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Detroit Red Wings NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs – First Round – Detroit Red Wings vs Boston Bruins - Games 1 & 2 (Friday, April 18 & Sunday April 20) in Boston, Games 3 & 4 (Tuesday April 22 & Thursday April 24) in Detroit. Home games at Joe Louis Arena in Downtown Detroit. websites:  Red Wings Official + Red Wings Facebook + NHL

Detroit Music Awards Ceremony & Show is April 25, 2014 (friday) at The Fillmore Detroit. public invited, info and tickets at: www.detroitmusicawards.com

Metro Times Blowout 17 music fest is April 30 – May 3, 2014 in Ferndale, MI and surrounding area. "300 Bands, 20+ Stages, 4 Nights". www.mtblowout.com

Tulip Time Festival is May 3-10, 2014 in Holland, MI (western Michigan). Parades, carnival, fireworks, music and variety shows, dancers, food. A celebration of Dutch heritage and culture. www.tuliptime.com

Woodward Dream Cruise (World Famous Car Cruise) is August 16, 2014 (saturday) on Woodward Ave from Detroit's north border to city of Pontiac and back, 16 miles long. Annual event is actually all week long with many pre-cruise events and cruisin. Draws about one million people every year. www.woodwarddreamcruise.com + WDC Facebook

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Montgomery Gentry wsg Matt Austin – April 25, 2014 (friday) at Sound Board.
Lady GaGa – May 17, 2014 (saturday) at Joe Louis Arena.
Eddie Money – May 23, 2014 (friday) at DTE Energy Music Theatre.
The Monkees – May 30, 2014 (friday) at the Fox Theatre, Detroit.
BB King – June 1, 2014 (sunday) at Michigan Theatre.
Backstreet Boys with Avril Lavigne – June 17, 2014 (tuesday) at DTE Energy Music Theatre.
Lionel Richie & CeeLo Green – June 20, 2014 (friday) at DTE Energy Music Theatre.
The Temptations and Four Tops – June 21, 2014 (saturday) at Freedom Hill.
OneRepublic – June 21, 2014 (saturday) at DTE Energy Music Theatre.
Boston and Cheap Trick – June 24, 2014 (tuesday) at DTE Energy Music Theatre.
Dave Matthews Band – June 25, 2014 (wednesday) at DTE Energy Music Theatre.
Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band – June 27, 2014 (friday) at DTE Energy Music Theatre. tickets
Motley Crue with Alice Cooper – July 2, 2014 (wednesday) at Van Andel Arena. Final Tour.
Journey and Steve Miller Band – July 9, 2014 (wednesday) at DTE Energy Music Theatre. tickets
Styx, Foreigner, Don Felder – July 10, 2014 (thursday) at Freedom Hill.
Willie Nelson and Alison Krauss & Union Station – July 13, 2014 (sunday) at Freedom Hill.
Luke Bryan wsg Lee Brice and Cole Swindell – June 18 + 19, 2014 (wed-thur) at DTE Energy Music Theatre.
Ted Nugent – July 19, 2014 (saturday) at DTE Energy Music Theatre.
Lynyrd Skynyrd and Bad Company – July 25, 2014 (friday) at DTE Energy Music Theatre.
James Taylor – July 27, 2014 (sunday) at DTE Energy Music Theatre.
Justin Timberlake – July 28, 2014 (monday) at The Palace of Auburn Hills. tickets
Jack White – July 28, 2014 (monday) at the Fox Theatre, Detroit.
Jack White – July 30, 2014 (wednesday) at Masonic Temple, Detroit.
Motley Crue with Alice Cooper – August 9, 2014 (saturday) at DTE Energy Music Theatre.
Beach Boys – August 10, 2014 (sunday) at Freedom Hill.
Katy Perry – August 10, 2014 (sunday) at Van Andel Arena.
Katy Perry with Kacey Musgraves – August 11, 2014 (monday) at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
Chicago and REO Speedwagon – August 12, 2014 (tuesday) at DTE Energy Music Theatre.
Tony Bennett – August 15, 2014 (friday) at Freedom Hill.
One Direction – August 16 + 17, 2014 (saturday + sunday) at Ford Field.
Eminem and Rihanna – August 22, 2014 (friday) at Comerica Park. info + tickets
Lady Antebellum – August 22, 2014 (friday) at DTE Energy Music Theatre.
KISS and Def Leppard – August 23, 2014 (saturday) at DTE Energy Music Theatre.
ZZ Top and Jeff Beck – August 27, 2014 (wednesday) at DTE Energy Music Theatre.
The Doobie Brothers wsg John Waite – August 27, 2014 (wednesday) at Freedom Hill.
Eagles – September 8, 2014 (monday) at Van Andel Arena.
Aerosmith wsg Slash – September 9, 2014 (tuesday) at DTE Energy Music Theatre.
Fleetwood Mac – October 22, 2014 (wednesday) at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
Motley Crue with Alice Cooper – November 8, 2014 (saturday) at Joe Louis Arena. Final Detroit Show.
Andrea Bocelli – December 14, 2014 (sunday) at Joe Louis Arena.

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January 1, 2014 (wednesday)  New Year's Day

January 1, 2014 (wed)  NHL Winter Classic – Detroit Red Wings vs Toronto Maple Leafs – 1 pm at The Big House - Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, MI. Living Legends Alumni Showdown: Maple Leafs vs Red Wings is the day before, Tuesday December 31, at Comerica Park in Downtown Detroit. Wings Alumni roster which is posted on website is mind blowing! details and tickets for Winter Classic and Alumni Game at redwings.nhl.com/...2014NHLWinterClassic

January 3, 2014 (fri)  Harlem Globetrotters Fans Rule World Tour – at The Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, MI.
Vote online at harlemglobetrotters.com/rule where fans can choose which new game-changing rules they want to see. Get details and tickets at: palacenet.com

January 3-5, 2014 (fri-sun)  International Motorcycle Show 2014 – in Novi, MI (northwest of Detroit).
info at: www.motorcycleshows.com/Novi
Held at Suburban Collection Showplace. Annual show put on by Progressive International Motorcycle Shows - the largest motorcycle show series in the world. Powersports enthusiasts get to see the latest and greatest innovations, products and services, as well as the hottest new motorcycles, custom bikes, ATVs, scooters, more.

January 9-12, 2014 (thu-sun)  Ultimate Fishing Show - Detroit – at Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, MI.
website: http://showspan.com/UFD
"Michigan's Biggest Pure Fishing Show. This show is all about Fishing tackle, Fishing trips, Fishing boats and features Lake Ultimate, Trout Pond, Hawg Trough, Seminar Stages, Rock Wall, Fish Fry and more."

January 9-12, 2014 (thu-sun)  Shrine Circus – at the Lansing Center in Lansing, MI.
official info: www.ekshrine.com/circus-information.html + www.lansingcenter.com + facebook

January 10-12, 2014 (fri-sun)  Plymouth Ice Festival – in Plymouth, MI USA (just west of Detroit)
official websites: plymouthicefestival.com + facebook
29th Annual "will feature over 100 ice sculptures, live music and entertainment, interactive family shows, winter-themed tasty treats and a variety of additional events to interest all ages. Several new event highlights include the Dueling Chainsaws Speed Carving Show, Forest Avenue Scavenger Hunt, Penniman Ave., Petting Farm & Pony Rides. An estimated 100,000 people are slated to attend the three-day event." Formerly known as the Plymouth International Ice Sculpture Spectacular.

January 11, 2014 (sat)  Monster Jam – Monster Trucks at Ford Field in Detroit, MI.
official details and tickets at: monsterjam.com/ + ford field
Bonus: Monster Trucks will be on display in various cities the day before (Jan 10th), see monsterjam website for cities and locations.

January 12, 2014 (sun)  Travis Pastrana's Nitro Circus Live – at The Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, MI.
"Nitro Circus Live showcases over 40 of the world's best action sports athletes, performing daring and record-breaking tricks in freestyle motocross, BMX and skateboarding, along with heart-stopping stunts on unique contraptions rarely attempted outside of the Nitro Circus family. Features the stars of Nitro Circus' hit MTV2 show and Nitro Circus 3D film." Details and tickets at: palacenet.com

January 13-26, 2014  North American International Auto Show (Detroit Auto Show, NAIAS) – in Downtown Detroit, MI.
official websites: www.naias.com + facebook
One of the premier international auto shows in the world! Held at Cobo Center, located in Downtown Detroit at the Riverfront. Public Show is when all of us get to check out the cars.

North American International Auto Show 2014 Schedule
January 13-14, Press Days
January 15-16, Industry Preview
January 17, Charity Preview Gala
January 18-26, Public Show

January 16-19, 2014 (thu-sun)  Michigan Winter Dog Classic – at Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, MI.
official website: www.themichiganwinterdogclassic.com
Event will host more than 7,000 dogs, 160+ breeds, including several breeds getting ready for the country's premier Westminster Kennel Club Dog show in February. Also has educational demonstrations, obedience & conformation judging, seminars, and "My Dog Can Do That" – bring your dog and work together with several AKC professional trainers as they show you how your dog can perform in agility events.

January 16-20, 2014 (thu-mon)  Shrine Circus – at Perani Arena & Event Center in Flint, MI.
official info: www.ekshrine.com/circus-information.html + www.peraniarena.com + facebook

January 17-19, and 24-26, 2014  Tip Up Town USA (TUT) – at Houghton Lake, MI (northern lower peninsula).
official information: houghtonlakechamber.net/ + www.visithoughtonlake.com/tipuptown.shtml + facebook
64th in 2014. Friday through Sunday both weekends. "Largest Winter Festival in Michigan, held annually the last two weekends in January." Grand Parade, Fireworks, ice fishing contest, polar bear dip, snowmobile display-rides-racing, coed softball on ice, ice slide, motorcycle ice racing, ice carving, ice sculpture contest, chainsaw carving, carnival rides and games, beverage tent, winter fashion show, turkey & chicken bowling, bed race, kids rides & games, garage sale, scavenger hunt, poker run, Tip Up Town Queen, Mayor and Marshall, more.

January 18, 2014 (sat)  Royal Oak Toy Show – in Royal Oak, MI. just north of Detroit.
info when available: www.ci.royal-oak.mi.us/portal/community-links/farmers-market/
Held at the Royal Oak Farmers Market. Annual event features antique and nostalgic toys and collectibles from different eras. It's a general toy show that includes trains and dolls.

January 20, 2014 (monday)  Martin Luther King Day

January 22-27, 2014 (wed-mon)  Zehnder's Snowfest 2014 – in Frankenmuth, MI (mid/east lower peninsula).
official website: www.zehnders.com/promotions/festivals.htm
23rd annual in 2014. "Zehnder's Snowfest has been host to one of the top snow sculpting events in North America for the past 22 years. Visitors have enjoyed larger-than-life snow sculptures and beautifully detailed ice carvings each year. 2014 will again dazzle and excite you with snow and ice sculptures created by professional ice and snow carvers around the world. Zehnder's Snowfest is also host to the National Collegiate Ice Carving Championship and the High School Snow Sculpting Competition. Also will have entertainment for the entire family in the warming tent, a fireworks display, petting zoo and children's activities."

January 23-26, 2014 (thu-sun)  Shrine Circus – at The Dow Event Center in Saginaw, MI.
official info: www.ekshrine.com/circus-information.html + www.doweventcenter.com + facebook

January 24-26, 2014 (fri-sun)  Village of Rochester Hills Fire and Ice Festival – (north of Detroit), Annual.
info#58; www.downtownrochestermi.com/events/fireandice
Events include fireworks, ice sculptures, TasteFest, tube sledding, snow shoeing and cross country skiing, dog sled rides, ice skating, broom ball exhibition, 5K and carriage rides.

January 24 – Feb 1, 2014  Ferndale Blues Festival – in Ferndale, MI (just north of Detroit).
official website: www.ferndalebluesfestival.org
Annual Blues Fest. Approximately 60 concerts, nine days, two dozen locations.

January 25, 2014 (sat)  Heikinpäivä 2013 – in Hancock, MI (U.P., northwest upper peninsula).
official info at: pasty.com/heikki/index.html
a Finnish-American mid-winter festival associated with Heikki Day (St. Henrik's day, January 19th). Has events throughout the weeks leading up to the primary festival day. Finnish crafts, music, food, films and games. Parade, Boot-throwing & Wife-carrying competitions, Tanssit (Dance), Seisovapöytä (Finnish buffet), Finnish games, Vipukelkka (whipsled), reindeer encampment, dog sled demos, Lumijuoksu (Snow Run), more.

January 30 - February 2, 2014 (thu-sun)  Perchville USA 2014 - 64th Annual – in Tawas, MI (East Michigan).
info at www.tawas.com. Kick-Off Dinner, Parade, Fishing Contest, "Chilly" Cook-off, Polar Bear Swims, family tent with lots of stuff for kids, hospitality tent with beer/wine and live entertainment for adults, horse-drawn carriage rides, more.

January 31 - February 1, 2014 (fri-sat)  Ann Arbor Folk Festival – at Hill Auditorium in Ann Arbor, MI.
official website: theark.org/ann_arbor_folk_festival.html
The Ark's largest annual fundraising event will celebrate its 35th year with some of the finest in traditional and contemporary artists. Live music entertainment.

January 31 - February 2, 2014 (fri-sun)  Kalkaska Winterfest and Midwest International Dog Sled Race – in Kalkaska, MI (northwest lower peninsula, near Traverse City). official websites: kalkaskawinterfest.org + facebook
"Featuring the Largest Sprint Race in North Americs, Purse is $7,000. It's the only race in the state with an Unlimited/Open Class". IWPA Weight Pull ($1,250 Purse) features dogs from all over the USA. Winterfest also has Dog Sled Rides, Dog Pull Contest, Indoor Snowman Contest, Disc Golf Tournament, Pond Hockey Tournament, Ice Bowl, vendor/craft show, children's activities and more.


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February 1, 2014 (sat)  International 500 Snowmobile Race (Soo I-500) – in Sault Ste. Marie, MI (Upper Peninsula).
official websites: www.i-500.com + facebook + youtube
I-500 Race week is Jan 27th to Feb 1st. 46th consecutive running of the world's oldest, longest, fastest and most exciting snowmobile endurance race. Events include Qualifying Rounds, a Vintage Snowmobile Show, Woody's Challenge Pro-Am Race, Kid's Mini 5 Snowmobile Race, Ice Skating, Awards Ceremony, live band, bon-fire and more.

February 2, 2014 (sun)  Super Bowl XLVIII (48) – Super Bowl Parties all across Michigan.
official websites: www.nfl.com/superbowl + www.nynjsuperbowl.com
Game will be played at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Game on tv, Super Bowl Parties everywhere in Michigan!

February 7-9, 2014 (fri-sun)  Meridian Winter Blast – in Downtown Detroit at Campus Martius Park.
official website: www.winterblast.com
Big Snow Slide, public Ice Skating, Ice Skating Demonstrations, Snowshoeing, Ice Garden with ice sculptures and ice carving demonstrations, Hockey Shot Competition, Dogsledding Exhibitions, Music Stages, food, warm comfort zones, kids zone, more.

February 7-9, 2014 (fri-sun)  Utica Ice Festival – in Utica, MI (north of Detroit).
info at: www.utica-events.com
Annual Ice Carvings and Fireworks Festival. Music, games, prizes, amateur ice carving contest, horse drawn carriage rides, fireworks show, more.

February 8, 2014 (sat)  Microbrew & Music Festival - Winter – in Traverse City, MI (Northwest Michigan).
official website: microbrewandmusic.com
“Each Microbrew & Music Festival features over 75 musicians, over 45 breweries and over 200 craft brew flavors, between 7 and 10 local food vendors.”

February 14-16, 2014 (fri-sun)  Shanty Days in Caseville, MI (Thumb area).
information: www.casevillechamber.net/
22nd in 2014. annual events are Ice Fishing Contests, Chili Cookoff, Potty Trotty outhouse race, Human Bowling, Texas Hold-Em Tournament, Raffle, Pool Tournament, Beer Tent, Live Music, Karaoke, DJ & Dancing, Snow Golf, Cold Butt Euchre, kids entertainment, Fireworks, more.

February 15-23, 2014  Detroit Boat Show - 56th Annual – at Cobo Center in Downtown Detroit.
info: boatmichigan.org + facebook
The "Premier" boating event in the State of Michigan. "The Detroit Boat Show is actually known as one of the best boat shows in the country in regards to size, sales, and attendance."

February 20-25, 2014  UP200 Sled Dog Championship, Midnight Run, and Jack Pine 30 – in Western Upper Peninsula.
official websites: up200.org + facebook
"The UP200 is one of America's premier 12-dog, mid-distance sled dog races, an Iditarod qualifying race, draws mushers from around the United States and Canada. Coinciding with the UP200 is the eight-dog Midnight Run, a race from Marquette to Munising. The JackPine 30 rounds out the weekend with a six-dog, 30-mile sprint from Gwinn, Michigan to Marquette."

February 17, 2014 (monday)  Washington's Birthday / Presidents Day

February 22, 2014 (sat)  Annual Winter Beer Festival – at Fifth Third Ballpark in Grand Rapids, MI (West Michigan).
information and tickets when available: www.mibeer.com
Noon to 5pm. More than 35 Michigan microbreweries and brewpubs, and more than 200 different beers available to sample.

February 22, 2014 (sat)  Coopersville Outhouse 500 and Chili Cook-Off – in West Michigan, northwest of Grand Rapids.
official information: www.coopersvillefarmmuseum.org
8th Annual. The last Saturday of every February, the Coopersville/Polkton Firemen's Club hosts a race of outhouses down Main Street Coopersville! pre-registration required for the chili cook-off.

February 22, 2014 (sat)  Trenary Outhouse Classic – Outhouse Races – in Trenary, MI (U.P. – Upper Peninsula).
official website: www.trenaryouthouseclassic.com     additional info click here
Build and race outhouses on skis! Trophies, cash and prizes awarded for several categories including fastest times and overall appearance, kids to adults. Anyone can enter, build one out of wood and/or cardboard then race it down Main Street. Held annually on the last Saturday in Feb.


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March 4, 2014 (tue)  WWE Smackdown at Joe Louis Arena in downtown Detroit at the riverfront. World Wrestling Entertainment, WWE Smackdown TV. info and tickets: www.olympiaentertainment.com + wwe.com

March 6-8, 2014 (thu-sat)  Hamtramck Music Festival in Hamtramck, MI (inside Detroit).
website: www.hamtramckmusicfestival.com
About 100 local music acts perform at 16 venues, most within walking distance of each other. This music fest goes back to the original vibe and feel of the Metro Times Blowout. It's a bar hoppin', venue hoppin', all types of live local music good time!

March 6-16, 2014  Gilda's LaughFest – in Grand Rapids and other cities in West Michigan.
official websites: www.laughfestgr.org + facebook
Featured comedy stars include Jay Leno, Chris Tucker, Sinbad, Lily Tomlin. “The nation's first-ever community-wide festival of laughter, a 10-day festival that features stand-up, improv, film, authors, community showcases and a variety of funny stuff. For our community kickoff event this year (March 7th), LaughFest is asking the community to help us break the existing Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of people who are wearing false mustaches!” more than 200 shows, 60+ performers on stages in Grand Rapids, Lowell and Holland.

March 7-9, 2014 (fri-sun)  The Michigan Golf Show in Novi, MI (northwest of Detroit).
website: www.michigangolfshow.com
Held at Suburban Collection Showplace. Over 400 exhibitors. Retailers, Resorts, Travel Destinations, Great Deals on Michigan Golf Courses, and a variety of "hands-on" activities. Admission for Adults is $10, children 12 and under free. Highlights... Long Drive Contests, 100 feet of Hitting Nets, Close to the Pin Contest.

March 7-9, 2014 (fri-sun)  Detroit AutoRama (62nd Annual Meguiar's AutoRama) – at Cobo Center in Downtown Detroit.
official information: www.autorama.com
Annual vehicle show. “America's Finest Hot Rods, Customs, Trucks and Motorcycles”. celebrity appearances by Chris Jericho and Shawn Michaels (WWE), Richard & Kyle Petty, the Annual Toy-A-Rama, Miss Autorama Pinup Girl Contest, Live Entertainment, Pedal Car Challenge, Charity Auction, much more.

March 7-9, 2014 (fri-sun)  Michigan Horse Expo – at MSU in East Lansing, MI.
official information: www.michiganhorseexpo.org
International Stallion Exhibition and Trade Show (Michigan Horse Expo), one of the top three-day horse expos in the country. In 2014 it takes place at the Michigan State University Livestock Pavilion. View stallions of different breeds, has dozens of clinics, seminars and educational events, more than 200 vendor booths, and a Rodeo.

March 12-15, 2014 (wed-sat)  Clare Irish Festival – in Clare, MI (northern lower peninsula).
info on facebook: Clare Irish Festival Facebook Page
Clare's Annual Irish Festival. Events include an Irish Recipe contest, live music, craft show, kids carnival, Irish Bed Race, parade, more.

March 14-16, 2014 (fri-sun)  Southwest Michigan Golf Show in Kalamazoo, MI.
website: www.michigangolfshow.com
Held at Kalamazoo County Expo Center. Admission for Adults is $6, children 12 and under free. over 100 exhibitors, 100 feet of Hitting Nets, Long Drive & Guess Your Distance Contests, Close to the Pin Contest.

March 16, 2014 (sun)  56th Detroit St. Patrick's Parade – info at www.detroitstpatricksparade.com. Parade is held on Michigan Avenue, a little west of Downtown Detroit.

March 17, 2014 (mon)  St. Patrick's Day – celebrated in just about every bar and club in the state. Wear something green! Get lots of local Irish info at www.detroitirish.org

March 20-23, 2014 (thu-sun)  Freep Film Festival in Detroit.
websites: freepfilmfestival.com + facebook
“devoted to reall-life cinematic stories tied to the Motor City, showcasing documentaries about Detroit and Michigan.” Screenings will be held at The Detroit Film Theatre at the Detroit Institute of Arts and The Fillmore Detroit.

March 23, 2014 (sun)  Marche du Nain Rouge – in the Cass Corridor, Detroit.
websites: marchedunainrouge.com + facebook
“Join about 3,000 Cass Corridor revelers intent on banishing the Nain Rouge, the malevolent dwarf who's haunted Detroit since the days of Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac. All are welcome at the fourth annual Marche du Nain Rouge – Detroiters and Detroit-lovers (or maybe just Nain-haters) will gather to drive the evil spirit out of our fair city for another year.” event includes a 5k run before the march and after-parties.

March 25-30, 2014 (tue-sun)  Ann Arbor Film Festival in Ann Arbor, MI.
website: www.aafilmfest.org
52nd in 2014. independent & experimental film.

March 27-30, 2014 (thu-sat)  North American Bicycle Week (NABW) – a Detroit city-wide event.
info at: www.detroitbikecity.org
Detroit will host the first annual North American Bicycle Week, a four day event celebrating the culture and healthy lifestyle of cycling. NABW will have numerous day and night rides, plus bike demonstrations, forums and more.

March 31, 2014 (mon)  Detroit Tigers 2014 Season Home Opener
Detroit Tigers vs. Kansas City Royals at Comerica Park in Downtown Detroit, MI. Tigers detroit.tigers.mlb.com are in Major League Baseball MLB



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April 4-5, 2014 (fri-sat)  Chefs Challenge – at Boyne Mountain, Boyne Falls, MI (northwest lower peninsula).
website: www.chefs-challenge.com
Chefs in Michigan compete for Bragging Rights & Notoriety at this Annual Benefit for Challenge Mountain. "Based on the cult sensation Iron Chef America and the famous 'Secret Ingredient'. Chef Teams from Northern and Southern Michigan present the state's great Agricultural diversity at it's succulent finest, complimented by fine Michigan wines and micro-brews, a true premier Michigan event. All Chefs Challenge proceeds go to help Challenge Mountain, the nation's only adaptive recreational facility dedicated exclusively to people with special needs. 100% of all donated dollars go directly to our programs."

April 11-13, 2014 (fri-sun)  Great Lakes Art Fair – at Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, MI (northwest of Detroit).
website: www.greatlakesartfair.com
Indoors. See over 200 booths of artists and displays, including sculpture, painting, ceramics, clothing, jewelry and more.

April 2014  TEA Party Rallies – Taxed Enough Already (TEA) party rallies are on different days in many cities throughout Michigan, including Lansing. For dates and more info, check out...
Tea Party Patriots   Michigan Tea Party Patriots
Americans For Prosperity (AFP)   AFP Michigan
Tax Day Tea Party - Michigan   FreedomWorks.org   FairTax.org   BigGovernment.com   Liberty Central

April 18-19, 2014 (fri-sat)  Microbrew & Music Festival - Winter – in Lansing, MI.
official website: microbrewandmusic.com
“Each Microbrew & Music Festival features over 75 musicians, over 45 breweries and over 200 craft brew flavors, between 7 and 10 local food vendors.”

April 20, 2014 (sun)  Easter (Easter Sunday)

April 23-27, 2014 (wed-sun)  National Trout Festival – in Kalkaska, MI (northwest MI, near Traverse City).
website: www.nationaltroutfestival.com
Annual event has a parade, carnival midway, classic car show, arts & crafts, entertainment, fireworks, more.

April 25, 2014 (fri)  Detroit Music Awards Ceremony – in Detroit at The Fillmore Detroit.
official website: www.detroitmusicawards.com
Public is invited with general admission only $20, RSVP's up to $1,000 for a VIP table. It's a Big Time Annual Awards Ceremony put on by the Motor City Music Foundation (DMF). This night is all about meeting and congratulating our incredibly talented local musicians in grand style! It's a glorious night of award presentations and live performances, our Local Grammys. Details and scheduled performers will be posted on website. For information regarding eligibility, submissions, registering, voting, tickets, List of Winners (Congrats!), click official website link.

April 25-27, 2014 (fri-sun)  Vermontville Maple Syrup Festival – 74th Annual – in Vermontville, MI (west of Lansing).
website: www.vermontvillemaplesyrupfestival.org
"We have something for everyone. Mid-America rides, talent show, arts and crafts, flea market, two parades, petting zoo, princess pageant, various displays, games, free entertainment, a pancake derby, and arm wrestling. Our syrup producers are located throughout the village selling syrup, candies, crème and the ever popular maple syrup cotton candy." Held annually on the last full weekend in April.

April 27, 2014 (sun)  Dawn Farm 5th Annual Ride for Recovery (bicycle) in Ypsilanti, MI.
info at www.dawnfarm.org/upcomingevents/ride-for-recovery + facebook
The Ride for Recovery is a family fun and fitness event and fundraiser for Dawn Farm. The 5th Annual Ride for Recovery offers opportunities to participate at any fitness level, with four bike rides to choose from and a run/walk. Event includes a Recovery Celebration lunch. Dawn Farm provides effective, compassionate and hope-filled professional care to members of our community who struggle with alcohol/other drug problems.

TBA 2014  Art X Detroit – in Midtown Detroit.
websites: www.artxdetroit.com + facebook
A Kresge Arts multidisciplinary celebration.

April 30 – May 3, 2014  Metro Times Blowout 17 – in Ferndale, MI and surrounding area. websites: www.mtblowout.com + facebook + twitter. "300 Bands, 20+ Stages, 4 Nights. One of the most legendary music events in metro Detroit." Schedule and Bands are on main website. Enjoy this All Local Michigan, Big-Time Music Slavin', Venue Bar-Hopping good time!


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May 1-4, 2014 (thu-sun)  Michigan International Women's Show – at Surburban Collection Showplace in Novi, MI (northwest of Detroit). information at www.southernshows.com/wde

May 2-3, 2014 (fri-sat)  Victorian Days – in Grand Ledge (just west of Lansing).
website: www.victoriandays.org + facebook
Annual Victorian Festival held on the first weekend in May. Features high Tea, Maypole Dance, Civil War Re-enactors, Art & Craft Demonstrators, more.

May 3, 2014 (sat)  Blossomtime Festival – in Southwestern MI.
website: www.blossomtimefestival.org
Grand Floral Parade. "The oldest and largest multi-community Festival in the state of Michigan." Pre-parade events include pageants, 5k run/walk, more. Annually on first Saturday in May.

May 3-4, 2014 (sat-sun)  Michigan Antique & Collectible Festival – in Davisburg, MI.
websites: www.miantiquefestival.com + facebook
at Springfield Oaks County Park in northern Oakland County.

May 3-10, 2014 (sat-sat)  Tulip Time Festival – in Holland, MI (western Michigan).
website: www.tuliptime.com
For over 80 years, the Holland Tulip Festival is a celebration of Dutch heritage and culture. 3 Parades, Klompen Dancers (nearly 1,700 total dancers), music and variety shows from national headline entertainers to the remarkably talented local folk, Dutch Dance performances, Dutch Food, an art and craft fair, fireworks, an outdoor carnival, children's events, trolley tours, more.

May 9-11, 2014 (fri-sun)  Mesick Mushroom Festival – 55th Annual – in Mesick (northwest MI, south of Traverse City).
website: www.mesick-mushroomfest.org
Mesick, MI is the mushroom capital in the United States. Event features a Grand Parade, Carnival rides, contests for mushroom hunters, lots of food, beer tent, 5 K walk/run, Mug bog racers, crafts and hobbies, flea market, horseshoe toss, horse pull, more.

May 9-10, 2014 (fri-sat)  Spring Fling Festival – in Wyandotte, MI (Downriver, south of Detroit).
website: wyandottespringfling.com
At Yack Arena. Live entertainment, rides, vegas, crafts, games, food, super raffles, bungee and more.

May 11, 2014 (sun)  Mother's Day

May 15-18, 2014 (thu-sun)  National Morel Mushroom Festival – in Boyne City, MI (Northwest Lower Peninsula). website: bcmorelfestival.com
Mushroom hunts, cooking demonstrations, live music, more. Annually the weekend after Mother's Day.

May 16-18, 2014 (fri-sun)  Motor City Comic Con – at Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, MI.
websites: www.motorcitycomiccon.com + www.motorcityconventions.com + facebook
Michigan's #1 Comic Event. “multi-media event with over 1 million comics and collectables for sale and trade.” Comic books, writers, artists, anime, gaming, special guests and more. annual event.

TBA 2014 (fri-mon)  St. Mary's Polish Country Fair – in Orchard Lake (northwest of Detroit).
websites: www.stmaryspolishcountryfair.com + facebook
Annual event, more than 45 Carnival Rides including an 80-foot rollercoaster (The Crazy Mouse), Authentic Polish and All-American Food, Las Vegas Tent with Black Jack, Casino Games and No Limit Texas Hold 'Em, plus a Bingo Tent. lots of Live Music and Dancing, Raffle, Kids Area, more. Free admission, onsite parking on the grounds of St. Mary's is $10.

May 24, 2014 (sat)  Petoskey Stone Festival – at Barnes Park in Antrim County, MI (northwestern MI).
websites: www.petoskeystonefestival.com + facebook
Annual Free festival honoring Michigan's State Stone and celebrating all of Antrim County's natural resources with entertainment, food, music, and activities for the entire family.

May 24-26, 2014 (sat-mon)  Movement 2014 – Electronic Music Festival (Movement Detroit) – in Downtown Detroit at Hart Plaza. websites: movement.us + facebook
Annual Memorial Day weekend event, Movement features EDM (electronic dance music), almost 100 artists on four stages. Paid General Admission, day pass and three-day passes available.

May 26, 2014 (monday)  Memorial Day

TBA 2014 (fri-sun)  3 Minutes in Lyon Film Festival – in Lyon Township and South Lyon, MI (west of Detroit).
websites: www.lyonfilmfestival.org + facebook
"family friendly event where people of all ages are encouraged to create and enter a video. Whether it is video from your cell phone, a funny spoof on a current event or video on an important cause, create it, enter it and have fun with it!"

May 30 - June 1, 2014 (fri-sun)  Detroit Grand Prix [Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix]
websites: www.detroitgp.com + facebook
Indy Grand Prix Race is June 2nd, on Belle Isle, Detroit, MI. 2.1 mile course. And there will be several support races. tickets range from $45 to $155, see official website for complete information.

May 30 - June 1, 2014 (fri-sun)  Downtown Hoedown – WYCD Country Music Fest at Comerica Park in Downtown Detroit.
official information is at: wycd.cbslocal.com/category/hoedown
3-Day passes and single day tickets.

May 31 - June 1, 2014 (sat-sun)  Michigan Antique & Collectible Festival – in Midland, MI.
websites: www.miantiquefestival.com + facebook
"Michigan's Largest Antique & Collectible Festival! With over 1000 Dealers on over 80 acres. The Michigan Antique Festival has been the Michigan's premier Antique & Collectible Festival for over 40 years." Furniture, Coins, Glassware, Art, Vintage Jewelry, Military, Collectibles and more. Admission is $6 per person, with children ages 11 and under free. Held at Midland County Fairgrounds, 6905 Eastman Ave, Midland, MI 48642. Camping available.

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June 6, 2014 (fri)  WWE Live – at Joe Louis Arena in downtown Detroit. World Wrestling Entertainment with John Cena, Sheamus, Bray Wyatt & The Wyatt Family, Kane and many more. Card subject to change. info and tickets: www.olympiaentertainment.com + wwe.com

June 6-8, 2014 (fri-sun)  Festival of the Arts - Grand Rapids (West MI).
website: www.festivalgr.org
Annual event known as "Festival". A FREE community showcase of the arts: visual, performing & culinary West Michigan artists. The area's bands, choirs, rock, folk, country, blues - the works. Food booths operated by area churches and nonprofit organizations. Touch art.

June 6-8, 2014 (fri-sun)  National Asparagus Festival (NAF) – in Hart, MI (West Michigan).
website: www.nationalasparagusfestival.org
Some of the annual events include a Grand Parade, Family Activities, Arts & Crafts Fair, Motorcycle Run, 5k Run, Asparagus Food Show, Asparagus Queen and much more. Held every year during the second weekend of June.

June 7, 2014 (sat)  Mount Clemens Cruise (car cruise) – in Mount Clemens, MI (northeast of Detroit).
websites: www.mountclemenscruise.com + facebook
22nd Annual in 2013. Open Cruise and Car Show.

June 7, 2014 (sat)  Jay Leno – at Sound Board, MotorCity Casino Hotel in Detroit. two shows, info and tickets at: www.soundboarddetroit.com

June 7, 2014 (sat)  Ionia Classic Car & Truck Show – in Ionia, MI (Mid/Western MI, northwest of Lansing).
website: www.ioniaclassiccar.com
8th Annual in 2014. There will be food, oldies music, fun for the whole family. Proceeds to benefit the Ionia Area Food Banks.

June 7, 2014 (sat)  Lemonade Day Detroit – across the entire state of Michigan.
websites: detroit.lemonadeday.org + facebook
“Lemonade Day is a free, annual, educational initiative designed to teach children how to start, own and operate their own business. Lemonade stands will appear all over Michigan, from neighborhoods to retail spaces and everything in between. In 2011, 119,000 children in 35 cities across the United States and Canada hosted Lemonade Day. In 2012, Lemonade Day Detroit participants donated about $230,000 to the charities of their choice.”

June 13-14, 2014 (fri-sat)  Cereal Festival with World's Longest Breakfast Table – in Battle Creek, MI (southwest Michigan). official information at: bcfestivals.com/
Parade on Friday, Breakfast Table on Saturday. Annual event, 150+ breakfast tables, plus live entertainment, karaoke idol contest, more.

June 11-14, 2014 (wed-sat)  Hamburg Family Fun Fest – in Hamburg Township (west of Detroit).
www.hamburgfunfest.com + facebook
Annual event. Amusement rides, live music, Hometown Idol Singing Talent Showcase, fireworks, more.

June 12-15, 2014 (thu-sun)  Frankenmuth Bavarian Festival - in Frankenmuth, MI (Mid Michigan).
official information: www.frankenmuthfestivals.com
Annual. Bavarian music played by authentically dressed German bands, midway rides and games, dance music, craft area, German foods and plenty of ice-cold beer – imported and domestic. Each year, over 100,000 people enjoy the annual Sunday Big Parade.

June 13-15, 2014 (fri-sun)  Belleville National Strawberry Festival – in Belleville (west of Detroit).
website: www.nationalstrawberryfest.com
Annual Strawberry Festival celebrates the strawberry season with free special events for the entire family. Parade, Two Midways with Carnival Rides and Games, Beer Tent, Music and Concerts, Strawberry Idol contest, Strawberry Treats, magnificent food, Bingo, car show, crafters, a Children's Area. held every Father's Day weekend.

June 13 – July 6, 2014  Ann Arbor Summer Festival – in Ann Arbor, MI.
websites: www.annarborsummerfestival.org + facebook
Jazz superstars, Motown legends, Broadway hoofers, soul revivalists, daredevil acrobats, downtown DJs, more. From alternative folk to improv comedy to experimental fringe. A variety of headlining talent alongside some of today's up-and-coming young artists. Annual event, takes place at multiple locations, need to pay admission for most performances.

June 14, 2014 (sat)  Cruisin' Gratiot – in Eastpointe, MI (just north of Detroit).
websites: www.Cruisin-Gratiot.com + facebook
Annual car cruise. a week long celebration of automotive history, tradition, memorabilia, car shows, Idol Contest, Guitar Hero Contest, and family outings leading up to officially Cruisin' Gratiot, the Saturday before Father's Day.

June 14, 2014 (sat)  Harley Fest – at Freedom Hill in Sterling Heights, MI.
website: freedomhill.net
Wolverine Harley-Davidson Harley Fest. Bikes, bands, more.

June 14-29, 2014  Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival – in Southeast Michigan.
website: www.greatlakeschambermusic.com
theme for 2014: "In The Shadow of Bach".

June 15, 2014 (sun)  Father's Day

June 15, 2014 (sun)  Quicken Loans 400 - NASCAR Sprint Cup Series – at Michigan International Speedway (MIS) in Brooklyn, MI. official information: www.mispeedway.com/
Race is on Sunday but there are additional events on friday & saturday before the race. click website for more info.

June 20-21, 2014 (fri-sat)  West Michigan Chalk Art Festival (WMCAF) – in Byron Center, MI (South of Grand Rapids).
websites: www.wmcaf.com + facebook
Artists are invited to display their creativity and imagination and demonstrate the many varieties of chalk art. We invite children, adults, families and businesses to create their own art using chalk. The WMCAF is sponsored by Byron Community Wellness Foundation a not profit corporation.

TBA 2014 (fri-sun)  Arab International Festival – in Dearborn, MI (borders west side of Detroit).
information on: www.americanarab.com/
Skipping 2013, expected back in 2014. largest Arab International Festival in the nation.

TBA 2014 (sat)  Edge-Ross Ride (Motorcycle Charity Ride) – in Trenton (south of Detroit).
official information: www.edgerossride.com + facebook
"We invite you to participate in 13th annual charity ride that raises money for local charities. All proceeds will again benefit the Trenton Firefighters Charity, Oakwood Southshore & Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospitals. This year's raffle prize is a 2-year lease on a 2013 Ford Mustang GT or $10,000." The Ride starts at Elizabeth Park in Trenton, MI.

TBA 2014 (sat)  Miss Michigan (Scholarship Pageant) – in Muskegon (West Michigan).
websites: www.missmichigan.org + facebook
Pageant provides educational opportunities to young women across the State of Michigan.

June 18-22, 2014 (wed-sun)  Annual Bay-Rama Fishfly Festival – in New Baltimore, MI (northeast of Detroit).
official info at: www.bay-rama.com
Annual event includes a parade, fireworks, midway, talent show, live music, a DJ, Miss Bay-Rama and Her Court, eating contests and much more.

June 19-21, 2014 (thu-sat)  Island Festival – in Downtown Kalamazoo (West MI).
websites: www.islandfestkalamazoo.com + facebook
Annual event. Reggae music includes "international, national, regional, and local talent and is the largest celebration of the Caribbean culture in Michigan."

June 20-22, 2014 (fri-sun)  Detroit River Days – in Downtown Detroit at the Riverfront.
websites: www.riverdays.com + www.detroitriverfront.org/riverdays + facebook
"Experience all the RiverWalk has to offer, from Carnival rides and games, tall ship, jet-ski demos and riverboat tours to live music, sand sculptures, kids activities, Bike Night, 5K run, Coast Guard Cutter, Detroit ArtScape, food, more." Admission to GM River Days is $3 and $5 after 5pm.

June 20-22, 2014 (fri-sun)  Opa! Fest (Greek Festival) – in Troy, MI (north of Detroit).
website: www.opafest.com
Annual event. "Metro Detroit area's largest ongoing celebration of Greek culture. Enjoy traditional Greek food, music and dancing, cooking demonstrations and cultural exhibits." Kids area has rides and activities. Held at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 760 Wattles Rd, Troy, MI 48098.

TBA 2014 (fri)  Hour Detroit's "Best of Detroit Party" – at the Sound Board inside Motor City Casino.
websites: www.hourdetroit.com + Sound Board event
Hour Detroit magazine celebrates results of their readers' annual survey.

TBA 2014 (sat)  International Tug Boat Race – on the Detroit River between Detroit & Windsor.
website: www.tugrace.com
Annual. "The normally sedate Detroit River comes alive with roaring diesels and blaring air horns when tug boats of all sizes race for glory and trophies in the annual International Tug Boat Race. As many as 30 tugs of all sizes race in a mad dash for the finish line. Tugs ranging in length from 45 to 140 feet compete at the same time, all muscling for the best position. Some of the larger tugs are actual working tugs with more than 2,000 horsepower, the Detroit River boils as the tugs create a huge wake."

June 23, 2014 (mon)  Detroit Fireworks (Ford Fireworks) – in Downtown Detroit on the Riverfront.
official info: www.theparade.org/fireworks.php
Michigan's largest fireworks display. Including across the river in Windsor, Canada, about one million people will see this fireworks display. Rain Date TBA.

TBA 2014 (tue-sun)  Livonia Spree and Fireworks Extravaganza – in Livonia, MI (west of Detroit).
websites: www.livoniaspree.com + facebook
Spree is an annual week-long city birthday party with Carnival, Live Music, food, more, and the 30-minutes Grand Finale Fireworks show on sunday night concludes the celebration.

June 26-29, 2014 (thu-sun)  Electric Forest Festival - in Rothbury, MI, at the Double JJ Ranch (Western MI).
websites: www.electricforestfestival.com + facebook
This four day outdoor music festival is the successor to the former Rothbury Music Festival. Many music genres, local and national music acts including REO Speedwagon. tickets $199 to $239.50 plus fees.

June 27, 2014 (fri)  Jobbie Nooner (JobbieNooner 1) – at Gull Island on Lake St. Clair (northeast of Detroit).
info: www.jobbiecrew.com + jobbienooner.com [nooner.com for adults only, must be 18+].
Jobbie Nooner is an Adult, 18yrs and older Annual Mardi Gras style boats and island party. It's a wild good time traditionally held on the 1st Friday of Summer.

June 27-29, 2014 (fri-sun)  Stars and Stripes Festival – in Sterling Heights, MI (north of Detroit).
website: www.starsandstripesfest.com
at Freedom Hill Park, 14900 Metropolitan Parkway, Sterling Heights, MI 48312. Annual Festival is Free to the public and features a full carnival, nationally known and local music acts, art displays, fireworks and more.

June 27-29, 2014 (fri-sun)  Michigan Challenge Balloonfest – in Howell, MI.
website: www.michiganchallenge.com
Annual event. One of the premier summer-time activities in Michigan with balloon launches and entertainment for the entire family.

June 27-29, 2014 (fri-sun)  Trenton Mid-Summer Festival – in Trenton, MI (south of Detroit).
websites: www.trentonmi.org + facebook
37th Annual in 2012. Join over 150,000 visitors, over 200 artists and craftsmen, and live entertainment on West Jefferson in the Riverfront Business District.

June 28, 2014 (sat)  Cruisin' Downriver (car cruise) – just south of Detroit.
website: www.cruisindownriver.com
14th annual in 2013. Cruise is on Fort Street through the cities of Lincoln Park, Riverview, Southgate, and Wyandotte. More than 500,000 car buffs and enthusiasts are expected.

TBA 2014 (thu-sun)  St. Stan's A.C. Polish Festival – in Bay City, MI (East/Mid MI).
info on facebook. Homemade Polish Food and Polish Music performed by live bands at "Michigan's largest Polish Festival". Also a Road Race, 5K run/walk, Casino Night, Bingo, Major Rides and Games for all ages, raffles, more.

TBA 2014 (sat + thur-sun)  Concert of Colors – Diversity Festival – in Midtown Detroit.
website: www.concertofcolors.com
21st in 2013. FREE Admission musical celebration of Metro Detroit's cultural diversity. It features the Don Was Detroit All-Star Revue and musical acts from around the world with a wide range of global musical styles, including music from Detroit area. takes place at multiple venues in Midtown Detroit, just north of downtown.


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Ann Arbor Summer Festival 2014 continues through July 6th. see June 13th listing above.

July 4, 2014 (friday)  Independence Day USA (July 4th)

July 4-6, 2014  Detroit Electronic Music Festival (DEMF Techno Fest) – FREE Fest in and around Campus Martius in Downtown Detroit. DEMF will feature about 100 Electronic DJs and producers on six stages. It will be held simultaneously with the Federation of Electronic Music Technology(FEMT) being held inside Ford Field. Fest will be produced by Carol Marvin, founder of the original DEMF in 2000 and returns it to Detroit in 2014. official website TBA.

July 4-6, 2014  Federation of Electronic Music Technology (FEMT) – at Ford Field in Downtown Detroit. A ticketed event held simultaneously with DEMF, FEMT will feature about 50 artists, technology labs, exhibits, and artist lectures. Three-day passes expected to range from $300 to $1,500. FEMT will be produced by Carol Marvin. official website TBA.

July 4-13, 2014  Oakland County Fair – in Davisburg, MI (northwest of Detroit).
official websites: www.oakfair.org + facebook
Carnival, Circus, Monster Trucks, Demolition Derby, Figure 8 Race, Fireworks, Battle of The Bands, Dirt Bike Globe of Death, Horse Shows, Large Animal Livestock Sale, Poultry and Rabbit Auction, Dog Judging, 4-H exhibitions, Miracle of Birth Barn, Lawn Mower Rodeo, Bullmania Rodeo, Fireworks, lots of contests including a Husband-Calling contest and Watermelon Eating contests, Bump and Rune Car Race, Classic Car Show, Exotic Petting Zoo, free bike drawings, exhibits ranging from photography to aerospace, food and much more. Held at Springfield Oaks County Park.

July 5-12, 2014 (sat to sat)  National Cherry Festival – in Traverse City, MI (northwest lower peninsula).
official websites: www.cherryfestival.org + facebook
Annual event. Parades, Million Dollar Hole-In-One Golf Contest, Air Shows, Amusements Midway, Adult Cherry Pie Eating Contest, Cherry Pit Spitting Contest, Fourth of July Fireworks, music by Styx, Foreigner, Aaron Tippon, Montgomery Gentry. Plus... Juried Arts and Crafts Fair, Classic Vehicle Show, Beer Tent, Petting Zoo, guided orchard tours, much more. "In all, there are more than 150 events along the shores of Lake Michigan's Grand Traverse Bay. The Festival has been named in USA Todays top ten festivals for several years running."

July 8-13, 2014 (tue-sun)  Common Ground Music Festival – in Lansing, MI.
official website: www.commongroundfest.com
Annual event. 2013 headliners include Barenaked Ladies, Ben Folds Five, Slash, Ludacris. "The featured component of Common Ground - top-shelf, national musical performers will occupy two (2) main stages each night. Keeping with the design of the event, the headline shows will spotlight numerous contemporary musical formats including Country, Classic Rock, New Rock and R&B. A variety of local, regional and other national performers will ignite other festival stages with non-stop music of all kinds throughout the Festival." tickets generally range from $24.50 to $119.50

July 9-12, 2014 (wed-sat)  Wyandotte Street Art Fair – in Wyandotte, MI (Downriver, south of Detroit).
official websites: www.wyandottestreetartfair.org + facebook
53rd Annual in 2014. Over 300 artist booths, a workshop, Riverfront & Street Entertainment, food, children's activity areas, more.

July 9-12, 2014 (wed-sat)  Annual Blue Water Fest (Boat Week) – in Port Huron, MI (East Michigan).
official websites: www.thebluewaterfest.com + facebook + 2013 facebook event
"One of the largest outdoor summertime events in Southeastern Michigan." Free General Admission. 40+ live concerts on 5 stages, Carnival Rides and Amusements, Lighted Boat Parade, Fireworks Spectacular, Boat Night with hundreds of sailboats on display, interactive military exhibits, juried fine art fair, Taste-Fest with food offerings in various cuisines, more.

July 9-12, 2014 (wed-sat)  River Raisin Festival – in Blissfield, MI (lower part of Southeast Michigan).
official website: www.blissfield.net
31st Annual in 2014. Parade, Live Music, DJs, Car & Bike Show, Motorcycle Poker Run, Miss River Raisin Festival Pageant, 5K Run, much more.

July 10-13, 2014 (thu-sun)  Uncle Sam Jam – in Woodhaven, MI (Downriver, south of Detroit).
official websites: www.unclesamjamfest.com + facebook
FREE Admission. Annual patriotic event that celebrates what makes summertime great. Attractions for Uncle Sam Jam include a spectacular Firework Display, Carnival Rides and Games, FREE national music entertainment each night, and much more.

July 11-13, 2014 (fri-sun)  Detroit APBA Gold Cup Races (Unlimited Hydroplane Boat Race) – on Detroit River between Detroit & Windsor. official website: www.gold-cup.com
Detroit APBA Gold Cup, officially named the APBA Challenge Cup. An annual event, it is Unlimited Hydroplane Boat Racing on the Detroit River and includes other hydroplane classes.

July 11-13, 2014 (fri-sun)  American Polish Festival & Craft Show – at the American-Polish Century Club in Sterling Heights, MI (north of Detroit). website: www.americanpolishfestival.com
“Our Festival draws thousands of friends and families from all around Michigan, Ohio, and Illinois. Our spirited festival features live music and dancing. Highlighting our Festival are the biggest names in Polka Music, along with finest Polish Dance Ensembles in Michigan. This is our second year for the Srodek's Pierogi Eating Challenge”. Free admission, $5 parking fee.

July 11-12, 2014 (fri-sat)  Michigan Elvisfest – in Ypsilanti.
official website: www.mielvisfest.org + facebook
Annual event. One of The Largest Elvisfest Concerts in North America. This not a contest but a true concert with spectacular performances by the best professional Elvis Tribute Artists in North America.

July 12, 2014 (sat)  Bayview Mackinac Race (Port Huron To Mackinac Sailing Race)
official websites: www.byc.com + www.bycmack.com + facebook
2013 Bell's Beer Bayview Mackinac Race. The 89th Bayview Port Huron to Mackinac Race is one of the greatest freshwater yacht races in the world and has a 298 statute mile course. It is also known as the Port Huron to Mackinac Island Yacht Race.

July 12, 2014 (sat)  Cruisin' US12 (Michigan Avenue Car Cruise) – based in Wayne, MI (west of Detroit).
websites: www.cruisinus12.com + facebook
Annual cruise takes place on Michigan Avenue based in downtown Wayne and includes the surrounding communities. See facebook page for Kickoff party Friday night info.

July 12, 2014 (sat)  All American Cruise (Wayne Rd Car Cruise) – in Westland, MI (west of Detroit, north of Wayne).
websites: www.allamericancruise.com + facebook
A new cruise that takes place on Wayne Road from Joy Road to Glenwood Rd. Kickoff Party on Friday, July 12.

TBA 2014 (fri-sun)  Michigan Lavender Festival – in Armada, MI (north of Detroit).
website: michiganlavenderfestival.net
A Symphony for the Senses. A 'Made-In-Michigan' event, featuring over 100 Michigan artists, craftspeople and local area farms. Festival has lavender workshops, wellness classes, U-pick orchard fruit and wagon rides to tour the farm & orchards." Also enjoy a gourmet lunch and ice cold Lavender Lemonade.

TBA 2014 (thu-sun)  Tall Ship Celebration in Bay City (East/Mid MI)
official website: tallshipcelebration.com
An Official host port in Michigan for the American Sail Training Association's Tall Ships fleet. Magnificent Tall Ships will line both sides of the Saginaw River in Downtown Bay City.

July 16-19, 2014 (wed-sat)  National Baby Food Festival (NBFF) – in Fremont, MI (west MI, north of Grand Rapids).
official website: www.babyfoodfest.com
Annual event in Fremont "Baby Food Capital of the World", features a Grand Parade, Children's Parade, Carnival, Baby Food Cook-Off with cash prizes, the Baby Crawl, a daily Kid's Zone with arts and crafts activity, contests, musicians, clowns, more. Grown-Ups: Karaoke Contest, Headliner Entertainment, Bed Race, 5 and 10K run, Arts and Crafts Show, Car Show, Adult Baby Food Eating Contest, more.

July 16-19, 2014 (wed-sat)  Ann Arbor Art Fair – in Ann Arbor, MI.
official information: artfairs.visitannarbor.org + www.artfair.org + facebook
Four Fairs combined into One Event. "Artists display their latest work and engage the imaginations of more than 500,000 annual fairgoers."

July 17-26, 2014  Ionia Free Fair – in Ionia (northwest of Lansing).
official website: www.ioniafreefair.com
Annual. Monster Truck Throwdown, Truck and Tractor Pulls, Circus performances, Horses, Animal Auctions, Music entertainment, Ionia Idol Competition, food, more.

July 18-20, 2014 (fri-sun)  Roar On The River – in Trenton (south of Detroit).
official websites: www.trentonroarontheriver.com + facebook
Outboard powerboat races, SST 120 and SST 45 UIM/APBA World Championships. Festivities include Jet Ski stunt show, live entertainment and Roar In The Park Car Show. Annual event.

July 18-20, 2014 (fri-sun)  Quake on the Lake – in Waterford. (northwest of Detroit)
official websites: www.quakeonthelake.org + facebook
For the past ten years nearly 350,000 spectators and fans have gathered along the shoreline of the Pontiac Lake State Recreation Area to witness some of the world's fastest Inboard Hydroplane races. These exciting races take place on a one-mile stretch across Pontiac Lake. This popular event highlights 10 different racing classes and has become the ultimate summer celebration in Oakland County. In addition to hosting the Eastern Divisional Championships, Quake on the Lake will also have a carnival and national music acts each night, with a wakeboarding competition on Saturday.

July 18-20, 2014 (fri-sun)  Jackson Hot Air Jubilee (Balloon Festival) – in Jackson, MI (Southwest MI).
official website: www.hotairjubilee.com
Annual event, Free Admission. 65-70 Hot Air Balloons, morning launches, Balloon Night Glow at Dusk - Tethered balloons put on a spectacular light show. Plus Arts and Crafts show, car show, stunt kite demonstrations, Kids' Kingdom, kiddies carnival rides, radio controlled airplanes and cars, static aircraft displays, antique military displays, live entertainment.

July 19-20, 2014 (sat-sun)  Michigan Vet Fest 2014 - Music Festival to Support Veterans In Need – at Motor City Eagles (F.O.E. 2265) in Redford, MI.
websites: Michigan Vet Fest + Michigan Vet Fest Facebook (Official) + 2014 MVF 8 Facebook Event Page.
100% of proceeds go to veterans in need. Free Admission but consider a $5 or more donation because all proceeds go to Veteran's Haven Shelter (in Wayne, MI), Wounded Warriors Project, and Operation Ward 57. In addition to bands and musicians, there will be raffles, prizes, giveaways and surprise celebrity appearances. MVF 8 Showcase Performances by the Broken Arrow Blues Band, Two Timin' Band, Lemon James, Dirty Mind band, The Boa Constrictors, The Alligators, Double D's band, RC Jr. and The Storm, Mario Messina, Sweet Crystal band and more.

July 19-20, 2014 (sat-sun)  Michigan Antique & Collectible Festival – in Midland, MI.
websites: www.miantiquefestival.com + facebook
"Michigan's Largest Antique & Collectible Festival! With over 1000 Dealers on over 80 acres. The Michigan Antique Festival has been the Michigan's premier Antique & Collectible Festival for over 40 years." Furniture, Coins, Glassware, Art, Vintage Jewelry, Military, Collectibles and more. Admission is $6 per person, with children ages 11 and under free. Held at Midland County Fairgrounds, 6905 Eastman Ave, Midland, MI 48642. Camping available.

July 24-26, 2014 (thu-sat)  Sterlingfest Art and Music Fair – in Sterling Heights, MI (just north of Detroit).
info on: www.sterling-heights.net + facebook
"The 2013 Sterlingfest schedule of events features a variety of great music to keep visitors entertained, including jazz, blues, folk and Top 40 entertainment. Plus, free fun activities for the kids allow mom and dad to take their time in the arts & crafts fair. Attractions such as evening concerts, highlighted by the annual Sterlingfest Balloon Launch, promise to draw upwards of 120,000 people from throughout metropolitan Detroit."

July 24-27, 2014 (thu-sun)  Munger Potato Festival – in Munger, MI (East/Mid MI, near Bay City).
website: www.mungerpotatofest.com
Entertainment tent, carnival, Figure 8's & Demolition Derbies, Parade and FREE POTATOES.

July 25-26, 2014 (fri-sat)  Summer Beer Festival - Annual – in Ypsilanti.
information and tickets when available: www.michiganbrewersguild.org
Michigan Brewers Guild (MBG) event, tickets go on sale May 1st. Drink Michigan Beer!

July 25-27, 2014 (fri-sun)  Meijer St. Clair Riverfest – in St. Clair (northeast of Detroit).
website: www.stclairriverfest.com
FREE admission. Held on the banks of the St. Clair River, event will consist of world-class recording artists Friday and Saturday nights, as well as the hottest regional and national acts performing on an elaborate riverfront stage. Other attractions include a petting farm, carnival midway and Sunday's main attraction, the thunderous offshore boat races brought to us by the Blue Water Offshore Racing Association.

July 25-27, 2014 (fri-sun)  Yale Bologna Festival – in Yale (located in Michigan's thumb).
official info at: www.yalechamber.com/page-bologna.html
"a gathering of over 20,000 Bologna starved party-goers! A tradition in Yale since 1989, this festival has grown considerably since its humble beginnings. The festival draws people from all around Michigan as well as other states, eager to see who will be the next King and Queen of Bologna. 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."

TBA 2014 (thu-sat)  Telegraph Cruise (Telegraph Car Cruise) – on Telegraph Rd, just west of Detroit.
websites: telegraphcruise.webs.com (telegraphcruise.com) + facebook
The Telegraph Cruise has been growing in popularity for over a decade now and gives classic car enthusiasts, owners, and fans a great display of history, classics, muscle, and modified street rides. It goes from Eureka Rd in Taylor (south end) to Puritan Rd a little north of 5 Mile in Redford (north end).

TBA 2014 (fri-sun)  Detroit Bike Week (Michigan Bike Bash) – in Commerce Township, MI (northwest of Detroit).
websites: www.detroitbikeweek.com + facebook
Bike Show, Contests, Poker Run, Bike Blessing, Entertainment Stages with lots of rock bands, more.

TBA 2014 (sat-sun)  Arab and Chaldean Festival – at Hart Plaza in Downtown Detroit.
website: www.arabandchaldeanfestival.com
“Come and Join us in Celebrating the 42nd Anniversary of the Largest Arab & Chaldean Festival in North America.– Annual festival serves as a multicultural program for people of all cultures to enjoy. Music, art gallery, fashion show, children's fair, middle eastern food, history info, more.

July 25 – August 3, 2014  Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival - 90th Annual – in Grand Haven, MI (West Michigan). websites: www.coastguardfest.org + facebook
Annual event Celebrating the men and women of the United States Coast Guard. "Every day is filled with activities, events, and attractions for all ages. Many activities are free, and you will find plenty of fun and choices from Kids Day to the Street Dance and Cruise-In Car Show, to carnival rides, picnics, Grand Parade, and ship tours."

July 26-27, 2014 (sat-sun)  Maker Faire Detroit – in Dearborn, MI, at the Henry Ford.
website: www.makerfairedetroit.com
"Robotics, electronics, rockets, food and fashion finds. If it's made, it's displayed at Maker Faire Detroit. Two-day, interactive and family-friendly event that takes arts, crafts, engineering, food, music, science and technology projects and the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) mindset to the next level. It's a celebration of unbridled creativity and discovery that will blow your mind." Admission approx $5 to $48, depending on age, membership, one or two day tickets. Super Pass is $102.

July 27, 2014 (sun)  Concours d'Elegance of America – at The Inn at St. John's in Plymouth, MI (west of Detroit).
information: concoursusa.org
Annual Exhibition of Antique & Classic Collector Automobiles. High-end cars and motorcycles vie for coveted trophies and awards. Plus there is an annual auction of rare vehicles.

July 29 – August 3, 2014 (tue-sun)  Traverse City Film Festival – in Traverse City, MI (northwest lower peninsula).
website: www.traversecityfilmfest.org
10th Anniversary in 2014. approx 80 films and 40 shorts from over 25 countries at 135 screenings, plus a film school, free panel discussions and outdoor movies.

July 31 – August 3, 2014 (thu-sun)  Woodtick Music Festival – in the U.P. (upper peninsula)
website: www.woodtickfestival.com
annual "Woodtick Music Festival is a home-grown, Upper Peninsula style shindig featuring a variety of regional and not so regional bands who all have one thing in common .... they're damn good!"

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August 1-3, 2014 (fri-sun)  Buy Michigan Now Festival – in Northville, MI (northwest of Detroit).
website: www.buymichigannowfest.com
Annual event, Free Admission. "Festival is a weekend celebration of the state's annual Buy Michigan Week. It includes sidewalk sales, street vendors, live music, and children's activities, all highlighting Michigan-based businesses and Michigan-made products." Also a Michigan Beer & Wine tent, a recipe contest, video gaming, more.

August 3, 2014 (sun)  Clinton Township Gratiot Cruise – annual car cruise north of Detroit.
websites: www.ctgratiotcruise.com + facebook
"In a celebration beyond each previous year, the Gratiot Cruise expects crowds of 200,000 people and thousands of classics on Gratiot Avenue from 14 Mile to north of Metropolitan Parkway (aka 16 Mile) through Clinton Township." Official cruise also has many pre-cruise events including the "Cruise Headquarters Car Show where you can participate in the show & still go cruising without losing your parking spot. We are taking pre-registration at our Pre-cruise car shows before the cruise."

August 4-9, 2014 (mon-sat)  Kalamazoo County Fair – in Kalamazoo, MI (West Michigan).
websites: www.kalcounty.com/parks/fair + facebook
Midway rides, live music every night, 400+ farm animals, 4-H exhibits, Kids Day, Senior Day, much more.

August 7-10, 2014 (thu-sun)  National Blueberry Festival – in South Haven, MI (West Michigan).
websites: www.blueberryfestival.com + facebook
A nationally recognized annual event, over 40,000 visitors. Parade, Blueberry Central (everything blueberry), Blueberry Cook Off, Blueberry Pie Social, Blueberry Pancake Breakfasts, Kids Blueberry Pie Eating Contest, Rotary Club Fly-in & Classic Car Show, Steelheaders Fish Boil, Sand Sculpture Contest, Lawn Tractor Pull, Arts & Crafts Fair, Las Vegas Night, Live Entertainment, Youth Pageant Contest, lots of kids events, a Diaper Derby and more.

TBA 2014  ASSEMBLE festival – in Downtown Detroit.
websites: www.assembledetroit.com + facebook
"Launching in Summer 2014, ASSEMBLE will be an annual festival in the streets of Downtown Detroit that brings together essential parts of SPORT, NOISE, IDEA, and FORM. We are creating action sports competitions that rival the best in the world. We are creating a music festival that champions creativity, collaboration, and most importantly, volume. We are creating a showcase for the various forms of art that crush the outwardly mundane and boring."

TBA 2014 (fri-sat)  37th Annual Fish Sandwich Festival – in Bay Port, MI (located in Michigan's thumb).
official info at: www.bayportchamber.com/events/2005%20festival/fish_sandwich_festival.htm
Fish sandwiches and dinners, fireworks, crafter show, entertainment, lawn mower races, petting zoo, bingo, more.

TBA 2014 (mon-sat)  Coopersville Summerfest – in Coopersville, MI (western MI, northwest of Grand Rapids).
website is on: facebook
Food, rides, music, concerts, cool cars, parades, childrens games, more.

TBA 2014 (thu)  Gleaners Iron Chef Competition 2013 – at Bordine's 'Kitchen Stadium' in Brighton, MI (north of Ann Arbor). details on Gleaners Food Bank website.
"The annual Gleaners Iron Chef event is a culinary competition between two local top chefs judged by a variety of metro Detroit's culinary experts and community leaders. This exciting event raises money to feed Livingston County families in need. The chefs will be challenged to create an appetizer, entrée and dessert with the 'secret ingredient'. General Admission Ticket is $50. Ticket includes appetizers, drinks and a Silent Auction featuring items from local merchants and restaurants, renowned chefs, sports and entertainment memorabilia."

TBA (thu-sun)  Humungous Fungus Fest – in Crystal Falls, MI (U.P., upper peninsula).
fest website: www.humungusfungusfest.com is gone as of March 15, 2014. Annual festival featured Free Admission, Parade, Mushroom Cook-off, Humungus Pizza Cooking, Live Music, Street Dance, various competitions, raffle, more. "The Humungous Fungus "weighs roughly 11 tons and covers 37 acres. This makes it the largest mushroom (fungus) in the world. Based on the average rate of growth through the soil, the Humongous Fungus is probably more than 1,500 years old."

August 8-9, 2014 (fri-sat)  Del Shannon Car Show – in Coopersville, MI (West Michigan)
website: www.delshannoncarshow.org
Annual car show includes a Truck Show, Motorcycle Show, Tractor Show, Port City Racing Vendor Row, Entertainment Tent, Cruise Night, food and more.

August 8-10, 2014 (fri-sun)  Great Lakes Folk Festival – in East Lansing, MI.
website: www.greatlakesfolkfest.net
Annual FREE festival "showcases the traditional cultural treasures of the nation's Upper Midwest and a sampling of the best of traditional artists from around the country and the world, encourages cross-cultural understanding of our diverse society through the presentation of musicians, dancers, cooks, storytellers and craftspeople. includes 100 musicians or dancers in groups, five performance stages."

August 8-10, 2014 (fri-sun)  Milford Memories Summer Festival – in Milford, MI (northwest of Detroit).
website: www.milfordmemories.com + facebook
Annual event. Juried Art show with over 260 artists and crafters from across the United States and Canada displaying and selling their work. Lots of Live Music and Entertainment, Kid Central Activity Area, Beer Tent, Civil War Encampment, 5K & 10K Run, Hot Pepper Eating Contest, Cold Butt Euchre, Blind Canoe Race, more. Event has Shuttle Bus service.

August 8-10, 2014 (fri-sun)  St. Johns Mint Festival – 30th Annual – in St. Johns City Park (Mid-MI).
websites: www.clintoncountychamber.org/mint
in Clinton County. Grand Parade, over 200 arts & crafts and flea market vendors, quilt show, new & old car shows, 5 sports events, kids games, laser tag, inflatables, free daily and evening entertainment, Classic K9 Dog shows, Mint Eating & Cooking Contests, much more. phone 989-224-7248.

August 8-17, 2014  Cheeseburger in Caseville – (Caseville is in Michigan's thumb).
festival info on: www.casevillechamber.net/ + 2013 festival info
City is "transformed into Key North for this 10 days festival that celebrates the lifestyle and music made popular by Jimmy Buffett." Carnival, Parade of Tropical Fools, Caribbean Street Dance, Live Entertainment, Vintage Motorcycle Show, Classic Car Show, Craft Show, Texas Hold'em Tournament, Golf Scramble, Beautiful Baby Contest, Lots of Cheeseburgers and more.

August 9-10, 2014 (sat-sun)  Thunder Over Michigan Air Show – in Ypsilanti, MI (Southeast Michigan, near Ann Arbor).
website: www.yankeeairmuseum.org/airshow
Event features the USAF Thunderbirds and more. tickets available from website.

August 9, 2014 (sat)  Detroit Burger Brawl 2014 – at Eastern Market in Detroit.
websites: www.detroitburgerbrawl.com + facebook
11am to 3pm. Annual competition, 20 restaurants and sponsors compete for title of “Detroit's Best Burger of 2013”. A street fair-style strolling event, visitors and guests decide the 8 finalists for main stage competition. This is a fund-raiser for Gleaners of Southeast Michigan and includes several family-friendly activities. Tickets $10 each at the door.

August 10-16, 2014 (sun-sat)  Calhoun County Fair – in Marshall, MI (West Michigan).
website: www.calhouncountyfair.org
“The Calhoun County Fairgrounds is home to Michigan's oldest fair and boasts Floral Hall, the oldest fair building in the state. The Calhoun County Fairgrounds were founded in 1848.”

August 11-17, 2014 (mon-sun)  Armada Fair – 142nd – in Armada (northeast of Detroit).
website: www.armadafair.org
"A True Country Fair" with a Grand National Tractor Pull, Figure 8 Race, Demolition Derby, Armada Fair Queen and her Court, more. Ticket prices vary, see website.

August 12-16, 2014 (tue-sat)  Back to the Bricks Car Cruise (B2B 2013) – in Flint, MI.
websites: backtothebricks.org + facebook
9th annual in 2013. About 400,000 car enthusiasts attend each year. Car shows, swap meets, lots of cruisin. 13 mile route, and you don't have to register. The entire event is 'free' to all show car owners.

August 14-17, 2014 (thu-sun)  Petoskey Festival on the Bay – in Petoskey MI (Northern Michigan).
websites: www.petoskeyfestival.com + facebook
“Events include great live music, lots of fun kid's activities, a petting zoo, great food, competitive sporting events, Chalk & Chocolate Festival, Youth Fishing Derby, SAFE Teen Dance, parasailing over Little Traverse Bay, arts and crafts show, and more!”

August 15-17, 2014 (fri-sun)  Lapeer Days – in Lapeer, MI (northwest of Detroit).
websites: lapeerdays.com + facebook
Free Entertainment on 3 stages featuring National Acts, Local Bands, and Performance Groups. Plus a Parade, Carnival and Midway, huge juried craft show, classic car show, beer tent, eating contests, kids giant sanbox, chain saw carver, food, more. Annual, over 135,000 attendees expected.

August 15-17, 2014 (fri-sun)  Howell Melon Festival (Watermelon Fest) – in Howell (east of Lansing).
website: www.howellmelonfestival.com
52nd Annual in 2012 features the Annual Melon Ball, Classic Diesel Train Rides, Fine Arts & Wares Show, Annual Melon Run, Outdoor Ice Skating on an artificial outdoor ice rink, Festival Tent with Michigan Micro-Brews, barbecue, more. Live Music entertainment features Mitch Ryder.

August 16, 2014 (sat)  WOODWARD DREAM CRUISE (Car Cruise) – on Woodward Ave from Detroit's north border to Pontiac and back, about 16 miles long.
websites: www.woodwarddreamcruise.com + WDC Facebook + WDC Twitter
THE World's Biggest, Best and Most Famous Car Cruise, the greatest one-day car event in the world. The WDC is held annually every third saturday in August, is 16 miles long and goes through several cities just north of Detroit. Event is now about 9 days long with many associated and pre-cruise events. Draws around one million people.

August 16-17, 2014 (sat-sun)  Michigan Fiber Festival – in Allegan, MI (western Michigan).
website: www.michiganfiberfestival.info
Held at the Allegan County Fairgrounds, event promotes the interests of individuals and businesses related to natural fibers. Highlights include animal shows, competitions, demonstrations and workshops, vendors. Goat and Sheep Shows, Mohair and Fiber Goat Fleece Competition, Skein Competition, Angora Rabbit Fleece Competition, Wool Fleece Competition, Tractor Shows/Displays, Fiber Festival Art Show competition, Kids Parades, more.

TBA 2014 (thu)  Fash Bash – at Detroit Institute of Arts in Detroit.
info at: http://www.dia.org/fjc/
annual high-profile fundraising event for the DIA presented by the Founders Junior Council of the Detroit Institute of Arts.

TBA 2014 (thu-sat)  Mendon Riverfest – 27th Annual – in Three Rivers (Southwest MI).
websites: www.mendonriverfest.net + facebook
"Inflatable" games, Free entertainment, children's activities, competitive events, Riverfest Idol, various vendors and a Fireworks display over the river. Held annually on third weekend in August.

TBA 2014  Michigan Renaissance Festival – in Holly (northwest of Detroit, south of Flint).
websites: www.michrenfest.com + facebook
Annual event. Festival is held on weekends and Labor Day, rain or shine. A back-in-time festival that features full-contact armored jousting tournaments, US Canadian Highland Heavy Games, Armwrestling Championships, Beer Tasting, lots of contests and competitions, musicians, dance, special theme days and theme weekends, much more.

August 17, 2014 (sun)  Pure Michigan 400 - NASCAR Sprint Cup Series – at Michigan International Speedway (MIS) in Brooklyn, MI (southwest of Ann Arbor). official information: www.mispeedway.com/
Race is on Sunday but there are additional events on friday & saturday before the race. click website for more info.

August 22-23, 2014 (fri-sat)  28th Street Metro Cruise – 9th Annual – in Grand Rapids, MI (West Michigan).
websites: www.28thstreetmetrocruise.com + facebook
Annual Cruise is free and open to all types of vehicles, and spans an area along 15 miles of the famed 28th Street. There will be a family Safety City area with children's rides, Beer Tents with live entertainment, Metro Million Display with high end classics rarely seen, Automotive Swap Meet, more. Event features over 15,000 cars and 300,000 spectators.

August 22-23, 2014 (fri-sat)  Microbrew & Music Festival - Winter – in Traverse City, MI (Northwest Michigan).
website: microbrewandmusic.com
“Each Microbrew & Music Festival features over 75 musicians, over 45 breweries and over 200 craft brew flavors, between 7 and 10 local food vendors.”

August 27, 2014 (wed)  Harper Charity Cruise – on Harper Ave in St. Clair Shores, MI (northeast of Detroit). Cruise from Old Eight Mile to Martin Rd, 5pm till 9pm.

TBA 2014 (sat) Annual Great Lakes Regional Beard and Moustache Championship: Beer City Edition – in Grand Rapids, MI (West Michigan). websites: orderofwhiskers.com + facebook
hosted by Grand Rapids Order of Whiskers (G.R.O.W.). competition has categories including ladies (real and fake), mens partial, full beard over 8 inches, groomed, freestyled, more.

TBA 2014 (sun)  Cruisin' Hines – Car Cruise through Hines Park in Western Wayne County.
websites: cruisinhines.com + facebook
Thousands of Classic Cars and Hot Rods!

TBA  Selfridge Air Show – in Mount Clemens, MI (north of Detroit).
websites: www.selfridgeairshow.org + facebook

TBA  Peoples Arts Festival (PAF) – in Detroit. info on facebook
A former free multi-arts festival, last one in 2011. no news about the next one.


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Michigan Renaissance Festival – in Holly, MI, continues through September 29th. see listing above.
Festival takes you back in time to the renaissance era with knights and old villager attire.

Labor Day Weekend 2014 (thu-mon)  Michigan Peach Festival of Romeo – in Romeo, MI (north of Detroit).
websites: www.peachfestromeo.com + facebook
Annual event that begins the Thursday before Labor Day and runs through Labor Day. Parade, Peach Queen, Carnival Rides, Car Show, Bed Races, 5K Run, various sports tournaments, flea market, arts & crafts show, Las Vegas Games, Golf Classic, Baby Photo Contest, KidFest, more.

August 29 – September 1, 2014 (fri-mon)  Arts, Beats & Eats Festival (Ford Arts, Beats & Eats) – in Royal Oak, MI (just north of Detroit). websites: www.artsbeatseats.com + facebook
"Oakland County's Favorite Summer Festival Celebrating Art, Music, Cuisine and Humanity. Now in its 16th year, Ford Arts, Beats & Eats Presented by FirstMerit Bank takes place in Downtown Royal Oak. The festival will offer more than 200 performances on ten stages, a highly ranked Juried Fine Arts Show, local restaurants with some of the finest cuisine in metro Detroit, plus international, regional and local attractions. Festival admission is $3 until 5pm Saturday, Sunday & Monday and $5 after 5pm everyday. Fest is free to enter until 5pm on Friday only." parking is extra on all days. Annual event every Labor Day weekend.

August 29 – September 1, 2014 (fri-mon)  Detroit Jazz Festival – DJF 33rd Annual – in Detroit on the Riverfront.
website: www.detroitjazzfest.com
Detroit International Jazz Festival held at Hart Plaza. Free Admission. Six stages, Jazz & American music. Annual event every Labor Day weekend.

August 29 – September 1, 2014 (fri-mon)  Michigan State Fair – at Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, MI (northwest of Detroit). websites: www.michiganstatefairllc.com + facebook
Fifth Third Bank Michigan State Fair will have a Large Midway with tons of games and rides, Livestock and agriculture areas with large indoor arena, Shriners small scale circus and circus attractions, Live entertainment and more. Last year it was called the Great Lakes State Fair.

August 30 – September 1, 2014 (sat-mon)  Hamtramck Labor Day Festival – in Hamtramck, MI (north of Downtown Detroit). websites: www.hamtownfest.com + facebook
Held every Labor Day weekend, ends with the Polish Day Parade on Labor Day. Live music on three stages, carnival area, beer, and food tents line a half mile stretch of Jos. Campau

September 1, 2014 (monday)  Labor Day

September 5-7, 2014 (fri-sun)  Art & Apples Festival – in Rochester, MI (north of Detroit).
website: www.artandapples.com
Annual event. Over 120,000 attend The National City Art & Apples Festival which is Michigan's second largest juried fine arts festival and voted one of the Top 20 in the nation. Includes over 280 fine art exhibitors, Apple Pie & Apple Baking Contest, a variety of food, local and national live entertainment, and kids activities. It's held annually on the weekend following Labor Day in the scenic 30-acre Rochester Park and serves as a principle fundraiser for Paint Creek Center for the Arts (PCCA), a non-profit art center.

September 5-7, 2014 (fri-sun)  Wine and Harvest Festival – in Paw Paw, MI (southwest Michigan).
website: www.wineandharvestfestival.com
Annual event. 4 stages of entertainment for all musical tastes, Hole In One contest, Winery Tours and Wine Tasting tents, Grape Stomp, Coca-Cola Grape Stomping competition, Carnival rides, Fireworks, Grape Escape Motorcycle Ride, 5k walk/run, Annual Grape Escape Golf Tournament, St. Julian Parade, Car Show, Arts & Crafts Show, bicycle tour, free children's activities, more.

September 6, 2014 (sat)  U.P. Fall Beer Festival – in Marquette, MI (Upper Peninsula).
information: www.michiganbrewersguild.org/up-fall-festival
“The U.P. Fall Beer Festival takes place overlooking Lake Superior in scenic Mattson Lower Harbor Park, downtown Marquette. Attendees can choose from nearly 300 locally crafted beers from more than 40 Michigan breweries, enjoy a wide array of tasty food from area restaurants (available for purchase), and listen to a talented line-up of musicians while they sip their beer.” Purchase Tickets beginning July 1st, $30 each, limited availability.

TBA 2014 (sat)  Dally in the Alley – in Detroit.
websites: www.dallyinthealley.com + facebook + youtube
Annual. "The Greenest Festival in Detroit". A performing arts festival and street fair held annually the Saturday after Labor Day. "One of the only non-corporate sponsored community festivals in the United States". It includes a Local Artist Gallery and features a lot of live music on 4 stages. note: rain date is the next day Sept 11th.

TBA 2014 (sat)  Annual Benefit for Summer Wind Farms Animal Sanctuary – in Brown City, MI (bottom of Michigan's Thumb). information: www.swfsanctuary.org + facebook
Annual family friendly Open House and Fundraiser. Admission $10 (free for 5 & under). “Admission includes a tour of our facility which over 140 acres and home to over 200 animals, including bears, cats (african servals, cougars and Siberian lynx), exotics (birds, reptiles, camel, llamas, foxes, buffalo, etc.), leopards, lions, monkeys, tigers, and many other animals. We are a non-profit, USDA Licensed sanctuary.”

September 7, 2013 (sat)  Jobbie Nooner 2 (JobbieNooner II) – at Gull Island on Lake St. Clair (northeast of Detroit).
information: www.jobbiecrew.com + jobbienooner.com [nooner.com for adults only, must be 18+]
Jobbie Nooner is an Adult, 18yrs and older Annual Mardi Gras style boats and island party.

September 8, 2013 (sun)  Dawn Farm Anniversary Jamboree in Ypsilanti. info at www.dawnfarm.org/. 40th Anniversary Jamboree. Annual family event with Free Admission and free activities for all ages, including great live music all day by a popular local band, hayrides, animals to pet, pony rides, lots of activities for children, tours of the 74 acre farm, and live and silent auctions and a gift table with a variety of donated goods and services, many at bargain prices! Dawn Farm is the only residential treatment program in the area, and funds raised from this event will help defray treatment costs for individuals who have no other resources. Dawn Farm, 6633 Stoney Creek Rd, Ypsilanti, MI 48197-6609. phone 734-485-8725

TBA 2014 (sun)  Detroit Lions 2014 Season Opener / Home Opener
Detroit Lions vs Minnesota Vikings, 1 pm, at Ford Field in Detroit.
official website: www.detroitlions.com
Home games are at Ford Field in Downtown Detroit. Lions are in the NFL (National Football League).

TBA 2014 (fri-sun)  DIY Street Fair (Do-It-Yourself) – in Ferndale, MI (just north of Detroit).
websites: diystreetfair.com + facebook
Annual, "a free 2-day, 3-night event in Ferndale, Michigan where local artists, crafters, businesses, groups and organizations, musicians, restaurants, brewers and others who live and work with a do-it-yourself ethic converge for one big celebration."

September 11, 2014 (thu)  Patriot Day (a.k.a. 9/11 Remembrance Day) – observances held all across the state and country to remember those who were injured or died during the terrorist plane attacks on the World Trade Center, Pentagon, other targets on September 11, 2001.

September 11-14, 2014 (thu-sun)  Troy Family Daze – in Troy, MI. north of Detroit.
website: www.troyfamilydaze.com
Troy Daze has an array of activities offering fun for the entire family including giant midways with amusement rides, games and crafts, free stage shows, Hometown Idol singing competition, talent shows, food booths, scarecrow contest, petting zoo, pony and camel rides, laser tag, fireworks, food, more. Usually attended by about 100,000 people.

September 12-13, 2014 (fri-sat)  Oprah's The Life You Want Weekend – at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Features Oprah Winfrey and a team of special guests. info and tickets at: www.oprah.com

September 12-14, 2014 (fri-sun)  Michigan Irish Music Festival – in Muskegon, MI (West Michigan).
websites: www.michiganirish.org + facebook
"Featuring all things Irish... a wide variety of music, the pub tent, market place merchandise, authentic Irish food and beverages".

September 12-14, 2014 (fri-sun)  Northville Victorian Festival – in Northville, MI (northwest of Detroit).
info at [www.northville.org/. 25th Anniversary highlights the Gold Rush Era. Streets will be closed to automobile traffic as townspeople, artists, and business owners turn back the clock and transform themselves into a Victorian Village complete with period costumes, parade, free trackless train and horse and carriage rides, storytellers, magicians, musical entertainment, more. Annual event.

TBA 2014 (wed-sun)  Detroit Design Festival (DDF) – in Detroit.
website: www.detroitdesignfestival.com/"over 60 events, over 70 venues, and 300 designers featured in 5 days." Kick-Off Party is Wednesday, 6pm-10pm at The Fisher Building, is free to attend, cash bar.

TBA 2014 (thu-sun)  Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus – at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, MI (West Michigan). info and tickets at www.ringling.com

September 18-21, 2014 (thu-sun)  The Frankenmuth Oktoberfest - in Frankenmuth (Mid-MI).
official information: www.frankenmuthfestivals.com + facebook
An annual event, Oktoberfest is a traditional celebration of German beer that originated in Munich in 1810.

September 20-21, 2014 (sat-sun)  Michigan Antique & Collectible Festival – in Midland, MI.
websites: www.miantiquefestival.com + facebook
"Michigan's Largest Antique & Collectible Festival! With over 1000 Dealers on over 80 acres. The Michigan Antique Festival has been the Michigan's premier Antique & Collectible Festival for over 40 years." Furniture, Coins, Glassware, Art, Vintage Jewelry, Military, Collectibles and more. Admission is $6 per person, with children ages 11 and under free. Held at Midland County Fairgrounds, 6905 Eastman Ave, Midland, MI 48642. Camping available.

TBA  Guinness World Record Assembly Line Concert – at AJ's Music Cafe in Highland Park, MI.
website: www.assemblyline2013.com
4th in 2013. Attempted 400 hours of non-stop live music to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of Henry Ford's Model T assembly line plant in Highland Park.

September 21-22, 2013 (sat-sun)  Flat Rock Riverfest – at Huroc Park in Flat Rock, MI (south of Detroit).
official info on: www.flatrockmi.org/
Fest has a parade, beer tent, monster truck, millionaires tent, splatz paint ball, hot dog contest, electric bull ride, arts and crafts, pony rides, kiddie korner, much more. Plus about 13 performing music artists including Bo Rice, Jo Caine, Fifty Amp Fuse, Alexander Zonjic with Thornetta Davis and the Motor City Horns, more.

September 21-22, 2013  Michigan Apple Festival – at The Country Mill in Charlotte, MI.
website: www.michiganapplefestival.com
Sampling of everything apples, apple cooking, The A-Peeling Apple Contest, Apple Smoked BBQ & Smoked Apples, fresh cider, hard cider demonstration. Also... William Tell Crossbow Competition, corn maze, train rides, hay rides, petting zoo and more.

September 21-22, 2013 (sat-sun)  Oscoda Paul Bunyan Days – in Oscoda (northeast lower peninsula).
information: chamber.oscodachamber.com/events/details/oscoda-paul-bunyan-days-2290/
Annual event. “Carvers, Art & Craft Show with handmade American art & crafts in booths, all day entertainment, car show, and kids activity center. Each Oscoda Paul Bunyan Days features artisans exhibiting American handmade items including beautiful jewelry, clothing, specialty foods, photography, original art, hand-turned wood, music, ceramics, more.”

September 24 to October 12, 2014  ArtPrize – in Grand Rapids, MI (West Michigan).
website: www.artprize.org
ArtPrize is a radically open competition. Open to any artist in the world who can find space. Open to anybody in Grand Rapids, Michigan who wants to create a venue. Approx 1,713 Artists at 192 Venues, $450,000 in prizes, top vote getter wins $250,000 (public can vote).

September 26-27, 2014 (fri-sat)  Dlectricity – in Detroit (Midtown Detroit).
website: www.dlectricity.com
Detroit's nighttime exhibition of art + light

September 27-29, 2013 (fri-sun)  Clinton Fall Festival – in Clinton, MI (lower southeast MI).
website: www.clintonfallfestival.com
37th Annual. Features a Grand Parade, over 250 Arts and Craft booths, Car Show exceeding 500 entries, raffle, much more. In Lenawee County, near the Ohio border.

September 27-29, 2013 (fri-sun)  American Sewing Expo (ASE) – in Novi, MI (northwest of Detroit).
website: www.americansewingexpo.com
"The Largest independent consumer sewing show in the country." Held at Suburban Collection Showplace. Admission is $12 in advance, $14 at the door, good for one day. special packages and pre-show workshops seminars are available for an additional charge.

September 28-29, 2013 (sat-sun)  South Lyon Area Pumpkinfest – 28th – west of Detroit.
websites: www.southlyonpumpkinfest.com + facebook
29th annual in 2013. 3+ mile Pumpkinfest Parade, Pumpkin Pie Eating Contest, Hot dog eating contest, live entertainment, Farmer Market, craft show, fun run, movie night, children's activities, more.


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Check Out Music Slavin Mike's list of → Halloween Haunted Houses Attractions in Michigan
Annually updated linked listings with descriptions, all on one page, and listed by area. Also on that page is a list of Real Ghost Hunters and Paranormal Investigators in Michigan.

ArtPrize continues through October 6, 2013. Event in Grand Rapids, MI (West Michigan).
official website: www.artprize.org
ArtPrize is a radically open competition. Approx 1,713 Artists at 192 Venues, $450,000 in prizes, top vote getter wins $250,000 (public can vote). Open to any artist in the world who can find space. Open to anybody in Grand Rapids, Michigan who wants to create a venue.

TBA 2014  Detroit Red Wings 2014-2015 Season Home Opener – Detroit Red Wings vs team to be announced. website: redwings.nhl.com
Home games are at Joe Louis Arena (JLA, The Joe) in Downtown Detroit. Red Wings are in the NHL (National Hockey League).

October 4-5, 2014 (sat-sun)  Michigan Antique & Collectible Festival – in Davisburg, MI.
official websites: www.miantiquefestival.com + facebook
at Springfield Oaks County Park in northern Oakland County.

October 4-6, 2013 (fri-sun)  Trenton Scarecrow Festival - 12th Annual – in Trenton, MI (Downriver, south of Detroit).
official website:www.scarecrowfestival.net
Features Carnival Rides, Scarecrow Contest, music entertainment including a Battle of the Bands, Scarecrow Idol singing contest. Plus Hayrides, a Pumpkin Toss, Just Hearsin' Around car club show, Pizze Eating Challenge, Arts & Crafts, Dog Costume contest, Cat Costume contest, children's games, pony rides, more.

October 5, 2013 (sat)  Red Flannel Festival – in Cedar Springs, MI (West MI, near Grand Rapids).
official websites: www.redflannelfestival.org + on facebook
Highlights include Grand Parade, Carnival Rides, Red Flannel Prince and Princess, All American Lumberjack Show & Cpmpetition, Live Entertainment, Marching Bands, Farm Tractors & Engines Show, Tractor Pulls, Car Show, Bed Race Obstacle Course, Blackjack Euchre Bingo, Chicken Barbeque, Michigan Vietnam Memorial Wall Display and more. Annual event on the first Saturday of October.

October 5, 2013 (sat)  2013 Lake Orion Pumpkin Launch / Michigan's Trebuchet Launching State Championships – at Orion Oaks County Park in Lake Orion, MI, northwest of Detroit. event info on facebook. Info supplied by Oakland Ballistics – “Getting Midieval on Pumpkins Since 2007”. Pumpkins and other things get flung almost a thousand feet by trebuchets!

October 5-6, 2013 (sat-sun)  Huron Township Applefest – in New Boston, MI (southwest of Detroit).
official website: huronapplefest.com
Fest has Parade, Apple Pie Contest, Old-Time Fiddlers Contest, 5k Run, entertainment and more.

October 6, 2013 (sun)  Great Lakes Regional Chili Cookoff and Motorcycle Show – in Plymouth, MI (west of Detroit).
website: greatlakeschili.com
Annual event has streets packed with people. Restaurant Chili Challenge and People's Choice, Chili Charity Ride, Motorcycle Show, live band, children's activities, more. All money raised goes to local charities.

October 10-13, 2013 (thu-sun)  Great Lakes Lighthouse Festival - 18th Annual – in Alpena, MI (northeast lower peninsula). official website: www.lighthousefestival.org
"Annual Four day event provides activities for the young and old including lighthouse tours (aerial, boat or personal vehicle), entertainment, and vendors. The festival boasts over 100 maritime related vendors including lighthouse preservation groups, artists, authors and more. There is no other festival like it in the United States. The organizers have done a fantastic job of drawing both vendors and lighthouse buffs from around the globe to what has become the largest and best lighthouse festival in the nation."

October 12-13, 2013 (sat-sun)  CraneFest - Sandhill Crane & Art Festival – in Bellevue, MI (southwest Michigan).
official website: cranefest.org
Noon to 7 PM both days. Highlights include Crane Viewing (Sandhill Crane is Michigan's largest bird), Birders' Soiree, Artist Village. “The crane fly-in is one of the favored events at CraneFest, beginning around 4 PM, with the largest numbers of cranes observed between 5 PM and dusk. Visitors can bring binoculars, video cameras, spotting scopes and cameras to record the event. In addition to the art work, cranes, and the fall colors, the Festival features Guided Nature Walks, nature crafts, nature and wildlife books, picnic areas and food concessions, hay rides, Exotic critters, Silent Auction, face-painting, more. Live hawks, falcons and owls will also be on display.”

October 19, 2014 (sun)  Detroit Free Press Talmer Bank Marathon – Annual running marathon in Detroit.
official website: www.freepmarathon.com
Over 20,000 participants, goes across international borders twice (Canada). Event features a Full Marathon, Half-Marathon, Relay and 5K.

TBA 2014  Detroit Pistons Opening Night of 2014-2015 season – at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
Detroit Pistons vs team to be announced.
website: www.nba.com/pistons/
Home games are at The Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, MI, northwest of Detroit. Pistons are in the NBA (National Basketball Association).

October 31, 2014 (fri)  Halloween Day. Trick or Treat!

TBA  Fashion in Detroit. info on facebook

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November 1-3, 2013 (fri-sun)  Snowmobile USA Show – at Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, MI. northwest of Detroit. official website: www.snowmobileusa.com
Annual. "Show is equal to 6 football fields. And every square foot will be filled with 'pure snowmobiling' action." $10 for Adults (12 & over), Children 12 and under Free. $5 parking.

November 13-17, 2013 (wed-sun)  Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus - Dragons (Blue Tour) – at The Palace of Auburn Hills. info and tickets at www.ringling.com + www.palacenet.com

November 14 to December 31, 2013 [Closed December 25]  Wayne County LightFest – on Hines Drive, just west of Detroit. 7-10pm nightly. info at: waynecounty.com/events/2731.htm
Annual attraction. Visit the Midwest's longest drive-through holiday light display for four miles of colorful lights. $5 per vehicle. Display begins at Hines Drive and Merriman Road in Westland, MI.

November 15-30, 2013  Deer Hunting Season (Regular Firearm) [official info].

November 21-23, 2013 (thu-sat)  Grand Rapids International Wine & Food Festival – in Grand Rapids, MI (West Michigan).
official website: www.showspan.com/GRW/Home.aspx
The largest wine and food festival in Michigan, it's an annual Pre-Holiday event and one of the premier events of it's kind in the Midwest for the celebration and tasting of the finest foods, wines, beers and spirits. No one under 21 allowed, tickets $15.

November 22, 2013 (fri)  Hob Nobble Gobble – at Ford Field in Downtown Detroit. It's the annual premiere fundraiser for America's Thanksgiving Parade (Detroit's Thanksgiving Day Parade). “Excitement awaits on the midway! Whirl and twirl on the flying saucers, ride the waves on the giant sea ray, see the sights from the ferris wheel and race around on the bumper cars. Show off your carnival skills on the giant carnival games and win amazing prizes. John Cassidy, Guinness World Records holder, creates balloon magic. Join in the famous Parade of stars featuring dancing elves, thunderous sounds of the marching band and, all the way in from the North Pole, Santa Claus…all leading up to a performance by special surpise entertainment! Master of Ceremonies is Paul W. Smith from WJR AM760.” info and tickets at www.theparade.org/thanksevents.php

November 22-24, 2013 (fri-sun)  Great Lakes Art Fair – Fall – at Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, MI (northwest of Detroit). official websites:www.greatlakesartfair.com + www.facebook.com/GreatLakesArtFair
the Midwest's Premier Indoor Art Fair. It offers patrons of the artists a unique opportunity to experience over 200 booths of the region's finest artists and craftspeople in a single, upscale, indoor location. $7 for Adults, Free for Children 12 & under, no parking charge.

November 23-24, 2013 (sat-sun)  World Championship Cat Show – at Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, MI (northwest of Detroit). official information:cfablog.org
“This popular event showcases the world's finest pedigeed felines. You'll see 1,000 pedigreed cats from around the world in competition for Best In Show. Garfield will also be in attendance both days.”

November 27, 2014 (thu)  Thanksgiving Day

November 27, 2014 (thu)  America's Thanksgiving Parade (Detroit's Thanksgiving Day Parade) in Downtown Detroit. official website: www.theparade.org
Nationally televised parade filled with award-winning floats, larger than life balloons, marching bands, celebrities, antique papier-maché heads, lots of clowns, Santa, more.

November 27 + 28, 2014 (thu + fri)  Black Friday Christmas Shopping Frenzy – traditional beginning of Christmas shopping deals starts Thursday evening and continues into Friday. Check your local newspapers, tv, and social media for amazing discounts and store hours.

See Mike's  CHRISTMAS IN MICHIGAN  page for Christmas Attractions, Holiday Season Light Displays, more.

December 5-8, 2013 (thu-sun)  Christmas Wonderfest – at Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, MI (northwest of Detroit). website: www.christmaswonderfest.com
Indoors. Features full sized rides, North Pole area, Santa, Reindeer Obstacle Course, carousel, steam engines, twenty choirs over the weekend, close to 300 artists, vendors, food purveyors, and more.

December 7, 2013 (sat)  41st Annual Noel Night in Midtown Detroit
midtowndetroitinc.org/events/noel-night/noel-night
5pm-10pm. Activities will include holiday shopping, horse-drawn carriage rides, family craft activities and performances by over 200 area music, theatre, and dance groups. Over 70 Midtown venues, including the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Michigan Science Center, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, the Detroit Historical Museum, and the Detroit Public Library, amongst many others, will open their doors to the public Free of Charge during this Cultural Center-wide holiday "open house". Festivities culminate with a community sing-along on Woodward Ave led by the Salvation Army Band —a long-standing Noel Night tradition.

December 8, 2013 (sun)  Rochester Hometown Christmas Parade – in Rochester, MI. north of Detroit.
information at: rochesterregionalchamberofcommerce + www.rrc-mi.com/pages/ChristmasParade + facebook
Parade begins at 2 pm. Parade has dignitaries, bands, non-profit groups, children's groups and local businesses. Rochester Hometown Christmas Parade is one of the largest in the state of Michigan and is broadcast live on WXYZ-TV Channel 7.

December 25, 2014 (thursday)  Christmas – Merry Christmas To Everyone!


New Year's Eve Parties Events

NYE Listings for December 31, 2013 (tuesday night). click names for info.

NYE Metro Detroit

Resolution Ball 2014 at The Fillmore Detroit – “The Resolution Ball is the largest and most exclusive Annual New Year's Eve Party in Detroit, Michigan, and the Midwest. This Chicago-Vegas Style New Year's experience has gain us the reputation of being the best New Year's Eve Bash in Detroit!” DJs, Cirque-style entertainment with illusionists acrobats and fire performers, balloon drop, confetti storm, food, more.

Champagne Explosion NYE 2014 – at the Hyatt Regency in Dearborn, MI. Annual New Year's Eve Affair featuring “about 5 event rooms with Band, DJs, Karaoke and other live entertainment, plus live Time-Square Footage on giant video screens. Champagne Fountains, Concert Style Countdown, late night buffet, and more.”

Motor City NYE 2014 - The Drop – at Campus Martius Park in Downtown Detroit, 4th Annual Motor City New Year's Eve - The Drop. "There isn't a ballroom big enough to house what you will be witnessing this New Year's Eve! The Drop becomes a visual spectacle unrivaled in all of the Midwest when we lower the Nordin Brothers' designed D-Burst from the iconic Chase Tower at midnight. It's free to attend The Drop all evening long. " Festivities start at 5 pm with ice skating, live entertainment, food truck rally, more.  facebook

New Year's Eats: The Rise of 2014 – A zombie themed New Years Eve experience at The Lafayette Grande in downtown Pontiac, MI. Features a Killer Zombie competition with $500 being awarded for best makeup and overall costume.  facebook

New Year's Eve Countdown 2013-2014 at the Fox Theatre – in Detroit. features Charlie Wilson with Fantasia and Kiko.

New Year's Eve Gala and Fireworks Display in Mount Clemens, MI (north of Detroit) – 50/50 raffle with minimum $2,500 prize, plus other activities and entertainment, fireworks at midnight.

Blast: New Year's Eve 2014 – at Marriott Centerpoint in Pontaic. Two Ballrooms, six DJs, champagne toast and more.

New Years Eve at The Met Hotel – in Troy, MI. over 1,000 party-goers attend each year.

V Nightclub NYE 2014 Hollywood In The D – at MGM Grand Detroit. Hollywood Glamour Attire Encouraged but not mandatory. tickets + info

New Year's Eve at Amnesia – inside Motor City Casino in Detroit. fashionable nightlife attire required.

Detroit Rave City II – at the Works in Detroit. Two indoor stages and a heated outdoor stage. Continuous music from 8pm to 5am, more than six DJs.


MORE NYE Parties in Metro Detroit

NYE Detroit – "NYEDetroit.com (New Year's Eve Detroit) offers the most comprehensive list of New Year's Eve events on the web, and is your guide to Metro Detroit's largest and most exclusive New Year's Eve events."

NYE Listings on Metro Times – large list of New Year's Eve Parties in Southeast Michigan.


NYE Other Areas in Michigan

New Year's Eve Ball Drop in Ludington, MI (Western Michigan) – Light up the Lake Ball Drop is an annual New Year's Eve celebration in Downtown Ludington for locals and visitors alike to enjoy–for FREE! Come celebrate in the streets of Downtown Ludington the coming of a New Year with music, an entertainment tent, Michigan's largest New Year's Eve ball dropped at midnight followed by a fireworks salute!

CherryT Ball Drop in Traverse City, MI (Northwest Michigan, lower peninsula) – Annual Charity Ball Drop. Right before Midnight a large illuminated cherry will be lowered to signify the coming year. Starts at 9pm with live entertainment, DJ, more.

New Year's Fest in Kalamazoo, MI (West Michigan) – bands and other live entertainment from 5:30pm to midnight, fireworks at midnight.  facebook

New Year's Eve Ball Drop in Marquette, MI (U.P.) – 25th annual Ball Drop in Downtown Marquette.

Midnight on Main and New Year's Eve Ball Drop in Midland, MI (Mid Michigan) – a day-long party including family-focused activities and a variety of traditional regional and cultural-themed happenings. Live entertainment, ice sculptures, food and beverage vendors, and a countdown to a Times Square-style ball drop and fireworks at midnight. "Did we mention that the Great Lakes Bay Region hosts the LARGEST new years eve ball drop in Michigan!?!"

Hot New Year's Eve Party and Ball Drop in Grand Rapids, MI (West Michigan) – by 105.3 HOT-FM and Fifth Third Bank. live music.

Eve on the Ave and Ball Drop in Jackson, MI (Lower Michigan) – 10pm to 12:30am. Come to Jackson's only New York style celebration with a Ball Drop from the top of city hall and a Magical Fireworks Display at the stroke of midnight! K105.3's Jamie McKibbon will be broadcasting live.



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Direct Links to Major Sports Schedules

PRO SPORTS
Detroit Red Wings 2013–2014 Schedule – on official team website. NHL
Detroit Pistons Schedule 2013–2014 – on official team website. NBA
Detroit Tigers Schedule – on official team website. MLB.
Detroit Lions 2013 Schedule – on official team website. NFL
MIS – Michigan International Speedway – upcoming NASCAR races and other events.

COLLEGE
University of Michigan – U of M (Wolverines) – 2013 Football Schedule + future schedules
Michigan State University – MSU (Spartans) – 2013 Football Schedule + future schedules
Western Michigan Univeristy – WMU (Broncos) – 2013 Football Schedule
Eastern Michigan Univeristy – EMU (Eagles) – 2013 Football Schedule
Central Michigan Univeristy – CMU (Chippewas) – 2013 Football Schedule

FUN
Detroit Derby Girls – Schedule (Roller Derby)

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Find More Events plus Bonus Info

mishows.com (Blue Water Promotions) - lists over 500 Michigan Shows and Events. event names, dates, and links to events websites, no event descriptions.

Michigan Festivals & Events Association (a.k.a. MichiganFun) - cultural & community events throughout the state.

Michigan Shakespeare Festival (2014 season, July 17 to August 17, 2014) – The Official Shakespeare Festival of the State of Michigan. facebook

Michigan Galaxy Pageants – Mrs. / Ms. / Miss /Miss Teen

The Best of Detroit - Weekend Fun Lists

FunFest Productions Inc. – lists events and pre-announces event dates on their → Facebook Page

Net Street – List of MI Arts & Crafts Shows

Frankenmuth Festivals Events – in Frankenmuth, MI (Mid Michigan).

Art Fairs – sponsored by the The Guild of Artists and Artisans (based in Ann Arbor). At Guild fairs, fairgoers have the opportunity to interact directly with the artists.


For all types of events in Leelanau County and Northern Michigan
Leelanau.Com



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