Summertime in Michigan: 5 Things to Check Out in July

Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff

  • July 7th-9th in St. Joseph
  • Welcome to the 56th annual Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff, sponsored by the Krasl Art Center!  
  • With an estimated 50,000 attendees, the Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff is one of the most prestigious and well-attended events in Southwest Michigan.  with over 200 artists’ booths
  • The Art Fair is consistently ranked as one of the top art fairs in the country and has specifically been chosen as one of the Top 20 Art Fairs by Sunshine Artist Magazine for 5 years running.
  • The art fair boasts a wide variety of gourmet food trucks, snacks and cold drinks.
  • On the Krasl Art Center grounds guests will find the Beer and Wine Garden, a great place to relax in the shade, listen to music and sample local brews and selections from Southwest Michigan wineries.
  • If you’ve brought the family make certain to bring the kids to the Kidz Zone to create masterpieces of their own to take home.

Lowell Riverwalk Festival

  • 23rd Annual Riverwalk Festival
  • This Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Events Along the Riverwalk, Historic Downtown & the City of Lowell
  • This three-day event includes many activities for you and your family to enjoy.
  • Concerts, Arts & Crafts & Re-found Treasures show, From the Heart Parade, Riverwalk Cruise-in (classic cars), Kidz Zone, Pontoon Rides, kayak and canoe race, kayak fun w/Bill & Paul’s Sporthaus, food booths, used book sale, downtown shopping, street entertainers, $1500 State Farm Duck Race, Laurels of Kent fireworks and much more!
  • Grilling & Chilling on Avery Street

New Golf Course: Stoatin Brae

  • Augusta, MI
  • Located at Gull Lake View: home to six championship golf courses rated 4 ½ stars or higher by golf digest.
  • Golf designers are transitioning into a much-anticipated phase that puts the sheer enjoyment of the game – the fun of golf – at the forefront.
  • After a partial opening last fall, Stoatin Brae is ready to hit the ground running with 18 holes opening this spring.
  • Its charm and beauty is sure to resonate with golfers, and Stoatin Brae has everything a premier golf destination course needs – rolling topography, spectacular views, and pure, uncompromising golf where the secret to a good round is hitting good golf shots.
  • There is nothing tricky or obscure about Stoatin Brae.
  • “Just like all our courses, we want to keep Stoatin Brae affordable and playable, so the pricing will be dynamic throughout the season,” Johnson said.
  • There is another component at Stoatin Brae that is sure to be a hit with golfers. The new Blue Stem restaurant offers casual fine dining for residents of the Battle Creek/Kalamazoo area and golfers. Sitting atop a 200-foot ridge at one of the highest points in Kalamazoo County and adjacent to the pro shop, Blue Stem is destined to become a year-round attraction with its outstanding menu, variety of events, and unmatched views.

Common Ground Music Festival

  • An annual music festival that takes place in downtown Lansing, Michigan. The July festival, which began in the year 2000 and attracts 50,000-plus people each year, is located at the Louis Adado Riverfront Park along the Grand River.
  • Common Ground takes place Thursday, July 6, through Sunday, July 9, at Lansing’s Adado Riverfront Park.Headliners are Alessia Cara on Thursday, Toby Keith on Friday, Shinedown on Saturday and Big Sean on Sunday.
  • Each day of the festival is dedicated to a particular genre.
  • Dos: Lawn chairs, small purses and bags, non-professional cameras and mobile phones.
  • $15 general admission, $30 festival pass for kids between ages 6 and 10. Children under 5 are free, but they must be accompanied by a ticketed adult.

West Michigan Photo Contest

  • With so much beauty found in West Michigan, the West Michigan Tourist Association wants you to show off what you love most about this beautiful side of the state, and win some great West Michigan prizes!
  • The winning photo will be featured on the cover of the 2018 West Michigan Carefree Travel Guide.
  • WMTA’s favorite photo entries received by July 31st, 2017, will be made available via a public vote on the West Michigan Facebook page to determine the winners of the 2017 West Michigan Photo Contest. First place to be determined by WMTA judges.

Contest Details:

Accepted Photo Formats: High res .jpeg (300 dpi +) or .tiff.

How to Enter: E-mail all photos to by July 31st, 2017. Submit one photo per email; multiple entries per person allowed.

Include With Entry:

  • Full name
  • City that the photograph was taken in
  • Short description of the photo.

Deadline: July 31st, 2017

All winning photos will be featured in the West Michigan Carefree Travel Guide publication in early 2018.

By entering the 2017 West Michigan Photo Contest, entrants agree to the rules and the decisions of the judges and further agree to allow the West Michigan Tourist Association to use their names and photos for marketing purposes without compensation.

  • Entrants must be at least 18 years old.