Summer is on the way and so are these great Northern Michigan events! Explore our list of outdoor-only events for this June and July to start planning your Northern Michigan adventure.

As regulations change and event dates approach, we recommend registering for events in advance and keeping up-to-date on organizations’ event protocols.

Mission Point Daycation Packages // May 15–July 31 // Mackinac Island

Looking to take part in everything Mackinac Island has to offer? Check out Mission Point Resort’s Daycation Packages; with this package, you can opt to include or exclude ferry tickets, and included is a bike rental, grab-and-go lunch and a round of putt-putt golf on a course just steps away from the lake!

Historic Empire Walking Tour // Tues. & Thurs. in June // Empire

This Northern Michigan village dates back to the late 1800s and had just as much hustle and bustle as Empire does today. Enjoy an afternoon in the past, appreciating the history that lies beneath this lakeside town.

Betsie Valley Trail Bicycle Tour // Wednesdays in June // Sleeping Bear Dunes

On this scenic bike ride you’ll explore different habitats and learn about wildflowers, wildlife, the forest and the dunes. The trail takes you along a beautiful lake, wetlands and through the woods. Bring your own bike and meet in Beulah.

Paint & Sip // June 10 & 24 // Otsego Resort

Join us and create your very own masterpiece! You don’t have to be Picasso to enjoy a night of painting and refreshments at Otsego Resort. We have created tons of fun paintings that anyone can duplicate, no matter your experience level. All supplies will be provided. Purchase of ticket includes one drink. There will also be a cash bar and food menu available.

Accelerate The Cure Drive // June 19 // Traverse City & Leelanau

This year marks the 3rd Annual Accelerate the Cure drive, taking participants from Traverse City throughout Leelanau County and ending up at the Traverse City Country Club for a celebration and auction. Raise Alzheimer’s awareness while tooling around Northern Michigan!

Parallel 45 Theatre Benefête // June 24 // Traverse City

Support P45’s comeback to the stage at this one-night-only celebration and fundraiser in Traverse City. Join artists from the P45 Theatre Company and fellow theatre fans for a safe and socially-distanced evening outdoors with delicious appetizers, bubbly drinks and a live cabaret of musical selections co-directed by Kit McKay and Nick Viox. You’ll also get a first look at the 2021 summer company.

T.A.C.K.L.E Golf Outing // July 7 // Otsego Resort

The Otsego Resort is hosting a benefit golf outing for the T.A.C.K.L.E fund of the Otsego Community Foundation. This outing includes free range balls upon early arrival, box lunches on the golf carts, a cookout following the tournament, skins, bucket raffles and other contests.

The Friendly Garden Club – 38th Annual Garden Walk // July 15

The Magical Garden Tour features four private gardens, the Hofbrau garden, and a Botanical Lab and Community Gardens in the area west of Long Lake, through Interlochen and Grawn. Proceeds from ticket purchase allow The Friendly Garden Club to continue serving the Traverse City community with a variety of projects.

Northport Plein Air Paint Out & Wet Paint Sale // July 23 & 24 // Northport

Come see the Northport Plein Air Paint Out & Wet Paint Sale where artists will paint, au plein air, throughout the day in the Northport area. They will capture the beauty of our village, beaches, marina, orchards, vineyards, landscapes and landmarks.

Photo(s) by Taylor Brown