6 great things to do around Michigan Sept. 6-10 2012

Labor Day and the return to school may signal the unofficial end of summer, but the weather and calendar say otherwise. To me, September is the best time of summer, filled with copper-colored sunshine, abundant tomatoes and other locally grown produce and fewer crowds. And, luckily, we’re still a ways away from the days when we have to take things indoors.

So get out there and enjoy this great state at these festivals and events:

  • Fourth annual U.P. Fall Beer Festival — What could be better than quaffing some of Michigan’s finest brews among fellow craft beer lovers on a late summer afternoon in Marquette along the shores of Lake Superior? Organizers expect more than 30 craft brewers from across the state to participate and feature nearly 200 different styles of suds, with live musical entertainment and food from local restaurants. Part of the U.P.’s first-ever Craft Beer Week, currently under way.
  • Bicentennial of the War of 1812 and the “Star Spangled Banner” — The U.S. Navy, Marines and Coast Guard and civilian groups are commemorating the war that made the U.S. a global maritime power, involved Detroit as a key battleground and inspired Francis Scott Key to write the national anthem. Come take in tall ships and modern naval vessels, parades, performances by military bands, air shows and more, all through Sunday on the Detroit River.
  • Celebration on the Grand — This two-day, end-of-summer party features an OPEN ROLLER SKATING PARTY on Rosa Parks Circle in downtown Grand Rapids. What more convincing do you need? Live music, mini golf, bounce houses and other kids games, fireworks, a Taste of Downtown and more, all for free!
  • Raise the Roof – a Party for Palmer Park’s Log Cabin — We’ve written before about People For Palmer Park, a nonprofit group that is trying to revitalize one of Detroit’s storied parks. Saturday presents a rare opportunity to view the roughly 125 year-old log cabin, which has been closed since the late ‘70s. This fundraiser event aims to raise money to install a new roof and make other improvements in the hopes of eventually reopening the former summer getaway of U.S. Sen. Thomas Witherell Palmer to the public. The party will feature live music, food from local vendors, and a silent auction.
  • Legends of the Saginaw Sails — Set sail on the tall ship schooner Appledore while you learn about the history of the Saginaw River and enjoy a lunch on the Saginaw Bay. Help the crew set sails, or just relax and take in the view. Only a few more weeks left to the sailing season, so take advantage.
  • Mackinac Island 8 Mile — Run the perimeter of Mackinac Island and enjoy views of surrounding islands, the Mackinac Bridge and that impossibly hypnotic, blue water in the 39th installment of this road race. Then stick around and enjoy the charms of Mackinac after the tourist season has largely settled to a manageable murmur.

For more great ideas, check out our Events calendar.

Photo by Paladin27



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