, along with their many outdoor recreational opportunities, also has a full calendar of special events and activities throughout the year for residents and visitors to enjoy. The Wurtsmith Division of the Yankee Air Force has a museum where they host special events and fly-ins at various times of the year. The Gagaguwon PowWow (Gagaguwon meaning “ever running water,”) is another Oscoda tradition. This event celebrates the first inhabitants of the area and is dedicated to preserving the culture, arts and traditions of the first Native Americans who lived here by presenting authentic arts & crafts, food and traditional Native American dancing. This festival is held at Old Orchard Park, eight miles west of Oscoda. Local groups like the Shoreline Players Theater Group and the Northeast Dance and Movement Dance Studio put on several visual arts performances each year. Other special events such as canoe and kayak races, fishing tournaments and golf tournaments are all regular occurrences in the Oscoda region. Below is a list of some of the other annual events around which you might want to plan your family vacation:
Annual Soapbox Derby, usually held in February – prizes are awarded in several categories, and lots of food and fun is available for the whole family.
The Oscoda Annual Home & Garden Show
Annual Family Fun Fair – a free event at the Oscoda High School with games, magic shows, face painting and more. Usually held in late April.
Wood Carvers Rally, held in May
Annual Art on the Beach – usually held in June, with over 200 artisans displaying their talents on the shore of Lake Huron.
The Annual 4th of July Parade and Fireworks – enjoy a day of good, old-fashioned fun with free concerts, a parade through downtown and a spectacular fireworks display at night.
Annual Weyerhauser Au Sable River International Canoe Marathon
Iosco County Fair
Annual Paul Bunyan Festival in September – Includes a Classic Car Show, Las Vegas Nights, Crafts Show, Children's Games, Food, Concerts on the Beach and a Chainsaw Carving Contest.
Oscoda’s Annual Christmas Parade and the Arrival of Santa Claus in early December.