Pure Michigan June Events Roundup

June marks the start of summer in Pure Michigan. From long days at the beach to fun festivals and events, there’s plenty of reasons to love June in Michigan. For more suggestions on things to do this month in Michigan, visit michigan.org.

East Central

Art and History Festival
June 1-3, 2012, Lapeer
A juried fine arts show, living history reenactments and demonstrations, and performing arts and entertainment. Art and history education activities for children and adults. Juried Made in Michigan Food and Cottage Craft Shows. Writing workshops. antiques, vintage autos and tractors, hot air balloons and much more. Event held on the property surrounding Chatfield School, Mott College, Prairies & Ponds, and the City of Lapeer. For more information on this event, click here or call (810) 664-6641.

Swartz Creek Hometown Days 2012
June 1-3, 2012, Swartz Creek
Come join us in downtown Swartz Creek for fun and fellowship. Hometown Days feature fine craft show, baby contest, car show, expo tent, fireworks, pony rides, petting zoo and an entertainment tent. For more information on this event call us at (810) 348-7901

Michigan Antique & Collectibles Festival
June 2-3, 2012, Midland
One of the Midwest’s largest antique and collectibles markets and special interest auto shows, comes to the Midland County Fairgrounds. Over 1000 vendors and 80 acres of treasures & memories. Antiques, collectibles, unique, coin & sports memorabilia, classic car show, swap meet, for-sale car lot, live entertainment, taste of Michigan, classic car auction and great family fun. For additional information, click here, or call (989) 687-900.

Bay City Chalk Walk
June 7, 2012, Bay City
The Bay City Chalk Walk has become an annual event that is held on the First Thursday of every June, in conjunction with First Thursdays Gallery Walk. It is an arts awareness event that promotes community involvement through street chalk art. A large event with street chalk art competitions, live music and street performers. 4pm to 9pm. For more information on this event, click here, or call (989) 893-7142.

Bavarian Festival 2012
June 7-10, 2012, Frankenmuth
The Bavarian Festival is located in the Harvey Kern Pavilion in Heritage Park. Sing and dance to Bavarian music played by costumed German bands. Taste the hearty Bavarian foods, plump bratwurst, barbecued chicken and homemade pretzels. For more information, click here, or call (800) 386-3378 or (989) 652-6106.

Bad Axe Hatchet Festival
June 8-9, 2012, Bad Axe
Our Bad Axe Hatchet Festival offers animal exhibits, DJ, food concessions, car show, entertainment/beverage tent, and many more activities. For more schedule information visit the website or call the Chamber at (989) 269-2630.

Mid Michigan Renaissance Fantasy Festival
June 16-17, 2012, Vassar
Celebrate the 5th season of the annual Mid Michigan Renaissance Festival (MMRF) near Frankenmuth with music, merriment and all-day family fun! See history, legend and fantasy come alive through educational displays, period encampments, the Children’s Knoll and sword fighting. The Mid Michigan Renaissance Festival runs for four full weekends: June 9-10, 16-17, 23-24, and June 30 – July 1. Event hours are 11am – 7pm. (Open rain or shine!) Ticket prices for all day family entertainment are $10 for adults and teens, $7 for children ages 6-12, and admission is free for children ages 5 and under. MMRF is located on 50 beautiful acres of the Grainger family’s wooded grove, at 7464 Frankenmuth Road, in Vassar. Everyone is encouraged to come dressed as their favorite character – a pirate, gypsy, fairy or even as “visiting royalty.” There’s truly something for all ages to enjoy. For more information, click here, or call (989) 652-2362.


Nor-East’r Music & Art Festival
June 8-10, 2012, Fairview
Nor-East’r Fest has loads of shade for its audience and campers located at the fairgrounds, 1889 Caldwell Road, Fairview. Several stages with performances, workshops in art, music & dance, a juried art show and 12 or more guitars and instructional packs given away to kids. Most artists demonstrate at the Art Show which features traditional media such as metal, clay, wood and glass. The campground is full of musicians making music of their own and most will invite you to observe or join in. For more information, click here, or contact (989) 826-3331.

Alpena Blues Festival
June 22-23, 2012, Alpena
A multiple day concert featuring great blues style music from a very talented line-up of artists. for more information please visit the website link.

4th of July Fireworks
June 30, 2012, Otsego Lake
Fireworks over Otsego Lake at dusk. For more information, click here, or call (800) 345-8621.


Waterfront Wine Festival
June 23, 2012, Harbor Springs
Visit downtown Harbor Springs July 23 (4-7pm) for the 7th Annual Waterfront Wine Festival. Enjoy tastings, samplings by local restaurants and specialty food stores. Watch the website for ticket prices and more details. For more information, click here, or call (231) 526-7999.

Traverse City Wine & Art Festival
June 30, 2012, Traverse, City
A celebration of the wine, food and culture of the Traverse City area, held on the historic lawn of the Village at Grand Traverse Commons from 3 to 10pm. Music and performances, and 30 tents of high quality Michigan art for purchase and appreciation. A fantastic lineup that features some of Michigan’s finest musicians. You’ll be able to dance into the night. Call for more details at (231) 421-1172, or click here.

West Coast Lighthouse Festival
June 2-3, 2012, Ludington
The Sable Points Lighthouse Keepers Association invites you to the 1st Annual West Michigan Lighthouse Festival, June 2 & 3. The event corresponds with the 145th anniversary of Big Sable Point Lighthouse in the Ludington State Park. Activities held in Ludington and Pentwater include an artisan craft fair, lighthouse tour, music & entertainment, Sidewalk art contest, and a tour of Ludington historic bed & breakfasts. For more information, visit the website link or call (877) 420-6618.

Greatest 4th in the North 2012
June 28-30, 2012, Lake City
We have a lot of great events that take place, including lots of FREE entertainment. Catch the main stage acts, a clown or even a juggler. Other fantastic finds will be “Battle of the Bands”, a karaoke contest, a two day arts and crafts show, a 2K, 5K and a 10K race. Most of all enjoy the Grand Parade and fireworks which will take place on July 4th. For more information contact (231) 839-4969.


Haslett Good Old Days Festival
June 8-10, 2012, Haslett
A family event on the shores of Ingham Counties largest lake, Lake Lansing. Family events, fishing, volleyball tournament, big wheel races, old time games, car show, craft show, concerts and much more. For additional information call (517) 898-6573.

German American Festival
June 1-2, 2012, Brownstown
Authentic German food and live music partnered with indoor and outdoor fun for all ages makes this a great event to attend. Friday evening offers a Parade of Flags honoring our cultural history. We have two kitchens, plus a pastry kitchen and a full bar and traditional Weinstube to allow you to get a true taste of Germany and an outdoor festival tent to relax in. Admission is $3 for 18 and over, children are FREE. Parking on the premises; 23156 King Road; Brownstown, MI 48183 (between Telegraph & Dix-Toledo). Call (734) 479-4278, or visit the website link for more information.

2012 Ya’ssoo Greek Festival
June 1-3, 2012, Ann Arbor
Enjoy the warm hospitality of Ann Arbor’s St. Nicholas parishioners at the 2012 Ya’ssoo Greek Festival, 3109 Scio Church Road in Ann Arbor. The 6th annual Ya’ssoo Greek Festival features authentic Greek cuisine and homemade pastries, live Greek music, dancing and our Agora marketplace. Guided tours of our Byzantine-style church are conducted throughout the event. Free parking and shuttle from the Knox Presbyterian Church (2065 S. Wagner) ½ mile from St. Nicholas. For more information, visit the website link, or call (734) 332-8200.

Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix
June 1-3, 2012, Detroit
The Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix returns to the Motor City on June 1-3, 2012. The event will feature the cars of the IZOD IndyCar Series, the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series, the Indy Lights Series and the Pirelli World Challenge Championship Series. The weekend collectively is referred to as the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix. Belle Isle is the beautiful 982-acre island located on the Detroit River between Windsor, Ontario, Canada and Detroit, Michigan. For more information on this event, visit the web site.

Auburn Hills Downtown Summerfest
June 22-23, 2012, Auburn Hills
The Auburn Hills Downtown Summerfest features an ice cream social, Kansas City BBQ cook-off, By the River Classic Car Show and Glenda’s Glide 5K Race and Fun/Run Walk. Both days feature live music and entertainment on stage, the popular Kidz Korner, games and activities for all age, new Cool Zone Water Spray and Giant Sandbox for kids, special hometown displays, unique items to shop for, downtown merchant specials and plenty of hot food and cold beverages! For more information on this event call (248) 370-9353.

Hamburg Family Fun Fest 2012
June 13-16, 2012, 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. For more information, contact (517) 548-1795, or click here.


Festival of Cars
June 2, 2012, South Haven
Event will be held in downtown South Haven, 10am to 3pm. Show your car for $12 (early registration) or $15 (day of the event). Free admission for spectators! For more information on this event, click on the website link, or call (269) 637-2785.

Three Rivers Water Festival
June 14-16, 2012, Three Rivers
The Three Rivers Water Festival is a three-day, free community festival in mid-June with a wide variety of activities for people of all ages. These include an ox roast, classic car, truck & motorcycle show, Strawberry Fest, carnival midway, pancake breakfast, arts & crafts, free kids activities, idol contest, street parade, food vendors, entertainment & fireworks. For more information on this festival, contact the Three Rivers Chamber of Commerce at (269) 278-8193.

Harborfest 2012
June 14-17, 2012, South Haven
Come join us for a fun-filled weekend. Schedule with include craft show and art fair, art and antique market, pancake breakfast, dragonboat races, live music, and kids activities. For more information call (269) 767-7075 or visit the website link.

Strawberry Festival
June 16, 2012, Coldwater
Area residents and visitors may stroll down Chicago Street where flats of strawberries and other strawberry delights may be purchased. The sidewalks are filled with nearly a hundred arts and craft vendors. Look for the special entertainment area where live entertainment can be found that is sure to bring enjoyment for young and old alike. Strawberry Fest is held in Downtown Coldwater on the third Saturday of June from 9am to 4pm. Contact (517)279-9375, or click here for more information.

Upper Peninsula

Lilac Festival
June 8-17, 2012, Mackinac Island
Mackinac Island comes alive with scented flowers and many activities during our annual Lilac Festival. Flowers, games, the Grand Parade and live music are just some of the events during the festival. Call the Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau for more details at (800) 454-5227 or visit the link.

Father’s Day Cruise on the St. Mary’s River
June 6, 2012, Drummond Island
The day long narrated cruise includes a trip to the DeTour Reef Light with many photo opportunities while circling around the Light. After circling the Light, the narrated cruise proceeds up river and through the Soo Locks. The cruisers are treated to a brunch, buffet luncheon, and afternoon snack. Cost is $95. For more information, call (906) 297-6051, or click here.

Pasty Fest – 2012
June 29-30, 2012, Calumet
Celebrate the Keweenaw’s “Pasty” history with a parade, children’s games (potato sack races, raw egg toss, onion passing) a pasty sale, live music and dancing with the Pasty Bake-Off for the coveted Copper Pasty Award. Call (906) 337-6246, or click here for more details.

Baraga County Lake Trout Festival
June 9, 2012, Lanse
The Seventh Annual Baraga County Lake Trout Festival will take place on Saturday, June 9, 2012, which coincides with Michigan’s free fishing weekend–no fishing license is necessary. Entertainment for the entire family will include a kids carnival, junk art contest and a street dance. Repeating this year is the “Pequaming Run/Walk” , “1/2 Marathon”, a Family 5K and pie eating contest. Food booths, and kids fishing pond will ensure fun for all, regardless of age. All events take place in the Waterfront Park and Marina in downtown L’Anse. For additional information on this event, call (800) 743-4908.

Krusin’ Klassics Fun Run
June 1-2, 2012, Escanaba
Friday night will begin with a parade of cars lined up in Ludington Park at 6pm. The parade will start at 7pm. After the parade, at the UP Fairgrounds, the night begins at 8pm with free hot dogs, brats and home made French fries. Music will be provided by AJ the DJ until 11pm. On Saturday the gates open at 7am, Hot Rod’s chassis dyno will operate from 10am – 6pm. Vendors will be on the grounds supplying food, drink and a variety of goods. A woman’s Tea will be held in the early afternoon and the village will be open at the south end of the grounds. At 8pm the dance will begin with the Hitmen providing rockin’ tunes until midnight. For more information, contact (906) 774-5480.

West Central

Festival of the Arts
June 1-3, 2012, 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. For more information, contact (616) 459-1300.

Mount Pleasant Annual Summer Festival
June 7-10, 2012, Mount Pleasant
Outdoor festival, with live music, carnival, children’s parade, fireworks, food & beverage pavilion, vendors, and raffles. Capping off on Sunday, with a classic car show. For information on this event, call (989) 773-3378.

Spring Lake Heritage Festival
June 12-16, 2012, Spring Lake
Daily events throughout the Village of Spring Lake. Starting with a dog walk on Tuesday and ending with Hymn Sing on Sunday. For a complete schedule of daily events, visit the link or call (616) 881-2882.

White Cloud Homecoming Festival
June 14-16, 2012, White Cloud
Family fun includes music, arts and crafts, bike parade, talent show, food, Grand Parade and fireworks. Fireworks displayed on North Street over Lake White Cloud on June 16. For more information, contact (231) 689-6607.

Muskegon Heights Festival
June 15-16, 2012, Muskegon
This community celebration opens with a senior picnic and health fair in the city’s Rowan Park and closes with a gospel service. In between, there are sporting events, a grand parade, arts and crafts, and plenty of food and music. For more information on this event, call (231) 578-2099.

Grand Haven Sand Sculpture
June 23, 2012, Grand Haven
Each year residents and visitors of the Grand Haven area have enjoyed the challenge of building art in the sand by participating in the Sand Sculpture Contest held annually on the last Saturday in June at the Grand Haven City Beach. Groups, families and individuals are judged and awarded prizes after the two-hour time limit to sculpt. Registration is from 9-9:45am and sculpting from 10am-noon with judging to follow. For more information, call the Grand Haven Chamber of Commerce at (616) 842-4910, or click here.

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