Event Calendar

There is plenty to do & see at the South Park as well as the local area through the summer with great events. Don’t sit at home, get out and enjoy the Higgins Lake & the surrounding area! Plan a great get-away vacation around your favorite events, and come back year after year…

Regularly scheduled events at the park:

Saturday Morning Storytime 10:30AM South Higgins Lake State Park at host site 147
Come enjoy a story and an activity with your family! *Presented by our local libraries and DNR Explorer Guide! (Beginning June 17 – through summer)

Mondays & Friidays 9:00am – 10;00am Sunrise YOGA on the beach! $10 per person per class. Classes held at the Day-Use Beach at the Park Store. Bring a large beach towel or blanket. Stop by the Park Store to per-register & receive a free cup of our fresh Higher Grounds coffee!

Area Summer Events Calendar

Get out & explore the local area around Higgins Lake with these great events!

June

3-4         Kirtland’s Warbler Festival.

2022 Kirtland’s Warbler Weekend Schedule
Friday Home Opener – Friday June 3, 2022
Marguerite Gahagan Nature Preserve, 209 W. Maplehurst Dr., Roscommon, MI 48653
5:00 pm – Wine and Beer Tasting with Appetizers
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Nature Walks
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Keynote Speaker – Joyanne Mittig, American Bird Conservancy – Forestry for Michigan Birds
Kirtland’s Warbler Festival – Saturday June 4, 2022
CRAF Center, 606 Lake Street, Roscommon, MI 48653
7:00 am Registration Desk Opens
7:30 am – 9:30 am – 1st Field Trip
10:00 am – 12:00 pm – 2nd Field Trip
10:00 am – 4:00 pm – Featured Artist – Kim Diment
10:00 am – 4:00 pm – Featured Author – Bill Rapai
10:00 am – 4:00 pm – Kid’s Tent, Vendors, Agency personnel, Young Artists’ contest artwork display, and more
Presentations 12:30 pm – 3:40 pm
12:30 pm – 1:20 pm – Kirtland’s Warbler Films with introduction by Bill Rapai
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm – Alison Világ – Dispatches from Paradise: Observing Avian Migration at Whitefish Point, Michigan
2:40 pm – 3:40 pm – Jim McGrath – Michigan Frogs by Sight and Sound
4       Roscommon Village Farmers Market 10:00 am3:00 pm A community run Farmers Market with a wide range of fresh food & craft – fish, organic eggs, fruit & veg, artisan breads, organic meat, home baking. Great quality, great value. Adding to our range all the time! 211 N Main St, Roscommon, MI 48653

11-12   DNR Free Fishing Weekend. Two days twice a year, families and friends can enjoy one of Michigan’s premiere outdoor activities, fishing, for FREE! (Website Link)

11        Roscommon Village Farmers Market 10:00 am3:00 pm A community run Farmers Market with a wide range of fresh food & craft – fish, organic eggs, fruit & veg, artisan breads, organic meat, home baking. Great quality, great value. Adding to our range all the time! 211 N Main St, Roscommon, MI 48653

18      Higgins Lake SUNRISE RUN! Main venue site is located at the pavilion of the South Higgins Lake Park Store and is a highlight annual not-to-be-missed event!

Once again all proceeds will go towards the Northern Michigan Children’s Assessment Center to continue to provide FREE services to the children and families right here in our communities!!
Date: Saturday, June 18th, 2022
Options:
1 mile Kids fun run/walk
5K Run/Walk
10K Run
Half Marathon Run

The race starts at North Higgins Lake State Park and finishes the South Higgins Lake State Park. In addition to the half-marathon, race day will include a 10K and 5K run/walks as well as a fun run/walk for kids and families.

15        Roscommon Village Farmers Market 10:00 am3:00 pm A community run Farmers Market with a wide range of fresh food & craft – fish, organic eggs, fruit & veg, artisan breads, organic meat, home baking. Great quality, great value. Adding to our range all the time! 211 N Main St, Roscommon, MI 48653

18        Roscommon Village Farmers Market 10:00 am3:00 pm A community run Farmers Market with a wide range of fresh food & craft – fish, organic eggs, fruit & veg, artisan breads, organic meat, home baking. Great quality, great value. Adding to our range all the time! 211 N Main St, Roscommon, MI 48653

25       Roscommon Village Farmers Market 10:00 am3:00 pm A community run Farmers Market with a wide range of fresh food & craft – fish, organic eggs, fruit & veg, artisan breads, organic meat, home baking. Great quality, great value. Adding to our range all the time! 211 N Main St, Roscommon, MI 48653

30       St. Helen Fourth of July Fireworks. Richfield Township Park (Link)

July

2         Roscommon Village Farmers Market 10:00 am3:00 pm A community run Farmers Market with a wide range of fresh food & craft – fish, organic eggs, fruit & veg, artisan breads, organic meat, home baking. Great quality, great value. Adding to our range all the time! 211 N Main St, Roscommon, MI 48653

3        Houghton Lake Fourth of July Fireworks10:00pm Houghton Lake State Airport (Link)

3        Higgins Lake Boat Parade. The annual Freedom Boat Parade will take place at Higgins Lake on July 4, at 2:30 p.m. from Flag Point. Those who enter the parade are encouraged to decorate their board. All boats will begin lining up at 2:00 p.m. from Flag Point. For more information, contact 989-503-0888 or higginsboatparade@gmail.com

4         Roscommon County 4th of July Parade. In the Village of Roscommon 11:00 AM “Dreams Do Come True under the Red, White, and Blue”
Contact the Chamber for a Parade Participation Application. 989-275-8760 or info@hlrcc.com

4         Roscommon Fourth of July Fireworks Display. A9:30 pm10:30 pm 4th of July Fireworks arranged by Jim’s Collision with community sponsors will be at the Firemen’s Training Grounds. Fireworks start at 10:15 p.m. Roscommon Fire Training Grounds. 290 Ballanger Road

9         Roscommon Village Farmers Market 10:00 am3:00 pm A community run Farmers Market with a wide range of fresh food & craft – fish, organic eggs, fruit & veg, artisan breads, organic meat, home baking. Great quality, great value. Adding to our range all the time! 211 N Main St, Roscommon, MI 48653

9         Roscommon “WOW weekend” & Art Festival. Join us for the 53rd Annual Roscommon Art Festival on Saturday, July 9th, 2022. Enjoy the festival from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on the lawn of the CRAF Center and on Lake Street in the Village of Roscommon. Over 60 exhibitors will be on hand with fine arts and crafts, including water and oil paintings, jewelry, wood crafts, signs, stained glass and more. Don’t miss the ‘greatest little show in northern Michigan’! Roscommon “Riverfest” on Sunday, July 8 – Annual Summer festival at Wallace Park in the Village of Roscommon. Live acoustic music and youth activities including dock dogs, cardboard boat races, games, and much more. Wallace Park is located across from St. Michaels Catholic Church on S. 7th Street.  (Event Link)

16        Roscommon Village Farmers Market 10:00 am3:00 pm A community run Farmers Market with a wide range of fresh food & craft – fish, organic eggs, fruit & veg, artisan breads, organic meat, home baking. Great quality, great value. Adding to our range all the time! 211 N Main St, Roscommon, MI 48653

16-17     Annual Curley Memorial Canoe Race.  Race starts at 9:00 a.m. at the embankment wall of Cooke Dam; canoers paddle upstream to round a buoy, and then come back to portage over the dam and continue downstream; canoers portage a second time at Foote Dam and then proceed to the Finish Line just upstream of the AuSable Inn. Expert 2’s will start first, with the Expert 1’s starting when the last Expert 2 team has portaged Cooke Dam.. (Event Link)

23          Roscommon Village Farmers Market 10:00 am3:00 pm A community run Farmers Market with a wide range of fresh food & craft – fish, organic eggs, fruit & veg, artisan breads, organic meat, home baking. Great quality, great value. Adding to our range all the time! 211 N Main St, Roscommon, MI 48653

30         Roscommon Village Farmers Market 10:00 am3:00 pm A community run Farmers Market with a wide range of fresh food & craft – fish, organic eggs, fruit & veg, artisan breads, organic meat, home baking. Great quality, great value. Adding to our range all the time! 211 N Main St, Roscommon, MI 48653

22-30     Au Sable River International Canoe Marathon. This is an annual 120 mi (193 km) canoe race in Michigan from Grayling to Oscoda. It first ran in 1947, is perhaps the oldest marathon canoe race in the United States, and is the longest, non-stop, canoe-only race in North America. The race has been billed as “The World’s Toughest Spectator Race” as many of the spectators follow the racers overnight down the full 120 miles (190 km) to the finish. The Marathon starts at 9pm in Grayling in a LeMans-style start where the competitors carry their canoes in a footrace four blocks through town to the Au Sable River entry point. Upon reaching the Au Sable River, they begin paddling non-stop throughout the night. In addition to paddling for 14–19 hours non-stop overnight, competitors must also make portages over six dams along the river race route. (Event Link)

August

6         Roscommon Village Farmers Market 10:00 am3:00 pm A community run Farmers Market with a wide range of fresh food & craft – fish, organic eggs, fruit & veg, artisan breads, organic meat, home baking. Great quality, great value. Adding to our range all the time! 211 N Main St, Roscommon, MI 48653

13       Roscommon Village Farmers Market 10:00 am3:00 pm A community run Farmers Market with a wide range of fresh food & craft – fish, organic eggs, fruit & veg, artisan breads, organic meat, home baking. Great quality, great value. Adding to our range all the time! 211 N Main St, Roscommon, MI 48653

14      Annual Jack Pine Enduro.  The Jack Pine Enduro has been a motorcycle racing tradition since the 1910s, and for the first half of the 20th century the event was right up there with Daytona and Laconia in terms of prestige and motorcycling press coverage. Until the early 1960s, the winner of the Jack Pine was the nation’s National Endurance (Enduro) Champion, with the winner and the winning motorcycle brand celebrated in ads in all of the major motorcycling publications. And if there’s one name that was synonymous with the Jack Pine Enduro, it was Oscar Lenz, known to those in the Enduro world as the Old Jack ‍Piner. (history link) The venerable race, which runs on a torturous course through the jack pines in Missaukee County, is part of the AMA’s District 14 Enduro Series. (Event link)

20      Roscommon Village Farmers Market 10:00 am3:00 pm A community run Farmers Market with a wide range of fresh food & craft – fish, organic eggs, fruit & veg, artisan breads, organic meat, home baking. Great quality, great value. Adding to our range all the time! 211 N Main St, Roscommon, MI 48653

20-21      DNR Free ORV Weekend

27       Roscommon Village Farmers Market 10:00 am3:00 pm A community run Farmers Market with a wide range of fresh food & craft – fish, organic eggs, fruit & veg, artisan breads, organic meat, home baking. Great quality, great value. Adding to our range all the time! 211 N Main St, Roscommon, MI 48653

 September

October

Sept. 30 – Oct. 1   South Higgins Lake State Park – 19th Annual Halloween Festival (weekend 1) Are you ready for some Spooky Halloween fun? Come camp and enjoy activities such as hay rides, a spooky walk, pumpkin painting, face painting, kids crafts, a judged costume parade, trick-or-treating, campsite decorating contest, cotton candy and popcorn. Festivities take place in the campground and day use area near the park store. The activities in the campground on Saturday are limited to registered campers and their visitors only. All other activities are open to the public. For a full schedule of activities please call the park (989) 821-6374.

7-8 South Higgins Lake State Park – 19th Annual Halloween Festival (weekend 2) Are you ready for some Spooky Halloween fun? Come camp and enjoy activities such as hay rides, a spooky walk, pumpkin painting, face painting, kids crafts, a judged costume parade, trick-or-treating, campsite decorating contest, cotton candy and popcorn. Festivities take place in the campground and day use area near the park store. The activities in the campground on Saturday are limited to registered campers and their visitors only. All other activities are open to the public. For a full schedule of activities please call the park (989) 821-6374.