Kick Off Fall with These September 2016 Events

It’s almost the month of September which means the transition from balmy summer into crisp, cool fall. It’s the perfect time to explore Pure Michigan. From the long-running Peach Festival to walking through Cranbrook Gardens, there is a multitude of unique, can’t-miss events happening around the state.

Below is a roundup of September events to help you plan the upcoming month. Visit our events page to see everything going on all month long.

September 1-8

Michigan Peach FestivalMichigan Peach Festival
September 1-5, Romeo

An end-of-summer party that features races, parades, family events, music, food and the (most anticipated) coronation of the year’s Peach Queen. Get a taste of peach-packed goodies as you soak in the scenery, and attend family events like parades, cruises, craft shows and races throughout Labor Day weekend.  The Michigan Peach Festival of Romeo started in 1931, making it the second oldest festival in the state. The young Village President, Edward E. Jacob along with the orchards in the area felt the need to promote the economic growth of the area.

Evart Car Club Cruise
September 2, Evart

The Evart Car Club, Car Cruise, is open to anyone who wants to show their car while traveling in a group. The cruise is typically under 25 miles round trip and attempts to follow paved routes. Cars assemble at the Evart industrial park, located west of Evart on US10 at 4:30pm to sign-in. The cruise begins after 5:00pm and returns to the Moose Lodge on the east side of Evart on US10 by approximately 7:30pm. Participants in the cruise can also register for participation in the Evart Car Show the following day, Saturday, September 3rd.

Labor Day Weekend Arts & Crafts ShowLabor Day Arts and Crafts Show
September 3-4, Tawas City

Don’t miss the last arts and crafts show of the summer! Held on the Saturday and Sunday before Labor Day, this year’s show will be bigger than ever. Vendors will be set up in beautiful Shoreline Park in Tawas City, offering 130 booths of beautiful, hand-made arts and crafts. The show will feature items for sale as diverse as leather goods, yard art, furniture, home decor items, clothes, doll accessories, lotions, paintings, photography, jewelry, rugs, and food items like salsa, fudge, spices, nuts and kettle corn.

Mighty Mac Swim
September 5, Mackinaw City

The Mighty Mac Swim is an epic annual Labor Day race across the Straits of Mackinac between Michigan’s peninsulas, alongside the iconic Mackinac Bridge, which is both challenging and awe-inspiring. Sanctioned by the World Open Water Swimming Association, and members of both the World Open Water Swimming Series (WOWSS) and the Global Swim Series (GSS), the Mighty Mac Swim has been placed prominently on the world stage!

Named the “Michigan Open Water Championship,” the Mighty Mac Swim awards $20,000 to both the overall male and female winners!

Evening with Insectsevening with insects
September 8, Midland

“What’s that bug?” is a common question when experiencing the outdoors. With over 90,000 insects in North American alone, the answer is not always an easy one. Join Interpretive Naturalist Michelle Fournier to take a closer look at the diversity of CNC’s six-legged animals. Spend most of your time outdoors, netting insects and learning how to identify what you find. With the right resources at hand, you’ll see you don’t need an entomology degree to discover the incredible world of insects.

September 9-15

Downtown Traverse City Art WalkDowntown Traverse City Art Walk
September 9, Traverse City

A local favorite, this exhibition of local art is a self-guided tour through Downtown Traverse City with refreshments, food and music.

Port Huron Hobo Fest 2016
September 9-10, Port Huron

The Port Huron and Detroit Railroad Historical Society celebrates Port Huron’s history as a vital international transport center, the city’s struggle to overcome the economic depression and the courage and resourcefulness of those that rode the rails seeking work and adventure.

Wine and Harvest Festival
September 9-11, Paw Paw

Head to the Wine and Harvest Festival in Paw Paw Michigan. There will be events such as live music and wine and beer tasting with breweries and wineries from all over the area. There will also be a parade, a grape stomp, classic car show and a carnival.

Frankenmuth Oktoberfest
September 15-18, Frankenmuth

A German festival with a large wooden dance floor. good food, drinks and souvenirs. Located in the Harvey Kern Pavilion in Heritage Park.

Cranbrook & Friends Garden Walk 2016

Cranbrook & Friends Garden Walk 2016
September 10, Bloomfield Hills

Discover four private gardens in the Bloomfield Hills area and the beloved Cranbrook Gardens! Highlights of this year’s Garden Walk include a city garden, gardens on large lots, ponds and a surprise feature in one garden that children will surely enjoy!

September 16-22

Paddle Antrim FestivalPaddle Antrim Festival
September 16-17, Bellaire

The Paddle Antrim Festival celebrates the waterways and communities of Northern Michigan. This amazing experience includes a two-day paddle through Northern Michigan’s Chain of Lakes and many wonderful events hosted by the local communities. This diverse paddle includes smaller lakes, rivers and larger lakes including the turquoise waters of Torch Lake.

Choose your paddling adventure. While the entire route is 42 miles, each day there are dropout points every 4-7 miles so you can choose the best day of paddling for you. For some it may only be 7 miles the first day while for others it may be all 42 miles over two days. We encourage everyone to choose the best paddling experience for them. Come join us and experience Northern Michigan’s pristine waters!

Camp Kitigin
September 16-18, West Branch

Disconnect from the pressures of life, reconnect with nature and discover your inner child with a screen-free weekend up north, filled with old-school fun and friendship. That means no smartphones, no tablets, no laptops, no wi-fi. (With exceptions for emergencies or after-dinner family check-ins if needed.) We will instead provide participants with journals and disposable cameras to get back to the way we used to experience recreation!

Tulip City Gem & Mineral ShowFondo con guijarros
September 16-18, Holland

Head to the 47th Annual Rock and Mineral Show! Check out some common, strange, different and precious things we have found: dealers, fossils, minerals, exhibits, jewelry, gems, rocks, beads, club sales, artisan market, silent auction, kid’s games, Petoskey polish, fluorescent tent, lapidary demonstrations and new friends!

Michigan Adventure Race: Sleeping Bear Edition
September 17, Glen Arbor

An amazing race in the most amazing place. Experience the grandeur of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Explore Lake Michigan, dunes, historic barns, deep forests and beautiful inland lakes on foot, bike and canoe/kayak.

Model A DayModel Day
September 17, Hickory Corners

The Model A Ford Museum, the world’s largest museum dedicated solely to the Model A, is the perfect destination this summer.

Hop in your Model A and head out to the Gilmore Car Museum for the 4th annual Ford Model A Day and celebrate the heritage of a trusty American car with friends and family. Special events throughout the day will include a swap meet, a Model A Hall of Fame induction, special seminars and more! Bring your Model A or come as a spectator, this show and swap meet will be sure to please as hundreds of Model As gather in Hickory Corners, Michigan on the Gilmore’s Historic Campus. And, don’t miss this year’s special feature, the “Around the World” Coupe!

September 22-30

Fall Duplicate Bridge Event
September 20-22, Harbor Springs

The spring event has become so much fun, we are duplicating it in the fall! Join in for the “Fall Birchwood Inn Bridge Event” hosted by Jayne Paquette, a wonderful director and instructor. The emphasis is on fun, but the competition is real at this ABCL sanctioned event. To this, there is great food and comfortable surroundings added for a fantastic bridge event.

Downtown Divas at DuskDowntown Divas At Dusk
September 22, Tecumseh

Downtown Tecumseh is the place to be for Downtown Divas at Dusk. During the fall on this special evening downtown, merchant will open their doors and offer special promotions, refreshments and many diva delights for your pleasure. Grab that hot pink boa or bust out your fancy diva attire and come join the fun! Many “diva delights” will be featured during this shop ’til you drop event. It’s a great night full of fun and laughter with the special women in your life.

American Sewing Expo
September 23-25, Novi

Sewing, fashion, cosplay and quilting featuring apparel and costume designers, art quilt makers and teaching professionals at classes, seminars, workshops and exhibits. Mothers, daughters, sisters, friends, beginners and experts will experience ‘sew’ much creativity at the free hands-on projects, demonstrations, crafter do-it-yourself programs and live sewing challenge competitions. Featured celebrities and show instructors include couturier fashion designer, Threads contributing editor and author Kenneth King; sewing, embroidery and embellishment expert Hope Yoder; cosplay designer and author Kristie Good; Simplicity Patterns costume pattern designer Andrea Schewe; and fashion sewing expert from “It’s Sew Easy TV” Angela Wolf.

Acme Fall FestivalAcme Fall Festival
September 24, Williamsburg

This annual fall festival features a farmers market, bake sale, craft show, silent auction, pony rides, a car and tractor show, food tent and more!

Sault International Festival of Races
September 24, Sault Sainte Marie

Join up to 500 runners as part of the Sault International Festival of Races (formerly the Sault International Marathon)! Now in its seventh year, the Sault International Festival of Races provides runners with a unique opportunity to run the Sault Ste Marie International Bridge and run alongside the St. Marys River all set against the backdrop of beautiful fall foliage and cool U.P. temperatures.

Trail Towns Tour
September 25, Lansing

Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance presents a fall color bicycle tour of the trail towns of South Lyon, Wixom and Milford on this 30-35 mile ride. This interconnected trail network in Southwest Oakland County is a combination of paved trails, dirt roads and an option of undeveloped trails, including: South Lyon Trail System, Island Lake Recreation Area, Kensington Metro Park, Milford Trail, and Huron Valley Trail. An optional 22 additional paved miles inside Kensington Metro Park and Island Lake Recreation Area. This is a great event to enjoy the last bits of the warm weather in Michigan.

Did we miss your favorite September event? Name it below!

Nine Things You Might Not Have Known About The Soo Locks

Engineer’s Weekend in Sault Ste. Marie is the last Friday in June. There’s something for everyone, historic open houses, spectacular vistas and the opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at the great Soo Locks

Check out these nine interesting facts about the Soo Locks to inspire your visit from Sault Ste. Marie Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.

Photo courtesy of Sault Ste. Marie Convention and Visitor's Bureau

Photo courtesy of Sault Ste. Marie Convention and Visitor’s Bureau

A man-made marvel and the busiest lock system in the world, by cargo tonnage, yes the Soo Locks! On average, between seven and ten thousand ships come through the locks during the shipping season each year.  Built in 1855, these locks connect Lake Superior to Lake Huron and beyond.  We have repeat visitors every season; they call themselves Boat Nerds, that watch ships from all over the world use this free lock system.  Now here are some facts about the locking system and the St. Marys River.

$500.4 Billion value attributed to the iron ore shipped through the Soo Locks each year. An average of 80 million tons of cargo moves through them each year.

7,000 passages each year – Crews at the Soo Locks complete these lockages during the 42- week- long navigations season. They are open 24 hours a day.  Can you take your personal boat through the locks? Yes, as long as you have a motor and permission from the lockmaster.

2,342 miles- ships from all over the world visit this port as the locks are a part of the Saint Lawrence Seaway, which connects Duluth, Minnesota to the Atlantic!

22 Million gallons of water to lift a boat. The locks are powered by gravity itself!  Water moves in and out of the lock chambers by just opening and closing valves.

1000 foot boats- There are 13-1000 footers on the Great Lakes, and the largest boat that comes through the Soo Locks is the Paul R. Tregurtha, in at 1013 feet 6 inches which is larger than three football fields! The first vessels on the great lakes were 40 foot-long canoes.

Mikel B Classen

Photo courtesy of Mikel B Classen via Sault Ste. Marie CVB

9 hours between Lake Superior and Lake Huron, it takes a freighter about nine hours to pass through the St. Mary’s River system

21 foot drop- A thick layer of bedrock holds back the waters of Lake Superior where it joins the St. Marys River. This drop prevented boats from passing through. This reddish sandstone lines most of Lake Superior southern shores and is about 1000 feet-thick.   The Fairbanks Scale Company, which is still in business today, built the first permanent lock, State Lock.

3-4 cents per ton- From 1855 to 1881, this was the toll, but today it is free.

The propeller in Soo Locks Park is from a steamer named the Independence, which exploded just northwest of today’s locks.  One crewman is said to have survived a trip down the rapids on a hay bale from the ship.

Now that you know more about the Soo Locks, come and visit us during Engineer’s Weekend, when you can go into the locks and get up close and personal with this engineering marvel! Can’t make it that one day of the year? You can visit the Soo Locks Park anytime between late March and Mid-January to see the freighters go through the locks.

Engineer’s Day is always the last Friday in June, which falls on the 30th in 2017. See what Engineer’s Weekend is all about in the video below.

 

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Plan a Pure Michigan Adventure with these August Events

August is fast approaching and summer will be soon ending! While the weather is still warm, it’s the perfect time to explore Pure Michigan. From the Milan Bluegrass Festival to an Annual Rubber Ducky Festival, there are a ton of exciting and unique events happening around the state.

Below is a roundup of August events to help you plan the upcoming month. Visit our events page to see everything going on all month long.

August 1-7

44th Annual Sault Summer Arts Festival??????????
August 2, Sault Sainte Marie

The 44th Annual Sault Summer Arts Festival, a juried exhibition and sale of fine arts and crafts, displayed by the artists themselves. The festival is held on the grounds of the Sault City Hall, facing the waterfront and the historic walkway.

The wide array of arts and crafts on display includes paintings, photographs and prints, ceramics, jewelry, carvings, games and furniture. Also included are many items for the yard, clothing, toys, stained and fused glass, wallets and purses, the U. P. in Smoke food wagon, maple syrup products, kettle corn, cinnamon roasted nuts and more.

Milan Bluegrass Festival
August 4-6, Milan

Michigan’s premier Bluegrass Festival is back for its 19th annual edition. Check out some of the new acts in addition to the stars everyone looks forward to seeing each year. This year promises to be one of the best.

Berries, Blues & BBQ Dinner on the Farm
August 5, Grand Junction

Relax under a pavilion while being served an appetizer, entrée and dessert, all made from in-season produce, local meats and cheeses. Enjoy a sampling of locally crafted wine and beer from McIntosh Winery and Round Barn Winery. Blues music will accompany your relaxed dinner and can end the night with a wagon ride through  fields just as the sun is setting. The Farm Dinner Menus will be crafted with in-season produce, meats from a local butcher shop and cheese from Evergreen Creamery in Fennville. The menu for the night will be subject to change based on what foods are available locally.

Taste of Michigan
August 5, Manistique

Your campground host will have an array of UP-made goodies to sample, join at the campground host site. Additional details can be obtained by calling the park at 906-341-2355.

Le Concours de Livingston

Le Concours de Livingston
August 6, Howell

Join for one of the preeminent events in Livingston County. Le Concours de Livingston showcases a stunning array of antique automobiles and motorcycles. You can also enjoy live music, delicious appetizers and beverages. In addition, there will be silent and live auctions featuring some one-of-a-kind items.

 

 

 August 8-14

Jazz on the Ave- Gregg KarukasJazz on the Ave
August 10, Dearborn

Come and enjoy the 8th annual Jazz on the Ave concert series in City Hall Park!

Gregg Karukas takes the stage from 7pm-9pm. Attendees are encouraged to pick a good spot, bring lawn chairs or blankets, and enjoy an evening of live music. Neighborhood restaurants will be selling food at booths located in the park, or concert goers can grab some carry-out and have a picnic! In addition to some talented musicians, there will be a balloon twister and face painter for those young and young at heart.

Leelanau State Park – Meteors & S’mores
August 10, Northport

Come visit Leelanau State Park during the Persied meteor shower. With your naked eye you will be able to watch potentially hundreds of meteors flash across the sky as they enter our atmosphere. Visitors should meet at the parks day use pavilion where free s’mores will be provided for everyone to enjoy during this star-gazing opportunity. They are best viewed while lying on your back, so it is advised visitors bring a lawn chair or blanket. Also, dress according to the weather and bring bug spray and your own beverages.

River Raisin Jazz Festival
August 11-14, Monroe

The River Raisin Jazz Festival is one of the largest free music festivals in the Midwest, attracting over 50,000 visitors each year to St. Mary’s Park on the banks of the Historic River Raisin in Downtown Monroe. One of the headliners for 2016 is Grammy Nominated Vocalist Oleta Adams.

The Cowpie Music Festival
cowpieAugust 12-14, Caledonia

Every second weekend in August, Shagbark Farm, a working Angus cattle farm, becomes home to the Cowpie Music Festival. Join the party in the pasture for a unique cultural experience that includes 18 talented local bands, acres of pastoral camping, delicious food, craft beer, hot air balloon rides and more! Western Michigan’s rolling hills create a perfect natural amphitheater and provide great acoustics for fans dancing in the front row or just relaxing on blankets at the top of the hill. Music fans from all over the region come to party ’til the cows come home!

Legends of the Saginaw Sail
August 13, Bay City

Learn the fascinating history of the Saginaw River as the Appledore sails from Downtown Bay City to the Saginaw Bay. Once out on the open water, help the crew set the sails or relax and enjoy the view. A light lunch of a sub sandwich, chips, cookie and soda/water is served onboard.

Les Cheneaux Antique Wooden Boat ShowWooden Boat Show
August 13, Hessel

The Les Cheneaux Islands Antique Boat Show, a judged event, is held each year in Hessel, in Michigan’s beautiful Upper Peninsula. It has been a major attraction since it began in 1978. The show averages 150 entries and is one of the largest shows featuring antique and classic wooden and non-wooden boats. Restored boats dating back to the early 1900s are registered in this very unique show. The 2016 show will showcase Century Boats. A Festival of Arts is held alongside the boat show, where artists display and sell a variety of fine art & craft. Around 70 of the Midwest’s finest artists participate in this juried show.

August 15-21

Michigan’s State Fair in the Upper PeninsulaMichigan's State Fair in the Upper Peninsula
August 15-21, Escanaba

Come enjoy Michigan’s oldest State Fair in the Upper Peninsula. This week long fair has fun for the whole family with carnival rides, excellent food vendors, agricultural exhibits, livestock shows & auctions, grandstand musical entertainment featuring national acts, stock car races, midway entertainment and much more!

Free fishing event with NASCAR’s Martin Truex Jr.
August 17, Milliken State Park (Detroit)

Grab your fishing pole and come to Milliken State Park and Harbor on August 17 to fish with Furniture Row Racing driver Martin Truex Jr. Fans are invited to join Truex, and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources for a special fishing clinic at 3:55 p.m. . There is no better way to learn about fishing in Pure Michigan than with Truex along the picturesque Detroit River.

Downtown Tecumseh Classic Car & Bike Show & Music in the Park
August 18, Tecumseh

Get your motor running and head on down the highway to the 2016 Tecumseh Classic Car & Bike Show. Cars & bikes will be displayed in the Old National Bank parking lot located at 205 E. Chicago Blvd. and the adjacent downtown parking lot from 6:00 to 8:00 pm for all to enjoy. Special recognition awards will be given. Enjoy music with family and friends at Adams Park by City Hall.

Festival on the Bay
Festival on the BayAugust 19-20, Petoskey

Petoskey’s signature event – Festival on the Bay is a celebration of summer, life along the water and sunsets that can’t be beat.

Come for the music from awesome performers like The Cookies, the ever-popular Petoskey Steel Drum band, perennial favorite Jelly Roll Blues Band, Pete Kehoe, The Accidentals and more.

Vendors will line the promenade at Petoskey’s waterfront with food and frivolously fun items. Take to the water, take in and arts & crafts show, and maybe even get your color on during a fun run. Appearances by the famous Million Dollar Sunsets Petoskey is so well known for are also on the schedule.

29th Annual Rubber Ducky Festival
August 20, Bellaire

The Bellaire Chamber of Commerce is pleased to present the 29th Annual Rubber Ducky Festival. This cool event is a quarter-mile race when 2000 yellow ducks are dumped into the Intermediate River with the finish line at Riverside Marina.

Also join us on Saturday for kids’ activities with face painting, games, bounce houses, slides and water balls, and a matinee movie. Buy treasures at the Fine Arts & Crafts show with over 30 artists, explore downtown Bellaire sidewalk sales and much more. After the finish line, join for “Beatles Forever” at the Bellaire Public Library.

Thunder Over Michigan 2016Thunder Over Michigan 2016
August 20-21, Ypsilanti

Thunder Over Michigan is one of America’s leading airshows and is considered the best “warbird” show in America. Held every summer at Willow Run Airport, the show features world-class entertainment, unique static displays, and fun for the whole family.

August 22-28

Chelsea Community Fair
August 23-27, Chelsea

The Chelsea Community Fair is hosted at the Fairgrounds, which is located just south of downtown Chelsea. The annual fair is organized and run by the Board of Directors and the Daily Activity Fair Committees.

Crim Festival of Races
August 26-27, Flint

Enjoy two-days of family fun as the city of Flint welcomes over 15,000 runners, walkers and fitness enthusiasts to participate in this annual event featuring the Crim 10-Mile Race along with a variety of other races, a Health & Fitness Expo, a Friday evening Crim Pasta Party and the Michigan Mile Race Series. Races begin Saturday at 7:30 a.m. followed by an afternoon entertainment tent with live bands, food vendors and more.

Michigan Paranormal ConventionMichigan paranormal convention
August 26-27, Sault Sainte Marie

The 7th Annual Michigan Paranormal Convention will bring the biggest names of the paranormal industry to Sault Ste. Marie, MI (Michigan’s Oldest City). On August 26th and 27th at Sault Ste Marie Michigan’s Kewadin Casinos Dream Makers Theater, the following experts and television stars will be on hand to cover such topics as paranormal investigating, psychic powers, demonology, UFOlogy and attendees will be able to meet some of their favorite television paranormal investigators.

Margarita Fest
August, 26-27, Lexington

The little town of Lexington is going tropical! Grab your silly hats, leis, blinking anything and head downtown for island music and a Caribbean of fun! Refreshments available all weekend.

Yassou! Greek Cultural Festival
August 26-28, Grand Rapids

Yassou means welcome and we welcome you to Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox church. We are thrilled to bring Grand Rapids an event celebrating the culture and traditions of the Greek Orthodox people. We look forward to sharing with you our music, dances, gifts and of course our food! We welcome you to visit and tour our beautiful church and ask about our Orthodox faith. Please spend some of your weekend with us and we are sure you will be glad you did. Opa!

German Park BiergartenGerman Park Biergarten
August, 27, Ann Arbor

German Park picnics attract thousands of visitors every year. After 75 years of serving traditional German-American hospitality to the public, we know how to make sure everyone has a good time.

Pure Michigan 400
August 28, Brooklyn

Spend the weekend and experience a fast and exciting day at the race tracks during the Pure Michigan 400 set for August 28, 2016. The Sprint Cup Series stars always end the MIS season with an exciting finale, featuring many lead changes and exciting finishes. With great camping, affordable adult prices, special kids pricing, free parking and the ability to bring a bigger cooler with your favorite food and beverages, MIS is the perfect way to end your summer race season.

August 29-31

Street Musique
Through August 31, Harbor Springs

Come and enjoy the various sounds and melodies of local area musicians while strolling through Main Street. Musicians will be performing from 7:00-9:00pm every Thursday until Labor Day weekend. With so many different styles of music offered block to block, every member of the family can relish the local rhythms while eating an ice cream with the kids or just enjoying a nice summer evening walk. Activities for the children will be available, ranging from magic shows and balloon animals to face painting and sidewalk chalk throughout town and at Tom’s Mom’s Cookies.

In the Paint: Art and the Spirit of the Games
In the PaintNow through September 6, Detroit

In the Paint: Art and the Spirit of the Games showcases works of art, presented for the modern Olympic and other international games, which were created by African American artists. Guided by the spirit of Olympism, the creations celebrate fair play, human dignity, equality and determination. By placing artists who created these exemplary works alongside the stories of the athletes who helped break down racial and other social barriers, In the Paint fulfills Pierre de Coubertin’s original mission for the Olympic Games to present the combined beauty of art and athletics.

 Did we miss your favorite August event? Name it below!