Festivals, Parades, Holiday Events and More in the Benzie Area

There are many reasons to Visit Benzie and Stay In Benzie. Below you will find a list of events in the Benzie Area which are hosted or sponsored by local groups and organizations. Because we are a 'Four Season Playground' you will find activities and events throughout the year.

Mardi Gras on the Mountain

Mar 2 - 3, 2018
Crystal Mountain
12500 Crystal Mountain Thompsonville, MI 49683

Contact & More Info

Phone: 888-968-7686

Friday, March 2

6pm - Mask Making with the Snow Monsters
Make your own Mardi Gras mask with the Snow Monsters! Held in the Crystal Center.

Saturday, March 3

Beads, Beads & More Beads
Keep your eye out, beads are everywhere! Collect all you can with games throughout the day, costume contest and scavenger hunt on the mountain. Houseguests receive their first set of beads upon check-in. Additional beads available for purchase at the Mardi Gras Tent, while supplies last.

N’awlins Namaste
Laissez les bon temps rouler! (a.k.a. “let the good times roll!”) Complete one yoga class and get a strand of beads to celebrate Mardi Gras!

• On-hill bead search
• Find and ski with the Mardi Gras Jester

Noon - 5pm: DJ Dance Party, BBQ & Seafood Boil
Dancing, bead contest, face painting, Glitter Tattoos and more! Purchase your Mardi Gras necessities at the slopeside Mardi Gras Shop.

• Louisiana Seafood Boil - Made with andouille sausage, crawfish, shrimp, corn and potatoes for $9.95.

• BBQ Chicken Quarters - Served with corn and potatoes for $7.50.

2pm - Stylin' on the Slopes Costume Contest
Strut your creative Mardi Gras purple, gold and green costumes on the slopes! Participants receive beads for creativity and enthusiasm. Meet at the Lodge slopeside tent at 2pm for judging. Top adult male and female will be crowned King/Queen of the Mountain and win a 2018-19 Premier Season Pass!

2-5pm - Drink Specials in the Vista Lounge
Enjoy drink specials from Stormcloud Brewing Company in the Vista Lounge!

3pm - Mardi Gras Open Jam
Open to both Skiers and Snowboarders. Prizes awarded to top 3 in each division. All participants are entered into a drawing to win a 2018-19 Season Pass! Now just $10, includes March on the Mountain Tee and giveaways! Registration available online or day of at the registration tent from Noon -3pm. 

8pm - Midnight: Live Music at the Vista Lounge
Featuring Fremont John and the Contrarians! Playing a fun mix of originals and Classic covers. Enjoy drink specials from Stormcloud Brewing Company!


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