Each year, the Silver Lake Sand Dune area hosts a variety of annual events and activities for locals and visitors alike. These events provide the perfect occasions to vacation in the area as you’ll have even more activities and attractions to choose from!
From the annual Apple & BBQ Cookoff Festival in the fall to everybody’s favorite Hippie Fest, Silver Lake celebrates several family-friendly festivals throughout the year. Enjoy great food, arts & crafts shows, vintage cars, live music, activities for the kids, and much more!
Dune enthusiasts won’t want to miss the many dune and ORV-related events held throughout the year. From the Jeep Invasion in June and the annual Mt. Baldy climb in the fall, to the twice-a-year Free ORV Weekends, these events offer the ideal opportunity to dust off your ride and hit the sand!
Below you’ll find a full list of annual events in Silver Lake. For more information on annual festivals, events, and things to do in the area, you can also visit the Silver Lake Sand Dunes Area Chamber & Visitor Bureau website Think Dunes.
Events dependent on COVID19 status and restrictions. Also see our COVID updates.
Don’t miss this unique opportunity! During the Free ORV Weekend, all Michigan residents as well as nonresidents can ride the dunes for free. No ORV license or trail permit is required.
Additionally, all Recreation Passport fees are waived, which means all boating access sites and state parks are free too — you can even fish for free!
Test, tune, and race your rail up Mount Baldy! This Silver Lake Sand Dunes tradition pits the best drivers against each other to see who can beat the quickest uphill climb.
Think you’ve got what it takes? Have a go with your dune buggy, 4×4 truck, or all-terrain vehicle!
Like many communities in Michigan, Silver Lake celebrates Independence Day with a spectacular firework show.
You’ll quickly find, however, that our show is especially unique … seeing those bangs and bursts of color and spark light up the dunes and the lake below is truly an experience unlike any other!
This popular fall festival highlights the farm-fresh apples of Oceana County and the best barbecue around. The event includes both amateur and professional barbecue competitions as well as a beer tent, car show, craft show, activities for kids, 5K run/walk, and live entertainment. Visit the website for more information about the festival.
Calling all Jeep enthusiasts! Nearly 1,000 Jeep owners and aficionados from all over the country come to Silver Lake Sand Dunes every year for this wild, days-long event. Come for the trail rides, parade, performance marketplace, fireworks show, and more!
Check the website for the most up-to-date event information.
Come hoist a stein or throw a keg! Golden Sands Golf & Bucket Bar hosts this fun event, which features a golf scramble, brew-centered activities, and a full buffet in celebration of the last days of fall.