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August Events in West Michigan

Every Thursday through the end of August, community members and visitors are invited for free, family-fun activities in Downtown Mt. Pleasant. These activities include: family yoga, arts & crafts, science experiments, scavenger hunts, and more!

Harvey Street is full of life this summer in Hudsonville. The Hudsonville Chamber of Commerce and Gemmens Home and Hardware are partnering together for Happenings on Harvey. Happenings on Harvey is a celebration of the community and the local businesses that bring Hudsonville its charm. It is a series of free events that take place on Harvey Street from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm every Thursday until August 29th. Each event has a unique theme catered to a specific audience in order to truly showcase all that Hudsonville has to offer.

During the month of August, community members and visitors gather at City Hall in Downtown Mt. Pleasant for Movies by Moonlight. Grab your lawn chairs and blankets for an outdoor movie, popcorn, and fun for the whole family every Saturday in August.

Max & Emily’s Eatery is celebrating 11 years of dancing in the streets and family-fun at Max & Emily’s Summer Concert Series in Downtown Mt. Pleasant. All shows begin at 6:00 pm.  Performer lineup includes Joshua Davis wsg Danny McQuarters on August 1st, Willie Nile wsg Mio Bishop August 8th, Brian Vander Ark (of The Verve Pipe) with friends, family, and band mates August 15th, and Paddlebots wsg Daryl and the Beans on Saturday, August 24th.

St. Joseph hosts the Friday Night Concert Series throughout the month, beginning August 2nd. Enjoy free concerts Friday nights at 7:30 pm at the John E.N. Howard Bandshell. Groove to the sounds of blues, jazz, and more.

23rd Annual Chalk the Block in St. Joseph will be held August 2nd-4th. Artists can begin working on their creations on Friday evening (weather permitting) and Block/Artist viewing will be available all day on Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free.

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.

Enjoy Saturdays at the St. Joseph Farmers Market 9:00 am – 2:00 pm every Saturday in August. Going to the downtown Farmers Market used to be limited to the treat of selecting your own ripe, succulent fruits and vegetables. Things have changed! Saturday morning at the Market now includes jams, honey, hearth-baked breads and fine pastries, perennials, cut flowers, organic vegetables, and so much more!   

Island Art Fair, Saturday August 3rd, in Grand Ledge.

Enjoy the 90th annual fine arts and crafts fair, Art in the Park, at Centennial Park in Holland, August 3rd, 9:00 am- 4:00 pm. Up to 300 artists and artisans from eight states will be displaying their work.

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.

Head to St. Joseph August 4th for Antiques on the Bluff. Antiques on the Bluff is held along tree lined Lake Bluff Park, overlooking Lake Michigan. This antique show is a premier event for St. Joseph and antiquers around Southwest Michigan! 

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.

Enjoy free concerts Wednesdays at noon at the John E.N. Howard Bandshell in St. Joseph beginning August 7th. Bring your lunch and take a break from the daily grind. 

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 takes place August 9th and 10th in downtown Coopersville.

Delilah DeWylde performs live at Greenbush Brewing Co. in Sawyer, August 9th at 7:00 pm.

Head to Downtown Holland for the biggest sale of the year! The Downtown Merchants will bring thousands of great deals outdoors for savvy shoppers to the Holland Sidewalk Sale August 9th and 10th. You’ll find amazing bargains from Downtown Holland’s unique collection of gift shops, clothing boutiques, art galleries, specialty stores, and more. 

Gull Meadow Farms’ Sunflower Festival in Richmond is scheduled for August 9th-11th and August 16th-18th.

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. 

Party with the Perseids: Meteor Shower Viewing Party is taking place at the Pierce Cedar Creek Institute with the Hastings Public Library Saturday, August 10th 9:00 pm –11:00 pm. Come celebrate this star-studded celestial event at the Institute, away from the bright city lights and with unobstructed views of the night sky. Bring your lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the camaraderie of the collective “oohs and ahhs.” S’mores makings provided as well as binoculars and telescopes for catching close-up views. In case of bad weather, the scheduled make-up date is Monday, August 12th.

Join Dig the Dunes and Colleen Brennan as they bring some of Chicagoland’s top comedians to the shores of Lake Michigan August 10th-11th at The Acorn Theater, Three Oaks in Southwestern Michigan. Six comedians, lots of laughs. Admission $25.

Mission Point Lighthouse in Traverse City and Grand Traverse Lighthouse in Northport will be having their first Grand Traverse Lighthouse Challenge on Sunday, August 11th, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Visitors that do the climb at both lighthouses on that day will receive a gift. 

Pierce Cedar Creek Institute in Hastings hosts BBQ, Music, and Family Game Night on Sunday, August 11th. Dinner starts at 5:00 pm, music and games at 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm. Come enjoy the last days of summer vacation with good food, great music provided by the Hastings Community Music School, lawn games, family-friendly relay races, and giant-sized versions of your favorite games. Member Adults $16, Children $8; Non-Member Adults $19, Children $10

Head on over to Marshall for the oldest County Fair in Michigan! The Calhoun County Fair will be held August 11-17th.

Enjoy Country Nights and Carnival Lights at the Berrien County Youth Fair, Berrien Springs, August 12th-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.

Black Swift performs live at Greenbush Brewing Co. in Sawyer, August 14th, 6:30 pm-9:00 pm.

The 55th Annual Danish Festival takes place 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 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.

The Chicago based Surabhi Ensemble performs August 18th and 19th at The Acorn Theater in Three Oaks located in Southwestern Michigan. This free community event features a cross cultural collaborative group with sounds from India, Spain, Senegal, and the Arabic world.

Join hundreds of motorists August 19-25 for the nostalgic Old 27 Tour as you make your way along the historic ride from Coldwater to Cheboygan.  

Dablon Vineyards in Baroda hosts live music by Joe Jason August 23rd.

Check out the Breakaway Music Festival in Grand Rapids, August 23rd and 24th.

The Kalamazoo Balloon Festival will be held August 23rd-25th at Gull Meadow Farms in Richmond.

Enjoy Hill Dunes with special guest Doyle Martin live at Greenbush Brewing Co. in Sawyer, August 23rd, 6:30 pm-9:00 pm. 

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 two 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!

Pierce Cedar Creek Institute in Hastings hosts BioBlitz Hike: Michigan Shrubs on Thursday, August 29th, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Shrubs are not tall enough to be trees but bigger than the herbaceous stuff under your feet. From dogwoods to honeysuckles, shrubs are a common sight across the Michigan landscape. Come learn how to identify both small and large shrubs and how they are different from trees. Members free, non-member adults $6, and children $3.

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, and 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.

Don’t miss the annual Lake Bluff Artisan Faire in Lake Bluff Park in St. Joseph, Saturday, August 31st, 10:00 am-5:00 pm! Enjoy gorgeous views while shopping. Find all kinds of unique hand-crafted, homemade goods such as home décor, furniture, jewelry, candles and clothing. 

The Wizard of Oz Statue Dedication at Herrick District Library in Holland will take place on Saturday, August 31st. 

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!