Summer time in Michigan is also festival time. Regardless of what part of the state you either live in or decide to visit during the summer months, you can always find something going on.
Dowagiac in Southwest Michigan has a diverse community which is reflected in their annual Summer in the City Fun Fest, July 23 – 25. With over 45 hours of entertainment that ranges from African drumming and dance to hillbilly punk rock, there is something for everyone. This event is also very family friendly with many interactive workshops and games for children. And for those fitness fanatics out there, they have the 5K and 10K Steve’s Run.
Are you a beer connoisseur, or just someone willing to give new flavors a try? Then you should take the time to visit Ypsilanti on July 24 and 25 for the 12th Annual Summer Beer Festival in historic Depot Towns’ Riverside Park. With over 100 breweries from throughout the State participating there will be an outstanding 300+ beers to choose from. Just make sure you bring your designated driver with you.
Railroad enthusiasts cannot afford to miss the Train Festival in Owosso, July 23 – 26. This is “America’s Largest Celebration of Railroading” featuring 8 operating steam locomotives plus model train layouts and miniature railroad. This year the Southern Pacific “Daylight” No. 4449 locomotive is scheduled to travel to Michigan from Portland, Oregon in conjunction with the festival.
If Railroads are not your thing, then how about honoring the brave men and women of the US Coast Guard by attending the 85th US Coast Guard Festival, July 24 through August 2 in Grand Haven. This event began as a personnel picnic in 1924 and progressed over the years to become the celebration that it is today. The festival includes public tours of a Coast Guard cutter, parades, live entertainment, water ski show, carnival, and dancing for all ages.
Venture to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and visit Marquette this summer and take in the 51st Annual Art on the Rocks Festival at Mattson Lower Harbor Park near the waters of Lake Superior. Over 200 artists will have their art on display and available for purchase. So whether you are in the market for that next great piece of art for your living room, or you just enjoy that festival atmosphere, this is definitely the place to be July 25 – 26 this summer.
These are just a few of the many Festivals taking place in Michigan over the next week or so. There are too many festivals to list all at once, but hopefully this has given you taste for the diversity that Michigan has to offer. Stay tuned for future regular updates of events and things to do around Michigan. In the meantime, to find more things to do around Michigan visit the michigan.org events page and have yourself a Pure Michigan summer.