2018 Schedule of Events 


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Friday, July 20th


6:30 pmPre-Show Cruise Night & BBQ at Northstar Auto Wash ends at Graylings Country Club with Food and Beverages available on the deck, open to the public!


Saturday, July 21st


8am–3pm33rd Annual Classic Car Show on Michigan Ave (Registration 7–10 am, Trophies 2:30 pm)
10 am-4 pm Meet the Artist Day at Main Branch Gallery
 12-2pm Ice Cream Social Sweet Treats & Great Shopping at the Old lumberyard Shoppes
9-12pm- Country Night Hosted by River Melcher at Gray Rock Pub & Grub
1 pmDuck Race in the City Park following the Spikes Challenge
Spikes Challenge Schedule
-8:00 am Registration for all Spike’s Challenge Events will run from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the City Park Pavilion. These events include C-1 Race, C-2 Race, Junior and Fledgling Races, Mentor Races
-9:00 am Sprints for Starting Position of C-2 Race, Grayling City Park Pond
-2:00 pm Junior, Fledgling, Mentor races on the Pond
-5:00 pm Registration continues for all races at Joe Wakeley’ House for C-1 pre-race, Barton Cup Qualifier, Junior C-2 Race to Burton’s Landing. Please, No dogs in Joe’s Yard
-5:30 pm Start of Junior C-2 Race to Burton’s Landing, beginning on Ingham st
-6:00 pm Start of the C-1 race and Barton Cup Qualifier, start at Ingham st.
7 pm “Bobbi Socks” music and entertainment at the Grayling Country Club public welcome.
9pm-12am River Melcher Hosts Country Night at Gray Rock


Sunday, July 22nd


Spikes Challenge Schedule
8:30 am Line up of the C-2 Start of the Spike’s Challenge on Ingham Street
9:00 AM Start of the 2018 C-2 Spike’s Challenge
9:05 AM Start of the C-1 Barton Cup Qualifier – if not run on Saturday
2:00 PM Lunch and Awards Banquet at the City Park Pavilion – bring a lawn chair.

10am-4pm Crawford County Historical Museum open downtown on the 100 block, FREE admission Thursday-Saturday only, Donations accepted and always appreciated!


Monday, July 23rd


Marathon MONDAY Wear your Favorite Marathon Shirt #MarathonMonday, tag us with your hashtags and pics @ausabelriverfestival on Facebook!!


Tuesday, July 24th


10 am–2 pm Kid’s Day in Grayling City Park
10 am–2 pm Rock & Rest at Grayling Nature Center (City Park)
5 pm Da$h for Ca$h Sprints in Oscoda
4-7 pm Low Country Boil at Michelson Memorial Pre Sale Tickets $17 individual (or $15each for groups of 8+) $20 at the Door, Lawn Games, and Live Music, a Bell Tower Fundraiser.


Wednesday, July 25th


3–7 pm Time Trials for AuSable River Canoe Marathon at Penrod’s Canoe Livery
5:30 pm H.U.P. (“Hurry Up & Paddle”) Race in Grayling City Park


Thursday, July 26th


8am-5pm Eniva Rep (Roger Swedzinski) will be at Suchey Chiropractic all day offering samples and information on products for clients
10am-4pm- Crawford County Historical Museum open downtown on the 100 block, FREE admission Thursday-Saturday only, Donations accepted and always appreciated!
3–8 pm Time Trials for AuSable River Canoe Marathon at Penrod’s Canoe Livery
3:00 pm-12:00 am BEER TENT in the AuSable Main Stage Area
4:00 pm Cardio Drumming on the AuSable Main Stage
4:30 pm–7 pm
Business Canoe Relays at Penrod’s Canoe Livery
 6 pm Grayling’s Got Talent presented by the Grayling Youth Boosters 
7-10pm-
Live Print at the AuSable Main Stage! Get your AuSable River Festival Gear Printed Instantly at the Two Rare Designs Booth, Michigan Ave. (200Block)
8:00 pm A Brighter Bloom performs on the AuSable Main Stage


Friday, July 27th


8am-10:30 am Lumberjack Breakfast hosted by Grayling Restaurant in the AuSable Main Stage Area  
10 am–8 pm 41st Annual Arts & Crafts Show in Grayling City Park
10 am -9 pm Lil Paddler Play Zone in the Huntington Bank Lawn, Inflatable’s $12 Unlimited play for one-day Wristband or $5 for 15 min of play!
11 am-8 pm Food Court in 100 BLOCK
AuSable Main Stage on Michigan Ave. 200 Block
10am-4pm- Crawford County Historical Museum open downtown on the 100 block, FREE admission Thursday-Saturday only, Donations accepted and always appreciated!
10 am–8 pm Concessions under City Park Pavilion (run by AuSable Dance Boosters)

10:45-11:30 am Free Community Yoga Class with Stone Turtle Yoga! Bring your own if possible, a limited number of mats available!
11:00 am Grayling Marching Band Performance on the
11am-4pm Live Print at the AuSable Main Stage! Get your AuSable River Festival Gear Printed Instantly at the Two Rare Designs Booth, Michigan Ave. (200Block)
12:00 pm Racing the AuSable River in the 1960’s and 70’s: Marathon Champs of the era discuss gear, training, and legendary race stories, live Q&A with paddlers on the AuSable Main Stage Viewing of the Movie ” North Branch” to play at Rialto at One after Q & A Movie ” North Branch”  to play at Rialto at NOON Q& A TO FOLLOW
12:00 pm-12:00 am BEER TENT in the AuSable Main Stage Area
12pm-12am BEER TENT in the AuSable Main Stage Area
2:00 pm–4:30 pm Time Trials for AuSable River Canoe Marathon at Penrod’s Canoe Livery

2:00 pm  Grayling Main Street Paddle Battle PADDLERS CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
2:45 pm Special Olympics Canoe Races at Penrod’s Canoe Livery
4:30 pm  Rabaska Paddler Demo Race- starting at the Official Marathon Start Line  and racing to Mio Damn
5pm-9pm American Legion Beer Tent
5:30 pm Paddler’s Pre-Race Briefing/Social at Ramada Inn closed to the public
4-7 pm Grayling Eagles Steak Out Raffle
7 pm American MADE Classic ROCK Band performing at Grayling Country Club, open to the Public
9pm Average Size Time- 90’s Rock & Alternative performs live on the AuSable Main Stage hosted by the Young Professionals from the Heart of Northern Michigan


Saturday, July 28th   


8 am Yoga with Libby from Stone Turtle Yoga and . A gentle mixture of Hatha yoga and Vinyasa flow for all levels. Bring a mat, water, and an open mind
9 am GRA’s 10K/5K (Road Running), starts at Hanson Hills Recreation Area(Registration 7:30–8:30 am) 10K  CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP  —  5K CLICK HERE TO  SIGN UP
9 am–6 pm    41st Annual Arts & Crafts Show at Grayling City Park
 9 am–6 pm  Concessions under City Park Pavilion (run by AuSable Dance Boosters)
10:00 amCardio Drumming on the AuSable Main Stage 
10 am-4 pm-
Crawford County Historical Museum open downtown on the 100 block, FREE admission Thursday-Saturday only, Donations accepted and always appreciated!
10 amGrayling Eagles Horse shoe Tournament hot dogs and burgers
11:00 am AuSable Dance Center Performance on the AuSable Main Stage
11 am-4 pm Ice Cream Social at Michelson Memorial United Methodist Church
11am-8pm Food Court in 100 Block
12:00pmHIp Hop Body Jam Class with Jill from ADC
12pm-5pm  Live Print at the AuSable Main Stage! Get your AuSable River Festival Gear Printed Instantly at the Two Rare Designs Booth, Michigan Ave. (200Block)
12:00 pm – 12 amBEER TENT in the AuSable Main Stage Area
12pm-10pm American Legion Beer Tent with food available starting at noon
2:00-3:00 pm Roscommon Steel Syndicate Band performs live on the AuSable Main Stage sponsored by Blarney Stone Broadcasting 
3 pm AuSable River Festival Parade in downtown Grayling
3:45-5:15 pm Rachel Brooke performs live on the AuSable Main Stage Presented by Blarney Stone Broadcasting 
4-9 pm
 Official AuSable River Canoe Marathon  VIP Area
4-8pmREMAX of Grayling offering free Tethered Hot Air Balloon Rides on the 300 Block of Michigan Ave.
5:30-7 pm Erin Coburn performs live on the AuSable Main Stage sponsored by Blarney Stone Broadcasting 
6 pm Pre-Race Program at Old AuSable Fly Shop
6:45 pm Introduction of Paddlers at Old AuSable Fly Shop
7:15-8:45 Rhett Yocom performs live on the AuSable Main Stage sponsored by Blarney Stone Broadcasting  
7:45 pm Posting of the Colors at Old AuSable Fly Shop
9 pm Start of the 71st Annual AuSable River Canoe Marathon at the Old AuSable Fly Shop (paddling from Grayling to Oscoda)
9:30pm DJ 5-0 hosts live Music on the AuSable Main Stage


Sunday, July 29th


 End of 71st Annual AuSable River Canoe Marathon
(ends in Oscoda – Leaders 11:30 am to Finishers 4 pm