It’s almost July and summer will be in full swing! While the weather is warm, it’s time to discover something new in Pure Michigan. From the Cherry Festival in Traverse City to the Idlewild Festival, there are a ton of unique events happening around the state.
Below is a roundup of July events to help you plan the upcoming month. Visit our events page to see everything going on all month long.
Legends of the Saginaw Sail
July 1-2, Bay City
Learn the fascinating history of the Saginaw River as the Appledore sails from Downtown Bay City to the Saginaw Bay. Once out on the open water, help the crew set the sails or relax and enjoy the view. A light lunch of a sub sandwich, chips, cookie and soda/water is served onboard.
MI Big Green Gym: Beach Yoga
July 2, Mears
Beach Yoga will be offered on the first Saturday of July, August and September at Silver Lake State Park from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Kalon Arts and Yoga Company offers Vinyasa Flow Beach Yoga, linking breath with movement. Practice begins with a gentle flexibility opening and breath work, moving from the floor into seated /kneeling poses and building into strength/balancing sequences before closing in a guided relaxation. Yoga is both a physical exercise as well as an internal practice of reflection and awareness. This is the perfect opportunity to get fit and have fun.
Antiques at the Fairgrounds – July
July 2-3, Petoskey
This popular show will feature over 170 dealers from around the country. There will be a huge array of high quality antique merchandise from the smallest collectibles (jewelry), to a wide range of antique furniture, pottery, china, textiles, prints and more.
International Food Festival
July 2-4, Marquette
The Marquette County Exchange Club will be hosting its annual International Food Festival in Mattson Lower Harbor Park. There will be food and refreshments, live entertainment and a fireworks display at dusk on Monday, July 4.
National Cherry Festival
July 2-9, Traverse City
The National Cherry Festival is the oldest and biggest festival in the Traverse City area. Featuring over 150 activities including air shows, fireworks, pie eating contests, concerts and lots of cherries!
DSO at the Ford House
July 8-9, Grosse Pointe Shores
Join the Detroit Symphony Orchestra for an evening of music in the magical setting of the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House. Each evening the concerts will be followed by fireworks over the lake.
On Friday, July 8, Teddy Abrams conducts and vocalists Will and Anthony Nunziata perform hits from your favorite Broadway shows! On Saturday, July 9, the DSO will perform music inspired by the beauty and wonder of America. Enjoy works from Bernstein, John Williams, Dvorak, and more.
Rolling Sculpture Car Show
July 8, Ann Arbor
Bill Crispin Chevrolet and the Main Street Area Association present the 21st Annual Rolling Sculpture Car Show, a one of a kind experience for the car enthusiast taking place in the heart of downtown Ann Arbor. More than 300 exotic, antique, classic, and concept cars will be displayed on Main, Liberty and Washington Streets.
Idlewild Music Festival
July 9-10, Idlewild
The 2015 Idlewild Music Festival (IMF) brought national attention to the Nationally Registered Historic Landmark of Idlewild. T. ROSE Entertainments’ efforts to bring forth greater awareness of Idlewild were a success. The IMF is held to commemorate and celebrate the history of well-known African-American entertainers and professionals who owned property and performed at the Historic Resort prior to the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Known as the “Black Eden”, this location was one of the few resorts in the United States where African-Americans could vacation and purchase property. It is historically, the largest land-based African American resort ever assembled in the USA.
59th Annual Coca Cola International Frisbee Tournament
July 9-10, Calumet
Come out and watch the intensity of the first Frisbee sport of Guts, the one that paved the way for the rest. Players from around the world will be in attendance. The best Guts tourney on the circuit and the Julius T. Nachezel Cup is still the one to win.
Blue Water Sand Fest
July 8-10, Port Huron
Voted one of the top 10 Sand Sculpturing Competitions in the country by USA Today, the Blue Water SandFest will host Michigan’s first and only Master Sand Sculpting and Advanced Amateur competition and festival. This three day event, which starts on Friday, July 8th and runs through Sunday, July 10th, is held on the park grounds of the Fort Gratiot Light Station, along the beautiful Lake Huron.
Shakespeare in Detroit
July 14-17, Detroit
Pioneers of Shakespeare in a Detroit (SiD) park will present their annual in the park performances at New Center Park. SiD will perform The Merchant of Venice on Thursday, July 14, Friday, July 15 and Saturday, July 16, 2016 at 8 p.m. with one matinee on Sunday, July 17 at 2 p.m. Free admission. However, donations are encouraged from those who can assist in keeping the performances accessible for all.
Tall Ship Celebration: Bay City
July 14-17, Bay City
The award winning maritime festival returns to Bay City – July 14th-17th – featuring an international fleet of tall ships, maritime musicians and fun for the whole family!
Beaver Island Music Festival
July 14-16, Beaver Island
Beaver Island Music Festival has been creating Music in the Woods since 2003, a 3-day outdoor event combining nature, renewable energies, music and artwork, song and dance, on a small remote island in Lake Michigan. BIMF has proud history of combining a wide range of musical genera and musicians from Michigan to nationally performing acts all having their own creative style into a single event. Plan to enjoy one of Michigan’s most unique and growing festivals, with wide varieties of music, art and activities for all ages. There is food, camping and plenty of time to enjoy a tour of this historical island or spend a day on one of the beautiful Lake Michigan beaches.
48th Annual Cadillac Festival of Arts
July 15-16, Cadillac
Annual Festival of the Arts & Phyllis Olson Art Fair (juried) is held annually in the Cadillac City Park, on the shoreline of Lake Cadillac. Starts Friday with the exhibit opening mid-day, the Taste of Cadillac’ kicks off the evening with live music playing in the Park Pavilion. Saturday’s events include Kids crafts and the String Petting Zoo, where kids can try out various stringed instruments. The Park Pavilion hosts live entertainment and the art exhibits continue throughout the weekend.
Hot Air Jubilee
July 15-17, Jackson
Have you ever gazed up at a blue sky filled with hot air balloons of every shape and size and every color of the rainbow? It’s a sight many people only dream of, and one you will never forget. Jackson’s Hot Air Jubilee each July will dazzle you and your family while offering plenty of fun-filled activities on the ground. An arts and crafts show, live entertainment, Kid’s Kingdom and much more add up to three days of amazement.
Michigan Lavender Festival
July 15-17, Armada
The Michigan Lavender Festival offers a true “Symphony for the Senses”! Relax and rejuvenate to the essence of fragrant lavender swaying in the breeze. Enjoy a gourmet lunch in the shade while sipping on a glass of ice cold lavender lemonade. With just a short drive from the hustle and bustle of city life, the Lavender Festival is a perfect mid-summer getaway. Not only is this event a celebration of all the wonders of L
avender, but also an event that knits together local, talented artisans of one-of-a-kind hand-made goods, featuring over 100 Michigan artists, craftspeople and local area farms. Festival highlights include lavende
r workshops, wellness classes, U-pick orchard fruit and wagon rides to tour the farm & orchards.
Leelanau Peninsula Wine on the Water Festival
July 16, Suttons Bay
This festival will feature tastes from not only different local wineries, distilleries and breweries, but also local food, art and live music from some of Leelanau and Michigan’s top talents.
Colon Magic Festival
July 20-23, Colon
Magic takes center stage here in the Magic Capital of the world with Magic Camp, Evening Shows, Arts & Crafts Fair, Strolling Magicians and live music! This event is fun for the entire family. Have fun being fooled!
Michigan Summer Beer Festival
July 22-23, Ypsilanti
The 19th Annual Summer Beer Festival will host more than 100 Michigan breweries sampling almost 1,000 different craft beers. Food will be available for purchase inside the festival, and guests will enjoy live music from a variety of Michigan bands. The oldest of the Michigan Brewers Guild’s four annual festivals, the Summer Beer Festival takes place rain or shine in the lovely outdoor setting of Ypsilanti’s Riverside Park in historic Depot Town.
Michigan Historical Museum – Speak Out! Saturday
July 23, Lansing
Look for our special Speak Out! stations in our museum galleries. Take advantage of the opportunity to “talk” with us and other visitors about current events, museum exhibitions or topics in history. Stop by and find out what the conversation is about today!
A Paranormal Event
July 23, Garden
Have you ever wondered what a ghost hunter does? Does the thought of apparitions give you a chill or a sense of wonder? Join us at Fayette Historic State Park for a full day and night of unearthly surprises and learning… if you dare!
Pure Michigan Night at Lansing Lugnuts
July 23, Lansing
Celebrate all things Michigan during Pure Michigan Night at Cooley Law School Stadium! It’s a night for the U.P., the Thumb, Mid Michigan, and beyond with free hot dogs presented by Farm Bureau Insurance and fireworks presented by LAFCU
Indian Lake Honey Bees
July 28, Manistique
Join us at our campground host site for a taste of Indian Lake Honey. Local beekeepers, Jan and Ed Wright, will educate us on honey bees and will bring a hive for a demonstration on how honey bees construct their hives and deposit honey. They will also have honey for tasting and products available for sale.
Port Sanilac Summer Festival
July 29-31, Port Sanilac
The charming lakeshore town of Port Sanilac invites you to a weekend of fun for the whole family. Featuring watermelon eating contests, inflatables and rock walls for the kids to climb and bounce, craft shows, live music and much more- the Village Weekend will give summer memories that will last a lifetime.
July 29, Marquette
The 15th annual Blueberry Festival is a fantastic family-friendly event. 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.
Annual Connor Gorsuch Kid’s Fishing Day
July 30, Sault Sainte Marie
Soo Area Sportsmen’s Club presents the Connor Gorsuch Kid’s Fishing Day the last Saturday in July. Kids 16 and under can enjoy a free day of fishing at the kids fishing pond at Rotary Park. The community has donated food, refreshments, and prizes for the event. All registered kids can catch three fish and register two. Wilderness Treasures is providing the bait. Some fishing equipment will be available, but you are encouraged to bring your own.
July 30, Battle Creek
Voted one of Michigan’s best live music venues, Leilapalooza is fast becoming one of the most anticipated music events of the summer. This free event features a variety of musical acts on several stages throughout the day!
How Bazaar Jackson
July 30-31, Jackson
How Bazaar Jackson is a two-day street festival in downtown Jackson including a juried Art Show, live entertainment, food and a beer/wine tasting tent. Top-level artists from all over the country will be showing off their wares and competing for $10,000 in prize money.Incredibly talented musical performers will be on stage throughout the event including a headliner act on Saturday evening. Food vendors from Jackson and beyond will tantalize your taste buds. And you can wash it all down with refreshing beers, wines and ciders from local vendors.
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