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. 23-26, 2018, Lake Orion will be buzzing with excitement for all of the great activities going on in town.
The festival kicks off Thursday from 7:30-10 p.m. at the Dragon Pub in downtown Lake Orion where all ages enjoy the dancing and music with DJ Jinx from 105.1 The Bounce.
Also on Thursday is the Orion Township Fire Department’s Chili Cookoff where local fire departments will battle it out to see who makes the best chili. After, cool off with an ice cream social at Front Street Creamery.
On Friday night, grown-ups can converge at the festival once more to try a selection of craft beer and wine from 6-9 p.m. Tickets are $30.
After you’ve had your fill, at dusk on Friday, head outdoors to check out the annual Lighted Boat Parade. This parade can be seen from anywhere on the shore of Lake Orion, and the lights are a beautiful sight reflected on the water.
But it’s really on Saturday and Sunday that fun really starts for families. The Kids Zone will be open around on North Broadway from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. to offer clown performances, martial arts demos, kid-friendly music, bounce houses and more.
You can also check out the Dragon Boat Races, the Chalk Art Challenge area, where artists will also be transforming the sidewalks into colorful chalk drawings of dragons, an art & craft fair, jet skis shows and more.
Admission is free, but some fees do apply for some activities, so come down to Lake Orion to check it out.
Photo from the Dragon on the Lake Facebook page
This post was originally published in 2013 and is updated regularly.