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Downtown Gaylord Summer Concert Series Photo

Downtown Gaylord Summer Concert Series

Get ready to dance your way into the weekend all summer long!Gaylord's outdoor summer music series will be happening every Friday night (minus Alpenfest weekend) right downtown.These family-friendly events start at 7:00 pm in Claude Shannon Park.
If you think you'll need a break from dancing, don't forget to BYOC (bring your own chair). 
Drinks and food are available just steps away at our downtown locations.

Alpenfest 2024 Photo

Alpenfest 2024

"Come see Gaylord shine at Alpenfest 59!" is the tag line for this year's Alpenfest!  Ever heard of "The Burning of the Boog?" There will be traditions, music, and food you have never heard of before as downtown Gaylord puts on an Alpine-inspired celebration that honors the city's heritage and partnership with sister city, Pontresina, Switzerland.  The entertainment is top-notch and includes Rolling Stones and Katy Perry tribute bands, 80's rock, classic rock, country, polka and German music, and to further honor the theme, a 14-piece Bavarian style band.  There will also be two parades (a walking parade and a grand parade), carnival rides, Queen and Princess pageants, a car show, a craft show, food vendors...do I need to say more?  Oh, there is more!  If you like to run or walk, sign up for the half marathon, 10k, 5.9k or 1-mile fun run.  Grab your lederhosen (yes, you'll see those there too) and join in the fun!

Black Bear Gran Fondo 2024 Photo

Black Bear Gran Fondo 2024

The Black Bear Gran Fondo starts and ends at Hanson Hills Recreation Area and winds its way through the beautiful AuSable River Valley.  The event offers not just the 100-mile "Century Ride" but two smaller loops which are 62 miles and 45 miles.

The AuSable River Canoe Marathon Photo

The AuSable River Canoe Marathon

The AuSable River Canoe Marathon, a.k.a. “The Marathon”, is a non-stop 120-mile, C-2 (two-person) canoe race held annually on the last full weekend in July. The race starts at night with a thrilling LeMans-style running start to the river in Grayling, MI, and ends the next day on the shores of Lake Huron in Oscoda, MI. The marathon is not a recreational canoe float. It is an ultra-competitive race that attracts professional paddlers from across the United States, Canada, and often teams from outside North America. Contestants must be in peak condition to compete in the race within the allotted time and endure the grueling and strenuous physical and mental strains that the marathon demands of the paddlers. ~from the AuSable River Canoe Marathon website.
If you are not ready to compete but want to watch, head over to the Spectators page of the website; you can watch the start, the bridges, the dams, and the finish!