boyne-city-horsesTwenty years ago, Boyne City looked nothing like it does today.

A recent blossoming of new restaurants, art galleries and industrial companies have brought people to visit and to live in this small-but-growing town on Lake Charlevoix

A vibrant downtown is, in part, thanks to a weekly street party hosted by the community called “Stroll the Streets.” On Friday nights June through Labor Day, visitors can enjoy live music, children’s activities, dining, shopping, and what else, dancing in the streets.

The Boyne City National Moral Festival kicks off a busy season of Northern Michigan events. Held the second weekend in May, the festival includes a craft show, carnival rides, music and dancing, food and, of course, a community-wide mushroom hunt.

SOBO is an area SOuth of BOyne’s downtown (SOBO-get it?) which houses several art galleries. The SOBO Art Festival on the last weekend in June attracts area artists and art-lovers alike to not only view and purchase art, but to experience it through interactive and live events, competitions, musical performances and dance.

G. Randall Goss/News-Review Boyne City eighth grade student Brennen Krell is all but lost in a swirl of snow during the annual eighth grade science class cardboard sled race on Avalanche Mountain, Tuesday. Using cardboard and duct tape, student teams designed, built and raced the sleds for bragging rights and pizza.

Each summer on the second weekend in July, the Boyne Thunder Poker Run roars into Boyne City, where it begins its journey along Lake Charlevoix, Round Lake, through neighboring Charlevoix to Lake Michigan. The event, a fundraiser for Challenge Mountain and Camp Quality,  draws thousands to Boyne City from around the country. During that Friday’s Stroll the Streets people can get a close look at some of the high-performance boats before they begin their trek the following Saturday.

A weekly farmers market, considered by many to be the best in the area, is held 8 a.m.-noon Wednesdays and Saturdays from mid-June through October. Up to 70 vendors gather to offer fresh produce, baked goods, jams and honey and more in Veteran’s Park.

Also a summer weekly draw to lively Boyne City is a Wednesday evening concert series at the gazebo in Old City Park from July through the end of August.

Summer goes out with a bang with drag races Labor Day weekend at the Boyne City Airport each year, but the fun doesn’t stop there for Boyne City, which hosts community events, including a Harvest Festival in late September, throughout the year.

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