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Summer Outdoor Music in West Michigan

Enjoying music and entertainment outdoors is a summer staple in West Michigan! Whether you’re listening to music on a ski mountain, at a winery, on a tall ship, in a park, or on the streets of downtown, there’s open-air for everyone to experience this summer in West Michigan.

The below information is accurate to the best of our knowledge at the time of publishing. Please confirm with any locations before visiting, and respect any safety and distancing policies that may be in place.

Outdoor Music in North West Michigan

Grab your lawn chair and head to Festival Square in Downtown Cheboygan for the Summer Concert Series – a free weekly concert in Washington Park. Here you will experience a new band/entertainer every week and enjoy great music in downtown Cheboygan!

Enjoy songs and sailing with a Music Cruise! Board the Tall Ship Manitou out of Traverse City on Wednesday nights, beginning July 25th, for a two hour evening sail and musical entertainment. As you ply the sparkling waters of Grand Traverse Bay, the popular music group “Song of the Lakes” will play lively jigs, chanteys, and ballads of sailing and life on the sea!

Bring the whole family to Music Fest & Rockin’ Rivertown Ride! The Downtown Cheboygan music festival is a free admission, two-day event held the last Friday and Saturday of July which celebrates all types of music in the heart of Downtown Cheboygan.

Outdoor Music in Central West Michigan

There are many reasons to be in Ludington in the heart of summer, and one of them is the very popular Friday Night Live. The streets of downtown are closed to traffic, but open to walking locals and visitors, who can enjoy games, inflatables, food, live music and more! Scheduled for July 24th, July 31st, and August 7th, don’t miss this free, family friendly event!

Soaring Eagle is more than just a casino and resort…it is a music and entertainment hub! Here you can enjoy summer concerts on their outdoor stage. As some concerts have been postponed, check here for an updated event schedule. 

Feel The Summer Zeel! Zeeland’s outdoor summer concert series, Soundz of Summer, will take place at the beautiful Lawrence Park Bowl. This series is free and features some of the best musical acts in West Michigan! Concerts are every Tuesday evening during the month of July.

Courtyard Concerts is a non-profit organization that started as the vision of a handful of people who believe in the power of music. The power of music to bring a community together. The power of music to provide a common ground. The power of music to provide joy. The power of music to heal. They seek to support northern Ottawa & southern Muskegon counties. You can find more info here.

Outdoor Music in South West Michigan

Family and friends are welcome to picnic and dance at Music in the Park in Saugatuck. Every Wednesday from 7-9pm in July & August, guests can head to Wicks Park Gazebo on Water Street in Downtown Saugatuck, for this free music event. 

The Marshall Blues Fest is a free, family-oriented music and entertainment festival sponsored by the Marshall Downtown Development Authority. The festival will take place in August (date TBD) – rain or shine! There will be a full slate of blues music with a cash bar beer tent with your favorites from the Dark Horse Brewing Company and Dan Henry Distributing. Food vendors will line the street to give you energy to hang all day long!  

Weko Beach Campground in Bridgman, offers a bi-weekly outdoor summer concert series! Grab your chairs or towels, and enjoy music on the beach. You can find their event schedule lineup here.

For an afternoon of non-stop, sizzling blues bands, dancing, wine tasting, grilled food, and summer fun, you’ll want to head to Lemon Creek in Berrien Springs for the Vintage Blues Bash on August 8th. Blues lovers will enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and toe tapping tunes, while sipping a glass of wine on the lawn, or boogie down on the dancefloor. Bring a lawn chair, blanket, and snacks, or enjoy outdoor seating and catered fare. (Outside alcohol is prohibited.)  

Want to experience an outdoor concert this summer, surrounded by vineyards and the smell of grapes all around you? Well you can do just that at Dablon Winery in Baroda for their summer concert series! Various artists will be performing on Dablon’s spacious patio this summer. You can find the lineup here

Come on out and enjoy some tunes, wine, and food at Vineyard 2121 in Benton Harbor. They have various artists all summer long – you can view their lineup here.

Come and be part of one of Marshall’s yearly traditions, and attend the Marshall Bluegrass Festival. This magical time to celebrate and admire the beautiful stylings of bluegrass will be held on July 19-25, at the Calhoun County Fairgrounds. 

Looking Ahead

Don’t miss these outdoor summer concerts in 2021! 

  • Michigan Irish Music Festival, Muskegon 
  • Unity Christian Music Festival, Muskegon
  • Common Ground Music Festival, taking place next July (2021) in Lansing, is the Midwest’s hottest music event with three stages of weekly entertainment. The annual event will continue to bring nationally known artists — from rock to classics to country to rap — in order to blast the Midwest with top-notch music.
  • If you want an unforgettable weekend of dancing and singing along to your favorite artists, then Breakaway Music Festival 2021 is the perfect place to be. Taking place in Grand Rapids, Breakaway Music Festival is a well-curated musical lineup of national and local artists, local vendors and food trucks, and more.