The 2019 Ultimate Michigan Events Calendar

We have the ultimate list of Michigan Events and exciting things to do in Michigan by month.  Check out our calendar of Great Lakes events for festivals, shows, expos, classes and fun stuff in Michigan for families, couples and solo travelers!  

From mild to wild outdoor activities, an exceptional arts culture, creative to daring cuisines, world class wineries and rockin' festivals, Michigan has it all.  If climbing, hiking, boating, skiing and skydiving isn't your thing, well, I'm sure we'll find a tour, museum, restaurant or event that will rock your world.  Stick with us!

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January Things to Do in Michigan

Ahhh January, the beginning of the new year!  Let's start this year off right by getting outside, exploring this beautiful state and keeping our spirits up.  I for one, tend to get a little depressed in January due to being stuck inside, the inevitable sicknesses that plagues our household and the constant dreariness.  But this year I'm determined to change all that by getting outside and staying busy.  We've got tons of things for you to do in Michigan.  Check out our events, shows and ideas to keep you busy!!  READ MORE!

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February Things to Do in Michigan

February is the month of love!!  In Michigan, as they say, cold hands = warm hearts!! 

So...get ready to be dazzled by lots of things to do in Michigan this month!  We have tons of ideas such as pink ice night hockey, Winter Fest, Snow Parties, Snow Fests, wine tasting and more!  READ MORE!!

PLUS check out our 25 Valentines Day Ideas with Heart!


March Things To Do in Michigan

March is the month for butterflies, monster trucks and maple syrup! Lots of activities to keep your mind off the cold weather! Read More!

April Things to Do in Michigan

I'm excited for April 2019!  Art Hops, Edible Book Festival and lots of fun outdoor activities!  Read More!

May Things to Do in Michigan

  1. Holland Tulip Festival May 5-13, 2018.  Check out our Festival page!
  2. Motor City Comic Con May 18-20, 2018

June Things to Do Michigan

  1. Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix-June 1-3, 2018 
  2. Midland Antique Festival, June 2 and 3, 2018
  3. Charlovoix Craft Beer Festival-June 2, 2018
  4. Frankenmuth Bavarian Festival, June 7-10, 2018 
  5. Nascar June Races at Michigan International Speedway, June 8-10, 2018
  6. Mackinac Island Lilac Festival- June 8-17, 2018  First and largest summer event on the Island! Festivities include the coronation of the Lilac Festival Queen and Court, Lilac Festival 10K, horse drawn carriage tours, numerous concerts, wine tastings, A Taste of Mackinac Culinary Event, Mackinac Island Dog and Pony Show, the Lilac Festival Grand Parade and so much more.
  7. Ya'Ssoo Greek Festival, Ann Arbor, June 8-10
  8. Longest Breakfast Table, Battle Creek, June 8, 2018
  9. Rumble in the Park (Hot Rods), Marysville (thumb area), June 9, 2018
  10. Riverside Art Festival, Bay City, June 9-10, 2018
  11. Tour the Tawas Point Lighthouse, Tawas, Every Tuesday in June, July and August, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm, the Friends of the Tawas Point Lighthouse and State Park will be welcoming visitors to the lighthouse for a donation.  Visitors are free to tour the lighthouse, ask questions, and climb the tower.  A Recreation Passport is required to enter the State Park.
  12. Art on the River, Art and Music Festival, Port Huron, June 9-10, 2018
  13. Taste of Mackinac, Mackinac Island, June 14, 2018
  14. Detroit Music Weekend, June 14-17, 2018
  15. Murder Mystery Dinner, Henderson Castle, Kalamazoo, June 15
  16. Keepsake Arts and Crafts Show, Zehnder Park, Frankenmuth, June 15, 16, 17 
  17. Harbor Fest, South Haven, June 15 and 16, 2018
  18. Appledore Dinner Sails, Bay City, June 15, 29, 30, 2018 Sail the Saginaw Bay! Enjoy the sails, the sunset, and a delicious catered dinner. Friday night sails feature a light BBQ dinner and run from 6p – 9p. Saturday night Dinner Sails are four hours long and many feature live entertainment! 
  19. Lansing Beer Fest, June 16
  20. Wings over Northern Michigan, Gaylord, June 16 and 17, 2018 See historic World War II aircraft and vehicles to state-of-the-art modern military assets. Ride in a plane or helicopters! Tour aircraft!
  21. Taste of Muskegon, Hackley Park, Muskegon, June 15 and 16, 2018
  22. GM River Days, June Detroit River Walk, June 22-24, 2018. Enjoy the riverfront, as well as live concerts, vendors and rides! this year’s River Days will span the Detroit RiverWalk from the Port Authority just east of the GM Renaissance Center to William G. Milliken State Park and Harbor
  23. Community Yard Sale, Cornewell's Turkeyville, Marshall, June 23, 2018
  24. Bay Harbor (Petoskey) Vintage Car and Boat Fest, June 23
  25. Grand Haven Art Festival, June 23, 24, 2018
  26. St. Claire Art Fair, June 23, 24 2018
  27. Charlevoix Summer Art Show, June 23, 24, 2018
  28. Grand Haven Art Festival, June 23, 24, 2018
  29. Lunch in Lavender, Lavender Hill Farm, Boyne City. Lunch in Lavender will take place every Wednesday from June 27th until August 22nd except for July 4th. Seating times at 11:30 am and 1:30 pm.
  30. St. Ignace Car Show Weekend, June 28-30, 2018 One of the largest all-make, all-model shows in the country. See hundreds of antique, custom, and celebrity automobiles on display. Don't miss Thursday's "St. Ignace Cruise Night" and the "Down Memory Lane Parade" on Friday. Live music, exhibits, vendor booths, and more!
  31. Battle Creek Field Of Flight Air Show and Balloon Fest, June 28-July 4, 2018 
  32. South Haven Art Fair, June 30-July 1, 2018
  33. Traverse City Cherry Festival-June 30-July 7, 2018 See description in July.

July Things to Do in Michigan

  1. Battle Creek Field Of Flight Air Show and Balloon Fest, June 28-July 4, 2018
  2. Traverse City National Cherry Festival, June 30-July 7.  June 30th-Blues, Brew & BBQ, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM, 12:45 PM - 4:00 PM, Hagerty Center - 231.947.4230, An opening event that everyone will want to attend! Kick off the National Cherry Festival with the Air Show, mircobrews, as well as the finest BBQ around!  Classic car shows, Midway, Blue Angels Air show, Cherry Pancake Breakfast, Arts and Crafts fair, Parades and Cherry Farmers Market.  Things to do in Michigan
  3. Tour the Tawas Point Lighthouse-Tawas, Every Tuesday in June, July and August, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm, the Friends of the Tawas Point Lighthouse and State Park will be welcoming visitors to the lighthouse for a donation.  Visitors are free to tour the lighthouse, ask questions, and climb the tower.  A Recreation Passport is required to enter the State Park.
  4. Lunch in Lavender, Lavender Hill Farm, Boyne City. Lunch in Lavender will take place every Wednesday from June 27th until August 22nd except for July 4th. Seating times at 11:30 am and 1:30 pm.  Lavender is generally at its fullest come mid-July and harvest begins. Guided and self-guided tours are available.
  5. South Haven Fireworks-July 3
  6. Appledore Dinner Sails, Bay City, July 6, 20, 21, 27 2018 Sail the Saginaw Bay! Enjoy the sails, the sunset, and a delicious catered dinner. Friday night sails feature a light BBQ dinner and run from 6p – 9p. Saturday night Dinner Sails are four hours long and many feature live entertainment!  Things to do in Michigan
  7. Mad Dogs and Englishmen's British Auto Faire, July 8, Gilmore Car Museum, Hickory Corners.
  8. Kindleberger Festival, July 11-14, Kindleberger Park near Kalamazoo.
  9. Frankenmuth Food Truck Festival, July 12], 3-9 p.m.
  10.  Krasl Art Fair, St. Joseph, July 14 and 15.  Amazing art show on the bluff.
  11.  Ann Arbor Art Fair, July 19-22.  Outstanding art show that is actually 4 fairs.  
  12. Richland Art Fair, July 21. Great show with lots of shade!
  13.  Midland Antique Festival, July 21 and 22, 2018.  Love this show-shabby chic, car show, swap meet, antiques.
  14. Kalamazoo Summer Salsa Kickoff! July 21
  15. All Years Corvette Car Show and Swap Meet, July 22, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.Gilmore Car Museum, Hickory Corners.
  16. Keepsake Arts and Crafts Show, Zehnder Park, Frankenmuth, July 27, 28, 29
  17. Grand Haven Coastguard Fest, Grand Haven July 27-Aug 5

August Things to Do in Michigan

  1. Grand Haven Coastguard Fest, Grand Haven July 27-Aug 5
  2. Kalamazoo Ribfest!, Kalamazoo, Arcadia Creek Festival Place, Aug 2-4th.
  3. Midland Riverdays, Midland, August 3 and 4th
  4. St. Joseph Chalk the Block, Aug 4 and 5th
  5. Tawas Bay Riverfront Fine Arts Festival, Tawas City Park, Tawas City, MI. August 4, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.August 5, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  6. Kalamazoo County Youth Fair, Aug 7-11
  7. National Blueberry Festival and Craft Fair, South Haven, Aug 9-12. 
  8. Urban Salvage Vintage Market, Bay City Veteran's Memorial Park, Aug 11-12
  9. Czaika’s Blueberry Farm-a U-PICK farm south of Tawas City. The bushes are a mid-height variety which usually ripens in early August.
  10. Tour the Tawas Point Lighthouse-Tawas, Every Tuesday in June, July and August, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm, the Friends of the Tawas Point Lighthouse and State Park will be welcoming visitors to the lighthouse for a donation.  Visitors are free to tour the lighthouse, ask questions, and climb the tower.  A Recreation Passport is required to enter the State Park.
  11. Lunch in Lavender, Lavender Hill Farm, Boyne City. Lunch in Lavender will take place every Wednesday from June 27th until August 22nd except for July 4th. Seating times at 11:30 am and 1:30 pm. Harvest in full swing through mid-August and the still is running. Guided and self-guided tours are available.
  12. Appledore Dinner Sails, Bay City, Aug 10, 11, 18, 24, 25 2018 Sail the Saginaw Bay! Enjoy the sails, the sunset, and a delicious catered dinner. Friday night sails feature a light BBQ dinner and run from 6p – 9p. Saturday night Dinner Sails are four hours long and many feature live entertainment!  
  13. Blueberry Festival Craft Fair, South Haven, Aug 11-12
  14. Keepsake Arts and Crafts Show, Zehnder Park, Frankenmuth, Aug 17, 18, 19  Things to do in Michigan
  15. Michigan Fiberfest, Allegan County Fair, Aug 17-19
  16. Woodward Dream Cruise, Detroit, August 18, The Woodward Dream Cruise is the world’s largest one-day celebration of classic car culture that attracts over 1 million visitors, and more than 40,000 muscle cars, street rods, custom, collector and special interest vehicles. Cruise Map is below.
  17. Relix Riot Traditional Hot Rods and Customs Show, Gilmore Car Museum, Aug 18
  18. Michigan Renaissance Festival, Aug 18-Sept 30, (weekends and labor day only) Holly Michigan.  This is a great event, we have gone many times!
  19. Summerfest, Downtown Hastings, Aug 24-27
  20. Taste of Downtown Bay City, Aug 25

September Things to Do in Michigan

  1. Allegan County Fair. 150 Douglas St, Allegan, MI 49010 September 7-15, 2018, Established in 1852, its livestock barns and arenas are some of the largest in the state and make a prime spot for witnessing rodeo performances.  Things to do in Michigan
  2. Midland Antique Festival, September 22 and 23
  3. Appledore Dinner Sails, Bay City, Sept 1, 7, 8, 21, 22, 28, 29  Sail the Saginaw Bay! Enjoy the sails, the sunset, and a delicious catered dinner. Friday night sails feature a light BBQ dinner and run from 6p – 9p. Saturday night Dinner Sails are four hours long and many feature live entertainment!  Things to do in Michigan
  4. Michigan Renaissance Festival, Aug 18-Sept 30, (weekends and labor day only) Holly Michigan.  This is a great event, we have gone many times!

October Things to Do in Michigan

November Things to Do in Michigan

  1. Grand Rapids International Wine, Beer & Food Festival-November 15-17, 2018, one of the largest culinary festivals in the Midwest! You can sample more than 1,000 wines, beers and hard ciders, including Michigan-made varieties, and taste small plates created by featured chefs.
  2. Mackinac Island Tree Lighting, Nov 30
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