Crowd gathers for the Common Ground music fest in Lansing at night.
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Events & Festivals

Merriment No Matter the Season

Michigan events celebrate the state’s cultural and agricultural heritage by showcasing the cuisine, arts, seasons and — above all — the fun-loving spirit you’ll find across the state.
With a history steeped in music, Michiganders celebrate all forms, from Motown to EDM, each year at music festivals across the state — including Detroit’s Movement Music Festival, one of the longest-running dance music events in the world. Michigan is also known for a variety of food-related festivals celebrating everything from morel mushrooms at Boyne City’s National Morel Festival to Cheeseburgers in Caseville, and Cherries in Traverse City, (nicknamed the “Cherry Capital of the World”).

Michigan’s strong sense of place is also reflected through the state’s pride in our county fairs, which are in full swing across the state each year. Attend one of the grandest, the Allegan County Fair, established in 1852, where livestock barns and arenas make a prime spot for witnessing rodeo performances. Another popular festival is the annual Grand Rapids International Wine, Beer & Food Festival, one of the largest culinary festivals in the Midwest. Attendees can sample more than 1,000 wines, beers and hard ciders, including Michigan-made varieties, and taste small plates created by featured chefs.

The winter season in Michigan is also celebrated through a variety of ice fishing, skating and skiing festivals as well as snow sculpting and ice carving during Zehnder’s Snowfest in Frankenmuth, for example. Bottom line: No matter the season or the reason, there’s a lineup of fun events in Michigan.

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Music Festivals

The Michigan Sound

As one of the most musically influential states — known best for the development of Motown, early punk rock and techno — it’s no surprise Michigan hosts several popular music festivals that draw visitors in from across the nation. Movement Music Festival, held annually in Detroit, is a three-day celebration of electronic music. Faster Horses in Brooklyn showcases an eclectic lineup of country music, making it a must-visit for western music enthusiasts. Michigan Irish Music Festival in Muskegon promotes Irish culture through live music, dance and more. And Electric Forest is a multi-genre music festival held among towering pines in Rothbury.

Performer plays the keyboard at the Common Ground Music Festival in Lansing.
Food & Drink Festivals

Michigan at its Most Mouthwatering

A vibrant scene of food and drink festivals flows throughout Michigan, making it an ideal state for culinary connoisseurs and foodies alike. The National Cherry Festival in Traverse City and National Blueberry Festival in South Haven celebrate the cities’ annual fruit harvest with food, drink, live music and family-friendly activities. Every November the popular Grand Rapids International Wine, Beer and Food Festival showcases Michigan’s finest restaurants — tempered by samplings of more than 1,200 wines and ciders from around the globe. Also in the fall, the city of Frankenmuth hosts its annual Bavarian Festival which, alive with the rhythm of German music and dancing, showcases traditional food and, of course, brews. No matter your taste, the Great Lakes State’s food and drink festivals have your palate covered.

Mother and daughter fill a tin bucket with cherries.
Art & Film Festivals

Up North and On Screen

Whether you’re a film or fine art buff, Michigan’s festivals are some of the most exciting and colorful events on the calendar. The Ann Arbor Film Festival, for instance, is a must-visit for indie movie fans. Taking place in March, this 50+-year-old festival is one of the oldest and most respected experimental film events in North America. The Fresh Coast Film Festival in Marquette, a documentary film festival celebrates the outdoor lifestyle, water-rich environment and resilient spirit of the Great Lakes by showcasing 80+ environmental films from around the world.

You can also catch awe-inspiring and thought-provoking works of art from around the globe at the Grand Rapids ArtPrize, the most attended public art event in the world. While a multitude of community and international art celebrations like the Ann Arbor Art Fair and Tawas Bay Waterfront Fine Art Festival celebrate local artists and draw in crowds from around the state and nation.

Traverse city film festival at night.

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