Check Out These 10 Great Michigan Summertime Festivals

Carnival RideSummer’s here and you know what that means! Everyone comes pouring outside into the fresh air and warm sunlight. What better way to enjoy the wonderful summertime weather than to visit some of the many great festivals around Michigan? So throw on some shorts, pack up the car, and get ready to experience some of the great entertainment right in your own backyard!

Our Favorites:

  • Traverse City Cherry Festival July 2-9
  • The National Cherry Festival has been going on for over 80 years and features everything you need for a great festival: music, food, entertainment, and of coarse, cherries!

  • Kalamazoo Blues Festival July 7-9
  • An annual festival that features 22 acts spread over three days on two stages is the perfect summer activity for the blues connoisseur.

  • Taste of Downtown — July 9
  • More than 40 eateries in downtown Lansing will offer up samples of their fare, 100-plus wines from around the world and a boatload of beers! What’s not to like?

  • Jackson Hot Air Jubilee July 15-17
  • Not only will you see over 30 colorful, unique hot air balloons, but you can also enjoy a classic car show, as well as craft booths for kids at this family friendly event.

  • Ann Arbor Art Fair July 20-23
  • This event not only gives you a glimpse at some of the great artists from around the country, but also lets you get a little creative with artist demonstrations, street performances, and even art activity zones.

  • Ypsilanti Michigan Brewers Guild Summer Beer Festival July 22-23
  • An annual festival that features over 300 different beers from over 50 Michigan brewers, as well as food for purchase from local vendors. Beer lovers wanted!

  • South Haven National Blueberry Festival August 11-14
  • There’s something for everyone at this great festival! There’s everything from a 5k run, pageants, and art shows, to a fish boil dinner, and of coarse there is no shortage of blueberries!

  • Howell Melon Festival August 19-21
  • Carnival rides, boat cruises, ice cream, live music, and all-you-can-eat breakfast, need I say more?

  • Royal Oak Arts, Beats and Eats September 2-5
  • Over 200 performers, food from some of the finest restaurants in metro Detroit, and a fine arts show will be the main attractions of this popular festival.

  • Detroit Labor Day Jazz Festival September 2-5
  • This festival, spread over numerous city blocks, includes over 100 performers, educational opportunities, fireworks, and a rare chance to meet some of the artists.

For a more comprehensive list of festivals going on around Michigan you can go here.

What are some of your family’s favorite summer time festivals? Are there any that we’ve forgotten to mention?

Photo credit: ~Dezz~

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