Aside from the pull of those dunes, there’s always something going on around here in Silver Lake—festivals, celebrations, fireworks—you’re where all the action is.

Below are a few of our favorite annual events, but be sure to check out the Silver Lake Visitors Bureau site, Think Dunes, for a list of even more events and activities going on through the year.

S.O.S Start of Summer Celebration!

After a long Michigan winter, we’re all excited to welcome summer! So in order to help everyone start off the season “on the right foot,” our 7th Annual Start of Summer Celebration will begin June 10th at 10am with a fun-filled family 5k. After the 5k, the celebration continues with food, music, and entertainment as we all gear up for another beautiful summer at Silver Lake Sand Dunes!

Everything in the S.O.S. Celebration is brought to you by us at The Silver Lake Resort & Campground, the Sierra Sands Family Lodge, and the Parkside Store.

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S.O.S Start of Summer Celebration!

After a long Michigan winter, we’re all excited to welcome summer! So in order to help everyone start off the season “on the right foot,” our 7th Annual Start of Summer Celebration will begin June 10th at 10am with a fun-filled family 5k. After the 5k, the celebration continues with food, music, and entertainment as we all gear up for another beautiful summer at Silver Lake Sand Dunes!

Everything in the S.O.S. Celebration is brought to you by us at The Silver Lake Resort & Campground, the Sierra Sands Family Lodge, and the Parkside Store.

Here’s the entire lineup for the day:

10am – S.O.S. Family 5K : Run, Walk, or Bike

Get out and get active with your family. This 5k is open to runners, walkers, bikers, strollers, wagons, you name it! The top three adult finishers and the top three child finishers will have a chance to win a number of prizes from our 2016 partners, and all participants can receive a 5k Finisher Medal (prizes are limited!).

In order to take part in this race, all participants must obtain a ticket and fill out a waiver prior to the event. You can also get a t-shirt! Here’s how to do it all:

  • Tickets: Available at your place of lodging in Silver Lake.
  • Waivers & T-shirts: Required waivers and O.S. t-shirts are available at Parkside Store next to Silver Lake State Park. Pick them up Friday, June 9th 9am – 10pm or Saturday before the race. You must show your ticket. T-shirt sizes are limited.

Noon to 4pm – Scavenger Hunt

Back for another year is the S.O.S. Scavenger Hunt! This event will be taking place throughout the Silver Lake Sand Dunes area.

To participate, you’ll need a team of at least two people, a mobile device or digital camera, an S.O.S. Scavenger Card and a team name, (e.g., “#SOSdreamteam).

The first three teams who make it back to Parkside Store with a completed S.O.S. Scavenger Card and proofs of purchase are eligible for some amazing prizes:

  • 1st Place: $75 Parkside Gift Card
  • 2nd Place: $50 Parkside Gift Card
  • 3rd Place: $25 Parkside Gift Card
  • Last Place: Secret gag prize!

5pm to 7pm – Food & Live DJ

Don’t be late for a plate of amazing slow smoked BBQ, hot dogs, and scrumptious sides from the Parkside Store deli!

While enjoying your amazing dinner, a DJ will keep the celebration going with a lineup of the best summer hits. Feel free to request your own favorite jams as well, and kids: Don’t be shy to get your dance on!

9pm to 10:30pm – Movie Night:  Trolls

After dinner, the day’s not over yet! Grab a blanket and cozy up to watch this year’s summer flick: Trolls!

The film will be shown in our pavilion on a 10’ x 10’ projection screen with stereo surround sound. What’s missing? You guessed it: Popcorn! We’ll be serving up free, freshly popped popcorn for you and your family to enjoy while you watch the film.

This years S.O.S. Partners include:

  • Parrot’s Landing Jeep Tours
  • Mac Wood’s Dune Rides
  • Craig’s Cruisers of Silver Lake
  • Cosmic Candy
  • Parkside Store
  • Golden Sands Golf Course, and the
  • Michigan State Police – Hart, MI Post

Thanks to everyone involved!

Fourth of July Activities

The 4th of July is big around Silver Lake—it’s our most popular summer weekend. So if you’re visiting us during this holiday, expect a ton of things to do for the whole family.

Below is a list of the weekend’s events, and of course, you’ll notice lots of fireworks! We have to tell you, there’s nothing like watching fireworks over a lake. Whether it’s a big and spectacular show over Lake Michigan or Silver Lake … or the cozy “Hart Sparks” show over quaint little Hart Lake. The colors, the reflections … it’s magic.

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Fourth of July Activities

The 4th of July is big around Silver Lake—it’s our most popular summer weekend. So if you’re visiting us during this holiday, expect a ton of things to do for the whole family.

Below is a list of the weekend’s events, and of course, you’ll notice lots of fireworks! We have to tell you, there’s nothing like watching fireworks over a lake. Whether it’s a big and spectacular show over Lake Michigan or Silver Lake … or the cozy “Hart Sparks” show over quaint little Hart Lake. The colors, the reflections … it’s magic.

July 2nd  – Hart Sparks

Hart Commons: Corner of State and E Main St, Hart

7pm – 9:30pm

Kick off the holiday weekend with “Hart Sparks”! This fireworks show and entertainment event attracts roughly 4,000 people annually and keeps growing bigger each year. Activities include live music from the Blue Rooster Band & the Rocket Fuel Haulers, a 25′ rock climbing wall, inflatable water slide, free painting station, corn hole tournament, food vendors, and more! The night of fun ends with the fireworks over Hart Lake.

July 3rd – Pentwater Fireworks

Charles Mears State Park

Dusk

Fireworks overlooking Lake Michigan will be held in Pentwater, just a 20 minute drive north from Silver Lake. Pentwater is a small town with a lot of charm and features great places to shop and eat. Fireworks on the 3rd will be held at dusk.

July 4th at the Park – Kids Bicycle Parade

Calling all kids and parents! Show off your holiday spirit by decorating your bikes and wagons in all things red, white, and blue. This parade through the campground is a great way to see and be seen!

July 4th – Fireworks on the Dunes

Silver Lake Sand Dunes

Dusk

Seeing the sparks and colors reflect over the dunes and Silver Lake will give you a fireworks display like you’ve never seen before. If you can only make it to one fireworks show this year, let it be this one! There are so many ways to enjoy: Rent a boat on Silver Lake, bring a blanket and walk up the dunes, or simply catch the view lakeside.

Apple & BBQ Cook-Off Festival

September 8th & 9th

Silver Lake is one of the most popular summer destinations for Michigan camping, but the fun events continue well into the fall too!

So why not come visit us after the Labor Day weekend is over for one of our most famous events—The Apple & BBQ Festival. Your mouth will already be watering as you walk up to the amazing selection of BBQ foods that will be available at this festival. And when you’ve had your fill of BBQ, there are a number of other fun-filled events to enjoy as well:

  • Farm Fresh Apple & Craft Show
  • Classic Auto & Truck Show
  • Dune Buggy Show
  • Apple Pie Contest
  • Beer Tent
  • Apple A Day 5K Run/Walk (September 9th)
  • Kids Activities

For more information, check out the festival website, where you’ll find dates and times for all events.

SLRC Spooktacular

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September 22nd & 23rd

Family fun weekend filled with all things Halloween! Costume and site decorating contest, pumpkin carving, Halloween movie, trick-or-treating, and so much more. It’s going to be AMAZING!

  • 9am Cider & Donuts
  • 10am Scavenger Hunt
  • 2pm Face Painting, Games, & Pumpkin Painting Contest – (You must bring your own jack-o-lantern for painting)
  • 4pm Costume Contest (all ages) & Pet Costume Contest
  • 4:30 to 5:30pm Trick or Treating – (for the safety of our little monsters no vehicle traffic will be allowed during this time)
  • 6pm to 8pm Monster Mash Dance Party
  • 8pm Site Decoration Contest – Judging
  • 8:30pm Hotel Transylvania

Movie Nights at the Park

Tuesday, Thursday, & Saturday Night

All Summer Long

You can watch a movie at the cinema any old time of year. But in summer, there’s something truly special about cuddling up for a movie outdoors. With just the stars and the distant song of crickets as your fellow audience members, summer movie nights make for magical experiences.

Every Wednesday and Saturday evening, our RV resort puts on a special “Movie Night at the Park” in our brand new pavilion. Feel free to gather a group, bring some blankets, and cozy in for a night of cinematic entertainment summer-style. Our outdoor cinema features a 10’ x 10’ movie screen and stereo surround sound.

You can even help us pick the movie lineup this year! Just make a comment on our Facebook page and suggest what you’d like to watch. We’ll see what we can do.