19 Things to do this Summer in Holland, Michigan!

Well-known for its Dutch history, Holland is historic yet hip. This unique place offers something for every personality.  Discover Holland put together a list of things that you need to experience before this summer is over.

19. Climb 230 steps to the top of Mt. Pisgah, a towering sand dune with stunning views of Lake Michigan, Lake Macatawa and Big Red Lighthouse.

18. Tour a 260 year-old historic windmill! “DeZwaan” is the only authentic, working, Dutch windmill in the United States! This gem is at the center of a 36-acre public park with manicured lawns, landscaped gardens, and a Dutch street organ. You can take a guided tour of this landmark structure, celebrating 50 years in Holland, Michigan!

DeZwaan Windmill. Photo Courtesy of Scott Mievogel.

DeZwaan Windmill. Photo Courtesy of Scott Mievogel.

17. Nelis’ Dutch Village – slide down a giant wooden shoe slide, kick up your heels at an authentic Dutch Dance lesson or get a birds’-eye view from the antique Ferris wheel. New in 2015 – make your own authentic Stroopwaffel at the Hungry Dutchman Café!

16. Learn how Holland’s breweries and distilleries are using Michigan-grown products to create their award-winning beers and spirits. Tour New Holland Brewing Company’s brewing and distilling facilities (Saturdays only), or Coppercraft Distillery (Wednesday-Saturday) for a farm-to-glass experience! A stop Warner Vineyards’ tasting room in downtown Holland will complete your tasting experience with samples of fine Michigan wines – or a wine slushie!

15. The Holland Farmers Market is the place to find the freshest local, seasonal produce, meats, cheeses and more! Visit Saturdays at 10am for the weekly Chef Series presentation or Wednesday mornings for free kids’ activities.

Holland Farmers Market - Photo Courtesy of Scott Meivogel.

Holland Farmers Market – Photo Courtesy of Scott Meivogel.

14. Thursday nights the streets of downtown Holland come alive with the Summer Street Performer Series, where you’ll find 8th Street packed with families enjoying more than 30 eclectic street performers, from mimes to musical acts to aerial acrobats!

13. Experience the lakeshore from two wheels – the Holland area has more than 155 miles of paved, bike paths for riders of all levels, as well as dedicated mountain biking trails. Is kicking back more your style? Take a ride on the Petal Cab, a pedi-cab service that offers tours of the Holland area.

12. Dine al fresco at Holland’s beautiful waterfront restaurants, (The Piper or Boatwerks), or view a stunning sunset from the 5th floor deck at CityVu Bistro, located in downtown’s CityFlats Hotel.

11.  Enjoy a summer sunset over Lake Macatawa during a Friday night concert at Kollen Park, where live music from high-energy regional acts brings the crowd to their feet!

10. Art in the Park is Holland’s annual fine arts and crafts fair in Centennial Park. The 46th annual fair on August 1 welcomes the lakeshore’s finest artists, potters and makers to showcase their wares in the heart of Holland. Local downtown galleries join the fun during the special gallery walk events Friday, July 31- Saturday August 1.

9. Savor the lakeshore, Michigan’s most agriculturally diverse region, with a u-pick experience at one of the area’s farms. Strawberries, blueberries, cherries, peaches and apples are all readily available in season.

8. Explore the trails at the Outdoor Discovery Center or DeGraaf Nature Center, where you’ll find educational nature experiences and good old-fashioned fun! Families will enjoy barrier-free fishing and trail access at the Outdoor Discovery Center, and enjoy events like Maple Sugar Days at DeGraaf.

7. The fun continues even as summer winds down – the Holland/Zeeland Truck Parade on Monday, September 7 begins in downtown Zeeland and ends at the Holland Civic Center with a chance to climb aboard the big rigs!

6. Shop ‘til you drop! Downtown Holland’s eclectic mix of retail boutiques means there’s something for everyone – and get ready to find a bargain during the annual Sidewalk Sales August 7 and 8!

Downtown Holland Shopping. Photo Courtesty of Scott Meivogel.

Downtown Holland Shopping. Photo Courtesty of Scott Meivogel.

5. Have a hands-on cooking experience at Fustinis Oil & Vinegar, where cooking classes focusing on seasonal ingredients invite you to taste and experience fresh-pressed olive oil and flavor-infused vinegars.

4. Pour a candle at Candle-ology, inside Moynihan Gallery! Create your own custom scent from more than 100 choices or make your own soy candle or custom-scented room diffuser, liquid soap or lotion!

3. Pick up a self-guided historic walking tour brochure at the Holland Visitors Bureau and wander through Holland’s quaint historic neighborhoods where you’ll learn about the early Dutch settlers and how their ingenuity shaped the lakeshore’s history. During the summer, the Holland Museum and Gazelle Sports offer guided walks on designated Fridays.

2. Take a dip in the “Big Lake”! The shimmering waters of Lake Michigan welcome you from Holland State Park, Tunnel Park or several other Holland-area beaches. You’ll find sugar-sand beaches with plenty of room for all, including an off-leash dog beach at Kirk Park.

1. Catch a sunset with your family! There’s no better memory-maker than spending an evening watching the sun sink into the water from the pier at Holland State Park or perched atop the dune at Tunnel Park.

Pure Michigan August 2015 Events Roundup

August is quickly approaching and there’s still plenty of summertime left to get out and enjoy an outdoor adventure or fun summer festival. From art festivals to running a 5k,  there’s something for everyone happening this month. 

August 1 – 8

Art in the Park
August 1, Holland

The annual fine arts and crafts fair, Art in the Park, is the first Saturday of August in Holland. The event draws one of the largest influx of visitors to the city on a single day, second only to Tulip Time. About 300 fine artists and artisans from eight states will be on hand to display and selling their work.

Palms Book State Park – Family Fun Day
August 1, Manistique
This is a fun day for the whole family sponsored by The Friends of Indian Lake Palms Book State Parks. Join us from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. for kids games and crafts, a Native American drum ceremony, Native American crafts, UP Raptor and Rehab with live birds, a wheeling sportsman display, a DNR fire truck as well as a visit from local fire departments, and rumor has it you should keep your eyes open as there may be a sighting of Smokey Bear.

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August 1, Harrietta (20 miles west of Cadillac)
Enjoy all things blueberry, from pancakes to the ice cream social and you don’t want to miss the pie-eating contest. Partake in all day events, including a quilt show, arts and crafts, music, and a parade. Events throughout the day also include area history slide presentation, children’s games and cake walk, and frozen t-shirt contest.

Walk With Me Detroit
August 2, Royal Oak
With the weather warming up, it is time for our Walk With Me Detroit event! The event itself is designed to be a one mile fun walk through the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak on August 2, 2015. Check in begins at 7:30 a.m., and the walk begins at 9 a.m.

Ribfest Kalamazoo
August 6 – 8, Kalamazoo
22959_TasteofKalamazooResizedRibfest is a three day event at the Arcadia Creek Festival Place in Downtown Kalamazoo. The event features national and local rib vendors that sell ribs and chicken in outstanding barbeque sauces. The event will also bring in national rock and country musical artists, local bands, plenty of fun activities including children’s crafts/games, People’s Choice Rib Competition and the exciting contest for Best Ribs in Kalamazoo. Ribfest has brought in great entertainment over the years including: Dennis DeYoung: The Music of Styx, Shenandoah, James Wesley, The Guess Who, Loverboy, Mickey Dolenz; Lou Gramm from Foreigner, Survivor, Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels, the Spinners and Eddie Money, Great White, Skid Row, and Travis Tritt.

MasterCraft Throwdown
August 8, Grand Rapids
The MasterCraft Throwdown is a new kind of competition on the water. It’s about going big, pushing the levels and bringing progression. Think millions of viewers, a live crowd, loud music, dazzling lights, pyrotechnics, flying unicorns and pandemonium. Be prepared to get your mind blown by world-class wakeboarding. Step up to watch a man on water skis fly further than the wingspan of a jumbo jet. Come primed for your jaw to drop off your face because you’re going to see a bunch of stuff so over the top. The event will be live on ABC.

August 9 -15

BBQ & Music
August 9, Hastings
A collaboration of two great bands, you don’t want to miss. Who Hit John? and Red Tail Ring takes the stage this year. The duo infuses each song with musical imagination, haunting harmonies, and instrumental artistry on fiddle, banjo, mandolin, jawharp and plain old foot stomping. Dinner @ 5 p.m., Music @ 6 – 8:30 p.m.

Back to the Bricks Cruise and Car Show
August 11 – 15, Flint
Come visit Flint and Genesee County to be part of one of the biggest car events featuring a rolling cruise, kick-off party, live entertainment, automotive displays, vendors, food, antique fire trucks and dragster exhibits, contests and a Saturday car show that will amaze all with over 30,000 participants.

Meteors & S’mores
August 12, Leelanau
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, bring bug spray and your own beverages.

Comedian Dave Coulier
August 14, Lexington
Dave is perhaps best known as “Joey” from the hit ABC television series, Full House, which aired for eight seasons (1987-1995, with 192 episodes produced) and can now be seen on the Nickelodeon and ABC Family network lineups. Additionally, the show is currently in worldwide syndication in over 100 countries. Dave followed this success by hosting his second prime-time hit series, America’s Funniest People, which ran on ABC for four seasons.

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August 15, Breckenridge
Do you want to know how your food gets from the farm to your dinner table? Then you’ll want to take advantage of a free family learning experience this summer, Breakfast on the Farm. This event is open to people of all ages and provides a great family learning environment. Attendees are able to learn about topics such as proper animal care, crop production, milk production, and operation of farm equipment. Visitors will be able to meet the families behind the food that’s on their dinner table each night and learn about agriculture from experienced and knowledgeable agricultural producers. The day includes a free breakfast featuring Michigan-grown food products and a self-guided tour of the farm, with volunteers from the local community available to answer questions.

Glow in the Park 5k
August 15, Milford
You will light up the night as you run a 5k – no speed needed! Before the race, you and your friends will each get a goody bag of glow accessories and paint to adorn yourselves to the height of glowy fashion. Now to brave the seas of foam (industrial machines spewing foam to the beat of some hot music), the rain storm of UV glow water (volunteers will spray a rainbow of glow water as you run past), and the dust cloud of neon powder (volunteers will toss handfuls of neon goodness to make sure you are covered in color and glowing like a champ)! Once you have triumphantly reached the finish line you will be greeted by a celebratory dance party and a chance to show off your accumulation of glow and your fabulous dance moves.

August 16 – 22

19603_Plein Air MIORGPlein Air Art Discovery Cruise
August 17, Bay City
BaySail and our partners at Saginaw Valley State University’s Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum and the Studio 23 Art Gallery invite area residents to explore the nature and beauty of the Saginaw River. The Saginaw River’s mix of scenic natural wetlands and historic industrial landscapes lends itself perfectly to Plein Air drawings and watercolors. Plein Air simply means art done outdoors with natural light. Guests will be inspired by nature and guided by professional artists and Great Lakes Maritime art, poetry, and literature. After the cruise, guests are invited to finish their pieces at Studio 23.

Belle Isle Crawl
August 19, Detroit
Senior Power Days on Belle Isle is a new program that provides recreational and educational events at Belle Isle Park for seniors. The 11-event series will be held on Wednesdays from July 8 to December 15. Events are FREE. Seniors will have the opportunity to visit the many attractions at Belle Isle Park. Shuttles will take seniors from venues on the island such as the Aquarium and the Conservatory. Lunch will be provided at one of the tour’s stops.

Tour De Zoo
August 20, Battle Creek
Join us for Bikes, Beasts, and Beers at Binder Park Zoo (costumes and bike decor strongly encouraged, but not required). Ride your bike through the Zoo and enjoy two “hydration stations” with samplings of New Belgium Brewing’s Slow Ride (being launched this summer in Michigan). Then join us for carousing and merriment in the Zoo picnic area where you will enjoy a variety of New Belgium Brewing Company beers, live music, games, giveaways and feast on tasty post-ride treats expertly crafted and available for purchase at the SSA grillin’ station!

Tulipanes Latino Art and Film Festival
August 20-29, Holland. Celebrate the many contributions of our Latino community through art, film and music.Films include shorts, documentaries, and feature-length, all of which explore a variety of themes in which Latino imagination and creativity approach humor, politics, culture, fiction and art.

Art Walk Central
July 30 – August 19, Mt. Pleasant
Browse the streets of downtown Mt. Pleasant as art pieces are put on display for the public. You can even visit Art Reach of Mid-Michigan and vote for your favorite People’s Choice piece. Art Walk Central also features weeks filled with events and workshops including the Art Battle competition, chalk workshops, steam roller print making, and stained glass workshops. Other events during Art Walk Central include outdoor concerts, outdoor movies and 5K runs.

Cheeseburger in Caseville
August 14 – 23, Caseville
Summer family fun! Enjoy cardboard boat races, hat making, music and cheeseburgers. There will be musical entertainment in the park and many activities such as, arts & crafts and vendors on the streets.

August 23- 31

21873_capitolFarmers Market at the Capitol
August 27, Lansing
Experience this one of a kind event held on the East Lawn of the Michigan Capitol Building in Lansing, Michigan. The Michigan Farmers Market Association is celebrating the 10th anniversary of hosting Farmers Markets at the Capitol. The event features over 60 unique vendors from across the state who sell Michigan-grown and produced products. Vendors sell everything from fresh fruit, vegetables, flowers, baked goods and prepared foods. Shoppers can enjoy entertainment such as music and dancing, physical activities, and cooking demos.

Mason Sun Dried Music Fest
August 28 – 30, Mason
This free music event features many bands, food vendors, a beer and wine refreshment tent, and a variety of items for sale. Located in the streets of Mason, next to Ingham County Courthouse, downtown shops and restaurants will open their doors to you!

Vintage Boat Show
August 29, Holland
The Holland Museum will host its 10th Annual Vintage Boat Show. This highly anticipated glimpse into the history of West Michigan’s boating industry showcases historic boats made from both wood and fiberglass. Bring the kids for free ice cream and activities, including paper paddle boat races. Families are encouraged to bring a towel or two for a fun day out on the town. Admission is free and includes admittance to the Holland Museum for the day.

Thunder Over Michigan Air Show
 August 29 – 30, Ypsilant
Thunder over Michigan is one of Americas leading air shows 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. This year’s show will feature the world famous Blue Angels.

Walkin’ on the Wild Side
August 30, Royal Oak
Come enjoy a family, friendly walk, all day admission to the Detroit Zoo, tee-shirt, delicious food, fun activities, entertainment and the opportunity to come together as a strong community.

Five Amazing Instagram Photos from Our Fans in June 2015

No matter where you are in the Great Lakes state, your views won’t disappoint! Our fantastic and talented Instagram community ventured outdoors to find some captivating Pure Michigan moments. From sunrises to magnificent stars, here are just a few of our favorites from June. 

A beautiful capture of the shores of Bay Harbor. Captured by @laurenstarmer.

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A gorgeous sunrise seen at the Blue Water Bridge in Port Huron. Photo courtesy of @tony.bennett.

Instagram User @tony.bennett

You never know what you’ll find traveling the back roads. Captured by @up_north_life in Presque Isle County in Northern Michigan.

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A morning shot off of the coast of Isle Royale. Captured by @ntayers.

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Staring up at the stars off the coast of Lake Huron. A magical sight. Photo courtesy of @danfreiphoto.

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