A Survival Guide for Michigan’s Festival Season

It is often said that there are two seasons in Michigan, winter and road construction. Based on the number of festivals in the state each summer, that statement should be amended to be winter and festival season.

As the weather warms up, Michiganders like to trade winter coats for shorts and hanging out indoors with going to hear great music outdoors.  Festival organizers seem to have figured out this little secret and they work hard each year to make sure you had so much fun you’ll include them in your plans next summer too. If you look hard enough, there’s a festival for almost anything you can think of in Michigan.

How do you keep yourself energized so you can enjoy everything there is to offer at your favorite festival this summer?  Here are three suggestions.

1. Steer clear of the beer. Staying hydrated is the name of the game at any festival.  Water helps keep oxygen flowing through your body, keeps your joints working and helps you stay cool.  Pack a small cooler with some bottled water to keep expenses low. Any beverage with caffeine or alcohol in it will dehydrate you. So if you decide to indulge, make sure you have plenty of water on hand.

2. Keep your stomach in check. The Italian Sausage stand in the middle of the runway at almost any festival smells so good, but by the time you add in the bun and catsup, that belly-busting combo you want to order is at least 700 calories. That’s before you eat any elephant ears. It will take a lot of walking through the exhibits to burn off that indulgence!

Instead of eating all of that yourself, why not split it with your partner? Or pack some snacks so you don’t feel the need to eat carnival food more than once? Either strategy will help satisfy your cravings while keeping your stomach from feeling too full on a fun day.

3. Protect your skin, eyes and ears.

Wear sunscreen with a high SPF and wear your sunglasses.  Stay out of the sun as much as possible while the sun’s rays are strongest, usually between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Make sure you wear earplugs during concerts, especially if you are close to the stage.

What festivals are on your must-see list this year?

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