Michigan Fairs and Festivals – Celebrate year-round – If you’re looking for fun things to do in Michigan, time your visit with an annual fair or festival. These events celebrate the state’s cultural and agricultural heritage by showcasing the cuisine, arts and seasons of Michigan – and, above all, the fun-loving spirit you’ll find here.
**In the summer, the National Cherry Festival in Traverse City is a must. Another essential summer to-do is Frankenmuth’s Bavarian Festival, alive with the rhythm of German music and dance – and, of course, traditional foods and beers.
**Come September, county fairs are in full swing. Attend one of the grandest, the Allegan County Fair. For 167 years, established in 1852, its livestock barns and arenas are some of the largest in the state and make a prime spot for witnessing rodeo performances. Nearby, headlining acts perform on the concert stage and carnival rides thrill. Fall also marks the Grand Rapids International Wine, Beer & Food Festival, one of the largest culinary festivals in the Midwest. Attendees can sample more than 1,000 wines, beers and hard ciders, including Michigan-made varieties, and taste small plates created by featured chefs. We’ll be there in Sept – suppose we will be able to attend?
**As fall deepens into winter, events such as Zehnder’s Snowfest in Frankenmuth celebrate the season with snow-sculpting and ice-carving competitions.
**In the spring, head to Holland for the award-winning Tulip Time Festival. Spring is also when Ann Arbor hosts its annual Film Festival, the longest running independent and experimental film series in North America.
Petoskey Steel Drum Band and Fireworks
Come to the Village at Bay Harbor and enjoy an always amazing show by the Petoskey Steel Drum Band with an unparalleled fireworks display over Bay Harbor Lake starting at dusk. Come and get your seat on the lawn early, as it’s always a spectacular show for fireworks night – Bay Harbor, July 3 (every year)
94th Annual National Cherry Festival
It’s the biggest and still the champion festival of the region; and celebrates that heritage every year featuring over 150 family activities. Now in its 94th year, the National Cherry Festival is a signature event, drawing as many as 500,000 attendees from around the country. Everything is conveniently located within walking distance, and since almost all the events are free, it offers affordable family fun. You’ll be kept busy watching the festival parades – including the nation’s largest all-children parade, air shows, nightly outdoor concerts, fireworks and race series, or stroll the arts and crafts fair, enjoy amusement rides and elephant ears on the Midway, or indulge in pancakes and other foods brimming with this iconic fruit. Traverse City, July 4-11
Ann Arbor Summer Festival
A boutique music and arts festival, the nearly four-week gathering offers 150+ performances, activities, exhibitions, and some of the best in family entertainment, music, dance, comedy, film, circus and street arts. The Ann Arbor Summer Festival produces two concurrent programs, at various venues and spaces across the University of Michigan campus and downtown. The indoor program, Mainstage series includes ticketed performances of world-class music, dance, theater, and comedy. The outdoor program, Top of the Park, is held along a beautiful campus green and offers admission-free concerts, movies under the stars, open-air spectacles, and unique family attractions. In addition, the festival’s Beyond series includes large-scale outdoor special attractions and unique pop-up events throughout the city. Be sure to check out all the additional activities and opportunities for festival-goers every summer. Ann Arbor
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