The Ultimate 2024 Guide of July Michigan Events, Festivals and Best Things to Do in Michigan This Weekend With Kids+ 4th of July, Air Shows, Art Fairs, Music Festivals, Blueberry U Pick & National Cherry Festival

The Ultimate 2024 Guide of July Michigan Events, Festivals and Best Things to Do in Michigan This Weekend With Kids+ 4th of July, Air Shows, Art Fairs, Concerts, Blueberry U Pick & National Cherry Festival

By Sherry Trautman | | Updated: May 30, 2024

The ULTIMATE SOURCE of 2024 July Michigan events and things to do for families, couples and friends this summer! Grab our Boredom Zapping Ideas for fun in Michigan and add them to your events calendar! 

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Destinations: DetroitTraverse CityFrankenmuthAnn ArborKalamazooPetoskeyCharlevoixHoughton LakeMidland, South HavenSt. JosephGrand Rapids, Battle Creek, Upper Peninsula and more!  

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Best Michigan July Events, 4th of July, Festivals and Fun Things to DoBest Michigan July Events, 4th of July, Festivals and Fun Things to Do

July Michigan events and festivals are in full swing!  BBQ's, picnics, hiking, fireworks, boating, music festivals, sailing and exploring is at its max! 

Traveling Michigan in July is absolutely stunning as our State Parks are lush and green, our lakes are warm and sparkling, our incredible vast beaches are warm and inviting, and our state is RIPE for discovery!  Summer in Michigan is absolutely spectacular! We have lots of kids activities too!

Join us on Instagram where I've posted all of our July adventures and activities!  We hope you enjoy our July Michigan events and fun things to do!

And as always, if you have July Michigan events and fun things to do in Michigan that you would like listed, let us know here!

Wondering about events in Michigan this weekend near me?

Farm markets, zoos, beach towns, festivals and museums are waiting for your visit.  Let's travel Michigan together!

What is There to do in Michigan in July?

Summer in Michigan is absolutely packed with activities and adventures!  The Traverse City Cherry Festival, Bay City fireworks celebration, Battle Creek Airshow and Balloon Festival, Michigan lavender farms, dinner on a sailboat, mud races, and arts and craft shows are a few things to do in Michigan! Keep reading for more activities and adventures in July!

THE BEST July Michigan Events 2024

There are so many July Michigan things to see, do and explore!! No way you will be bored! 

As with all things, we at Traveling Michigan are human and make the very best effort to supply a correct schedule of events but they could cancel at any time.  Always check with the event's website prior to attending to purchase tickets, check dates/times and obtain more info. 

Events continuing from the previous month(s): 

Dinosaurs in Motion at the Henry Ford

When: Ongoing until September 8, 2024, Time: 9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Where: The Henry Ford.

Come see the newest exhibition featuring exciting dinosaurs! See prehistoric animals at Henry Ford's "Dinosaurs in Motion!" What's cool is that you can move or engage with sixteen life-size metal dinosaurs! Perfect for kids and adults alike!

Skip's European Farmers Market New Buffalo

When: Skip's European Farmers Market is held 9 am to 3 pm every Saturday and Sunday thru Mid-October (weather pending).

Where: 16710 Lake Shore Rd, New Buffalo, MI

Great locally produced vegetables, fruits, jellies, jams, salsas, bread, maple syrup, homemade soaps, cut flowers, potted plants, eggs, cheeses, pastries, meats, sausages, fresh-made food products, art, jewelry, clothing and more will be available at New Buffalo European Farmers Market at Skip’s Restaurant.

Tour the Hackley and Hume Historic Sites

When: Ongoing

Where: 484 W Webster Ave, Muskegon, MI 49440

Tour the Hackley and Hume Historic Sites - take a guided tour
of the Hackley & Hume Historic Site, and self-guided tours of the Fire Barn Museum, and Scolnik House of the Depression Era. May – October. Muskegon.

Steamboat Park Live Music Cruises

Steamboat Park Live Music Cruises Aboard the Grand Lady, Enjoy a cruise and live music on the Grand River. 

When: (ongoing) Mainly Fridays and Saturdays in July on the Grand Lady Riverboat

Where: 825 Taylor St, Jenison, MI 49428 (Grand Rapids). 

Traverse City National Cherry Festival

Traverse City National Cherry Festival, 

When: June 29 to July 6, 2024  Grab our Traverse City Cherry Festival Interactive Map and Guide for the tips, event locations and the schedule! This year, see the United States Navy Blue Angels perform, lots of concerts and events! Also enjoy classic car shows, midway, Cherry Pancake Breakfast, parades, cherry farmers market and so much more!  So many things to do in Michigan in July!

2024 Walk Midland

2024 Walk Midland. I LOVE this free drop-in program! You will walk about 2 miles at a fun variety of locations. Pick a location and time and just show up!

When: (Ongoing) The program began June 3, 2024 and ends August 7, 2024. 

Below is the Day, Time, Address and Terrain for the walks.

  • MONDAYS - 6 pm - City Forest - 2840 E Monroe Rd - unpaved
  • TUESDAYS -12 pm - Northwood University - corner of W Main St and University Ave -paved
  • TUESDAYS - 6 pm - Stratford Woods Park - 3922 E Ashman Rd - unpaved
  • WEDNESDAYS- 12 pm - Averill Preserve Trailhead - N Saginaw Rd, just south of N Hope Rd and E Wackerly Rd - unpaved
  • WEDNESDAYS - 6 pm - Chippewa Nature Center - 400 S Badour Rd - paved/unpaved
  • THURSDAYS - 12 pm - MyMichigan Health Center - Corner of Wellness Dr and McCandless Dr - paved
  • FRIDAYS - 8 am - East End Building - 1000 E Main St - paved
  • SUNDAYS - 6pm - Tridge Trailhead - 201 Wyman St - paved
  • There will be a fall Walk Midland Program too. There will be several walking locations throughout the week for Walk Midland! Prizes too! With every two-mile local walk, drawings will be held for a gift certificate to a local ice cream or coffee shop. You will also be registered for the grand prize Midland Staycation gift basket.

Rollin’ on the River - Allegan Riverfront

Rollin’ on the River! Enjoy Live Music!

When: (Ongoing) Fridays in July - August 30, 2024 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm.

Start every weekend of summer with live music on the Allegan Riverfront! Rollin’ on the River is a free, weekly Friday night concert series on the Allegan Riverfront Stage featuring touring musicians from across the country. Enjoy two hours of live music! Stay overnight and make it the perfect Michigan summer vacation!

DeBucks Sunflower Farm Lavender Festival

DeBucks Sunflower Farm Lavender Festival Nothing says Michigan summers like a sunflower festival!

When: June 27, 2024- July 14, 2024; Thurs - Fri: 10 am - 4 pm and Sat - Sun: 10 am- 6 pm

Where: 50240 Martz Rd, Belleville, MI 48111

Lavender Fest Fridays at Lavender Hill Farm

  • Lavender Fest Fridays

Pro Tip: Combine this with a tour of the farm and a yoga class at the farm (fee, register early). Then travel a short distance to tour Charlevoix.

Lavender Fest Friday is such a fun summer activity that your whole family will love!

PLUS, it's FREE to visit the farm. Enjoy live music, face painting, food, classes and activities!

When: 10 am – 2 pm

  • Friday, June 28, 2024
  • Friday, July 5, 2024
  • Friday, July 12, 2024
  • Friday, July 19, 2024
  • Friday, July 26, 2024
  • Friday, August 2, 2024

Where: 7354 Horton Bay Rd. North, Boyne City, MI 49712.

Tall Ship Manitou Sails - Go for a Sail on the Open Waters!

When: (Ongoing) Each day offers different theme sails.

Where: 13258 S West Bay Shore Dr. Traverse City, MI.

Tall Ship Manitou Sails - So many different cruises to choose; Moomers Ice Cream Cruise, Evening Sails, Brunch Cruises, Dinner Sails and more! Book online for May, June, July, August and September sailing dates.   

Price: Visit their Website to book!

Fork in the Road - Food Truck Takeover in Downtown Allegan! Monday's

Fork in the Road: A Food Truck Rally

When: (Ongoing) Mondays in July - August 26, 2024, 5 pm-8 pm

Where: Downtown Allegan

Come to downtown Allegan for a fun (and tasty) food truck takeover in West Michigan.

Self-Guided Recycling Center Tours By Kent County Department of Public Works

Self-Guided Recycling Center Tours, Presented By Kent County Department of Public Works!


  • Monday 7/1/2024 from 9:00am-12:00pm
  • Monday 7/8/2024 from 9:00am-12:00pm
  • Monday 7/15/2024 from 9:00am-12:00pm
  • Monday 7/22/2024 from 9:00am-12:00pm
  • Monday 7/29/2024 from 9:00am-12:00pm

Where: 977 Wealthy St SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504. FREE! 

Learn all about recycling, watch their workers and machines sort right in front of you! Fantastic July Michigan event for the whole family.

Best Michigan Air Shows to See This Summer!

Food Truck Rally July Kalamazoo, Plainwell and Parchment

  • July 2, 2024 - Save A lot Parking Location: 806 Shoppers Lane, Parchment, MI 49004
  • July 9, 2024 - Linden Grove Middle School: 4241 Arboretum Pkwy, Kalamazoo, MI 49006
  • July 16, 2024 - Fannie Pell Park: 211 N Main St., Plainwell, MI
  • July 19, 2024 - Arcadia Creek Festival Place: 145 E Water Street, Kalamazoo
  • July 23, 2024 - Midtown Fresh Market: 1693 S Westnedge Ave Kalamazoo, MI 49008

Salute to America at the Henry Ford

Salute to America at the Henry Ford

When: July 2-5, 2024, Time: 5:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.

Where: Greenfield Village.

Enjoy an incredible musical performance by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra over the Fourth of July holiday.

Grab a meal or snack at the food trucks along Main Street, hop a ride on Greenfield Village's historic 1913 carousel, see presenters in period clothing strolling through the streets and enjoy music throughout the village.

Get your tickets early.

South Haven Fireworks, Light up the Lake

South Haven Fireworks, Light up the Lake

When: July 3, 2024

Where: Fireworks at dusk off the North Pier. Viewing from Riverfront Park, North & South Beaches. Coordinated with Music on Cosy 103.7 FM. 3-hour pre-show broadcast begins at 7:00 p.m. on Cosy.

So tune in for this awesome fireworks display - awesome July Michigan celebration! Grab our South Haven Fireworks Guide!

Birch Run Speedway and Event Center Upcoming Events:

Birch Run Speedway and Event Center Upcoming Events: 

  • July 3, 2024 - Open Practice Day, 3 pm - 7 pm
  • July 5, 2024 - Fourth of July Must See Sprints with a Monster X Metals Eve of Destruction on the Dixie w/Fireworks. Racing starts at 7 pm
  • July 10, 2024 - Open Practice Day, 3 pm - 7 pm
  • July 11, 2024 - Thunder Roads Michigan Bike Night at the Birch Run Speedway & Gas Alley
  • July 12, 2024 - Midwest Modifieds Hit the High Banks
  • July 13, 2024 - American Muscle Cruise & Car Show
  • July 17,  2024 - Open Practice Day, 3 pm - 7 pm
  • July 18, 2024 - Thunder Roads Michigan Bike Night at the Birch Run Speedway & Gas Alley
  • July 19, 2024 - Racing in the FastLane
  • July 24, 2024 - Open Practice Day, 3 pm - 7 pm
  • July 25, 2024 - Private Party 
  • July 31, 2024 - Open Practice Day, 3 pm - 7 pm

Battle Creek Field Of Flight Air Show and Balloon Fest

Get the schedule -->Battle Creek Field Of Flight Air Show and Balloon Fest

When: July 3 - July 7, 2024

Where: Battle Creek Executive Airport, Battle Creek, MI

Air show, night air show, rock bands, balloon illumes, 2 amazing fire works shows, carnival and vendors galore! The fireworks displays will each be over 15 minutes long and are one of the LARGEST in the State of Michigan! Fantastic summer Michigan event! 

Arts & Craft Fair (and 4th of July Celebration) in Clawson This July

Arts & Crafts Show in Clawson City Park

Where: July 3, 2024 from 3 pm to 8 pm and July 4, 2024 from 10 am to 6 pm.

Where: The picnic area on West Elmwood in Clawson Park

Be sure to join in the Clawson Fourth of July celebration while you are there!

Third of July Fireworks Celebration Baroda, MI

Third of July Fireworks Celebration – Baroda, July 3, 2024. 

The Baroda Fireworks are known as one of the BEST fireworks displays in the Midwest so don't miss out!

Allegan July 3 Jubilee 

Allegan July 3 Jubilee 

When: Wednesday July 3, 2024 | 5pm-10pm

Celebrate the birth of the country with this patriotic community festival featuring food, live music, activities, and fireworks on the 3rd of July. Awesome July Michigan celebration!

  • Grab Food - 5:00 pm-10:00 pm
  • Colorful Parade - 5:30 pm
  • Live Music - 6:00 pm-10:00 pm
  • Awe Inspiring Fireworks - 10:15 pm

Volkslaufe-The People's Race in Frankenmuth

Volkslaufe-The People's Race in Frankenmuth.

When: July 3-4, 2024 

Where: Heritage Park, 601 Weiss St, Frankenmuth, MI. 

The Volksläufe, German for "The People's Race," is held annually in celebration of family, friendship, and fitness!  The Volksläufe is hosted by the Frankenmuth Jaycees, and all proceeds go to charitable causes. More than 2,500 people train and anxiously anticipate the race that passes by several of Frankenmuth's popular landmarks.

2024 International Food Festival in Marquette, MI

International Food Festival, Marquette, MI

WhenJuly 3 and July 4, 2024. 12:00 PM to 10:00 PM. 

Where: 200 North Lakeshore Blvd, Marquette, MI 49855

Presented By: Marquette County Exchange Club.  Enjoy great ethnic and local food and live entertainment! Fireworks and laser show will take place at dusk on July 3, 2024.

Bay City Fireworks Festival

Bay City Fireworks Festival is a blast! Such a fun July Michigan event!

When: July 4, 5, 6, 2024

Where: Wenona Park, 111 Center Ave Bay City, MI 48708

Bay City Fireworks Festival is having Slaughter on July 4, 2024 & Great White on July 5, 2024!

Family carnival, nightly live entertainment, concerts, so many fun things to do!

People travel from all over the United States to witness the amazing fireworks display in Bay City each year!

Saugatuck 4th of July 2024 Parade

Saugatuck 4th of July 2024 - Saugatuck's 4th of July Parade & Fireworks are spectacular! 

When:  July 4, 2024. The parade starts at 11 am.

Where: Join the armed forces, bands, and floats as they march down Butler Street Fantastic summer Michigan event!

Petoskey 4th of July 2024 

Petoskey 4th of July 2024 

When: July 4, 2024, parade beginning at 6 p.m., followed by live musical entertainment and concluding with a fireworks show along Little Traverse Bay.

Clawson’s 4th Of July

Clawson’s 4th Of July!  "Red, White and Boom" Come Celebration  Independence Day in Clawson! 

When: Every July 4th since 1932!


9 am – $1,000 Firecracker Mile  at Crooks Road
9 am – Parade at Crooks and 14 Mile to Clawson Park
10 am - 6 pm – Arts and Crafts Fair at Clawson Park
10 am - 9 pm – Midway Games and Rides at Clawson Park
10 am - 9 pm–  "Shell-Camino" Monster Truck Rides / Schalm Parking Lot (off Elmwood)
11:30 am - 9:30 pm – Music at Clawson Park
1pm – Clawson v. Troy Fire Department Water Battle at Clawson Park
3pm – Hot Dog Eating Contest at Clawson Park Midway

Fireworks will be at dusk at Clawson Park

2024 Art in the Park

2024 Art in the Park

When: July 4, 2024, in Downtown Frankfort, 

Where: 517 Main St, Frankfort, MI, beginning at 10:00 AM 

Love this July Michigan art fair!  Enjoy the art fair with Frankfort's other 4th of July events listed directly below. 

Frankfort’s 4th of July Celebration

Frankfort’s 4th of July Celebration 

When: July 4, 2024

The Frankfort July 4th parade is at 10:00 a.m. along Main Street. Plus Art in the Park begins at 10:00 am!  Be sure to play to your heart's content at the carnival (10 am-10 pm), compete in the fun sand sculpture contest (noon - 3pm), and the event we've all come for.... FIREWORKS at dusk!

Fowlerville Independence Day Celebration

Fowlerville Independence Day Celebration

When: July 4, 2024,

The Annual Livingston County, Fowlerville fireworks is held July 4th in downtown Fowlerville, Michigan.

Independence Day Celebration in Downtown Beula

Independence Day Celebration 

When: July 4, 2024

Where: Downtown Beulah, 273 S. Benzie Blvd., Beulah, MI.

Independence Day Celebration activities: 5K Firecracker Run, Games in the Park, Kid' Activities, Food, Parade and incredible fireworks at dusk.

Cadillac Freedom Festival

Cadillac Freedom Festival - celebrate our nations' freedom and independence.

When: July 4-6, 2024

This awesome Michigan festival is held annually in downtown Cadillac to celebrate our nation’s freedom and independence. The festival celebrates food, fun, family with a parade down main street, 5k Race, Fire on Water – Military Tribute, classic car show & the Pork in the Park BBQ Competition! First weekend of July in downtown Cadillac in the beautiful city park and pavilion. See the Cadillac Freedom Festival schedule.

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Indigo Lavender Farm Tours

Indigo Lavender Farm Tours

When: Their lavender farm tours are available during U-Pick season; July 5 - August 2, 2024.

Where: 631 North Van Dyke Road,  Imlay City, MI 48444

The walking tours are 30 minutes and will be about a 1/2 mile or more walk. Farm tours available Thurs-Sat 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. - First come, first served

2024 Yoga In Bloom at Lavender Hill Farms

Yoga In Bloom

When: July 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27, 2024 at 9 am - 10 am and then enjoy a farm tour at 10:00 am at Lavender Hill Farms

Where: 7354 Horton Bay Rd. North, Boyne City, MI 49712.

Lavender is in full bloom! Yoga in Bloom is offered on several dates throughout the month! Fun summer activities in Michigan!

TIP: Go to Lavender Hill on Fridays in July: Book a morning yoga class, tour of the farm and it's also Lavender Fest! Enjoy the day! Later, have lunch in Boyne City or explore Charlevoix! Charlevoix also has a craft show at Washington Park on July 6, 2024. Fabulous friend day!

2024 South Haven Art Fair

South Haven Art Fair, The South Haven Center for the Arts will host the Annual South Haven Art Fair this year, and it's a favorite for locals and visitors alike!

When: July 6 and 7, 2024, 10 AM to 5 PM

Where: Stanley Johnston Park, 202 Dyckman Avenue, South Haven, MI.

The South Haven Art Fair is longest running event in the region! Over 120 artists! We adore this July Michigan art fair and have attended it for several years.

2024 Royal Oak Art Fair

Royal Oak Art Fair 

When: July 6 and 7, 2024

Where:  Royal Oak Memorial Park, Corner of Woodward Avenue and 13 Mile Road in Royal Oak. 

This is a juried fine art show sponsored by the Royal Oak Arts Council and Royal Oak Recreation.  This Michigan art show has national ranking as one of the top fairs in the United States. Come out to enjoy drawing, painting, photography, clay, collage, glass, metal, wood, jewelry, leather/fiber, and mixed media. There will be around 100 artists' booths. 

2024 Made in Cheboygan Summer Craft Show Dates

Made in Cheboygan Summer Craft Show 

When: July 6 and 7, 2024; August 17 and 18, 2024; September 28 and 29, 2024

Saturday 10 am - 6 pm, Sunday 11 am - 5 pm.

Where:  Washington Park, 124 N Main St Cheboygan, MI 49721

Annual Grand Rapids Fireworks

Annual Grand Rapids Fireworks 

When: July 6, 2024, Event kicks off at 6 pm

Where: Ah-Nab-Awen Park, 303 Pearl Street NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, near the Ford Presidential Museum.

The event will include family-fun activities, food, vendors and live entertainment! Fireworks will start at 10:30 p.m. Awesome July Michigan family event.

Made in Cheboygan Summer Craft Show

Made in Cheboygan Summer Craft Show

When: July 6-7, 2024

  • Saturday: 10 am – 6 pm
  • Sunday:11 am – 5 pm

Where: Washington Park, Cheboygan, MI. 

Port Hope 4th of July Festival 2024

When: Saturday, July 6, 2024. 9:45 pm.

Where: Port Hope Activity Center, 7840 Portland, Port Hope, MI 48468

2024 Waterfront Invitational Fine Art Fair in Saugatuck

The Waterfront Invitational Fine Art Fair, Saugatuck,  

When: Saturday, July 6, 2024, 10 am–5 pm

Where: Village Square, Corner of Butler and Main Streets, Saugatuck. 

The Waterfront Invitational Fine Art Fair showcases the work of 60 fine artists working selling one-of-a-kind painting, photography, glass, woodworking, ceramics, jewelry, basketry, mixed media, fibers, mosaic, printmaking, and sculpture.  Fantastic July Michigan events!

Tour the Tawas Point Lighthouse-Tawas

Tour the Tawas Point Lighthouse-Tawas, Come tour the lighthouse!

When: Ongoing

Tours are available at select times on select days. See their website for more information. Fee.  A Recreation Passport is required to enter the State Park.

Bay City Tall Ship Celebration

Bay City Tall Ship Celebration - 2025 for next visit to Bay City

Want better health (or improve concentration and heal faster) for you and your familyHarvard Medical School says the best prescription for your health is to get outside!

Lavender fields in Michigan open in late June with peak bloom in mid-July!  

Visit Lavender Hill Farm, Boyne City this month

Visit Lavender Hill Farm, Boyne City this month! 

Where: 7354 Horton Bay Rd. North, Boyne City, MI 49712

Guided tours and lilac labyrinth. Open mid-May through late October.  July is when lavender is blooming and the farm is at its most colorful. Harvest and distillation begins.  Fun summer activities in Michigan!

Visit Harbor View Lavender Farm this month!

Visit Harbor View Lavender Farm this month! 

Where: 17770 Center Rd, Traverse City, MI

View and purchase gorgeous lavender plants and products! Fantastic summer Michigan activity. FUN girls afternoon out!

Loon Day on Walloon Lake

When: July 6 & 7, 2024. Hours: 10am to 5pm daily,
Where: Village Green Park, Walloon Lake, MI

Grab our BIG list of Michigan Fairs, Carnivals and Festivals!

July in Michigan is the absolutely best month to hit the beach! 

Enjoy the Best Beaches in Michigan! Get your toes in the sand with your kids this summer.

Concerts in the Park, Frankenmuth

Concerts in the Park, Frankenmuth - Come on out for free concert series! Organized by the Frankenmuth Women’s Club.

2024 Dates

July 7- The American Ride- Toby Keith Tribute
July 14- Captured- Journey Tribute
July 21- Rod Stewart Tribute featuring Doug Varty
July 28- Bee Gees Now

Where: Palmer Schau Platz in Memorial Park, located behind the Frankenmuth High School.  All concerts begin at 7:00pm.

Bring your lawn chair or blanket to sit on. Snacks & refreshments will be available during the shows.

2024 Reece Garden Walk Midland, MI

2024 Garden Walk

When: July 9, 2024, 2-7 p.m.

Where: Midland, MI.

Enjoy gardens throughout Midland as homeowners open their gardens for a citywide “garden walk” to help Reece Endeavor of Midland raise funds to provide housing for individuals with special needs in Midland County. Tickets can can be obtained by visiting

  • It's time for incredible Michigan Music Festivals!  Check out our guide with dates and map for Incredible Jazz, Electronic, Blues, Medal, Polka, Folk, Country Concerts this summer!

Leaman's Green Applebarn in Freeland Michigan offers Goat Yoga at their farm during select dates and times from May-August.  I had an absolute blast!  7475 N. River Rd, Freeland MI, 48623.

It's Time For Blueberry Everything!

Top Blueberry Festivals in Michigan and Where to go Blueberry Picking in Michigan! There are several Michigan blueberry festivals in July.

FUN July Michigan Events Continued...

  • Visit University of MI Matthaei Botanical Gardens1800 N. Dixboro Rd, Ann Arbor. Check out the 9 outdoor gardens and conservatory!  Best viewed June to October, the perennial gardens begin blooming in June.  Lots of wildflowers too! Fun things to do in Michigan in July!
  • Visit W.J. Beal Botanical Garden at Michigan State University, W. Circle Drive, East Lansing.  July through August is just stunning!
  • Appledore Dinner Sails, Sail the Saginaw Bay! Enjoy the sails, the sunset, and good company! Camden Windjammer Sunset Sail is generally 2 hours long. Book early as the weekends fill quickly.  Things to do in Michigan

Maritime Festival at Harbor Beach, MI

Maritime Festival – Harbor Beach, MI

When: July 10-14, 2024

Where: Harbor Beach Michigan.

Free music, beach and festival. 5k Run/Walk along the Harbor Beach View Trail, Bocce on the beach, cornhole tournament, volleyball tournament, jet ski racing tournament, craft show, carnival, Maritime Lighted Boat Parade at dusk and so much more!

Kindleberger Summer Festival of the Performing Arts

Kindleberger Summer Festival of the Performing Arts

When: Wednesday, July 10 – Monday, July 15, 2024

Where: Exciting family-friendly fun at Parchment’s beautiful Kindleberger Park. 

The Stage at Kindleberger stands as one of Southwest Michigan’s great music venues. Each Kindleberger Summer Concert Series offers a diverse line-up of vibrant live music. 

Happy Days

When: July 10 & 11, 2024. Hours: 10am to 5pm daily,
Where: Depot Park, Alden, MI

53rd Auburn Cornfest

Auburn Cornfest 

When: July 11-14, 2024 

Where: Midland County Fairgrounds

Live Entertainment, Carnival Rides & Games, and lots of events!

Elsie Dairy Festival 

Elsie Dairy Festival – Elsie, MI

When: July 11, 12,13, 2024

Where: Elsie, MI

Kids Day, Dairy Dash, Pageant, Arts & Craft Show, Parade, vendors, flea market finds, and lots more!  So get a moooove on and come on out! 

2024 Lowell Riverwalk Festival

Lowell Riverwalk Festival – Lowell, MI

When: July 11,12, 13, 2024 (evenings of July 11, 12 and all day July 13, 2024)

Lots of entertainment! Duck Raffle, arts and crafts, commercial and non-profit vendors, food, entertainment, car cruise-in, rumble and the fireworks and lots more!

Riverwalk Marketplace: July 12, 2024 5 PM – 9 PM and July 13, 2024 10 AM – 4 PM

Funtown Chowdown Food Truck Festival Frankenmuth, 2024

It’s time for the Funtown Chowdown! Frankenmuth’s Annual Food Truck Festival at Frankenmuth River Place Shops! The fun takes place in the parking lot east of the shopping complex. 

  • July 11, 2024: Christmas in July
  • August 8, 2024: Bavarian Blast Themed
  • September 12, 2024: Oktoberfest

Where: Frankenmuth River Place Shops, 925 South Main Street, Frankenmuth, MI.

Each Funtown Chowdown festival will have about 20 food trucks from across Michigan offering meals and desserts, live music, craft beer and non-alcoholic beverage sales, designated handicap parking area, and fun activities for families of all ages.

Admission: FREE, Chowdown is is one of our favorite things to do in Michigan in May!

  Support food trucks from across Michigan! Chowdown is is one of our favorite things to do in Michigan in July!

Uncle Sam Jam Fest

Uncle Sam Jam Fest – Woodhaven, MI

WhenJuly 11-14, 2024

Where: 23101 Hall Rd, Woodhaven, MI

The Uncle Sam Jam will have a huge carnival midway, live national concerts, fireworks, monster truck rides, a petting zoo, and much more. 

Blissfield River Raisin Festival

Blissfield River Raisin Festival – Blissfield, (South of Ann Arbor)

When: Thursday, July 11, 2024 through Saturday July 13, 2024 

Where: Blissfield, MI

No admission fee to the River Raisin Festival and the stage entertainment as well as many children's activities are available free.  Expanded Kids' Corner and fun activities such as:

Tractor Pulls, Softball Tournament, Carnival, Crafts, Live Entertainment, Concessions, golf, fireworks, Basketball Tournament, Shopping & Specialty Shops and more!

Our Lady of Lebanon - Fireworks display

Our Lady of Lebanon - Fireworks display, family fun and food!

When: July 12-14 2024 

  • Friday, July 12, 2024: 11:30 AM - Midnight
  • Saturday, July 13, 2024: Noon - Midnight
  • Sunday, July 14, 2024: Noon - 6:00 PM

Where: Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite Catholic Church, 4133 Calkins Road in Flint.

Bear Lake Days

Bear Lake Days – Bear Lake

When: July 12-14, 2024

Each July, the Village of Bear Lake (located in the northern part of Manistee County) has a fun 3-day festival jam packed with events including a fishing contest, pig roast, merchants sidewalk sales, kids games, entertainment tent, boat and pontoon parade, classic car show, arts/crafts fair, summer fun run, bike tour, Saturday night parade and fireworks.

Art In The Park, Plymouth, Michigan

Art In The Park, Plymouth, Michigan.

When: July 12, 13, 14, 2024


  • Friday 11:00 – 8:00
  • Saturday 10:00 – 7:00
  • Sunday 10:00 – 5:00

Where: Downtown Plymouth

Art In The Park welcomes over 400 artists with fabulous paintings, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, fiber, glass, woodwork, photography, folk art & much more.  So come on out to Michigan’s 2nd largest art fair for a weekend long celebration of art, food, and fun!

Manistique Folk Festival 2024

Manistique Folk Festival – Manistique!

When: Friday, July 12, 2024 and Saturday, July 13, 2024

Where: Downtown Manistique. The two-day event features music, food, vendors, and more! 70+ vendors and a full lineup of entertainment, you and your family will love it!

Copper Country Strawberry Festival in Chassell

Copper Country Strawberry Festival 

When: Friday, July 12, 2024 &  Saturday, July 13, 2024

Where: Chassell Township Park

The Copper Country Strawberry Festival is a fun July Michigan event that is perfect for the whole family! Enjoy two parades, live music, a queen competition, a craft/vendor show, children's games, fish boil and other food options and delicious strawberry shortcake!

22nd Annual Boyne Thunder Poker Run - Boyne Thunder

22nd Annual Boyne Thunder Poker Run

When: July 12 & 13, 2024 

  • Future Date: July 11 & 12, 2025

Where: Boyne City, MI

Boyne Thunder is a thrilling powerboat poker run that is hosted by Boyne City Main Street. Experience the stunning scenery of northern Michigan at a fast pace! 

Blake's Lavender Market and Festival

Blake's Lavender Market and Festival! We went last year and had an absolute blast! I plan to go again this year!

When: July 12 - 14, 2024 & July 19 - 21, 2024

Where: Blake's Orchard & Cider Mill, 17985 Armada Center Rd, Armada, MI.

Featuring a lovely lavender market with 200+ local artisans. Sip on a refreshing lavender lemonade or ice cream while enjoying a homemade lavender treat. Lots of classes, speakers and demonstrations on subject matters such as natural wellness, aromatherapy, farming and gardening, benefits of local honey and more!

Be sure to join the DIY make and take workshops with lavender! Children’s activity tent, U-pick lavender, fruits, and vegetables.

FREE train ride to the lavender field. Lavender infused food and drinks including lavender lemonade, ice cream, cupcakes, donuts, and more! Buy early bird tickets to save money! Blakes Lavender Festival is so much fun! 

Go Kayaking! 

Go Kayaking!  Check out Nor' East Outdoors for kayak rentals in Bay City and Midland.  Go kayaking along the shores of Lake Huron at Bay City State Park or down the Chippewa River by the Tridge in Midland. Awesome July Michigan things to do!

Pig and Whiskey Festival, Ferndale

Pig and Whiskey Festival, Ferndale

When: July 12-14, 2024, Friday: 4pm - Midnight, Saturday, 11 am - midnight, Sunday: 11 am - 11 pm.

Where: downtown Ferndale

For 15 years, Pig & Whiskey has brought to downtown Ferndale a yummy and fun collection of music, food, drinks and fun!  

ScrapFest 2024

ScrapFest is in Lansing! 

When: July 12 - 13, 2024

Where: Turner St. Lansing, MI. 

ScrapFest began as a scrap metal artwork competition, and has grown into a full art festival that focuses on up-cycled and repurposed artwork. Enjoy a scrap metal sculpture competition, eco-art booth vendors, family activities, live music, food and fun!

Lansing Wine Fest at Jackson Field 2024

Lansing Wine Fest at Jackson Field.

When: TBD

Lansing Wine Fest is a wine festival hosted Downtown Lansing at Jackson Field under the front concourse which is covered from the elements. All food is made by the Lugnuts. Live Music!

Monster Truck Throwdown in Ionia

Monster Truck Throwdown is back for 2 nights!

When: Friday July 12, 2024 and Saturday July 13, 2024.  Pit Party at 5:00 pm, Engines Fire at 7:00!

Where: Ionia Free Fair,  317 S Dexter Rd, Ionia, MI.

OPA! Greek Fest Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church 2024

OPA! Greek Fest - Presented By: Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church,

When: July 12, 13, 2024

Where: 185 E. Pontaluna Rd, Norton Shores, MI 49444.

Greek Fest brings Muskegon an event celebrating the traditions and culture of the Greek people. Enjoy traditional live music, cultural dance, delicious Greek food and pastries, and fun for the kids! Tour their Church with it's beautiful iconology. 

Camaro Superfest- 33rd Anniversary

Camaro Superfest- 33rd Anniversary

When: July 12-14, 2024 at Multi Lakes Conservation Association

Where: There will also be Drag Racing at Milan Dragway. 

Camaro Superfest is the nation's largest, longest-running, and friendliest all-Camaro car show. The event happens at several locations so be sure to plan your day after looking at their Camaro Superfest Facebook page.

The Mitten Vintage Market At Calder Plaza in Grand Rapids Michigan

The Mitten Vintage Market At Calder Plaza in Grand Rapids Michigan

When: July 13, 2024

Where: . Attention vintage lovers! Get ready for the ultimate shopping experience at the super fun Grand Rapids Vintage Curated Market with 60 incredible vendors and delicious food trucks! You won't want to miss out on this one-of-a-kind event.

It's getting hot in here! July and August are the best months to go tubing and cool off! Grab the kids and our MEGA LIST of the Best Places to go Tubing in Michigan!

Market at Emerson Park 2024 in Midland MI

Market at Emerson Park 2024

When: Saturday, July 13, 2024 at 10 AM – 5 PM.

Where: Emerson Park, 1300 W. Main St., Midland, MI 48640

The canopy offers respite from the summer sun, while perusing amazing handmade goods, indulging in the best local food trucks, and being serenaded by local musicians. This is an event you wont want to miss.

Hippy Fest in the Village at Canterbury Village, Lake Orion, Michigan

Hippy Fest in the Village

When: Saturday & Sunday, July 13, 2024 & July 14, 2024. Hours: 11am to 7pm

Where: Canterbury Village, Lake Orion, Michigan.

Showcasing some of the best crafters with Hippie items, beers, cider, wine, food, and shopping for unique Hippie finds. The festival is fun for the entire family with live music, entertainment including magicians, Monster Truck show taking place at 3pm on both Saturday and Sunday, Monster Truck rides for children and more!

62nd Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff in St. Joseph

62nd Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff

When: Saturday, July 13, 2024 from 10 am to 6 pm, and Sunday, July 14, 2024 from 10 am to 5 pm.

Where: Downtown St. Joseph Michigan

This can't miss event brings together hundreds of artists and thousands of people in Southwest Michigan. Chris and I try to attend this show every year and it's exquisite.  Tons of shade trees but be prepared to walk several block for parking. One of our favorite July Michigan events!

55th Annual Charlevoix Art and Craft Show

55th Annual Charlevoix Art and Craft Show – Charlevoix!

When: July 13 & 14, 2024; Saturday, 10 am - 6 pm and Sunday, 10am - 4pm.

Where: East Park, Downtown Charlevoix. 

You will find so many hand crafted items at this Michigan Art Show! Acrylic and oil paintings, sculpture, hand-blown glass beadwork, pottery, baskets, furniture, clothing & accessories, hand-woven rugs, quilted works and more!

59th Annual Pentwater Junior Women's Club Juried Fine Arts and Crafts Fair on the Village Green

Pentwater Junior Women's Club Juried Fine Arts and Crafts Fair on the Village Green

When: Saturday, July 13, 2024, 9 am-5 pm 

Where: Pentwater Village Green, 327 S Hancock St. Pentwater, MI

Come see this incredible juried, high-traffic arts and crafts fair, which has had an excellent reputation for high quality since 1964. 

This juried art fair features all original work! Get ready to see awesome painting, ceramics, jewelry, photography, weaving, clothing, sculpture, and more!

July Michigan EventsJuly MI Things to Do
July Michigan EventsJuly MI Things to Do
July Michigan EventsJuly MI Things to Do

Lavender Harvest Festival

Lavender Harvest Festival 


  • Saturday, July, 13, 2024: 8am - 4pm
  • Sunday, July, 14, 2024: 12pm - 4pm

Where: Lavender Lane Farm, 12040 Plank, Milan MI 48160

U pick lavender, food trucks, petting farm, full petting farm complete with riding ponies, and fun!

Movies in the Park, St. Joseph, MI

Movies in the Park


  • July 13, 2024 - Paddington at Milton Park | 7:30p.
  • July 27, 2024 - Elemental at Whirlpool Centennial Park | 7:30p.

2024 Mad Dogs and Englishmen's British Auto Faire

Mad Dogs and Englishmen's British Auto Faire

When: July 14, 2024, 9 am - 4:00 pm.

Where: Gilmore Car Museum, Hickory Corners. Campania Barn Lawn

Come out and enjoy the Mad Dogs and Englishmen’s 31st Annual British Car Faire! See over 350 motor cars and motorcycles and swap meet. This year's featured marque is the new MINI Cooper. Enjoy people's choice judging, car games on the oval track, valve cover racing, bagpipers, and British Tea Time! Awesome July Michigan car show!

Blues and Brews at Round Barn Winery & Estate

Blues and Brews,

When: Sunday, July 16, 2023 at 11:00 am - 6:00 pm.

Where: Round Barn Winery & Estate, 10983 Hills Rd, Baroda, MI 49101

 Embrace those warm summer afternoons with a Blues & Brews music experience! Enjoy summer by relaxing and enjoying the smooth rhythmic beats of classic blues music while sipping on your favorite Round Barn brews.

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Kids' Summer DIY Craft Camp

Kids' Summer DIY Craft Camp 

When: July 17 - 21, 2023 (9 am-12 pm): 

Christmas in July (think gifts, Santa, and red/green!). August 7 - 11, 2023 (9am - 12pm): Me, Myself, & I (think personalized projects and favorites!) Hammer & Stain West Michigan, 3901 Chicago Dr, SW Suite 109, Grandville, MI. Perfect way for your kids (7+) to get creative this summer! One to two crafts per day! Check their website for more info and to book!

Lakes of Fire: Garden of Wonder

Lakes of Fire: Garden of Wonder 

When: July 17- 21, 2024

Where: Lucky Lake Campground, 3280 W. Winston Road, Montague, MI.

Lakes of Fire is the Great Lakes Region’s official Burning Man Regional Event. Lakes of Fire has primitive camping, porta-potties, potable water, and that’s it. Rely on yourself for your survival. 

Farmington Founders Festival

Farmington Founders Festival is a fun family-friendly July Michigan festival!

When: July 18-20, 2024

Where: Downtown Farmington

Color Run, Crafter's Market, Beer Tent, Parade and Kids Area.

Ann Arbor Art Fair 2024

Ann Arbor Art Fair 2024

When: July 18 – 20, 2024


Thursday, July 18 | 10 AM – 9 PM
Friday, July 19 | 10 AM – 9 PM
Saturday, July 20 | 10 AM – 8 PM

Outstanding art show that is actually 4 fairs. We have gone to this show every year for around 12 years!  Crazy hot but crazy good! It's one of our favorite July Michigan events!

More fun things to do in Ann Arbor.

Celebration of Brass III at Gilmore Car Museum

Celebration of Brass III

When: July 19 - July 20, 2024. 9 am - 4:00 pm

Where: Gilmore Car Museum, Hickory Corners, MI

The “A Celebration of Brass” show is for pre-1916 autos and includes a driving tour.  Premier event for the Brass Era cars!

2024 Faster Horses Festival at Michigan International Speedway

When: July 19-21, 2024

Where: Faster Horses Festival, Michigan International Speedway, 12626 US-12, Brooklyn, MI.

Country music festival and camping.  Incredible music line up this year!

Lansing 5:01 Dam Jam in July 2024

Lansing 5:01 Dam Jam,

When: July 19, 20, 2024

Where: 216 E. Cesar Chavez Ave. Lansing, MI.

The Dam Jam Music Festival is an annual multi-day event with a lineup of Michigan-based artists writing & performing original music. Hosted by Lansing 5:01 at the historic Brenke Fish Ladder.

Lavender Daze at Indigo Lavender Farms

Lavender Daze at Indigo Lavender Farms!

When: July 19-21, 2024

Where: Indigo Lavender Farms, 631 North Van Dyke Road,  Imlay City, MI 48444  

One of the biggest events of the season! Get ready to celebrate all things Lavender during Lavender Daze!  Sip on lavender lemonade as you stroll through the soft hills of lavender rows, shop over 70 vendors, enjoy food and live music, make a lavender wreath and more! Such a fabulous July Michigan event that's fun for the whole family!

Paranormal Lighthouse Tours July 2024 at Marquette Maritime Museum and Lighthouse

Paranormal Lighthouse Tours

When: July 19, 2024, 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm.

WhereMarquette Maritime Museum and Lighthouse, Marquette, Michigan with Yooper Paranormal.

Call the museum for info. What a fun Paranormal Tour of the Marquette Harbor Lighthouse! Buy your tickets ahead of time. 18 and over only. 

Hot Air Jubilee in Jackson, MI

Hot Air Jubilee, Fun for the whole family

When: July 19, 20, 21, 2024

Where: Ella Sharp Park in Jackson, MI.  Very engaging family July Michigan event!

Michigan Honey Festival in Corunna, MI

Michigan Honey Festival - The Michigan Honey Festival is an educational venue to get people together to learn about honeybees and honey, no matter what their skills or knowledge.

When: July 20, 21, 2024; 10 am - 5:00 pm. $5.00 cash/vehicle/day entry.

Where: 2900 Hibbard Rd. Corunna, MI 48817

HoneyWhere to Find Michigan Honey!

Where to Find Michigan Honey!

50th annual Richland Art Fair

50th annual Richland Art Fair

When: July 20, 2024 from 9 am to 4 pm

Where: Gull Meadow Farms, 8544 Gull Road, Richland, MI.

The fair will feature a variety of fine artwork and original handcrafts. Chris and I love this July Michigan art show, we have attended several times!

2024 Lavender Harvest Celebration at McCormick Farmz

2024 Lavender Harvest Celebration at McCormick Farmz,

When: TBD 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Where: 4118 Lance Lake Rd, Wolverine, MI 49799 (just south of Indian River)

Live Music, Food Trucks, Boutique-style Pop Up Market, Make & Take Workshops, and More! $5 entry, FREE parking. 

Cass River Living History Encampment 2024

Cass River Living History Encampment

When: July 20, 21, 2024; 10 am - 6:00 pm.

Where: Frankenmuth River Place Shops Field

Free! Experience an encampment of historical reenactors representing the many eras of America’s history during this free educational and family-friendly event at Frankenmuth River Place Shops! Visit and tour military camps ranging from the French & Indian War through the Revolutionary War, and shop at historical vendors. Flag-raising ceremonies, fashion shows with military uniforms on display, musical concerts, authentic battle skirmishes and demonstrations featuring cannons, artillery and weapons.

Charlevoix Venetian Festival

Charlevoix Venetian Festival 

When: July 20-27, 2024

Come on out to the Charlevoix Venetian Festival to enjoy a street parade, boat parade, fireworks, music, venetian games, aquapalooza, kid's day, car show, farmers market and so much more! 

Future Planning:

  • 7/19-26/2025
  • 7/18-25/2026

Art in the Park in Petoskey!

Art in the Park

When: Saturday, July 20, 2024 from 10 AM – 5 PM.

Where: Pennsylvania Park, Petoskey

For the 38th year, over 100 booths will grace Pennsylvania Park, Petoskey with items ranging from pottery to jewelry, from paintings to photographs, and much more. Fun July Michigan art fair!

Love Kayaking?

Love Kayaking?  Go Kayaking on the Chippewa River! Chippewa Nature Center, Midland, MI.  I love spending an evening paddling down the Chippewa River! You will be guided by a naturalist as you look for turtles, fish, herons, hawks, deer and eagles. After meeting at the Visitor Center, you'll travel to the Universal Access Site on Chippewa River Rd in a CNC van.  You'll learn basic paddling techniques too, so don't worry if you are new to kayaking!  I embark on at least two padding trips each summer with the Chippewa Nature Center and absolutely love this July Michigan activity! Reservations required.

2024 Wine on the Water - The Star of Saugatuck

When: Wine on the Water, July 20, 2024 at 4:00 pm

Where: The Star of Saugatuck, 716 Water St, Saugatuck, MI 49453

Sit back, sip, and savor the wine (and views). You will be guided through tastings of each featured wine while enjoying a 90 minute cruise.  21 years and older. What a lovely way to enjoy a glorious June Michigan day!

2024 Lake Bluff Artisan Faire

2024 Lake Bluff Artisan Faire

When: July 20, 2024, 10:00 am -5:00 pm

Upcoming Dates

  • August 17, 2024
  • August 31, 2024

Where: Lake Bluff Park, 301 State Street, St. Joseph, MI 49085

This fun Michigan art fair offers a variety of handcrafted goods, with over 50 local vendors! Home decor, furniture, jewelry, candles and more! So many great things to do in Michigan in July!

Corvette and Camaro Show, Gilmore Car Museum

Corvette and Camaro Show, Gilmore Car Museum

When: July 21, 2024. 9:00 am - 4:00 pm.

Where: Gilmore Car Museum, Hickory Corners, MI

Best of the Bowties. From C1 to C8 Corvettes, and every generation of the Camaro pony car, this newly combined show is all about Chevrolet Performance.  Annual Corvette Envy Show & Swap Meet. As an added bonus, make sure to step into the museum’s Main Gallery to check out their new Corvette exhibit - Greatest Generation: Corvette! Included in the exhibit are some of the rarest and most unique Corvettes in the country. We will be at this fun July Michigan Corvette show!   

  • See a game at the Muskegon Clippers all month long

Festival of Sail & Maritime Festival in Alpena Michigan

Festival of Sail & Maritime Festival,

When: July 2024 TBD

Where: Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, Alpena Michigan.

Blueberry Lane Farms Blueberry Festival

Blueberry Lane Farms Blueberry Festival 

When: July 2024 tbd

Where: Blueberry Lane Farms, 13240 Blueberry Lane Otter Lake, MI 48464

Enjoy their 114 acres of U-pick blueberries in Otter Lake, MI. Located northeast of Flint on the east side of the state.

2024 Northern Lights Music Festival in Escanaba

Northern Lights Music Festival!

When: July 2024 tbd

Where: U. P. State Fairgrounds in Escanaba. 

July 2024 Music Festival at Uncle Johns

Music Festival at Uncle Johns

When: July tbd

Live music, food trucks and fun! Can you say BBQ?!

Traverse City Taco and Tequila Fest

When: July 20, 2024

Where: Turtle Creek Stadium, Traverse City, Michigan

This July, come to Traverse City to enjoy incredibly tasty tacos, tequilas, margaritas, cervezas, live music and fun activities!

Visit Wellington Farm USA!

Where: Wellington Farm USA, 6944 S Military Rd., Grayling, MI. 

Wellington Farm USA is a fantastic place to visit, I loved my tour and the grounds! There are interpreters throughout the park demonstrating a lifestyle typical of the Great Depression. See demonstrations of crafts common to the 1930’s.

Wild Thyme Music Festival

Wild Thyme Music Festival

When: July 21-23, 2024

Where: Fat Blossom Farm, 2086 20th Street, Allegan, MI

Music, workshops, camping, music, food and vendors.  

AuSable River Canoe Marathon

AuSable River Canoe Marathon

When: July 23, 2023 - July 28, 2024.

Where: The AuSable River Canoe Marathon is a grueling, non-stop 120 mile canoe race starting in Grayling and ending in Oscoda.

This long running Northing Michigan canoe Marathon draws thousands of spectators. There are teams from 20 different states and across the world. Event kicks off at 9:00 pm and goes all night, beginning in Grayling, MI. The teams paddle 50-90 strokes per minute for 14 to 19 hours straight.  This incredible endurance event's finish line is 120 away in Oscoda Michigan along the shores of Lake Huron on Sunday afternoon. What an incredible event!!!

Downtown Allegan Sidewalk Sales

When: Thursday July 25, Friday July 26, Saturday July 27, 2024

Enjoy three days of summer sales throughout downtown Allegan!

Bay City Rib Fest!

Bay City Rib Fest! (Labadie Rib Fest) -

Thursday July 25, 2024 – 4:00pm – 11:00pm
Friday July 26, 2024 – 12:00pm – 11:00pm
Saturday July 27, 2024 – 11:00am – 11:00pm
Sunday July 28, 2024 – 12:00pm – 10:00pm

*Celebrity Rib Cook off is Friday at Noon (Free admission from Noon – 1:00pm)

2024 Munger Potato Festival

Munger Potato Festival 

When: July 25-28, 2024

Where: Elberta Amphitheater located at Elberta Waterfront Park: 1120 Furnace Street, Elberta, MI 49628. 

Rides, games and music! 10th Annual Grow Benzie Bayou: Blues & Zydeco Fundraiser, 

Enjoy listening to renowned musicians perform blues, jazz, and zydeco music with food vendors cooking up tasty southern style cuisine.  We recommend bringing blankets and beach chairs for the grassy, amphitheater seating.  Ticket prices include admission to the event.

May through September are prime flower picking months!  Find Michigan Flower Farms near you for u pick...glorious tulips, daisies, poppies, mums, sunflowers, lavender!

July is Michigan Blueberry Picking Season! Great Activity for Kids!

34th Yale Bologna Festival

33th Yale Bologna Festival

When: July 26-28, 2024

Where: Downtown Yale 

Each July, Yale (located in Michigan's thumb, just north of Port Huron) closes its city streets and transforms into a Bologna party!  20,000 Bologna party-goers draws people from all around Michigan as well as other states to crown the next King and Queen of Bologna.  The Bologna Festival events include the famous outhouses races, street dance, fireworks and a parade down Main Street that continues to grow each year.  The Big Bologna Parade is on Saturday, July 29, 2023. Seriously, how can you not go to this awesome July Michigan festival? Things to do in nearby Port Huron.

2024 Marquette Blueberry Festival

Blueberry Festival

When: July 26, 2024 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

Where: Downtown Marquette, W. Washington & S. Front St.

Washington and Front streets will be bustling with sidewalk sales during 2024’s Blueberry Festival. Downtown restaurants will satisfy your cravings for blueberry fare, from blueberry pizza to blueberry beer, while many downtown shops offer will offer “blue” specials. Local vendors will be on-hand throughout the day selling mounds of fresh blueberries.  We love this July Michigan blueberry festival! Make it a Michigan weekend getaway and attend the Annual Art on the Rocks Fine Art Show too (mentioned below).

Michigan Brewers Guild Summer Beer Festival 2024

Michigan Brewers Guild Summer Beer Festival 2024,

  • Friday, July 26, 2024 - 5 pm to 9 pm ($50 in advance, $60 day of and at the gate) 
  • Saturday, July 27, 2024 - 1 pm to 6 pm ($55 in advance, $65 day of and at the gate IF available) 

Where: Riverside Park, Ypsilanti, Michigan 

Sample fresh, local Michigan beers. Food is available for purchase inside the festival, and guests can enjoy live music from a variety of Michigan bands.

2024 Arcadia Daze Festival

2024 Arcadia Daze Festival 

When: July 26 - July 28, 2024 

Where: Finch Park, 17240 5th St, Arcadia, MI 49613

Arts and crafts fair, pickle ball, parade, cornhole tournaments, car show, 5k and more!

Grand Rapids Taco and Tequila Fest

Grand Rapids Taco and Tequila Fest 

When: July 27, 2024

Where: Riverside Park (2001 Monroe Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505).

Grand Rapids Taco and Tequila Fest is an outdoor tequila festival! This fun Michigan summer festival will feature 100+ tequilas and other options such as beer. In addition to the great beverage selection, there will be food trucks, live music, vendors and more!

Mopars at the Red Barn at Gilmore Car Museum

Mopars at the Red Barn

Where: Gilmore Car Museum, Hickory Corners, MI

When: Sat, July 27, 2024, 9 am - 4:00 pm.

West Michigan’s largest all-Chrysler products show. Chrysler, Dodge, Plymouth and Mopar muscle – oh my!

The 64th Annual Art on the Rocks Fine Art Show – Marquette, Michigan

The 64th Annual Art on the Rocks Fine Art Show – Marquette, Michigan

When: Saturday, July 27, 2024: 10 am-6 pm; Sunday, July 28, 2024: 10 am-4 pm.

Where: Mattson Lower Harbor Park in Marquette, Michigan.

Hot Tip: Make it a Michigan weekend getaway and attend the Blueberry Festival too (mentioned directly above)

The 4th Annual GRAPF Global Water Fest GR is back on the Grand River! 

The 4th Annual GRAPF Global Water Fest GR is back on the Grand River!  

When: July 27 and 28, 2024

Where: Canal Park! 941 Monroe Ave NW Grand Rapids, MI 49503. 

Two-days of water based adventures and celebration! at  See Dragon Boat Races on the Grand River, featuring four beautiful Dragon Boats racing down the river all day. Enjoy global cuisine, shop the works of local artisans, and enjoy live entertainment! Free! Family-friendly event presented by the Grand Rapids Asian Pacific Foundation. Great July Michigan event!

Grand Haven Coastguard Festival

Grand Haven Coastguard Festival

When: July 26-August 4, 2024

Where: 113 N 2nd St, Grand Haven, MI.

This is a fantastic July Michigan festival to attend with family and friends. Carnival, concerts, grand parade, kid's events, craft fair, ship tours, car show and more! One of the largest July Michigan festivals! **Grab our Grand Haven Coastguard Festival guide with the schedule, parade routes, things to do!

Leilapalooza Music Festival 2024

Leilapalooza Music Festival 2024

When: July 27, 2024

Where: Leila Arboretum, Battle Creek MI

Battle Creek’s biggest music event returns! This will be a FREE event that is open to the public. Parking is $10. This small parking fee helps contribute to the Leila Arboretum Society, and to ensure future events like this can continue.

Visit Dahlia Hill in Midland Michigan

  • Visit Dahlia Hill- (free) 2809 Orchard Dr, Midland, MI, View eight exquisite terraces planted yearly with 3,000 dahlias - over 300 varieties late July through October. A favorite July Michigan event! ;)

Antique Fire Muster in Frankenmuth Michigan

Antique Fire Muster

When: July 27, 2024

Where: Heritage Park, 601 Weiss Street, Frankenmuth Michigan

Antique fire trucks will be on display in the Heritage Park.  Don't miss the exciting parade through downtown Frankenmuth on Saturday morning. 

Village Square Art Fair in July! Saugatuck

Village Square Art Fair-Saugatuck

When: Saturday, July 27, 2024, 10 am to 5 pm

Where: Village Square Downtown Saugatuck. Corner of Butler and Main Streets, Saugatuck.

Harry Potters Birthday Celebration at  Canterbury Village

Harry Potters Birthday Celebration 

When: July 27, 2024 & 28, 2024; 10am to 5pm 

Where: Canterbury Village, 2357 Joslyn Ct, Lake Orion, MI 48360

Celebrate Harry Potter at Canterbury Village this summer! This outdoor event will feature themed vendors, tarot readers, costume contests, scavenger hunts, magic shows and more from the Wizarding World!

Artisan Market at Round Barn Winery & Estate

Artisan Market at Round Barn Winery & Estate in Baroda, MI.

When: Sunday, July 28 - 11:00 am - 6:00 pm

Where: Round Barn Winery & Estate | Baroda, MI

$5 cover charge

Enjoy a day sipping, shopping, and supporting local small businesses. Enjoy amazing handmade goods. 

Artisan Market at Round Barn Winery & Estate

Where: Round Barn Winery & Estate | Baroda, MI

Where: Sunday, July 28, 2024 at 11:00 am - 6:00 pm

Come immerse in the vineyard for a day dedicated to sipping, shopping, and supporting local small businesses! Shop from dozens of vendors bringing amazing handmade goods.

2024 Elk Rapids Harbor Days

2024 Elk Rapids Harbor Days

When: Wednesday July 31, 2024 thru Saturday, August 3, 2024

Bingo, yoga, car show, food trucks, Arnold’s Amusement Carnival and so much more!

Jennifer Lopez: This Is Me...Now The Tour in Detroit Michigan

Jennifer Lopez live concert: This Is Me...Now The Tour

When: Wednesday, July 31, 2024, 8:00 PM

Where: Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, MI

Awesome July Michigan Activities for Kids!

When summer hits, sometimes it's hard to plan activities and fun for the kids! We have some great fun things to do for kids this summer! 

Kids and Teens Summer Series: Chef School. Sur La Table, 3050 Washtenaw Ave #109, Ann Arbor, MI. Calling all kid chefs!  Ages 7 to 11 and 12-17 to learn some cooking skills! Your kids will get plenty of hands-on practice rolling fresh pasta dough and more! Lots of classes June, July and August. 

2024 Kids' Summer DIY Craft Camp at Hammer & Stain West Michigan - July 15 - 19, 2024 (9 am-12 pm) Hammer & Stain West Michigan, 3901 Chicago Dr, SW Suite 109, Grandville, MI. Perfect way for your kids (7+) to get creative this summer! One to two crafts per day! Check their website for more info and to book!

We hope you enjoy our exciting July Michigan events and ideas of fun things to do!

It's Michigan County Fair Time!

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