Ludington Celebrates 150th Anniversary with a Year of Events

The city of Ludington will be celebrating their past and future all year in honor of their 150th anniversary.
Ludington North Breakwater Lighthouse. Photograph by Alec Aiello via

In 1873, Ludington became a city on the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan due to its abundance of natural resources. In honor of its 150th anniversary in 2023, Ludington will be hosting events throughout the year for all to enjoy.

“This will be an exciting year of celebration as we commemorate Ludington’s sesquicentennial,” Mark Barnett, the Mayor of Ludington, said in a press release. “We have a full schedule of events designed for everyone to enjoy, whether you love Ludington as a resident or a visitor. We encourage you to learn more about our history and how it has created who we are today as a city.”

Love Ludington Weekend will be the primary celebration happening June 9-11. Take the family up on Friday evening to play kids games, listen to live music, enjoy the food vendors, and see some fireworks! It would be the perfect weekend for fun, in-state, family getaway.

The weekend will also feature the Ludington Lakestride Races, discounted days at JCI Ludington Mini Golf, and historic home and bed and breakfast walking tours for our history lovers.

Love Ludington Weekend will also be celebrating the anniversary of two of their icons — the 75th anniversary of Michigan’s largest ice cream manufacturer under one roof, the House of Flavors, and the 70th anniversary of the last coal-fired steam ship in the United States, the S.S. Badger.

“Ludington was built from the woods and continues to thrive today on the water,” Rebecca Berringer, the executive director of the Mason County Historical Society, said in a press release. “Our lumber barons are the ‘angels of Ludington’—what they created and left behind allows us to be who we are today, which you will see at many of our events.”

Other 150th anniversary events to look forward to include:

  • Ludington’s Lumberage Heritage on April 20
  • Sesquicentennial Concert featuring the Scottville Clown Band on June 14
  • Maritime Heritage Day on August 12
  • Cemetery Walk on August 26
  • “Trial of the Century: Mason County-Style” on September 23
  • Sesquicentennial Ball on October 7

There will be more events to come throughout the year that may include sesquicentennial products, history tours, contests, and art exhibitions. This beautiful lakefront town just may become your Michigan oasis.

To learn about anniversary-related events, please visit ludington150.comand find even more Travel news at