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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!

South West Michigan Summer Events & Festivals

Celebrate summer fun in Coldwater Country with a variety of happenings throughout the season. Join them throughout the summer for great festivals and events, including Coldwater Strawberry Fest (June 18th), Bronson Polish Festival (July 21st-23rd), Magic Get Together (August 3rd-6th), County Fair (August 7th-13th), Magic City Egg Fest (August 13th), Old 27 Motor Tour (August 22nd-28th), and Coldwater AppleFest (September 17th).

Back this summer is the Annual Blues Festival in Marshall. This day-long event includes several blues artists on stage in the middle of Michigan Ave, and features a beer tent and vendors on site. Bring your chairs and dancing shoes and head to downtown Marshall on June 25th for all the fun! 

The first weekend in June prepares for Kalamazoo‘s sunniest season with festivals that are beloved by both the community and visitors far and wide. The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Fair, Art on the Mall, Do Dah Parade, and Kalamazoo Pride will all be taking place June 3rd-4th in downtown Kalamazoo.

South Haven‘s annual summer festivals are back in swing this year! Join in and celebrate at the South Haven HarborFest, June 17th-18th, for a weekend full of live music, dragon races, crafters, and more family fun in the heart of South Haven!

The National Blueberry Festival will be held from August 11th-14th. South Haven‘s signature event since 1963, visitors are invited to 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 is also hosting two art fairs, on July 2nd-3rd and September 3rd-4th, with hundreds of artists and vendors highlighting their work.

Head to Hastings for their Summerfest event, happening on August 26th-28th. Festivities include special sporting events, an arts and crafts sale, parade, musical entertainment, car show and more. 

Krasl Art Center is thrilled to celebrate the 60th Art Fair on the Bluff on July 9th & 10th! Experience the talent of 172 artists from across the country, while enjoying the views and breezes of Lake Michigan and the charm and hospitality of St. Joseph. As the largest fundraiser for Krasl Art Center (KAC), proceeds help make year-round free exhibitions possible.

Don’t miss the annual Venetian Festival in Saugatuck/Douglas, a weekend-long festival of family-friendly fun in downtown Saugatuck. Join them for a party in Coghlin Park on Friday, July 29, 2022, with live music featuring Starfarm. On Saturday, July 30, there will be an art fair, Dinghy Poker Run, Lighted Boat Parade, and fireworks. Come and enjoy a fun-filled weekend of good music, great food and more.

Round Barn is turning thirty this year, and they’re celebrating their anniversary, 90’s style! The celebration lasts all weekend long on August 12th-14th, as they serve up stellar music, the finest in wine, beer, & spirits, and so much more. Friday the 12th will feature a free, 90’s themed dance party. Celebrations on the 13th and 14th will be ticketed events that include live music, tasting tokens for delicious wines, sangria, beer and cocktails, an anniversary glass, and more. Get your tickets for Saturday or Sunday before they sell out!

Get ready for biking, tasting, and shopping on the Lakeshore Harvest Ride Saturday, September 17th. 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 is open now. 

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.  

Don’t miss the Paw Paw Wine & Harvest Festival September 9th-11th! The festival offers something for everyone, including tastings and tours for wine enthusiasts, a 5k, grape stomping competition, kayak race, music, and more. 

“Jump into Summer” at Saugatuck Center for the Arts on June 17th-18th with live music, visual arts, community art projects, all-ages activities, local vendors, and more. 

The KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship, the most historic and prestigious major championship in senior golf, returns to Harbor Shores Resort in Michigan on May 25th-29th, 2022. The Championship is broadcast through a partnership with NBC and Golf Channel, and 2022 marks its fifth return to Southwest Michigan.

Michigan’s premier bluegrass festival will celebrate 50 years of bluegrass tradition, June 23-25, 2022! The Charlotte Bluegrass Festival, in Charlotte, Michigan, is a week of camping, jamming, workshops, and three big days of top-tier bluegrass entertainment with some of the biggest names in bluegrass.

On June 25th, Fenn Valley Vineyards will host their Wine Festival, celebrating local wine on their stunning 240 acre property in Fennville. Highlights of the event include, tastings in the vineyards, delicious local food, live music, and more!

Central West Michigan Events & Festivals

Muskegon is hosting a variety of festivals this summer, including the Fruitport Old Fashioned Days Midway Carnival and Parade (May 25th-30th), Muskegon Pride Festival (June 4th), the 43rd Annual Arts and Crafts Festival in White Lake (June 18th-19th), Discover Muskegon Festival (July 1st-2nd), and more! A full list of festivals can be found here.

Muskegon is also home to the Lakeshore Art Festival, a vibrant, inclusive and sustainable art event showcasing the Muskegon Lakeshore. The Lakeshore Art Festival takes place on June 25th and 26th, and features a juried fine art show, craft fair, artisan food market, performing arts, interactive art and children’s activities. 

The Michigan Irish Music Festival is back with three full festival days of fun, plus a Pub Preview Party! Mark your calendars for September 15th-18th, when Muskegon’s Heritage Landing will feature live Irish entertainment, including traditional Irish and folk music, contemporary Celtic rock, storytelling, and Irish dance. Grab a traditional Irish beverage from The Pub, and visit The Celtic Kitchen for traditional Irish Food and outstanding Festival favorites. All ages can enjoy activities like Cultural Offerings on the Galway Stage, performances on the Dance Stage, crafts in the Wee Ones’ Area, and shopping in the Irish Market and Irish Store.

The Unity Christian Music Festival is four days of the best in Christian music and family fun! One of America’s largest Christian music festivals, the festival is celebrating their 21st year on August 10th-13th at Heritage Landing in Muskegon. Performers include Newsboys, Matthew West, We are Messengers, Crowder, and more! Tickets are on sale now

Unity Christian Music Festival is also partnering with Country Dairy to create the brand new Super Social event on June 25th at the Country Dairy grounds in New Era. It’ll be a full day of ice cream, cows, music, games, family fun, and more – get your tickets today!

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 7th-15th with a variety of events taking place throughout Downtown Holland, Veldheers Tulip Gardens, and Windmill Island Gardens. Visit the Tulip Time Festival website for a schedule of events.

This summer, Holland will also be hosting a variety of events, including the Juneteenth Freedom Festival (June 18th), the first ever Waterfront Celtic Festival (June 24th-25th), the Holland Pride Festival (June 25th), and a Fiesta! (July 9th).

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

  • The Ludington Area Jaycees Freedom Festival (July 4th), featuring the Grand Parade on Ludington Avenue and a Fireworks Spectacular at dusk over Lake Michigan. 
  • The West Shore Art Fair in Rotary Park on July 2nd-3rd, featuring over 100 jury-selected fine artists across a variety of media.
  • August 20th’s Suds on the Shore at Rotary Park, 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.
  • Events at Legacy Plaza, where you can catch all the action of Thursday artisan markets (2-6 p.m.), Thursday live music (4-7 p.m.), and Friday farmers markets (3-7 p.m.). The newly refurbished plaza in the town’s square is also a lovely outdoor spot to catch some Lake Michigan breezes and enjoy great downtown restaurants.

Hang-ten at the Great Lakes Surf Festival in Muskegon on Saturday, August 13th.

Muskegon’s Pere Marquette Beach will ignite August 27th 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.

Celebrate and honor the men and women of the Coast Guard at the Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival July 29th-August 7th. 

LowellArts invites you to the 54th 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. 

The Grand Rapids Polish Heritage Society is planning this year’s Polish Festival in downtown Grand Rapids for the last full weekend of August. 

Festival of the Arts is back in downtown Grand Rapids, June 3rd-5th, 2022, for a celebration of artists, music, theater, dance, poetry, young people’s activities, and multicultural food.

The Alma Highland Festival and Games will be taking place on the Alma High School campus in Alma, Michigan on May 27th-29th. Each year, this festival brings thousands of visitors the very best of Scottish tradition, combining great competition with Scottish hospitality. The festival is home to regional competitions, like the heavyweight athletic competition and highland dance championship, plus live entertainment, cold beer, and more!

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 virtual and in-person events in Traverse City. Check the Writers Series online calendar for announcements about upcoming events.  

The Traverse City area will be hosting a restaurant week June 3rd-10th, allowing you to taste the delicious flavors of Benzie County with participating restaurants. Be sure to also check out the National Cherry Festival on July 2nd-9th.

Looking for accommodations for these and other Traverse City area events? Shanty Creek Resort in Bellaire is just 31 miles from Traverse and centrally located in the Chain of Lakes region. Shanty Creek is the perfect basecamp for a summer festival getaway. 

The 3rd Annual Inaugural Michigan Spring Beer Festival will be taking place at Turtle Creek Stadium – home of the Traverse City Pit Spitters – on Saturday, May 7th. After several delays due to the pandemic, the Michigan Brewers Guild is presenting this brand new event that allows visitors to sample hundreds of local beers from many of Michigan’s finest breweries. The festival is limited to attendees age 21 years and older, and ID is required. 

Don’t miss Summerfest at Treetops Resort in Gaylord, on Sunday, July 3rd. They’ll have all your summer grilling favorites, family fun activities, music, and fireworks at dusk! With your admission, your family can enjoy free activities like summer tubing, balloon animals, corn hole, bounce houses, face painting, live entertainment, and more.

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

Ahoy! Get ready for the Boyne City Pirate Festival, taking place August 6th-14th in Northern Michigan. 

Hotel Walloon is your base for a fun summer in Walloon Lake. Don’t miss The Big Show Over the Little Village, a July 4th celebration featuring live music, drink specials from Barrel Back Restaurant, and fireworks, or August 6th’s Walloon Woodies, an annual display of wood hull boats on Walloon Lake. 

The Lilac Festival is back! Mackinac Island welcomes back its largest and most historic annual tradition this June 3rd-12th. 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 events on the Mackinac Island Tourism website

You won’t want to miss the 2022 Fudge Festival on Mackinac Island, August 26th-28th. For an entire weekend, this festival celebrates the Island’s most famous treat and features a number of fudge-related, fun, family events! Activities include fudge-making demonstrations, fudge inspired food and cocktails, an outdoor movie, family games, and more! 

Join Star Line Mackinac Island Ferry Company for the 2022 Annual Great Lakes Pirate Festival! June 18th will be a day of food & drinks, live music, and pirate contests on the island, and those who dress like a pirate will receive a free BBQ lunch. The festival will take place on Star Line’s Mackinac Island Main Dock and will end with Pirate Cruises on the “Good Fortune” pirate ship in the afternoon. See the full event schedule at mackinacferry.com to plan your day.

The Keweenaw Peninsula is hosting a variety of events this summer, throughout June, July, and August. Don’t miss out on events like Bridgefest (June 16th-19th), Run the Keweenaw (July 9th-10th), Pasty Fest (August 20th), and more! For a full list of events, visit the Keweenaw Peninsula’s website.

The Kirtland’s Warbler Festival will be held in the Houghton area on June 3rd-4th. The weekend will feature trips to a Kirtland’s Warbler habitat, so you can hear and possibly see one of the rarest songbirds in North America. Also on June 4th is the Houghton area Summerfest event, with activities like the Burnt Rubber Brag Drag Car Show, Village Cornhole tournament,  food trucks, and more!

Marquette area summer festivals include:

  • Art Week – June 20th-25th: 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 24th-26th: 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 24th and run through Sunday, June 26th. All proceeds from the event support the Noquemanon Trail Network trail building program. 
  • Marquette Blueberry Festival – July 29th: Washington and Front streets will be bustling with sidewalk sales during 2022’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. Local vendors will also be on-hand throughout the day selling mounds of fresh blueberries.
  • Ore to Shore – August 13th: The Ore to Shore is the third largest point-to-point race in the Midwest with riders gearing up at the start line in Negaunee, a site where in 1844 iron ore was first discovered in the Superior region. The long-distance course travels through Ishpeming, past towering head frames from the heyday of underground mining and then heads north into the beautiful, wooded wilderness, crossing or running alongside the Dead River all the way into Marquette to the Lake Superior shoreline. Events include the 48-mile Hard Rock, the 28-mile Soft Rock, 10-mile Shore Rock and the 4-mile Junior Rock. 

Head to Northern Michigan for the Michaywe Arts & Crafts Fair on Friday and Saturday, August 12th & 13th. Michaywe’s clubhouse and its wooded, park-like setting serve as the backdrop for the fair, which comfortably accommodates more than 100 exhibitors.

The Mecosta County Visitors Bureau and River Valley Car Club will present Car Fest 2022 in Downtown Big Rapids. The event is scheduled for Saturday, June 25th and will feature 50/50 raffle, trophy presentations, food, and more! Kids and grownups alike are invited to enjoy the event and all that beautiful Downtown Big Rapids has to offer.

Harbor Springs Chamber’s Tuesday Night Movies in the Park will be held from 9:30 pm to 11:30 pm on June 28th, July 12th, and July 26th in Zorn Park, complete with popcorn from Lyric Theatre

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