Top 15 Events and Festivals in North / Northwest, Michigan
View this selection of the top 15 annual events and festivals, fairs and celebrations (listed in calendar priority) in the North and Northwest regions of Michigan.
See below for more about the main 15 North / Northwest Michigan events and festivals.
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Plymouth Ice Festival
Recognized as a world-class event and one of the main 15 North / Northwest Michigan events and festivals, the Plymouth Ice Festival attracts more than 500,000 visitors each year who come to admire the works of over 100 international ice sculptors taking part in a wide selection of contests, with their creations staying available for viewing 24 hours a day and lasting as long as the weather permits.
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Last 2 Weekends of January
Houghton Lake, Michigan
Thousands of Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and neighboring residents return each year to see this largest Winter Festival in Michigan, one of the top 15 events and Festivals in North / Northwest Michigan, held annually on the last two weekends in January. This popular event has been running for more than 62 years. There is winter fun and enjoyment for the whole family at Houghton Lake including two fireworks shows, concerts, monster truck rides, ice sculptures, softball on the ice, “the world’s largest tip-up”, and two parades guaranteed to keep the festival-goers busy.
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North American Snow Festival
end January - beginning February
Cruise around frozen Lake Cadillac with 10,000 other sleds for Michigan’s largest snowmobile shindig features fun around Lake Cadillac with over 10,000 sled, poker runs and radar sprints, guided snowy safaris through state and national forests, entertainment, arts and crafts, and food. One of the highlights of the festival is the evening torch-lit snowmobile parade. Snowmobile manufacturers also show off the latest snowmobiles and snowmobile gear and equipment.
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In a tradition that began in 1922, the Winter Carnival at Michigan Technological University in Houghton celebrates an regularly abundant seasonal snowfall. Engineering students put their skills to the wintery test by constructing large snow and ice sculptures, some up to 30 feet high. There are also sleigh rides, food, and the snow.
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
This major 10-day mid-West festival, and one of the main 15 North / Northwest Michigan events and festivals, centrally located in Grand Rapids, celebrates laughter for the health of it early every March. The nation’s first-ever community-wide festival of laughter, Gilda’s LaughFest features stand-up, improv, film, authors, community showcases and a variety of seriously funny stuff. Among the artists who have performed at LaughFest are Betty White, Bill Cosby, Whoopi Goldberg. in 2012 there were 62 festival stages in Grand Rapids, Lowell and Holland. All proceeds of LaughFest support the cancer, grief and support programs offered through Gilda's Club Grand Rapids.
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Benton Harbor / St. Joseph, Michigan
The party begins with the Blessing of the Blossoms ceremony and continues all week at Michigan’s oldest and largest multi-community festival, celebrating 101 years. Visitors and locals alike take a self-guided driving tour through blossoming orchards, then sit curbside to watch the two-mile-long Grand Floral Parade, as it winds through these neighboring Lake Michigan shore towns. Flower-decked floats and marching bands from 24 area towns participate.
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Michigan Tulip Time Festival
Tulip Time in Holland, Michigan, is celebrating its 85th anniversary. Located along the coast of Lake Michigan, Holland has a rich history and heritage to share with its visitors. The Festival began in 1929 to beautify the city with tulips. Today Holland celebrates its Dutch heritage with three parades, Dutch dancers, national and local entertainment, dinner shows, a Dutch market, fireworks, and the stars of the show: millions of tulips.
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Great Lakes Kite Festival
Grand Haven, Michigan
Featuring everything from a night fly on the beach to an indoor event, the Great Lakes Kite Festival features a number of the best kite flyers (individuals and teams) as well as their giant kites, and kiteboarding competitions, a night fly with illuminated kites, and the world's Largest Outdoor Kite Store with the best in new kite flying gear and more.
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A tradition for over 40 years, the Highland Festival on the campus of Alma College showcases the very best of Scottish tradition. The festival includes piping, drumming and band competitions along with traditional Scottish dancing and fiddling, a border collie competition, Grand Parade and vendors selling kilts, bagpipes, meat pies and shortbread. The clan tents demonstrate still more about Scottish tradition.
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Festival of the Arts
Grand Rapids, Michigan
One of the longest-running festivals in Michigan, the Festival of the Arts always takes place the first full weekend in June in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan. It is a community celebration featuring arts, entertainment, food and fun activities for the entire family. There are six indoor or outdoor stages with music of all types, plus dance, theatre, and more. Enjoy poetry, films, storytelling, and lots of art activities. All Festival performances, exhibits and activities are free.
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Frankenmuth Bavarian Festival
Located in Heritage Park, Frankenmuth, this Bavarian Festival, a tradition for over 50 years, brings the warmth and hospitality of Michigan’s charming Bavarian village, Frankenmuth, to the fore. Visitors and locals alike sing and dance to Bavarian music played by colorful, costumed German bands, and taste the hearty Bavarian foods of plump bratwurst, barbecued chicken and homemade pretzels.
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early to mid June
Mackinac Island, Michigan
The biggest event on the small, car-free, Michigan Island of Mackinac, the Lilac Festival is a 10-day celebration highlighted by many free events including the world's longest horse hitch parade and a fireworks display. Guests stroll and enjoy the fragrant blossoms and colors of some of the oldest living lilacs in North America. Family hayrides, country line dancing, scavenger hunts, free outdoor concerts, boat cruises and garden tours are some of the highlights of this festival voted one of the top 100 festivals in the United States by Bus Tours of America.
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National Cherry Festival
late June - early July
Traverse City, Michigan
Founded in 1926, and attracting more than 500,000 visitors each year, the National Cherry Festival celebrates cherries with a wealth of activities from baking the world's largest cherry pie, cherry pit-spitting and pie-eating contests, to the Grand Royale Parade in which the newly crowned Cherry Queen greets the crowds. This week-long event also features concerts, special events for kids and adults, a marathon, a milk carton regatta, and a fireworks display.
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Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival
late July - early August
Grand Haven, Michigan
The Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival honors the men and women of the United States Coast Guard with two exciting parades and concludes with a spectacular fireworks display that is one of the best in the nation. Festival participants are invited to tour a Coast Guard cutter, an exciting midway carnival, a water ski show and a nightly schedule of live musical performances. Additionally, the popular Street Dance for old and young alike is a fun night not to be missed.
For more information about the Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival visit: http://www.coastguardfest.org
Great Lakes Folk Festival
East Lansing, Michigan
Produced by the Michigan Traditional Arts Program at the Michigan State University Museum, the Great Lakes Folk Festival is an unique fusion of arts fair, music festival, county fair, and multi-ethnic festival. Taking place in downtown East Lansing, this free festival showcases the traditional cultural treasures of the nation's Upper Midwest and a sampling of the best of traditional artists from around the country and the world.
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Wheatland Music Festival
Created in 1974, the Wheatland Music Festival takes place the weekend after Labor Day each year, drawing 10,000 folk music fans to enjoy three days of music and art on the 160-acre festival site. They are there to enjoy a wide variety of activities, as well as the star-studded lineup on the main stage. There is a juried arts and crafts show, a raffle, children’s activities, teen and young adult activities, instrument and dance workshops, music, food, fellowship and fun. Impromptu jam sessions can be found throughout the campgrounds all weekend long.
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