Summer 2010 Events Roundup

Summer is here!  So to help you plan how you will spend your time, we wanted to give you all the events we have through Labor Day!

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4th of July Bessemer Blast, June 30- July 4, 2010

This huge celebration of freedom includes a huge parade, music and games, helicopter rides, street bowling, Simon Says competition and bed and bar stool races capped by fireworks.

Summer Celebration, Muskegon, June 24- July 4, 2010

Continue the fun that began June 24, with music, midway thrills and much more fun for all ages.

Greatest Fourth in the North, Lake City, June 30- July 4, 2010

All-American fun including free entertainment, arts & crafts, ox roast and Strawberry Festival, fun contests, Saturday parade and July 4th fireworks.

27th Ann Arbor Summer Festival, June 18-July 11, 2010

Part of the three-week schedule that kicked off June 18 featuring live entertainment, films, and visual arts at four downtown venues.

Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show & Balloon Festival, July 1-4, 2010

The sky fills with colorful hot air balloons with both morning and evening launches.   Balloon Illume & Night Air Show, aerial feats in the Air Show Saturday and Sunday, plus monster truck rides, carnival, entertainment and July 4th fireworks at the W.K. Kellogg Airport.

Cedar Polka Fest, July 1-4, 2010

Just try to not join in the dancing at this lively, music-filled weekend with top polka bands under the big tent, plus a parade and polka mass.

Algonac Lions Pickerel Tournament, July 1-5, 2010

It’s a fishing contest and a whole lot more, with fun-filled family activities along the St. Clair River featuring a big midway, fireworks display, parade and more.

84th National Cherry Festival, Traverse City, July 3-10, 2010

150 events on land, air and water offer something for everyone at this festive salute to the region’s important fruit. Cherry pies are just a piece of the fun, with parades, games, and entertainment at numerous sites around Traverse City and along Grand Traverse Bay.

Elsie Dairy Festival, July 8-10, 2010

The Dairy Capital of Michigan is filled with music, family fun and, of course, an ice cream booth.

National Bluegill Festival, St. Helen, July 8-11, 2010

Annual summertime celebration since 1949 features a Bluegill fishing contest, horseshoe tournament, arts and crafts, talent show and Grand Parade.

20th Welcome to My Garden Tour, Marshall, July 10-11, 2010

Admire six of the historic community’s very special gardens, and browse the native plants, art, and accessories at the garden market.

Alpenfest, Gaylord, July 14-18, 2010

The 46th annual family-friendly festival features entertainment, crafts, carnival, parade, the “Burning of The Boogg,” and World’s Largest Coffee Break, all with a Swiss theme rooted in the city’s past.

Indian River SummerFest, July 13-18, 2010

This year marks the 30th annual celebration of the season on the Inland Waterway, with LobsterFest and Pig Roast, Family Night Beach Bash, teen dance, carnival, entertainment, arts and crafts and boat tours of the Indian River.

Founders Festival, Farmington, July 17-19, 2010

Go Play in the Streets at this weekend of entertainment, art show, carnival, ice cream and pie social, and big parade.

Tall Ship Celebration, Bay City, July 15-18, 2010

Get your sea legs and enjoy the beauty of the billowing sails of Tall Ships docked on the Saginaw River or go for a sail aboard one of Bay City’s own Appledore vessels. Hear sea chanteys at the International Maritime Music Festival and learn the tricks of the pirates’ trade at performances of “The Pirate School.”

Bronson Polish Festival, July 15-18, 2010

The Sister City of Moryn, Poland opens its annual celebration with a bang—fireworks—followed by a weekend of Polish food, music, and one of the longest parades in the state.

Michigan Shakespeare Festival, Jackson, July 15-August 8, 2010

This Festival has been producing high-quality theatrical performances since 1995, on the campus of Jackson Community College.

U.P. Hog Wild, Kingsford, July 17-18, 2010

The BBQ competition is one of just 25 stops on the Kansas City Great American BBQ Tour. Good food, music and car show in Lodal Park.

Roscommon River Festival, July 18-19, 2010

Plan a paddling trip on the AuSable River, then enjoy the river-related demonstrations including fly tying and casting and paddling, wooden canoe show, and Dock Dog competition.

36th Michigan Brown Trout Festival, Alpena, July 17-26, 2010

The longest continuous fishing tournament on the Great Lakes focuses on Big Brownie, the elusive trout of Lake Huron.

Ann Arbor Art Fairs, July 21-24, 2010

The original Ann Arbor Street Art Fair is celebrating “51 Years of Originality.” Three additional, simultaneous art fairs create a massive display of fine arts and crafts that attract a half million fans.

Festival of the Horse, Mackinac Island, July 22-24, 2010

The 2nd annual celebration of the horse. Tour Victorian era stables, enjoy the antique carriage and equestrian art shows, and kick up your heels at the Barn Raisin’ Dance.

54th Baldwin Troutarama Festival, July 21-25, 2010

A tradition since 1957, the annual celebration near the Blue Ribbon fishing on the Pere Marquette River features a youth fishing derby, entertainment, ice cream social, carnival, car show and parade.

Ionia Free Fair, July 22-31, 2010

The “World’s Largest Free Fair” since 1915 entertains midway rides and games, food, grandstand events, a circus and a wide range of performers.

AuSable River Festival, Grayling, July 19-25, 2010

Celebrate the storied waterway and start of the famous AuSable River Canoe Marathon with music, arts & crafts, kiddie festivities, parade, and the Avita Water Black Bear Bicycle Tour.

Yale Bologna Festival, July 23-25, 2010

The King and Queen of Bologna reign over the Big Bologna Parade, bologna ring toss, outhouse races, fireworks, craft show, carnival, and tasty bologna galore. And yes, there is a local bologna maker.

6th Traverse City Film Festival, July 27-August 1, 2010

Over 123 screenings of independent, classic and foreign films at multiple locations, including free outdoor screenings on an inflatable screen at the Open Space Park on Grand Traverse Bay.

The Earl Young Home Tour, Charlevoix, July 28, 2010

A one-day opportunity to see the inside eight of the fairy tale-like  “Mushroom” or Stone Homes built by Earl Young.

Munger Potato Festival, July 29-August 1, 2010

A 55-year “Spud-tacular” tradition features carnival, Figure 8 Derby, live entertainment, a parade, and food (including tons of free potatoes!).

86th US Coast Guard Festival, Grand Haven, July 30-August 8, 2010

A 10-day tribute to the Coast Guard includes public tours of a Coast Guard cutter, parade, waterfront entertainment, carnival, and dancing in the streets.

Pig Gig, Bay City, August 5-8, 2010

Go whole hog at the rib festival cook-off and enjoy live entertainment, kiddie activities, cooking demos, fun contests and pig racing.

36th Boyne Falls Polish Festival, August 6-9, 2010

Event includes a Polka tent with great music and Polish food all weekend in salute to the heritage of the area. Grand parade, horse pull, plus Oldies Night and car cruise and Sunday Mass.

33rd Fish Sandwich Festival, Bay Port, August 6-7, 2010

“It takes two hands to hold one” of the original fish sandwiches at this bayside event. Thousands of them are served with a side of entertainment, arts & crafts, Bingo, and fireworks.

43rd Coloma Glad-Peach Festival, August 6-8, 2010

Fruitbelt fun celebrating two local crops includes tasty peach treats, bake fest, entertainment, carnival, Peach Pit Spit and parade.

The Wine Days of Summer, Southeast Michigan, August 7-8, 2010

Enjoy this self-driving tour along the Southeast Michigan Pioneer Wine Trail featuring picnic foods and compatible wines.

Summerfest Coopersville, August 9-15, 2010

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.

Au Gres Pirate Festival, August 7, 2010

Enjoy a day of fun with a pirate theme including a homemade raft race on the Au Gres River, games, costume contests and music.

Great Lakes Folk Festival, East Lansing, August 13-15, 2010

It’s a small world after all at this blend of multi-cultural music and dance performances, Folk Arts Marketplace, kiddie programs and Taste of Traditions food court.

International Ironworkers Festival, Mackinaw City, August 13-15, 2010

See ironworkers from across North America compete in skilled events and the World Championship Column Climb.

Ship & Shore, New Buffalo, August 13-15, 2010

See “the past in motion” with hundreds of antique gas, steam and oil engines on display, plus working blacksmiths and foundry, old time crafts demos, and flea markets.

St. Johns Mint Festival, August 13-15, 2010

Meet Minty, mascot of the festival that celebrates Michigan’s mint-growing history with a parade, games, car show, music and food at the downtown train depot. Don’t miss the mint chocolate chip ice cream.

12th Cheeseburger in Caseville, August 13-22, 2010

Huge crowds of Parrotheads turn out for Jimmy Buffett tribute bands, Parade of Tropical Fools, nautical parade, street dance, and a world of food including, of course, cheeseburgers.

Antique Wooden Boat Show, Hessel, August 7-8, 2010

Classic wooden boats typical of the Les Cheneaux Islands are on display in the water, accompanied by the fine Festival of Arts, live entertainment and local food favorites.

9th River Raisin Jazz Festival, Monroe, August 14-15, 2010

Big names in jazz perform in two days of free music outdoors, preceded by Thursday’s River Raisin Jazz Series and Jazz in the Square on Friday.

Buckley Old Engine Show, Cadillac, August 19-22, 2010

“Come see the past in motion” with hundreds of antique gas, steam and oil engines on display, plus working blacksmiths and foundry, old time crafts demos, flea market, and arts and crafts.

46th Annual Danish Festival, Greenville, August 19-22, 2010

This Scandinavian heritage celebration features hot aebleskivers and Danish cookies, Viking sword fights, music, hot air balloon flights and Grand Dansk Parade.

Mackinac Island Fudge Festival, August 21-22, 2010

A good reason to sample the sweet treat made fresh daily at 17 shops on the island. Highlights include performances by the Children’s Ballet Theatre of Michigan and a “golden ticket” vacation contest.

16th Woodward Dream Cruise, North Detroit Metro, August 21, 2010

The official cruise day is Saturday but more than 40,000 vintage vehicles and a million-plus car lovers arrive early in the week for informal events leading up to the world’s largest one-day gathering of classic cars and enthusiasts.

Michigan Fiber Festival, Allegan, August 21-22, 2010

Fun with fiber! Take classes, browse the marketplace featuring natural fiber products, books, dyes, spinning wheels and looms at the Allegan County Fairgrounds.

Corvette Crossroads Auto Show, Mackinaw City, August 28-29, 2010

Cool cars on display all day - and roll across the Mackinac Bridge in the Corvette Parade at 7 p.m. Saturday!

6th Porcupine Mountains Music Festival, Ontonagon, August 27-29, 2010

The sounds of folk, jazz and bluegrass music fill the wild and wonderful old-growth forest of the western Upper Peninsula in Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park on the Lake Superior shoreline.

Riverdays Festival, Big Rapids, September 2-6, 2010

Fun along the Muskegon River includes the car show, music, and annual Labor Day car show and arts, crafts & antiques Show.

Elkton Autumn Fest, September 3-5, 2010

Lawnmower races, tractor pulls, demolition derby, Bingo, parade, entertainment tent and midway games make this a family-friendly event.

79th Michigan Peach Festival, Romeo, September 2-6, 2010

Celebration of the local fruit includes a packed schedule of events, from fun run to talent competition, bed race, car show, night parade and floral parade, plus peach pie.

31st Detroit International Jazz Festival, September 3-6, 2010

This year’s premiere free musical celebration pays tribute to 7 modern jazz geniuses, and features more than 100 acts on 6 stages at the Detroit Riverfront.

Thumbfest, Lexington, September 4, 2010

The Bluewater Folk Society hosts this traditional music festival with multiple stages, workshops, dance hall, and crafts along Lake Huron.

Mackinac Bridge Walk, September 6, 2010

Join tens of thousands of folks in the unofficial end of summer walk across “Mighty Mac” Bridge. The five-mile-long engineering marvel links Michigan’s Upper and Lower Peninsulas high above the waters of the Straits of Mackinac, where the Great Lakes Huron and Michigan meet.

6 thoughts on “Summer 2010 Events Roundup

  1. We are planning a trip to the West coast of Michigan including Holland and Traverse City. We would be there September 13 to September 23. What would be interesting to do and see then. My wife and are 60 years old we enjoy nature. Is there any lodging specials. We usually stay at
    Comfort Inns. Do you need a fishing license for fishing on Lake Michigan in a charter boat?

    Thank you


  2. Just to make a correction, the antique wooden boat show in hessel, mi is actually taking place on august 14th, 2010-not August 7-8 as listed. It is quite an experience and I have personally attended this annual event for the past 25 years. For future reference it is always held the second saturday of every August.

  3. Where can i look at the October calander i’m looking for the Traverse City package again like last year around the end of October-Thank you

  4. How about putting the 200 mile long garage sale on here as a event it’s the first annual and a BIG thing for the area???? Graying to Oscoda a 200 mile long loop July 32, 24 and 25th, 2010
    You can get more info @ M-33 access web site they are a internet provider

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