Celebrate summer by checking out these 5 events

In honor of the official start of summer, we want to make sure you get outside this weekend. And nothing says summer in Michigan better than cool cars, great music and a run in the mud!  Here are a five suggestions of events you can check out to make the most of the first weekend of summer.

  1. Auburn Hills Downtown Summerfest– To kick off the summer, Auburn Hills is hosting a summer fest on June 22 and 23. Visitors can look forward to a weekend filled with live music. The Summerfest also features the State Championship Barbecue Cook-Off for participants to get a chance at winning $8,000 in cash and prizes. The fifth annual ‘By the River’ Car Show takes place on Saturday, June 23 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. rain or shine. The proceeds from the event will benefit the Auburn Hills Optimist Club which helps support annual programs for youth in the community. There will also be an Arts and Crafts Show featuring artists from areas throughout Michigan.
  2. Festival of the Moon If you’re more than 21 years of age, come to Old Town Lansing for the eighth annual Festival of the Moon on Friday, June 22. To make the most of one of the shortest nights of the summer, this festival begins at 5:00 p.m. and continues until 11:00 p.m. You can enjoy great food, local handcrafted beers and live music from regional bands. Tickets are only $12 in advance or $15 at the gate. For $25 you can get a weekend pass which allows admittance into both, the Festival of the Moon and the Festival of the Sun, a summer solstice celebration featuring a combination of Lansing’s best cuisine and drinks.
  3. Detroit River Days Festival– One of the most anticipated summer events is back in Detroit from Friday June, 22 to Sunday, June 24. The three-day festival located on the Detroit riverfront features family-friendly activities including the tall ships, towering sculptures and many kids activities. The event also features live music from local and national musicians. For anyone looking to participate in healthy activities at the River Days, the third annual DMC River Days 5K and Kids Run begins on Saturday morning. This year’s festival will span the RiverWalk from the Renaissance Center to the newly opened section of Milliken State Park.
  4. Dow Bay City River Roar– The 25th annual River Roar celebration is this weekend, June 22-24 in Bay City. The weekend’s festivities begin on Friday morning with the start of the professional boat races. After a day of racing, Bay City is hosting an outdoor concert at Veterans Memorial Park, featuring Cinderella and special guests Skid Row and LA Guns. On Saturday, a Prop Tour will feature World Class Powerboat Racing and many other classes of boats. Throughout the weekend visitors can check out tents with food and beverages, and families are encouraged to visit the Kidz Zone offering plenty of activities for children of all ages.
  5. Marquette Mountain Mud Run– If you’re one that likes to get wet and muddy, then this 5K mud run on Saturday, June 23 is just the event for you. Located at Marquette Mountain, the course winds through multiple trails reaching up to 1,300 feet. Participants will have to conquer many obstacles including steep inclines, snow piles, water hazards, mud pits and much more. After a muddy morning, get ready for a shower from the snow guns followed by food, drinks and live music with friends and other participants. You are encouraged to have fun with their race outfits, as there is a costume award for best individual and team costumes. With a registration fee of just $35, everyone is encouraged to conquer this challenge.

What are you planning to do to celebrate the first official weekend of summer?

Photo credit Nancy CZ

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