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August 2023 Events Calendar

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Featured August Events

(Scroll down to see more events in June.)

August 1-7, 2023

Friday, August 4th-Sunday, August 6th, 2023

Downtown Ludington Sidewalk Sales
Downtown stores offer big savings throughout the weekend. Hours are Friday & Saturday from 10am-6pm and Sunday from 10am-4pm. Individual store hours may vary.

Saturday, August 5th, 2023

West Shore Bank’s Rhythm & Dunes Concert
Featuring Boy Band Review. Free outdoor concert with a portion of the proceeds from vendor sales donated to the music programs at three Mason County schools. Waterfront Park- 391 S. William St., downtown Ludington. 

August 8-14, 2023

Saturday, August 12th-Sunday, August 13th; 2023

Gold Coast Artisan Fair
Saturday from 10am-5pm and Sunday from 10am-4pm. Rotary Park- Corner of Lewis St. & Ludington Ave., Ludington.

Saturday, August 12th, 2023

Maritime Heritage Trail Walking Tour
A part of Ludington’s Sesquicentennial Celebration, this tour will begin with a presentation in the Lund Room at the Port of Ludington Maritime Museum- 217 S. Lakeshore Dr., Ludington. The tour will continue to landmarks and historical areas throughout town. Tickets are $5 per person.

Sunday, August 13th; 2023

Ludington Lighthouse Triathlon
This event begins in downtown Ludington and ends at the beach. It includes biking, kayaking, and running.

Saturday, August 12th-Sunday, August 13th; 2023

Gold Coast Artisan Fair
Saturday from 10am-5pm and Sunday from 10am-4pm. Rotary Park- Corner of Lewis St. & Ludington Ave., Ludington.

August 15-21, 2023

Friday, August 18th-Sunday, August 20th, 2023

Advanced Photography Weekend Workshop
Presented by Todd & Brad Reed Photography and held at Heaven on Hamlin- 3795 N. Lakeshore Dr., Ludington.

Saturday, August 19th-Sunday, August 20th, 2023

Michigan’s Free ORV Weekend
Michigan residents and out-of-state visitors can ride DNR-designated routes and trails without purchasing an ORV license or trail permit.

Saturday, August 19th, 2023

Suds on the Shore Craft Wine & Beer Festival
Benefit for the United Way of Mason County. Rotary Park- Corner of Lewis St. and Ludington Ave., Ludington.

August 22-31, 2023

Saturday, August 26th, 2023

Cemetery Walk
A part of Ludington’s Sesquicentennial Celebration, This guided walking tour of Lakeview and Pere Marquette Cemeteries for will include a chance to visit gravesites of our county’s most notable people and will include first-person interpreters.

Thursday, August 31st, 2023

Sunset Bonfire
Free bonfire with live music on Stearns Park Beach, Ludington.

The following events are from 2022. Stay tuned for information on dates for these events in 2023!


Children’s Pioneer Camp
Kids will learn about the pioneers during this hands-on experience at the Historic White Pine Village– 1687 S. Lakeshore Dr., Ludington. Cost is $25 per child and reservations can be made by e-mailing Michelle at

LACA Summer Concert Series
Free concert at Waterfront Park- 300 W. William St., Ludington.

Live Music at Legacy Plaza
 Legacy Plaza- 110 N. James St., Ludington.

Downtown Ludington’s Movies in the Park
Rotary Park- corner of Ludington Ave. and Lewis St..

Celebrating the Ludington State Park Art Exhibit
Artists will display their multi-media artworks celebrating the State Park. Ludington Area Center for the Arts– 107 S. Harrison St., Ludington. Submissions will be accepted from May 27th-July 29th at $5/piece with a limit of three submissions. For more information or to submit art, visit

Stratford “Off” the Avenue Theatre Festival
Friday/Saturday performances begin at 7pm and Sunday matinees begin at 2pm. Ludington Area Center for the Arts– 107 S. Harrison St., Ludington. Tickets available at

#WillStrong Benefit Soccer Tournament
100% of the proceeds raised goes to the local Childhood Cancer Campaign. Bryant Soccer Fields- Corner of Bryant Rd. and Washington Ave. in Ludington.

Western Michigan Fair
Mason County Fairgrounds- 5302 US-10, Ludington.

Back to School Backpack Bonanza
Mason County students in grades Kindergarten-12th grade (with a guardian) are invited to play a round of free mini golf and receive a free backpack and school supplies. The event is limited to 250 students. Safe Kids West Michigan will also be doing free car seat checks. Transportation is available for families outside of Ludington. Those in need should call Kerry at (231) 852-0996. Ludington Area Jaycees Mini Golf at 900 W. Ludington Ave., Ludington.

S.S. Badger Carferry Shoreline Cruise
S.S. Badger Carferry- 701 Maritime Dr., Ludington. (800) 841-4243.

AFFEW Beach Sweep
Beach clean-up at Stearns Park, Ludington.

Living History Day
Special performances by Suzanne and Jim, musicians who explore new directions by looking back into the roots of Americana music and lore. Cost is $18 for Adults, $16 for Seniors, $14 for Children ages 4-13, and free for Children under age 4. Historic White Pine Village– 1687 S. Lakeshore Dr., Ludington.

Ice Cream Social
The Ludington Senior Center hosts an ice cream social which is open to the public. Ice cream has been donated by House of Flavors. Suggested donation is $2 with proceeds to benefit improvements to the center. Customers may dine-in, drive-up, or sit outside to enjoy their treats and live music. 308 S. Rowe St., Ludington.

Community Cats TNR Benefit Sale
There will be a sale of a variety of donated items to help offset costs of spaying/neutering, health checks, and vaccinations for homeless cats in Mason County through Community Cats TNR. Mason County Fairgrounds 4-H Building- 5302 US-10, Ludington.

Horse Shows
Caswell Horse Park at the Mason County Fairgrounds- 5302 US-10, Ludington.

Ludington Slow Roll
The Shoreline Cycling Club is organizing this social ride with a relaxed pace. Riders will travel the alleys and back streets of town. The ride begins near the south concession building at the Stearns Park Beach. The ride coincides with the Sunset Beach Bonfire that begins at 8pm, so bring a chair and some refreshments and stick around after the ride.

Western Michigan Boat, RV, Outdoor, & Home Show
Rotary Park- Corner of Lewis St. & Ludington Ave., Ludington.

Check back often for updates to this calendar of events!

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The Baby Badger

A children’s flotilla that’s a miniature replica of the historic S.S. Badger carferry. Children get to ride in one of many “cars”.

Mason County Cultural Trails

Mason County is home to several trails that tell stories with fascinating histories. Explore these self-guided tours to learn about each one!

Waterfront Park Sculptures

The bronzed sculptures in Ludington’s 5-acre Waterfront Park sets it apart from other parks. The park is situated on the Lake Michigan inlet.

Murals of Ludington

Within the downtown Ludington region, several murals grace the façades of local area businesses, telling stories of the area’s rich history.

Ludington’s Great Outdoors

Ludington has miles of beautiful beaches, the Ludington State Park, and all the activities that take place in Mother Nature’s playground.

Beaches & Parks

Ludington has many beautiful beaches and parks to explore. Enjoy a day on the shores of Lake Michigan or take in the scenery at a local park.

Mason County District Libraries

In addition to thousands of book titles, the Mason County District Library’s Ludington and Scottville branches provide many free programs.


Ludington is home to several different museums for people of all ages! Highlighting our area’s careers, businesses, history, and culture!