August 2021

Calendar of Events

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Savoring the Last Moments of Summer!

We're here to fill you in on what's happening this August in Ludington.

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Mondays & Wednesdays, Now through the Beginning of 2021 School Year

Mason County Central Food Service Free Meals for Kids in Ludington. Times/locations for meals are listed below. Call Mary Ann Nielsen at (231) 757-5721 for more information. 

  • Foster Elementary School Service Entrance- Filer & Emily Streets, Ludington: 1:30-2:30pm
  • Ludington High School (Rear entrance on east side of the building): 1:30-2:30pm

Each Sunday Now Through Labor Day, 10am

Worship at the Park
The Oceana/Mason County Inmate Ministries sponsors Sunday worship in two different parks. The services are interdenominational and a free willing offering is welcome. Jellystone Park- 8239 W. Hazel Rd., Silver Lake AND the Ludington State Park Amphitheater- 8800 M-116, Ludington. For more information on the Silver Lake services, contact Chaplain Terry Montambo at (231) 740-6651. For information on the State Park service, contact Chaplain Jerry Thorne at (231) 425-3693.

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.

Wednesday, August 4th, 7pm

LACA Summer Concert Series: Rodney Whitaker Quartet 
Jazz & Roots music. Waterfront Park– 391 S. William, Ludington. 

Wednesday, August 4th, 7pm

Live Music at the Ludington State Park: Chloe Kimes & Band
Lake Michigan Beach House– 8800 M-100, 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.

Thursday, August 5th, 5pm-8pm

Live Music in the Plaza: Road Less Traveled 
Legacy Plaza- 106 N. James Street, Ludington. 

Friday, August 6th – Sunday, August 8th

Stratford on the Avenue Theatre Festival 
Performances of a comedic adaptation of Julius Caesar, followed by a classic performance of Twelfth Night. Friday/Saturday performances begin at 7pm, and Sunday performance begins at 2pm.  Production of the Stage Left Theatre Company. Tickets are $7 in advance or $10 at the gate and may be purchased at eventbrite.com. Rotary Park- corner of Ludington Ave. and Lewis St., Ludington.

Saturday, August 7th, 9am

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

Saturday, August 7th, 7pm

Live Music at the Ludington State Park: Hicks & Ricks
State Park Amphitheater- 8800 M-116, Ludington.

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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.

Wednesday, August 11th, 7pm

LACA Summer Concert Series: Planet D Nonet 
Jazz, Blues, Show tunes. Waterfront Park– 391 S. William, Ludington. 

Wednesday, August 11th, 7pm

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

Thursday, August 12th, 5pm-8pm

Live Music in the Plaza: Bret Maynard 
Legacy Plaza- 106 N. James Street, Ludington. 

Friday, August 13th, 10:30am-12pm

Play & Learn with the Mason/Lake/Oceana Great Start Collaborative
Read a story, sing songs, and pick blueberries. Jazz Blueberry Farm will offer lunch. All families will receive a grab-and-go bag, Talking is Teaching materials, and ideas for talking, reading & singing with little ones at home. Register at forms.gle. Jazz Blueberry Farm & Flowers- 7223 W. Grant Rd., Shelby.

Saturday, August 14th – Sunday, August 15th

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

Saturday, August 14th, 7pm

Live Music at the Ludington State Park: Salt Lake City Jazz Band
Ludington State Park Amphitheater- 8800 M-116, Ludington.

Wednesday, August 18th, 7pm

LACA Summer Concert Series: Chris Foreman’s Soul Message Band 
Jazz, Funk, & Soul music. Waterfront Park– 391 S. William, 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. 

Thursday, August 19th, 5pm-8pm

Live Music in the Plaza: Gabriel James 
Legacy Plaza- 106 N. James Street, Ludington. 

Saturday, August 21st, 1pm-7pm

Suds on the Shore Craft Beer & Wine Festival 
Annual craft beer and wine tasting festival, live music and food. Rotary Park- Corner of Lewis St. & Ludington Ave., downtown Ludington. 

Saturday, August 21st, 7pm

Live Music at the Ludington State Park: Uneven Ground
Ludington State Park Amphitheater- 8800 M-116, Ludington.

Saturday, August 21st, 9pm-11pm

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

Sunday, August 22nd

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

Sunday, August 22nd, 12pm-8pm

Art and Music Festival 
Area artists exhibit and sell their work while musicians perform. Held outdoors on the lawn at Mary Case Art Gallery & Studio- 329 E. Dowland St., Ludington. 

Sunday, August 23rd, 7pm

Performance by the General Assembly Big Band
Rotary Park, downtown Ludington.

Tuesday, August 24th – Sunday, August 29th

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

Wednesday, August 25th, 7pm

LACA Summer Concert Series: U’Neek Soul 
Authentic Funk, Soul, R&B, & Motown music. Waterfront Park– 391 S. William, Ludington. 

Thursday, August 26th, 5pm-8pm

Live Music in the Plaza: Nick Veine 
Legacy Plaza- 106 N. James Street, Ludington. 

Thursday, August 26th, 8pm-10pm

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

Friday, August 27th-Sunday, August 29th; 9am-5pm

Western Michigan Boat, RV, Outdoor, & Home Show
Free admission & open to the public. Ludington Municipal Marina- 400 W. Filer St., 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: Hicks & Ricks
Live display from 2-5pm and program at 7pm. Lake Michigan Beachhouse- 8800 M-116, Ludington.