Celebrate July with These Pure Michigan Events

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.

July 1-7

Legends of saginaw sail

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.

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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
cherry festivalJuly 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!

July 8-14

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 Showrolling 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.

July 15-21

Tall Ship Celebration: Bay Citybay city tall ships
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 Jubileehot 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 Festivalleelaunau peninsula wine
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.

July 22-28

Colon Magic Festivalcolon magic
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.

July 29-31

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.

Blueberry Festival
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 Daykids 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!

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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.

Did we miss your favorite July event? Name it below!


Summer Solstice in Michigan, A Golfing Nirvana for Players

Now that the summer golf season has kicked into full-swing, golfers are getting out all over the state to take advantage of this great game. With more than 650 public courses to explore, it’s easy to see why Michigan is one of the premier golf destinations in the nation. As the summer solstice approaches, read more on why you should hit the links on the longest day of the year.

One of the highlights to golfing in Michigan are the long summer days allowing golfers to play into the evening hours. Nothing exemplifies this better then on June 20, the Summer Solstice, ( or the longest day of the year) as it will stay light enough for golf until nearly 10 p.m. Imagine teeing off at 6 p.m. and still getting 18-holes in. Even better, imagine teeing off at 7 a.m. and golfing all day and into the evening playing possibly 54 holes or more!

There are beautiful views to be seen at the Otsego Club in Gaylord

Beautiful views at the Otsego Club in Gaylord

Now, imagine taking it even one-step further and golfing one of our great resorts in Northern Michigan where golfers can  play three or four courses in one day and only leave the golf cart to hit shots. If you’re interested in a day on the greens unlike any other, America’s Summer Golf Capital has a few resorts to experience during those great long days of summer. Treetops, located in Gaylord, and the anchor to the Gaylord Golf Mecca, features 63-holes on its Treetops North site. Golfers can tee it up early on the Tom Fazio Premier, Michigan’s only Tom Fazio course, followed by the Rick Smith Signature, The Tradition, and cap it off with America’s No. 1 Par 3 Course, Threetops. Whatever order you do it in, it promises to be an amazing one-day golf experience.

The Frazio Premier Course at Treetops Resort is a local favorite

The Frazio Premier Course is recognized as a top course across the state

A little further north at Boyne Highlands up in Harbor Springs, part of the massive Boyne golf resorts, golfers can get in the cart early and play the Moor, The Donald Ross Memorial, featuring a wonderful rendition of great Donald Ross holes from around the country, and then cap it off with the Hills course, which features one of the best views from the 13th tee in all of Michigan. In Traverse City, The Grand Traverse Resort offers a great 54-hole combination lead by the Jack Nicklaus designed “Bear”, which has always been one of Jack’s tougher, but also most popular golf courses. Complimenting Jack’s course is the more player friendly Gary Player-designed Wolverine course, and the challenging Spruce Run course. If 36-holes are enough, there are several top facilities around the state where you can play 36 and never get out of the cart.

Greens at Grand Traverse Resort

Beautiful greens found at the Bear course at Grand Traverse Resort

In Northern Michigan top spots include Shanty Creek Resorts offering the Legend and Summit courses, as well as Crystal Mountain Resort with Mountain Ridge and Betsie Valley. At Manistee National, you can play Cutters Ridge and Canthooke Valley. Of course, golfers can head over to the sunrise cost play the Gailes and Serendella courses at Lakewood Shores Resort. In Gaylord, golfers should check out the Otsego Club with the Tribute and Classic courses. Don’t leave out the Upper Peninsula where golfers can challenge themselves with Greywalls and Marquette Country Club.

Greywalls Golf Course in Michigan's Upper Peninsula

The Greywalls is one of the Upper Peninsula’s finest courses

In the southern part of the state, there are destinations offering the 36-hole experience and more. Gull Lake View Resort offers options with its East and West courses or Stonehedge North and South. Golfers can experience two Donald Ross courses at Warren Valley in Dearborn, and check out Lakeview Hills in Lexington. Where ever you might play on the Summer Solstice, make it a full day of Pure Michigan golf! Where is your favorite course in Michigan? Share with us by commenting below!

Five Ways to Enjoy Michigan Golf This summer

Memorial Day Weekend is the annual kick-off to summer in Michigan and June 1 is the official beginning to Michigan Golf Month, which celebrates the game and its impact on the state’s tourism and economy. With over 650 public golf courses and a variety of golf resort destinations around the state, there are plenty of golfing options to take advantage of this summer. Read more on five fun golfing experiences to try this season:

1. Tee-it-up where the professionals play.

It’s not very often that golfers can play the same golf courses that the pros play, but at Harbor Shores Golf Club, site of the recent Sr. PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid, you can drive the same fairways and hit the same shots into the greens on this public Jack Nicklaus designed layout. Also checkout the new Inn at Harbor Shores and make it a golf package.

Sand traps at Harbor Shores Golf Club

Sand and water traps present skill challenges at Harbor Shores

2. Play a golf course forwards and then backwards in reverse.

Inspired by the Old Course at St. Andrews, where over 200-years ago the course was designed to be played in reverse during the winter to help with maintenance, world-renowned golf course architect, Tom Doak, has designed the first reversible golf course of its kind in the U.S. The Loop at Forest Dunes in Grayling is a reversible routing that will alternate directions on a daily basis allowing golfers to play it clockwise (Black) one day, then counter-clockwise (Red) the next day. Combine the original Forest Dunes course and this will be a one of a kind 54-hole golf package experience.

The Loop at Forest Dunes in Grayling

World-renowned golf course architect Tom Doak designed The Loop, a reversible course

3. Play nine holes or a short course

With golf looking for ways to grow the game and get more people to participate, playing nine-holes or shorter courses has become a popular thing to do. Below are ten fun 9-hole and shorter courses around Michigan to experience.

  1. The Miners Short Course at The MinesGrand Rapids
  2. Threetops – Par 3 Course at TreetopsGaylord
  3. Mountain FlowersHomestead ResortGlen Arbor
  4. Woodside Golf Course – East Lansing
  5. Wawashkamo Golf ClubMackinac Island
  6. St. Ignace Golf & Country ClubSt. Ignace
  7. Elk Rapids Golf ClubElk Rapids
  8. Strategic Fox at Fox HillsPlymouth
  9. Les Cheneaux Golf ClubCedarville
  10. Charlevoix Golf ClubCharlevoix
  11. Shadow RidgeIonia

4. Take a lesson or visit a golf school.

Golfers looking to improve their game have plenty of options for golf instruction in Michigan. Golfers in metro Detroit, make sure to check out Carl’s Golfland and its Performance Center for both lessons and club-fitting. Golfers will find a similar experience in Ann Arbor at Miles of Golf. Other top instructors and academy’s in southern Michigan include Jason Guss at Hawk Hollow, one of Golf Digest’s Best Young Teachers, Steve Brady at Oakland Hills and the Rick Smith Golf Academy at Oakland University.

Golfers looking to combine some golf instruction with a golf trip can check out some of the resorts in northern Michigan like the Dave Pelz Short Game School at the Homestead, Crystal Mountain Golf Academy, Boyne Golf Academy, as well as the golf schools at Grand Traverse Resort and Treetops.

The Treetops Golf Course in Grayling

Treetops Golf Course in Gaylord is immaculate all season long

5. Make golf part of your family vacation this summer.

Golf is a great family activity to get outside and do together and there are some great resorts that offer great family golf experiences. Crystal Mountain Resort in Thompsonville offers family golf scramble events this summer and Boyne Mountain provides special pricing for junior golfers, as does Treetops with juniors playing free on overnight golf packages.

What is your favorite course to play in Pure Michigan? Let us know by commenting below!