August 2011 Events Roundup

Flickr Photo Credit - Carrie Buchler

Whether you’re interested in trying something new or wish to celebrate something traditional, Michigan fairs and festivals are for you. You will find the events organized by region, and there is a map at the bottom of this post that indicates where each city in the roundup is located.

Michigan Southwest


Abbott’s 73rd Magic Get Together
August 3-6, 2011, Colon

Abracadabra: See great performers from around the world at this annual showcase of amazing feats in the Magic Capital.

Coloma Glad-Peach Festival
August 5-7, 2011, Coloma

Double the pleasure at this event honoring two local crops, the gladiolus flower and juicy peaches. Enjoy peach treats, bake fest, entertainment, carnival, Peach Pit Spit and parade.

Merry-Go-Round at Michigan Fair - Flickr Photo Credit - Millie Johnson

Merry-Go-Round at Michigan Fair

48th National Blueberry Festival
August 11-14, 2011, South Haven
Get your fill of blueberry pancakes, enter the blueberry cook-off, take in the art show, entertainment and parade, munch fresh blueberries and otherwise appreciate this important Michigan crop.

Michigan’s Longest Garage Sale
August 12-14, 2011, U.S. 12 Heritage Trail
More than 200 miles of antiques, collectibles and treasures for sale at residences, farms and businesses along the historic highway that stretches from Detroit to New Buffalo.

10th River Raisin Jazz Festival
August 12-14, 2011, Monroe
Enjoy free music by great performers at this award-winning outdoor event. New this year: an accompanying Downtown Fine Art Fair.

Michigan Fiber Festival
August 19-21, 2011, Allegan
Colorful and natural fiber products, books, dyes, spinning wheels and looms are on display at the Allegan County Fairgrounds. Workshops begin on August 17.

Michigan Southeast


Lansing JazzFest
August 5-6, 2011, Lansing
Free music fills the streets of Old Town, where the art galleries and one-of-a-kind shops will be open and vendors will sell food and crafts.

Buy Michigan Now Festival
August 5-7, 2011, Northville
Businesses from across the state showcase their Michigan made goods, to the accompaniment of a variety of musical entertainment, storytelling and kids zone activities.

Flickr Photo Credit - Beth DouglasCroswell Swinging Bridge Festival
August 5-7, 2011, Croswell
The state’s only pedestrian suspension bridge deserves its own celebration, and this weekend of fun includes a cardboard boat race under the 139-foot long wooden crossing.

Great Lakes Folk Festival
August 12-14, 2011, East Lansing

Multi-cultural music and dance performances, a Folk Arts Marketplace and Taste of Traditions food court bring the world to downtown East Lansing.

Michigan’s Longest Garage Sale
August 12-14, 2011, U.S. 12 Heritage Trail
More than 200 miles of antiques, collectibles and treasures for sale at residences, farms and businesses along the historic highway that stretches from Detroit to New Buffalo.

Howell Melon Festival
August 19-21, 2011, Howell

Dance at the Melon Ball, sample melon ice cream and melon wine, and enjoy a variety of events honoring the local fruit crop.

Woodward Dream Cruise
August 20, 2011, North Detroit Metro
More than 40,000 vintage vehicles and a million-plus car lovers arrive ahead of the official cruise event for informal events leading up to the world’s largest one-day gathering of classic cars and enthusiasts on Saturday.

Old 27 Tour
August 23-28, 2011, Coldwater to Cheboygan
Classic cars follow the historic highway with planned stops in cities along the route that “Back In Its Day – It Was The Way.”

Michigan West Central

West Central

White Lake Chamber Music Festival
August 7-14, 2011, Montague

The second annual musical fest features performances, master classes, recitals and children’s classes at venues throughout the White Lake area.

August 8-13, 2011, Coopersville

The hometown of “Runaway” Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Del Shannon hosts a 5K “Runaway,” a car cruise and show in his honor plus a quilt show, rides on the vintage C&M Railway, fun for kids and more

Flickr Photo Credit - Aly CozadWhite Lake Maritime Festival
August 11-13, 2011, Whitehall

Nautical and nice celebration includes sailing regatta, shrimp and fish boils, Venetian boat parade, entertainment, and kiddie activities.

Muskegon’s Multicultural Beach Festival
August 12-14, 2011, Muskegon

Celebrate the Lake Michigan waterfront and the area’s diversity at events that support healthy lifestyles and valuable natural resources with sand sculpting, Gospel music, exhibits, talent and fashion shows.

St. Johns Mint Festival
August 12-14, 2011, St. Johns
Michigan’s mint-growing history is honored with a parade, games, car show, music and chocolate mint pudding eating contest.

Muskegon Lake Effect Boat Week
August 15-21, 2011, Muskegon

This is a new celebration with events on and off the water with the goal of welcoming boaters to Muskegon Lake.

47th Annual Danish Festival
August 18-21, 2011, Greenville
Hans Christian Anderson’s “The Emperor’s Nightingale” sets the theme for this Scandinavian heritage celebration featuring hot aebleskivers and Danish cookies and Grand Dansk Parade.

Michigan East Central

East Central

Pig Gig
August 4-7, 2011, Bay City
This taste of summer features a rib festival cook-off, music by top bands, and plenty of contests (watermelon seed spitting anyone?) plus pig racing.

Michigan Fairs - Flickr Photo Credit - Maria Harjer

Michigan Fairs

34th Fish Sandwich Festival
August 5-6, 2011, Bay Port
The famous fish sandwiches so big “It takes two hands to hold one” are served with a side of festive fun including entertainment, arts & crafts, silent auction and parade.

Cheeseburger in Caseville
August 12-21, 2011, Caseville
Lake Huron is the waterfront paradise for Parrotheads who turn out for Jimmy Buffett tribute bands, a Parade of Tropical Fools, street dance, and a world of food including, of course, cheeseburgers.

Back to the Bricks Cruise Weekend
August 16-20, 2011, Flint
Hot cars gather for several events including a 13-mile rolling cruise and huge car show on Saturday.

Montrose Blueberry Festival
August 18-21, 2011, Montrose
The 40th annual event features an all-you-can eat blueberry pancake breakfast, blueberry pies and baked goods, plus a blueberry pie eating contest and a full calendar of fun events.

Michigan Northwest


Harbor Days Festival
August 3-6, 2011, Elk Rapids
Enjoy Northern Michigan summertime like building sandcastles, a cherry bake-off, parade, carnival, music, and fireworks.

Flickr Photo Credit - Melissa MeillerBoyne Falls Polish Festival
August 4-7, 2011, Boyne Falls
Step into your dancing shoes and head to the polka tent for great music plus Polish food and competitions and events, including a rodeo, parade, and Sunday Mass.

International Ironworkers Festival
August 12-14, 2011, Mackinaw City
With, the Mackinac Bridge, one of their great accomplishments as backdrop, ironworkers from across North America compete in skilled events and the World Championship Column Climb.

Victorian Art Fair
August 13-14, 2011, West Branch
Period costumes and old fashioned games lend a Victorian air to this festive showing by more than 275 arts & crafts vendors in Irons Park.

Buckley Old Engine Show
August 18-21, 2011, Buckley
A blast from the past, with hundreds of antique gas, steam and oil engines on display, plus working blacksmiths and foundry, old time crafts demos, flea market, arts and crafts.

Wild Blueberry Festival
August 19-21, 2011, Paradise
The famous Blueberry Brunch and Blueberry Jamboree are highlights of the salute to the berries found throughout the area.

Michigan Northeast


Nautical City Festival
August 2-7, 2011, Rogers City
A nice and nautical celebration of the local Great Lakes and shipping heritage of this Lake Huron community.

Gladwin County Carriage Festival
August 12-14, 2011, Gladwin

Horse drawn carriages are on parade and on display, and there’s plenty of old fashioned summertime fun like traditional music, dance, and craft demonstrations.

Old 27 Tour
August 23-28, 2011, Coldwater to Cheboygan
Classic cars follow the historic highway with planned stops in cities along the route that “Back In Its Day – It Was The Way.”

Michigan Upper Peninsula

Upper Peninsula

Woodtick Music Festival
August 4-7, 2011, Powers
“It’s a U.P. Thing.” The 18th annual gathering of bluegrass, country, folk and rock bands is for those who appreciate the outdoor setting, complete with the Woodtick Family Fun Park for the kids.

Humungus Fungus Fest
August 11-14, 2011, Crystal Falls
Get your piece of the 10’ pizza, the world’s largest mushroom pie in the home of a 38-acre mushroom that mostly thrives underground. There’s a mushroom cook-off, games, music, and Fungus Fest Parade.

Antique Wooden Boat Show
August 13, 2011, Hessel
One of the nation’s best in-water shows of classic wooden boats so typical of the Les Cheneaux Islands also features a Festival of Arts, live entertainment and local foods.

Flickr Photo Credit - TiAnna WalkerHeritage Celebration
August 15-20, 2011, Calumet
This year’s event recognizes the Ojibwa Indian Heritage with a heritage parade, music, food, theatre and history honoring the different cultures of the Copper Country region.

Upper Peninsula State Fair
August 15-21, 2011, Escanaba
Michigan’s only state fair, a celebration of agricultural heritage since 1927, features livestock and farming exhibits, concerts, demolition derby, midway and carnival rides.

Mackinac Island Music Festival
August 16-18, 2011, Mackinac Island
Classical guitarist Roger Humphrey headlines a program featuring a variety of genres from folk to classical and rock, at various locations on the island.

Mackinac Island Fudge Festival
August 19-20, 2011, Mackinac Island
The sweet treat is made fresh daily at 17 shops on the island, and is a hallmark souvenir. Join the fudge fun, sample fudge beer and cocktails, and enter to win a “golden ticket” vacation contest.

7th Porcupine Mountains Music Festival
August 26-28, 2011, Ontonagon
The wonderful old-growth forest of the western Upper Peninsula in Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park on the Lake Superior shoreline is filled with the sounds of folk, jazz and bluegrass music.

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