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Detroit Lions vs. Chicago Bears – December 11, 2016 (Sunday) at Ford Field in Detroit, 1 pm, FOX TV.  www.detroitlions.com

North American International Auto Show (Detroit Auto Show) is January 8-22, 2017 at Cobo Center in Detroit, Michigan.  www.naias.com

Music Fest 4 Vets annual summer music festival in Metro Detroit supports U.S. Veterans in need. Go to fest website, click → MusicFest4Vets.org


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Kenny Rogers – December 8 at Fox Theatre.
Paul Anka – December 15 at Fox Theatre.
Mannheim Steamroller Christmas – December 16 at Fox Theatre.
Snoop Dogg and more – December 20 at Van Andel Arena.
Snoop Dogg and more – December 21 at Masonic Temple Detroit.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra – December 30 at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
Red Hot Chili Peppers – February 2 at Joe Louis Arena.
Barenaked Ladies – March 3 at Sound Board.
Ariana Grande – March 12 at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
Green Day – March 27 at Joe Louis Arena.
New Kids on the Block, Paula Abdul, Boyz II Men – June 29 at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
Bruno Mars – August 12 at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill – September 8 at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

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Popular Events Festivals in Michigan 2016 2017

January 1, 2017 (sunday)  New Year's Day – Happy New Year!

January 1, 2017 (sun)  Detroit Lions vs. Green Bay Packers – at Ford Field in Detroit, 8:30 pm, FOX TV.  www.detroitlions.com

January 1, 2017 (sun)  Harlem Globetrotters 2017 World Tour at The Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, MI.  www.palacenet.com/events/detail

January 2, 2017 (mon)  Western Michigan vs. Wisconsin in the Cotton Bowl Classic – game is in Texas, televised nationally by ESPN, kickoff about 1 pm.  www.cottonbowl.com

January 6-8, 2017 (fri-sun)  Plymouth Ice Festival in Plymouth, MI. annual event features about 100 ice sculptures, live music and entertainment, food and a variety of events. About 100,000 people attend each year.  plymouthicefestival.com   facebook

January 12-15, 2017 (thu-sun)  Ultimate Fishing Show - Detroit – at Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, MI. Michigan's Biggest Pure Fishing Show. features Fishing tackle, Fishing boats, Fishing trips, more.  showspan.com/UFD

January 8-22, 2017  North American International Auto Show 2017 (Detroit Auto Show, NAIAS) – at Cobo Center in Downtown Detroit, MI. One of the premier international auto shows in the world! Public Show is when all of us get to check out the cars.  www.naias.com   facebook

North American International Auto Show 2017 Schedule
January 9-10, Press Preview
January 11-12, Industry Preview
January 13, Charity Preview Gala
January 14-22, Public Show

January 12-16, 2017 (thu-mon)  Shrine Circus - Flint at Dort Event Center in Flint, MI.  www.dorteventcenter.com   www.ekshrine.com

January 16-17, 2016 (sat-sun)  Kalkaska Winterfest in Kalkaska, MI (northwest lower peninsula). Midwest International Dog Sled Race, Dog Sled Rides, Dog Pull Contest, Indoor Snowman Contest, Disc Golf Tournament, Pond Hockey Tournament, Ice Bowl, vendor/craft show, children's activities and more.  kalkaskawinterfest.org   facebook

January 16, 2017 (monday)  Martin Luther King Day

January 19-22, 2017 (thu-sun)  Shrine Circus - Saginaw at The Dow Event Center.  www.doweventcenter.com   www.ekshrine.com

January 19-22, 2017 (thu-sun)  Michigan Winter Dog Classic at Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, MI. annual event, more than 7,000 dogs, 160+ breeds, including several breeds getting ready for the country's premier Westminster Kennel Club Dog show in February. Also has judging, demonstrations, exhibitions, seminars, and My Dog Can Do That – bring your dog and work with AKC professional trainers, more.  www.themichiganwinterdogclassic.com   facebook

January 20-22 and 27-29, 2017  Tip Up Town USA (TUT) at Houghton Lake, MI (northern lower peninsula). Friday through Sunday both weekends. Largest Winter Festival in Michigan, Grand Parade, Snowmobile Drag Races, Motorcycle Ice Racing, Carnival rides and games, Fireworks, ice slide, ice fishing contest, ice carving, ice sculpture contest, chainsaw carving, polar bear dip, coed softball on ice, beverage tent, winter fashion show, kids rides & games, garage sale, scavenger hunt, poker run, more. Annually the last two weekends in January.  www.visithoughtonlake.com   facebook

January 20-22, 2017 (fri-sun)  Fire & Ice Festival in Rochester, MI (north of Detroit). annual event features Fireworks, TasteFest, tube sledding, snow shoeing, cross country skiing, dog sled rides, ice skating, broom ball exhibition, ice sculptures, more.  www.downtownrochestermi.com/fire-ice-festival   facebook

January 21, 2017 (sat)  Royal Oak Beer Fest - Polar Beer Club in Royal Oak, MI. Over 100 local regional imported beers.  royaloakbeerfest.com   facebook

January 22, 2017 (sunday)  The Harlem Globetrotters at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, MI.  www.palacenet.com/events/detail

TBA 2017 (fri-sat)  Port Huron's Chilly Fest (northeast of Detroit). Ice Museum Special, Ice Carving Demos, Chili Tasting, Sno-Dog Parade, heated entertainment tent with live bands, more.  facebook

January 25-30, 2017 (wed-mon)  Zehnder's SnowFest 2017 in Frankenmuth, MI (mid lower peninsula). annual event, one of the top snow sculpting events in North America. Snow sculptures and detailed ice carvings by professional ice and snow carvers from around the world, a fireworks display, live entertainment, petting zoo, children's activities, food, more.  www.frankenmuth.org/festivals...

January 28, 2017 (sat)  Jeff Dunham Perfectly Unbalanced Tour – at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.  www.olympiaentertainment.com/joe-louis-arena

January 27-28, 2017 (fri-sat)  Ann Arbor Folk Festival at Hill Auditorium in Ann Arbor, MI. It's the Ark's largest annual fundraising event featuring traditional and contemporary folk artists.  theark.org

January 28, 2017 (sat)  Monster Jam – Monster Trucks at Ford Field in Detroit.  monsterjam.com   ford field

January 28, 2017 (sat)  Heikinpäivä in Hancock, MI (U.P., upper peninsula). Finnish-American mid-winter festival associated with Heikki Day (St. Henrik's day). Parade, live music, wife-carrying contest, food, films, dancing, more.  facebook

TBA 2017  Ferndale Blues & Music Festival in Ferndale, MI (just north of Detroit). Annual Blues and more Fest. Approximately 60 concerts, nine days, two dozen locations.  www.ferndalebluesfestival.org

January 30 to February 4, 2017 (mon-sat)  I-500 - International 500 Snowmobile Race in Sault Ste. Marie, MI (Upper Peninsula). Race week has Qualifying Rounds, Woody's Challenge Pro-Am Race, Rookie Round-Up 15 lap event, Pub Crawl, Ice Skating, Vintage Snowmobiles Display, Awards Ceremony, more. Soo I-500 on Feb 4th features the only one-mile ice oval snowmobile track in North America.  i-500.com   facebook   youtube

February 2-5, 2017 (thu-sun)  Michigan International Auto Show at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids, MI.  www.showspan.com/MAS   facebook

February 3-5, 2017 (thu-sun)  Perchville USA in Tawas, MI (East Michigan). Kick-Off Dinner, Parade, Fishing Contest, Chilly Cook-off, Polar Bear Swims, kid stuff, hospitality tent with beer/wine and live entertainment for adults, horse-drawn carriage rides, more.  tawas.com/...events

February 5, 2017 (sun)  Super Bowl Sunday / Super Bowl LI (51) – Super Bowl Parties almost everywhere! Kickoff 6:30 pm, Game on FOX TV, played at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas.  www.nfl.com/superbowl

February 10-12, 2017 (fri-sun)  Utica Ice Festival in Utica, MI (north of Detroit). Ice Carvings and Fireworks Festival. Music, games, prizes, amateur ice carving contest, horse drawn carriage rides, fireworks show, more. annual event.  www.utica-events.com

February 11, 2017 (sat)  Microbrew & Music Festival - Winter in Traverse City, MI. annual event features breweries and craft brews, lots of musicians, food vendors.  microbrewandmusic.com

February 11-19, 2017  Detroit Boat Show - 59th Annual at Cobo Center in Detroit. The Premier boating event in the State of Michigan. “The Detroit Boat Show is actually known as one of the best boat shows in the country in regards to size, sales, and attendance.”  detroitboatshow.net   facebook

TBA February 2017 (fri-sun)  Meridian Winter Blast (Motown Winter Blast) in Detroit at Campus Martius Park. Big Snow Slide, public Ice Skating, Music Stages, Taste of Detroit, warm comfort zones, more.  www.winterblast.com

February 14, 2017 (tuesday)  Valentine's Day

February 16-19, 2017 (thu-sun)  UP200, Midnight Run, Jack Pine 30 - Sled Dog Races in Western Upper Peninsula. “UP200 is one of America's premier 12-dog, mid-distance sled dog races, an Iditarod qualifying race, draws mushers from around the United States and Canada. Coinciding with the UP200 is the eight-dog Midnight Run, a race from Marquette to Munising. Plus the JackPine 30 with a six-dog, 30-mile sprint from Gwinn, Michigan to Marquette.”  up200.org   facebook

February 17-19, 2017 (fri-sun)  Shanty Days in Caseville, MI (Thumb area). annual, events include Ice Fishing Contests, Chili Cookoff, Beer Tent, Raffle, Texas Hold-Em Tournament, Potty Trotty outhouse race, Human Bowling, Pool Tournament, Live Music, Karaoke, DJ & Dancing, Snow Golf, Cold Butt Euchre, kids entertainment, Fireworks, more.  www.casevillechamber.net/

February 20, 2017 (monday)  Washington's Birthday / Presidents Day

February 24-26, 2017 (fri-sun)  Detroit AutoRama at Cobo Center in Downtown Detroit. Annual vehicle show, America's Finest Hot Rods, Customs, Trucks and Motorcycles. Event features celebrity appearances, Annual Toy-A-Rama, Pinup Girl Contest, Live Entertainment, Pedal Car Challenge, Charity Auction, much more.  autorama.com

February 24-25, 2017 (fri-sat)  Winter Beer Festival – at Fifth Third Ballpark in Grand Rapids, MI (West Michigan). annual event features approximately 88 Michigan breweries and almost 800 different craft beers.  www.mibeer.com/winter-festival

February 25, 2017 (sat)  Trenary Outhouse Classic – Outhouse Races in Trenary, MI (U.P. – Upper Peninsula). Annual event, anyone can enter, kids to adults, cash and prizes awarded in various categories.  www.trenaryouthouseclassic.com   facebook

February 25, 2017 (sat)  Coopersville Outhouse 500 and Chili Cook-Off in West Michigan, northwest of Grand Rapids. Chili Cook-Off includes live music and kids activities. Outhouse races are on Main Street, Coopersville. annual event.  www.coopersvillefarmmuseum.org/

March 2-5, 2017 (thu-sun)  Hamtramck Music Festival in Hamtramck, MI (inside Detroit). approx 140 music acts perform at 15 venues, most within walking distance of each other. Annual event goes back to the original vibe and feel of the Metro Times Blowout. It's a bar hoppin', venue hoppin', local live music good time!  hamtramckmusicfestival.com   facebook

March 3, 2017 (fri)  Gabriel Iglesias FluffyMania World Tour: 20 Years of Comedy – at Masonic Temple Detroit, in Detroit.  themasonic.com   fluffyguy.com

March 4, 2017 (sat)  Monster Jam – Monster Trucks at Ford Field in Detroit.  monsterjam.com/   ford field

March 9-19, 2017  Gilda's LaughFest in Grand Rapids, Lowell and Holland (West Michigan). “The nation's first-ever community-wide festival of laughter, a 10-day festival that features stand-up, improv, film, authors, community showcases and a variety of funny stuff. More than 200 shows, 60+ performers.  www.laughfestgr.org   facebook

March 10-11, 2017 (fri-sat)  Toughest Monster Truck Tour at The Dow Event Center in Saginaw, MI.  www.doweventcenter.com

March 10-12, 2017 (fri-sun)  The Michigan Golf Show at Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, MI. Over 400 exhibitors. Retailers, Resorts, Travel Destinations, Great Deals on Michigan Golf Courses, and a variety of hands-on activities. Highlights... Long Drive Contests, 100 feet of Hitting Nets, Close to the Pin Contest.  www.michigangolfshow.com

March 10-12, 2017 (fri-sun)  Michigan Horse Expo at Michigan State University Pavilion in East Lansing, MI. International Stallion Exhibition and Trade Show, one of the top three-day horse expos in the country. View stallions of different breeds, has clinics, seminars, educational events, about 200 vendor booths, and a Rodeo.  www.michiganhorseexpo.org

March 12, 2017 (sun)  St. Patrick's Parade - Detroit – annual parade on Michigan Avenue, a little west of Downtown Detroit.  www.detroitstpatricksparade.com

March 16 & 18, 2018 (fri + sun)  March Madness NCAA Tournament Division I Men's Basketball at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, MI. 2018 tournament first and second round games.  event details

TBA 2017 (sun)  Corktown Paddy's Parade Party in Corktown (Detroit), next to Gaelic League. annual Irish Celebration has Heated Tent and Outdoor Party, Irish Drink, beer tents, full bar, Irish Dance, DJs and entertainment, food, more.  www.corktownpaddy.com   facebook

TBA 2017 (sun-sat)  Clare Irish Festival in Clare, MI (northern lower peninsula). annual Irish Festival has Parade, Irish Recipe contest, Pet Photo Contest, Walk/Run Road Race, craft show, live music, kids carnival, more.  clareirishfestival.com   facebook

March 17, 2017 (fri)  St. Patrick's Day – annual celebration of the Irish, parties almost everywhere across the State. Wear something green! Lots of local Irish info at → www.detroitirish.org

March 21-26, 2017 (tue-sun)  Ann Arbor Film Festival in Ann Arbor, MI. annual, independent & experimental film.  www.aafilmfest.org

March 24, 2017 (fri)  The Dick Wagner Remember the Child Memorial Concert at Sound Board in MotorCity Casino Hotel, Detroit. Annual event raises funds to support medical and related services for children.  dickwagnerrememberthechild.org   facebook

March 26, 2017 (sun)  Marche du Nain Rouge in the Cass Corridor, Detroit. Revelers gather to drive out and banish the evil spirit Nain Rouge, the malevolent dwarf who's haunted Detroit since the days of Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac. All are invited to the annual Marche du Nain Rouge and after-parties.  marchedunainrouge.com   facebook

March 30 - April 2, 2017 (thu-sun)  Freep Film Festival – annual, in Detroit.  freepfilmfestival.com   facebook

April 7, 2017 (fri)  Detroit Tigers Home Opener  – Detroit Tigers vs Boston Red Sox at Comerica Park in Downtown Detroit, MI. 1:10 pm. Major League Baseball.  detroit.tigers.mlb.com

April 7-9, 2017 (fri-sun)  Great Lakes Art Fair at Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, MI (northwest of Detroit). Annual, indoors, over 200 booths of artists and displays, including sculpture, painting, ceramics, clothing, jewelry, more.  greatlakesartfair.com

TBA 2017 (thu-sun)  Detroit Shrine Circus at Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, MI. “This is your hometown circus, your glimpse of the majesty of the wild, your thrills of the high wire. In the Big Top, where clowns are king, wild animals are tame, and all ages are children.”  detroitshrinecircus.com   facebook

April 17, 2017 (sun)  Traverse City Chocolate Festival in northwest Michigan.  www.tcchocolatefestival.com   facebook

April 16, 2017 (sunday)  Easter (Easter Sunday)

April 21, 2017 (fri)  Detroit Music Awards at The Fillmore Detroit in Detroit. Big time annual Awards Ceremony & Show put on by the Detroit Music Awards Foundation (DMAF). This night is all about meeting, congratulating, and celebrating our incredibly talented local musicians in grand style! A glorious night of award presentations and live performances, our Local Grammys. Public invited event, VIP RSVP's available.  www.detroitmusicawards.net   facebook

TBA April 2017 (fri-sun)  Vermontville Maple Syrup Festival in Vermontville, MI (west of Lansing). annual event with Mid-America rides, talent show, arts and crafts, flea market, two parades, petting zoo, princess pageant, free entertainment, games, a pancake derby and more, plus syrup producers throughout the village selling syrup, candies, maple syrup cotton candy.  www.vermontvillemaplesyrupfestival.org

TBA April 2017 (fri-sun)  MI Earth Day Fest in Rochester, MI (north of Detroit). Earth Day celebration, festival offers a wide variety of exhibits, attractions and activities.  www.migreenteam.com/miedf   facebook

TBA 2017 (sun)  Dawn Farm Annual Ride for Recovery (bicycle, walk, run) in Ypsilanti, MI. annual family-fun fitness event and fundraiser for Dawn Farm has four bike rides to choose from, a run/walk, and a Recovery Celebration lunch. Dawn Farm provides professional care for those with alcohol/other drug problems.  www.dawnfarm.org/   facebook

April 26-30, 2017 (wed-sun)  National Trout Festival in Kalkaska, MI (northwest MI, near Traverse City). annual event has a parade, carnival midway, classic car show, arts & crafts, entertainment, fireworks, more.  www.nationaltroutfestival.com

April 28-30, 2017 (fri-sun)  Midwest Media Expo at Royal Dearborn Hotel & Convention Center in Dearborn, MI. Fandoms, film, cosplay, comics, video games, tabletop gaming, special guests and more.  www.midwestmediaexpo.com   facebook

TBA  Art X Detroit in Detroit.  www.artxdetroit.com   facebook

TBA  Detroit Bike-O-Rama (motorcycle) in Detroit.  facebook

May 4-7, 2017 (thu-sun)  Michigan International Women's Show at Surburban Collection Showplace in Novi, MI.  southernshows.com/wde

May 5-7, 2017 (fri-sun)  Mesick Mushroom Festival in Mesick, MI (northwest lower peninsula).  – Mesick, MI is the mushroom capital in the United States. Annual event has Grand Parade, Carnival rides, contests for mushroom hunters, food, beer tent, 5 K walk/run, crafts and hobbies, flea market, horse pull, more.  www.mesick-mushroomfest.org

May 6-14, 2017  Tulip Time Festival in Holland, MI (western Michigan). annual celebration of Dutch heritage and culture. Parades, Carnival, Klompen Dancers (nearly 1,700 total dancers), music and variety shows from national headline entertainers to local. Plus Dutch Dance performances, Dutch Food, art and craft fair, fireworks, children's events, trolley tours, more.  www.tuliptime.com   facebook

May 6-7, 2017 (sat-sun)  Michigan Antique & Collectible Festival in Davisburg, MI, at Springfield Oaks County Park in northern Oakland County. “Michigan's Largest Antique & Collectible Festival. Also Mid-Michigan's Largest Classic Car Show.”  miantiquefestival.com   facebook

May 6-7, 2017 (sat-sun)  Victorian Days in Grand Ledge, MI (just west of Lansing). annual, features high Tea, Civil War Re-enactors, Maypole Dance, Art & Craft Demonstrators, more.  www.victoriandays.org   facebook

May 7, 2016 (sat)  Blossomtime Festival Grand Floral Parade from St. Joseph to Benton Harbor, MI (southwestern Michigan). Oldest and largest multi-community Festival in the state of Michigan. Pre-parade events include pageants, run/walk, more.  www.blossomtimefestival.org

May 13-14, 2016 (fri-sat)  Spring Fling Festival at Yack Arena in Wyandotte, MI (Downriver, south of Detroit). Live entertainment, rides, vegas, crafts, games, food, raffles, more.  wyandottespringfling.com

May 14, 2017 (sunday)  Mother's Day

May 17-21, 2017 (wed-sun)  National Morel Mushroom Festival in Boyne City, MI (Northwest Lower Peninsula). annual event has Mushroom hunts, cooking demonstrations, live music, more.  bcmorelfestival.com

May 19-21, 2017 (fri-sun)  Motor City Comic Con at Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, MI. annual, “Michigan's #1 Comic Event, a multi-media event with over 1 million comics and collectables for sale and trade.” Comic books, writers, artists, anime, gaming, special guests and more.  www.motorcitycomiccon.com   facebook

May 27-29, 2017 (sat-mon)  Movement - Electronic Music Festival in Detroit at Hart Plaza. annual event features multiple stages, lots of EDM (electronic dance music), international and local artists.  movement.us   facebook

May 27-30, 2016 (fri-mon)  St. Mary's Polish Country Fair in Orchard Lake (northwest of Detroit). annual event has Carnival Rides plus Authentic Polish and All-American Food, Las Vegas Tent with Casino Games, Bingo Tent, Live Music and Dancing, Raffle, kids area, more.  stmaryspolishcountryfair.afrogs.org   facebook

May 28, 2016 (sat)  Petoskey Stone Festival at Barnes Park in Antrim County, MI (northwestern MI). annual Free festival honoring Michigan's State Stone. Entertainment, food, music, and activities for the entire family.  www.petoskeystonefestival.com   facebook

TBA  Metro Times Blowout music fest in Metro Detroit, future unknown.  mtblowout.com   facebook   twitter

May 29, 2017 (monday)  Memorial Day

June 2-4, 2017 (fri-sun)  Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix on Belle Isle in Detroit, MI. Detroit Grand Prix features Verizon IndyCar Series Chevrolet Dual in Detroit (two races), Chevrolet Sports Car Classic, SPEED Energy Stadium Super Trucks, Trans Am Series, entertainment, more.  www.detroitgp.com   facebook   twitter

June 2-4, 2017 (fri-sun)  Festival of the Arts - Grand Rapids (West Michigan). annual event known as Festival. A FREE community showcase of the arts: visual, performing & culinary West Michigan artists. The area's bands, choirs, rock, folk, country, blues – the works.  www.festivalgr.org

June 3-4, 2017 (sat-sun)  Michigan Antique & Collectible Festival in Midland, MI, at Midland County Fairgrounds. “Michigan's Largest Antique & Collectible Festival on 80 Acres. Also Mid-Michigan’s Largest Classic Car Show.”  miantiquefestival.com   facebook

June 3-12, 2016  Cinetopia international Film Festival in Detroit and Ann Arbor. multiple venues, approx 70 films.  www.cinetopiafestival.org

June 4, 2016 (sat)  Mount Clemens Cruise Car Cruise and Car Show in Mount Clemens, MI (northeast of Detroit). 25th in 2016 will have Dash Plaques and Awards to be given out in many classes, live band, special attractions, vendor displays, art fair, kids zone, Racing Thunderfest. proceeds benefit local charities.  www.mountclemenscruise.com   facebook

June 4, 2016 (sat)  Ionia Classic Car and Truck Show in Ionia, MI (northwest of Lansing).  ioniaclassiccar.com   facebook

June 9-12, 2016 (thu-sun)  Frankenmuth Bavarian Festival in Frankenmuth, MI (Mid Michigan). Live music, Carnival, German car show, German dancers, German foods and more. Over 100,000 people enjoy the annual Sunday Big Parade.  bavarianfestival.org   facebook

June 10-11, 2016 (fri-sat)  Cereal Festival + World's Longest Breakfast Table in Battle Creek, MI (southwest Michigan). Annual event has Parade on Friday, Breakfast Table on Saturday. 150+ breakfast tables, plus live entertainment, karaoke idol contest, more.  bcfestivals.com/

June 10-12, 2016 (fri-sun)  Ya'ssoo Greek Festival in Ann Arbor at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church. Greek music, dancers, open dancing, food, church tours, raffles, more.  www.annarborgreekfestival.org

June 10-12, 2016 (fri-sun)  Flat Rock Summer Blast at Huroc Park in Flat Rock, MI (south of Detroit).  flatrockriverfest.com   facebook

June 10-12, 2016 (fri-sun)  National Asparagus Festival (NAF) in Hart, MI (West Michigan). annual event has Grand Parade, Asparagus Food Show, Arts & Crafts Fair, Motorcycle Run, 5k Run, Asparagus Queen, family activities, much more.  www.nationalasparagusfestival.org   facebook

June 10 - July 3, 2016  Ann Arbor Summer Festival (A2SF) in Ann Arbor, MI. alternative folk to improv comedy to experimental fringe. A variety of headlining talent alongside today's young artists. Annual event, multiple locations.  a2sf.org   facebook

TBA 2017 (sat)  Harley Fest – held in Metro Detroit area. Motorcycles, Bike Giveaway, live music, more.  funfestevents.net/harley-fest   facebook

June 12, 2016 (sun)  NASCAR Sprint Cup Series FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway (MIS) in Brooklyn, MI. Race is on Sunday, plus additional events on friday & saturday before the race.  www.mispeedway.com/

June 14-19, 2016 (tue-sun)  Miss Michigan Pageant in Muskegon, MI (West Michigan). Scholarship Pageant provides educational opportunities to young women in Michigan.  www.missmichigan.org   facebook

June 15-18, 2016 (wed-sat)  Hamburg Family Fun Fest in Hamburg Township (west of Detroit). annual event has Amusement rides, live music, Hometown Idol Singing Talent Showcase, fireworks, more.  www.hamburgfunfest.com   facebook

June 16-18, 2016 (thu-sat)  Kalamazoo Island Fest at Mayor's Riverfront Park in Kalamazoo (West MI). annual, Reggae music includes “international, national, regional, and local talent and is the largest celebration of the Caribbean culture in Michigan.”  islandfestkzoo.com + facebook

June 17-18, 2016 (fri-sat)  West Michigan Chalk Art Festival (WMCAF) in Byron Center, MI (south of Grand Rapids). Children, adults, families and businesses are invited to create their own art using chalk.  www.wmcaf.com   facebook

June 17-19, 2016 (fri-sun)  Belleville National Strawberry Festival in Belleville (west of Detroit). annual event has Parade, Two Midways with Carnival Rides and Games, Beer Tent, Music and Concerts, Strawberry Idol contest, Strawberry Treats, food, Bingo, car show, crafters, children's area.  www.nationalstrawberryfest.com

June 17-19, 2016 (fri-sun)  Motor City Irish Fest (MCIF) in Livonia, MI, at Greenmead on corner of Newburgh & 8 Mile. Bands, Irish Dance groups, Pipe and drum bands, Irish food and more.  motorcityirishfest.com   facebook

June 18, 2016 (sat)  Cruisin' Gratiot in Eastpointe, MI (just north of Detroit). Annual car cruise, a week long celebration with events and car shows starting on Monday.  www.Cruisin-Gratiot.com   facebook

June 18, 2016 (sat)  Royal Oak Beer Fest - Summer in Royal Oak, MI.  royaloakbeerfest.com   facebook

June 18, 2017 (sun)  Father's Day

List of fireworks shows in Michigan → www.michiganfireworks.com  – search for local fireworks displays by date or by city, database updated annually.

June 21-26, 2016 (tue-sat)  Livonia Spree and Fireworks Extravaganza in Livonia, MI (west of Detroit). annual week-long city birthday party with Carnival, Live Music, food, more, and the 30-minutes Grand Finale Fireworks show on the last night.  www.livoniaspree.com   facebook

June 22-26, 2016 (wed-sun)  Bay-Rama Fishfly Festival in New Baltimore, MI (northeast of Detroit). annual event includes parade, fireworks, midway, talent show, live music, a DJ, Miss Bay-Rama and Her Court, eating contests, much more.  bay-rama.com

June 23-26, 2016 (thu-sun)  Taylor Summer Festival at Heritage Park in Taylor, MI (south of Detroit). festival features a Carnival, Concerts, Fireworks Display.  www.taylorfestival.com   facebook

June 23-26, 2016 (thu-sun)  St. Stan's A.C. Polish Festival in Bay City, MI (East/Mid MI). Polka music, homemade Polish and American food, bingo, casino tent, carnival rides and games, raffles, entertainment tent with dance floor. annual.  www.ststansacpolishfest.com   facebook

June 22-25, 2017 (thu-sun)  Electric Forest annual outdoor music festival in Rothbury, MI, at the Double JJ Ranch. about 90 local and national music acts, many music genres. camping available.  www.electricforestfestival.com   facebook

June 24, 2016 (fri)  Jobbie Nooner at Gull Island on Lake St. Clair (northeast of Detroit). annual JobbieNooner is an Adult Event, 18yrs and older Mardi Gras style boats and island party.  jobbiecrew.com   facebook

June 24, 2016 (fri)  Hour Detroit's Best of Detroit Party – Hour Detroit magazine's annual event.  www.hourdetroit.com

June 24-26, 2016 (fri-sun)  Detroit River Days in Downtown Detroit at the Riverfront. “a celebration of Detroit’s RiverWalk with activities on land and water. Boats and ships, riverboat tours, live music, kids activities, food, more.”  www.riverdays.com   detroitriverfront.org/   facebook

June 24-26, 2016 (fri-sun)  Opa! Fest (Greek Festival) in Troy, MI (north of Detroit) at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church. annual, Metro Detroit area's largest ongoing celebration of Greek culture. Enjoy traditional Greek food, music and dancing, cooking demonstrations and cultural exhibits, kids area.  www.opafest.org   facebook

June 24-26, 2016 (fri-sun)  Michigan Challenge Balloonfest & Carnival in Howell, MI. Annual summertime event in Michigan features balloon launches and entertainment for the entire family.  www.michiganchallenge.com

June 24-26, 2016 (fri-sun)  Trenton Summer Festival in Trenton, MI (south of Detroit). Join over 150,000 visitors, over 200 artists and craftsmen, and live entertainment on West Jefferson in the Riverfront Business District. annual.  www.trentonmi.org/   facebook

June 25, 2016 (sat)  Cruisin' Downriver cruise on Fort Street through the cities of Lincoln Park, Riverview, Southgate, Wyandotte, just south of Detroit. Annual, more than 300,000 car buffs and enthusiasts are expected.  www.cruisindownriver.com

June 25, 2016 (sat)  International Tug Boat Race on the Detroit River between Detroit & Windsor (Ontario, Canada). annual, “Detroit River comes alive with roaring diesels and blaring air horns when tug boats of all sizes race for glory and trophies. As many as 30 tugs of all sizes, ranging in length from 45 to 140 feet compete at the same time. Some of the larger tugs are actual working tugs with more than 2,000 horsepower.”  www.tugrace.com

June 27, 2016 (mon)  Ford Fireworks Detroit at Downtown Detroit Riverfront. Michigan's largest fireworks display. Including across the river in Windsor, Canada, about one million people will see this annual fireworks display.  www.theparade.org

June 29 - July 2, 2017 (thu-sun)  Electric Forest (2nd weekend) outdoor music festival in Rothbury, MI, at the Double JJ Ranch. about 90 local and national music acts, many music genres. camping available.  www.electricforestfestival.com   facebook

TBA 2017 (thu-sun)  Stars and Stripes Festival – previously held at Freedom Hill, will be moving to new location in Oakland County. Music performances by national and local bands, plus art, carnival rides, fireworks and more.  funfestevents.net/stars-stripes-festival   facebook

List of fireworks shows in Michigan → www.michiganfireworks.com  – search for local fireworks displays by date or by city, database updated annually.

Ann Arbor Summer Festival 2016 continues through July 3rd. see June 10th listing above.  website

July 2-9, 2016 (sat-sat)  National Cherry Festival in Traverse City, MI (northwest lower peninsula).  www.cherryfestival.org + facebook  – annual event. Parades, Amusements Midway, Adult Cherry Pie Eating Contest, Cherry Pit Spitting Contest, Fireworks, plus... national music entertainment, Juried Arts and Crafts Fair, Classic Vehicle Show, Beer Tent, more. “In all, there are more than 150 events along the shores of Lake Michigan's Grand Traverse Bay. The Festival has been named in USA Todays top ten festivals for several years running.”

July 4, 2017 (tuesday)  Independence Day (July 4th), Happy Birthday USA!

July 5-10, 2016 (tue-sun)  Common Ground Music Festival in Lansing, MI. annual event features national musical performers on two main stages each night. Headline shows will spotlight numerous contemporary musical formats. A variety of local, regional and other national performers on other stages provide non-stop music throughout the Festival.  www.commongroundfest.com

July 6-9, 2016 (wed-sat)  Blissfield River Raisin Festival in Blissfield, MI (lower Southeast Michigan). annual event has Parade, Live Music, DJs, Car & Bike Show, Motorcycle Poker Run, Miss River Raisin Festival Pageant, 5K Run, much more.  www.blissfield.net

July 7-10, 2016 (thu-sun)  Uncle Sam Jam in Woodhaven, MI (Downriver, south of Detroit), at Civic Center Park. Annual, features Free concerts all weekend, plus Carnival rides and games, Firework Display, much more.  funfestevents.net/uncle-sam-jam   facebook

July 7-9, 2017 (fri-sun)  American Polish Festival & Craft Show at the American-Polish Century Club in Sterling Heights, MI (north of Detroit). Festival draws thousands of people from Michigan, Ohio, and Illinois. Live Polka Music, dancing and dancers, outdoor craft show, Polish/American Cuisine, Srodek’s Pierogi Eating Challenge, more.  www.americanpolishfestival.com

July 8-17, 2016  Oakland County Fair at Springfield Oaks County Park in Davisburg, MI (northwest of Detroit). Carnival Rides & Amusements, July 4th Fireworks, Off Road Demolition Derby, Figure 8 Races, Rodeo, Monster Trucks, Circus Pages, various Livestock Shows, Large Animal Auction, Horse Shows, Dog Shows, Miracle of Birth Barn, Motorcycle Globe of Death, Oakland County Idol Contest, Adult Pie Baking Contest, Husband Calling Contest, Skillet Throwing Contest, Antique Fire Truck Show, Petting Zoo, 4-H Exhibits, Pirate Island for Kids, Racing Pigs, much more. annual event.  www.oakfair.org   facebook

July 8-9, 2016 (fri-sat)  Michigan Elvisfest in Ypsilanti. annual, one of the largest Elvisfest Concerts in North America. This not a contest but a true concert with spectacular performances by the best professional Elvis Tribute Artists in North America.  www.mielvisfest.org   facebook

July 8-10, 2016 (fri-sun)  Blue Water SandFest at the Fort Gratiot Light Station County Park in Port Huron, MI. Master Sand Cculpting and Advanced Amateur competition/festival. Contests, live music, sand sculpting demonstrations and hands on Lessons, food, kids zone, Lighthouse Tour, more.  www.bluewatersandfest.com

July 8-10, 2016 (fri-sun)  Art In The Park in Plymouth, MI (west of Detroit). “Michigan's 2nd Largest Art Fair. Its 35th year will welcome over 400 artists from around the U.S. offering paintings, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, fiber, glass, woodwork, photography, folk art & much more. Entertainment and cuisine will complement the art exhibitors.”  artinthepark.com

July 9, 2016 (sat)  All American Cruise (Wayne Road Car Cruise) in Westland, MI (west of Detroit). annual cruise on Wayne Rd from Joy Road to Glenwood Road.  www.allamericancruise.com   facebook

July 9, 2016 (sat)  Cruisin' US12 (Michigan Avenue Car Cruise) – annual cruise on Michigan Ave based in Wayne, MI (west of Detroit) and includes the surrounding communities.  facebook

July 11, 2016 (mon)  WWE Monday Night Raw at Joe Louis Arena, Detroit.  www.olympiaentertainment.com/joe-louis-arena

July 11-16, 2016 (mon-sat)  Blue Water Fest (Boat Week) in Port Huron, MI (East Michigan). Annual prelude to the Bayview Mackinac Race. “One of the largest outdoor summertime events in Southeastern Michigan.” Free General Admission. Lighted Boat Parade, Carnival Rides and Amusements, Fireworks Spectacular, Live Music on multiple stages, Boat Night with hundreds of sailboats on display, juried fine art fair, Taste-Fest, more.  www.thebluewaterfest.com   facebook

July 13-16, 2016 (wed-sat)  Wyandotte Street Art Fair in Wyandotte, MI (Downriver, south of Detroit). annual, Over 300 artist booths, a workshop, Riverfront & Street Entertainment, food, children's activity areas, more.  www.wyandottestreetartfair.org   facebook

July 14-17, 2016 (thu-sun)  Tall Ship Celebration (TSC) in Bay City, MI (East/Mid Michigan).  tallshipcelebration.com   facebook

July 14-23, 2016  Ionia Free Fair in Ionia (northwest of Lansing). Annual. Monster Trucks, Truck and Tractor Pulls, one of the largest fair Midways in the state of Michigan, Circus performances, Live Music entertainment, food, much more.  www.ioniafreefair.com

July 15-17, 2016 (fri-sun)  Roar On The River in Trenton, MI (south of Detroit). Outboard powerboat races, SST 200 and SST 45 UIM/APBA World Championships. Festivities include live entertainment and food. annual.  www.trentonroarontheriver.com   facebook

July 15-17, 2016 (fri-sun)  Michigan Lavender Festival in Armada, MI (north of Detroit). A Symphony for the Senses, “A 'Made-In-Michigan' event, featuring over 100 Michigan artists, craftspeople and local area farms.” Plus lavender workshops, wellness classes, more.  michiganlavenderfestival.net

July 15-17, 2016 (fri-sun)  Jackson Hot Air Jubilee (Balloon Festival) in Jackson, MI (Lower Michigan). annual event, Free Admission. 65-70 Hot Air Balloons, Balloon Night Glow at Dusk – tethered balloons put on a spectacular light show. Plus Arts and Crafts show, car show, live entertainment, kids activities, displays, more.  www.hotairjubilee.com

July 16, 2016 (sat)  Bayview Mackinac Race (Port Huron To Mackinac Sailing Race). 2016 Bell's Beer Bayview Mackinac Race. Annual Bayview Port Huron to Mackinac Race is one of the greatest freshwater yacht races in the world and has a 298 statute mile course. a.k.a. Port Huron to Mackinac Island Yacht Race. www.byc.com   www.bycmack.com   facebook

July 20-23, 2016 (wed-sat)  National Baby Food Festival (NBFF) in Fremont, MI (north of Grand Rapids). annual event in the Baby Food Capital of the World features a Grand Parade, Children's Parade, Carnival, Baby Food Cook-Off with cash prizes, Karaoke Contest, Headliner Entertainment, 5 and 10K run, Arts and Crafts Show, Car Show, Kid's Zone, more.  babyfoodfestival.com   facebook

July 20-23, 2017 (thu-sun)  Ann Arbor Art Fair in Ann Arbor, MI. Four Fairs combined into one event. “Artists display their latest work and engage the imaginations of more than 500,000 annual fairgoers.”  artfairs.visitannarbor.org   www.artfair.org   facebook

July 21-23, 2017 (fri-sun)  Faster Horses Festival annual country music festival and camping at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, MI. national and local music acts.  fasterhorsesfestival.com   facebook

July 22-23, 2017 (sat-sun)  Michigan Antique & Collectible Festival in Midland, MI, at Midland County Fairgrounds. “Michigan's Largest Antique & Collectible Festival on 80 Acres. Also Mid-Michigan’s Largest Classic Car Show.”  miantiquefestival.com   facebook

July 22-23, 2016 (fri-sat)  Summer Beer Festival - Ypsilanti in Ypsilanti, MI. Annual, 2016 features more than 100 Michigan breweries sampling almost 1,000 different craft beers. Plus live music from Michigan bands, food available.  www.mibeer.com/summer-festiva

July 23-24, 2016 (sat-sun)  Quake on the Lake at Pontiac Lake State Recreation Area in Waterford, MI (northwest of Detroit). annual inboard hydroplane and APBA Hydroplane Races. Event includes a Classic Car Show, craft show, music entertainment.  www.quakeonthelake.org   facebook

July 23-24, 2016 (sat-sun)  AquaPalooza on Lake St. Clair, MI. “the largest on-the-water concert held on Lake St. Clair. Held off the shores of Belle Maer Harbor, event is accessible by water only.”  www.colonymarineaquapalooza.com   www.colonymarine.net

July 23, 2016 (sat)  Telegraph Cruise on Telegraph Road (US 24) in Taylor, Dearborn Heights, Dearborn and Redford Township (Southeast Michigan). Hot rodders, classic cars, car enthusiasts and spectators.  cityoftaylor.com/...

July 26-31, 2016 (tue-sun) Traverse City Film Festival (TCFF) in Traverse City, MI (northwest lower peninsula). annual event, approx 80 films and 40 shorts from over 25 countries at 135 screenings, plus a film school, free panel discussions, outdoor movies.  www.traversecityfilmfest.org

July 28-30, 2016 (thu-sat)  Sterlingfest Art and Music Fair in Sterling Heights, MI (just north of Detroit). annual “Arts & Crafts Fair, variety of music including jazz, blues, folk and Top 40 entertainment, a family midway, children’s activities, food, a main concert stage, evening concerts.”  www.sterling-heights.net   facebook

July 28-30, 2017 (fri-sun)  Concours d'Elegance of America at The Inn at St. John's in Plymouth, MI (west of Detroit). Annual Exhibition of Antique & Classic Collector Automobiles. High-end cars and motorcycles vie for coveted trophies and awards. Also annual auction of rare vehicles.  concoursusa.org

July 28-31, 2016 (thu-sun)  Munger Potato Festival in Munger, MI (East/Mid MI, near Bay City). Carnival, Parade, Entertainment, Lots of Potatoes, more.  www.mungerpotatofest.com   facebook

July 29-31, 2016 (fri-sun)  St. Clair Riverfest in St. Clair, MI (northeast of Detroit) at Palmer Park. Offshore boat races, carnival midway, live music, more.  facebook

July 29-31, 2016 (fri-sun)  Yale Bologna Festival in Yale, MI (located in Michigan's thumb). annual “gathering of over 20,000 Bologna starved party-goers!” Events include parade down Main Street, Bologna Derby, fireworks, car show, craft show, outhouses races, street dance, food and much more.  www.yalechamber.com/page-bologna.html

July 30-31, 2016 (sat-sun)  Support Our Troops Festival in Baroda, MI (southwest Michigan). “Annual festival to help enlisted soldiers with needs, soldiers with injuries and/or needs that come home from deployment, and our beloved veterans with injuries and/or special needs.” Military Honor Ceremony, Military Honor Parade, Motorcycle Run and Show, Custom & Classic Car/Truck Show, Helecopter Rides, Live Music Entertainment, Gun Raffle, Beer Tent, Fireworks Show, food, displays, much more.  www.supportourtroopsfestival.org   facebook

July 30-31, 2016 (sat-sun)  Maker Faire Detroit in Dearborn, MI, at the Henry Ford. “Robotics, electronics, rockets, food and fashion finds. Interactive family-friendly event that takes arts, crafts, engineering, food, music, science and technology projects and the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) mindset to the next level.”  www.makerfairedetroit.com   facebook

July 30-31, 2016 (sat-sun)  Arab and Chaldean Festival at Hart Plaza in Downtown Detroit. “Largest Arab & Chaldean Festival in North America”, free admission, annual event.  www.arabandchaldeanfestival.com

July 30-31, 2016 (sat-sun)  Orchard Lake Fine Art Show in West Bloomfield, MI. annual “Juried Fine Art & Craft Event with World-Renowned and Top-Notch Local Artists. Voted in the Top 100 Art Shows in the Country eight years in row.”  www.hotworks.org/orchardlakefineartshow

July 31, 2016 (sun)  99.5 WYCD Hoedown annual country music fest, 2016 moves to DTE Energy Music Theatre, now just one day, Brad Paisley headlines.  WYCD Hoedown   facebook

July 29 - August 7, 2016  Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival in Grand Haven, MI (West Michigan). annual event celebrating the men and women of the United States Coast Guard. Parades, Fireworks, Carnival, Entertainment, Ship Tours, Street Dance, Car Show and more.  www.coastguardfest.org   facebook

August 4-7, 2016 (thu-sun)  Woodtick Music Festival in the U.P. (upper peninsula). 2 stages, approx 30 bands, bluegrass country rock blues folk. annual.  www.woodtickfestival.com   facebook

August 5-7, 2016 (fri-sun)  Annual Fish Sandwich Festival in Bay Port, MI (located in Michigan's thumb). Lots of Fish Sandwiches, plus Grand Parade, fireworks, arts & crafts show, free entertainment, fireman's bingo, petting zoo and pony rides, 5k run/walk, more.  www.bayportchamber.com/events/

August 5-7, 2016 (fri-sun)  Buy Michigan Now Festival in Northville, MI. annual celebration highlighting Michigan-based businesses and Michigan-made products.  www.buymichigannowfest.com

August 6, 2016 (sat)  Island Art Fair in Grand Ledge, MI. 42nd in 2015. Juried fine arts and craft show, music entertainment, riverboat rides, more.  ledgecraftlane.com/island-art-fair.html   facebook

August 7, 2016 (sun)  Clinton Township Gratiot Cruise annual car cruise north of Detroit “expects crowds of 200,000 people and thousands of classics on Gratiot Avenue from 14 Mile to north of Metropolitan Parkway (aka 16 Mile) through Clinton Township.” There are many pre-cruise events including the Cruise Headquarters Car Showwww.ctgratiotcruise.com   facebook

August 8-13, 2016 (mon-sat)  Kalamazoo County Fair n Kalamazoo, MI (West Michigan). Midway rides, live music every night, 400+ farm animals, 4-H exhibits, much more. www.kalcounty.com/parks/fair   facebook

August 11, 2016 (thu)  Fash Bash at Detroit Institute of Arts in Detroit, annual fundraising event for the DIA.  www.dia.org/...

August 11-13, 2017 (fri-sun)  St. Johns Mint Festival in St. Johns City Park (Clinton County, Mid-MI). annual event has Grand Parade, over 200 arts & crafts and flea market vendors, quilt show, new & old car shows, sports events, kids games, laser tag, inflatables, free daily and evening entertainment, Classic K9 Dog shows, Mint Eating & Cooking Contests, more.  www.clintoncountychamber.org/mint-festival

August 11-14, 2016 (thu-sun)  National Blueberry Festival in South Haven, MI (West Michigan).  www.blueberryfestival.com   facebook  – nationally recognized annual event, over 40,000 visitors. Parade, Blueberry Central (everything blueberry), Blueberry Cook Off, Blueberry Pie Social, Blueberry Pancake Breakfasts, Kids Blueberry Pie Eating Contest, Rotary Club Fly-in & Classic Car Show, Steelheaders Fish Boil, Sand Sculpture Contest, Lawn Tractor Pull, Arts & Crafts Fair, Las Vegas Night, Live Entertainment, Youth Pageant Contest, lots of kids events, Diaper Derby, more.

August 12-21, 2016  Cheeseburger in Caseville (Caseville, MI, is in Michigan's thumb). Celebrates the lifestyle and music made popular by Jimmy Buffett, and celebrates cheeseburgers. Concerts, Fireworks, The Parade of Tropical Fools with thousands of beads, candies, Frisbees, and other objects thrown from parade floats.  www.cheeseburgerincasevillefest.com   facebook   www.casevillechamber.net

August 12-13, 2016 (fri-sat)  Del Shannon Car Show in Coopersville, MI (northwest of Grand Rapids). Annual Del Shannon Days features the car show, car cruise, heavy truck show, awards, entertainment tent, food, more.  www.delshannoncarshow.org   facebook

August 12-14, 2016 (fri-sun)  Milford Memories Summer Festival in Milford, MI (northwest of Detroit). annual, has Juried Art show with over 260 artists and crafters from across the United States and Canada displaying and selling their work. Live Music and Entertainment, Kid Central Activity Area, Beer Tent, Civil War Encampment, 5K & 10K Run, Cold Butt Euchre, more.www.milfordmemories.com   facebook

August 12-14, 2016 (fri-sun)  Great Lakes Folk Festival (GLFF) in East Lansing, MI. annual, “GLFF offers a one-of-a-kind mix of music and dance stages, demonstrations of traditional arts and storytelling, authentic ethnic food, an arts marketplace, and special activities for kids and their companions.”  www.greatlakesfolkfest.net

TBA 2017 (sat-sun)  Music Fest 4 Vets music festival in Metro Detroit, Proceeds go to U.S. Veterans in need. Public, all ages, variety live entertainment. Annually, about 100 Musicians donate performances in support of Veterans!  MusicFest4Vets.org   twitter

August 13, 2016 (sat)  Downtown Utica Car Show in Utica, MI (north of Detroit). www.utica-events.com

August 14-20, 2016 (sun-sat)  Calhoun County Fair in Marshall, MI (West Michigan). “The Calhoun County Fairgrounds is home to Michigan's oldest fair and boasts Floral Hall, the oldest fair building in the state. The Calhoun County Fairgrounds were founded in 1848.”  www.calhouncountyfair.org

August 15-19, 2017 (tue-sat)  Back to the Bricks Car Cruise in Flint, MI. about 400,000 car enthusiasts attend each year. Car shows, swap meets, automotive vendor displays, drive-in movie theater, lots of cruisin and more on 13 mile route.  backtothebricks.org   facebook

August 15-21, 2016 (mon-sun)  Armada Fair – 143rd in Armada (northeast of Detroit). A True Country Fair with a Grand National Tractor Pull, Figure 8 Race, Demolition Derby, Armada Fair Queen and her Court, more.  www.armadafair.org

August 17-21, 2016 (wed-sun)  Michigan Fiber Festival in Allegan, MI (western Michigan) at Allegan County Fairgrounds promotes interests of individuals and businesses related to natural fibers. Highlights include animal shows, animal competitions, demonstrations and workshops, vendors, displays, art show competition, more.  www.michiganfiberfestival.info

August 18-20, 2016 (thu-sat)  Mendon Riverfest in Three Rivers, MI (Southwest Michigan). annual, has Main Parade and a Lighted River Floats Parade, Classic Car Cruise, Fireworks, games and amusements, live entertainment, fishing tournament, Texas Hold'em Tournament, teen dance, food, more.  www.mendonriverfest.net   facebook

August 19, 2017 (sat)  WOODWARD DREAM CRUISE on Woodward Ave through several cities just north of Detroit. The World's Biggest, Best and Most Famous Car Cruise, the greatest one-day car event in the world. WDC is actually about a week long with many associated and pre-cruise events. Draws around one million people.  www.woodwarddreamcruise.com   facebook   twitter

August 19, 2016 (fri)   Roadkill Nights at M! Concourse in Pontiac, MI (north of Detroit). A national web-tv show event, it has “high-powered drag racing on Woodward Avenue for cash prizes, Dodge thrill rides and displays, a show ‘n’ shine area, live music, food trucks, premium giveaways and more.”  www.roadkill.com/events + 2016 info

August 19-20, 2016 (fri-sat)  Festival on the Bay in Petoskey MI (Northern Michigan).  www.petoskeyfestival.com   facebook  ” annual, “events include great live music, lots of fun kid's activities, a petting zoo, great food, competitive sporting events, Chalk & Chocolate Festival, Youth Fishing Derby, SAFE Teen Dance, parasailing over Little Traverse Bay, arts and crafts show, and more!”

August 19-20, 2017 (sat-sun)  Selfridge Open House at Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Mount Clemens, MI (north of Detroit). Celebrating 100 Years of Military Aviation at Selfridge ANGB, Michigan. Event features The United States Air Force Thunderbirds, more.  teamselfridge.com   facebook

August 19-21, 2016 (fri-sun)  Lapeer Days in Lapeer, MI (northwest of Detroit). annual, Michigan's Largest FREE Festival with Parade, Carnival and Midway, 3 Entertainment Stages, Arts & Craft show, classic car show, Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament, talent showcase, beer tent, pizza eating contest, kids stuff, food, much more.  lapeerdays.com   facebook

August 19-21, 2016 (fri-sun)  Howell Melon Festival (Watermelon Fest) in Howell, MI (east of Lansing). annual event features the Melon Ball, Classic Diesel Train Rides, Fine Arts & Wares Show, Annual Melon Run, Outdoor Ice Skating on an artificial outdoor ice rink, Michigan Micro-Brews, barbecue, live music, more.  www.howellmelonfestival.com

August 20-21, 2016 (sat-sun)  Thunder Over Michigan Air Show at Willow Run Airport in Ypsilanti, MI (west of Detroit, near Ann Arbor). annual, 2016 features Breitling Jet Team (France), Canadian Forces Snowbirds, B-17 B-25 B-47 Rides, Waco Rides, WWII Battle, Helotown USA featuring cold war helicopters and Mi-24 Hind plus present day choppers. Event has other displays, attractions and more.  www.yankeeairmuseum.org/airshow

August 20 thru October 2, 2016  Michigan Renaissance Festival in Holly, MI (northwest of Detroit). On weekends, annual back-in-time festival features renaissance attire and events, Live Armored Jousting, 16 stages with live entertainment, lots of contests and competitions, special theme days and weekends, much more.  www.michrenfest.com   facebook

August 21, 2016 (sun)  2016 Rhythm & Blues Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony & Concert – in Dearborn, MI, at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center.  rhythmandblueshof.com    facebook

August 25-27, 2016 (thu-sat)  Detroit Dance City Festival (DDCF) at various locations in Downtown Detroit. Performances, workshops, networking.  www.detroitdancecityfestival.com   facebook

August 26-27, 2016 (fri-sat)  28th Street Metro Cruise in Grand Rapids, MI. West Michigan's Premiere Auto Cruise and Car Show, annual event is free and open to all types of vehicles, and spans an area along 15 miles of the famed 28th Street. There will be Beer Tents with live entertainment, Automotive Swap Meet, family Safety City area with children's rides, and more. Event features over 15,000 cars and 300,000 spectators.  www.28thstreetmetrocruise.com   facebook

August 26-27, 2016 (fri-sat)  Microbrew & Music Festival in Traverse City, MI (northwest Michigan). annual, lots of musicians, many breweries, craft brew flavors, food vendors.  microbrewandmusic.com

August 27-28, 2016 (sat-sun)  APBA Gold Cup - Spirit of Detroit HydroFest on Detroit River east of Downtown Detroit near Belle Isle bridge. Unlimited Hydroplane racing, Grand Prix hydroplane racing, plus Formula 2 Powerboats and live entertainment.  www.detroitboatraces.com   facebook

August 27-28, 2016 (sat-sun)  Hazel Park Art Fair at Green Acres Park in Hazel Park, MI.  www.hazelparkartfair.com  – Free admission, dozens of visual art/artisans plus 18 music artists, food, more.

August 27, 2016 (sat)  Great Lakes Gathering - Irish Festival at First Merit Bank Event Park in Saginaw, MI. Irish music and cultural festival that showcases internationally known to local performers.  www.greatlakesgathering.com

August 28, 2016 (sun)  NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway (MIS) in Brooklyn, MI (southwest of Ann Arbor). qualifying on the 26th, Careers for Veterans 200 on the 27th, 400 race on the 28th.  www.mispeedway.com

August 28, 2016 (sun)  Cruisin' Hines car cruise through Hines Park in Western Wayne County, MI. Thousands of Classic Cars and Hot Rods!  cruisinhines.com   facebook

August 31, 2016 (wed)  Shorewood Kiwanis Harper Charity Cruise on Harper Ave in St. Clair Shores, MI (northeast of Detroit).  www.shorewoodkiwanis.org/harpercharitycruise.html

August 31 - September 4, 2017 (thu-mon)  Michigan State Fair at Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, MI (northwest of Detroit). Annual fair will have a Large Midway with tons of games and rides, Livestock and agriculture areas with large indoor arena, Shriners small scale circus and circus attractions, plus live entertainment and more.  www.michiganstatefairllc.com   facebook

Michigan Renaissance Festival – in Holly, MI, continues on weekends, see listing above. Back in time festival features renaissance attire, live armored jousting, musicians, theme events, special events, contests.  www.michrenfest.com   facebook

September 1-5, 2016 (thu-mon)  Michigan Peach Festival in Romeo, MI (north of Detroit). annual event has Parade, Peach Queen, Carnival Rides, Car Show, Bed Races, 5K Run, various sports tournaments, flea market, arts & crafts show, Las Vegas Games, Golf Classic, Baby Photo Contest, KidFest, more.  michiganpeachfest.com   facebook

September 2-5, 2016 (fri-mon)  Arts, Beats & Eats Festival (Ford Arts, Beats & Eats) in Royal Oak, MI (just north of Detroit). “Oakland County's Favorite Summer Festival Celebrating Art, Music, Cuisine and Humanity. More than 200 performances on ten stages, a Juried Fine Arts Show, local restaurants, plus international, regional and local attractions.” annual event.  www.artsbeatseats.com   facebook

September 2-5, 2016 (fri-mon)  Detroit Jazz Festival in Detroit on the Riverfront. The World's Largest Free Jazz Festival held at Hart Plaza in Downtown Detroit. About five stages, Jazz & American crossover music. annual.  www.detroitjazzfest.com   facebook

September 3-5, 2016 (sat-mon)  Hamtramck Labor Day Festival in Hamtramck, MI (inside Detroit). annual. Carnival, live music on three stages, beer, a half mile of food tents and features the Polish Day Parade on Labor Day.  hamtownfest.com   facebook

September 4, 2017 (monday)  Labor Day

September 9-11, 2016 (fri-sun)  Art & Apples Festival in Rochester, MI (north of Detroit). “For 50 years, the festival has transformed the 30-acre Rochester Park into one of the nation’s top fine art fairs with over 290 exhibiting artists from across the country.”  www.pccart.org/art-apples-festival

September 9-11, 2016 (fri-sun)  Wine and Harvest Festival in Paw Paw, MI (southwest Michigan). annual event. Wine Tasting and Winery Tours, 4 stages of music entertainment for all musical tastes, Hole In One contest, St. Julian Parade, Arts & Crafts Show, Annual Grape Escape Classic Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show, Coca-Cola Grape Stomp, Carnival Rides, Fireworks, 5k Run/Walk, children's activities, more.  www.wineandharvestfestival.com

September 9-11, 2016 (fri-sun)  Plymouth Fall Festival in Plymouth, MI (west of Detroit). Carnival rides games, two entertainment stages, taste fest, car show, craft show, food, more.  www.plymouthfallfestival.com

September 10, 2016 (sat)  Dally in the Alley in Detroit. The Greenest Festival in Detroit. annual performing arts festival and street fair, One of the only non-corporate sponsored community festivals in the United States. Local Artist Gallery, live music on multiple stages, more.  www.dallyinthealley.com   facebook   youtube

September 10, 2016 (sat)  U.P. Fall Beer Festival in Marquette, MI (Upper Peninsula). annual “overlooking Lake Superior in Mattson Lower Harbor Park, downtown Marquette. Choose from over 400 locally crafted beers from 60 Michigan breweries, enjoy food, and listen to a talented line-up of musicians.  www.mibeer.com/up-fall-festival

September 11, 2016 (sunday)  Patriot Day (9/11 Remembrance Day). Observances held all across the state and country to remember those who were injured or died during terrorist plane attacks on the World Trade Center, Pentagon, other targets on September 11, 2001.

September 9-15, 2018 (not this year)  2018 ACBS International Boat Show Boat the Blue in Port Huron, MI (northeast of Detroit). Antique and Classic Boat Society (ACBS) Annual Meeting and and International Boat Show will attract some of the finest boats from this area and from across the United States and Canada.  www.michacbs.com   facebook

September 15-18, 2016 (thu-sun)  Troy Family Daze in Troy, MI. north of Detroit. annual, has Giant Midways, Live Entertainment, Contests, fireworks, food, children's area, more.  www.troyfamilydaze.com

September 15-18, 2016 (thu-sun)  Michigan Irish Music Festival in Muskegon, MI (western Michigan). “Featuring all things Irish... a wide variety of music, the pub tent, market place merchandise, authentic Irish food and beverages.”  www.michiganirish.org   facebook

September 15-18, 2016 (thu-sun)  Frankenmuth Oktoberfest in Frankenmuth, MI. annual event is a traditional celebration of German beer that originated in Munich in 1810.  www.frankenmuthfestivals.com   facebook

September 16-18, 2016 (fri-sun)  Flat Rock Riverfest at Huroc Park in Flat Rock, MI (south of Detroit).  flatrockriverfest.com   facebook

September 16-18, 2016 (fri-sun)  Northville Victorian Festival in Northville, MI. annual event has Parade, Carnival, Art and Craft Fair, Strolling Entertainers, Beer Garden and Saloon, Vintage Baseball and more. A celebration of the era when Northville was founded as a village.  www.northville.org/

September 16-18, 2016 (fri-sun)  DIY Street Fair in Ferndale, MI. annual, features art, music, food.  www.ferndalediy.com   facebook

TBA 2017  Detroit Lions 2017 Home Opener at Ford Field in Detroit.  www.detroitlions.com

September 21 - October 9, 2016  ArtPrize in Grand Rapids, MI (West Michigan). a radically open competition to any artist in the world who can find space. And open to anybody in Grand Rapids who wants to create a venue. Approx 1,713 Artists at 192 Venues, $450,000 in prizes, top vote getter wins $250,000 (public can vote).  www.artprize.org

September 21-25, 2016 (thu-sun)  Detroit Design Festival (DDF) in Detroit, multiple venues, and features hundreds of designers.  www.detroitdesignfestival.com

September 23-24, 2016 (fri-sat)  Oktoberfest West Michigan in Grand Rapids, MI (West Michigan). “Annual celebration of German heritage & traditions held at John Ball Park. Features many different beers brought in from Germany as well as authentic food, music, games, and more.  www.oktoberfestwestmichigan.com

September 23-25, 2016 (fri-sun)  American Sewing Expo (ASE) at Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, MI. The Largest independent consumer sewing show in the country.  www.americansewingexpo.com

September 23-25, 2016 (fri-sun)  Clinton Fall Festival in Clinton, MI (lower southeast MI near the Ohio border). annual. Grand Parade, over 250 Arts and Craft booths, Car Show exceeding 500 entries, raffle, much more.  www.clintonfallfestival.com

September 23-25, 2016 (fri-sun)  Pumpkinfest in South Lyon, MI. west of Detroit. annual 3+ mile Pumpkinfest Parade, Pumpkin Pie Eating Contest, Hot dog eating contest, live entertainment, Farmer Market, craft show, fun run, movie night, children's activities, more. Vibe Credit Union Pumpkinfest of the South Lyon Area.  www.southlyonpumpkinfest.com   facebook

September 23-25, 2016 (fri-sun)  Paul Bunyan Days in Oscoda (northeast lower peninsula). annual event with Carnival, Bunyan Games, classic car show, BBQ Competition and more.  chamber.oscodachamber.com/events/

September 23-24, 2017 (sat-sun)  Michigan Antique & Collectible Festival in Midland, MI, at Midland County Fairgrounds. “Michigan's Largest Antique & Collectible Festival on 80 Acres. Also Mid-Michigan’s Largest Classic Car Show.”  miantiquefestival.com   facebook

September 24-25, 2016 (sat-sun)  Michigan Apple Festival at The Country Mill in Charlotte, MI. Sampling of everything apples, plus live music, corn maze, train rides, hay rides, petting zoo, more.  www.michiganapplefestival.com

TBA  Dlectricity Art and Light festival in Detroit.  www.dlectricity.com

September 29, 2016 (thu)  Hour Detroit Best Dressed Fashion Show at The Fillmore Detroit. presented by Somerset Collection.  www.thefillmoredetroit.com

For Halloween Season 2016, Mike has a special page with lots of info. click → Michigan Halloween Haunted Houses Attractions Events. Haunts, Zombie Shoots, Zombie Walks, Mazes, Halloween Events and more.

September 29 - October 2, 2016 (thu-sun)  Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Xtreme at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, MI (West Michigan).  vanandelarena.com

TBA 2017 (fri-sun)  Trenton Scarecrow Festival 2016 cancelled. Held in Trenton (Downriver) 1st weekend in October.  www.scarecrowfestival.net   facebook

ArtPrize continues through October 9, 2016 in Grand Rapids, MI (West Michigan). See Sept. 21 listing or click: www.artprize.org

October 1, 2016 (sat)  Red Flannel Festival – in Cedar Springs, MI (West MI, near Grand Rapids).  redflannelfestival.org + on facebook  – highlights include Grand Parade, Carnival Rides, Red Flannel Prince and Princess, All American Lumberjack Show & Cpmpetition, Live Entertainment, Marching Bands, Farm Tractors & Engines Show, Tractor Pulls, Car Show, Bed Race Obstacle Course, Blackjack Euchre Bingo, Chicken Barbeque, Michigan Vietnam Memorial Wall Display and more. Annual event on the first Saturday of October.

October 1-2, 2016 (sat-sun)Michigan Renaissance Festival - Final Weekend – in Holly, MI. for links, see → listing above. Festival takes you back in time to the renaissance era with knights and old villager attire, theme events and special events.  website

October 1-2, 2016 (sat-sun)  Huron Township Applefest – in New Boston, MI (southwest of Detroit).  huronapplefest.com  – Parade, Apple Pie Contest, Old-Time Fiddlers Contest, 5k Run, entertainment and more.

October 7-8, 2017 (sat-sun)  Michigan Antique & Collectible Festival – in Davisburg, MI.  miantiquefestival.com + facebook  – at Springfield Oaks County Park in northern Oakland County. “Michigan's Largest Antique & Collectible Festival. Also Mid-Michigan’s Largest Classic Car Show.”

October 8, 2016 (sat)  Oktoberfest - Royal Oak Beer Fest – at Royal Oak Farmers Market in Royal Oak, MI.  www.royaloakbeerfest.com

October 8-9, 2016 (sat-sun)  Appleumpkin Festival – in Tecumseh, MI. southwest of Ann Arbor. www.downtowntecumseh.com/events...  – annual Antique Street Fair and Flea Market with arts and crafts show, midway rides, carnival games, inflatables and make-it-take-it crafts, straw maze and corn box.

October 8-9, 2016 (sat-sun)  CraneFest – Sandhill Crane & Art Festival at Big Marsh Lake, MI (southwest Michigan). Major attraction is the spectacle of thousands of Sandhill Cranes descending on the expansive, shallow wetland.  cranefest.org

TBA 2017  Great Lakes Regional Chili Cookoff – in Plymouth, MI.  greatlakeschili.com

October 15-16, 2016 (sat-sun)  Detroit Free Press Talmer Bank Marathon – Annual running marathon in Detroit.  www.freepmarathon.com  – Over 20,000 participants, goes across international borders twice (Canada). Event features a Full Marathon, Half-Marathon, Relay and 5K.

October 17, 2016 (mon)  Detroit Red Wings 2017-2018 Home Opener – at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit.  redwings.nhl.com

October 21-22, 2016 (fri-sat)  Detroit Fall Beer Festival - 7th Annual – at Eastern Market, Detroit.  www.mibeer.com/detroit-fall-festival  – “One of the largest all-Michigan beer tastings. Enjoy food and listen to a talented line-up of local musicians while sipping any of more than 600 craft beers from over 75 Michigan breweries.”

October 22, 2016 (sat)  The Haunted Asylum – in Farmington Hills, MI. 6 DJs, multiple event stages, multiple bars, cirque performers, stage dancers, VIP stuff, lots more.  thehauntedasylum.com   facebook

October 22, 2016 (sat)  Beautiful Nightmares - Makeup Contest – at Jam Handy in Detroit, $4,000 in prizes.  beautifulnightmares.net   facebook

TBA 2017  Detroit Pistons 2017-2018 Home Opener – at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit.  www.nba.com/pistons   NBA

October 28, 2016 (fri)  Halloween The Haunted Banquet + $1,500 Cash Costume Contest at The Vintage House in Fraser, MI. multiple DJs, multiple bars, pizza buffet, more.  thehauntedbanquet.com   facebook

October 29, 2016 (sat)  Monster's Ball at The Fillmore Detroit. annual with DJs, Stilt Walkers, Illusionists, High Wire Aerialists, Acrobats, Fortune Tellers, Fire Performers, more.  monstersballdetroit.com

October 29, 2016 (sat)  Haunted Kingdom Halloween Extravaganza – at Russell Industrial Center in Detroit. “21+ Halloween Party with DJs, Fortune Tellers, Dancers, Cirque style performances, Entertainers, multiple Co2 jets, Confetti cannons, Stadium concert sound and lighting, more.”  www.hauntedkingdom.com  facebook

October 30, 2016 (sun)  Detroit Blues Challenge Finals – at Callahan's in Auburn Hills, MI. Detroit Blues Society annual competition, winners representing Detroit Area go to the IBC (International Blues Challenge) in Memphis, TN.  www.detroitbluessociety.org   2016 facebook   IBC info

October 31, 2016 (mon)   Halloween – Halloween Day, Trick or Treat!

TBA  Baconfest Michigan – in Royal Oak, MI.  www.baconfestmichigan.com + facebook

November 3-6, 2016 (thu-sun)  Youmacon 2016 – in Detroit at Cobo Center and The Renaissance Center. A celebration of Japanese popular culture featuring Anime (Japanese animation), Video Games, Japanese style artwork and comics, special guests, DJs and dancing, Charity Cosplay Ball, more.  www.youmacon.com

November 4-6, 2016 (fri-sun)  Snowmobile USA Show – at Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, MI. annual event, “Show is equal to 6 football fields. And every square foot will be filled with 'pure snowmobiling' action.”  www.snowmobileusa.com

November 10-13, 2016 (thu-sun)  Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Circus XTREME – at The Palace of Auburn Hills. “High-wire wizards, powerful strongmen, BMX trick riders, trampoline daredevils, inconceivable contortionists, a high-flying human cannonball, a bungee aerial skydiving display and an international assembly of more than 300 cast and crew.”  www.palacenet.com

November 11, 2017 (saturday)  Veterans' Day

November 15-30, 2017  Deer Hunting Season (Regular Firearm)  michigan.gov/dnr

November 17 to December 31, 2016 [Closed December 25]  Wayne County LightFest – on Hines Drive, just west of Detroit. Nightly annual attraction, “the Midwest's longest drive-through holiday light display with four miles of displays!” Display begins at Hines Drive and Merriman Road in Westland, MI.  waynecounty.com/dps/2138.htm

November 17-19, 2016 (thu-sat)  Grand Rapids Wine, Beer, and Food Festival – in Grand Rapids, MI (west Michigan). “The largest wine, beer and food tasting event in the Midwest, measured by 1,200+ wines and 200+ beers, plus ciders and spirits!”  showspan.com/GRW

November 17, 2017 (fri)  Hob Nobble Gobble – at Ford Field in Downtown Detroit. “Features star studded entertainment, a bountiful dinner buffet, confetti, clowns and our signature whirls and twirls carnival midway with rides, games and carnival fare! Proceeds support America's Thanksgiving Parade®.”  www.theparade.org/hob-nobble-gobble

November 18, 2017 (sat)  One Eyed Betty's FestivALE – street-party in Ferndale, MI, is skipping 2016.  www.ferndalefestivale.com   facebook

November 23, 2017 (thu)  Thanksgiving Day

November 23, 2017 (thu)  America's Thanksgiving Parade (Detroit Thanksgiving Day Parade) in Downtown Detroit. “One of the country's largest and most spectacular Parades in the United States! Parade is broadcast live locally on WDIV-TV, Local 4 with a syndicated national potential reach of over 65 million households!” Parade is filled with larger than life floats, big colorful helium filled balloons, marching bands, dance teams, celebrities, antique papier-maché heads, clowns, specialty acts, Santa, more.  www.theparade.org   facebook

November 23, 2017 (thu)  Detroit Lions Traditional NFL Thanksgiving Day Game – at Ford Field in Detroit.  www.detroitlions.com

November 24-25, 2016 (thu-fri)  Black Friday Christmas Shopping Frenzy – traditional beginning of Christmas shopping deals starts Thanksgiving evening and continues into Friday. Check websites, local newspapers, tv, and social media for amazing discounts and store hours.

Wayne County LightFest continues nightly through December 31, 2016 [Closed December 25] – “the Midwest's longest drive-through holiday light display with four miles of displays” on Hines Drive, west of Detroit.  waynecounty.com/dps/2138.htm

November 26 - December 11, 2016 (weekends)  Holly Dickens Festival in Holly MI, northwest of Detroit. annual Dickens themed festival with Lighted Parade, Runs/walk, caroling, horse-drawn carriage rides, renew wedding vows, Santa, children's tent, beer tent, more.  hollydickensfestival.org   facebook

December 3, 2016 (sat)  Annual Noel Night in Midtown Detroit. Horse-drawn carriage rides, crafts, performances by local music, theatre, dance groups, plus shopping. Festivities culminate with a community sing-along.  midtowndetroitinc.org

December 4, 2016 (sun)  Rochester Hometown Christmas Parade – in Rochester, MI. north of Detroit. Parade has dignitaries, bands, non-profit groups, children's groups and local businesses. Rochester Hometown Christmas Parade is one of the largest in the state of Michigan and is broadcast live on WXYZ-TV Channel 7.  www.rrc-mi.com/   facebook

December 11, 2016 (sun)  Detroit Lions vs. Chicago Bears – at Ford Field in Detroit, 1 pm, FOX TV.  www.detroitlions.com

December 17, 2016 (sat)  Detroit Santarchy – Annual “crazy holiday celebration and bar crawl in Detroit with thousands of people dressed as Santas and all sorts of holiday costumes.”  facebook   facebook 2

December 19, 2016 (mon)  Central Michigan vs. Tulsa in the Miami Beach Bowl – game is in Florida, televised nationally by ESPN, kickoff about 2:30 pm.  miamibeachbowl.com

December 20, 2016 (tue)  WWE Smackdown – at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.  www.olympiaentertainment.com/joe-louis-arena

December 22-25, 2016 (thu-sun)  Cirque du Soleil OVO – at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.  www.olympiaentertainment.com/joe-louis-arena

December 23, 2016 (fri)  Eastern Michigan vs. Old Dominion in the Bahamas Bowl – game is in the Bahamas, televised nationally by ESPN, Popeyes Bahamas Bowl kickoff about 1 pm.  www.bahamasbowl.com

December 25, 2016 (sunday)  Christmas – Merry Christmas to all good people, everywhere!

December 26, 2016 (mon)  University of Maryland vs. Boston College in the Quick Lane Bowl at Ford Field in Detroit, 2:30 pm, televised nationally by ESPN2.  www.detroitlions.com/quicklanebowl.html (quicklanebowl.com)

December 26, 2016 (mon)  Detroit Lions vs. Dallas Cowboys on Monday Night Football – game in Dallas, televised nationally by ESPN, kickoff about 8:30 pm.  www.detroitlions.com

December 30, 2016 (fri)  University of Michigan vs. Florida State in the Orange Bowl – game is in Florida, televised nationally by ESPN, Capital One Orange Bowl kickoff about 8 pm.  game.orangebowl.org

New Year's Eve Parties Events

NYE Listings for December 31, 2016 (saturday night)

NYE Metro Detroit

Resolution Ball NYE 2017 – at The Fillmore Detroit. Annual New Year's Eve Party, NYC-Chicago-Vegas Style Event has 1,700+ guests. Headliner & Cirque Style Entertainment until 4am. DJs, The Detroit Circus Performers, a Variety of Dancers, plus Stilt Walkers, Illusionists, Stunt Performers, Countdown Champagne Reception, Party Favors, balloon drop, confetti storm, midnight buffet, more.  www.resolutionballdetroit.com

The Drop - Meridian Motor City NYE 2017 – at Campus Martius in Detroit. live bands on 3 stages, bonfire pits, horse drawn carriage rides, mega-sized heated tent, kids zone, over 20,000 expected.  www.motorcitynye.com   facebook

Macomb County New Year's Eve Gala in Mount Clemens, MI. 23rd Annual features live entertainment, Midnight Fireworks, more.  www.downtownmountclemens.com/...gala

Blast – at Marriott Centerpoint in Pontaic.  www.blastnewyearseve.com

NYE Hollywood In The D – at V Nightclub in MGM Grand Detroit. Annual, Hollywood Glamour Attire Encouraged.  www.vnightclubtix.com   facebook

Detroit Rave City – in Detroit. Strange Luv Productions annual hip-hop, electronic music New Year's Eve party.  facebook

More info for NYE Metro Detroit

NYE Detroit – select New Year's Eve events in Metro Detroit.  nyedetroit.com

NYE Listings on Metro Times Detroit    www.metrotimes.com/...new year

NYE Other Areas in Michigan

New Year's Eve Ball Drop in Ludington, MI (western Michigan) – Entertainment, ball drop and fireworks.  www.downtownludington.org/nye

Traverse City New Year's Eve CherryT Ball Drop (northwest lower peninsula) – Entertainment, large illuminated cherry ball drop and fireworks.  www.cherrytballdrop.com   facebook

New Year's Fest in Kalamazoo, MI (West Michigan) – lots of bands, other entertainment, fireworks.  www.newyearsfest.com   facebook

New Year's Eve Ball Drop in Marquette, MI (U.P.)   downtownmarquette.org/new-years-eve-ball-drop

Midnight on Main in Midland, MI (mid Michigan) – DJ dance club, other entertainment, ball drop, fireworks, more.  www.midnightonmain.org   facebook

Hot New Year's Eve Party and Ball Drop in Grand Rapids, MI (West Michigan) – by 105.3 HOT-FM, annual.  www.1053hotfm.com

Eve on the Ave and Ball Drop in Jackson, MI (lower Michigan) – music, giveaways, New York style ball drop, fireworks, more.  www.jacksondda.org/event/eve-on-the-ave

Major Sports Teams and Schedules


Detroit Lions Website / 2016 Schedule – NFL
Detroit Red Wings Website / 2016-2017 Schedule – NHL
Detroit Pistons Website / 2016-2017 Schedule – NBA
Detroit Tigers Website / 2016 Schedule – MLB
MIS – Michigan International Speedway – NASCAR races, other events.


University of Michigan – U of M (Wolverines) – 2016 Football Schedule
Michigan State University – MSU (Spartans) – 2016 Football Schedule
Western Michigan Univeristy – WMU (Broncos) – 2016 Football Schedule
Eastern Michigan Univeristy – EMU (Eagles) – 2016 Football Schedule
Central Michigan Univeristy – CMU (Chippewas) – 2016 Football Schedule


Detroit City FC – Soccer team with one of the most exciting match atmospheres in North America, consistently sold-out games and passionate supporters.

Detroit Derby Girls – Roller Derby.

Find More Events plus Bonus Info

mishows.com (Blue Water Promotions) – lists over 500 Michigan Shows and Events. event names, dates, and links to events websites, no event descriptions.

Michigan Festivals & Events Association (a.k.a. michiganfun) - paid members events throughout the state.

Michigan Festival Schedule – continually updated list with event links, dates.

Net Street Fair – List of Michigan Arts & Crafts Shows

FunFest Events – based in Sterling Heights, MI, runs some big festivals and events in Southeast Michigan and northern Ohio, list on main website.  facebook

The Best of Detroit - Events

Fantasticon comic book & pop culture experience – annual shows in Lansing, Birch Run, Mount Clemens include celebrity appearances, cosplay, more. “Fantasticon is a mid-size show created for true comic book and pop culture collectors and fans.”

Michigan Shakespeare FestivalThe Official Shakespeare Festival of the State of Michigan. facebook

Frankenmuth Festivals and Events – in Frankenmuth, MI (east/mid MI).

Art Fairs – sponsored by the The Guild of Artists and Artisans (based in Ann Arbor). At Guild fairs, fairgoers have the opportunity to interact directly with the artists.

Leelanau.com – for all types of events in Leelanau County and Northern Michigan.


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