Pure Michigan June 2015 Events Roundup

Summer is in the air and festival season is full swing in Michigan. Communities around the state will host a variety of celebrations, and it is the perfect opportunity to see what Pure Michigan is all about. Native Michiganders and visitors alike, there’s something for everyone happening this month. 

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

June 1 – 6

Jackson Blues Festival
June 4 – 6, Jackson
Enjoy three days of blues performers including international, national and regional bands, with a major act headlining each night. Be sure to bring your lawn chair or blankets. Friday, June 5th at 6 p.m., the first 100 kids will receive a free harmonica, t-shirt and sunglasses as well as the opportunity to perform with the musicians!

Sip and Dab
June 5, Traverse City
Paint with local artist, Shelly Morey, as you are guided through your own paint on canvas masterpiece; all experience levels welcome. Create a memory of art with Sip and Dab while sipping the wines of Peninsula Cellars–Old Mission Peninsula. You may and are welcome to bring your own snacks to this event if you wish.

Forest Frenzy Race
June 5 – 6, Midland
Get caught in the wild excitement of the Forest Frenzy as you push yourself to the limit and face intense obstacles head on. You’ll be forced to crawl under, maneuver over, climb atop, and slip-slide your way through Midland’s City Forest. And, for the ultimate race experience for thrill-seeking athletes, attempt the course in the dark!

Festival of Cars
June 6, South Haven
The Festival of Cars has drawn as many as 200-350 antique cars, trucks, and bikes to downtown South Haven! Free admission for spectators, donations accepted. Special musical guest this year is Local Band “Matt and Dylan”! We are pleased to announce Festival of Cars car show this year will have a monster truck.

Spring Bird Walk
June 6, Charlevoix
Join Little Traverse Conservancy and the Petoskey Regional Audubon Society (PRAS) at the Ransom Preserve where delightful mixtures of habitats are available for a wide diversity of bird species. Scarlet Tanagers, Indigo Buntings and Great- crested Flycatcher have been regular in the past.

June 7 – 13

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June 5 – 14, Mackinac Island
The idea of the festival was to bring people to the island to enjoy a great horse drawn parade amidst the lovely lilacs that fragrance the island in June. Now a ten day festival, includes comedy show, afternoon tea at the Grand Hotel, music, walking tours, hayrides, arts and crafts, 10K run, Lilac Festival Queen, dancing, wine tasting, bingo, Lilac strolls and much more.

Bavarian Festival 2015
June 11 – 14, Frankenmuth
The Bavarian Festival is located in the Harvey Kern Pavilion in Heritage Park. Sing and dance to Bavarian music played by costumed German bands. Taste the hearty Bavarian foods, plump bratwurst, barbecued chicken and homemade pretzels.

Back To the Bricks Car Tour
June 12, Battle Creek
Come downtown from 6:45 p.m. to 9 p.m. and see the classic cars participating in the Michiana Promo Tour. Over 150 classic cars will line the streets of downtown Battle Creek. See the cars and join in the fun at Wave Park where a live DJ will be playing music and giving out prizes.

National Asparagus Festival
June 12 – 14, Hart
The National Asparagus Festival celebrates West Michigan’s famous crop with a unique festival with activities for all ages. This festival features an Arts & Crafts Fair, a variety of children and family activities, the Spear-It 5K Run, an asparagus farm tour, an asparagus themed food show, the Royale Parade, live entertainment, and the opportunity to meet the one and only Asparagus Queen!

Art in the Park
June 13, Hudsonville
The Hudsonville Area Arts Council will host the 7th Annual Art in the Park outdoor arts and crafts fair on June 13, 2015 in Veterans Park from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. In addition to spaces for over 50 arts and crafts vendors, the event features food vendors, artist demonstrations, children’s play area, and live entertainment. This is a free, family-friendly community event.

June 14 – 20

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June 13 – 14, Munising
There will be vendors, bands, food, outdoor activities, demonstrations and other outdoor shows. The festival will take place at Bayshore Park, overlooking the beautiful bay and the city dock in Munising, MI. Mark this weekend on your calendar for a fun-filled weekend for all ages!

Family Ecology Sail
June 14, Bay City
Are you and your kids interested in learning more about the ecosystems in which we all live, work and play? Do you know which watershed you live in? Have you ever wondered what exactly a watershed is? There’s no better place to answer these question than from the deck of a tall ship! Join us on the Appledore IV for a fun day of learning the science of our land and waterways. The Family Ecology Sail is a hands-on experience for everyone aboard. Snacks and juice/water are included.

Ann Arbor Book Festival
June 17 – 20, Ann Arbor
Each night of the festival, Michigan authors and poets gather for a Book Crawl at local restaurants, bars, bookstores, and shops to read from their latest works. On Saturday, June 20th, the last day of the Festival, a Street Fair will be held in downtown Ann Arbor. This day-long, family-friendly event will gather authors, libraries and literacy groups, publishers, artisans and writers groups and will include dynamic programming.

Gallery Walk
June 18, Petoskey
The galleries of Downtown Petoskey welcome the public to this evening of art and fun. This is your chance to visit local galleries in an open house setting; some locations even have the artists on hand. Don’t miss the afterglow party beginning at 9 p.m. giving you the chance to win some wonderful pieces of art from the participating galleries.

Beach Wellness Day
June 20, Bay City
Join us for this 5K, 10K Walk and Run along the shores of the Saginaw Bay and Kid’s Fun Run. This event also features a volleyball tournament, music concerts, a car show, concessions & more! All proceeds benefit the park.

June 21 – 27

Father’s Day Arts & Crafts Festival
June 20 – 21, Whitehall
More than 75 talented and creative artists will participate in this very popular juried art show from 10am – 5pm on Saturday the 20th and from 11am to 4pm on Sunday the 21st. Those attending can purchase a variety of hand-made art and crafts such as jewelry, wood furniture, birdhouses, ceramics, items for the garden, clothing, paintings and prints, folk art, leather goods, floral designs, stained glass, signs, children’s toys, and bath items.

Dawn Patrol Fly In
June 21, Bay City
Skydivers, aircraft, and many more displays. Barrel Plane rides for children at no charge. Airplane tours of the area will be available at the cost of $25 per seat. Dawn Patrol Fly-in Pancake Breakfast served: $7 for adults, $5 for children 5-10, 5 and under free.

Ford Fireworks
June 22, Detroit
The Parade Company is excited to pump up the City of Detroit, on June 22nd as we produce the 56th Ford Fireworks presented by Target, along the Detroit River. This event attracts hundreds of thousands of spectators for one of the most anticipated summer nights in Detroit, one of the nation’s largest fireworks displays.

Soo Locks Engineers Day
June 26, Sault Ste. Marie
The day celebrates the engineers who built the Soo Locks along with the men and women of the past and present who maintain the Locks. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers invite people of all ages to come explore the Soo Locks and avail themselves the rare opportunity to walk across the Lock walls. These walls make it possible for freighters to traverse the 21-foot drop between Lake Superior and the lower Great Lakes.

Pasty Fest
June 27, Calumet
Celebrate the Keweenaw’s “Pasty” history with a parade, children’s games, a pasty sale, live music and dancing with the Pasty Bake-Off for the coveted Copper Pasty Award. Event held at Agassiz Park.

Marquette Trails Festival
June 26-28, Marquette
Featuring mountain bike races, trail runs and family hikes, Marquette’s trails will be open for a fun weekend for all non-motorized trail users. Bring your family out for a good time to bike, run or hike and raise funds for your community trails. All proceeds from this event go to the NTN Singletrack Trailbuilding.

June 28 – 30

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June 26 – 28, Howell
The state championship of hot-air ballooning features balloon launches, entertainment and family attractions.

Grand Haven Art Festival
June 27 – 28, Grand Haven
One hundred juried artists line the streets downtown, displaying their handmade, one-of-a-kind art pieces. Visit the annual Grand Haven Art Festival to find that perfect piece for your home, cottage, and office.

Log Cabin Day at Old Victoria
June 28, Rockland
Celebrate Log Cabin Day at this historic mining village, where history comes alive and the past greets the present. The day will feature delicious cinnamon rolls, baked from scratch in the traditional woodstove. Kids of all ages will love the old-fashioned kid’s games and races on the lawn, and adults will love the show! The historic site will be open to the public, free of charge, and there’s no better way to learn about copper mining history than hands-on!

Ride for Nature Scenic Bicycle Tour
June 28, Spring Lake
Spend a summer’s day on the lakeshore, touring scenic natural areas and picturesque small towns. Each of the four routes on this non-competitive ride will feature parks and nature preserves. Riders are encouraged to stop along the way, enjoy the views, and take a stroll on the nature preserve hiking trails.

These are just some of the many events and festivals happening around Michigan. Which June events do you plan to attend? 

Pure Michigan May 2015 Events Roundup

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As they say ‘April showers bring May flowers’ and the wet weather means the tulips and daffodils are coming! While you’re probably up to your neck in spring cleaning projects and to-do lists, take some time to enjoy the beauty of Pure Michigan all around you and maybe go for an outing, too.

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

May 1 – 9

Laup Fiesta
May 1 – 2
Fiesta features the low-rider car show, Latino entertainment, a carnival, various exhibitors, and everyone’s favorite: lots of food! Fiesta begins on Friday night with an outdoor concert and food booths lined up and down the Eighth Street Market Place. The festivities continue on Saturday. The afternoon brings a variety of musical acts, including mariachis, cultural dances, and more. Exhibitors provide a variety of information about their products and services throughout the day in the Civic Center. In the parking lot, you can find cars, trucks, low-riders, and custom bikes, along with a variety of related exhibits and entertainment.8722672937_e1b4010c8c_o

Tulip Festival 2015
May 2 – 9
Celebrate over 80 years of culture, heritage and beauty. The Tulip Time Festival is a celebration of Dutch heritage and culture, a multi-generational event that has a little bit of something for everyone including; three amazing parades, multiple Dutch dance performances, concerts, theatre, Dutch attractions, Dutch food, children’s events, trolley tours and so much more!

Fashion & Tea
May 9
Beginning promptly at 2 p.m. with a tour of the Streets of Old Grand Rapids, visitors will take a step back into time. Following the tour, visitors will experience up-close the authentic fashion starting from the Civil War Era to the early 20th Century. Coming from the education collection, each visitor will have the opportunity to inspect the workmanship of the seamstress who made them. Tea and sweets will be served as they enjoy this visual feast.

Michigan Wine and Beer Fest
May 9
The event will feature the tastes and toasts of Michigan wineries, breweries and eateries in a unique setting – a NASCAR racetrack. Guests may sample wines, beer, and food from Michigan vendors and buy favorite wines by the bottle or case. Live entertainment throughout the weekend will also be featured. This event is for guests 21 years and older.

Touch-A-Truck
May 9
Kids of all ages will have an opportunity to see and touch a large variety of unique vehicles and learn from those that build, protect and serve our community. Admission: $10 per family or adults $4, children $2. Hours: Siren Free Zone 10am-12pm, General admission 12pm-2pm.

 

May 10 – 16

Family Fishing Fair
May 16
Bring the entire family to Ramona Park to celebrate the onset of summer on this exciting day at the shoreline! Families of all ages and abilities can experience the joys and benefits associated with fishing, boating, and aquatic conservation. Enjoy engaging activities and instruction from local fishing guides and professional organizations who will share their expertise to help your family start a lifetime of fishing memories. Fishing equipment will be on hand for those hoping to reel in their first (or next) catch of the day! This is a free event.

BBQ, Blues & Bluegrass: A Taste of Michigan
May 16
From noon – 8 p.m., enjoy live music, local BBQ, craft beer and regional wines at Whirlpool Centennial Park (on Broad St), just below the bluff in St. Joseph. Your 2015 band lineup includes The Hillbenders, Coco Montoya, Slim Gypsy Baggage, The Infamous Stringdusters, and Buddy Guy. Event is rain or shine, so plan to hang out for the day no matter what the weather. Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome. No furry friends please.

East Lansing Art Festival
May 16 – 17
Fine artists from Michigan and beyond will line downtown East Lansing’s streets to exhibit and sell original works of fine art and fine crafts. Free live music, children’s hands-on arts activities and special events to celebrate the 52nd East Lansing Art Festival.

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May 16 – 17
This is the Midwest’s largest kite festival featuring giant kites, expert fliers, seminars, kite ballets and much more. A giant kids tent and test fields where you can learn to fly free. This festival is free to attend, though there is a charge to park inside the State Park. An $11 Recreation Passport is required for entering State Parks, Recreation Areas, State Forest Campgrounds, Non-motorized Trail Head parking and Boat Launches.

National Morel Mushroom Festival 2015
May 14 – 17
Always held the weekend after Mother’s Day, the festival features a competitive hunt, guided hunt, live music, a beer tent, a gourmet Taste of Morels, carnival rides, and much more, including the Wine and Dine gourmet dinner and wine tasting.

 May 17 – 23

Petoskey Stone Festival
May 23
The Petoskey Stone Festival celebrates one of Michigan’s finest natural resources – the unique Petoskey Stone, Michigan’s official state stone. The festival starts off at 9:30 a.m. with the Commissioner’s Stone Skipping. Enjoy music, games and great food.

Northport Cars in the Park
May 23
Take a scenic drive along M-22 north to Northport for the 18th annual Cars in the Park and find out why it is the longest running auto show in Leelanau County. The popular event attracts an eclectic mix of cars to the picturesque Haserot Park where the unique setting provides the perfect backdrop for the summer season’s first car show. Free admission lets spectators enjoy all kinds of cars–pre-war and modern, stock and modified, foreign and domestic–cars for all tastes!

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May 22 – 25
Free family event! Enjoy viewing morning and afternoon flights over downtown Frankenmuth. An awesome “Balloon Glow” event is featured each evening at River Place Shops field! Visit with professional pilots and their crews. Over 30 USA pilots compete each year.

Alma Highland Festival & Games
May 23 – 24
Thousands of people from the US and Canada gather together in Alma, Scotland USA to enjoy a weekend of Scottish Heritage. US Pipe Band Competition, Highland Dance, athletics, Road Run, Clans, arts and crafts, and Scottish vendors and food. Live Entertainment. Event held on the campus of Alma College.

Lady’s Slipper Festival
May 23 – 25
Lady’s Slippers will be in full bloom. Enjoy food, fun, crafts, music and activities for all ages. Artists will be selling their work along the trail. Gift shop will be open in the Nature Center Building.

May 24 – 31

Legends of the Saginaw
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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. The ride will be narrated by local historians.

Niles Family Carnival and Bluegrass Festival
May 28 – 31
Come join us for the Niles Family Carnival and Bluegrass Festival on the St. Joseph River in downtown Niles, Michigan. Enjoy the Carnival, Bluegrass and Americana musicians (national touring acts), quality arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, community tent, bingo and more.

Islandfest
May 29 – 31
Islandfest is a time to celebrate the beginning of summer and enjoy some small town fun. The week-end long event features arts & crafts, a fine arts show, children’s activities, a midway, live music, parade, car show, fireworks, historical tours, aircraft displays and rides, a variety of foods and beverages for all ages and so much more. Islandfest is a free, fun, family-oriented event where all are welcome. Come join the fun!

Be a Tourist in Your Own Town
May 30
Explore a world of possibilities in Greater Lansing from 10am5pm. Purchase a $1 passport for free admission to over 60 attractions. Enjoy interactive activities and giveaways for the kids! CATA Be a Tourist bus routes provide transportation to most attractions for just 50. Collect ten stamps in the passport to win great prizes!

Harbor Springs Cycling Classic
May 30
Enjoy a leisurely bike ride along some of the most scenic roads of northern Michigan, on your choice of a 20-, 45-, or 60-mile route. Each route includes scenic M-119, locally known as Lake Shore Drive, better known as the “Tunnel of Trees. After your ride, join us for an awesome lunch in the courtyard, it’s all included! Ride only: Adults $30, children 6-12 $20, age 5 and under free. Fee includes route map, great refreshment stops, sag wagon service, and lunch.

Which events do you plan to attend this May? 

Pure Michigan April 2015 Events Roundup

It’s time to get outside and enjoy the fresh air! April in Pure Michigan marks the start of spring festivals and outdoor events. From April Fools’ Day fun to food tastings and theme parties, below is a roundup of some of the many events going on around the state next month. Visit michigan.org for a complete listing of things to do this April.

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April 1 – 4

Easter on the Green in Pentwater
April 4, Pentwater
Bring your children and family to meet the Easter Bunny. We’ll have an Easter egg hunt, Easter bonnet parade and contest, Easter Bonnet musical chairs, face painting, and games.

Lakeport State Park – Easter egg Hunt
April 4, Lakeport
Bring the kids for an Easter egg hunt at the campground with different hunting areas for specific age groups. Each age group has the opportunity to find the “golden” eggs with special prizes! This event is open to the public.

Kalamazoo Numismatic Club Spring Coin Show
April 4, Kalamazoo
Buy, sell, and trade coins, paper money, and memorabilia. Young Collector’s program and auction at 11 a.m. Admission is free.

Dog Loves Books – Theatre Performance
April 4, Rochester
Louise Yates’ New York Times Best Seller comes to life this musical about the irresistible Dog who loves books SO much that he decides to open up his own bookstore. This delightful musical celebrates the power of the imagination and the satisfaction that comes when you share books with others.

April 5 – 11

University Orchestra Concert
April 8
Listen to talented student performers from the University of Michigan-Flint Music Department. 7:30 p.m. Located at UM-Flint Theatre and admission is $5.

Art Downtown 2015
April 10, Grand Rapids
This “shop hop” will feature the works of several hundred artists in dozens of galleries, businesses, and studio spaces around downtown Grand Rapids. See artists and musicians exhibiting and performing at a variety of sites; witness art in unexpected locations from U-Haul trailers to the art museum, and parking lots to private studios; come early and stay late with family and friends.

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FoolMoon – Ann Arbor

FoolMoon 2015
April 10, Ann Arbor
Foolmoon is a procession of participants carrying hand-made luminary sculptures on Washington Street from dusk to midnight. Also features food, live music, shadow puppets, and film projections.

Shell Eco-marathon America
April 10 -12, Detroit
Hundreds of young engineers will compete in the ultimate energy-efficiency challenge. And visitors of all ages can enjoy a free fun-packed event with interactive attractions. While there, check-out the more than 1,000 high school and university students from around the Americas as they push the limits of efficiency to see which team can drive the farthest distance using the least energy in their student-built vehicles.

Cat Show
April 11, Melvindale
Cat Fancier Association All Breed & Household Pet Cat Show. This show features the exhibition and judging of cats and kittens throughout the day. Admission: $6 adults, $5 seniors, $4 kids, under age 6- no charge.

April 12 – 18

FestiFools 2015
April 12, Ann Arbor
FestiFools brings students and community volunteers together to create unique public art that is free and accessible to everyone. Specifically, we make huge-mongous papier-mâché puppets and march them around downtown Ann Arbor.

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MSU Science Festival

MSU Science Festival
April 15 – 18, East Lansing
A FREE multi-day celebration of Science, with more than 150 unique presentations including seminars, demonstrations, tours, open houses, discussion panels and hands on activities for ALL ages. This year’s special guests include Dr. Scott Sampson, of the PBS series Dinosaur Train, and mathemagician, Dr. Arthur Benjamin. On the campus of Michigan State University, and beyond!

Let’s Get Wild
April 16, Bloomfield Hills
We’re taken to “wild” places in Michigan and the Great Lakes and we’ll explore what we are doing to protect them for the future. Admission is free. Get ready to be amazed at the Cranbrook Institute of Science.

Junk to Funk Eco Fashion Show
April 17, Tecumseh
Evening of stylish models, food, fun, fashion, and wine! The red-carpet comes alive with wearable Eco-fashions created by local artists and designers – using unique, recycled, and repurposed materials. Join us for an evening of fun.

Picture Perfect Photography Hunt
April 18, Lansing
Bring your camera or smartphone and find your artistic voice in our museum galleries. Take a selfie and then post it to the Michigan Historical Museum page on Facebook. Usually, flash is not allowed in the exhibits, so look for the special “flash allowed” signs.

Fashion & Tea
April 18, Grand Rapids
Visitors will take a step back into time. Starting from the Civil War Era to the early 20th Century, you will experience up-close authentic fashion. Coming from the education collection, you will have the opportunity to inspect the workmanship of the seamstress who made them. Tea and sweets will be served as you enjoy this visual feast.

April 19 – 25

Art Walk
April 24, Tecumseh
During the evening, downtown merchants will partner with area artists to bring art into downtown businesses. Merchants will offer extended hours and refreshments for the public to enjoy. Local artists will be on hand to greet people and talk about their work, which will range from pottery to photography to jewelry and more.

Freeland Walleye Festival
April 23 – 26, Freeland
A three day festival celebrating all things walleye, including fireworks, a fish fry, the Walleye parade, walleye tournament, a Texas Hold’Em tournament, car show, 5k/10k race, teen dance and more.

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Shepherd Maple Syrup Festival

Shepherd Maple Syrup Festival
April 23 -26. Shepherd
The Village of Shepherd invites you to a great family weekend with parades, classic car display, carnival, tractor and horse pulls, bingo, arts & crafts and of course, scrumptious pancake meals all weekend long.

Bringin’ Back the 80’s
April 24 – 25, Frankenmuth
Bring back hair teasing memories with music, trends and events from the 80s. Don’t sit back in your pegged pants and play Atari–come on down and have a great time. Admission is $10.

Zehnder’s Ragtime Festival
April 22 – 25, Frankenmuth
Zehnder’s has been host to ragtime performers from around the United States and Canada for over 20 years. Come and enjoy ragtime music performed by our featured pianist, Bob Milne and other world renowned musicians.

April 26 – 30

MI Earth Day Fest
April 24 – 26, Rochester
Come visit one of the planet’s largest Earth Day celebrations on the banks of downtown Rochester’s Municipal City Park and the Paint Creek Trail. Explore more than 100 exhibits, speakers, food vendors, kids’ activities, entertainment and more.

Day Out With Thomas: The Thrill of the Rid Tour
April 25 – 26, The Henry Ford
Little engineers won’t believe their eyes—or their ears! This fun-filled event offers little engineers and their families the opportunity to take a ride with Thomas the Tank Engine. In addition, children will meet Sir Topham Hatt, Controller of the Railway and enjoy a day of Thomas-themed activities including arts & crafts, storytelling and more.

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Traverse City Chocolate Festival 2015
April 26, Traverse City
A celebration of all things chocolate from the region’s chefs and chocolatiers! Enjoy tastings and samples of local chocolates and confectionery treats, demonstrations and mini-lectures, live music, chocolate-inspired books, art and goods, door prizes and a silent auction for chocolate sculptures.

Local History through Historic Maps
April 26, Traverse City
Come and hear what discoveries were found about historic Frenchtown through the research on 1800s maps.

America’s Got Downtown
April 29, Monroe
The London Daily Telegraph hails the show, a “remarkable, tour de force one-man show.” Luke Kempner creates more than 30 characters in this parody which blends celebrity visitors with well-known characters from Downtown Abbey.

Which April events do you have on your calendar?