Tuesday, April 25, 2017

August 18-19, 2017

Great Music. Family Fun.
A Waterfront Festival for Everyone!

The BIG Art Show

Art for all tastes and pocketbooks! The BIG Art Show by Big Brothers Big Sisters will once again take place downtown in Pennsylvania Park. Over 50 artists and crafters from across Michigan will display their creative wares 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 19.

Arts Crafts Fair - Festival on the BayA wide variety of arts and crafts for all tastes and prices will be available, including garden art, painting, jewelry, stonework, pottery, homemade body products and foods like syrup and honey, quilts, totes, clothing, woodwork, glass and rustic art.

The exhibition is growing, and there's still room for more. Interested artists and crafters may download and submit a registration form, along with slides or photographs of their work to the Big Brother Big Sisters of Northwest Michigan.

For the eighth year in a row, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Michigan (BIGS-NW) will be hosting this event. All proceeds for vendor space will go toward the BIGS-NW program in the Petoskey area.

If you have any questions, please call (231) 946-2447.

Proceeds from The BIG Art Show (formally organized by the Petoskey Area Jaycees) will help match at-risk children in the Petoskey area who have asked and are waiting for a Big Brother or Big Sister of their own. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Michigan is the region’s longest serving youth mentoring organization and is dedicated to nurturing the emotional, social, and educational needs of children by facilitating professionally supported one-to-one mentor relationships. To learn more about Big Brothers Big Sisters, visit http://www.bigsupnorth.com.

Kayak & Canoe on Little Traverse Bay

The weekend's center of attention is Little Traverse Bay, the focal point around which festival-goers gather for family fun. Opportunities to get out on the Bay area a natural part of the festivities.

Kayak Demos - Friday & Saturday Noon to 8:00 p.m.

  • The Outfitter will be providing kayak rides and demos for the entire family on Friday and Saturday from noon to 4:00 pm.

  • The Bahnhof will continue demos from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Head down to the beach located in Festival Place.


Paddle the Jiimaan Canoe - Saturday Noon to 5:00 p.m.

Have fun maneuvering the 34-foot-long, 5-foot-wide Jiimaan! This large canoe requires the cooperative effort of at least 10 people while a guide with knowledge of both the weather and whims of the bay helps all of the paddlers focus on the task at hand.

The free Jiimaan excursions are sponsored by the Odawa Institute of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians.

The Petoskey Great Duck Drop

Saturday, August 20 at 3:30 p.m.

It's the Petoskey Great Dck Drop located behind the Fire Station. 

Prizes of $300, $200 and $100, plus $50 for duck who lands farthest away from target!

Tickets can be purchased in the Vendor area for $10 during Festival on the Bay, St. Francis Xavier Parish Office, and from any 8th Grade St. Francis Xavier student.

For more ways to purchase visit www.school.petoskeysfx.org

The Petoskey Great Duck Drop is presented by the St. Francis Xavier Catholic School 8th Grade Class as a fundraiser.

Need not be present to win.


Contact the Chamber

Petoskey Regional
Chamber of Commerce
401 E. Mitchell Street
Phone (231) 347-4150
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Festival Sponsors

fox32 9and10 small sponsor home             bayside beverage         McLaren for Website       petoskey visitors sponsor