Pure Michigan January 2016 Events Roundup

January is just around the corner and we couldn’t be more excited to start the New Year with everything happening throughout Pure Michigan in 2016. From winter festivals to snowshoeing (we hope!), the first month of the year is filled with events that everyone can enjoy. For a full list of events in Michigan, visit michigan.org/events.

Week of January 1-4

Shen Yun | Dance & Martial Arts Performance
January 1-3, Detroit
For 5,000 years, divine culture flourished in the land of China. Humanity’s treasure was nearly lost, but through breathtaking music and dance,Shen Yun is bringing back this glorious culture. Shen Yun brings the profound spirit of this lost civilization to life on stage with unrivaled artistic mastery. Every dance movement, every musical note, makes this a stunning visual and emotional experience you won’t find anywhere else.

Shoe Year Hike: Lantern Lit Ski and Snowshoe Event
January 2, Ludington
Start the New Year with a Shoe Year’s Hike at Ludington State Park. Cross country ski, snowshoe or hike the lantern lit trails to kick off your new year’s resolutions or just enjoy some outdoor fun with your family and friends. If you’re looking to participate, there are 40 pairs of snowshoes that will be lent out first-come, first-serve. Make sure you dress warmly in layers when attending! Along the trail, a campfire will be available where visitors can warm themselves and enjoy a hot beverage. The park will be hosting additional lantern lit ski and snowshoe events on January 9, 23, and February 6. 


21st Annual Downtown Bridal Show
January 3, Traverse City
Did you just get engaged? Attend this bridal show to help plan your wedding! Over 35 vendors will come together to showcase all things wedding at the City Opera House in Downtown Traverse City. A wedding fashion show will take place and admission to the event is free!

Week of January 4-11

Moscow Festival Ballet: Romeo & Juliet and The Sleeping Beauty
January 8, East Lansing
This renowned company from Moscow brings two of the most romantic Russian ballets to the stage. Romeo and Juliet is Shakespeare’s classic tale of young star-crossed lovers, featuring the music of Tchaikovsky and the choreography of Petipa. The evening also includes selections from another timeless classic, the fairytale The Sleeping Beauty, also set to music by Tchaikovsky. Both performances feature exquisite costumes and lush scenery in the grand ballet style. Founded by legendary dancer Sergei Radchenko, this acclaimed company features leading dancers from across Russia.

Plymouth Ice FestivalPLymouth ice fest
January 8-10
Downtown Plymouth is hosting the 34th annual Ice Festival! The Plymouth Ice Festival has a long-standing history of being the largest, free ice festival in Michigan and remains dedicated to the art of ice carving.

Winter Walking Tour with The Kalamazoo House
January 9
In partnership with The Kalamazoo House, the historic bed and breakfast built in 1878, guests can enjoy an overnight stay, a walking tour of three breweries and breakfast all in one stop. You can visit Bell’s Eccentric Cafe, Gonzo’s Bigg Dogg Brewing Co. and Tibbs Brewing Co. where you can receive either a full pour or a series of samples at each stop. You can also learn more about Kalamazoo’s growing craft beer industry and its role in Michigan’s rise as one of the top beer destinations in the world.

22nd Annual Downtown Chili Cook-Off
January 9, Traverse City
The annual Downtown Chili Cook-Off in Traverse City brings together some of the area’s finest restaurants and their creative chili recipes for a spicy showdown. The restaurants will compete in a variety of categories including 1, 2 and 3 Alarm, White, Seafood, No Bean, Ethnic, and more. It should be a delicious time!

Winter Festival and Brunch
January 10, Hastings
Bring the family out to Pierce Cedar Creek Institute to enjoy the winter landscape! A number of winter-themed activities are scheduled throughout the day. Snowshoe rental, family-friendly crafts, and a warm fire will be available in the Visitor Center. Trails and the sledding hill will be open from dawn to dusk. The brunch program will feature “Stormy the Magician” performing illusions for the whole family. End the day fulfilling a New Year’s resolution by getting outside and enjoying a snowshoe hike and taking in the winter sights and sounds.

Week of January 11-18

Wine About Winter
January 15, Grand Haven
What better place to “wine” away those winter blues than at the annual Wine About Winter? Each January, a collection of businesses in Grand Haven’s Centertown and Downtown districts invite the public to sample wines and check out art from local artists. As guests sip on samples of Shiraz and Chardonnay, area artists offer talks about their works, all of which are displayed at the various venues as part of Wine About Winter. Tasting packages will be available for purchase in the fall 2015 at various Main Street Merchant locations. 


Fort Custer Recreation Area: Intro to Mushing
January 16, Augusta
Are you interested in learning about dog sledding? Members of the Southwest Michigan Husky Club are providing introductory classes that will go over several different outdoor activities owners can enjoy with their dogs including: Mushing, Skijoring, Bikejoring, and tandem snowshoeing with dogs.

Beer and Bluegrass | Concert
January 16, Kalamazoo
Kalamazoo State Theatre is teaming up with Short’s Brewing Company out of Bellaire, Michigan, to bring you a bluegrass event like no other! Mark your calendars and join them for “Beer and Bluegrass” at Kalamazoo State Theatre! They will be bringing you four musical performances from Grammy award winning Bluegrass artists such as the Del McCoury Band, Jeff Austin Band, Don Julin and the Billy Strings Trio. Short’s Brewing Company will be onsite for a total tap takeover, featuring their top seasonal brews.

Kalkaska Winterfest
January 16-17
Kalkaska Winterfest has been a Michigan classic since 1965. It is the largest sprint sled dog race in the northern lower 48 states. The race will be a qualifying race for the IFSS world championships in 2017. There will be sled dog racing from 10, 6, 4, 3 and 2 dog teams, along with skijoring. Other activities include IWPA dog weight pull, craft show, silent auction and food. Make sure to check it out!

North American International Auto Show
January 16-24, Detroit
With an anticipated 800,000 visitors from around the world, the North American International Auto Show in Detroit continues to be among the most prestigious auto shows in the world. See highlights from last year’s show here.

Week of January 18- 25

Saline Winterfest 2016
January 22-23
You have to come to Winterfest 2016! Why? Because everything about this exciting event will be different this year. They’ll have indoor and outdoor activities fun for the whole family, from kids to grandparents, from mild to wild! More details will be released as the event nears. 

Noquemanon Ski Marathon
January 22-24, Marquette
The Noquemanon Ski Marathon, locally referred to as “The Noque”, is a point-to-point cross-country ski race held in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan during the last weekend of January. Starting from Ishpeming and ending in Marquette, the race showcases the scenery and terrain characteristic of Upper Michigan. The variety of events include Classic Freestyle, Team Relay, Junior Noque, Adaptive Snowshoe, Snow bike, Skijor Long and Short Distances.

203rd Anniversary Commemoration of the Battles of the River Raisin
January 23, Monroe
Join the many participants from Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Canada as we remember the Battle of the River Raisin and Massacre that took place 203 years ago – January 22 & 23, 1813. The 203rd Anniversary Commemoration of the Battles of the River Raisin will take place on Saturday January 23, 2016. There will be a tactical demonstration battleground, and commemoration ceremonies.

Bigfoot Snowshoe Racebigfoot snowrace
January 23, Traverse City
Come join the Bigfoot Snowshoe Race! The course is a super hilly off trail run with plenty of logs to jump and branches to duck. If there’s no snow, bring your trail shoes, the race goes on no matter what the conditions. Bigfoot is the Midwest qualifier for the National Championship Snowshoe race.

Winter Delights: A Festival of Wine, Food, and Music
January 30, Portage
Winter Delights will be an evening of wine tasting with the best regional wineries, delicious food, and live music by the LMC Jazz Combo. Admission includes 10 wine tastings, $10 in food samplings, commemorative festival glass, and entertainment. Designated driver tickets include festival glass, two non-alcoholic drinks, $10 in food samplings, and entertainment.

Week of January 25-31

Thrill On the Hill
January 29-30, Buchanan
Bring your family and come tubing on an 800-foot long hill. The City of Buchanan closes its main thoroughfare and invites you to use their tubes to fly down Front Street’s hill! The road is closed for tubing only and happens just once a year. There will be tubing fun, games, contests, great food and a winter-land playground for the youngsters. Frosty and Rudolph will show up to frolic with kids and grownup kids alike. It is sure to be a family-friendly time!

Pure Ludington BRRRewFestbrewfest
January 30
Back by popular demand, the second annual Pure Ludington BRRRewFest is bigger and better, with 30-plus brewers from throughout Michigan showcasing their best for an afternoon of brews, live music and more at Ludington’s new community garden. Tickets include a 5oz. commemorative sampling glass plus six drinks tokens for sampling.

January 30, Muskegon
The Greater Muskegon Jaycees “Snowfest” is happening in downtown Muskegon. Enjoy many events such as the Battle of the Bowls, Kidsfest, Snow Volleyball, Cornhole, Broomball and much more! 

Winter Snow Party
January 30, Portage
The Winter Snow Party is a great opportunity to enjoy time with your family and friends, all while embracing the white wonders of Michigan outdoors. There will be many activities to enjoy such as sledding and a snowman building contest! Build, decorate and bring your own cardboard sled and build and dress up the biggest and fanciest snowman. Prizes will be awarded for best in show for both contests as well as the fastest cardboard sled! When you need a warm respite from the activities enjoy a bonfire with hot chocolate and coffee available for purchase. 

What January events are you looking forward to most? 

Pure Michigan October 2015 Events Roundup

With apple picking, pumpkin carving and hay rides, it’s easy to see why October is a favorite time of year for many. There are events for the whole family to enjoy as fall enters full swing.

Below is a roundup of some of the many events going on around the state in October. Visit michigan.org for a complete listing of Michigan events.

October 1 – 10

26th Annual Fall Detroit Camper & RV Show
September 30-October 4
If experiencing a Pure Michigan fall adventure in the comfort of your own RV sounds awesome, attending the26th Annual Fall Detroit Camper and RV Show at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, September 30-October 4, should definitely be your first stop. With multiple Michigan Association of Recreation Vehicles and Campgrounds (MARVAC) RV dealers and campgrounds represented at the show, attendees can peruse hundreds of new 2016 makes and models and take advantage of big savings on 2015 models.

Haunted Weekend on Mackinac Island
October 2 – 4
Join in the adventure for our 5th Annual Haunted Weekend on Mackinac Island. A weekend filled with day and night time ghost hunting adventures and haunted history tours. This year sites include a night time tour and hunt at Fort Mackinac, Mission Point Resort PLUS day time carriage ride to the 1814 Mackinac Battlefield and investigation at Arch Rock and death trail.

South Higgins Lake State Park – Halloween Fest
October 2 – 3
12th Annual Halloween Festival will be held in the campground at South Higgins. Events include hay rides, a haunted forest walk, dance, Trick-or-Treating through the campground, carnival games, and much more! We will also have prizes for the best decorated campsites, best costumes, and pumpkin painting contests. Events on Friday are open to the public and campers.

Blues & Brews Festival
October 3
Guests will sample a broad variety of local, regional, and national beers and live music at the pavilion (Toledo St.) in Downtown Adrian from 4 – 9 p.m. VIP tickets/packages includes early entry. Designated Driver tickets (without drink tickets) are also available.

October 3
Join the Boyne Mountain crew for an Oktoberfest-style celebration of fall, and the promise of the coming snowsport season. You’ll find everything you’d expect at Oktoberfest–great food, Michigan beer, wine and spirits, live music and performances–plus our own ski- and snowboard-oriented twists on tradition. Carve out plenty of time for our on-snow rail jam, the Burton Riglet Park for kids, a ski swap, free rides on our six-place chair, a parade, street dancing, and tons of other surprises during this amazing preseason celebration.

Photo courtesy of @jasonmciver.

Photo courtesy of @jasonmciver.

Great Lakes Lighthouse Festival
October 8 – 11
Tour 11 lighthouses a whole new way. The four day event provides activities for the young and old including lighthouse tours (aerial, boat or personal vehicle), entertainment, and vendors. Climb many of the lighthouses; enjoy live entertainment and lighthouse exhibits, and nautical vendors round out the weekend.

Charlevoix Apple Festival
October 9 – 11
Experience the magic of autumn in Northern Michigan at the Annual Apple Festival & Craft Show. This three day event is held yearly to honor local orchards and growers who, in the spirit of the season, line Bridge Street to bring the fall harvest to you. The festivals focal point is the apple, proven to be the most popular fruit in North America. Local organizations will warm you up with hot food items such as chili, hot dogs, kielbasa, and pasties! Activities include a holiday art & craft show with 125 exhibitor booths, face painting, pony rides, a petting zoo, and pumpkin carving contest. So, bundle up and bring the family to our fall harvest bonanza!

Lake Huron Discover Tour
October 9 – 11
Explore the rich array of maritime sites, from working harbors and lighthouses to museums and art galleries, while taking in breathtaking waterfront vistas and fall color along the historic US 23. Plan a ‘voyage’ based on your area of interest, whether it’s hiking, biking, a tour of the ARTrail galleries, bird watching, and/or savoring the Wine and Hops Trail. ,

October 11 – 17

Fresh Fall Harvest – Farm2Fork
October 11
Farm2Fork is a unique culinary series at Treetops Resort which features locally grown and prepared dishes and the hands that brought them from seed to the table. Through this series we hope to spread awareness about the benefits of locally grown food. A different farmer will be featured at each event and will talk about their farm, operations, etc. We work closely with the Gaylord Farmers Market and other Northern Michigan growers to put this event on.

A fall backroad in Northern Michigan in the peak of fall color season.

A fall backroad in Northern Michigan in the peak of fall color season.

Three Rivers Color Tour
October 11
View the fall colors from Swiss Valley Ski Area while enjoying their annual car show. See the brilliant fall kaleidoscope of color while traveling the route of this year’s Annual Three River Color Tour, October 11. Enjoy the Scarecrow Contest, pumpkins and games for the little ones at Meyer Broadway Park. View the magical colors of River Country in the comfort of your vehicle and enjoy some refreshments along the way.

The Grand Rapids Improv Festival
October 12 – 19
The dates for the second annual Grand Rapids Improv Festival (formally known as the West Michigan Improv Festival) at Dog Story Theater Join acts from all around West Michigan, Chicago, Detroit, St. Louis, and more. Get involved beyond attending performances with workshops, open jams, and a family-friendly day on Sunday.

Little Traverse Bay Parafest
October 16 – 17
Have you ever wondered about the paranormal, life after death, or wanted a reading from a Psychic Medium? Do UFO’s and aliens really exist? Come join us October 16th and 17th, 2015, in Petoskey for an epic event brought to you by The Terrace Inn of Bayview and Bumps in the Night Paranormal Research. Join paranormal celebrities for lectures/presentations, vendors, ghost walk tours, ghost hunt with TV celebrities, and VIP dinner. Mediums, Psychics, Paranormal investigators, UFO experts and others will also be at event. Event and lectures start Friday evening and all day Saturday. You will have plenty of time to talk with the celebrity guests/vendors/ and other attendees at the event.

Made in Michigan Film Festival
October 16 – 17
This is an exclusive to Michigan-made films and celebrates and recognizes the best of Michigan film talent. The Bronner Performing Arts Center is a state-of-the-art, 500-seat theater. Filmmakers will enjoy networking with other film industry professionals through our Hospitality Room, Friday night cocktails, and After-Glow Party. Several activities are being planned – including a free Motion Picture Institute educational student workshop, Q & A sessions with filmmakers and the audience, and much more.


October 18 – 24

Detroit Fall Beer Festival
October 23 – 24
Join the Michigan Brewers Guild at Eastern Market for one of the largest all-Michigan beer tastings around. Attendees can enjoy some incredible food from Detroit area restaurants (available for purchase) and listen to a talented line-up of local musicians while sipping any of more than 450 craft beers from 60 Michigan breweries.

Howl-O-Ween Hoof and Woof
October 24
The Howl-O-Ween Hoof and Woof is a fun-filled day for families and their two- and four-legged kids. Entrance to the event is free. Games, food and activities can be enjoyed at family-friendly prices. In the spirit of a good, old-fashioned fall carnival, you will find inflatable fun, face painting, games many of which include your dog and prizes. You won’t want to miss a walk with your dog along the “Trick-or-Treat Trail” in your Halloween costume – fill up your candy bag and bring your pooch along to get a treat for performing his favorite trick! If your pup likes to dress up too, there will be prizes awarded for best dog and kid costumes. You’ll get hungry having this much fun! We’ll be sure to have hotdogs, popcorn, caramel corn, caramel apples and more.

Legend of Sleepy Howell
October 24
Activities include trick or treating, human and pet costume contests, live music, hay rides, the viewing of the classic Disney film “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”, 1 mile Monster Run and storytelling, ghostly graveyard, inflatables for kids and teens, broom ball, food and street vendors, and the night-time, luminary lit Headless Horseman 5K/10K race that runs through Lakeview Cemetery drawing over 1,500 athletes.

Carpenter Farms. Photo courtesy of  Lenawee CVB.

Carpenter Farms. Photo courtesy of Lenawee CVB.

Fall Fun Fest – Downtown Wayland
October 24
Fall Fun Fest is a free family event in beautiful Downtown Wayland! Trick-or-treating at local businesses and other family events will be available from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Scarecrow Fest
October 24 – 25
Get into the holiday harvest spirit with this FREE family event. Folks young and old can enjoy a costume parade, trick-or-treating, pumpkin catapult, pumpkin bowling, pumpkin painting, face painting, and inflatable stations. Businesses throughout Frankenmuth compete in a “Best Store Front Scarecrow” contest.

October 25 – 31

Halloween Treat Parade
October 30
It’s the 15th annual Treat Parade in downtown Ann Arbor. Area merchants welcome your little costumed characters to the neighborhood with greets and treats. Black and orange balloons will fly from participating businesses. Join the fun from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Halloween Beer Bus Tour
October 30
Get in the Halloween mood with this spooky bus tour featuring a brewery with a haunt, a haunted brewery, one of Kalamazoo’s best haunted attractions and some fall beers. Be prepared for a night of frights, flights and fun. Our Halloween tour will begin at Shakespeare’s Pub in downtown Kalamazoo (241 E Kalamazoo Ave) where autumn favorites will be on tap. The group will then make the jaunt west to Paw Paw Brewing Co. where the crew will get you in the spirit of the season with fall ales and perhaps a few scary surprises. From there, we’ll make way to Psycho Ward & Nightmares, one of Kalamazoo’s best haunted attractions tucked into the woods. We’ll then conclude with a quick ride north to Plainwell’s Old Mill Brewpub for samples and a tour of the more than 100-year-old building known to be inhabited by a few ghosts. Duration is approximately five hours.

Spooktacular Weekend
October 31
There will be a costume contest, face painting, pumpkin painting, sack race, great pumpkin roll, and more! Trick or Treating with Pentwater’ Downtown Merchants and at Charles Mears State Park 2 – 4 p.m. Spooktacular Parade at 4 p.m. Visit the local watering holes for ghoulish food, scary drinks, and spooky treats.

Shipshewana On The Road
October 31 – November 1
Enjoy a weekend of fun where you’ll find anything and everything under the sun! You’ll find thousands of unique items that you may not find anywhere else! Shipshewana On the Road shows are two day sales where independent vendors offer their products or merchandise for sale to the general public. The vendors consist of artisans, crafters, flea market dealers, and retail business owners. Finished and unfinished pine furniture, handmade crafts, toys, home decor, handmade jewelry, cleaning products, clothing, homemade jams, jellies and cookies, 14kt. gold and sterling silver jewelry are just a few of the products at the show.

Which events do you plan to check out in October? 


Pure Michigan August 2015 Events Roundup

August is quickly approaching and there’s still plenty of summertime left to get out and enjoy an outdoor adventure or fun summer festival. From art festivals to running a 5k,  there’s something for everyone happening this month. 

August 1 – 8

Art in the Park
August 1, Holland

The annual fine arts and crafts fair, Art in the Park, is the first Saturday of August in Holland. The event draws one of the largest influx of visitors to the city on a single day, second only to Tulip Time. About 300 fine artists and artisans from eight states will be on hand to display and selling their work.

Palms Book State Park – Family Fun Day
August 1, Manistique
This is a fun day for the whole family sponsored by The Friends of Indian Lake Palms Book State Parks. Join us from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. for kids games and crafts, a Native American drum ceremony, Native American crafts, UP Raptor and Rehab with live birds, a wheeling sportsman display, a DNR fire truck as well as a visit from local fire departments, and rumor has it you should keep your eyes open as there may be a sighting of Smokey Bear.

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August 1, Harrietta (20 miles west of Cadillac)
Enjoy all things blueberry, from pancakes to the ice cream social and you don’t want to miss the pie-eating contest. Partake in all day events, including a quilt show, arts and crafts, music, and a parade. Events throughout the day also include area history slide presentation, children’s games and cake walk, and frozen t-shirt contest.

Walk With Me Detroit
August 2, Royal Oak
With the weather warming up, it is time for our Walk With Me Detroit event! The event itself is designed to be a one mile fun walk through the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak on August 2, 2015. Check in begins at 7:30 a.m., and the walk begins at 9 a.m.

Ribfest Kalamazoo
August 6 – 8, Kalamazoo
22959_TasteofKalamazooResizedRibfest is a three day event at the Arcadia Creek Festival Place in Downtown Kalamazoo. The event features national and local rib vendors that sell ribs and chicken in outstanding barbeque sauces. The event will also bring in national rock and country musical artists, local bands, plenty of fun activities including children’s crafts/games, People’s Choice Rib Competition and the exciting contest for Best Ribs in Kalamazoo. Ribfest has brought in great entertainment over the years including: Dennis DeYoung: The Music of Styx, Shenandoah, James Wesley, The Guess Who, Loverboy, Mickey Dolenz; Lou Gramm from Foreigner, Survivor, Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels, the Spinners and Eddie Money, Great White, Skid Row, and Travis Tritt.

MasterCraft Throwdown
August 8, Grand Rapids
The MasterCraft Throwdown is a new kind of competition on the water. It’s about going big, pushing the levels and bringing progression. Think millions of viewers, a live crowd, loud music, dazzling lights, pyrotechnics, flying unicorns and pandemonium. Be prepared to get your mind blown by world-class wakeboarding. Step up to watch a man on water skis fly further than the wingspan of a jumbo jet. Come primed for your jaw to drop off your face because you’re going to see a bunch of stuff so over the top. The event will be live on ABC.

August 9 -15

BBQ & Music
August 9, Hastings
A collaboration of two great bands, you don’t want to miss. Who Hit John? and Red Tail Ring takes the stage this year. The duo infuses each song with musical imagination, haunting harmonies, and instrumental artistry on fiddle, banjo, mandolin, jawharp and plain old foot stomping. Dinner @ 5 p.m., Music @ 6 – 8:30 p.m.

Back to the Bricks Cruise and Car Show
August 11 – 15, Flint
Come visit Flint and Genesee County to be part of one of the biggest car events featuring a rolling cruise, kick-off party, live entertainment, automotive displays, vendors, food, antique fire trucks and dragster exhibits, contests and a Saturday car show that will amaze all with over 30,000 participants.

Meteors & S’mores
August 12, Leelanau
Come visit Leelanau State Park during the Persied meteor shower. With your naked eye you will be able to watch potentially hundreds of meteors flash across the sky as they enter our atmosphere. Visitors should meet at the parks day use pavilion where free s’mores will be provided for everyone to enjoy during this star-gazing opportunity. They are best viewed while lying on your back, so it is advised visitors bring a lawn chair or blanket. Also dress according to the weather, bring bug spray and your own beverages.

Comedian Dave Coulier
August 14, Lexington
Dave is perhaps best known as “Joey” from the hit ABC television series, Full House, which aired for eight seasons (1987-1995, with 192 episodes produced) and can now be seen on the Nickelodeon and ABC Family network lineups. Additionally, the show is currently in worldwide syndication in over 100 countries. Dave followed this success by hosting his second prime-time hit series, America’s Funniest People, which ran on ABC for four seasons.

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August 15, Breckenridge
Do you want to know how your food gets from the farm to your dinner table? Then you’ll want to take advantage of a free family learning experience this summer, Breakfast on the Farm. This event is open to people of all ages and provides a great family learning environment. Attendees are able to learn about topics such as proper animal care, crop production, milk production, and operation of farm equipment. Visitors will be able to meet the families behind the food that’s on their dinner table each night and learn about agriculture from experienced and knowledgeable agricultural producers. The day includes a free breakfast featuring Michigan-grown food products and a self-guided tour of the farm, with volunteers from the local community available to answer questions.

Glow in the Park 5k
August 15, Milford
You will light up the night as you run a 5k – no speed needed! Before the race, you and your friends will each get a goody bag of glow accessories and paint to adorn yourselves to the height of glowy fashion. Now to brave the seas of foam (industrial machines spewing foam to the beat of some hot music), the rain storm of UV glow water (volunteers will spray a rainbow of glow water as you run past), and the dust cloud of neon powder (volunteers will toss handfuls of neon goodness to make sure you are covered in color and glowing like a champ)! Once you have triumphantly reached the finish line you will be greeted by a celebratory dance party and a chance to show off your accumulation of glow and your fabulous dance moves.

August 16 – 22

19603_Plein Air MIORGPlein Air Art Discovery Cruise
August 17, Bay City
BaySail and our partners at Saginaw Valley State University’s Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum and the Studio 23 Art Gallery invite area residents to explore the nature and beauty of the Saginaw River. The Saginaw River’s mix of scenic natural wetlands and historic industrial landscapes lends itself perfectly to Plein Air drawings and watercolors. Plein Air simply means art done outdoors with natural light. Guests will be inspired by nature and guided by professional artists and Great Lakes Maritime art, poetry, and literature. After the cruise, guests are invited to finish their pieces at Studio 23.

Belle Isle Crawl
August 19, Detroit
Senior Power Days on Belle Isle is a new program that provides recreational and educational events at Belle Isle Park for seniors. The 11-event series will be held on Wednesdays from July 8 to December 15. Events are FREE. Seniors will have the opportunity to visit the many attractions at Belle Isle Park. Shuttles will take seniors from venues on the island such as the Aquarium and the Conservatory. Lunch will be provided at one of the tour’s stops.

Tour De Zoo
August 20, Battle Creek
Join us for Bikes, Beasts, and Beers at Binder Park Zoo (costumes and bike decor strongly encouraged, but not required). Ride your bike through the Zoo and enjoy two “hydration stations” with samplings of New Belgium Brewing’s Slow Ride (being launched this summer in Michigan). Then join us for carousing and merriment in the Zoo picnic area where you will enjoy a variety of New Belgium Brewing Company beers, live music, games, giveaways and feast on tasty post-ride treats expertly crafted and available for purchase at the SSA grillin’ station!

Tulipanes Latino Art and Film Festival
August 20-29, Holland. Celebrate the many contributions of our Latino community through art, film and music.Films include shorts, documentaries, and feature-length, all of which explore a variety of themes in which Latino imagination and creativity approach humor, politics, culture, fiction and art.

Art Walk Central
July 30 – August 19, Mt. Pleasant
Browse the streets of downtown Mt. Pleasant as art pieces are put on display for the public. You can even visit Art Reach of Mid-Michigan and vote for your favorite People’s Choice piece. Art Walk Central also features weeks filled with events and workshops including the Art Battle competition, chalk workshops, steam roller print making, and stained glass workshops. Other events during Art Walk Central include outdoor concerts, outdoor movies and 5K runs.

Cheeseburger in Caseville
August 14 – 23, Caseville
Summer family fun! Enjoy cardboard boat races, hat making, music and cheeseburgers. There will be musical entertainment in the park and many activities such as, arts & crafts and vendors on the streets.

August 23- 31

21873_capitolFarmers Market at the Capitol
August 27, Lansing
Experience this one of a kind event held on the East Lawn of the Michigan Capitol Building in Lansing, Michigan. The Michigan Farmers Market Association is celebrating the 10th anniversary of hosting Farmers Markets at the Capitol. The event features over 60 unique vendors from across the state who sell Michigan-grown and produced products. Vendors sell everything from fresh fruit, vegetables, flowers, baked goods and prepared foods. Shoppers can enjoy entertainment such as music and dancing, physical activities, and cooking demos.

Mason Sun Dried Music Fest
August 28 – 30, Mason
This free music event features many bands, food vendors, a beer and wine refreshment tent, and a variety of items for sale. Located in the streets of Mason, next to Ingham County Courthouse, downtown shops and restaurants will open their doors to you!

Vintage Boat Show
August 29, Holland
The Holland Museum will host its 10th Annual Vintage Boat Show. This highly anticipated glimpse into the history of West Michigan’s boating industry showcases historic boats made from both wood and fiberglass. Bring the kids for free ice cream and activities, including paper paddle boat races. Families are encouraged to bring a towel or two for a fun day out on the town. Admission is free and includes admittance to the Holland Museum for the day.

Thunder Over Michigan Air Show
 August 29 – 30, Ypsilant
Thunder over Michigan is one of Americas leading air shows and is considered the best warbird show in America. Held every summer at Willow Run Airport, the show features world-class entertainment, unique static displays and fun for the whole family. This year’s show will feature the world famous Blue Angels.

Walkin’ on the Wild Side
August 30, Royal Oak
Come enjoy a family, friendly walk, all day admission to the Detroit Zoo, tee-shirt, delicious food, fun activities, entertainment and the opportunity to come together as a strong community.