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 michigan.org 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!

FunFest
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.

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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?

Ten Must-See Festivals in Ann Arbor this Summer

Each June and July, Ann Arbor Summer Festival transforms Ann Arbor into a lively arts destination with 140+ events to explore Tuesday through Sunday nights. Guest Blogger Amy Nesbitt, the Executive and Artistic Director of the non-profit Ann Arbor Summer Festival put together a list of festivals you won’t want to miss.

In addition to an exciting line-up of bands, attendees can discover kids hands-on activities, movies under the stars, wellness classes, local food vendors, craft beer, and much more. With ninety percent of events admission-free, and many performances highlighting some of Michigan’s best talent, the Ann Arbor Summer Festival is the perfect summertime destination.

With the festival opening on June 12 and running through July 5, we asked A2SF’s Director, Amy Nesbitt, “What are your top ten picks for must-see events at the 2015 festival?” Below she shares her top ten and also encourages visitors to learn more at A2SF.org and download the free festival app to plan a personalized festival experience.

Photo Credit to Myra Klarman

Photo Credit to Myra Klarman

Sunday, June 14, 7 p.m., KidsRock: The Trummytones

Sundays emphasize family programming. This is a ska/reggae kids band from Brooklyn led by trombonist Vinny Nobile of the iconic 90’s ska band Bim Skala Bim.

Tuesday, June 16, 6 p.m., Cirque Mechanics: The Gantry Bike

We’re known for large, outdoor spectacles. Dangling from the 22-ft.-high, pedal-powered Gantry Bike will be 6 acrobats, contortionists, trapeze artists, and tightrope walkers.

Photo Courtesy of Ann Arbor CVB

Photo Courtesy of Armand Thomas Photography and Cirque Mechanics

Thursday, June 18, 5 PM, Retreat: Ninja Training

All ages can practice their ninja skills when Quest Martial Arts leads a free introductory class on Ninjutsu.

Friday, June 19, 5 p.m., KidZone: Learn to Master the Chinese Yoyo

A weekend of Asian cultural events includes kids learning the basics of Chinese Yoyo from The U-M Revolution Chinese Yoyo Team.

Saturday, June 20, 8 p.m., The Golden Dragon Acrobats

You’ll see stunning feats and beautiful costuming and staging from this premiere troupe for Chinese acrobatics. We are offering 50%-off kids tickets with the purchase of an adult ticket for both shows, while supplies last.

Saturday, June 20, 5 p.m., MarchFourth!

Join an unforgettable parade led by 24 costumed drummers, horn players, high stepping stilt acrobats, and dazzling dancers from Portland, OR. MarchFourth! headlines festivals around the world and often wins the audience award for best act — don’t miss them!

Photo Courtesy of Ann Arbor CVB

Photo Courtesy of Ann Arbor CVB

Tuesday, June 23 – 10 p.m., Ghostbusters

Outdoor Cinema screens classics alongside recent releases, and it’s always fun to be in a crowd among young people who’ve never seen a movie like Ghostbusters. Grab some popcorn and spread out a blanket for this classic!

Wednesday, June 24, 5 p.m., The Magmanus Show

The Swedish circus duo Magmanus will be doing a hilarious and highly skilled, free street performance. The soundtrack is even delightfully silly: Stevie Wonder, Prince, The BeeGees…

Tuesday, June 23, 8:00 p.m., Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience

Simien is a not-to-miss Grammy-winning legend of Zydeco. It’s going to be a huge dance party!

Sunday, July 5, 5 p.m., The United States Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus

A grandiose band and choral concert will cap off an amazing patriotic weekend and four weeks of fun festival activities. It’s the best part of summer in Ann Arbor!

9ZQbnrWGR7sd87ndoKYa0VJKB4lehnmixz00jv6nGdoAmy Nesbitt is the Executive and Artistic Director of the non-profit Ann Arbor Summer Festival. Now in its 32nd season, the festival attracts a diverse audience of 80,000 people and continues to grow as an internationally recognized arts celebration. Click here to learn more.

Thirteen Ways to Celebrate Michigan Wine this Summer

Do you love to explore all of the wineries Michigan has to offer? Guest Blogger Dianna Stampfler, president of Promote Michigan shares a handful of wine festivals you don’t want to miss.

Between Michigan Wine Month in April and the fall harvest season, there are countless opportunities to sample award-wining locally-produced wines. There’s no better way to savor these vinos than on the beach, next to the Great Lakes waters or under towering canopies of trees during the peak of summer.

Photo Courtesy of Promote Michigan.

Photo Courtesy of Promote Michigan.

The Leland Wine & Food Fest, June 13, is one of Michigan’s original wine celebrations and this year marks its 30th anniversary. Over the years, it’s grown to include more than two dozen northern wineries in the historic Fishtown District, nestled along the shores of Lake Michigan along the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Visitors will also find a handful of eateries serving local fare as well as live entertainment. Hours are 1-8pm, with tickets $15 online in advance and $20 at the gate.

Toast the Coast from Weko Beach in Bridgeman, during the Lake Michigan Shore Wine Festival, June 20. Sample the region’s award-winning wines, paired with local cuisine and live music from 1-10pm, just as the sun sets over the horizon. Tickets are $10 in advance and $20 at the gate.

The historic park-like grounds of The Village at Grand Traverse Commons is the setting for the Traverse City Art & Wine Festival, June 20, featuring wineries of both Leelanau and Old Mission Peninsulas. Now in its 7th year, this event offers a true taste of northern Michigan with more than 200 local wines, eight restaurants, 40 fine artists and seven musical performances. Hours are 2 – 9 p.m , and tickets are $40 for general admission or $125 for the VIP Lounge area.

Head over to the Lake Huron shoreline for the Sunrise Side Wine & Food Festival, July 18 in Harrisville. Local wineries, craft breweries and food artisans gather at the Harrisville Harbor in this annual gathering hosted by the Harrisville Arts Council. Hours are 12 – 6 p.m. 

The 5th Annual Grapes on the River, July 25, is presented by the Manistee Area Chamber of Commerce to recognize local and regional wines and foods. Set along the scenic backdrop of the Manistee River, booths line the Riverwalk and the newly-renovated municipal marina for an afternoon of fun and festivities. Hours are 2-6pm, with tickets priced at $10 which include wine and craft beer sampling, food tastings, art and music.

Photo Courtesy of Promote Michigan.

Photo Courtesy of Promote Michigan.

End the summer at the Hopps of Fun Beer & Wine Festival, Sept. 11-12, in Mackinaw City. Hosted at the Mackinaw Crossings complex, this unique event features samplings of more than 40 wines from Michigan’s four federally-recognized viticultural regions and dozens of award-winning Michigan craft beers, as well as food and entertainment. Hours are 5 – 10 p.m. on Friday and 1 – 10 p.m. on Saturday, with $5 general admission (and $1 tasting tokens).

Michigan’s largest and longest-running wine festival—The Wine & Harvest Festival—returns to Paw Paw, Sept. 4 – 6 p.m. In addition to all the family-friendly activities, winery tours and tastings are held in tents throughout the festival area—adjacent to St. Julian Winery (the state’s oldest winery).

Other Michigan wine events this summer include:

Art, Beer & Wine Festival
June 6 (12 – 6 p.m.)
Ella Sharp Museum, Jackson

Photo Courtesy of Promote Michigan.

Photo Courtesy of Promote Michigan.

Waterfront Wine Festival
June 27 (4 – 7 p.m.)
Harbor Springs

Wine on the Waterfront Festival
July 18 (1 – 7 p.m.)
Suttons Bay

City of Riesling
July 26 – 27
Traverse City

Tawas Uncork’d & Untap’d Wine & Food Festival
August 1 (12 – 6:30 p.m.)
Harbor Park, East Tawas

Northport Wine Festival
August 8 (1 – 7 p.m.)
Northport Harbor

For a list of other Michigan wine events, information and a list of more than 115 wineries, visit MichiganWines.com.

Dianna Stampfler is the president of Promote Michigan and is a dedicated fan of Michigan wine, especially Riesling!

What is your favorite Michigan wine?