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West Michigan Summer Festival Guide 2019

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Art

Art on the Mall
Kalamazoo | June 7-8
kalamazooarts.org/page/artonthemall
Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Fair
Kalamazoo | June 7-8
kiarts.org

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
festivalgr.org

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
wmcaf.com

Reeds Lake Arts Fest
Grand Rapids | June 15
grandvalleyartists.com/reedslake

Grand Haven Art Festival
Grand Haven | June 29-30
grandhavenchamber.org/grand-haven-art-festival

Lakeshore Art Festival 
Muskegon | July 5-6
lakeshoreartfestival.org

South Haven Art Fair
South Haven | June 29-30
southhavenarts.org

West Shore Art Fair
Ludington | July 6-7
visitludington.com

Sand Sculpture Contest
Grand Haven | August 10
grandhavenchamber.org/sand-sculpture-contest

Art on the Riverfront
Grand Haven | August 17
galleryuptown.net

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

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
newhollandbrew.com

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
foundersbrewing.com

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
lakemichiganwinefest.com

Suds on the Shore
Ludington | August 17
sudsontheshore.com

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

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
burningfoot.beer

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

Music

Buttermilk Jamboree
Delton | June 14-16
buttermilkjamboree.org

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
b93.com

Electric Forest
Rothbury | June 27-30
electricforestfestival.com

Common Ground Music Festival
Lansing | June 27-30
commongroundfest.com

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
wmbma.org

Hoodilidoo
Bangor | June 14-15
hoodilidoo.com

Ludrock
Ludington | July 6-7
ludrock.com

Lansing Jazzfest
Lansing | August 2-3
jazzlansing.com

Michigan Bluesfest
Lansing | Sept. 20-21
michiganbluesfest.com

Kalamazoo Blues Fest
Kalamazoo | July 12-13
kvba.org

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

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
mopopfestival.com

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
unitymusicfestival.com

Hoxeyville Music Festival
Wellston | August 16-18
hoxeyville.com

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
cowpiemusicfestival.com

GRand Jazz Fest
Grand Rapids | August 17-18
grandjazzfest.org

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
breakawayfestival.com

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
michigan.primefestival.com

Shoreline Jazz Festival 
Muskegon | August 22-25
shorelinejazzfestival.com

Wheatland Music Festival
Remus | Sept. 6-8
wheatlandmusic.org

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
walkthebeat.org

Cultural

Asian-Pacific Festival
Grand Rapids | June 14-16
grasianfestival.com

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
kalamazooirish.org

Danish Festival
Greenville | August 15-18
danishfestival.org

Black Arts Festival
Kalamazoo | July 9-13
blackartskalamazoo.org

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

Caribbean Festival
Battle Creek | July 20
battlecreeklive.com

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

Michigan Irish Music Festival
Muskegon | Sept. 12-15
michiganirish.org

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.

Food

National Asparagus Festival
Hart | June 7-9
nationalasparagusfestival.org

Cereal Festival
Battle Creek | June 9-10
bcfestivals.com

Taste of Muskegon
Muskegon | June 14-15
tasteofmuskegon.org

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
experiencegr.com

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
cherryfestival.org

National Baby Food Festival
Fremont | July 17-20
fremontcommerce.com

National Blueberry Festival
South Haven | August 8-11
blueberryfestival.com

Kalamazoo Ribfest
Kalamazoo | August 1-3
kalamazooribfest.com

Grand Haven Salmon Festival
Grand Haven | September 13-14
ghsalmonfest.com

Film

Movies on Monroe
Grand Rapids | June 7-August 23
downtowngr.org

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

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
traversecityfilmfest.org

Eclectic

GRIDLIFE Midwest
South Haven | May 30-June 2
grid.life/midwest-tickets

Kalamazoo Pride
Kalamazoo | June 7-8
pride.outfrontkzoo.org

Greater Grand Rapids Pride Festival
Grand Rapids | June 15
grpride.org

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.

Harborfest
South Haven | June 14-15
southhavenharborfest.com

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

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
riverwalkfestival.org

Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival
Grand Haven| July 26-August 4
coastguardfest.org

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
gilmorecarmuseum.org

Michigan Fiber Festival 
Allegan | August 14-18
michiganfiberfestival.info

Arts and Drafts Festival
Norton Shores | August 16-17
shoresartsanddrafts.com

Hastings Summerfest
Hastings | August 23-25
hastingssummerfest.com

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