For 22 years I've owned and operated a motel here, and been part of the Grayling Visitors Bureau. So I've watched and participated in the activities that bring people to Grayling. And it happens again every summer. Except for 2020, of course.

What brings the most people to Grayling? What week brings the most reservations far far in advance? It's always the week leading up to the Au Sable River Canoe Marathon, the week of the Au Sable River Festival.

  • The HUP race features boats made only of plywood, 2x4s, nails, and duct tape. HUP stands for 'Hurry Up and Paddle' (because your boat is sinking)
  • The Well Being Event will feature a variety of wellness classes and vendors, including me leading a pranayama energetic breath session.
  • The Car Show packs downtown with a variety of classic, vintage, muscle cars, rat rods, and a friendly crowd.
  • The Au Sable River Canoe Marathon has been called the "Toughest Spectator Sport in the World"

Check out the Au Sable River Festival website for complete information.

Check out our Calendar of Events for our list of events in the Au Sable River Festival week.