Announcing the Oscoda Event Season!

Along with all the other seasonal fun, you won’t want to miss out on some of Oscoda’s most popular events. Throughout the summer, visitors are welcomed to take part in a wide variety of exciting annual events and activities. Plan your next visit around one of these great events to take part in the sites, flavors, and sounds of summer.

Band shell at Oscoda Beach Park 

Art on the Beach – June 29-30

For the last 40 years, this art show has attracted talent from around the region to show their handmade arts, crafts, and hobbies.  Only original artwork and handmade items are featured.  Enjoy this popular event highlighting the creativity of regional artisans on the lakeshore at Oscoda Beach Park.

Art installation at the beach

Oscoda Rotary Bandshell Free Concert Thursdays at 7:00 pm, June 13 through August 15

Oscoda Rotary Band Shell, located at Oscoda Beach Park, welcomes you to enjoy FREE live music every Thursday evening. Imagine yourself relaxing in your beach chair or reclined on a blanket listening to great live music on the shore of beautiful Lake Huron. What could be better? Follow the Rotary Club on Facebook for schedule announcements. Concerts will move to the AuSable Inn in the event of inclement weather.

movies at the park after dusk

Movies by the Pier – Free Event on Wednesdays in July & August

One of Oscoda’s most popular summertime features for families is the Summer Movie Series. Every Wednesday night in July & August, make your way to Oscoda Beach Park at dusk to spread out your beach blanket and enjoy free movies right on the beach! Follow our Facebook page for movie schedule announcements.

Fireworks against night sky

Fourth of July Parade & Fireworks

This favorite community event, sponsored by the Oscoda-AuSable Chamber of Commerce, begins at 11:00 am, Thursday, July 4, 2024. The parade will form at Furtaw Field and proceed through downtown Oscoda. At dusk, gather at Oscoda Beach Park for a spectacular fireworks display.

Canoer's monument

AuSable River Canoe Marathon – July 27 – 28

Over the last 75 years, the AuSable River Canoe Marathon has grown to become one of the premier canoe races in the world. This 120-mile race begins in Grayling and is non-stop paddling all the way to Oscoda. Whether you are ready to register to participate or just want to come and watch all of the excitement, you can find the details on the Marathon website.

Smokey the Bear 80th birthday logo

Smokey the Bear’s 80th Birthday Party – August 9

Come help us celebrate Smokey the Bear’s 80th birthday at a party being held at Oscoda Veteran’s Memorial Park from 6 to 9 pm. Since 1944, Smokey Bear has taught millions of Americans about their role in preventing wildfires. This year, Smokey is celebrating a milestone birthday, and we invite you to join us in honoring his timeless message of wildfire prevention.

fishing rod close up at sunset

2024 Cabela’s & Bass Pro Shops National Walleye Tour Championship – September 4 – 6

This Tour Championship event will launch from the shores of the Lake Huron, AuSable Harbor of Refuge. The top 40 qualifying teams compete for thousands of dollars in cash and prizes in this three-day competition. It will be a fun time for the whole family, so be sure to mark your calendar. 

Festival stage at Oscoda Rockfest

Oscoda Rockfest – September 7

Oscoda Rockfest has become a popular attraction for both local and visiting music lovers. Since 2019, this annual event attracts well-known regional and national rock bands to its stage. Proceeds from this event, held at Furtaw Field, are provided to the Veteran Memorial Park Fund to support their work in building amazing features on the old Wurtsmith Air Force Base. Buy your tickets today!

Paul Bunyan Statue

Annual Paul Bunyan Days Festival – Sept 13-15

As a nod to Oscoda’s rich history in the lumber industry, each year, the Paul Bunyan Days Festival is held at Furtaw Field in honor of the legendary lumberjack of the Midwest, Paul Bunyan. The festival features a full weekend of chainsaw carving, fun games, music, crafters and demonstrations, an auction, and great food.

Bigfoot Bash – October 10-12

This event brings together leading researchers, experts, and enthusiasts to share their knowledge and experiences of the elusive Bigfoot. Join us for a deep dive into the world of this enigmatic creature, exploring its history, behavior, and the latest research and theories surrounding it. Be a part of this adventure of a lifetime and see for yourself why Bigfoot continues to capture the imagination of people all over the world.

Plan your next trip to Oscoda this around one of these great events held throughout the summer months and beyond. Our dedicated volunteers work hard to plan entertainment and activities for the enjoyment of locals and visitors of all ages. So, make your way to Oscoda for great outdoor adventure, relaxation on the lakeshore, and a summertime event that is sure to delight!