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Most Popular Events & Festivals in Silver Lake/Mears

Silver Lake/Mears boast access to both Silver Lake and Lake Michigan and the 107′ Little Sable Point Lighthouse is located in the Silver Lake State Park. Rolling sand dunes, camping, hiking, fishing, and acres of forest make this park a vacation paradise. There are also many great festivals and events to enjoy.

Here we’ve condensed the most popular annual happenings, so you can see at a glance which time of year you may want to visit our wonderful area. Welcome to Silver Lake!

Silver Lake Jeep Invasion

This event for Jeep lovers and owners is scheduled for June in downtown Mears. It’s a gathering of all things Jeep right here in the Silver Lake Sand Dunes Area! Join in the creative atmosphere of the Silver Lake Jeep Invasion to experience the Off Road Trails, Jeep Car Shows, National Vendor Show Events, Trail Rides, live music, raffles, Awards, and more.


The Silver Lake area has their Independence Day fireworks display at dusk over the sand dunes. While vacationing here, enjoy rides on the Silver Lake Sand Dunes, visit the Little Point Sable Lighthouse, or take a hike or bike ride on the Hart-Montague Bike Trail.

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Apple & BBQ Festival

The Silver Lake Sand Dunes Apple & BBQ Festival held in July includes Amateur & KCBS Professional Competition, Craft Show, Classic Auto & ORV Show, Kid’s Activities, Beer Tent, 5K Apple A Day Run/Walk, live entertainment, and food vendors.

Hippie Fest in Mears

Hippie Fest is a family-friendly art and music festival held in October featuring vibrant entertainment for all ages. Featuring one-of-a-kind artists and vendors, bohemian shopping, and family-friendly entertainment. Free admission for kids ages 10 and under. 

Summer Music

In addition to live music held at Silver Lake establishments like Golden Sands Golf & Bucket Bar and Val-Du-Lakes, Silver Lake and the surrounding areas offer many opportunities to enjoy live music throughout the summer. There are also live music events held along the lakeshore in Ludington, Manistee, Hart, etc.