Fort 2 Fort 5-Mile Challenge

Fort Mackinac 7125 Huron Road, Mackinac Island, MI, United States

Join us for this fun race on Mackinac Island! Proceeds help support the Mackinac Historic State Parks! The race starts with a blast of the rifles at Fort Mackinac, takes a winding route up to Fort Holmes, and back down to a finish behind Fort Mackinac next to the scout barracks. Register and find more […]

Mackinac’s Wonderful Wildflowers

Fort Mackinac 7125 Huron Road, Mackinac Island, MI, United States

Spring wildflowers abound along the wooded paths of Mackinac Island State Park. Meet naturalist Kyle Bagnall behind Fort Mackinac for a stroll to discover where “trillium flaunts its white banners in the wind.” We’ll look for some 270 species of flowers that grow here, as well as birds overhead and other springtime wonders. Admission by […]

Memorial Day Observance

Fort Mackinac 7125 Huron Road, Mackinac Island, MI, United States

A brief and informal Memorial Day observance to pay tribute to the soldiers who served at Fort Mackinac. Soldiers will assemble at 8:30 a.m. at Fort Mackinac, march to the cemetery, perform a short ceremony and salute, and return to the fort.

British Landing Nature Center Opening Day

British Landing Nature Center 3494 Lake Shore Drive, Mackinac Island, MI, United States

Take the bike ride around M-185 and stop at British Landing to learn about the plants and wildlife that call Mackinac Island home. Talk to a naturalist, read the interpretive panels, and explore the exhibits. Free admission.

Lilac Festival Queen’s Coronation & Lilac Poster Reveal

Marquette Park

Join us in beautiful Marquette Park to celebrate the crowning of the 2024 Lilac Festival Queen and Lilac Festival Princess. The 2024 Mackinac Island Lilac poster will be revealed as well. The poster will be available for purchase in select shops immediately following the event. Live music by Grand Hotel Trio. Rain backup location is […]

Lilac Festival 10K Run & Walk

Join Run Mackinac Saturday, June 8, 2024, to kick off the Mackinac Island Lilac Festival!  This is a great morning race to enjoy the early season beauty on the Island. The course will provide you with tree-covered paved roads through the center of the Island, and tremendous lake views with the Mackinac Bridge on the […]

2024 Vintage Bicycle Rally on the Rock

Marquette Park

Join this group of bicycle enthusiasts for the 2nd annual Vintage Bicycle Rally on the Rock during the Mackinac Island Lilac Festival on Saturday, June 8th. Enjoy a meet & greet in Marquette Park, the Best of Show awards ceremony, casual ride around the island, and a boxed lunch for a fee at Ice House […]

Movie in the Fort

Fort Mackinac 7125 Huron Road, Mackinac Island, MI, United States

Settle in under the stars inside iconic Fort Mackinac and enjoy a movie on the big screen. Movie title coming soon. Bring a blanket or chair and your favorite snack. This is a free event, part of the Mackinac Island Lilac Festival.

Lilacs and Warblers Walk

Marquette Park

Birders of all ages will enjoy this unique guided adventure, searching for spring songbirds during the Mackinac Island Lilac Festival. Meet naturalist Kyle Bagnall in Marquette Park at the statue of Father Marquette. Amidst thousands of fragrant lilac blossoms, we’ll stroll through the park, then up the hill, looking for migrating warblers, raptors overhead, and […]

Walking Tour: Creating the Village of Mackinac Island

Historic Downtown Mackinac Market Street, Mackinac Island, MI, United States

Join us for a guided tour going through the creation of the village of Mackinac in the 1780s. This guided tour, led by Mackinac State Historic Parks’ Interpretation Coordinator Jack Swartzinski, will take guests through downtown Mackinac Island, laying out how the Village of Mackinac came to be, contrasting current locations with how they would […]

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