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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 2019. 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 27 during Sidewalk Sales!

Enjoy treats, games, and the grand prize drawing at 2 p.m. in Pennsylvania Park on July 27th, 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 27, 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:

5/3 Bank

American Spoon

American Spoon Gelato Café

Bearcub Outfitters

Beards Brewery


Cheekade Meekade

Caio Bella Home

Circus Shop

City Park Grill

Craig Ryan

Crooked Tree Arts Center

Flowers from Sky's the Limit


Grain Train Market

Grandpa Shorter's Gifts

Great Lakes Gourmet


J.W. Shorter & Son Mercantile

JC Penney

Julienne Tomatoes

Linda Michaels

McLean & Eakin Booksellers

Meyer Ace


North Harbor Christie's International Real Estate


Petoskey District Library


Petoskey Cheese


Reusch Jewelers

Rocking Horse

Ruff Life

Simply Sweet by Jessica

The Sunglass Shoppe

The Katydid


Trillium Salon and Spa



Earlier Event: June 20
Gallery Walk
Later Event: July 4
4th of July