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!

Friday Night Basketball clinics with Coach Vick Free basketball clinic! 7:30PM – 8:30PM @ Day Use Parking lot at the park. Mark Vick Championship Basketball provides leading professional basketball consultation services to Central, Mid, and Northern Michigan players, coaches and teams. By providing Camps, Individual Instruction, Team Training, Coaches Clinics, Scouting and Recruiting Services, Video Services, All Star Games and Showcases, Coach Vick will help you, your child and your team reach it’s maximum potential! (Beginning June 9 through Sept. 1st) Coach Vick website.

The South Higgins Lake State Park also features a weekly scheduled ‘Explorer Program’. Program topics include forests, insects, night hikes, pond studies and other topics covering the variety of plants, animals and natural features found within each park. These programs are designed for children and adults, often in a family setting. CLICK HERE for Explorer Program parks link, then click on South Higgins Lake State Park for the latest pdf of activities!

Area Summer Events Calendar

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

June

2-3         Kirtland’s Warbler Festival.On Saturday, June 3, you will have an excellent chance to see a Kirtland’s Warbler through the Kirtland’s Warbler Festival in Roscommon. In addition to KW tours, there will be a Leather-leaf Bog nature hike, children’s activities, vendors, and educational programs. This year’s presenters include Ancilleno Davis, a former member of the Kirtland’s Warbler research team in the Bahamas, who will talk about important work on the warbler’s wintering grounds. The Kirtland’s Warbler Festival will be in full swing starting at 7:30 a.m. with Kirtland’s Warbler tours and continues throughout the day with exciting kids’ activities, local vendors and interactive workshops. This is a family focused event with something for people of every age to enjoy! Check out the Kirtland’s Warbler Festival’s Facebook page (link) for announcements on the program and details about the day!!  (Website Link)

9-10   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)

15       Friday Fishing Frenzy!  6:30 pm Marl Lake Access Site (Across from South Higgins Lake State Park) Bring your family out to a fun filled evening of fishing! There will be prizes and giveaways. Poles and bait are provided! (17 and older require a fishing license to fish)

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

16      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! Roscommon Rotary is pleased to host the 8th Annual Higgins Lake Sunrise Run featuring a half-marathon race around beautiful Higgins Lake. 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. All proceeds benefit Roscommon Rotary, local non-motorized trail development, ACT/NOW Kids Programs and other non-profit groups in our area. For more information or to register please visit Registration link.

16        Boater Safety Class9am – 4pm Class will be held at Pioneer Hills Marine on SATURDAY, JUNE 17TH, 2017 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM Class is Free – Class size is limited to 25 persons – Bring sack lunch Those successfully completing the class will be issued their Michigan Boating Safety Certificate. Pioneer Hills Marine, 10914 N Cut Rd, Roscommon, MI 48653, USA (map) PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED BY CALLING PIONEER HILLS MARINE 989-275-5175

16       2nd Annual  Beer & Wine Fest: Sponsored by Heart of Michigan Young Professionals. 1:00 pm5:00 pm When the weekend hits, Michiganders flock to their great getaways – Higgins Lake and Houghton Lake – to kick back with their ORV’s, pontoons, campfires, and brews! On June 16, make your great getaway to the north side of Higgins Lake by car, boat, quad, kayak, Razor, paddle board, bike, or whatever your favorite “up north” transportation is – and sip on a wide selection of beer, wine, and hard cider from local Michigan breweries! Enjoy your drink of choice to the beats of live music artists, tour booths of local restaurants, and treat your taste buds to a few of the featured menu items that tempt you the most! Proceeds benefit the local Young Professionals group’s efforts to protect and support small businesses in the heart of Northern Michigan. Ralph A MacMullan Conference Center, Conservation Drive,  Roscommon, MI 48653 (Event Link)

22  14th Annual Special Olympics Car Show. On Friday June 23rd the “Rusty Nuts Car Club” will host a car cruise around the lake. Line up starts at 3pm. The cruise will leave at 4pm. There will be food that you can buy after the cruise at the Houghton Lake Eagles club. On Saturday June 24th we open the gate for the car show at 8am. Registation ends at 11am. Live, silent and Chinese auctions. All the money will be going to Special Olympics Area 4, (Event Link)

22        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

23-24   Sticky Buns Days. Wellington Farm, USA is a 60-acre open-air interpretive museum designed to provide an educational opportunity for visitors to experience life as it was in rural mid-America during The Great Depression.  Through a series of displays, a wide variety of exhibits, and beautiful natural settings, the park provides a variety of educational, recreational, and cultural opportunities for visitors to Northern Michigan. “Where it’s always 1932!”. (Website Link)

30        “Music Box” Reunion Dance at the Playhouse.  What drew thousands of teenagers to Higgins / Houghton Lake on Summer Weekends in the 1960?s? It wasn’t fishing!!! It was “The Music Box” the largest teenage nightclub in Michigan. Simply known as “The Box”. Though the “Box” is now gone, explore your nostalgic side & dance the night away to classic Rock ‘N Roll oldies. 7pm until 10:30pm At the Houghton Lake Playhouse (1701 W Houghton Lake Dr (M-55), Houghton Lake, MI.) Join us for dancing, music, memorabilia and more. Meet old friends. Enjoy the music we danced to from the original recordings using the original speakers. (Weblink about the Music Box!)

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

July

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

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

7        Lyon Township Fourth of July Parade. A 4th of July Parade is scheduled for Saturday, July 1, 2017. Anyone interested in participating in the parade should contact the township office at 989-821-9694. Line up for the parade is set for 9:00 a.m. The parade will start at West Higgins Lake Blvd. near the Phoenix Park parking lot  & will be ending at the Old Fire Hall. The parade is slated to begin at 10:00 am. Hope to see you there! (Link)

7-8        Houghton Lake Blues Festival. The Houghton Lake Historical Playhouse. Blues guitarist Larry McCray will headline the inaugural Blues Festival. Larry McCray’s heart and soul is in the Blues.  He has been entertaining 25 award winning years with scalding-hot and tasteful Blues. McCray is a Michigan based singer, guitarist, bandleader, and songwriter.  He has eight albums and has the Orville H. Gibson male blues guitarist of the year award as well as the top guitarist prize in International Blues Maters’, 2014 writer’s poll. Also performing will be Jake Kershaw, Erin Coburn, and Rhett Yocum. Doors open at  4pm. Cash Bar and Food available Tickets are available @    or by calling (989)366-9124 or (586)634-6376. (event link)

7-8         Roscommon “WOW weekend” & Art Festival. Join us for the 49th Annual Roscommon Art Festival on Saturday, July 7th, 2018. 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)

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

14-15     25th 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)

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

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

28-29     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

3-5       Houghton Lake Historical Village Days. 2 1/2  Days of Family Fun! Little Loggers Training, Free Wagon Rides, Children’s Games, Entertainment, 18th and 19th Century Demonstrations, Working Blacksmith Shop, Print Shop, Barbership, School Marm, Much Much More. ADMISSION $ 8  ( 12yrs +), $ 5  (5-11 years), Under 5 Free – For whole weekend. (Event Link)

3         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

10-12   Tractor Show. Wellington Farm, USA is a 60-acre open-air interpretive museum designed to provide an educational opportunity for visitors to experience life as it was in rural mid-America during The Great Depression.  Through a series of displays, a wide variety of exhibits, and beautiful natural settings, the park provides a variety of educational, recreational, and cultural opportunities for visitors to Northern Michigan. “Where it’s always 1932!”. (Website Link).

10       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         Meals-on-Wheels Car Show. 8:00 am-4:00pm Sports Cars,Classic Cars,Muscle Cars. This is a fund raiser for our meals on wheels program. Roscommon Co. Fire Training Grounds- 290 Ballenger Rd. Roscommon , Michigan 48653. Contact: (989) 366-0205

17-18    “Lets Shake Houghton Lake” Music Fest. Featuring “The Verve Pipe”! A two day music Festival on the east bay of Houghton Lake at Trestle Park. Friday Aug 17th- 7-8:30pm –  “Uncle Groovy”, 9-10:30pm –  “Kari Lynch” Saturday Aug 18th- 1-2pm –  “Jake Allen”, 2:30-3:30pm –  “MIO”, 4-5:30pm –  “Kin Faux”, 6-6:30pm –  “James Michael Duo, 7-8:30pm –  “Matt Besey”, 9-10:30pm –  “The Verve Pipe” (event link)

18      Hubs N’ Pubs Pumpkin Run Car Show & Brewfest. The Houghton Lake Chamber of Commerce presents a new and exciting twist to the Pumpkin Run Car Show for 2016. They will be adding a Beer Tasting Event & Craft Show. New location will be the Columbian Home Association (formerly the Knights of Columbus Hall) 833 West Branch Rd. Prudenville, MI 48651 (Event Link)

17       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

19       93rd 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)

18-19      DNR Free ORV Weekend

24       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

20-26      Old U.S. 27 Motor Tour. 14 CRUISE- IN’S IN ONE WEEK !!! Great Trip, Great Towns, Great Cars, Great Folks. Bring Your Ride, Travel Historic Old US 27 Michigan. Coldwater To Cheboygan Border To Border. Classic cars cruising through the area Aug 24. (Event Link)

 September

 

22-23      Higgins Lake CRAM Sailing Regatta. If you enjoy crystal clear water and beautiful fall foilage, then this is the place for you.  Higgins Lake State Park provides a spectacular protected site for late season sailing. The Saturday night party is the annual Chili Cookoff. Bring your best pot of chili and compete for the best chili of 2017! South Higgins Lake State Park near Roscommon. Superlatives can’t do Higgins lake justice. 9900 acres of protected crystal clear water, a well kept wooded campground, and easy access to the highways.  This is one fantastic place to sail. (Event Link)

October

 

6-7    South Higgins Lake State Park – 14th 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.

13-14 South Higgins Lake State Park – 14th 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.