Pure Michigan June 2014 Events Roundup

Summer is in the air and festival season is full swing in Michigan. Communities around the state will host a variety of celebrations, and it is the perfect opportunity to see what Pure Michigan is all about. Native Michiganders and visitors alike, there’s something for everyone happening this month. 

Below is a roundup of some of the many events going on around the state in June. Visit michigan.org for a complete listing of Michigan events.

Week of June 1 – June 8

Islandfest
May 30 – June 1, Grosse Ile
Islandfest, is a time to celebrate the beginning of summer and enjoy some small town fun. The week-end-long event features arts & crafts, a fine arts show, children’s activities, a midway, live music featuring 50 Amp Fuse, parade, car show, Friday evening fireworks, historical tours, aircraft displays and rides, a variety of foods and beverages for all ages, monster truck rides, and so much more. Islandfest is a free, fun, family oriented event where all are welcome. Come join the fun!

Jazz on Jefferson
June 4, Saginaw
Jazz on Jefferson is a free music and arts festival on Saginaw’s Historical South Jefferson Avenue that features regional and local artists and musicians. Festival-goers can enjoy festivities that include music, food from local restaurants and an antique and classic car and motorcycle show.

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June 5 – 8, Carson City
Welcome to the 42nd Annual Carson City Frontier Days. The skies will be filled with hot air balloons in the 9th Hot Air Balloon Shoot-Out this year. Back by popular demand is the chainsaw carver with his amazing art, Kids’ Zone, the outdoor movie on Friday night and the fireworks to finish out the night on Saturday.

National Asparagus Festival
June 6 – 8, Hart
The National Asparagus Festival celebrates West Michigan’s famous crop with activities for all ages. This festival features live entertainment, an asparagus food show, the Grand Parade, the Spear-It 5k, an arts and crafts fair, a variety of kids activities and the opportunity to meet the Asparagus Queen!

Baraga County Lake Trout Festival
June 7, L’Anse
The 8th annual Baraga County Lake Trout Festival will take place Saturday, June 7, 2014,  which coincides with Michigan’s Free Fishing Weekend. No fishing license is necessary on that weekend. (in case of inclement weather, the Festival will be held Sunday June 8). Activities will include 5K, kids games, bike race, arts and crafts fair, music by local talent, and more. All events will take place at the Waterfront Park and marina in downtown L’Anse.

Civil War Re-Enactment Weekend
June 7 – 8, Lexington
Union, Rebel, and Civilian Re-Enactors relive the Civil War on the the village streets and Harbor of Lexington, Michigan. Encampments show life at the time of the civil war. There is a fashion show on Saturday and the speaker, Patsy Chapman, will speak about the underground railroad. Each day the canons fire over Lake Huron.

Week of June 9 – June 15

lilac-bushMackinac Island Lilac Festival
June 6 – 15, Mackinac Island
The idea of the festival was to bring people to the island to enjoy a great horse drawn parade amidst the lovely lilacs that fragrance the island in June. Now a ten day festival, includes comedy show, afternoon tea at the Grand Hotel, music, walking tours, hayrides, arts and crafts, 10K run, Lilac Festival Queen, dancing, wine tasting, bingo, Lilac strolls and much more.

Hamburg Family Fun Fest
June 11 – 15, Hamburg
The Hamburg Family Fun Fest brings family fun to the park line never before, attracting more than 50,000 attendees. Feature attractions include amusement rides, circus, petting zoo, talent competition, classic car show, arts & crafts just to name a few. A variety of concerts will be held throughout the weekend on two stages.

Michigan Sugar Festival
June 11 – 15, Sebewaing
The Michigan Sugar Festival celebrates the Sebewaing-area’s contribution to the sugar industry and sugar beet crops. The event features a grand parade, a midway and the crowning of the Michigan Sugar Queen. There are town-wide garage sales and plenty of family fun.

Bavarian Festival 2014
June 12 – 15, 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.

Antiques and Collectibles Show
June 14, Gaylord
Antiques and Collectibles, under the Pavilion On Court in downtown Gaylord. Free admission, plenty of parking nearby, 20+ dealers of quality antiques & collectibles. Furniture, primitives, textiles and vintage fabrics, glass, pottery, post cards, toys and much much more for sale. RAIN OR SHINE!

Pictured Rocks Day
June 14, Munising
This will be the second year for Pictured Rocks Day which will be held at Bayshore Park in Munising. There will be bands, vendors, food, beer tent, nature shows, stand up paddle board, and kayaking demonstrations.

Week of June 16 – June 22

Tecumseh’s Classic Car & Bike Show
June 19, Tecumseh
Get your motor running and head to Tecumseh to see over 200 cars and motorcycles on display in the United Bank & Trust Hickman Financial Center parking lot located at 205 E. Chicago Blvd. and the adjacent downtown parking lot from 6–8pm for all to enjoy.

Antiques on the Bay Classic & Antique Auto Show
June 20 – 21, Saint Ignace
The first of three auto-related events features restored classic and antique vehicles on display along the downtown waterfront. Entertainment and autos dating 25 years or older are all part of the fun. Registration and a Mackinac Bridge Rally are slated for Friday, with autos on display Saturday. Admission is free for the public.

riverdaysDetroit River Days
June 20 – 22, Detroit
The 2014 festival will continue to celebrate Detroit’s maritime, ecological and culinary culture while again featuring many proven crowd-favorite, family-friendly activities and programming elements from previous festivals. Interactive exhibits, large-scale sand sculptures, strolling entertainers, eco-friendly kids’ zones, carnival rides, and live concerts with performances featuring more than 50 local, national and international music acts will be back this year. $3 admission fee, after 5pm admission is $5.

Spring Fest Arts & Crafts Fair
June 21 – 22, Pentwater
Experience the beauty of spring and summer at our annual Arts and Craft Festival. Over 100 vendors provide hand-made crafts, a special skill or art, a skilled trade or antiques on the Village Green. We’ll have live music on the Green. This is a weekend not to miss.

Week of June 23 – June 30

Ford Fireworks
June 23, Detroit
The Parade Company is excited to pump up the City of Detroit, on June 23rd as we produce the 56th Ford Fireworks presented by Target, along the Detroit River. This event attracts hundreds of thousands of spectators for one of the most anticipated summer nights in Detroit,  one of the nation’s largest fireworks displays.

Ann Arbor Summer Festival
June 13 – July 6, Ann Arbor
The Ann Arbor Summer Festival is an exhilarating celebration of performing arts, outdoor entertainment, and community spirit. A boutique music and arts festival, the three-week gathering offers dozens of performances, activities, exhibitions, and screenings representative of the best in music, dance, comedy, film, circus and street arts, and family entertainment. the Ann Arbor Summer Festival produces two concurrent programs, one indoor and one outdoor, at various venues and spaces across the University of Michigan campus and in downtown Ann Arbor.

Freighter in locks with lots of peopleSoo Locks Engineers Day
June 27, Sault Sainte Marie
A Michigan landmark will open its doors to the public, when the Soo Locks hosts its annual open house Soo Locks Engineers Day on Friday June 27, 2014. The day celebrates the engineers who built the Soo Locks along with the men and women of the past and present who maintain the Locks. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers invite people of all ages to come explore the Soo Locks and avail themselves the rare opportunity to walk across the Lock walls. These walls make it possible for freighters to traverse the 21-foot drop between Lake Superior and the lower Great Lakes. To gain a real understanding of how this engineering marvel works only a visit will do.

Lansing Beer Fest
June 28, Lansing
Lansing Beer Fest, Saturday June 28, 2014, 1pm – 6pm. Come out and enjoy the downtown Lansing area of Reo Town. Lansing Beer Fest is an outdoor beer festival on Washington Avenue that will exclusively feature 30 Michigan Breweries and 100+ craft beers. Food trucks, live music, vendors and more! Visit the website link for ticket information and featured breweries. This is a rain or shine event. Event held on Washington Avenue in front of Reo Town Pub.

Yoga At The Detroit Zoo A Record Setting Event
June 29, Royal Oak
Join The Yoga Movement at the Detroit Zoo on Sunday, June 29, 2014, for a special morning of yoga, music and fun. Participants will also have the opportunity to be part of an attempt to set the new Guinness World Record for “Longest Yoga Chain”. From beginner to expert, Yoga At The Zoo! is for everyone who enjoys yoga or wants to try it. Afterwards, participants can enjoy the Detroit Zoo at their leisure. Participation is limited to 2,500 and open to all ages. Tickets are $30 and available at the website link.

Harbor Festival
June 27 – July 6, Ludington
Harbor Festival is filled with nine days of exciting activities for you and your family to enjoy. With everything from touring our historic lighthouses to letting your little ones take spin on the Baby Badger, or taking in the incredible fireworks display at the beach, you are sure to walk away with memories that will last a lifetime.

Which June events do you plan to attend? 

Pure Michigan May 2014 Events Roundup

As they say ‘April showers bring May flowers’ and the wet weather means the tulips and daffodils are coming! While you’re probably up to your neck in spring cleaning projects and to-do lists, take some time to enjoy the beauty of Pure Michigan all around you and maybe go for an outing, too.

Below is a roundup of some of the many events going on around the state in May. Please visit michigan.org for a complete listing of Michigan events.

Week of April 28 – May 4

Art After Dark – Fine Wine Tasting
May 2, 2014, Farmington Hills
Art After Dark continues to be one of our most popular events that draws people from all over town! Stroll through a collection of artwork, enjoy a sampling of appetizers and listen to the soft sounds of live jazz at the Costick Center from 7 to 9:30 pm. Taste an array of specialty selected fine wines from Bella Vino Fine Wines & Spirits. Tickets $30 and you must be 21 and up.

Jackson Storyfest
April 30, 2014 – May 3, 2014, Jackson
Held the first weekend of May each year, storytellers from all over the United States bring their special stories to Jackson, Michigan; where audiences of all ages share in the laughter, the tears, and the memories. Join us April 30, May 1, 2, and 3, 2014, for Jackson Storyfest, celebrating 27 years of “Stories to Tickle, Tug and Touch You”.  We look forward to seeing you April 30, May 1, 2, and 3, at sites in downtown Jackson, Michigan!

Michigan International Women’s Show
May 1 – 4, 2014, Novi
Food, fashion and fun for mothers, daughters, sisters and girlfriends at the 19th annual Michigan International Women’s Show with shopping, cooking, fashion shows, makeovers and entertainment.

Victorian Days in Grand Ledge
May 2-3, 2014, Grand Ledge
The 2014 Victorian Days weekend gets off to a royal start with a visit from Queen Victoria at our second annual Grand Victorian Ball on Friday evening beginning at 7pm in the Grand Hall at the Grand Ledge Opera House. Saturday morning activities kick off with a Civil War firing squad demonstration at Bridge Street Plaza at 10am. Demonstrations of period skills and crafts along with a General Store may be seen throughout the day in the Plaza. A quilt show may be found at Imagine This in downtown. A Civil War encampment and demonstrations; our annual moustache contest; and a Chautauqua Assembly program will be presented on Island Park. An 1860s Vintage Baseball game will be played at Fitzgerald Park. Our high tea and the third annual Gilbert & Sullivan sing-along will be held for your enjoyment as well. Games designed especially to please the youngsters will take place throughout the day too. Riverboat rides and carriage rides are available for your enjoyment.

Dog Walk & K-9 Festival
May 3, 2014, Vicksburg
Our Dog Walk & K-9 Festival features top-notch entertainment and competitions, fun activities, great exhibitor booths, tempting treats and a kid’s-only fun zone. So gather your family members and friends (including dogs) on May 3rd and enjoy a day in the park with us. Can we get a “Woof – Woof” to that? In honor of our event’s 30th anniversary, we’ve pulled out all the stops! We’ve expanded the hours (the event now runs until 4pm) and added new activities and food vendors to the lineup. This year a new all-in-one admission fee will give you access to all of the fun Dog Walk & K-9 Festival activities.

Lexington in Bloom
May 3-4, 2014, Lexington
The Lakeshore Garden Club along with the Lexington Business Association presents: “Lexington in Bloom”. To celebrate spring there will be a spring open house weekend, gardening workshops, tips for entertaining, an ice cream social, and Mother’s Day ideas.

Spring into the Past Tour of West Michigan Small Museums
May 3-4, 2014, Grand Rapids
Twenty five museums of the Tri-River Historical Museum Network invite you to visit during their annual “Spring Into the Past” Tour May 3rd and 4th when all will be open from 11am to 5pm. Located in Barry, Ionia, Kent and Montcalm counties, each uniquely displays the heritage of its local community in a historic church, school, depot, meeting hall or house.

Week of May 5 – May 11

Carnival in May
May 1-11, 2014, Pontiac
The Pontiac Regional Chamber is pleased to host one of the first big outdoor carnivals of the 2014 with rides, food, games, exhibits and more! The Carnival will run May 1 – 11. There will be live entertainment, a sock hop and car cruise to add to the fun! There is no charge to attend the carnival. Unlimited ride wristbands are just $20. Individual rides and food tickets also available.

yellowtulipsTulip Festival 2014
May 3-11, 2014, Holland
Celebrating over 80 years of culture, heritage and beauty. The Tulip Time Festival is a celebration of Dutch heritage and culture, a multi-generational event that has a little bit of something for everyone including; three amazing parades, multiple Dutch dance performances, concerts, theatre, Dutch attractions, Dutch food, children’s events, trolley tours and so much more!

 

ArtWalk in Downtown Cadillac
May 1-16, 2014, Cadillac
Showcasing local and regional artists in downtown Cadillac stores starting May 1 thru the 16th. Special showcases: Mitchell Street Yarn Bomb will be on showcase starting May 1 – June 30; and Meet the Artist will be Friday, May 11, from 3-8pm.

Farm History Day
May 9, 2014, South Haven
Farm History Day offers students, teachers and chaperones a chance to learn about life on a rural farm in the early 1900s. Take a self-guided outdoor tour around the museum and participate in hands-on displays like candle making, pressing fruit and using a two-man saw. Held from 9am to 2pm rain or shine. No admission charge. If you are planning on bringing a large group, please phone (269) 639-2010.

Lake Orion Flower Fair & Home and Garden Marketplace
May 9-10, 2014, Lake Orion
Historic downtown Lake Orion presents the 14th annual Flower Fair on Friday, May 9th from 11-8 and Saturday, May 10th from 9-6. Outside fair with vendors offering everything from flats of flowers and herbs, home improvement, yard art, landscaping, juried arts & crafts, outdoor furniture and more! Plus, children’s activities, entertainment and food. Flint and Broadway streets.

Morel Mushroom Festival & Craft Show
May 10, 2014, Lewiston
The Lewiston Chamber of Commerce puts on our Annual Mushroom Festival, craft fair at the Lewiston Elementary school, a mushroom tasting with a variety of dishes from area residents and restaurants, guided mushroom hunts with a professional mushroom guide, and local businesses participate with sales, specials and more, come see us!

Week of May 12 – May 18

Tecumseh’s Classic Car & Bike Show
May 15, 2014, Tecumseh
Get your motor running and head to Tecumseh to see over 200 cars and motorcycles on display in the United Bank & Trust Hickman Financial Center parking and the adjacent downtown parking lot from 6–8pm for all to enjoy. For more information, call (517) 424-6544.

National Morel Mushroom Festival
May 15-16, 2014, Boyne City
Always held the weekend after Mother’s Day, the festival features a competitive hunt, guided hunt, live music, a beer tent, a gourmet Taste of Morels, carnival rides, and much more, including the Wine and Dine gourmet dinner and wine tasting.

Keweenaw Migratory Bird Festival
May 1-31, 2014, Copper Harbor
This event, held throughout the month of May in Copper Harbor, offers superb daytime birding opportunities and plenty of fun activities for the whole family. There will be programs, speakers, bird walks, guided tours, and much more during the weekends in May.

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May 16-17, 2014, Frankenmuth
A beer tasting event. Music, souvenirs and 50 breweries from 5 continents. Brought to you by Jaycees Frankenmuth Chapter. May 16 from 5-10pm and May 17 from 3-10pm. For more detailed information, and to purchase online tickets, visit the link or call (888) 805-1504. We only admit guests that are 21 or older.

Northern Michigan’s Outdoor Sports Exposition
May 16-18, 2014, Cheboygan
Featuring shooting exhibitions, fishing demonstrations, hunting dog exhibitions, turkey hunting contest, boasts, kayaks, ATVs, High Tech gear and much more. In partnership with Woods-N-Water News. Friday 4pm – 8pm; Saturday 11am – 8pm; and Sunday 11am – 4pm.

Family Fishing Fair
May 17, 2014, Portage
Bring the entire family to celebrate the onset of summer on this exciting day at the shoreline! Families of all ages and abilities can experience the joys and benefits associated with fishing, boating and aquatic conservation. Enjoy engaging activities and instruction from local fishing guides and professional organizations who will share their expertise to help your family start a lifetime of fishing memories. Fishing equipment will be on hand for those hoping to reel in their first (or next) catch of the day!

Flower Day
May 18, 2014, Detroit
Attended by more than 200,000 people annually, Flower Day at the Eastern Market is one of the largest flower shows in the country. Over 15-acres of the highest quality annuals, perennials, foliage, shrubbery, trees, exotics, tropical plants, flats, hanging baskets and more will be available for purchase. For details contact (313) 833-9300.

Week of May 19 – May 25

Apps & Ales
May 21, 2014, Bay City
This event highlights all of Downtown Bay City’s delicious eateries and pubs. Attendees will enjoy a night full of good appetizers, good beer and good company. Must be 21 years old. Ticketed event. Tickets include a souvenir pilsner-style glass.

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May 22-25, 2014, Benton Harbor
Walk with History as the eyes of the golfing world will be focused on Benton Harbor, Michigan, from May 22-25, 2014, as the world’s top senior golfers come to Harbor Shores to compete for the coveted Alfred S. Bourne Trophy. Tom Watson, Fred Couples, Kenny Perry, Bernhard Langer, Mark O’Meara, and 2012 Champion, Roger Chapman are just a few of the players from the 156 man field that are eligible to compete. Ticketed event. Must register to purchase tickets – see website link for details.

Petoskey Stone Festival
May 24, 2014, Eastport
The Petoskey Stone Festival celebrates one of Michigan’s finest natural resources – the unique Petoskey Stone, Michigan’s official state stone. The festival starts off at 9:30am with the Commissioner’s Stone Skipping. Enjoy music, games and great food.

Native American Festival
May 24-25, 2014, Saint Ignace
Experience History! Come and honor the first Native Americans and the Anishinaabe culture in a historic celebration of traditional drumming, dancing, food, music and cultural demonstrations on the Museum of Ojibwa Culture grounds.

St. Clair Shores Memorial Day Parade
May 25, 2014, St. Clair Shores
The 62nd annual St Clair Shores Memorial Day Parade will take place on Sunday, May 25, 2014. This year’s theme is ” Honor. Freedom. Family.” The parade will be marching north on Harper Avenue from Little Mack to Eleven Mile Road in St Clair Shores, Michigan, beginning at 1pm

Week of May 26 – May 31

Mayfaire Renaissance Festival
May 24-31, 2014, Marshall
The 11th Annual Mayfaire Renaissance Festival runs May 24, 25, 26, 31 and June 1, 2014. 10am-6pm rain or shine, at the Calhoun County Fairgrounds. Admission is $12 for adults, children 6-12 are $6, and the wee nipperkins are free every day. There are six stages with over 40 shows every day. Comedy, dancing, music, swordfightiing, pirates, royalty, peasantry, Vikings, food, merchants and artisans are just some of the things you’ll enjoy in a day full of fun. For more details and a discount coupon, go to the website link. Event held the last two weekends in May.

Mancelona Bass Festival
May 29, 2014 – June 1, 2014, Mancelona
The annual festival is the place to be for parades, a carnival, flea market, craft show and so much more. The entire family will enjoy the barbecue, fishing tournament, kids games, fireworks and free on stage entertainment.

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May 30, 2014 – June 1, 2014, Detroit
Come and experience the fastest weekend of the summer at the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, May 30-June 1, 2014. The event features world-class auto racing, family fun, live music, interactive games and displays and much more. Premiere racing action will be featured on the newly-reconfigured Raceway at Belle Isle Park 2.3-mile street course featuring the IndyCar Series doubleheader race weekend – The IndyDual in Detroit. The TUDOR United SportsCar Championship and the Pirelli World Challenge Series also returns to the island. New this year the SST series, SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Truck Series. Even if you’re not a race fan, there’s plenty to experience and enjoy at the Grand Prix. Friday, May 30, is “Free Prix Day” on Belle Isle as fans will have free admission to the track as well as the race paddock. Great weekend or single-day ticket packages are available and tickets start as low as $35.

Be A Tourist In Your Own Town – Lansing
May 31, 2014, Lansing
Explore a world of possibilities in Greater Lansing from 10am-5pm. Purchase a ‘passport’ for $1 to get free admission to over 50 attractions. Enjoy interactive activities and giveaways for the kids! Special CATA Be a Tourist bus routes provide transportation to most of the attractions for just 50 cents. Collect 10 stamps in the ‘passport’ to be eligible to win great prizes.

Port Austin Carfest
May 31, 2014, Port Austin
This year’s Carfest will feature live entertainment, a beer tent and, of course, lots of hot wheels to check out in downtown Port Austin. There will be fun for the whole family at this town-wide event.

Which events do you plan to attend this May? 

Ten Ways to Go Wild with a Trip to a Michigan Zoo

Family vacation season is nearly upon us. While you may be planning for a longer getaway, keep in mind that a day trip can be a fun way to spend some quality family time and unwind a bit. Scattered throughout Michigan are an assortment of zoos and wildlife parks that are both educational and fun for all ages. So, grab some sunscreen and bottled water and get ready for a wild day of family fun at these Michigan zoos and parks! For more information on  zoos in your area, visit michigan.org/zoos.

Photo courtesy of Detroit Zoo

Photo courtesy of Detroit Zoo

Detroit Zoo – Royal Oak, MI
Features 125 acres of naturalistic exhibits with 1300 mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrates of 250 different species. Be sure to take a trek through the North Pole in the Arctic Ring of Life exhibit. The Detroit Zoo was the first in the United States to use open natural exhibits.

Potter Park Zoo – Lansing, MI
Located along the Red Cedar River, this 100 acre park features the county zoological park with over 400 different animal species, plus playground, picnic areas, pony and camel rides, petting zoo, gardens and more.

Photo courtesy of Binder Park Zoo

Photo courtesy of Binder Park Zoo

Binder Park Zoo – Battle Creek, MI
Open for the season on April 22, 2014! An African adventure awaits you at Binder Park Zoo! Discover spectacular views of wild animals from elevated boardwalks. Get nose-to-nose with one of the largest giraffe herds in the country as you explore Wild Africa and hand feed a giraffe! Binder Park opens middle of April through October each year.

Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park - Alto, MI
Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park features a reptile house, aviary, petting zoo, and guided safari tour through the park and prides itself on giving visitors a hands-on experience that’s as close to the wild as you can get. With animals as diverse as wallabies, zebras, pythons and lemurs, there is sure to be something for everyone in the family to enjoy.

John Ball Zoo Society – Grand Rapids, MI
John Ball Zoo, with over 2,000 animals, is located in a 140-acre park only one mile from the downtown Grand Rapids district. Zoo includes the Lions of Manyara exhibit featuring a pride of three lions, the only aquarium in Michigan, Komodo dragon, a troop of chimpanzees, and Colobus Monkeys that can leap 50 feet to the next branch!

Wilderness Trails Zoo – Birch Run, MI
Wilderness Trails Zoo is home to over 200 individual animals representing over 50 species including alligators, lions, tigers, monkeys and camels. Make lasting family memories  in Wilderness Trails’ petting area, butterfly house and animal feeding stations.

Photo courtesy of Children's Zoo at Celebration Square

Photo courtesy of Children’s Zoo at Celebration Square

Children’s Zoo at Celebration Square - Saginaw, MI
Animals from various parts of the globe make their home at the Children’s Zoo, including wolves, river otters, bald eagles, black-footed penguins, Capuchin monkeys, kangaroos, alligators, exotic birds, reptiles and more! Ride the hand-carved carousel and antique train and get up close and personal with all kinds of critters at live Amphitheater shows.

Cindy Lou’s Zoo – Roscommon, MI
Journey through 20 scenic acres in a park like setting in beautiful Roscommon. Cindy Lou’s Zoo features 120+ animals including exotic cattle, red deer, fallow deer, horses, miniature donkeys, goats and sheep, monkeys, lemurs, parrots and much more. Many of the animals are tame enough to hand feed and pet.

GarLyn Zoological Park - Naubinway, MI
Located 40 minutes west of the Mackinac Bridge on US-2 just six miles east of Naubinway. See live tigers, black bear, alligator, cougar, bobcat, wolves, wallaby, camel, reindeer, ring-tailed lemur, sika deer, river otter and more. Feed the deer, goats, llama and even the bear!

DeYoung Family Zoo – Wallace, MI
Come view the exotic felines and get the opportunity to interact with these magnificent creatures. This zoo is unique because it is a hands-on experience and all of the animals are very responsive.

Traveler Tip: Interested in seeing the animals most active? Try heading to the park early in the morning before it gets too hot. Not only will you avoid large crowds, you’ll also witness the animals at their peak activity.

While a trip to the zoo is great fun on any given day, special events and exhibits can bring a new element of discovery and enjoyment. Give these events a look and be sure to check michigan.org or your favorite zoo’s website for special opportunities.

GreenFest at the Detroit Zoo, April 26-27, 2014
GreenFest is a two-day Earth Day event dedicated to celebrating wildlife and educating the community about environmental conservation. The Zoo-wide celebration includes earth-friendly crafts, an endangered species scavenger hunt, animal enrichment activities, zookeeper talks and exhibits by local conservation groups.

Photo courtesy of Binder Park Zoo

Photo courtesy of Binder Park Zoo

Kids FUNfari at Binder Park Zoo, July 12, 2014
Healthy kids and happy families is what Kids FUNfari is all about! Join Binder Park Zoo in this event focus on getting kids active and healthy! Kids FUNfari is also the Lemur Lap Fun Run.  All children entering the Zoo will receive a reusable “goodie bag” and can participate in fun activities and demonstrations throughout the Zoo.

Corks for Conservation at Binder Park Zoo, July 19, 2014
Corks for Conservation is a wine tasting event held on Saturday, July 19th from 6pm to 10pm at Binder Park Zoo. Enjoy the Zoo after-hours with live music, delicious hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction, live animal presentations, and of course, wine from Michigan based wineries.

Have you visited a Michigan zoo? Tell us about your trip!