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January 1, 2020 (wednesday) New Year's Day
January 10-13, 2019 (thu-sun) Ultimate Fishing Show - Detroit – at Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, MI.
January 11-13, 2019 (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 17-20, 2019 (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
January 18-20 and January 25-27, 2019 Tip Up Town USA (TUT) at Houghton Lake, MI (northern lower peninsula). Friday through Sunday both weekends.
January 18-20, 2019 (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/whats-happening facebook
January 19 - February 17, 2019 (weekends) Quicken Loans Winter Blast in Detroit at Campus Martius Park. See website to find out which weekends feature ice sculptures, winter slide, free ice skating, zip line, local music showcase, dj showcase, food trucks, more. www.winterblast.com
January 20, 2020 (monday) Martin Luther King Jr. Day
January 23-28, 2019 (wed-mon) Zehnder's SnowFest in Frankenmuth, MI (mid lower peninsula). annual event,
January 26, 2019 (sat) Heikinpäivä (main day) in Hancock, MI (U.P., upper peninsula). Finnish-American mid-winter festival associated with Heikki Day (St. Henrik's day). Parade, whipsleds and kicksleds, wife-carrying contest, food, polar bear dive, dance. Also workshops, concerts and more Jan 10 to Feb 1. facebook
January 27, 2019 (sun) Harlem Globetrotters at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, MI. vanandelarena.com
January 27 - February 2, 2019 (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
January 31 - February 3, 2019 (thu-sun) Perchville USA in Tawas, MI (East Michigan). Parade, Fishing Contest, Chilly Cook-off, Polar Bear Swims, kick-off dinner, tent with beer/wine and live entertainment for adults, horse-drawn carriage rides, more. tawas.com/...perchville-2 facebook
February 2, 2020 (sun) Super Bowl Sunday / Super Bowl LIV (54) – game played in Miami, Florida. Kickoff about 6:35 pm. www.nfl.com/super-bowl
February 8, 2019 (fri) Adam Sandler at Fox Theatre in Detroit.
February 11, 2019 (mon) WWE RAW – at Van Andel Arena.
February 14, 2019 (thursday) Valentine's Day
February 14-17, 2019 (thu-sun) Detroit Shrine Circus at Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, MI. “Yes, we have elephants, horses, the human cannonball, hula hoops, aerialists, clowns, Motorcycle Stunt Show.” and more. detroitshrinecircus.com facebook
February 14-18, 2019 (thu-mon) UP200, Midnight Run, Jack Pine 30 - Sled Dog Races in Western Upper Peninsula. “UP200 is one of America's premier 12-dog, mid-distance sled dog races, an Iditarod qualifying race, draws mushers from around the United States and Canada. Coinciding with the UP200 is the eight-dog Midnight Run, a race from Marquette to Munising. Plus the JackPine 30 with a six-dog, 30-mile sprint from Gwinn, Michigan to Marquette.” up200.org facebook
February 16-24, 2019 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
February 15-16, 2019 (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. casevillechamber.com/...
February 18, 2019 (monday) Washington's Birthday / Presidents Day
February 22-23, 2019 (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 23, 2019 (sat) Trenary Outhouse Classic – Outhouse Races in Trenary, MI (U.P. – Upper Peninsula). Annual event, anyone can enter, kids to adults, cash and prizes awarded in various categories. www.trenaryouthouseclassic.com facebook
February 23, 2019 (sat) Coopersville Chili Cook-Off and Outhouse 500 in West Michigan, northwest of Grand Rapids. annual event. www.coopersvillefarmmuseum.org/eventsexhibits/outhouse500chilicookoff.html
February 28, 2019 (thu) Harlem Globetrotters at Dow Event Center in Saginaw, MI. doweventcenter.com
March 1-3, 2019 (fri-sun) Detroit AutoRama at Cobo Center in Detroit.
March 7-9, 2019 (thu-sat) 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
March 2, 2019 (sat) Harlem Globetrotters
March 7-17, 2019 Gilda's LaughFest based in Grand Rapids and includes events throughout west Michigan. Annual, “The nation's first-ever community-wide festival of laughter” averages more than 200 shows, 60+ performers. www.laughfestgr.org facebook
March 8-9, 2019 (fri-sat) Toughest Monster Truck Tour – Monster Trucks at Dow Event Center. doweventcenter.com
March 8-10, 2019 (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. michigangolfshow.com
March 8-10, 2019 (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 9, 2019 (sat) WWE Live – at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit. www.313presents.com/events/detail/wwe-live
March 10, 2019 (sun) St. Patrick's Parade - Detroit – annual parade on Michigan Avenue, a little west of Downtown Detroit. www.detroitstpatricksparade.com
March 10, 2019 (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
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March 13-17, 2019 (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. www.claremichigan.com/irish-festival facebook
March 17, 2019 (sunday) 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
March 24, 2019 (sun) Marche du Nain Rouge in Detroit. Annually, revelers gather to drive out and banish the evil spirit Nain Rouge. All are invited to the parade and after-parties. www.marchedunainrouge.com facebook
March 24, 2019 (sun) Red Green
March 26-31, 2019 (tue-sun) Ann Arbor Film Festival in Ann Arbor, MI. annual, independent & experimental film. www.aafilmfest.org
April 2, 2019 (tue) Red Green
April 4, 2019 (thu) Detroit Tigers Home Opener – Detroit Tigers vs. Kansas City Royals at Comerica Park in Detroit, MI. Major League Baseball. www.mlb.com/tigers
April 6-7, 2019 (sat-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 21, 2019 (sunday) Easter (Easter Sunday)
TBA 2019 (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 26, 2019 (fri) Detroit Music Awards at The Fillmore Detroit. Big time annual Awards Ceremony & Show (local Grammy's) is all about meeting, congratulating, and celebrating our talented local musicians and producers in grand style featuring award presentations and live performances. Public event. www.detroitmusicawards.net facebook
April 26-28, 2019 (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, various displays, games, free entertainment, a pancake derby, arm wrestling, syrup producers selling syrup, more. www.vermontvillemaplesyrupfestival.org
April 28, 2019 (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/event/rideforrecovery facebook
May 2-5, 2019 (thu-sun) Michigan International Women's Show at Surburban Collection Showplace in Novi, MI. southernshows.com/wde
May 5, 2019 (sunday) Cinco de Mayo – an all-day Mexican celebration.
May 5, 2018 (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 4-5, 2019 (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 4-12, 2019 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 10-11, 2019 (fri-sat) Spring Fling Festival at Yack Arena in Wyandotte, MI. Live entertainment, rides, vegas, crafts, games, food, raffles, more. wyandottespringfling.com
May 10-12, 2019 (fri-sun) Mesick Mushroom Festival in Mesick, MI (northwest lower peninsula). –
May 10-19, 2019 Cinetopia Film Festival in Detroit and Ann Arbor. multiple venues, over 50 films. www.cinetopiafestival.org
May 12, 2019 (sunday) Mother's Day
May 16-19, 2019 (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 17-19, 2019 (fri-sun) Motor City Comic Con 2019 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 18-19, 2019 (sat-sun) Victorian Days in Grand Ledge, MI. Features corsets and bustled skirts, proper deportment, top hats, serious facial hair, Civil War Re-enactor, High Tea, May Pole Dance, period crafts, SteamPunk Expo in 2019, more. www.victoriandays.org facebook
May 19, 2019 (sun) Roseanne Barr – in Detroit at the Fox Theatre. www.313presents.com/events/detail/roseanne-barr
May 24-27, 2019 (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 25, 2019 (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 27, 2019 (monday) Memorial Day
May 31 - June 2, 2019 (fri-sun) Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix on Belle Isle in Detroit, MI. Verizon IndyCar Series
May 31 - June 1, 2019 (fri-sat) Mount Clemens Cruise annual Car Cruise and Car Show in Mount Clemens, MI (northeast of Detroit). Awards in many classes, plus live band, special attractions and more. Proceeds benefit local charities. www.mountclemenscruise.com facebook
June - July, 2019 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 1-2, 2019 (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 6-9, 2019 (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
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June 7-9, 2019 (fri-sun) Festival of the Arts - Grand Rapids (West Michigan). annual event known as
June 7-9, 2019 (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 7-9, 2019 (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 7-9, 2019 (fri-sun) Motor City Irish Fest (MCIF) in Livonia, MI (west of Detroit) at Greenmead on corner of Newburgh & 8 Mile. Bands, Irish Dance groups, Pipe and drum bands, Irish beer & food, more. motorcityirishfest.com facebook
June 8, 2019 (sat) National Cereal Fest in Battle Creek, MI (southwest Michigan). Annual event has Grand Cereal Parade, Breakfast Table, live entertainment and more. battlecreeklive.com/cerealfest
June 9, 2019 (sun) NASCAR FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway (MIS) in Brooklyn, MI. ARCA Racing Series and LTi Printing 250 on days before the 400. www.mispeedway.com
June 12-15, 2019 (wed-sat) Hamburg Family Fun Fest in Hamburg Township (west of Detroit). annual event has Amusement rides, car show, arts & crafts, fireworks & laser show, special shows, more. hamburgfunfest.com facebook
June 13-15, 2019 (thu-sat) Liberty Fest! in Canton, MI (west of Detroit). annual event has carnival rides, midway games, live music and dance of China, India, Mexico, Tahiti, Italy, New Zealand and more, plus Liberty Run, fireworks, food, more. www.cantonlibertyfest.com
June 14-16, 2019 (fri-sun) National Strawberry Festival in Belleville, MI (west of Detroit). annual Father's Day event has Parade, Two Midways with Carnival Rides and Games, beer tent, music and concerts, Idol contest, Strawberry Treats, car show, crafters, more. www.nationalstrawberryfest.com
June 16, 2019 (sun) Father's Day
June 19-23, 2019 (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 20-23, 2019 (thu-sun) Rock 'n' Rides festival in Royal Oak, MI (just north of Detroit). 18 ride carnival, live music, free arts & crafts, block party, food, more. www.rocknridesro.com
June 21-23, 2019 (fri-sun) Opa! Fest (Greek Festival) in Troy, MI (north of Detroit) at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church. annual event features classic Greek Cuisine, Greek band and dancing, dance performances, cooking demonstrations, Iron Chef Competetion, marketplace, more. www.opafest.org facebook
June 21-23, 2019 (fri-sun) Arts & Acts Festival in Northville, MI. More than 130 local and national artists and vendors of arts, crafts, theatre, literature, music, food and more. northvillearthouse.org/special-events
June 22, 2019 (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
June 24, 2019 (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 event. theparade.org
June 25-30, 2019 (thu-sun) Rocket Mortgage Classic PGA tournament at Detroit Golf Club in Detroit, MI. www.pgatour.com/tournaments/rocket-mortgage-classic.html detroitgolfclub.org
June 25-30, 2019 (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
List of fireworks shows in Michigan → michiganfireworks.com
June 27-30, 2019 (thu-sun) Electric Forest annual outdoor music festival in Rothbury, MI, at the Double JJ Ranch. Local and national music acts, many music genres, camping available. electricforestfestival.com facebook
June 27-30, 2019 (thu-sun) Common Ground Music Festival in Lansing, MI. annual event features a variety of local, regional and national performers providing non-stop music on several stages throughout the festival. www.commongroundfest.com
June 27-30, 2019 (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 28, 2019 (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 28-30, 2019 (fri-sun) Trenton Summer Festival in Trenton, MI (south of Detroit). Join over 100,000 visitors, over 200 artists and craftsmen, and live entertainment. annual. www.trentonmi.org/ facebook
June 28-30, 2019 (fri-sun) Michigan Challenge Balloonfest in Howell, MI. Annual event features balloon launches, carnival and entertainment. www.michiganchallenge.com
Stars and Stripes Festival – former annual event in Novi and Sterling Heights, MI. facebook
June 29 - July 6, 2019 (sat-sat) National Cherry Festival in Traverse City, MI (northwest lower peninsula). Annual event has Parades, U.S. Navy Blue Angels, national music entertainment, amusements midway, fireworks, cherry pie eating contest, cherry pit spitting contest, juried arts and crafts fair, classic vehicle show, beer tent, more than 150 events in total. www.cherryfestival.org facebook
List of fireworks shows in Michigan → michiganfireworks.com
Ann Arbor Summer Festival continues into July. see June listing above. a2sf.org
July 3-7, 2019 (wed-sun) Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show & Balloon Festival at W.K. Kellogg Airport in Battle Creek, MI (southwest Michigan). Warbird Air Show, Fast & Furious Air Show, Hot-Air Balloons, Illumes, fireworks, carnival, entertainment, more. www.bcballoons.com
July 4, 2019 (thursday) Independence Day USA (July 4th)
July 5-14, 2019 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
TBA 2020 (skipping 2019) Music Fest 4 Vets music festival in metro Detroit. Proceeds go to U.S. Veterans in need. Variety live entertainment, two stages, food. Location: Motor City Eagles, 24401 Five Mile Rd, Redford Twp, MI 48239 (5 Mile near Telegraph Rd). MusicFest4Vets.org facebook twitter
July 10-13, 2019 (wed-sat) Wyandotte Street Art Fair in Wyandotte, MI (Downriver, south of Detroit). annual, over 200,000 visitors, 200 fine artists, plus musicians, performers, crafters, food, more. wyandotte.net/arts_and_culture/street_art_fair/index.php facebook
July 11-14, 2019 (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 11-13, 2019 (thu-sat) Blissfield River Raisin Festival in Blissfield, MI (lower Southeast Michigan). annual event has Parade, fireworks, live music, Festival Pageant, more. www.riverraisinfestival.org facebook
July 11-20, 2019 Ionia Free Fair in Ionia (northwest of Lansing). Annual. Monster Trucks, Truck and Tractor Pulls, large fair Midway, Circus performances, live music entertainment, food, much more. www.ioniafreefair.com facebook
July 11-13, 2019 (fri-sun) Michigan Lavender Festival at Eastern Michigan Fairgrounds.
July 12-14, 2019 (fri-sun) Art In The Park in Plymouth, MI (west of Detroit). “Michigan's 2nd Largest Art Fair. Its 35th year will welcome over 400 artists from around the U.S. offering paintings, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, fiber, glass, woodwork, photography, folk art”, plus entertainment, cuisine, more. artinthepark.com facebook
July 12-14, 2019 (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 12-14, 2019 (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, Pierogi Eating Challenge, more. www.americanpolishfestival.com
July 12-14, 2019 (fri-sun) Festa Italiana at Freedom Hill County Park in Sterling Heights. Italian heritage, music, food, drinks, fun. facebook
July 13, 2019 (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 13-18, 2019 Michigander Bicycle Tour – 26th Annual goes through several communities in northwest lower peninsula. Three options: 2-Day Tour, 6-Day Tour, 8-day Tour. michigantrails.org/events/michigander-bike-tour-2 facebook
July 17-20, 2019 (wed-sat) National Baby Food Festival (NBFF) in Fremont, MI (north of Grand Rapids) features a Grand Parade, Children's Parade, Midway, lots of kids and family activities, car show, eating contests, more. www.babyfoodfestival.com facebook
July 17-20, 2019 (wed-sat) 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 18-21, 2019 (thu-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 18-21, 2019 (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.” www.visitannarbor.org/artfair www.artfair.org facebook
July 19-21, 2019 (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. trentonroarontheriver.com facebook
July 19-20, 2019 (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 20, 2019 (sat) Bayview Mackinac Race (Port Huron To Mackinac Sailing Race). Annual Bayview sailing race is one of the greatest freshwater yacht races in the world and has a 298 statute mile course. a.k.a. Port Huron to Mackinac Island Yacht Race. www.byc.com www.bycmack.com facebook
TBA 2019 (sat) Telegraph Cruise (car cruise) on Telegraph Road (US 24) in Taylor, Dearborn Heights, Dearborn and Redford Township (Southeast Michigan). www.exploretaylor.com/1212/Telegraph-Cruise
July 25-27, 2019 (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/714/Sterlingfest facebook
July 26 - August 4, 2019 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 26-28, 2019 (fri-sun) Yale Bologna Festival in Yale, MI (located in Michigan's thumb). annual “gathering of over 20,000 Bologna starved party-goers!” Parade, fireworks, street dance, car show, craft show, outhouses races, food, more. www.yalechamber.com/yale-bologna-festival.html
July 26-27, 2019 (fri-sat) Summer Beer Festival - Ypsilanti in Ypsilanti, MI. Annual, 2019 features approx 150 Michigan breweries sampling over 1,000 different craft beers, plus live music from Michigan bands. www.mibeer.com/Events/summer-festival
July 26-28, 2019 (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 27-28, 2019 (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 27-28, 2019 (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 27-28, 2019 (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.” hotworks.org/events/orchard-lake-fine-art-show
July 30 - August 4, 2019 (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
August 2-4, 2019 (fri-sun) Annual Fish Sandwich Festival in Bay Port, MI (located in Michigan's thumb). Grand Parade, fireworks, fish sandwiches, arts & crafts show, free entertainment, bingo, petting zoo, pony rides, 5k run/walk, more. www.bayportchamber.com/events/
August 2-4, 2019(fri-sun) Buy Michigan Now Festival in Northville, MI. annual celebration highlighting Michigan-based businesses and Michigan-made products. www.buymichigannowfest.com
August 3-4, 2019 (sat-mon) Thunder Over Michigan Air Show at Willow Run Airport in Ypsilanti, MI (west of Detroit). annual. www.yankeeairmuseum.org/airshow
August 4, 2019 (sun) Clinton Township Gratiot Cruise annual car cruise on Gratiot Avenue in Clinton Twp, north of Detroit. “expects crowds of 200,000 people and thousands of classics.” There are many pre-cruise events including the
August 4, 2019 (sun) Troy Traffic Jam Classic Car Show in Troy, MI. annual, over 200 classic cars, hot rods, muscle cars, specialty vehicles. troyhistoricvillage.org/events-2/
August 4, 2019 (sun) Le Concours de Livingston – annual classic car show in Howell, MI (northwest of Detroit). www.livingstonloveinc.org/leconcours-about
August 6, 2019 (tue) WWE Smackdown Live – at Little Caesars Arena, Detroit. www.313presents.com/events/detail/wwe-smackdown-live
August 6-10, 2019 (tue-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 8-11, 2019 (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 9-11, 2019 (fri-sun) St. Johns Mint Festival in St. Johns City Park (Clinton County, Mid-MI). annual event has Grand Parade, Mint Eating & Cooking Contests, over 200 arts & crafts and flea market vendors, new & old car shows, sports events, free live entertainment, more. http://clintoncountychamber.org/mint
August 9-11, 2019 (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, various tournaments, kid's area, food, more. www.milfordmemories.com facebook
August 9-18, 2019 Cheeseburger in Caseville (Caseville, MI, is in Michigan's thumb). Celebrates the lifestyle and music made popular by Jimmy Buffett, and cheeseburgers. Parade of Tropical Fools, concerts, fireworks, more. casevillechamber.com/festivals... facebook
August 9-10, 2019 (fri-sat) Coopersville Car Show in Coopersville, MI (northwest of Grand Rapids). Cars, Motorcycles & Trucks welcome. Event has entertainment, cruise night, trophies, food and more. coopersvillecarshow.com
TBA 2019 (sat) Fine Art Fair (FAF) in Detroit. artists and music. www.detroitfaf.com
August 11, 2019 (sun) Consumers Energy 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Michigan International Speedway (MIS) in Brooklyn, MI (southwest of Ann Arbor). NASCAR Camping World Truck Series on day before. www.mispeedway.com
August 11-17, 2019 (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 12-18, 2019 (mon-sun) Armada Fair – 143rd in Armada (northeast of Detroit).
August 13-17, 2019 (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 14-18, 2019 (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 15-17, 2019 (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 15-17, 2019 (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 16-18, 2019 (fri-sun) Lapeer Days in Lapeer, MI (northwest of Detroit). annual,
August 16-18, 2019 (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 17, 2019 (sat) WOODWARD DREAM CRUISE – The World's Biggest Car Cruise that takes place on Woodward Ave through several cities just north of Detroit. WDC is actually about a week long with many associated and pre-cruise events. Annually draws around one million people. www.woodwarddreamcruise.com facebook twitter
August 17 to Sept 29, 2019 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 2019 Roadkill Nights in Pontiac, MI (north of Detroit). A Woodward Dream Cruise related event features stars of the Roadkill national web-tv show, car stunts, more. www.roadkill.com/events/roadkill-nights...
TBA 2019 (fri-sun) African World Festival at The Wright Museum in Detroit. thewright.org/african-world-festival
August 23-24, 2019 (fri-sat) 28th Street Metro Cruise in Grand Rapids, MI.
August 23-25, 2019 (fri-sun) YpsiFest – Ypsilanti Heritage Festival at Riverside Park in Ypsilanti, MI (west of Detroit). Free Admission, live music, Beer Garden, arts and crafts, food, more. ypsifest.com facebook
August 24, 2019 (sat) Esports 2019 League of Legends Championship Series (LCS) Summer Final at Little Caesars Arena, Detroit. www.313presents.com/events/detail/2019-lcs-summer-finals
August 29 - September 2, 2019 (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/home facebook
August 30 - September 2, 2019 (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
August 30 - September 2, 2019 (fri-mon) Detroit Jazz Festival in Detroit on the Riverfront.
August 31 - September 2, 2019 (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
Halloween Season 2019 – see Mike's annually updated page with lots of info. click → Michigan Halloween Haunted Houses Attractions Events. list of haunts, Halloween events, zombie shoots and walks, mazes and more.
Michigan Renaissance Festival – in Holly, MI, continues on weekends through Sept 29, 2019. 16th century adventure with renaissance attire, live armored jousting, musicians, events, contests. www.michrenfest.com facebook
September 2, 2019 (monday) Labor Day
TBA 2019 (all month) Detroit Month of Design in Detroit, citywide. designcore.org/month-of-design/overview
September 6-8, 2019 (fri-sun) Art & Apples Festival in Rochester, MI (north of Detroit). On a 30-acre park, “one of the nation's top fine art fairs with over 290 exhibiting artists from across the country.” www.pccart.org/festival
September 6-8, 2019 (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 6-8, 2019 (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 7, 2019 (sat) Dally in the Alley in Detroit. Annual performing arts festival and street fair,
September 7, 2019 (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, 2019 (wednesday) Patriot Day (9/11 Remembrance Day)
September 12-15, 2019 (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.” michiganirish.org facebook
September 12-15, 2019 (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.org facebook
September 14-15, 2018 (fri-sat) Royal Oak Beer Fest - Oktoberfest – in Royal Oak, MI. www.royaloakbeerfest.com
September 14-16, 2018 (fri-sun) Northville Heritage Festival in Northville, MI. Formerly the Northville Victorian Festival, annual event has a parade and more. www.northvilleheritagefest.com
September 15, 2019 Detroit Lions Liberal Political Activists 2019 Home Opener at Ford Field in Detroit. NFL Lions Liberal Political Activists vs. Los Angeles Chargers Liberal Political Activists. Players disrespect United States flag and the country it stands for, then have a football game. www.detroitlions.com
September 16 - October 4, 2020 [next year] ArtPrize in Grand Rapids, MI (West Michigan). Biennial arts competition competition to any artist in the world. In 2018 there was approx 1,713 Artists at 192 Venues, $450,000 in prizes, top vote getter wins $250,000 (public can vote). www.artprize.org
September 20-23, 2018 (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 21-23, 2018 (fri-sun) Paul Bunyan Days in Oscoda, MI (northeast lower peninsula). annual event with Carnival, Bunyan Games, classic car show, BBQ Competition and more. www.oscodachamber.com/event/paul-bunyan-days facebook
September 22, 2018 (sat) Michigan Apple Fest in Sparta, MI. Tons of apple fun food, Apple Pie Bake off, Apple Pie Eating Contest, Apple Sling Shot Contest, plus live music, Scarecrow Build Off, 5K Run, more. www.michiganapplefest.com facebook
September 21-22, 2019 (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 22-23, 2018 (sat-sun) Apple Festival at The Country Mill in Charlotte, MI. Apple wine tasting, Apple Cannon, corn maze, horse drawn wagon ride, apple picking, pumpkin picking, more. www.countrymillfarms.com/calendar.html
September 26, 2019 (thu) Bruce Campbell at Royal Oak Music Theatre in Royal Oak, MI. stories, q&a, film screening. www.royaloakmusictheatre.com/events/detail/372460
September 28-29, 2018 (fri-sat) Oktoberfest West Michigan at John Ball Park in Grand Rapids, MI (West Michigan). “Annual celebration of German heritage & traditions, features many different beers brought in from Germany as well as authentic food, music, games, and more. www.oktoberfestgr.com
September 28-30, 2018 (fri-sun) Pumpkinfest in South Lyon, MI. west of Detroit. Annual event has Pumpkinfest Parade, Pie Eating Contests, live music entertainment, craft show, food, more. www.southlyonpumpkinfest.com facebook
September 28-30, 2018 (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
Halloween Season 2018 – see Mike's annually updated page with lots of info. click → Michigan Halloween Haunted Houses Attractions Events. list of haunts, Halloween events, zombie shoots and walks, mazes and more.
ArtPrize [next year in 2020] will continue through October 4 in Grand Rapids, MI (West Michigan). See Sept. 20 listing or click: www.artprize.org
TBA 2019 Detroit Red Wings 2019-2020 Season Home Opener – at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit. Red Wings vs. (tba). redwings.nhl.com
October 6, 2018 (sat) Red Flannel Festival – in Cedar Springs, MI (West MI, near Grand Rapids). Grand Parade, Carnival Rides, Red Flannel Prince and Princess, Lumberjack Show & Competition, live entertainment, tractors show, tractor pulls, car show, food and more. Annual event on the first Saturday of October. redflannelfestival.org facebook
October 6-7, 2018 (sat-sun) Huron Township Applefest – in New Boston, MI (southwest of Detroit). Parade, Apple Pie Contest, Old-Time Fiddlers Contest, 5k Run, entertainment and more. huronapplefest.com
October 5-6, 2019 (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
October 12-14, 2018 (fri-sun) Charlevoix Apple Festival at The Country Mill in Charlotte, MI. Annual, more than 30 types of apples will be available, Art & Craft Show, farmers market, much more. charlevoix.chambermaster.com/events/...
October 13-14, 2018 (sat-sun) Appleumpkin Festival – in Tecumseh, MI. southwest of Ann Arbor. Annual Antique Street Fair and Flea Market with arts and crafts show, midway rides, carnival games, inflatables and make-it-take-it crafts, straw maze, more. www.downtowntecumseh.com/events...
October 13-14, 2018 (sat-sun) CraneFest – Sandhill Crane & Art Festival at Big Marsh Lake, MI (southwest Michigan). See thousands of Sandhill Cranes descending on expansive, shallow wetland, plus more. www.michiganaudubon.org/news-events/signature-events/cranefest
October 17, 2018 (wed) Detroit Pistons 2018-19 Home Opener – at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit. www.nba.com/pistonsGeorge Lopez
October 18, 2019 (fri) George Lopez
October 19, 2018 (fri) Haunted Hollywood Halloween Party – at Royal Oak Music Theatre in Royal Oak, MI. Presented by Mojo In The Morning, over $6,000 in prizes for the costume contest plus tons of surprises. www.royaloakmusictheatre.com/events/detail/361107
October 20, 2018 (sat) The Haunted Circus – at HUB Stadium in Auburn Hills, MI. DJs, Haunted Circus Performers and more. Join over 2,500 Halloween enthusiasts in their sexiest, freakiest, and scariest costumes. hauntedcircusdetroit.com facebook
October 20, 2019 (sun) Detroit Free Press Chemical Bank Marathon – annual running marathon in Detroit with over 25,000 participants and goes across international border (Canada). Additional run/walk events on the day before. www.freepmarathon.com
October 25-28, 2018 (wed-mon) Detroit A Go Go 2 in Detroit at Hotel St Regis and Berts Entertainment Complex celebrating the best in Northern Soul and Motown Music featuring live performances and djs, see website for list of performers. www.detroitagogo.com facebook
October 26, 2018 (fri) Monster's Ball at The Fillmore Detroit. annual with DJs, Stilt Walkers, Illusionists, Aerialists, Acrobats, Fire and Freak Show Performers, Fortune Tellers, more. monstersballdetroit.com
October 26, 2018 (fri) Creepy Cheapy XI at The Crofoot Complex in Pontiac, MI. Annual, 15 local bands on three stages perform costumed covers of national bands, plus a Costume Contest, DJ, candy eating contest, more. www.creepycheapy.com crofoot events facebook
October 26-27, 2018 (fri-sat) Detroit Fall Beer Festival - 10th Annual – at Eastern Market, Detroit.
October 27, 2018 (sat) Haunted Kingdom - Garden of Evil – at The Garden Theater in Detroit. Fortune tellers, DJ's, dancers, performers, entertainers, stadium concert sound and lighting, more. www.hauntedkingdom.com + facebook + twitter
October 27, 2018 (sat) Buy Michigan Now Fall Fest in Jackson, MI. www.buymichigannowfest.com
October 31, 2019 (thursday) Halloween – Halloween Day, Trick or Treat!
November 1-4, 2018 (thu-sun) Youmacon 2018 (Anime Convention) – in Detroit at Cobo Center and The Renaissance Center. Cosplay Contests, Video Game Room, 24 hour programming, industry guests, DJs and dancing, more. Anime is Japanese animation. www.youmacon.com
November 2-4, 2018 (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 4, 2018 (sun) Conan & Friends – at The Fillmore Detroit featuring Conan O'Brien, Team Coco and others.
November 10, 2018 (sat) Martin Lawrence at at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit,
November 11, 2019 (monday) Veterans' Day
November 15-30, 2018 Deer Hunting Season (Regular Firearm) michigan.gov/dnr
November 15 - December 31, 2018 Wayne County LightFest – one of the Midwest's longest drive-through holiday light displays. Annually on on Hines Drive, west of Detroit. www.waynecounty.com/...wayne-county-lightfest.aspx
November 15-17, 2018 (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 16, 2018 (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 28, 2019 (thu) Thanksgiving Day
November 28, 2019 (thu) America's Thanksgiving Parade (Detroit Thanksgiving Day Parade) in Detroit. Starts about 10 am, “One of the country's largest and most spectacular Parades in the United States!” Parade is broadcast live on WDIV-TV, Local 4. Parade has larger than life floats, big colorful helium filled balloons, marching bands, dance teams, celebrities, specialty acts, Santa, more. theparade.org facebook
November 28, 2019 (thu) Detroit Lions Liberal Political Activists vs. other NFL liberal political activists – at Ford Field in Detroit. Players disrespect USA flag and what flag stands for, then have a football game. www.detroitlions.com
November 28-29, 2019 (thu-fri) Black Friday Christmas Shopping Frenzy – traditional beginning of Christmas shopping deals starts Thanksgiving evening and continues into Friday. Check websites, local newspapers, tv, and social media for discounts and deals.
November 23 - December 9, 2018 (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
Wayne County LightFest one of the Midwest's longest drive-through holiday light displays continues daily through Dec. 31, see Nov. 15 above.
December 1, 2018 (sat) Annual Noel Night in Midtown Detroit, multiple venues. Free activities include horse-drawn carriage rides, holiday shopping, family craft activities and performances by over 200 area music, theatre, and dance groups, and other special performances. www.noelnight.org
December 2, 2018 (sun) Rochester Hometown Christmas Parade – in Rochester, MI. north of Detroit. Parade has dignitaries, bands, non-profit groups, children's groups and local businesses. Parade is one of the largest in the state of Michigan. www.rrc-mi.com/...Parade facebook
December 11, 2018 (tue) Michelle Obama book tour stop at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit.
December 14, 2018 (fri) Darren McCarty Slapstick Comedy Tour – at Dort Event Center in Flint, MI. www.dorteventcenter.com
December 22, 2018 (sat) Detroit Santarchy – Annual “crazy holiday celebration and bar crawl in Detroit with thousands of people dressed as Santas and all sorts of holiday costumes.” facebook facebook 2
December 25, 2019 (wednesday) Christmas – Merry Christmas to all good people, everywhere!
December 26, 2018 (tues) Quick Lane Bowl at Ford Field in Detroit. Georgia Tech vs. Minnesota. www.detroitlions.com/quick-lane-bowl
December 28, 2018 (fri) WWE Monday Night RAW at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit.
New Year's Eve Parties Events
NYE Listings for December 31, 2018 (Monday Night, NYE 2019)
NYE Metro Detroit
Resolution Ball NYE 2019 – 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. www.resolutionballdetroit.com
Motown Countdown 2019 – at Masonic Temple in Detroit. 3 rooms of entertainment until 3 am, djs spinning a variety of music and dancing. motowncountdown.com
Blast – at Marriott Auburn Hills / Pontaic, several djs spinning hip hop, house, and EDM. detroitfornye.com/blast-new-year-s-eve
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 Events in 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 official websites or click schedule pages
Michigan International Speedway (MIS) www.mispeedway.com – NASCAR
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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