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Upcoming Highlights – here is a SMALL Sampling of Current and Upcoming Popular Events.
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Detroit Tigers Home Opener is April 6, 2015 (monday) at Comerica Park in Detroit. Detroit Tigers vs Minnesota Twins, 1:08 pm.

Michigan Vet Fest Music Festival Supporting U.S. Veterans is July 18 + 19, 2015 (saturday + sunday). It's a Live Entertainment Showcase and Celebration in Metro Detroit at VFW Post 9885 - 6440 N Hix Rd, Westland, MI 48185 (Ford Rd & I-275 area). Fest Proceeds go to Wounded Warrior Project and to Veteran's Haven in Michigan. Enjoy Bands, Musicians, Entertainers, Beer, Drinks, Food and more!

Upcoming Concerts – some of the big ones (dates, performers subject to change without notice). To see a lot more, click → Large List of Upcoming Concerts

Daryl Hall & John Oates – May 8, 2015 at the Fox Theatre.
Daryl Hall & John Oates – May 9, 2015 at Van Andel Arena.
New Kids On The Block with TLC and Nelly – May 29, 2015 at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
New Kids On The Block with TLC and Nelly – May 30, 2015 at Van Andel Arena.
Taylor Swift – May 30, 2015 at Ford Field.
Bette Midler – June 10, 2015 at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
Rush – June 14, 2015 at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
Lady Antebellum wsg Hunter Hayes – June 19, 2015 at DTE Energy Music Theatre.
Train wsg The Fray and Matt Nathanson – July 1, 2015 at DTE Energy Music Theatre.
Barenaked Ladies – June 20, 2015 at DTE Energy Music Theatre.
Toby Keith – June 27, 2015 at DTE Energy Music Theatre.
Dave Matthews Band – July 7, 2015 at DTE Energy Music Theatre.
Def Leppard, Styx, Tesla – July 17, 2015 (friday) at DTE Energy Music Theatre.
Eagles – July 24, 2015 at Joe Louis Arena.
Shania Twain with Gavin DeGraw – July 25, 2015 at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
Kelly Clarkson with guests – July 26, 2015 at DTE Energy Music Theatre.
Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga – July 27, 2015 at Meadow Brook Music Festival.
Steely Dan wsg Elvis Costello – July 27, 2015 at DTE Energy Music Theatre.
Nicki Minaj with guests – July 31, 2015 at DTE Energy Music Theatre.
Nickelback – August 1, 2015 at DTE Energy Music Theatre.
Tim McGraw with guests – August 2, 2015 at DTE Energy Music Theatre.
Aerosmith – August 4, 2015 at Van Andel Arena.
KID ROCK with Foreigner – August 7+8, 11+12, 14+15, 18+19, 2015 at DTE Energy Music Theatre.
The Beach Boys and The Temptations – August 9, 2015 at Freedom Hill.
Motley Crue Final Tour with Alice Cooper – August 9, 2015, The Palace of Auburn Hills.
Kenny Chesney with special guests – August 22, 2015 at Ford Field.
Earth, Wind & Fire and Chicago– August 26, 2015 at DTE Energy Music Theatre.
Santana – August 28, 2015 at DTE Energy Music Theatre.
One Direction – August 29, 2015 at Ford Field.
Van Halen wsg Kenny Wayne Shepherd – September 4, 2015 at DTE Energy Music Theatre.
AC/DC – September 8, 2015 at Ford Field.
Zac Brown Band – September 12, 2015 at Comerica Park.
Madonna – October 1, 2015 at Joe Louis Arena.
The Who – October 27, 2015 at Joe Louis Arena.

Festivals Celebrations Fairs Shows and Special Events

January 1, 2015 (thursday)  New Year's Day

January 2, 2015 (fri)  Harlem Globetrotters Washington Generals’ Revenge Tour at The Palace of Auburn Hills. details + tickets

January 4, 2015 (sun)  Detroit Lions vs Dallas Cowboys - NFL Playoffs – in Dallas. Lions lost, maybe they'll get in playoffs again next year.

January 8-11, 2015 (thu-sun)  Ultimate Fishing Show - Detroit – at Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, MI. website:
“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 9-11, 2015 (fri-sun)  Plymouth Ice Festival – in Plymouth, MI USA (just west of Detroit). websites: + 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.”

January 10, 2015 (sat)  Monster Jam – Monster Trucks at Ford Field in Detroit.
official details and tickets at: + ford field

January 10, 2015 (sat)  The Dick Wagner Remember the Child Memorial Concert – at The Fillmore Detroit. Concert and Auction profits will go to the Children's Miracle Network and Beaumont Children's Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan. Impressive lineup of performers.
click →    facebook    tickets  (VIP tickets: call 888-458-7900)

January 12-25, 2015  North American International Auto Show (Detroit Auto Show, NAIAS) – in Downtown Detroit, MI. websites: + 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 2015 Schedule
January 12-13, Press Days
January 14-15, Industry Preview
January 16, Charity Preview Gala
January 17-25, Public Show

January 15-18, 2015 (thu-sun)  Michigan Winter Dog Classic – at Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, MI. website:
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 15-19, 2015 (thu-mon)  Shrine Circus - Flint – at Perani Arena & Event Center in Flint, MI. info at: +

January 17-18, 2015 (sat-sun)  Kalkaska Winterfest – in Kalkaska, MI (northwest lower peninsula, near Traverse City). websites: + facebook
2014 featured the Midwest International Dog Sled Race. It also had Dog Sled Rides, Dog Pull Contest, dogs from all over the USA, Indoor Snowman Contest, Disc Golf Tournament, Pond Hockey Tournament, Ice Bowl, vendor/craft show, children's activities and more.

January 16-18, and 23-25, 2015  Tip Up Town USA (TUT) – at Houghton Lake, MI (northern lower peninsula). info: + + facebook
65th in 2015. Friday through Sunday both weekends. “Largest Winter Festival in Michigan, held annually the last two weekends in January.” Grand Parade, Snowmobile Drag Races, Fireworks, ice fishing contest, polar bear dip, 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 17, 2015 (sat)  Vintage Toy Show – in Royal Oak, MI. just north of Detroit.
info when available:
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, dolls and more.

January 19, 2015 (monday)  Martin Luther King Day

January 21-26, 2015 (wed-mon)  Zehnder's SnowFest 2015 – in Frankenmuth, MI (mid/east lower peninsula). information:
24th annual in 2015. "Zehnder's SnowFest has been host to one of the top snow sculpting events in North America." Enjoy snow sculptures and detailed ice carvings created by professional ice and snow carvers from around the world. Also has a fireworks display, entertainment in the warming tent, petting zoo, children's activities, food, more.

January 21-25, 2015 (wed-sun)  Shrine Circus - Saginaw – at The Dow Event Center
info: +

January 23-24, 2015 (fri-sat)  Chilly Fest of Port Huron, MI – (northeast of Detroit).
info on: facebook   Ice Museum Special, Ice Carving Demos, Chili Tasting, Sno-Dog Parade, Bed Races, heated entertainment tent with live bands, more.

January 23-25, 2015 (fri-sun)  Fire and Ice Festival – in Rochester, MI (north of Detroit).
info at: + + facebook
Annual event with Fireworks, ice sculptures, Tubing Hill, Dog Sledding and Ice Skating Rink, TasteFest, snow shoeing, cross country skiing, broom ball exhibition, carriage rides, music and more.

January 23-31, 2015  Ferndale Blues & Music Festival – in Ferndale, MI (just north of Detroit). website:
Annual Blues and more Fest. Approximately 60 concerts, nine days, two dozen locations.

January 30-31, 2015 (fri-sat)  Ann Arbor Folk Festival – at Hill Auditorium in Ann Arbor, MI. website:
The Ark's largest annual fundraising event will celebrate its 38th year with traditional and contemporary folk artists.

January 31, 2015 (sat)  Heikinpäivä 2015 – in Hancock, MI (U.P., upper peninsula).
info at:
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. Parade, Finnish crafts, music, food, films, games, contests, more.

February 1, 2015 (sun)  Super Bowl XLIX (49) – Super Bowl Parties everywhere! Game on TV, played at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. websites: +

February 5-8, 2015 (thu-sun)  Perchville USA 2015 - 65th Annual – in Tawas, MI (East Michigan). info at:
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.

February 6-8, 2015 (fri-sun)  Meridian Winter Blast (Motown Winter Blast) – in Downtown Detroit at Campus Martius Park. website:
Big Snow Slide, public Ice Skating, Music Stages, Taste of Detroit, warm comfort zones, more.

February 7, 2015 (sat)  International 500 Snowmobile Race (Soo I-500) – in Sault Ste. Marie, MI (Upper Peninsula). websites: + facebook + youtube
Race Week is Feb 2nd to Feb 8th, race is Feb 7th on the only one-mile ice oval snowmobile track in North America. Events include Qualifying Rounds, Woody's Challenge Pro-Am Race, Rookie Round-Up 15 lap event, Pub Crawl, Ice Skating, Vintage Snowmobiles Display, Awards Ceremony and more.

February 7, 2015 (sat)  Traverse City Winter Microbrew & Music Festival – (in northwest Michigan). website:
50 breweries, 4 music stages, food truck rally and more.

February 12-16, 2015 (thu-mon)  UP200 Sled Dog Championship, Midnight Run, and Jack Pine 30 – in Western Upper Peninsula. websites: + 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 13-15, 2015 (fri-sun)  Utica Ice Festival – in Utica, MI (north of Detroit).
info at:
Ice Carvings and Fireworks Festival. Music, games, prizes, amateur ice carving contest, horse drawn carriage rides, fireworks show, more. annual event.

February 13-15, 2015 (fri-sun)  Shanty Days in Caseville, MI (Thumb area).
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 14, 2015 (saturday)  Valentine's Day

February 14-22, 2015  Detroit Boat Show - 57th Annual – at Cobo Center in Downtown Detroit. info: + 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 16, 2015 (mon)  Washington's Birthday / Presidents Day

February 27-28, 2015 (fri-sat)  Winter Beer Festival – at Fifth Third Ballpark in Grand Rapids, MI (West Michigan). info and tickets:
Annual event, 2014 featured 88 Michigan breweries and almost 800 different craft beers.

February 28, 2015 (sat)  Monster Jam – Monster Trucks at Ford Field in Detroit.
official details and tickets at: + ford field

February 28, 2015 (sat)  Trenary Outhouse Classic – Outhouse Races – in Trenary, MI (U.P. – Upper Peninsula). websites: + facebook
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. Annually on the last Saturday in Feb.

February 28, 2015 (sat)  Coopersville Outhouse 500 and Chili Cook-Off – in West Michigan, northwest of Grand Rapids. info&:
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.

March 5-15, 2015  Gilda's LaughFest – in Grand Rapids and other cities in West Michigan.
websites: + facebook
Comedy stars include George Lopez, Wanda Sykes, Patton Oswalt. “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. More than 200 shows, 60+ performers on stages in Grand Rapids, Lowell and Holland.

March 6-8, 2015 (fri-sun)  Detroit AutoRama (63rd Annual AutoRama) – at Cobo Center in Downtown Detroit. information:
Annual vehicle show. America's Finest Hot Rods, Customs, Trucks and Motorcycles. Event features celebrity appearances, Annual Toy-A-Rama, Miss Autorama Pinup Girl Contest, Live Entertainment, Pedal Car Challenge, Charity Auction, much more.

March 6-8, 2015 (fri-sun)  The Michigan Golf Show at Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, MI. website:
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 6-8, 2015 (fri-sun)  Hamtramck Music Festival in Hamtramck, MI (inside Detroit).
Over 100 local music acts perform at 15 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 7, 2015 (sat)  Toughest Monster Truck Tour – at The Dow Event Center in Saginaw, MI. info at:

March 8-14, 2015 (sun-sat)  Clare Irish Festival – in Clare, MI (northern lower peninsula).
info at: + facebook
Annual Irish Festival, events include Parade, Irish Recipe contest, Pet Photo Contest, Walk/Run Road Race, Craft Show, Bed Race, live music, kids carnival, more.

March 10, 2015 (tue)  WWE Smackdown – at Joe Louis Arena in Downtown Detroit. info and tickets at:

March 13-15, 2015 (fri-sun)  Michigan Horse Expo – at MSU in East Lansing, MI.
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 15, 2015 (sun)  57th Detroit St. Patrick's Parade – in Detroit.
info at Parade is held on Michigan Avenue, a little west of Downtown Detroit.

March 15, 2015 (sun)  The Shamrock Fest – in Corktown (Detroit).
info at + facebook
5th Annual St. Patrick's Day Celebration in Corktown. Enjoy the parade and other festivities at this premier location. Party Tent, Irish Beer and Whiskey, DJ's & Entertainment, food and more. Tent is located right next to the Gaelic League, 2000 Michigan Ave, Detroit.

March 17, 2015 (tue)  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

March 19-22, 2015 (thu-sun)  Freep Film Festival in Detroit.
websites: + facebook
“devoted to reall-life cinematic stories tied to the Motor City, showcasing documentaries about Detroit and Michigan.”

March 20-22, 2015 (fri-sun)  The Shrine Circus at Hazel Park Raceway in Hazel Park, MI.
websites: + facebook
“This is your hometown circus, your glimpse of the majesty of the wild, your thrills of the high wire. In the Big Top, where clowns are king, wild animals are tame, and all ages are children.”

March 22, 2015 (sun)  Marche du Nain Rouge – in the Cass Corridor, Detroit.
websites: + facebook
“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 invited to the 5th annual Marche du Nain Rouge – Detroiters and Detroit-lovers will gather to drive the evil spirit out of our fair city for another year.” event includes a run and after-parties.

March 24-29, 2015 (tue-sun)  Ann Arbor Film Festival in Ann Arbor, MI.
website: – 53rd in 2015. independent & experimental film.

April 5, 2015 (sun)  Easter (Easter Sunday)

April 6, 2015 (mon)  Detroit Tigers Home Opener
Detroit Tigers vs Minnesota Twins at Comerica Park in Downtown Detroit, MI. 1:08 pm. + MLB - Major League Baseball

April 9-12, 16-19, 25-26, 2015  Art X Detroit – in Midtown Detroit.
websites: + facebook – ”10-day arts experience celebrates Detroit’s arts scene for three weekends. The third edition of AXD will feature an exciting collection of dance, literary, musical and theatrical performances, film screenings, visual arts installations, workshops, panel discussions and interactive experiences.”

April 10, 2015 (fri)  Detroit Music Awards 2015 – in Detroit at The Fillmore Detroit.
websites: + facebook
Public invited with general admission, VIP RSVP's available. It's a big time annual Awards Ceremony & Show put on by the Detroit Music Awards Foundation (DMAF). This night is all about meeting, congratulating, and celebrating our incredibly talented local musicians in grand style! A glorious night of award presentations and live performances, our Local Grammys. DMA 2015 featured performers and tickets info will be on website, list of winners posted next day.

April 10-12, 2015 (fri-sun)  Great Lakes Art Fair – at Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, MI (northwest of Detroit). website:
Annual, Indoors, over 200 booths of artists and displays, including sculpture, painting, ceramics, clothing, jewelry and more.

TBA 2015 (fri-sat)  Microbrew & Music Festival - Spring – in Lansing, MI.
“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 18, 2015 (sat)  Detroit Zombie Apocalypse III – in Detroit at Tangent Gallery / Hastings St. Ballroom.
websites: + facebook event
DZA is an entertainment extravaganza featuring music, burlesque, sideshow acts, an apocalyptic art gallery & more! This show is a benefit for the American Cancer Society via The Walking Hope for ACS and LLS (a Walking Dead and pop culture themed fan site dedicated to raising awareness and funds for ACS and cancer charity).

April 22-26, 2015 (wed-sun)  National Trout Festival – in Kalkaska, MI (northwest MI, near Traverse City). website:
Annual event has a parade, carnival midway, classic car show, arts & crafts, entertainment, fireworks, more.

April 24-26, 2015 (fri-sun)  Vermontville Maple Syrup Festival – in Vermontville, MI (west of Lansing). website:
74th Annual in 2014. “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, and the ever popular maple syrup cotton candy.”

April 24-26, 2015 (fri-sun)  MI Earth Day Fest – in Rochester, MI (north of Detroit).
websites: + facebook
“One of the planet's largest and liveliest Earth Day celebrations. The festival offers a wide variety of exhibits, attractions and activities. Free Admission.”

April 26, 2015 (sun)  Dawn Farm Annual Ride for Recovery (bicycle, walk, run) in Ypsilanti, MI. info at: + facebook
A family fun and fitness event and fundraiser for Dawn Farm. The Ride for Recovery offers opportunities to participate at any fitness level, with bike rides from 10K to 100K and a 5K ot 1K run/walk. Annual event the last Sunday of April, 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.

April 30 – May 3, 2015 (thu-sun)  Michigan International Women's Show – at Surburban Collection Showplace in Novi, MI (northwest of Detroit). information at

April 29 – May 2, 2015 (wed-sat)  Metro Times Blowout 18 – in Detroit, Hamtramck, Ferndale, MI. websites: + 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!

May 2-9, 2015 (sat-sat)  Tulip Time Festival – in Holland, MI (western Michigan).
For over 80 years, the Holland Tulip Festival is a celebration of Dutch heritage and culture. 3 Parades, a Carnival, 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, art and craft fair, fireworks, children's events, trolley tours, more.

May 2-3, 2015 (sat-sun)  Michigan Antique & Collectible Festival – in Davisburg, MI.
websites: + facebook
at Springfield Oaks County Park in northern Oakland County. “Michigan's Largest Antique & Collectible Festival. 80 Acres of Treasures & Memories. Also Mid-Michigan’s Largest Classic Car Show. We welcome all classic, antique, hot rod, muscle, and special interest vehicles.–

May 2-3, 2015 (sat-sun)  Victorian Days – in Grand Ledge (just west of Lansing).
website: + facebook
Features high Tea, Maypole Dance, Civil War Re-enactors, Art & Craft Demonstrators, more. Annual, held on the first weekend in May.

May 2, 2015 (sat)  Blossomtime Festival – in Southwestern MI.
Grand Floral Parade. “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 8-10, 2015 (fri-sun)  Mesick Mushroom Festival – in Mesick (northwest MI, south of Traverse City). website:
56th Annual in 2015. Mesick, MI is the mushroom capital in the United States. Event features a Grand Parade, Carnival rides, contests for mushroom hunters, food, beer tent, 5 K walk/run, Mug bog racers, crafts and hobbies, flea market, horse pull, more.

May 8-9, 2015 (fri-sat)  Spring Fling Festival – in Wyandotte, MI (Downriver, south of Detroit). website:
At Yack Arena. Live entertainment, rides, vegas, crafts, games, food, raffles, bungee, more.

May 10, 2015 (sun)  Mother's Day

May 14-17, 2015 (thu-sun)  National Morel Mushroom Festival – in Boyne City, MI (Northwest Lower Peninsula). website:
Mushroom hunts, cooking demonstrations, live music, more. Annually the weekend after Mother's Day.

May 15-17, 2015 (fri-sun)  Motor City Comic Con – at Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, MI. + + 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.

May 22-25, 2015 (fri-mon)  St. Mary's Polish Country Fair – in Orchard Lake (northwest of Detroit). websites: + facebook
Annual event, lots of Carnival Rides plus Authentic Polish and All-American Food, Las Vegas Tent with Casino Games, plus a Bingo Tent. Also Live Music and Dancing, Raffle, Kids Area, more. There is a charge for admission.

May 23, 2015 (sat)  Petoskey Stone Festival – at Barnes Park in Antrim County, MI (northwestern MI). websites: + 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 23-25, 2015 (sat-mon)  Movement 2015 Electronic Music Festival – in Downtown Detroit at Hart Plaza. websites: + facebook
Annual event, Movement features EDM (electronic dance music), almost 100 artists on four stages. Paid General Admission, day pass and three-day passes available.

May 25, 2015 (monday)  Memorial Day

May 29-31, 2015 (fri-sun)  Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix on Belle Isle, Detroit.
websites: + facebook
"The event will feature the cars of the Verizon IndyCar Series, the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, the Pirelli World Challenge Series and the trucks of the SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Truck Series. The weekend collectively is referred to as the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix and it will feature the Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans IndyCar doubleheader." tickets, schedule, complete information on official website.

May 30-31, 2015 (sat-sun)  Michigan Antique & Collectible Festival – in Midland, MI.
websites: + facebook
“Over 1,000 Dealers on over 80 acres. For over 45 years the Michigan Antique Festival held in Midland, MI has been the premier shopping event in the Midwest.” Held at Midland County Fairgrounds, 6905 Eastman Ave, Midland, MI 48642.

To find most fireworks shows in Michigan, click → Fireworks Displays in Michigan
search by date or by city. This annually updated database is the most impressive list that Mike can find.

June 5-6, 2015 (fri-sat)  WYCD Downtown Hoedown Country Music Fest – at West Riverfront Park in Detroit, a new location this year. websites: WYCD Hoedown + facebook
2015 featured artists include Rascal Flatts, Darius Rucker, more.

June 5-7, 2015 (fri-sun)  Festival of the Arts - Grand Rapids (West MI).
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 5-7, 2015 (fri-sun)  Ya'ssoo Greek Festival – in Ann Arbor.
held at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church. Greek music, dancers, food. Plus open dancing, church tours, raffles and more.

TBA 2015 (fri-sat)  Mount Clemens Cruise (car cruise) – in Mount Clemens, MI (northeast of Detroit). websites: + facebook
23rd Annual in 2014. Open Cruise and Car Show.

TBA 2015 (sat)  Ionia Classic Car & Truck Show – in Ionia, MI (Mid/Western MI, northwest of Lansing). website:
8th Annual in 2014. There will be food, oldies music, fun for the whole family. Proceeds to benefit the Ionia Area Food Banks.

TBA 2015 (sat)  Lemonade Day Detroit – across the entire state of Michigan.
websites: + 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 11-14, 2015 (thu-sun)  Frankenmuth Bavarian Festival – in Frankenmuth, MI (Mid Michigan). websites: + facebook
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 12-13, 2015 (fri-sat)  Cereal Festival with World's Longest Breakfast Table – in Battle Creek, MI (southwest Michigan). official information at:
Parade on Friday, Breakfast Table on Saturday. Annual event, 150+ breakfast tables, plus live entertainment, karaoke idol contest, more.

June 12-14, 2015 (fri-sun)  National Asparagus Festival (NAF) – in Hart, MI (West Michigan). website:
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 12 - July 5, 2015  Ann Arbor Summer Festival (A2SF) – in Ann Arbor, MI.
websites: + 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 13, 2015 (sat)  Harley Fest – at Freedom Hill in Sterling Heights, MI.
info: – Motorcycles, bands, more.

June 14, 2015 (sun)  NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quicken Loans 400 – at Michigan International Speedway (MIS) in Brooklyn, MI.
Race is on Sunday but there are additional events on friday & saturday before the race. click website for more info.

June 16-20, 2015 (tue-sat)  Miss Michigan Pageant – in Muskegon, MI (West Michigan).
websites: + facebook
Scholarship Pageant provides educational opportunities to young women across the State of Michigan.

June 17-20, 2015 (wed-sat)  Hamburg Family Fun Fest – in Hamburg Township (west of Detroit). websites: + facebook
Annual event. Amusement rides, live music, Hometown Idol Singing Talent Showcase, fireworks, more.

June 19-21, 2015 (fri-sun)  Detroit River Days – in Downtown Detroit at the Riverfront.
websites: + + facebook
“a celebration of Detroit’s RiverWalk with activities on land and water. Experience all the RiverWalk has to offer, from the tall ships, jet-ski demos and riverboat tours to live music, sand sculptures, kids activities, food and more.” Admission is $3 before 5pm and $5 after 5pm.

June 19-21, 2015 (fri-sun)  Belleville National Strawberry Festival – in Belleville (west of Detroit). website:
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 19-21, 2015 (fri-sun)  Motor City Irish Fest (MCIF) – in Redford Township, MI (just west of Detroit). websites: + facebook
Twenty Bands, Irish Dance groups, Pipe and drum bands, BBQ and Irish food, much more. Held at Western Graham Field on Beech Daly Rd (south of 5 Mile) adjacent to St. Valentines.

June 19-20, 2015 (fri-sat)  West Michigan Chalk Art Festival (WMCAF) – in Byron Center, MI (South of Grand Rapids). websites: + 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.

June 20, 2015 (sat)  Cruisin' Gratiot – in Eastpointe, MI (just north of Detroit).
websites: + 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 21, 2015 (sun)  Father's Day

June 22, 2015 (mon)  Detroit Fireworks - 57th Annual Ford Fireworks – in Downtown Detroit on the Riverfront. information:
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 2015 (fri-sat)  Detroit Summer Beer Fest – at Campus Martius Park in Downtown Detroit. websites: + facebook
3rd Annual in 2014, “an experience in taste and sound with hot music to compliment cool brews. Over 60 breweries from around the world, across the state and down the street will showcase their unique libations.” tickets info on main website.

TBA 2015 (sat)  International Tug Boat Race – on the Detroit River between Detroit & Windsor (Ontario, Canada). website:
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 23-27, 2015 (tue-sat)  Livonia Spree and Fireworks Extravaganza – in Livonia, MI (west of Detroit). websites: + 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 the last night.

June 24-28, 2015 (wed-sun)  Bay-Rama Fishfly Festival – in New Baltimore, MI (northeast of Detroit). information at:
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 25-28, 2015 (thu-sun)  Stars and Stripes Festival – in Sterling Heights, MI (north of Detroit). website:
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 25-28, 2015 (thu-sun)  Electric Forest Festival – in Rothbury, MI, at the Double JJ Ranch (Western MI). websites: + facebook
Four day outdoor music festival features about 90 local and national music acts, many music genres. camping available.

June 25-28, 2015 (thu-sun)  St. Stan's A.C. Polish Festival – in Bay City, MI (East/Mid MI). websites: + facebook
“Four fun-filled days of Polka music, homemade Polish and American food, bingo, casino tent, carnival rides and games for all ages, raffles, Entertainment Tent with dance floor.”

June 26, 2015 (fri)  Jobbie Nooner (JobbieNooner 1) – at Gull Island on Lake St. Clair (northeast of Detroit). info: + facebook +
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 26-28, 2015 (fri-sun)  Opa! Fest (Greek Festival) – in Troy, MI (north of Detroit).
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.

TBA 2015 (thu-sun)  Taylor Summer Festival – in Taylor, MI (south of Detroit).
websites: + facebook
Held at Heritage Park, festival features a Carnival, Concerts that include Phil Vassar, Joe Jaber, and Ty Stone. Plus a Fireworks Display.

TBA 2015 (fri)  Hour Detroit's Best of Detroit Party – website:
Hour Detroit magazine annual celebration of their readers' survey.

June 26-28, 2015 (fri-sun)  Michigan Challenge Balloonfest & Carnival – in Howell, MI.
Annual event. One of the premier summer-time activities in Michigan with balloon launches and entertainment for the entire family.

June 26-28, 2015 (fri-sun)  Trenton Mid-Summer Festival – in Trenton, MI (south of Detroit). websites: + facebook
40th in 2015. Join over 150,000 visitors, over 200 artists and craftsmen, and live entertainment on West Jefferson in the Riverfront Business District.

TBA 2015 (sat)  Cruisin' Downriver (car cruise) – just south of Detroit.
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.

To find most fireworks shows in Michigan, click → Fireworks Displays in Michigan
search by date or by city. This annually updated database is the most impressive list that Mike can find.

Ann Arbor Summer Festival (A2SF) 2015 continues through July 5th. see June 12th listing above.

July 3, 2015 (fri)  Independence Day (Observed)
July 4, 2015 (sat)  Independence Day USA (July 4th)

July 3-5, 2015 (fri-sun)  Blue Water SandFest – at the Fort Gratiot Light Station County Park in Port Huron, MI. website:
“For the 3rd year in a row, The Blue Water SandFest will host Michigan's first and only Master sand sculpting and Advanced Amateur competition/festival. Master Sand Sculpting (State Championships) Contest, Advanced Amateur (State Championships) Contest, Amateur Contest, Live Music, Sand Sculpting Demonstrations and hands on Lessons, Quick Sand© Speed Sculpting Show, Food Vendors, Kids Zone, Lighthouse Tour and more.”

July 3-12, 2015  Oakland County Fair – in Davisburg, MI (northwest of Detroit).
websites: + facebook
Carnival Rides & Amusements, July 4th Fireworks, Off Road Demolition Derby, Figure 8 Races, Rodeo, Monster Trucks, Circus Pages, various Livestock Shows, Large Animal Auction, Horse Shows, Dog Shows, Miracle of Birth Barn, Motorcycle Globe of Death, Oakland County Idol Contest, Adult Pie Baking Contest, Husband Calling Contest, Skillet Throwing Contest, Antique Fire Truck Show, Petting Zoo, 4-H Exhibits, Pirate Island for Kids, Racing Pigs, much more. Held at Springfield Oaks County Park.

July 4-11, 2015 (sat-sat)  National Cherry Festival – in Traverse City, MI (northwest lower peninsula). websites: + facebook
Annual event. Parades, Million Dollar Hole-In-One Golf Contest, Air Show Gala, Amusements Midway, Adult Cherry Pie Eating Contest, Cherry Pit Spitting Contest, Fireworks, music by George Thorogood, Tommy James & The Shondells, Collective Soul, Justin Moore, Gin Blossoms, more. 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 7-12, 2015 (tue-sun)  Common Ground Music Festival – in Lansing, MI.
official website:
Annual event. "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 8-11, 2015 (wed-sat)  Wyandotte Street Art Fair – in Wyandotte, MI (Downriver, south of Detroit). websites: + facebook
53rd Annual in 2014. Over 300 artist booths, a workshop, Riverfront & Street Entertainment, food, children's activity areas, more.

July 8-11, 2015 (wed-sat)  River Raisin Festival – in Blissfield, MI (lower part of Southeast Michigan). website:
31st Annual in 2014. Parade, Live Music, DJs, Car & Bike Show, Motorcycle Poker Run, Miss River Raisin Festival Pageant, 5K Run, much more.

July 10-11, 2015 (fri-sat)  Michigan Elvisfest – in Ypsilanti.
official website: + 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 10-12, 2015 (fri-sun)  American Polish Festival & Craft Show – at the American-Polish Century Club in Sterling Heights, MI (north of Detroit). website:
“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”.

July 10-12, 2015 (fri-sun)  Art In The Park – in Plymouth, MI (west of Detroit).
“Michigan's 2nd Largest Art Fair. Its 35th year will welcome over 400 artists from around the U.S. offering paintings, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, fiber, glass, woodwork, photography, folk art & much more. Entertainment and cuisine will complement the art exhibitors.”

July 11, 2015 (sat)  All American Cruise (Wayne Rd Car Cruise) – in Westland, MI (west of Detroit, north of Wayne). websites: + facebook
A new cruise that takes place on Wayne Road from Joy Road to Glenwood Rd. Kickoff Party on Friday, July 12.

TBA 2015 (sat)  Cruisin' US12 (Michigan Avenue Car Cruise) – based in Wayne, MI (west of Detroit). website: facebook
Annual cruise takes place on Michigan Avenue based in downtown Wayne and includes the surrounding communities.

TBA 2015 (thu-sun)  Uncle Sam Jam – in Woodhaven, MI (Downriver, south of Detroit). websites: + 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.

TBA 2015 (fri-sun)  Michigan Lavender Festival – in Armada, MI (north of Detroit).
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.

July 15-18, 2015 (wed-sat)  Ann Arbor Art Fair – in Ann Arbor, MI.
information: + + facebook
Four Fairs combined into One Event. “Artists display their latest work and engage the imaginations of more than 500,000 annual fairgoers.”

July 15-18, 2015 (wed-sat)  National Baby Food Festival (NBFF) – in Fremont, MI (west MI, north of Grand Rapids). website:
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. For 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 16-18, 2015 (thu-sat)  Blue Water Fest (Boat Week) – in Port Huron, MI (East Michigan). websites: + facebook
Annual prelude to the Bayview Mackinac Race. “One of the largest outdoor summertime events in Southeastern Michigan.” Free General Admission. Lighted Boat Parade, Carnival Rides and Amusements, Fireworks Spectacular, Live Music on multiple stages, Boat Night with hundreds of sailboats on display, juried fine art fair, Taste-Fest, more.

July 16-25, 2015  Ionia Free Fair – in Ionia (northwest of Lansing).
Annual. Monster Truck Throwdown, Truck and Tractor Pulls, Circus performances, Horses, Animal Auctions, Music entertainment, Ionia Idol Competition, food, more.

July 17-19, 2015 (fri-sun)  Roar On The River – in Trenton (south of Detroit).
websites: + 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 17-19, 2015 (fri-sun)  Jackson Hot Air Jubilee (Balloon Festival) – in Jackson, MI (Southwest MI). website:
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 17-19, 2015 (fri-sun)  Italian Fest (Festa Italiana) – at Freedom Hill in Sterling Heights, MI (north of Detroit. info at:
Live Italian music performances, Italian wines & beer, Italian food and more.

July 18, 2015 (sat)  Bayview Mackinac Race (Port Huron To Mackinac Sailing Race)
official websites: + + facebook
2015 Bell's Beer Bayview Mackinac Race. Annual 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 18-19, 2015 (sat-sun)  Michigan Vet Fest Music Festival Supporting U.S. Veterans
Location: VFW Post 9885 - 6440 N Hix Rd, Westland, MI 48185 (Ford Rd & I-275 area). + Facebook + MVF 2015 Facebook Event Page
Proceeds go to Wounded Warrior Project and to Veteran's Haven in Michigan, $10 suggested donation at entrance. Variety Music Live Entertainment Showcase and Celebration features Bands, Musicians, Entertainers, Surprise Appearances, Beer, Drinks Food and more. Support Our Veterans and enjoy Party/Dance Bands, Classic Rock, Country, Blues, Oldies, Modern Rock, etc.. Half of proceeds go to WWP, half to our Vets in Michigan!

July 18-19, 2015 (sat-sun)  Michigan Antique & Collectible Festival – in Midland, MI.
websites: + facebook
“Over 1,000 Dealers on over 80 acres. For over 45 years the Michigan Antique Festival held in Midland, MI has been the premier shopping event in the Midwest.” Held at Midland County Fairgrounds, 6905 Eastman Ave, Midland, MI 48642.

TBA 2015 (thu-sun)  Munger Potato Festival – in Munger, MI (East/Mid MI, near Bay City). website:
Entertainment tent, carnival, Figure 8's & Demolition Derbies, Parade and FREE POTATOES.

TBA 2015 (fri-sun)  Quake on the Lake – in Waterford. (northwest of Detroit)
websites: + 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.

TBA  Telegraph Cruise (Telegraph Road Car Cruise, Metro Detroit) – on Telegraph Rd, just west of Detroit. status for 2015 unknown, was held around the 4th Saturday in July.

TBA 2015 (fri-sun)  Detroit Bike Week (Michigan Bike Bash) – in Commerce Township, MI.
websites: + facebook
skipping 2014, back in 2015.

TBA 2016 (thu-sun)  Tall Ship Celebration in Bay City (East/Mid MI)
official website:
Tall Ships Celebration returns to Bay City in 2016.

July 23-25, 2015 (thu-sat)  Sterlingfest Art and Music Fair – in Sterling Heights, MI (just north of Detroit). info on: + facebook
“Now in its 35th year, Sterlingfest mixes the tradition of an Arts & Crafts Fair, a variety of music including jazz, blues, folk and Top 40 entertainment, Kidzfest children’s activities and entertainment stage, a family midway, local restaurateurs, a main concert stage, evening concerts.”

July 24-26, 2015 (fri-sun)  St. Clair Riverfest – in St. Clair (northeast of Detroit).
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 24-25, 2015 (fri-sat)  Summer Beer Festival - Ypsilanti – in Ypsilanti, MI.
information and tickets:
In 2015, the “18th Annual Summer Beer Festival will feature over 800 different beers from more than 80 Michigan craft breweries. Food will be available, and guests will enjoy live music from a variety of Michigan bands.”

July 24-26, 2015 (fri-sun)  Yale Bologna Festival – in Yale (located in Michigan's thumb).
“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.”

July 25, 2015 (sat)  Support Our Troops Festival – in Baroda, MI (southwest Michigan).
websites: + facebook
“Annual festival to help enlisted soldiers with needs, soldiers with injuries and/or needs that come home from deployment, and our beloved veterans with injuries and/or special needs.” Military Honor Ceremony, Military Honor Parade, Motorcycle Run and Show, Custom & Classic Car/Truck Show, Helecopter Rides, Live Music Entertainment, Gun Raffle, Beer Tent, Fireworks Show, Children's Carnival, food, displays and much more.

July 24 to August 2, 2015  Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival – in Grand Haven, MI (West Michigan). websites: + facebook
Annual event Celebrating the men and women of the United States Coast Guard. Parades, Fireworks, Carnival, Entertainment, Ship Tours, Street Dance, Car Show, and more.

July 25-26, 2015 (sat-sun)  Maker Faire Detroit – in Dearborn, MI, at the Henry Ford.
“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.”

July 25-26, 2015 (sat-sun)  Orchard Lake Fine Art Show – in West Bloomfield, MI.
Annual “Juried Fine Art & Craft Event with World-Renowned and Top-Notch Local Artists. Voted in the Top 100 Art Shows in the Country – eight years in row.”

July 26, 2015 (sun)  Concours d'Elegance of America – at The Inn at St. John's in Plymouth, MI (west of Detroit). website:
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.

TBA 2015 (sat-sun)  AquaPalooza – on Lake St. Clair, MI.
“the largest on-the-water concert held on Lake St. Clair, and most likely in this region. Held off the shores of Belle Maer Harbor, this event is accessible by water only.” 2014 featured six bands and a DJ.

TBA 2015 (sat)  Backpack Music Festival – on Belle Isle, Detroit.
websites: + facebook
Annual Fundraiser for Detroit area children in need of school supplies. Event features Detroit's Musical and Visual artistry.

July 28 – August 2, 2015 (tue-sun)  Traverse City Film Festival (TCFF) – in Traverse City, MI (northwest lower peninsula). website:
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 30 – August 2, 2015 (thu-sun)  Woodtick Music Festival – in the U.P. (upper peninsula)
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!”

July 31 – August 2, 2015 (fri-sun)  Annual Fish Sandwich Festival – in Bay Port, MI (located in Michigan's thumb). info at:
Lots of Fish Sandwiches, plus... Grand Parade, fireworks, arts & crafts show, free entertainment, fireman's bingo, petting zoo and pony rides, 5k run/walk, more.

July 31 – August 2, 2015 (fri-sun)  Buy Michigan Now Festival – in Northville, MI (northwest of Detroit). website:
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 1-2, 2015 (sat-sun)  Arab and Chaldean Festival – at Hart Plaza in Downtown Detroit. website:
“Come and Join us in celebrating 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.

August 2, 2015 (sun)  Clinton Township Gratiot Cruise – annual car cruise north of Detroit.
websites: + 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 6, 2015 (thu)  Gleaners Iron Chef Competition - 11th Annual – at Bordine's Nursery 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.”

August 6-9, 2015 (thu-sun)  National Blueberry Festival – in South Haven, MI (West Michigan). websites: + 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, Diaper Derby, more.

August 7-8, 2015 (fri-sat)  Del Shannon Car Show – in Coopersville, MI (West Michigan)
Annual car show includes a Truck Show, Motorcycle Show, Tractor Show, Port City Racing Vendor Row, Entertainment Tent, Cruise Night, food and more.

August 7-9, 2015 (fri-sun)  Great Lakes Folk Festival (GLFF) – in East Lansing, MI.
Annual, “GLFF offers a one-of-a-kind mix of music and dance stages, demonstrations of traditional arts and storytelling, authentic ethnic food, an arts marketplace, and many special activities for kids and their companions.”

August 7-9, 2015 (fri-sun)  Milford Memories Summer Festival – in Milford, MI (northwest of Detroit). website: + 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.

TBA 2015 (sat)  Detroit Burger Brawl – at Eastern Market in Detroit.
websites: + facebook
11am to 3pm. Annual competition, 20 restaurants and sponsors compete for title of “Detroit's Best Burger of 2014”. 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.

TBA 2015  Fash Bash – at Detroit Institute of Arts in Detroit.
info at:
annual high-profile fundraising event for the DIA presented by the Founders Junior Council of the Detroit Institute of Arts.

August 10-15, 2015 (mon-sat)  Kalamazoo County Fair – in Kalamazoo, MI (West Michigan).
websites: + facebook
Midway rides, live music every night, 400+ farm animals, 4-H exhibits, Kids Day, Senior Day, much more.

August 10-16, 2015 (mon-sun)  Armada Fair – 143rd – in Armada (northeast of Detroit).
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 11-15, 2015 (tue-sat)  Back to the Bricks Car Cruise (BttB) – in Flint, MI.
websites: + facebook
About 400,000 car enthusiasts attend each year. Car shows, swap meets, automotive vendor displays, drive-in movie theater, lots of cruisin and more on 13 mile route.

August 13-15, 2015 (thu-sat)  Mendon Riverfest – 28th Annual – in Three Rivers (Southwest MI). websites: + facebook
Main Parade and a Lighted River Floats Parade, Classic Car Cruise, Fireworks, games and amusements, live entertainment, fishing tournament, Texas Hold'em Tournament, teen dance, food and more. Held annually on third weekend in August.

August 14-15, 2015 (thu-sun)  Petoskey Festival on the Bay – in Petoskey MI (Northern Michigan). websites: + facebook
Annual, “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 14-16, 2015 (fri-sun)  St. Johns Mint Festival – 31st Annual – in St. Johns City Park (Mid-MI). websites:
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 14-16, 2015 (fri-sun)  Howell Melon Festival (Watermelon Fest) – in Howell (east of Lansing). website:
55th Annual in 2015. Event 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, Live Music entertainment, more.

August 14-23, 2015  Cheeseburger in Caseville – (Caseville is in Michigan's thumb).
websites: + facebook +
City is transformed into Key North for this 10 day festival that celebrates the lifestyle and music made popular by Jimmy Buffett, and different types of cheeseburgers. Concerts, Fireworks, The Parade of Tropical Fools with thousands of beads, candies, Frisbees, and other objects thrown from parade floats each year.

August 15, 2015 (sat)  WOODWARD DREAM CRUISE (Car Cruise) – on Woodward Ave just north of Detroit. websites: + 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, goes through several cities north of Detroit. Event is now about a week long with many associated and pre-cruise events. Draws around one million people.

August 15, 2015 (sat)  WWE Live – at Joe Louis Arena in Downtown Detroit. info and tickets at:

August 15-16, 2015 (sat-sun)  Michigan Fiber Festival – in Allegan, MI (western Michigan).
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.

August 16, 2015 (sun)  Pure Michigan 400 - NASCAR Sprint Cup Series – at Michigan International Speedway (MIS) in Brooklyn, MI (southwest of Ann Arbor).
Qualifying on the 14th, Careers for Veterans 200 on the 15th, Big race is on the 16th.

August 16-22, 2015 (sun-sat)  Calhoun County Fair – in Marshall, MI (West Michigan).
“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 21-22, 2015 (fri-sat)  28th Street Metro Cruise – 11th Annual – in Grand Rapids, MI (West Michigan). websites: + 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 21-23, 2015 (fri-sun)  Lapeer Days – in Lapeer, MI (northwest of Detroit).
websites: + 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 22 thru October 4, 2015 (weekends)  Michigan Renaissance Festival – in Holly (northwest of Detroit, south of Flint). websites: + 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 22-23, 2014 (fri-sat)  Great Lakes Gathering - Irish Festival – at First Merit Bank Event Park in Saginaw, MI, across the street from the Dow Event Center. website:
An all encompassing Irish music and cultural festival that showcases not only local & regional performers, but also those touring nationally and internationally. Also included in this year's event will be dancers, storytellers, workshops in music, dance and Irish Language. Plus Irish vendors, food vendors, beer pub tent and whiskey tastings.

August 22-24, 2014 (fri-sun)  Detroit Dance City Festival (DDCF) – at various locations in Downtown Detroit. website:
2nd annual in 2014 will showcase the work of over 40 local and national performing artists and companies. DDCF celebrates dance in its various forms and disciplines with 30 diverse dance workshops, plus performances and networking opportunities, and official after parties each evening.

August 23, 2015 (sun)  Cruisin' Hines – Car Cruise through Hines Park in Western Wayne County. websites: + facebook
Thousands of Classic Cars and Hot Rods!

TBA 2015 (fri-sat)  Microbrew & Music Festival - Winter – in Traverse City, MI (Northwest Michigan). website:
“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 27-29, 2015 (thu-sat)  Kalamazoo Island Festival – at Growlers Baseball Field, Mayor Riverfront Park in Kalamazoo (West MI). websites: + facebook
Annual event. Reggae music includes “international, national, regional, and local talent and is the largest celebration of the Caribbean culture in Michigan.”

August 26, 2015 (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.

August 29-30, 2015 (sat-sun)  Thunder Over Michigan Air Show – at Willow Run Airport in Ypsilanti, MI (Southeast Michigan, near Ann Arbor). website:
2015 features the Blue Angels of the United States Navy, B-17 Rides, B-25 Rides, WWII Battle Reenactment, F-16 Fighting Falcon Demo. Plus displays, attractions and more.

TBA  ASSEMBLE festival – in Downtown Detroit.
websites: + facebook   – hoping to be a summer festival that brings together parts of Sport, Noise, Idea, Form.

TBA 2015 (sat) Annual Great Lakes Regional Beard and Moustache Championship – in Grand Rapids, MI. websites: + 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.

Gold Cup Races (Hydroplane racing) on Detroit River no longer exists, last one in 2014. And the hoped-for replacement event Detroit River Festival of Speed isn't going to happen. – “The Detroit River Regatta Association (DDRA), which has produced the annual Detroit Gold Cup boat races for the past 13 years, will cease operations effective February 28, 2015. Due to that news, The Festival of Speed will no longer be taking place.”

Michigan Renaissance Festival – in Holly, MI, continues on weekends through October 4th. see listing above. Festival takes you back in time to the renaissance era with knights and old villager attire, theme events and special events.

TBA 2015 (thu-mon)  Michigan Peach Festival of Romeo – in Romeo, MI (north of Detroit). websites: + 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.

September 4-7, 2015 (fri-mon)  Arts, Beats & Eats Festival (Ford Arts, Beats & Eats) – in Royal Oak, MI (just north of Detroit).
websites: + 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, plus international, regional and local attractions.” Annual event every Labor Day weekend.

September 4-7, 2015 (fri-mon)  Michigan State Fair – at Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, MI (northwest of Detroit).
websites: + 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.

September 4-7, 2015 (fri-mon)  Detroit Jazz Festival – 36th Annual – in Detroit on the Riverfront. website:
The World's Largest Free Jazz Festival held at Hart Plaza in Downtown Detroit. About five stages, Jazz & American crossover music. Annual event every Labor Day weekend.

TBA 2015 (sat-mon)  Hamtramck Labor Day Festival – in Hamtramck, MI (north of Downtown Detroit). websites: + 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 7, 2015 (monday)  Labor Day

TBA 2015 (sat)  Dally in the Alley – in Detroit.
websites: + 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 2015 (sat)  Jobbie Nooner 2 (JobbieNooner II) – at Gull Island on Lake St. Clair (northeast of Detroit). information: +
Jobbie Nooner is an Adult, 18yrs and older Annual Mardi Gras style boats and island party.

TBA 2015 (sat-sun)  Selfridge Air National Guard Base Open House and Airshow – in Mount Clemens, MI (north of Detroit).
websites: + facebook
U.S. Navy Blue Angels, Vanguard Squadron, more Planes Shows, a static full ramp of modern military and classic warbirds, Misty Blues Sky Diving Team, Kids Zone and more. Free Admission & Parking.

TBA 2015  Detroit Lions Home Opener
Detroit Lions vs , at Ford Field in Detroit.
Home games are at Ford Field in Downtown Detroit. NFL (National Football League).

September 11, 2015 (fri)  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 terrorist plane attacks on the World Trade Center, Pentagon, other targets on September 11, 2001.

September 11-13, 2015 (fri-sun)  Plymouth Fall Festival – in Plymouth, MI (west of Detroit).
Carnival rides and games, two entertainment stages, taste fest, car show, craft show, pet show, food and more.

September 11-13, 2015 (fri-sun)  Art & Apples Festival – in Rochester, MI (north of Detroit).
“For 50 years, the Art & Apples Festival has transformed the 30-acre Rochester Park into one of the nation’s top fine art fairs with over 290 exhibiting artists from across the country.”

September 11-13, 2015 (fri-sun)  Wine and Harvest Festival – in Paw Paw, MI (southwest Michigan). website:
Annual event. Wine Tasting and Winery Tours, 4 stages of music entertainment for all musical tastes, Hole In One contest, St. Julian Parade, Arts & Crafts Show, Car Show, Coca-Cola Grape Stomp, Carnival Rides, Fireworks, 5k Run/Walk, children's activities, more.

September 12, 2015 (sat)  U.P. Fall Beer Festival - 7th Annual – in Marquette, MI (Upper Peninsula). info and tickets:
“takes place overlooking Lake Superior in Mattson Lower Harbor Park, downtown Marquette. Attendees can choose from over 400 locally crafted beers from 60 Michigan breweries, enjoy food, and listen to a talented line-up of musicians.

September 17-20, 2015 (thu-sun)  Troy Family Daze – in Troy, MI. north of Detroit.
Troy Daze has Giant Midways, live entertainment, talent show, contests, fireworks, food, children's area, more.

September 17-20, 2015 (thu-sun)  Michigan Irish Music Festival – in Muskegon, MI (western Michigan). websites: + facebook
"Featuring all things Irish... a wide variety of music, the pub tent, market place merchandise, authentic Irish food and beverages".

September 17-20, 2015 (thu-sun)  Frankenmuth Oktoberfest - in Frankenmuth, MI.
information: + facebook
An annual event, Oktoberfest is a traditional celebration of German beer that originated in Munich in 1810.

September 18-20, 2015 (fri-sun)  Northville Victorian Festival – in Northville, MI.
info at
Annual event has Parade, Carnival, Art and Craft Fair, Strolling Entertainers, Beer Garden and Saloon, Vintage Baseball and more. A celebration of the era when Northville was founded as a village.

September 19, 2015 (sat)  Annual Benefit for Summer Wind Farms Animal Sanctuary – in Brown City, MI (bottom of Michigan's Thumb).
information: + 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 19-20, 2015 (sat-sun)  Michigan Antique & Collectible Festival – in Midland, MI. websites: + facebook
“Over 1,000 Dealers on over 80 acres. For over 45 years the Michigan Antique Festival held in Midland, MI has been the premier shopping event in the Midwest.” Held at Midland County Fairgrounds, 6905 Eastman Ave, Midland, MI 48642.

TBA 2015 (fri-sun)  Flat Rock Riverfest – at Huroc Park in Flat Rock, MI (south of Detroit). website:
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.

TBA 2015 (thu-sun)  Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus – at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, MI (West Michigan). info and tickets at

TBA 2015  Michigan Apple Festival – at The Country Mill in Charlotte, MI.
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.

TBA 2015 (fri-sat)  Dlectricity – in Detroit (Midtown Detroit).
Detroit’s nighttime festival of art + light that features over 35 world-renowned and emerging artists whose cutting-edge works of art will illuminate Midtown Detroit.

September 22-26, 2015 (tue-sat)  Detroit Design Festival (DDF) – in Detroit.
Lots of events at many venues, and features hundreds of designers.

September 23 to October 11, 2015  ArtPrize – in Grand Rapids, MI (West Michigan).
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 25-27, 2015 (fri-sun)  Clinton Fall Festival – in Clinton, MI (lower southeast MI).
Annual event 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 25-27, 2015 (fri-sun)  American Sewing Expo (ASE) – at Held at Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, MI. website:
"The Largest independent consumer sewing show in the country."

September 26, 2015 (sat)  Paul Bunyan Days – in Oscoda (northeast lower peninsula). information:
Annual event. “Schmidt Amusements Carnival, Classic Car Show, BBQ Competition, Motorcycle Show, Bunyan Games, Food and much more for the whole family!”

TBA 2015 (fri-sun)  Pumpkinfest - South Lyon Area – west of Detroit.
websites: + facebook
30th in 2014. 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. Vibe Credit Union Pumpkinfest of the South Lyon Area.

TBA 2015 (sat)  Fashion in Detroit – at Sound Board in MotorCity Casino Hotel.
websites: + facebook
An elaborate high-style runway event showcasing a mix of local, national and up and coming Fashion Designers and Musical Talent.

TBA 2015  DIY Street Fair (Do-It-Yourself) – in Ferndale, MI.
websites: + facebook
Annual event is skipping 2014 due to MDOT street closures and construction issues.

Halloween Season! click → Michigan Halloween Haunted Houses Attractions. See Mike's list of Haunts, Zombie Shoots, Zombie Walks, Mazes, Halloween Events and more! Also on that page is a list of Real Ghost Hunters and Paranormal Investigators in Michigan.

October 2-4, 2015 (fri-sun)Michigan Renaissance Festival - Final Weekend – in Holly, MI. for links, see → listing above. Festival takes you back in time to the renaissance era with knights and old villager attire, theme events and special events.

ArtPrize continues through October 11, 2015. Event in Grand Rapids, MI (West Michigan).
official website:
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.

October 2-4, 2015 (fri-sun)  Trenton Scarecrow Festival - 14th Annual – in Trenton, MI (Downriver, south of Detroit).
A fall festival with fun for the entire family – contests, prizes, games, live music, carnival and more! We are a family (and pet friendly) event for all ages. Free admission, Free parking, Free entertainment.

October 4, 2014 (sat)  Red Flannel Festival – in Cedar Springs, MI (West MI, near Grand Rapids). websites: + 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 3-4, 2015 (sat-sun)  Michigan Antique & Collectible Festival – in Davisburg, MI.
owebsites: + facebook
at Springfield Oaks County Park in northern Oakland County. “Michigan's Largest Antique & Collectible Festival. 80 Acres of Treasures & Memories. Also Mid-Michigan’s Largest Classic Car Show. We welcome all classic, antique, hot rod, muscle, and special interest vehicles.–

October 4-5, 2014 (sat-sun)  Huron Township Applefest – in New Boston, MI (southwest of Detroit). website:
Parade, Apple Pie Contest, Old-Time Fiddlers Contest, 5k Run, entertainment and more.

October 5, 2014 (sun)  Great Lakes Regional Chili Cookoff and Motorcycle Show – in Plymouth, MI (west of Detroit). website:
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.

TBA 2015  Detroit Red Wings 2015/2016 Season Home Opener – in Detroit at Joe Louis Arena. website:
First home game of the season. Joe Louis Arena (JLA, The Joe) is in Downtown Detroit at the Riverfront. Red Wings are in the NHL (National Hockey League).

October 9-12, 2014 (thu-sun)  Great Lakes Lighthouse Festival - 19th Annual – in Alpena, MI (northeast lower peninsula). website:
"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 11, 2014 (sat)  Oktoberfest - Royal Oak Beer Fest – at Royal Oak Farmers Market in Royal Oak, MI. website:
61 Breweries with over 125 Brews, plus 13 Ciders, 12 Wines, food vendors, 2 bands, Giant Jenga, more.

October 11-12, 2014 (sat-sun)  CraneFest - Sandhill Crane & Art Festival – in Bellevue, MI (southwest Michigan). website:
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 17, 2014 (fri)  Baconfest Michigan – in Royal Oak, MI.
websites: + facebook
An indoor strolling culinary festival celebration of food, featuring bacon! Takes place at the Royal Oak Farmers Market.

October 18, 2014 (sat)  Utica Zombie Fest and Zombie Crawl – in Utica, MI (north of Detroit). websites: + facebook

October 18, 2015 (sun)  Detroit Free Press Talmer Bank Marathon – Annual running marathon in Detroit. website:
Over 20,000 participants, goes across international borders twice (Canada). Event features a Full Marathon, Half-Marathon, Relay and 5K.

October 23-24, 2015 (fri-sat)  Detroit Fall Beer Festival - 7th Annual – at Eastern Market, Detroit. info and tickets:
“One of the largest all-Michigan beer tastings. Enjoy food and listen to a talented line-up of local musicians while sipping any of more than 600 craft beers from over 75 Michigan breweries.”

October 25, 2014 (sat)  Masque Halloween Party – at Russell Industrial Center in Detroit.
“From the creators of Haunted Kingdom... A New Location, New Attitude, New Look, Plenty of Tricks & Treats, multiple Co2 jets, Confetti cannons, Stadium concert sound and lighting, Cirque style performances, Concert style laser show. Join thousands of the areas sexiest Halloween fanatics!” $40 General Admission.

October 30, 2014 (thu)  Monster's Ball at The Fillmore Detroit.
DJ's, Circus & Cirque Style Performers, High Wire Aerialists, Fire Breathers, Stage Dancers, Cirque Acrobats, Illusionists, Fortune Tellers, Concert Sound & Lighting, midnight pizza buffet, more.

October 31, 2015 (sat)  Halloween Day – Trick or Treat!

October 31, 2014 (fri)  Hip Hop Halloween with Hot 107.5 – at Star Lanes in Royal Oak, MI. $1,000 cash prize Costume Contest! We’ll take over BOTH floors of the Emagine Star Lanes venue with host Big Greg, beats spun by Gary Chandler, boozy drinks, and food.

November 1, 2014 (sat)  Detroit Pistons Season Home Opener – Detroit Pistons vs Brooklyn Nets, 7:30 pm at The Palace of Auburn Hills. website:
Home games are at The Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, MI, northwest of Detroit. Pistons are in the NBA (National Basketball Association).

November 7-9, 2014 (fri-sun)  Snowmobile USA Show – at Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, MI. northwest of Detroit. official website:
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 11, 2015 (wed)  Veterans Day

November 12-16, 2014 (wed-sun)  Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey - Built To Amaze! – at The Palace of Auburn Hills. info and tickets at +
“an extraordinarily engineered circus experience, The Greatest Show On Earth. A fantastic design with more than 110 of the world's best performers representing 17 countries along with 95 exotic and domestic animals will be assembled, creating never-before-seen heart pounding performances.”

November 20 to December 31, 2014 [Closed December 25]  Wayne County LightFest – on Hines Drive, just west of Detroit, nightly. info at:
Annual attraction, the Midwest's longest drive-through holiday light display for four miles of colorful lights. Display begins at Hines Drive and Merriman Road in Westland, MI.

November 15-30, 2014  Deer Hunting Season (Regular Firearm)

November 20-22, 2014 (thu-sat)  Grand Rapids International Wine & Food Festival – in Grand Rapids, MI (West Michigan).
official website:
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 21, 2014 (fri)  Hob Nobble Gobble – at Ford Field in Downtown Detroit. It's the annual premiere fundraiser for America's Thanksgiving Parade (Detroit's Thanksgiving Parade). info and tickets at

November 22, 2014 (sat)  One Eyed Betty’s FestivALE – in Ferndale, MI.
A 12-hour street-party, holiday celebration of Michigan Breweries and Belgian Christmas Beers, cold-weather comfort food and live Americana music. Second Annual in 2014.

November 27, 2014 (thu)  Thanksgiving Day

November 27, 2014 (thu)  Detroit Thanksgiving Day Parade (America's Thanksgiving Parade) in Downtown Detroit. websites: + facebook
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, 2014 (thu)  Detroit Lions Traditional NFL Thanksgiving Day Game – Detroit Lions vs Chicago Bears, 12:30 pm at Ford Field in Downtown Detroit.

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 6, 2014 (sat)  42nd Annual Noel Night in Midtown Detroit
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 Detroit Institute of Arts, Michigan Science Center, 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 Noel Night tradition.

December 7, 2014 (sun)  Rochester Hometown Christmas Parade – in Rochester, MI. north of Detroit. information at: + 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 16, 2014 (tue)  WWE Smackdown – at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, MI.
info and tickets:

December 25, 2015 (friday)  Christmas – Merry Christmas To Everyone!

December 26, 2014 (fri)  Quick Lane Bowl - Rutgers vs North Carolina – 4:30 pm at Ford Field in Downtown Detroit. website and tickets: +
College football inaugural bowl game features teams from the BIG TEN (Rutgers Scarlet Knights) and ACC (North Carolina Tar Heels), televised nationally on ESPN.

New Year's Eve Parties Events

NYE Listings for December 31, 2014 (wednesday night). click names for current info.

NYE Metro Detroit

NYE 2015 Resolution Ball – at The Fillmore Detroit. “Metro Detroit's largest and most exclusive annual New Year's Eve Party. This NYC-Chicago-Vegas Event sells out every year, 1,700+ guests.” Headliner & Cirque Style Entertainment until 4am. DJ, High Wire Aerialists, Acrobats, Illusionists, Fire Performers, Champagne Toast, Party Favors, balloon drop, confetti storm, midnight buffet, more.

Champagne Explosion NYE – at The Adoba Hotel. Annual New Year's Eve Affair featuring “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 2015 - 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

Macomb County / Mount Clemens New Year's Eve Gala in Mount Clemens, MI (north of Detroit) – features live entertainment and Midnight fireworks!

Blast: New Year's Eve 2015 – at Marriott Centerpoint in Pontaic. “Featuring Detroit's Best DJs: Godfather, Mike Anthony, Matt Aubrey, Chris Anthony, John Larson and Denis Celic. Tone on percussion. Plus tarot card readers, aerialists, karaoke & much more!”

NYE Hollywood In The D – at V Nightclub in MGM Grand Detroit. Hollywood Glamour Attire Encouraged but not mandatory. Additional info at: MGM Grand 2015 New Year Celebration

Detroit Rave City 2015 – at The Works in Detroit. Strange Luv Productions 4th Annual New Year's Eve party features Heavygrinder, DJ Assault & more.  facebook

MORE NYE Parties in Metro Detroit

NYE Detroit – “ (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.) – 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.

Direct Links to Major Sports Schedules

Detroit Red Wings 2014–2015 Schedule – on official team website. NHL
Detroit Pistons 2014–2015 Schedule – on official team website. NBA
Detroit Tigers 2015 Schedule – on official team website. MLB.
Detroit Lions Schedule – on official team website. NFL
MIS – Michigan International Speedway – NASCAR races and other events.

University of Michigan – U of M (Wolverines) – 2015 Football Schedule + future schedules
Michigan State University – MSU (Spartans) – 2014 Football Schedule
Western Michigan Univeristy – WMU (Broncos) – 2015 Football Schedule
Eastern Michigan Univeristy – EMU (Eagles) – 2015 Football Schedule
Central Michigan Univeristy – CMU (Chippewas) – 2015 Football Schedule

Detroit Derby Girls – Schedule (Roller Derby)

Find More Events plus Bonus Info (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.

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in Baroda, MI
(southwestern Michigan)

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