Friday Night Live in Downtown Ludington

Photo by City of Ludington

Last Friday of Each Month, April-September, 2021

Friday Night Live is Now the Final Friday Experience

There are many reasons to be in Ludington in the heart of summer, and one of them is the Final Friday Experience, formerly known as Friday Night Live. Scheduled for the final Friday nights of the months April-September, this revamped event promises safe fun for the entire family.

Three blocks of Ludington Avenue between Harrison and Robert streets and the first block of South James Street to Loomis Street are closed to traffic from 3-9pm, allowing people to fill the streets and watch local entertainment. Date for the Final Fridays are:

  • April 30th
  • May 28th
  • June 25th
  • July 30th
  • August 27th
  • September 24th

Highlights include live music, safe activities, Baby Badger rides, shopping, scavenger hunts, and more. The Farmers Market in North James Street Plaza is also open during Final Friday Experience.

Check out places to stay in Ludington during the Final Friday Experiences and these great places to eat.

A band entertains the crowd during a Friday Night Live. | Photo by Marion Riedl.
Final Friday Experience Now in its 15th Year!

What began in 2005 as a way of getting people into downtown Ludington has grown into a huge community event.

The events were canceled in 2020 due to concerns surrounding the COVID-19 virus, but organizers are hopeful that they will resume in 2021.

What makes the Final Friday Experience so special? Maybe it’s the old-fashioned feeling of being in a town you love, seeing friends and family on the street, and enjoying all the goodness of summer. There’s plenty to keep kids busy–inflatables, face painting, pony rides, activities at the Sandcastles booth, games, and kids clinics. The Baby Badger flotilla offers rides to little ones throughout the evening, and on a select night, there’s even a pirate ship with Ludington’s own Lakeshore Parrothead Club!

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Adults like the local music, and Final Fridays are the perfect showcase for area musicians. Different stages offer a variety of acts, with something for everyone. Then there are dancers, martial arts demonstrations, and many other goodies to enjoy. Downtown shops welcome you with smiles and great bargains, and restaurants set up tables outside to tempt you with their specialties.

After a hectic work week or a day at the beach, Friday Night Live is the perfect place to start your weekend. It’s summer at its best, right here in this wonderful place we call Ludington.

For more information on the Final Friday Experiences, please contact the event organizer:

Ludington Downtown Business Authority

400 S. Harrison St., Ludington, MI  49431