Saugatuck, MI

Saugatuck Venetian Festival promises fun, games, food and music

erin k wilkinson

Saugatuck Venetian Festival is a beloved summer celebration that takes place here in Saugatuck, Michigan every year. Sponsored by the Cow Hill Yacht Club, this family friendly event promises fun for everyone. Here’s what to expect from Saugatuck Venetian Festival 2018.

Saugatuck Venetian Festival 2018 takes place July 27-28

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The schedule of events kicks off with children’s games and face painting at 5 p.m. at Coghlin Park on Friday, July 27. Feeling hungry? Grab a bite at the food and bar tent, which will open at 6 p.m.

Later that night, the Rock n Roll tent will be the place to be. Catch an energetic performance by Starfarm, beginning at 7:15 p.m. The band will play favorite ’80s hits that are sure to keep you dancing well into the night.

Saturday kicks off with the annual dinghy poker run on the Kalamazoo River, where boaters spray each other with squirt guns while racing to card stops to collect the best poker hand. The game is as fun to watch as it is to participate in.

Later, just after the sun sets, the lighted boat parade will begin. Each year, participants decorate their boats according to a theme. This year’s theme? The ’60s. Expect groovy, psychedelically decorated boats to glow as they glide along the Kalamazoo River. The lights look especially beautiful reflected back by the river, as do the fireworks that conclude the night each year. Catch those starting at 10 p.m.

Check out this video from Erin K. Wilkinson to get a taste of what it will be like:

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