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Popular Festivals Events in Michigan
Big Events and Special Events in Metro Detroit and throughout Michigan. Fairs, Festivals, Car Cruises, Concerts, Celebrations, Shows, Sports, more.
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Woodward Dream Cruise – Saturday August 20, 2016, Woodward Ave just north of Detroit. www.woodwarddreamcruise.com
UPCOMING CONCERTS 2016
Here are some of the major concerts. dates, performers subject to change without notice. To see more big concerts, click → Large List of Concerts
• Lynyrd Skynyrd and Peter Frampton – July 28 at DTE Energy Music Theatre.
SEE MORE BIG CONCERTS, click Mike's → Large List of Concerts
Popular Events Festivals in Michigan 2016
January 1, 2017 (sunday) New Year's Day – Happy New Year!
January 12-15, 2017 (thu-sun) Ultimate Fishing Show - Detroit – at Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, MI.
TBA 2017 (fri-sun) Plymouth Ice Festival in Plymouth, MI USA (just west of Detroit). annual event features about 100 ice sculptures, live music and entertainment, food and a variety of events to interest all ages. About 100,000 people attend each year. plymouthicefestival.com facebook
January 7-22, 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 2016 Schedule
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, 2016 (sat) Vintage Toy Show at Royal Oak Farmers Market in Royal Oak, MI. just north of Detroit. – annual event features antique and nostalgic toys and collectibles from different eras. It's a general toy show that includes trains, dolls, more. www.ci.royal-oak.mi.us/...events
January 16, 2017 (monday) Martin Luther King Day
January 21-24, 2016 (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
January 22-24 and 29-31, 2016 Tip Up Town USA (TUT) at Houghton Lake, MI (northern lower peninsula). Friday through Sunday both weekends.
January 22-23, 2016 (fri-sat) Chilly Fest of Port Huron, MI (northeast of Detroit). Ice Museum Special, Ice Carving Demos, Chili Tasting, Sno-Dog Parade, heated entertainment tent with live bands, more. facebook
January 22-24, 2016 (fri-sun) Fire and Ice Festival in Rochester, MI (north of Detroit). annual event with Ice Sculpture Show, Ice Carving Competition, Fireworks, Tastefest, Beer Tent, Public Ice Skating, Dog Sled Demo's and Rides, Tubing Hill, carriage rides, snow shoeing, cross country skiing, live music and more. www.destinationoakland.com facebook
January 25, 2016 (mon) Harlem Globetrotters 2016 World Tour at Dort Event Center in Flint, MI. www.dorteventcenter.com
January 27 – Feb 1, 2016 (wed-mon) Zehnder's SnowFest 2016 in Frankenmuth, MI (mid lower peninsula). annual event,
January 29-30, 2016 (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 29 – Feb 6, 2016 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, 2016 (sat) Heikinpäivä in Hancock, MI (U.P., upper peninsula). Finnish-American mid-winter festival associated with Heikki Day (St. Henrik's day). Has events throughout the weeks leading up to this primary festival day. Parade, live music, Wife-carrying contest, food, films, dancing, more. www.finnishamericanreporter.com/heikinpaiva facebook
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 4-7, 2016 (thu-sun) Perchville USA in Tawas, MI (East Michigan). Kick-Off Dinner, Parade, Fishing Contest, Chilly Cook-off, Polar Bear Swims, family tent with stuff for kids, hospitality tent with beer/wine and live entertainment for adults, horse-drawn carriage rides, more. tawas.com/...events
February 6, 2016 (sat) I-500 - International 500 Snowmobile Race in Sault Ste. Marie, MI (Upper Peninsula). Race Week is Feb 1-6, race is the 6th. Features the only one-mile ice oval snowmobile track in North America. Events include Qualifying Rounds, Woody's Challenge Pro-Am Race, Rookie Round-Up 15 lap event, Pub Crawl, Ice Skating, Vintage Snowmobiles Display, Awards Ceremony, more. i-500.com facebook youtube
February 11-15, 2016 (thu-mon) UP200 Sled Dog Championship, Midnight Run, and Jack Pine 30 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 12-13, 2016 (fri-sat) Toughest Monster Truck Tour at The Dow Event Center in Saginaw, MI. www.doweventcenter.com
February 12-14, 2016 (fri-sun) Meridian Winter Blast (Motown Winter Blast) in Downtown Detroit at Campus Martius Park. Big Snow Slide, public Ice Skating, Music Stages, Taste of Detroit, warm comfort zones, more. www.winterblast.com
February 12-14, 2016 (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 12-14, 2016 (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 13, 2016 (sat) Microbrew & Music Festival - Winter in Traverse City, MI. annual event features breweries and craft brews, lots of musicians, food vendors. microbrewandmusic.com
February 13-21, 2016 Detroit Boat Show - 58th 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
February 14, 2017 (tuesday) Valentine's Day
February 20, 2017 (monday) Washington's Birthday / Presidents Day
February 22, 2016 (monday) WWE Monday Night Raw in Detroit at Joe Louis Arena. details
February 26-28, 2016 (fri-sun) Detroit AutoRama (63rd Annual) at Cobo Center in Downtown Detroit. Vehicle show,
February 26-27, 2016 (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 27, 2016 (sat) Trenary Outhouse Classic – Outhouse Races in Trenary, MI (U.P. – Upper Peninsula). Build and race outhouses on skis! Trophies, cash and prizes awarded for categories including fastest times and overall appearance, kids to adults. Annual event, anyone can enter. www.trenaryouthouseclassic.com facebook
February 27, 2016 (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 3-6, 2016 (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 4-6, 2016 (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 10-20, 2016 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 11-13, 2016 (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 13, 2016 (sun) St. Patrick's Parade - Detroit – annual parade on Michigan Avenue, a little west of Downtown Detroit. www.detroitstpatricksparade.com
March 13, 2016 (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
March 15-20, 2016 (tue-sun) Ann Arbor Film Festival in Ann Arbor, MI. annual, independent & experimental film. www.aafilmfest.org
March 16-19, 2016 (sun-sat) Clare Irish Festival in Clare, MI (northern lower peninsula). annual Irish Festival, events include Parade, Irish Recipe contest, Pet Photo Contest, Walk/Run Road Race, Craft Show, Bed Race, live music, kids carnival, more. facebook
March 17, 2016 (thu) 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 20, 2016 (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 27, 2016 (sunday) Easter (Easter Sunday)
March 31 - April 3, 2016 (thu-sun) Freep Film Festival in Detroit. “real-life cinematic stories tied to the Motor City, showcasing documentaries about Detroit and Michigan.” freepfilmfestival.com facebook
April 2-3, 2016 (sat-sun) Detroit International Bike-O-Rama Motorcycle Expo & Swapmeet at Cobo Center in Detroit. History channel's
April 7-10, 2016 (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 8, 2016 (fri) Detroit Tigers Home Opener – Detroit Tigers vs New York Yankees at Comerica Park in Downtown Detroit, MI. 1:08 pm. Major League Baseball. detroit.tigers.mlb.com
April 8-10, 2016 (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
April 15-17, 2016 (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
Detroit Red Wings Playoffs 2016 – 1st round, Red Wings lost to Tampa Bay Lightning.
April 22-24, 2016 (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
April 22-24, 2016 (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
April 24, 2016 (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 29, 2016 (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
April 27 - May 1, 2016 (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 - May 1, 2016 (thu-sun) Michigan International Women's Show at Surburban Collection Showplace in Novi, MI. southernshows.com/wde
April 30 - May 1, 2016 (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
April 30 - May 1, 2016 (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 6, 2016 (fri) Alton Brown Live
May 6-8, 2016 (fri-sun) Mesick Mushroom Festival in Mesick, MI (northwest lower peninsula). –
May 7, 2016 (sat) Jay Leno at the Fox Theatre in Detroit. Annual Comedy Night benefitting Forgotten Harvest. forgottenharvest.org/events/
May 7, 2016 (sat) Blossomtime Festival Grand Floral Parade from St. Joseph to Benton Harbor, MI (southwestern Michigan).
May 7-14, 2016 (sat-sat) 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 7, 2016 (sat) Detroit Zombie Apocalypse IV at Tangent Gallery in Detroit. DZA is an entertainment extravaganza featuring music, burlesque, sideshow acts, an apocalyptic art gallery & more. Annual charitable event that raises funds and awareness for causes and charities. facebook
May 8, 2016 (sunday) Mother's Day
May 12-15, 2016 (thu-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 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 13-15, 2016 (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 27-30, 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
May 28-30, 2016 (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 30, 2016 (monday) Memorial Day
List of fireworks shows in Michigan → www.michiganfireworks.com – search for local fireworks displays by date or by city, database updated annually.
June 3-5, 2016 (fri-sun) Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix on Belle Isle, Detroit. “Event will feature the cars of the Verizon IndyCar Series, the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, the Pirelli World Challenge Series and the trucks of the SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Truck Series, the Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans IndyCar doubleheader.” www.detroitgp.com facebook
June 3-5, 2016 (fri-sun) Festival of the Arts - Grand Rapids (West Michigan). annual event known as
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,
June 4-5, 2016 (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 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) 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
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 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 19, 2016 (sun) Father's Day
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) 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 23-26, 2016 (thu-sun) Electric Forest Music Festival in Rothbury, MI (western Michigan) at the Double JJ Ranch. Annual outdoor music fest, 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
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,
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 30 - July 3, 2016 (thu-sun) Stars and Stripes Festival – at Freedom Hill in Sterling Heights, MI. Free admission, music performances by national and local bands on multiple stages. Plus there's art, 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 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 8-10, 2016 (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 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 14-23, 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) 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 15-17, 2016 (fri-sun) Michigan Lavender Festival in Armada, MI (north of Detroit).
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
July 21-24, 2016 (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 22-23, 2016 (fri-sat) Summer Beer Festival - Ypsilanti in Ypsilanti, MI. Annual, 2016 features
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 23-24, 2016 (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 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 29-31, 2016 (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 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 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 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 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
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 11-14, 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
August 12-14, 2016 (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 13-14, 2016 (sat-sun) Music Fest 4 Vets 2016 music festival at VFW Post 9885 in Westland, Michigan (Metro Detroit). Proceeds go to U.S. Veterans in need. Entry donation is $10 each day, or $15 for both days. Public, all ages, variety live entertainment. In 2015, 21 bands plus specialty music acts, 100 Michigan Musicians donated performances in support of Veterans! MusicFest4Vets.org 2016 Fest facebook 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 15-21, 2016 (mon-sun) Armada Fair – 143rd in Armada (northeast of Detroit).
August 16-20, 2016 (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 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, 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 (next year, 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,
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, 2016 (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 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 26-27, 2016 (fri-sat) 28th Street Metro Cruise in Grand Rapids, MI.
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 31, 2016 (wed) Shorewood Kiwanis Harper Charity Cruise on Harper Ave in St. Clair Shores, MI (northeast of Detroit). www.shorewoodkiwanis.org/harpercharitycruise.html
Michigan Renaissance Festival – in Holly, MI, continues on weekends through October 2nd. see listing above. Festival takes you back in time and features renaissance attire, live armored jousting, musicians, theme events, special events, contests. website
September 1-5, 2016 (thu-mon) Michigan State Fair at Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, MI (northwest of Detroit). Fifth Third Bank Michigan State 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, Live entertainment and more. annual event. www.michiganstatefairllc.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.
TBA 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 5, 2016 (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.
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
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) 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 18, 2016 (sun) Detroit Lions 2016 Home Opener Lions vs Tennessee Titans at Ford Field in Detroit, 1 pm. www.detroitlions.com
TBA 2016 (thu-sun) Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, MI (West Michigan). www.ringling.com
TBA 2016 (sat) Benefit for Summer Wind Farms Animal Sanctuary in Brown City, MI (bottom of Michigan's Thumb). Annual family friendly Open House and Fundraiser. “Admission includes a tour of our facility which over 140 acres and home to over 200 animals, including bears, cats (african servals, cougars and Siberian lynx), exotics (birds, reptiles, camel, llamas, foxes, buffalo, etc.), leopards, lions, monkeys, tigers, and many other animals. We are a non-profit, USDA Licensed sanctuary.” www.swfsanctuary.org facebook
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 22-24, 2016 (thu-sat) Detroit Design Festival (DDF) in Detroit, multiple venues, and features hundreds of designers. www.detroitdesignfestival.com
September 23-25, 2016 (fri-sun) American Sewing Expo (ASE) at Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, MI.
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 24-25, 2016 (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 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
TBA 2016 (sat) Paul Bunyan Days in Oscoda (northeast lower peninsula). annual event. “Schmidt Amusements Carnival, Classic Car Show, BBQ Competition, Motorcycle Show, Bunyan Games, Food and much more for the whole family!” chamber.oscodachamber.com/events/
TBA 2016 Dlectricity in Detroit. Art and Light festival. www.dlectricity.com
Halloween Season! click → Michigan Halloween Haunted Houses Attractions. See Mike's list of Haunts, Zombie Shoots, Zombie Walks, Mazes, Halloween Events and more! Also on that page is a list of Real Ghost Hunters and Paranormal Investigators in Michigan.
September 30 - October 2, 2016 (fri-sun) Trenton Scarecrow Festival - 14th Annual – in Trenton, MI (Downriver, south of Detroit). www.scarecrowfestival.net – fall festival with fun for the entire family – contests, prizes, games, live music, carnival and more! We are a family (and pet friendly) event for all ages. Free admission, Free parking, Free entertainment.
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) 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 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.
TBA 2017 (skipping 2016) Great Lakes Regional Chili Cookoff – in Plymouth, MI (west of Detroit). greatlakeschili.com – annual event has Restaurant Chili Challenge, Motorcycle Show, live bands, children's activities, more. All money raised goes to local charities.
TBA 2016 (thu-sun) Great Lakes Lighthouse Festival – in Alpena, MI (northeast lower peninsula). annual “four day event has lighthouse tours (aerial, boat or personal vehicle), entertainment, and over 100 maritime related vendors including lighthouse preservation groups, artists, authors and more. www.lighthousefestival.org facebook
TBA Detroit Red Wings 2016-2017 Home Opener – at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. redwings.nhl.com
October 10-11, 2015 (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 10-11, 2015 (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 2016 (sat) Oktoberfest - Royal Oak Beer Fest – at Royal Oak Farmers Market in Royal Oak, MI. www.royaloakbeerfest.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 18, 2015 (sun) Nitro Circus Live – at Joe Louis Arena in Downtown Detroit. freestyle motocross (FMX), BMX, outrageous contraptions, more. www.olympiaentertainment.com/joe-louis-arena
TBA 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.”
TBA 2016 (sat) Haunted Kingdom Halloween Extravaganza – at Russell Industrial Center in Detroit. www.neptix.com/events/25389 facebook – “The Midwest's Largest 21 + Halloween PARTY. Join over 3000 of the area's sexiest Halloween fanatics! DJs, Fortune Tellers, Dancers, Cirque style performances, Entertainers, Plenty of Tricks & Treats, multiple Co2 jets, Confetti cannons, Stadium concert sound and lighting, more.”
TBA 2016 (sun) Detroit Blues Final Challenge – at Callahan's Music Hall in Aurburn Hills. Annual Detroit Blues Society competition, winners representing the Detroit Area go to the IBC (International Blues Challenge) in Memphis, TN. www.detroitbluessociety.org atcallahans.com IBC info
TBA 2016 (fri) 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 31, 2016 (mon) Halloween – Halloween Day, Trick or Treat!
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 11, 2016 (friday) Veterans Day
TBA 2016 (wed-sun) Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey – at The Palace of Auburn Hills has iconic circus stars and a lavish production of mythical themes and stories. www.ringling.com www.palacenet.com
November 15-30, 2016 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). showspan.com/GRW – “The largest wine, beer and food tasting event in the Midwest, measured by 1,200+ wines and 200+ beers, plus ciders and spirits!”
TBA 2016 (sat) One Eyed Betty’s FestivALE – in Ferndale, MI. www.ferndalefestivale.com + facebook – annual street-party, holiday celebration of Michigan Breweries and Belgian Christmas Beers, cold-weather comfort food and live Americana music.
November 18, 2016 (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 24, 2016 (thu) Thanksgiving Day
November 24, 2016 (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 24, 2016 (thu) Detroit Lions Traditional NFL Thanksgiving Day Game – Detroit Lions vs Philadelphia Eagles, 12:30 pm at Ford Field in Downtown 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
TBA 2016 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 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
TBA 2016 (sat) Annual Noel Night in Midtown Detroit. midtowndetroitinc.org/events/noel-night/noel-night – activities will include holiday shopping, horse-drawn carriage rides, family craft activities and performances by over 200 area music, theatre, and dance groups. Many Midtown venues will open their doors to the public Free of Charge during this Cultural Center-wide holiday “open house”. Festivities culminate with a community sing-along on Woodward Ave led by the Salvation Army Band.
TBA 2016 (sat) Festivus... a party for the rest of us! – at the Royal Oak Farmers Market. Based on a Seinfeld episode, Festivus Benefit Concert for the South Oakland Shelter. Live music, drinks, food, fun and games. www.festivustix.com
December 25, 2016 (sunday) Christmas – Merry Christmas to good people, everywhere!
December 26, 2016 (mon) Quick Lane Bowl at Ford Field in Detroit, teams TBA, televised by ESPN. www.detroitlions.com/quicklanebowl.html (quicklanebowl.com)
TBA 2016 (sat) WWE Live Holiday Tour – at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. www.olympiaentertainment.com/joe-louis-arena
New Year's Eve Parties Events
NYE Listings for December 31, 2016 (saturday night). click names for this year's current information and tickets.
NYE Metro Detroit
NYE 2016 Resolution Ball – 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.
Motor City NYE 2016 - The Drop – at Campus Martius & Cadillac Square in Detroit. 6th Annual Motor City New Year's Eve - The Drop, Free Admission. Festivities start at 4 pm. DJs, Bands, an Emcee, Ice Skating, Fire Pits, Horse drawn Carriage Rides, Kids Zone, mega-sized Heated Tent, 40 foot Full Bar, food trucks, more. facebook
Macomb County / Mount Clemens New Year's Eve Gala in Mount Clemens, MI. 22nd Annual on December 31, 2015, features live entertainment, Midnight Fireworks, and a Children's New Year's Eve from 4 pm until 9 pm.
Blast: New Year's Eve – at Marriott Centerpoint in Pontaic.
MORE NYE Parties in Metro Detroit
NYE Detroit – a guide for New Year’s Eve parties & events in Detroit, Metro Detroit and Southeastern Michigan.
NYE Listings on Metro Times – large list of New Year's Eve Parties in Southeast Michigan.
NYE in Other Areas in Michigan
New Year's Eve Ball Drop in Ludington, MI (Western Michigan) – Countdown Party, New Year's Eve Ball Drop at midnight follwed by a
CherryT Ball Drop in Traverse City, MI (Northwest Michigan, lower peninsula) – Annual Charity Ball Drop. Right before Midnight a large illuminated cherry will be lowered to signify the coming year. Starts at 9pm with live entertainment, DJ, more.
New Year's Eve Ball Drop in Marquette, MI (U.P.) – Annual Ball Drop in Downtown Marquette.
Midnight on Main and New Year's Eve Ball Drop in Midland, MI (Mid Michigan) – live music by bands and multiple DJ’s,
Hot New Year's Eve Party and Ball Drop in Grand Rapids, MI (West Michigan) – by 105.3 HOT-FM and Subway.
Eve on the Ave and Ball Drop in Jackson, MI (Lower Michigan) – music, giveaways, a New York style ball drop at Midnight, fireworks and more.
Major Sports Teams and Schedules
• Detroit Red Wings Website / 2015-2016 season and Playoff Schedule – NHL
• University of Michigan – U of M (Wolverines) – 2015 Football Schedule
• Detroit City FC – Soccer team
• 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.
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.”
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.
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