12 Northern Michigan Events to Check Out in September

Please note, as these dates approach, some Northern Michigan events may be postponed or canceled to protect the safety of both event organizers and attendees. Throughout the year, visit MyNorth.com/Events for current community happenings.

Mission Point Daycation Packages // Daily Thru September

Escape to Mission Point on Mackinac Island for an easy, breezy “daycation” this summer. Featuring all the essentials for a great day trip to Mackinac Island, this package can include one Shepler’s ferry ticket, one half-day Mission Point bike rental, one round of putt putt at The Greens of Mackinac and one $25 food and beverage voucher to enjoy dine-in or carry-out at any Mission Point restaurant.

Historic Empire Walking Tour // Wednesdays in September

Step back into the past with a walking tour through historic Empire. The history of this small town on the shores of Lake Michigan goes back to the lumber days of 1884, and there are still remnants to see from that time.

Harvest Days // Daily Thru September

Experience the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail like a Wine Club Member. All September long, ticket holders will be extended the Wine Club benefits from 25 participating wineries; benefits may include complimentary tastings/flights for the ticket holder, deeper discounts on purchases, special release wines, priority seating and reserved areas, plus many more.

Tapawingo Thursday Night Dinners // Thursdays Thru September

A Matter of Taste in Ellsworth is serving up weekly specialty dinners all summer long; take a “Trip to Brazil” on September 3, featuring chicken fricassee and Brazilian sweets, or join them for a Naples-inspired dinner on September 10 with homemade lasagna, lemon basil cookies and much more.

Marquette Marathon // September 3–11

The marathon won’t be held in a traditional format this year, but runners can take part in a virtual marathon or half marathon from September 3-11.

Art in a Time of Coronavirus // September 11–November 5

The Glen Arbor Arts Center is featuring an exhibition of postcards, contributed by the public, that express people’s pandemic experiences. It will be installed in GAAC’s windows for outdoor viewing.

Cocktails & Cupcakes Pairing // September 13

From key lime cupcakes with a signature Margarita to mocha cupcakes with a classic white Russian, 123 Speakeasy in Traverse City is offering a collection of six cupcake-and-cocktail pairings that will knock your socks off! Your ticket includes a flight of six mini cupcakes with cocktails and a tasting sheet so you can rate and keep track of your favorites.

Earthwork Harvest Gathering // September 18–20

This inclusive, family-friendly event features music, workshops and more Sept. 18–20. This year, some events will be prerecorded and shown virtually while others may be held live at the Lake City farm (if it’s possible to do so safely). Follow on Facebook for weekly virtual skill swaps (happening now!), festival updates and more. Stay tuned for details about “Harvest at Home.”

Michigan Modern: An Architectural Legacy // September 20–January 31

This exhibit at Traverse City’s Dennos Museum celebrates design history from 1928–2012 with more than 50 photographs by James Haefner. It runs from Sept. 20–Jan. 31.

Coloring Between the Wines // September 23

Grab a friend and unwind after a long day at 123 Speakeasy in Traverse City. Stretch out on the comfy couches with some wine (red, white or bubbly) and a good coloring book. Food, drinks and coloring supplies will be supplied.

TC Germanfest 2020 // September 25

Yes, this year is proving to be quite different, so to get along with the current status of the way things are, Trinity Lutheran Church is holding off the tent, the bands and the beer, but the event is still offering a great takeout German dinner, as well as kid’s meals. Have some fun, pick up your meals in your lederhosen/dirndl or drive up in a Bavarian-themed decorated car and they’ll give you a prize! GemĂĽtlichkeit!

Harvest Festival & Scarecrow Extravaganza // September 26

Head to downtown Bellaire for family activities, a pet parade and more.