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?

Nine Things You Might Not Have Known About The Soo Locks

Engineer’s Weekend in Sault Ste. Marie is June 27 – 28, 2014. This last weekend in June has something for everyone, including boat races, spectacular vistas and the opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at the great Soo Locks.

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

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

Check out these nine interesting facts about the Soo Locks to inspire your visit from 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. Mary’s 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 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, coming in at 1013 feet 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. Mary’s 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!  Engineer’s Day is always the last Friday in June, which is June 27th this year. See what Engineer’s Weekend is all about in the video below.  Have you been to the Soo Locks? Tell us about your experience!

See The World’s Longest Breakfast Table at Battle Creek’s Cereal Festival

It’s all about breakfast in Battle Creek this June 13th – 14th as the Cereal Festival takes over town. Today, guest blogger Becca Freybler from Calhoun County Visitors Bureau gives us three great reasons to check out this unique festival – including the opportunity to eat at the “World’s Longest Breakfast Table!”

Screen Shot 2014-05-31 at 9.04.05 PMFor many people, cereal is their breakfast of choice. It is a quick and easy meal that is perfect for anyone too busy to make a traditional “bacon and eggs” breakfast. But then again, cereal has become a traditional breakfast in American culture. We all have a favorite cereal whether it is Frosted Flakes, Rice Krispies, Fruity Pebbles or one of the many other kinds. Each one of us has our “traditional” brand of cereal.

Growing up in Battle Creek, I was surrounded by cereal. It is hard not to be when you live in a city that thrives on the cereal industry. Cereal was invented here and has stayed here since its invention by the Kellogg brothers in 1894. The Kellogg Company, Post and Ralston are still located in the city and on a good day, you can smell the sweet scent of cereal being made.

Every June, Battle Creek hosts the Cereal Festival to celebrate the city’s rich breakfast history. This year’s celebration is June 13 & 14. It is a celebration the city has been hosting on and off for more than 50 years. Here are 3 reasons why you should come to the Battle Creek Cereal Festival:

It has the World’s Longest Breakfast Table

The Cereal Festival started in 1956 as a way to commemorate the Kellogg Company’s 50th year of business. With this, the World’s Longest Breakfast Table was created. The table spread all the way down Michigan Avenue in Downtown Battle Creek. Over 15,000 volunteers served cereal to festival goers.

TonyToday, the tables are not connected but are spread out one-by-one down Michigan Avenue. There are cereal stations set up and down the street with all different kinds of cereals to choose from. Volunteers from Kellogg, Post and Ralston staff each station, along with community members. Visitors can try as many bowls of cereal as they want for free. Cereal, milk, juice and Pop Tarts are served from 8am to 2pm, but get there early for the best selection!

Tony the Tiger makes an appearance

Every year Tony and his character friends, including Toucan Sam and Sugar Bear, always make an appearance. The face of Frosted Flakes is an iconic figure in cereal history and always a kid favorite. Getting your picture with Tony is a festival tradition.

It’s more than just the breakfast

Besides just the breakfast, every year there is a parade the night before, the Cereal City Classic 5k/10k race, local vendors, live music, and a car show.

Screen Shot 2014-05-31 at 9.04.25 PMThe parade kicks off the festival on Friday at 6pm and goes through the heart of downtown. The Cereal City Classic Race is Saturday morning at 8:15 and uses Battle Creek’s beautiful Linear Path.  Local vendors, live music and the car show keep you entertained after you are finished with your traditional Battle Creek breakfast.

The Cereal Festival is not just a Battle Creek festival. It is young and old celebrating the breakfast that brings people together, it is the three companies coming together to celebrate the food that made them famous, and it is a community celebrating an American tradition.

Come down to Battle Creek and see what the cereal tradition is all about!

Screen Shot 2014-05-31 at 8.55.38 PMBecca Freybler is the Marketing & Social Media Assistant Manager at the Calhoun County Visitors Bureau.