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List of popular Fairs, Shows, Car Cruises, Celebrations, Concerts, Sports, festivals and special events in Detroit Area, West Michigan, Mid Michigan, Northern Michigan. Continually updated, list has dates, descriptions, event website links to get full current info. Scroll down or click handy shortcuts.

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Detroit Thanksgiving Day Parade, Chris Tucker, North American International Auto Show (Detroit), , Woodward Dream Cruise, NASCAR Pure Michigan 400, Arts, Beats & Eats, Michigan State Fair ArtPrize, Halloween Season, ...   scroll down page to see these and many more events.

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Upcoming Concerts in Detroit and Michigan 2017-2018

Jay-Z – November 18 at Little Caesars Arena.
The Guess Who – November 18 at Andiamo Showroom.
Halsey – November 21 at Little Caesars Arena.
Joe Bonamassa – November 24 at Fox Theatre.
Jeff Daniels – November 25 at Michigan Theater.
Morrissey – November 28 at The Fillmore Detroit.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) – December 3 at Van Andel Arena.
Andrea Bocelli – December 3 at Little Caesars Arena.
Katy Perry – December 6 at Little Caesars Arena.
Katy Perry – December 7 at Van Andel Arena.
The Chainsmokers – December 15 at The Fillmore Detroit.
Mannheim Steamroller Christmas – December 16 at Fox Theatre.
Xscape – December 21 at Little Caesars Arena.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) – December 23 at Little Caesars Arena.
Bret Michaels – December 27 at Sound Board.
Chris Brown and others – December 28 at Little Caesars Arena.
Shakira – January 22 at Little Caesars Arena.
Blake Shelton, Trace Adkins, more – February 22 at Van Andel Arena.
Lorde – March 28 at Little Caesars Arena.
Shania Twain – June 15 at Little Caesars Arena.
Kenny Chesney – August 4 at Ford Field.
Taylor Swift – August 28 at Ford Field.
Maroon 5 – September 30 at Little Caesars Arena.

AND THERE'S A LOT MORE! click Mike's → Large List of Concerts
list includes highlights above plus many more current and upcoming!

Reminder: concert dates, performers are subject to change without notice.

Popular Events Festivals in Michigan

January 1, 2018 (monday)  New Year's Day

January 11-14, 2018 (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.

January 12-14, 2018 (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.   facebook

January 13-28, 2018  North American International Auto Show (Detroit Auto Show, NAIAS) – at Cobo Center in Downtown Detroit, MI. One of the premier auto shows in the world! Annually features new cars and concept cars from major auto manufacturers, plus new mobile technology, interactive exhibits, charity gala and more. Public Show is when everyone gets to check out the cars.   facebook

North American International Auto Show 2018 Schedule
January 9-10, Press Preview
January 13, The Gallery (official kick-off to the Auto Show)
January 14-18, Automobili-D (exposition focused on global automotive and mobility) January 17-18, Industry Preview
January 19, Charity Preview Gala
January 20-28, Public Show

TBA 2018  LuminoCITY in Detroit, big illuminated colorful outdoor installations at various locations.

January 11-15, 2018 (thu-mon)  Shrine Circus - Flint at Dort Event Center in Flint, MI.

January 15, 2018 (monday)  Martin Luther King Day

January 18-21, 2018 (thu-sun)  Shrine Circus - Saginaw at The Dow Event Center.

January 18-21, 2018 (thu-sun)  Michigan Winter Dog Classic at Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, MI. annual event, more than 7,000 dogs, 160+ breeds. Also has judging, demonstrations, exhibitions, seminars, and more.   facebook

TBA 2018 (fri-sun)  Meridian Winter Blast in Detroit at Campus Martius Park. Big Snow Slide, ice maze, ice skating, approx 50 live music acts plus electronic music djs, ice bar, food trucks, dual Red Wings-Pistons attraction, more.

January 20, 2018 (sat)  Royal Oak Beer Fest - Polar in Royal Oak, MI.   facebook

January 21, 2018 (sun)  Harlem Globetrotters at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, MI.

January 19-21 and January 26-28, 2018  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.   facebook

January 24-29, 2018 (wed-mon)  Zehnder's SnowFest 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.

January 26, 2018 (fri)  Jeff Dunham: Passively Aggressive at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, MI.

January 27, 2018 (sat)  Heikinpäivä (main day) in Hancock, MI (U.P., upper peninsula). Finnish-American mid-winter festival associated with Heikki Day (St. Henrik's day). Parade, whipsleds and kicksleds, wife-carrying contest, food, polar bear dive, dance. Also workshops, concerts and more Jan 11 to Feb 6.  facebook

TBA 2018 (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.   facebook

TBA 2018 (fri-sun)  Port Huron's Chilly Fest (northeast of Detroit). Ice sculptures, chili cook-off, live entertainment, bed races, Silver Stick Hockey Tournament, more.   facebook

TBA 2018  Ferndale Blues & Music Festival in Ferndale, MI (just north of Detroit). Annual Blues and more Fest.   facebook

January 29 to February 3, 2018 (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.   facebook   youtube

February 1-4, 2018 (thu-sun)  Michigan International Auto Show at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids, MI.   facebook

February 3, 2018 (sat)  Monster Jam – Monster Trucks at Ford Field in Detroit.

TBA 2018 (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.   facebook

February 4, 2018 (sun)  Super Bowl Sunday / Super Bowl LII (52) – game played at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Kickoff about 6:35 pm, Game on NBC TV.

TBA 2018 (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.

TBA 2018 (sat)  Microbrew & Music Festival - Winter in Traverse City, MI. annual event features breweries and craft brews, lots of musicians, food vendors.

February 14, 2018 (wednesday)  Valentine's Day

February 17-25, 2018  Detroit Boat Show 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.”   facebook

TBA 2018 (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.”   facebook

TBA 2018 (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.

February 19, 2018 (monday)  Washington's Birthday / Presidents Day

TBA 2018 (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.

TBA 2018 (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.   facebook

TBA 2018 (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.

March 1-4, 2018 (thu-sun)  Hamtramck Music Festival in Hamtramck, MI (inside Detroit). approx 180 music acts perform at 22 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!   facebook

March 2-4, 2018 (fri-sun)  Detroit AutoRama at Cobo Center in Detroit. America's Finest Hot Rods, Customs, Trucks and Motorcycles. Annual vehicle show features celebrity appearances, Pinup Girl Contest, Live Entertainment, Annual Toy-A-Rama, Charity Auction, much more.

March 9-11, 2018 (fri-sun)  Monster Jam – Monster Trucks at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, MI.

March 10, 2018 (sat)  Monster Jam – Monster Trucks at Ford Field in Detroit.

TBA 2018 (sat-sun)  Kalkaska Winterfest in Kalkaska, MI (northwest lower peninsula). Midwest International Dog Sled Race, Dog Sled Rides, Dog Pull Contest, craft show, more.   facebook

TBA 2018  Gilda's LaughFest in Grand Rapids, Lowell and Holland (West Michigan). Annual, “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.   facebook

March 9-11, 2018 (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.

March 9-11, 2018 (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.

March 11, 2018 (sun)  St. Patrick's Parade - Detroit – annual parade on Michigan Avenue, a little west of Downtown Detroit.

TBA 2018 (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.   facebook

TBA 2018 (wed-sun)  Clare Irish Festival in Clare, MI (northern lower peninsula). annual Irish Festival has Irish Parade, Leprechaun Contest, live music, craft show, various contests, more.   facebook

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

March 17, 2018 (saturday)  St. Patrick's Day – annual celebration of the Irish, parties almost everywhere across the State and U.S.. Wear something green! Lots of local Irish info at →

TBA 2018 (tue-sun)  Ann Arbor Film Festival in Ann Arbor, MI. annual, independent & experimental film.

TBA 2018 (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.   facebook

TBA 2018 (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.   facebook

TBA 2018 (thu-sun)  Freep Film Festival – annual, in Detroit.   facebook

April 1, 2018 (sunday)  Easter (Easter Sunday)

TBA 2018 (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, your taste of the popcorn and hot dogs, your touch of the Shrine clown.”   facebook

TBA 2018 (fri)  Detroit Tigers Home Opener – at Comerica Park in Detroit, MI. Major League Baseball.

TBA 2018 (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.

TBA 2018 (sun)  Traverse City Chocolate Festival in northwest Michigan.   facebook

TBA 2018 (fri-sun)  MI Earth Day Fest in Rochester, MI (north of Detroit). Earth Day celebration.   facebook

TBA 2018 (sat)  Royal Oak Beer Fest - Spring in Royal Oak, MI.   facebook

TBA 2018 (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.

TBA 2018 (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, pancake derby, and especially lots of maple syrup.

TBA 2018 (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.   facebook

TBA 2018 (sun)  Dawn Farm Annual Ride for Recovery (bicycle, walk, run) in Ypsilanti, MI. annual fundraiser for Dawn Farm which provides professional care for those with alcohol and other drug problems.   facebook

May 3-6, 2018 (thu-sun)  Michigan International Women's Show at Surburban Collection Showplace in Novi, MI.

May 5, 2018 (sat)  Cinco de Mayo – an all-day Mexican celebration.

May 5-13, 2018  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.   facebook

TBA 2018 (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.   facebook

TBA 2018 (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.

TBA 2018 (sat)  Blossomtime Festival Grand Floral Parade from St. Joseph to Benton Harbor, MI (southwestern Michigan). Pre-parade events include pageants, run/walk, more.

TBA 2018 (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.”   facebook

TBA 2018 (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.   facebook

TBA 2018 (fri)  Metro Times Best of Detroit Party at MotorCity Casino Hotel. celebrate the best metro Detroit restaurants, bars, clubs, businesses, entertainment and more!

TBA 2018 (fri-sat)  Spring Fling Festival at Yack Arena in Wyandotte, MI (Downriver, south of Detroit). Live entertainment, rides, vegas, crafts, games, food, raffles, more.

May 13, 2018 (sunday)  Mother's Day

TBA 2018 (wed-sun)  National Morel Mushroom Festival in Boyne City, MI (Northwest Lower Peninsula). annual event has Mushroom hunts, cooking demonstrations, live music, more.

May 18-20, 2018 (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.   facebook

TBA 2018 (fri-mon)  St. Mary's Polish Country Fairin Orchard Lake (northwest of Detroit). annual event has Carnival Rides, $10,000 Raffle, Authentic Polish and All-American food, Las Vegas Tent with Casino Games, bingo, live music, dancing, kids area, more.   facebook

TBA 2018 (sat-mon)  Movement - Electronic Music Festival in Detroit at Hart Plaza. annual event features multiple stages, lots of EDM, international and local artists.   facebook

TBA 2018 (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.   facebook

May 28, 2018 (monday)  Memorial Day

June 1-11, 2017  Cinetopia international Film Festival in Detroit and Ann Arbor. multiple venues, approx 70 films.

June 2-4, 2017 (fri-sun)  Chevrolet Detroit 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.   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.

June 3, 2017 (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.   facebook

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.”   facebook

June 6 to July 2, 2017   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.   facebook

June 8-11, 2017 (thu-sun)  Frankenmuth Bavarian Festival in Frankenmuth, MI (Mid Michigan). Live music, Carnival, German car show, German dancers, German foods, annual Sunday Big Parade, more.   facebook

June 9-10, 2017 (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.

June 9-11, 2017 (fri-sun)  Detroit Music Weekend – arts and music festival at multiple venues in Detroit. Aretha Franklin performs June 10th.   facebook   twitter

June 9-11, 2017 (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.

June 9-11, 2017 (fri-sun)  Flat Rock Summer Blast at Huroc Park in Flat Rock, MI (south of Detroit).   facebook

June 9-11, 2017 (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.   facebook

June 10, 2017 (sat)  Harleyfest 2017 at Motor City Harley-Davidson dealership in Farmington Hills, MI.  facebook

June 11, 2017 (sun)  Rhythm & Blues Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at Music Hall in Detroit.

June 14-17, 2017 (wed-sat)  Hamburg Family Fun Fest in Hamburg Township (west of Detroit). annual event has Amusement rides, live music, fireworks, more.   facebook

June 16-17, 2017 (fri-sat)  West Michigan Chalk Art Festival (WMCAF) in Byron Center, MI (south of Grand Rapids). All are invited to create their own art.   facebook

June 16-18, 2017 (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.

June 16-18, 2017 (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.   facebook

June 18, 2017 (sun)  NASCAR Premier Series FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway (MIS) in Brooklyn, MI. NASCAR XFINITY Series and Corrigan Oil 200 on days before the 400.

June 17, 2017 (sat)  Cruisin' Gratiot in Eastpointe, MI (just north of Detroit). Annual car cruise with a week long celebration, car shows and events start on Monday.   facebook

June 17, 2017 (sat)  Royal Oak Beer Fest - Summer in Royal Oak, MI.   facebook

June 17, 2018 (sun)  Father's Day

June 20-25, 2017 (tue-sun)  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.   facebook

June 21-25, 2017 (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.

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.   facebook

June 22-25, 2017 (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.   facebook

June 23, 2017 (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.   facebook

June 23, 2017 (fri)  Hour Detroit's Best of Detroit Party – at Joe Louis Arena, Hour Detroit magazine's annual event.

June 23-25, 2017 (fri-sun)  Detroit River Days (GM River Days) in Downtown Detroit at the Riverfront. Zip Line Rides, Tuskegee Air Show, Bike Night (motorcycles), national and local live music, archery bb-gun laser shooting, buskers and street performers, boat tours, kids activities, more.   facebook

June 23-25, 2017 (fri-sun)  Balloonfest - Michigan Challenge 2017 in Howell, MI. Annual event features balloon launches, carnival and entertainment.

June 23-25, 2017 (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.   facebook

June 23-25, 2017 (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.   facebook

June 22-25, 2017 (thu-sun)  Taylor Summer Festival at Heritage Park in Taylor, MI (south of Detroit). festival features a Carnival/midway, Concerts including Warrant, Fireworks Display, more.   facebook

June 24, 2017 (sat)  Cruisin' Downriver car cruise on Fort Street from Lincoln Park to Riverview, just south of Detroit.  details

June 24, 2017 (sat)  International Tug Boat Race on the Detroit River between Detroit & Windsor (Ontario, Canada). As many as 30 tugs of all sizes with roaring diesels and blaring air horns compete at the same time. Some larger tugs have more than 2,000 horsepower.

June 26, 2017 (mon)  Ford Fireworks Detroit at Downtown Detroit Riverfront. Michigan's largest fireworks display. Including across the river in Windsor, Canada, about one million people watch this annual fireworks display.

List of fireworks shows in Michigan →

June 29 - July 2, 2017  Stars and Stripes Festival at Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, MI. Huge Carnival Midway, Monster Truck Rides, BMX stunt show, fireworks, national and local live music, art and more.   facebook

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.   facebook

Ann Arbor Summer Festival continues to July 2. see June 6 listing above.

July 1-8, 2017 (sat-sat)  National Cherry Festival in Traverse City, MI (northwest lower peninsula). Annual event has Parades, amusements midway, fireworks, national music entertainment, cherry pie eating contest, cherry pit spitting contest, juried arts and crafts fair, classic vehicle show, beer tent, more than 150 events in total. Festival has been named in USA Todays top ten festivals.   facebook

July 4, 2017 (tuesday)  Independence Day USA (July 4th)

July 6-9, 2017 (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.   facebook

July 6-9, 2017 (thu-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.

July 7-8, 2017 (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.   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.

July 7-9, 2017 (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”, plus entertainment, cuisine, more.   facebook

July 7-16, 2017  Oakland County Fair at Springfield Oaks County Park in Davisburg, MI (northwest of Detroit). Carnival Rides & Amusements, Fireworks, Off Road Demolition Derby, Figure 8 Races, Rodeo, Monster Trucks, Circus Pages, various Livestock Shows, Large Animal Auction, Horse Shows, Dog Shows, Oakland County Idol Contest, Petting Zoo, 4-H Exhibits, much more. annual event.   facebook

July 12-15, 2017 (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.   facebook

July 13-15, 2017 (thur-sat)  Blissfield River Raisin Festival in Blissfield, MI (lower Southeast Michigan). annual event has Parade, fireworks, live music, Miss River Raisin Festival Pageant, much more.   facebook

July 13-22, 2017  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.

July 14-16, 2017 (fri-sun)  Roar On The Riverin Trenton, MI (south of Detroit). Outboard powerboat races, SST 200 and SST 45 UIM/APBA World Championships. Festivities include live entertainment and food. annual.   facebook

July 14-16, 2017 (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.

July 14-16, 2017 (fri-sun)  Festa Italiana at Freedom Hill County Park in Sterling Heights. Italian heritage, music, food, drinks, fun.   facebook

July 14-16, 2017 (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.

July 14-16, 2017 (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.

July 15, 2017 (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.   facebook

July 15, 2017 (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 15-22, 2017  Michigander Bicycle Tour – 26th Annual goes through several communities in northwest lower peninsula. Three options: 2-Day Tour, 6-Day Tour, 8-day Tour.   facebook

July 19, 2017 (wed)  International Champions Cup (ICC) exhibition European professional soccer match at Comerica Park in Detroit. Paris Saint-Germain F.C. will play AS Roma.

July 19-22, 2017 (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.   facebook

July 20-22, 2017 (thu-sat)  The Blue Water Fest (Boat Week) in Port Huron, MI (East Michigan). Annual prelude to the Bayview Mackinac Race. 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.   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.”   facebook

July 21-22, 2017 (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.

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.   facebook

July 22, 2017 (sat)  Bayview Mackinac Race (Port Huron To Mackinac Sailing Race). Annual Bayview sailing 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.   facebook

July 22, 2017 (sat)  Telegraph Cruise (car cruise) on Telegraph Road (US 24) in Taylor, Dearborn Heights, Dearborn and Redford Township (Southeast Michigan). Hot rodders, classic cars, car enthusiasts and spectators.

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.”   facebook

July 26-30, 2017 (wed-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.

July 27-29, 2017 (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.”   facebook

July 27-30, 2017 (thu-sun)  Munger Potato Festival in Munger, MI (East/Mid MI, near Bay City). Carnival, Parade, Entertainment, Lots of Potatoes, more.   facebook

July 27-29, 2018 (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.

July 28-30, 2017 (fri-sun)  St. Clair Riverfest in St. Clair, MI (northeast of Detroit) at Palmer Park. Offshore boat races, carnival midway, live music,   facebook

July 28-30, 2017 (fri-sun)  Great Lakes Food, Art & Music Festival at Campus Martius Park in Detroit.   facebook

July 28-30, 2017 (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.

TBA  AquaPalooza on Lake St. Clair, MI. Annual on-water concert held on Lake St. Clair, accessible by water only.”

TBA  Roseville Gratiot Cruise – car cruise in Roseville, MI (north of Detroit).   facebook

Quake on the Lake – ended in 2016, future unknown. annual event of inboard hydroplane and APBA Hydroplane Races at Pontiac Lake State Recreation Area in Waterford, MI (northwest of Detroit).   facebook

July 28 - August 6, 2017  Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival in Grand Haven, MI (West Michigan). Parades, Fireworks, Carnival, Entertainment, Ship Tours, Street Dance, Car Show and more. Annual event celebrating the men and women of the United States Coast Guard.   facebook

July 29, 2017 (sat)  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 veterans with injuries and/or special needs.” Military Honor Ceremony, Military Honor Parade, Motorcycle Run and Show, custom & classic car/truck/tractor show, helecopter rides, live music entertainment, gun faffle, fireworks, much more.   facebook

July 29-30, 2017 (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.”

July 29-30, 2017 (sat-sun)  Maker Faire Detroit at The Henry Ford in Dearborn, MI. “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.”   facebook

July 29-30, 2017 (sat-sun)  Arab and Chaldean Festival at Hart Plaza in Downtown Detroit. “Largest Arab & Chaldean Festival in North America”, free admission, annual event.

July 30, 2017 (sun)  WWE SummerSlam at Dow Event Center in Saginaw, MI.

back in 2019: Tall Ship Celebration – in Bay City, MI.   facebook

August 3-6, 2017 (thu-sun)  Woodtick Music Festival in the U.P. (upper peninsula). 2 stages, approx 30 bands. country rock blues folk bluegrass. annual.   facebook

August 4-6, 2017 (fri-sun)  Annual Fish Sandwich Festival in Bay Port, MI (located in Michigan's thumb). Fish Sandwiches plus Grand Parade, fireworks, arts & crafts show, free entertainment, bingo, petting zoo, pony rides, 5k run/walk, more.

August 4-6, 2017 (fri-sun)  Buy Michigan Now Festival in Northville, MI. annual celebration highlighting Michigan-based businesses and Michigan-made products.

TBA 2018   Music Fest 4 Vets music festival in Metro Detroit, annual, Proceeds go to U.S. Veterans in need. Variety live entertainment, Bands Musicians Entertainers come to Metro Detroit to donate performances in support of Veterans!   facebook   twitter

August 5, 2017 (sat)  Island Art Fair in Grand Ledge, MI. 42nd in 2015. Juried fine arts and craft show, music entertainment, riverboat rides, more.   facebook

August 6, 2017(sun)  Clinton Township Gratiot Cruise annual car cruise on Gratiot Avenue from 14 Mile to north of Metropolitan Parkway (aka 16 Mile) through Clinton Township, north of Detroit “expects crowds of 200,000 people and thousands of classics.” There are many pre-cruise events including the Cruise Headquarters Car   facebook

August 6, 2017(sun)  Troy Traffic Jam Classic Car Show in Troy, MI. annual, over 200 classic cars, hot rods, muscle cars, specialty vehicles.

August 6, 2017(sun)  Le Concours de Livingston – annual classic car show in Hartland, MI (northwest of Detroit).

August 7-12, 2017 (mon-sat)  Kalamazoo County Fair n Kalamazoo, MI (West Michigan). Midway rides, live music every night, 400+ farm animals, 4-H exhibits, much more.   facebook

August 10-13, 2017 (thu-sun)  National Blueberry Festival in South Haven, MI (West Michigan).   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 11-20, 2017  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.   facebook

August 11-12, 2017 (fri-sat)  Del Shannon Days Car Show in Coopersville, MI (northwest of Grand Rapids). Annual event with car cruise, heavy truck show, awards, entertainment, food, more.   facebook

August 11-12, 2017 (fri-sat)  Microbrew & Music Festival in Traverse City, MI (northwest Michigan). annual, lots of musicians, many breweries, craft brew flavors, food vendors.

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.

August 11-13, 2017 (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,   facebook

August 11-13, 2017 (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.”

August 12, 2017 (sat)  Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge at the M1 Concourse and Woodward Ave in Pontiac, MI (north of Detroit). A Woodward Dream Cruise related event, 3rd annual features drag races, a first-ever celebrity showdown, thrill rides, show 'n' shine, dyno runs, Roadkill cars, Roadkill stunts, the stars of the Roadkill national web-tv show, live music, more.

August 12, 2017 (sat)  Utica's Gasoline Alley Car Show, Swap Meet, Gas Show in Utica, MI (north of Detroit).   facebook

August 12, 2017 (sat)  Taco Festival Detroit at West Riverfront Park. Tacos from restaurants and food trucks, taco competition, eating contests, tequila expo, Lucha Libre wrestling shows, live bands, more.   fb-event

August 12, 2017 (sat)  Fine Art Fair (FAF) in Detroit. artists and music.

August 13, 2017 (sun)  NASCAR Premier Series Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway (MIS) in Brooklyn, MI (southwest of Ann Arbor). qualifying and Careers for Veterans 200 on days before the 400.

August 13-19, 2017 (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.”

August 14-20, 2017 (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.

August 14-18, 2018 (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.   facebook

August 17, 2017 (thu)  Fash Bash at Detroit Institute of Arts in Detroit, annual Founders Junior Council fundraising event for the DIA.

August 17-19, 2017 (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.   facebook

August 18-19, 2017 (fri-sat)  Festival on the Bay in Petoskey MI (Northern Michigan). Annual, events include live music, kid's activities, petting zoo, food, competitive sporting events, Chalk & Chocolate Festival, Youth Fishing Derby, SAFE Teen Dance, parasailing, arts and crafts show, more.   facebook

August 18-20, 2017 (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.   facebook

August 18-20, 2017 (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.

August 18-20, 2017 (fri-sun)  African World Festival at The Wright Museum in Detroit.

August 18-20, 2017 (fri-sun)  Michigan Fiber Festival in Allegan, MI (western Michigan) at Allegan County Fairgrounds. Animal shows and competitions, workshops, art show competition, more.

August 18-20, 2017 (thu-sat)  Detroit Dance City Festival (DDCF) at various locations in Downtown Detroit. Performances, workshops, networking.   facebook

August 18, 2018 (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.   facebook   twitter

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.   facebook

August 19 to Oct 1, 2017  Michigan Renaissance Festival on weekends in Holly, MI (northwest of Detroit). Annual time-travel adventure into the 16th century with with renaissance attire, Live Armored Jousting, stages with live entertainment, lots of contests and competitions, special theme days and much more.   facebook

August 24-25, 2018 (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.   facebook

August 25-27, 2017 (sat-sun)  Detroit HydroFest featuring Presidents Cup / APBA Gold Cup on Detroit River, east side of Belle Isle bridge. Unlimited Hydroplane racing, Grand Prix Hydro racing, H350 Hydro racing, live entertainment, more.

August 26-27, 2017 (sat-sun)  Hazel Park Art Fair in Hazel Park, MI. Artists, musicians, performance art.   facebook

August 27, 2017 (sun)  Cruisin' Hines car cruise through Hines Park in Western Wayne County, MI. Thousands of Classic Cars and Hot Rods!   facebook

August 29, 2017 (tue)  Bruce Campbell VIP Book Signing and Evil Dead midnight show introduced by Bruce Campbell at the Redford Theatre, in Redford, MI.

August 30, 2017 (wed)  Shorewood Kiwanis Harper Charity Cruise on Harper Ave in St. Clair Shores, MI (northeast of Detroit).

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.   facebook

Michigan Renaissance Festival – in Holly, MI, continues on weekends through Oct 1, 2017, see listing above. 16th century adventure with renaissance attire, live armored jousting, musicians, events, contests.   facebook

September 1-4, 2017 (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.   facebook

September 1-4, 2017 (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.   facebook

TBA 2017 (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.   facebook

September 2-4, 2017 (sat-mon)  Thunder Over Michigan Air Show at Willow Run Airport in Ypsilanti, MI (west of Detroit, near Ann Arbor). annual, 2017 features The Blue Angels, Navy C-130 Fat Albert, Aircraft Rides in B-17 B-25 C-47 and Waco Biplane, WWII Battles, plus more aircraft from WWII to today that you can get up close and personal.

September 2-4, 2017 (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.   facebook

September 4, 2017 (monday)  Labor Day

September 6-10, 2017 (wed-sun)  Marine Week - Detroit at various locations. Marine Air-Ground Task Force Demonstrations, USMC amphibious assault vehicles, artillery, tanks and other static displays, Workout With The Marines, American Veterans Traveling Tribute Vietnam Memorial Wall, USMC Band Concert and Marine Band San Diego's Sound Strike, Marine Mural Art Project, time-honored Marine Corps Traditions, much more.   facebook

September 8-10, 2017 (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.”

September 8-10, 2017 (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.

September 8-10, 2017 (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.

September 9, 2017 (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.   facebook   youtube

September 9, 2017 (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.

September 10, 2017 (sun)  Detroit Lions 2017 Season Home Opener at Ford Field in Detroit, 1 pm, Detroit Lions vs Arizona Cardinals.

September 11, 2017 (monday)  Patriot Day (9/11 Remembrance Day)

September 9-15, 2018 (next 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.   facebook

September 14-17, 2017 (thu-sun)  Frankenmuth Oktoberfest in Frankenmuth, MI. annual event is a traditional celebration of German beer that originated in Munich in 1810.   facebook

September 14-17, 2017 (thu-sun)  Troy Family Daze in Troy, MI. north of Detroit. annual, has Giant Midways, Live Entertainment, Contests, fireworks, food, children's area, more.  facebook

September 14-17, 2017 (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.”   facebook

September 15-17, 2017 (fri-sun)  Flat Rock Riverfest at Huroc Park in Flat Rock, MI (south of Detroit).   facebook

September 15-17, 2017 (fri-sun)  Northville Heritage Festival in Northville, MI. Formerly the Northville Victorian Festival, annual event has a parade and more.

September 16 + 17, 2017 (sat-sun)  Tim Allen at Royal Oak Music Theatre in Royal Oak, MI. Comedian, TV and movie star originally from metro Detroit, details and tickets at:

September 20 - October 8, 2017  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).

September 22-23, 2017 (fri-sat)  Dlectricity Art and Light festival in Detroit.

September 22-24, 2017 (fri-sun)  DIY Street Fair in Ferndale, MI. annual, features art, music, food.   facebook

September 22-24, 2017 (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.

September 22-24, 2017 (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.   facebook

September 22-24, 2017 (fri-sun)  Paul Bunyan Days in Oscoda, MI (northeast lower peninsula). annual event with Carnival, Bunyan Games, classic car show, BBQ Competition and more.   facebook

September 23, 2017 (sat)  Motor City Showdown organized Drag Racing at Coleman A. Young Airport in Detroit features 2,000+ horsepower cars.   facebook

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.”   facebook

September 23-24, 2017 (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.

TBA 2017 (thu)  Hour Detroit Best Dressed Fashion Show at The Fillmore Detroit. presented by Somerset Collection.

September 26-30, 2017 (tue-sat)  Detroit Design Festival (DDF) in Detroit, multiple venues, and features hundreds of designers.

September 29-30, 2017 (fri-sat)  Oktoberfest West Michigan at John Ball Park in Grand Rapids, MI (West Michigan). “Annual celebration of German heritage & traditions, features many different beers brought in from Germany as well as authentic food, music, games, and more.

September 30 - October 1, 2017 (sat-sun)  Trenton Scarecrow Festival in Trenton, MI (Downriver). contests, prizes, games, live music, carnival and more.   facebook

Halloween Season – see Mike's annually updated page with lots of info. click → Michigan Halloween Haunted Houses Attractions Events. list of haunts, Halloween events, zombie shoots and walks, mazes and more.

October 1, 2017 (sun)  last day of Michigan Renaissance Festival – in Holly, MI, continues on weekends through Oct 1, 2017, see listing above. Annual time-travel adventure into the 16th century.   facebook

ArtPrize continues through October 8, 2017 in Grand Rapids, MI (West Michigan). See Sept. 20 listing or click:

October 5, 2017 (thu)  Detroit Red Wings 2017-2018 Season Home Opener – at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit. Red Wings vs. Minnesota Wild, 7:30 pm.

October 7, 2017 (sat)  Red Flannel Festival – in Cedar Springs, MI (West MI, near Grand Rapids). Grand Parade, Carnival Rides, Red Flannel Prince and Princess, Lumberjack Show & Competition, live entertainment, tractors show, tractor pulls, car show, food and more. Annual event on the first Saturday of October.   facebook

October 7-8, 2017 (sat-sun)  Huron Township Applefest – in New Boston, MI (southwest of Detroit). 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, at Springfield Oaks County Park in northern Oakland County. “Michigan's Largest Antique & Collectible Festival. Also Mid-Michigan’s Largest Classic Car Show.”   facebook

October 8, 2017 (sun)  WWE Hell in a Cell – at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit.

October 14, 2017 (sat)  Royal Oak Beer Fest - Oktoberfest – in Royal Oak, MI.

October 14-15, 2017 (sat-sun)  Appleumpkin Festival – in Tecumseh, MI. southwest of Ann Arbor. 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, more.

October 14-15, 2017 (sat-sun)  CraneFest – Sandhill Crane & Art Festival at Big Marsh Lake, MI (southwest Michigan). See thousands of Sandhill Cranes descending on expansive, shallow wetland, plus more.

October 15, 2017 (sun)  Detroit Free Press Chemical Bank Marathon – annual running marathon in Detroit with over 20,000 participants and goes across international border (Canada). There are associated run/walk events the day before.

October 18, 2017 (wed)  Detroit Pistons 2017-18 Season Home Opener – at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit.

October 18-23, 2017 (wed-mon)  Detroit A Go Go in Detroit at Hotel St Regis and Bert's Market Place. A five day event celebrating the best in Northern Soul and Motown Music featuring live performances and djs, see website for list of performers.   facebook

October 27, 2017  Creepy Cheapy X at The Crofoot Complex in Pontiac, MI. Annual, 15 local bands on three stages perform costumed covers of national bands, local comedians imitate legends of comedy. Plus DJs, Costume Contest, candy eating contest, more.   crofoot events   facebook

October 27-28, 2017 (fri-sat)  Detroit Fall Beer Festival - 9th Annual – at Eastern Market, Detroit. One of the largest all-Michigan beer tastings. Plus food, local musicians and more.

October 28, 2017 (sat)  Monster's Ball at The Fillmore Detroit. annual with DJs, Stilt Walkers, Illusionists, High Wire Aerialists, Acrobats, Fortune Tellers, Fire Performers, more.

October 28-29, 2017 (sat-sun)  Buy Michigan Now Fall Fest in Jackson, MI.

TBA 2017 (sat)  Haunted Kingdom Halloween Extravaganza – at Russell Industrial Center in Detroit. “21+ Halloween Party with DJs, Entertainers, Cirque style performances, more.”  facebook

October 29, 2017 (sun)  Detroit Blues Challenge Finals 2017 – 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.   2016 facebook   IBC info

October 31, 2017 (tue)  Halloween – Halloween Day, Trick or Treat!

November 2-5, 2017 (thu-sun)  Youmacon 2017 (Anime Convention) – in Detroit at Cobo Center and Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center. Cosplay Contests, Video Game Room, 24 hour programming, industry guests, DJs and dancing, more. Anime is Japanese animation.

November 3-5, 2017 (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.”

November 11, 2017 (saturday)  Veterans' Day

November 11, 2017 (sat)  Jerry Seinfeld at Fox Theatre in Detroit.

November 11, 2017 (sat)  Gabriel Iglesias at Masonic Temple in Detroit, Fluffymania: 20 Years of

November 15-30, 2017  Deer Hunting Season (Regular Firearm)

November 16 to December 31, 2017 [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.

November 16-18, 2017 (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!”

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®.”

November 18, 2017 (sat)  One Eyed Betty's FestivALE – street party in Ferndale, MI.   facebook

November 23, 2017 (thu)  Thanksgiving Day

November 23, 2017 (thu)  America's Thanksgiving Parade (Detroit Thanksgiving Day Parade) in Detroit. Starts about 9:30 am, “One of the country's largest and most spectacular Parades in the United States!” Parade is broadcast live on WDIV-TV, Local 4. Parade has larger than life floats, big colorful helium filled balloons, marching bands, dance teams, celebrities, specialty acts, Santa, more.   facebook

November 23, 2017 (thu)  Detroit Lions Liberal Political Activists vs. Minnesota Vikings Liberal Political Activists – at Ford Field in Detroit, 12:30 pm.

November 23-24, 2017 (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 discounts and deals.

Wayne County LightFest continues nightly through December 31, 2017 [Closed December 25] – “the Midwest's longest drive-through holiday light display with four miles of displays” on Hines Drive, west of Detroit.

November 23 - December 10, 2017 (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.   facebook

December 2, 2017 (sat)  MAC Football Championship at Ford Field in Detroit. Kickoff 12 pm.

December 2, 2017 (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.

December 3, 2017 (sun)  Rochester Hometown Christmas Parade – in Rochester, MI. north of Detroit. Parade has dignitaries, bands, non-profit groups, children's groups and local businesses. Parade is one of the largest in the state of Michigan.   facebook

December 16, 2017 (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 25, 2017 (monday)  Christmas – Merry Christmas to all good people, everywhere!

December 26, 2017 (tues)  Quick Lane Bowl at Ford Field in Detroit. Kickoff 5:15 pm. (

December 27, 2017 (wed)  WWE - Live Holiday Tour at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit.

December 28, 2017 (thu)  Chris Tucker at Sound Board, Motorcity Casino Hotel in Detroit.

New Year's Eve Parties Events

NYE Listings for December 31, 2017 (Sunday Night)

NYE Metro Detroit

Resolution Ball NYE 2018 – 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.

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.   facebook

Macomb County New Year's Eve Gala in Mount Clemens, MI. Annual event features live entertainment, Midnight Fireworks, more.

Blast – at Marriott Centerpoint in Pontaic.

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.

NYE Listings on Metro Times Detroit year

NYE Events in Other Areas in Michigan

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

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

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

New Year's Eve Ball Drop in Marquette, MI (U.P.)

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

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

Eve on the Ave and Ball Drop in Jackson, MI (lower Michigan) – music, giveaways, New York style ball drop, fireworks, more.

Major Sports Teams and Schedules

PRO SPORTS - click team name for official website, or click schedule page

Detroit Tigers    MLB     Tigers 2017 Schedule

Detroit Lions    NFL     Lions 2017 Schedule

Detroit Red Wings    NHL     Wings 2017-18 Schedule

Detroit Pistons    NBA     Pistons 2017-18 Schedule

Michigan International Speedway – MIS – NASCAR

COLLEGE Football - linked to mens football schedule pages

University of Michigan – U of M (Wolverines) – 2017 Football Schedule

Michigan State University – MSU (Spartans) – 2017 Football Schedule

Western Michigan Univeristy – WMU (Broncos) – Football Schedule

Eastern Michigan Univeristy – EMU (Eagles) – Football Schedule

Central Michigan Univeristy – CMU (Chippewas) – Football Schedule


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

Detroit Derby Girls – Roller Derby.

Find More Events plus Bonus Info

Fantasticon 2017 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.” (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

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


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