Pure Michigan August 2013 Events Roundup

August is just around the corner, and there are a ton of fun things happening around the state! From music, art and film festivals to racing events and more, there is something for everyone – whatever your interest might be.

Below is a roundup of just some of the many events going on around the state in August. Please visit michigan.org for a complete listing.

 

 Week of July 28

Traverse City Film Festival 2013
July 30 – August 4, 2013, Traverse City
Founded in 2005 this festival presents an outstanding selection of independent films as well as premieres, parties, panel discussions and lectures about the world of film. Most events are held in or near downtown Traverse City and there are free family movies each night at the Open Space Park on Grand Traverse Bay. For more information visit the website or call (231) 392-1134.

Menominee Waterfront Festival
August 1-4, 2013, Menominee
Head to Menominee for the annual Waterfront Festival that features a parade, food vendors, live music, children’s activities, sailboat race on the bay, 5K and 10K runs and walk, and more. Visit the website for a daily schedule of events.

Flint Jazz Festival
August 2-4, 2013, Flint
Relax while listening to local Flint Jazz musicians as well as regional and national headliners. Food vendors and art and craft vendors will add magic and color to the event. Performances run Friday evening and all afternoon on Saturday and Sunday. Event held at Riverbank Park in beautiful downtown Flint (200 Beach Street). For more information visit the website.

Tawas Bay Fine Art Festival
August 3-4, 2013, Tawas City
This fine art show and sale on Tawas Bay is located at Tawas City Park U.S. 23. The event features fine art, pottery, wood carving, sea glass and silver jewelry, black ash baskets, musical entertainment, children’s hands-on art and food vendors.

Wooden Boat Week
August 4-11, 2013, Cedarville
Wooden Boat Week is a celebration of Les Cheneaux’s boating heritage with events and activities leading up to the 36th Annual Les Cheneaux Wooden Boat Show and Festival of Arts. Les Cheneaux is more than just home to hundreds of wooden boats—we have shops, galleries and events happening the whole week leading up to the 35th Annual Antique Wooden Boat Show & Festival of Arts Saturday, August 10, 2013. A complete list of the week’s activities can be found at the website link starting around July, or call (906) 484-3935.

Week of August 4

Coopersville Summerfest
August 6-10, 2013, Coopersville
Mark your calendars for August 6 – 10, 2013, for a full week of family-friendly activities, including the Del Shannon Memorial Car show and the Coopersville Tractor Show. For more information on this event, visit the website or call the Coopersville Chamber of Commerce at (616) 997-5165 or (616) 997-5164.

Humungus Fungus Fest
August 8-11, 2013, Iron River
Join us in Crystal falls for three days of celebration of this giant fungus phenomenon. The main event seems to be the making and eating of the Humungus Pizza. The fungus topped pizza is 10 feet by 10 feet! It’s the largest mushroom pizza in the world! There will also be a parade, fireworks and other races, tournaments and competitions. For more information on this event, visit the link or call the Chamber at (906) 265-3822.

Mackinac Island Festival of the Horse
August 8-11, 2013, Mackinac Island
Join us for another exciting festival this August 8th to 11th to see special guests that include Australia’s Double Dan Horsemanship and USDF Gold Medalist Betsy Van Dyke! The festival will once again showcase popular events like the Mackinac Island Carriage and Saddle Horse Parade, Festival of the Horse Show, Antique Driving Presentation, Pony Rides and much more! Visit the website for all the details!

South Haven’s 50th Annual National Blueberry Festival
August 8-11, 2013, South Haven
The 50th Anniversary Celebration of the National Blueberry Festival will be August 8-11, 2013. This four-day festival will be held in various locations in and out of doors in the Lake Michigan beach town community of South Haven. Many events take place overlooking South Haven’s picturesque harbor, 110 year old lighthouse and Lake Michigan. This is a very family-friendly event with activities for all ages to enjoy! Plus, most all events are free and open to the public. For main stage information and daily activities, visit the web link or call (269) 637-5252 or (800) SO-HAVEN.

New Buffalo Ship & Shore Festival
August 9-11, 2013, New Buffalo
Come to New Buffalo August 9-11 for three days of non-stop live entertainment, great food, family activities, contests, shopping and more! The highlight of the festival is a lighted boat parade through the New Buffalo harbor Saturday night followed by a huge fireworks display over Lake Michigan! For more information contact (773) 791-1809.

Week of August 11

Frankfort Art Fair
August 16-18, 2013, Frankfort
The Frankfort Art Fair is a local fine art fair with over 175 artists held in beautiful Market Square Park in downtown Frankfort. There is a free shuttle from Main St. to the fair and a collector car show three blocks away. The event includes a pancake breakfast, pig roast, cruise night and more! The Art Fair is open Friday 4 p.m. -8 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, call (231) 352-7251.

African World Festival
August 16-18, 2013, Detroit
After a successful 30th African World Festival (AWF) that brought 100,000 attendees to the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, once again AWF will be celebrated on the grounds of The Wright Museum with special performances, poetry, arts and crafts, African drumming and dance, hundreds of vendors, ethnic foods, and events for all ages, including an expanded Watoto Village for the youngest attendees! To learn more about this free three-day festival, visit the website.

Woodward Dream Cruise 2013
August 17, 2013, Berkley
Dig out your letter sweater and poodle skirt, throw on your blue suede shoes, slick back your hair and get ready to enjoy a day filled with classic cars and great entertainment. This is the world’s largest one-day celebration of car culture and attracts more than 1 million visitors and more than 40,000 muscle cars, street rods, custom, collector and special interest vehicles. From 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. through eight communities of Berkley, Bloomfield Hills, Bloomfield Township, Ferndale, Huntington Woods, Pleasant Ridge, Pontiac and Royal Oak. For more information on this event, visit the website.

GRandJazzFest
August 17-18, 2013, Grand Rapids
GRandJazzFest is a free event August 17 2013, from noon until 10 p.m., featuring jazz artists with Michigan ties! GRandJazzFest brings together notable jazz performers as well as highlights up-and-coming artists for diverse audiences. GRandJazzFest is being held at Rosa Parks Circle, a central location in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids. Lineup includes Nick Colionne, Deon Yates, Phil Denny and more. For schedule and performer information, visit the website.

Pure Michigan 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
August 18, 2013, Brooklyn
The 2013 racing season concludes with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pure Michigan 400. The Sprint Cup Series stars always end the MIS season with an exciting finale, featuring many lead changes and exciting finishes. With great camping, affordable adult prices, special kids pricing, free parking and the ability to bring a bigger cooler with your favorite food and beverages, MIS is the perfect way to end your summer race season. Call (800) 354-1010 or visit the website for ticket and camping information.

Week of August 18

Midland Folk Music Festival
August 22-25, 2013
The festival features workshops, stage shows and festival activities. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, there will be lots of workshops at all levels, covering many acoustic instruments and dance. For those who enjoy performing or watching others perform, there will be many open mic periods. For entrance fees and more information, visit the website.

Clio Fest
August 23-24, 2013, Clio
Downtown Clio is the home of the annual Clio Fest on August 23-24. There will be music both days at the Clio Amphitheater as well as in the entertainment tent. There will also be food, a motorcycle poker run, car cruise, bounce houses for the kids, vendor booths and much more. Please call (810) 687-7590 for more information or visit our website for details and updates.

28th Street Metro Cruise
August 23-24, 2013, Grand Rapids
With fifteen miles of car events along historic 28th Street in Grand Rapids, Michigan with the epicenter at Rogers Plaza Mall in Wyoming (972 Rogers Plaza SW), the Metro Cruise® has grown through the years to become West Michigan’s premiere auto event, attracting more than 200,000 visitors and over 15,000 vehicles. Planned events include “Metro Cruise® Live” – two nights of live-televised, rarely seen autos, the fan-favorite Pinup Girl Contest, a Sock Hop with live music, the annual Swap Meet, a DJ on premise, and food vendors. More events to come – check out the website for updates or call (616) 719-6494.

End of Summer Blues Fest
August 24, 2013, Alpha
Come to Alpha, Michigan, on August 24, for the End of Summer Blues Fest. Gates open at noon, music begins at 1 p.m. A very fun event for the whole family at the Pavillion in Alpha, Michigan. The event will also feature food and merchandise vendors. Bring a bag chair and come relax to some good music!

Coho Festival
August 24-25, 2013, Honor
The annual Coho Festival is a two-day event centralized in Honor, Michigan usually the 4th weekend in August. Honor is considered the ‘birthplace’ of salmon in the state of Michigan, as the first salmon were planted in the Platte River. Activities include a parade, state fish hatchery tours, lawn tractor races, a 5K-walk/run, an arts & crafts fair combined with a flea market, games and fun for the young, a beer tent with live entertainment and more. For more information, visit the website or call (800) 882-5801.

Week of August 25

Marquette Marathon

August 30-31, 2013, Marquette
The full, half and marathon relay are on August 31, 2013 with the kids race and race expo taking place on August 30, 2013. The Marquette Marathon is an official Boston Marathon qualifier that has been organized by marathon runners for marathon runners. The course is relatively flat and extremely scenic, taking you pass some of Marquette’s most notable locations. These sights include Presque Isle, the Marquette lighthouse, iron ore docks and miles and miles of Lake Superior shoreline. For more information and to register visit the website.

Detroit Jazz Festival
August 30-31, 2013, Detroit
Come and enjoy the 34th annual Detroit Jazz Festival which occupies two million square feet of downtown Detroit from Hart Plaza on the riverfront, three blocks north to beautiful Campus Martius Park. Entertainment will be placed on stages throughout the space. For all the details click here.

Fifth Third Bank Michigan State Fair
August 30-21, 2013, Novi
Four days of State Fair excitement are bigger, better and more fun this year! One low price of admission includes the Shrine Circus, a carnival midway, live animals, and exhibits. For more information, call (248) 348 6942 or visit the website here.

Arts, Beats & Eats
August 31-September 3, 2013, Royal Oak
Art, Beats & Eats is 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. For more information call (248) 334-4600 or click here.

Annual Labor Day Mackinac Bridge Walk
September 2, 2013, Saint Ignace
Join thousands of walkers and make the five-mile trek across the Mighty Mackinac Bridge! Walkers can begin walking at 7 a.m. and can start up until 11 a.m. 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 2:30 p.m. 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.

These are just a few of the many events happening next month in Pure Michigan. Please visit michigan.org for a complete listing.

Six Scenic Drives for Pure Michigan Summer Road Trips

As school and work schedules slow down and temperatures heat up, summer is the perfect time for a road trip in Pure Michigan! Nick Nerbonne of The Awesome Mitten has rounded up a list of some great road trips around the state.

Summer is meant for road trips with the windows down, music up, and good times on the horizon. Fortunately for Michiganders, and for those who visit us here in the Mitten, there are plenty of options for beautiful drives that showcase the beauty of the Great Lakes State.

I’ve had the pleasure of exploring quite a bit of Michigan’s pleasant peninsulas, and when I hop in the car and hit the road from my home in Traverse City, I often find myself heading toward the miles of Great Lakes coastline that are always just a  short drive away, no matter where you are in the state. Here are a few of my favorites:

1. Red Arrow Highway from New Buffalo to St. Joseph

Head north from New Buffalo on Red Arrow Highway along Lake Michigan to explore the quaint coastal villages of Union Pier, Lakeside and Harbert on your way to St. Joseph. Known for its art galleries and antiques, this popular summer cruise also features numerous Lake Michigan beaches.

The region’s climate is heavily influenced by Lake Michigan, and orchards and vineyards checker the landscape. Sample wines at tasting rooms for over a dozen wineries along the Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail, and bring a few bottles home to open while sharing the memories.

Don’t miss: Weko Beach

Follow the signs from Red Arrow Highway in Bridgman to this beautiful stretch of Lake Michigan beach. Day passes are available, or reserve a campsite and catch one of Weko Beach’s famous sunsets.

2. M-22 from Arcadia to Frankfort

M-22 receives much of its well-deserved notoriety for the many scenic destinations along its northern reaches in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. While these are among my favorite day trips in Michigan, I often look further south along this scenic coastal highway, beginning in the village of Arcadia.

On a hot summer day, the beach at Arcadia is the perfect place for a refreshing swim along the sandy shore. After cooling off in the “Big Lake,” head north along M-22 for scenic vistas from the tops of the wooded hills to the Lake Michigan port city of Frankfort. Grab a Michigan craft beer at newly-opened Stormcloud Brewing Company and stroll along Frankfort’s pier to the very photogenic lighthouse.

Don’t miss: Lake Michigan overlook just north of Arcadia

Head north along M-22 from Arcadia and stop at the scenic turnout just outside of town. Climb the steps for a spectacular view from atop the bluff.

3. M-23 from Tawas City to Alpena

Often overlooked by travelers heading north, Michigan’s “Sunrise Coast” offers a Great Lakes setting with a beauty all its own. From M-55 in Tawas City, M-23 skirts the Lake Huron shoreline through the coastal villages of Oscoda and Harrisville on its way north to Alpena. Pack a picnic and enjoy the scenery at Alpena’s waterfront park adjacent to the marina on the shores of Thunder Bay.

Harrisville State Park offers campsites directly on Lake Huron. Make your reservation early to get the best view of the beach.

Don’t miss: Sturgeon Point Lighthouse

Constructed in 1870, this classic Lake Huron beacon is a must-stop when traveling along M-23.

4. River Road Scenic Byway

The River Road Scenic Byway leads visitors west along the AuSable River from Oscoda. The drive lives up to its name, with several viewpoints high above the AuSable Valley along the way, but also provides a glimpse into the area’s past as a major hub in Michigan’s timber industry. Hiking trails and elaborate staircases provide access to the water’s edge, so bring your hiking shoes.

Don’t Miss: Lumberman’s Monument

Dedicated in 1932, Lumberman’s Monument recognizes the hard-working lumbermen of Michigan’s early logging industry. Follow the trail northeast from the

Lumberman’s Monument Visitor Center for a panoramic view of the AuSable River and surrounding area.

5. US-2 from St. Ignace to Manistique

A trip across the “Mighty Mac” always involves breathtaking scenery, and the drive west from St. Ignace on U.S. 2 doesn’t disappoint. After passing the famed Mystery Spot just outside of town, the highway re-joins the Lake Michigan shoreline for several miles. Locals and visitors alike stop along the way for picnics among the dunes and swimming in the Lake Michigan surf.

Any visit to “The Yoop” would not be complete without an authentic Upper Peninsula pasty. Hiawatha Pasties in Naubinway, about 45 minutes west of St. Ignace, is a favorite of locals and visitors alike.

Don’t miss: Cut River Bridge Overlook

Park at the scenic turnout about 25 miles west of St. Ignace for a view of Lake Michigan and the Cut River 150 feet below; a trail and staircase lead to the valley floor for those looking for a mid-drive adventure.

6. M-134 from Hessel to Drummond Island

Head east on M-134 from I-75 north of St. Ignace for views of Lake Huron and the Les Cheneaux Islands that go undiscovered by many. The classic boathouses of the early-1900s cottages and rocky shorelines of Les Cheneaux’s 36 islands are seen by many as reminiscent of east-coast hideaways found along the coast of Maine. If you’re lucky enough to make the drive early in the morning, keep your camera ready for a photo of a sailboat moored among the morning mist in one of the many natural harbors.

Don’t miss: Antique Wooden Boat Show in Hessel

Held each August in the Les Cheneaux Islands, the Antique Wooden Boat show is one of the largest gatherings in the country of classic vessels dating back to the early 1900s.

Nick Nerbonne is an online marketing specialist, outdoor adventurer, craft beer drinker, wine enthusiast, and aspiring photographer from Traverse City. 

Pure Michigan Fourth of July 2013 Events Roundup

Across Michigan, fireworks events have already started happening and people will be out and about celebrating the Fourth of July from now through next Thursday! With so many fun events happening across the state, there is still time to plan a great Independence Day adventure. Below is just a sampling of celebrations.

For a complete listing of events in Michigan visit www.michigan.org.

Fourth of July Celebration | Clawson
June 24-July 4, 2013, Clawson
In Clawson the celebration starts June 24. Events include an ice cream social, live music, parade, games and 5K run. The carnival midway opens on July 3 and on July 4 enjoy a pancake breakfast, arts and crafts event, fire department water battle, more entertainment and fireworks.

4th of July Celebration & Fireworks
July 4, 2013, St. Ignace
Combining the nostalgic sentiment of a small-town celebration with the picturesque backdrop of Lake Huron and Mackinac Island makes the 4th of July in St. Ignace something special. Watch the parade at 1 p.m., enjoy kid’s games and a community picnic at 2 p.m., and watch the fireworks over Moran Bay at dusk. Let us show you patriotism, St. Ignace style! For more information, call (888) 878-4462.

Grand Rapids 4th of July Fireworks
July 4, 2013, Grand Rapids
The Amway 4th of July Family Fireworks event is an annual favorite of upwards of 150,000 who come to downtown Grand Rapids to listen to great entertainment and enjoy a fireworks spectacular. The tradition continues on the lawn in front of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum. Patriotic music, dance and presentations mixed with great entertainment from local and national artists from 6 p.m. until the fireworks start. Fireworks will begin at 10:30. Visit the website for more information.

Fourth of July Celebration
July 4, 2013, Marshall
Celebrate Independence Day in Marshall! Festivities begin with the ‘Celebrate America’ parade at 10 a.m. Then, witness the annual flag rising, listen to the patriotic sounds of the Marshall Community Post Band and enjoy a traditional chicken dinner; it’s a true Independence Day celebration!

Frankfort’s Fourth of July Celebration
July 4, 2013, Elberta
Frankfort’s Annual 4th of July celebration includes: a parade, carnival, art in the park craft fair, sand sculpture contest on the Lake Michigan Beach,  BBQ and fireworks on Frankfort Beach at dusk (Approximately 10:30pm)! For more information, visit the website or call (231) 352-7251.

Traverse City 4th of July Fireworks
July 4, 2013, Traverse City
Enjoy a spectacular 4th of July fireworks display beginning at dark with great viewing from anywhere along the West Bay shoreline in Traverse City. Fireworks are expected to go from 10 p.m.  – 11 p.m.

Grand Haven 4th of July Fireworks
July 4, 2013, Grand Haven
The annual Grand Haven 4th of July Fireworks display lights up the night sky after the evening’s showing of the Grand Haven Musical Fountain. For more information call (616) 842-4499.

Fourth of July Celebration
July 4-6, 2013, Cedarville
Enjoy the spectacular view of fireworks over Cedarville Bay from Cedarville’s downtown waterfront park or the lawn of the Great Lakes Boat Building School on July 4. Come earlier in the day for the parade, kids games, hot dogs and burgers, Up in Smoke BBQ, races and contests and more. Wind down into early evening with music on the bay by Dance Commander DJ and a Jersey Mud eating contest. For more information, call (906) 484-3935.

Fourth of July – Harbor Springs
July 4, 2013, Harbor Springs
Events include a juried art fair, 3-mile and 10-mile run, parade, live music and fireworks. For event information, contact the Chamber at (231) 526-7999. See you on the Fourth and be sure to wear your red, white and blue!

Cadillac Independence Day Celebration

July 4-7, 2013, Cadillac
The event kicks off in the City Park with live evening entertainment. There will be the 2nd Annual Fire on Water (a tribute to our military past, present and future), and a full day of events including the Thunder on the LakeShore Motorcycle Show, Wrestling Extravaganza, children’s bounce houses, food & merchandise vendors, dunk tank, hot air balloon rides, community photo, ‘better than a water park’ event and an evening finale with the fireworks. For more information, visit the website or call (231) 775-0657.

How will you will be spending the 4th of July? Share with us below! For hundreds of more events and festivals happening around the state this month, visit michigan.org