August is quickly approaching and there’s still plenty of summertime left to get out and enjoy an outdoor adventure or fun summer festival. From art festivals to running a 5k, there’s something for everyone happening this month.
August 1 – 8
Art in the Park
August 1, Holland
The annual fine arts and crafts fair, Art in the Park, is the first Saturday of August in Holland. The event draws one of the largest influx of visitors to the city on a single day, second only to Tulip Time. About 300 fine artists and artisans from eight states will be on hand to display and selling their work.
Palms Book State Park – Family Fun Day
August 1, Manistique
This is a fun day for the whole family sponsored by The Friends of Indian Lake Palms Book State Parks. Join us from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. for kids games and crafts, a Native American drum ceremony, Native American crafts, UP Raptor and Rehab with live birds, a wheeling sportsman display, a DNR fire truck as well as a visit from local fire departments, and rumor has it you should keep your eyes open as there may be a sighting of Smokey Bear.
Harrietta Blueberry Festival
August 1, Harrietta (20 miles west of Cadillac)
Enjoy all things blueberry, from pancakes to the ice cream social and you don’t want to miss the pie-eating contest. Partake in all day events, including a quilt show, arts and crafts, music, and a parade. Events throughout the day also include area history slide presentation, children’s games and cake walk, and frozen t-shirt contest.
Walk With Me Detroit
August 2, Royal Oak
With the weather warming up, it is time for our Walk With Me Detroit event! The event itself is designed to be a one mile fun walk through the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak on August 2, 2015. Check in begins at 7:30 a.m., and the walk begins at 9 a.m.
August 6 – 8, Kalamazoo
Ribfest is a three day event at the Arcadia Creek Festival Place in Downtown Kalamazoo. The event features national and local rib vendors that sell ribs and chicken in outstanding barbeque sauces. The event will also bring in national rock and country musical artists, local bands, plenty of fun activities including children’s crafts/games, People’s Choice Rib Competition and the exciting contest for Best Ribs in Kalamazoo. Ribfest has brought in great entertainment over the years including: Dennis DeYoung: The Music of Styx, Shenandoah, James Wesley, The Guess Who, Loverboy, Mickey Dolenz; Lou Gramm from Foreigner, Survivor, Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels, the Spinners and Eddie Money, Great White, Skid Row, and Travis Tritt.
August 8, Grand Rapids
The MasterCraft Throwdown is a new kind of competition on the water. It’s about going big, pushing the levels and bringing progression. Think millions of viewers, a live crowd, loud music, dazzling lights, pyrotechnics, flying unicorns and pandemonium. Be prepared to get your mind blown by world-class wakeboarding. Step up to watch a man on water skis fly further than the wingspan of a jumbo jet. Come primed for your jaw to drop off your face because you’re going to see a bunch of stuff so over the top. The event will be live on ABC.
August 9 -15
BBQ & Music
August 9, Hastings
A collaboration of two great bands, you don’t want to miss. Who Hit John? and Red Tail Ring takes the stage this year. The duo infuses each song with musical imagination, haunting harmonies, and instrumental artistry on fiddle, banjo, mandolin, jawharp and plain old foot stomping. Dinner @ 5 p.m., Music @ 6 – 8:30 p.m.
Back to the Bricks Cruise and Car Show
August 11 – 15, Flint
Come visit Flint and Genesee County to be part of one of the biggest car events featuring a rolling cruise, kick-off party, live entertainment, automotive displays, vendors, food, antique fire trucks and dragster exhibits, contests and a Saturday car show that will amaze all with over 30,000 participants.
Meteors & S’mores
August 12, Leelanau
Come visit Leelanau State Park during the Persied meteor shower. With your naked eye you will be able to watch potentially hundreds of meteors flash across the sky as they enter our atmosphere. Visitors should meet at the parks day use pavilion where free s’mores will be provided for everyone to enjoy during this star-gazing opportunity. They are best viewed while lying on your back, so it is advised visitors bring a lawn chair or blanket. Also dress according to the weather, bring bug spray and your own beverages.
Comedian Dave Coulier
August 14, Lexington
Dave is perhaps best known as “Joey” from the hit ABC television series, Full House, which aired for eight seasons (1987-1995, with 192 episodes produced) and can now be seen on the Nickelodeon and ABC Family network lineups. Additionally, the show is currently in worldwide syndication in over 100 countries. Dave followed this success by hosting his second prime-time hit series, America’s Funniest People, which ran on ABC for four seasons.
Breakfast on the Farm
August 15, Breckenridge
Do you want to know how your food gets from the farm to your dinner table? Then you’ll want to take advantage of a free family learning experience this summer, Breakfast on the Farm. This event is open to people of all ages and provides a great family learning environment. Attendees are able to learn about topics such as proper animal care, crop production, milk production, and operation of farm equipment. Visitors will be able to meet the families behind the food that’s on their dinner table each night and learn about agriculture from experienced and knowledgeable agricultural producers. The day includes a free breakfast featuring Michigan-grown food products and a self-guided tour of the farm, with volunteers from the local community available to answer questions.
Glow in the Park 5k
August 15, Milford
You will light up the night as you run a 5k – no speed needed! Before the race, you and your friends will each get a goody bag of glow accessories and paint to adorn yourselves to the height of glowy fashion. Now to brave the seas of foam (industrial machines spewing foam to the beat of some hot music), the rain storm of UV glow water (volunteers will spray a rainbow of glow water as you run past), and the dust cloud of neon powder (volunteers will toss handfuls of neon goodness to make sure you are covered in color and glowing like a champ)! Once you have triumphantly reached the finish line you will be greeted by a celebratory dance party and a chance to show off your accumulation of glow and your fabulous dance moves.
August 16 – 22
Plein Air Art Discovery Cruise
August 17, Bay City
BaySail and our partners at Saginaw Valley State University’s Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum and the Studio 23 Art Gallery invite area residents to explore the nature and beauty of the Saginaw River. The Saginaw River’s mix of scenic natural wetlands and historic industrial landscapes lends itself perfectly to Plein Air drawings and watercolors. Plein Air simply means art done outdoors with natural light. Guests will be inspired by nature and guided by professional artists and Great Lakes Maritime art, poetry, and literature. After the cruise, guests are invited to finish their pieces at Studio 23.
Belle Isle Crawl
August 19, Detroit
Senior Power Days on Belle Isle is a new program that provides recreational and educational events at Belle Isle Park for seniors. The 11-event series will be held on Wednesdays from July 8 to December 15. Events are FREE. Seniors will have the opportunity to visit the many attractions at Belle Isle Park. Shuttles will take seniors from venues on the island such as the Aquarium and the Conservatory. Lunch will be provided at one of the tour’s stops.
Tour De Zoo
August 20, Battle Creek
Join us for Bikes, Beasts, and Beers at Binder Park Zoo (costumes and bike decor strongly encouraged, but not required). Ride your bike through the Zoo and enjoy two “hydration stations” with samplings of New Belgium Brewing’s Slow Ride (being launched this summer in Michigan). Then join us for carousing and merriment in the Zoo picnic area where you will enjoy a variety of New Belgium Brewing Company beers, live music, games, giveaways and feast on tasty post-ride treats expertly crafted and available for purchase at the SSA grillin’ station!
Tulipanes Latino Art and Film Festival
August 20-29, Holland. Celebrate the many contributions of our Latino community through art, film and music.Films include shorts, documentaries, and feature-length, all of which explore a variety of themes in which Latino imagination and creativity approach humor, politics, culture, fiction and art.
Art Walk Central
July 30 – August 19, Mt. Pleasant
Browse the streets of downtown Mt. Pleasant as art pieces are put on display for the public. You can even visit Art Reach of Mid-Michigan and vote for your favorite People’s Choice piece. Art Walk Central also features weeks filled with events and workshops including the Art Battle competition, chalk workshops, steam roller print making, and stained glass workshops. Other events during Art Walk Central include outdoor concerts, outdoor movies and 5K runs.
Cheeseburger in Caseville
August 14 – 23, Caseville
Summer family fun! Enjoy cardboard boat races, hat making, music and cheeseburgers. There will be musical entertainment in the park and many activities such as, arts & crafts and vendors on the streets.
August 23- 31
Farmers Market at the Capitol
August 27, Lansing
Experience this one of a kind event held on the East Lawn of the Michigan Capitol Building in Lansing, Michigan. The Michigan Farmers Market Association is celebrating the 10th anniversary of hosting Farmers Markets at the Capitol. The event features over 60 unique vendors from across the state who sell Michigan-grown and produced products. Vendors sell everything from fresh fruit, vegetables, flowers, baked goods and prepared foods. Shoppers can enjoy entertainment such as music and dancing, physical activities, and cooking demos.
Mason Sun Dried Music Fest
August 28 – 30, Mason
This free music event features many bands, food vendors, a beer and wine refreshment tent, and a variety of items for sale. Located in the streets of Mason, next to Ingham County Courthouse, downtown shops and restaurants will open their doors to you!
Vintage Boat Show
August 29, Holland
The Holland Museum will host its 10th Annual Vintage Boat Show. This highly anticipated glimpse into the history of West Michigan’s boating industry showcases historic boats made from both wood and fiberglass. Bring the kids for free ice cream and activities, including paper paddle boat races. Families are encouraged to bring a towel or two for a fun day out on the town. Admission is free and includes admittance to the Holland Museum for the day.
Thunder Over Michigan Air Show
August 29 – 30, Ypsilant
Thunder over Michigan is one of Americas leading air shows and is considered the best warbird show in America. Held every summer at Willow Run Airport, the show features world-class entertainment, unique static displays and fun for the whole family. This year’s show will feature the world famous Blue Angels.
Walkin’ on the Wild Side
August 30, Royal Oak
Come enjoy a family, friendly walk, all day admission to the Detroit Zoo, tee-shirt, delicious food, fun activities, entertainment and the opportunity to come together as a strong community.