Beaver Island Annual Events
ST. PATRICK’S DAY
Where better to celebrate St. Patrick’s day than in front of the Shamrock on America’s Emerald Isle? Music all weekend with Danny and friends and the Ben Traverse Band. Games start downtown on Saturday the 14th at 1:00. Have you tried your hand at the fish toss? Seen the games on the news and want to take part in the cart race? Come up and enjoy The Great Day on Beaver Island!
March 13th- 14th, 2020
BEAVER ISLAND BIRDING TRAIL WARBLERS ON THE WATER
2020 Event Cancelled
Events are held over Memorial Weekend. The festivities include presentations and field trips by expert field guides.
The 7th annual Beaver Island Birding Festival, Warblers on the Water, will be held on May 22-24, 2020, on Beaver Island, in northern Lake Michigan. The island is a spring migratory song and shore bird mecca with over 200 species of birds recorded from the island. Registration is limited, and birders are urged to register early through the Beaver Island Birding Trail website at http://www.beaverislandbirdingtrail.org.
Transportation to the island is via ferry or air taxi. Lodging is available on the island, and transportation for the various field trips will be provided to registered participants. More information about transportation and lodging is available on the website.
Accomplished field trip leaders will guide participants to some of the island’s 30+ birding sites. Whether you are a novice or expert birder there will be something for you during this Memorial Day weekend event.
Featured speakers include Dr. Ed Leuck on “Carnivorous Plants and Orchids of Beaver Island,” and Dr. Beth Leuck on “Monarchs, Milkweeds, Mimicry, and Migration: The Story of Coevolution, an Endangered Biological Phenomenon, and the Decline of a Charismatic Butterfly.” Andrea and Terry Grabill will again lead a Windshield Birding Tour of Beaver Island, and during six other morning and evening field trips participants will explore birds in diverse habitats on the island. In addition, field trips to Garden Island and High Island are scheduled via chartered boats. A workshop taught by Dr.Nancy Seefelt on sketching birds will be offered on Sunday afternoon.
For more specific information about Warblers on the Water visit http://www.beaverislandbirdingtrail.org. Information about transportation to and accommodations on Beaver Island can be found at http://www.beaverislandbirdingtrail.org/accommodations.html, and for information about the island visit the Chamber of Commerce’s web site at http://beaverisland.org.
May 22-24, 2020
BEAVER ISLAND Sustainability Fair
The Beaver Island Eco-Fair is a celebration of nature and sustainability. Our focus is on 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.
June 26-27, 2020
FOURTH OF JULY
The 2020 Parade theme- Beaver Island – the Caribbean of the North.” The Big Parade at 2:00 & Island Airways Flyover, featuring the missing man formation at 2:00. Line up for the parade starting at Holy Cross Church starting at 1:30. Boat Parade on harbor- line up in front of McDonoughs Market at 8:30. Fireworks this year will be on July 5th at Dusk after the Boat Parade.
CELEBRATE SUMMER AT THE BIC CENTER
The Beaver Island Community Center has a full summer of activities planned to help you Discover Beaver Island this summer. Our concerts include Dave Bennett on June 29, the RFD Boys on July 10, The Lincoln Trio om July 26 (part of Baroque on Beaver), Jeeyon Kim on July 27 (part of Baroque on Beaver) and Erin Coburn on August 10. Theater events from CMU University Theater are Neil Simon’s California Suite on July 5 and A Fox on the Fairway on July 6. Look for movies in the McDonough’s Market Theater with the BIG screen and BIG sound on Tuesdays at 5:30 and Saturdays at 4 and 7 (when no live events are scheduled). Plus exercise Mondays through Saturdays (yoga, tai chi, kick boxing, self defense and Arthritis Foundation programs) and rainy day movies, board games, video games, pool and more. Help support the BIC Center by attending the PABI Summer Gala on July 17 plus bid on auction items on display in the BIC Center Lobby and online. Visit the BIC Center website for a fulldetails.
GLEN McDONOUGH MEMORIAL CONCERT
The 12th Annual Glen McDonough Memorial Concert will be held “in the yard” at Reddeer On Kings Highway. All donations from this concert go to scholarships/tuition for the music students. Music school takes place on July 8/9/10th. If interested in applying for a music scholarship Call 231-547-6722. Come Listen to Beaver Island’s talent – young and older.
July 11th, 2020- 7:00p.m.
Discover Beaver Island history with the annual Museum Week full of informative and entertaining events. Music on the porch,presentations on nature, Oral History, and Native American culture; and Nature Walks, a Pet Show, and an Art Show. Blacksmiths Demonstrations and live music at Heritage park, Strange series, Protor home and picnic’s at the point. Visit the BIHS website for more information.
July 12-18th, 2020
CHICAGO TO MACKINAC RACE AFTER-PARTY ON BEAVER ISLAND
Sail from Mac to Beaver Island this year for the 3rd Annual Beaver Island Mac Party! Make Beaver your first destination port on your boat delivery back home. America’s Emerald Isle will be the most memorable part of your sail. Join us at the Municipal Dock on beautiful Paradise bay for music, great food and whiskey point brewery beer from 4 to 7. Please book a slip in advance www.midnr.reservations.com or call 231-448-22252
After the party at the dock join us for a special MacRace Dinner at the Circle M or check out the Beaver Island Lodge. Transportation provided. After dinner the party continues with visits to local pubs for music and fun. Don’t be in a rush to get home, check out our beaches, music fest and enjoy solitude with a some camaraderie of our mystical island refuge. Make your plans now the count down is approaching quickly.More info at Facebook- Beaver Island Mac Party.
July 22, 2020
BEAVER ISLAND MUSIC FESTIVAL
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 beautiful Beaver Island. Artists perform on many of the ferry rides, shuttles run throughout the festival. (231) 838-2883 http://www.bimf.net
July 16-18, 2020
Island-wide celebration and time to come together for all Islanders as well as the famous softball tournament. Great music on the weekend, a comedy show at the BIC Center, and a wonderful chicken Dinner in the hall.
August 8-9, 2020.
August 9, 2020 @ NOON: Join us for the 3rd Annual Island Bocce Tournament, “The Roll for Pets.” Proceeds from “The 2018 “Roll” benefits The Forest View Living Center. This great Island event takes place on August 12, 2018 @ NOON, Peaine Township Hall Park. The cost is $20 per person in advance, $25 on event day. Ticket includes food, drink: Homemade Muffaletta Sandwiches & Biscotti and San Pellegrino Limonata Sparkling Soda. BI Community School Sports Booster Coupon Available. PRIZES (beside bragging rights): * Win: $100 in Michigan Lottery Tickets * Place Bocce Set * Show Case (24 count) San Pellegrino Limonata For Information and Advance Tickets please call: 231-448-2603.
August 9, 2020
BEAVER ISLAND 1/2 MARATHON & PARADISE BAY 5 K
The Beaver Island Half Marathon plus 10K and 5K. Start at 9:00AM for 1/2 Marathon, 9:30AM for 10K and 10:00AM for 5K. Packet pick up and day before registration will take place on the porch at Dalwhinnie from 5 – 6:30.
Fun opportunity to explore the Island! August 31, 2019 is the day of three great races. Our half marathon, 10 K and 5 K. All three races begin at the public beach and end at the public beach; but in between, you will see amazing scenery, wildlife, and flora. We have participant medals for every runner/walker, plus prizes for first place in all age categories for the ½ marathon. There will be refreshments at the finish line in addition to music by the band Legal Immigrants. The band will also perform at the Shamrock that night. Come to Beaver Island and run, then relax on our very special island.
The proceeds go to help support The Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association. In the past we have also given to the Beaver Island Rural Health Center. The registration link can be found at beaverisland.org. You will also find everything you need to know about getting to Beaver Island and accommodations. Please join us! You will be glad you did! Sign up at https://runsignup.com/bi. Learn more at our website.
August 31, 2019
IRISH FEILE – THE EMERALD ISLE IRISH FESTIVAL
A weekend full of fun for the whole family. History, music on the porch and in the cultural center, Irish dancing, a tea room, crafts and games. Fantastic bands! Byrnes Brothers, Finvarra’s Wren,Brother Crowe, Andro, Danny and friends, Ed Palmer, Ruby John, Brian Roman, Cindy Gillespie Cushman and more!
Check out our website: https://irishfeile.com
September 11-13th, 2020
BITE OF BEAVER ISLAND AND BOODLE
Start your day with our 3k boodle downtown after a night of great music. Then from 12 to 2:00 p.m. see what the best professional and amateur chefs on the Island have to offer – sample a wide variety of treats. And check out arts and crafts in the BIC Center with more music to follow on the weekend.
It’s a great weekend to enjoy fall colors with temperatures still moderate as the lake keeps us warm later than the mainland. Come Discover Beaver Island in the fall and have some fun!
Bite of Beaver Food Vendor Form
Bite of Beaver Artisan Vendor Form
Beaver Boodle 5K Walk/Run Participant Form
Boodle at 9:30 AM and Bite of Beaver Noon – 2PM October 3-4, 2020