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Summer Events in Ludington

Summer is Ludington’s favorite season, so if you’re considering a vacation in the area, we’ve got the festivals and events to keep you entertained! Have fun at the event, and then catch a beautiful Lake Michigan sunset or dip your toes in the lake to check out the water temperature!

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Ludington's Top Annual Summer Events

2024

Lakestride Half Marathon, 5K, & 10K - June 8th, 2024

The Ludington Lakestride is held on one of the most beautiful and scenic courses in Michigan, attracting 800-1,000 runners from around the state and beyond. The 5K run which winds its way through Cartier Park, the 10K which runs out to Decker Road and back, and the Half-Marathon

Sunset Beach Bonfires - June-August 2024

On the 4th Thursday of each month , 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. These Sunset Bonfires are FREE and open to the public.

Ludington Area Jaycees Freedom Festival & Fireworks - July 3rd-4th, 2024 (Tentative)

Patriotism is alive and well here as demonstrated in the annual Freedom Festival, held every year since 1874. Sponsored by the Ludington Area Jaycees, this event is one of the few great July 4th festivals still in existence in Michigan.

West Shore Art Fair - July 6th-7th, 2024

The West Shore Art Fair is sponsored by the Ludington Area Center for the Arts and is a juried fine arts and crafts show which means a more stringent criteria is used and only the highest-quality artists are admitted. Awards are given to artists in various mediums by LACA.

Ludington Offshore Classic Fishing Tournament - July 15th-21st, 2024

The Ludington Offshore Classic sponsored by Captain Chuck’s takes place each July. This tournament is open to any boat 18′ or longer equipped with a marine radio.

West Shore Bank's Rhythm & Dunes Concerts - July & August 2024

West Shore Bank offers its annual Rhythm & Dunes Summer Concert Series at the Waterfront Park Pavilion in downtown Ludington as a fundraiser for area school’s music programs. The main concert is generally preceded by a performance by Jazz Bands from area schools. 

Western Michigan Fair - August 6th-10th, 2024

The Western Michigan Fair has been held every year since 1936 at the Mason County Fairgrounds on US-10 in Ludington. It features the midway, demolition derby, harness horse racing, entertainment, still exhibits, grandstand events, and carnival rides.

Gold Coast Artisan Fair - August 10th-11th, 2024

Located at Ludington’s Rotary Park (formerly City Park), over 170 vendors from across the state and beyond sell a variety of wonderful handmade items, jewelry, photographs, paintings, and more at the annual Gold Coast Artisan Fair. Shop for gift items, or pick up something unique for your home.

Suds on the Shore Beer & Wine Tasting Festival - August 17th, 2024

Suds on the Shore is a popular summer festival featuring over 50 top vendors from all around Michigan,  The vendors serve samples of craft beer, hard cider and Michigan wine, while participants also enjoy live music and food.

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Just blocks from the beach is the heart of downtown Ludington, where you can shop, dine, and enjoy summertime events.

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Your pet should feel right at home in Ludington. There are many businesses that allow pets and parks and beaches for them to play on.

Bicycle Trails

Both beginners and experienced cyclists will enjoy the variety of trails available to explore in Ludington!

Weather & Water Conditions

West Michigan weather – they say if you don’t like the weather in Ludington, wait a few minutes and it will change.

Marinas

Arrive in Ludington by boat and dock at one of three marinas: Ludington Municipal Marina, Harbor View Marina, & Pere Pointe Village Marina.

Ludington North Breakwater Light

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Historic White Pine Village

Discover small town life in the late 1800s and early 1900s at Historic White Pine Village in Ludington, overlooking Lake Michigan.