Come down to Heritage Landing to rock out at Muskegon’s RockStock Festival. The festival runs Friday and Saturday nights on the weekend before the 4th of July, and the gates open at 5:00 PM each day. The festival closes out on Saturday night with a spectacular fireworks show. The lineup includes local and regional bands performing rock and pop music – check out the website for lineup details.
Together with the Lakeshore Art Festival, the Muskegon RockStock Festival is part of Muskegon’s 4th of July Celebration. Spend the day browsing through the artwork and crafts of the Art Festival, then head over to RockStock in the evening. The festival was launched in 2008 to promote local musical talent, but also strives to provide locally sourced food and drinks at reasonable prices. Festival organizers aim to create an affordable, family-friendly event.
Tickets are just $10 per day and can be purchased in advance at startickets.com or the Frauenthal Theater, or can be purchased at the gate on the day of the event. Members of the military and veterans are free. Kids aged 12 and under are free and must be accompanied by an adult.
For two days national and local artists will head to Michigan City to croon the blues to the audience gathered at the lakefront Guy Foreman Amphitheater for the Ship and Shore Blues Festival. The first singer takes the stage at noon and the last act of the day goes on at 10:00 PM.
Not only is there great blues, but festival-goers can express their creativity with Wine & Canvas, or Cookies & Canvas for the kids. Local artists provide step-by-step instructions to help participants create a painting while sipping wine or cocktails.
Even those who have never ridden a motorcycle can experience a Harley Davidson – on a stationary stand under the supervision of a pro. Fire up the engine and switch through the gears for a taste of the Harley experience.
Kids can hang out in the Kids Quest area for arts and crafts, face painting and other activities, or play video games in the climate controlled Game Truck.
Tickets are available online at the festival website or at the gate the day of the festival.
In early July the streets of Muskegon are taken over by the sculptures and lithographs of the Lakeshore Art Festival. The festival takes place in downtown Muskegon, with fine arts displayed in Hackley Park and crafts and food vendors selling their wares on the streets surrounding Muskegon’s historic Frauenthal Theater. Street performers are on hand to juggle, play music, and otherwise entertain the festival-goers winding through the different works of art on display.
There’s a ton of activities for the kiddos at the Children’s Lane, including circus arts lessons, a petting zoo, puppet shows, an interactive photo booth, crafts, building projects and more.
Everyone can get in on the artsy action through the Community Canvas Project. Large canvases are available to anyone who wants to paint on them, free of charge. At the end of the day they’ll be cut into smaller sections, stretched on frames and sold.
Each August Ludington plays host to the Western Michigan Fair at the Mason County Fairgrounds. For five days area residents and visitors enjoy the charms of a small town fair complete with ferris wheel, cows and a hay bale toss contest.
The fair features a midway with carnival rides for all ages, games and snacks. Events throughout the week include a garden tractor pull, hay bale toss contest, rodeo and demolition derby, and the last day of the fair dawns with a 5K run.
The 4-H animal displays are family favorites each year, showing off the chickens, goats, rabbits, cows and sheep raised by area children who proudly brought them to the fair with the hope of winning a ribbon. Please see the event website for the schedule for these events, bands and more.
Western Michigan Fair
Mason County Fairgrounds
5302 W. US-10
Ludington, MI 49431
Bright colors swoop and soar through the sky above Grand Haven State Park during the annual Great Lakes Kite Festival. Organized by MacKite, the kite festival was first held in 1988 and has been held in Grand Haven every year since.
The festival begins with a one-hour long indoor fly on Friday night. Check out the Great Lakes Kite Festival website for the location.
On Saturday, the festival moves to the Grand Haven State Park beach, where it’s open from 10AM to 5PM on Saturday and 11AM to 5PM on Sunday. There’s a performance field featuring some of the nation’s top kite flyers demonstrating their skills, solo or in groups. There’s also a field of giant kites, some as big as buses, that fly all day Saturday and Sunday, an open flying field where festival-goers can fly their own kites, and an inflatable obstacle course where the kiddos can run off some steam.
If the sight of all those kites floating on the wind inspires you to get one for yourself, head over the outdoor kite store for a great selection of kites and assorted toys.
Whether you’re an avid kite lover or someone just looking for a fun way to spend a few hours, head down to the beach and check it out!
The air is cooling, the apples are ripening and the green leaves are turning to crimson and gold.Celebrate fall’s arrival along the shores of Lake Michigan with two days of events at St. Joseph’s Fall Festival.
The festivities kick off Friday afternoon with The Great Bed Race, in which teams of up to four pushers and one rider race a bed through a course, striving to achieve a faster time than the rest of the competitors. Racing beds can be designed by the team or rented from the race sponsors.
Saturday morning the focus switches to the Farmer’s Market located downtown, where visitors will find a petting zoo and face painting as well as the usual offerings of farm fresh fruit and vegetables, jam, baked goods, fresh bread and more.
Saturday evening from 4-9 the Wine Festival and Public Art Auction takes place, featuring beverages from Michigan wineries, tasty eats from local restaurants and the opportunity to bid on works of art, all while enjoying live music.
If you’re a closet Da Vinci or just like to appreciate a work of art, a good time at the beach, or all of the above, the Indiana Dunes State Park’s Sand Sculpture contest might be right up your alley.
Each year teams descend on the Chesterton, IN beach and mold castles, dragons, whales and more from sand and water. Registration begins at 9AM, but eager sand sculptors can begin their projects at 7.
Judges award two prizes: one for teams of kids aged 15 and under, and one for individuals and families of less than 8 people. Judging begins at noon and prizes are awarded at 1PM. Bystanders can get in on the fun by voting for a Viewer’s Choice award.
The 2016 Indiana Dunes Sand Sculpture Contest takes place on July 9.