegetables sourced from local farms. The evening will start at 6 p.m. and go until approximately 10 p.m.

Beaver Island Eco-Festival | June 23–24
The Beaver Island Eco-Fair is a celebration of nature and sustainability. The fair features local and regional green vendors, sustainable technology, arts, music, environmental action & education organizations.

Charlevoix Marathon | June 24
All Charlevoix Marathon events start and end in downtown Charlevoix. The Marathon is a Boston Marathon Qualifier. The Marathon and Half Marathon courses are certified and insured by USATF.

Beaver Island Bike Festival | June 24
The Beaver Island Bike Festival is a bike ride with rest stop snacks—lunch at Bill Wagner campground and B.B.Q. buffet at the Shamrock. Plus, bike transportation on the ferry, live entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights, prizes and extra goodies.

Depot 125, 1892 Experience | June 25–26
Be transported back to 1892, the arrival of the first train in Charlevoix, with Depot 125. Enjoy music by the barbershop quartet Upper Deck, historic passenger skits, rides on Castle Farms’ model train, boat rides, horse-drawn carriage rides, children’s activities and more.

Concerts in the Park | Beginning June 29
Downtown Charlevoix will be hosting FREE concerts in East Park every Tuesday and Thursday beginning June 29.

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