Michigan Summer Festivals Near You!
The ultimate guide to summer festivals in Michigan is here!
Keep yourself entertained with celebrations that are enjoyable for the entire family. Pack your schedule with Michigan summer fun from June to August.
We are sharing 24 of the best, most exciting, family friendly festivals that Michigan has to offer this summer. From the flower and vegetable-themed festivals, to the quicky and offbeat, we’ve got ’em.
Read on to find the best weekend summer festivals in Michigan, and if you’re looking for a “summer festivals near me,” scroll to the bottom for an interactive map of summer festivals in Michigan!
May Festivals in Michigan
When: 5/7 – 5/15/2022
Where: Downtown Holland, MI
Start off the summer right with this tulip-themed festival in downtown Holland. Take in the Dutch architecture, charming shops along 8th street and local eats. Make sure to go on one of the unique “tulip tours” and walk through the expansive tulip fields.
This is one of the biggest spring events in Michigan, attracting visitors from around the world who come to view more than a million tulips in bloomin throughout the area. Use our Ultimate Guide to Holland for more information on what to at this fun festival.
PRO-TIP: Plan enough time to explore more of the this charming west Michigan. It has a rich Dutch heritage, and there is a lot of things to do in Holland, including visiting the famous “Big Red” Ligthouse.
National Morel Mushroom Festival
Where: Boyne City, MI
When: 5/13 – 5/14/22
This annual celebration of the delicious morel mushroom is a perfect event for a May weekend getaway in northern Michigan.
Kick back and enjoy some of the mouthwatering morel-centric dishes at local restaurants or put on your boots and go hunting for morels in the annual morel hunt. With events such as the Lion’s Club Carnival and the annual arts and crafts there’s fun to be had for everyone in the family.
Michigan Petoskey Stone Festival
Where: Torch Lake Township, MI
The Petoskey is the state stone of Michigan, and what better place to celebrate them than in northern Michigan, where you can find them scattered along the shores of the lakes?
June Festivals in Michigan
Where: Mackinac Island
When: 6/3 – 6/12/22
Kick your summer off with peace and serenity with the Mackinac Island lilac festival. The island is inundated with the sweet aroma of lilac as the lilac trees are in full bloom dressing the island from head to toe with their flowery beauty.
Take part in traditional events such as the lilac race, the queen’s coronation, the lilac poster reveal or one of the many lilac walks.
Spring is one of the best times to visit Mackinac Island because the crowds are a lot thinner, making it easier to see and explore everything on the Island, including the cute shops that line the main street.
PRO-TIP: Be sure and stay overnight on the island for the full Mackinac experience, and use our guide to the best places to stay on Mackinac Island to help you find your accomodations.
National Asparagus Festival
Where: Empire, MI
No one celebrates Asparagus like they do in Empire, Since 1974 right in the heart of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. has been the host of this green vegetable-themed northern Michigan festival. From crowning the Asparagus Queen in the beauty pageant, to ogling at this season’s largest asparagus, to arts and crafts and more, this festival has it all.
PRO-TIP: Try and manage some time to drive the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, a 7.5 mile loop through the dunes with some of the most spectacular Lake Michigan views around.
Where: New Baltimore, MI
This volunteer-run festival on the banks of Anchor Bay has one mission – giving back to the community. Offering a scholarship to one lucky high-school senior in the anchor bay school district. Entertainment is all within a stone’s throw, whether its carnival games, free kids games, or the Miss Bay-Rama Pageant this festival is filled with family friendly fun.
Break out your running shoes or biking equipment, this festival aims to appreciate the natural beauty of the northern Michigan woodlands. Buckle up for an active weekend of non-motorized fun through Marquette’s nature trails.
Compete in one of the many races such as trail running and mountain biking or relax at one of the social’s at this nature-themed festival.
When: 6/30 – 7/4/22
Make your northern Michigan Fourth of July weekend one to remember at the Manistee National Forest festival. Try your luck at one of the carnival games, take part in arts and crafts, purchase hand-crafted artisan goods from the marketplace or sit back and relax as you watch fireworks over the lake.
PRO-TIP: Manistee is a charming Lake Michigan beachtown, with some stunning beaches. Take some time to explore the pretty coastline, and downtown Manistee, too.
July Festivals in Michigan
Where: Lake Orion, MI
When: 7/1 – 7/4/22
Spice up your Michigan fourth of July plans with the rib fest in Lake Orion. Featuring mouthwatering bbq, ice cold beer, live music, games, and monster truck rides there is never a dull moment at this event. For those looking for a fun competition, make sure to check out the pig races and wiener dog races.
Where: Downtown Traverse City
When: 7/2 – 7/9/22
Look no further for the sweetest event of the summer – The National Cherry Fest in Traverse City. Taste fresh cherries, listen to live music from award winning artists, participate in one of the many cherry-themed events all while on the shores of the pristine waters of Lake Michigan. Combine it with a trip up the Old MIssion Peninsula for a tour of the Traverse City wineries.
Do not miss the spectacular fourth of July fireworks show over the Grand Traverse Bay.
PRO-TIP: The list of things to do in Traverse City is never-ending, and you’ll want to be sure and hit some of the best beaches in area. There are some gerat restaurnts, here, too, so use our local’s guide to the best places to eat in Traverse City.
Where: Imlay City
When: 7/3 – 7/4/22
The “Symphony for the Senses” is back for their 20th annual celebration this year in Imlay City. Learn about the many uses for lavender during one of the many lavender talks or in one of the fiber booths. Taste food from Michigan’s favorite food trucks or purchase lavender-themed artisan goods from the marketplace.
Upper Peninsula Championship Rodeo & Wild West Parade
Where: Iron River, MI
When: 7/8 – 7/9/22
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!
Where: Plymouth, MI
When: 7/8 – 7/10/22
Plymouth Art in the Park is one of the largest art fairs in the state. It has been running for over 40 years and has consistently ranked amongst the top art fairs in the nation. This July festival features art from the nation’s (and Canada) top artists, delicious food from local restaurants and a plethora of kids activities. Nestled in the quaint downtown Plymouth area this festival is sure to be a hit for the entire family.
Where: Tawas City MI
When: 7/9 – 7/10/22
Situated on the sandy beaches of Lake Huron, Tawas Summerfest is a three day festival celebrating the busiest time of the year for this area. This family friendly event features classic car shows, kids activities, 5K races and live music. If you get too hot in the summer sun, take a dip in one of the many nearby swimming areas.
PRO-TIP: The Tawas area is one of Michigan’s best-kept secrets! This fun resort town comes alive in the summer and really caters to visitors. You’ll find sandy beaches and a gorgeous lighthouse at Tawas Point State Park. The shallow water is perfect for splashing along the shores.
Where: Alpena, MI
When: 7/15 – 7/24/22
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.
Where: St. Joseph, MI
When: 6/4, 7/16, 8/20, 9/3
Taking place on one weekend in each of the summer months, the Lake Bluff Artisan Fair is a great opportunity to take in the breathtaking views of Lake Bluff Park and shop the diverse offerings of the artisan market. Bring the whole family along to take part in the family-friendly arts and crafts.
PRO-TIP: Pretty St. Joseph is known as the “Riviera of the Midwest,” and with good reason. Make a stop at popular Silver Beach and play along the wide Lake Michigan beach, where you even rent a kayak or paddleboard for some extra fun!
Where: Grand Haven
When: 7/29 – 8/7/22
Taking place in the warmest months of Michigan’s summer, Coast Guard Festival sets sail in quaint downtown Grand Haven and spans down the street to the picturesque Grand Haven state park beach. This “don’t miss” event even features a tribute band of popular classic artists every night, right on Lake Michigan’s shores.
Where: Marquette, MI
When: 7/30 – 7/31/22
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.
August Summer Festivals in Michigan
Where: Elk Rapids
When: 8/2 – 8/6/22
This must-see event of the summer takes place on the east arm of Grand Traverse bay and features a different set of family friendly events each day, including a world class fireworks show over the lake. Be sure to browse through the comprehensive brochure on the website and plan out your visit.
Where: South Haven
When: 8/11 – 8/14/22
There’s nothing sweeter than the Blueberry Festival in South Haven. This west-Michigan festival has fun for the entire family, with live music on beach, races, parades and a children’s blueberry eating competition. Be sure to stop by the sandy South Haven beaches and enjoy some fun in the August sun.
When: 8/12 – 8/21/22
The quiet beach town of Caseville transforms into Margaritaville, USA for this 10-day Jimmy Buffet themed festival. Take part in cheeseburger themed events such as judging the best dressed business or judging the best cheeseburger.
Be sure to check out the Beach Pup Doggie Swimsuit Fashion Show & Beauty Contest.
When: 8/15 – 8/21/22
Nothing says fun like a state fair. Experience the Upper Peninsula of Michigan in its full form at the U.P. state fair. This celebration of northern Michigan culture and heritage, has fun for the whole family, with carnival games and rides for all ages.
Where: Sault Ste. Marie
When: 8/25 – 8/27
Get spooked with some of the biggest names in the paranormal industry at Michigan’s Paranormal convention in Sault Ste. Marie. PARACON has experts & tv stars covering intriguing topics such as aliens, ghost hunting, demons and even more. Make sure to grab your tickets for a thrilling weekend in northern MI.
PRO-TIP: Michigan is home to some pretty spooky places with *interesting* backgrounds. Check out our guide to 30 Most Haunted Places in Michigan to explore more paranormal activity.
From craft beer aficionados to the casual hard cider sipper, Hops on the Harbor has something for everyone. This event is not kid friendly but is a summer staple for older families. Located in beautiful Manistique, visitors can take in the breathtaking scenery with a cold drink and some delicious local food.
When: 9/1 – 9/5/22
Last, but certainly not least, round out your summer of fun with the Michigan State Fair. The biggest festival in the state takes place in Novi Michigan, and features an event list that the whole family can enjoy. From carnival games to fun rides, livestock and delicious eats, be sure to make it to the State Fair for the perfect ending to a great summer.
Map of the Best Michigan Summer Festivals
About the Author-
John C. Halpin is a Michigan native, and a graduate of Grand Valley State University and the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business at DePaul University in Chicago. As a child, he spent his summers on the shores of the Great Lakes and winters on Michigan’s ski slopes.