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July Events Around West Michigan

West Michigan has a lot happening this month! Here are some fireworks, festivals, concerts, and more special events to check out.  Find more upcoming event information on our event calendar. 

The National Cherry Festival, June 29 through July 6 in Traverse City.

Enjoy four days of relaxation on the banks of beautiful Big Blue Lake July 3-6th at the YMCA Camp Pendalouan Family Camp in Muskegon! Paddle clear waters in a kayak or canoe, enjoy wooded paths on horseback, or nap with the sounds of nature in the hammocks and swings. Qualified staff run fun and safe activities, including: crafts, target sports, high ropes course and zipline, hikes, campfires and outdoor cooking. Experience a great day at Lake Michigan then enjoy a cook-out dinner provided by the camp. 

Celebrate the 4th of July at the Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show and Balloon Festival, July 3-7th!

Fourth of July Waterfront Festival begins at noon on July 4th and features music, food, children’s activities, and more; beginning at noon in Coghlin park in Saugatuck.

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.

Thursday, July 4 at dusk, enjoy “Fireworks on Deck” aboard the USS LST 393 Veterans Museum! It’s the “best seat in the house” for the awesome display over Muskegon Lake. The World War II landing ship is located at the Mart Dock in downtown Muskegon, just yards from the fireworks site. 

Beginning at 10:00am, the White Lake Area 4th of July Parade will travel from Whitehall City Hall, across the bridge, then to Downtown Montague. With over 100 entries, you won’t want to miss the family fun offered at this annual parade! Later, beginning at dusk, watch the awe-inspiring fireworks show at the north end of White Lake, viewable from both Montague and Whitehall downtown areas!

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.

Daughtry performs July 5 at Four Winds Casino in New Buffalo.

Enjoy nature story time Friday, July 5th, 10:00 am – 11:30 am at the Grass River Natural Area in Bellaire. Story time includes a short children’s story and an activity or a hike on the beautiful trails at Grass River. For young children ages 4 and up, but all ages welcome. $5 per child. Larger groups please call ahead. 

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 beverages. 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.

Tour Prep Golf will host the Cherry Bomb Long Drive Championship July 6th – 7th, at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa in Acme. More than 40 of the top competitors in the world will be in attendance. Proceeds from ticket sales benefit Folds of Honor, which provides educational scholarships to spouses and children of America’s fallen and disabled service members. Tickets for the Cherry Bomb are available at the Golf Academy or can be obtained by contacting the Tour Prep Golf team.

The fun-filled summer day camps at Fenneville’s Forever Curious Children’s Museum are the perfect opportunity for kids to explore, learn and play in a safe, stimulating environment. They have four super fantastic themes to choose from this summer — or join all 4! Ooeey Gooey on July 8th, Invent it / Build it July 15th, Silly Science July 22nd, and Little Artists on July 29th. Create a super cool, one-of-a-kind solar oven to take home and test out along with a s’mores kit at Curious Labs: Solar Ovens July 13th at Forever Curious Children’s Museum. Please register in advance.

July 9th, Go for a relaxing stroll on the trails with Grass River Natural Area docent Julie Hurd to find and identify the beautiful and unique wildflowers at Grass River in Bellaire. Along the way listen and look for the birds that call Grass River home. Every Tuesday at 10am. Donations are always appreciated. 

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.

See art and nature blended together at Grass River Natural Area in Bellaire for Art: Gyotaku Fish Printing July 11th, 1:00 pm- 2:30 pm. Try the art form of Gyotaku, a traditional Japanese method of making fish prints, learn the history of this special art, and create your own beautiful fish print. $5 per participant. More information at grassriver.org

Join the celebrations of antique iron at Historic Charlton Park in Hastings. Now in its 48th year, the Charlton Park Gas & Steam Engine Club is presenting its annual Gas & Steam Engine Show on July 12th-14th from 8:00 am to dusk. Displays of tractors, stationary engines, steam engines, farm machinery, and other rare antiques are planned. Visitors will also get a glimpse of the famed 1884 Westinghouse Traction Engine in the Park’s collection. Featuring International Harvester tractors and equipment for 2019.

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!

Lake breezes, calming skies, a glass of wine or your favorite brew and the 17th Annual Smooth Jazz at Sunset, presented by 98.3 The Coast and their sponsors. Smooth Jazz at Sunset is a cultural partnership with the Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff weekend. Admission: Advance: $30 for reserved seating, $25 for lawn. Day of: $35 for reserved seating, $30 for lawn. 

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.

National Baby Food Festival in Newaygo County offers family fun and a celebration of children July 17th-20th. The city of Fremont is transformed for in week in July into the Family Fun Capital. The Baby Crawl, Kid’s Expo, Baby Food Eating Contest, Tricycle Race, Carnival and 4-H Petting Zoo are just a few of the activities that this event offers.

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 in Coldwater Country. 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.

Head to Southwest Michigan July 19th for the Mike Yore Memorial Car Show. Groove to classic tunes and view the classic cars from days gone by as they line up along Lake Boulevard in St. Joseph. The show starts at 4:00 pm. For participants, vehicles must be 25 years or older and cars can arrive earlier in the day. Please enter in at Lake Boulevard and Park Street. A registration table will be located near the center of the event – please register between 3:30 pm and 5:30 pm – and be entered to win an Honor Credit Union basket. For additional information on car show participation, requirements, or other questions, please contact Larry Pascoe at 269-757-3149. 

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.

Historic Charlton Park in Hastings will offer special events and programming during its annual Civil War Muster on July 20th-21st. Interpreters and craftsmen will be stationed in the Historic Village, with special scenarios planned for the Sixberry House, Barber Shop, Carpenter Shop, Jail and Bristol Inn. On Saturday night, visitors may participate in the lantern tour of the Village, enjoy live music and dancing at the Gas & Steam Barn, and view cannons firing over the Thornapple River. At 10:30 am on Sunday, the Carlton Center Church will host a traditional worship service. Spectators are invited to view battle activities throughout the weekend. Battles take place at High Meadow at 1:45 pm on Saturday and in the Historic Village on Sunday at 1:45 pm. Infantry, cavalry, medical and artillery demonstrations will also take place. Food vendors will also be onsite to satisfy hungry patrons. Guests are encouraged to visit Sutler’s Row vendors, offering reproduction and handmade civil war-era merchandise for purchase, including clothing, household goods, and toys. Daily general admission to the event is $6 for ages 13+, $4 for children 5-12 years old. Ages 4 and under are free.

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.

Hula skirts, rhythmic dancing, ukulele music, and beautiful Leis will rock the Saugatuck Venetian Festival with its theme “Polynesian Island Life.” The festival will be held July 26th – July 27th, with events starting Friday evening through Saturday night.

Michele’s Rescue will hose the 4th Annual Pet-A-Pawlooza Event on Saturday, July 27th at teh US Army Reserve Center in Grand Rapids. Shelters/rescues, educators, boarding facilities, trainers and many animal related vendors come together for a great day of fun, education, and collaboration.

July 27 brings two great events in Southwestern Michigan. Come celebrate with 25 regional artists displaying and selling their handcrafted work, live music, and wine all day long at Domaine Berrien Cellars in Berrien Springs, then head over to Baroda for Party on the Pavers beginning at 4:00 pm. 

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.

On July 28th, Dablon Vineyards offers Live Music by the Whateverly Brothers. The Whateverly Brothers trio, or duo, has been performing vocal-rich classics for over a decade. Mike Smith and Jamie Miller have been singing partners for over 23 years, and with the addition of Craig Schroeder, provide clear and true harmonies that are unmatched.