Pure Michigan July 2015 Events Roundup

July is just around the corner! With busy summer schedules in full swing, it’s never too early to start planning your visit to one of Michigan’s many summertime events. From art festivals and outdoor concerts to beach-side events and more, there’s something for everyone to do and see next month in Pure Michigan.

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

July 1 – 4

Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show & Balloon Festival 2015
July 1 – 5
Get ready for five action-packed days at the Field of Flight Air Show and Balloon Festival. Daily hot-air balloon launches, night balloon illumes, a dazzling fireworks display, twilight and night pyro air show featuring a jet-powered school bus. Top civilian air show performers will have you amazed! A carnival, crafters, souvenir booths and special displays and an array of food vendors will only enhance spectator’s experience. All events held at W.K. Kellogg Airport.

BBQ Dinner Sail
July 3
Join us on this family friendly sail, aboard the Appledore IV, for a fun and relaxing evening of cruising along the Saginaw River and setting sail in Saginaw Bay. While aboard, guests will enjoy a delicious, casual barbecue meal. The sail departs from Wenonah Park at 6 p.m.

Photo courtesy of Lakeshore Art Festival

Lakeshore Art Festival
July 3 – 4
For decades, art has been a driving force in downtown Muskegon. July 3-4, the Lakeshore Art Festival continues that tradition with a unique blend of arts, crafts, music, food and fun along the scenic shoreline of downtown Muskegon. The Lakeshore Art Festival features hundreds of artists and crafters, a Children’s Lane, street performers, and a food area including an Artisan Food Market and festival food favorites.

Cadillac Freedom Festival
July 3 – 5
Get ready for a full weekend of fun and sun along the shoreline of Lake Cadillac! The event will feature live music in the City Pavilion, Pork in the Park BBQ, Fire on Water military tribute, a parade, Thunder on the Lakeshore Motorcycle Show, live bands on stage, and fireworks over Lake Cadillac. All weekend we have kids’ activities including bounce houses and a carnival. This event is held in Cadillac City Park, downtown.

July 5 -11

National Cherry Festival
July 4 -11
Traverse City takes their cherries seriously. This festival has an array of events! From colorful parades, marching bands, music shows, sporting events, amusement to carnival games on the midway and food items, pie eating contests and loads of luscious cherries prepared every way you can think of, this festival has something for every cherry lover.

Photo courtesy of National Cherry Festival

Lake Hudson Recreation Area – Astronomy Night
July 6
Join us for an evening of star-gazing, planet-identifying, and constellation-finding at Michigan’s First Dark Sky Preserve. This informal gathering of astronomers will be setting up their telescopes and instructing on how to locate the various celestial beings of the night sky. They have all sorts of sizes and types of scopes, and it is fascinating to learn the difference among them. Make sure to bring any questions you may have about being an astronomy buff. Meet at the first shelter area just past the booth upon entering the park approximately a half hour before dark.

Common Ground Music Festival
July 7 – 12
Enjoy a weeklong music celebration at the Adado Riverfront Park. National Headlining artists mix with regional and local favorites to create the summer’s hottest six nights. Enjoy rock, country, blues and more along the scenic Grand River in Lansing.

Teal Lake Hike
July 9
Join Jim Paquette as he visits the camp sites of Negaunee’s very first miners, the ancient people who once quarried the Ajibik quartzite deposits on the northeast end of the lake thousands of years ago. We will talk about the geology, the archaeology, and the history of the lake and the surrounding area. We will follow the footpaths along the north lakeshore, and make our way to the top of the nearby bluffs for an amazing view.

Rolling Sculpture Car Show
July 10
The Main Street Area Association presents the 21st Annual Rolling Sculpture Car Show from 2 – 10 p.m. Taking place in the heart of downtown Ann Arbor, the Rolling Sculpture Car Show is one of kind experience for the car enthusiast. All cars are welcome to exhibit at the Show. Spectators enjoy the energy of more than 300 exotic, antique, classic, and one of a kind cars on Main, Liberty, and Washington streets in downtown Ann Arbor.

Idlewild Music Fest
July 10-12
This 3-day event celebrating the past, present, and future of Idlewild features live concerts, empowerment sessions, community giving, and much more! Live entertainment from local, regional, and international musicians performing jazz, blues, soul, and gospel music will be there to captivate the crowds. There will be various guest speakers, fitness experts, and so much more!

July 12 – 18

All Things Detroit
July 12
Come out and enjoy an afternoon of browsing the best local products Detroit has to offer, all under one roof! Check out Detroit apparel, handmade jewelry, artisan food products, custom artwork and more. 75+ local vendors, purchase Detroit/Michigan made products, convenient, FREE parking, free door prizes to the first 300 guests, and more.

Ann Arbor Art Fair
July 15 – 18
Artists display their latest work and engage the imaginations of more than 500,000 annual fairgoers. The varied parts of the fair fit together to form an amazing impression of sound, color, mystery and drama.

Photo courtesy of Ann Arbor Art Fair

Rock Hard Film Fest
July 16
Join us as we celebrate the magic that happens when music and film unite at the second annual Rock Hard Film Fast! We will be showcasing Detroit’s remarkable music and film communities and entries from across the country, as we screen music videos, short mini-docs, mini-mocks, and of course, the Rock Hard Film Fast competition music videos!

FunFest
July 16 – 19
Come and enjoy traditional music at its finest. The 43rd FunFest features a family friendly music festival with something for everyone. This yearly festival is held at the Osceola County 4-H-FFA Fairgrounds in Evart, Michigan. Admission is $7 for the entire festival.

Wine on the Water Festival
July 18
The festival will feature tastes from local wineries, distilleries, and breweries, as well as delicious food from Leelanau Peninsulas restaurants, art by talented area vendors, and live music from some of Michigan’s top entertainment.

Super Summer Flea & Antique Market
July 18
Come check out the market for some great deals and merchandise! Choose from new and used items, handcrafted items, antiques & collectibles, and much more! Saturday 8 a.m. -3 p.m. Free admission and parking!

July 19 – 25

Antique Fire Muster 2015  
July 25
Antique fire truck displays and pumping events, including a parade through downtown Frankenmuth. This is a must-see event on Saturday morning! Located in Heritage park, 601 Weiss Street.

Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival
July 24 – August 2
Parades, memorials, picnics, carnival rides, fireworks, car show, craft fair and the list goes on. The Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival is an annual celebration of all things Coast Guard. The downtown stretch of Washington Street is home to the carnival while the waterfront is dotted with lots of tasty food treats – if you have an annual carny food splurge this is the place to do it!

AuSable River Festival
July 21 – 25
Fun filled events will include a car show, parade, arts and crafts, children’s day, canoe races, food, a 10k run and 120 mile bike tour. This event centers on the AuSable River Canoe Marathon.

Photo courtesy of St. Clair Riverfest

St. Clair Riverfest
July 23 – 26
The St. Clair Riverfest is an action packed weekend of offshore boat racing, food/street vendors, and incredible musical entertainment. The St. Clair River Classic Offshore Boat Races have been a marquee event in St. Clair County for over a decade, drawing thousands of fans to the beautiful riverfront of Palmer Park.

Saginaw Chippewa Tribal National Pow Wow
July 24 – 26
Experience Native American dancing, singing, food and crafts.

Tawas Day Sails
July 24 -25
For one weekend in July and one weekend in August only, public day sails will be offered aboard Appledore IV from the East Tawas State Dock. Reserve your ticket today before they’re gone! All sails occur rain or shine.

Day on the Town
July 25
Event includes bike parade at 8:30 a.m., kids craft area, outdoor games, bounce house, live entertainment, Corvette Generations Car Show and more. Downtown Birmingham streets will be closed to traffic, and stores will come outside with bargains during 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Maker Faire Detroit
July 25 – 26
Over 400 makers will bring their wares, ideas, inventions and solutions to this two-day festival offering everything from robots, flame shooters and animatronics to solar-powered mechanical sculptures and fashionable finds. Go to The Henry Ford, roll up your sleeves, and make something.

U.S. Title Series Hydroplane Boat Races
July 25 – 26
Bring your lawn chairs for an exciting afternoon of high speed racing! The races are located on the St. Joseph River at the Constantine American Legion Post #223 on US-131, Constantine. Food and beverages are available for purchase at the American Legion.

July 26 – 31

Night of 100 Rieslings
July 26
Join us at the Night of 100 Rieslings where you will enjoy tasting from the Bar of 100 Rieslings, a popup wine bar featuring 100 different wines representing major and minor regions from all across the globe and shared by a crew of winemakers and sommeliers who will help you explore the range of the “Best White Wine on Earth.”

Huron Community Fair
July 26 – August 1
Good old fashioned fun for the whole family! Events include a rodeo, horse show, sheep show, motor cross, pick-up pull and much more.

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Photo courtesy of Traverse City Film Festival

Traverse City Film Festival
July 28 – August 2
Founded in 2005 this festival presents an outstanding selection of independent films as well as premieres, parties, panel discussions and lectures about the world of film. Most events are held in or near downtown and there are free family movies each night at Open Space Park on Grand Traverse Bay.

Glow in the Art 5K
July 31
Come light up Downtown Mt. Pleasant at this glow in the dark 5K. Event includes painting of Downtown intersection, as part of Art Walk Central.

Mackinaw Historic Festival
July 31 – August 1
Mackinaw’s Historic Festival is a family fun-filled event held annually the first weekend in August. Always free with programs and events for the whole family, join us on Friday evening July 31, 2015 at 6pm for an old fashioned hot dog roast, square dancing, and a Dark Sky talk from Mary Stewart Adams. Saturday, August 1, 2015, starts with a fun run to kick off the day of wagon rides, old fashioned baseball, spinners, weavers, quilt making, wood carvers, lumberjack show, soap making, vintage clothing show, strolling minstrels, kids games, and more. Come and spend the day and join us for lunch and enjoy all Northern Michigan has to offer!

Magic Tonight
July 3 – August 29
West Michigan Magic presents its second season of Magic Tonight in Saugatuck, Mich. every Friday and Saturday, through July and August. Michael Hermann has been a practitioner of the art of astonishment for over 40 years. This fun-filled performance features feats of classic parlor magic spanning the past 150 years. Creative and artistic, Michael Hermann’s magical “adventures” are presented with wit, witticisms, history, histrionics, and absolute skill. This is a perfect show for the whole family.

Which July events do you plan to attend?

You’re Invited: Pure Michigan Summer Facebook Chat

Twitter FB PM Chat

Mark your calendars! Thursday, May 28th at 12:00 noon ET, we’ll be hosting a Facebook chat to help you start planning your summer in Michigan.

Summer in The Great Lakes State provides some of the best memories. Join Pure Michigan and partners as we chat about the activities that will make this summer the most memorable. From the best hikes and waterfalls in the Upper Peninsula to summer concerts and fairs around the state, you don’t want to miss it.

Our partners from popular winter travel destinations across the state will also be on hand to answer your location-specific questions, including Ann Arbor, Detroit, Grand RapidsTraverse City, and many other Michigan cities.

Here’s how to participate in 4 simple steps: 

1. Follow Pure Michigan on Facebook.

2. Sign in to Facebook on May 28th from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. You can join us for just few minutes or stay for the hour!

3. Ask your summer travel questions to the Facebook Chat post.

4. Follow the conversation on Facebook for tips, tricks and suggestions for planning a summer getaway that’s perfect for you.

Not able to join us? No worries. Leave your questions in the comments below and we’ll answer them during the chat.

See you on Facebook!

 

Explore Spring Food & Drink in Northern Michigan

CherryBasketFarm

Photo courtesy of Tec Petaja

The Sara Hardy Farmers Market, along the Boardman River in downtown Traverse City, is my absolute favorite way to experience the spring food scene in Northern Michigan!  I love to browse around all the stalls to see what’s being brought to market from our neighboring farms. But there are plenty of other opportunities to find, sample and buy the season’s freshest foods. Here are some other upcoming events, ranging from small educational gatherings to big community festivals.

They all have one thing in common, though – they all celebrate this glorious time to eat in Northern Michigan!

Ongoing: Sara Hardy Downtown Farmers Market in Traverse City

This bustling farmers market between Cass and Union Streets is the best way to see all that is happening in the fields and forests of Northern Michigan. The market is open on Saturdays in May and Wednesdays and Saturdays in June. A do-not miss!

Ongoing: A Walk Through the Farmers Market Cooking Classes

Reservations required.Led by award winning Chef/Owners Jen Blakeslee and Eric Patterson of The Cooks’ House, these Saturday morning classes are an educational and delicious way to experience the region’s food scene. Each class starts at 9 a.m. at the Cooks’ House in Traverse City.

Ongoing: Farm Dinners at Cherry Basket Farm

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Photo courtesy of Brian Confer

New for 2015, private dinners will be held on the award-winning and historic grounds of Cherry Basket Farm in Omena, with a local menu created by Chef Andy Schudlich of Epicure Catering. Contact them to book your own dinner!

Reservations required.

Ongoing: Hillside Homestead Historic Dinners

During this unique local food experience, proprietress Susan Odom will prepare a traditional menu from 1910 at her historic farmhouse in Suttons Bay. Contact her to book your own traditional farm dinner. Reservations required.

May 13: Morel Dinner at Black Star Farms

Jon Dayton is one of my favorite chefs in the region. His inspired farmstead cuisine is as beautiful as it is delicious. Check Jon’s schedule for other special dinners all through the season at The Inn at Black Star Farms in Suttons Bay.

Reservations required.

Mainstream events (any size group) Be Spontaneous!

May 15- 17: Empire Asparagus Festival

This is a quintessential small town festival celebrating the asparagus harvest. It’s also a local favorite! There’s a pig roast, an asparagus cook-off and a big tent filled with asparagus eats. (Including asparagus beer!)

May 16: Wineries of Old Mission Blossom Day

Spend the day sipping the new releases and noshing on spring-inspired food pairings among the cherry blossoms in the Old Mission Peninsula wine country.

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Photo courtesy of Traverse City Tourism

May 24: Little Fleet Kickoff Party

The Little Fleet is Traverse City’s only food truck hub, featuring eight tasty truck options. The season opener to Little Fleet’s Lot 448 event series, this lively party celebrates the region’s eight best summer beers with live music and delicious food truck fare.

June 6: Rare Bird Brewery Nest Fest

A celebration of the one-year anniversary of Traverse City’s newest microbrewery. Live music, food from the Rare Bird kitchen and tasty brews are sure to make this a fantastic event!

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Photo courtesy of Meggen Watt

June 13: Leland Wine & Food Festival

In its 30th year (it’s the longest-running food festival in Michigan) this is an anchor event for the local food and wine community and a welcome summer opener.

June 20: Traverse City Wine & Art Festival

Held on the beautiful lawn of the Village at Grand Traverse Commons, this big festival features 200 local wines, food from eight regional restaurants, and lots of music and art.

Taste the difference and see why Traverse City is a Condé Nast Traveler Up-and-Coming Food City as well as one of America’s five top foodie towns (Bon Apetit Magazine).

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Photo courtesy of WeberPhoto

Cammie Buehler is the managing partner/co-owner of a local-foods catering company and historic farm event venue, Epicure Catering & Cherry Basket Farm. With co-owner and Chef Andy Schudlich, she works to bring contemporary local cuisine to events in and around Northern Michigan.