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Things to do in Michigan

Planning a visit to Michigan? Or maybe you're a local that's just looking for what's going on. Here's a sampling of some of the popular local events in the state.

Southern Michigan Events

July 2015

July 1 - 5, 2015
Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show & Balloon Festival 2015

Enjoy five days of hot air balloon action at this annual Battle Creek event.

July 25, 2015
Leilapalooza Music Festival

One of Michigan's most popular live music festivals comes to Battle Creek.

July 4, 2015
Waterfront Invitational Art Fair

Saugatuck's premier juried art fair kicks off from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Cook Park.

August 2015

August 9 - 15, 2015
Branch County Fair

This Coldwater event includes 4H exhibits, parades, midway rides, tractor pulls, and more.

August 27 - 31, 2015
Kalamazoo Island Festival

Experience a great musical line-up at the Kalamazoo Island Festival.

Northern Michigan Events

July 2015

July 31 - August 1, 2015
Mackinaw Historic Festival

Join this family-friendly Mackinaw festival, which includes numerous activities and delicious festival foods.

July 18, 2015
St. Ignace Fish Feast

St. Ignace lives up to its reputation as the home of the 'Great Lakes Fish Fry.' Enjoy a meal while being entertained by live music.

July 4 - 11, 2015
National Cherry Festival

Colorful parades, marching bands, music shows, sporting events, amusement rides, and cherry tastings make up this fun-filled Traverse City event.

August 2015

August 4, 2015
Sault Summer Arts Festival

This annual Sault Sainte Marie festival involves the exhibition and sale of fine arts and crafts by artists from all over the country. 

August 9 - 15, 2015
Northwestern Michigan Fair

This Traverse City event features the latest exhibitions in Michigan agriculture, horticulture, and fine arts. See livestock barns, midways, and more.

August 2015

August 15, 2015
Suds on the Shore Craft Beer & Wine Festival

Ludington City Park offers visitors access to over 50 brewers from across Michigan. Spend an afternoon sampling, socializing, and listening to local music.

August 25 - 30, 2015
Emmet-Charlevoix County Fairgrounds

The 109th annual instance of this county fair near Harbor Springs includes grandstand events like country music performances, monster truck events, horse pulls, petting zoos, and more.

September 2015

September 11 & 12, 2015
2015 Hopps of Beer & Wine Festival

Over 50 award-winning micro brews and 40 carefully selected regional wines will be available for two days during this annual city, hosted at Macinaw Crossings in Mackinaw City. The event begins at 5 p.m.

September 21, 2015
2015 Taste of Harbor Springs

An annual fall festival held in Harbor Springs, this event will feature the best culinary creations and beverage retailers Harbor Springs has to offer. The event begins at 12 p.m. at the Harbor Springs waterfront.

Central Michigan Events

July 2015

July 24 - August 2, 2015
Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival 2015

This 10-day military festival honors the men and women of the Coast Guard with family-friendly fun and shows in Grand Haven.

July 2015

July 7 - 11, 2015
Blue Water Fest

Port Huron's traditional boat week enchants all its guests. Join the festivities, which include a carnival, parade, family night, boat night, fireworks, and more.

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