An Inside Look at Terror on Tillson: A Pure Michigan Halloween Experience

Year after year, visitors flock to a small neighborhood in Romeo, MI to experience Terror on Tillson, one of Michigan’s largest neighborhood funded Halloween attractions!  Today, guest blogger Vicki Lee, a 35-year resident of Tillson Street shares a behind the scenes look at what goes into creating this undeniably unique All Hallow’s Eve experience. 

It’s that time of the year again. A quaint street in the middle of the Historic Village of Romeo, Michigan, transforms from a street lined with majestic maple trees and Historic homes, dating back to the late 1800’s, into a haunted habitat. Once a typical Halloween, with a few scarecrows and some pumpkins and 350 trick-or-treaters, has now evolved into a Halloween Extravaganza!

Photo Courtesy of KDMac Photography

Photo Courtesy of KDMac Photography

Trick-or-treat numbers have risen to about 2,000. Tens of thousands of visitors wander down the street during the last two weeks of October just to get a sight of all the hard work these neighbors put in to make this a memorable experience. Terror on Tillson Street provides a safe, family oriented Halloween experience at zero cost to visitors. The elaborate displays will be mostly completed the weekend of October 24th, although everyone decorates right up until Halloween. Trick or treating is only on October 31st from 6-8pm, but visitors are welcome to stop by and take a gander at the devilish displays beforehand.

Tillson Street is a little more than two blocks long. Most people decorate in some form or another, but it is not a requirement when you move on the street (although many visitors think it is). Most of the time there are about 32 house that do some type of display. This is a neighborhood that plays together, works together and watches out for each other…that’s how it all works. Some of my favorite memories from Halloween on Tillson Street are the times that the neighbors spend time together like one big family. We wind down at the end of the evening and chat about the friendly visitors who strolled through and highlights from the night’s events.

Photo Courtesy of Catherine Povinelli

Photo Courtesy of Catherine Povinelli

Throughout each weekend in October, you will see many neighbors walking from house to house, as help is always needed for some props that are too hard to put up yourself. It is an ongoing preparation for the big finale on Halloween. The neighbors work at their own speed. As most Michiganders know, unpredictable weather always has a way of interfering with our set ups! Most of us have “real” jobs, so you hope you have good weather on the weekends to accomplish everything that needs to happen.  Some tweaking is always going on right up to the time Trick-or-treaters start to arrive.

We always include family and friends in the festivities, which they all look forward to each year. Their help is always much appreciated! At my house, we now have the 4th generation of helpers. My mom, who is 81, pretty much does the supervision role these days, but in a way she started this with me, I was born on Halloween and she always puts a little more effort in the decorations for my sake.

Photo courtesy of Catherine Povinelli

Photo Courtesy of Catherine Povinelli

I continued this with my own children and it has just grown from there. As younger families moved on the street, the bigger our Halloween has become. The creativity of this neighborhood is amazing with the majority of decorations being handmade. Many residents work on their decorations throughout the year, hoping to finish before the next Halloween.

Everything is done by the residents of the street, their timeless hours and their enjoyment to do something very special for a free night out for the families is how this event has become what it is. We all hope everyone enjoys their visit to this one-of-a-kind neighborhood.

Photo Courtesy of Catherine Povinelli

Photo Courtesy of Catherine Povinelli

As my sons grew older and still wanted to be involved with the festivities, they created what is known as the “Bulldog Security” after Romeo High School’s mascot. Bulldog Security is a group of athletes from the high school that patrols the streets on Halloween night keeping an eye for trouble makers (not many to speak of) and lost children (maybe I should say lost parents). At one point these were just young teens wanting to be involved, now we have a few generations of athletes that help us out. Some of these young people come home from college just to be involved! The Village of Romeo has allowed Tillson Street to be blocked off on Halloween night for safety purposes during the 2 hour trick-or-treating time.

This year, Tillson Street has 3 special events that are included in our Halloween. One is the “Buzz Lee Memorial Scholarship Fund.” This was a fund that was started by my late husband with a golf outing to provide a vocational scholarship. When Buzz passed away from a brain tumor, my family and I decided to honor him in this wonderful scholarship that now provides not only a vocational scholarship, but also a pay-to-play scholarship and donations to the Wounded Warrior Project (Buzz was a Vietnam Veteran). We sell a limited edition “TILLSON STREET” Halloween shirt, hot cocoa and cider, can koozies and our very own Tillson Street Cookbook, put together by all the neighbors and friends. ALL proceeds go directly to the Scholarship Fund.

Photo Courtesy of Catherine Povinelli

Photo Courtesy of Catherine Povinelli

We also provide a special event for KKC, “Kids Kicking Cancer.” This will be our 5th year giving kids an afternoon of no worries and a huge amount of fun. We close the street for a couple of hours and the kids and their families come down the street to trick-or-treat. I’m really not sure who has more fun, my neighbors or the kids! This is an event that makes it all worth the hard we put in to the decorations! It has at times been a very emotional day for the neighborhood, but so, so rewarding!

Photo by Heather Monaghan

Photo Courtesy of Heather Monaghan

If you’re planning to visit Tillson Street on Halloween this year, use these tips and information to make the most of your experience: 

-It’s best to walk and see everything, there will be bumper to bumper traffic, so it is very hard to see the displays in your vehicle.

-You never  have to wait in any line, although a line does seem to form during the evening, but that is not planned by anyone!

-Expect the walk to take you at least an hour to get through. There is parking on the street, but this usually hard to find.

-There are parking lots all around Tillson Street for a small donation, but are by no means associated with Tillson Street.

-Tillson Street is free of charge. The only things you might want to purchase are in the tent at 171 Tillson Street with all proceeds going to the scholarship fund.

Have you ever been to Halloween on Tillson Street? What did you think? 

Pure Michigan October 2015 Events Roundup

With apple picking, pumpkin carving and hay rides, it’s easy to see why October is a favorite time of year for many. There are events for the whole family to enjoy as fall enters full swing.

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

October 1 – 10

26th Annual Fall Detroit Camper & RV Show
September 30-October 4
If experiencing a Pure Michigan fall adventure in the comfort of your own RV sounds awesome, attending the26th Annual Fall Detroit Camper and RV Show at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, September 30-October 4, should definitely be your first stop. With multiple Michigan Association of Recreation Vehicles and Campgrounds (MARVAC) RV dealers and campgrounds represented at the show, attendees can peruse hundreds of new 2016 makes and models and take advantage of big savings on 2015 models.

Haunted Weekend on Mackinac Island
October 2 – 4
Join in the adventure for our 5th Annual Haunted Weekend on Mackinac Island. A weekend filled with day and night time ghost hunting adventures and haunted history tours. This year sites include a night time tour and hunt at Fort Mackinac, Mission Point Resort PLUS day time carriage ride to the 1814 Mackinac Battlefield and investigation at Arch Rock and death trail.

South Higgins Lake State Park – Halloween Fest
October 2 – 3
12th Annual Halloween Festival will be held in the campground at South Higgins. Events include hay rides, a haunted forest walk, dance, Trick-or-Treating through the campground, carnival games, and much more! We will also have prizes for the best decorated campsites, best costumes, and pumpkin painting contests. Events on Friday are open to the public and campers.

Blues & Brews Festival
October 3
Guests will sample a broad variety of local, regional, and national beers and live music at the pavilion (Toledo St.) in Downtown Adrian from 4 – 9 p.m. VIP tickets/packages includes early entry. Designated Driver tickets (without drink tickets) are also available.

October 3
Join the Boyne Mountain crew for an Oktoberfest-style celebration of fall, and the promise of the coming snowsport season. You’ll find everything you’d expect at Oktoberfest–great food, Michigan beer, wine and spirits, live music and performances–plus our own ski- and snowboard-oriented twists on tradition. Carve out plenty of time for our on-snow rail jam, the Burton Riglet Park for kids, a ski swap, free rides on our six-place chair, a parade, street dancing, and tons of other surprises during this amazing preseason celebration.

Photo courtesy of @jasonmciver.

Photo courtesy of @jasonmciver.

Great Lakes Lighthouse Festival
October 8 – 11
Tour 11 lighthouses a whole new way. The four day event provides activities for the young and old including lighthouse tours (aerial, boat or personal vehicle), entertainment, and vendors. Climb many of the lighthouses; enjoy live entertainment and lighthouse exhibits, and nautical vendors round out the weekend.

Charlevoix Apple Festival
October 9 – 11
Experience the magic of autumn in Northern Michigan at the Annual Apple Festival & Craft Show. This three day event is held yearly to honor local orchards and growers who, in the spirit of the season, line Bridge Street to bring the fall harvest to you. The festivals focal point is the apple, proven to be the most popular fruit in North America. Local organizations will warm you up with hot food items such as chili, hot dogs, kielbasa, and pasties! Activities include a holiday art & craft show with 125 exhibitor booths, face painting, pony rides, a petting zoo, and pumpkin carving contest. So, bundle up and bring the family to our fall harvest bonanza!

Lake Huron Discover Tour
October 9 – 11
Explore the rich array of maritime sites, from working harbors and lighthouses to museums and art galleries, while taking in breathtaking waterfront vistas and fall color along the historic US 23. Plan a ‘voyage’ based on your area of interest, whether it’s hiking, biking, a tour of the ARTrail galleries, bird watching, and/or savoring the Wine and Hops Trail. ,

October 11 – 17

Fresh Fall Harvest – Farm2Fork
October 11
Farm2Fork is a unique culinary series at Treetops Resort which features locally grown and prepared dishes and the hands that brought them from seed to the table. Through this series we hope to spread awareness about the benefits of locally grown food. A different farmer will be featured at each event and will talk about their farm, operations, etc. We work closely with the Gaylord Farmers Market and other Northern Michigan growers to put this event on.

A fall backroad in Northern Michigan in the peak of fall color season.

A fall backroad in Northern Michigan in the peak of fall color season.

Three Rivers Color Tour
October 11
View the fall colors from Swiss Valley Ski Area while enjoying their annual car show. See the brilliant fall kaleidoscope of color while traveling the route of this year’s Annual Three River Color Tour, October 11. Enjoy the Scarecrow Contest, pumpkins and games for the little ones at Meyer Broadway Park. View the magical colors of River Country in the comfort of your vehicle and enjoy some refreshments along the way.

The Grand Rapids Improv Festival
October 12 – 19
The dates for the second annual Grand Rapids Improv Festival (formally known as the West Michigan Improv Festival) at Dog Story Theater Join acts from all around West Michigan, Chicago, Detroit, St. Louis, and more. Get involved beyond attending performances with workshops, open jams, and a family-friendly day on Sunday.

Little Traverse Bay Parafest
October 16 – 17
Have you ever wondered about the paranormal, life after death, or wanted a reading from a Psychic Medium? Do UFO’s and aliens really exist? Come join us October 16th and 17th, 2015, in Petoskey for an epic event brought to you by The Terrace Inn of Bayview and Bumps in the Night Paranormal Research. Join paranormal celebrities for lectures/presentations, vendors, ghost walk tours, ghost hunt with TV celebrities, and VIP dinner. Mediums, Psychics, Paranormal investigators, UFO experts and others will also be at event. Event and lectures start Friday evening and all day Saturday. You will have plenty of time to talk with the celebrity guests/vendors/ and other attendees at the event.

Made in Michigan Film Festival
October 16 – 17
This is an exclusive to Michigan-made films and celebrates and recognizes the best of Michigan film talent. The Bronner Performing Arts Center is a state-of-the-art, 500-seat theater. Filmmakers will enjoy networking with other film industry professionals through our Hospitality Room, Friday night cocktails, and After-Glow Party. Several activities are being planned – including a free Motion Picture Institute educational student workshop, Q & A sessions with filmmakers and the audience, and much more.


October 18 – 24

Detroit Fall Beer Festival
October 23 – 24
Join the Michigan Brewers Guild at Eastern Market for one of the largest all-Michigan beer tastings around. Attendees can enjoy some incredible food from Detroit area restaurants (available for purchase) and listen to a talented line-up of local musicians while sipping any of more than 450 craft beers from 60 Michigan breweries.

Howl-O-Ween Hoof and Woof
October 24
The Howl-O-Ween Hoof and Woof is a fun-filled day for families and their two- and four-legged kids. Entrance to the event is free. Games, food and activities can be enjoyed at family-friendly prices. In the spirit of a good, old-fashioned fall carnival, you will find inflatable fun, face painting, games many of which include your dog and prizes. You won’t want to miss a walk with your dog along the “Trick-or-Treat Trail” in your Halloween costume – fill up your candy bag and bring your pooch along to get a treat for performing his favorite trick! If your pup likes to dress up too, there will be prizes awarded for best dog and kid costumes. You’ll get hungry having this much fun! We’ll be sure to have hotdogs, popcorn, caramel corn, caramel apples and more.

Legend of Sleepy Howell
October 24
Activities include trick or treating, human and pet costume contests, live music, hay rides, the viewing of the classic Disney film “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”, 1 mile Monster Run and storytelling, ghostly graveyard, inflatables for kids and teens, broom ball, food and street vendors, and the night-time, luminary lit Headless Horseman 5K/10K race that runs through Lakeview Cemetery drawing over 1,500 athletes.

Carpenter Farms. Photo courtesy of  Lenawee CVB.

Carpenter Farms. Photo courtesy of Lenawee CVB.

Fall Fun Fest – Downtown Wayland
October 24
Fall Fun Fest is a free family event in beautiful Downtown Wayland! Trick-or-treating at local businesses and other family events will be available from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Scarecrow Fest
October 24 – 25
Get into the holiday harvest spirit with this FREE family event. Folks young and old can enjoy a costume parade, trick-or-treating, pumpkin catapult, pumpkin bowling, pumpkin painting, face painting, and inflatable stations. Businesses throughout Frankenmuth compete in a “Best Store Front Scarecrow” contest.

October 25 – 31

Halloween Treat Parade
October 30
It’s the 15th annual Treat Parade in downtown Ann Arbor. Area merchants welcome your little costumed characters to the neighborhood with greets and treats. Black and orange balloons will fly from participating businesses. Join the fun from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Halloween Beer Bus Tour
October 30
Get in the Halloween mood with this spooky bus tour featuring a brewery with a haunt, a haunted brewery, one of Kalamazoo’s best haunted attractions and some fall beers. Be prepared for a night of frights, flights and fun. Our Halloween tour will begin at Shakespeare’s Pub in downtown Kalamazoo (241 E Kalamazoo Ave) where autumn favorites will be on tap. The group will then make the jaunt west to Paw Paw Brewing Co. where the crew will get you in the spirit of the season with fall ales and perhaps a few scary surprises. From there, we’ll make way to Psycho Ward & Nightmares, one of Kalamazoo’s best haunted attractions tucked into the woods. We’ll then conclude with a quick ride north to Plainwell’s Old Mill Brewpub for samples and a tour of the more than 100-year-old building known to be inhabited by a few ghosts. Duration is approximately five hours.

Spooktacular Weekend
October 31
There will be a costume contest, face painting, pumpkin painting, sack race, great pumpkin roll, and more! Trick or Treating with Pentwater’ Downtown Merchants and at Charles Mears State Park 2 – 4 p.m. Spooktacular Parade at 4 p.m. Visit the local watering holes for ghoulish food, scary drinks, and spooky treats.

Shipshewana On The Road
October 31 – November 1
Enjoy a weekend of fun where you’ll find anything and everything under the sun! You’ll find thousands of unique items that you may not find anywhere else! Shipshewana On the Road shows are two day sales where independent vendors offer their products or merchandise for sale to the general public. The vendors consist of artisans, crafters, flea market dealers, and retail business owners. Finished and unfinished pine furniture, handmade crafts, toys, home decor, handmade jewelry, cleaning products, clothing, homemade jams, jellies and cookies, 14kt. gold and sterling silver jewelry are just a few of the products at the show.

Which events do you plan to check out in October? 


Pure Michigan July 2015 Events Roundup

July is just around the corner! With busy summer schedules in full swing, it’s never too early to start planning your visit to one of Michigan’s many summertime events. From art festivals and outdoor concerts to beach-side events and more, there’s something for everyone to do and see next month in Pure Michigan.

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

July 1 – 4

Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show & Balloon Festival 2015
July 1 – 5
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. All events held at W.K. Kellogg Airport.

BBQ Dinner Sail
July 3
Join us on this family friendly sail, aboard the Appledore IV, for a fun and relaxing evening of cruising along the Saginaw River and setting sail in Saginaw Bay. While aboard, guests will enjoy a delicious, casual barbecue meal. The sail departs from Wenonah Park at 6 p.m.

Photo courtesy of Lakeshore Art Festival

Lakeshore Art Festival
July 3 – 4
For decades, art has been a driving force in downtown Muskegon. July 3-4, the Lakeshore Art Festival continues that tradition with a unique blend of arts, crafts, music, food and fun along the scenic shoreline of downtown Muskegon. The Lakeshore Art Festival features hundreds of artists and crafters, a Children’s Lane, street performers, and a food area including an Artisan Food Market and festival food favorites.

Cadillac Freedom Festival
July 3 – 5
Get ready for a full weekend of fun and sun along the shoreline of Lake Cadillac! The event will feature live music in the City Pavilion, Pork in the Park BBQ, Fire on Water military tribute, a parade, Thunder on the Lakeshore Motorcycle Show, live bands on stage, and fireworks over Lake Cadillac. All weekend we have kids’ activities including bounce houses and a carnival. This event is held in Cadillac City Park, downtown.

July 5 -11

National Cherry Festival
July 4 -11
Traverse City takes their cherries seriously. This festival has an array of events! From colorful parades, marching bands, music shows, sporting events, amusement to carnival games on the midway and food items, pie eating contests and loads of luscious cherries prepared every way you can think of, this festival has something for every cherry lover.

Photo courtesy of National Cherry Festival

Lake Hudson Recreation Area – Astronomy Night
July 6
Join us for an evening of star-gazing, planet-identifying, and constellation-finding at Michigan’s First Dark Sky Preserve. This informal gathering of astronomers will be setting up their telescopes and instructing on how to locate the various celestial beings of the night sky. They have all sorts of sizes and types of scopes, and it is fascinating to learn the difference among them. Make sure to bring any questions you may have about being an astronomy buff. Meet at the first shelter area just past the booth upon entering the park approximately a half hour before dark.

Common Ground Music Festival
July 7 – 12
Enjoy a weeklong music celebration at the Adado Riverfront Park. National Headlining artists mix with regional and local favorites to create the summer’s hottest six nights. Enjoy rock, country, blues and more along the scenic Grand River in Lansing.

Teal Lake Hike
July 9
Join Jim Paquette as he visits the camp sites of Negaunee’s very first miners, the ancient people who once quarried the Ajibik quartzite deposits on the northeast end of the lake thousands of years ago. We will talk about the geology, the archaeology, and the history of the lake and the surrounding area. We will follow the footpaths along the north lakeshore, and make our way to the top of the nearby bluffs for an amazing view.

Rolling Sculpture Car Show
July 10
The Main Street Area Association presents the 21st Annual Rolling Sculpture Car Show from 2 – 10 p.m. Taking place in the heart of downtown Ann Arbor, the Rolling Sculpture Car Show is one of kind experience for the car enthusiast. All cars are welcome to exhibit at the Show. Spectators enjoy the energy of more than 300 exotic, antique, classic, and one of a kind cars on Main, Liberty, and Washington streets in downtown Ann Arbor.

Idlewild Music Fest
July 10-12
This 3-day event celebrating the past, present, and future of Idlewild features live concerts, empowerment sessions, community giving, and much more! Live entertainment from local, regional, and international musicians performing jazz, blues, soul, and gospel music will be there to captivate the crowds. There will be various guest speakers, fitness experts, and so much more!

July 12 – 18

All Things Detroit
July 12
Come out and enjoy an afternoon of browsing the best local products Detroit has to offer, all under one roof! Check out Detroit apparel, handmade jewelry, artisan food products, custom artwork and more. 75+ local vendors, purchase Detroit/Michigan made products, convenient, FREE parking, free door prizes to the first 300 guests, and more.

Ann Arbor Art Fair
July 15 – 18
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 of sound, color, mystery and drama.

Photo courtesy of Ann Arbor Art Fair

Rock Hard Film Fest
July 16
Join us as we celebrate the magic that happens when music and film unite at the second annual Rock Hard Film Fast! We will be showcasing Detroit’s remarkable music and film communities and entries from across the country, as we screen music videos, short mini-docs, mini-mocks, and of course, the Rock Hard Film Fast competition music videos!

July 16 – 19
Come and enjoy traditional music at its finest. The 43rd FunFest features a family friendly music festival with something for everyone. This yearly festival is held at the Osceola County 4-H-FFA Fairgrounds in Evart, Michigan. Admission is $7 for the entire festival.

Wine on the Water Festival
July 18
The festival will feature tastes from local wineries, distilleries, and breweries, as well as delicious food from Leelanau Peninsulas restaurants, art by talented area vendors, and live music from some of Michigan’s top entertainment.

Super Summer Flea & Antique Market
July 18
Come check out the market for some great deals and merchandise! Choose from new and used items, handcrafted items, antiques & collectibles, and much more! Saturday 8 a.m. -3 p.m. Free admission and parking!

July 19 – 25

Antique Fire Muster 2015  
July 25
Antique fire truck displays and pumping events, including a parade through downtown Frankenmuth. This is a must-see event on Saturday morning! Located in Heritage park, 601 Weiss Street.

Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival
July 24 – August 2
Parades, memorials, picnics, carnival rides, fireworks, car show, craft fair and the list goes on. The Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival is an annual celebration of all things Coast Guard. The downtown stretch of Washington Street is home to the carnival while the waterfront is dotted with lots of tasty food treats – if you have an annual carny food splurge this is the place to do it!

AuSable River Festival
July 21 – 25
Fun filled events will include a car show, parade, arts and crafts, children’s day, canoe races, food, a 10k run and 120 mile bike tour. This event centers on the AuSable River Canoe Marathon.

Photo courtesy of St. Clair Riverfest

St. Clair Riverfest
July 23 – 26
The St. Clair Riverfest is an action packed weekend of offshore boat racing, food/street vendors, and incredible musical entertainment. The St. Clair River Classic Offshore Boat Races have been a marquee event in St. Clair County for over a decade, drawing thousands of fans to the beautiful riverfront of Palmer Park.

Saginaw Chippewa Tribal National Pow Wow
July 24 – 26
Experience Native American dancing, singing, food and crafts.

Tawas Day Sails
July 24 -25
For one weekend in July and one weekend in August only, public day sails will be offered aboard Appledore IV from the East Tawas State Dock. Reserve your ticket today before they’re gone! All sails occur rain or shine.

Day on the Town
July 25
Event includes bike parade at 8:30 a.m., kids craft area, outdoor games, bounce house, live entertainment, Corvette Generations Car Show and more. Downtown Birmingham streets will be closed to traffic, and stores will come outside with bargains during 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Maker Faire Detroit
July 25 – 26
Over 400 makers will bring their wares, ideas, inventions and solutions to this two-day festival offering everything from robots, flame shooters and animatronics to solar-powered mechanical sculptures and fashionable finds. Go to The Henry Ford, roll up your sleeves, and make something.

U.S. Title Series Hydroplane Boat Races
July 25 – 26
Bring your lawn chairs for an exciting afternoon of high speed racing! The races are located on the St. Joseph River at the Constantine American Legion Post #223 on US-131, Constantine. Food and beverages are available for purchase at the American Legion.

July 26 – 31

Night of 100 Rieslings
July 26
Join us at the Night of 100 Rieslings where you will enjoy tasting from the Bar of 100 Rieslings, a popup wine bar featuring 100 different wines representing major and minor regions from all across the globe and shared by a crew of winemakers and sommeliers who will help you explore the range of the “Best White Wine on Earth.”

Huron Community Fair
July 26 – August 1
Good old fashioned fun for the whole family! Events include a rodeo, horse show, sheep show, motor cross, pick-up pull and much more.


Photo courtesy of Traverse City Film Festival

Traverse City Film Festival
July 28 – August 2
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 and there are free family movies each night at Open Space Park on Grand Traverse Bay.

Glow in the Art 5K
July 31
Come light up Downtown Mt. Pleasant at this glow in the dark 5K. Event includes painting of Downtown intersection, as part of Art Walk Central.

Mackinaw Historic Festival
July 31 – August 1
Mackinaw’s Historic Festival is a family fun-filled event held annually the first weekend in August. Always free with programs and events for the whole family, join us on Friday evening July 31, 2015 at 6pm for an old fashioned hot dog roast, square dancing, and a Dark Sky talk from Mary Stewart Adams. Saturday, August 1, 2015, starts with a fun run to kick off the day of wagon rides, old fashioned baseball, spinners, weavers, quilt making, wood carvers, lumberjack show, soap making, vintage clothing show, strolling minstrels, kids games, and more. Come and spend the day and join us for lunch and enjoy all Northern Michigan has to offer!

Magic Tonight
July 3 – August 29
West Michigan Magic presents its second season of Magic Tonight in Saugatuck, Mich. every Friday and Saturday, through July and August. Michael Hermann has been a practitioner of the art of astonishment for over 40 years. This fun-filled performance features feats of classic parlor magic spanning the past 150 years. Creative and artistic, Michael Hermann’s magical “adventures” are presented with wit, witticisms, history, histrionics, and absolute skill. This is a perfect show for the whole family.

Which July events do you plan to attend?