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216 Park Avenue
Petoskey, MI 49770

Come enjoy Downtown Petoskey on Lake Michigan and Little Traverse Bay with unique shops and restaurants in the Gaslight Shopping District. Serving Bay Harbor, Bay View, Harbor Springs, Walloon Lake and Emmet County.

Where's Waldo?

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Where's Waldo?

Where's Waldo? Downtown Petoskey, of course!

The famous children’s book character in the striped shirt and black-rimmed specs is visiting local businesses throughout our Downtown community in July of 2018. Those who spot him can win prizes, including buttons, book coupons, and more!

Find Waldo is a great summer vacation activity, and a wonderful way for residents to support local business and the Shop Local movement.

Anyone who wishes to participate can pick up a “Find Waldo Local in Petoskey!” passport with the names of all the participating sites at the Downtown Office (216 Park Ave), and get their passport stamped or signed for each Waldo they spot. The first 125 Waldo seekers to get their passports stamped or signed at ten or more stores can bring their passports back to the Downtown Office to collect prizes. Collecting store stamps or signatures at twenty or more businesses will entitle diligent seekers to enter in a grand prize drawing on July 28 during Sidewalk Sales!

Enjoy treats, games, and the grand prize drawing at 2 p.m. in Pennsylvania Park on July 28th, as a final celebration of the Where’s Waldo Scavenger Hunt.

In celebration of Waldo's longevity and popularity, this event is put on for some hide and seek fun as well as to encourage communities to patronize their local businesses.  There is no charge to participate, and the hunt starts on July 1 and runs until July 28, the Saturday of Sidewalk Sales. For more information about hunting for Waldo in Petoskey, call the Downtown Office at 231.348.3088. Happy hunting!

Participating Stores

Beards Brewery

Bearcub Outfitters

Ciao Bella Home

Cheekade Meekade

County Emmet Celtic Shop 

The Circus Shop

Craig Ryan 

Crooked Tree Arts Center 

Flower's From Sky's the Limit 

Grandpa Shorter's Gifts

Grain Train


JW Shorter & Son Mercantile

Julienne Tomatoes

Linda Michaels

Little Shop in the Alley

Meyer Ace Hardware

McLean & Eakin Booksellers


Northern Michigan Artists Market 


Petoskey District Library 

Petoskey Antiques Gallery

Reusch Jewelers 

Rocking Horse Toy Co.

Ruff Life Pet Outfitters

Simply Sweet

Symons General Store

The Katydid 


Trillium Salon


Earlier Event: June 20
Concerts in the Park
Later Event: July 6
Ghost Walk