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Summer Events & Festivals to Add to Your Calendar!

Find music on the beach, art fairs, and festivals celebrating lilacs, blueberries, magic, and everything in between. Add some extra fun to your summer with these West Michigan events, celebrations, and festivals!

This article was accurate to the best of our knowledge upon publication. We strongly suggest confirming with festival & event organizers for updates on event schedules and current safety precautions. 

 

South West Michigan Summer Events & Festivals

 

Celebrate summer fun in Coldwater Country with a variety of festivals and events throughout the season. Planned celebrations for 2021 include:

  • Coldwater Strawberry Fest, June 19th
  • Bronson Polish Festival, July 15-17th
  • County Fair, August 7-14th
  • Colon Magic Festival, August 4-7th
  • Magic City Egg Fest, August 21st
  • Old 27 Motor Tour, August 23-28th
  • Coldwater AppleFest, September 18th

The 2nd Annual Magic City Egg Fest will be held August 21st, 11:00 am-5:00 pm in Downtown Colon. The celebration includes celebrity chefs, cooking demonstrations, cornhole tournament, a Big Green Egg grill raffle, and a multi-round grilling competition featuring ribs, chicken, and pizza. Prizes, trophies, and bragging rights will be awarded to the top three teams in each of the three categories as well as an all-around “Taster’s Choice Award” voted by the attendees. Egg Fests occur throughout the nation, but the Magic City Egg Fest is the only Egg Fest in the state of Michigan. 

The popular Round Barn Estate Jammin’ in the Vineyard weekend concert series (which has earned the Baroda vineyard the distinction of being one of USA Today’s 10 Best Wineries/Vineyards with Live Music) kicks off on Saturday, May 1st, with the annual Sangria Party. Concerts will continue on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through October. 

Visit the Krasl Art Center’s nationally-ranked Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff July 10th & 11th and discover your new favorite artist! While it may look different compared to years past, the in-person event will still feature artists from across the country in scenic Lake Bluff Park, St. Joseph. Tickets for the 59th Annual Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff will go on sale this month on the KAC website. 

Don’t miss the Paw Paw Wine & Harvest Festival September 10th-12th! The festival offers something for everyone, including tastings and tours for wine enthusiasts, a 5k, grape stomping competition, kayak race, music, and more. 

Located in the heart of Downtown Kalamazoo, the Kalamazoo Mall Market is a weekly series featuring downtown shopping and dining with live music performances every Saturday evening June through September. On the second Saturday of every month, downtown will welcome vendors to the Mall Market to offer a completely outdoor shopping experience in the Central Commons Refreshment Area.

Look up in the sky! Battle Creek’s Field of Flight Air Show and Balloon Festival is returning this year. There will be airplane performances, balloon launches, concerts, carnival food, fireworks, and more. Mark your calendar for June 30th-July 4th.  

The 58th Annual National Blueberry Festival will be held August 12th-15th! South Haven’s signature event since 1963, the National Blueberry Festival will celebrate everything blueberry with family-friendly attractions such as live music, basketball tournaments, 5K run/walk, fish boils, blueberry pancake breakfasts, blueberry produce market, and more!

South Haven’s All Crafts Fair will be held in beautiful Stanley Johnston Park over Labor Day weekend, September 5th-6th. Over 150 unique craft vendors will be selling their hand-made items. Come shop the beautiful art, crafts, jewelry and delicious food!

The Michigan Maritime Museum presents the 40th Antique & Classic Boat Show in South Haven on June 19th, 10:00am-4:00 pm. This event celebrates all kinds of antique and classic small craft from power boats to paddle boats. Woodworkers and collectors alike will show their boats, demonstrations on boat building techniques will be featured, and toy boat building will be available for kids. The event helps perpetuate the building, restoration, and use of classic boats and small craft to give participants and the public an entertaining and informative learning experience. Exhibitor registration is now open. 

Enjoy a delicious Great Lakes Fish Boil dinner at the Michigan Maritime Museum Annual Fish Boil Dinner & Fundraiser on July 10th. This annual event is a fundraiser for the museum where local organizations and businesses come together to donate everything from the food to tablecloths. 100% of the proceeds help the museum. Don’t miss out on this delicious summer meal with a great view of the harbor!

Moveportz Private Car Service or Shuttle Service in South Haven can get your group to any of the festivals or celebrations you have going on in the West Michigan Area!  

“Jump into Summer” at Saugatuck Center for the Arts on June 4th with live music, visual arts, community art projects, all-ages activities, local vendors, and more. 

Get ready for biking, tasting, and shopping on the Lakeshore Harvest Ride Saturday, September 18th. Start in Douglas or South Haven and choose the length of the route you want to take, from 15 miles up to 67 miles with tour stops along the way. Registration open now

Hastings Live, Thornapple Arts Council’s summer entertainment series, returns for live music this summer. The series runs June through August and you can find updated event information and performance lineup on the Thornapple Arts Council site.

Lansing will host the R.E. Olds 28th Car Capital Auto Show Saturday, July 24th, 9:00 am-3:00 pm at the Michigan History Center. Benefitting the R.E. Olds Transportation Museum in downtown Lansing, this car show is a favorite with registered vehicles coming from across the state and farther. The East Lansing Art Festival is proud to continue its 58 year tradition of bringing high quality art to the streets of East Lansing on August 7th & 8th. 

 

Central West Michigan Events & Festivals

Tulip Time in Holland has grown over the years to be so much more than a flower festival. Back in 1929, the City of Holland planted its first crop of 100,000 tulips and the overwhelming number of visitors over the years as the festival took shape resulted in Tulip Time. This year’s event will be held May 1st-9th with a variety of events taking place throughout Downtown Holland. Visit the Tulip Time Festival website for a schedule of events.

Bands at Blandford is back! Blandford Nature Center in Grand Rapids is expanding the summer concert series to six days from June to September. This summer’s lineup includes: 

  • June 12th: The Bootstrap Boys
  • June 26th: Patty PerShayla & the Mayhaps
  • July 10th: Cabildo
  • July 24th: Last Gasp Collective
  • September 11th: Peace to Mateo
  • September 25th: Molly

For 2021, Festival of the Arts is bringing two events to downtown Grand Rapids. Watch artists create urban landscapes throughout the downtown area during Plein Air, June 4th-9th, and enjoy music, art, and more during Festival’s Performance+, September 17-19th on Calder Plaza. 

The Grand Rapids Polish Heritage Society is planning this year’s Polish Festival in downtown Grand Rapids for August 27th-29th. 

LowellArts invites you to the 53rd annual Fallasburg Arts Festival, a 2-day festival held in picturesque Fallasburg Park, in Lowell, September 17th & 18th. The event features over 100 unique fine art and fine craft booths, food booths, children’s craft area, craft demonstrations, and music performed on an outdoor stage. 

“Thursday Nights at Sparta Town Square” starts May 6th! It is a family-friendly, community fun night located in the heart of downtown Sparta in front of the 201 Marketplace Building. Market vendors, bonfires with s’mores, hot cocoa, make & take crafts for kids by donation, and more! And starting June 9th through August 11th, bring a lawn chair and head to Rogers Park for free, outdoor concerts every Wednesday at 6:30 pm. Find more event information on the Sparta Chamber of Commerce summer calendar.

Celebrate and honor the men and women of the Coast Guard at the Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival July 30th-August 8th. 

The Lakeshore Art Festival will be held Saturday, June 26th & Sunday, June 27th in Downtown Muskegon! Enjoy a unique blend of fine art, handcrafted goods, music, food, and fun. Experience over 350 juried fine art and specialty craft exhibitors, a Children’s Lane, artisan food market, street performers, multiple interactive art stations, Chalk The Walk, and so much more!

Hang-ten at the Great Lakes Surf Festival in Muskegon on Saturday, August 14th.

Muskegon’s Pere Marquette Beach will ignite August 28th for the Burning Foot Beer Festival. Serving as Michigan’s only barefoot beer festival on the sand, festival-goers can enjoy some of the finest craft beer found in the Great Lakes region, revel in local art and food, groove to local and national music acts, and take in the beautiful shoreline of Lake Michigan.

The Ludington Area is ready to welcome summer with a calendar full of fun: 

  • Ludington will come alive on the last Friday of each month featuring the farmers market, live music, safe activities, shopping, scavenger hunts, and more. 
  • On the fourth Thursday of June, July, and August, you are invited to bring your beach chairs and blankets to Ludington’s Stearns Park Beach to enjoy a true Up North evening that includes a bonfire, live music, and a beautiful sunset. You might even get a glimpse of the S.S. Badger returning to port! The free, community events are set for 8:00 pm-10:00 pm June 24th, July 22nd, and August 26th.
  • The Ludington Area Jaycees Freedom Festival on July 4th will be highlighted by the 2 p.m. Grand Parade on Ludington Avenue and Fireworks Spectacular at dusk over Lake Michigan. The West Shore Art Fair in Rotary Park is another fantastic event over the holiday weekend, featuring over 100 jury-selected fine artists across a variety of media, including clay, fiber, glass, jewelry, metal, painting, photography, sculpture and more.
  • You don’t want to miss the West Shore Bank Rhythm & Dunes concerts, where you can enjoy live music and kick up your heels at Ludington’s Waterfront Park. July 24th is Beach Party Night, so be ready to dance the evening away at this free, outdoor concert by the Landsharks. The following weekend (July 31), it’s 80s Retro Night with your favorite 80s tunes from the Mega 80s Band!
  • Suds on the Shore continues to grow in popularity in Ludington’s Rotary Park each summer. This event will return to the lakeshore on August 21st, showcasing 60 crafters’ beer, wine, cider, and meads. Live music and food round out the attractions, and all proceeds from the event benefit United Way of Mason County.

Reserve your spot for TobyMac, We are Messengers, Matthew West, and for King and Country performing at the 2021 Unity Christian Music Festival, August 11th-14th, at Heritage Landing in Muskegon. New this summer to lead up to Unity is the Country Dairy Summer Series on the grounds of Country Dairy in New Era. Check Unity’s Facebook page for more details. Tickets for Unity 2021 are on sale now!  

Spend the day getting up close and personal with the newest friends of Lewis Adventure Farms in New Era during Baby Animal Days, June 12th & 13th and 19th & 20th. Meet baby chicks, ducklings, fluffy bunnies, and goat kids in special exhibits. Walk through fields of flowers during Lewis Farms Zinnia Mania Weekends, Saturdays and Sundays, August 7th-29th!

Mecosta County Visitors Bureau invites you to Bands, Brews & BBQ, July 10th, 2:00 pm-10:00 pm in Hemlock Park in Big Rapids. This free event includes music, food, and fun, as well as a special kickoff with the Veterans Warrior Motorcycle Club and a Salute to Veterans.

In August, Mt. Pleasant becomes an art gallery as state and national artists compete for prizes during Art Walk Central 2021! From paintings to sculptures, and photography to crafts, there is something for every art enthusiast. Community art events will also take place throughout the month as part of the 2021 Art Walk Central event. Scheduled events include the Max & Emily’s Summer Concert Series, Storytelling, Artist Battle, Movies by Moonlight, Chalk Art Workshop,  and the Anishinabe Culture and Art Day.

 

North West Michigan & Upper Peninsula Summer Events & Festivals

The National Writers Series‘ year-round book festival continues into summer with a soon-to-be announced series of online events. These online author events give audiences a chance to “visit” with the National Writers Series in Traverse City from their homes, and be a part of events that they wouldn’t have been able to go to in person. Visit the Writers Series online calendar for upcoming events.  

Elk Rapids Harbor Days Festival will be held August 4-7th

With so many fun festivities throughout the summer season remember that Shanty Creek Resort is located right in the middle of Northern Michigan. So, whether enjoying the Antrim County Petoskey Stone Festival (May 29th), the Mancelona Bass Festival (May 27th-31st), or the National Cherry Festival (July 3rd-10th), Shanty Creek is the perfect basecamp for your Northern Michigan getaway.

Ahoy! Get ready for the Boyne City Pirate Festival, taking place the 2nd weekend of August.

Summertime in the Petoskey Area means free outdoor concerts, farmers markets, art shows  and other events. You won’t find huge festivals and big crowds – just a really nice blend of smaller affairs to enjoy without being elbow-to-elbow with others. Check out the online calendar for event details. 

Stay up to date with summer events in the Charlevoix area with Visit Charlevoix’s community calendar.  

Harbor Springs Chamber’s Tuesday Night Movies in the Park will be held from 9:30 pm to 11:30 pm on July 6th and July 20th in Zorn Park, complete with popcorn from Lyric Theatre! The chamber is also organizing Friday Night Music in the Park, a music series on four Friday nights from 6:30 pm to 8:30 p.m. Dates and performers are:

  • July 16 – Holly August
  • July 23 – Dede Alder
  • Aug. 6 – Keith Scott
  • Aug. 13 – Tyler Parkin

Bring your blanket, chair, picnic basket, takeout meal and beverage from a local restaurant and enjoy these performers’ beautiful sounds.

Hotel Walloon is your base for a fun summer in Walloon Lake. Local events include Loon Days on Walloon Lake (July 7th & 8th), the Walloon Lake Invitational (July 31st-August 1st), and the Mid-Summer Weekday Art Show (August 25th to 26th). Other area events include a triathlon, or TriWalloon, on July 24th and Walloon Woodies on August 7th.

The Shake Houghton Lake Country Music Festival and Backyard BBQ will be held in Houghton Lake August 20th & 21st, featuring live country music by some of Michigan’s finest Country bands, food vendors, arts and crafts vendors, and adult beverages.

The Lilac Festival is back! Mackinac Island welcomes back its biggest annual tradition this June 4th-13th. Festivities for the 10-day festival include the coronation of the Lilac Festival Queen and Court, daily walks with a Lilac Expert, Lilac Festival Run/Walk, Michigan Cornhole Tournament, and much more. Find a schedule for the festival’s in-person and virtual events on the Mackinac Island Tourism website. 

Marquette area Summer Festivals include:

  • Art Week – June 21st-26th: Art Week is an annual event held during the last full week of June that kicks off the summer event season, inviting local artists, organizations, and businesses to come together and collaborate on a series of free arts and cultural programming for the community, including concerts, workshops, performances, exhibits and installations, and more. 
  • Marquette Trails Festival – June 25th-27th: Whether it is biking, hiking or running, Marquette Trails Festival is a fun-filled weekend that celebrates the many outdoor adventures that the area has to offer. Featuring mountain bike races, trail running races, and socials, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Events begin Friday, June 25th and run through Sunday, June 27th. All proceeds from the event support the Noquemanon Trail Network trail building program. 
  • Marquette Blueberry Festival – July 30th: Washington and Front streets will be bustling with sidewalk sales during 2021’s Blueberry Festival. Downtown restaurants will satisfy your cravings for blueberry fare, from blueberry pizza to blueberry beer, while many downtown shops will offer “blue” specials. This year’s festival has been scaled back to better comply with COVID-19 best practices. The festival will not have outside vendors as in past years, which will allow the focus to be on showcasing the wonderful shops and restaurants that make up Downtown Marquette. 

Find more to add to your West Michigan summer on our events calendar.