Get ready for a fun-filled summer. Over the next few months, communities around Michigan will host ethnic festivals, balloon championships, parades, fireworks displays, races, art fairs and much, much more.
Frankenmuth, June 7–10
Sunday’s grand 100-unit parade finishes the state’s oldest and largest German gala, held in Michigan’s Little Bavaria. This weekend is filled with authentic music, waltzing, maypole dancing and a chicken barbecue dinner, apple strudel and German beers. At the Kinder Tag activities, kids get their faces painted and make crafts.
Cereal City Festival featuring the World’s Longest Breakfast Table
Battle Creek, June 8–9
The birthplace of the cereal industry kicks off this weekend celebration with an evening parade on the 8th that is filled with decorated bikes, strollers, floats and kids dressed up as their favorite cereal characters. The next morning, Kellogg’s, Post, Ralston and Prairie Farms combine grains and milk to serve a complimentary breakfast along downtown’s Michigan Avenue. Kids’ healthy living activities and a classic-car show top off the bowl. Other activities include vendors in the park, musical entertainment, a living history museum and an outdoor children’s movie to conclude the celebrations.
National Asparagus Festival
Hart, June 8–10
Check out asparagus farm tours and food shows at this celebration of Oceana County’s most famous vegetable. Friday afternoon is filled with children’s activities, followed by a Queen’s Pageant and Asparagus Dinner. Participate in the Spear-It 5K walk/run on Saturday as part of this healthy event.
Mackinac Island, June 8–17
One of the country’s largest horse-hitch parades closes this sweet week. Earlier during the 10-day bash, take a ferry to the resort island between Lake Michigan and Lake Huron to witness an old fashioned one-ring dog-and-pony show, and participate in the 10K run, country line dancing or hockey on downtown streets. Celebrate 100 varieties of the island’s historic lilacs with walking tours led by lilac experts, free concerts and the Taste of Mackinac culinary event.
Leland Wine & Food Festival
Leland, June 9
Award-winning regional wines, food from local restaurants and live music combine for the annual wine and food festival in this walkable harbor town. The scrumptious spread is available under big white tents and in the park along the Lake Michigan shore).
Waterfront Film Festival
Saugatuck, June 14–17
Seventy independent films from across the country get their chance on the big screen at this film festival, where actors, directors and producers lead workshops and panel discussions and answer questions after most showings. Opening night rolls with live music, an outdoor movie and food vendors at a street party on the downtown waterfront.
Pine Mountain Music Festival
Dickinson County, Keweenaw & Marquette areas, mid-June–mid-July
Experience world-class opera, as well as popular and chamber groups and many other melodious sounds at this classical music festival with concerts in multiple communities throughout the central and western UP. Five-weeks and 25 events—including piano and organ performances, opera, and musical theatre—make up this mid-summer entertainment.
St. Marys River Cruise
DeTour Village, June 17
Spend Father’s Day on a boat with Dad. A 65-foot, double-decker craft coasts past the DeTour Reef Lighthouse on Lake Huron and through the Soo Locks in Sault Ste. Marie on this 15th annual, day-long cruise. Food is provided and historical narration about the river supplements the scenery. Proceeds benefit lighthouse preservation and education.
Detroit River Days
Detroit, June 22–24
Tall ship tours and riverboat rides roll along the water, and the dock-jumping Ultimate Air Dogs show adds amusement at this floating festival. National and regional music acts entertain on three stages, and families have fun at the nighttime parade of lights, jet-ski demos, a Kids Zone and carnival rides, all along the Detroit Riverfront.
Michigan Challenge Balloonfest
Howell, June 22–24
Howell skies fill with nearly 50 hot-air balloons competing in the state championship. Heads up for stunt-kite shows, skydiving and fireworks. Float around on the grounds to see the nighttime balloon glow, three entertainment venues, fine arts and crafts and a Family Fun Tent.
Art on the Beach
Oscoda, June 23–24
Along the Lake Huron shore, walk the white and sandy beach to see wood works, photography, paintings, jewelry and homemade crafts that 150 juried artisans sell. Live music and food vendors join the artsy affair in shady Oscoda Beach Park.
Target Fireworks and Official VIP Rooftop Party
Detroit, June 25
Experience this red, white and blue tradition and join more than 1 million spectators lining both sides of the Detroit River in watching a 30-minute fireworks show. Viewers have a blast at the VIP Rooftop Party held on top of downtown’s Miller Parking Garage—music, games, prizes and food all while enjoying the best seat in the city.
Field of Flight Air Show & Balloon Festival
Battle Creek, June 28–July 1
Up to 50 hot-air balloons take off every day and light up on the ground at night for the Balloon Illumes. Military jets and civilian stunt fliers soar above W.K. Kellogg Airport at the air show. On-land entertainment includes carnival rides, food vendors, center-stage performances and fireworks.
St. Ignace Car Show
St. Ignace, June 28–30
Seven hundred antique and classic cars, hot rods, custom vehicles and pickups rumble into town during Thursday’s Cruise Night. On Friday night, classics line up for the Down Memory Lane Parade and on Saturday, vintage vehicles park along downtown’s State Street.
For a complete list of Pure Michigan summer events, click here.