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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.

Summer Open House

Downtown Events

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Summer Open House

Join Downtown Petoskey on Friday, June 2 to kick off the 2017 Summer Season! 

Pennsylvania Park will come alive with a Drink Tent supporting the Little Traverse Bay Humane Society, the Taste of Downtown, starring Petoskey's finest restaurants and specialty food stores, live entertainment from Sweet Tooth and more!

The intersection of Lake and Howard streets will become a runway for the Summer Open House Fashion Show, premiering all of the hottest summer styles from the downtown shops! 

The sounds of the Petoskey Steel Drum Band will radiate throughout downtown. The closed streets will be bustling with activities for the whole family! Merchants will open their doors and welcome the summer season. 

Lay out the blankets for a movie in the park at dark! Watch A Dog's Purpose under the stars and on our HUGE inflatable movie screen! Don't forget your four legged friend!

THIS JUST IN: Did you know the author of A Dog's Purpose is from Petoskey?!? WELL, his mother Monsie Cameron will be attending the movie!! She is even going to try and bring some swag for movie goers!

Enjoy Downtown events in Pennsylvania Park, a movie in the park at dark, store activities and more!

Downtown Events in Pennsylvania Park       

5:30 p.m. - Summer Fashion Show presented by Chico's (at intersection of Lake and Howard Streets)                     

5:30 -9 p.m. - Drink Tent in Pennsylvania Park - proceeds supporting Little Traverse Bay Humane Society. Sounds from Sweet Tooth in the drink tent

6 - 8 p.m. - Taste of Downtown in Pennsylvania Park

6-8 p.m. - Meet and Greet with Little Traverse Bay Humane Society Adoptable dogs - you may find your new best friend!

6:30 - 7:30 p.m. - Petoskey Steel Drum Band (at intersection of Howard and Mitchell Streets)

8 p.m. - Ghost Walk

Dark - Movie in the Park - "A Dog's Purpose"

Store Activities

Bearcub Outfitters - Gear up for summer! Join Bearcub for an evening of demos, sales, gift with purchases, drawings and more!

Circus Shop - Book signing from 5-8 p.m. with Suzanne M. Malpass, author of A Lab's Tale, Where's our Siamese and more!

County Emmet Celtic Shop - Performance by Highland Dance Harbor - Scottish Highland Dancers!

Craig Ryan - Vineyard Vines event! Spend $200 on Vineyard Vines and receive a free Vineyard Vines custom Petoskey baseball hat! Enjoy a game of bags and refreshments!

DI's Dazzle Boutique - Entire store discounts! 20-50% off!

Fustini's Oils and Vinegars - Celebrate the 8th anniversary of the Petoskey location with Fustini's Backyard BBQ! Lot's of grilling, samples, live music and double punches for Rewards Members.

Grandpa Shorter's Gifts - Grandpa Shorter's Minnetonka sales will be here with a prize wheel, prizes, new shoes and fun for Open House! Snack on root beer cookies, cake and other goodies. Play some games in the street - The Earthworm ring toss and Monster beanbag toss!

J.W. Shorter & Son Mercantile - Trunk Show with Jenna Kator, Michigan purse designer, from 5 - 8 p.m. Jenna uses the State of Michigan are her muse given its beautiful cities, landscape and residents. She pays tribute to Michigan by naming her showpieces after places that exhibit great beauty, character and charm. Enjoy beverages, appetizers, drawings and large board games in the street!

Mettlers American Mercantile - Join us at Mettlers for White Shirt and Jean event! Enjoy refreshments while you shop for the perfect crisp white shirt and great fitting jeans!

Monarch Garden & Floral - 10 year anniversary party with live music and refreshments. Come enjoy the party!

Northgoods - Artist demonstrations with Mary Bea McWatters, Elizabeth Thorp on keyboard, and the ever so popular, face painting!  

Pedego Electric Bikes - Check out one of Downtown Petoskey's newest stores - test out a Pedego Electric Bike - FREE demos!

Petoskey District Library - Giant bubbles!

Pour Public House - Samples, retail wine display and more!

Robert Frost Fine Footwear - Hydro Planes and a visit with Paul Teike from Paradise Lake, the National “Rookie Of The Year 2016”! In store, enjoy 20% boat shoes and 20-50% off summer sandals!

Simply Sweet by Jessica - Lemonade stand and cookies in front of the shop!

Somebody's Gallery - Hosting local plein aire oil painter, Kurt Anderson and live music with Joel Stoppel

Trillium Salon & Spa – Come celebrate with us! Tour the newly renovated salon and spa! Relax with a chair massage or enjoy a fun new style with Sasha at the Braid Bar. Brenda & Amanda will be doing a fun tulasara skin care and sensory journey. Katie will be available to showcase Aveda fashion color. Fun for everyone! Enjoy yummy food and friendly faces!

Tap 30 -  Carnival with raffle, ring toss/beanbags, wing challenges and a Leinenjugel draft feature!

Get your Photo with a Pup!

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Visit participating stores, make a donation to Little Traverse Bay Humane Society and have your picture taken with the store pup!

Then visit Glass Lakes Photography to receive a print of your photo!

Participating Stores:

County Emmet Celtic Shop


Petoskey District Libary

Ruff Life Pet Outfitters

Downtown Activities

6 p.m. - Drummunity on the Library Labyrinth!

Lori Fithian of Drummunity leads a high energy drum circle! Join Lori and the Petoskey District Library to kick off their summer reading program! Everyone plays a drum - it's a blast!


7 p.m. - Blissfest Folk and Roots Mini Concert Series at Red Sky Stage

Kelly Shively and AnnMarie Rowlandare excellent Michigan singer songwriters.  The two have been friends ever since the first time they sang together at a festival jam session twenty-five years ago. Separately, they are well-traveled with their music in various duos and as soloists. But they’ve mostly kept the magic that happens when they sing together confined to their living rooms. But magic it is, and you can hear it at Red Sky Stage. Kelly is a multi-instrumentalist from Petoskey.  AnnMarie and her guitar live in Coldwater. Kelly and AnnMarie write and sing about the things they know; love, loss, family, friendship, home, and dirt.

Tickets:  $10 in advance at the Northern Michigan Artists Market, (231) 487-0000. Tickets are available at the door the night of the show for $15, students $8, Kids 12 and under$5

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7:30 p.m. - Zumba in the streets with Studio Health and Fitness


Blissfest Ukes for You Club

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Learn to play the Ukulele with Blissfest! All levels are encouraged to play and attend.  Baritone Ukuleles available for use. If you have your own, please bring it.


Children's Activities with the YMCA of Northern Michigan

The YMCA is proud to host children's activities as part of the overall Summer Open House excitement! The children's activities are free to all!


Interactive Watershed Model and Rain Barrel Display with Tip of The Mitt Watershed Council

Kids can see a live demonstration of how rainwater and other stormwater impacts Little Traverse Bay through the Interactive Watershed Model!





Some of the best things in life are free…and rainwater is one of them! Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council’s ‘Stormwater Matters’ encourages local residents and visitors of the Little Traverse Bay Watershed to help prevent stormwater pollution and protect Little Traverse Bay. Learn about the simple ways you can do this at home to limit runoff on your property and help save you money!


Grand Opening of Ansel Adams exhibit and the Juried Photography exhibit Our National Parks at Crooked Tree Arts Center


The Ansel Adams exhibition features a collection of forty-seven works by Adams (1902 -1984), about two-thirds of a selection Adams made late in his life to serve as a succinct representation of his life’s work.  He felt these photographs were his best. 

“Our National Parks” is a juried photography exhibit in honor of Ansel Adams and the 100th Anniversary of our National Parks.  All photographs are the best outdoor, nature, and landscape photography made within National Park System sites.

Crooked Tree Arts Center will stay open late with free admission for the public.

Ghost Walk

For the past century, Downtown Petoskey has had its fair share of spooky hauntings, Edgar Allan Poe inspired deaths, and mobster dealings. Many of these hauntings have happened repeatedly over the years, and our local historian, Chris Struble, has gathered the facts and the local lore that inspire these stories that tell the history of Petoskey from an otherwordly perspective.

Join us for the first Ghost Walk of the season during Summer Open House! Please meet on the steps of the Stafford's Perry Hotel at 8 pm. The walk is one hour long and primarily outside, so make sure to dress for the weather! 

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Community Additions

Petoskey Robotics Team - The Petoskey Paladins

Visit with the Petoskey High School Robotics team!


Explore the new Downtown Trolley & City Fire Truck

Both the Trolley and Fire Truck will be open to climb and explore!


Blender Bike with Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities

Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities works with people to build a thriving local farm and food economy; to make our towns and villages stronger, more walkable, bike-able, and transit-friendly; and to develop local, clean energy. We seek to achieve on-the-ground results in northwest Michigan and leverage them to support other communities and improvements to state policy. All of this is designed to strengthen the local economy, protect the environment, and build community. 

Join us at the Petoskey Downtown Summer Open House as we spin the wheels of the blender bike to make fruit smoothies!


Build a Lego House with Habitat for Humanity

Stop by Northwest Michigan Habitat for Humanity booth to build Lego houses and learn about safe, decent and affordable housing for Emmet and Charlevoix County!


Inflatable Activities with Kicks for Kids

Fun inflatable activities all night long! Bring your child and embrace your inner child! Make your way through the giant Caterpillar and Obstacle Course or make it a friendly competition with Sumo Wrestling or Jousting!

Price per activity or wristbands available for all inflatable activities.

North Central's Fab Lab

North Central Michigan College's Mobile Fab Lab will be open for tours with the CNC Mill & CNC Lathe running metal removal demonstrations.


Magic Lady, Jania Taylor Twisting Balloons

Jania Taylor will be twisting balloons from 5:30-8 p.m.


Test your golfing skills with Shot Makers Golf Center

Putting competition on the large putting green! If you score the most points, you could win a $100 gift certificate! Sign up for Shot Makers rewards program - receive a double points voucher on your first purchase.

Earlier Event: May 5
Shop Downtown for your Summer Job
Later Event: June 15
Gallery Walk