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.
Mar 2 - 3, 2018Mardi Gras on the Mountain
May 26, 2018Michigan Beer & Brat Festival
UpNorth StandUp Paddleboard Classic
Come participate in the 5th Annual Premier StandUp Paddleboarding event in Michigan this summer! This event is hosted by Crystal Lake Adventure Sports and will be held on the beautiful shores of Crystal Lake and Lake Michigan. The races include the Crystal Lake 6 mile/3 mile/1.5 mile SUP Challenge and the Lake Michigan 4.6 mile Downwind Duel.
Come paddle on one of the most pristine lakes in Michigan… there is a reason it is called Crystal Lake. The days events will start with the Crystal Lake SUP Challenge which will consist of an Elite 6 mile(2 LAPS)/ 3 mile(1 LAP) recreational and Junior Rec (13-16) 3 mile (1 LAP) and a FREE kids(age 7-12, kids must register also) 1.5 mile(1/2 LAP) Diamond Configuration Buoy Race.
Children can do either the Junior Rec or the kids race, not both. All races are held under WPA rules and will have an Open Water Start and Finish. All Racers must have a leash on their board to participate.
Then in the afternoon is the Lake Michigan 4.6 Mile Downwind Duel.
Come paddle off the shores of one of the most scenic areas of Lake Michigan, voted the “Most Beautiful place in America” by Good Morning America.
This afternoon Open Downwind Duel 4.6 mile paddle will start at Point Betsie Lighthouse beach and finish on the Frankfort Beach. This race will have a Beach Start and Finish.
Exceptions may be made for younger racers on an individual basis. Please email race organizer for information
All Racers must have a leash and PFD on board to participate.