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Northern Michigan Events – September
Your Guide to What’s Happening:
Are you asking “What events are taking place near me this September?” Explore our list of events throughout the whole month from Boyne City/ Charlevoix – Mackinaw City.
As September unfolds, nature paints a tapestry of warm hues, hinting at the transition from summer to fall. It’s a month of shifting seasons and vibrant experiences, and we’re thrilled to present your guide to what’s happening in our community this September. Whether you’re a longtime resident or a visitor eager to explore, our September calendar of events promises an array of activities to savor.
For families seeking quality time, September offers a host of family-friendly adventures. From apple-picking at local orchards to nature hikes through scenic trails, you’ll find ample opportunities to create lasting memories with your loved ones.
Arts and Entertainment Galore
Art enthusiasts will be delighted to explore the local arts scene. September hosts a variety of gallery exhibitions, theater productions, and live music performances. Immerse yourself in the creative expressions of our community’s talented artists.
Food lovers, get ready to indulge in September’s culinary delights. From farm-to-table dinners celebrating the harvest season to food festivals that tantalize your taste buds, there’s no shortage of gastronomic adventures to embark upon.
Educational Workshops and Talks
Expand your horizons with educational workshops and talks. This September, our community offers opportunities to learn new skills, engage in thought-provoking discussions, and gain insights from experts in various fields.
Local Sports and Recreation
For the sports enthusiasts among us, September brings exciting local sports events. Cheer on your favorite teams or participate in community sports leagues and fitness classes to stay active and connected.
So, grab your calendars and get ready to mark the dates. Join us as we embark on a journey through the exciting happenings that await you in September. Whether you’re seeking entertainment, enrichment, or simply a good time, our Northern Michigan events calendar is your ticket to making the most of this vibrant and dynamic season.
Stay tuned as we unveil the upcoming highlights, insider tips, and must-attend events that will make September one to remember. Your adventure starts here!
Boyne City Farmers MarketBring the kids down to the Boyne City Farmers Market each Saturday morning to participate in our weekly Kid’s Corner Booth. These FREE and FUN activities will focus on health, nutrition and fitness, all generously created by our local community! Don’t miss the Farmers Market Scavenger Hunt, coloring table or maybe our resident face painter, Jerry Douglas, will be there as well! It’s always a fun time for the whole family at the Market!
9am-12:00pmVeterans Park 207 N . Lake St. Boyne City
Downtown Petoskey Farmers MarketVisit a wide array of vendors selling fresh produce, canned goods, meats, eggs, baked goods and so much more!
8:30-1:00pmHoward Street, Downtown Petoskey between Michell and Michigan Streets
Chips in the WoodsTake a turn, grab a snack, and find some swag. We will have items from Fox Racing, Smith, Boyne Country Sports and Frito Lay scattered throughout every turn! There will also be a cookout on top of the hill that day! Come explore and ride on Labor Day Weekend!
10:00am – 8:00pmThe Highlands 600 Highlands Dr Harbor Springs, MI
Annual Labor Day Bridge WalkThe 2023 Annual Bridge Walk is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 4, 2023. The Mackinac Bridge will be closed to public traffic from 6:30 a.m. to noon on Monday, Sept. 4, 2023 to accommodate the 2023 Annual Bridge Walk.
Celebrate AlansonFestivities this Labor Day in Alanson on the Crooked River. America’s shortest swing bridge walk, led by the Rivertown Jazz Band will happen at 1:00pm sharp, Mon. September 4th. Festivities all day from 10:00 am to 5:00pm with two bands, arts and crafts, a bouncy house and face painting for the kids. Also, free boat rides on the Crooked River aboard the Marilyn Jean, a “riverboat” replica from the late 1,800’s. Take U.S. 31 to River Street in Alanson.
10:00am-5:00pmRiver Street, Village of Alanson
Eight Mile Run & Walk 52nd anniversary of this exciting, summer-ending event. You will experience Mackinac Island in one of the oldest and most scenic races in Michigan. The Island is a unique destination that can only be reached by ferry. Step back in time to a bygone era where travel is done by foot, bicycle, carriage or horse. With up to 1,800 runners and walkers, this is definitely a race you and your family will never forget!
Harvest Festival14 Wineries throughout the Petoskey wine region offer wines paired with small plates as part of their harvest showcase. Tickets are $40 per person for pre-sale and $50 per person the day of the event.
All DayPetoskey Wine Region
Lavender Hill Sunflower Festival & Barn MarketLavender Hill Farm’s second annual Sunflower Festival! Pack a blanket or lawn chair and go for the day. Attend a yoga class, take a guided sunflower tour, paint a pumpkin, shop the Barn Market, and listen to live music while you play lawn games and enjoy food and drink. There is no charge to visit and explore our farm.
9am-3:30pm7354 Horton Bay Rd. North, Boyne City, Michigan 49712
Taste of Harbor SpringsEntry and Drink Tickets sold before Monday, September 11, 2023, at 5:00 p.m. are $35.00 and $5.00. After 5:00 pm, Monday, September 11th through September 16, 2023, and at the door, tickets are $50.00 and $7.00. As always, we are limited to 750 maximum ticket sales. NOTE: we have sold out in the past. Advance ticket purchase is strongly recommended.
12:00pm-3:00 PMBig Tent Harbor Springs Waterfront
C.S. Lewis Festival: Murder MysteryMurder Mystery at Stafford’s Bay View Inn – $75 per person The event includes a pre-dinner cocktail, a seated dinner, and the murder mystery hosted by Inspector Jim Russell of Murder Mystery, Inc.
TBAStafford’s Perry Hotel, 100 Lewis St., Petoskey, Michigan 49770
4th Annual Balloons Over Bay HarborSAVE THE DATE for the 4th annual Balloons Over Bay Harbor which will take place in the Village at Bay Harbor, September 22nd and 23rd. Hosting some of the best pilots in the nation who compete in national festivals across the country, there will be a schedule of flight activity throughout the weekend, so keep your “eyes to the skies” to see the beautiful balloons. There will also be “night glows” where the balloons will light up while grounded on both Friday and Saturday evenings beginning at 8pm. There is truly no other event like this in Northern Michigan! Get up close as the pilots inflate their balloons right before your eyes on our Marina Lawns, it is truly an exhilarating experience.
10am-9:00pmVillage at Bay Harbor
Harbor Springs of the Book Registration, required for Festival general session attendance, and additional ticketed event sales are now available both online (click here) and in person at the Festival office, 160 State Street, Harbor Springs.
Friday- SundayHarbor Springs, Various Locations
Biketemberfest Fall Bike Ride 2023- Harbor SpringsA weekend package that encompass all the best that Northern Michigan has to offer. Zoo-de-Mackinac, Inc. & The Social Connection have teamed up to create a social bike & adventure weekend of fun exploring the Harbor Springs & Petoskey area. Home base is The Highland’s 1500-Acre playground offering Twin Zip-Line Adventure, Disc Golf, Incredible golf courses, Chairlift Hiking & Biking, Enchanted Woods Happy Hour, Friday & Saturday night parties w/ bands, bonfires & more!
Mark Farner’s American BandLegendary all-American frontman and guitarist Mark Farner commands the stage.