July 2021

Calendar of Events

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Celebrating our Freedoms and the Beauty of Summer!

We're here to fill you in on what's happening this July in West Michigan.

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Thursday, July 1st-Monday, July 5th

Our Patriotic Space Decorating Contest
Presented as part of the Ludington Area Jaycees Annual Freedom Festival, this event invites participants to showcase their patriotism by creating an outdoor display at their home or business. For more information, visit facebook.com.

Thursday, July 1st, 5pm-8pm

Live Music in the Plaza: Cheryl Wolfram 
Legacy Plaza- 106 N. James Street, Ludington. 

Thursday, July 1st – Sunday, July 4th

Manistee National Forest Festival Lite
The annual Manistee Forest Festival promises fun for the entire family, but it will look a bit different from previous years in order to celebrate safely. The event is presented by the Manistee Chamber of Commerce since 1936. Douglas Park- 100 S. Lakeshore Dr., Manistee. 

Thursday, July 1st, 8pm

Pentwater Civic Band 
Village Green- 327 S. Hancock St., Pentwater. 

Friday, July 2nd

Music on the Commons: Rocket Fuel Haulers & Hart Sparks Fireworks
Rock, Country, & Classic Rock starting at 7pm. Fireworks at Dusk. Hart Commons, downtown Hart. 

Friday, July 2nd, 10:15pm

Hamlin Lake Fireworks
From Camp Douglas Smith directly across the lake from Wilson Hill Park on Barnhart Road. 

Friday, July 2nd-Saturday, July 3rd

Manistee Library Used Book Sale
Friday 10am-4pm, Saturday 9am-3pm. Held outdoors at the Manistee County Library- 95 Maple St., Manistee. 

Saturday, July 3rd & Sunday, July 4th, 10am-5pm

West Shore Art Fair 
Sponsored by Ludington Area Center for the Arts. Rotary Park- Corner of Lewis St. and Ludington Ave., Ludington. 

Saturday, July 3rd, 7pm

Sounds from the Forest: Holly Maguire with Kevin McConnell Trio 
Jazz, Blues, Pop, & Rock music. Wenger Pavilion, Baldwin. 

Saturday, July 3rd

Pentwater Fireworks 
At dusk from Charles Mears State Park- 400 W. Lowell St., Pentwater

Sunday, July 4th, 12:30pm

Annual Freedom Festival 1-Mile Dash
Over 30,000 people line Ludington Avenue on July 4th to watch the Freedom Festival Parade. Prior to the parade, runners will race past the crowd, down Ludington Avenue from Washington to Lakeshore. For more information, visit facebook.com.

Sunday, July 4th

Freedom Festival Parade & Fireworks 
Parade at 2pm through downtown Ludington. Fireworks at dusk over Lake Michigan. 

Sunday, July 4th, Dusk

Manistee Forest Festival Fireworks 
From First Street Beach over Lake Michigan. . 

Sunday, July 4th, 9-11pm

S.S. Badger Shoreline Cruise 
Tickets must be purchased in advance by calling (800) 841-4243 or by stopping in at the Ludington ticket office- 701 Maritime Dr., Ludington

Monday, July 5th, 7pm

PLA Concerts in the Park: Shrock Brothers Band, featuring Madcat 
Roots, Blues, Jazz, & Rock music family band, featuring Peter Madcat Ruth on harmonica. Village Park- Portage Ave., Onekama. 

 

Tuesday, July 6th, 6:30pm-8:30pm

Silver Lake Concert Series: Ravon Steely Rhoden 
Steelpan music. Golden Township Park, Silver Lake. 

Tuesday, July 6th, 7pm

Manistee Shoreline Showcase: Tell Yo Mama 
Pop, Funk, & R&B music. First Street Beach, Douglas Park- 100 S. Lakeshore Dr. Manistee. 

Wednesday, July 7th – Sunday, July 11th

Vietnam Memorial Traveling Wall in Hart 
The wall will be escorted into town Wednesday, July 7th, and then set up will occur Thursday. It will be disassembled Sunday, July 11th, prior to leaving town. There will be an opening ceremony and a closing ceremony. Oceana County Fairgrounds- 1025 S. State St., Hart.

Wednesday, July 7th, 12pm-5pm

Bus Day & Music to Big Sable Point Lighthouse 
Music from 1-3pm by Rough and Tumble. Bus transportation from 12pm-5pm. Big Sable Point Lighthouse, Ludington State Park- 8800 M-116, Ludington. 

Wednesday, July 7th, 7pm-8:30pm

Music by Rough and Tumble 
Little Sable Point Lighthouse- 287 N. Lighthouse Dr., Silver Lake

Wednesday, July 7th, 7pm

LACA Summer Concert Series: Tell Yo Mama 
Pop, Funk, & R&B music. Waterfront Park- 391 S. William, Ludington. 

Wednesday, July 7th, 7pm

Echo through the Timber: Harper and MidWest Kind 
Blend of Blues, Soul, Folk World Jazz, & R&B music. Wenger Pavilion, Baldwin. 

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Thursday, July 8th, 5pm-8pm

Live Music in the Plaza: Tom Zatarga 
Legacy Plaza- 106 N. James Street, Ludington. 

Thursday, July 8th, 7pm

Music on the Commons: Ravon Steely Rhoden 
Steelpan. Hart Commons, downtown Hart. 

Thursday, July 8th, 8pm

Pentwater Civic Band 
Village Green- 327 S. Hancock St., Pentwater

Friday, July 9th – Sunday, July 11th

Bear Lake Days 
Activities of the 3-day festival typically include an adults and kids fishing contest, pig roast, merchants sidewalk sales, kids games, entertainment tent, boat and pontoon parade, classic car show, arts/crafts fair, summer fun run, bike tour, Saturday night parade and fireworks. Bear Lake. 

Friday, July 9th

The Insiders: Tom Petty Tribute 
Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts- 101 S. Maple St., Manistee

Friday, July 9th, 7pm-8:30pm

Music by Rough and Tumble 
White River Light Station- 6199 Murray Rd., Whitehall. 

Friday, July 9th, 7pm

Fridays in Hart: Smokin Dobroleles 
Bluegrass & Old Time music. Hart Commons, downtown Hart. 

Saturday, July 10th, 9am-5pm

Pentwater Fine Arts Fair 
Juried fine art fair. Village Green- 327 S. Hancock St., Pentwater. 

Saturday, July 10th, 11am-3pm

History Hunt 
Historic White Pine Village- 1687 S. Lakeshore Drive, Ludington. 

Saturday, July 10th, 6pm

Art Auction to benefit Mason County PAWS 
Tickets $25. Stearns Hotel grand ballroom- 212 E. Ludington Ave., Ludington.

Saturday, July 10th, 7pm

Sounds from the Forest: Tell Yo Mama 
Pop, R&B, Funky Jazz, & Soul music. Wenger Pavilion. Baldwin. 

Monday, July 12th – Sunday, July 18th

Ludington Offshore Classic Fishing Tournament 
Waterfront Park- 391 S. William St., Ludington

Monday, July 12th, 7pm

PLA Concerts in the Park: Elvis Tribute by Jake Slater 
Village Park, Onekama. 

Tuesday, July 13th, 7pm

Manistee Shoreline Showcase: Nick Moss Blues Band 
Chicago Blues & Funk music. First Street Beach, Douglas Park- 100 S. Lakeshore Dr., Manistee. 

Wednesday, July 14th, 7pm-8:30pm

Music by Steel Doin It 
Little Sable Point Lighthouse- 287 N. Lighthouse Dr., Silver Lake

Wednesday, July 14th, 7pm

LACA Summer Concert Series: Nick Moss Chicago Blues Band 
Chicago Blues & Funk music. Waterfront Park- 391 S. William, Ludington. 

Wednesday, July 14th, 7pm

Echo through the Timber: Fremont John’s Acoustic Thunder 
Singer/Songwriter, Acoustic Rock & Blues music. Wenger Pavilion, Baldwin. 

Thursday, July 15th, 5pm-8pm

Live Music in the Plaza: Merchant & Miller 
Legacy Plaza- 106 N. James Street, Ludington. 

Thursday, July 15th, 7pm

Music on the Commons: Christian Larumbe 
Classical Jazz, Funk, & Afro-Cuban music. Hart Commons, downtown Hart. 

Thursday, July 15th, 8pm

Pentwater Civic Band
Village Green- 327 S. Hancock St., Pentwater

Friday, July 16th, 7pm-8:30pm

Music by Chris Kennedy and Eric Michaels 
White River Light Station- 6199 Murray Rd., Whitehall

Friday, July 16th, 7pm

Fridays in Hart: Silverado 
Classic Country music. Hart Commons, downtown Hart. 

Saturday, July 17th, 10am-5pm

Mears Arts & Crafts Fair 
At Johnson Park- 5645 W. Fox Rd., Mears.

Saturday, July 17th, 5pm-9pm

Buccaneer Bash 
Music by local band RPM. Ludington Boat Club- 502 E. Lake St., Ludington.

Saturday, July 17th, 7pm

Sounds from the Forest: Nick Moss Band 
Chicago Style Blues music. Wenger Pavilion, Baldwin. 

Saturday, July 17th – Sunday, July 18th

Summer Cizzler Horse Show 
Mason County Fairgrounds- 5302 US-10, Ludington. 

Monday, July 19th, 7pm

PLA Concerts in the Park: Benzie Playboys 
Cajun music. Village Park, Onekama. 

Tuesday, July 20th, 6:30pm-8:30pm

Silver Lake Concert Series: Silverado Band 
Golden Township Park, Silver Lake. 

Tuesday, July 20th, 7pm

Manistee Shoreline Showcase: Serita’s Black Rose 
Pop, Rock, R&B, & Motown music. First Street Beach, Douglas Park, Manistee. 

Wednesday, July 21st-Saturday, July 24th

Baldwin Troutarama 
Downtown Baldwin

Wednesday, July 21st, 7pm-8:30pm

Music by Mustard’s Retreat 
Little Sable Point Lighthouse- 287 N. Lighthouse Dr., Silver Lake. 

Wednesday, July 21st, 7pm

Echo through the Timber: Mustang Band 
Eric Vanderstel. Classic Rock & Country music. Wenger Pavilion, Baldwin. 

Wednesday, July 21st, 7pm

LACA Summer Concert Series: Serita’s Black Rose 
Pop, Rock, R&B, & Motown music. Waterfront Park, Ludington. 

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Thursday, July 22nd, 12pm-5pm

Bus Day & Music to Big Sable Point Lighthouse 
Music from 1-3pm by Gordie the Grinder. Bus transportation from 12pm-5pm. Big Sable Point Lighthouse, Ludington State Park- 8800 M-116, Ludington. 

Thursday, July 22nd, 5pm-8pm

Live Music in the Plaza: Brad Lee 
Legacy Plaza- 106 N. James Street, Ludington.

Thursday, July 22nd, 7pm

Music on the Commons: Patty Pershayla & the Misfits 
Progressive blues and rock. Hart Commons, downtown Hart. 

Thursday, July 22nd, 8pm-10pm

Sunset Beach Bonfire 
Stearns Park Beach- 420 N. Lakeshore Dr., Ludington 

Thursday, July 22nd, 8pm

Pentwater Civic Band 
Village Green- 327 S. Hancock St., Pentwater

Friday, July 23rd – Sunday, July 25th

Arcadia Daze 
Events include an arts/crafts show, auto muster, 5k race, kids fishing and games, entertainment, grand parade, and concert. Arcadia. 

Friday, July 23rd, 7pm

Fridays in Hart: The Road Less Traveled 
Folk music. Hart Commons, downtown Hart. 

Friday, July 23rd

Resurrection: Journey Tribute 
Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts- 101 S. Maple St., Manistee

Saturday, July 24th – Sunday, July 25th

4 Seasons Horse Show 
Mason County Fairgrounds- 5302 US-10, Ludington. 

Saturday, July 24th, 10am

WSCC Muddy Fox Trot 
Family-friendly 5k mud run with a boot-camp style obstacle course. West Shore Community College- 3000 N. Stiles Rd., Scottville. 

Saturday, July 24th, 1pm-4pm

Music on Bear Lake: Straits Shooters 
Presented from the north shore sandbar, Bear Lake. 

Saturday, July 24th, 6pm (TENTATIVE)

West Shore Banks’s Rhythm & Dunes Concert 
Beach Party, featuring Landsharks Band. Free outdoor concert with a portion of the proceeds from vendor sales donated to the music programs at three Mason County schools. Waterfront Park- 391 S. William St., downtown Ludington. 

Saturday, July 24th, 7pm

Sounds from the Forest: Serita’s Black Rose 
Funk, Rock, Blues, & Soul music. Wenger Pavilion, Baldwin. 

Sunday, July 25th, 2pm

Dulcimer concert by Western Michigan Dulcimer Friends 
White River Light Station- 6199 Murray Rd., Whitehall 

Saturday, June 26th, 12pm-5pm

Bus Day & Music to Big Sable Point Lighthouse 
Music from 1-3pm by AsparaGrass with Ruthie Eilers. Bus transportation from 12pm-5pm. Big Sable Point Lighthouse in Ludington State Park- 8800 M-116, Ludington.

Monday, July 26th, 7pm

PLA Concerts in the Park; Ben Traverse 
Folk & Roots music. Village Park, Onekama. 

Tuesday, July 27th, 6:30pm-8:30pm

Silver Lake Concert Series: Scottville Clown Band 
Golden Township Park, Silver Lake. 

Tuesday, July 27th, 7pm

Manistee Shoreline Showcase: Greg Nagy’s Men of Leisure 
All-Star Blues, Funk, & Soul-Jazz music. First Street Beach, Douglas Park- 100 S. Lakeshore Dr., Manistee. 

Wednesday, July 28th, 7pm-8:30pm

Music by Olivia Manville and the Aquatic Troupe 
Little Sable Point Lighthouse- 287 N. Lighthouse Dr., Silver Lake. 

Wednesday, July 28th, 7pm

LACA Summer Concert Series: Greg Nagy’s Men of Leisure 
All-Star Blues, Funk, & Soul-Jazz music. Waterfront Park- 391 N. Wiliam, Ludington. 

Wednesday, July 28th, 7pm

Echo through the Timber: Jenna Mammina 
Pop, Folk, R&B, & Jazz music. Wenger Pavilion, Baldwin. 

Thursday, July 29th, 5pm-8pm

Live Music in the Plaza: Canopy Space 
Legacy Plaza- 106 James Street, Ludington. 

Thursday, July 29th, 8pm

Pentwater Civic Band 
Village Green- 327 S. Hancock St., Pentwater

Friday, July 30th-August 1st

Downtown Ludington Sidewalk Sales
Downtown Ludington merchants offer summer bargains. Music adds to the downtown experience. Legacy Plaza- 106 N. James St., Ludington. 

Friday, July 30th, 3pm-9pm

Final Friday Experience
Includes farmers market, live music, safe activities, Baby Badger rides and more. Downtown Ludington.

Friday, July 30th, 7pm-8:30pm

Music by Joe and Mark 
White River Light Station- 6199 Murray Rd., Whitehall

Friday, July 30th, 7pm

Fridays in Hart: Rick and Jerry 
Originals & Classic Rock music. Hart Commons, downtown Hart. 

Saturday, July 31st, 6pm (TENTATIVE)

West Shore Bank’s Rhythm & Dunes Concert 
Rock out to your favorite music from the 1980s. Free outdoor concert with a portion of the proceeds from vendor sales donated to the music programs at three Mason County schools. Waterfront Park- 319 S. William St., downtown Ludington. 

Saturday, July 31st, 7pm

Sounds from the Forest: Greg Nagy’s Men of Leisure 
With Jim Alfredson, keys. Pop, blues, Soul, & Rock music. Wenger Pavilion, Baldwin. 

Saturday, July 31st, 9pm-11pm

S.S. Badger Shoreline Cruise 
701 Maritime Dr., Ludington. (800) 841-4243

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