June 2011 Events Roundup


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Free Fishing Weekend
June 11-12, 2011, Statewide
Get hooked on fishing over these two days when no fee or license is required on inland waters and the Great Lakes. All fishing regulations apply.


Michigan - Southwest

Greek Festival
June 2 – 4, 2011, Kalamazoo
Theo & Stacy’s celebration that started at their Dionysos Restaurant, and grew into an international feast of Greek food, music, dance and family-friendly fun, is now in its 35th year. The event takes place at downtown’s Arcadia Creek Festival Place.

Cereal City Festival
June 10-11, 2011, Battle Creek
The home of Post and Kellogg cereals crackles with fun for Friday’s parade and the World’s Longest Breakfast Table, plus healthy living and kiddie activities.

Gizzard Fest
June 10-12, 2011, Potterville
Yes, there is a chicken gizzard eating contest, plus amusement rides, music, kiddie activities, lawn mower racing, tractor and car shows, and a parade.

Waterfront Film Festival
June 9-12, 2011, Saugatuck
The 13th annual gathering of filmmakers, fans, and entertainment names who attend film premieres, seminars and mixers.

Old Car Festival
June 10-11. 2011, Vicksburg
The 31st annual gathering of vintage vehicles also features oldies music, arts & crafts, a pancake breakfast, chicken BBQ, and an ice cream social.

Island Festival
June 16-18, 2011, Kalamazoo

Live reggae music and good vibes flow as local restaurants serve Jamaican and Caribbean-inspired flavors, from Ceviche Fish Tacos to Jerk Chicken at the 16th annual outdoor event.

55th Three Rivers Water Festival
June 16-18, 2011, Three Rivers

The St. Joseph, Rocky, and Portage Rivers converge in this historic downtown, the setting for a classic vehicle show, ox roast, strawberry fest, activities for the kids, entertainment and parade.

20th Harborfest
June 16-19, 2011, South Haven

Exciting Dragon Boat races on the Black River, a classic boat show, crafts and antiques fairs, and variety of entertainment are highlights of the event.

Lake Michigan Shore Wine Festival
June 18, 2011, Bridgman
The 6th annual salute to wines from a dozen local wineries includes food and entertainment from 1-10 p.m. at Weko Beach.


Michigan - Southeast

Antique Gas Engine & Tractor Show
June 3-4, 2011, Dexter
See antique machinery in action at tractor pulls, a sawmill demonstration, and a parade, plus fun activities like the ladies’ skillet toss at the 20th annual gathering at Hudson Mills MetroPark.

Ya’ssoo Greek Festival
June 3-5, 2011, Ann Arbor
This annual event features traditional music and dance, a marketplace, authentic food specialties, and tours of the Byzantine style St. Nicholas Church.

Jackson County Rose Festival
June 5, 2011, Jackson
The 53rd annual event includes the Rose Parade, a chicken BBQ, entertainment, and a Party in the Park.

Hamburg Family Fun Fest
June 16-19, 2011, Hamburg

Celebrate Father’s Day with a pancake breakfast, concerts on two stages, two nights of fireworks and a laser show, carnival, classic car show and much more.

Mayfly Music Festival
June 17-18, 2011, Dundee

Relax at Wolverine Park on the banks of the River Raisin and enjoy a variety of music, kiddie activities, fireworks and a visit to the Old Mill Museum.

Summer Solstice Jazz Festival
June 17-18, 2011, East Lansing
Sit back, relax, and greet summer with back-to-back evenings of free jazz under the stars.

Arab International Festival East
June 17-19, 2011, Dearborn
The largest such festival in the U.S. fills 12 blocks along Warren Avenue with delicious and authentic food, imports, music, coffee cup readings, and a carnival.


Belleville National Strawberry Festival
June 17-19, 2011, Belleville
A Father’s Day tradition for more than three decades caters to the whole family with entertainment, carnival rides, a car show & swap, a parade, strawberry shortcake and other strawberry treats.

28th Ann Arbor Summer Festival
June 17-July 10, 2011, Ann Arbor

Live music, dance, comedy, visual arts and film fill the city’s calendar for three weeks each summer, with over 100 free and ticketed programs at outdoor and indoor venues.

Motor Muster
June 18-19, 2011,
Classic cars, trucks, and motorcycles from 1933-1976 put on a wheel good show throughout Greenfield Village, the outdoor museum at The Henry Ford: America’s greatest history museum.

Livonia Spree
June 21-26, 2011, Livonia
The suburban Detroit community celebrates the 61st anniversary of its founding with a range of music performances, carnival, art fair, and fireworks.

Bay-Rama Fishfly Festival

June 22-26, 2011, New Baltimore
The world’s only celebration of the winged bug includes old-fashioned fun events like pie and watermelon eating contests, a cardboard boat regatta, parade, carnival, and fireworks.

Detroit River Days Festival
June 24-26, 2011, Detroit
The 5th annual waterfront event features entertainment, activities and programs focusing on the river, maritime history, and culture.

Michigan Challenge Balloonfest
June 24-26, 2011, Howell
Colorful hot air balloons fill the sky, highlighted by the balloon glow Saturday evening. Watch stunt kite flying and skydivers, and enjoy entertainment and the arts festival.

53rd Target Fireworks
June 27, 2011, Detroit

This spectacular pyrotechnics display over the Detroit River is an annual tradition enjoyed from the banks of the international border between Detroit and Windsor, Ontario, Canada.

Algonac Lions Pickerel Tournament
June 30-July 4, 2011, Algonac
It’s a fishing contest and a whole lot more, with fun-filled family activities along the St. Clair River featuring a big midway, a parade, and a spectacular fireworks display on the water.

West Central

Michigan - West Central

Carson City Frontier Days
June 2-5, 2011, Carson City
Hot air balloons fill the air in fun and competitive flights, and there’s a full weekend of old-fashioned fun, like a pie baking contest, softball tournament, chicken BBQ, talent show and parades.

Festival of the Arts
June 3-5, 2011, Grand Rapids
West Michigan talent is on display in this free celebration of the visual, culinary, written, and performing arts in the streets of downtown Grand Rapids.

Feast of the Strawberry Moon
June 11-12, 2011, Grand Haven
Step into the 18th century on the banks of the Grand River as reenactors set up an encampment, and period music, and aroma of authentically prepared foods fill the air.

Mt. Pleasant Summer Festival
June 9-12, 2011, Mt. Pleasant

Classic seasonal fun arrives at Island Park with a carnival, ice cream social, parade, entertainment, and games.

National Asparagus Festival
June 10-12, 2011, Hart
This important local crop is in the spotlight with the Taste of Asparagus food show, a tour of an asparagus farm, the Queen crowning, a parade, an arts & crafts show, and a carnival.

Hot Rod Power Tour
June 9, 2011, Muskegon
The 17th annual ride from Florida to Michigan brings hot rods and classic cars to Muskegon for the final of seven cities in seven days. Take in the car show, performance fair, entertainment, and mingle with enthusiasts.

Spring Lake Heritage Festival
June 14-18, 2011, Spring Lake

Greet summer with ice cream socials, a community picnic, a historical program, and other activities for all, from kiddies to seniors at this 26th annual event.

Yankee Doodle Days
June 16-18, 2011, Grand Ledge

Get a jump on the Independence Day celebrations at this annual salute to the red, white and blue with a parade, fireworks, music, and an arts and crafts show.

West Michigan Chalk Art Festival
June 17-18, 2011, Byron Center

Watch youth and adult artists create amazing works of art at your feet with chalk in this second annual event.

Taste of Muskegon
June 18-19, 2011, Muskegon
Bring your appetite and sample favorite flavors of the city, with samples of craft beer and wines at the Taste Garden. Classic wheels roll into town Sunday morning for the Main Street Car Show.

30th Annual Sand Sculpture Contest
June 25, 2011, Grand Haven
In just two hours of sculpting time, works of art emerge from the sand in the competition at the Grand Haven City Beach.

East Central

Michigan - East Central

Curwood Festival
June 2-5, 2011, Owosso
Author James Oliver Curwood, a conservationist who penned 33 adventure novels popular in the 1920s, is the reason for this annual celebration with parades, games, carnival and arts & crafts surrounding the Castle, Curwood’s writing studio.

Bavarian Festival
June 9-12, 2011 , Frankenmuth
“Michigan’s Little Bavaria” hosts the 53rd annual display of colorful costumes, traditional foods and music by German bands, and Sunday’s festive parade.

Bad Axe Hatchet Festival
June 10-12, 2011, Bad Axe
It’s all good at this annual weekend of family shows, games, car show, crafts, music and hatchet throwing event.

44th Annual Flint Art Fair
June 11-12, 2011,
Browse the booths of 175 artists in this respected juried show on the grounds of the Flint Institute of Arts. Enjoy live music and the food court, too.

June 9-12, 2011, Flushing
A parade kicks off this longtime tradition featuring a carnival, a Dawn Patrol fly-in and pancake breakfast, more entertainment.

Michigan Sugar Festival
June 15-19, 2011, Sebewaing

The Michigan Sugar Queen reigns over the annual celebration of this major Thumb area crop, with sweet treats and food, entertainment, family fun, a 5K race and a Saturday parade.

Thumb Artists Studio Tour
June 18-19, 2011, Port Austin to Caseville
Cruise the 40-mile trail along the Lake Huron shore at the tip of the Thumb to visit artists in their creative spaces.

Caseville Country Ribstock
June 24-26, 2011, Caseville
A rib cook-off competition is the main course, with sides of great music, a sandcastle contest, motorcycle rally and golf outing at the 3rd annual event.

Dow Bay City River Roar
June 24-26, 2011, Bay City
The Saginaw River roars with World Class Powerboat Racing and outdoor concerts, food and beverages and the Kidz Zone fill the waterside Veteran’s Memorial Park at this exciting event.

Michigan Jazz Trail Festival
June 24-26, 2011,
Great Lakes Bay Region
Blues, jazz, and soul performers appear at venues in Bay City, Midland and Saginaw during this second annual event.

Fiesta Mexicana
June 25-26, 2011, Flint

Chalupa! (Mexican Bingo) is just part of the fun at this annual celebration of Mexican culture with authentic food, music, folklorico dancers and kiddie activities at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church.

St. Clair Art Fair
June 25-26, 2011, St. Clair
Artists in a variety of media show and sell their creations with a backdrop of passing freighters and pleasure boats on the St. Clair River.

Bay City Fireworks Festival
June 30-July 2, 2011, Bay City

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 a carnival.


Michigan - North West

Mancelona Bass Festival
June 2-5, 2011, Mancelona
The Bass Fishing Contest is the highlight of the 56th annual event, which includes games, carnival, live entertainment, chicken BBQ, a 5K run/walk and parades.

Leland Wine & Food Festival
June 11, 2011, Leland
Sample local wines and the flavors of area restaurants, accompanied by music in the park with views of Lake Michigan.

White Cloud Homecoming Festival
June 16-18, 2011, White Cloud

Family fun includes music, arts and crafts, bike parade, fireworks, talent show, food, Grand Parade and fireworks.

Flea Roast & Ox Market
June 23-26, 2011, Irons
Have a famous Flea Burger at this 37th annual event that opens with a parade and features music, sporting events, kiddie games and treasures for sale at the Ox Market.

Greatest Fourth in the North
June 29-July 4, 2011, Lake City
It’s All-American fun, featuring free entertainment, arts & crafts, the annual Ox Roast and Strawberry Festival, fun
contests, Monday parade and July 4th fireworks.

Cedar Polka Fest
June 30-July 3, 2011, Cedar

Have a toe-tapping time at this lively, music-filled weekend with top polka bands under the big tent, plus a parade and polka mass.

Manistee National Forest Festival
June 30-July 4, 2011, Manistee

The 75th annual celebration of the area’s logging heritage features carnival rides, arts & crafts, entertainment, a famous fish boil, fireworks, and a Grand Parade.


Michigan - North East

Nor-east’r Music & Art Festival
June 10-12, 2011, Mio
This annual gathering in the northeastern Lower Peninsula is dedicated to traditional arts and folk culture, with music, dance, and visual arts demonstrations.

8th Alpena Blues Festival
June 24-25, 2011, Alpena
A solid line up of good music takes the stage at the Alpena County Fairgrounds; camping is allowed onsite.

Wolverine Lumberjack Festival
June 24-26, 2011, Wolverine

Enjoy the lumberjack show, competitions, and entertainment at Lumberjack Park on the Sturgeon River in “The Land of the Lumberjack” as Wolverine celebrates its 130th anniversary.

Art on the Beach
June 25-26, 2011, Oscoda

The waterfront at Oscoda Beach Park is the setting for more than 150 artists and their creations at the 28th annual event.

Upper Peninsula

Michigan - Upper Peninsula

6th Annual Baraga County Lake Trout Festival
June 11, 2011, L’Anse
Head to Waterfront Park on Lake Superior’s Keweenaw Bay for family fun in the Lake Trout Capital, with a fishing tournament, beach volleyball, arts & crafts fair, sporting events, music, and a street dance.

Mackinac Island Lilac Festival
June 10-19, 2011, Mackinac Island
The air is fragrant with the scent of lilacs, shop windows are dressed in the color, and there are walking tours, talks, special events and one of the largest all-hitch parades in the nation.

Pine Mountain Music Festival
June 13-July 17, 2011, Western Upper Peninsula
The New World premiere of the opera Rockland (July 15 & 17) is the centerpiece of this eclectic menu of music, from Finnish tunes to an organ recital and New York and Paris in Revue! Performances and workshops take place at several locations throughout the Western U.P.

Seafood Fest
June 16-18, 2011, Houghton

Held in conjunction with the annual Bridgefest, this feast of seafood samples includes a lineup of live musical entertainment in Kestner Waterfront Park.

Antiques on the Bay
June 17-18, 2011, St. Ignace
Classic Chevys from 1955-56-57 are featured at this show of all-original cars and trucks from 1986 and earlier, in the 15th annual waterfront event.

June 17-19, 2011,
The historic Portage Lake Lift Bridge, which links Houghton to Hancock and the Keweenaw Peninsula, is the focus of this celebration that includes a parade, arts & crafts show, sporting events, entertainment, fireworks, and a Father’s Day pancake breakfast.

St. Ignace Car Show & Swap Meet
June 23-25, 2011, St. Ignace
The 36th annual event showcases custom, muscle, and collector automobiles in a cruise “Down Memory Lane” on Friday evening and are on display Saturday.

Nordic Tugboat Rendezvous
June 23-26, 2011, St. Ignace

Tugs from around the Great Lakes head to the Straits of Mackinac in the second annual gathering of these hardworking vessels.

Engineer’s Day
June 24, 2011, Sault Ste. Marie
Get an up close look at the Soo Locks and the Cloverland Electric Hydroplant at this annual opportunity for the public to walk out onto the locks that allow freighters and other vessels to pass between the Great Lakes Superior and Huron. On Saturday, join pedestrians in the 2.8 mile International Bridge Walk to Sault Ste. Marie, Canada.

4th of July Bessemer Blast
June 27-July 4, 2011, Bessemer
Salute the red, white and blue at this huge celebration of freedom that includes a parade, music and games, geocaching, fun runs, and a gigantic fireworks show.


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