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Grand Hotel – Grand Hotel Pre-Opening Package – April 30 – May 6, 2021
[ April 30, 2021 to May 6, 2021. ] Be one of Grand Hotel’s first guests as we prepare to open for the season! This special Grand Hotel package provides accommodations only. We will have limited services and amenities during this time as we prepare to open our doors for the 2021 season. Come and experience the solitude of Mackinac Island before the official opening. We [...] more...

Grand Hotel – Mother’s Day Weekend Package – May 7 – 9, 2021
[ May 7, 2021 to May 9, 2021. ] Spend time with mom and take advantage of all the fine amenities at Grand Hotel during Mother’s Day Weekend. Unwind as you relax while our staff handles all the details. Take a bicycle ride or hike around Mackinac Island. Enjoy the beauty of the Straits of Mackinac and the Mackinac Bridge in a rocking chair on [...] more...

Mackinac Island Fort2Fort Five Mile Challenge – May 15, 2021
[ May 15, 2021; ] The 2021 Fort2Fort 5 Mile Challenge with be held both In-Person on Saturday, May 15, 2021 and as a Virtual Race. Proceeds from both events help support the Mackinac Historic State Parks! The In-Person race will feature a “rolling start” from 8:00 am – 9:30 am, allowing all participants a safe and socially distanced race. In [...] more...

Grand Hotel – Ballroom Dancing Weekend – May 16 – 18, 2021
[ May 16, 2021 to May 18, 2021. ] Announcing new dates for this popular package! Come join us this May for our Ballroom Dancing event. This is the perfect event 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 [...] more...

Zoo-de-Mackinac – May 21, 22 & 23, 2021
[ May 21, 2021 to May 23, 2021. ] 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 outdoor enthusiasts (4,000 in 2014-16) who want to enjoy a little [...] more...

Grand Hotel – Grand Distillers Weekend – May 21 – 23, 2021
[ May 21, 2021 to May 23, 2021. ] Join us for Grand Hotel’s first-ever Distillers Weekend, featuring Iron Fish Distillery of Thompsonville, MI. Iron Fish Distillery is Michigan’s first farm distillery, located on a reclaimed homestead farm, originally settled in the 1890’s. This family-owned and operated farm distillery, named for the Steelhead that journeys up the nearby Betsie River, “Returns Spirit to Its Origin” [...] more...

Grand Hotel – Memorial Day Weekend Package – May 28 – 30, 2021
[ May 28, 2021 to May 30, 2021. ] When Memorial Day arrives, it feels like the beginning of summer. Enjoy the holiday weekend on Mackinac Island and at America’s Summer Place. You will have the chance to sit back and relax in a rocking chair on the World’s Longest Porch, or take a bike ride around Mackinac Island and explore the beauty and [...] more...

Grand Hotel – Summer Michigan Golf Live Package – June 4 – 6, 2021
[ June 4, 2021 to June 6, 2021. ] Tee up the vacation of a lifetime with our Summer Michigan Golf Live Package. Named for the state’s leading golf program, Michigan Golf Live, show host Bill Hobson coordinates this golf event — complete with three days of unlimited golf on The Jewel, prize giveaways, private evening receptions, Saturday morning golf scramble, and box lunch. The [...] more...

Mackinac Island Lilac Festival – June 4 – 13, 2021
[ June 4, 2021 to June 13, 2021. ] The Mackinac Island Lilac Festival is a 10-day celebration, June 4 through 13, 2021. It’s the first and largest summer event on the Island, attracting thousands of visitors. Festivities for the 73rd Annual Mackinac Island Lilac Festival include the coronation of the Lilac Festival Queen and Court, Lilac Festival 10K Run/Walk, horse drawn carriage tours, the [...] more...

Lilac Festival Run & Walk – June 5, 2021
[ June 5, 2021; ] Join us on Saturday, June 5, 2021, to kick off the 71st Mackinac Island Lilac Festival with a great morning race. Over 1,100 participants joined us in 2019 to enjoy the early season beauty on the Island. The course will provide you with the tree-covered paved roads through the center of the Island, and [...] more...

Grand Hotel – Summer Wine Appreciation Weekend – June 23 – 27, 2021
[ June 23, 2021 to June 27, 2021. ] Please join Grand Hotel’s Master Sommelier, Elizabeth Schweitzer, and a celebrated winery for this special wine tasting and hotel package: the Summer Wine Appreciation Weekend at Grand Hotel. The weekend will begin with a Welcome Reception, followed by dinner in the Main Dining Room. On Saturday, enjoy breakfast in the Main Dining Room followed by morning [...] more...

Grand Hotel – Old Fashioned Mackinac Fourth of July Celebration – July 1 – 6, 2021
[ July 1, 2021 to July 6, 2021. ] Join us for a Mackinac Island tradition, and come celebrate the July Fourth holiday at Grand Hotel! Experience two days of an exciting children’s carnival! One day we will host an ice cream social, and the second day will be a BBQ luncheon in the Tea Garden. Complimentary golf for ages 17 and younger and 50% [...] more...

Mackinac’s Got Talent! – Music In The Park – July 1, 2021
[ July 1, 2021; 6:30 pm; ] Round 1 of Mackinac's Got Talent. Experience the boundless creativity of Mackinac Island! Open to all island residents and summer employees. Complete guidelines for entry forthcoming. <> 6:30pm, Marquette Park, Mackinac Island - Free With a spectacular backdrop, our summer concert series takes place on the lawn of a National Historic Landmark, Marquette Park, which is at the foothills [...] more...

Mackinac Island Stone Skipping Tournament – July 4, 2021
[ July 4, 2021; ] The annual 4th of July tournament on Mackinac Island is sure to be another crowd pleaser. Here is a link to the replay of the 2019 Mackinac Island Stone Skipping Tournament on ESPN * - Click here to view the replay. (NOTE: ESPN subscription may be required.) Everyone is eligible to compete in the tournament. The more [...] more...

Star Spangled Fourth of July – Fort Mackinac – July 4, 2021
[ July 4, 2021; ] 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 games on the fort parade ground. Included with regular admission to Fort [...] more...

Olivia Dear – Music In The Park – July 8, 2021
[ July 8, 2021; 6:30 pm; ] Olivia Dear returns to the Music in the Park stage in 2021 as our first headliner of the new season! Singer-songwriter Olivia Dear plays 150+ shows annually, spanning from Los Angeles to London and in living rooms to concert halls. She’s headlined The Chapel at Masonic Temple in Detroit, Smith’s Olde Bar in Atlanta, Rockwood Music [...] more...

Rachel Davis (with Chimney Rock) – Music In The Park – July 15, 2021
[ July 15, 2021; 6:30 pm; ] Rachel Davis, longtime friend of Mackinac Island, is back at Music in the Park, joined by local favorite Chimney Rock. Multi-instrumentalist Rachael Davis is as renown for her expressive--and explosive--voice as she is for uniting the often disparate worlds of folk, blues, country, and pop. Chimney Rock is a classic rock trio including Myk Rise, Bill [...] more...

Chicago Yacht Club – Race to Mackinac – July 16 – 19, 2021
[ July 16, 2021 to July 19, 2021. ] 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 Wintrust. The Mac, as it is affectionately known, kicks off Saturday, July 16, 2021 with 3,000 sailors [...] more...

The Pistil Whips – Music In The Park – July 22, 2021
[ July 22, 2021; 6:30 pm; ] The Pistil Whips combine the styles of funk, blues, and jazz to make a sound all their own. The Pistil Whips are based out of Boyne City, MI, where they combine the styles of funk, blues, and jazz to make a sound all their own. Eric Dane Jaqua plays the revolutionary Farmer Foot Drums (a drum set [...] more...

2021 Bayview Mackinac Race – July 24 – 27, 2021
[ July 24, 2021 to July 27, 2021. ] The Bayview Mackinac Race - which will begin on Saturday, July 24, 2021 – is 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 [...] more...

The Accidentals (with Gabi June) – Music In The Park – July 29, 2021
[ July 29, 2021; 6:30 pm; ] Long-time island favorites, The Accidentals, are back on the island this summer, joined by Gabi June. Female-fronted, multi-instrumentalist power trio, The Accidentals, (Sav Buist, Katie Larson, and Michael Dause) have been hailed by NPR as "displaying equal interest in the focused musical forms of indie rock and pop and the expansive potential of orchestral arrangements, jam [...] more...

E Minor – Music In The Park – August 5, 2021
[ August 5, 2021; 6:30 pm; ] With sweet and smokey melodies, Elizabeth Landry has an unmistakable folk flavor, with a hint of an old country and blues influence. <> 6:30pm, Marquette Park, Mackinac Island - Free With a spectacular backdrop, our summer concert series takes place on the lawn of a National Historic Landmark, Marquette Park, which is at the foothills of Historic Fort [...] more...

The Ark Band – Music In The Park – August 12, 2021
[ August 12, 2021; 6:30 pm; ] Reggae comes to Music in the Park! The ARK Band is a St. Lucian reggae band based in Columbus, OH. Founded in 1987 by Terry and Eustace Bobb, (The St. Lucian Riddim Twins), The ARK Band has continually toured across the United States, Canada, and Jamaica, sharing its roots reggae, calypso and soca music. <> 6:30pm, Marquette Park, [...] more...

Mackinac’s Got Talent! (Finals) – Music In The Park – August 19, 2021
[ August 19, 2021; 6:30 pm; ] Final round of Mackinac's Got Talent. Experience the boundless creativity of Mackinac Island! Open to all island residents and summer employees. Open to all island residents and summer employees. Complete guidelines for entry forthcoming. <> 6:30pm, Marquette Park, Mackinac Island - Free With a spectacular backdrop, our summer concert series takes place on the lawn of a National Historic [...] more...

Grand Hotel – Grand Princess and Superhero Package – August 24 – 26, 2021
[ August 24, 2021 to August 26, 2021. ] Join the magic of the Annual Grand Princess and Superhero Package at America’s Summer Place. Your princess or superhero will have a Grand time dressing up as their favorite princess or superhero for two days filled with fun activities and entertainment. The enchantment begins with a Royal Welcome Reception on the Front Porch. After dinner, everyone [...] more...

Kari Lynch – Music In The Park – August 26, 2021
[ August 26, 2021; 6:30 pm; ] The Kari Lynch Band is an accomplished Alt Country band based in Nashville, TN, originally hailing from Grand Rapids, Michigan. Talented singers, songwriters, collaborators and performers, the Kari Lynch Band knows how to deliver an exciting, powerful and unforgettable performance. Known for their powerhouse lead vocals and solid harmonies, dynamic live show, first-rate songwriting and undeniable [...] more...

Mackinac Island Fudge Festival – August 27 – 29, 2021
[ August 27, 2021 to August 29, 2021. ] Calling all Fudgies!!! For more than a century, Mackinac Island’s fudge has been an institution that’s become famous worldwide. Fudge devotees are known as “fudgies” – a term that is also synonymous with Northern Michigan tourists. Most people don’t need an excuse to indulge in a piece or two of creamy, decadent fudge. But, for [...] more...

Gin, Chocolate, & Bottle Rockets – Music In The Park – September 2, 2021
[ September 2, 2021; 6:30 pm; ] With powerhouse harmonies, this trio’s musical chemistry emanates from the speakers like morning sunshine through a kitchen window. Based out of Madison, Wisconsin Gin, Chocolate & Bottle Rockets has, according to the Isthmus, "laid themselves bare in a way that’s cathartic, even if the lyrics are a bit on the nose sometimes…the music is beautiful, catchy [...] more...

Grand Hotel’s Labor Day Jazz Weekend – September 3 – 6, 2021
[ September 3, 2021 to September 6, 2021. ] Escape to America’s Summer Place for Labor Day Weekend and immerse yourself in the melody of beautiful jazz music, played by some of the country’s top performers. The package includes receptions, a cookout luncheon in the Tea Garden Saturday and Sunday afternoons, breakfast and dinner daily, and all entertainment — plus a Sunday morning gospel performance [...] more...

Mackinac Island Eight Mile Run and Walk – September 11, 2021
[ September 11, 2021; ] End your Summer with the Mackinac 8 Mile Road Race Join us for the 50th 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 [...] more...

Grand Hotel – Fall Michigan Golf Live Package – September 12 – 14, 2021
[ September 12, 2021 to September 14, 2021. ] Tee up the vacation of a lifetime during our Fall Michigan Golf Live Package. Named for the state’s leading golf program, Michigan Golf Live, show host Bill Hobson coordinates this golf event — complete with three days of unlimited golf on The Jewel, prize giveaways, private evening receptions, Monday morning golf scramble, and box lunch. The [...] more...

Grand Hotel – Fall Wine Appreciation Weekend – October 8 -10, 2021
[ October 8, 2021 to October 10, 2021. ] Raise a glass this October for Fall Wine Appreciation Weekend. Join Grand Hotel Master Sommelier, Elizabeth Schweitzer, on Mackinac Island for this special weekend featuring Michigan wines. More details will be coming soon! The weekend will begin with a Welcome Reception, followed by dinner in the Main Dining Room. On Saturday, enjoy breakfast in the Main [...] more...

Grand Hotel History Weekend – October 15 – 17, 2021
[ October 15, 2021 to October 17, 2021. ] You’re invited to Grand Hotel’s Annual History Weekend with a unique look into the story behind the wood structure built in 1887. Saturday morning begins with a fascinating journey through the history of Mackinac Island and Grand Hotel with Bob Tagatz, Grand Hotel’s Resident Historian. Then, take part in a special history presentation later in the [...] more...

Grand Hotel – Murder Mystery Weekend – October 22 – 24, 2021
[ October 22, 2021 to October 24, 2021. ] Consider yourself warned: Not everything is how it seems at Grand Hotel during Murder Mystery Weekend. Join us in October for an interactive Murder Mystery Weekend brought to you by The Murder Mystery Company, founded in Michigan. The intrigue begins Friday night and the crime is solved Sunday morning. 2021 Murder Mystery Weekend Theme: What happened in [...] more...

Mackinac Island Great Turtle Trail Run – October 23, 2021
[ October 23, 2021; ] Join us for the 25 Anniversary of the Great Turtle Half Marathon & 5.7 Run/Walk on Saturday, October 23, 2021. Registration will open mid-February. Thank you for your patience as we work through race details in these uncertain times. This year marks the 25th running of one of the most scenic trail events in the state. [...] more...

Legacy Five at Grand Hotel – October 24, 2021
[ October 24, 2021; ] Come experience Legacy Five performing live at Grand Hotel! Enjoy the Gospel and Christian music of band members: Lee Black – Tenor Scott Fowler – Lead Singer Bryan Walker – Baritone Matt Fouch – Bass Josh Townsend – Pianist This October, we look forward to welcoming Legacy Five back to the Grand stage. When the Legendary Cathedral Quartet retired in December [...] more...

Grand Hotel – Somewhere in Time Weekend – October 29 – 31, 2021
[ October 29, 2021 to October 31, 2021. ] Each year, our Somewhere in Time Weekend is one of the most popular and special events during the Grand Hotel season. It’s the perfect time for movie lovers who want to know the cinematic secrets of the timeless romantic classic, and a chance to visit with many people who played a role in the movie. This [...] more...

Grand Hotel – Close the Grand for the Season – October 31 – November 1, 2021
[ October 31, 2021 to November 1, 2021. ] 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 an informal atmosphere as we clean out our pantries and wine cellar. Bob Tagatz, Resident Historian, will host a presentation explaining [...] more...

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