Festivals This Week in Michigan – Beginning Aug 3rd

Summer is now in full swing, so to help you fill those long summer days with Pure Michigan fun, take a road trip and find a Michigan festival to suit your taste.

Let’s begin at Summerfest, Coopersville which runs August 3 – 8.  This 6 day volunteer driven festival began as a locals-only event and now boasts an estimated 100,000 visitors on their busiest day.  This family friendly festival features the annual Del Shannon Car Show.

 

Michigan leads the nation in blueberry production, so there is no better way to celebrate and help the Michigan economy

Michigan Blueberries

than to attend the 46th National Blueberry Festival in South Haven, August 6 – 9.  Enjoy chef demonstrations, music and entertainment, an opportunity to meet Miss Michigan and many other attractions.

 Travel to Crystal Falls in the Upper Peninsula and participate in the Humungus Fungus Fest, August 7 – 9.  The what Fest, you ask?  Well, several years ago a “Humungus Fungus” was discovered in the Crystal Falls area.  The fungus weighs 11 tons and covers over 37 acres, the largest fungus in the world.  So why not have a festival to celebrate, the main event of which is of course, you guessed it, the cooking and eating of the Humumgus Pizza – a 10 x 10 feet fungus pizza which is also the largest in the world.

Humungus Fungus Crystal Falls

Humungus Fungus

If you’re a “Parrot Head” (Jimmy Buffet fan) or just love Cheeseburgers, then we have the festival for you – the 11th Cheeseburger in Caseville, August 7-16.  Enjoy the fun, music and summer at this 10 day festival.

If Jazz instead of Jimmy Buffet is your thing, then don’t miss the 8th River Raisin Jazz Festival, Monroe, August 8-9.  This free Jazz festival has been called the fastest growing music festival in the Great Lakes Region.  Artists include Chuck Mangione, Peter White, Nelson Rangell and many more.

This is just a small selection of the festivals taking place throughout Michigan in the coming week.  For a list of events throughout August check out our What’s Happening This Month post or visit the michigan.org event page.

Stay tuned for future event breakdowns to help you make this a Pure Michigan summer to remember.

August 2009 Events Roundup

Traverse City Film Festival – July 28-August 2, 2009

Independent, classic and foreign films are shown at multiple locations, including free outdoor screenings on an inflatable screen at the Open Space Park on Grand Traverse Bay.

54th Munger Potato Festival, July 30-August 2, 2009

“Spud-tacular” fun features carnival, Figure 8 Derby, live entertainment, a parade and food (including tons of free potatoes!).

32nd Fish Sandwich Festival, Bay Port, July 31-August 1, 2009

“It takes two hands to hold one” declare those who’ve served thousands of original fish sandwiches at this bayside event.  Fireworks, entertainment, car show, Bingo, and arts & crafts.

Au Gres Pirate Festival, August 1, 2009

A day of fun with a pirate theme including a homemade raft race, games, costume contests and music.

Summerfest, Coopersville, August 3-8, 2009

The hometown of “Runaway” Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Del Shannon hosts a 5K “Runaway,” a car cruise and show in his honor plus a quilt show, rides on the vintage C&M Railway, fun for kids and more.

35th Boyne Falls Polish Festival, August 6-9, 2009

Polka tent with great music and Polish food all weekend celebrates heritage of the area. Grand parade, horse pull, 4 WD mud run, plus Oldies Night and car cruise.

46th National Blueberry Festival, South Haven, August 6-9, 2009

Annual celebration of this important Michigan crop.

Pig Gig, Bay City, August 6-9, 2009

Rib festival cook-off and a whole lot more at Veterans Memorial Park, including live entertainment, children’s activities, cooking demos, fun contests and pig racing.

42nd Coloma Glad-Peach Festival, August 7-9, 2009

Tasty peach treats, bake-fest, music, fun run, carnival, Peach Pit Spit and parade.

Gladwin County Carriage Festival, August 7-9, 2009

Period dress encouraged for festive events including horse drawn carriages on parade and on display, and vintage base ball.

Great Lakes Folk Festival, East Lansing,  August 7-9, 2009

Multiple stages for diverse music and dance performances, plus Folk Arts Marketplace, a Taste of Traditions food court, and activities celebrating multi-cultural heritage.

Humongous Fungus Fest , Crystal Falls, August 7-9, 2009

The 38-acre mushroom that mostly thrives underground. The fun includes a mushroom cook-off, games, music, Humungus Pizza, and Fungus Fest Parade.

11th Cheeseburger in Caseville, August 7-16, 2009

Jimmy Buffett tribute bands, Parade of Tropical Fools (August 12), sailing parade, Caribbean street dance, and a world of cheeseburgers.

Antique Wooden Boat Show, Hessel, August 8, 2009

Showcase for beautifully restored boats, plus a festival of the arts with juried art show, and live music, food, and more.

8th River Raisin Jazz Festival, Monroe, August 8-9, 2009

Two days of free music outdoors, proceeded by Thursday’s River Raisin Jazz Series and Jazz in the Square on Friday.

Victorian Art Fair, West Branch, August 8-9, 2009

Victorian-themed event with juried arts & crafts show, old fashioned entertainment, contests for kids in Irons Park. Period costumes, too.

Buckley Old Engine Show, August 13-16, 2009

See “the past in motion” with hundreds of antique gas, steam and oil engines on display, plus working blacksmiths and foundry, old time crafts demos, flea market, arts and crafts.

Heritage Celebration, Calumet, August 14-15, 2009

Traditional music, dance, food and arts of the diverse ethnicity of immigrants who settled the region.

25th St. Johns Mint Festival, August 14-16, 2009

Mint information display explains the importance of Michigan’s mint growing area, plus family fun and entertainment including a chocolate mint pudding-eating contest.

15th Woodward Dream Cruise, North Detroit Metro, August 15, 2009

World’s largest one-day gathering of classic cars and enthusiasts. Attracting more than 40,000 vehicles and a million-plus car lovers.

Mackinac Music Festival, Mackinac Island, August 18-20, 2009

A variety of music, from Celtic to rock, at various locations on the island. A family-friendly hoedown caps the event.

45th Danish Festival, Greenville, August 20-23, 2009

Heritage celebration features hot aebleskivers and Danish cookies, Viking sword fights, Danish dinner, teen and kiddie events, music, hot air balloon flights and Grand Dansk Parade.

Wild Blueberry Festival, Paradise, August 21-23, 2009

Pies, muffins, pancakes and the blueberry brunch, pie eating contest, art fair, and music at the Blueberry Jamboree.

5th Porcupine Mountains Music Festival, Ontonagon, August 28-30, 2009

The sounds of folk, jazz and bluegrass music fill the wild and wonderful old-growth forest of the western Upper Peninsula in Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park on the Lake Superior shoreline.

Michigan State Fair, Detroit, August 28-September 7, 2009

The State Fair, founded in 1849, celebrates Michigan’s agricultural heritage with livestock and ag exhibits, midway games and rides, live entertainment, food, and community arts.

 

Summertime in Michigan – Pure Michigan Style

Summer time in Michigan is also festival time.  Regardless of what part of the state you either live in or decide to visit during the summer months, you can always find something going on

Dowagiac in Southwest Michigan has a diverse community which is reflected in their annual  Summer in the City Fun Fest, July 23 – 25.  With over 45 hours of entertainment that ranges from African drumming and dance to hillbilly punk rock, there is something for everyone.  This event is also very family friendly with many interactive workshops and games for children.  And for those fitness fanatics out there, they have the 5K and 10K Steve’s Run.

Are you a beer connoisseur, or just someone willing to give new flavors a try?  Then you should take the time to visit Ypsilanti on July 24 and 25 for the 12th Annual Summer Beer Festival in historic Depot Towns’ Riverside Park.  With over 100 breweries from throughout the State participating there will be an outstanding 300+ beers to choose from.  Just make sure you bring your designated driver with you.

Railroad enthusiasts cannot afford to miss the Train Festival in Owosso, July 23 – 26.Owosso Train Festival  This is “America’s Largest Celebration of Railroading” featuring 8 operating steam locomotives plus model train layouts and miniature railroad.  This year the Southern Pacific “Daylight” No. 4449 locomotive is scheduled to travel to Michigan from Portland, Oregon in conjunction with the festival. 

If Railroads are not your thing, then how about honoring the brave men and women of the US Coast Guard by attending the 85th US Coast Guard Festival, July 24 through August 2 in Grand Haven. This event began as a personnel picnic in 1924 and progressed over the years to become the celebration that it is today.  The festival includes public tours of a Coast Guard cutter, parades, live entertainment, water ski show, carnival, and dancing for all ages.

Art on the RocksVenture to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and visit Marquette this summer and take in the 51st Annual Art on the Rocks Festival at Mattson Lower Harbor Park near the waters of Lake Superior.  Over 200 artists will have their art on display and available for purchase.  So whether you are in the market for that next great piece of art for your living room, or you just enjoy that festival atmosphere, this is definitely the place to be July 25 – 26 this summer.

These are just a few of the many Festivals taking place in Michigan over the next week or so.  There are too many festivals to list all at once, but hopefully this has given you taste for the diversity that Michigan has to offer.  Stay tuned for future regular updates of events and things to do around Michigan.  In the meantime, to find more things to do around Michigan visit the michigan.org events page and have yourself a Pure Michigan summer.