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13 Michigan Events And Festivals In August

Are you looking for some activities to keep you busy in August? Check out this list of events!

Lunch in Lavendar – Every Wednesday – Boyne City

Every Wednesday throughout the month of August Lavender Hill Farm is giving you the opportunity to enjoy all they have to offer. For just $20 you are provided a boxed lunch filled with foods made with the lavender grown on their property while overlooking the amazing view. Make a reservation to get in on this experience.

Chalk on the Block – August 4-6 – St. Joseph

Stroll along the sidewalks of St. Joseph to watch the artists work on their masterpieces on Friday or wait until the weekend to see all the finished pieces. Take part in a mingle with the artists on Saturday night. Shop the sidewalk sales all weekend throughout the downtown area. Whatever you choose – this is definitely the place to be this weekend.

National Blueberry Festival – August 10-13 – South Haven

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Food is a very common theme of festivals and events in the month of August, but most them are just community level events. Blueberries are how Michigan grabs the national eye. The National Blueberry Festival is held yearly in South Haven. Expect a mud run, live music, sidewalk sales, family friendly activities, and tons of blueberry themed foods and drinks.

Cheeseburger Festival – August 11-20 – Caseville

Are you looking for the best burger in Michigan? You might be able to find it here. The entire event runs for 10 days, but don’t expect each day to be the same. There is a parade held on Wednesday night. If that’s where you’re headed, grab a seat early. They expect more than 80,000 people to be there. A full list of events for every day of the festival is available on their website.

UP State Fair – August 14-20 – Escanaba

Sometimes (or most times for anyone outside the state of Michigan) it’s easy to forget about the magical land that is the Upper Peninsula. But not this month! The Upper Peninsula State Fair is for anyone far and wide to remember that we do have this great little place up north. Live bands, family events, and food are just a few things you’ll come across up there. We definitely recommend taking a camping trip to spend a few days here.

Howell Melon Festival – August 18-20 – Howell

Similar to many of the other festivals, food, music, a 5K, and family friendly activities are a staple. At the Howell Melon Festival, you’ll be able to experience the perfect melons that were discovered over 50 years ago and are now used in lots of the foods. Our recommendation? The ice cream!

Edmore Potato Festival – August 18-20 – Edmore

If you needed any more reason to love the vegetable that is the potato, look no further. A parade, a bike tour, mud volleyball, and so much more bring this small community and surrounding area together. The biggest event? Monster trucks. Make sure you stop by if you’re in the area, it’s sure to be a blast.

Rubber Duck Festival – August 19 – Bellaire

Have you ever seen 2000 rubber ducks racing down the river? Maybe you should duck into Bellaire and let the quackin’ begin (their joke, not ours…). The main event of this festival is the 1/4 mile race of the ducks. Buy a ticket and if your duck wins, so do you. A full schedule of all the events that will happen is available on their website.


Tour De Zoo – August 24 – Battle Creek

Do you fancy a free beer? How about a free t-shirt? If you answered yes to either of these then this might be the event for you. Sign up to ride your bike through Binder Park Zoo with different checkpoints where you can sip some brews and see the animals. Complete the registration on the Binder Park Zoo website!

Harborfest – August 25-26 – Marquette

A music festival that’s friendly to all, Harborfest will feature fishing tournaments, antique boats, a cornhole tournament, classic car show, and children’s activities (like 5 bounce houses!) If you need a fun weekend getaway, this might be for you.

Michigan Lighthouse Festival – August 25-27 – Ludington

We’ve told you our opinions on the best Michigan lighthouses. Friday you can eat dinner and listen to a speaker. Saturday there’s a concert. Enjoy busing from the State Park offices to Big Sable Point Lighthouse. Find different pricing on their website for busing and the events.

Burning Foot Beer Festival – August 26 – Muskegon

65 different beers from three different states will be featured at this beach front beer festival. Take your time to taste as many as you can while you enjoy music from Less than Jake, Badfish, Tropidelic, South Paw, and Melophobix. Take the day off and enjoy the area and the brews.

Backyard Burgers & Brewfest – August 26 – Battle Creek

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Can’t make it to the Cheeseburger Festival at the beginning of the month? Stop by Backyard Burgers & Brewfest in Battle Creek. Walk throughout the Festival Market Square to purchase the different burgers and brews. Vote for your favorite slider and enjoy some live music at the event.

Did we miss an event you’re excited to attend? Let us know in the comments!

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