On Beaver Island Nature is the Entertainment (at least most of the time!). Simplicity and serenity is Beaver Island.
Visitors to our island soon after arrival understand, how such a simple place can have such a lasting impact. Beaver Island is the place to leave your stressful life and mind behind. Here, there are no deadlines, meeting calls, or interviews. It is always island time.
When we dig ourselves out of the long winters, we get real busy organizing festivals, events and celebrations for the summer and early fall; festivities that stretch from music events, cultural and nature celebrations, to sports, food and beverage feasts and heritage. Here is a sample listing for 2019:
Kick off Summer 2019 on Memorial Day Weekend with Warblers on the Water and the Beaver Island Bird Trail.
As the largest island in Lake Michigan, Beaver Island is an important stop-over for many migratory birds flying up the lake on their way up north to their breeding grounds. Quite a few decide to stay on the Emerald Isle to nest. Events are held over Memorial Weekend. The festivities include presentations and field trips by expert field guides.
Mark your calendars! Fully supported bike ride with rest stop snacks. Lunch at Bill Wagner campground. B.B.Q. buffet at the Shamrock. Beaver Island Bike Festival t-shirt. Bike transportation on the ferry Live entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights. Prizes and extra goodies. For complete information check Here.
Jazz Clarinetist Dave Bennett & The Dave Bennett Quartet. The program on June 29 is cabaret style and alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are available for purchase. “We’ll play swing, gospel, blues and rock. People who don’t usually listen to jazz will still like it and relate to it,” Benett said.To purchase and consume alcohol, you must be at least 21 years of age. Tickets are available for purchase by phone or in person from the Beaver Island Community Center (231-448-2022).
2pm – Independence Day Parade
3pm – 4th of July Carnival
9pm – Boat Parade
Discover Beaver Island history with the annual Museum Week full of informative and entertaining events. Music; presentations on nature, Oral History, and Native American culture; and Nature Walks, a Pet Show, and an Art Show. Museum Week 2018 was the most amazing and well attended ever, so you don’t want to miss Museum Week 2019. Enjoy the island’s history for the perspectives of the Mormon Print Museum, the Marine Museum, Protar’s Home and Heritage Park. Check at http://beaverislandhistory.org for details.
Beaver Island Music Festival has been creating Music in the Woods since 2003, a 3-day outdoor event combining nature, renewable energies, music and artwork, song and dance. Plan to enjoy one of Michigan’s most unique festivals, with wide varieties of music, art, and activities for all ages, food, camping, and discover beautiful Beaver Island. Artists perform on many of the ferry rides, shuttles run through out the festival. For more information and the 2019 Music Line Up go to http://bimf.net/
29 – 30 • Beaver Island Eco Fair
The Beaver Island Eco-Fair is a celebration of nature and sustainability. Our focus is promoting solutions in ecology, renewable energy and local food systems. The fair features local and regional green vendors, sustainable technology, arts, music, environmental action & education organizations. The mission of the Beaver Island Eco-Fair is to showcase sustainable solutions, and demonstrate that Beaver Island is a regional leader in the promotion of renewable energy, healthy food systems, and community resilience. **Community Partner and Organization Sponsorship Packages Available** For more information on sponsoring, vending, or attending this event please visit www.bimf.net or contact: Carol Burton @231.838.2883 or Nathan Ayers @734.249.8334
A presentation of the Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association, Baroque on Beaver – A Festival of Classical Music brings professional and student musicians together on Beaver Island. Performances range from small ensembles to a full orchestra and chorus concert.
For information call 888-511-5189 or consult baroqueonbeaver.org
This celebration calls all Beaver Islanders to spend a weekend back home and joining in with the island traditions including the Bud McDonough Memorial Softball Tournament Friday afternoon and all-day Saturday; August Dinner with grilled chicken all the fixins’ at the Holy Cross Hall…brought to you by Holy Cross Church; and the Basket of Joy Raffle…also brought to you by Holy Cross Church..raffled on Sunday Evening.
Come to our Island retreat where the pace is slow. Spend your evenings contra dancing to the tunes of Uncle Lou and the Oakland County Allstars, with dances called by the fabulous Glen Morningstar Jr. Spend your days relaxing in the sun on one of our lovely beaches.
Your weekend will begin with a nice ferry boat ride to the Island on Friday. You’ll have a couple hours upon arrival to get your bearings and some dinner before the dancing starts at 7:00. Saturday, is your day to explore! Grab a bike, paddle board, kayak, or just your walking shoes and be happy . Meet us at the public beach for tacos at 5pm, followed by more awesome dancing! End the weekend with a slow start Sunday, maybe some yoga on the beach, and come to the dance at 1:00. By the time the dance ends, you’ll be ready to board the boat, and head back to the mainland… but we have a feeling you won’t want to leave! For more information call Larissa McGinnity at 231-448-2125.
Save the date for a special Irish Festival on America’s Emerald Isle. There’ll be great music singing, dancing, history, family fun, shenanigans, plenty of tall tales and more. Check back here for details.
October 5 – Bite of Beaver. A popular food tasting event will be continued this year. Details to follow.
Island Boodle 5 K – No word yet whether there will be a Boodle this year – We will keep you informed.
Beaver Island Lodge will organize a Fall Colors Spectacular for its guests between October 5 and our winter closing date of October 19. Details to follow.