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Saturday, September 14, 2019

Tri UpNorth Triathlon


Saturday, September 14, 2019 9:00 AM thru 04:00 PM

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Sunday, September 15, 2019Community Event

Dan Straubel Memorial Golf Outing Benefit

Please note the change of date! Join us on Sunday, September 15, 2019 for our annual golf outing! Men's, Women's and Co-Ed teams are invited to join in this four person scramble event. $70 per person, includes 18 holes of golf with shared cart, pizza & pop lunch, burgers & brats dinner, plus a 50% off coupon for a future round of golf! 
Registration forms are available by emailing us at info@benziehabitat.org. All proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity of Benzie County's mission to build affordable homes in Benzie County!  

Sunday, September 15, 2019 12:00 PM thru 07:00 PM

 Crystal Lake Golf Course 

 8493 Fairway Drive

Beulah, Michigan 

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Saturday, September 21, 2019Community Event

Peterson Rd Beach Clean Up

Seeking volunteers to help clean up Peterson Road Beach on International Coastal Clean Up Day! Help us track the trash through the Alliance for the Great Lakes reporting system. Register by contacting the Benzie Conservation District: 231-882-4391.

Saturday, September 21, 2019 10:00 AM thru 12:00 PM
Peterson Road Beach, Honor MI
For More Info:
Aime Merizon

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Saturday, September 21, 2019Community Event

A Celtic Summertide

Join Manitou Winds woodwind quintet for another inspiring evening of music from across the Celtic realm in Frankfort’s historic and beautifully restored Garden Theater! Bringing to life music from the many Celtic nations, our colorful musical palette will be adorned by harp, guitar, and special guest soprano Emily Curtin Culler! The program will feature favorites from last year’s performance ("Trí Amhraín as Éirinn", "O’Carolan’s Symphony", and many others) plus brand new music including colorful new arrangements of timeless traditional music. Admission is free. Proceeds from a goodwill offering will benefit Manitou Winds’ growing mission to bring the intimate joy of chamber music to audiences across Northern Michigan.

Saturday, September 21, 2019 7:30 PM thru 09:00 PM

The Garden Theater

301 Main St.

Frankfort, MI 49635

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Wednesday, September 25, 2019Community Event

Building Community Resilience

Join an essential conversation about adverse childhood experiences (ACEs).

Join us on Wednesday, September 25th for a free event in Benzie County that will explore the health impacts of Adverse Childhood Experiences and what our community can do to change the trajectory. Local experts will lead an audience-driven discussion and question and answer session following the screening of the documentary film, Resilience: The Biology of Stress & the Science of Hope. 

This event is for parents, grandparents, friends, neighbors, business owners, healthcare providers, schools—everyone who has a passion for thriving, resilient communities.

Tickets are free at the door, but to guarantee a seat, reserve online here.  

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 5:00 PM thru 08:00 PM
Benzie County Central High School Auditorium 

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Saturday, September 28, 2019Community Event

Career Exploring Club Kickoff

Students: Experience Exploring, a hands-on career exploration club for middle and high school students that meets one Saturday a month during the school year. RSVP on: Eventbrite

At this event, engage in the first hands-on exploration of the school year. Learn about aviation careers by using the NMC flight simulator. Find out more about what is planned for the rest of the year.

Parents: Attend the informational session during the first hour to learn more about this national organization, the benefits of participation and how to register.

Saturday, September 28, 2019 10:00 AM thru 01:00 PM

Northwestern Michigan College - Aero Park Campus
2600 Aero-Park Drive
Traverse City, MI 49686

For More Info:
Newton's Road
(231) 994-3684

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Saturday, September 28, 2019Community Event

National Alpaca Farm Day

Join us for National Alpaca Farm Day! Enjoy an exclusive meet the alpaca experience and browse the boutique. This free event is family friendly and fun for all ages!


• Meet the Alpacas
• Walk with Alpacas
• Browse the Alpaca Boutiques
• Alpaca 101 Seminar (4 – 5 pm) for those interested in learning about The Alpaca Lifestyle
• Spinners
• Free to the public
• Fun for all ages!

Saturday, September 28, 2019 10:00 AM thru 05:00 PM

Crystal Lake Alpaca Farm and Boutique

4907 River Road

Frankfort, MI 49635 

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Saturday, September 28, 2019

Decorated Light Pole Contest

Let's make this town look great for Fall! For only $10, you, your family, your business or organization can decorate a light pole in town (Frankfort and Elberta). Poles will be judged on Friday, October 11 after 12 noon. Winners of the best poles (1st, 2nd 3rd) will receive cash prizes!


EVERYONE is invited to participate in Frankfort's Fall Festival’s Decorated Light Pole Contest in downtown Frankfort and Elberta. Street decorations are shown to attract additional visitors to the area and enhance the mood of the season. This is a fun and creative way to increase the public’s awareness of your business or organization.

Families, groups, businesses or individuals may “purchase” light poles for a donation of only $10 a pole. Decorating begins as early as

Saturday, September 28th and must be completed by

NOON Friday, October 11th.

Judging of the light poles will take place

Friday afternoon, October 11th

Winners will be announced Saturday, October 12th ,

at the Fall Festival in Frankfort. CASH PRIZES will be awarded

to the top 3 best-decorated poles.

Light poles are available on a first come, first choice basis. To purchase a light pole and receive decorating guidelines stop in or call the Frankfort-Elberta Area Chamber of Commerce at 231 352-7251, or Joanne Bartley at fcofc@frankfort-elberta.com, 231-352-7251

from Saturday, September 28, 2019 12:58 PM
thru Friday, October 11, 2019 12:58 PM
Downtown Frankfort

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Tuesday, October 01, 2019Community Event



Once again, it’s that time of year when Blaine Christian Church has their Annual Heavenly Apple Pie Day.  Fresh, homemade, 8 inch apple pies will be available for $8 each.

Make your upcoming holiday dinners easier and help those who are in need at the same time - call the church, 231/352-9148, to order your pies by the deadline of Monday, October 21st.  Pies will be uncooked and ready to bake or freeze.

Pie orders will need to be picked up at Blaine Township Hall between Noon and 2 pm on Friday, November 1st.  Directions to Blaine Township Hall:  travel on M-22, turn west on White Owl Road, continue until the road ends.  Address is:  4760 Herring Grove Road, Arcadia.

Pies can be paid for when picked up either with cash or a check payable to:  Blaine CWF.

Blaine Christian Church strives to “love our neighbors” in our community and in our world.  When you purchase heavenly apple pies, ALL funds raised are given to Benzie County missions agencies and other national missions organizations.

Blaine Christian Church is located at 7018 Putney Road (corner of Joyfield and Putney Roads).  You and your family are welcome to get to know our church family on Sunday mornings at 8:30 am (contemporary service), or at 11 am (blended service).  Separate activities, through “Kid’s Kare”, are provided at each service for children 2 - 6 years old.  Sunday School classes for children 2 years old through adults meet at 9:45 am.

 If you have questions, need more information, or if you need directions to the church, please call 231/352-9148, or send an email to blainechurch@gmail.com, or check out the church’s website - www.blainechristianchurch.org.

from Tuesday, October 01, 2019 1:00 AM
thru Friday, November 01, 2019 2:00 PM
Blaine Township Hall
Travel on M-22, turn west on White Owl Road.
Continue until road ends.
Address:  4760 Herring Grove Road, Arcadia
For More Info:
Blaine Christian Church

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Thursday, October 03, 2019Community Event

Concert on the Hill "Peter, Paul, and Mary Remembered"

Peter, Paul & Mary Remembered rekindles your fond memories of those times when we came of age" and of the music that made it happen.  

Singers Dave Dumas, Sharron Owen, and Marty Province enjoy stepping back in time for a joyful performance. 

Thursday, October 03, 2019 7:00 PM thru 08:00 PM
St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, Beulah, MI
For More Info:
Ray Nichols-

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Thursday, October 03, 2019Community Event

Concert on the Hill - Peter, Paul and Mary Remembered

Peter, Paul and Mary Remembered rekindles your fond memories of those times when we 'came of age' and of the music that made it happen.  

Benzie Senior Resources will be the recipient of funds donated at this concert

Thursday, October 03, 2019 7:00 PM

St. Andrews Presbyterian Church

8190 Lincoln Road, Beulah, MI 49617


For More Info:
Jennifer Adkins

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Sunday, October 06, 2019Community Event

Lightsabers and Quidditch

The BASO's last concert for the season, in collaboration with Michael Beery and the Benzie Voices.  Hear selections from Duel of the Fates by John Williams, Glow by Eric Whitacre, Sure On This Shining Night by Morten Lauridsen, Suite No.1 from Carmen by Bizet, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull by John Williams, and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by John Williams. All ages will enjoy this wonderful concert on Sunday October 6th, 2019 at 4:00 pm.

Sunday, October 06, 2019 4:00 PM thru 06:00 PM

Lightsabers and Quidditch

Benzie Central High School Auditorium

9300 Homestead Road

Benzonia, MI 49616      

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Monday, October 07, 2019

Frankfort Beer Week

Welcome to the 6th Annual Frankfort Beer Week! Celebrate all that is great about Craft Beer in Michigan and do it in the cool, scenic, foodie town of Frankfort. Those who appreciate Craft Beer and delicious food know that the best things come from small-batch attention and creativity from people who care about the total experience.

Celebrate beer. Celebrate life. Celebrate Frankfort.

from Monday, October 07, 2019 12:00 PM
thru Saturday, October 12, 2019 10:00 PM

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Saturday, October 12, 2019Community Event

Volunteer Stream Monitoring Program Collection Day

No experience necessary, seeking volunteers to help gather micro-invertebrates to determine the health of Platte & Betsie rivers. Register by contacting John at the BCD: 231-882-4391; john@benziecd.org

Saturday, October 12, 2019 9:00 AM thru 02:00 PM
Meet at Benzie Conservation District, 280 S. Benzie Blvd., Beulah, MI
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Saturday, October 12, 2019Craft Fair

2019 Fall Festival Craft Fair

2019 Fall Festival Craft Fair
Fall Festival Craft Fair to be held in downtown historic Frankfort in Open Space Park during the Fall Festival on the shores of beautiful Lake Michigan.

Outdoor Fall-themed Art & Craft Fair in Frankfort, Michigan on the shores of beautiful Lake Michigan.  Held on Main Street.

Fee: Entry fee is $55.00 per 12 x 12 space

Mail packet to/Checks Payable to:  Frankfort-Elberta Chamber of Commerce, PO Box 566, Frankfort, Michigan 49635

Entry Deadline: October 1, 2019 - $25 late fee after October 1, 2019

Show Hours: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM


October 12th, 2019 10:00 AM   through   4:00 PM

727 Main Street
Frankfort, MI 49635

The Frankfort-Elberta Area Chamber of Commerce invites you to apply to the 1st Fall Craft Fair to be held in Open Space Park in historic Frankfort on the shores of beautiful Lake Michigan.  PLEASE NOTE:  The Craft Fair will be held during a festival and items are required to be fall-themed.

DATE: Saturday, October 12, 2019 - 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

JURYING: This is a juried show open to FALL THEMED only crafts and art.  NO BUY/SELL ITEMS ALLOWED. Applications will be juried as they are received.

DEADLINE: Applications must be received...  More >>

Saturday, October 12, 2019 10:00 AM thru 04:00 PM

727 Main Street, Frankfort, MI 49635



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Saturday, October 12, 2019

Frankfort Fall Festival




The annual Fall Festival festivities begin with a pancake breakfast hosted by the Frankfort Fire Department at The Hotel Frankfort from 7:00 am - 11:00 AM. Starting at 11:00 am, the Fall Festival Parade Register for Parade here, featuring The Scottville Clown Band, GIANT pumpkins, locally built floats and the always popular Mutt March Register for the Mutt March here. If you would like to donate prizes to the Mutt March, please contact our office 231-352-7251 or fcofc@frankfort-elberta.com.  


Don't forget to grab your 2019 Fall Festival souvenir T-Shirts and Cinch Bags at the Frankfort-Elberta Chamber of Commerce booth the day of the festival or at the Chamber office 517 Main St. Frankfort. 


Directly following the parade, a host of activities will take place in the Open Space Park.


  • Mutt March Awards Live Music featuring The Scottville Clown Band will perform under the Big Tent, which also features domestic beer and wine and beer from Stormcloud, Wine, Mead from St. Ambrose and Cocktails from Iron Fish!
  • GIANT pumpkins, squash and watermelon weigh-in.
  • Kids 5-15 years of age can guess the weight of a giant pumpkin and have the opportunity to win a brand new BIKE!
  • Back by Popular demand: Helicopter Rides - $55 per person. Departs from the Boat Launch parking lot at 10th and Main St.
  • Pumpkin Ed Moody will there carving a giant pumpkin
  • The Frankfort Fire Department will host Kids Activities and Demos near the Library
  • Starting at noon, judging for the Home Brew Competition at Stormcloud Brewing Co.
  • Food Available in Open Space provided by theBoy Scout Troop 10.
  • Free Wagon Rides through downtown Frankfort
  • First Congregational Church will host their Cake Walk at 1pm
  • Bid on some fantastic items at the Silent Auction 11p-2:00pm
  • Who doesn't love a Pie Eating Contest?! (Register at 1:00pm - contest begins at 1:30pm)
  • Our Fall Festival would not be the same without the CRAZY Pumpkin Drop! 2:30pm near boat launch.


Sorry, NO TREBUCHET for launching pumpkins.


A wide variety of activities will be available from 11:00 am - 3:30pm:


  • A Beer, Wine, Mead and Cocktail Tent (Open until 5pm) After the Scottville Clown Band, Bill Frary will play live until 5pm.
  • Pumpkin Decorating
  • Hillbilly Olimpiks, the silly-themed obstacle course
  • Popular Kid's Games and a Straw Maze will be all set up in Open Space Park for all to enjoy. 
  • Bounce House
  • Pumpkin Decorating hosted by Olver Art Center
  • Fall-Themed Craft Fair
  • The Garden Theater will again host FREE showings of "It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown" at 2:00 and 3:00 pm. 
  • Don't miss the Oktoberfest Party to cap off Beer Week at Stormcloud Brewing Company. Music Starts at 8pm 
  • The returning BEER, WINE, MEAD and COCKTAIL TENT will be in the Open Space starting at 11am. Celebrate Frankfort Beer Week with a fun Beer tent with Live Music featuring the Scottville Clown Band and Bill Frary.


If you need more information, please stop into the Frankfort-Elberta Chamber of Commerce Office at 517 Main Street, Frankfort, email or call 231-352-7251 or email fcofc@frankfort-elberta.com

Saturday, October 12, 2019 11:00 AM thru 05:00 PM
For More Info:
Joanne Bartley

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Sunday, October 13, 2019Community Event

Benzie Area Symphony Orchestra Concert

Sunday, October 13, 2019 4:00 PM thru 05:30 PM

 Benzie Central High School Auditorium

9300 Homestead Road

Benzonia, MI 49616 

For More Info:
Theresa Kelley, Operations Manager

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019Community Event

Aquatic Workshop

Please register for this informative presentation by Dr. Jo Latimore and Erick Elgin regarding the health of our local waters and how to monitor it. Hands-on aquatic plant identification; light refreshments. Contact 231.882.4391; jane@benziecd.org

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 6:30 PM thru 08:30 PM

Mills Community House


For More Info:
Jane Perrino

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Friday, October 18, 2019Community Event

Haunted Trail

7:30 - 9:30pm: Get ready to scream!  Ride the Loki lift & follow the lanterns down the Haunted Trail... if you dare. Our Haunted Trail is available October 18-19 and 25-26, 2019.

Cost: $9 per person. Ages 6 & under free with paying adult.

Haunted Trail is weather permitting. Call the Mountain Adventure Zone at 888-968-7686 ext. 7500 for information.  

Friday, October 18, 2019 7:30 PM thru 09:30 PM

Crystal Mountain

12500 Crystal Mountain Drive
Thompsonville, MI 49683

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Saturday, October 19, 2019Community Event


Peaktoberfest, happening October 18-20, 2019, includes first-class mountain bike racing, live music, family fun, great German food and award-winning brews surrounded by the autumn colors of northern Michigan.



9:30am-12:30pm, base of Crystal Clipper chairlift
The 14th Annual Founders Peak2Peak Mountain Bike Classic is held in and around the beautiful, gently rolling terrain surrounding Crystal Mountain. The race starts and finishes near the base of the front-side slopes. Riders journey through hardwood and pine forests along rambling two-tracks and flowing single-track on a course that is fast and challenging, but not so difficult that racers new to the sport won't have a great time. Learn More »


Tour de Tykes (ages 7-12 or 6 and under)

1pm:  Register your kids for the Tour De Tykes Races at the Mountain Adventure Zone! Future Peak2Peak Mountain Bike racers are invited to participate in the annual Tour de Tykes or our newly added Tour de Trax.

2pm:  Younger racers (ages 6 and under) can take part in the Tour de Tiny Tykes. Be sure to pre-register at the Mountain Adventure Zone.
2:30pm:  The Tour de Tykes race is for racers aged 7-12 years old. Be sure to pre-register at the Mountain Adventure Zone.

All participants receive medals and are sure to have a great time!

Tour de Trax (ages 8+)

3:30pm:  This race is for young, enthusiastic riders ready for a challenge! Racers ages 8 + will start and finish at the Peak2Peak gate. This single lap, 6-mile mountain bike course will challenge young Mountain Bikers to push their limits. Finisher medals for all racers and place medals to the top three overall. Parents are encouraged to ride along with first-time or timid racers.

Register Online: $20 per person  (Registration Opens: TBD)

Day-Of Registration: $30 per racer

For more information, please call the Mountain Adventure Zone at 888-968-7686 ext. 7500.


2 - 6pm: Wagon rides, caramel apples, petting zoo, pumpkin carving and more! 

Learn More about Spooktacular Saturday »


7:30 - 9:30pm:  Choose between the family friendly Spooky Walk or terrifying Haunted Trail. Ride the Loki lift & follow the lanterns down your chosen trail. $9 per person, 6 & under free with paying adult.

Learn More about the Haunted Trail »



11am: Ride the iconic Peak2Peak race course at a leisurely tour pace - all the beauty with less sweat! This is an easy paced mountain bike ride and no one will be left behind. Enjoy our route along the Betsie River Pathway and make a pit-stop at Iron Fish Distillery for a tour and drinks. The ride will conclude back at Crystal Mountain.

Cost: $29 per person; Includes rental bike and helmet OR only $10 if you bring your own bike. 

Helmets are required for this ride.


Crystal Spa Days

Enjoy select massage, facial, body treatment and nail services for a great deal!  Crystal Spa Days  is available October 1 - November 28, 2019.


Saturday, October 19, 2019 9:00 AM thru 09:30 PM

Crystal Mountain

12500 Crystal Mountain Drive
Thompsonville, MI 49683

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