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Ann Arbor

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Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair

July 19 - 22

W. Liberty Road & S. Main Street
Downtown Ann Arbor

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The 49th Annual Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair (July 19-22) is one of four official partner fairs that comprise the award-winning and highly-respected Ann Arbor Art Fair which for four days each July transforms Ann Arbor, Michigan into a spectacular outdoor art gallery featuring more than 1000 professional artists and attracting over 500,000 visitors. The 49th Annual Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair is a juried, fine art event featuring the members of the Guild of Artists & Artisans and has 375 exhibiting artist booths, art demonstrations and features entertainment and delicious food.

Getting There

From the Ann Arbor, MI Station (ARB), it's a six-minute car ride to the center of the event.

 

Ann Arbor Blues Festival

August 17 - 18

Washtenaw Farm Council Fairgrounds
5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Road

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In 1969, the Blues held a party and everyone came. This summer, they're doing it again. The world's first electric blues festival was held in Ann Arbor, Michigan in August 1969. That's when a small group of University of Michigan students gathered what may have been the greatest lineup of blues musicians who ever lived for a three-day celebration of Chicago-style blues. Recently, a small group of blues enthusiasts got together to revive the landmark Ann Arbor Blues Festival.

Getting There

From the Ann Arbor, MI Station (ARB), it's about a 20-minute car ride to the Fairgrounds.

Battle Creek

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Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show and Balloon Fest

June 28 - July 4

W.K. Kellogg Airport
15551 S. Airport Road

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Ready to take flight? At Field of Flight, an annual event held over the 4th of July weekend, you can do just that. Watch the hot air balloons take off every morning and night, watch the air show, or enjoy the Skerbeck Carnival. The highlight of this year's Air Show is that there will be two separate air shows. It all ends with a bang with the 4th of July Fireworks show at 10:30 on the 4th. Come out for a great weekend of fun with friends and family.

Getting There

The airport is about a nine-minute ride from the Battle Creek, MI Station (BTL).

Dearborn

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Salute to America

June 30 - July 4

Greenfield Village
20900 Oakwood Boulevard

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Celebrate the Fourth of July with thundering symphonies, food, and fanfare at The Henry Ford. Connect with family, friends and neighbors in Greenfield Village as picnic blankets and chairs are assembled for a rousing joint concert by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the Jazz Ambassadors of the United States Army Field Band. The night is brought to a resounding finale with the DSO’s stirring rendition of Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture, played in harmony with authentic cannon fire under a canopy of fireworks. Join us for this celebratory evening of high notes, from the first glance at the decorated Village to the last sparkle in the sky.

Getting There

Greenfield Village is about seven-minute ride from the Dearborn, MI Station (DER).

Detroit

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Woodward Dream Cruise

August 18

Downtown Detroit
Woodward Avenue
Royal Oak, MI 48067

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The Woodward Dream Cruise is the world’s largest one-day automotive event, drawing 1.5 million people and 40,000 classic cars each year from around the globe — from as far away as New Zealand, Australia, Japan and the former Soviet Union. North American cruisers from California, Georgia, Canada and all points in between caravan to metro Detroit to participate in what has become, for many, an annual rite of summer. It’s only right the Dream Cruise takes place in the Motor City. Thousands line America’s first highway for a front row view as classic cruisers and hot rods stroll up and down Woodward Avenue from Ferndale to Pontiac. Attendees talk shop with fellow enthusiasts, hang out tailgate-style and enjoy promotional experiences and activities from sponsors along the route. Bars and restaurants will be filled to the gills too. It’s typically a scorcher, so stay hydrated and lathered in sunscreen — you’ll wanna enjoy Detroit’s most anticipated auto event to the fullest.

Getting There

The official Woodward Avenue Dream Cruise route is a 16-mile radius and runs through nine participating communities. From the Detroit, MI Station (DET)most of the destinations to watch along the route are a few minute cab ride. Download the official map to route your favorite destination along Woodward Avenue at woodwarddreamcruise.com.

 

Spirit of Detroit Hydrofest

August 25 - 27

Detroit Riverfront
1340 Atwater Street

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The 102-year-old event, one of the Motor City’s longest-standing sports traditions, will be held this summer on the Detroit River and has been recently restructured to include a new two races in two days format instead of one race over two days. This new race format has not been seen in the modern era of the sport, bringing a new level of excitement to fans attending the annual event. Hydroplane racing became a tradition in Detroit when designer Christopher Columbus Smith, of the Chris Craft boat company, built a Detroit-based boat that could crack the 60 miles-per-hour speed barrier, capturing the Gold Cup in 1915.

Getting There

The Detroit Riverfront is an 11-minute ride from the Detroit, MI Station (DET).

East Lansing

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Great Lakes Folk Festival

August 10 - 12

Downtown East Lansing and Michigan State University
Albert Street & M.A.C. Avenue

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The Michigan State University Museum presents the Great Lakes Folk Festival in downtown East Lansing, Michigan — music, dance and culture from across America and around the world. The award-winning Great Lakes Folk Festival, produced by the MSU Museum’s Michigan Traditional Arts Program, is a celebration of culture, tradition and community. The Michigan State University Museum works year-round to develop this festival program that reflects the immense variety and vitality of art, skill, knowledge, and wisdom of our cultural heritage for the public. GLFF offers a one-of-a-kind mix of music and dance stages, demonstrations of traditional arts and storytelling, food, an arts marketplace, and many special activities for kids.

Getting There

From the East Lansing, MI Station (LNS), the event is about a nine-minute ride to the MSU campus.

Holland

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Ottawa County Fair

July 23 - 27

1286 Ottawa Beach Road

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Come on out and enjoy the County Fair. Be sure to check out the rides, food, live music, mud running, monster truck showdown, motocross, and a rodeo. Attend the Monster Truck Showdown at the Ottawa County Fair. Pre-order your tickets now and get free gate admission. A part of the Lucas Oil Champions Tour and Ag Protect 1 Silver Series. Pre-order your tickets now for free gate admission.

Getting There

The Fairgrounds are about an 11-minute ride from the Holland, MI Station (HOM).

St. Joseph

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Friday Night Concert Series

Every Friday from June 29 - July 27

John E.N. Howard Bandshell
301 State Street

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Enjoy free concerts Friday nights at 7:30 pm at the John E.N. Howard Bandshell. Groove to the sounds blues, jazz and more.

Getting There

The Bandshell is a four-minute walk via State Street and Broad Street and is .2 miles from the St. Joseph-Benton Harbor, MI Station (SJM).

 

22nd Annual Chalk the Block

August 3 - 5

Downtown St. Joseph
301 State Street

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Artists can begin working on their creations Friday evening. Block/Artist viewing will be available all day on Saturday and Sunday.

Getting There

State Street is about a 10-minute walk and is .5 miles from the St. Joseph-Benton Harbor, MI Station (SJM).

 

Antiques on the Bluff

July 1 - October 7

301 State Street
St. Joseph, MI 49085

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Antiques on the Bluff is held along tree lined Lake Bluff Park, overlooking Lake Michigan. This antique show is a premier event for St. Joseph and antiquers around Southwest Michigan. Located in Lake Bluff Park the show runs from 10 am to 5 pm.

Getting There

Lake Bluff Park is a five-minute walk and .3 miles from the St. Joseph-Benton Harbor, MI Station (SJM).

South Haven

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National Blueberry Festival

August 10 - 13

546 Phoenix St (South Haven Visitors Bureau)
South Haven, MI 49090

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The dog days of August bring on South Haven's National Blueberry Festival. Celebrating the city's status as the Blueberry Capital of the world. Our restaurants all have a special Blueberry item on their menu &Free entertainment every evening overlooking the harbor.Some of our main events: Thursday, August 10- Blueberry Pie Social - Youth Pageant- Beer/Wine Tent- "new Odyssey Band" - 3 Guys/30 Instruments; Friday, August 11- Bronson South Haven Health Fair- Meijer Kids Day at Riverfront Park- Blueberry Bark-B-Que- Beer/Wine Tent- "Ultrafab" - Party & Dance Variety and "Dick Diamond & the Dusters" - Party & Dance Favorites; Saturday, August 12- Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast- Bronson South Haven 5k/10k Run- Blueberry Festival Parade & Craft Fair- Adult & Kids Blueberry Pie Eating Contest- Steelheaders Fish boil- Beer/Wine Tent- "Run 4 Cover" - '80s Rock and "The Rock Show" - Classic Rock; Sunday, August 13- Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast- Blueberry Festival Craft Fair- Airport Fly-In & Rotary Club Car Show/Blueberry Pancake Breakfast- Sand Sculpture contest & Tractor Pull- "Pentecostal Church of SH" - Christian Music and "Belfast gin" - Irish Music folks and visitors to South Haven.

Getting There

The South Haven Visitors Bureau is a 16-minute drive and is 10.9 miles from the Bangor, MI Station (BAM).