Pure Michigan August Events Roundup

With so many events in Michigan, there’s always a reason to celebrate! August is no exception with cherries and blueberries, cars and plane shows, ethnic history and maritime festivals, and just about everything in between to make your month truly Pure Michigan.

There are hundreds of events and festivals happening in August all across Michigan. For a complete listing of events in specific cities, view the Interactive Map on michigan.org.

East Central

Imlay City Blueberry Festival 2012
August 3-4, 2012, Imlay
Enjoy hospitality, entertainment on two stages, arts and crafts display, pie, pickle and pizza eating contests, food court vendors and beer tent or the Outhouse Bed Races. Pony rides for the young, car show on the lawn, annual parade on Saturday and fresh blueberries and pies. For more information contact (810) 724-1361.

Taste of Downtown
August 9, 2012, Midland
Back by Popular Demand! Downtown Midland will host the third annual Taste of Downtown on Thursday, August 9, as restaurants, retailers, and pubs welcome event participants with the unique food, beverages, and atmosphere of Downtown Midland. Tickets are required for this exciting event. For more information, call (989) 837-3330.

Harsen’s Island Bluegrass Festival
August 18, 2012, Harsen’s Island
Come and enjoy America’s music and get back to your roots. Spend the day in the beautiful scenery of Harsen’s Island. Shop local vendors showing off their talents in art, jewelry, organic foods and wares. Music both local and statewide. Fun for all ages. Outdoor BBQ, beer tent, and fresh squeezed lemonade stand. Bluegrass bands and local talent. Lonesome County to headline. For more information, call (810) 748-9551.

Lexington’s MargaritaFest
August 23-25, 2012, Lexington
Tropical activities all weekend. Jimmy Buffet style music, dancing, concert, lighted boat show contest, and food. For more information, call (248) 705-0260.

Metamora Country Days & Hot Air Balloon Festival
August 24- 25, 2012, Metamora
An annual fun-filled, family event hosted on the last weekend in August; famous for its candy drop and balloon race. For more information on this event, contact the Chamber at (810) 678-6222.


Mackinaw Area Historic Festival
August 4, 2012, Mackinaw City
The Mackinaw Area Historic Festival, held the first Saturday in August, is held at Heritage Village, 1 Mile, West of Mackinaw City. Step back into the 1880’s with vintage baseball games, period children’s games, tours of historic buildings (including a one room school house, pestilence or quarantine house, Mennonite Farm House, saw mill and historic church). The days’ events are highlighted with live displays wagon rides, 1870s music, square dancing and other activities. Family oriented with something for all ages. No pets please. For more information call (231) 436-4006.

Au Gres Art & Wine Festival
August 10, 2012, Au Gas
Second annual wine and art festival held at the KinderPlatz Park, off of Michigan Avenue in Au Gres. Tickets will be available at Au Gres City Hall. For more information call (989) 876-8811.

Wings Over Alpena
August 18, 2012, Alpena
Wings Over Alpena is a free air show held on the grounds of Alpena’s Combat Readiness Training Center as a tribute to the Korean Conflict. The Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center is located on Airport Road off of M-32 West, approximately 7 miles west of Alpena. There is limited seating, so lawn chairs and blankets are welcome. Free parking (all vehicles are subject to military search upon entering the air base). Gates open 8am to 5pm. For more information on this event, call (989) 916-9282.

Tractor & Engine Show
August 24-26, 2012, Grayling
Annual event at Wellington Farm, USA. The Tractor & Engine Show is a special weekend that pays homage to the heart of the Farm. Without benefit of tractors, certainly farming would not have existed. You’ll get to see everything ranging from an antique steam engine to modern engines. Bring your tractor along! Each day at 3pm, experience the “Smallest Big Machinery Parade” in Michigan. For more information, call (989)348-5187.

Shepler’s Moon Cruise
August 31, 2012,  Mackinaw City
New this year, Shepler’s will be offering some great new cruises in cooperation with the International Dark Sky Park at the Headlands in Mackinaw City. Come experience the sunset and moonrise on the Straits of Mackinac. Each cruise will be narrated by Mary Stewart Adams, International Dark Sky Park expert. You will be inspired by her knowledge of the night sky and her enthusiasm for the stars. 8 – 10pm. $20 per adult and $10 per child ages 5 to 12. For more information contact (800) 828-6157.


Traverse City Film Festival 2012
July 31, 2012 – August 5, 2012, Traverse City
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. For more information visit the website or call (231) 392-1134.

Boyne Falls Polish Festival
August 2-5, 2012, Boyne Falls
This is a northern Michigan tradition you don’t want to miss! Join us in downtown Boyne Falls for polish food, polish music, carnival, rodeo and lots of fun. Hours are generally 11am – 11pm. For more information call (231) 582-6222.

Old Town Cherry-Roubaix Bicycle Race
August 10-12/2012, Traverse City
The popular bike race will return to the streets of Traverse City and the rolling hills of Leelanau County. Organizers have announced that this year’s event will not only include a criterium race downtown, but will also incorporate a road race the following day. This “criterium style” race will occur on a closed circuit course winding throughout the city streets and neighborhoods of Traverse City. Participants race laps with a mix of good technical abilities, speed, and rapid cornering. For more information call (231) 941-8856.

Odawa Homecoming Pow Wow
August 11-12, 2012, Harbor Springs
Annual Contest Pow Wow hosted by the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians in Harbor Springs, MI. The event features Native American dancing, drumming, food and crafts. For more information, call (231) 242-1453

Hoxeyville Music Festival – Wellston
 17-19, 2012, Wellston
Hoxeyville Music Festival is a three-day camping and music festival located in the heart of Northern Michigan’s Manistee National Forest in Wellston, Michigan. Set on 85 + acres of pristine north country farmland and natural hardwoods (11130 W 48 1/2 Rd). Close to the banks of the Pine River, the Festival offers incredible entertainment options on multiple outdoor stages, on-site camping, food, beer, wine and craft vendors Kids activities and entertainment. Tickets on sale now. For more information on this event, call (231) 590-1789.


Artsy Midtown Detroit Walking Tour
August 9, 2012, Detroit
Take a walk on the artsy side! Join us on these morning strolls through Midtown, Detroit’s trendiest address, where we’ll uncover artistic treasures ranging from the contemporary to the iconic. A cultural Mecca, Detroit’s Midtown is home to historic landmarks, prestigious educational and medical institutions, world-renowned museum and library exhibits and special collections, world-class theaters, name-act music venues, beautiful churches, funky galleries, public art, secret and community gardens, popular restaurants/bars/coffee shops, one-of-a-kind book stores and unique retail shops. For more information, visit the website link or call (734) 642-5712.

Pet Fest 2012
August 11-12, 2012, Ann Arbor
Pet Fest, a two day event this year, will be located at the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds between Ann Arbor and Saline. Pet Fest is the largest pet festival in southeastern Michigan with an annual attendance of nearly 5,000 passionate pet owners. We have enjoyed hosting over a 100 diverse and interesting booths each year and we are dedicated to making Pet Fest fun for all: exhibitors & attendees alike. For more information go to the website link or call (734) 929-6533.

Woodward Dream Cruise 2012
August 18, 2012, Berkley
Dig out your letter sweater and poodle skirt, throw on your blue suede shoes, slick back your hair and get ready to enjoy a day filled with classic cars and great entertainment. This is the world’s largest one-day celebration of car culture and attracts more than 1 million visitors and more than 40,000 muscle cars, street rods, custom, collector and special interest vehicles. From 9am to 9pm through eight communities of Berkley, Bloomfield Hills, Bloomfield Township, Ferndale, Huntington Woods, Pleasant Ridge, Pontiac and Royal Oak. For more information on this event, visit the website link.

Michigan Peach Festival – 2012
August 30, 2012 – September 3, 2012, Romeo
The Michigan Peach Festival of Romeo includes parades, sports, carnival rides, food and fun for the whole family over five days around Labor Day weekend in downtown Romeo. The Romeo Peach Queen reigns over this popular annual celebration of summer with a wide variety of events from dawn to dusk each day. For more information call (586) 752-4585.

Arts, Beats & Eats
August 31, 2012 – September 3, 2012, Royal Oak
Oakland County’s premier entertainment festival which draws nearly 400,000 people to experience more than 200 art exhibitors, 50 restaurants and 150 bands on five stages downtown Royal Oak. For more information call (248) 334-4600.


Art & Music in the Vineyard
August 4-5, 2012, Baroda
You’re invited to this two day event featuring 30 of Michigan’s finest artists. You can expect to find original works of art in the form of pottery, glass, metal sculptures, paintings and much more. Now this sounds like a good combo… sipping on a glass of wine, beer or spirits while shopping and listening to live music. For more information contact (269) 422-1617.

New Buffalo Ship & Shore Festival
August 10-12, 2012, New Buffalo
A unique summertime tradition on Whittaker Street where the road is closed down to vehicles but opened to everyone in the community for arts, crafts, games, live music and more. Look for the lighted boat parade and fireworks display on Saturday evening. $5 admission. For more information contact (773) 791-1809.

US 12 Heritage Trail Longest Garage Sale
August 10-12, Coldwater
This annual event is set for the second weekend in August…along the Historical Heritage US 12 route…all 212 miles. Along U.S. 12 Heritage Trail from New Buffalo to Detroit, Michigan. Each year this event draws more and more as individuals and families discover all the wonderful treasurers found as they drive along the route. In addition to the residential sales, on Saturday from 9am to 3pm, Downtown Coldwater will host individuals setting booths in front of our shops. Call (800) 968-9333.

The Art of Beer Festival
August 11 2012,  Benton Harbor
Celebrate great American craft beers during the 2nd Annual Art of Beer Festival at the Lake Michigan College Mendel Center. Craft brewers from Michigan and the Midwest region will have a wide range of fresh and unique beers of all colors, styles and tastes for you to sample. This year’s event will have a special focus on home brewing. You can visit with home brew stores, talk with experts about the growing home brew hobby, and even meet with home brew clubs on hand to share ideas and enjoy great beer. Admission is $25. Event is from 1-5pm. For more information on this event, visit the website or call (269) 927-1221.

Kalamazoo Scottish Festival
August 25, 2012, Kalamazoo
Twentieth annual event – enjoy bagpipes, clans, Highland games, Highland cattle, entertainment, food and merchandise. Admission for adults $11, children ages 6-15, and veteran or active military $6, children 5 and under are free. Check out the website for early bird admission prices before August 1 and a discounted admission coupon. Hours 9am-6pm. For more information, call (269) 685-0240.

Upper Peninsula

UP Championship Rodeo
August 3-5 2012, Iron River
Rodeo Daze dates are August 3-5, 2012. The three PRCA rodeo performances of the UP Championship Rodeo will be held on Saturday, August 4 at 2 & 7pm, and on Sunday, August 5 at 2pm. Rodeo Concert will be Friday, August 3, as will Market Daze. Majority of events are held at the fairgrounds, while some will be held downtown Iron River. For a schedule of events, check out the website link. For more information call the Chamber at (888) 879-4766.

Mackinac Island Festival of the Horse
August 8-12 2012, Mackinac Island
Family fun festival getting up close to Mackinac’s horses! We will have two parades (a carriage parade and a saddle horse parade), horseback riding and driving demos, kid’s day, breeds of Mackinac presentation, historic stable tours, pony rides and much more. Most events are near the Michigan Horse Council Arena located at the Borough Lot below the Grand Hotel. For additional information visit the website link or call (231) 392-9579.

Fireworks Over The Bay
August 11, 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. Fireworks will not start before 10pm. For more information, call (888) 878-4462.

Wild Blueberry Festival
August 17-19, 2012, Paradise
Each year during the third weekend in August we celebrate a part of our local heritage, wild blueberries. An art fair, entertainment and wonderful local food are part of the festivities. The celebration also showcases informative programs of music, nature, and lore all featuring local history. It is always lots of fun. Blueberry jamboree at the Whitefish Township Community Center and more. For more information call (906) 492-3282 or visit the website link.

Mackinac Island Fudge Festival
August 24-25, 2012, Mackinac Island
Celebrate Mackinac Fudge during this festival. Win a vacation package to Mackinac Island by finding the Golden Ticket at the participating fudge shops during the festival. Enjoy the Children’s Ballet Theatre of Michigan, concerts, fudge and more. For more information visit the website link or call (906) 847-3783.

Marquette Seafood Fest
August 24-25, 2012, Marquette
Friday, August 24, 7:30pm – 10pm, Pink Floyd Tribute Band “Project Pink“. A musical laser light show of Pink Floyd favorites and the Dark Side of the Moon it its entirety. Opening band Sukker Punch 5-7pm. Food tents 5-9pm, beer & wine tent 5-10pm. Seating is limited, lawn chairs welcome and NO CARRY-INS. Admission $18 in advance, $20 at the door, children 12 & under $10. Advance tickets available at NMU Ticket Outlets or online. Saturday, August 25, 2012 (11am – 10pm), traditional Seafood Fest – FREE to public. Show & Shine Car show, kids inflatables, and local bands. For more information on this event, call (800) 544-4321.

West Central

Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival 2012
July 27, 2012 – 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 website link or call the Coast Guard Festival office for more details at (888) 207-2434 or (616) 846-5940.

Multicultural Beach Festival
August 10-12, 2012, Muskegon
Muskegon Multicultural Beach Festival celebrates the land, lakes, rich diversity and culture that exist in Muskegon, while promoting the ideals of Healthy Lifestyles, Sustainability, Economic Development, Diversity, and Lifelong Learning. The Festival held at Pere Marquette Beach in Muskegon will consist of a Fashion Show, Health Fair, College Resource Fair, Sand Sculpting contest, Beach Walk/Lose Big contest, Concert Series. There will also be food vendors, exhibitors, and special guest speakers providing information and services feeding both the mind and body. For more information, call (231) 206-5780.

Restaurant Week Grand Rapids
August 15- 25, 2012, Grand Rapids
Over 60 restaurants will take part in the event this year, so get your plans in place. Enjoy “farm-to-fork” culinary delectables at all participating restaurants. Fresh local products will be used in creative 3-course dinner menus priced at $25 per person, and at some restaurants, two people for $25. Create a special culinary experience with your family, friends, and business associates. For more information, go to website link.

Wooden Boat Show
August 25, 2012, Pentwater
The Pentwater Yacht Club will hold its 16th Annual Wooden Boat Show on Pentwater Lake. The show is open to the public and a buffet lunch will be available from noon to 2pm. Dozens of beautifully built wood boats, vintage and new; powerboats, including Chris Craft, Century and Lyman, will be on display from 11am  to 3pm. The public may cast their vote for a People’s Choice Award, which will be presented along with Best Century and Best in Show awards at 3pm. At approximately 3:30pm, boat owners will form a boat parade touring Pentwater Lake followed by the Commodore’s review at 4pm. Vintage boat parts and collectibles will be on sale, as well as souvenir show. For more information, call (231) 869-7001.

Don’t miss your chance to see what else is happening in cities across Michigan. Visit michigan.org for a complete listing. What event or festival are you most looking forward to in August?

2 thoughts on “Pure Michigan August Events Roundup

  1. What about adding the Wild Blueberry Festival in Paradise ,Mi, on August 17,18, Lots of Blueberry Pies and Blueberry Buckle.19.Lots of wonderful crafts plus a Blueberry Pancake breakfast every morning.

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