The Michigan City Special Events team and Mayor Duane Parry recently outlined the year’s schedule of festivals, racing and fun set for 2023.

“Last year we had an incredible event line-up,” Mayor Parry said. “The Singing Sands Sand Sculpting Festival was a huge success, and our parades are getting bigger and better. The return of Oktoberfest shows we are bouncing back and moving forward. Michigan City is the place to be!”

“Quality of life has always had a hand in the economic development equation,” said EDCMC Executive Director Clarence Hulse. “The more there is to do, the more attractive a community becomes to both workers and businesses. This slate of events planned in 2023 showcases how a sense of community remains vital to our leaders, planners and visionaries.”

There are eight major events set throughout 2023, starting the Shelf Ice Brewfest hosted by the Michigan City Main Street Association on Feb. 25 and ending with the Dec. 2 Festival of Lights Celebration.

The return of the Singing Sands Sand Sculpting Festival is set for June 9-11 in Washington Park. Sculptors from all over the world will craft works of art right on the lakefront along with music, activities and food.

“In addition to the master and semi-professional competition, we will be announcing a new amateur competition, which will allow local groups, organizations and companies to compete for a chance to win money for a charity,” said Special Events Director Terry Greetham. “This will allow us to give back to those community organizations that need our support.”

The schedule:

  • February 25 – Shelf Ice Brewfest
  • March 11 – St. Patrick’s Day Parade
  • April 8 – East Egg Hunt
  • June 9-11 – Singing Sands Sculpting Festival
  • June 24 – Kiddie Parade
  • July 1 – Patriotic Parade
  • July 4 – Fireworks Spectacular
  • July 8-9 – Michigan City AquaX Grand Prix
  • August 2-6 – Great Lakes Grand Prix
  • September 1-4 – Oktoberfest
  • December 2 – Festival of Lights Celebration

Keep an eye on what is going on through our Facebook page or the city’s special events page.