Summer will have officially arrived by July in Pure Michigan, and there are plenty of reasons to get out and enjoy what our state has to offer! Whether it’s an art fair, an outdoor concert or a fireworks display, July has something to offer for everyone.
Below is a roundup of a few of the many events going on around the state in July. Please visit michigan.org for a complete listing of things to do across the state.
Week of June 30
National Cherry Festival 2013
June 29–July 6, 2013, Traverse City Get your planner out and write down the dates for a great week or family fun when you attend the National Cherry Festival in Traverse City on June 29–July 6. There will be 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, visit the website link or call the Cherry Festival office at (800) 968-3380.
Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show & Balloon Festival 2013
July 3-7, 2013, Battle Creek
Get ready for five action-packed days at the Field of Flight Air Show and Balloon Festival. Daily hot-air balloon launches, night balloon illumes, a dazzling fireworks display, twilight and night pyro air show featuring a jet-powered school bus. Top civilian air show performers will have you amazed! A carnival, crafters, souvenir booths and special displays and an array of food vendors will only enhance spectator’s experience. Visit the website for more information.
Blue Water SandFest
July 4-7, 2013, Port Huron
The Friends of the Fort Gratiot Light will be holding the inaugural “Blue Water SandFest” on July 4 – 7, 2013, at the Fort Gratiot Light Station grounds. The event will feature master sand sculptors from across the country, in this first-event-of-its-kind in Michigan. This four day event will have a variety of family and adult activities including vendors, demonstrations, music, sculpting classes and sand sculpting competitions. For more information, visit the website link or call (810) 982-0891.
Cadillac Freedom Festival
July 4-7, 2013, Cadillac
The event kicks off in the City Park with evening live entertainment. There will be the 2nd Annual Fire on Water (a tribute to our military past, present and future), and a full day of events including 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, click here or call (231) 775-0657.
Lakeshore Art Festival
July 5-6, 2013, Muskegon
The Lakeshore Art Festival features a unique blend of arts, crafts, music, food and fun along the shoreline in historic Downtown Muskegon and in Hackley Park. More than 300 artists and crafters will be showcased with fine art in the park, crafts, children’s activities and a Michigan food market all wrapped up in a street party atmosphere. For additional information, visit the website or contact the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce at (231) 722-3751.
Escanaba Sesquicentennial 150 Celebration
July 5-13, 2013, Escanaba
Escanaba will celebrate its 150th birthday with concerts, water ski shows, displays, logrolling, races, and parades! Each day’s activities highlight our rich history. The event is held at Ludington Park with shuttles to/from the fairgrounds where some activities will be held. For event information, visit the website link or call (906) 786-0631.
Week of July 7
Lowell Riverwalk Festival
July 11-13, 2013, Lowell
This three-day event includes many activities for families to enjoy on Thursday, Friday and Saturday including concerts, Arts & Crafts & Re-found Treasures show, From the Heart Parade and Rumble the Riverwalk (motorcycles), Riverwalk Cruise-in (classic cars), Kidz Zone, pontoon rides, kayak and canoe race, food booths, and street entertainers. More information is available here.
Cheboygan Waterways Festival
July 11-14, 2013, Cheboygan
Formerly known as the Riverfest, this festival highlights Cheboygan and the inland waterways. Events include Kids Day, The Waterways Parade, The World Championship Wanigan Race, Kayak Sprint, Back on Black Kayak Odyssey, men’s fast-pitch softball tournament, art show, antique show, community breakfast, live entertainment, food, cold beverages and much more. For more information on this event call (800) 968-3302 or visit the website link.
Tall Ship Celebration
July 11-14, 2013, Bay City
This July, Bay City is proud to host the largest gathering of tall ships in the state of Michigan. Join us for the ONLY official Michigan stop on the Tall Ships Challenge® Great Lakes 2013. Majestic tall ships will line both sides of the Saginaw River the way they did more than a hundred years ago. Guaranteed to take your breath away, you’ll be inspired by the sights and sounds of Bay City’s award-winning Maritime Festival. Activities include interactive deck tours, grand arrival of Tall Ships, maritime music, Tall Ship excursions, art show, and free shuttle service. Learn more here.
July 12-14, 2013, Harbor Springs
Blissfest is 100% Pure Music! The festival includes jazz, folk & roots music from terrific artists. The event also includes crafts, dancing, workshops and more. This is a great family weekend! Call (231) 348-7047 or visit the website for a schedule and/or ticket price options. The fun is going on at Festival Farm, 3695 Division Rd, Harbor Springs, Michigan.
Detroit APBA Gold Cup
July 12-14, 2013, Detroit
The APBA Gold Cup, officially named the APBA Challenge Cup, is among the most prestigious of motor sport trophies, in part because it is the oldest active trophy in all of motor sports. The trophy was first awarded in 1904. See Unlimited Hydroplanes race at speeds near 200 miles per hour! Our event covers a large area on the Detroit River, so there are many different viewing areas and ticket plans. For additional information (ticket, seating, schedule), please call (586) 774-0980 or visit the website.
Week of July 14
Ann Arbor Art Fair
July 17-20, 2013, 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 2013 Art Fair will take place July 17-20, 2013. Artists display their latest work and engage the imaginations of more than 500,000 annual fairgoers. The varied parts of the fair fit together to form an amazing impression – full of sound, color, mystery and drama. The 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.
Beaver Island Music Festival
July 18-20, 2013, Beaver Island
Come to this three day music festival set in a unique wooded venue offering free campsites. The Beaver Island Music Festival is a rich mix of music, art and nature. For a time and space, everyone comes together to share in the important things: song and dance, art and laughter, and a light-hearted peace that’s worth its weight in gold. Admission ticket required. Children 12 and under are free. Visit the website for this year’s line-up and for ticket prices.
Muskegon Bike Time
July 18-21, 2013, Muskegon
Muskegon Bike Time is America’s fastest growing motorcycle event, full of fun, food, music and motorcycles. Each year Western Avenue, in downtown Muskegon, is converted into a 10-block long “Steel Horse Alley” where bikers can show off their rides. Don’t miss all of the fun, including musical entertainment by national artists and blessing of the bikes. Learn more on the website.
National Baby Food Festival
July 17-20, 2013, Fremont
The National Baby Food Festival is gearing up for its 23rd annual celebration of children and families, July 17-20, 2013. Family fun is the key component in the National Baby Food Festival in Fremont, Michigan. Children’s activities, live entertainment, arts & crafts show, 5 and 10K run, and more. Don’t miss the Annual National Baby Food Festival! For More information visit the website link, or call (231) 924-0770
AuSable River Festival
July 20-28, 2013, Grayling
The festival includes fun filled events like a car show, parade, arts and crafts, children’s day, canoe races, food, 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.
Week of July 21
Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival 2013
July 26 – August 4, 2013, 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.
Stevensville Summer Fest
July 26-28, 2013, St. Ignace
The Stevensville Summer Fest offers plenty of fun for everyone. The event includes an outdoor movie showing, 5K run, motorcycle ride, children’s entertainment, beer and wine tent, and craft and vendor booths. Come out and join the fun and discover Stevensville Michigan!
Sterlingfest Art & Music Fair
July 25-27, 2013, Sterling Heights
The 2013 Sterlingfest schedule of events features a variety of great music to keep visitors entertained, including jazz, blues, folk and Top 40 entertainment. Plus, free fun activities for the kids allow mom and dad to take their time in the arts & crafts fair. Visit the website for more information.
Sounds & Sights Festival
July 25-27, 2013, Chelsea
This annual event features juried arts and crafts, fine arts display, free entertainment, beer garden, children’s activities, merchant sales, car show, specialty foods and more. For more information visit the website or call (734) 474-9178.
Saugatuck Venetian Festival
July 26 – 29, 2013, Saugatuck
The Festival includes music, a kids fun area with activities, car show, boat parade & fireworks at dusk, and food vendors at Coughlin Park and downtown Saugatuck. For more information, visit the website link or call (616) 886-1162.
Week of July 28
Nautical City Festival
July 30 – August 4, 2013, Rogers City
The Nautical City Festival is a safe, fun filled, family event that promotes community pride in Rogers City with its nautical heritage. Make it to town for the kiddie parade, grand parade, lumberjack shows, parasailing, softball tournaments, and much, much, more. Click here for more information.
Traverse City Film Festival 2013
July 30 – August 4, 2013, 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 Traverse City and there are free family movies each night at the Open Space Park on Grand Traverse Bay. For more information visit the website or call (231) 392-1134.
Harbor Days 2013 – Elk Rapids
July 31 – August 3, 2013, Elk Rapids
Get ready to come and enjoy some summer fun when the downtown Elk Rapids area becomes the fun place to be with midway rides and games in a carnival atmosphere, a grand parade on Saturday at noon on River Street and fireworks that night at 10:30pm over the bay. For more information call (800) 626-7328 or visit the website.
Pickford Hay Days
July 31 – August 4, 2013, Pickford
This event is celebrated in Pickford, just a few miles north of Cedarville. The Pickford community rolls out five days of activities. Draft horse pulls, hay bale races, parades, a 2K, 5K & 10K walk/run, teen dance and guitar hero contest, petting zoo, lawn tractor pull, turkey shoot, chicken bbq and much, much more will be offered at this event. Visit the Hay Days website below for a detailed list of activities, plus a downloadable schedule of events. For more information, call (906) 647-9395 or visit the website here.
Imlay City Blueberry Festival 2013
August 2-3 2013, Imlay City
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 or visit the website.
These are just a few of the many events happening next month in Pure Michigan. Please visit michigan.org for a complete listing.