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2023 ULTIMATE July Michigan Events Calendar, Things to Do, Festivals, Fireworks and More

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Michigan July Events

July events in Michigan have a certain appeal that can’t be found at any other time. The brats and burgers are on the grill, the kids are playing in the pool, the drinks are in the cooler, and the fireworks are launching after dark. Put simply, it’s the peak of pure Michigan’s summer.

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Whether you love a patriotic Michigan 4th of July Parade or frequent festivals flaunting art and craft and plenty of food, there’s simply no wrong way to enjoy the month of July no matter where you are in Michigan. Here’s our event calendar for Michigan events in July, full of summer festivals and events.

PRO-TIP: Don’t miss out on all of the spectacular Fourth of July fireworks shows! We’ve put together a guide to 31 of our favorite fireworks shows, so you can enjoy watching the night sky light up with in an amazing display of color!

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Salute to America at Greenfield Village

When: June 30 – July 3
Where: Greenfield Village, Dearborn, MI

Celebrate America’s Independence Day at Greenfield Village’s Salute to America, from June 30 to July 3. Take the time to explore Greenfield Village at your own pace, listening to music performances in styles from across the ages.

Michigan Rib Fest

When: July 1 – July 4
Where: Canterbury Village, 2325 Josyln Ct, Lake Orion, MI

There’s never a bad time for ribs, but a barbecue during the summer is particularly delicious. The Michigan Rib Fest knows this, which is why the event is scheduled at the start of July. Ribs, BBQ, and cold brews will keep your appetite at bay while you enjoy a host of other amenities and entertainment options, including live music, games, races, and more.

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Blake’s Lavender Festival

When: July 14-16
Where: 17985 Armada Center Rd. Armada, MI

Do you love the delicious scent of lavender as much as I do? Lavender is one of Earth’s most beloved herbs for its soothing scent. Blake’s Lavender Festival celebrates the herb with a weekend of art, artisans, workshops, and more. Harvest lavender as well as fruits and vegetables, then enjoy one of the many lavender-infused food and drink options.

Royal Oak Taco Fest

When: June 30 – July 4
Where: Downtown Royal Oak

This fun street festival includes eats from over 40 taquerias and eateries, ice-cold margaritas, 3 stages of live entertainment, and more!

Telegraph Cruise

When: July 22
Where: Along Telegraph Road between Eureka Rd. and Puritan Rd. 

Automotive enthusiasts from all over southwest Michigan converge on Telegraph on the fourth Saturday in July. On this day, hot rods, muscle cars, tuners, exotics, and classics cruise down Telegraph for the annual Telegraph Cruise. Drivers will spend all day cruising up and down Telegraph, and spectators throughout Taylor, Dearborn Heights, and Redford will set up the lawn chairs to watch the cars go by.

Good Morning USA Parade

When: July 4 at 9 a.m.
Where: Plymouth, MI

Join the hundreds of others lining Main Street in charming downtown Plymouth, MI for one of Michigan’s most popular parades.

Plymouth Art in the Park

When: July 7 – July 9
Where: Plymouth, MI

Plymouth Art in the Park is a Michigan summer highlight, and it’s back and better than ever in 2023. Scheduled for July 7, 8, and 9, 2023, this three-day festival is the second largest art fair in Michigan. It’s also one of the most popular southeast Michigan events in the summer!

Held in charming downtown Plymouth, Art in the Park is a weekend-long celebration of art, food and fun!

Featuring over 400 artists offering everything from paintings, sculpture, ceramics and jewelry to glass, wooodwork photography, folk art and more, this is one Michigan summer festival you won’t want to miss. You’ll also find entertainment and cuisine, along with tons of kid-friendly activities.

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Royal Oak Art Fair

When: July 1 – July 2
Where: Royal Oak Memorial Park, Corner of Woodward Avenue and 13 Mile Road in Royal Oak

Art work will be for sale in many categories including: drawing, painting, photography, clay, collage, glass, metal, wood, jewelry, leather/fiber, and mixed media. The Art Fair offers an excellent opportunity to purchase an original item for your home, office or as a gift.

The Summer Beer Festival hosts many of Michigan’s finest breweries sampling over hundreds of fresh, local Michigan beers. Food is available for purchase inside the festival, and guests can enjoy live music from a variety of Michigan bands.

 Shark Week at SEA LIFE Aquarium

When: July 11-18th
Where: 4316 Baldwin Rd, Auburn Hills, MI 48326

Join us for Shark Week and see our six species of sharks which guests can come see up close and learn about how they’re cared for each day on a Behind the Scenes Tour!

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Michigan Brewers Guild Summer Beer Festival 2022

When: July 21 – July 22
Where: Riverside Park, Depot Town, Ypsilanti, Michigan

The Summer Beer Festival hosts many of Michigan’s finest breweries sampling over hundreds of fresh, local Michigan beers. Food is available for purchase inside the festival, and guests can enjoy live music from a variety of Michigan bands.

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Eastern Michigan State Fair

When: July 25-29
Where: 195 Midway St. Imlay City, MI

The Eastern Michigan State Fair serves peak summer festivity to Michigan’s thumb. All day long, visitors can enjoy unlimited rides, a petting zoo, carnival games and plenty of fair food.

Mo Pop Festival

When: July 30-31
Where: 1 Hart Plaza Detroit, MI

Mo Pop is Detroit’s iconic music festival, featuring all things indie-rock, pop, and hip hop. This chill music festival is loved for its good vibes and stellar lineup, featuring both emerging and established musical acts. With a bit of niche or “boutique” ambiance, Mo Pop promises to deliver something unique for music lovers.

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Ann Arbor Art Fair

When: July 20 – July 22
Where: Ann Arbor, MI

The Ann Arbor Art Fair is massive. There is no other way to say this. In fact, it’s the largest juried art fair in the nation and it’s completely free to attend. This incredible event is actually three fairs that host nearly 1,000 artists in one massive space that spans 30 city blocks of downtown Ann Arbor. The Original Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, the Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair, and the Ann Arbor State Street Fair all run consecutively and feature highly skilled artists looking to sell their work.

PRO-TIP: You don’t have to go to the Smithsonian to see great art. Check out our guide to the best art museums in Michigan.

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Monroe County Fair 75th Annual Fireworks

When: July 28
Where: Glenn F Stock Arena, 3775 S Custer Rd, Monroe, MI

Monroe County Fair

When: July 30 – August 5
Where: 3775 S Custer Rd, Monroe, MI 48161

This is one of Michigan’s largest county fairs featurinf seven whole days of family-friendly fun in the fresh air!

Visit Matthei Botanical Gardens in Ann Arbor

When: July 2 – Ongoing
Where: Matthei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N Dixboro Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

Explore the University of Michigan’s stunning botanical garden and take in the amazing sights and smells of the flora in bloom.

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July Events and Things to Do in West Michigan

Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show and Balloon Fest

When: June 29 – July 4
Where: 15551 S Airport Rd. Battle Creek

An airshow unlike any other comes to Battle Creek as June gives way to July. See demonstrations every day, performed by highly talented pilots in some of the fastest and most agile planes around. Then, take to the skies yourself with a hot air balloon ride that offers sweeping panoramic views.

On the ground, you can find plenty of entertainment options as well, including a carnival, live music, and more. Just don’t miss the fireworks displays on the first and fourth of July. 

Manistee National Forest Festival

When: June 29 – July 4
Where: 2890 Lakeshore Rd. Manistee, MI

For over 80 years, the Manistee National Forest Festival has been a summer staple of Manistee County’s summer celebrations. This massive event draws thousands of tourists into the area to celebrate community with the locals. Complete with a parade, marketplace, fireworks, and more, this festival is a can’t miss for anyone in west Michigan.

Merchants and Makers Market Chinook Pier Market

When: July 8
Where: 301 N Harbor Dr. Grand Haven, MI

In downtown Grand Haven, home to the Coast Guard Festival, you can shop around the stalls of over 100 local vendors, crafters, and makers during the Chinook Pier Market. Enjoy a warm summer day out in one of Michigan’s best beach towns, situated just north of South Haven.

At this free event you can find something to take home with you at the end of the day. While you’re there, enjoy the atmosphere with live music, and grab a snack from a meal vendor or food truck.

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Ludrock Music Festival

When: July 8-9
Where: Waterfront Park, 391 S William St. Ludington, MI

Since 2011, Ludrock has been one of the favorite local music festivals and concert series for those on the Lake Michigan coast. This collection of summer concerts on the water features local musicians from a variety of genres including rock, pop, folk, and more.

The organization operating the event uses the festival as a fundraiser to help finance nonprofits in the area, which is all the more reason to go and support the cause.  

Upheaval Rock Music Festival

When: July 14-15
Where: 30 Coldbrook St. NE Grand Rapids, MI

Upheaval Fest is the largest outdoor multi-day rock music festival in West Michigan. For two days, Belknap Park in Grand Rapids is transformed into the perfect venue where iconic alternative bands like Bring Me the Horizon, Halestorm, Falling in Reverse, and more will rock out. Any metalhead in west Michigan would love to be there, that is, if they haven’t already bought their tickets.

Holland Summer Concert Series

When: July 7 – July 28 (Fridays)
Where: Kollen Park, Holland

The Summer Concerts at Kollen Park are one of the most popular spots to be on Friday evenings in the summer in Holland. From 6:30 – 8:30 PM, the park comes alive with music and dancing. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and a picnic basket and enjoy the sounds of summer. Please have pets on a leash. Alcohol is prohibited at Kollen Park.

Muskegon South Pierhead Lighthouse Tours

When: July 1 – July 31 (Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays)
Where: South Pierhead Lighthouse

Climb to the top and learn the history of this functioning light. Enjoy the view and take photos. Tours are Monday, Friday and Saturdays, 1 – 5 pm. Adults – $5.00 Children $3.00 (Children must be 3 feet or taller to climb) Maps & souvenirs available to purchase.

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Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival

When: July 28 – August 6
Where: Downtown Grand Haven

As July wraps up and the Independence Day celebrations feel far in the rearview, Grand Haven is just gearing up for one of their biggest celebrations. On Lake Michigan, Grand Haven is Coast Guard City USA, so it’s fitting that their Coast Guard Festival draws in hundreds of thousands of visitors, from the nation’s highest ranking Coast Guard dignitaries from Washington, D.C., to family and friends of those who have served or currently serve in the U.S. Coast Guard.

Enjoy plenty of food and music, browse the craft fair, and tour real U.S. Coast Guard ships in this special celebration of our nation’s Coast Guard.

Lowell Riverwalk Festival

When: July 6 -July 8
Where: Downtown Lowell, MI

Fun awaits you in downtown Lowell, just east of Grand Rapids. This annual festival includes favorites events like a duck raffle, arts and crafts, commercial and non-profit vendors, food, entertainment, car cruise-in, rumble and a fabulous fireworks fireworks show! You’ll also find bingo, a used book sale, kayak fun, 5k run and walk and a ducky derby to this 2-nights and 1-day family fun festival held in Historic Lowell!

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Battle Creek Field of Flight

When: June 29 – July 4
Where: 15551 S Airport Rd, Battle Creek, MI 49037

It’s one of the biggest and best airshows and balloon festivals in the state. Battle Creek’s Field of Flight is five days of family-friendly fun on southwest Michigan. The festival features balloon launches, air shows, carnival, entertainment, fireworks and much more. Be sure and catch the performance of the US Air Force Thunderbirds, who headline the airshow.

South Haven Art Fair

When: July 1- July 2
Where: Downtown South Haven

For almost 60 years, the South Haven Art Fair has been showcasing the area’s most talented artists and craftsmen. Organized by South Haven’s Center for the Arts, the South Haven Art Fair is held yearly leading up to 4th of July.

Located at a beautiful wooded park just one block away from Lake Michigan, the South Haven Art Fair’s venue is incredibly beautiful. With 120 vendors, locally sourced food, and live music, the South Haven Art Fair is the place to go in Michigan to peruse and purchase from the best artists and creators in the area.

New Buffalo Independence Day Fireworks

When: July 3
Where: New Buffalo Harbor, New Buffalo, MI 49117

Saugatuck Fouth of July Fireworks

When: July 4
Where: Kalamazoo River

Enjoy a Fireworks show from anywhere around the Kalamazoo in Saugatuck or Douglas. Bring a blanket or a chair and find a spot at one of the great parks: Cook Park, Coghlin Park, Wade’s Bayou, and Wick’s Park. Fireworks begin at Dusk on July 4th. 

South Haven Light Up the Lake Fireworks

When: July 3
Where: Viewable from Riverfront Park, North Beach, and South Beach in South Haven

Every year on the evening of July 3rd, South Haven holds an epic fireworks show over Lake Michigan. Drawing visitors from around the Great Lakes region, this popular Lake Michigan Summer event showcases one of the best fireworks shows in the area. The Light Up the Lake Fireworks show blasts off fireworks a safe distance away on the North Pier. For added fun, be sure to tune your radio to Cosy at FM 103.7 for coordinated music.

A perfect event for the whole family, Light up The Lake Fireworks in South Haven is a wholesome and iconic American holiday event that is not to be missed!

South Haven 4th of July Parade

When: July 4
Where: Downtown South Haven

Starting at 11:00 AM, the parade starts at Elkenburg and winds through several streets of downtown South Haven before ending on Center street. Prime viewing of the parade is along Huron Street downtown near the pavilion. A wonderful event for the whole family, the South Haven 4th of July Parade features classic cars, floats, and marching bands.

Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff

When: July 8 – July 9
Where: Downtown St. Joseph, MI

It’s one of the top summer art fairs in the country! Experience the talent of 172 artists from across the United States while enjoying the views and breezes of Lake Michigan and the charm and hospitality of St. Joseph, Michigan, at this ticketed event.

Richland Art Fair

When: July 15
 NEW location at Gull Meadow Farms, 8544 Gull Road, Richland, MI

The 48th annual Richland Art Fair features a variety of fine artwork and original handcrafts from more than 100 artisans. Head to picturesque Gull Meadow Farms, near beautiful Gull Lake and enjoy a fun day in southwest Michigan.

Saugatuck Boat Parade and Fireworks

When: July 29
Where: Kalamazoo Lake, Saugatuck -Douglas

This year the lighted boat parade’s theme is Green Venetian.  The parade will start approximately 9:15 p.m.  Lighted boats will travel up the Kalamazoo River and around the Kalamazoo Lake area displaying their best Grecian decorations and costumes.  Following the boat parade around 10 p.m. will be a fabulous fireworks show. 

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Village Square Art Fair

When: July 29
Where: Village Square, Downtown Saugatuck

Visit downtown Saugatuck for this fun art fair! The fair will showcase the work of fine artists working in a variety of media: painting, photography, glass, woodworking, ceramics, jewelry, basketry, mixed media, fibers, mosaic, printmaking, and sculpture. This is a juried show and awards will be presented to winning artists in the afternoon.

Baroda Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration

When: July 4
Where: Baroda, MI

The Baroda Fireworks are known as one of the BEST fireworks displays in the Midwest, put on by the Baroda Fire Department.

July 3 Jubilee Allegan

When: July 3
Where: Allegan, MI

Downtown Allegan’s July 3 Jubilee Independence Day celebration is back! The event starts at 6:00 PM with live music, food vendors, and concludes with a spectacular fireworks show over the Kalamazoo River at 10:15pm

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When: July 4
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Frankenmuth Volksläufe Fireworks

When: July 3
Where: Heritage Park, 601 Weiss St, Frankenmuth, MI

Celebrate America in Michigan’s Little Bavaria! Head to Frankenmuth in mid-Michigan for a one-of-a-kind Fourth of July fireworks celebration. Make sure you plan enough time to enjoy a world-famous chicken dinner at Zenhders or The Bavarian Inn. Not sure which one is right for you? Use our Guide to Frankenmuth Restaurants for more info.

LPGA Dow Great Lakes Invitational

When: July 19 – 22
Where: Midland, MI

This month the world’s best female golfers will congregate in Midland Michigan for the Annual LPGA Dow Great Lakes Invitational. Watch some truly stellar golf games and explore the greater Midland area for a while as the town transforms into a golfing haven.

Those interested in spending a day on the fairway with friends should book a tee time at one of the golf courses in the area. Make a trip of it and enjoy plenty of time in the sun playing and watching your favorite sport.

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Cass River Colonial Encampment

When: Jully 15 – July 16
Where: River Place Shops, 925 S Main Street, Frankenmuth, MI 48734

Visit Frankenmuth and experience an encampment of historical reenactors representing the many eras of America’s history during this free educational and family-friendly event at Frankenmuth River Place Shops! Visit and tour military camps ranging from the French & Indian War through the Revolutionary War, and shop at historical vendors.

Activities and events include flag-raising ceremonies, fashion shows with military uniforms on display, musical concerts, authentic battle skirmishes and demonstrations featuring cannons, artillery and weapons. 

Michigan Honey Festival

When: July 15 – July 16
Where: Shiawassee County Fair Grounds, 2900 Hibbard Rd., Corunna, MI 48817

The Michigan Honey Festival is a fun, inexpensive, & informative weekend for everyone, young and old, non-beekeepers, “Newbee’s” & seasoned beekeepers alike. All our attendees, sponsors, vendors, and volunteers will walk away with something.

Yale Bologna Festival

When: July 28 – July 30
Where: Yale, MI

Every July, Yale plays host to the Yale Bologna Festival, a 3 day weekend event that closes the streets and transforms this small community of just under 2,000 to a gathering of over 20,000 Bologna starved party-goers! . The Bologna Festival includes such events as the famed outhouses races, a street dance, fireworks and a parade down Main Street that continues to grow each year.

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Bay City Fireworks Festival

When: July 1
Where: Wenonah Park, 111 Center Rd. Bay City, MI

On July 1st, Bay City kicks off the most patriotic month with a bang. The Bay City Fireworks Festival occurs over several days, with the Independence Day finale on July 1st, being the biggest and best of them all, with a truly massive fireworks show over the Bay Harbor. The festival includes a phenomenal pyrotechnical display, the best in the Great Lakes Bay region, but beyond that, daylight hours can be spent enjoying the carnival and nearby park, making it a great choice for a July 4th celebration in mid-Michigan.

Old Town Scrapfest

When: July 14-15
Where: 1232 Turner St. Lansing, MI

Scrapfest is one of the most unique art festivals around, with a focus on repurposed and upcycled artworks. See and participate in a variety of ecocentric art events, like the scrap metal sculpture competition and plenty of eco-art booth vendors using old trinkets to appeal to a vintage market. All the while, enjoy the live music and be sure to fuel up at one of the many food vendors around. 

Faster Horses Music Festival

When: July 14-16
Where: Michigan International Speedway, 12626 US-12 Brooklyn, MI

Faster Horses is celebrating ten years of country music magic this year. Down in south-central Michigan, Faster Horses returns to Michigan International Speedway for this Lenawee County summer staple. Country music fans from around the nation flock to Brooklyn to sing, dance, and party along to their favorite songs from artists like Luke Bryan, Zac Brown Band, Shania Twain, and more. 

Farwell Lumberjack Festival

When: July 21-22
Where: 105 E Main St. Farwell, MI

If you haven’t heard of the Farwell Lumberjack Festival, you’re missing out. This unique summer festival has everything you could want from a celebration of lumberjacks. Attend the  “Professional Lumberjack Show,” see chainsaw carvers, and purchase from a huge selection of wooden art. Fun and games for the whole family include, a pie eating contest, haystack treasure hunt, and the famous “greased pig contest.”

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Traverse City Cherry Festival

When: July 2 – July 9
Where: Traverse City, MI

The Cherry Capital of the World, Traverse City, is back at it again with their Annual National Cherry Festival and everyone is buzzing about it. This is a highlight of summer in TC for locals and tourists alike. Sample locally grown cherries and snag some delicious cherry products made from cherries grown right in the greater Traverse City region. Bring the family along to this massive Michigan festival for cherry-themed fun in the sun, with live music, farm markets, parades, and more.

Au Gres Fireworks

When: July 1 at dusk
Where: Corner of Court St & South St near the Au Gres Water Tower.

Snuggled along the shores of Lake Huron just south of Tawas in Arenac County, the cute little town of Au Gres is a perfect spot to view July 1 Fireworks in Michigan. The Arenac Fireworks Festival is scheduled for July 1. Fireworks begin at dusk on the corner of Court St & South St near the Au Gres Water Tower.

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Bay Harbor Fireworks Display

When: July 3
Where: Village of Bay Harbor

Watch a stunning fireworks display over scenic Little Traverse Bay. Celebrate Independence Day with our fabulous fireworks display over Bay Harbor Lake on July 3rd! Bring blankets and chairs and reserve your spot early in the Village.

Plan some extra time to explore beautiful Petoskey, MI, just down the road from Bay Harbor. You might want to head north along M-119 and take a scenic drive through Michigan’s famous Tunnel of Trees.

Torch Lake Fireworks

When: July 3
Where: South End of Torch Lake at Dusk

Located approximately 30 minutes east of Traverse City, the Torch Lake Fireworks display is scheduled for July 3 and will be held at the south end of Torch Lake at dusk.

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Mackinac Island Fireworks

When: July 4
Where: Mackinac Island

Spend your Independence Day on Mackinac Island, steeped in northern Michigan’s rich colonial history and surrounded by some of the most beautiful views in all of Michigan. The 4th of July Fireworks Display, visible from Mackinac Island and Mackinaw City, is especially unique in that it includes two fireworks shows that go off simultaneously. Watch as these displays light up the night sky over the Straits of Mackinac in a show unlike any you’ve ever seen before.

PRO-TIP: If you’re looking for a place to stay overnight on the island, we have a guide to the Top 25 Places to Stay on Mackinac Island that you might find helpful.

Brown Trout Festival

Where: Alpena, MI
When: July 14 – July 23

The longest-running fishing tournament in the Great Lakes hosts several competitions over the course of its 10-day span, including the new children’s fishing tournament & high stakes tournament. Aside from fishing, this festival features live music, an expansive beer tent, and a day dedicated to family fun.

PRO-TIP: Alpena is a very kid-friendly vacation town, with beautifully manicured beaches with playgrounds, volleyball courts, picnic shelters, splash pads and more. Be sure to pack a picnic lunch and allow time to relax on the shores of Thunder Bay.

Visit Lavender Hill Farm in Boyne City

When: July- Ongoing
Where: 7354 Horton Bay Rd N, Boyne City, MI 49712

Summer is the peak season of lavender, and July is when it fully blooms which makes it the perfect time to visit a lavender farm. At a lavender farm, you’ll see a vast landscape painted purple as the flowers bloom in the summer sun. Here you can purchase products made from locally grown Michigan lavender as well as participate in fun and unique farm activities, including guided tours and a lilac labyrinth.

Blissfest Folk and Roots Festival

When: July 8-10
Where: 3695 Division Rd. Harbor Springs, MI

Near Mackinaw City, Blissfest Music Festival celebrates music, culture, art, and community with a variety of artists from the folk and roots genres. For two days, artists and attendees alike can relax and enjoy the music in the shade of northern Michigan’s trees and feel the breeze that flows in off of Lake Michigan to the west. 

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Things to Do in the Upper Peninsula in July

Marquette Blueberry Festival

When: July 28
Where: Downtown Marquette, 337 Washington St. Marquette, MI

Blueberries are a Michigan summertime favorite and towards the end of July in Marquette, you can celebrate them with the whole town at the Marquette Blueberry Festival. With bustling sidewalk sales, specialty blueberry fare at your favorite downtown restaurants, and “blue” specials in shops throughout town, the blueberry festival has something for everyone, whether you’re a blueberry fanatic or not. 

Copper Harbor Fireworks Display

When: July 4
Where: On the waterfront in Copper Harbor, Michigan 49918

Head to the tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula in Michigan’s western Upper Peninsula this Fourth of July to play games, have good food at the cookout in Township Park put on by the Copper Harbor Volunteer Fire Department.

Grand Marais Burt Township Fireworks

When: July 3
Where: Over the harbor In Grand Marais, Michigan 49839

Copper Country Strawberry Festival

When: July 7 – July 8
Where: Chassell, MI

Up north in Chassell, the second weekend of July is all about one of the most favored of the summer fruits. The Copper Country Strawberry Festival draws visitors into the upper peninsula to view parades, listen to live music, visit a craft/vendor show, and of course, eat plenty of strawberries. While here, be sure to try the famed strawberry shortcake – it’s divine!

Upper Peninsula Championship Rodeo & Wild West Parade

When: July 8 – July 9
Where: Iron River, MI

Giddy-on-up to Michigan’s only PRCA rodeo this July in Iron River! This pro-circuit event attracts top cowboys from the great lakes division to compete in thrilling events including the classic bull riding. Make sure to watch the Wild West Parade to see some of your favorite cowboys up close.

Marquette Art on the Rocks

When: July 30 – July 31
Where: Marquette, MI

The Upper Peninsula art event of the summer is back for the 62nd annual Art on the Rocks on scenic Lake Superior. This eclectic market has a wide variety of vendors, spanning from sculptures to drawings and hand-painted pictures.

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Bella DiMascio is a Content Editor for She grew up in the Detroit suburb of Westland and later attended Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo where she majored in Communication Studies and minored in English: Writing. Creative writing has been a hobby and interest of Bella’s since she was in elementary school and she is thrilled to be using her talents to highlight the Great Lakes State. Outside of writing, Bella enjoys getting outside with her two Australian Shepherds, playing video games, and binging shows on Netflix.