Pure Michigan September 2014 Events Roundup

September will soon be upon us, and with it, the sights, sounds and smells of fall. From great events like Grand Rapid’s ArtPrize to the ever popular Grand Haven Salmon Festival, there is something for everyone to enjoy in the month of September. 

Below is a roundup of some of the many events going on around the state in September. Visit michigan.org for a complete listing of Michigan events.

Week of September 1-7

Arts, Beats & Eats
August 29-September 1, Royal OakArtsBeatsandEats
Oakland County’s premier entertainment festival which draws nearly 400,000 people to experience more than 200 juried art exhibitors, 50 restaurants and 200 performances on 10 stages downtown Royal Oak. 5K/10K and Zumbathon events on the morning of August 30 presented by Priority Health.  Admission fee for festival and events..

Labor Day Mackinac Bridge Walk
September 1, Saint Ignace
Join thousands of walkers and make the 5-mile trek across the Mighty Mackinac Bridge! Walkers can begin walking at 7am and can start up until 11am. The annual trek across the 5-mile long Mackinac Bridge occurs on Labor Day, the only day of the year pedestrians are allowed on the bridge. Walkers begin in St. Ignace at the north end of the Bridge and walk south. The walk is one-way, and bus transportation is available to return you to St. Ignace until 2:30pm. You can also park your vehicle in the parking lot of the Little Bear East Arena and be shuttled to and from the start line for the bridge walk. For additional information, visit the website link.

Hispanic Festival
September 5-6, Grand Rapids
Join the celebration of the Hispanic cultures with continuous entertainment for all ages, delicious food from many regions, beverage tent, a mercado featuring traditional and artisan wares, a 3v3 Futsal tournament (Saturday), and children’s crafts and activities.

The Super Run
September 6, Ann Arbor
The Super Run is a super hero themed family friendly fun run coming to Ann Arbor! There will be activities, giveaways, and lots of fun! Each participant receives Super Hero Swag with their registration including a Super Run cape, Super Run silicone bracelet and temporary tattoo.

Selfridge Air Show
September 6-7, Harrison Township Blue Angels
The highest-flying free show in the Motor City returns to the skies of Macomb County this September. The U.S. Navy Blue Angels, led by Clinton Township native Commander Tom Frosch, will headline the 2014 Selfridge open house and Air Show at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Michigan, Saturday and Sunday, September 6-7. The show will feature a wide assortment of military aircraft and equipment displays, along with a number of civilian acrobatic aerial performances. Admission to the show on the military base is free and the parking is free.

Week of September 8-14

Motown Summer Cruise
September 10, Detroit
Savor the sweet sounds of Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross & The Supremes, The Jackson 5, The Temptations, The Four Tops, and Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, here in the city where it all happened! Dance the night away while enjoying classic cuisine and cocktails as we cruise between the Detroit and Windsor skylines. Join our crew this summer for an absolutely unique Detroit experience. Event will be featuring the KGB Motown Review.

Beerfest at the Ballpark
September 12, Lansing
The fall festival will be held on Jackson Field at Thomas M Cooley Law School Stadium under the stadium lights. Attendees will have the opportunity to taste more than 250 craft beers, ciders, and meads from over 50 Michigan breweries all while enjoying the ballpark’s atmosphere. The festival will feature live music. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door and include entry, a logoed tasting glass, and 10 tasting tickets. Special VIP Tickets may be purchased for $40 in advance and include early entry to the festival at 5pm, a logoed tasting glass, and 15 tasting tickets. Additional tasting tickets will be available for purchase on the day of the event. A $10 designated driver ticket may also be purchased.

Grand Haven Salmon Festivalsalmonfestival
September 12-14, Grand Haven
The 11th Annual Grand Haven Salmon Festival features live jazz music; Michigan tasting pavilion (ID required for wine/beer tasting) featuring Michigan’s top wineries and grape stomping; gourmet salmon cook-off contest; fall harvest beer & entertainment pavilion; downtown merchant market; fine art fair on the waterfront; Big King Salmon fishing contest with weigh-in/awards ceremony; mouth-watering food and beverage treats at the Fresh Catch Fish Boil; Grand Haven historic displays through the Tri-Cities Museum; hands-on children’s nature-themed arts & crafts activities; and educational, environment-focused exhibits, displays, workshops—and more!

Dirty Dash
September 13, Mount Morris
The Dirty dash is a mud-run obstacle course where a military boot-camp meets your inner five-year-old’s fantasy and subsequently converts boy to man and then man to swine. You’ll need endurance to trudge up mountains of sludge, courage to overcome uncompromising obstacles, a complete lack of shame to wallow in pits of mud, and a smile to show through at the end! Go solo or with some of your dirtiest, filthiest, and uncouth friends.

Harbor Springs Fall Cycling Classic
September 13, Harbor Springs
For over 20 years this ride has been a favorite of cyclists from all over the state. The semiannual tour, held in spring and fall, has three distance routes to choose from (20 miles, 44 miles, or 60 miles), great refreshment stops, and a great lunch at the finish. Registration and admission fee required. Weekend lodging packages are available.

Week of September 15-21

Frankenmuth Oktoberfest 2014
September 18-21, Frankenmuth
Head to Frankenmuth for the annual Oktoberfest celebration! A fun and memorable German festival with a large wooden dance floor for dancing and demonstrations. Great food, drinks, and souvenirs. Located in the Harvey Kern Pavilion in Heritage Park.

Toyota Bassmaster Elite Series Angler of the Year Championship
September 18-21, Escanaba
The culmination of the Bassmaster Elite Series season, this tournament will determine the 2014 Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year. Surrounded by a full slate of fan activities, from daily takeoffs and weigh-ins to Bassmaster Elite Series Expo.

Old Town BluesFest
September 19-20, Lansing
The Old Town BluesFest is a two-day free music festival that brings national, regional, and local acts to an audience of roughly 7,000 people from across Michigan and nearby states. The Old Town BluesFest takes place in the streets of Old Town Lansing, at the intersection of Turner St. and E. Grand River Avenue. Lansing Metro Marinas will be giving half-hour tours of the Grand River on Friday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Porcupine Mountains Trail Run – Half Marathon & 5K
September 20, Silver City
The Porcupine Mountains are one of the largest tracts of wilderness east of the Mississippi River. The Porcupine Mountains overlook Lake Superior, the largest fresh water lake on Earth. The coastline is remote and rugged. The marathon course includes some of the most remarkable single track in the idwest and takes runners past tranquil and remote Mirror Lake and along the classic Escarpment Trail where you can almost reach out and touch soaring hawks as you overlook Lake of the Clouds. This event completes a trio of deeply inspiring trail marathon hosted by Great Lakes Endurance (Waugoshance, Grand Island, and Porcupine Mountains) offering runners the best of what Michigan and the Upper Great Lakes have to offer.

Civil War Muster
September 20-21, Holland
Make your way to Holland to remember the Civil War through a weekend re-enactment including professional re-enactors making camp and recreating battles.  This year’s all-new free admission event features two days worth of music, impressions of historical figures, performances, medical scenarios, period-style vendors, and (of course) battle. Event held at Van Raalte Farm.

Week of September 22-28

ArtPrize 2014
September 24-October 12, Grand RapidsArtPrize4
ArtPrize is the world’s largest international art competition open to any artist and decided by public vote. Take 11 days to explore over 4500 artists at 515 venues in Grand Rapids and vote for the entries you think should win.

September 26-27, Detroit
Detroit’s newest nighttime festival of art + light, returns this fall to present 35 local, national and international artists whose cutting edge works of art, lighting design and performance will illuminate the historic architecture of Midtown. For two electrifying evenings, Midtown Detroit will be enveloped in a sea of light as a number of artists converge on Detroit to “light up” buildings and city spaces in Midtown using various mediums that meld sci-fi technology with Victorian spectacle on a grand scale.

South Lyon Area Pumpkinfest
September 26-28, South Lyon 
This year South Lyon’s much anticipated community event celebrates its 30th anniversary. Over the years, the event grew from a craft and antique show to a weekend-long celebration of crafts, music, community, and of course, everyone’s favorite fall product; the pumpkin.

Color Vibe 5K
September 27, Mount Morris
Get ready Flint for the most colorful fun-filled day of your life! You’ll have more color on you than your happy levels can handle! So get your friends and family stretched for this amazing color blast event where you’ll get blasted with color while you run the Color Vibe 5K. Color Vibe is here, and you’re about to get tagged! You’ll be blasted at every color station throughout this awesome 5k run.

Mighty Mac Bridge Race
September 27, Saint Ignace
The Mighty Mac Bridge Race is a certified 11 kilometer course that begins in Mackinaw City, crosses the Mackinac Bridge, winds through downtown St. Ignace, and ends at the Star Line Railroad Dock parking lot. Free busing from Star Line Railroad Dock to race start in Mackinaw City. The $40 entry fee includes Samuel Adams party and SWAG noon until 6pm, medals and division trophies, “Time to the Top” photo on bridge, free busing and local shuttle, long sleeve running shirt, Kewadin Casino package, and chipped bib timing.

Which events do you plan to check out in September? 

Pure Michigan June 2014 Events Roundup

Summer is in the air and festival season is full swing in Michigan. Communities around the state will host a variety of celebrations, and it is the perfect opportunity to see what Pure Michigan is all about. Native Michiganders and visitors alike, there’s something for everyone happening this month. 

Below is a roundup of some of the many events going on around the state in June. Visit michigan.org for a complete listing of Michigan events.

Week of June 1 – June 8

May 30 – June 1, Grosse Ile
Islandfest, is a time to celebrate the beginning of summer and enjoy some small town fun. The week-end-long event features arts & crafts, a fine arts show, children’s activities, a midway, live music featuring 50 Amp Fuse, parade, car show, Friday evening fireworks, historical tours, aircraft displays and rides, a variety of foods and beverages for all ages, monster truck rides, and so much more. Islandfest is a free, fun, family oriented event where all are welcome. Come join the fun!

Jazz on Jefferson
June 4, Saginaw
Jazz on Jefferson is a free music and arts festival on Saginaw’s Historical South Jefferson Avenue that features regional and local artists and musicians. Festival-goers can enjoy festivities that include music, food from local restaurants and an antique and classic car and motorcycle show.

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June 5 – 8, Carson City
Welcome to the 42nd Annual Carson City Frontier Days. The skies will be filled with hot air balloons in the 9th Hot Air Balloon Shoot-Out this year. Back by popular demand is the chainsaw carver with his amazing art, Kids’ Zone, the outdoor movie on Friday night and the fireworks to finish out the night on Saturday.

National Asparagus Festival
June 6 – 8, Hart
The National Asparagus Festival celebrates West Michigan’s famous crop with activities for all ages. This festival features live entertainment, an asparagus food show, the Grand Parade, the Spear-It 5k, an arts and crafts fair, a variety of kids activities and the opportunity to meet the Asparagus Queen!

Baraga County Lake Trout Festival
June 7, L’Anse
The 8th annual Baraga County Lake Trout Festival will take place Saturday, June 7, 2014,  which coincides with Michigan’s Free Fishing Weekend. No fishing license is necessary on that weekend. (in case of inclement weather, the Festival will be held Sunday June 8). Activities will include 5K, kids games, bike race, arts and crafts fair, music by local talent, and more. All events will take place at the Waterfront Park and marina in downtown L’Anse.

Civil War Re-Enactment Weekend
June 7 – 8, Lexington
Union, Rebel, and Civilian Re-Enactors relive the Civil War on the the village streets and Harbor of Lexington, Michigan. Encampments show life at the time of the civil war. There is a fashion show on Saturday and the speaker, Patsy Chapman, will speak about the underground railroad. Each day the canons fire over Lake Huron.

Week of June 9 – June 15

lilac-bushMackinac Island Lilac Festival
June 6 – 15, Mackinac Island
The idea of the festival was to bring people to the island to enjoy a great horse drawn parade amidst the lovely lilacs that fragrance the island in June. Now a ten day festival, includes comedy show, afternoon tea at the Grand Hotel, music, walking tours, hayrides, arts and crafts, 10K run, Lilac Festival Queen, dancing, wine tasting, bingo, Lilac strolls and much more.

Hamburg Family Fun Fest
June 11 – 15, Hamburg
The Hamburg Family Fun Fest brings family fun to the park line never before, attracting more than 50,000 attendees. Feature attractions include amusement rides, circus, petting zoo, talent competition, classic car show, arts & crafts just to name a few. A variety of concerts will be held throughout the weekend on two stages.

Michigan Sugar Festival
June 11 – 15, Sebewaing
The Michigan Sugar Festival celebrates the Sebewaing-area’s contribution to the sugar industry and sugar beet crops. The event features a grand parade, a midway and the crowning of the Michigan Sugar Queen. There are town-wide garage sales and plenty of family fun.

Bavarian Festival 2014
June 12 – 15, Frankenmuth
The Bavarian Festival is located in the Harvey Kern Pavilion in Heritage Park. Sing and dance to Bavarian music played by costumed German bands. Taste the hearty Bavarian foods, plump bratwurst, barbecued chicken and homemade pretzels.

Antiques and Collectibles Show
June 14, Gaylord
Antiques and Collectibles, under the Pavilion On Court in downtown Gaylord. Free admission, plenty of parking nearby, 20+ dealers of quality antiques & collectibles. Furniture, primitives, textiles and vintage fabrics, glass, pottery, post cards, toys and much much more for sale. RAIN OR SHINE!

Pictured Rocks Day
June 14, Munising
This will be the second year for Pictured Rocks Day which will be held at Bayshore Park in Munising. There will be bands, vendors, food, beer tent, nature shows, stand up paddle board, and kayaking demonstrations.

Week of June 16 – June 22

Tecumseh’s Classic Car & Bike Show
June 19, Tecumseh
Get your motor running and head to Tecumseh to see over 200 cars and motorcycles on display in the United Bank & Trust Hickman Financial Center parking lot located at 205 E. Chicago Blvd. and the adjacent downtown parking lot from 6–8pm for all to enjoy.

Antiques on the Bay Classic & Antique Auto Show
June 20 – 21, Saint Ignace
The first of three auto-related events features restored classic and antique vehicles on display along the downtown waterfront. Entertainment and autos dating 25 years or older are all part of the fun. Registration and a Mackinac Bridge Rally are slated for Friday, with autos on display Saturday. Admission is free for the public.

riverdaysDetroit River Days
June 20 – 22, Detroit
The 2014 festival will continue to celebrate Detroit’s maritime, ecological and culinary culture while again featuring many proven crowd-favorite, family-friendly activities and programming elements from previous festivals. Interactive exhibits, large-scale sand sculptures, strolling entertainers, eco-friendly kids’ zones, carnival rides, and live concerts with performances featuring more than 50 local, national and international music acts will be back this year. $3 admission fee, after 5pm admission is $5.

Spring Fest Arts & Crafts Fair
June 21 – 22, Pentwater
Experience the beauty of spring and summer at our annual Arts and Craft Festival. Over 100 vendors provide hand-made crafts, a special skill or art, a skilled trade or antiques on the Village Green. We’ll have live music on the Green. This is a weekend not to miss.

Week of June 23 – June 30

Ford Fireworks
June 23, Detroit
The Parade Company is excited to pump up the City of Detroit, on June 23rd as we produce the 56th Ford Fireworks presented by Target, along the Detroit River. This event attracts hundreds of thousands of spectators for one of the most anticipated summer nights in Detroit,  one of the nation’s largest fireworks displays.

Ann Arbor Summer Festival
June 13 – July 6, Ann Arbor
The Ann Arbor Summer Festival is an exhilarating celebration of performing arts, outdoor entertainment, and community spirit. A boutique music and arts festival, the three-week gathering offers dozens of performances, activities, exhibitions, and screenings representative of the best in music, dance, comedy, film, circus and street arts, and family entertainment. the Ann Arbor Summer Festival produces two concurrent programs, one indoor and one outdoor, at various venues and spaces across the University of Michigan campus and in downtown Ann Arbor.

Freighter in locks with lots of peopleSoo Locks Engineers Day
June 27, Sault Sainte Marie
A Michigan landmark will open its doors to the public, when the Soo Locks hosts its annual open house Soo Locks Engineers Day on Friday June 27, 2014. The day celebrates the engineers who built the Soo Locks along with the men and women of the past and present who maintain the Locks. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers invite people of all ages to come explore the Soo Locks and avail themselves the rare opportunity to walk across the Lock walls. These walls make it possible for freighters to traverse the 21-foot drop between Lake Superior and the lower Great Lakes. To gain a real understanding of how this engineering marvel works only a visit will do.

Lansing Beer Fest
June 28, Lansing
Lansing Beer Fest, Saturday June 28, 2014, 1pm – 6pm. Come out and enjoy the downtown Lansing area of Reo Town. Lansing Beer Fest is an outdoor beer festival on Washington Avenue that will exclusively feature 30 Michigan Breweries and 100+ craft beers. Food trucks, live music, vendors and more! Visit the website link for ticket information and featured breweries. This is a rain or shine event. Event held on Washington Avenue in front of Reo Town Pub.

Yoga At The Detroit Zoo A Record Setting Event
June 29, Royal Oak
Join The Yoga Movement at the Detroit Zoo on Sunday, June 29, 2014, for a special morning of yoga, music and fun. Participants will also have the opportunity to be part of an attempt to set the new Guinness World Record for “Longest Yoga Chain”. From beginner to expert, Yoga At The Zoo! is for everyone who enjoys yoga or wants to try it. Afterwards, participants can enjoy the Detroit Zoo at their leisure. Participation is limited to 2,500 and open to all ages. Tickets are $30 and available at the website link.

Harbor Festival
June 27 – July 6, Ludington
Harbor Festival is filled with nine days of exciting activities for you and your family to enjoy. With everything from touring our historic lighthouses to letting your little ones take spin on the Baby Badger, or taking in the incredible fireworks display at the beach, you are sure to walk away with memories that will last a lifetime.

Which June events do you plan to attend? 

Pure Michigan November Events Roundup

November in Michigan brings a unique combination of fall festivities and holiday cheer. From festivals to parades to local tree lightings, there’s always something happening throughout the month in Pure Michigan.

For a complete listing of Michigan’s November events, visit michigan.org/events.

Week of 11/1/12

Ann Arbor Annual Arts & Crafts Festival
November 3, 2012, Ann Arbor
This juried arts and crafts show features 50+ artisans with their unique handcrafted items. There is something for the entire family including concessions and door prize drawings for gifts created by the artists themselves. There is also a complimentary “Kids Kraft Korner” and face-painting. Admission is $2 (under 12 yrs no charge) and free parking and shuttle service is available. Held at the New Grace Apostolic Temple, 2898 Packard Rd. Ann Arbor, MI 48108 from 10am-5pm.  For more information, visit the website link or call (734) 368-8897.

Shipshewana on the Road
November 3, 2012, Mount Pleasant
Held at the Soaring Eagle Casino, the event features dealers from the famous outdoor market selling crafts, toys, jewelry, and more. The event runs on Saturday from 9am-6pm & Sunday from 10am-5pm. Admission is $4 at the door. Free parking. For more information, call (269) 979-8888.

Iceman Cometh Challenge
November 3, 2012, Traverse City
The Iceman Cometh Challenge is a grueling 27-mile off-road bicycle race through the Pere Marquette State Forest between Traverse City and Kalkaska. Rain, sunshine, sleet, snow or ice – nothing stops this race, which attracts 3,700 cyclists and 4,000 spectators from across the US and Canada. Phone (231) 922-5926 for more information.

Holly Daze on Drummond Island
November 3, 2012, Drummond Island
Come and enjoy local arts & crafts on Saturday, November 3, on Drummond Island from 10am to 3pm. Maps will be available the day of the show detailing the places of activities. Enjoy Door Prizes and Finger Foods. Call (800) 737-8666 for more information.

Toast the Season Wine Trail Event 2012
November 3-4, 2012, Suttons Bay
The annual Toast the Season wine trail tour features a special wine pour accompanied by holiday themed gourmet food at each of the Leelanau Peninsula member wineries. At your assigned starting winery, you will be given a souvenir glass, a holiday gift basket and an ornament. Tickets are $75 for couples or $50 for singles, and you may visit 8 wineries each day in whatever order you desire between the hours of 11am to 5pm Saturday and noon to 5pm Sunday. For more details call (231) 256-2829.

Week of 11/7/12

East Lansing Film Festival
November 7-15, 2012, East Lansing
The East Lansing Film Festival (ELFF) is the largest and most diverse film festival in Michigan dedicated to screening independent and foreign feature, documentary, short and students films from around the world. For more information call (517) 980-5802

Grand Rapids International Wine & Food Festival 2012
November 8-10, 2012, Grand Rapids
An annual pre-holiday event! This festival has established itself as Michigan’s premier event for the celebration and tasting of the finest foods, wines, beers and spirits. From the connoisseur who lives and breathes for the finer things in life to the novice looking for an introduction to the world of food and spirits, the International Wine & Food Festival will deliver a grand experience that is sure to please every palette. No one under 21 allowed. Admission is $15. Hours: Thurs 5-10 pm, Friday 4-10 pm and Saturday noon-9 pm. For more information on this event, visit the website link.

Blissfield Yuletide – A Season of Bliss
November 9-10, 2012, Blissfield
Join us for a weekend filled with holiday shopping, craft shows, train rides, Santa and his reindeer and so much more. For more information call (517) 486-3671.

Edmund Fitzgerald Memorial Ceremony
November 10, 2012, Paradise
The Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum presents the annual Edmund Fitzgerald Memorial Service at 7pm. The service includes reflections, music and the Call to the Last Watch Ceremony in which the ship’s bell is rung 29 times for each crewman who went down with the famous vessel, plus a 30th ring for all who have lost their lives on the Great Lakes. For more information call (800) 647-2858

Women’s Only Weekend
November 9 – 11, 2012, South Haven
The second annual Wow Weekend will have more events, more entertainment, more shopping, more pampering, and more fun! Tickets are $60 each ($50 ticket blocks of four or more through October 31st) and are limited. Tickets include complimentary food and beverage tastings, nightly entertainment, classic chick flicks, extra shopping perks, wine & cheese reception, comedy night, dueling pianos, plus: America’s #1 Neil Diamond Tribute Artist. For more information on this event, visit the website link or call (800) 433-9210.

Week of 11/14/12

Festival of Trees
November 15-25, 2012, Muskegon
The Muskegon Museum of Art will host its Festival of Trees event November 15 through Sunday, November 25. For the Festival, MMA volunteers, staff, and professional designers transform the largest gallery space in the museum into a holiday panorama with themed trees, seasonal decor, a gingerbread village and model train station. Festival admission includes access to museum exhibits. The festival and the museum will be closed for Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 22. Festival admission: $5 per adult, $2 per child ages 3 to 17 (under age 3, free), $3 for MMA members. All-Festival Pass: $10 per person. Call (231) 720-2570 for visitor information.

Grand Haven Light Night
November 16, 2012, Grand Haven
Enjoy downtown Grand Haven as the lights begin to turn on in the trees for the first time this holiday season. Participating stores will be holding their holiday open houses with excellent ideas for everyone on your gift list. Luminaries will be lining the street as we kick off the holidays from 5pm to 9pm! For more information, contact the Grand Haven Main Street Downtown Development Association at (616) 844-1188.

Ladies’ Weekend Expo 2012
November 16-18, 2012, Lansing
Gather your female friends and family and head to the ultimate women’s outing! Enjoy a weekend full of activities designed specifically with you in mind. You don’t want to miss the show with amazing vendors featuring jewelry, clothing, cosmetics, home decor, giveaways and more. Admission is $7 at the door. The event takes place from 10am-7pm Fri & Sat and 11am-5pm Sunday. For additional information, visit the website link or call (616) 466-4451.

Detroit Christmas WonderFest
November 16-25, 2012, Detroit
WonderFest is a European Style Outdoor Christmas Market. Highlights of Christmas Wonderfest will include an International Marketplace featuring gifts and goods from countries across the globe, a local showcase and gallery featuring work from the region’s finest artists, and a Central City Marketplace offering mementos from Detroit’s most beloved landmarks and cultural institutions. Christmas WonderFest will take place in the city’s central plaza, Campus Martius Park—home of Detroit’s official Christmas tree and popular ice-skating rink. Wonderfest will kick off the holiday season in grand style during two of the highest traffic periods annually in downtown Detroit—beginning with the ceremonial Holiday season tree-lighting event on November 16 and continuing through the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade festivities, ending Sunday November 25. For more information on this event, visit the website link.

Brighton’s Holiday Glow
November 17, Brighton
Brighton’s Holiday Glow launches the holiday season with festivities that will bring a glow to the faces of all in attendance. The event begins at 4pm with holiday music, dance performances, hay rides, train rides, a nativity petting farm, a station to write letters to Santa and tasty holiday treats. Santa and Mrs. Claus will join the mayor of the City of Brighton and Mike Marino and John King of WHMI’s “Morning Crew” at approximately 5:45pm at the Millpond in downtown Brighton where Santa will magically light the trees to orchestrated synchronized music. For more information contact (810) 227-5086.

Week of 11/21/12

America’s Thanksgiving Parade
November 22, 2012, Detroit
The Parade starts-off at Woodward Avenue and Mack in downtown Detroit and ends at Woodward Avenue and Congress. Detroiter’s have enjoyed the rich tradition of going downtown to celebrate Thanksgiving for generations. The route will honor this Thanksgiving Day tradition that began more than 80 years ago while providing parade-goers the opportunity to enjoy the transformation of our great city. This year’s Parade will have crowd favorites and new surprises with more than 75 Parade units including floats, balloons, award-winning marching bands, clowns, specialty acts, celebrities and The Parade Company’s own Distinguished Clown Corps. Call (313) 923-7400 for more details.

Charlevoix Christmas Tree Lighting
November 22, 2012, Charlevoix
Get in the spirit of the season and join the festivities at the Community Christmas Tree Lighting complete with a visit from Santa, ornament making and hot cocoa and cookies. Santa lights the tree at 6pm sharp. For more information contact (231) 547-2101.

Frankenmuth Holiday Celebration & Candlewalk
November 23, 2012, Frankenmuth
The Frankenmuth Holiday Celebration is the perfect way to start the Christmas season.  The night kicks-off with hot chocolate and cookies at 6pm and the ceremony starts at 6:30pm. Candlewalk from the River Place to the Chamber Platz for the lighting of the Tannenbaum. Santa will be in the Pavilion from 7-9pm. Call (800) FUN -TOWN or (989) 652-6106 for more information.

Starry, Starry Night
November 23, 2012, Grand Marais
Local merchants and shops stay open late with spectacular Christmas Specials. Look for signs for great deals to kick off your Christmas shopping. For more information contact (906) 494-2447.

Great Macaroni and Cheese Bake-off
November 24, 2012, Traverse City
The Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula will host some of the area’s top restaurant chefs who have turned the classic comfort food dish of Macaroni & Cheese into culinary marvels! This rich and creamy fare is paired with wines from Old Mission – Rieslings, Pinot Grigios, Chardonnays and more. Discover and enjoy what our local chefs have cooked up this year! Tickets are $40 and include a souvenir wine glass and plate. Call (231) 933-9787 for more information.

Week of 11/28/12

Lego® Architecture: Towering Ambition
November 3, 2012 – February 24,2012, Dearborn
Childhood’s favorite bricks re-create some of the world’s most famous and fanciful buildings including The Empire State Building and John Hancock Tower. The exhibit also features a hands-on LEGO® Play Pit to create your own masterpieces in. For information call (313) 982-6001.

Dutch Winterfest
November 17 – December 8, 2012, Holland
Historic downtown Holland provides the perfect backdrop for this holiday festival which kicks off with an open house complete with luminaries and roasting chestnuts, and continues with events for the entire family! Enjoy the creatively lighted floats and imported “lampions” in the Parade of Lights. Visit with Sinterklaas, the Dutch St. Nicholas and his mischievous Zwarte Piet helpers, and stroll through the “Kerstmarkt”, a European open-air Christmas market. There are holiday theatre and musical performances, a greens sale, Victorian Christmas teas, special exhibits, and, of course, Santa himself. Holland’s warmed cobblestone sidewalks, unique shops and galleries, specialty import shops and open-air market provide one-of-a-kind holiday shopping throughout the festival. Call (800) 506-1299 for more information.

The Nutcracker
November 30 – December 2, 2012, Midland
Leap into the holiday season with the most beloved ballet of all time: The Nutcracker! Share the magic and rekindle the tradition – or start a new one – as the Grand Rapids Ballet Company returns to bring this timeless classic to life. Experience the magic of the dazzling sets, costumes and choreography combined with the MSO performing Tchaikovsky’s timeless score for an enchanting performance the whole family will enjoy. Nov 30, 2012, 7:30pm; Dec 1, 2012, 3pm; Dec 1, 2012, 8pm;  Dec 2, 2012, 3 pm. Tickets available starting now. Call (800) 523-7649 or (989) 631-5930.

Hometown Christmas
November 30 – December 2, 2012, Ontonagon
Hometown Christmas features a parade, mule-drawn wagon rides, community tree trimming, light tours, a dance and crafts over the course of the first weekend in December. For more information contact (906) 884-4837.

Caro’s Gingerbread Village
November 30 – December 5, 2012, Caro
An old-fashioned holiday in Caro is where true happiness is homemade. Events include gingerbread house competitions for all ages, baking contest, family fun fest, raffles and visits from Fred and Ginger Bread, the mascots of the event. For more information contact (989) 673-5211.

Don’t miss your chance to see what else is happening in cities across Michigan throughout the month. Visit michigan.org for a complete listing. What event or festival are you most looking forward to in November?