Monday, May 12, 2014

Summer Festivals in West Michigan

With summer just around the corner in West Michigan, there's enough festivals & fairs to keep you busy all season long! Whether you're interested in cultural celebrations, motorcycles, local produce, or anything else, we're sure to have a festival that you'd enjoy checking out!

Allegan: Michigan Fiber Festival

Michigan Fiber Festival contact & driving information

Michigan Fiber Festival at the Allegan County Fairgrounds, August. Unique opportunity to see and learn about natural fibers, the animals and plants that produce them. Animals on display, free fiber art demonstrations, sheep shearing and dog herding. Art competitions, musical entertainment, Pioneer Village and vendors w/finished items or supplies.

Allegan: Allegan County Fair

Allegan County Fair

Allegan County Fair contact & driving information

Allegan County Fair, September 5-13, 2014. Entertainment to include Lady Antebellum, Hunter Hayes, and more.

Alma: Highland Festival & Games

Alma Highland Festival & Games contact & driving information

May 24 - 25, 2014. Bring the family to revel in the sounds of bagpipes when over 25 pipe bands compete in the US Open Pipe Band Championship at the Alma Highland Festival & Games. Witness the incredible Massed Bands when hundreds of Pipers and Drummers march together on the field. Enjoy colorful Scottish dancing competitions, border collie exhibitions, Heavy weight athletic competition including the caber toss, hammer throw and farmers walk. Shop our many venders to pick up a unique Scottish item or a kilt of your very own. Over 140 arts and craft vendors, harp and bodhran workshops, Entertainment Tent featuring our very own True Scot Ale, brewed in Saugatuck Michigan. Authentic Scottish meat pies and other treats to be found in our vendor area. Admission charged.

Battle Creek: Field of Flight Air Show and Balloon Festival

Field of Flight Air Show & Balloon Festival contact & driving information

Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show and Balloon Festival, July 2-6, 2014 at the W.K. Kellogg Airport! Family fun for everyone! Experience the magic of 50 hot-air balloons inflating right before your eyes and you won’t want to miss the two Balloon Night Illumes. This event is AIR SHOW at its best featuring the U.S. AIR FORCE THUNDERBIRDS DEMONSTRATION TEAM along with top civilian performers which gives you five (5) plus hours of loops, dives and rolls! Plus there is Music, Entertainment, huge variety of Vendors, awesome fireworks, night air show with pyro, Skerbeck Family Carnival of thrills and the beat goes on! All events take place at the W.K. Kellogg Airport. Handicapped accessible and free shuttle service. For a schedule of events visit or call 269-962-0592.

Beaver Island: Bike Festival & Music Festival

Beaver Island contact & driving information

June 21 – Beaver Island Bike Festival. Fully supported bike ride with rest stop snacks. Lunch at Bill Wagner campground. B.B.Q. buffet at the Shamrock. Beaver Island Bike Festival t-shirt. Bike transportation on the ferry, Live entertainment on Friday & Saturday nights. Prizes and extra goodies.

July 17-19 – Beaver Island Music Festival. For centuries, strains of music have risen from the deep green forests of Beaver Island. Today this age-old tradition continues in the form of the Beaver Island Music Festival, at a gathering place on Beaver Island. The Festival is a rich mix of music, art, and nature, a sweet summer balm for the restless heart and hurried mind. For more information (231) 838-2883,,, or check us out on Facebook for current updates.

Berrien Springs: Berrien County Youth Fair

Berrien County Youth Fair contact & driving information

Known as the midwest’s largest YOUTH Fair, the Berrien County Youth Fair is a week long exhibition showing off the county youth’s talents and projects. Along with almost 15,000 youth projects shown by close to 2,500 exhibitors, the Fair offers many other attractions such as commercial exhibits, exposition buildings, a wonders of birth barn, a historical building, many food vendors, free family entertainment, a huge carnival rides area and grandstand entertainment! We’re sure to have something for everyone!

Berrien Springs: Art and Wine Memorial Weekend Festival

Lemon Creek Winery contact & driving information

You are cordially invited to participate in our Annual Art and Wine Memorial Weekend Festival hosted by Lemon Creek Winery Our eventful two day festival invites 32 regional artists to come display their amazing work while enjoying live music and Lemon Creek's award winning wine Our festival will be held on Saturday and Sunday, May 24 and 25 from 12:00PM-6:00PM We are looking for new artists this year and it would be greatly appreciated if you could share this information with local artists from your communities If anyone is interested in registering the deadline date is May 15 with payment If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact Cathy by phone at (269) 471-1321 or by email at We look forward to having another great festival this year!

Boyne Falls: Michigan Fly Fishing Festival

Boyne Mountain Resort contact & driving information

Michigan Fly Fishing Festival, July 12, 2014, 9am-6pm
Admission is $10; Kids 16 & under are free

Festival highlights include: Vendors and reps, Casting clinics, Barbeque and brews, Guest speakers, Contests and fun, Live auction

Cassopolis: Cass County Fair

Cass County Fair contact & driving information

Grandstand entertainment features rodeo, superstock tractor pull, demolition derbies and SJO motorcross at Cass County Fair. Enjoy daily carnival ride specials, horse pulls, livestock judging & auctions, 4-H exhibits and free family entertainment throughout the grounds.

Charlevoix: Craft Show and Fiber Festival and 84th Annual Venetian Festival

Castle Farms contact & driving information

One Town, Two Festivals!

Where else in Michigan can you find a castle, dragon, garden railroad, street parade, fireworks, carnival rides and lighted boat parade all in the same town? Charlevoix the Beautiful, naturally! The fun starts at the Castle Friday, July 25 through Sunday, July 27th, when Castle Farms and Charlevoix serve up fantastical family entertainment in a fun festival atmosphere! The Castle celebration begins on Friday, July 25th at 1:00 pm with the start of its annual Craft Show and Fiber Festival. Friday, July 25th (1-7 pm), Saturday, July 26th (10 am–5 pm) and Sunday, July 27 (10 am–4 pm). Numerous vendors displaying handmade wares for sale made from natural fibers, including sweaters, blankets and hats. New this year: the finest artisans and crafters from Michigan specializing in jewelry, pottery, work working, plus more. $5 per person. Discounted historic self-guided tours during festival days. Tours include strolling through majestic stone buildings, picturesque gardens, and viewing museum collections of antique toys, castles, royalty memorabilia, plus one of Michigan’s largest Model Garden Railroads. Free on-site parking. Food available. Downtown, visitors will find Charlevoix celebrating its 84th Annual Venetian Festival July 19-26th. One town and two festivals equal guaranteed family fun!

Coopersville: Del Shannon Days/Coopersville Summerfest

Del Shannon Days contact & driving information

August 5 -9. We are excited to join together with the week long celebration, which was formerly known as Coopersville Summerfest. "It is our mission to provide a family friendly event that brings local residents together as well as give visitors a small town experience, along with celebrating Coopersvilles' one of a kind history."

Coopersville: Summerfest

Coopersville & Marne Railroad contact & driving information

Coopersville Summerfest: Saturday, August 9. Ride all day for one low price. Vintage rail cars date from 1919-1932. Shuttle runs from one side of town to the other during The Del Shannon Car Show. All day tickets, all ages: $4.00.

Dowagiac: Dogwood Fine Arts Festival

Dogwood Fine Arts Festival contact & driving information

Dogwood Fine Arts Festival takes place annually in May. Join us for a week-long celebration of the arts, where the spotlight shines on a different form of art each night; visual arts, dance, music, theatre, literature and storytelling.

Grand Haven: Coast Guard Festival

Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival contact & driving information

The Coast Guard Festival is the nation's largest festival honoring the men & women of the US Coast Guard. Nightly entertainment at Waterfront Stadium, arts & crafts, downtown carnival, Kids Parade & Grand Parade, the World's Largest Musical Fountain w/spectacular fireworks.

Grand Rapids: Plane Pull & Open House

Gerald R. Ford International Airport contact & driving information

Special Olympics is teaming with the Gerald R. Ford Int’l Airport for the Plane Pull & Open Houseevent on July 19, 2014 on the airport grounds. The community is welcome to attend free of charge to cheer on teams as they attempt to pull a FedEx 737 Plane on the airport taxiway. In addition, planes, helicopters, snow plows, fire trucks and other unique airport equipment will be on display for folks to tour and for kids of all ages to ask questions. There will be food, giveaways and entertainment too!

To stay updated, the community can stay connected with us on Facebook or Twitter: @FlyGRFord

Grand Rapids: GRandJazzFest

GRandJazzFest contact & driving information

The 3rd annual GRandJazzFest

GRandJazzFest presented by DTE Energy Foundation returns to Rosa Parks Circle in downtown Grand Rapids, Mich., Aug. 16 and 17, the third consecutive year for the popular weekend-long jazz festival. The two-day festival will again be free thanks to presenting sponsor DTE Energy Foundation, the City of Grand Rapids and other sponsoring organizations and individuals. Nearly 10,000 people attended the second annual festival over the course of the two days – coming from as nearby as local neighborhoods to as far away as other states and Canada. Ten diverse jazz artists and bands will perform at this year's event, including a major headline act. The complete lineup will be announced in the spring. Learn more at, and at the festival’s Facebook and Twitter sites – and

Grand Rapids: Festival of the Arts

Festival of the Arts contact & driving information

Festival of the Arts happens June 6-8, in downtown Grand Rapids. Bring your family and enjoy West Michigan’s finest art and artists, hundreds of performers on six outdoor stages, Food booths featuring food from every ethnicity all presented by area nonprofit organizations. Not to mentioned a juried art show at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art and youth art at the Grand Rapids Art Museum. Plus there are lots of arts activities for young and old alike. Admission is free – all you pay for is food and art! This year marks the 45th Festival of the Arts making it one of the longest running Festivals in the State of Michigan and the largest all volunteer art festival in the Nation. To learn more go to Follow us on

Facebook (Festival of the Arts) and Twitter (#festivalgr).

Grand Rapids: 28th Street Metro Cruise

Metro Cruise contact & driving information

This year marks the 9th Annual 28th Street Metro Cruise which is held each year in August. The 28th Street Metro Cruise.

Greenville: Danish Festival

Danish Festival contact & driving information

The Danish Festival provides unique events and fun entertainment for visitors of all ages. 'The festival will feature a variety of events that include live music, an arts and craft fair, grand parade, family fun day and a grand prize raffle just to name a few! Plan to join us in August!

Holland: Kids Day

Nelis’ Dutch Village contact & driving information

Our annual Nelis' Dutch Village KIDS DAY will be Saturday, June 21. In addition to our new attractions and all our usual rides (Carousel, Dutch Swing Ride, Petal Pumper Cars etc), friendly farm animals, games and activities, we bring in community resources. Kids can get up close and personal with the personnel and equipment of our fire, police and emergency responders of our city. We also set up additional games and activities in our park.

Ionia: Ionia Free Fair

Ionia Free Fair contact & driving information

Since 1857 the Ionia Free Fair has been an important part the the state's history in addition to being one of the premier attractions of the summer and ranked as one of the top 50 fairs in the nation. The historic grandstand has been been visited by Gabby Hayes, Les Paul, Buster Keaton, Sonny and Cher, Reba McEntire, Tim McGraw, Willie Nelson, Nelly, Chingy, and other legendary entertainers.

Kalamazoo: Irish Fest of Kalamazoo

Irish Fest of Kalamazoo contact & driving information

The 14th Annual Irish Fest of Kalamazoo Presented by: The Irish American Club of Kalamazoo to Benefit Kalamazoo’s Loaves and Fishes

Arcadia Creek Festival Place, Downtown Kalamazoo
Friday, June 27, 2014: 4:30 PM until midnight
Saturday, June 28, 2014: 10:30 AM until midnight

Price of admission: $8.00 for adults and children are free when accompanied by an adult. FREE admission on Friday from 4:30-6:00 and Saturday from 10:30-noon with donations to Loaves and Fishes.

Live Celtic Music featuring: Conklin Ceili Band, Belfast Gin, Blackthorn, Bog Road, Fonn Mor, The Ladies of Longford, Dulahan, Kalamazoo Pipe Band, Bill Grogan’s Goat, The Tooles, The Waxies and Whiskey Before Breakfast. Merchandise vendors, selling Irish and Celtic themed clothing, crafts, jewelry, art, and more. Irish Step dancers, from Quinn School of Irish Dance will be featured on both days. On Saturday, a supervised children’s area with arts and crafts activities and games all with a Celtic theme will be offered by the Breakfast Optimists Club of Kalamazoo, as well as face painting. A cultural area where you can learn about your family’s genealogy by the Kalamazoo Valley Genealogy society, learn the ancient art of calligraphy from the local Pen Dragons guild and how to weave wool into yarn from the Kalamazoo Weavers Guild. Local Irish Restaurants and pubs, featuring Gallagher’s Eatery, O’Duffy’s Irish Pub and Bennigans will feature Irish cuisine, from corn beef and cabbage, bread pudding or fish and chips. You may also enjoy a meat pie from The Kalamazoo Scottish Festival Association. The Guinness Beer tent will feature Guinness, Harp, Smithwick’s and Magner’s Irish Cider on

Muskegon: Lakeshore Art Festival

Lakeshore Art Festival contact & driving information

The Lakeshore Art Festival is a unique mix of arts, crafts, food and family fun in historic downtown Muskegon. Guests will enjoy a juried fine art fair located in beautiful Hackley Park, as well as vibrant streets brimming with crafts, unique artisan food products, children’s activities, entertainment and more! With convenient affordable parking, outstanding accommodations and restaurants nearby this is a must-attend event! The 2014 dates are July 4 and 5.

Muskegon: Bike Time

Muskegon Bike Time contact & driving information

“America’s Fastest Growing Bike Event” is gearing up for its’ annual celebration of everything motorcycles. It's Time for Bike Time… Over 35,000 bikes and 90,000 people visit the lakeshore community of Muskegon. The latest information may be found or call (317) 236-6515.

Paw Paw: Wine & Harvest Festival

Paw Paw Wine & Harvest Festival contact & driving information

Don't miss the Paw Paw Wine & Harvest Festival in September! From fireworks to a classic car show, teen dances to the St. Julian Festival Parade. Free trolley stop at all events making it easy to get to the free entertainment, beer tent, or Coca Cola Grape Stomp!

Petoskey: Soak Up the Sounds Concert Series

Odawa Casino contact & driving information

Odawa has announced their “Soak Up the Sounds” concert series lineup, including The Beach Boys, Jonny Lang, 38 Special, Kenny Rogers, Kenny Loggins, Easton Corbin, Ron White, and more. 2014 “Soak Up the Sounds” concert series in Ovation Hall:

Rothbury: Sandy Corley Memorial Run & Electric Forest Festival

Double JJ Resort contact & driving information

Sandy Corley Memorial Run
Held at the Double JJ Resort. Brought to you by the Fremont chapter of the Harley Owner's Group, this special event raises money for the fight against cancer (plus it's a whole lot of fun!).

Electric Forest Festival
Multi-Day music festival held at the Double JJ Resort. For information, artist line-up, and tickets, visit the Electric Forest Festival website.

South Haven: National Blueberry Festival

National Blueberry Festival contact & driving information

National Blueberry Festival is in August. Celebrate everything blueberry in South Haven! Enjoy fresh blueberry products, kids’ events, Arts & Crafts fair, 5k run/walk, concerts on the river front and much, much more. This four day festival is a true family friendly event! Most activities are FREE!

South Haven: Waterfront Film Festival

Waterfront Film Festival contact & driving information

Recognized as a top five film festival, Waterfront Film Festival unfolds in June in the lively resort town of South Haven, Michigan on the pristine shores of Lake Michigan. In addition to screening over 80 captivating films, and having exciting celebrity guests in attendance, the weekend offers fine dining, art galleries and live music on the relaxing beachfront. WFF is a leading destination film festival, regularly hosting Midwest premieres of Academy Award-winning and nominated documentaries, most of which have filmmakers in attendance to discuss their projects. Opening night kicks off with an energetic beachfront party featuring live music, a beer garden, local food, and a movie under the stars on a 50-foot inflatable screen! South Haven ranks among the “Top 10 Yachting Towns in the World” by Yachting Magazine and is less than an hour drive from Grand Rapids, two hours from Chicago, and three hours from Detroit.

Calhoun County Summer Festivals

Calhoun County contact & driving information

Battle Creek Cereal City Festival
Parade June 13: 6-7 PM, Festival June 14: 8 AM – 2 PM
Downtown Battle Creek
The Cereal City Festival is an event celebrating the Battle Creek community and its rich and varied past. A parade kicks off the festival on Friday, June 13th and fun continues with the Cereal City Classic 5k/10k run and the World’s Longest Breakfast Table on Saturday morning. Throughout the day enjoy exciting events, bands and activities!

Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show & Balloon Festival
July 2-6
W.K. Kellogg Airport
Get ready for five action-packed days at the Field of Flight Air Show and Balloon Festival! Daily hot-air balloon launches, night balloon illumes, a dazzling fireworks display, twilight and night pyro air show featuring a jet-powered school bus! This festival features top civilian air show performers and military jet demonstrations. “Field of Rock” from center stage will shake the sky! A carnival, crafters, souvenir booths, special displays and an array of food vendors will only enhance spectator’s experience.

Marshall Main Street Blues Festival
July 19: Noon – 11 PM
Downtown Marshall
Experience great blues music and great food at the 10th Annual Marshall Main Street Blues Festival! Throughout the day enjoy the musical stylings of a mixture of talented blues artists. The festival also features delicious food vendors and a variety of beverages in the beer tent.

Marshall Bluegrass Festival
July 21-26
Calhoun County Fairgrounds
Michigan’s Largest Jamming Festival! The goal of this festival is to provide a safe and fun family environment for both local and regional bluegrass talent, and the people enjoying this energetic music. Come enjoy a performance, a day, or reserve a campsite and stay for the entire event! Many activities and improvised jamming around the grounds complete this festival of fun!

Leilapalooza Music Festival
July 26: 10 AM – 11 PM
Leila Arborteum
Battle Creek’s one-day music festival is a free event featuring musical acts all day long on a variety of stages. It’s a not to miss event!

Homer is Home Summer Festival
August 1-2
Main Street/Homer
This hog-loving festival is a big success in this small town with an amazing mix of activities and events including a bass fishing tournament, pet parade, puppet show, waterball, uke n sing, watermelon toss, mud volleyball, hog calling contest and horseshoe tournament to name a few. There are even rumors of politicians kissing piglets!

International Summerfest
August 9: 11 AM – 3 PM
Mill Race Park – Battle Creek
From traditional food and dancing, to entertainment and art, experience the wide variety of cultures represented throughout the Battle Creek area! The International Summerfest features performers such as belly dancers, martial art masters and more!

166th Calhoun County Fair
August 10-16
Calhoun County Fairgrounds
The Calhoun County Fairgrounds, in historic Marshall, Michigan, is home to Michigan's oldest fair and boasts Floral Hall, the oldest fair building in the state. The Calhoun County Fairgrounds were founded in 1848.

Festival of the Forks
September 19-20
Downtown Albion
The Festival of the Forks is a joyous community celebration with art, music, food and fun in downtown Albion. The festival celebrates the founding of Albion, located at the fork of the Kalamazoo River. Throughout the event, enjoy a classic car show, bands, a parade and more! The Festival of the Forks offers non-stop music from three stages and over 140 vendors -- serving ethnic foods, selling handmade crafts and artwork, and novelty items. Grab a bite to eat and stroll our streets, you're bound to find something interesting and new to enjoy!

Greater Lansing Area Summer Festivals

Greater Lansing Area contact & driving information

May 1–4 Spring Fling Festival, Mason
Come to Mason to experience all that Spring Fling has to offer. Includes a 5K run, a craft show on the courthouse square, pie sale, duck race and much more–there's something here for everyone.

May 3–4 Victorian Festival, Grand Ledge
Salute spring and the Victorian era with a maypole dance, teddy bear tea and high tea, Civil War encampment, quilt show, May baskets and period craft demonstrations.

May 17–18 East Lansing Art Festival, East Lansing
Fine artists from Michigan and beyond will line downtown East Lansing's streets to exhibit and sell original works of fine art and fine crafts. Free live music, children's hands-on arts activities and special events to celebrate the 51st East Lansing Art Festival.

May 23–25 Cristo Rey Fiesta, Lansing
This annual fiesta features authentic Mexican folkloric dancing as well as dancing in the evenings to live Tejano and Salsa Merengue bands. Proudly serving the finest in homemade Mexican dishes.

May 30 The Board of Water & Light Chili Cook-Off, Lansing
Over 40 local businesses compete annually to win the hearts, palates and votes of attendees. Competitors showcase culinary skills at a riverside party with 1500 gallons of chili, cold beer, margaritas and live bands.

May 31 Be A Tourist In Your Own Town, Community-wide
Special 20th year anniversary! Explore a world of possibilities in Greater Lansing from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Purchase a $1 "passport" for free admission to over 60 attractions. Enjoy interactive activities and giveaways for the kids! CATA Be A Tourist bus routes provide transportation to most attractions for just 50 cents. Collect ten stamps in the "passport" to win great prizes!

June 6–8 Gizzard Fest, Potterville
GIZZARD FEST—with a name like that you can count on it definitely being FUN! This annual festival is world renowned and includes a classic car show, 3-on-3 basketball, arts and crafts, carnival and lots more.

June 12-14 Grand American Fish Rodeo, Lansing
The Grand American Fish Rodeo is a celebration of Michigan waterways, fishing, boating, freshwater wildlife, fish-based foods, arts, and music. Based in downtown Lansing's Adado Riverfront Park, it will feature a cluster of overlapping activities and events.

June 14 Oldsmobile Homecoming, Lansing
This is the largest one-day Oldsmobile-only car show and swap meet in the world. Oldsmobiles will range in age from 1903 to the last cars built. Find over 500 show cars and 100 car-related swap meet and vendor spaces. And don't miss downtown Dimondale's pre-event cruise-in the day before!

June 15–21 Red Cedar Jubilee, Williamston
The Red Cedar Jubilee features parades as well as craft shows, an enduro derby, lawn mower races, a duck drop and a food and beverage tent with live music. While in town visit the antiques district.

June 19–21 Lansing Juneteenth Celebration, Lansing
Commemorating the end of slavery in the United States by celebrating the joys of liberty, educating the community about our heritage and promoting positive cultural interaction. This three-day event includes music, dance, entertainment, education, health fair and celebration.

June 21 Dam Festival, Eaton Rapids
Good food, music, crafters, a car show and tours of the multiple dams of Eaton Rapids. This festival celebrates the history and culture of Eaton Rapids (635 State St. on Miller Farm).

June 19–22 Yankee Doodle Days, Grand Ledge
This is the 31st celebration in Grand Ledge, featuring fun for the entire family with a parade, free kids day events, fireworks and entertainment tent with live music.

June 20–21 Summer Solstice Jazz Festival, East Lansing
A free two day Jazz Festival in the heart of downtown East Lansing, featuring high-caliber local, regional and national talent. Presented by the city of East Lansing, Wharton Center for the Performing Arts and the Michigan State University College of Music, with artistic direction by Rodney Whitaker.

June 20 Festival of the Moon, Old Town Lansing
Make one of the shortest nights of the year count at Festival of the Moon. Cool off on a warm summer night with a glass of cold craft-brewed beer while listening to rockin' regional and national bands. View the sculptures made of recycled materials created during the "Scrapfest" competition.

June 21 Festival of the Sun, Old Town Lansing
Celebrate the summer solstice with the Festival of the Sun, a premier beer, wine and gourmet food tasting festival. Enjoy fine wine, craft-brewed beer and the Lansing area's best cuisine and live entertainment. View the sculptures made of recycled materials created during the "Scrapfest" competition.

June 23–29 Lansing Beer Week, Lansing
This weeklong celebration will feature Michigan craft beer themed events throughout the greater Lansing area. The goal of Lansing Beer Week is to raise awareness of the Michigan craft beer industry while promoting patronage to local establishments and stimulating the greater Lansing area’s retail economy and Michigan made products.

June 28 Lansing Beer Fest, Lansing
Come out and enjoy the downtown Lansing area of Reo Town. Lansing Beer Fest is a outdoor beer festival on Washington Ave. that will feature Michigan Breweries and 30+ craft beers. Food trucks, DJ spinning music, home brew demo and more!

June 28 Delta Rocks! Family Festival, Delta Township
A free family festival featuring clowns, live animals, inflatable attractions, kid's make-it take-it crafts, stilt walker, face painting, live animals, music, super sling shot, trackless train, concessions and more.

July 7–12 Eaton County Fair, Charlotte
Whether you enjoy tractor and truck pulls, motor-cross races or demolition derbies, you can find it all at the Eaton County Fair.

July 7–13 Common Ground Music Festival, Lansing
Join us for Common Ground Music Festival and help celebrate the 15th year of this annual week-long music celebration. National headlining artists mix with regional and local favorites to create the summer's hottest festival. Enjoy rock, country, blues and more along the scenic Grand River.

July 19 Taste of Downtown, Lansing
Enjoy a summer afternoon in Downtown Lansing by sampling a variety of cuisines and food specialties from Downtown's finest restaurants. Plenty of food sampling, wine tasting from over 100 varieties of wine from around the world, and live music on Washington Square!

July 26 Car Capital Auto Show, Downtown Lansing
This car show is free for spectators and celebrates Lansing’s automotive history by featuring over 250 classic cars, muscle cars, motorcycles and collectible vehicles. All makes and models welcome. Food vendors, exhibitors and DJ.

July 28–Aug. 2 Ingham County Fair, Mason
Celebrating 160 years, the fair offers something for everyone including hundreds of exhibits, the excitement of the grandstand events, large midway, a petting zoo and more!

August 1–2 Bath Days Festival, Bath
Home of the "International Bath Tub Races," this family-friendly festival includes craft and car shows, rides, fireworks, a children's entertainment and play area, parade and of course the main feature–bath tub races down Main Street.

August 1–2 Lansing JazzFest, Old Town Lansing
Lansing JazzFest is a two-day music festival filling the streets of historic Old Town with 20 hours of free music on three stages, KidzBeat activities for children and wonderful food and crafts vendors for all. Experience for yourself why an average of 10,000 attendees from mid-Michigan and beyond have been enjoying this event since 1995!

August 2 Island Art Fair, Grand Ledge
The 41st annual Island Art Fair features over 100 artists, plus food and live music on the Second Island in downtown Grand Ledge. Grand Princess boat rides available.

August 8–10 Great Lakes Folk Festival, East Lansing
The MSU Museum presents this three-day celebration of culture, tradition and community. Find music, dance, food and more with the roots, the rhythms and the richness of cultures across America and around the world.

August 8–10 St. Johns Mint Festival, St. Johns
Each year the mint farming heritage is celebrated at the St. Johns Mint Festival. Arts and crafts, flea market, food concessions, parade, five sports tournaments, free entertainment, quilt show, car show, carnival and tons of activities for kids.

August 14–16 Renegade Theatre Festival, Old Town Lansing
Three days of free theatre showcased in Lansing’s most artistic district—Old Town; featuring a wide range of performance styles from comedy, puppet shows, musicals, improv, staged readings and more!

August 14–16 DeWitt Ox Roast, DeWitt
For over 68 years DeWitt has celebrated on the banks of the Looking Glass River with an arts and crafts show, food and beverage tents, a parade, classic car show, entertainment, fireworks at dusk and more!

August 20 Old 27 Motor Tour, Lansing
View hundreds of classic cars as they tour nostalgic old US 27 from Coldwater to Cheboygan on a five-day tour, stopping in Lansing mid-tour (Aug. 20). This is one of the premier classic car events.

August 22–23 Mason Sun Dried Music Fest, Mason
This free music event features many bands, food vendors, a beer and wine refreshment tent and a variety of items for sale. Located in the streets of Mason, next to Ingham County Courthouse, downtown shops and restaurants will open their doors to you!

August 23 Michigan Pride March, Rally & Festival, Lansing
A statewide celebration of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community and allies. The festival kicks off Friday night in Old Town with the White Party. Saturday, take part in a march to the Capitol, a rally on the Capitol's East Lawn, then return to Old Town for all-ages entertainment, vendors and a beverage tent.

Petoskey Area Summer Festivals

Petoskey Area contact & driving information

The Petoskey Area is preparing for another whirlwind summer of non-stop activities, fun events and festivals. There's so much going on we can't even mention it all, but here's some highlights:

May 15 - 18, National Morel Festival, Boyne City
Mushroom hunt, carnival, Taste of Morels

June 21, Bay Harbor Vintage Car and Boat Festival, Bay Harbor
An incredible show of cars and boats from across the country

June 28, Waterfront Wine Festival, Harbor Springs
An afternoon of wine tasting and live music in this very quaint town

July 26 - 27, Annual Bay Harbor Art Festival, Bay Harbor
High-quality art showcase in this beautiful outdoor venue

August 8 - 18, Riverfest, Alanson
Music, history and community pride along the famous Inland Water Way

August 15 - 17, Festival on the Bay, Petoskey
Chalk and chocolate, music tent, kids activities and Million Dollar Sunsets

For a complete calendar of events, please visit

Traverse City Summer Festivals

Traverse City contact & driving information

The Traverse City Film Festival was held for the first time in 2005 and has returned bigger and better each year. The week-long event is held in late July and runs through early August featuring new releases, classic films, documentaries, and independent productions. Venues are dotted across the city and include the venerable State Theater and the historic City Opera House. Each evening, free family-friendly movies are shown on a huge inflatable screen at the Open Space overlooking Grand Traverse Bay. July 28-August 3.

For more than 80 years the National Cherry Festival has been our way of celebrating Traverse City’s status as America’s Cherry Capital. The eight-day summer festival offers over 130 events and attractions, including free air shows, concerts, two parades, daily kids events, food tastings, the Festival of Races, and (of course) Cherry Pie Eating and Pit Spitting competitions for every age. Everything is located conveniently within walking distance, and since almost all the events are free, it offers more than a week of affordable family fun. July 5-12.

The Horse Shows by the Bay Equestrian Festival features more than 1,200 world-class riders and horses from throughout the country competing for four weeks in the Olympic discipline of Show Jumping. The Festival is located at the 80-acre Flintfields Horse Park on Bates Road, a half mile north of M-72 in Acme Township. Spectators are welcome at feature events, which are scheduled on the weekends and include special family day activities, charity fundraisers and exciting Gran Prix competitions. July 2-27.

The Traverse City Microbrew & Music Festival started in as a summer festival and proved so popular that now there’s also a wintertime version. Both festivals both feature over 200 types of craft beer, wines, ciders and meads paired with international music talents -- plus lots of musical fun, games and discussions about the brewer’s art. August 22-23.

The Traverse City Wine & Art Festival, a popular celebration of “wine, culture & cuisine,” features tastings & full glass pours from the region's best wineries, paired with food created by local chefs, artworks by local painters, potters, weavers and other artists, and a diverse slate of musical performers. The festival takes place at one of Traverse City’s most scenic venues: the wide tree-shaded lawn of the Village at Grand Traverse Commons – a former mental asylum whose tawny castle-like buildings have become a hub of Traverse City’s bustling culinary scene. June 21.

The Taste of Traverse City showcases the eclectic mix of epicurean specialties that the area is quickly becoming more known for. The weekend-long festival at the beginning of June features events that cater to everyone no matter their palette - including the Foodie Film Festival, Grub Crawl through Downtown Traverse City, Best of the Brunch Epicurean Throwdown, and the signature Taste of Traverse City event along the shores of West Grand Traverse Bay. August 29-31.

White Lake Area Summer Festivals

White Lake Area contact & driving information

Summer Concert Series: Montague Band Shell offers free concerts every Tuesday, June-August at 7 pm. Concert-goers can enjoy the music of jazz, folk, country, swing and international groups. Programs are sponsored by the Arts Council.

Taste of White Lake, June 5, 2014 • 5 p.m. Howmet Playhouse, Whitehall. Community members come together to show off an array of food and spirits.

White Lake Area Nature Walks, 1st Saturday of each month June 7 – October 4, 2014. Walks begin at 10:30am and go until 12 noon and vary in locations.

36th Annual White Lake Area Arts & Crafts Festival
Saturday & Sunday, June 14 & 15
Saturday 10 am-5 pm, Sunday 11 am-4 pm
Goodrich Park Annex, Whitehall. Juried Art Festival. Continuous entertainment and food court. More than 75 booths will be presenting at this festival.

4th of July Parade, Friday, July 4, 2014 beginning at 10 a.m. From Whitehall City Hall to Montague City Hall. Over 100 entries are involved in this family fun, annual parade.

4th of July Fireworks, Friday, July 4,2014. North end of White Lake. This annual event begins at dusk.

Cruz’in Classic Car Show, Friday, July 25,2014. Downtown Montague. Cars cruise at 7 p.m. from Whitehall to Montague where they will be on display in the downtown area. DJ, food and fun for all.

White Lake Wine and Jazz Festival, Saturday, August 2, 2014. A wine tasting, live jazz, appetizers and desserts, art for sale and a silent auction will be featured at this annual White Lake Wine & Jazz Festival. By car or by boat, this exciting 3-7 p.m. lakefront event will take place in Goodrich Park in Whitehall.

Labor Day Community Walk, Monday, September 1, 2014 • 10 a.m. Hart-Montague Bike Trail, at the trailhead behind Montague Foods

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