Pure Michigan June 2013 Events Roundup

June means the official start of summer in Pure Michigan! And with school out for the year and warm weather here to stay, it’s the perfect time to experience some of the great things going on around the state.

Below is a roundup of a few of the many events going on around Michigan in June. Please visit michigan.org for a complete listing of things to do across the state.


Week of June 2

Art & Orchard Festival
June 6-June 8, 2013, Washington
Washington’s Art & Orchard Festival will be the second weekend in June, June 6-9, 2013. The event will feature a carnival on Friday, live music, an arts & crafts show, fireworks Saturday night, petting zoo, beer tent and food station.

Cereal City Festival
June 7-8, 2013, Battle Creek
The Cereal City Festival is an event celebrating the Battle Creek community and its rich and varied past. A parade kicks off the festival on Friday, June 8th and the fun continues with the Cereal City Classic 5k/10k run and the World’s Longest Breakfast Table on Saturday morning. Throughout the day enjoy exciting events, bands and activities! Click here for more information.

National Asparagus Festival – Hart
June 7-8, 2013, Hart
Salute the shoots with a parade, 5K run, rodeo and crafts fair in downtown Hart. The National Asparagus Festival is held every year during the second weekend of June. For more information, visit the National Asparagus Festival website or call (800) 874-3982 or (231) 861-8110.

Mackinac Island Lilac Festival
June 7-16, 2013, 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 this ten day festival includes a 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. Visit the website for more information.

Leland Wine & Food Festival
June 8, 2013, Leland
Michigan’s oldest wine festival takes place at the Leland Harbor. Everyone has a chance to go see 17 wineries of the Leelanau & Old Mission Peninsulas on Saturday, enjoy great food and music and kick off the summer festival season in style! No need to purchase advance tickets – just show up rain or shine at the big tent in Leland’s picturesque Fishtown district. Admission is $15 and includes an etched wine glass and two tickets for wine tasting. For more information, call the Chamber of Commerce at (877) LELAND1 or (231) 256-0079.

Orion Music + More
June 8-9, 2013, Detroit
Make your way to Detroit June 8-9, 2013, for the Orion Music + More concert event. The lineup includes Metallica, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Deftones, Rise Against, The Dillinger Escape Plan. The event includes thirty-plus acts over five stages, a custom car and automotive show, Metallica Museum, and more. Two day passes are $150. For tickets, complete lineup details, and more, visit the website link.

Week of June 9

Ann Arbor Restaurant Week
June 9-14, 2013, Ann Arbor
Ann Arbor Restaurant Week offers one price dining, one week, several options. Extraordinary three course dinner menus and fixed price fare lunch menus from Ann Arbor’s best restaurants. Experience cuisine that delights your palate and defines the art of dining in Ann Arbor. Now is your chance to discover new restaurants and enjoy favorites at a discounted price. Make reservations early at participating restaurants as tables fill fast during this gastronomically great event. For more information, visit the website link or call (734) 668-7112 ext 22.

Hamburg Family Fun Fest
June 12-15, 2013, Hamburg
The Hamburg Family Fun Fest brings family fun to the park like never before, attracting more than 50,000 attendees. Feature attractions include amusement rides, circus, petting zoo, talent competition, classic car show and arts & crafts just to name a few. A variety of concerts will also be held throughout the weekend on two stages. Click here for more information.

Heritage Coast Grand Prix
June 13-26, 2013, Tawas
Head to the Heritage Coast Grand Prix in Tawas for beautiful beaches, family fun and revved up racing. The event includes four fun-filled and family-oriented days of activities. Check out the boats, meet the drivers and experience the thrill of the races. Visit the website for more information.

Jazzin on Jefferson
June 14-15, 2013, Detroit
Jazzin’ on Jefferson is a free street music festival organized by the Jefferson East Business Association. For a schedule of main stage performances, visit the website link.

Pinconning CheeseTown Festival
June 14-15, 2013, Pinconning
Highlights of the festival include a mac & cheese dinner contest, the ultimate wine & cheese party, the cheesy CheeseTown parade, a teen concert, arts & crafts, fireworks, a beer tent with lots of live music, and in honor of Father’s Day weekend, a CheeseTown dad contest. The event is held at Doc Letchfield Park on M-13 in Pinconning. The event is in conjunction with the 30th Annual CheeseTown Challenge Race (5 mile race, 2 mile fun run/walk, and Little Meeces Race). For more information on this event, call (989) 879-2816.

Week of June 16

Quicken Loans 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
June 16, 2013, Brooklyn
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to the Irish Hills on Father’s Day with the running of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 400. NASCAR stars, such as former MIS winners Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, and Jimmy Johnson return to MIS for another action-packed day of side-by-side racing. Forty-three drivers, 200 laps. Call (800) 354-1010 or visit the website for ticket and camping information.

East Jordan Freedom Festival
June 19-23, 2013, East Jordan
The East Jordan Freedom Festival is a family friendly festival with something for everyone including live music, parades, kids games, carnival, block party and fireworks over the south arm of Lake Charlevoix. For more information, call (231) 536-7351 or visit the website link here.

FinnFest USA 2013
June 19-23, 2013, Hancock
Hear the music, feel the summer breezes, smell the birch wood of the kokko and be where every Finn needs to be in June of 2013. For five days the Copper Country will host FinnFest USA 2013 – a festival spread across the region, with a variety of programming sure to interest everyone! Tori market, concerts, performances, dances, exhibits and gallery shows, local tours, sports and games, a parade, midsummer bonfires, street theatre, special guests and VIPs and much, much more! For more information, visit the website or call (906) 487-7205.

Kalamazoo Island Fest
June 20-22, 2013, Kalamazoo
Get ready for some good times with three days and nights of reggae music rocking downtown Kalamazoo. A great variety of quality Jamaican and Caribbean-inspired cuisine will be served. Food, drinks, beer and wine will be available. The live reggae music line-up runs all day and ranges from the top local talent to well-known regional and national headliners presented outdoors throughout the day. For more information visit the website or contact (269) 385-6200.

Summer Solstice Jazz Festival
June 21-22, 2013, East Lansing
This free two day jazz festival in the heart of downtown East Lansing features high-caliber local, regional, and national talent presented by the City of East Lansing, Wharton Center for the Performing Arts, and the Michigan State University College of Music. For additional event information, visit the web link or call (517) 319-6927.

Detroit River Days
June 21-23, 2013, Detroit
The 2013 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. More information is available online.

Week of June 23

Ford Fireworks
June 24, 2013, Detroit
The Parade Company is excited to pump up the City of Detroit, on June 24th as we produce the 55th 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 and one of the nation’s largest fireworks displays. Visit the website here.

St. Ignace Car Show Weekend
June 26-27, 2013, St. Ignace
This annual event is one of the largest all-make, all-model shows in the country. Hundreds of antique, custom, and celebrity automobiles are on display all day Saturday. Car enthusiasts can examine vehicles up close and see them in action during Kewadin Casino Cruise Night on Thursday evening, and the Down Memory Lane Parade on Friday evening. Contests, exhibits, vendor booths and more make this a fun, family event. For more information call (906) 643-8087 or visit the website.

Michigan Challenge Balloonfest 2013
June 28-30, 2013, Howell
Join us for the state championship of hot-air ballooning, June 28-30 in Howell. It’s a weekend full of high-flying fun for the whole family. Enjoy thrilling skydiving jumps, music, carnival, family entertainment, downtown activities and more. Don’t miss the fun including Play 1st Mobile Gaming, SmashZone and five scheduled balloon launches, Annabelle Road and the fabulous balloon glow on Saturday evening and the MediLodge Fireworks on Friday night. For more information on this event, visit the website link or call us at (517) 546-3920.

Grand Haven Art Festival & Fun Day
June 29-30, 2013, Grand Haven
The work of 150 of the finest artists in the country will be on display and for sale during the 51st Annual Grand Haven Art Festival & Family Fun Day, June 29 – 30, 2013. The festival will take place along Washington Avenue in downtown Grand Haven, transforming the area into an outdoor art gallery. Admission and parking are free and open to the public. Presented by The Chamber of Commerce Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Ferrysburg. (616) 842-4910.

National Cherry Festival 2013
June 29–July 6, 2013, Traverse City
Get your planner out and write down the dates for a great week or family fun when you attend the National Cherry Festival in Traverse City on June 29–July 6. There will be colorful parades, marching bands, music shows, sporting events, amusement rides along with carnival games on the midway and food items, pie eating contests and loads of luscious cherries prepared every way you can think of. For more information, visit the website link or call the Cherry Festival office at (800) 968-3380.

Week of June 30

Log Cabin Days & Antique Car Show
June 30, 2013, Michigamme
Tour the museum and the Dompierre House and walk around to see all the antique cars on display from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. For more information contact (906) 323-9016.

Coast West Music Fest
July 1-6, 2013, Muskegon
This event is a multi-day music festival with three stages, fireworks on July 4, food and refreshments. Acts announced so far: O.A.R., Josh Turner, Leann Rimes, Cheap Trick, Buddy Guy, Johnny Lang, Allen Stone, Chicago and Foghat! For more information visit the website link.

Light up the Lake Fireworks & Parade
July 3-4, 2013, South Haven
At the south pier over Lake Michigan, watch a spectacular fireworks display July 3 and listen to the Light Up The Lake soundtrack LIVE on SuperHits 103.7 COSY-FM! The fireworks shoot off synchronized to the music! Parade will be held July 4 at 11am through downtown featuring local marching bands, pageant winners, patriotic floats, fire trucks, & lots of candy! Questions, call (269) 637-5252 or (800) SO-HAVEN.

Fourth of July Celebration
July 4-6, 2013, Cedarville
Enjoy the spectacular view of fireworks over Cedarville Bay from the Cedarville’s downtown waterfront park or the lawn of the Great Lakes Boat Building School on July 4. Earlier that day, our parade, kids games, hot dogs and burgers, Up in Smoke BBQ, races and contests, and more wind down into early evening with music on the bay by Dance Commander DJ and a Jersey Mud eating contest. For more information, call (906) 484-3935

Cedar Polka Fest
July 4-7 2013, Cedar
The Cedar Polka Fest is held yearly in Cedar, Michigan, under the big tent on the tennis courts. Highlights include a parade on Saturday at noon, softball tournament, a polka mass and polka under the big, big tent with the big names of polka. For more information on this event call (231) 228-3378 or visit the website.

These are just a few of the many events happening next month in Pure Michigan. Please visit michigan.org for a complete listing.

Family Fun During A Pure Michigan Winter

The Pure Michigan Winter Video series highlights various activities throughout the state for everyone, but it is especially useful for families and parents to get ideas for weekend getaways and things to do when kids enjoy vacation from school during the holidays.

We asked Elena Wollborg, local mom and writer behind MommyisinTimeout.com, to tell us some of her favorite things to do with her family during the winter months in Michigan and why it’s such a great place for families to visit.

See her answers below and find other fun ideas at michigan.org.

Q: Can you tell us a little about yourself and your family?
A: My name is Elena Wollborg and I am the writer behind MommyisinTimeout.com, a mom blog chronicling my adventures, and often mishaps, in mommydom, coupledom and familydom. I’m a mom to two wildly hilarious boys, a wife to Charlie, who proves daily that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree when it comes to our kids, a high school business teacher, the Social Media Butterfly at Curve Detroit and a production team member for TEDxDetroit. 

Q: What are some of your favorite winter activities to do as a family?
A: As a couple, we love to ski. When winter rolls around, we are always excited to hit the slopes. We haven’t introduced our kids to skiing yet, because we were waiting until they were a little bit older. We’re thinking this is going to be our first winter to take our oldest out. I’m sure he’ll be passing me up in no time, and I’ll be racing behind him, begging him to slow down. I can’t imagine it’s cool though to wait for your mom, even when you’re in pre-kindergarten. 

Since my kids are both younger, we love to simply go outside, get down and play in the snow. The look on their face is priceless when they’re trying to catch flakes on their tongue, and we get pretty giddy as well. Whether we’re building a snowman, pulling them in their sled or making snow angels, whenever we have a snowy day, we always bundle up and head outdoors.

One thing we have yet to do – but it’s on my list for this winter – is to take a horse-drawn carriage ride somewhere up north through the woods. I think that’s my ideal Norman Rockwell winter time moment in Michigan.

Q: Do you have favorite places or recommendations for those activities?
A: When it comes to skiing, some of our favorite spots in the past have been Crystal Mountain, Nubs Nob and Caberfae. I actually learned to ski at Nubs Nob years ago when I was in high school. Whenever I return there, it’s a quick trip down memory lane. I remember back to sliding down the runs, with my skis in snowplow position.

As a family, there are a lot of different places we love to hit in the winter. Heading up north there’s always something to do. You have several ski resorts to choose from, many of them recently adding on indoor waterparks, and a lot of different winter activities like snowshoeing and tubing. 

Down state, we always try to make it to winter festivals like Detroit’s Winter Blast, Plymouth’s Ice Festival or Rochester’s Big Bright Light Show. Around Christmas time, we also love to take a ride on Lakeshore Drive in Grosse Pointe. Beautiful light displays on the homes along Lake St. Clair.  

Q: What do you love about Michigan in the winter?
A: Oddly enough, the chill that is in the air. There’s nothing like walking outside, on a crisp winter night and watching the snow fall. I could sit for hours and watch it come down. One of my favorite things to do when it’s snowing at night is to turn on every single outdoor flood light and curl up with a blanket to watch the snow. I’m sure my neighbors are very appreciative of this as well.

I also love driving down a road, right after a huge snow fall, before anyone has touched it. The pristine look of the snow on the road and trees is something you just can’t explain.

Q:  What do your kids look forward to doing in the winter?
A: My boys love to build a snowman, complete with a carrot for a nose and Oreo cookies for eyes. Whenever they wake up and it’s a snowy morning, the first thing they want to do is to get started on Frosty.

I think getting your kids outside during any season is important. People in the winter sometimes tend to go into hibernation. While sitting inside on a cold day is sometimes tempting, there’s no reason that you still can’t enjoy the outdoors, even when it’s cold. It just takes a little extra layering and a lot of hot chocolate when you’re back inside. My boys love to run through the snow, or even do something as simple as help shovel the driveway. 

Q: What is the best thing about spending time with your family on a vacation?
Relaxing. Typically for a family vacation in Michigan, we’ll head up north. There’s just a feeling you get once you’re up there that gives you a bit of tranquility. Unwinding. Unplugging. Spending quality time with your family.

Q: Why should families consider coming to Michigan for a winter vacation?
A: Michigan has so much to offer in the winter time. From skiing to sledding to ice skating, there’s always some outdoor activity for you – whether you’re down state and you lace up your skates and take a spin around the ice rink at Campus Martius or buckle up your boots and take a few runs down Crystal, you’ll always find something to do in Michigan during the winter. The beauty of this state in the snow is remarkable and it’s truly something that should be shared with others out of state.

With the Thanksgiving holiday coming up and winter break on the way, why not use Elena’s answers for inspiration in planning a day out with your family? Or, try something new like visiting a local indoor water park. Kids and kids at heart can all enjoy splashing the day away!

See what kids had to say about their experience at the water park in Water Park | A Pure Michigan Winter, from the Pure Michigan winter video series.

To plan your vacation or check out the nearest water park, visit michigan.org.

Elena Wollborg is a metro Detroit-based mom and writer behind MommyisinTimeout. Read about her and her family’s adventures at mommyisintimeout.com.