Color Cruise and Island Festival

Photo courtesy of William Gibbons

This year's Color Cruise and Island Festival is being held in memory of Marilyn Smith (1933 - 2016).

The annual event celebrates with an unmatched combination of nature's glories and mid-Michigan good times in October.  The towering hardwood trees compete to see which can most beautifully reflect its colors on the river.

Volunteers Needed

This event is not possible without a lot of volunteers (Sell Entrance Admissions, Pumpkin Painting, Candle Dipping, Caramel Corn, Traffic Control, Shuttle, Setup, and Clean Up).  Sign up today! 

Exhibitors Needed

We need more vendors/displayers with old steam engines, tractors, pumps, weavers, old musket guns, and long bows.  If you are interested, please contact Karla Chamberlain at

Learn more about the event activities

  • beautiful riverboat
  • rock climbers
  • voyageurs, fur traders, and wood carvers
  • folk music and cloggers
  • baby photo contest
  • bunnies, sheep, and llamas 
  • paint a pumpkin or dip a candle
  • old fashioned cider press
  • traveling blacksmith, Native American display and crafts, lamp work beads, wooden puzzles
  • spinning and carding, quilting, portraitures
  • log cabin building and railroad safety display
  • NEW THIS YEAR:  beekeeping
  • food:  chili, hot dogs, steak and cheese sandwiches, brats, freshly popped black kettle caramel corn, elephant ears, fresh lemonade, and root beer floats
  • Friday is special for seniors
  • Grand Ledge Opera House:  diamond dig
  • Grand Ledge Area Historical Society's Museum:  narrated boat cruise and nature walk on the ledges
  • Capitol City Car Club:  vintage vehicle display
  • Eaton County Parks:  bike rides
  • Grand Ledge Area Historical Society:  Oakwood Cemetery walk
  • Abrams Municipal Airport:  airplane rides
Grand Ledge cloaks itself in finery so vivid and exciting in October that one would think there was a party.  We invite you to come!
Sponsored by:
Grand Ledge Chamber of Commerce
All In Gold Sponsor: MSU Federal Credit Union
All In Silver Sponsor: Doty Agency / Auto-Owners Insurance
Captain John's Galley | The Log Jam | Voya Financial Advisors

Community Calendar

One of the Chamber's goals is to promote local community events that will take place within the Grand Ledge Public School (GLPS) District or that are sponsored by a local business or organization that is housed within the school district. If your event qualifies, please provide us with your event information. As soon as our calendar editor reviews and approves your event, it will become active in the calendar.

Chamber's Mission

The Chamber is organized for the purpose of advancing the economic, industrial, professional, educational, cultural, and civic welfare of the Grand Ledge area. To encourage the growth of existing industries and business while giving all proper assistance to any new firms or individuals seeking to locate in the Grand Ledge area. To support all those activities believed to be beneficial to the community and area; to oppose those which might be detrimental. To promote the welfare of all area citizens, following always those policies intended to accomplish the greatest good for the greatest number. And in general to take any action and engage in any activity in connection with and incident to said purpose not forbidden by the laws of the State of Michigan and with all powers conferred upon corporations of this type by the laws of the State of Michigan.



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