We may be into August in Northern Michigan, but the area is still chock full of fun for everyone.
Fall is just around the corner and that means for the hundreds of students and parents in the area; the end of summer fun. Counting today, we have 51 days of summer left — technically. But that's still plenty of time to squeeze in some fun at a number of local must-sees, festivals, movies in the park and even the county fair. Here is a list of just a few of the events going on in the Northern Michigan from now until Labor Day.
Friday, Aug. 3
Boyne Falls Polish Festival — The 38th annual Polish Festival is today, Friday, through Sunday, Aug. 3-5, in Boyne Falls. Saturday events include: 5K run 8 a.m.; polka tent 10 a.m.-1 a.m.; parade 11 a.m.; bingo 11 a.m.- 11 p.m.; concessions and carnival open 11 a.m.; chicken dinner noon; threshing and steam engine show 1 p.m.; timber show throughout afternoon; Polish dancers 1:15 p.m.; tractor pull 2 p.m.; family movie at dusk. For full schedule, visit www.boynefallspolishfestival.com.
Monday, Aug. 6
Movie — Monday Movies by the Marina features "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" 8:45 p.m. Monday, Aug. 6, in East Park, Charlevoix. Free. Visit www.downtowncharlevoix.com.
Friday, Aug. 10
Alanson Riverfest — Riverfest takes place Friday through Sunday, Aug. 10-12, in Alanson. Festival features live music and bounce carnival throughout weekend. Friday events include: craft show and flea market noon-7 p.m.; activities in village park 5-9 p.m.; balloon artists 6-7 p.m.; vintage base ball game 6:30; story telling 7 p.m. For full schedule, visit www.alansonriverfest.com.
Pow wow — Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians hosts the 21st annual homecoming pow wow Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 11-12, at pow wow grounds in Harbor Springs. Sunday events at noon include drum and dancing contests. Rain location Petoskey High School gymnasium. Free; open to public. Contact Annette VanDeCar at (231) 242-1427 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, Aug. 14
Mackinac Island Music Festival — Mackinac Island Music Festival is Tuesday through Thursday, Aug. 14-16, on Mackinac Island. Tuesday events include: Mark Arminski and Audra Kubat 3-5 p.m. at Mary's Bistro; Johnnie Bassett and Stacia Petrie 8 p.m. at Mission Point Theatre; jazz and wine night 10 p.m. at Grand Gate House. For full schedule, visit www.mackinacislandmusicfestival.org.
Rowboat tour — Naturalists host a family-friendly rowboat cruise 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 17, at Grass River Natural Area, 6500 Alden Highway, Bellaire. $5 per class. To register, visit www.grassriver.org or call (231) 533-8314.
Emmet-Charlevoix County Fair — Emmet-Charlevoix County Fair is Saturday through Sunday, Aug. 18-26, at fairgrounds in Petoskey. Saturday events include: horse show 8:30 a.m. and 4-H exhibit judging 1- 5 p.m. For full schedule, visit www.emmetcounty.org.
Castle tour — A guided twilight tour is 8-9:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, at Castle Farms, Charlevoix. Space is limited; reservations recommended. $10 per person. (231) 237-0884, ext. 224.
Rambler Day — Rambler Day is 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30, at sports complex in Boyne City. Event features school sports events, games, prizes, live music, food and more. Contact Megan Neidhamer at email@example.com or Cathy Wonzki at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Harbor Jam — Harbor Jam music concert is 6-11 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31, on the marina lawn in Bay Harbor.
Bring a blanket or lawn chair. www.villageatbayharbor.com.
Sunday, Sept. 2
Jazz Weekend — Labor Day Jazz Weekend is Sunday and Monday, Sept. 2-3, at Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island. Morning gospel music on Front Porch; daytime concerts in the Tea Garden; evening concerts in the Jockey Club and the Cupola Lounge. (800) 33 GRAND or www.grandhotel.com.
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Petoskey State Park beach (FILE PHOTO / August 3, 2012)
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