Thursday, May 24, 2018

August 16-18, 2018

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 18.

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.

The exhibition is growing, and there's still room for more. Interested artists and crafters may download and submit a registration form, along with slides or photographs of their work to the Big Brother Big Sisters of Northwest Michigan.

For the eighth year in a row, 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 (formally organized by the Petoskey Area Jaycees) 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

YMCA 4.9770K Color Fun Run

Petoskey’s Festival Place, Behind The Fire Station

Invest in yourself & your community! 
Festival on the Bay is right around the corner! As part of the weekend’s festivities, the YMCA of Northern Michigan is hosting its fourth annual Color Fun Run and your participation directly supports the Y! The Color Fun Run is an un-timed event to enjoy with your family, friends, teams or groups. Join us for some health, fun and fellowship, all while helping your local YMCA! Prepare to get showered with eco-friendly, safe color-based corn starch, so be sure to wear your white shirts!


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 17 & 18 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 18, 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 - Friday & Saturday Noon to 8:00 p.m.

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

  • 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.


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The Petoskey Great Duck Drop

Saturday, August 18 at 3:30 p.m.

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

Prizes of $300, $200 and $100, plus $50 for a duck who lands farthest away from target!

Tickets can be purchased in the Vendor area for $10 during Festival on the Bay, St. Francis Xavier Parish Office, and from any 8th Grade St. Francis Xavier student.

For more ways to purchase visit

The Petoskey Great Duck Drop is presented by the St. Francis Xavier Catholic School 8th Grade Class as a fundraiser.

Need not be present to win.


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Contact the Chamber

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