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Beach Bonfires at Stearns Park Beach
Head to Ludington’s Stearns Park Beach for a special Sunset Bonfire! These Sunset Bonfires are FREE and open to the public, and include live music by local talent.
On the 4th Thursday of each month (June-August), bring your blanket or beach chair to the south end of Stearns Beach from 8-10pm and enjoy a huge bonfire while listening to some great music.
Who doesn’t enjoy a bonfire during the summer? Add Lake Michigan, the beach, and the gorgeous Ludington sunsets, and you’ve got absolutely the best setting. So join your friends & neighbors, at the Sunset Beach Bonfire Series, every 4th Thursday of the month this summer. This event is sponsored by the Ludington Area CVB.
Here’s the Live Music Lineup from 2022:
- Jimmy Dodson
- Eric Engblade
- RetroVibe Band
About Stearns Beach
Stearns Beach (at Stearns Park) is the city’s largest beach, with 2,500 feet of sandy shoreline. There is plenty of FREE parking. Much of the angled parking at Stearns Beach looks out over Lake Michigan, ideal for sitting in your vehicle for a front row seat to one of Ludington’s spectacular sunsets. Concession stands are found at both the north and south ends of Stearns Park, providing food, beverages, restroom facilities here, and drinking fountains. Across from the beach and Stearns Drive is a large, grassy area with picnic tables and grills.
At the south end of Stearns Park, you will find access to the half-mile long pier which takes you to Ludington’s North Breakwater Lighthouse. The south end of Stearns Park also features a Skate Plaza, shuffleboard courts, beach volleyball, the Jaycees Mini Golf Course, concession stand, a beach playground and an accessible walkway down to the shoreline.
The north end of Stearns Park has an accessible walkway that has been constructed by the north concession stand. The walkway provides the handicapped with access down to the water from the parking lot.
Directions to Stearns Park Beach
After passing through downtown Ludington toward Lake Michigan, continue to follow Ludington Avenue to nearly the end, where you will turn right on to North Lakeshore Drive. Approximately four blocks north, you’ll find the entrance to Stearns Park Beach on your left.
For more information on the Sunset Bonfires, please contact the event organizer:
Ludington Downtown Development Authority
400 S. Harrison St., Ludington, MI 49431