Aug 10-12, 2018


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Smokeez BBQ

Serving up a variety of great food

Jackie Corwin Crafts

An assortment of Sugar Island cloth crafts

Open Mic

Here's your chance to perform in front of a live audience on a high performance sound system. Sound provided by Wayne Lawrence. Check the schedule below for more information.

Festival Info

About the Fest

The annual Sugar Island Fest is celebrated on Sugar Island in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. It was reestablished in 2001 as a fundraiser to help finance local projects, including black- topping a main island roadway and improving access to a beautiful piece of recreational beach.

The Sugar Island Fest has welcomed people from as far away as Australia with music, local crafts, food vendors and fun for the entire family.

A large group of organizers, staff, groundskeepers and musicians volunteer their time and talents each year to provide audiences with the best entertainment and activities.

For questions regarding scheduling contact Bob @ (989)624-5096


The heart and soul of our festival are the people that volunteer their time and talents every year. From the groundskeepers that cut the fields, to the organizers and workers, to the musicians that keep us all entertained, the primary goal is to help provide an enjoyable event the local community can take part in. Over the years, volunteers have been critical to the festival's sucess and longevity, and that still holds true today.

Of course, without the music on-stage, there would be no festival, so we depend on the generosity of the musicians for their time and talents. There is always an interest in sharing the stage with new faces and voices, so if you are a performer, please contact us with your information.

If you wish to inquire about volunteer positions, please contact Mindy.

Getting Here


  1. Head East on Portage Ave
  2. Continue onto Riverside Dr
  3. Turn left at the Ferry Dock
  4. Board the Sugar Island ferry
  5. Exit onto 1 1/2 Mile Rd
  6. Turn right at S Westshore Dr
  7. Turn left at E 3 Mile Rd/Lecoy Rd
  8. Head up the hill and you'll find the entrance to the festival site on the north side of the road.

Grounds Map

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  • Admission is $10.00 per person for a 3-day souvenir button.
  • Kids 12 and under are free.
    Must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Buttons can be purchased in advance and are available at Grooves Music, the Hilltop Bar, Ed's Bayview Store, and Westshore Convenience Store.
  • No day passes available, weekend passes only.
  • Rustic camping is available and costs $15.00 for the weekend (buttons/passes not included)
  • Crafters and vendors of all types are welcome. Vendor permits are $25.00 for the weekend. Camping at your booth is an additional $5.00. If camping in a different location, the normal rates apply.

  • Be sure to bring cash as cards aren't accepted at the Fest

2018 Lineup

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Dave Morrison and Friends5:00 pm
Davey McLeod5:45 pm
Jack Grim and Fran Blackwood6:30 pm
2 Cents7:15 pm
All Arms8:00 pm
Schutz Boys8:45 pm
Banned9:30 pm


OPEN MIC11:00 am
FLEX12:30 pm
Davey McLeod1:15 pm
FOLK HOUR with February Sky and Moose River2:00 pm
Jack Grim and Fran Blackwood3:30 pm
Gentleman George Snider and Friends4:15 pm
Joel Choate5:00 pm
31/2 Men5:45 pm
All Arms6:30 pm
2 Cents7:15 pm
Abstract Aura8:00 pm
Schutz Boys8:45 pm
Banned9:30 pm


OPEN MIC11:00 am
FLEX12:30 pm
FOLK HOUR with February Sky and Moose River1:00 pm
Wednesday Night Headliner2:00 pm
Rollie Mayer, John Price and Friends2:45 pm
Gentleman George Snider and Friends3:30 pm
Lise White and Friends4:15 pm
Schutz Boys5:00 pm

Sound by Wayne Lawrence, Open Mic MC: Al Gross - "The Bearfoot Baladeer"

Stage MCs: Susan Urban, Phil Cooper, Jim Schutz, and Bob Flanders


Beanbag Tournament

Grab a partner for the Saturday afternoon beanbag tournament. It's been steadily growing in popularity so make sure you register at the signup board at the cook shack.

Kids Activities

The Sugar Island Fest is fun for all ages! A section of the grounds right off the stage is devoted to children's activities, including swings, a BIG sand pile and an area to play ball, throw frisbees, etc. There's also a giant, inflatable obstacle course. Volunteers are available to keep an eye on things, or if preferred, you can keep an eye on the kids and still catch the action on stage.

Dance Floor

Be sure to bring your dancing shoes because there's a dance floor directly in front of the stage. You'll be able to bust a move while listening to some amazing live music.


Grab your tent or RV and head on over because no summer is complete without a camping trip. The Sugar Island Fest is your weekend getaway, complete with live music and roasted marshmallows. In addition to hotdogs, hamburgers, and fries, the cook shack also offers an all you can eat breakfast of pancakes, sausage, bacon, and coffee from 9:00am-11:00am Saturday and Sunday for $5.00.

Thank You 2018 Volunteers!

  • John Archer
  • Karen Archer
  • Gayle Belleau
  • Wendy Belleau
  • Greg Blankstrom
  • Deb Cox
  • Bob Flanders
  • Deb Fox
  • Mindy Fox
  • Tom Fox
  • Willis Franks
  • Amanda Gil
  • Gabby Gil
  • Dan Gomez
  • Linda Grossitt
  • Megan Hough
  • Tim Hutchinson
  • Anita Lahti
  • Robin Lehr
  • Crystal Matchinski
  • Jayson Morehouse
  • Melissa Morehouse
  • Cindy Peabody
  • Eric Peabody
  • Katie Peabody
  • Matt Peabody
  • Cher Purcell
  • Dan Purcell
  • Roger Purcell
  • Stephanie Roy
  • Jodi Tippet

Special Thanks to Wayne Lawrence

Made Possible By Donations From:

  • Dick Kurtz
  • Donna Kurtz
  • Marti Lalonde
  • Margie White
  • Helen Wilkins
  • Smith & Co.

Bleachers Donation:

  • Pat Moher
  • George Moran
  • Terry Moran
  • Joe Packowski
  • Peggy Starr


Scheduling Questions

Contact Bob


Festival Questions and Volunteering

Contact Mindy

Website Questions or Festival Photos

Contact Matt