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12 Things to Do in Michigan in June

by Lisa Diggs

Summertime and the living is easy...except for narrowing down which events to attend across our glorious state. We've highlighted just a few for your consideration.

 
June 5-8 Frontier Days – Carson City

Since Carson City has long been associated with its namesake in Nevada, this 42-year tradition has a western theme featuring a 5k Stampede and Hot Air Balloon Shoot-Out. The event is free and filled with family fun including a pageant, craft show, baking contest, parades, art in the park, and a community picnic. Roary from the Detroit Lions will be making a special appearance this year and back by popular demand is the chainsaw carver. There will be an outdoor movie on Friday night and fireworks to finish out the night on Saturday. www.carsoncityfrontierdays.com  

 
June 6-8 National Asparagus Festival – Hart

Asparagus season is upon us and that means it’s time for the National Asparagus Festival, which celebrates West Michigan's famous crop with activities for all ages. This festival features live entertainment, an asparagus food show, the Grand Parade, the Spear-It 5k, an arts and crafts fair, a variety of kids activities, the world famous Scottville Clown Band, and the opportunity to meet the Asparagus Queen. www.nationalasparagusfestival.org

 

June 6-8 Festival of the Arts – Grand Rapids

Long before there was ArtPrize, Grand Rapids was celebrating its collective artistic talent with this June festival. It’s now celebrating its 45th year showcasing the arts in all forms–visual, performance, and culinary. Six indoor and outdoor stages feature a wide range of music, dance, theater, poetry, and storytelling. Plus throughout the festival grounds you’ll find dozens of food booths run by nonprofits. It is a community-wide salute to the incredible talent in West Michigan. www.festivalgr.org

 

June 12-14 Waterfront Film Festival – South Haven

How about combining two favorite summer activities: going to the movies and hitting the beach? Head to South Haven for the Annual Waterfront Film Festival. The fest kicks off on June 12 with a beach party and outdoor film followed by four days packed with screenings, evening galas, post-screening parties, seminars, and Q & A sessions with directors and special guests. The event is held at various locations. For a list of venues and/or to purchase tickets visit the festival's website. www.waterfrontfilm.org

 
June 13-15 Great Lakes Rodeo – Gwinn

Each year, on Father's Day weekend, the Marquette County Fairgrounds buck to life with the arrival of the Great Lakes Rodeo. Whether you are on the edge of your seat  watching the cowboys attempt to ride a bull or get a good laugh from the rodeo clown, this event has something for the whole family. Come for the day or stay for the whole weekend!  www.greatlakesrodeo.com

 

June 13-14 Cereal City Festival – Battle Creek

In the first decade of the twentieth century Battle Creek was home to a "cereal boom." There were more than 80 cereal companies in some stage of existence, manufacturing products made from corn, wheat, rice or oats and flavored with everything from apples to celery, hence the nickname of “Cereal City.” This festival celebrates the Battle Creek community and its rich and varied past. A parade kicks off the festival on Friday, June 13th. You can even join in at the World's Longest Breakfast Table on Saturday morning. www.bcfestivals.com/index.taf?s=2

 
June 20-21 Alpena Blues Festival – Alpena

The Alpena Blues Coalition is celebrating the musical blues in order to put an end to some real life blues. Visitors are asked to bring non-perishable food items to the event in order to help stamp out hunger. The fest also offers free admission to all active duty personnel serving our country. On top of all that, this party features an awesome lineup of talented musicians keeping the blues alive.  www.alpenablues.com

 

June 20-21 Bikes, Boards, & Beach Series – Grand Haven

Some people head to the beach just to lay in the sun, but not this crew! AGA Nation is combining its two mobile action sports parks into one location! Two state of the art mobile ramp set-ups including a one of kind skateboard/BMX park along with an urban snowboard ski-set-up will headline this year's Bikes, Boards and Beach Series, which kicks off in Grand Haven. As part of the State Games of Michigan, skateboard and BMX riders will compete for State Games medals, cash and great prizes. It should be a sight to behold.  www.aganation.com

 
June 20-24 Detroit River Days – Detroit

As Detroit continues to reinvent itself, River Days is quickly becoming an adored tradition. The 2014 festival will continue to celebrate Detroit’s maritime, ecological and culinary culture. Interactive exhibits, large-scale sand sculptures, strolling entertainers, eco-friendly kids’ zones, carnival rides, and live concerts with performances featuring more than 50 local, national and international musical acts will be back this year. www.riverdays.com

 
June 21 Founders Fest – Grand Rapids

After a recent large-scale expansion, Founders Brewing Company has a lot to celebrate this year, and once again they’ll be taking to the streets to do it. This year's musical acts include Lettuce, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, Break Science, The Budos Band, The Giving Tree Band and more, not to mention a chance to enjoy some of the world’s finest beers.  www.foundersbrewing.com

 
June 27 Soo Locks Engineers Day – Sault Ste Marie

If you’ve never made it to to the Soo, or have been there, but really wondered how it all works, this is the day to go. The Michigan landmark will open its doors to the public for its annual open house. The day celebrates the engineers who built the Soo Locks along with the men and women of the past and present who maintain the Locks. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers invite people of all ages to come explore the Soo Locks and avail themselves of the rare opportunity to walk across the Lock walls. These walls make it possible for freighters to traverse the 21-foot drop between Lake Superior and the lower Great Lakes. To gain a real understanding of how this engineering marvel works, you just have to see it for yourself. www.saultstemarie.com

 
June 27-29 Michigan Challenge Balloonfest – Howell

The charming town of Howell bursts alive with color and excitment during this state championship of hot air ballooning. It's a weekend full of high-flying fun for the whole family. You can enjoy thrilling skydiving jumps, music, a carnival, fireworks, and all kind of family entertainment, yet make no mistake, the balloons are the stars. There are five scheduled launches, and the fabulous balloon glow on Saturday evening. www.michiganchallenge.com 

 


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