Summer brings a full calendar of festivals, fairs, and celebrations around West Michigan! From food to wine, art fairs to car shows, there are events taking place nearly every week throughout the upcoming months and always something right around the corner for you to experience with these West Michigan festivals.
Enjoy BBQ, bands, art and craft show and lots of family fun at the Cereal City BBQ Festival in Battle Creek May 3rd!
May 4-12 brings the 90th Anniversary of the Tulip Time Festival in downtown Holland! Millions of tulips line the streets, and burst forth in city parks and growing fields. Round out the fun with Dutch Dancing, headline entertainment, three parades, and much more!
Mighty Uke Day, May 10-12 in Lansing is the largest ukulele festival in the Midwest and features concerts, workshops, group strums, open mic, children’s activities, and more. Proceeds help fund music programs in Michigan classrooms and communities.
Kick off the summer festival fun with the 8th Annual Shanty-to-Shorts festival run on Saturday, May 11, at Shanty Creek in Bellaire. Take part in the 5K, starting on the front steps of Shanty Creek Resort’s Lakeview Hotel to the front door of Short’s Brewing Company. Shanty-to-Shorts also offers a 10K or a Fun Run.
Cruise over to the Coldwater Car Show at the Branch County Fairgrounds in Coldwater Country May 11th and 12th and see the largest show in the area with up to 1,200 Show Cars, over 100 Show Quality Cycles, over 300 Vendors including Swap and Arts & Crafts, plus over 10,000 spectators yearly.
This Mother’s Day Weekend, May 11 & 12, take mom to Petoskey’s Rosé and Roses Festival! Stop by each of the twelve member wineries for an amazing selection of Rosés and their 2018 vintage releases. Purchase a tasting and receive a free rose. From Roses to Rosés, Red Carnations to Red Wine, White Tulips to White Riesling they have great wines and new vintages for you to try; Bring the whole family and celebrate Mom. The Petoskey Wine Region‘s premier grape, Marquette makes awarding winning and world class Rosé. Tasting is believing! Stop by any member winery in order to ‘start’ this event and acquire your first flower! End your day with a beautiful bouquet of up to 12 blooms.
Enjoy live music, craft beer, regional wines, and local barbeque at the BBQ, Blues, and Bluegrass festival May 18th in Whirlpool Centennial Park, St. Joseph. Hosted by St. Joseph Today. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 the day of the event
One of the largest arts and crafts shows in the state, the MSU Spring Arts and Crafts Show in East Lansing May 18th and 19th includes a broad range of vendors selling handmade items including: candles, furniture, jewelry, home and yard décor, aromatherapy, clothing, children’s toys, painting, photography, pottery, sculpture, and much more!
Join in celebrating the highly anticipated 55th annual East Lansing Art Festival May 18 and 19. This mid-Michigan, two-day event features over 170 fine art exhibitors, three live music stages, art activities for all ages, live artist demos, poetry, and an international-style food court in downtown East Lansing.
May 24th, Spring into the Arts! Celebrate the spring along the river on the linear park trail in downtown Battle Creek! There will be vendors, art, and music for the whole family to enjoy.
Visit Coldwater for a journey through time at the annual River Through Time reenactment event May 24th through 26th.
May 25-26, The Annual Memorial Weekend Art and Wine Festival kicks off the summer season at Lemon Creek Winery in Berrien Springs. Local and regional artists will be showcasing a variety of mediums, from pottery to photography, paintings and glass work.
Kick off the summer on May 25th at the Michigan Beer & Brat Festival, a Memorial Day weekend tradition at Crystal Mountain, Thompsonville. Enjoy live entertainment while sampling an enormous selection of Michigan’s finest microbrews, local hard cider and mead, and gourmet brats from northwest Michigan markets.
Alma Highland Festival and Games, May 25-26th, in Alma.
May 31st is the second annual Margarita Fest! Presented by LEPFA and City Pulse. Come to the Lansing Center’s riverside plaza and sample up to 15 signature margaritas from Lansing area bars and restaurants! Enjoy a full-service bar and a variety of Lansing’s best food vendors. Dress up in your wildest tropical getup for a chance to win a prize! Attendees must be 21+ with valid ID.
Plan a trip to Mecosta County for the Barryton Lilac Festival, Craft and Vendor Show. The Lilac Festival is a chance for families to come out and do something fun, as a hometown, family-friendly event. The fun begins on Friday, May 31st with a talent show, pony rides, and a petting zoo. Saturday the festival gets into full swing with the parade at 1 p.m. Other events on Saturday include a car show, and free-throw shootout. The vendor and craft show will be available Friday through Sunday. The festival wraps up on Sunday with a 5k Run/Walk and breakfast! New this year on Saturday is the 1st annual Plant Swap from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. where you sign in with a table of your own plants, receive tickets based on what you brought and peruse other tables in order to swap their bounties with tickets. Also new this year on Sunday, June 2nd is the Barryton Lilac 5K event which begins at 9 a.m. and is followed by a Pancake Breakfast.
Nearly 200 artists are expected to participate in the 68th Annual Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Fair June 7-8. Many of the jury-selected artists travel from around the country to participate in the oldest outdoor fair in Michigan. The variety of mediums on view includes ceramics, jewelry, glass, fiber, leather, paintings, prints, sculpture, wood, and photography. Always the first weekend in June, the fair runs Friday, 3-8 pm, and Saturday, 9 am-5 pm. Artists are the headliners, but entertainment, food vendors, Saturday children’s activities, and a Friday beer garden add to the fun.
Festival of the Arts, June 7, 8, and 9, in downtown Grand Rapids, celebrates 50 years of community art, music, dance and food!
Celebrate northern Michigan wine and food in Leland June 8th for the annual Leland Wine & Food Festival! Enjoy local award-winning wines from 12 Leelanau Peninsula Wineries & one local brewery, specialties from eight local food vendors and the beautiful views of Lake Michigan and the Manitou Islands from Leland Harbor. Dance to live music all day and explore nearby Leland shops and beaches.
National Cereal Festival takes place June 8th in Battle Creek. Celebrate the birthplace of cereal with an all-you-can-eat cereal bar! There will be cereal, vendors, music and ends with the National Cereal Festival Parade.
Party with Southwest Michigan’s beer, wine, and spirits makers at Bridgman’s Weko Beach June 8 at the Makers Trail Festival. Enjoy beer, wine, and spirits tastings from over 30 different Southwest Michigan makers, local food, and live music all with a Lake Michigan view. Tickets are $10 in advance or $20 at the gate.
The Mt. Pleasant Craft Beer Festival is scheduled for June 8th. Featuring the greatest brews throughout the state of Michigan, attendees will sample everything from beer to cider and mead. The Mt. Pleasant Craft Beer Festival is a celebration of the beer culture in Central Michigan and focuses on bringing the beer community together, including brew masters, brewery representatives, restaurant owners, managers, and chefs.
The five Cumulus Radio stations of Muskegon are excited to be organizing and hosting the inaugural Muskegon Summer Wine Up festival on Saturday, June 8th, 2019 at Hackley Park. In addition to a variety of wine vendors from Michigan, the United States and all over the world, patrons will also be treated to wine seminars, a Mystery Wine contest, and more.
Spring Lake Heritage Festival, June 10th-15th. This annual summer event in Spring Lake, Michigan is a wonderful opportunity to spend quality time with family and friends.
Get ready for fun at the Muskegon Heights Festival June 13-15th! This community celebration features a carnival, food vendors, gospel service, live music, a grand parade, and much more! It’s all happening at Rowan Park on Broadway Ave. Find more information on the Muskegon Heights Festival from Visit Muskegon.
Lansing’s Juneteenth Celebration & African American Parade commemorates the end of slavery in the United States by celebrating the joys of liberty, educating the community about African-American heritage and promoting positive cultural interaction. This three-day event, occurring June 13-15, includes music, dance, entertainment, educational exhibits, children’s activities, a health fair, and parade! This year, they’re celebrating more than 25 years in the Lansing area.
Michigan Pride March, Rally, and Festival, June 14 and 15 in downtown Lansing, is a statewide celebration of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community and allies. The festival kicks off Friday night with the White Party. Saturday, take part in a march to the Capitol, a rally on the Capitol lawn, then head to Old Town for the festival, complete with all-ages entertainment, vendors, and a beverage tent.
HarborFest Hosts Mermaid MegaFest in downtown South Haven, June 14th and 15th. Enjoy water events including dragon boat races, craft fair, kids’ activities and rides, great music, and visit the merfolk gathered along the South Pier!
June 14-16 brings the Great Lakes Rodeo in Marquette! Each year, on Father’s Day weekend, the Great Lakes Rodeo creates a weekend of fun and excitement for the entire family. Whether you enjoy watching the cowboys attempt to ride a bull or get a good laugh from the rodeo clown, the Great Lakes Rodeo has something for you.
Lake Michigan Shore Wine Festival, Warren Dunes State Park in Sawyer, June 15th.
Get ready for the M88 Market Tour, a 26-mile Antrim county wide community outdoor market sale June 15th. The villages of Mancelona, Bellaire, Central Lake, and Eastport, as well as homes along the M88 route, will offer sidewalk sales, garage sales, arts & crafts, antiques, and more. Various locations will offer pop-up booth venues for local vendors. Market shoppers can drive M88 from any direction to shop, eat and explore. Market maps will be available at designated locations and a grand prize drawing will be held.
Spirit of the Woods Folk Festival takes place at Dickson Township Park in Brethren in Manistee County on June 15th. The festival features a day full of music on two stages, arts and crafts vendors, children’s activities, great food, and a closing dance.
Explore the White Lakes Arts & Crafts Festival June 15-16th. This juried arts and crafts festival features continuous entertainment, a food court, and over 75 booths. Purchase items for the garden, clothing, paintings and prints, folk art, leather goods, floral designs, stained glass, signs, children’s toys, and bath items.
The seventh annual Lansing Beer Fest, June 15th, is an outdoor beer festival on Washington Ave. in REO Town featuring 20 Michigan breweries and 100+ craft beers. Also find cider, spirits, giant games, live music, vendors and more!
The 27th annual Oldsmobile Homecoming, a car show and swap meet for all Oldsmobile and Oldsmobile-powered vehicles, will be held June 15 in Lansing. The event will celebrate the 1962-1963 Jetfire, built by Oldsmobile.
Enjoy The Summer Solstice Jazz Festival, June 21 and 22nd, a free two-day music festival in the heart of downtown East Lansing, featuring the best in local, regional and national talent, children’s activities, a traditional New Orleans-style Second Line Parade, and more. Presented by the City of East Lansing, and the MSU College of Music, with artistic direction by Rodney Whitaker.
Whether you bike, run, or hike, come out to celebrate the trails at Marquette Trails Festival June 21-23! All proceeds from the event go to support and maintain Marquette’s singletrack trails.
Strawberry pies, strawberry shortcake, and fresh strawberries are the real draw to the Strawberry Festival June 22nd in downtown Coldwater, but the wonderful crafters have handmade candles, jewelry, yard ornaments, furniture and more.
On Saturday, June 22, head to downtown Grand Rapids for Founders Fest 2019 :: A Celebration of Beer and Music. Now in its 12th year, Founders Fest continues to bring together the tastiest beer with the finest artists from around the country, and the world.
Head to Lansing for the Three Stack Music Festival on June 22nd. Taking over the art-friendly REO Town neighborhood, Three Stacks takes place in the shadow of the iconic smokestacks of the Eckert Power Plant, which dominate the Lansing skyline from every direction.
Join Leelanau Studios in Traverse City for Planet of the Grapes, a fun afternoon on Saturday, June 22, 2019 from 3:00 to 8:00 pm at the Grand Traverse Regional Campus Festival Lawn. Indulge in local wines, brews and foods while grooving to live musical performances by Soul Patch, Levi Britton and more! Comedy performances include Norm Stulz (HBO, ComedyCentral). Enjoy the Wine Education Room for educational wine tasting seminars.
Holland PRIDE Festival takes place June 22 at Centennial Park. Live entertainment, food vendors, booths staffed by area businesses and organizations, a silent auction, and LGBTQ and ally fellowship! Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult
Celebrate local wine, food, and culture at the 9th annual Traverse City Wine and Cider Festival, June 24th.
Head to Lansing June 27-30th for the 20th annual Common Ground Music Festival. See some of the best rock, pop, country, and hip-hop stars in the world take the stage in downtown Lansing along the Grand River in a setting unlike any other.
Corsets, Whips & Whiskey, Journeyman Distillery’s annual summer party in Three Oaks, features live music, craft cocktails, a cookout menu, and a bottle release of their single-grain, cask strength, “Corsets, Whips & Whiskey.” Play cornhole, compete for prizes on their 18 hole “Welter’s Folly” putting course, and enjoy family, friends, and neighbors. The party begins June 29th at 11:30 and lasts until 10pm EDT. Admission is free and open to all ages!
Visit Grand Haven June 29th and 30th for the Grand Haven Art Festival, featuring 100 one-of-a-kind artists, live music, local food vendors. Family Fun Day (free arts & crafts for kids) on Saturday from 10am – 2pm. GHAF is ranked as a top 20 art festival in the country by Sunshine Artist Magazine.
Spend an afternoon in South Haven at the 61st Annual Art Show June 29 and 30, a two-day juried festival featuring the work of more than 120 talented artists. The fair offers a unique blend of fine and functional artwork in acrylics, oils, watercolors, pastels, drawing, sculpture, photography, metal, glass, wood, clay and wearable art.
The National Cherry Festival, July 2 through July 9 in Traverse City.
Celebrate the 4th of July at the Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show and Balloon Festival, July 3-7th!
Plan a special day with the whole family at Rock Stock in Muskegon, July 4-6. This year’s 4th of July celebration will feature lots of great food, craft beers, vendors, tried and true music, and KIDSTOCK, a Kangaroo Palace special event for kids of all ages.
Celebrating its 83rd year, Manistee National Forest Festival is the signature festival for the Manistee Area Chamber of Commerce. Hosted every year over the 4th of July/Independence Day Holiday, the Manistee National Forest Festival is a beloved tradition. The Forest Festival highlights include events such as the Independence Day Parade, Fireworks over Lake Michigan, Festival Marketplace, Manistee World of Arts & Crafts, a Carnival and much more! This year’s event will take place July 4-7th.
The Lakeshore Art Festival, July 5-6, features a unique blend of fine art, crafts, music, food, and fun in beautiful downtown Muskegon. Experience over 300 juried fine art and specialty craft exhibitors, children’s activities, specialty food items, street performers, multiple interactive art stations, Chalk the Walk, The Door Project, Kayak Sculptures, and so much more!
Folks return to Treetops Resort in Gaylord year after year for the annual Summerfest and Fireworks show. The weekend offers something for all ages and all interests including the Red, White & Blue Golf Scramble, scenic chairlift rides, kids games and activities, live music, disc golf, lawn games, food and drink specials, and the epic fireworks show at dusk. Entry to SummerFest is free, but guests may purchase tickets for select activities, food and beverage. Custom packages are available for this festive and family fun weekend scheduled for July 5-7, 2019. For more information call: (844) 368-6557 or visit Treetops.com.
Muskegon 150th Celebration, July 11-13, will recognize 150 glorious years in the City of Muskegon with a three-day concert series at Heritage Landing that will include Bret Michaels, Gretchen Wilson, Kansas, Warrant, and Freddie Jackson!
July 11th kicks off the Ionia Free Fair at the Ionia County Fair Grounds.
The village of Bear Lake plays host to Bear Lake Days July 12-14, celebrating the rich heritage and history of this beautiful community in Manistee County’s North Coast Region. BLD is always held the second weekend in July, and features a grand parade, fireworks spectacle over Bear Lake, food vendors, entertainment and much more!
Get ready for the Fresh Coast Fitness Festival, July 13 & 14! This three-person team competition happening at Muskegon’s Pere Marquette Beach guarantees to test your fitness in ways that you just can’t inside the box. They plan to take full advantage of the sandy shoreline and maybe the water, too. But, what about the barbells? Don’t worry, a heavy lift event will be one of the day’s highlights.
The main drag through downtown Muskegon will be filled with thousands of motorcycles, vendors, music and more as Rebel Road and Bike Time take over Western Ave July 17-21!
July 18-20 is your chance to experience the Polish Festival in Bronson. This 3-day event kicks off annually with fireworks and an opening ceremony, complete with door prizes and crowning of Polish Royalty. Polish food and music, a parade, a Polish wedding reception, crafts, talent show, car show, pancake breakfast, fishing tournament, truck pulls, Bingo, and sports tournaments fill this weekend with events for the whole family.
The Hiawatha Traditional Music Festival in Marquette will be held the weekend of July 19 through 21st and feature traditional, acoustic, American music. Each year’s main-stage line-up can include bluegrass, old-time, Cajun, Celtic, acoustic blues, Gospel, etc. The line-up includes national, regional, and local performers, and singer/songwriters are often featured. The Festival also includes music and activities throughout the weekend designed for teens, tweens, and young children. An arts and craft show sponsored by The Hiawatha Music Co-op is held in conjunction with the Festival. Many of the art and craft vendors sell earth-friendly items.
July 19-21 brings Remus Heritage Days. This annual event hosted in Remus, Mecosta County, celebrates the community through events such as a parade, a car show, softball tournament, kid’s activities, and so much more.
Kaleva, in the center of Manistee County, will host Kaleva Days, July 20-21. The festival includes the Kaleva School Reunion, music, food, ballgames, car and tractor show, games, parade, beer tent, poker run, crafts, and more.
Head to Bellaire July 20-26th for the 2019 Family Nature Summit.
Amusement rides, food, live music, mud running, monster truck showdown, motocross and rodeo await you at the Ottawa County Fair in Holland, June 22-27.
The 18th annual Blueberry Festival, is set for Friday, July 26, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Downtown Marquette. Washington and Front streets will be bustling with sidewalk sales, food vendors, artists, demonstrations, pony rides, inflatable arcade games, and activities for children and families. Downtown restaurants will satisfy your cravings for blueberry fare, from blueberry pizza to blueberry beer, while many downtown shops offer will offer “blue” specials. Local farmers will be on-hand throughout the day selling fresh produce, including mounds of plump blueberries and music fills the streets as live musicians perform throughout the day.
Find yourself in the quaint coastal community this summer during the Arcadia Daze celebration. This festival is a great local event that celebrates the heritage of Arcadia in Manistee County, July 26-28.
Grand Haven’s Coast Guard Festival, July 26 through August 4th.
The En Gedi Christial Music Festival, held at the En Gedi Campground near St Joseph, a one day family focused festival on July 27th, is packed full of music and activities for the whole family. This festival features music from Sanctus Real, Jonny Diaz. and many more. With gates opening at 10 am, your family will enjoy this beautiful setting along the St. Joseph River and the festive atmosphere of the kids zone and area vendors. Details and tickets are available at https://engedimusicfest.com. Use promo code wmta10 for 10% off your ticket price.
Art on the Rocks has grown to one of the finest art shows in the country, attracting over 140 artists and 10,000 people each year. This year celebrates the 61st annual fine art and crafts festival in Mattson Lower Harbor Park, sandwiched between Marquette’s historic downtown and the Cinder Pond Marina on beautiful Lake Superior the weekend of July 27th and July 28th.
Celebration on the Pond happens August 2-4 in Morley in Mecosta County and celebrates the “Trucking Capital of Michigan” with a car show, a mud bog, and multiple pulling events throughout the weekend.
Art in the Park in Holland, August 3rd, is celebrating its 50th year! Up to 300 artists and artisans from eight states will be displaying their work.
Island Art Fair, Saturday August 3rd, in Grand Ledge.
Onekama Days, August 3-4th, includes a wide range of activities, taking place downtown at the Village Park and at the Manistee County Fairgrounds. Among them are arts & crafts, 5k run and walk, tennis tournament, classic car show, church bazaars and luncheons, hospitality tent, kids activities, dances, Friday night fireworks, and Sunday parade.
Celebrate the rural life of Branch County at the Branch County Fair August 4-10.
Art Walk Central in Mt. Pleasant, held August 5-30, is a juried art competition that features work from 100+ artists. Paintings, sculptures, photography, and crafts are put on display throughout the city for the month of August. A favorite event is the Artist Battle! competition, where featured artists are given two hours to complete a piece of work and the winner will be chosen by the community.
Magicians and Illusionists from all over the world will converge on Colon Michigan for Magic Fest, August 7-10th.
Come to Heritage Landing in Muskegon August 7-10th for the Unity Christian Music Festival, Michigan’s premier Christian music festival! Enjoy dozens of great acts and plenty of family activities.
South Haven’s signature event since 1963, the National Blueberry Festival will be held August 8-11th.
Celebrate the Michigan lakes at the Boyne City Pirate Festival, August 8th-10th.
Coopersville Car Show and Summerfest, August 9th and 10th in downtown Coopersville.
Grapes on the River, held August 10th, is an event that pairs local cuisine and Michigan wine. Enjoy top-notch live entertainment, while relaxing in the park at the Manistee Municipal Marina overlooking the Manistee River in the heart of downtown.
Ore to Shore, Michigan’s largest mass start, point-to-point mountain bike event, will be held August 10th in Marquette. Registration now open at oretoshore.com.
Head on over to Marshall for the oldest County Fair in Michigan! The Calhoun County Fair will be held August 11-17th.
“Duck” into Bellaire and let the “quackin” begin! The Bellaire Chamber of Commerce presents the 32nd Annual Rubber Ducky Festival in Downtown Bellaire on August 12 – 18, 2019, sponsored by Bellaire Family Health Center and Fischer Insurance. The Rubber Ducky festival kicks off on Monday, August 12 and runs through Sunday, August 18. Featuring a week of events including Bay Area Big Band, Community Paddle Event, Commission on Aging Picnic, Duck and Glow 5k Run/Walk and 1 Mile Kiddie Dash, Grass River’s “Riverfest & Auction,” Corn Hole Tournament, Kids Activities, Rubber Ducky Parade and Race, and “Woodstock 2” Live Music. Finish the week with the return of the Short’s Glacial Hills Challenge XC on Sunday. Rubber Ducky Festival’s biggest day is on Saturday August 17, featuring a quarter-mile race when 2000 yellow ducks are dumped into the Intermediate River, after Bellaire’s largest parade of the year, with the finish line at Riverside Marina.
55th Annual Danish Festival in Greenville, August 15-18th.
Come to Holland for the IRC International Festival Saturday, August 17. This one-day event will feature dancers, musicians, storytellers, and visual artists representing the peoples and cultures of Africa, Asia, Europe, and Australia.
Country radio station, WMUS (107.9FM) invites you to join them at beautiful Heritage Landing for Moose Fest 2019! This FREE day of music, August 17th, features many of your favorite artists playing acoustical sets. Listen in or check their website at www.107mus.iheart.com for information on locations where you can pick up your FREE tickets to this great day of music on Muskegon Lake.
The Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy (MLC) invites you to attend their annual Muskegon Bright Lights Festival, August 17th, in celebration of the Michigan Maritime Festival. Festival-goers can visit Muskegon South Pierhead Light, overlooking the award-winning Pere Marquette Beach, and climb the tower to take in unparalleled views of Muskegon’s broad Lake Michigan shoreline, forests and beaches. Special festival offerings include family-friendly events, performances, and more.
All SUP’ers, surfers, kiteboarders, kayakers, windsurfers, artists and yogis are invited to the Great Lakes Surf Festival at Pere Marquette Beach in Muskegon, August 17th to experience this fun filled day of watersports.
Breakaway Music Festival in Grand Rapids, August 23rd and 24th
Bring the family to Hastings’ Summerfest August 23 – 25. The annual event features an arts and crafts sale on the lawn of the historical and picturesque Barry County Courthouse, food, live music and entertainment, sporting events, Grand Parade, car show, and more.
The Polish Heritage Society hosts the 40th annual Polish Festival in downtown Grand Rapids August 23-25.
The fifth annual Burning Foot Beer Festival, August 24th, will ignite Pere Marquette Beach in Muskegon! Although the sand will already be hot, Burning Foot is turning up the heat with dozens of Great Lakes-region breweries, food, bands, games, art, camping, and more!
SummerFest, August 24th in downtown Big Rapids, includes a variety of entertainment opportunities such as performances from the Ferris State Cheerleaders, a small car show, dance parties, sporting games, and so much more!
The annual Big Bear Butt Bike Cruise, held August 24th, is composed of four different rides: 60k, 130k, 170k, and a 210k. All will take you across Tippy Dam and on some of Manistee County’s best roads, across beautiful rivers, through scenic forests, and out to the majestic bluff views of Lake Michigan.
Harbor Fest takes place August 24-25 at downtown Marquette’s Mattson Lower Harbor Park.HarborFest is one of the best free 2 day music festivals in the UP, but it’s so much more! It includes a beer and wine tent specializing in craft beers, food tents, kids inflatable activities, a classic car & motorcycle show, a luge demonstration track to try, live music, and the culmination of a fishing tournament with live dock-side catch and release.
Grand Rapids Mini-Maker Faire, August 24-25 at the Grand Rapids Public Museum, combines the traditional science fair with innovation and engineering capitalizing on the Maker movement for something entirely new. Featuring local “makers,” the Grand Rapids Maker Faire is a family-friendly celebration featuring rockets and robots, DIY science and technology, urban farming and sustainability, alternative energy, unique handmade crafts, local food and more!.
Enjoy Polish food, polka music, dancing, cultural activities, children’s area, a Catholic Mass at St. Michael’s Church on Sunday, and much more at Muskegon’s Polish Festival, August 30-31. People of all ethnicities are invited for an authentic Polish experience at Hackley Park.
August 30-September 1 come celebrate the village of Brethren at Brethren Days in Manistee County.
The Marquette Area Blues Fest has quickly become one of the most popular blues festivals in the Midwest. It takes place every year over Labor Day weekend on the shores of Lake Superior in beautiful downtown Marquette, MI. This year’s dates are Aug. 30-Sept. 1, 2019.
LaborFest, August 31, is a celebration of the Manistee area’s rich industrial history and the laborers who support the salt, lumber & sand industries. Attendees will be able to enjoy musical acts throughout the afternoon and evening. In addition, there is something for the whole family with custom & classic car show, kids games, face painting, shaved ice, food trucks, craft beer, and wine.
Come walk through a field of brilliant yellow sunflowers during the first ever Sunflower Festival, August 31-September 2nd at Lewis Farms & Petting Zoo in New Era! Be sure to bring your camera for amazing photo ops. Flowers will be available for U-cut and priced by the stem or by the vase. Take home a beautiful bouquet of color!
Paw Paw Wine and Harvest Festival, September 6-8th
U.P. Fall Beer Festival is a one day event being held on 7th September 2019 at the Ellwood A Mattson Lower Harbor Park in Marquette. This event showcases a wide array of tasty food from area restaurants (available for purchase), and a talented line-up of musicians to enjoy while you sip from over 600 locally crafted beers from more than 80 Michigan breweries.
Come to Hackley Park for the 1st Annual Muskegon Latino Festival, September 7th! Celebrate people, culture and Latino heritage during a day filled with great food, entertainment and fun.
Back for the 20th year, the Muskegon Irish Music Festival, September 12-15, features continuous music on seven covered stages, featuring live music, great dining options, beverage offerings, and more. You’ll also love the Celtic Kitchen and Bob and Bernie’s Pub for authentic Irish food and beverages including Irish Fest Stout Irish Cream. There’s also the Irish Marketplace, children’s activities, a cultural center, a session tent, and tea room. The festival offers an Early-In Free promotion on Friday from 5:00 to 6:00pm.
Fallasburg Art Festival September 14th and 15th in Fallasburg Park in Lowell is a two day festival featuring 100 juried fine art and fine craft booths, artist demonstrations, art activities for children, musicians, and non-profit food vendors.
PRIME Music Festival, September 20 and 21, in Lansing.
Apples, apples, apples… over a hundred vendors, crafts, artists, performers, food & fun can be found at Coldwater’s Apple Festival and Craft/Art Show on historic Chicago Avenue, Downtown Coldwater’s main street. A fun event for the whole family!