In May 2011, Emmet County's Headlands property became the sixth International Dark Sky Park in the United States and only the ninth in the world. This 600-acre parcel of old-growth forest sits on more than two miles of undeveloped Lake Michigan shoreline at the northwest tip of Michigan's lower peninsula, where the Straits of Mackinac sweep into the great lake. Here you will find the darkest of skies, undiluted by light pollution and preserved in perpetuity by Emmet County through the International Dark Sky Association. Monthly, free Dark Sky Park programs and special events tied to celestial phenomenon are held along the pristine and undeveloped shoreline. At present, a waterfront event and observatory center is being built, with a projected opening date of Spring 2017~stay tuned for exciting news of this development and visit our social media sites for the latest news! In the meantime, there is one large guest house available for rent, accommodating more than 20 overnight. Signs in the park direct visitors to designated Dark Sky Viewing areas. No camping, but the park is open 24/7 year 'round, with five miles of trails throughout the property. No entrance fee. Dazzling night sky for photographers, astronomers and dark-sky enthusiasts!The Headlands Park of Emmet County is located on the Straits of Mackinac, 3.8 miles west of downtown Mackinaw City.
Antiques on the Bay Car Show will celebrate its 22nd year in St. Ignace. It is the first of three auto-related events, featuring original and restored classic and antique vehicles on display along the downtown waterfront. Cars are displayed at the St. Ignace Marina parking lot just off State Street in the downtown area.
This annual event is one of the largest all-make, all-model shows in the country. Hundreds of antique, custom, and celebrity automobiles are on display.Car enthusiasts can examine vehicles up close and see them in action during Thursday's St. Ignace Cruise Night and the Down Memory Lane Parade on Friday. Awards, exhibits, vendor booth and more make this a fun, family event.
Music in Conkling Park beside Lake Huron right in downtown Mackinaw CIty every Friday night at 8PM
An American automotive classic, the Corvette, is cause for celebration in Mackinaw City at the 29th Annual Corvette Crossroads Auto Show. We invite you to join us at this showcase event the weekend of August 25th, just before Labor Day Weekend.Friday night Corvettes of various vintages arrive, cruise, and prepare for Saturday's festivities. On Saturday, hundreds of Corvettes go display at the Mackinaw Crossings Mall parking lot from 10-2. Winners are selected from several categories by “People's Choice”- this is not intended to be an intensely competitive event, rather a fun gathering for enthusiasts. The award presentation begins at 3pm. The Corvette procession will cross the Mackinac Bridge at 7pm. All Corvettes in town are welcome to cross the Mackinac Bridge- there is a nominal fee for non-show registered ‘vettes to participate in the parade. Line up for the parade will be at 6:00 in the Mackinaw Crossings lot. This is an event you won't want to miss!