Pure Michigan July 2014 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 michigan.org for a complete listing of Michigan events.

Week of July 1-July 8

BalloonsBattle Creek Field of Flight Air Show & Balloon Festival
July 2-July 6, Battle Creek
Hot-Air Balloons, Full-Fledged Air Show with a Twilight & Night Air Show w/PYRO, Children’s Day, Funland Amusement Carnival, Balloon Illumes, Food, A&C, Commercial & Novelty Vendors line the Midway, Center Stage Entertainment & Music…and More!

 

Lakeshore Art Festival
July 4-July 5, Lakeshore
For decades, art has been a driving force in downtown Muskegon. The Lakeshore Art Festival continues that tradition with a unique blend of arts, crafts, music, food, and fun along the scenic shoreline. The Lakeshore Art Festival features hundreds of artists and crafters, a Children’s Lane, a food area including a Michigan Food Market, and street performers. Join us the first Friday and Saturday in July to celebrate art, culture, shopping, entertainment, and food!

Blue Water Sandfest
July 4-July 6, Port Huron
Blue Water SandFest will host a Master sand sculpting competition along the beaches of Lake Huron. The event will also feature a Pro-Am “State Championship” competition. You don’t want to miss this spectacular display of unbelievable works of art made from sand and water.

Oakland County Fair
July 4-July 13, Davisburg
The 2014 Oakland County Fair will be July 4 to July 13, 2014. Big Rock Amusements will provide the midway. Fireworks show will be on July 4 and promises to be bigger and better than ever before!

CherryFestNational Cherry Festival
July 5-July 12, Traverse City
Remember the sights, sounds, and smells of a summer celebration in your hometown when you were a kid? It probably had music shows, sporting events, marching bands, pie-eating contests and a midway. The National Cherry Festival’s 120 events include all of the above and more! Free air shows over the Bay, colorful parades, music shows, and lots of luscious cherries prepared every way you can imagine will be found all week long on Traverse City’s beautiful Lake Michigan shores.

Common Ground Music Festival
July 7-July 13, Lansing
Common Ground Music Festival takes place annually in downtown Lansing, along the banks of the Grand River in Adado Riverfront Park. This annual celebration features an outstanding lineup of musical acts, focusing on top-level, national and regional music performers of many genres including contemporary and classic rock, alternative, country, hip hop, R&B and more. With an attractive, intimate venue, state of the art production and a comprehensive array of patron amenities, the Festival is the premier outdoor music event of the summer in the mid-Michigan region.

Week of July 9-July 16

32nd Annual Metro Detroit Youth Day
July 9, Detroit- Belle Isle
Metro Detroit Youth Day is an annual event which draws more than 37,000 youngsters and 1,600 volunteers. There are 320 organizational sponsors of this event, and more than 310 business sponsors. Sports celebrities and government officials address the attendees. Colloge Row featuring 14 universities are present to talk with the youngsters.Awards are given to outstanding community leaders who deal with youth. Youth will have a variety of games, contests, sports clinics, entertainment, a Metro Detroit Youth Day Youth Idol Contest, plus a free lunch at noon. The event is 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. We give out 65 college scholarships at the event and honor students for academic achievement and community service. Media are invited to attend.

Wyandotte Street Art Fair
July 9-July 12, Wyandotte
The Wyandotte Street Art Fair, is now in its 52nd year. There are approximately 300 artists and craftspeople participating. Twenty-five food and beverage concessions provide a wide variety of delicious cuisine to satisfy all visitors. Area merchants convert sidewalks into a giant outdoor market featuring once-a-year values of quality merchandise.

BoatsBlue Water Fest/Mackinac Race
July 10-July 12, Port Huron
This sailing tradition is one of the largest freshwater sailing events in the world and has grown into Port Huron’s greatest summer celebration! Sailboats begin gathering in the harbor in the days prior to the race. On Saturday, the race from Port Huron to Mackinac Island begins! Along with the boats, the weekend is filled with music concerts, family activities and more!

Auburn Cornfest
July 10-July 13, Auburn
The Auburn Cornfest is held yearly in July at Auburn City Park, just off of US-10. We have nightly entertainment, casino tents, rides, a parade on Sunday and more family events. This event is sponsored by AIM (Auburn Improvement Management), Auburn Area Chamber of Commerce and the Auburn Jaycees.

American Polish Festival and Craft Show
July 11-July 13, Sterling Heights
We are pleased to announce our 35th Annual American Polish Festival and Craft Show, July 11-13, 2014, on the grounds of The American Polish Century Club, 33204 Maple Lane, Sterling Heights, MI (14 Mile and Hoover).  Our Festival will feature live band performances, Polish Dance Ensabmbles, Polish and American food, Polish and American Beer, refreshments, inflatables for the kids and the 2014 outdoor craft show.  Visit our website at www.americanpolishfestival.com or email us at americanpolishfestival@yahoo.com with any questions.

Art in The Park
July 11-July 13
In its more than 30 year history. Plymouth Art in the Park has grown to be the single largest art fair in Michigan. Held every year in July, this three-day event assembles over 450 artists from all over the country. Which display their work to nearly 300,000 attendees. This art, music, and food extravaganza was voted one of the “Gems of The Great Lakes” by AAA Magazine. In 2009 Art in the Park was ranked 5th in the nation by Sunshine Artist magazine in the classic and contemporary craft show category.

Week of July 17-July 23

Hydroplane“Quake on the Lake” featuring the National Hydroplane Championships
July 18-July 20 Waterford/White Lake Twp
Annual “Quake on the Lake” featuring the National Hydroplane Championships. Don’t miss Oakland County’s greatest summertime happening…the Annual Celebration of the “Quake on the Lake!” Witness all the thrills and spills on the water of over 100 North American Hydroplane boat race teams competing in a water sports event on the fastest one-mile race course in the country! On the land, enjoy all the action from the sandy shores of Pontiac Lake in Waterford/White Lake Township with loads of fun for all ages including the national musical recording artists headlining the stage on Saturday evening, exhibits of all kinds, food, games and more! Best of all, proceeds benefit the Rainbow Connection, making wishes come true for Michigan’s terminally ill children as well as other local grass root initiatives.

Jackson Hot Air Jubilee
July 18-July 20, Jackson
Hot Air Jubilee, July 18-20, 2014. 25+ hot air balloons will fill the skies over Jackson. Balloons launch Fri. evening, Sat. morning and evening and Sun. morning in Ella Sharp Park. Balloon night glows Fri. and Sat. evening. Other activities include arts & craft show, car show, unique Kid’s Kingdom, antique tractor display, wild animal show, live entertainment, food and much more family fun. Check out www.hotairjubiliee.com.

Marlette’s Dog Days of Summer Festival
July 18-July 20, Marlette
Annual Country Fair Days is a family friendly environment with a grand parade, children’s games and prizes, craft show, quilt show, car show, 3 on 3 basketball tournament, softball tournament, hospitality tent, live bands food vendors and firework show.

MI Bier Celebration
July 19, Frankenmuth
The Michigan Beer Celebration is organized by Charity Celebration, a non-profit 501.c.3 entity, with Frankenmuth Brewery as major sponsor. The event is organized to raise money for various local charities and introduce and feature Michigan and Regional Craft Breweries. The event is held inside the Harvey Kern Pavilion and also includes live entertainment and food.

Charlevoix Venetian Festival
July 19-July 26, Charlevoix
What began in 1930 as a candle lit boat parade in Charlevoix’s picturesque harbor, has become an eight day celebration of family and community pride. With both national and local music acts performing in three waterfront parks, a Kid’s Day, fifteen athletic tournaments, two nights of world class fireworks and the acclaimed Venetian boat parade, there is something for everyone at the Charlevoix Venetian Festival held the fourth week of each July in “Charlevoix the Beautiful”.

Crosstown Kids Triathlon 2014
July 20, Howell
The Crosstown Kids Triathlon held each year at the Howell Area Aquatic Center was created to foster a healthy lifestyle and a sense of accomplishment for kids ages 7-14.  Each triathlete will swim, bike and run to complete the competition and no experience is necessary   This is a fantastic opportunity for children to participate in an enjoyable, low-key athletic event that emphasizes health, self-esteem, self-confidence and fun in a safe, family-friendly environment-the emphasis is on completion, not on competition.

Week of July 23-July 31

Sterlingfest Art & Music Fair
July 24-July 26, Sterling Heights
Detroit News Reader’s BEST! Summer Festival – Arts & Crafts – Children’s Activities – Family Entertainment Stage – Jazz & Blues Stage – Evening Concerts – Studs ‘n’ Sounds Stage – Restaurant Row – Family Midway –

Munger Potato Festival
July 24-July 27, Munger
A SPUDtacular event for the entire family. Free parking, free admittance to the grounds, free potatoes given away daily. Potato King and Queen contest, potato display, potato brats along with Bingo and Vegas tents, live music daily in refreshment tent, parade, demolition derby, figure 8 racing derby and much more. Proceeds go toward Recreation and Parks projects in Munger and Merritt Townships in Bay County. The potato and ag tourism makes our community grow from 1642 residents to approximately 25,000 for the four fun-filled days. –

CoastGuardGrand Haven Coast Guard Festival
July 25-August 3, Grand Haven
The Coast Guard Festival is a patriotic celebration honoring the men and women of the United States Coast Guard. Highlights include Two Parades, Musical Entertainment, Carnival, Coast Guard Community Picnic, National Memorial Service, Children’s Activities, Scholarship Competition, Car Show, Street Dance, Sponsor Booths, Arts & Crafts, Ship Tours, Senior Day and Fireworks.  High ranking Coast Guard dignitaries, enlisted and retired personnel from across the country are among nearly 350,000 people attending this ten-day event.

Farwell Annual Lumberjack Festival
July 26-July 27, Farwell
The Farwell Lumberjack Festival is a two day fun filled weekend, held the last weekend in July.  We have “free Lumberjack Show”, 5K run, Craft/Vendor Show, Chainsaw Carvers and a Chainsaw Carving Auction following the end of the carving competition. Plus our Carvers are encouraged to bring finished pieces with them to display and sell. A Car and Truck Show, Greased Pig Contest (Children), Chainsaw Speed Cutting Competition, enter right up until the last minute.  Live Entertainment, Tug of War, Barrel Train Rides, Face Painting, Chili Cook-off, Hay Rides, Chicken Chucking, Pie Eating, Horseshoes, Ice Cream Social, Skillet Toss, Haystack Treasure Hunt, Street Dance, lots of Kids Games & Activities and much more. 

Eastern Michigan State Fair
July 29-August 2, Imlay City
Make your way to Imlay City for the annual Eastern Michigan State Fair!  You can enjoy bull and bronco rides, semi-truck pulls, superman motocross, alligator encounters, and much more.  A 4-H livestock auction will also be part of the fun as Imlay City hosts one of the state’s largest fairs.

Which July events do you plan to attend?

Pure Michigan 2013 Halloween Events Roundup

Halloween is fast approaching! Whether you’re dressed as a ghoul or a goblin, there is plenty of Halloween fun happening across the state. From haunted houses to family-friendly parades, below is your guide to celebrating Halloween in Pure Michigan. Visit michigan.org full a full listing of Halloween events happening around the state!

Amazing Acres Corn Maze
September 14 – October 31, 2013, Edwardsburg
If you’re looking for fun, family entertainment in Cass County, Michigan, make plans to visit the Amazing Acres Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch this Fall! The farm is over 90 acres and is packed with events for every member of the family, young or old. Explore the 14 acre corn maze with over 3.5 miles of paths. Keep a watchful eye for the 12 hidden check points. The Maze is available both day and night. In addition to the corn maze itself, there are many other fun activities for the entire family at Amazing Acres that includes hayrides with horse-drawn and tractor-pulled, pumpkin patch, child-sized haybale maze, thousands of pumpkins and holiday decorations, a goat walk and farms animals. Picnic area, snacks and refreshment stand, campfires available by reservation, face painting, hay jump, two straw mazes and two corn boxes. Located at 18430 US 12 East; Edwardsburg, MI 49112. Open Tuesday thru Friday 4pm to 9pm and Saturday & Sunday noon to 9pm. For more information, click the website link or call (574) 370-3403.

Niles Haunted House
September 13 – November 2, 2013, Niles
The Niles Haunted House Scream Park has 44 acres of multiple haunted attractions, hayrides, games and concessions. It’s guaranteed to scare the YELL out of you. Visit the web site for dates, times, coupon, and admission prices. Niles Haunted House Scream Park is located at 855 Mayflower Road; Niles, MI 49120. Phone for details at (269) 687-FEAR or visit the website. 

Corn Maze at BestMaze
September 13 – October 27, 2013, Williamston
The Corn Maze at BestMaze is great fun for the entire family on weekends from September 13th to October 27. Nineteen acre Corn Maze hours are Fri. 6-10pm; Saturdays 1-10pm, and Sundays 1-9pm. Tickets $8. The BestMaze Corn Maze is located at 3803 Noble Rd; Williamston, Michigan 48895.

Houpt’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch
September 21 – October 31, 2013, Dundee
We have a two acre corn maze, ten acres of U-Pick pumpkins, a Gourd Slinger, Craft Barn, and cider & donuts. We have hayrides on weekends, weather permitting. Offer field trips to groups. A huge favorite is our “Kid’s Weekend” held the third weekend of October every year. Both days of that weekend we have a clown for a couple of hours, a costume contest, and rides all day. We always have the following activities for free, Kid’s Haunted House, Petting Farm and Miniature Golf. Open daily, 10am to dusk. Located at Houpt’s Pumpkin Patch at 19929 Tecumseh Rd; Dundee, Michigan 48131. (Just five miles west of Dundee and Cabela’s on M-50.)

The Bone Yard Scream Park
September 21 – November 2, 2013, Stockbridge
Extreme haunted house, haunted woods, haunted corn maze, and haunted hayride. This attraction takes over an hour to enjoy and have the fear put into you. This is an indoor and outdoor event, please dress accordingly. Scream Park located at 5010 Green Road; Stockbridge, Michigan 49285, just west of Hell. Friday and Saturday, open at 8pm. For more information, visit the website.

Tee Lake Halloween
September 27 – November 2, 2013, Lewiston
Northern Michigan Haunted House & Halloween Attraction, Tee Lake Halloween, offers three unique treats for Halloween fans & families. First, the Drive-Thru Haunt is a FREE, family friendly, self-guided tour through haunted displays. Tune your car radio to our spooky station to hear creepy music. No monsters will jump out at you. Nightly September 27 – November 2, dusk – 10pm. Admission is free. Second, Terror at Tee Lake is a terrifying walk-through haunted house open October 19, 25, 26, and November 1 from 7-10pm, with an admission of $5. Third, stay over in a haunted cabin – The Witch’s Cottage or Igor’s Hideaway. For more information, visit the website.

Scream Machine
September 27 – November 2, 2013, Taylor
The Scream Machine is back with new special effects and scares for the 2013 season. Back by popular demand–the Hellevator. This portal to the unknown takes you to the depths of your worst fears where nightmares and reality collide. Open September 27-29, October 4-6, 11-13, 18-November 2. For hours and admission, click the website link or call (734) 309-0756. Coupon for $3 off found at website. Located at 21207 Eureka Rd; Taylor, Michigan (in the shopping plaza next to Gibralter Trade Center).

Shawhaven Haunted Farm
September 27 – November 2, 2013, Mason
Fear surrounds the Farm. All 140 acres have been lost onto a haze of despair, since the dark years when the crops and animals were lost to a devastating invasion of bugs. Fear had engulfed all the grounds. Local people have tried to face their fears on the Wagons of Fear. Some exit safely and unchanged only to be lost into the darkness of despair with time. Others try to make the trip through the Dead Maze to the next town only to join the Zombies that linger within the corn. Fee. We also offer an unhaunted corn maze. Open Fridays and Saturdays, September 27 to November 2. Open Thursday, October 31. Kids matinee tour Sunday, October 13. Shawhaven Haunted Farm located at 1826 Rolfe Road; Mason, Michigan 48854. For admission prices or more information, visit the website link or call (517) 676-1649.

Psycho Ward & Nightmares Haunted House
October 4 – October 31, 2013, Kalamazoo
Kalamazoo Speedway. Experience West Michigan’s most terrifying haunted attraction this October–if you dare! Many have experienced the terror of Floyd Cranston and his clan of twisted misfits. Their reign of terror has been inflicted on Psycho Ward visitors for more than a decade. Some have survived—but not without years of intensive therapy. What disturbing twist on Floyd’s unique form of horror does he have in store for you this year? There’s only one way to find out. Not recommended for children under 12 or the faint of heart. Open weekends in October: October 4, 5, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19 , 24, 25, 26, 30, 31 (open 7:30pm each night). Admission fee.

Hallowe’en in Greenfield Village
October 11 – October 27, 2013, Dearborn
The Henry Ford. Step back in time to a turn-of-the-20th century Hallowe’en. Follow an endless path of hand-carved jack-o’-lanterns, and meet colorful characters along the way. Feel the whoosh as the Headless Horseman rides by, banter with a clever witch and make stops at several treat stations spread throughout Greenfield Village. It’s frightfully fun for the whole family! For information call (313) 982-6001.

Pumpkin, Cider & Donut Wagon Ride
October 12 – October 27, 2013, Ray
Take a wagon ride with a guide to the pumpkin patch to pick out the perfect Halloween pumpkin, then stop for a cup of cider and a donut. This year, take a walk from the pumpkin patch to the farm’s 5-acre corn maze. Then, get into the Halloween spirit by visiting the Boo Barn. Wagon rides 11am – 4pm (Oct. 12-13, 20, 26 & 27). Pumpkins are priced according to size. Fee for wagon ride. Additional activities on specific dates for additional fee. For information call (586) 752-5932.

Haunted Horrors
October 18 – October 27, 2013, Armada
Blakes Big Apple has four attractions for 2013—Nighttime Spooky Hayride, three story Haunted Barn, Spookyland, and Zombie Paintball Safari. Open every Fri, Sat & Sun nights in October. For rates, hours, or more information, click on the website link or call (586) 784-9710.

Haunted Hayrides
October 25 – October 26, 2013, Suttons Bay
Black Star Farms Tasting Room & Inn. Miles of wooded trails, old barns and a bonfire area make the farm in Suttons Bay a perfect venue for haunted hayrides. Participants board a wagon that takes them into the dark woods and old orchards on the farm. The trail rides are approximately 10-15 minutes long and are $10 per person. Due to the subject matter of the scenes and the surprises lurking in the woods the rides are recommended for those 12 years and older as well as individuals who appreciates a good scream. Rides begin (7pm) and end (9:30pm) at the Hearth & Vine Café where ghostly refreshments, warm cider and wine will be served.

Halloween Spooktacular
October 26, 2013, Gaylord
Treetops Resort. Join us as we celebrate Fall. Treetops will feature wagon rides followed by a chairlift ride. Activity and game stations with trick or treating for the kids. Minimal fee applicable for activities. Public welcome to enjoy our holiday celebration.

The Legend of Sleepy Howell
October 26, 2013, Howell
Come to downtown Howell and experience the 11th annual Legend of Sleepy Howell from 5pm – 9pm. Activities include trick or treating at candy stations, business booths offering giveaways, games and prizes, costume contests, live music, hay rides, creepy campfires, a hay maze, food vendors and the 5k/10k Headless Horseman Run. Don’t miss the scary fun in downtown Howell – this event happens despite the fall weather.

For more Halloween-related events happening in your neighborhood, visit michigan.org. How will you be showing your Halloween spirit this year? Share with us below!

“Pure Michigan Pink” Recognizes Breast Cancer Awareness Month

 

Pure Michigan PinkTo recognize October as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we’re ‘going pink’! In order to increase awareness of this major cause of cancer deaths in Michigan women and promote available information resources, all official State of Michigan social media accounts will be updating their channels during the month of October to support the cause.

The ‘M’ in the Pure Michigan logo, usually seen in blue or green, will be made pink in social media profile images and platform backgrounds, including Pure Michigan’s Facebook and Twitter channels.

We encourage those interested in raising awareness and joining the fight against breast cancer to check out one of the following events. Please note that this is just a small sample of events happening in communities across Michigan to raise awareness. To find events happening in your local community, please visit the Making Strides website.

Ann Arbor, MI

Making Strides of Ann Arbor – October 26, 2013
The Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in Ann Arbor takes place on Saturday, October 26th this year at Washtenaw Community College. Learn more at the organization’s website.

University of Michigan Athletic Events in Support of Breast Cancer Awareness  - October 12, 2013 & October 19,2013.
Different teams from the University of Michigan will be wearing pink as part of their uniforms.

  • October 12th 2013 : U of M Volleyball Game against Iowa, 7:00 p.m.
  • October 19th 2013:  U of M Football Game against Indiana, 3:30 p.m.

For more information, visit the website.

Big Rapids, MI

Paint Big Rapids Pink- October 1, 2013 – October 31, 2013

The Big Rapids Hospital Foundation is increasing awareness of breast health and the free services offered at the Susan P. Wheatlake Cancer and Wellness Center located at Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital by hosting its month-long “Paint Big Rapids Pink” celebration. Events include:

  • October 7, 2013:  Stiletto Sprint, 5:30 p.m. - Downtown Big Rapids
  • October 7th 2013: “Girls Night Out – Shades of Pink,”  6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Natural Beauty Salon and Day Spa
  • October 7, 2013: “Boys Night Out,”  6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Cranker’s Brewery
  • October 9th and 16th 2013: Wheatlake Center Open Houses, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital
  • October 12, 2013: “Night of Wine for Days of Hope” Wine and Craft Beer Tasting, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. – Big Rapids Elks
  • October 18, 2013: “Rolling for Pink – Experience Vegas at Tullymore,” 7:00 p.m. – 11 p.m. – Tullymore Golf Resort
  • October 19, 2013: General Federation of Women’s Club Home Tour, 10:00 a.m. – Big Rapids
  • October 19. 2013: “Pink in the Rink” FSU Hockey, 7:07 p.m. -  Ewigleben Ice Arena
  • October 20, 2013: Tuba Bach – Bluegrass Jubilee – Raymond and Ruth McLain and Mike Stevens, 4:00 p.m. – Big Rapids High School Auditorium
  • October 29, 2013: Wheatlake Education Series, 6:00 p.m. – Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Center Auditorium – Kim Sorrelle, author of Cry Until You Laugh, shares her cancer journey.

For event details and ticket information, please visit  the website or search “Paint Big Rapids Pink” on Facebook.

Detroit, MI

Maize and Blue Go Pink - October 18, 2013
Come see your favorite Wolverines and Detroiters walk the runway to support breast cancer research at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center – Cadillac Square, 6:00 p.m. For more information, visit the website.

Lansing, MI

Making Strides of Lansing – October 26, 2013
The Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in Lansing takes place on Saturday, October 26th at 11:00 a.m. this year at the Michigan State Capitol. Learn more at the organization’s website.

Newberry, MI

Dig Pink! Competing for a Cause! – October 24, 2013
The Engadine High School Volleyball team will face the Newberry Girls Volleyball Games to raise money for Breast Cancer Research on Thursday, October 254h at 6pm in the Engadine School Gym. There will be raffles, food, and fun! Last year’s Dig Pink! Event at Engadine High School raised $5,000! For more information call Kathy Miller, Engadine Girls Volleyball coach at 906-477-8090.

Traverse City, MI

Remembrance Run – October 5, 1013
The Remembrance Run, organized by the women of the Traverse City Track Club, will be held at Timber Ridge RV Recreation Resort on October 5, 2013. In 2012, the event raised $25,200 for the Women’s Cancer Fund. For more information, visit the event website.

Saginaw, MI

Saginaw Spirit vs. Barrie Colts PINK OUT Game – October 26, 2013
The Saginaw Spirit will be playing their annual PINK OUT game on October 26, 2013 at 7:11 p.m. Five dollars from each fundraising ticket supports the St. Mary’s of Michigan Breast Care Fund. For more information, visit the website.

Southwest Michigan

Paint Our Towns Pink – September 222013 – October 182013
 The Southwest Michigan affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure is partnering with several area organizations to host a series of events in late September and throughout October called “Paint Our Towns Pink.” Some “Paint Our Towns Pink” events include:

  • October 3, 2013: Give Back Dinner, 5:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. – Bistro on the Boulevard, St. Joseph, will serve up its signature appetizers, entrees and desserts and donate a portion of the evening earnings to Komen for the Cure. Learn more at their website.
  • October 5, 2013: Ride for the Cure, 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Many of the Carousel’s 48 figures and two chariots will be decorated in pink as they spin under thousands of pink lights, but the featured figure to ride will be the hot pink flamingo. A portion of today’s ride earnings will go to the local Komen organization. Visit the website for details.
  • October 10, 2013: Night Out in Your Little Black Dress, 6:00 p.m.- 11:00 p.m. - Silver Beach Shadowland Ballroom, St. Joseph. This fun-filled evening includes guest speaker, Elissa Ashwood, entertainment by Sunset Coast Dancers, photo booth, silent auction and wine pull ($10 minimum value of bottle). For information, call 269-235-9120 or visit the website.
  • October 18, 2013: Art Hop, Arts District, Benton Harbor, 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Artists and galleries will serve pink cocktails, pink punch, pink cookies and offer plenty of opportunities to contribute to the local Komen for the Cure affiliate. For more information, visit thew website.
  • October 18,2013: Pink Football Game, Dickinson Stadium, St. Joseph High School, St. Joseph, 7:00 p.m. The St. Joe Bears will wear pink when they take on Portage Central. Donations will be taken to help support area women seeking a cure for breast cancer. For directions and more information, visit the website.
  • October 20, 2013: Mother/Daughter Princess Luncheon, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 a. m. - The Heritage Museum & Cultural Center, St. Joseph. This is a lovely time for mothers, grandmothers and aunts to spend time with their favorite princesses. Dress up in pink and enjoy royal foods and entertainment. Tickets are available at The Heritage Museum, Silver Beach Center and The Coast radio station.

For more information about each event or to make a donation, call 269-341-4209, email info@komenswmichigan.org or visit the website.

South Haven, MI

Something to Talk About: Celebrate Women – October 24, 2013
Shoreline Wellness & Rehabilitation Center – 950 S Bailey Ave, South Haven, 6:30 p.mIn honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, join us as we celebrate women at our Health & Wellness Seminar on October 24 at 6:30pm. This event will include an informal discussion on Women’s Health with Dr. Pamela Sanchez, a healthy cooking class with Registered Dietitian Nicole Morrissey, a raffle prize, and other fun activities to increase awareness! For more information, visit the website.

St. Clair County, MI

Making Strides of St. Clair County – October 12, 2013
The Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in St. Clair County takes place on Saturday, October 12th this year at St. Clair Community College. Learn more at the organization’s website.

These are just some of the events happening around the state. What events are happening in your neighborhood? 

Learn more about National Breast Cancer Awareness Month here. To find events happening in your local community, please visit the Making Strides website.

We encourage you to use the #puremipink hashtag on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to share your story and photos throughout the month for a chance to appear on the www.michigan.gov/socialmedia website.

Have you been affected by breast cancer? Share your story with us below, or let us know how you’re working to help spread awareness in your community.