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? 

See What It’s Like to Be Holland’s Town Crier

Tulip Time 2014 in Holland, MI kicks off May 3rd! This year, the Town Crier Competition is one of the festival’s iconic events. Town Criers from around the world gather in Holland to compete during Tulip Time, adding a touch of old-world charm with their colorful costumes and clever cries. Guest blogger, Ann Van Heest from Discover Holland caught up with Holland’s own town crier, John Karsten, to talk with him about the competition and what it’s like to be the town crier in Holland. 

Photo courtesy of Discover Holland

Photo courtesy of Discover Holland

John Karsten wears the town crier hat with aplomb. After all, it is original. “The hat they gave me is the original hat they bought for the town crier in 1940,” he explains. John is the fifth town crier to don the official cap at the behest of Tulip Time organizers, and has fulfilled the role since 1979.

One of the most important roles Holland’s town crier has is to make the official announcement that kicks off Holland’s beloved Volksparade (May 7, 2014). Holland’s early Tulip Time traditions embraced the ethic of “Dutch clean,” and now every year Holland’s “volks” gather to scrub the downtown streets with brooms and water. (Early efforts to use the Dutch Cleanser powder resulted in a cloud of dust over the parade route!) The morning of the parade, the Mayor and City Council inspect the downtown streets. Mayor Kurt Dykstra declares the streets of Holland in need of scrubbing, and instructs the town crier to make the announcement that the streets must be cleaned. This is John’s favorite task as town crier. “I declare the streets are dirty…” John makes the announcement in both English and Dutch, and has even attempted to make it in Spanish!

yellowtulipsThe job of town crier is no small-time commitment- John is a member of both the American and Netherlands’ Town Crier Guilds. Last year he placed 11 out of 35 contestants at a world championship competition in Canada, his best finish ever. This year, he will step back from competition and host twelve guests to Holland, Michigan’s very own town crier competition (May 10). Hosting is a job he clearly relishes. “I invite them to come here and compete,” he explains, detailing the competitive events. Competitors from the Netherlands and Bermuda will attend, sharing their very own take on their special role. Historically, town criers would use a gong or bell to alert townspeople to their announcement, but the contestant from Bermuda will bring his bagpipes. John Karsten will supply a “benchmark cry” for the judges, and then each contestant will be judged on how their own cry measures up.

We invite you to join us in Holland for the competition on May 10 at Windmill Island Gardens.

See the town crier competition in action below:

Screen-Shot-2014-04-21-at-11.56.07-AM-150x150Ann Van Heest is the information coordinator at the Holland Visitors Bureau. Her first job was selling fudge at Windmill Island Gardens. Follow her @DiscoverHolland on Twitter and Instagram.