In the Petoskey Area, the sound of music rides the gentle breezes off the lake in perfect harmony with summertime fun. What could be better? When it’s free. Pick the performances that sound best to you and enjoy!

Music on Main

Thursdays from 6:00pm to 8:00pm, Village at Bay Harbor

5/24 – 8/30/18

New for 2018, catch a live performance guaranteed to leave you smiling. Bay Harbor Lake Marina offers a beautiful backdrop for these weekly concerts.

Stroll the Streets

Friday evenings from 6:00pm – 9:00pm, downtown Boyne City

6/8 – 8/31/18

Stroll the Streets of downtown Boyne City and listen to music ranging from traditional folk to jazz and rock. Watch performing arts and enjoy time in this delightful little town on the shores of Lake Charlevoix.

Conservatory Student Recitals

Fridays, 11:00am, Bay View – Voorhies Hall

6/22 – 8/3/18

More than 150 students are hosted by the Bay View Conservatory each summer. Come hear weekly recitals by small groups of these incredibly talented youths.

Charlotte Ross Lee Concerts in the Park

Tuesdays & Fridays at 12:00pm, Pennsylvania Park, Petoskey

6/20 – 8/17/18

Aptly named for the woman who started this series 26 years ago, these concerts offer a wide variety of music for visitors to this historic town. Several restaurants surround the park and offer take-out options for those wanting to lunch and listen.

Evenings at the Gazebo

Wednesdays beginning at 6:30pm, Old City Park, Boyne City

6/20 -8/8/18

The music changes weekly and varies from pop, to country, to blues and light rock. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and relax by the river while enjoying these family-oriented concerts.

Street Musique

Thursday nights from 6:00pm – 9:00pm, downtown Harbor Springs

6/28 – 8/23/18

Head to downtown Harbor Springs for street performances from fabulous local musicians each Thursday evening in the summer. Wander through the downtown where you’ll find three or four different acts each week.

Petoskey Rocks

Fridays from 6:00pm – 9:00pm

7/6 – 8/10/18

Lively stage performances in Pennsylvania Park are offered on Friday nights to welcome guests to another fabulous weekend in the Petoskey Area. Bands rotate weekly and this year includes Yahoo Music’s “Top 10 Bands to Watch” in 2017 – The Accidentals.

No matter what brings you to our waterfront resort communities, take time to let the music lift your spirit or get you dancing – all at NO COST. Catch our next blog for a quick update on ticketed music events. Until then, start planning your summer escape at

About the author

Diane Dakins is passionate about all the lakeside communities that comprise the Petoskey Area of northern Michigan: Petoskey, Harbor Springs, Bay Harbor and Boyne City. As assistant director of the Petoskey Area Visitors Bureau, she has ‘been there — seen that’ when it comes to virtually every area attraction. Her blogs give potential visitors the scoop on planning a northern Michigan vacation.