Summer may be winding down, but Michigan sure isn’t! Celebrating summer – even if it’s the end – means that every weekend is full of festivals to enjoy the last rays of warm sunshine. Before you head back to school or pull out your sweaters from the attic, be sure to check out some of the best August Michigan events this month.
Coast Guard Festival: Grand Haven, August 1-7
The Coast Guard Festival is already underway, having started in late July, but with a week left of the festivities, there’s still plenty of fun to be had for the whole family. Every year over 350,000 people flock to Grand Haven to honor all the women and men of the U.S Coast Guard with fireworks, a carnival, parades, an art fair and plenty of chances to see the big ships of the Coast Guard! For more info, check out their website.
Taste of Downtown: Midland, August 4
Explore Downtown Midland and all that it has to offer with over 20 participating stores, restaurants, and pubs that will showcase their brands, foods, and beverages throughout the day. The event is open to anyone 21+ and gives attendees the ability to walk the streets of downtown while listening to live music and enjoying delicious food and drinks from places like Heather ‘n Holly, Good to Go, Gourmet Cupcake Shoppe, and many more until about 9pm. A ticket for the night includes fourteen tasting tokens and a passport to help guide you. If you’re still not ready to go home at the end of the night, the H Hotel will be hosting the after party. Check out the website here for more info and snag your tickets now!
Kalamazoo Ribfest: Kalamazoo, August 4-6
Who doesn’t like a good barbecue? For the 30th year, Ribfest will take place over three days at the Arcadia Creek Festival Place downtown Kalamazoo. Head down for a chance to try some fantastic ribs and chicken from national and local vendors. There will also be plenty activities for the kids and competitions for the best ribs of the weekend and in Kalamazoo. A great musical lineup will accompany the weekend with En Vogue, Vince Neil, and Brian Lorente headlining. Tickets start at $10 with more information on the website.
Mackinaw Area Historical Festival: Mackinaw City, August 5-6
Head out to Mackinaw City to enjoy a fun filled day, 1880s style. The Mackinaw Area Historical Society will be hosting a summer celebration with a theme that is over 100 years old where it is held at a historical village site on Wilderness Park Drive. All ages are welcome with plenty of family friendly activities throughout the day like a vintage baseball game, kids’ games, square dancing, tours around the village, plenty of food, and 1870s music. Get more info here.
Cherry-Roubaix Granfondo: Traverse City, August 6
Calling all bicyclists! The Cherry-Roubaix Granfondo will start in downtown Traverse City with an 86-mile course, 51-mile course, and a 20-mile course on some of the best roads in the area. There will be a four mile warm up ride to start the day as well as plenty of water and food stations along the course. If the view of Leelanau County isn’t enough to convince you to join the race, the ending festivities just might. Bikers will be invited to Hop Lot Brewing Company after their races for great local beer, delicious food and of course, live music. Register here!
Restaurant Week GR: Grand Rapids, August 10-21
People flock to Grand Rapids for the beer, but it’s the locals that know the food is just as great. Explore and taste the city during this year’s 12-day culinary extravaganza. Participants will be able to choose a 3-course menu for $28 for either one person or two from over 50 restaurants. Each menu will showcase the talents of local chefs and feature plenty of local ingredients. Wheelhouse Kitchen & Cocktails, San Chez Bistro, Gilly’s at the BOB, as well as crowd favorites HopCat, Stella’s Lounge, and XO Asian Cuisine will be among the many restaurants to try. What’s better than week filled with great food and brews? Helping raise money for the community! Part of the proceeds from ticket sales will go towards the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education Student Scholarship fund at Grand Rapids Community College, a fund rewarded to select students within GRCC’s culinary program. Check out the website here!
Cheeseburger in Caseville: Caseville, August 12-21
Do you love Jimmy Buffett and rocking Hawaiian shirts? Are you in search of the best cheeseburger around? Cheeseburger in Caseville is where you need to be! For the 18th year, this week-long festival will be the best party you’ve been to all summer. Bring the whole family and all your friends because there will be so much to do from concerts, laser light shows, sandcastle making contests, plenty of food and drinks, and, of course, the famous Parade of Tropical Fools that attracts over 80,000 people each year. Check out the website for more festival info!
Woodward Dream Cruise: Metro Detroit, August 20
The pride and joy of Southeast Michigan is finally here! The Woodward Dream Cruise is actually an all week event that encompasses a few cities in the area like Pontiac, Royal Oak, Ferndale, and a few more, but the official part is on the 20th. Every year, thousands of people flock to one of the most famous streets in Michigan to see a fantastic display of antique and classic cars. There’s plenty of vendors, food, live entertainment, kid zones, and souvenirs for the whole family to enjoy. Check out the website for more event information.
Michigan Renaissance Festival: Holly, August 20
My favorite part about the end of the summer is the Michigan Renaissance Festival. Open for seven weekends, the Michigan Ren Fest will certainly feeling like you’ve stepped onto the set of Game of Thrones. There will be plenty of ways for attendees to immerse themselves in the 16th century life with jousting matches, theater, a Queen’s jubilee, hundreds of vendors selling hand crafted jewelry, glassware, costumes, and many stages with constant live entertainment! Every weekend has a special theme and the first weekend is the Royal Pet and Ale Fest. Register your dog in the pet costume contest or watch the Weiner dog races! Check out the website for info on all their open weekends.
HarborFest: Marquette, August 26-27
Spend the end of your summer on the shores of Lake Superior at the family-friendly HarborFest! Hosted by Marquette West Rotary, HarborFest is a weekend full of any way to celebrate life at one of the Great Lakes. Admission is free, and there’s plenty to do with car shows, tall ships on the lake, kids’ inflatables, beer and wine tents, and live music featuring Hot Rocks and 906! Check out their website for more information for the weekend.
Microbrew & Music Festival: Traverse City, August 26-27
For the 9th year, the Microbrew & Music Festival will be bringing together great music and delicious brews for a weekend of celebration. For the 21+ crowd only, the festival has a musical lineup including Heatbox, The Change, and Detroit Party Marching Band, and taps pouring brews from Arcadia Ales, Founders, Bell’s, New Holland Brewing, plus much, much more. The mission of the Microbrew & Music festival is to bring together and support the local community, so snag a ticket and join a community of fun, beer, and music. Get more info about the weekend here.
Grand Rapids Hispanic Festival: Grand Rapids, August 26-28
Calder Plaza will be taken over for the weekend by the Hispanic community in Grand Rapids for the Hispanic Festival hosted by the Hispanic Center of Western Michigan! The festival is a fundraiser to support the Hispanic Center but is still a free event perfect for your family and friends to come enjoy and discover new (or familiar) cultures. The weekend will feature live entertainment, authentic food and beverage vendors, and activities that center around and celebrate the Hispanic community. Check out the website for more information about the weekend.
- Ingham County Fair: Mason, August 1-6
- 44th Annual Sault Summer Arts Festival: Sault Sainte Marie, August 2
- Milan Bluegrass Festival: Milan, August 4-6
- Woodtick Music Festival: Hermansville, August 4-7
- Milford Memories Summer Festival: Milford, August 12-14
- Back to the Bricks: Flint, August 16-20
- Mackinac Island Festival of the Horse: Mackinac Island, August 26-27 (Tentative dates)
- 28th Street Metro Cruise: Grand Rapids, August 26-27
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