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West Michigan Summer Festival Guide 2019

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Art on the Mall
Kalamazoo | June 7-8
Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Fair
Kalamazoo | June 7-8

This annual start to summer in Kalamazoo is back for its 68th year, featuring the work of nearly 190 jury-selected artists, music and a beer garden filling Bronson Park.

Festival of the Arts
Grand Rapids | June 7-9

Grand Rapids’ biggest celebration of local art, music and food is one of the longest-running festivals in the state. Completely free to the public, it features six music stages, plus theater, poetry, dance and much more. This is the festivals’ 50th year, so you know it’s going to be one for the books.

West Michigan Chalk Art Festival
Byron Center | June 14-15

Reeds Lake Arts Fest
Grand Rapids | June 15

Grand Haven Art Festival
Grand Haven | June 29-30

Lakeshore Art Festival 
Muskegon | July 5-6

South Haven Art Fair
South Haven | June 29-30

West Shore Art Fair
Ludington | July 6-7

Sand Sculpture Contest
Grand Haven | August 10

Art on the Riverfront
Grand Haven | August 17

Project 1
Grand Rapids | Sept. 7-Oct. 27

This year, ArtPrize is changing it up, forgoing the usual art competition to instead create a series of multi-site public art exhibitions. Five artists will bring sculptures, installations, performances and more to the community. In 2020, the usual ArtPrize will be back.

Beer & Wine

Hatter Days Street Party
Holland | June 7-9

New Holland Brewing is celebrating with yet another street party in downtown Holland. Expect music, food, a silent disco, and of course kegs and kegs of beer, including some special versions of Mad Hatter. Admission is free!

Founders Fest
Grand Rapids | June 22

Founders Fest is back with some killer bands like Gov’t Mule, Macy Gray, The War & Treaty and Lady Ace Boogie. Of course, the real star here is all the amazing beer, from beloved classics to rare specialty brews busted out just for this event.

Lake Michigan Shore Wine Festival
Sawyer | June 15

Suds on the Shore
Ludington | August 17

Paw Paw Wine and Harvest Festival
Paw Paw | Sept. 6-8

This three-day wine fest has something for everyone, from grape stomping to fireworks, classic cars to carnival rides, and so much more.

Burning Foot Beer Festival
Muskegon | Aug. 24

20th Lemon Creek Winery Harvest Fest
Berrien Springs | Sept. 7-12


Buttermilk Jamboree
Delton | June 14-16

A three-day showcase of regional musicians, Buttermilk benefits the Circle Pines Center, a nonprofit working toward peace, social justice and environmental cooperation. This year’s lineup includes favorites like Las Cafeteras, May Erlewine, Nikki Hill and more, all performing across four stages, with food and libations to boot.

B-93 Birthday Bash
Lowell | June 8

Electric Forest
Rothbury | June 27-30

Common Ground Music Festival
Lansing | June 27-30

Striving for diversity, Lansing’s Common Ground brings several major-label acts to the stage over four days. This year’s lineup includes City & Colour, Playboi Carti, YG, Big Boi, Brandi Carlile and more.

JuneGrass Festival
Comstock Park l June 28-29

Bangor | June 14-15

Ludington | July 6-7

Lansing Jazzfest
Lansing | August 2-3

Michigan Bluesfest
Lansing | Sept. 20-21

Kalamazoo Blues Fest
Kalamazoo | July 12-13

D&W Fresh Market Picnic Pops
Belmont | July 11-August 2

Held at Cannonsburg Ski Area on Thursdays and Fridays, this concert series by the Grand Rapids Symphony features its popular classical fireworks show, as well as “50 Years of the Beatles’ White Album,” The Music of Motown and a tribute to Nashville.

Mo Pop
Detroit | July 27-28

Set in Detroit’s West Riverfront Park, directly across the river from Windsor, Canada, this festival brings some of the biggest names in indie, alternative and hip-hop to Michigan. This year, Tame Impala, Vampire Weekend, Lizzo, King Princess and Snail Mail are playing (among many others). There’s also plenty of food trucks, restaurants, drinks and free arcade games, as well as handmade goods and a dance party.

Unity Christian Music Festival
Muskegon| August 7-10

Hoxeyville Music Festival
Wellston | August 16-18

Sprawling across 150 acres of farmland surrounded by Manistee National Forest, this naturally tranquil fest in Northern Michigan boasts some of the best roots music around, including Railroad Earth, Billy Strings, Dave Bruzza, Lindsay Lou and more.

Cowpie Music Fest
Caledonia | August 8-10

GRand Jazz Fest
Grand Rapids | August 17-18

The only free weekend-long jazz fest in West Michigan, GRand fills downtown Grand Rapids with big band, Latin and contemporary jazz from its centralized location at Rosa Parks Circle.

Breakaway Music Festival
Grand Rapids | Aug. 23-24

Wiz Khalifa, Big Gigantic, Kaskade and Louis the Child are headlining this two-day festival of hip-hop and electronic music in Grand Rapids' Belknap Park.

Prime Music Festival
Lansing | Sept. 20-21

Shoreline Jazz Festival 
Muskegon | August 22-25

Wheatland Music Festival
Remus | Sept. 6-8

Wheatland is more than a music festival, it’s a nonprofit and a community organization. Every fall, the main event comes around, bringing folk artists from all over to West Michigan. This year, The Special Consensus, Quebe Sisters, K. Jones & the Benzie Playboys, and many more artists join the lineup.

Walk The Beat
Grand Haven | Aug. 10


Asian-Pacific Festival
Grand Rapids | June 14-16

The Asian-Pacific Festival celebrates as much Asian and Pacific-Islander culture as it possibly can in one weekend. You’ll find traditional attires, martial arts demonstrations, fashion shows, Luau and much more, including (of course) all kinds of Asian-Pacific food.

Irish Festival
Kalamazoo | June 21-22

Danish Festival
Greenville | August 15-18

Black Arts Festival
Kalamazoo | July 9-13

Support black art, literature, businesses and people with this celebration full of music, dancing, food and much more.

Caribbean Festival
Battle Creek | July 20

Yassou! Greek Cultural Festival
Grand Rapids | August 16-18

Michigan Irish Music Festival
Muskegon | Sept. 12-15

Everyone and everything is a little bit Irish here. Indulge in Irish cuisine, shop Irish goods and learn about the culture. Performers this year include: Gaelic Storm, One For the Foxes, Aofie Scott and more.


National Asparagus Festival
Hart | June 7-9

Cereal Festival
Battle Creek | June 9-10

Taste of Muskegon
Muskegon | June 14-15

All the best food and family fun fills Muskegon’s Hackley Park, including beer, powerboats, music, bounce houses and more.

Restaurant Week GR
Grand Rapids | August 7-18

Try a new taste with special deals at area restaurants during this week-long celebration of the art of fine dining.

National Cherry Festival
Traverse City | June 29-July 6

National Baby Food Festival
Fremont | July 17-20

National Blueberry Festival
South Haven | August 8-11

Kalamazoo Ribfest
Kalamazoo | August 1-3

Grand Haven Salmon Festival
Grand Haven | September 13-14


Movies on Monroe
Grand Rapids | June 7-August 23

Japanese Animation Film and Art Expo
Grand Rapids | June 7-9

JAFAX is back this year with cosplaying, board games, guest artists from the fantastical worlds of anime and manga, and more. 

Traverse City Film Festival
Traverse City | July 30-August 4


South Haven | May 30-June 2

Kalamazoo Pride
Kalamazoo | June 7-8

Greater Grand Rapids Pride Festival
Grand Rapids | June 15

Celebrating the LGBTQ community, this year’s Pride Festival will have all the music, performers, rainbows and other fun of years prior, with bands like Sissy Rocket and Mya performing.

South Haven | June 14-15

Field of Flight Air Show and Balloon Festival
Battle Creek | July 3-7

Dozens of hot air balloons from around the world join forces with hypersonic jets, food, fair rides and other family fun.

Riverwalk Fest
Lowell | July 11-13

Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival
Grand Haven| July 26-August 4

Honoring the men and women of the United States Coast Guard, this festival celebrates with ship tours, live music, food, a carnival and street dancing throughout Grand Haven.

Red Barns Spectacular
Hickory Corners | August 3

Michigan Fiber Festival 
Allegan | August 14-18

Arts and Drafts Festival
Norton Shores | August 16-17

Hastings Summerfest
Hastings | August 23-25

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