Roundup: Michigan Memorial Day Weekend Activities

Looking for ways to get outside this Memorial Day weekend beyond your annual parade and backyard BBQ? Check out these 2016 festivals and community events.

  1. Outdoor Game Day  The Outdoor Adventure Center will feature a variety of team-building, sidewalk and lawn games to get the whole family moving. As the day comes to a close, take some time to relax by the bonfire. S’mores will be available to the first 100 guests.

When: May 28, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Where: Outdoor Adventure Center, Detroit
Cost: Free with the price of admission to the Outdoor Adventure Center

  1. Wells State Park Memorial Day Celebration Bring a dish and your best campfire stories to share at this family-style potluck event to kick off the summer camping season in the U.P.

When: May 28, noon to 3:00 p.m.
Where: Wells State Park, Stephenson Township
Cost: Free, Michigan State Parks Recreation Passport required

  1. Petoskey Stone Festival Celebrate Michigan’s state stone by participating in events such as a 5K race, kids’ stone skipping contest (pre-registration required), kids’ trout fishing pond and the 11th annual Petoskey stone hunt. Other special presentations throughout the day include birds of prey native to Michigan, a sled dog team of Siberian Huskies and dancing and drums provided by the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians.

When: May 28, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Barnes Park, Eastport
Cost: Free

  1. Dog Bowl The “World’s Largest Olympic Style Event for Dogs” consists of 29 competitions including a costume contest, Canine Cruise on the river, Disc Dog, wiener dog races and more. Bring your own pup to play and participate. Spectators can also see hot air balloons floating in the sky throughout the day and glowing each night, followed by fireworks on Sunday night.

When: May 28-29
Where: Frankenmuth
Cost: Free

  1. Mackinaw Memorial Bridge Run Take advantage of one of only two opportunities each year to run across the Mackinaw Bridge. Enjoy the scenic view of the Straits of Mackinac connecting Lake Michigan and Lake Huron as you complete the 5.06 mile run.

When: May 28
Where: Race begins at Bridgeview Park and ends at the bridge exit on Mackinaw City
Cost: Online $50 registration fee ends May 25, on-site $60 registration will be offered on May 27 at race headquarters

  1. Camp Nissokone Memorial Day Family Camp Treat your whole family to a lakeside weekend getaway. Activities include horseback riding, canoe trips, fishing, kayaking, paintball, archery, zip line, art projects, high-ropes courses, a climbing wall and more.

When: May 27-30 
Where: Lake Van Etten, Oscoda
Cost: Rate information online, discount for YMCA members

  1. Greenfield Village Civil War Remembrance Witness American history come to life through war reenactments in period dress, exhibits, hands-on activities, presentations from historians and battle tactic demonstrations.

When: May 28-30
Where: Greenfield Village, Dearborn
Cost: Free with Greenfield Village Admission

  1.  St. Mary’s Polish Country Fair “Michigan’s Largest Country Fair” boasts authentic Polish food, carnival rides including an 80-foot coaster, an expanded Kids’ Zone and a Vegas tent with casino games for the adults. The Detroit Institute of Arts’ mobile interactive art classroom, the DIA Away, will also be on site for all ages to enjoy.

When: May 27-30
Where: St. Mary’s Preparatory, Orchard Lake
Cost: $6 per person or $12 per family (up to 6 people), children 3 and under are free

  1.  St. Ignace Native American Festival Experience the rich heritage of the U.P. through authentic presentations and workshops for kids and adults alike. Create your own dreamcatcher, dance along to the drums, taste traditional foods and more.

When: May 28, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Museum of Ojibwa Culture, St. Ignace
Cost: Free

Does your community have a fun local festival to attend on Memorial Day weekend? Let us know in the comments!

Editor’s Note: Event details are subject to change. Contact the event organizers for the most updated information.

Photo credit: A Healthier Michigan

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