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Music Fest 4 Vets music festival, proceeds go to U.S. Veterans in need. Bands musicians entertainers come together in Metro Detroit, Michigan to donate performances in support of Veterans. Annual summer fest features variety live entertainment. click → Music Fest 4 Vets website + facebook
Upcoming Concerts in Detroit and Michigan 2017
Neil Diamond – June 2 at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
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January 1, 2018 (monday) New Year's Day
TBA 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. plymouthicefestival.com facebook
January 11-14, 2018 (thu-sun) Ultimate Fishing Show - Detroit – at Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, MI.
TBA January 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. www.naias.com facebook
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TBA 2018 LuminoCITY in Detroit, big illuminated colorful outdoor installations at various locations. www.luminocitydet.com
January 15, 2018 (monday) Martin Luther King Day
TBA 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. www.themichiganwinterdogclassic.com 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. www.winterblast.com
TBA January 2018 Tip Up Town USA (TUT) at Houghton Lake, MI (northern lower peninsula). Friday through Sunday both weekends.
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. www.downtownrochestermi.com/fire-ice-festival facebook
TBA 2018 (wed-mon) Zehnder's SnowFest in Frankenmuth, MI (mid lower peninsula). annual event,
TBA 2018 (sat) Heikinpäivä in Hancock, MI (U.P., upper peninsula). Finnish-American mid-winter festival associated with Heikki Day (St. Henrik's day). Parade, live music, wife-carrying contest, food, films, dancing, more. facebook
TBA 2018 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 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. i-500.com facebook youtube
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. tawas.com/...perchville-2 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. www.nfl.com/superbowl
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. www.utica-events.com
TBA 2018 (sat) Microbrew & Music Festival - Winter in Traverse City, MI. annual event features breweries and craft brews, lots of musicians, food vendors. microbrewandmusic.com
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.” detroitboatshow.net 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.” up200.org 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. www.casevillechamber.net/
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. www.mibeer.com/winter-festival
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. www.trenaryouthouseclassic.com 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. www.coopersvillefarmmuseum.org/
March 2-4, 2018 (fri-sun) Detroit AutoRama at Cobo Center in Detroit.
TBA March 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! hamtramckmusicfestival.com facebook
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. kalkaskawinterfest.org 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. www.laughfestgr.org 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. www.michigangolfshow.com
TBA 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. www.michiganhorseexpo.org
TBA 2018 (sun) St. Patrick's Parade - Detroit – annual parade on Michigan Avenue, a little west of Downtown Detroit. www.detroitstpatricksparade.com
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. www.corktownpaddy.com 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. clareirishfestival.com 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 → www.detroitirish.org
TBA 2018 (tue-sun) Ann Arbor Film Festival in Ann Arbor, MI. annual, independent & experimental film. www.aafilmfest.org
TBA 2018 (fri) The Dick Wagner
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. marchedunainrouge.com facebook
March 31, 2017 (fri) Festival of Laughs – at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. Mike Epps, more comedians. www.olympiaentertainment.com/...festival-of-laughs
April 6-9, 2017 (thu-sun) Detroit Shrine Circus at Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, MI. “This is your hometown circus, your glimpse of the majesty of the wild, your thrills of the high wire, your taste of the popcorn and hot dogs, your touch of the Shrine clown.” detroitshrinecircus.com facebook
April 7, 2017 (fri) Detroit Tigers Home Opener – Detroit Tigers vs Boston Red Sox at Comerica Park in Downtown Detroit, MI. 1:10 pm. Major League Baseball. detroit.tigers.mlb.com
April 7-9, 2017 (fri-sun) Great Lakes Art Fair at Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, MI (northwest of Detroit). Annual, indoors, over 200 booths of artists and displays, including sculpture, painting, ceramics, clothing, jewelry, more. greatlakesartfair.com
April 14, 2017 (fri) Harlem Globetrotters 2017 World Tour at The Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, MI. www.palacenet.com/events/detail
April 16, 2017 (sunday) Easter (Easter Sunday)
April 26-30, 2017 (wed-sun) National Trout Festival in Kalkaska, MI (northwest MI, near Traverse City). annual event has a parade, carnival midway, classic car show, arts & crafts, entertainment, fireworks, more. www.nationaltroutfestival.com
April 28-30, 2017 (fri sun) Chris Rock at the Fox Theatre in Detroit.
April 28-30, 2017 (fri-sun) Vermontville Maple Syrup Festival in Vermontville, MI (west of Lansing). annual event with Mid-America rides, talent show, arts and crafts, flea market, two parades, petting zoo, princess pageant, free entertainment, games, pancake derby, and especially lots of maple syrup. www.vermontvillemaplesyrupfestival.org
April 28-30, 2017 (fri-sun) Midwest Media Expo at Royal Dearborn Hotel & Convention Center in Dearborn, MI. Fandoms, film, cosplay, comics, video games, tabletop gaming, special guests and more. www.midwestmediaexpo.com facebook
April 30, 2017 (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. www.dawnfarm.org facebook
May 4-7, 2017 (thu-sun) Michigan International Women's Show at Surburban Collection Showplace in Novi, MI. southernshows.com/wde
May 5, 2017 (fri) Cinco de Mayo – an all-day Mexican celebration.
May 5, 2017 (fri) Detroit Music Awards at The Fillmore Detroit in Detroit. Big time annual Awards Ceremony & Show put on by the Detroit Music Awards Foundation (DMAF). This night is all about meeting, congratulating, and celebrating our incredibly talented local musicians in grand style! A glorious night of award presentations and live performances, our Local Grammys. Public invited event, VIP RSVP's available. www.detroitmusicawards.net facebook
May 5-7, 2017 (fri-sun) Mesick Mushroom Festival in Mesick, MI (northwest lower peninsula). –
May 6, 2017 (sat) Blossomtime Festival Grand Floral Parade from St. Joseph to Benton Harbor, MI (southwestern Michigan). Pre-parade events include pageants, run/walk, more. www.blossomtimefestival.org
May 6-14, 2017 Tulip Time Festival in Holland, MI (western Michigan). annual celebration of Dutch heritage and culture. Parades, Carnival, Klompen Dancers (nearly 1,700 total dancers), music and variety shows from national headline entertainers to local. Plus Dutch Dance performances, Dutch Food, art and craft fair, fireworks, children's events, trolley tours, more. www.tuliptime.com facebook
May 6-7, 2017 (sat-sun) Michigan Antique & Collectible Festival in Davisburg, MI, at Springfield Oaks County Park in northern Oakland County. “Michigan's Largest Antique & Collectible Festival. Also Mid-Michigan's Largest Classic Car Show.” miantiquefestival.com facebook
May 6-7, 2017 (sat-sun) Victorian Days in Grand Ledge, MI (just west of Lansing). annual, features high Tea, Civil War Re-enactors, Maypole Dance, Art & Craft Demonstrators, more. www.victoriandays.org facebook
May 12, 2017 (fri) Metro Times Best of Detroit Party at MotorCity Casino Hotel.
May 12-13, 2017 (fri-sat) Spring Fling Festival at Yack Arena in Wyandotte, MI (Downriver, south of Detroit). Live entertainment, rides, vegas, crafts, games, food, raffles, more. wyandottespringfling.com
May 14, 2017 (sunday) Mother's Day
May 17-21, 2017 (wed-sun) National Morel Mushroom Festival in Boyne City, MI (Northwest Lower Peninsula). annual event has Mushroom hunts, cooking demonstrations, live music, more. bcmorelfestival.com
May 19-21, 2017 (fri-sun) Motor City Comic Con at Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, MI. annual, “Michigan's #1 Comic Event, a multi-media event with over 1 million comics and collectables for sale and trade.” Comic books, writers, artists, anime, gaming, special guests and more. www.motorcitycomiccon.com facebook
May 20, 2017 (sat) Steve Martin and Martin Short at Meadow Brook Amphitheatre in Rochester, MI.
May 23, 2017 (tue) WWE Smackdown at Huntington Center.
May 23-27, 2017 (tue-sat) Dave Chappelle at The Fillmore Detroit.
May 26-29, 2017 (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. stmaryspolishcountryfair.afrogs.org facebook
May 27, 2017 (sat) Petoskey Stone Festival at Barnes Park in Antrim County, MI (northwestern MI). annual Free festival honoring Michigan's State Stone. Entertainment, food, music, and activities for the entire family. www.petoskeystonefestival.com facebook
TBA 2017 Hot Rod Palooza in Wayne, MI. Annual event has 20+ car classes and cash prizes. New, old, rat rods, custom. Also has swap area, entertainment, more. www.donnicholson.net/hotrod.htm
May 29, 2017 (monday) Memorial Day
June 1-11, 2017 Cinetopia international Film Festival in Detroit and Ann Arbor. multiple venues, approx 70 films. www.cinetopiafestival.org
June 2-4, 2017 (fri-sun) Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix on Belle Isle in Detroit, MI. Detroit Grand Prix features Verizon IndyCar Series
June 2-4, 2017 (fri-sun) Festival of the Arts - Grand Rapids (West Michigan). annual event known as
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,
June 3-4, 2017 (sat-sun) Michigan Antique & Collectible Festival in Midland, MI, at Midland County Fairgrounds. “Michigan's Largest Antique & Collectible Festival on 80 Acres. Also Mid-Michigan’s Largest Classic Car Show.” miantiquefestival.com facebook
June 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. a2sf.org 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. bavarianfestival.org 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. www.bcfestivals.com/cerealfest
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. www.annarborgreekfestival.org
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. www.nationalasparagusfestival.org facebook
June 11, 2017 (sun) Rhythm & Blues Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at Music Hall in Detroit. rhythmandblueshof.com
TBA 2017 (thu-sat) Kalamazoo Island Fest at Mayor's Riverfront Park in Kalamazoo (West MI). annual,
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. www.nationalstrawberryfest.com
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. motorcityirishfest.com 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. www.mispeedway.com/
June 18, 2017 (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. www.livoniaspree.com 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. bay-rama.com
June 22-25, 2017 (thu-sun) Electric Forest annual outdoor music festival in Rothbury, MI, at the Double JJ Ranch. about 90 local and national music acts, many music genres. camping available. www.electricforestfestival.com facebook
June 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. www.ststansacpolishfest.com 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. jobbiecrew.com facebook
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. www.riverdays.com detroitriverfront.org/ facebook
June 23-25, 2017 (fri-sun) Balloonfest - Michigan Challenge 2017 in Howell, MI. Annual event features balloon launches, carnival and entertainment. www.michiganchallenge.com
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. www.trentonmi.org/ facebook
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. www.theparade.org
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. www.taylorfestival.com facebook
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TBA 2017 (fri-sun) Opa! Fest (Greek Festival) in Troy, MI (north of Detroit) at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church. annual,
TBA 2017 (sat) Cruisin' Downriver car 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
TBA 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. www.tugrace.com
List of fireworks shows in Michigan → www.michiganfireworks.com
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. funfestevents.net/stars-stripes-festival 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. www.electricforestfestival.com facebook
Ann Arbor Summer Festival continues to July 2. see June 6 listing above. a2sf.org
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. www.cherryfestival.org 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. funfestevents.net/uncle-sam-jam 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. www.commongroundfest.com
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. www.mielvisfest.org facebook
July 7-9, 2017 (fri-sun) American Polish Festival & Craft Show at the American-Polish Century Club in Sterling Heights, MI (north of Detroit). Festival draws thousands of people from Michigan, Ohio, and Illinois. Live Polka Music, dancing and dancers, outdoor craft show, Polish/American Cuisine, Srodek’s Pierogi Eating Challenge, more. www.americanpolishfestival.com
July 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 & much more. Entertainment and cuisine will complement the art exhibitors.” artinthepark.com
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. www.oakfair.org 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. www.wyandottestreetartfair.org facebook
July 13-15, 2017 (thur-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 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. www.ioniafreefair.com
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. www.trentonroarontheriver.com 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. www.hotairjubilee.com
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. www.bluewatersandfest.com
July 14-16, 2017 (fri-sun) Michigan Lavender Festival in Armada, MI (north of Detroit).
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. www.cruisinus12.com 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. m.mlb.com/tigers/tickets/info/soccer
July 19-22, 2017 (wed-sat) National Baby Food Festival (NBFF) in Fremont, MI (north of Grand Rapids). annual event in the
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. www.thebluewaterfest.com facebook
July 20-23, 2017 (thu-sun) Ann Arbor Art Fair in Ann Arbor, MI. Four Fairs combined into one event. “Artists display their latest work and engage the imaginations of more than 500,000 annual fairgoers.” artfairs.visitannarbor.org www.artfair.org facebook
July 21-22, 2017 (fri-sat) Summer Beer Festival - Ypsilanti in Ypsilanti, MI. Annual, 2016 features
July 21-23, 2017 (fri-sun) Faster Horses Festival annual country music festival and camping at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, MI. national and local music acts. fasterhorsesfestival.com facebook
July 22, 2017 (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 22-23, 2017 (sat-sun) Michigan Antique & Collectible Festival in Midland, MI, at Midland County Fairgrounds. “Michigan's Largest Antique & Collectible Festival on 80 Acres. Also Mid-Michigan’s Largest Classic Car Show.” miantiquefestival.com facebook
TBA 2017 (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
TBA 2017 (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 26-30, 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. www.traversecityfilmfest.org
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.” www.sterling-heights.net facebook
July 28-30, 2017 (fri-sun) Concours d'Elegance of America at The Inn at St. John's in Plymouth, MI (west of Detroit). Annual Exhibition of Antique & Classic Collector Automobiles. High-end cars and motorcycles vie for coveted trophies and awards. Also annual auction of rare vehicles. concoursusa.org
July 28-30, 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. www.yalechamber.com/page-bologna.html
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. www.coastguardfest.org 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. www.supportourtroopsfestival.org facebook
July 29, 2017 (sat) WWE SummerSlam at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. www.olympiaentertainment.com/.../wwe-summerslam
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.” www.hotworks.org/orchardlakefineartshow
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.” www.makerfairedetroit.com 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. www.arabandchaldeanfestival.com
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. www.bayportchamber.com/events/
August 4-6, 2017 (fri-sun) Buy Michigan Now Festival in Northville, MI. annual celebration highlighting Michigan-based businesses and Michigan-made products. www.buymichigannowfest.com
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
TBA 2017 (thu) Fash Bash at Detroit Institute of Arts in Detroit, annual fundraising event for the DIA. www.dia.org/...
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. www.kalcounty.com/parks/fair facebook
August 10-13, 2017 (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 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. www.cheeseburgerincasevillefest.com facebook www.casevillechamber.net
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. www.delshannoncarshow.org facebook
August 11-13, 2017 (fri-sun) St. Johns Mint Festival in St. Johns City Park (Clinton County, Mid-MI). annual event has Grand Parade, over 200 arts & crafts and flea market vendors, quilt show, new & old car shows, sports events, kids games, laser tag, inflatables, free daily and evening entertainment, Classic K9 Dog shows, Mint Eating & Cooking Contests, more. www.clintoncountychamber.org/mint-festival
August 11-13, 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, more.www.milfordmemories.com 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.” www.greatlakesfolkfest.net
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. www.mispeedway.com
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.” www.calhouncountyfair.org
August 14-20, 2017 (mon-sun) Armada Fair – 143rd in Armada (northeast of Detroit).
August 15-19, 2017 (tue-sat) Back to the Bricks Car Cruise in Flint, MI. about 400,000 car enthusiasts attend each year. Car shows, swap meets, automotive vendor displays, drive-in movie theater, lots of cruisin and more on 13 mile route. backtothebricks.org facebook
August 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. www.mendonriverfest.net 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. www.petoskeyfestival.com facebook
August 18-20, 2017 (fri-sun) Lapeer Days in Lapeer, MI (northwest of Detroit). annual,
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. www.howellmelonfestival.com
August 18-20, 2017 (fri-sun) African World Festival at The Wright Museum in Detroit. thewright.org/african-world-festival
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. www.michiganfiberfestival.info
August 19, 2017 (sat) WOODWARD DREAM CRUISE on Woodward Ave through several cities just north of Detroit. The World's Biggest, Best and Most Famous Car Cruise, the greatest one-day car event in the world. WDC is actually about a week long with many associated and pre-cruise events. Draws around one million people. www.woodwarddreamcruise.com facebook twitter
August 19-20, 2017 (sat-sun) Selfridge Open House at Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Mount Clemens, MI (north of Detroit). Celebrating 100 Years of Military Aviation at Selfridge ANGB, Michigan. Event features The United States Air Force Thunderbirds, more. teamselfridge.com facebook
August 19 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. www.michrenfest.com facebook
TBA 2017 Roadkill Nights 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
TBA 2017 (sat-sun) 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! MusicFest4Vets.org facebook twitter
August 25, 2017 (fri) Jeff Foxworthy and Larry The Cable Guy
August 25-26, 2017 (fri-sat) 28th Street Metro Cruise in Grand Rapids, MI.
TBA 2017 (fri-sat) Microbrew & Music Festival in Traverse City, MI (northwest Michigan). annual, lots of musicians, many breweries, craft brew flavors, food vendors. microbrewandmusic.com
TBA 2017 (sat-sun) Spirit of Detroit HydroFest on Detroit River near Belle Isle bridge. Unlimited Hydroplane racing, live entertainment, more. www.detroitboatraces.com
TBA 2017 (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
TBA 2017 (wed) Shorewood Kiwanis Harper Charity Cruise on Harper Ave in St. Clair Shores, MI (northeast of Detroit). www.shorewoodkiwanis.org/harpercharitycruise.html
August 31 - September 4, 2017 (thu-mon) Michigan State Fair at Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, MI (northwest of Detroit). Annual fair will have a Large Midway with tons of games and rides, Livestock and agriculture areas with large indoor arena, Shriners small scale circus and circus attractions, plus live entertainment and more. www.michiganstatefairllc.com facebook
Michigan Renaissance Festival – in Holly, MI, continues on weekends through Oct 1, 2017, see listing above. 16th century adventure with renaissance attire, live armored jousting, musicians, events, contests. www.michrenfest.com 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. www.artsbeatseats.com facebook
September 1-4, 2017 (fri-mon) Detroit Jazz Festival in Detroit on the Riverfront.
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. michiganpeachfest.com 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
TBA 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. hamtownfest.com facebook
September 4, 2017 (monday) Labor Day
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.” 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 (next year) 2018 ACBS International Boat Show
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. www.frankenmuthfestivals.com facebook
September 15-18, 2016 (thu-sun) Troy Family Daze in Troy, MI. north of Detroit. annual, has Giant Midways, Live Entertainment, Contests, fireworks, food, children's area, more. www.troyfamilydaze.com
September 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.” www.michiganirish.org 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 10, 2017 (sun) Detroit Lions 2017 Season Home Opener at Ford Field in Detroit, 1 pm, Detroit Lions vs Arizona Cardinals. www.detroitlions.com
September 21 - October 9, 2016 ArtPrize in Grand Rapids, MI (West Michigan). a radically open competition to any artist in the world who can find space. And open to anybody in Grand Rapids who wants to create a venue. Approx 1,713 Artists at 192 Venues, $450,000 in prizes, top vote getter wins $250,000 (public can vote). www.artprize.org
September 21-25, 2016 (thu-sun) Detroit Design Festival (DDF) in Detroit, multiple venues, and features hundreds of designers. www.detroitdesignfestival.com
September 23-24, 2016 (fri-sat) Oktoberfest West Michigan in Grand Rapids, MI (West Michigan). “Annual celebration of German heritage & traditions held at John Ball Park. Features many different beers brought in from Germany as well as authentic food, music, games, and more. www.oktoberfestwestmichigan.com
September 23-25, 2016 (fri-sun) American Sewing Expo (ASE) at Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, MI.
September 23-25, 2016 (fri-sun) Clinton Fall Festival in Clinton, MI (lower southeast MI near the Ohio border). annual. Grand Parade, over 250 Arts and Craft booths, Car Show exceeding 500 entries, raffle, much more. www.clintonfallfestival.com
September 23-25, 2016 (fri-sun) Pumpkinfest in South Lyon, MI. west of Detroit. annual 3+ mile Pumpkinfest Parade, Pumpkin Pie Eating Contest, Hot dog eating contest, live entertainment, Farmer Market, craft show, fun run, movie night, children's activities, more. Vibe Credit Union Pumpkinfest of the South Lyon Area. www.southlyonpumpkinfest.com facebook
September 23-25, 2016 (fri-sun) Paul Bunyan Days in Oscoda (northeast lower peninsula). annual event with Carnival, Bunyan Games, classic car show, BBQ Competition and more. chamber.oscodachamber.com/events/
September 23-24, 2017 (sat-sun) Michigan Antique & Collectible Festival in Midland, MI, at Midland County Fairgrounds. “Michigan's Largest Antique & Collectible Festival on 80 Acres. Also Mid-Michigan’s Largest Classic Car Show.” miantiquefestival.com facebook
September 24-25, 2016 (sat-sun) Michigan Apple Festival at The Country Mill in Charlotte, MI. Sampling of everything apples, plus live music, corn maze, train rides, hay rides, petting zoo, more. www.michiganapplefestival.com
TBA Dlectricity Art and Light festival in Detroit. www.dlectricity.com
September 29, 2016 (thu) Hour Detroit Best Dressed Fashion Show at The Fillmore Detroit. presented by Somerset Collection. www.thefillmoredetroit.com
Halloween Season 2017 – Mike has a special page with lots of info. click → Michigan Halloween Haunted Houses Attractions Events. Haunts, Zombie Shoots, Zombie Walks, Mazes, Halloween Events and more.
September 29 - October 2, 2016 (thu-sun) Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey
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. www.michrenfest.com facebook
ArtPrize continues through October 9, 2016 in Grand Rapids, MI (West Michigan). See Sept. 21 listing or click: www.artprize.org
October 1, 2016 (sat) Red Flannel Festival – in Cedar Springs, MI (West MI, near Grand Rapids). redflannelfestival.org + on facebook – highlights include Grand Parade, Carnival Rides, Red Flannel Prince and Princess, All American Lumberjack Show & Cpmpetition, Live Entertainment, Marching Bands, Farm Tractors & Engines Show, Tractor Pulls, Car Show, Bed Race Obstacle Course, Blackjack Euchre Bingo, Chicken Barbeque, Michigan Vietnam Memorial Wall Display and more. Annual event on the first Saturday of October.
October 1-2, 2016 (sat-sun) Huron Township Applefest – in New Boston, MI (southwest of Detroit). huronapplefest.com – Parade, Apple Pie Contest, Old-Time Fiddlers Contest, 5k Run, entertainment and more.
October 7-8, 2017 (sat-sun) Michigan Antique & Collectible Festival – in Davisburg, MI. miantiquefestival.com + facebook – at Springfield Oaks County Park in northern Oakland County. “Michigan's Largest Antique & Collectible Festival. Also Mid-Michigan’s Largest Classic Car Show.”
October 8-9, 2016 (sat-sun) Appleumpkin Festival – in Tecumseh, MI. southwest of Ann Arbor. www.downtowntecumseh.com/events... – annual Antique Street Fair and Flea Market with arts and crafts show, midway rides, carnival games, inflatables and make-it-take-it crafts, straw maze and corn box.
October 8-9, 2016 (sat-sun) CraneFest – Sandhill Crane & Art Festival at Big Marsh Lake, MI (southwest Michigan). Major attraction is the spectacle of thousands of Sandhill Cranes descending on the expansive, shallow wetland. cranefest.org
TBA 2017 Great Lakes Regional Chili Cookoff – in Plymouth, MI. greatlakeschili.com
October 14, 2017 (sat) Royal Oak Beer Fest - Oktoberfest – in Royal Oak, MI. www.royaloakbeerfest.com
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. www.freepmarathon.com
October 17, 2016 (mon) Detroit Red Wings 2017-2018 Home Opener – at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit. redwings.nhl.com
October 21-22, 2016 (fri-sat) Detroit Fall Beer Festival - 7th Annual – at Eastern Market, Detroit. www.mibeer.com/detroit-fall-festival – “One of the largest all-Michigan beer tastings. Enjoy food and listen to a talented line-up of local musicians while sipping any of more than 600 craft beers from over 75 Michigan breweries.”
October 28-29, 2017 (sat-sun) Buy Michigan Now Fall Fest in Jackson, MI. www.buymichigannowfest.com
October 29, 2016 (sat) Monster's Ball at The Fillmore Detroit. annual with DJs, Stilt Walkers, Illusionists, High Wire Aerialists, Acrobats, Fortune Tellers, Fire Performers, more. monstersballdetroit.com
October 29, 2016 (sat) Haunted Kingdom Halloween Extravaganza – at Russell Industrial Center in Detroit. “21+ Halloween Party with DJs, Fortune Tellers, Dancers, Cirque style performances, Entertainers, multiple Co2 jets, Confetti cannons, Stadium concert sound and lighting, more.” www.hauntedkingdom.com facebook
October 30, 2016 (sun) Detroit Blues Challenge Finals – at Callahan's in Auburn Hills, MI. Detroit Blues Society annual competition, winners representing Detroit Area go to the IBC (International Blues Challenge) in Memphis, TN. www.detroitbluessociety.org 2016 facebook IBC info
October 31, 2017 (tue) 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, 2017 (saturday) Veterans' Day
November 15-30, 2017 Deer Hunting Season (Regular Firearm) michigan.gov/dnr
November 17 to December 31, 2016 [Closed December 25] Wayne County LightFest – on Hines Drive, just west of Detroit. Nightly annual attraction, “the Midwest's longest drive-through holiday light display with four miles of displays!” Display begins at Hines Drive and Merriman Road in Westland, MI. waynecounty.com/dps/2138.htm
November 17-19, 2016 (thu-sat) Grand Rapids Wine, Beer, and Food Festival – in Grand Rapids, MI (west Michigan). “The largest wine, beer and food tasting event in the Midwest, measured by 1,200+ wines and 200+ beers, plus ciders and spirits!” showspan.com/GRW
November 17, 2017 (fri) Hob Nobble Gobble – at Ford Field in Downtown Detroit. “Features star studded entertainment, a bountiful dinner buffet, confetti, clowns and our signature whirls and twirls carnival midway with rides, games and carnival fare! Proceeds support America's Thanksgiving Parade®.” www.theparade.org/hob-nobble-gobble
November 23, 2017 (thu) Thanksgiving Day
November 23, 2017 (thu) America's Thanksgiving Parade (Detroit Thanksgiving Day Parade) in Detroit. “One of the country's largest and most spectacular Parades in the United States! Parade is broadcast live locally on WDIV-TV, Local 4 with a syndicated national potential reach of over 65 million households!” Parade is filled with larger than life floats, big colorful helium filled balloons, marching bands, dance teams, celebrities, antique papier-maché heads, clowns, specialty acts, Santa, more. www.theparade.org facebook
November 23, 2017 (thu) Detroit Lions Traditional NFL Thanksgiving Day Game – at Ford Field in Detroit. www.detroitlions.com
November 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 amazing discounts and store hours.
Wayne County LightFest continues nightly through December 31, 2016 [Closed December 25] – “the Midwest's longest drive-through holiday light display with four miles of displays” on Hines Drive, west of Detroit. waynecounty.com/dps/2138.htm
November 26 - December 11, 2016 (weekends) Holly Dickens Festival in Holly MI, northwest of Detroit. annual Dickens themed festival with Lighted Parade, Runs/walk, caroling, horse-drawn carriage rides, renew wedding vows, Santa, children's tent, beer tent, more. hollydickensfestival.org facebook
December 3, 2016 (sat) Annual Noel Night in Midtown Detroit. Horse-drawn carriage rides, crafts, performances by local music, theatre, dance groups, plus shopping. Festivities culminate with a community sing-along. midtowndetroitinc.org
December 4, 2016 (sun) Rochester Hometown Christmas Parade – in Rochester, MI. north of Detroit. Parade has dignitaries, bands, non-profit groups, children's groups and local businesses. Rochester Hometown Christmas Parade is one of the largest in the state of Michigan and is broadcast live on WXYZ-TV Channel 7. www.rrc-mi.com/ facebook
December 17, 2016 (sat) Detroit Santarchy – Annual “crazy holiday celebration and bar crawl in Detroit with thousands of people dressed as Santas and all sorts of holiday costumes.” facebook facebook 2
December 22-25, 2016 (thu-sun) Cirque du Soleil OVO – at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. www.olympiaentertainment.com/joe-louis-arena
December 25, 2017 (monday) Christmas – Merry Christmas to all good people, everywhere!
TBA December 2017 Quick Lane Bowl at Ford Field in Detroit. www.detroitlions.com/quicklanebowl.html (quicklanebowl.com)
New Year's Eve Parties Events
NYE Listings for December 31, 2016 (saturday night)
NYE Metro Detroit
Resolution Ball NYE 2017 – at The Fillmore Detroit. Annual New Year's Eve Party, NYC-Chicago-Vegas Style Event has 1,700+ guests. Headliner & Cirque Style Entertainment until 4am. DJs, The Detroit Circus Performers, a Variety of Dancers, plus Stilt Walkers, Illusionists, Stunt Performers, Countdown Champagne Reception, Party Favors, balloon drop, confetti storm, midnight buffet, more. www.resolutionballdetroit.com
The Drop - Meridian Motor City NYE 2017 – at Campus Martius in Detroit. live bands on 3 stages, bonfire pits, horse drawn carriage rides, mega-sized heated tent, kids zone, over 20,000 expected. www.motorcitynye.com facebook
Macomb County New Year's Eve Gala in Mount Clemens, MI. 23rd Annual features live entertainment, Midnight Fireworks, more. www.downtownmountclemens.com/...gala
Blast – at Marriott Centerpoint in Pontaic. www.blastnewyearseve.com
Detroit Rave City – in Detroit. Strange Luv Productions annual hip-hop, electronic music New Year's Eve party. facebook
More info for NYE Metro Detroit
NYE Detroit – select New Year's Eve events in Metro Detroit. nyedetroit.com
NYE Listings on Metro Times Detroit www.metrotimes.com/...new year
NYE Other Areas in Michigan
New Year's Eve Ball Drop in Ludington, MI (western Michigan) – Entertainment, ball drop and fireworks. www.downtownludington.org/nye
New Year's Eve Ball Drop in Marquette, MI (U.P.) downtownmarquette.org/new-years-eve-ball-drop
Hot New Year's Eve Party and Ball Drop in Grand Rapids, MI (West Michigan) – by 105.3 HOT-FM, annual. www.1053hotfm.com
Eve on the Ave and Ball Drop in Jackson, MI (lower Michigan) – music, giveaways, New York style ball drop, fireworks, more. www.jacksondda.org/event/eve-on-the-ave
Major Sports Teams and Schedules
PRO SPORTS - click team name for official website, or click schedule page
COLLEGE Football - linked to mens football schedule pages
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.”
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.
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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