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June Michigan Event Calendar

Summer is just around the corner so take a look at our list of featured events and mark your calendars for some June fun! As usual we by no means have listed all the events happening around Michigan. Add ones we missed (with links) in the comments below!

Points of Light by StacyN
Points of Light by StacyN

June Quotes

“Summer is a promissory note signed in June, its long days spent and gone before you know it, and due to be repaid next January.” – Hal Borland

“There are moments, above all on June evenings, when the lakes that hold our moons are sucked into the earth, and nothing is left but wine and the touch of a hand.”- Charles Morgan

“June is bustin’ out all over.” – Oscar Hammerstein II, 1945

Petoskey Stone Festival on May 26 celebrates Michigan’s State Stone!

Petoskey Stone Polish Project by Odalaigh
Petoskey Stone Polish Project by Odalaigh

The 7th annual Antrim County  Petoskey Stone Festival takes place on May 28, 2011 in Barnes Park in Eastport. Admission to the festival will be FREE to one and all!

About Petoskey Stones

Petoskey stones are composed of fossilized skeletons of colony corals which lived their lifespan in the warm sea waters that at one time covered all of what is now the beautiful state of Michigan during ancient Devonian time, some 350 million years ago. Outcrops of these rocks are restricted to the Little Traverse Bay area near Petoskey, Michigan. Glaciers that covered Michigan about two million years ago plucked Petoskey stones as well as many other kinds of rocks and distributed them over Michigan and surrounding areas. Most of the Petoskey stones found along beaches and in gravels have already been rounded and smoothed by glacial and water action. Many of these are suitable for hand polishing and will often take a high polish. Occasionally a Petoskey stone will be found in “rough” form that has not been subjected to smoothing by glacial or wave action. The sample shown above is a fine example of a “rough” Petoskey. It was found in the limestone quarry at Charlevoix. In 1965, it was named the state stone of Michigan.

Petoskey Stone Resources from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources

The Petoskey Stone – Some history, lore and facts about the “Petoskey Stone” (very thorough document)

At the Quarry, The Petoskey Stone Tells Its Story

May Michigan Event Calendar

Our May calendar is packed full diverse events. It is a sign of much more to come for the Great Lakes State in 2012 and we like to think of May as a bridge to all that fun! By no means listed have we listed all the events happening around the state, so add ones we missed (with links) in the comments below!

Red Bridge by Alanna St. Laurent
Red Bridge by Alanna St. Laurent

“Spring – an experience in immortality.” – Henry D. Thoreau

“An optimist is the human personification of spring.” – Susan J. Bissonette

“Never yet was a springtime, when the buds forgot to bloom.” – Margaret Elizabeth Sangster

“If we were flowers, We would worship the sun” – Jon Anderson

Fast Factsfrom Wikipedia

  • May’s birthstone is the emerald which means love or success. Its birth flower is the Lily of the Valley and the Crataegus monogyna.
  • May is the fifth month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of seven Gregorian months with the length of 31 days. It is also a month within the northern season of spring.
  • The month may have been named for the Greek goddess Maia, who was identified with the Roman era goddess of fertility, Bona Dea, whose festival was held in May.
  • In both common and leap years, no other month begins on the same day of the week as May. This month and June are the only two months that have this.

Check below for things to do and places to go and also see the Pure Michigan May Event Roundup.

May 1-5
Blossomtime Festival – Benton Harbor

The Blossomtime Festival began in 1906 and is an annual celebration of southwest Michigan’s agricultural heritage. This multi-community event spans 25 communities and is the oldest festival in the state. A highlight is the 2 hour Grand Floral Parade with floats of community queens and their courts, bands, clowns, costumed characters, antique cars and special units.

May 3-5
Jackson Storyfest – Jackson
Organized by volunteers and supported by generous foundations, businesses and individuals, Jackson Storyfest has offered a free weekend of storytelling for more than twenty years. Annually, over 5,000 students visit downtown Jackson to hear stories by national, regional and local tellers as they weave their magic at various downtown locations.

May 4-5
Green Street Fair – Plymouth
Green Street Fair was founded to help educate and inform people of all ages about the benefits of green, organic, and eco-friendly products and services. To promote global interest and personal well-being, the Green Street Fair blends companies, artisans, entertainers, workshops and speakers together in a friendly and family-oriented outdoor environment. In 2011, over 200 exhibitors and 30 sponsors were on-site showcasing, demonstrating and selling eco-friendly, organic, and green products.

May 5
Cinco de Mayo – Imlay City

The streets of Imlay City will be alive with Hispanic music, art, crafts, food and entertainment as they celebrate Cinco de Mayo. It’s a celebration of the victory of the Mexican militia over the French army at The Battle of Puebla in 1862.

May 5
La Fleche du Nord – Houghton

The toughest day of cycling this side of Belgium is a 76 mile point-to-point ride from Houghton to the top of Brockway Mountain with a post-ride fest in Copper Harbor.

May 5-6
Spring Sip & Savor Wine Tour – Leelanau Peninsula

Celebrate the return of spring to the vineyards with food & wine pairings at 19 wineries and the fabulous Sip ‘o de Mayo hat contest with tons of prizes. A great chance to learn about wine and have a lot of fun that helps benefit migrant education in northern Michigan.

May 5-12
Tulip Time Festival – Holland
The Tulip Time Festival is a celebration of Dutch heritage and culture, a multi-generational event that has a little bit of something for everyone including; 3 amazing parades, multiple Dutch Dance performances, concerts, theatre, Dutch attractions, Dutch food, children’s events, trolley tours and so much more!

May 6
Kalamazoo Marathon – Kalamazoo
The 26.2 mile race takes place on Mother’s Day, with other weekend races including the Borgess Half Marathon, Borgess 5K Run, Priority Health 5K Walk and Meijer Kids Fun Run on Friday, May 4.

May 11-13
Mushroom Festival – Mesick
Mesick is billed as the mushroom capital in the United States. Head over and enjoy their adventurous fun filled days, for people of all ages. Carnival rides for the thrill seekers, crafts and hobbies or flea market for treasure hunters, ball games for the players. Several contests for mushroom hunters, lucky duck race, horseshoe toss, horse pull.

May 13
Mother’s Day – All Over Michigan!
Celebrate your mother and mothers everywhere!

May 15th, 2012
Opening Day of Walleye Season


May 17-20
Morel Mushroom Festival – Boyne City
Each May for over 50 years, Boyne City fills with hundreds of mushroom lovers from around the country who come seeking that elusive delicacy-the marvelous morel. Includes the fabulous “Taste of Morels”, all kinds of entertainment and fun for all ages, guided hunts and much more.

May 18-20
Durand Railroad Days – Durand
Durand Railroad Days was established in 1975 to pay tribute to the rail industry that helped develop the nation and was responsible for the settlement of Durand late in the 1870s. What started as a small hometown celebration with a few rides for children, has grown into a celebration that covers the entire downtown area.

May 18-20
Empire Asparagus Festival – Empire

The lakeshore village of Empire greets the arrival of asparagus season with parade, good food, wine & beer, dancing and an annual poetry contest for the best “Ode to Asparagus.” For more information click on the web site link or call (231) 326-6081.

May 19
MIS Great Lakes Wine Fest – Brooklyn
Join wineries, meaderies, cideries & breweries from all over the state at the Michigan International Speedway for a chance to taste and enjoy the fruits of Michigan!

May 19
Annual Big Bay Relay – Marquette to Big Bay

This race has brought in 50+ teams comprised of elite runners to a team of friends that just like to get out and have an adventure together to run from Marquette to Big Bay. Divisions include: All female, all male and mixed team divisions, as well as a junior division. Race begins at River Sports Complex, Marquette, and ends at Perkins Park, Big Bay.

May 19
Romeo Victorian Festival – Romeo

On Saturday, May 19, from 9am to 6pm, the historic village of Romeo will host their Seventh Annual Victorian Festival. Events include ice cream making, Civil War reenactment camp, Victorian style children’s games and entertainment. For more information call (586) 752-4111, or click here.

May 22-23
Annual Flower Fair & Home & Garden Marketplace – Lake Orion
Get ready for warm weather with flats of flowers, buckets of perennials, yard ornaments and expert advice. Look to their Home and Garden Marketplace for the latest trends in updating and remodeling your house. Located in the heart of the downtown district in Lake Orion, special features include: Kids Activities – Entertainment – Easy Eats – Art Fair.

May 18-19
World Expo of Beer – Frankenmuth
The World Expo of Beer is a beer sampling extravaganza! If you love beer, you will love the World Expo of Beer, with nearly 300 brews to choose from. Includes live entertainment both nights, an expanded area to accommodate more beer enthusiasts, great local food, and all proceeds benefit charitable causes! Prost!

May 19-20
East Lansing Art Festival – East Lansing
Hundreds of artists from Michigan and beyond come to Downtown East Lansing to exhibit art of all kinds. Painting, Ceramics, Sculpture, Blown Glass, Wood, Metal, Photography and more fill the booths that line the downtown streets. The East Lansing Art Festival features a variety of activities, performances, and demonstrations for your enjoyment. The international food court features dozens of vendors with tastes from around the world!

May 25
Towel Day – The Galaxy
Towel Day is an annual celebration on the 25th of May, as a tribute to the late author Douglas Adams (1952-2001). On that day, fans around the universe proudly carry a towel in his honour.

May 25-27
Traditional Arts Weekend – Remus
Where else can you learn to play the fiddle, go to a day-long bluegrass school, learn songwriting tips, tie a fly for trout season, explore yeast dough baking, practice yogo, learn to Tango, Clog or Swing dance, stargaze with fellow astronomers, weave a black ash basket, make a pine needle rimmed gourd and paint a silk scarf ~ all in one weekend?……At the annual Traditional Arts Weekend held every year in Remus, Michigan over the Memorial Day Weekend. Over 80 workshops, dances, performances and hands-on activities for the entire family taught by over 60 instructors. This very popular Wheatland event is for those seeking more personal instruction in traditional dance, music, song, arts and crafts.

May 26
Petoskey Stone Festival – Eastport
Head to Eastport and help celebrate everything Petoskey, our much treasured state stone, at Antrim County’s Barnes Park. Petoskey stones are composed of fossilized skeletons of colony corals which lived their lifespan in the warm sea waters that at one time covered all of what is now the beautiful state of Michigan.

May 26
Annual Mackinaw Memorial Bridge Race – Mackinaw City
GEAR UP for an Active Summer with the Mackinac Bridge Memorial Weekend Race. One of only two times of year that runners are allowed to run the Mackinac Bridge! Must register in advance and be able to run a minimum of 12 minutes per mile pace.

May 26-27
Dog Bowl – Frankenmuth
Events include: Great Lakes Dock Dog Competition, Disc Dog Competition, Border Collie Sheep Herding Demonstration, Canine Cruise on the Cass River, Weiner Dog Races, Pet Parade, Silly Pet Tricks, Rockin’ Dog Look-Alike Contest, 100 Yard Doggie Dash, Dog Breeds of the World with Pet friendly dining and lodging available!

May 26-27
Alma Highland Festival and Games – Alma
The Alma Highland Festival and Games began in 1968. The festival is located on the Alma College campus in Alma, Michigan. Each year the festival brings visitors the very best of Scottish tradition. The festival combines great competition with Scottish hospitality.

May 26-28
Movement – Detroit’s Electronic Music Festival – Detroit
The Detroit Electronic Music Festival (DEMF) festival is now known as Movement. Detroit is widely considered to be the the birthplace of techno, and Movement remains true to those roots. On Memorial Day weekend 107 dance music stars will perform across five stages with headliners including Zeds Dead, SBTRK, Public Enemy, Claude Vonstroke and Major Lazer.

May 26-28
Ft. Michilimackinac Historical Re-Enactment Pageant – Mackinaw City
The Fort Michilimackinac Pageant Committee along with the re-enactors would like to cordially invite you to join them in their annual re-enactment at Fort Michilimackinac during Saturday, Sunday, and Monday of Memorial Day weekend. This unique performance of the area’s rich history is the longest running FREE attraction in the State of Michigan.

April is Michigan Wine Month

Ready for the Harvest by lpwines
Ready for the Harvest by lpwines

Following tradition, Governor Snyder has once again proclaimed April to be Michigan Wine Month. Our state’s wine industry continues to grow at a steady pace, and the Michigan Grape and Wine Industry Council added 11 new wineries to its roster over the last year, giving Michigan a total of 92.

The 2011 vintage is by all counts amazing. Black Star Farms winemaker Lee Lutes has tasted many wines with his fellow vintners and relates “I don’t think there’s a winemaker in Leelanau who is not as excited about the 2011 vintage as they’ve ever been about any vintage. We have exceptional quality across a broad range of white and red wines with an almost unprecedented volume. Our 2011 Pinot Noirs and Rieslings are some of the best we’ve ever seen, and I think that every winery on the Peninsula is feeling the same level of enthusiasm for this vintage.”

Our friends Shannon and Cortney Casey at Michigan By the Bottle have jumped into Wine Month with both feet. They are once again offering their Super Huge Michigan Wine Month Giveaway. It’s bigger and better than ever in 2012 and features 28+ daily giveaways of all kinds of prizes & tickets from Michigan wineries and wine trails.

If you can’t make it out to the tasting rooms please take time to explore Michigan wine through Absolute Michigan’s Michigan Wine section and the Michigan Wine & Grape Industry Council web site to learn about the excellent offerings that are produced right here in the Mitten!

March Michigan Event Calendar

Our monthly calendar contains a selection of what’s cool to do in Michigan. If you have an event to share, please POST IT IN THE COMMENTS. We read them all and might add yours, but if you email us, we simply can’t add the event!

If your event is ticketed and you would like to give tickets away to promote it, please go to this page!

Approaching Spring by mayerdavid1978

Our Michigan event calendar for the month of March features all kinds of signs that spring is just around the corner with some cautious reminders that objects around the corner may be further off than they appear.


“March is a tomboy with tousled hair, a mischievous smile, mud on her shoes
and a laugh in her voice.” – Hal Borland

“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.” – Charles Dickens

“Springtime is the land awakening. The March winds are the morning yawn.” – Lewis Grizzard

“Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush.” – Doug Larson

“Spring is nature’s way of saying, Let’s party!” – Robin Williams

Fast Facts

March’s birthstone is Aquamarine and Bloodstone. They symbolize courage.

Its birth flower is the Narcissus.

March in the Southern Hemisphere is the seasonal equivalent of September in the Northern Hemisphere.

Daylight-Savings time occurs on March 13, 2010, at 2:00 AM – time to spring ahead!

Think spring! The vernal equinox occurs on March 20, 2011, at 11:21  PM EDT.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day the Michigan Way

Here’s a whole ton of Valentine’s Day ideas. YOU probably have some other ideas – share them in the comments or right here or on our Facebook!

Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart. - Confucius by Church of One
Wheresoever you go,
go with all your heart. – Confucius
by Church of One

Next Tuesday, February 14th is Valentine’s Day – a day for lovers, sweethearts, paramours … and chocoholics. Like it, love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day is an annual tradition that will see over one billion valentines will be given out worldwide, 85% of those by women. However you choose to celebrate the holiday, consider making it a little more special with something from Michigan.

There’s plenty of delicious Valentine’s Day recipes from Pure Michigan at Michigan.org. The Food Network also offers up some culinary advice for Valentine’s Day complete with a full Valentine’s menu. Lansing’s WLNS CBS channel 6 website has a complete Valentine Day section on their website where you can learn all kinds of useful information including (who knew?) that chocolate is an aphrodisiac. The folks at the Grand Rapids Press and mlive.com have some tips for Valentine’s Day cooking with kids.

We have to remind you that February is National Cherry Month and cherries make a great and healthy way to bring the distinctive Valentine red into your celebrations. An affordable and tasty non-alcoholic beverage are cherry sparklers made with Michigan cherry juice and sparkling water.

On the adult beverage front, a whopping 95% of wine drinkers agree that wine makes a perfect gift, and you can’t go wrong with a  Michigan wine or  Michigan beer! The folks at MyNorth offer a listing of Northern Michigan sparkling wines to set the tone for your celebration. While bubbles are big, beers can also be appreciated. Dianna at Promote Michigan has let us in on her Love Affair with Michigan Beer, which features all kinds of special and regular brews from Michigan’s brewmasters. You can stay awake Ann Arbor Brewing’s Espresso Love featuring coffee, cozy up to the Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale from Atwater Brewing or go a little lighter with Dragonmead’s Redwing Raspberry Wheat. This is a great feature so definitely check it out!

Ginny, You Are My Shining Star by docksidepress
Ginny, You Are My Shining Star by docksidepress

If you’re left scratching your head over what to buy him or her, check out the ‘Valentine’s Day Gift Giving Guide‘ from WLNS.com.  Don’t forget the furry friends in your life either! You can be a homeless pets Valentine when WXYZ-TV 7 in Detroit hosts their Annual Valentine’s Day Telethon to support the Michigan Humane Society. Tune in or donate online with the Michigan Humane Society!

If that’s not enough and you really want to get your Valentine on, check out Absolute Michigan keyword Valentine for food & gift ideas.

For a little eye candy, you should check out the Valentine slideshow from the Absolute Michigan flickr pool!

We also have a large number of Michigan web sites to check out (though if we’re missing one, be sure to add a link to it).

Flowers & Florists - say it with flowers

Chocolate - there’s also candy companies

Candles - lighting the way for romance for thousands of years

Jewelry -silver & gold, platinum and bronze, pick your favorite.

Wow, you actually made it to the end of this post – don’t forget to buy yourself a little something for Valentines Day!

December Michigan Event Calendar

Christmas Display by St. Laurent Photography

Below is a list of just a few Michigan festivals & events for the month of December. As usual, there’s no way to get them all, so please add links and information for those we missed and reviews of ones we have here in the comments below!

Fast Facts via Wikipedia

  • December is the twelfth and last month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of seven Gregorian months with the length of 31 days.
  • In Latin, decem means “ten”. December was also the tenth month in the Roman calendar until a monthless winter period was divided between January and February.
  • December’s flower is the narcissus or holly. December’s birthstones are turquoise, lapis lazuli, zircon, topaz (blue), or tanzanite.[citation needed]
  • December is the month with the shortest daylight hours of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and the longest daylight hours of the year in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • December starts on the same day of the week as September.

November 2011 Michigan Event Calendar

November by Karen from Michigan

Here’s a bunch Michigan festivals & events for the month of November. As usual, there’s no way to get them all, so please add links and information about the one’s we’ve missed (or reviews of ones we have here) in the comments below.

October Michigan Event Calendar

october day by PepOmint
october day by PepOmint

A sampling of Michigan festivals & events for the month of October. As usual, there’s no way we’ll get them all, so please add links and information about those we’ve missed (or reviews of ones we have here) in the comments below. Don’t forget that one of Michigan’s big attractions is fall color touring – click that link for tours and photos from Absolute Michigan!


“How beautifully leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days.”
- John Burroughs

“October’s poplars are flaming torches
lighting the way to winter.”
- Nova Bair

“On the motionless branches of some trees, autumn berries hung like clusters of coral beads,
as in those fabled orchards where the fruits were jewels . . .”
- Charles Dickens

“I saw old Autumn in the misty morn
Stand, shadowless like Silence, listening
To Silence.”
- Thomas Hood

Fast FactsWikipedia

  • October’s birthstone is the opal. The opal is thought to have the power to predict illness. This is because the opal responds to heat. If you are sick your temperature increases before signs of illness appear. The increased body heat causes the opal to loose its shine, leaving it dull and lacking color. It is also said that the opal will crack if it is worn by someone who was not born in October.
  • Its birth flower is the calendula.

Things to Do and Places to Go

Be sure to also check out the Absolute Michigan Calendar for even more Michigan events, October Events from the Pure Michigan blog, and the Upper Peninsula Calendar of Events from the Upper Peninsula Travel & Recreation Association.

through October 9
ArtPrize – Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids’ radically open art competition awards the world’s largest art prize and transforms the city into an amazing canvas for creation. Part arts festival, part social experiment – this international art contest is decided solely on a public vote. Art is the focus of the competition, but the main event is community. Artists take over the city, visitors explore and new relationships form. This event has Absolute Michigan’s highest rating and is not to be missed!

Thru October 30
Chrysanthemums & MoreGrand Rapids
This annual celebration of autumn at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park highlights thousands of flowering chrysanthemums in both interior and exterior venues. New this year, a spectacular display in the Seasonal Display Greenhouse features vertical columns four to six feet high. The redesigned and renamed Chrysanthemums and More! exhibition (formerly called ColorFall) is the largest display of its kind in Michigan.

Saturdays and Sundays in October
The Famous Pumpkin TrainCoopersville & Marne Railway
Saturdays and Sundays in October passengers are entertained with music, jokes, songs and dance written especially for the youngest riders and performed by The Great Pumpkin, Scarecrow and Little Crow.

September 30 – October 1
The Red Flannel FestivalCedar Springs
The Red Flannel Festival is held the last weekend in September and the first weekend in October, attracting between 30 and 40 thousand visitors. The first “RED FLANNEL DAY” was held in the fall of 1939. The love, pride and support of the community has kept the rich tradition alive! It has continued to be an annual event for 71 YEARS, making it the 15th oldest festival in the State of Michigan!

September 30 – October 2
Scarecrow FestivalTrenton
The Trenton Scarecrow Festival is one of the best of its kind in the Southeast Michigan area. It is a family fall festival for all ages featuring a Scarecrow Contest, Dog Costume contest, children’s area with games/rides, a carnival, local and national musical acts, a karaoke Scarecrow Idol contest, and many other events.

October 2
Beery Field in Douglas, while it’s not Germany, it does have a festive atmosphere with beer, brats, prizes galore, parade, 35 piece German Band, Strudel Meisters 12 piece band, Kinderplatz kids games, games for grownups, and Best Dressed Herr & Fraulein Competition and lots more from noon to 8 PM.

October 1-2 & 8-9
Benzie County FallfestBenzie
Enjoy a scenic chair lift ride, taste the great soups in the Fall Soup Contest, get your “once a year chance” to get a piece of Cherry Hut’s apple cinnamon pie, watch the pumpkin carving of Ed Moody and Pat Harrison the “Lord of Gourd” Carvings, all kinds of kids & family fun, pumpkin launching abd giant pumpkin weigh off and car drop! Enjoy the parade, or canoe or kayak while enjoying the beautiful colors of Fall!

October 2 – 8
Blue Water Film Festival – Port Huron

Each year the Blue Water Film Festival selects films from the State of Michigan and the Sarnia/Lambton area that represent the best in quality and performance, are visually stunning, thought-provoking and compelling to an audience.

October 6
Marquette Art Stroll – Marquette

Downtown Marquette & the Third Street Village offer an evening of art, entertainment, and exploration. Shops, restaurants, and galleries feature local artists, complimentary hors d oeuvres, and beverages.

October 6-9
Great Lakes Lighthouse Festival – Alpena
The four day event provides activities for the young and old including lighthouse tours (aerial, boat or personal vehicle), entertainment, and vendors. The 2011 festival features tours, talks from noted Great Lakes lighthouse experts including noted author & photographer Terry Pepper and boasts over 100 maritime related vendors including lighthouse preservation groups, artists, authors and more.

October 6 – 8
Pumpkinfest – Zeeland

The Zeeland Pumpkinfes is a family festival featuring very cost-effective and FREE activities, games and events to be enjoyed by all ages including a chili cook off, 5k and fun run, pet contest, costume contest, pumpkin hunt and the Pumpkinfest bake-off.

October 7 – 9
Color Cruise & Island Festival – Grand Ledge
See the fall colors and 60 foot sandstone ledges on the Grand River from the Princess Laura riverboat or rent a canoe. You can also take a trip back in time with an old-fashioned covered wagon ride, demonstrations of black kettle caramel corn, apple cider pressing, blacksmithing, weaving, spinning, wood carving and other old time activities. Visit a fur trader encampment, enjoy good food and live entertainment and take a covered wagon or boat ride. Children can visit the petting zoo, paint a pumpkin or dip a candle for a small fee.

October 7 – 9
Sandhill Crane & Art FestivalBaker Sanctuary
More than 6,000 cranes are expected to greet more than 5,000 CraneFest visitors again this year. With autumn color predicted to be near its peak the same weekend, everyone should consider making CraneFest 2010 part of their fall color tour.

October 8
New Buffalo Harvest and Wine FestNew Buffalo
Join your favorite local wineries and microbrews at New Buffalo’s Lions Park for some harvest time fun. Celebrate the season’s harvest with a Farmers Market, wine tasting, cuisine, and live music. Bring the kids for hayrides through town and pumpkin painting. $5 suggested donation benefits local charities.

October 8
Leif Erikson Viking Days Fall Festival – Norway

An annual fall festival on Columbus Day weekend featuring a Viking themed parade, crafts, variety of ethnic food booths. Enjoy the Taste of Norway, music, business specials, lots of activities for children and other special events.

October 14 – 16
Applefest – Charlevoix
Experience the magic of Autumn in northern Michigan at Charlevoix’s Apple Fesitval. Northern Michigan’s cool temperatures are said to produce tastier and more colorful fruit than those grown in warmer climates, and the festival honors local orchards who bring the fall harvest to you. Enjoy over 30 varieties of apples, hot food, and fresh cider. A fine art & craft show takes place in East Park too, along with a petting zoo and pony rides for the kids!

October 14-16, 21-23 and 28-30
Hallowe’en in Greenfield VillageDearborn
Step back in time to a turn-of-the-20th century Hallowe’en. Follow an endless path of hand-carved jack-o-lanterns and meet colorful characters along the way. Feel the whoosh as the headless horseman rides by, banter with a clever witch, and make stops at several treat stations spread throughout Greenfield Village. It’s frightfully fun for the whole family!

Saturday October 15th
Hoptoberfest – Grand Rapids

An amazing party that you definitely shouldn’t miss. From 2PM-11PM Hopcat will be serving up beers from in an around Grand Rapids in two beer tents along with some smokin’ hot blues from headliner Lonnie Brooks.

October 16
Detroit Free Press/Flagstar MarathonDetroit
Get down to Motown for the 2010 Detroit Free Press/Flagstar Marathon! They’re celebrating their 33rd anniversary with an exhilarating, world-class, international marathon. With a unique course crossing the U.S./Canadian border twice and great musical entertainment along the way, there’s no end to the excitement of running this race!

October 17 – 18
Ann Arbor Art Walk – Ann Arbor

The annual Art Walk gives visitors a chance to walk through galleries, artists’ studios, and exhibition spaces in the greater Ann Arbor area including the Ann Arbor Art Center, the U-M Museum of Art, and the U-M School of Art and Design.

October 21
Detroit Fall Beer Festival – Detroit

The Detroit Fall Beer Festival (formerly Harvest Beer Festival) at Eastern Market will feature more than 40 Michigan microbreweries and brewpubs tapping nearly 200 different beers. It’s presented by the Michigan Brewers Guild and Metrotimes and Absolute Michigan will be giving away a pair of tickets next week to one lucky person on our email list! Check for a feature on Monday with all the details!

October 21 – 22
Made-in-Michigan Film Festival – Lapeer

The 4th annual festival will be held at the Pix Theatre, in historical downtown Lapeer, and MiMFF is accepting films in every category & genre – short, feature, academic, documentary, narrative, comedy, drama, horror, experimental, whatever – just as long as there’s a material connection to the State of Michigan.

October 21 – November 21
Northern Michigan C.S. Lewis Festival

An award-winning, month-long celebration of the man who created the celebrated children?s series, The Chronicles of Narnia. This annual nonprofit collaboration between local arts organizations, area schools, and faith-based groups offers children’s programs, theater performances, literary discussion and world-renowned speakers.

October 28
Food, Wine and All That JazzGrand Rapids
Join WGVU and D&W for more than 300 domestic wine and beer selections from throughout North America. In addition, tempt your tastes with over 25 tables of select gourmet foods and live jazz.

Also be sure to check out Absolute Michigan keywords “haunted“, “maze“, “apple” and “harvest“!

2011 September Michigan Event Calendar

Mick Road Maple Monster by jimflix

Say hello to September and enjoy the bountiful harvests and beautiful scenery it brings. September is a perfect time to enjoy the outdoors with it’s warm days and cool evening temperatures (not to mention the declining mosquito population). As far as things to do in the Great Lakes State September is ripe for the picking. So get out and enjoy the harvest celebrations, color tours, wine trails and the abundant festivals and fairs! As usual we by no means have listed all the events happening around Michigan. Add ones we missed (with links) in the comments below!


“September days have the warmth of summer in their briefer hours, but in their lengthening evenings a prophetic breath of autumn. The cricket chirps in the noontide, making the most of what remains of his brief life. The bumblebee is busy among the clover blossoms of the aftermath, and their shrill and dreamy hum hold the outdoor world above the voices of the song birds, now silent or departed.”
- September Days By Rowland E. Robinson, Vermont.

“When the goldenrod is yellow,
And leaves are turning brown -
Reluctantly the summer goes
In a cloud of thistledown.

When squirrels are harvesting
And birds in flight appear -
By these autumn signs we know
September days are here.”
- Beverly Ashour, September

WikipediaFast Facts

  • September’s birthstone is the sapphire. The meaning is clear thinking.
  • The birthflowers for September are the forget-me-not, and aster.
  • The equinox named the autumnal equinox in the northern hemisphere and the vernal or spring equinox in the southern hemisphere occurs on dates varying from 21 September to 24 September
  • September begins on the same day of the week as December every year, because there are 91 days separating September and December, which is a multiple of seven (the amount of days in the week).

Stuff to do and places to go

You can get a big list of September 2011 events via Pure Michigan and also check out the September Events Roundup on the Pure Michigan blog.

August 21 – October 3
Michigan Renaissance Festival Holly
Festival is held on weekends and Labor Day, rain or shine. “visitors may also partake in games of skill or enjoy non-stop entertainment where belly dancers, sword swallowers, musicians, comedians and sword fighters provide merriment for all ages. The Festival is best known for it’s awe-inspiring full-contact armored jousting tournaments where gallant knights defend their honor until the last man is standing!”

September 9 – 11
Art & Apples Festival Rochester
Presented by Paint Creek Center for the Arts, the Art & Apples Festival is Michigan’s second largest juried fine art festival with an average attendance of over 125,000 festival-goers and 250+ artists from across the country. The festival showcases artists from across the country, local and national entertainment acts, a free Kids Art Zone, Activity Zone, 3 food courts and more.

September 9 – 10
Hopps of Fun Beer & Wine Festival Mackinaw City
On September 10th & 11th, 2010 Mackinaw Crossings will host the Historic Depot Happy Hour Hopps of Fun. This unique event will feature as extensive sampling of 50+ award winning Michigan micro brewed beers and over 40 wines from Michigan’s four internationally recognized wine regions. Plenty of food, wine, beer, entertainment and fun! Festival grounds are located at Mackinaw Crossings in Downtown Mackinaw City.

September 9 – 11
Wine and Harvest Festival Paw Paw

  • Music – 3 stages of entertainment for all musical tastes
  • Sports – Choose from our hole in one contest, 5k walk/run or our bicycle tour.
  • Family Activities – Carnival rides, free children’s activities in Stompyland, Fireworks on Maple Lake, Parade, and the Grape Stomp.
  • Wine Enthusiasts – Wine tours and wine tasting tents abound throughout the festival area.
  • Other activities include: Car show, Arts & Crafts show, turtle derby, and much more!!

September 9 – 11
Wheatland Music Festival Remus
Each year thousands of people converge on the 160-acre festival site 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.

September 10
Dally in the Alley Official Artist Detroit
“The Greenest Festival in Detroit”. What began as an inner city art fair in 1977 evolved into a performing arts festival when it was moved to its present alley and renamed in 1982 to “DALLY IN THE ALLEY”, the title of a medieval drinking song. Great musical talent (including an electronic music stage), good beer and a remarkable string of fabulous September weather has indelibly marked the alley at Second and Forest in Detroit ‘s Cass Corridor as the site one of the top music festivals in the Midwest .

September 9 – 10
Smokin’ Jazz Barbecue Blues Festival Brighton
The Greater Brighton Area Chamber of Commerce’s Smokin’ Jazz & Barbecue Blues Festival was created approximately four years ago and after its conception quickly became Brighton’s hippest event. Not only does this event bring you authentic jazz, blues and zydeco, but is also offers some of the tastiest barbecue this side of the Mason/Dixon line.

September 10
Great Lakes Cider & Perry Festival St. Johns
Enjoy samples of the finest cider and perry (cider made from pears) from the Great Lakes area will be available for tasting. In addition to the cider and perry tastings, food vendors will be selling sweet and savory selections. Attendees will also have an opportunity to stock up on these not-so-easy-to-get beverages, available for purchase during the event.

September 10 – 11
Harvest Stompede Vineyard Run & Walk Leelanau Peninsula
The weekend features a spectacular race through Leelanau’s vineyards and a self guided wine tour of LPVA member wineries featuring world class wines and culinary delights that reflect the season’s bounty. In 2011 they are highlighting local foods and each winery’s food pairing will feature locally sourced items.

September 10 – 11
Historic Home Tour Marshall
For nearly 50 years years the Marshall Historical Society has been showcasing 8 private homes, 1 church and 1 business as part of its Historic Home Tour. It has been called the Granddaddy of Midwest Home Tours and is famous all over the country for its traditions and heritage.

September 16 – 18
Michigan Irish Music Festival Muskegon
Three days of the best in traditional and contemporary Irish music comes to Muskegon each year in mid-Septembe. The festival features four stages of entertainment featuring music, dance, cultural presentations, interactive displays, a Celtic market and Pub Tent with authentic Irish food and beverages.

September 16 – 18
Victorian Festival Northville
Journey back through time to a simpler era with a visit to downtown Northville’s annual Victorian Festival. Experience the art, history, and romance of the 1800s. The streets will be closed to automobile traffic as townspeople, artists, and business owners turn back the clock and transform themselves into a Victorian Village complete with period costumes, storytellers, magicians, musical entertainment and demonstrations, rides for kids and the Victorian Saloon.

September 15 – 18
“On the Waterfront” Car Show & “Big Rig” Truck Show St. Ignace
The well known St. Ignace Car Show was formed in 1975 and the first show was held the last Saturday of June 1976. 134 vehicles were on display that year. The show continued to grow each and every year and by 2004, 2500 collector vehicles were on display with 100,000 spectators observing.

September 17 – 18
Living History Encampment Belmont
This is an annual event where visitors can view first hand what life in early America was like. This is a time line event featuring military & civilian living historians demonstrating our country’s history from colonial times to the present. This event is supported by local citizens and businesses, and is open to the public at no charge. Historical re-enactors will be wearing authentic period clothing and living in period shelters. Traditional Artisans will demonstrate their historic skills, including blacksmithing and woodworking throughout the weekend. Activities will also include musket and cannon firing and multi-period military tactical Demonstrations.

September 16 – October 30
Chrysanthemums and More! Grand Rapids
Formerly “Colorfall”, this annual celebration of the autumn season features an extensive chrysanthemum display with hundreds of flowering plants in both interior and exterior areas. Indoor highlights include varieties on display along the winding Scenic Corridor and the Seasonal Display Greenhouse, while outdoor plantings are featured in the English Perennial Garden, Michigan’s Farm Garden and Volunteer Tribute Garden. Color tours, tram rides and seasonal children’s activities offer a unique way to experience autumn.

September 15 – 18
Oktoberfest Frankenmuth
In 1990, Frankenmuth, “Michigan’s Little Bavaria,” celebrated its first Oktoberfest. The Frankenmuth Oktoberfest celebrates German culture, cuisine, heritage and love. The goal is to incorporate as many of the sights, sounds, taste and traditions of the original Munich Oktoberfest as possible, and Frankenmuth boasts the first Oktoberfest outside of Munich to be sanctioned by the Parliament and the City of Munich.

September 17
Evening at an 1896 Logging Camp Grayling
Journey back to 1896, when Salling, Hanson and Company’s Section 9 Camp logged what is now Hartwick Pines State Park. As a “new employee,” you will travel the quarter-mile lantern-lit route from the Grayling train depot (the Hartwick Pines visitor center) to the logging camp (Hartwick Pines Logging Museum), where Section 9 Camp is preparing for the upcoming winter logging season. “earn “first-hand” about the logging industry, logging-camp life and some of the dangers of a logging job.

September 16 – 17
Old Town BluesFest Lansing
The Old Town BluesFest is a two-day FREE music festival that brings local, regional, and national acts to an audience of roughly 15,000 people from across Michigan and nearby states. BluesFest’s music truly is living music, history in the making. Each artist at the festival is asked to play an original composition, something that hasn’t been played at any other festival. It all happens in the streets of Lansing’s Old Town, surrounded by the best of the Capital City’s art galleries as well as unique retail stores and grand architecture with shops & vendors lining the streets and offering ethnic food, beverages, art, clothing, and crafts!

September 16 – 16
Salmon Festival Grand Haven
The annual Grand Haven Salmon Festival is a three-day festival that marks the passing of summer and celebrates the fall harvest season and salmon migration. The festival theme is arts, education and entertainment and assures the residents and visitors alike a unique opportunity to learn about the region’s natural assets, while experiencing the cultural appeal of the area through music, art, entertainment, history and education.

September 18
Southwest Michigan Community Harvest Fest Scotts
You’re invited to the 8th Annual Southwest Michigan Community Harvest Fest, a celebration of local food, local farming and sustainable living. A few years ago, some people got together because they all had the same idea: How about hosting a celebration of local food and farming? Tillers International was approached to be the site host; its rural setting and mission of teaching farming techniques worldwide made it the ideal choice.

September 21 – October 9
ArtPrize Grand Rapids
Grand Rapids’ radically open art competition awards the world’s largest art prize and transforms the city into an amazing canvas for creation. Part arts festival, part social experiment – this international art contest is decided solely on a public vote. Art is the focus of the competition, but the main event is community. Artists take over the city, visitors explore and new relationships form. This event has Absolute Michigan’s highest rating and is not to be missed!

September 23 – 24
Kalamazoo Irish Fest Kalamazoo
Live Celtic music featuring: Belfast Gin, Blackthorn, Chelsea House Orchestra, Craic Wisely, Dyed in the Wool, Embarr, Erin Quinn School of Irish Dance, Harvest Home, Kalamazoo Pipe Band, Irish Dance Company of Lansing, Kennedy’s Kitchen, String Cheese, The Waxies and Whiskey Before Breakfast. Irish Step Dancers from the Erin Quinn School of Irish Dance and the Irish Dance Company of Lansing. Supervised children’s area with arts and crafts activities and games and prizes, all with a Celtic theme. Food vendors and Guinness Beer Tent with Irish Cuisine and drink. Over 20 merchandise vendors, selling Irish and Celtic themed clothing, jewelry, arts and crafts and more. Cultural Area where you can learn about your family’s genealogy, have your palm read and learn about the art of calligraphy and the craft of weaving.

September 24 – 25
American Heritage Festival Lansing
Join them for a step back in time and experience a piece of our rich Mid-Michigan cultural heritage. A day the whole family will enjoy. Farmers Market, pioneer toys, Apple cider pressing, spinning, live animals, blacksmithing, historic farm tool display, spinning, lace making, good old time music, Grand River pontoon boat rides, good food, WolduMarket and much more.

September 28 – October 1
Midwest Fest Mt. Pleasant
Midwest Fest is an annual festival in Mt. Pleasant featuring indie, folk, electronic, experimental and pop bands from Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin. With 20 bands over four nights, it’s a great chance to experience some of our region’s most innovative music. Absolute Michigan is giving away a pair of tickets through our Festival Summer giveaway!