Boating season kicks off in Southeast Michigan at the Great Lakes Boating Festival

Located at the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club

May 2019 News Web Exclusive

The 31st annual Great Lakes Boating Festival kicks off the 2019 boating season at Grosse Pointe Yacht Club May 17-19. This public event is free for all who want to experience a boat show and festival in a beautiful marina atmosphere in Southeast Michigan.

With boats from 16- to 80-ft in length in land and in the water, buyers are sure to find what they’re looking for just in time for Memorial Day Weekend. This is a sold-out show! Attendees will be able to look at and climb aboard the boats on display. Also on display and for sale will be marine products & services, personal watercraft and water toys.

“The 2019 Boating Festival welcomes members and non-members to enjoy the beautiful and fun on-water experience the festival has to offer,” said Boat Show Manager Jim Morrow. “Non-boaters are encouraged to come discover the joys of the boating lifestyle.”

Attendees will also find fun and entertainment at the festival, featuring Antique Cars, a Dossin Museum Display, an Antique Outboard Motor Association Display, Stadium Sailing, Vintage Boats, Jet Skis and Water Toys, a Steel Band, Remote-Control Sailboats, an Art Show, and WOMC live at the show.

The Great Lakes Boating Festival is located at the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club, 788 Lake Shore Rd., Grosse Pointe Shores, MI 48236. Hours are Friday: 3 – 7pm, Saturday: 12 – 7pm, and Sunday: 12 – 5pm. For more information, visit:

All proceeds from the show, raffles and Summer Breeze Kick-off Party on May 17th will benefit the Grosse Pointe Youth Nautical Education Foundation (GPYNEF). The GPYNEF awards scholarships to high school graduates that participate in sailing. In addition to the education scholarships, the GPYNEF also awards five perpetual scholarships supported by endowments from donors. The GPYNEF also provides funding to high school sailing programs and grants to young sailors who travel to compete in national level events.

The Great Lakes Boating Festival is sponsored by Ahee Jewelers, Genesis Cadillac, Fifth Third Bank, Sterling Insurance Group, DTE Energy Foundation, Secure-24, Renewal by Anderson, the Grosse Pointe Art Fair, Colony Marine, Boston Whaler, and Ray Laethem Motor Village.

MBIA is a state-wide trade association representing the recreational boating industry in Michigan. MBIA membership is comprised of businesses which manufacture, distribute service and sell recreational marine products. MBIA produces the Detroit Boat Show at Cobo Center in Detroit, the Novi Boat Show at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, and the Metro Boat Show at the Lake St. Clair Metropark in Harrison Twp. For more information go to


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