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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.

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Winter Carnival

  • Petoskey, MI 49770 (map)

By the late 1920s Petoskey was known as Michigan's Winter Sports Capital and the Winter Sports Park was at the center of activities. A 400 square foot ice rink was created where recreational skating took place along with speed skating, broomball, hockey and figure skating. The quarter mile toboggan slide delighted both children and their parents. Overseeing the facilities and activities was the Winter Sports Club and in 1928 it began the long tradition of selecting a winter queen and over time, the thrones where the crownings took place, grew from modest to major works of beautiful public ice art designed and constructed by local artist Stanley Kellogg. Winter Carnival parades and dances also were a part of the festivities.

Downtown Petoskey has reinstated its partnership with the long-running Winter Carnival and will tap back into its roots with ice sculptures displayed on downtown sidewalks and in Pennsylvania Park! The Winter Carnival will celebrate its 91st year in 2019.

Thursday, February 14th

Wine & Dine Progressive Dinner, 6pm

❤️ The perfect Valentine’s Date Night! ❤️

Tickets are $50 per person.


Friday, February 15th

Chocoholic Frolic, 3-7pm

Tour the downtown stores, and be treated to chocolate treats wherever you go! If you visit all of the participating stores, you can enter into the drawing for the Chocoholic Gift Basket. To participate, simply pick up a Stamp Book at the Downtown Office or at any participating store and start your chocolate tour!

Little Traverse Bay Humane Society, Rock Out for Rescue, 6-9pm

Join LTBHS for an entertaining evening of dueling pianos and dancing at Stafford's Perry Hotel on Friday, February 15 from 6-9 p.m.! There will be hors d'oeuvres, a cash bar and silent auction. This is will be a fun party for a great cause! Tickets are $50 each and are available here or by calling 231.347.2396.

Winter Ghost Walk, 6pm

You'll be shivering from more than the winter temperatures by the time you finish this hour long tour of the haunted establishments in Downtown! This walking tour starts at the Perry Hotel (100 Lewis Street) and makes its way throughout Downtown. Tickets are $15 per person. Space is limited so reserve your tickets now by clicking below or calling Andi at 231-348-0388. Dress warm!

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Saturday, February 16th

Downtown Activities

  • Ice Bar Celebration 1-4pm, Pennsylvania park

    • Music from Lite 96.3 with DJ Tim Nixon, kids activities, games, LIVE Ice Carving and more!

  • Cardboard sled workshop at the Petoskey District Library, 10-5pm

    • Have you wanted to build your own cardboard sled to compete in the Winter Sports Park Cardboard Sled challenge?! Well Petoskey District Library has you covered! Cardboard and all other essentials will be supplied. Make your cardboard sled here, then take it to the Winter Sports Park and register for the race!

Downtown Stores

  • Face Painting at Northgoods, Saturday and Sunday, 1-4pm

  • Made in Michigan Windmill Cookies, Walking Tacos (12pm-2pm while supplies last), in-store games, and Carlos Kissing Booth at Grandpa Shorter’s Gifts! Get a selfie with their store mascot, Carlos the Bear!

  • A raffle to win a $100 J.W. Shorter and Son Gift Certificate, plus Snoozies are on sale for only $5 at J.W. Shorter & Son Mercantile.

  • Color us happy! Bring the kiddos in and color a custom The Katydid coloring sheet to help decorate their window. Your artwork will be on display at The Katydid.

  • February Sunshine Concert at Red Sky Stage, Saturday, February 16th, 7:30 pm

    • A midwinter concert featuring Northern Michigan singer songwriters; Lara Fullford, Eliza Thorp, Kevin Johnson, Indigo Moon

      For more information and to purchase tickets click here 

Winter Sports Park Activities

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Sunday, February 17th

Kid’s Sunday FUNday 11-4pm

Downtown stores will host indoor activities for children!

Craig Ryan - Bean Bag Toss

Northgoods - Face Painting

Grandpa Shorter’s Gifts, J.W. Shorter & Son Mercantile and The Katydid - cookies, coloring and games!

All Weekend Long….

Search the stores for Olaf the Snowman!

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Once you find him in all of the participating stores, turn your Olaf stamp book into the downtown office by 4pm Sunday, February 17th for a chance to win win $100 in Downtown Dollars. Pick up an Olaf stamp book at the Downtown Office located at 216 Park ave or any participating store and start searching!

Participating Stores:

American Spoon

Bearcub Outiftters

Beards Brewery

Emmet County Celtic Shop

Circus Shop

Craig Ryan

Cutler's Clothing

Cutler's Kitchen



Grandpa Shorter's Gifts

Harbor Wear


J.W. Shorter and Son Mercantile

McLean and Eakin

Meyer Ace


Petoskey District Library

Petoskey Pretzel

Rocking Horse Toy Co.

Ruff Life

Sunglass Shoppe


The Katydid



  • Craig Ryan - Up to 50% off and new spring items arriving from Peter Millar and 34 Heritage!

  • Meyer Ace Hardware - 20% off regular priced sleds, winter hats and gloves

Thank you to our Sponsor


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