Sault Ste. Marie is celebrating its 350th anniversary in 2018 (1668-2018). Come visit us during this historic year-long celebration to commemorate our unique heritage, and to make your own memories of, “the Place Where Michigan was Born.”
The Sault’s 350th Anniversary Family Event December 31, 2017 from 12 – 3 PM
Before the ball drops, come downtown with your family and enjoy the games and activities that are happening in the Farmers’ Market!
Opening Ceremonies December 31, 2017
New Year’s Eve, come downtown for the ball drop at the corner of Ashmun and Portage at midnight to start the year right!
Downtown Winter Ice Festival January 26 & 27, 2018
The streets of downtown Sault Ste. Marie will come alive with excitement, with ice carvings of every imaginative design to celebrate our 350th anniversary and more. This is a great family event.
Snowmobile Parade Guinness World Record Attempt February 1, 2018
Sault Events is hosting a GWR attempt at the most snowmobiles in a parade. The record is currently 1047. The Parade will end at the I-500 track where there will be a Food Truck competition, Woody’s Challenge and a Pub Crawl that evening.
50th Annual I-500 Snowmobile Race February 3, 2018
The I-500 Snowmobile Race is Michigan’s most thrilling experience for riders and motorsport fans of all kinds. Since 1969, tens of thousands of die-hard enthusiasts have come to enjoy the frozen, snowy spectacle of the I-500, and be a part of the Upper Peninsula’s most astonishing snowmobile action!
Winter Skate Party February 17, 2018
Join us at our city’s outdoor rink for an afternoon of fun, games, food, and drinks.
The Opening of Soo Locks March 25, 2018
Join fellow boatnerds at the Soo Locks Visitor Center inside of the Soo Locks Park to welcome the opening of the 2018 shipping season with freighters and refreshments.
350th Tribal Talks Monthly from April to December
Join us at Bayliss Public Library for Tribal Talks on varying subjects. Please visit the event’s page for more information on the topics that will be discussed.
Dedication of the St. Mary’s Stone Monument May 26, 2018
The monument depicts an overview of the origins of St. Mary’s Church that was built in 1668, being the first permanent wooden structure in what is now the State of Michigan. Dedication is following the 4 PM mass.
International Bridge Walk June 23, 2018
Young and old, physically fit or unfit, all enjoy the fantastic views and the resulting pictures that will last a lifetime. Best of all, there’s no admission fee, no long waits, and no sweltering heat to contend since the walk begins at 9:30 am.
Soo Locks Engineers Weekend June 29 & 30, 2018
Engineer’s Day festivities are held from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m Friday, June 29th. The gates to the Lock walls are open to allow visitors across the Locks and into historically important structures (Davis Building and the Administration Building) used solely for the work of one of the world’s busiest Lock systems.
Independence Day Parade July 4, 2018
Join us as we celebrate Sault Ste. Marie 350th celebration of the 4th of July. Many historical and patriotic floats, followed by fireworks at dusk over the St. Marys River.
37th Annual Sault Tribe Powwow and Summer Gathering July 13-15, 2018
Exciting dance and drum competitions, handmade crafts, authentic food, and more await those attending this historic, social, and cultural event in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.
Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament July 13-15, 2018
The Gus Macker Tournament is designed so anyone can play street basketball: male or female, young and old, short and tall, the most experienced or no experience at all. Make plans to be in Sault Ste. Marie to be a part of this great community event.
350th Festival July 20-27, 2018
Michigan’s first city, Sault Ste. Marie will be celebrating its Semiseptcentennial anniversary with a week-long festival filled with history, games, kids zone, music, entertainment, and food.
Rendezvous in the Sault July 28 & 29, 2018
Rendezvous in the Sault is a living history event that takes place along Historic Water Street at the City Hall Grounds and at the Historic Homes. Over 160 local and visiting historical re-enactors, blacksmiths, musicians, entertainers, and merchants will set up camps and displays with presentations and demonstrations on military and civilian life in the period of 1668-1840.
Sidewalk Sales August 3 & 4, 2018
Ashmun and Portage Street will be filled with great deals and lots of shopping.
Saginaw Bay Walleye Cup August 10 & 11, 2018
Anglers gather from all over the state of Michigan to take part in the amazing Walleye fishing the St. Marys River has to offer. Register and get in on the action or join us Friday and Saturday to see the weigh-in.
Moloney’s Michigan Beerfest August 11, 2018
Join us on Portage Avenue in downtown Sault Ste Marie for the 4th Annual Moloney’s Michigan Beerfest. This intimate Beerfest allows you to chat with brewers from seventeen Michigan breweries with little to no wait in line. On-site vendors will feature local fare and Michigan made products to accompany unique Made in Michigan beer.
Soo Ultimate Paddle Day August 18, 2018
Soo Ultimate Paddle Day is an all-day, family-friendly event featuring races and other activities that celebrates Sault Ste. Marie as an outdoor recreation and paddling destination.
9th Annual Paranormal Convention August 23-25, 2018
The Michigan Paranormal Convention will bring the biggest names of the paranormal industry to Michigan’s Oldest City, Sault Ste. Marie, at Kewadin Casinos Dream Makers Theater. Experts and television stars will be on hand to cover such topics as paranormal investigating, psychic powers, demonology, and UFOlogy. Attendees will be able to meet some of their favorite television paranormal investigators. Come see the biggest names speak on today’s hottest topic….the paranormal.
War Memorial Hospital Sault International Festival of Races September 29, 2018
This Festival of Races provides runners with a unique opportunity to experience the Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge like never before and run alongside the St. Marys River, all set against the backdrop of beautiful fall foliage and cool E.U.P. temperatures.
Parkers Parade of Lights November 23, 2018
Bring your family downtown to enjoy the parade of lights for the upcoming holidays followed by the lighting of the city Christmas tree at City Hall. Join us after the tree lighting for Family Skate at the Pullar Stadium with Santa and Mrs. Claus
Closing Ceremonies December 16, 2018
The Pullar Stadium will host the closing ceremony with a performance as well as an opportunity to look through some of the historical pictures of the Pullar. The semiseptcentennial time capsule will be closed.
Light Up The Soo December 14-31, 2018
Experience Sault Ste. Marie’s Holiday Lights from 210 feet in the air! Visit the Tower of History open exclusively for these two weeks and create a new family tradition for the Holidays!
Platinum Sponsorship $3,500.00 or more
Soo Locks Boat Tours
Sault Convention and Visitors Bureau
The Interlake Steamship Company
Madigan & Hastings Pingatore Insurance Services
Soo Co-Op Credit Union
Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation
Old Mission Bank
Gregory Gardens & K. Woz Land.