Wondering how you will spend the long, hot summer? Attending one (or a few) of the variety of festivals Michigan has to offer is a great place to start! Below are 10 you definitely don’t want to miss.
America On Tap: May 20 (Kalamazoo) and July 15 (Grand Rapids)
General Admission $35.00
Calling all beer lovers! With hundreds of samples of local and non-local craft beers, local vendors, food and live music, America On Tap is a festival of fun for anyone who drinks. So grab your best drinking buds and decide which date (or both – we won’t judge) you’re going!
Ann Arbor Summer Festival: June 6 – July 2
Tickets starting at $65.00
This four-week festival starts June 6 and has something to offer everyone. The festival features both indoor and outdoor events, including mainstage music acts, kid-friendly events, local and international artists and chances to see free movies.
Electric Forest – Rothbury: June 22 – June 25, June 29 – July 2
General Admission and Camping $297.75
After last year’s Electric Forest sold out in two weeks, the festival has been extended to two weekends for the first time ever. The combination of camping, live music, lights and the Sherwood Forest makes this festival an unforgettable experience for you, your friends and the tens of thousands of people in attendance.
The National Cherry Festival – Traverse City: July 1 – 8
Prices vary, free entrance to main events
People from all across the country come to the cherry capital of the world, Traverse City, for this week-long festival packed full of cherries, rides, food, contests, parades and long-standing traditions like the crowning of the Cherry Queen. Tickets are already on sale for some of the events that go on during the festival, including tickets for Old Dominion who will be performing.
Common Ground Music Festival – Lansing: July 6 – 9
General Admission $79.00
Enjoy live music and working toward a good cause? This festival is right up your alley. The money raised from the Common Ground Music Festival goes toward supporting Michigan communities through donations to various organizations. This year’s featured artists are Toby Keith, Big Sean, Alessia Cara, Fetty Wap, and KYLE.
Ann Arbor Street Art Fair: July 21 – 24
Ann Arbor Street Art Fair is four festivals in one! Street art fairs are always fun, but this one is unique. With one event encompassing four fairs to bring the community together, festival goers will see a wide range of contemporary fine arts and crafts, street performers, sidewalk sales and food.
Traverse City Film Festival: July 25 – 30
General Admission $12.00
Founded by filmmaker, Michael Moore, the Traverse City Film Festival brings together filmmakers from around the world and features more than 200 film screenings. Throughout the festival, there are low-cost classes for film students and film lovers. Daily and classic movies will be shown outdoors for free.
Sidewalk Detroit – Artist Village: August 4 – 5, 2017
Sidewalk Detroit features emerging artists who bring art to life through interactive performances in non-traditional spaces like alleys, gardens, parking lots and sidewalks. If you’re interested in emerging artists who present unique, innovative and interactive art, then this is the perfect festival for you.
Detroit Jazz Festival – Labor Day Weekend, September 1 – 4
This annual live jazz music festival takes place in several blocks of downtown Detroit, featuring 100 acts over the highly anticipated four-day weekend. Acts range from very well-known Jazz musicians to Detroit natives to new artists and students. It also has educational activities (for adults and children), fireworks and opportunities to meet the artists.
ArtPrize – Grand Rapids: September 20 – October 8
Enjoy the last bit of summer and bring in fall at what has been named “the most attended public art event on the planet!” Artists from across the world display their work all over downtown Grand Rapids in more than 160 venues including museums, bars, auto body shops and anywhere else you can imagine.
Start putting in your vacation time now because you won’t want to miss out on these fun and exciting festivals!