Thursday, April 27, 2017

August 18-19, 2017

Great Music. Family Fun.
A Waterfront Festival for Everyone!

Wine on the Water

Saturday, August 20 - 6:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Enjoy the best local wine against the backdrop of the sun setting on Little Traverse Bay. Wineries from the Northwest Michigan Bay View Wine Trail will be on hand to help you find a new favorite wine and explain what makes Northern Michigan Wines unique. Learn about how the region cultivates the grapes that create international award-winning wine. 

Tasting tickets will be available for purchase.


Water Ball Competition

The Petoskey Public Saftey firefighters will challenge other local fire departments to see who can move the water ball the fastest. The Fire Station will also be open and everyone is invited to come take a close look at the facilities and equipment. The Open House and Water Ball Competition will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday at Festival Place. Bring food and toiletries and help Fill the Cruiser with Supplies for the Women's Resource Center safe home. 

Downtown Petoskey Events

During Festival on the Bay, take a little break from the waterfront activities and visit Downtown Petoskey! Walk up the stairs and come through the tunnel or hop on the free Downtown Trolley at the marina and ride the waterfront, see Bay View, and come Downtown to shop and dine. Check out for more information. Enjoy our unique shops, fine dining, and exceptional service and discover why guests and locals alike call us the Light of the North. 

Save your receipts when you shop. All purchases made in the Downtown District on August 19 & 20 will qualify you to enter the Festival Shopping Drawing. Simply save your receipts and show them at the Festival on the Bay Information Booth to be entered to win $200 worth of Downtown Dollars!

Farmers Market
The Downtown Petoskey Farmers Market will be held on Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Howard Street where you can taste the local difference by purchasing directly from the local grower. The Farmers Market offers fresh products from fruits and vegetables to meats and fish to flowers for your table and yard.

The BIG Art Show
On Saturday, August 20, the Big Brothers and Big Sisters will see why Petoskey is the Light of the North.

YMCA 4.9770K Color Fun Run

Petoskey’s Bay Front Park– Lime Kiln Pond

7:30 AM - Registration/Packet Pickup
8:30 AM - Walk/Run Start Time

Individual $25 (Early Bird $20)
Family (4)* $70 (Early Bird $65)
* Pre Registrations Prices End: July 24th
* $8 for each family participant over four
* Children under 5 free
*T-Shirts are only guaranteed for pre-registered participants. Day of registrations will receive shirts while supplies last.

You can register online or, registration is available on the day of walk/run (7:30AM)

You can register at the our office:
YMCA of Northern Michigan 
434 East Lake Street 
Petoskey MI 49770 (Located next to City Park Grill)

Invest in yourself & your community! 
This is a fundraiser benefiting the YMCA of Northern Michigan. It is an un-timed event for people of all ages and athletic ability to enjoy with family, friends, teams, or groups. It is a time to share laughs, smiles and be healthy, all while helping your local YMCA! This is a fun walk/run where you get showered in eco-friendly, safe color-based corn starch for children and adults so be sure to wear white shirts!

Best dressed male & female over 18
Best dressed male & female under 18
Oldest participant
Furthest traveled
Best dressed group

For more information, call the YMCA office at 231-348-8393.


Chalk the Walk

Saturday, August 20 at 10:00 a.m.
Arboretum in Petoskey's Bayfront Park

Chalk Festival
Chalk Chocolate Festival in PetoskeyCrooked Tree Arts Center and the Top of Michigan Trails Council are pleased to present “Chalk the Walk” on Saturday,
at 10:00 a.m. Chalk the Walk will take place on The Little Traverse Wheelway near the Lime Kiln Pond.

New this year, CTAC will be selecting up to 20 participants through a call for artists, who will be paid a stipend to create their works.
The junior division remains the same, and all artists are eligible for the $500 People’s Choice Cash Award.

All artists are welcome to participate the day of the event.

Don’t miss the free family doodle area!

This event is sponsored by the Inn at Bay Harbor.

People’s Choice Award: $500 (One award given for Open Theme or Master’s Reproduction)

Details and entry forms can be found at 

Contact the Chamber

Petoskey Regional
Chamber of Commerce
401 E. Mitchell Street
Phone (231) 347-4150
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Festival Sponsors

fox32 9and10 small sponsor home             bayside beverage         McLaren for Website       petoskey visitors sponsor