There’s nothing boring a-boat the Great Lakes Grand Prix

There’s nothing boring a-boat the Great Lakes Grand Prix
By: Beth Ireland Last Updated: July 27, 2019

In less than seven days, the 11th Annual Great Lakes Grand Prix kicks off. The four-day event will feature boat races, food, entertainment, and much more. A fun-filled weekend is in store for all who attend. Pack your beach gear, grab the family, and head out to Michigan City’s Washington Park to be a part of the excitement.

For three days, the speed boats and jet skis will be whooshing around Lake Michigan while crowds look on and cheer. This year, they have partnered with the American Power Boat Association to add P1 boats and the AquaX- group, which promotes high-endurance jet ski racing. The partnerships attracted a new awareness to the Great Lakes Grand Prix, making the event a new player in the powerboat racing arena. The Great Lakes Grand Prix will be one of five-city stops for the Pro Series, which will see more than 30 jet skis competing. Even Fox Sports will be out and about covering the races.

While the boats aren’t zooming around the lake, they’re parked in the dry pits. This is a great time to meet the drivers and boat owners and see their power boats and jet skis up close. You can even try to get an autograph or two!

There are plenty of other activities for attendees do when the boats are taking a break from the racing. There will be a vintage car show, volleyball tournament, and live music each night on the Washington Park Boardwalk. The line-up includes Smarty Pants, Point’n Fingers, and Pablo’s Revenge. Check out the schedule here to see exactly what’s planned.

All that sun and sand is bound to make you hungry. There are plenty of food vendors available, or you can pack your own picnic to enjoy while you soak up some Vitamin D on the beach. You can also make your way to the Uptown Arts District for the Taste of Michigan City and sample local fare there.

Saturday evening, there will be a boat parade and block party. Enjoy food and music while watching the boats and vintage cars roll through. Here you can wave at those on the boats and enjoy the party with other community revelers.

The four-day event wraps up on Sunday with more racing, a silent auction for charity, and a special display of the “Boilermaker Special” train. 

If you’re looking for a fun, family-friendly activity at the beach, the Great Lakes Grand Prix is the spot to be. The event is free, and with so many things to do, you can’t pass up that price. Visit their website to find more information, or read about last year’s event here:

Browse through our pictures from last year here: