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Mackinac Island Fort2Fort Five Mile Challenge – May 14, 2022

Mackinac Island Fort2Fort Five Mile Challenge
The 2022 Fort2Fort 5 Mile Challenge with be held both In-Person on Saturday, May 14, 2022 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.

The Virtual Race can be run or walked anytime at participant’s convenience. All virtual times can be logged by the participant in a separate Virtual Race category (no awards).
Note: COVID guidelines will be monitored to make sure race is in compliance with the guidelines in effect at time of the race; participants will be notified as soon as possible if any adjustments need to be made.


The start of both the 5 Mile Run and Walk will be a “Rolling” start, which means participants will begin the race when they arrive at the start line, any time between 8:00 am and 9:30 am. We encourage those who are already on the Island to take advantage of the earlier start times to reduce congestion in the staging area.

The Start will be outside Fort Mackinac on Huron Road. You may pick up your bib prior to the race – shirts can be received then or you can get it at the finish.

Race start will be on Huron Road outside Fort Mackinac

Fort doors will be open and rest rooms available inside. Restrooms are also available outside at the Huron Road Pavilion.


Race will start on Huron Road behind Fort Mackinac. Race will finish in on the lawn behind and east of Fort Mackinac.


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Zoo-de-Mackinac – May 20, 21 & 22, 2022

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 (3,000-4,000) who want to enjoy a little physical exercise together in one of the most beautiful areas in the state of Michigan. The bike ride starts Saturday morning at Boyne Highlands Resort and spans 51 miles along Lake Michigan on a paved road with very little automobile traffic. Riders pedal through rolling countryside and trillium covered forests, along sandy beaches, and are surrounded by breathtaking views of Lake Michigan from 400′ high bluffs. We stop approximately half way, at a unique place called the Legs Inn for a leisurely lunch and to swap stories. The ride continues on to Mackinaw City, where Star Line Ferry boats have been chartered for the ride over to Mackinac Island. Once on the magical island, check into your hotel and stroll into town to forget the aches and pains from the day’s ride. As the evening wears on, the island comes alive with The Gatehouse, Pink Pony, and Horns hosting post ride parties with incredible live bands!

Entry Fee

Register Early & Save!
Until February 28 – $55
March – 1-31 – $60
April 1-30 – $65
May 1- 15 – $75
Late Registration On Site May 20-21, 2022 – $75

Entry fee includes the annual pre-ride BASH Friday night at the Zoo Bar at Boyne Highlands with live band, games & swag with New Belgium, raffles with dozens of prices and the Annual Charity Tricycle Races! Also included: luggage transportation to Mackinaw City on Saturday, lunch at the Legs Inn on Saturday, round trip ferry transportation to and from Mackinac Island on Star Line Ferry and post-ride Finish Line Bash on Saturday afternoon at The Crossings with live entertainment, cash bar and food vendors… and of course the Saturday evening parties on the island!

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Zoo-De-Mackinac – Photos From Instagram

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Grand Hotel – Memorial Day Weekend Package – May 27 – 29, 2022

Grand Hotel - Memorial Day Weekend Package

Available beginning Friday, May 27, 2022

For something different, something fun, come celebrate Memorial Day Weekend at America’s Summer Place! Explore the historic landmarks and natural beauty of Mackinac Island, enjoy the tradition of Afternoon Tea in the Parlor and nightly live musical entertainment, kick back and relax in a rocking chair on the World’s Longest Porch, and be one of the first guests to dive into the Esther Williams Swimming Pool in 2022.


Package Includes:

  • Grand Hotel Accommodations
  • Breakfast and dinner daily
  • Grand Bingo Night on Friday and Saturday afternoon
  • Evening movies with Esther on Friday and Saturday
  • History Lecture by Resident Historian, Bob Tagatz on Saturday morning
  • Grand Hotel Ice Cream Social on Saturday
  • Saturday and Sunday evening receptions
  • Special discount on ferry tickets

Grand Hotel. Where you just need to be Memorial Day Weekend.

Memorial Day Weekend reservations are also available by calling Grand Hotel Reservations at 1-800-334-7263.



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Crystal Mountain – Michigan Beer & Brat Festival – May 28, 2022

Crystal Mountain - Michigan Beer & Brat Festival

The Michigan Beer and Brat Festival is back! Celebrate our 15th Annual celebration on Saturday, May 28, 2022.

Enjoy live entertainment while sampling an enormous selection of Michigan’s finest microbrews, meads, hard ciders, wine, liquor and gourmet brats from northwest Michigan markets.


Token Admission

VIP Admission begins at 3pm, General Admission from 4-8pm. Ages 3 and under are free. This year, guests will pick up a token for festival admission. Tokens are designated with your appropriate festival entry time (either 3pm or 4pm). Any guests ages 21+ must show valid photo I.D. at admission to the festival. Guests will then be provided a color coded wristband to verify age and admission.

Tokens are available for pick up May 16 – 28 at Crystal Mountain’s Front Desk, located in the Inn at the Mountain. If you are picking up your token on Saturday, May 28, they will be available at the Front Desk until Noon, or you can visit the lower level of the Crystal Center after 2pm.

VIP Admission – Limited Tickets Available!

$75 per person. Includes early festival access (3pm), one 8oz beer glass, one lanyard glass holder, 20 event tickets and two special edition beers.


General Admission

Includes one 8oz beer glass and 10 event tickets. Admission begins at 4pm.

Through April 4: $40 per person
April 5 – May 27: $50 per person
Day Of: $60 per person




Additional tickets will be available to purchase at the festival for $1 each. Tickets can be used toward a wide selection of Michigan craft beers, meads, hard ciders, wine, liquor, brats, soda, water, and delicious sides! No refunds.

Full Pour: 3 – 6 tickets*
Half Brat: 2 tickets
Full Brat: 4 tickets

*Some specialty craft beers, meads, hard ciders, wine, and liquor may be 4-6 tickets due to limited availability.


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