Top Things To Do & See
1) SUMMER BEACH BONFIRES
Have you ever been to a beach party before? Well, this summer when you are in Ludington, don’t say we didn’t extend the offer. You’re invited to this great get together of tourists and locals alike. Live music, great conversation, games and beautiful sunsets are what we can guarantee when you take in a beach bonfire. Bonfires dates can be confirmed with the Visitors Center.
2) FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE
Downtown Ludington knows how to throw a street party! Friday Night Live is everyone’s favorite summer event because it’s not only a time to catch up with your friends and neighbors, but also to meet some new ones. This street party brings together live music, good food and fun games in a family-friendly atmosphere. The best part of it all is that it is FREE!
Let your kids jump for joy in a bounce house, ride a pony, take a spin in the Baby SS Badger or get their faces painted. While there is plenty for the kids to enjoy, we didn’t forget about the adults. Four stages throughout the downtown fill the air with some of Mason County’s best talent. And when you need to refuel, you can stop at any number of food vendors and get yourself an elephant ear, ice cream, Italian sausage or egg rolls.
3) THE LOVE LUDINGTON BOARD & JAMES STREET PLAZA
Grab some chalk and head to the board at the James Street Plaza and share the “LOVE” you have for Ludington. The board is a constantly evolving art installation in the heart of the downtown, where locals and visitors alike gather to share stories, shop, and just talk about why this place is so special to them. Make sure to stop and spread the word, and don’t forget to share your photos online at #loveludington!
4) COUNTDOWN TO NEW YEAR’S EVE
It’s the biggest New Year’s Eve celebration in the area, and it is complete with live entertainment, outdoor beverages, and of course, the big ball drop in the heart of Downtown Ludington. The New Year’s Eve celebration started as a small gathering of individuals who wanted to get the town excited for the upcoming year. It has quickly turned into one of the largest ball drops in Northern Michigan, and is a great time for anyone looking to ring in the new year with friends and family. Gather at midnight near the intersection of James and Ludington Ave to ring in the new year and watch the fireworks.
5) DANCE TO THE SCOTTVILLE CLOWN BAND
They are a local institution. It would never be a true Ludington Parade without them.
“The Big Noise from Scottville” is what this band is often referred to. One of the favorite numbers performed, among many, is called “The Stripper”, it really gets the crowd on their feet. The Scottville Clown Band is known for their colorful attire and crazy antics. The band members come from all over Michigan and over 14 other states, from California, Tennessee, Florida and even New York. The members are a very diverse group, some doctors, firemen, police officers, bankers, and realtors. This hilarious group of very talented musicians come together many times throughout the year to share this passion for entertaining crowds and travel all over Michigan to strut their stuff.
6) ‘SLOW ROLL’ WITH LOCAL BIKING ENTHUSIASTS
So what is the Slow Roll?… well simply put, it is something different to everyone who rides and participates. For some, it is a great stress release after a long day of work, for others, it is a way to meet friends, and for some, they are on vacation and want to “do what the locals do.” After all, when you see a huge pack of casual bike riders, why not ask the simple questions… what are you doing? The route takes you through the heart of Ludington, and many usually gather for a quick bite, a drink, or an ice cream cone afterwards. It is a great way to meet people, socialize, and just hang out while exploring the area.
Slow Roll is a group bicycle ride that meets every 2nd and 4th Thursday night at the Plaza in downtown Ludington at 6 pm. Slow Roll is for everyone: all ages; all skill levels; and every type of bike is welcome!
7) CATCH A MOVIE IN THE PARK
Each Thursday night in August, local families bring their blankets and chairs to beautiful Ludington Rotary Park for Movies in the Park. A large screen and theater sound fill the park for a family-friendly night of flix! Just a few steps away is House of Flavors, so get to the park a little early so you have time to grab a yummy ice cream cone before you settle in for the movie. If you can’t make Thursday in Ludington, try Tuesday’s at the Scottville Clown Band Shell in Scottville.
8) BUTTERSVILLE BEACH WITH YOUR FOUR-LEGGED FRIEND
Our four-legged friends deserve some rest and relaxation too! Let your pooches cool off with a dip in Lake Michigan. The sandy shoreline south of Loomis Street Boat Ramp as well as Buttersville Beach south of Pere Marquette Lake allow dogs. Both offer lots of space to play, fetch and swim.
If your dog doesn’t quite have his sea legs and would prefer to stay on dry land, take him over to Central Bark, Ludington’s dog park. This one-acre, fenced piece of land offers plenty of space for dogs of all sizes to expend some energy. Central Bark is located near the Cartier Park Walkway and Lincoln Lake offering a beautiful wooded and shaded backdrop for fun with your pet!
9) LOVE LUDINGTON LOGO
Get your photo opp at the Love Ludington wall in downtown Ludington. It is on the southeast corner of Ludington Avenue and Robert Street across from the Downtown Ludington Visitors Center & Wesco.
10) RHYTHM & DUNES
Music fans should mark their calendars for West Shore Bank’s Rhythm & Dunes Summer Concerts. Two evenings each summer visitors and locals bring their lawn chairs, drinks and dancing feet to Waterfront Park for a free concert in a beautiful setting.
Locals love to grab picnic items from Best Choice Market like sandwiches, wine, dips and more to take with them to the park to enjoy the concert.
Come early with the kids who can romp and play at the amazing playground at Waterfront Park before the show starts!