Pure Michigan June 2015 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.

June 1 – 6

Jackson Blues Festival
June 4 – 6, Jackson
Enjoy three days of blues performers including international, national and regional bands, with a major act headlining each night. Be sure to bring your lawn chair or blankets. Friday, June 5th at 6 p.m., the first 100 kids will receive a free harmonica, t-shirt and sunglasses as well as the opportunity to perform with the musicians!

Sip and Dab
June 5, Traverse City
Paint with local artist, Shelly Morey, as you are guided through your own paint on canvas masterpiece; all experience levels welcome. Create a memory of art with Sip and Dab while sipping the wines of Peninsula Cellars–Old Mission Peninsula. You may and are welcome to bring your own snacks to this event if you wish.

Forest Frenzy Race
June 5 – 6, Midland
Get caught in the wild excitement of the Forest Frenzy as you push yourself to the limit and face intense obstacles head on. You’ll be forced to crawl under, maneuver over, climb atop, and slip-slide your way through Midland’s City Forest. And, for the ultimate race experience for thrill-seeking athletes, attempt the course in the dark!

Festival of Cars
June 6, South Haven
The Festival of Cars has drawn as many as 200-350 antique cars, trucks, and bikes to downtown South Haven! Free admission for spectators, donations accepted. Special musical guest this year is Local Band “Matt and Dylan”! We are pleased to announce Festival of Cars car show this year will have a monster truck.

Spring Bird Walk
June 6, Charlevoix
Join Little Traverse Conservancy and the Petoskey Regional Audubon Society (PRAS) at the Ransom Preserve where delightful mixtures of habitats are available for a wide diversity of bird species. Scarlet Tanagers, Indigo Buntings and Great- crested Flycatcher have been regular in the past.

June 7 – 13

18699_lilac-bushMackinac Island Lilac Festival
June 5 – 14, 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.

Bavarian Festival 2015
June 11 – 14, 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.

Back To the Bricks Car Tour
June 12, Battle Creek
Come downtown from 6:45 p.m. to 9 p.m. and see the classic cars participating in the Michiana Promo Tour. Over 150 classic cars will line the streets of downtown Battle Creek. See the cars and join in the fun at Wave Park where a live DJ will be playing music and giving out prizes.

National Asparagus Festival
June 12 – 14, Hart
The National Asparagus Festival celebrates West Michigan’s famous crop with a unique festival with activities for all ages. This festival features an Arts & Crafts Fair, a variety of children and family activities, the Spear-It 5K Run, an asparagus farm tour, an asparagus themed food show, the Royale Parade, live entertainment, and the opportunity to meet the one and only Asparagus Queen!

Art in the Park
June 13, Hudsonville
The Hudsonville Area Arts Council will host the 7th Annual Art in the Park outdoor arts and crafts fair on June 13, 2015 in Veterans Park from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. In addition to spaces for over 50 arts and crafts vendors, the event features food vendors, artist demonstrations, children’s play area, and live entertainment. This is a free, family-friendly community event.

June 14 – 20

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June 13 – 14, Munising
There will be vendors, bands, food, outdoor activities, demonstrations and other outdoor shows. The festival will take place at Bayshore Park, overlooking the beautiful bay and the city dock in Munising, MI. Mark this weekend on your calendar for a fun-filled weekend for all ages!

Family Ecology Sail
June 14, Bay City
Are you and your kids interested in learning more about the ecosystems in which we all live, work and play? Do you know which watershed you live in? Have you ever wondered what exactly a watershed is? There’s no better place to answer these question than from the deck of a tall ship! Join us on the Appledore IV for a fun day of learning the science of our land and waterways. The Family Ecology Sail is a hands-on experience for everyone aboard. Snacks and juice/water are included.

Ann Arbor Book Festival
June 17 – 20, Ann Arbor
Each night of the festival, Michigan authors and poets gather for a Book Crawl at local restaurants, bars, bookstores, and shops to read from their latest works. On Saturday, June 20th, the last day of the Festival, a Street Fair will be held in downtown Ann Arbor. This day-long, family-friendly event will gather authors, libraries and literacy groups, publishers, artisans and writers groups and will include dynamic programming.

Gallery Walk
June 18, Petoskey
The galleries of Downtown Petoskey welcome the public to this evening of art and fun. This is your chance to visit local galleries in an open house setting; some locations even have the artists on hand. Don’t miss the afterglow party beginning at 9 p.m. giving you the chance to win some wonderful pieces of art from the participating galleries.

Beach Wellness Day
June 20, Bay City
Join us for this 5K, 10K Walk and Run along the shores of the Saginaw Bay and Kid’s Fun Run. This event also features a volleyball tournament, music concerts, a car show, concessions & more! All proceeds benefit the park.

June 21 – 27

Father’s Day Arts & Crafts Festival
June 20 – 21, Whitehall
More than 75 talented and creative artists will participate in this very popular juried art show from 10am – 5pm on Saturday the 20th and from 11am to 4pm on Sunday the 21st. Those attending can purchase a variety of hand-made art and crafts such as jewelry, wood furniture, birdhouses, ceramics, items for the garden, clothing, paintings and prints, folk art, leather goods, floral designs, stained glass, signs, children’s toys, and bath items.

Dawn Patrol Fly In
June 21, Bay City
Skydivers, aircraft, and many more displays. Barrel Plane rides for children at no charge. Airplane tours of the area will be available at the cost of $25 per seat. Dawn Patrol Fly-in Pancake Breakfast served: $7 for adults, $5 for children 5-10, 5 and under free.

Ford Fireworks
June 22, Detroit
The Parade Company is excited to pump up the City of Detroit, on June 22nd 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.

Soo Locks Engineers Day
June 26, Sault Ste. Marie
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.

Pasty Fest
June 27, Calumet
Celebrate the Keweenaw’s “Pasty” history with a parade, children’s games, a pasty sale, live music and dancing with the Pasty Bake-Off for the coveted Copper Pasty Award. Event held at Agassiz Park.

Marquette Trails Festival
June 26-28, Marquette
Featuring mountain bike races, trail runs and family hikes, Marquette’s trails will be open for a fun weekend for all non-motorized trail users. Bring your family out for a good time to bike, run or hike and raise funds for your community trails. All proceeds from this event go to the NTN Singletrack Trailbuilding.

June 28 – 30

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMichigan Challenge Balloonfest
June 26 – 28, Howell
The state championship of hot-air ballooning features balloon launches, entertainment and family attractions.

Grand Haven Art Festival
June 27 – 28, Grand Haven
One hundred juried artists line the streets downtown, displaying their handmade, one-of-a-kind art pieces. Visit the annual Grand Haven Art Festival to find that perfect piece for your home, cottage, and office.

Log Cabin Day at Old Victoria
June 28, Rockland
Celebrate Log Cabin Day at this historic mining village, where history comes alive and the past greets the present. The day will feature delicious cinnamon rolls, baked from scratch in the traditional woodstove. Kids of all ages will love the old-fashioned kid’s games and races on the lawn, and adults will love the show! The historic site will be open to the public, free of charge, and there’s no better way to learn about copper mining history than hands-on!

Ride for Nature Scenic Bicycle Tour
June 28, Spring Lake
Spend a summer’s day on the lakeshore, touring scenic natural areas and picturesque small towns. Each of the four routes on this non-competitive ride will feature parks and nature preserves. Riders are encouraged to stop along the way, enjoy the views, and take a stroll on the nature preserve hiking trails.

These are just some of the many events and festivals happening around Michigan. Which June events do you plan to attend? 

Walker Tavern Historic Site & Cambridge Junction Historic State Park

During the summer and fall, the Walker Tavern Historic Site at Cambridge Junction Historic State Park on US-12 east of Jackson is bustling with activity surrounding the site’s long history as a tavern and tourist stop-over in Michigan’s scenic Irish Hills.

A packed events schedule at the site offers something for all ages, including free evening concerts, children’s programs, history programs, vintage baseball and a weekly Farmers Market. For details, visit Michigan.gov/WalkerTavern. The 80-acre park also features wide open and shaded areas to spread a blanket, relax and have a picnic.

3 Two tavernsWalker Tavern Historic Site comprises three buildings – historic Walker Tavern (1840s), a reconstructed 1840s barn and Hewitt House Visitors Center (1929). The tavern is furnished with historic artifacts and period reproductions depicting what life was like at an 1840s stagecoach stop. The barn features exhibits related to 1840s travel, farming and building construction. The barn also houses Michigan’s Bicentennial Wagon, which participated in the Bicentennial Wagon Train to Valley Forge, Penn. in 1976. The Hewitt House is furnished in the Colonial Revival style of the 1920s and includes exhibits on the Frederick Hewitt family and twentieth century tourism in the Irish Hills.

New this summer is an exhibit on Irish Hills tourism, which opens Memorial Day weekend (May 24 and 25). Opening events begin at 10 a.m. each day. The exhibit is supported by the Friends of Walker Tavern, the Michigan History Foundation and others in the surrounding community, It is part of a multi-year investment by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR), supported by a Michigan Department of Transportation grant, to restore the Hewitt House and provide basic public amenities.

exhibitThe exhibit begins with Frederick Hewitt’s use of Walker Tavern as a tourist attraction and antique business in the Irish Hills (1920s-1960s) and includes other local attractions known to baby boomers – Prehistoric Forest, Frontier City, Stage Coach Stop and Mystery Hill.

Featured artifacts include an original watercolor by local Lenawee County artist Thomas Thiery and archaeological fragments from a series of digs done by Wayne State University in the mid-1960s.

Entrance to Cambridge Junction Historic State Park, the home of Walker Tavern and the Hewitt House, requires a Recreation Passport. For more information, go to Michigan.gov/RecreationPassport.

For more information on Walker Tavern Historic Site, including hours, events and visitor information, go to www.michigan.gov/walkertavern.

From Our Fans: An Adventurous National Tourism Week

This week is National Travel and Tourism Week and the 2015 theme is “travel is”.  To celebrate, we asked our fans on Facebook and Twitter to tell us what travel means to them.  An overwhelming number answered ‘adventure’.

From biking and hiking to diving and kayaking, the adventures are endless in Pure Michigan. We put together a few ideas for your next trip, no matter which part of our gorgeous state you are visiting!

West Michigan

BeachParty_0291. This amusement park has adventure in its name, literally! Michigan’s Adventure in Muskegon is Michigan’s largest amusement and waterpark. Check out more than 60 attractions including seven rollercoasters and more than 20 water rides, including the world-class Shivering Timbers wooden rollercoaster.

2. Go diving or snorkeling in Holland to explore underwater shipwrecks. These lost ships harbor the tales of adventures and misfortunes of the Great Lakes and are time capsules of Michigan’s rich maritime past.

 Southeast Michigan

1. Take a group for a day of kayaking at The Argo Park along the Huron River. After kayaking or canoeing, have a picnic and explore the many nature trails Ann Arbor has to offer.

2. Explore the Motor City on two wheels! Whether you want to bike the Detroit Riverfront for a few hours or have a daylong adventure, you’re not going to be disappointed with everything you are able to see on your ride!


1. Climb to the top of the Sleeping Bear Dunes in Empire, Michigan. It’s sure to get your heart pumping during the 130 foot climb to the top of the first hill at the Dune climb and about another 130 feet to the top of the second hill. This is easily the most strenuous hike in the Lakeshore and often takes about three hours.

2. For endurance hikers, the Shore to Shore trail should be your next hiking challenge. This 220-mile trail stretches from Lake Michigan in Empire to the Lake Huron in Oscoda on the east side of the state. If you’d rather explore the trail on horseback, that’s an option too.


StJoe_Sailboat_sunset1. With more than 300,000 acres of open water in the Northeast, it’s a great place to try your hand at fishing. You have the option of fishing off the riverbank, fly fishing or even deep water fishing in Alpena. After you visit, you’ll get to say, “I caught a fish THIS big!”

2. Take in the beautiful scenery and catch a glimpse of wildlife in their native habitat during a canoeing or kayaking trip along the mighty Au Sable River in Oscoda.  The Au Sable is one of North America’s best canoeing rivers and runs through Northern Lower Michigan.

Upper Peninsula

1. Explore Isle Royale, a rugged, isolated island, only accessible by boat or plane. Surrounded by Lake Superior, Isle Royale offers unparalleled solitude and adventures for backpackers, hikers, boaters, kayakers, canoeists and scuba divers. Isle Royale is one of the least visited National Parks because of its seclusion.

2. Go whitewater rafting on Piers Gorge. Thousands of gallons of water rush through this constricted section of river each second, which will be a thrill ride you won’t forget. You might even catch a glimpse of a bald eagle while you’re rafting!

Which adventure will you try first? If you’re looking for a different kind of adventure, even one involving your taste buds, here are a few ways to do that, too.