Events & Festivals


There is always something to do in Delta County. There are a wide range of events held throughout the year from large to small.  Please visit our Delta Chamber of Commerce Events Calendar for a full list of Events.

There are many small town celebrations throughout the year. Rapid River hosts events on Memorial Day Weekend.  Gladstone and Escanaba grab the attention at the Fourth of July, as does Nahma and Bark River. Rock is famous for its Labor Day celebration and Christmas gets its start in Escanaba with a big parade.

The Bays de Noc hosts many professional fishing tournaments throughout the year. Amateur anglers can compete in tournaments like the Jig It ice fishing contest in February.


August - U.P. State Fair


The annual U.P. State Fair will be held Aug. 11-18, 2014, and now operates independent of state funding and is Michigan’s only State Fair.  The Upper Peninsula State Fair has an agricultural emphasis along with games and rides on the midway and headliner shows in the grandstands. The fairgrounds is also home to the U.P. International Raceway.

Also on tap in August:

Waterfront Arts Festival - 08/02/2014
Over 60 Artist in Attendance, Live Entertainment All Day, Young Artists' Tent, Hands-on Demos, Art Raffle Tent, Food Booths

Cabela's National Walleye Tour - 08/29/2014 - 08/31/2014
Fishing on the Bays de Noc, Weigh-Ins at the Escanaba Marina

UP Steam and Gas Engine Show - 08/29/2014 - 09/01/2014
From its humble beginnings in 1975, our annual Labor Day show has grown into one of the best events in the region. Exhibitors come from near and far, bringing an ever-changing display of tractors, gas engines and vintage farm equipment.

Heritage Days at Fayette State Park revives a by-gone era of a company town at the turn of the last century in August.



Bay de Noc Great Lakes Sports Fisherman Walleye Tournament - 9/13/2014

Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year Championship - 9/18/2014 - 9/21/2014
The culmination of the Bassmaster Elite Series season, this tournament will determine the 2014 Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year, the sport's prestigious achievement worth $100,000.

Delta County Century Ride - 9/21/2014
Family bike ride that includes routes for all endurance levels; 13km, 40km, 78km, and 100km. Ride includes expert SAG service and great rest stops where the only thing better than the view is the food! Put a team together to build camaraderie. Come the night before for registration and feast on a delicious Croatian chicken dinner with all fixings for the Bays de Noc Bike and Binge! Click here for more information.