Upcoming Family Friendly Events

Photo by Todd & Brad Reed Photography

August, 2021

Ludington does a fantastic job of hosting events and activities that include the whole family. There’s so much happening that is geared specifically toward kids and families as a whole, and that’s part of what makes being here so amazing!

Every season in Ludington has it’s unique, fun things to do for kids of all ages- from babies up to the “young at heart”. Indoors or outdoors, no matter the time of year, there’s always something great going on along the lakeshore for families to experience together!

In addition to the following list, check out all the special events and programs provided by Sandcastles Children’s Museum and the Ludington and Scottville branches of the Mason County District Libraries!

Historic White Pine Village
Port of Ludington Maritime Musuem

Here’s a list of family friendly events happening in Ludington in August:

Now through August 5th

Registration for Read for Rides
Mason County District Library, in partnership with the Western Michigan Fair and TJ Schmidt’s Amusement, is offering free carnival rides at the Western Michigan Fair for elementary school children who read library books. Children in grades K-6 are invited to participate. Students will be awarded with one free ride for every 5 library books read, up to 10 free rides. Registration is required. Visit MCDLibrary.org for more information.

August 3rd-5th, 3-5pm

Vacation Bible School at Art by Mary Case
Free for kids ages 5-15. Participants will explore Noah’s Ark with art, songs, and bible stories. All staff have undergone successful background checks. Outdoor pavilion at Art by Mary Case- 329 E. Dowland St., Ludington.

Thursday, August 5th, 12pm-5pm

Bus Day & Music to Big Sable Point Lighthouse 
Music from 1-3pm by Chris Kennedy and Eric Michaels. Bus transportation from 12pm-5pm. Big Sable Point Lighthouse, Ludington State Park- 8800 M-116, Ludington.

Saturday, August 7th, 9am

Run the Beach 5K 
In-person and virtual options offered. Race begins at Loomis & Rath streets, downtown Ludington.

Tuesday, August 10th-Saturday, August 14th

82nd Annual Western Michigan Fair 
Mason County Fairgrounds- 5302 W. U.S. 10, Ludington

Wednesday, August 11th, 4-7pm

Backpack Bonanza
The event includes a giveaway of school supplies/backpacks, free mini golf, live music, and car seat checks. Students K-12 and their parents are invited to attend. Event limited to first 250 participants. Ludington Area Jaycees Mini Golf– 900 W. Ludington Ave., Ludington.

Amber Elk Ranch
AM Friday Night Live/Final Friday Experience

Wednesday, August 11th, 7pm

Presentation at the Ludington State Park: Shipski Magic Show
State Park Amphitheater- 8800 M-116, Ludington.

Thursday, August 19th, 11pm-3pm

Living History Day at Historic White Pine Village 
Returning to the Village this year, Suzanne and Jim will be featuring their unique style of folk music. This talented duo, bring much joy and nostalgia as they share many of their classic Americana songs. 1687 S. Lakeshore Dr., Ludington.

Thursday, August 19th, 12pm-5pm

Bus Day & Music to Big Sable Point Lighthouse 
Music from 1-3pm by Frank Galante & Ruthie Eilers. Bus transportation from 12pm-5pm. Big Sable Point Lighthouse, Ludington State Park- 8800 M-116, Ludington. 

Sunday, August 22nd

Mason County Saddle Club Horse Show
Mason County Fairgrounds- 5302 US-10, Ludington. 

Tuesday, August 24th – Sunday, August 29th

Lisa Terry Memorial Quarter Horse Show 
Mason County Fairgrounds- 5302 US-10, Ludington. 

Thursday, August 26th, 8pm-10pm

Sunset Beach Bonfire 
Stearns Park Beach- 420 N. Lakeshore Dr., Ludington. 

Friday, August 27th, 3pm-9pm

Final Friday Experience
Includes farmers market, live music, safe activities, Baby Badger rides and more. Downtown Ludington.

Saturday, August 28th

Presentation at the Ludington State Park: Michigan Reptiles & Amphibians 
Live display from 2-5pm and program at 7pm. Lake Michigan Beachhouse– 8800 M-116, Ludington.

Watch this page for updated information on upcoming family friendly events in Ludington!