Local Events

The Tawas Bay area plays host to many community events and festivals throughout the year. From the Blues By the Bay and SummerFest to the Tawas Birding Festival, Perchville USA and the annual Tawas Bay Waterfront Fine Arts Festival, the calendar is brimming with activities and events for all ages.

Event Calendar

For a complete listing of events in the Tawas Bay area throughout the year please visit the Tawas Area Chamber of Commerce Event Calendar.

Tawas Area Chamber of Commerce
www.tawas.com

Festivals & Annual Events

Perchville Polar Bear Plunge

January / February

Annual Perchville USA

Come, stay and play on frozen Tawas Bay. Michigan's oldest winter carnival offers a huge variety of activities for the whole family. Take a dip in icy Lake Huron, taste homemade chili, take the kids down to the Family Tent for games, food and a magic show. There is a parade down US-23, food vendors and a Hospitality Tent with great music. This is a one-of-a-kind Michigan experience you just can't miss!

2017 Dates: 67th Annual Perchville USA February 2-5

Perchville Information / Forms / Full Activities List(Tawas Chamber of Commerce)
2017 Event Schedule pdf download 545kb
Uncork'd Festival

August

Tawas Uncork'd Wine, Food & Ale Festival

Annual fundraiser for a new East Tawas Library brings Michigan wine, ales, food and mellow music to Harbor Park, corner of Newman Street and US-23 in East Tawas. The event features Michigan vintners, area restaurants, and Michigan breweries.

9th Annual Wine, Food & Ale Festival - Saturday, August 5th, 2017
Noon - 6:30pm Music in beautiful Harbor Park, East Tawas. Contact (989) 249-3766 for more information


2016 Event Info pdf download 408kb

Annual Shoreline Arts & Crafts Show

May - Memorial Day Weekend
2017 Dates (25th Annual): May 27 (10am) - May 28 (4pm)

Tawas City Park, on beautiful Tawas Bay. Over 100 crafters, food and fun for the whole family. Don’t miss this wonderful collection of handmade arts and crafts. With over 130 booths of items for you to browse, you’ll be sure to find something absolutely perfect for your home, yard, and more.

Breeze on the Bay Kite Festival

May / June
2017 Date: June 3
(810) 653-3633 for info

East Tawas Harbor Park on the beach. Free fun filled day of kite flying for kids and adults of all ages. Kite making for kids, free kite give aways and candy drops. Come see stunt kites, huge kites and more.

Northeast Michigan Regional Farm Market

May - October

Tawas City - Gateway Park (Saturdays) 8am - 1pm

AuSable / Oscoda - AuSable Shoreline Park (Wednesdays) 9am - 2pm

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Tawas Point Celebration Days

June

Tawas Point Celebration Days is a family-oriented celebration of our American heritage held the second weekend of June each year. There are many activities offered for the entire family. The weekend is sponsored by the Friends of Tawas Point State Park.

Downtown Tuesday Night Live

Tuesdays late June - mid August

Performances, kids activities, face painting, balloons, chalk art, surprises galore on Newman Street in East Tawas.

Waterfront Fine Art Festival

Annual Tawas Bay Waterfront Fine Art Festival

August
2017 Dates: Aug 5-6

Tawas City Park. Sponsored by the Tawas Bay Art Council and the city of Tawas City. There will be painters, potters, sculptors, jewelry makers including seaglass jewelry on silver, photographers, authors, artists receive awards and community awards. Children's make and take tent, sandcastle building contest, demonstrations, food vendors and live music in the gazebo.

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Tawas Birding Festival

May
2017 Dates: May 18-24

Since the event began, birders from around the country and the world have made Tawas Point their destination for Spring birding. Festival participants enjoy some of the best birding in the Great Lakes region; Tawas Point is well known for high concentrations of migrating warblers during the month of May.

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Tawas Bay Summerfest

Tawas Bay Summerfest

July
2017 Dates: July 8-9

Three days of family fun with music, a street dance, Kiwanis 5K Run/Walk, car show, Mayor's Fish Boil, Sand Castle Contest for kids, and more fun in the sun.

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WMJ Lightning Class North American Championships

July / August
2016 Dates: July 23-24

International Lightning Class Association Women's, Junior and Masters North American sailing championships at the Tawas Bay Yacht Club.

Blues by the Bay

Blues By The Bay

August
2017 Dates: August 25-27

Three days of non-stop blues music. Relax and get your groove on under the Big Tent with quality bands from throughout Michigan and the Midwest.

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Tour de Lumberjack

Tour de Lumberjack

July / August
2017 Date: TBD

Fun, Fitness, Family & Friends! A recreational bicycle ride on the Sunrise Side with four paved routes that loop back to a catered lunch in East Tawas. The first of its kind in Northeast Michigan. Tour the tree lined pristine roads of the Huron National Forest and crystal waters of Lake Huron.

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Sand Lake Festival

August
2017 Info: 51st Annual Festival - Aug 11-13
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Annual Labor Day Arts & Crafts Show

September
2017 Dates: September 2-3

Downtown Newman Street, East Tawas

3D Festival of Races - Tawas Triathlon

September
2017 Date: September 9

An incredible venue and course along Tawas Bay make for an amazing triathlon in September. Watch the sun rise before the start of the race and enjoy the crisp, pine-scented air perfect for biking, swimming and running. Choose your own level of racing intensity. The event includes a beachside party with volleyball, bonfire, food, drinks, movies and fun.

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Annual September Tea at Museum

September

Lighthouse Festival

October

Lake Huron Discovery Tour

October
2016 Dates: October 7-10

The Lake Huron Discovery Tour Weekend presents a 200-mile route long chain of events that will ignite the explorer in you! Chart your own course on a voyage of discovery based on your own area of interest - whether it be hiking, ARTrail gallery tours, bird watching, color tours, the Wine & Hops Trail, history, maritime, lighthouses, or many other things! Discover over 1,500 things to see and do along the Lake Huron coast.

Annual Parade, Tree Lighting & Sing-Along

November
2017 Date: November 24

Newman Street, East Tawas