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Zoo-de-Mackinac – May 20 – 21, 2017
[ May 20, 2017 to May 21, 2017. ] THE 28th ANNUAL ZOO-DE-MACK BIKE BASH THE WEEKEND OF MAY 20-21st, 2017 The Zoo-de-Mackinac is a weekend of huge parties with great bands, one of the most scenic bicycle rides in the country, a lot of sunshine, views of the mighty Mackinac Bridge, and one magical island. THIS IS NOT A RACE!!! The Zoo-de-Mackinac is a collection of [...] more...

Grand Hotel – AAA Memorial Day Weekend Package – May 27 – 29, 2017
[ May 27, 2017 to May 29, 2017. ] Join us Memorial Day Weekend for the unofficial start to summer! Enjoy nightly live musical entertainment by Dr. Alex Graham and the Grand Hotel Orchestra. The package also includes free golf on The Jewel with beautiful views of the Straits of Mackinac and the Mackinac Bridge (cart fee required), evening receptions on Saturday and Sunday, and [...] more...

Grand Hotel – Titanic at the Grand – June 2 – 4, 2017
[ June 2, 2017 to June 4, 2017. ] A First Class Experience Set sail in April 1912 and experience a First Class Fashion Show featuring vintage 1912 era Men and Women’s styles of clothing. What did First Class passengers wear for the fateful dinner? Find out what was packed in their trunks to prepare for such a voyage during the First Class Fashion Show. [...] more...

Grand Hotel Lilac Festival Package – June 9 – 17, 2017
[ June 9, 2017 to June 17, 2017. ] Come visit during one of Mackinac Island’s most beautiful times of the year! The 69th Annual Lilac Festival on Mackinac Island is a ten day festival held in honor of the flower Mackinac Island is known for. The lilac is a spectacular variety with a distinct history. In fact some are more than 200 years old. We [...] more...

Mackinac Island Lilac Festival – June 9 – 18, 2017
[ June 9, 2017 to June 18, 2017. ] Celebrating Mackinac's lilac collection began in 1949 after a conversation with Evangilene “Ling” Horn and Nurse Stella King who encouraged the then teen and today's Mackinac Island Carriage Tours veterinarian Dr. Bill Chambers to have a parade on Lilac Sunday. The idea was to bring people to the Island to enjoy a great horse drawn [...] more...

Mission Point Resort – Purple Pig Roast – June 10 & 17, 2017
[ June 10, 2017; 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. June 17, 2017; 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. ] Mission Point Resort celebrates Mackinac Island’s Famous Lilac Festival with the Purple Pig Roast. Enjoy delicious food along with lilac lemonade, lilac inspired cocktails, and craft beer flights. Live music. Located on the spectacular waterfront lawn at Mission Point’s Bistro on the Greens. Saturdays, June 10 and June 17, 1-4 PM Bistro on the Greens, Mission Point Cost: $25 <> Visit [...] more...

A Taste of Mackinac – June 15, 2017
[ June 15, 2017; 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. ] Don't miss the culinary event of the summer! Island chefs come together to meet and greet while sharing their creations. Tickets include buffet styled food, drinks by Coca Cola and Starbucks as well as craft beers, Michigan wines (must be 21) and sweets by the Island Fudge Shops. more...

Grand Hotel – Summer Michigan Golf Live Package – June 18 – 20, 2017
[ June 18, 2017 to June 20, 2017. ] Tee up the vacation of a lifetime during our Michigan Golf Live Package named for radio and television show host Bill Hobson of Michigan Golf Live, the state’s leading golf program. Host Bill Hobson coordinates this golf event complete with three days of unlimited golf on The Jewel, prize giveaways, private evening receptions, Monday morning [...] more...

John Patrick Peters – Music In The Park – June 22, 2017
[ June 22, 2017; 7:00 pm; ] Founded in 2011, John Patrick Peters is described as "a youthful flame igniting a forest fire on the moon, smoldering guitar based rock with a bluesy crust hardened by a northern breeze." His fusion band is made up of some of the finest Musicians in the nation, all currently studying jazz at Michigan State University. Listen <> 7pm, Marquette [...] more...

Grand Hotel Arts Weekend – June 23 – 25, 2017
[ June 23, 2017 to June 25, 2017. ] Join faculty, alumni and students from the Michigan State University College of Arts & Letters, the celebrated home of art, theatre, language, literature, innovation and creativity at the University, as they convene for the 23rd annual weekend celebrating the arts while enjoying the splendor of Grand Hotel and Mackinac Island. Join in pre-dinner cocktail receptions, fine dining, and performances showcasing [...] more...

Nashon Holloway – Music In The Park – June 29, 2017
[ June 29, 2017; 7:00 pm; ] Where Amy Winehouse meets Corinne Bailey Rae, Nashon is a soulful songstress who just released her first studio album. Performance credits include features on The Oprah Winfrey Show with David Foster, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Taste of Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Qatar. A one-of-a-kind singer/songwriter, hers is an artistic, jazzy style and relevant essence born [...] more...

Grand Hotel – Old Fashioned Mackinac Fourth of July Celebration – July 2 – 5, 2017
[ July 2, 2017 to July 5, 2017. ] Join us for this Grand island tradition at America’s Summer Place as we celebrate the Old Fashioned Mackinac Fourth of July Celebration. This package is a perfect tradition to continue every year for the entire family. Experience the children’s carnival, ice cream social, cookout luncheon in the Tea Garden, free golf for ages 17 and younger [...] more...

Mackinac Island Stone Skipping Tournament – July 4, 2017
[ July 4, 2017; ] The annual 4th of July tournament on Mackinac Island is sure to be another crowd pleaser. Everyone is eligible to compete in the tournament. The more the merrier. The tournament is open to all ages and always occurs at Windermere Pointe Beach (Located next to Hotel Iroquois) every year at 10:00 am on the 4th of July. [...] more...

Star Spangled Fourth of July – Fort Mackinac – July 4, 2017
[ July 4, 2017; 2:00 pm; ] The historic island fort is decked out in patriotic finery with banners, flags and bunting. It is an 1880’s Independence Day, with 38-gun salutes honoring the states of the period, performances of patriotic music, and Victorian children’s games. Guests join the party and participate in Victorian dances and games on the fort parade ground. When: Tuesday, July 4 2:00 pm [...] more...

An American Picnic at Fort Mackinac – July 4, 2017
[ July 4, 2017; 6:30 pm; ] Checkered red and white tablecloths spread on the grass of Fort Mackinac’s parade grounds create a patchwork quilt welcoming hungry patriots with Grand Hotel’s all-you-can-eat tangy BBQ baby back ribs, grilled chicken breasts, hamburgers, hot dogs, turkey burgers, corn on the cob, and a slew of salads, fixings and desserts. Stay for the fireworks! An American [...] more...

Rachel B and the Boys – Music In The Park – July 6, 2017
[ July 6, 2017; 7:00 pm; ] Rachel B is a singer-songwriter thriving with a self-appointed genre of "soul empowerment pop," blending vivacity and uplifting melodies with hints of sass. She was selected as the recipient of the prestigious Johnny Mercer Songwriting Award and Berklee’s Women’s Composer Award, and her magnetic stage presence has led her to perform at Chicago Symphony Hall, Berklee [...] more...

Grand Hotel – Summer Wine Appreciation Weekend – July 7 – 9, 2017
[ July 7, 2017 to July 9, 2017. ] We are excited to announce that family owned Trinchero Family Estates  will be joining Grand Hotel for Summer Wine Appreciation Weekend. You will have the opportunity to explore varietals from Trinchero’s brand, Terra d’Oro translated as “Land of Gold.” The name pays tribute to its Italian heritage by creating Pinot Grigios and Barberas, along with single-vineyard Zinfandels. Jeff Meyers [...] more...

Grand Hotel – Dorothy Draper School of Decorating – July 7 – 9, 2017
[ July 7, 2017 to July 9, 2017. ] Announcing the 3rd Annual Dorothy Draper School of Decorating at America’s Summer Place. Come experience a Day of Decorating with host Carleton Varney, one of the most well known interior designers and President of Dorothy Draper and Company of New York City. Participants of the School of Decorating will explore the art of creating beautiful bold interiors during two design and [...] more...

Allye Gaietto – Music In The Park – July 13, 2017
[ July 13, 2017; 7:00 pm; ] Allye Gaietto is a singer-songwriter based in Detroit. Her songs range from sparse and simple to intricate and complex; her genre is best described as eccentric, thoughtful jazz-influenced pop. Her lyrics are wrought with self-aware fragility, brought to life by a voice always caught halfway between a shout and a whisper. Listen <> 7pm, Marquette Park, Mackinac Island - [...] more...

Chicago Yacht Club – Race to Mackinac – July 15 – 18, 2017
[ July 15, 2017 to July 18, 2017. ] Sailors from 15 different U.S. states as well as Ontario, Switzerland, and as far off as Hong Kong, are preparing for the race of a lifetime – the 333 mile Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac, presented by Veuve Clicquot. The Mac, as it is affectionately known, kicks off Saturday, July 15, 2017 with 3,000 [...] more...

Benjaman James – Music In The Park – July 20, 2017
[ July 20, 2017; 7:00 pm; ] Traverse City native Benjaman James is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with roots in funk, jazz, R&B, and soul. Benjaman inspires his audience by generating dance-worthy, captivating music that takes listeners on an energetic improvisational journey. Listen <> 7pm, Marquette Park, Mackinac Island - Free With a spectacular backdrop, our summer concert series takes place on the lawn of a National [...] more...

2017 Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race – July 22 – 25, 2017
[ July 22, 2017 to July 25, 2017. ] The Bayview Mackinac Race will begin on Saturday, July 22, 2017 – recognized as one of the most challenging freshwater boat races in the world. Join the excitement of the Port Huron to Mackinac Race as boat racers sail Michigan's Great Lakes to reach their final destination, Mackinac Island. It’s all Pure Michigan from start [...] more...

Olivia Millerschin – Music In The Park – July 27, 2017
[ July 27, 2017; 7:00 pm; ] Olivia Millerschin won a John Lennon Songwriting Award, was a quarter-finalist on America’s Got Talent, and a finalist in the Detroit Music Awards and the West Coast’s LA Music Critics Awards. She infuses clever lyrics, haunting melodies, and colorful folk with pop and soulful elements. Listen <> 7pm, Marquette Park, Mackinac Island - Free With a spectacular backdrop, our summer [...] more...

The Swift Brothers – Music In The Park – August 3, 2017
[ August 3, 2017; 7:00 pm; ] If you like Mumford & Sons or The Lumineers, you'll love The Swift Brothers. With a variety of instruments and equipment from guitars and banjos to foot percussion and digital effect pedals, the duo takes on a wide variety of covers ranging from The Ramones to Mazzy Star while taking pride in their ability to create [...] more...

Olivia Mainville & The Aquatic Troupe – Music In The Park – August 10, 2017
[ August 10, 2017; 7:00 pm; ] Olivia Mainville has toured with Caravan of Thieves, and has collaborated with Michigan artists including the Ragbirds, the Appleseed Collective, the Accidentals, and Jack and the Bear. She has appeared at Michigan venues including Blissfest, the Majestic in Detroit, and the Ark in Ann Arbor. Listen <> 7pm, Marquette Park, Mackinac Island - Free With a spectacular backdrop, our summer [...] more...

Gifts or Creatures – Music In The Park – August 17, 2017
[ August 17, 2017; 7:00 pm; ] Gifts or Creatures is the musical pursuit of husband-wife duo Brandon and Bethany Foote. The couple fuses a blend of midwestern folklore, old world history and cinematic soundscapes to create a trove of antique Americana. Both are also active members of Michigan's Earthwork Music Collective, advocating for original music and environmental awareness throughout the Great Lakes region. Listen <> 7pm, [...] more...

Mackinac Island Fudge Festival – August 18 – 20, 2017
[ August 18, 2017 to August 20, 2017. ] Calling all Fudgies!!! While fudge was not invented on Mackinac Island, Mackinac Island’s fudge has become the most popular fudge in America. The Mackinac Island Fudge Festival celebrates the creamy goodness with events such as Dining Under the Influence of Fudge, Fudge on the Rocks, Michigan Craft Brew Beer Tastings, Great Turtle Slow Ride and the coveted [...] more...

The Grand Garden Show Featuring Proven Winners – August 27 – 29, 2017
[ August 27, 2017 to August 29, 2017. ] Announcing the 5th Annual Grand Garden Show presented by Proven Winners, the world’s #1 plant brand. Join us for this special gardening weekend located at the world’s largest summer resort providing a spectacular and memorable setting. Celebrate the beauty of flowers while you surround yourself with the rich history of Mackinac Island and Grand Hotel. This will [...] more...

Grand Hotel’s Labor Day Jazz Weekend – September 1 – 4, 2017
[ September 1, 2017 to September 4, 2017. ] Experience Grand Hotel during the finest musical weekend of the year. Escape to America’s Summer Place for the Labor Day Weekend and immerse yourself in the melody of beautiful Jazz music played by some of the country’s top performers. This year presents our strongest performer line-up and we hope you will join us. Presenting Jason Marsalis Friday evening for the opening performance [...] more...

THE 60th ANNUAL MACKINAC BRIDGE WALK – September 4, 2017
[ September 4, 2017; 7:00 am; ] The Mackinac Bridge Walk is an annual event held every Labor Day since 1958, in which people may walk the 5 mile length of the Mackinac Bridge. In an average year, 40,000 to 65,000 people participate. The Annual Bridge walk is the sole exception to the rule prohibiting pedestrians on the bridge. NO Fees or Registration There [...] more...

Grand Hotel – Fall Wine Appreciation Weekend – September 8 – 10, 2017
[ September 8, 2017 to September 10, 2017. ] Raise a glass this September for Fall Wine Appreciation Weekend. The weekend will begin with a Welcome Reception followed by a five-course dinner in the Main Dining Room. Saturday enjoy two different wine tasting sessions featuring different varietals of Domaine Carneros with host Eileen Crane of Domaine Carneros and Grand Hotel Master Sommelier, Elizabeth Schweitzer. Elizabeth [...] more...

Grand Hotel – Fall Michigan Golf Live Package – September 8 – 10, 2017
[ September 8, 2017 to September 10, 2017. ] Tee up the vacation of a lifetime during our Michigan Golf Live Package named for radio and television show host Bill Hobson of Michigan Golf Live, the state’s leading golf program. Host Bill Hobson coordinates this golf event complete with three days of unlimited golf on The Jewel, prize giveaways, private evening receptions, Saturday morning [...] more...

Grand Hotel History Weekend – September 15 – 17, 2017
[ September 15, 2017 to September 17, 2017. ] You’re invited to Grand Hotel’s 9th Annual History Weekend with a unique look into the story behind the wood structure built in 1887 as Grand Hotel celebrates its 130th Anniversary in 2017. Bob Tagatz, Grand Hotel’s Resident Historian and Concierge will take you on a fascinating journey through the history of Mackinac Island and Grand Hotel. [...] more...

Grand Hotel – Ballroom Dancing Weekend – October 13 – 15, 2017
[ October 13, 2017 to October 15, 2017. ] Ballroom Dancing Weekend is perfect for the experienced fox trotter or those looking to learn some new steps. Dance the night away in both the Theatre and Terrace Room to The Grand Hotel Orchestra led by Dr. Alex Graham, Grand Hotel Music Director, and a guest favorite – Jerry O’Hagan and his orchestra. The Jerry [...] more...

Grand Hotel – Girlfriends Getaway Weekend – October 13 – 15, 2017
[ October 13, 2017 11:00 pm to October 15, 2017 11:00 pm. ] Girlfriends Getaway Weekend is the perfect time of year to escape and relax with friends at a 4 diamond resort hotel on Mackinac Island. The fall season on Mackinac Island provides the solitude you need. Enjoy beautiful views while relaxing on the world’s longest porch, Friday and Saturday wine and champagne receptions, shopping, and Astor’s Salon and Spa, [...] more...

Grand Hotel – Murder Mystery Weekend – October 20 – 22, 2017
[ October 20, 2017 to October 22, 2017. ] Consider yourself warned – not everything is how it seems at Grand Hotel during Murder Mystery Weekend. Join us this October for an interactive Murder Mystery Weekend with The Murder Mystery Company – founded in Michigan. Guests will take part in a 1930s Old Hollywood cast party weekend with the show “Best Laid Plans.” The intrigue [...] more...

Grand Hotel – Somewhere in Time Weekend – October 27 – 29, 2017
[ October 27, 2017 to October 29, 2017. ] Celebrate the 27th Anniversary of Somewhere in Time Weekend at Grand Hotel! Somewhere in Time Weekend is one of our most popular and special weekends at Grand Hotel. The movie Somewhere in Time was filmed at Grand Hotel and on Mackinac Island in 1979 and the movie was released in 1980. See pictures from a 1980 Grand Hotel Newsletter [...] more...

Grand Hotel – Close the Grand for the Season – October 29 – 30, 2017
[ October 29, 2017 to October 30, 2017. ] You’re invited to join in the unique experience as we close Grand Hotel’s doors for the winter months. This package includes a casual dinner buffet on Sunday evening and a continental breakfast Monday morning. Enjoy a laid back atmosphere as we clean out our pantries and wine cellar. Bob Tagatz, the hotel’s historian and concierge will do a [...] more...

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