Friday, September 20, 2019

August 15-17, 2019

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

The BIG Art Show

Art for all tastes and pocketbooks! The BIG Art Show by Big Brothers Big Sisters will once again take place downtown in Pennsylvania Park. Over 50 artists and crafters from across Michigan will display their creative wares 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 17.

Arts Crafts Fair - Festival on the BayA wide variety of arts and crafts for all tastes and prices will be available, including garden art, painting, jewelry, stonework, pottery, homemade body products and foods like syrup and honey, quilts, totes, clothing, woodwork, glass and rustic art.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Michigan (BIGS-NW) will be hosting this event. All proceeds for vendor space will go toward the BIGS-NW program in the Petoskey area.

If you have any questions, please call (231) 946-2447.

Proceeds from The BIG Art Show will help match at-risk children in the Petoskey area who have asked and are waiting for a Big Brother or Big Sister of their own. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Michigan is the region’s longest-serving youth mentoring organization and is dedicated to nurturing the emotional, social, and educational needs of children by facilitating professionally supported one-to-one mentor relationships. To learn more about Big Brothers Big Sisters, visit

Festival on the Bay 5K and Family Fun Run

Lime Kiln Pond

In celebration of all things summer in Petoskey and our spectacular northern Michigan community, the YMCA of Northern Michigan is hosting the Festival on the Bay 5k and 1-mile family fun run in conjunction with Petoskey’s annual Festival on the Bay celebration and festivities.

You’ll exercise your heart in more ways than one when you sign up for this 5K or 1 mile family fun run - All proceeds from this event will support the Y’s financial assistance program, making it possible for our friends and neighbors in need to access programs like childcare, camp, and recreation programs at the Y regardless of their ability to pay!

• Early Bird (through July 31): $20 5K | $10 Fun Run
• Registration (starting Aug. 1): $30 5K | $15 Fun Run
• Kids 5 & under are free!
• Day-of registration at Lime Kiln Pond begins at 7:30 AM


All ages welcome! Please have youth under 13 accompanied by an adult.
- What If I have a stroller? No problem!
- Are dogs welcome? Totally!

A 5K (3.1 mile) qualifying course certified by USA Track & Field

The race starts at Lime Kiln Pond in Bayfront Park and the course goes along Little Traverse Wheel Way.

The Saturday of Festival on the Bay weekend, August 17th, starting at 8:00am

To get outside, celebrate Petoskey, and focus on your health & wellness while supporting your community through the Y!


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 16 & 17 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. near 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 17, the Big Brothers and Big Sisters will see why Petoskey is the Light of the North.

Kayak & Canoe on Little Traverse Bay

The weekend's center of attention is Little Traverse Bay, the focal point around which festival-goers gather for family fun. Opportunities to get out on the Bay area a natural part of the festivities. Head down to the beach located in Festival Place for waterfront fun!

Kayak Demos - Saturday Noon to 8:00 p.m.

  • The Outfitter will be providing kayak rides and demos for the entire family from noon to 4:00 p.m.

  • The Bahnhof will be providing kayak rides and demos for the entire family from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Paddle the Jiimaan Canoe - Saturday Noon to 5:00 p.m.

Have fun maneuvering the 34-foot-long, 5-foot-wide Jiimaan! This large canoe requires the cooperative effort of at least 10 people while a guide with knowledge of both the weather and whims of the bay helps all of the paddlers focus on the task at hand.

The free Jiimaan excursions are sponsored by the Odawa Institute of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians.


Waterfront Fun Sponsor:


The Petoskey Great Duck Drop

Saturday, August 17 at 3:30 p.m.

It's the Petoskey Great Duck Drop located behind the Fire Station. 

Prizes of $300, $200 and $100.

Tickets can be purchased in the Vendor area for $10 during Festival on the Bay, St. Francis Xavier Parish Office, and from any St. Francis Xavier teacher.

For more ways to purchase call Christine at 231-330-6657.

The Petoskey Great Duck Drop is presented by the St. Francis Xavier Catholic School as a fundraiser. 

Need not be present to win.


Contact the Chamber

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

910 Logo Color           petoskey visitors sponsor