July in Pure Michigan means the peak of summertime fun. From fireworks on the water to art fairs and festivals, there’s something for everyone happening this July in Michigan.
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Bay City Fireworks Festival
July 5-7, 2012, Bay City
The Bay City Fireworks Festival is one of the greatest fireworks shows/festivals in Michigan. It’s a bang up time along the banks of the Saginaw River with three nights of pyrotechnics over the water plus daily entertainment and carnival. For more information, click here, or contact (989) 892-BANG.
Marine City Arts & Music Festival
July 13-15, 2012, Marine City
The quaint community of Marine City comes alive in July as the arts and culture of the Blue Water Area takes over their city! All types of music from: steel drum, country western, rock & roll and classical will fill the streets. An amazing quilt and textile show, fine arts, talent competitions, art and food vendors, dining tents, parties, raffles and so much more are in store! Envelope yourself in the musical and artistic talents of Michigan’s Thumb! For more information, visit the website link or call (810) 794-7331.
Chesaning Showboat Music Festival
July 7-14, 2012, Chesaning
Join us for Showboat Music Festival Week taking place July 7 – 14 in Chesaning. Some of the special events and activities planned for this year include softball, volleyball & tennis tournaments, the Showboat Parade, a Dawn Patrol Pancake Breakfast, the Annual Showboat Road Race, an arts & crafts show, a 3-D archery shoot, a hospitality tent featuring live entertainment, carnival, the Antiques Mall west of town, Area memorabilia exhibit at the Chesaning Area Historical Museum and the huffing and puffing of steam engines & antique tractors at the Mid-Michigan Old Gas Tractor Association’s display. For more information, click here, or call (989) 845-3055.
Michigan Bier Celebration – A Taste of Oktoberfest
July 21, 2012, Frankenmuth
The first ‘Michigan Bier Celebration, a taste of Oktoberfest’ will be held at the Harvey Kern Pavilion in Frankenmuth, from 1pm – 11pm. The festival and beer tasting will be highlighting 15 Michigan Brewers along with about 12 select brewers from around the USA. Michigan craft beer lovers will get a sneak peak at more than two dozen “2012 Oktoberfest” brews expected to debut in Frankenmuth. Visitors can sample the many different styles of this seasonal brew as well as other beer/cider products. For tickets or other information, call (248) 930-9440.
July 28, 2012, Imlay City
The Sweetest Day of the Year! We Michiganders are kind of like bears climbing out of our dens after a long winter. The weather warms and we’re ready to do things outdoors-go to picnics, festivals camp outs, and all manner of fun activities. Join us for the first annual Michigan Honey festival on July 28, 2012 at the Eastern Michigan fair grounds in Imlay city, Mi. Come and enjoy a day of food, fun, and education. You will learn about all the good things that honey bee’s do for us, and all the good things that come from a bee hive, It’s not only honey. See demonstrations on all aspects of bee keeping from building your bee hive to spinning out the honey. There will be chefs cooking dishes using honey. Mead tasting tent and mead Making demonstrations. There will be plenty of activities for the kids as well. Children under 16 years of age can come to the festival for free! The entry fee for all others is only $5. For more information, visit the website link or call (810) 922-0393.
Mayville Sunflower Festival
July 26-29, 2012, Mayville
Three day festival featuring games, inflatable rides, demolition derby, fireworks, beer tent, live music, 5K run/walk, gaming, and much more. For more information call (989) 843-5246.
Thunder Bay Maritime Festival
July 4, 2012, Alpena
Bring the whole family to this free annual community event hosted by the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Tour tall ships, research vessels and fishing boats docked along the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Trail. Enjoy live music on the main stage, kids games and crafts, see the small boat workshop, taste some local whitefish, explore the shipwreck century exhibits and more! Festivities start each year at 500 W. Fletcher Street following the 4th of July parade in downtown Alpena. For more information, see the website link or call (989) 356-8805 ext 13.
Fourth of July Cruise
July 4, 2012, Mackinaw City
Come celebrate the 4th of July in style. Shepler’s offers an annual two hour Fireworks Cruise in the Straits of Mackinac. Cruise out to the Mackinac Bridge and see the magnificent structure up close before getting the best seats in the house for a spectacular fireworks show at 9pm.Ticket required. For more information, visit the website link or call (800) 828-6157 or (231) 436-5023.
Tawas Bay Summerfest
July 6-8, 2012, East Tawas
Fun filled weekend for the entire family. Events include a fish boil, kid’s bike & pet parade, 5k run/walk, Paw’s in the Park, Street Dance, and Car Cruise & Show. For more information visit the website link.
Art on the Bay
July 14-15, 2012, Alpena
Browsers and shoppers alike should be prepared to spend hours at this art fair. The fair will feature fine art, pottery, hand-crafted jewelry, neele art, wall hangings, woodwork, woven baskets, and much more. Food will be available on the grounds. Located at Bay View Park on State Street/Prentiss Street. For more information call the Thunder Bay Arts Council at (989) 356-6678.
AuSable River Festival
July 25-29, 2012, Grayling
Fun filled events that will include a car show, parade, arts and crafts, children’s day, canoe races, food and a 10k run and 120 mile Bike Tour. This event centers around the AuSable River International Canoe Marathon. For more information contact (989) 348-2921 or click on the website link.
Cadillac Independence Day Celebration
July 4-8, 2012, Cadillac
The event kicks off in the City Park on July 4 & 5 with evening live entertainment. July 6 hosts the 2nd Annual Fire on Water (a tribute to our military past, present and future), and on Saturday, July 7 a full day of events include Thunder on the LakeShore Motorcycle Show, Wrestling Extravaganza, children’s bounce houses, food & merchandise vendors, dunk tank, hot air balloon rides, community photo, ‘better than a water park’ event, and evening finale with the fireworks. For more information, call (231) 775-0657.
National Cherry Festival 2012
July 7-14, 2012, Traverse City
Get your planner out and write down the dates for a great family fun week when you attend the National Cherry Festival in Traverse City on July 7-14. We will have colorful parades, marching bands, music shows, sporting events, amusement rides along with carnival games on the midway and food items, pie eating contests and loads of luscious cherries prepared every way you can think of. For more information call the Cherry Festival office at (800) 968-3380.
Boyne Thunder 2012
July 13-14, 2012, Boyne City
This unique boating event showcases high performance boats, some sporting several thousand horsepower, cruising through the waters of Lake Charlevoix and Lake Michigan on a 90-mile excursion. Along with the poker run, which begins at 9:30am on July 14 from Veteran’s Park, the weekend’s festivities include a champagne cruise for people to get an up-close view of the spectacular boats, a dinner-auction in Veteran’s Park, along with boat and car displays and music in downtown Boyne City from 6 to 9pm July 9. To find out more, please call (231) 582-6222.
July 13-15, 2012, Harbor Springs
100% Pure Music! Jazz, folk & roots music. Terrific artists that leave you wanting more. Crafts, dancing, workshops and more. This is a great family weekend! Call (231) 348-7047 or visit our website for a schedule and/or ticket price options. Going on at Festival Farm 3695 Division Rd, Harbor Springs.
Art in the Park
July 21, 2012, Petoskey
On July 21, 2012, artists from all over the United States will descend upon Downtown Petoskey to show off their wares. Again this year, approximately 135 booths will grace Pennsylvania Park, with items ranging from pottery to jewelry, from paintings to photographs, and much more. The show is rain or shine, so come prepared to shop. For more information, call (231) 622-8501.
Little Traverse Bay Regatta
July 27-29, 2012, Petoskey
Gather in Petoskey State Park or along the downtown lakefronts in Petoskey or Harbor Springs for the best views of nearly 70 sails that will dot beautiful Little Traverse Bay in the oldest race of its kind! Some of the country’s best sailors will be racing. Best viewing times are 11am to 3pm each race day. Bring your camera! For more information call (231) 526-7919.
Ann Arbor Summer Festival
July 1-8, 2012, Ann Arbor
The Ann Arbor Summer Festival is an exhilarating celebration of performing arts, outdoor entertainment and community spirit. Each year, the three-week event offers dozens of performances, events, activities, exhibitions, parties and more, with eclectic music, dance, theater, film, visual arts and family fun. Celebrating its 29th season in 2012, the Festival has invigorated the cultural life of this community as a joyous down-town event for over two decades. It brings the world to Ann Arbor. Visit website for complete schedule or phone (734) 994-5999.
Common Ground Festival 2012
July 9-15, 2012, Lansing
Common Ground Music Festival will feature an outstanding line-up of musical acts. This year’s festival is July 9-15 at downtown Lansing’s Adado Riverfront Park. For more information go to website link or call (517) 267-1502.
Thrills in the Irish Hills Bike Festival
July 12-14, 2012, Jackson
Motorcycle enthusiasts and classic rock fans alike will enjoy this unprecedented Southern Michigan event! The three day Thrills Festival is held in collaboration with The Wheels of Thunder, a bike rally to honor the Armed Services and Veterans, as well as several communities in and around Jackson County. Legendary entertainers, community events and a host of local talent, make this an appealing excursion for Midwest travelers and beyond. For more information on this event, visit the website link or call (517) 529-4871.
Ann Arbor Art Fair
July 18-21, 2012, Ann Arbor
The Ann Arbor Art Fair is a group of four award-winning art fairs that take place every July in downtown Ann Arbor, Michigan. The event attracts over 500,000 visitors annually. The varied parts of the fair fit together to form an amazing impression – full of sound and color and mystery and drama. Concurrent Ann Arbor fairs include the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair, South University Art Fair, and the State Street Area Art Fair. For more information on this event, visit the website link or call (800) 888-9487.
Maker Faire Detroit
July 28-29, 2012, Dearborn
Robotics, electronics, rockets, food and fashion finds. If it’s made, it’s displayed at Maker Faire Detroit. The most happening event in Detroit, don’t miss this two-day, interactive and family-friendly event that takes arts, crafts, engineering, food, music, science and technology projects and the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) mindset to the next level. It’s a celebration of unbridled creativity and discovery that will blow your mind. Only at the home of innovation, The Henry Ford, July 28th and 29th. 9:30am-6pm. For tickets or more information, visit the website link or call (800) 835-5237.
Kalamazoo Blues Festival
July 12-14, 2012, Kalamazoo
The 19th Annual Kalamazoo Blues Festival is scheduled to arrive at the Arcadia Festival Site July 12, 13 and 14. Performances by two dozen top national and regional acts on two Arcadia Festival Place stages. For more information contact (269) 344-0795.
Banana Split Eating Contest
July 15, 2012, Marshall
If you love ice cream you will love this event. Join us for the world record contest. We will be creating a new world’s record. The contest is set up in age groups. Phone for more information at (800) 228-4315, or click here.
July 19-21, 2012, Bronson
Downtown Bronson. This 3-day event kicks off annually with fireworks and an opening ceremony, complete with door prizes and crowning of Polish Royalty. Polish food and music, a parade, a Polish wedding reception, crafts, talent show, car show, pancake breakfast, fishing tournament, Bingo and sports tournaments fill this weekend with events for the whole family. For more information call (517) 369-7334, or click here.
International Food Fest
July 3-5, 2012, Marquette
International Food Festival. The Marquette County Exchange Club presents the International Food Fest in Mattson Lower Harbor Park from noon until dusk. The Food Fest features kids events, live music, and a wide variety of food and beverages for all
Fireworks Over The Bay
July 14, 2012, Saint Ignace
St. Ignace, your home town port to Mackinac Island, will host fireworks shows on July 4, and then every Saturday through September 1. Fireworks will decorate the sky over Moran Bay. Ample public viewing space and parking. Free to all visitors. For more information, call (888) 878-4462.
Menominee County Fair
July 27-29, 2012, Stephenson
This family fair will feature 4 x 4 tractor pulling, horse shows and pulling, livestock shows, food concessions, games for kids, and much, much more. For more information on this fair, call (906) 753-2209.
Elsie Dairy Festival
July 5-7, 2012, Elsie
Carnival, crafts, entertainment, 5K race, talent show, kids parade, car show, modified tractor pull, horse pull, 3-on-3 basketball and more. Call (989)834-2132 for information, or click here.
Lowell Riverwalk Festival 2012
July 12-14, 2012, Lowell
This three-day event includes many activities for you and your family to enjoy. Thursday, Friday and Saturday concerts, arts & crafts, antiques and re-found treasures show, from the heart Main Street Parade and Rumble the Riverwalk (motorcycles), pet parade, Brian Mead Memorial Riverwalk Cruise-in (classic cars), Brew-B-Q event, children’s zone, pontoon rides, kayak and canoe race, kayak fun, food booths, downtown merchants shopping, Lowell Community Wellness Health & Fitness Fair, street entertainers, Laurels of Kent Fireworks and much more. Check our website for a complete schedule or call the Chamber at (616) 897-9161.
Sparta Town & Country Days Fair
July 11-15, 2012, Sparta
July 11 through July 15, 2012, downtown Sparta will have much activity during the Sparta Town & Country Days Fair. Food, games, concerts, parades, car shows, airport fly-ins, pancake breakfasts, tractor and truck pulls, and the National Lawn Mower Riding contest. For more information call (616) 291-2875.
Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival 2012
July 27 – August 5, 2012, Grand Haven
The Coast Guard Festival is a unique, premier ten day national military festival, whose purpose is to honor the men and women of the U.S. Coast Guard. Come and enjoy activities for the whole family with a community picnic, a huge arts & crafts show in Central Park, a midway, water ski show, sporting events and more. Visit the link or call the Coast Guard Festival office for more details at (888) 207-2434 or (616) 846-5940.