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 Fourth of July 2013 Events Roundup

Across Michigan, fireworks events have already started happening and people will be out and about celebrating the Fourth of July from now through next Thursday! With so many fun events happening across the state, there is still time to plan a great Independence Day adventure. Below is just a sampling of celebrations.

For a complete listing of events in Michigan visit www.michigan.org.

Fourth of July Celebration | Clawson
June 24-July 4, 2013, Clawson
In Clawson the celebration starts June 24. Events include an ice cream social, live music, parade, games and 5K run. The carnival midway opens on July 3 and on July 4 enjoy a pancake breakfast, arts and crafts event, fire department water battle, more entertainment and fireworks.

4th of July Celebration & Fireworks
July 4, 2013, St. Ignace
Combining the nostalgic sentiment of a small-town celebration with the picturesque backdrop of Lake Huron and Mackinac Island makes the 4th of July in St. Ignace something special. Watch the parade at 1 p.m., enjoy kid’s games and a community picnic at 2 p.m., and watch the fireworks over Moran Bay at dusk. Let us show you patriotism, St. Ignace style! For more information, call (888) 878-4462.

Grand Rapids 4th of July Fireworks
July 4, 2013, Grand Rapids
The Amway 4th of July Family Fireworks event is an annual favorite of upwards of 150,000 who come to downtown Grand Rapids to listen to great entertainment and enjoy a fireworks spectacular. The tradition continues on the lawn in front of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum. Patriotic music, dance and presentations mixed with great entertainment from local and national artists from 6 p.m. until the fireworks start. Fireworks will begin at 10:30. Visit the website for more information.

Fourth of July Celebration
July 4, 2013, Marshall
Celebrate Independence Day in Marshall! Festivities begin with the ‘Celebrate America’ parade at 10 a.m. Then, witness the annual flag rising, listen to the patriotic sounds of the Marshall Community Post Band and enjoy a traditional chicken dinner; it’s a true Independence Day celebration!

Frankfort’s Fourth of July Celebration
July 4, 2013, Elberta
Frankfort’s Annual 4th of July celebration includes: a parade, carnival, art in the park craft fair, sand sculpture contest on the Lake Michigan Beach,  BBQ and fireworks on Frankfort Beach at dusk (Approximately 10:30pm)! For more information, visit the website or call (231) 352-7251.

Traverse City 4th of July Fireworks
July 4, 2013, Traverse City
Enjoy a spectacular 4th of July fireworks display beginning at dark with great viewing from anywhere along the West Bay shoreline in Traverse City. Fireworks are expected to go from 10 p.m.  – 11 p.m.

Grand Haven 4th of July Fireworks
July 4, 2013, Grand Haven
The annual Grand Haven 4th of July Fireworks display lights up the night sky after the evening’s showing of the Grand Haven Musical Fountain. For more information call (616) 842-4499.

Fourth of July Celebration
July 4-6, 2013, Cedarville
Enjoy the spectacular view of fireworks over Cedarville Bay from Cedarville’s downtown waterfront park or the lawn of the Great Lakes Boat Building School on July 4. Come earlier in the day for the 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.

Fourth of July – Harbor Springs
July 4, 2013, Harbor Springs
Events include a juried art fair, 3-mile and 10-mile run, parade, live music and fireworks. For event information, contact the Chamber at (231) 526-7999. See you on the Fourth and be sure to wear your red, white and blue!

Cadillac Independence Day Celebration

July 4-7, 2013, Cadillac
The event kicks off in the City Park with live evening entertainment. There will be the 2nd Annual Fire on Water (a tribute to our military past, present and future), and a full day of events including the Thunder on the LakeShore Motorcycle Show, Wrestling Extravaganza, children’s bounce houses, food & merchandise vendors, dunk tank, hot air balloon rides, community photo, ‘better than a water park’ event and an evening finale with the fireworks. For more information, visit the website or call (231) 775-0657.

How will you will be spending the 4th of July? Share with us below! For hundreds of more events and festivals happening around the state this month, visit michigan.org

Pure Michigan July 2013 Events Roundup

Summer will have officially arrived by July in Pure Michigan, and there are plenty of reasons to get out and enjoy what our state has to offer! Whether it’s an art fair, an outdoor concert or a fireworks display, July has something to offer for everyone.

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

Week of June 30

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.

Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show & Balloon Festival 2013
July 3-7, 2013, Battle Creek
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. Visit the website for more information.

Blue Water SandFest
July 4-7, 2013, Port Huron
The Friends of the Fort Gratiot Light will be holding the inaugural “Blue Water SandFest” on July 4 – 7, 2013, at the Fort Gratiot Light Station grounds. The event will feature master sand sculptors from across the country, in this first-event-of-its-kind in Michigan. This four day event will have a variety of family and adult activities including vendors, demonstrations, music, sculpting classes and sand sculpting competitions. For more information, visit the website link or call (810) 982-0891.

Cadillac Freedom Festival
July 4-7, 2013, Cadillac
The event kicks off in the City Park with evening live entertainment. There will be the 2nd Annual Fire on Water (a tribute to our military past, present and future), and a full day of events including Thunder on the LakeShore Motorcycle Show, Wrestling Extravaganza, children’s bounce houses, food & merchandise vendors, dunk tank, hot air balloon rides, community photo, ‘better than a water park’ event, and evening finale with the fireworks. For more information, click here or call (231) 775-0657.

Lakeshore Art Festival
July 5-6, 2013, Muskegon
The Lakeshore Art Festival features a unique blend of arts, crafts, music, food and fun along the shoreline in historic Downtown Muskegon and in Hackley Park. More than 300 artists and crafters will be showcased with fine art in the park, crafts, children’s activities and a Michigan food market all wrapped up in a street party atmosphere. For additional information, visit the website or contact the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce at (231) 722-3751.

Escanaba Sesquicentennial 150 Celebration
July 5-13, 2013, Escanaba
Escanaba will celebrate its 150th birthday with concerts, water ski shows, displays, logrolling, races, and parades! Each day’s activities highlight our rich history. The event is held at Ludington Park with shuttles to/from the fairgrounds where some activities will be held. For event information, visit the website link or call (906) 786-0631.

Week of July 7

Lowell Riverwalk Festival
July 11-13, 2013, Lowell
This three-day event includes many activities for families to enjoy on Thursday, Friday and Saturday including concerts, Arts & Crafts & Re-found Treasures show, From the Heart Parade and Rumble the Riverwalk (motorcycles), Riverwalk Cruise-in (classic cars), Kidz Zone, pontoon rides, kayak and canoe race, food booths, and street entertainers. More information is available here.

Cheboygan Waterways Festival
July 11-14, 2013, Cheboygan
Formerly known as the Riverfest, this festival highlights Cheboygan and the inland waterways. Events include Kids Day, The Waterways Parade, The World Championship Wanigan Race, Kayak Sprint, Back on Black Kayak Odyssey, men’s fast-pitch softball tournament, art show, antique show, community breakfast, live entertainment, food, cold beverages and much more. For more information on this event call (800) 968-3302 or visit the website link.

Tall Ship Celebration
July 11-14, 2013, Bay City
This July, Bay City is proud to host the largest gathering of tall ships in the state of Michigan. Join us for the ONLY official Michigan stop on the Tall Ships Challenge® Great Lakes 2013. Majestic tall ships will line both sides of the Saginaw River the way they did more than a hundred years ago. Guaranteed to take your breath away, you’ll be inspired by the sights and sounds of Bay City’s award-winning Maritime Festival. Activities include interactive deck tours, grand arrival of Tall Ships, maritime music, Tall Ship excursions, art show, and free shuttle service. Learn more here.

Blissfest 2013
July 12-14, 2013, Harbor Springs
Blissfest is 100% Pure Music! The festival includes jazz, folk & roots music from terrific artists. The event also includes crafts, dancing, workshops and more. This is a great family weekend! Call (231) 348-7047 or visit the website for a schedule and/or ticket price options. The fun is going on at Festival Farm, 3695 Division Rd, Harbor Springs, Michigan.

Detroit APBA Gold Cup
July 12-14, 2013, Detroit
The APBA Gold Cup, officially named the APBA Challenge Cup, is among the most prestigious of motor sport trophies, in part because it is the oldest active trophy in all of motor sports. The trophy was first awarded in 1904. See Unlimited Hydroplanes race at speeds near 200 miles per hour! Our event covers a large area on the Detroit River, so there are many different viewing areas and ticket plans. For additional information (ticket, seating, schedule), please call (586) 774-0980 or visit the website.

Week of July 14

Ann Arbor Art Fair
July 17-20, 2013, Ann Arbor
The Ann Arbor Art Fair is a group of four award-winning art fairs that take place every July in downtown Ann Arbor, Michigan. The 2013 Art Fair will take place July 17-20, 2013. 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 – full of sound, color, mystery and drama. The concurrent Ann Arbor fairs include the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair, South University Art Fair, and the State Street Area Art Fair. For more information on this event, visit the website link or call (800) 888-9487.

Beaver Island Music Festival
July 18-20, 2013, Beaver Island
Come to this three day music festival set in a unique wooded venue offering free campsites. The Beaver Island Music Festival is a rich mix of music, art and nature. For a time and space, everyone comes together to share in the important things: song and dance, art and laughter, and a light-hearted peace that’s worth its weight in gold. Admission ticket required. Children 12 and under are free. Visit the website for this year’s line-up and for ticket prices.

Muskegon Bike Time
July 18-21, 2013, Muskegon
Muskegon Bike Time is America’s fastest growing motorcycle event, full of fun, food, music and motorcycles. Each year Western Avenue, in downtown Muskegon, is converted into a 10-block long “Steel Horse Alley” where bikers can show off their rides. Don’t miss all of the fun, including musical entertainment by national artists and blessing of the bikes. Learn more on the website.

National Baby Food Festival
July 17-20, 2013, Fremont
The National Baby Food Festival is gearing up for its 23rd annual celebration of children and families, July 17-20, 2013. Family fun is the key component in the National Baby Food Festival in Fremont, Michigan. Children’s activities, live entertainment, arts & crafts show, 5 and 10K run, and more. Don’t miss the Annual National Baby Food Festival! For More information visit the website link, or call (231) 924-0770

AuSable River Festival
July 20-28, 2013, Grayling
The festival includes fun filled events like a car show, parade, arts and crafts, children’s day, canoe races, food, a 10k run and 120 mile Bike Tour. This event centers around the AuSable River International Canoe Marathon. For more information contact (989) 348-2921 or click on the website link.

Week of July 21

Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival 2013
July 26 – August 4, 2013, Grand Haven
The Coast Guard Festival is a unique, premier ten day national military festival, whose purpose is to honor the men and women of the U.S. Coast Guard. Come and enjoy activities for the whole family with a community picnic, a huge arts & crafts show in Central Park, a midway, water ski show, sporting events and more. Visit the link or call the Coast Guard Festival office for more details at (888) 207-2434 or (616) 846-5940.

Stevensville Summer Fest
July 26-28, 2013, St. Ignace
The Stevensville Summer Fest offers plenty of fun for everyone. The event includes an outdoor movie showing, 5K run, motorcycle ride, children’s entertainment, beer and wine tent, and craft and vendor booths. Come out and join the fun and discover Stevensville Michigan!

Sterlingfest Art & Music Fair
July 25-27, 2013, Sterling Heights
The 2013 Sterlingfest schedule of events features a variety of great music to keep visitors entertained, including jazz, blues, folk and Top 40 entertainment. Plus, free fun activities for the kids allow mom and dad to take their time in the arts & crafts fair. Visit the website for more information.

Sounds & Sights Festival
July 25-27, 2013, Chelsea
This annual event features juried arts and crafts, fine arts display, free entertainment, beer garden, children’s activities, merchant sales, car show, specialty foods and more. For more information visit the website or call (734) 474-9178.

Saugatuck Venetian Festival
July 26 – 29, 2013, Saugatuck
The Festival includes music, a kids fun area with activities, car show, boat parade & fireworks at dusk, and food vendors at Coughlin Park and downtown Saugatuck. For more information, visit the website link or call (616) 886-1162.

Week of July 28

Nautical City Festival
July 30 – August 4, 2013, Rogers City
The Nautical City Festival is a safe, fun filled, family event that promotes community pride in Rogers City with its nautical heritage. Make it to town for the kiddie parade, grand parade, lumberjack shows, parasailing, softball tournaments, and much, much, more. Click here for more information.

Traverse City Film Festival 2013
July 30 – August 4, 2013, Traverse City
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 Traverse City and there are free family movies each night at the Open Space Park on Grand Traverse Bay. For more information visit the website or call (231) 392-1134.

Harbor Days 2013 – Elk Rapids
July 31 – August 3, 2013, Elk Rapids
Get ready to come and enjoy some summer fun when the downtown Elk Rapids area becomes the fun place to be with midway rides and games in a carnival atmosphere, a grand parade on Saturday at noon on River Street and fireworks that night at 10:30pm over the bay. For more information call (800) 626-7328 or visit the website.

Pickford Hay Days
July 31 – August 4, 2013, Pickford
This event is celebrated in Pickford, just a few miles north of Cedarville. The Pickford community rolls out five days of activities. Draft horse pulls, hay bale races, parades, a 2K, 5K & 10K walk/run, teen dance and guitar hero contest, petting zoo, lawn tractor pull, turkey shoot, chicken bbq and much, much more will be offered at this event. Visit the Hay Days website below for a detailed list of activities, plus a downloadable schedule of events. For more information, call (906) 647-9395 or visit the website here.

Imlay City Blueberry Festival 2013
August 2-3 2013, Imlay City
Enjoy hospitality, entertainment on two stages, arts and crafts display, pie, pickle and pizza eating contests, food court vendors and beer tent or the Outhouse Bed Races. Pony rides for the young, car show on the lawn, annual parade on Saturday and fresh blueberries and pies. For more information contact (810) 724-1361 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.