Back in 1894, those who lived on Lake Orion were reportedly terrorized by a monster, commonly referred to as a dragon, that was anywhere from 18-feet to 80-feet long.
Over a century later, the legend still inspires the annual Dragon on the Lake Festival. From Aug. 25 to 28, 2016, Lake Orion will be buzzing with excitement for all of the great activities going on in town.
The festival kicks off Thursday at the Dragon Pub in downtown Lake Orion with the Foam Party. Kids are welcome and the tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Enjoy the dancing and music, as well as the room full of foam 6-10 p.m. on Thursday
On Friday night, the Party on the Point will be in full swing 6-9 p.m. for $50 per person. There will be live music, food samplings and plenty of drinks. The party is the best place to view the Lighted Boat Parade, which begins around 8:30 p.m.
The parade can be seen from anywhere on the shore of Lake Orion, and the lights are a beautiful sight reflected on the water.
At 8 p.m. head down to Green Park for a screening of How To Train Your Dragon 2 before the parade (though it will go right by the park around 8:45 p.m.). The movie starts at 9 p.m. and is $3 for adults, $2 for kids 2-12 and kids under 2 are free.
On Saturday and Sunday, the Kids Zone will be open around the Orion Art Center from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. There are plenty of crafts, inflatables, magic shows and more.
Artists will also be transforming the sidewalks into colorful chalk drawings of dragons. Other event highlights include the Dragon Boat Races and the Made in the USA Art and Craft Fair.
Admission is free, but there is a fee for some activities.
Come down to Lake Orion to check it out. Want to learn more about the 2016 Dragon on the Lake Festival in Lake Orion? Visit the Metro Parent calendar listing.
This post was originally published in 2013 and has been updated for 2016.