As Michiganders prepare for our annual thaw, it’s time to think about what festivals to hit up once summer rolls around. Each month is packed with enough fun to keep every weekend busy, but check out Z93’s Best Summer Festival list! Northern Michigan is full of summertime activities, see where the sunshine takes you this year.
*note, festivals are listed by date, not rank.
Back to the Bricks, Cadillac, MI. June 10 & 11.
Home of the largest car show in Northwest Michigan, Back to the Bricks fills up Cadillac’s main drag with classic hot rods, great food and unique crafts from local vendors, and live entertainment. More than 25 awards will be handed out to participants at 4 p.m. on July 11 before the show comes to an end.
Cedar Polka Fest, Cedar, MI. June 22 - 27.
Held yearly in Cedar, the annual Polka Fest brings dancing, music, food and good drinks together under the Big Tent. Musical lineup is yet to be announced, but festival also includes a Sidewalk Chalk Art Show, a parade, and Polka Mass. A 40 x 80 ft. dance floor is provided, so come out and bust a move!
Greatest 4th in the North, Lake City, MI. June 30 - July 4.
Every summer, the small town of Lake City becomes a hot spot on Michigan’s festival radar. Surrounded by water with three different public beaches and several local campsites, Lake City is an ideal summer destination. The Greatest 4th in the North festival brings in live entertainment every day, a carnival, tons of great food and local artisan crafts and finishes with a spectacular fireworks show.
National Cherry Festival, Traverse City, MI. July 1 - 8.
One of the biggest festivals in the Midwest, the Cherry Festival brings nearly 500,000 people to Traverse City during this week. Each day of the festival is jam-packed with events for the whole family, including Z93's RADIOASIS sponsored by Costa Del Mar! The festival takes place at the Open Space in downtown Traverse City, located right on the bay for beautiful views and summer fun.
Kingsley Heritage Days, Kingsley, MI. July 14 - 16.
Every summer, Kingsley celebrates the heritage of the town with a weekend of fun! Some events are still yet to be announced for the weekend, but events include a 5k Fun Run/Walk, an Obstacle Course Race, and music from Z93's Humzee!
Charlevoix Venetian Festival, Charlevoix, MI. July 15 - 22.
2017 marks the 87th year of the Charlevoix Venetian Festival! This week-long festival is filled with fun for the whole family. Events include the Aquapalooza beach and boating party, volleyball tournaments and tons of other games, live music, carnival, boat parade and fireworks. Kids day is Thursday, July 20, so bring the whole family for activities everyone will love to make memories no one will forget.
Beaver Island Music Festival, Beaver Island, MI. July 20-22
The Beaver Island Music Festival promotes the variety and tradition of all music and art, creating opportunities for all artists, be an educational resource, and strongly encourage community and family involvement in an outdoor environment combining nature, renewable energies, music, and artwork. This year, Z93 is a proud media partner of Beaver Island Music Festival! Keep listening for a chance to win tickets!
Traverse City Film Festival, Traverse City, MI. July 25 - 30.
The Traverse City Film Festival is a charitable, educational, nonprofit organization committed to the idea that “One Great Movie Can Change You: Just Great Movies” and to helping save one of America’s few indigenous art forms — the cinema. The festival brings films and filmmakers from around the world to Northern Michigan to share the art and passion behind filmmaking and film watching.
Harbor Days, Elk Rapids, MI. Aug 2 - 5.
This yearly summer festival celebrates the legacy and beauty of the Elk Rapids Harbor. With a history that goes as far back as the early 1950s, the harbor is the reason for the season! This four-day festival has not announced the official lineup of events, but the schedule includes Kids Day games, athletic events, carnival rides, festival parade, musical entertainment and so much more. Others may choose to relax on the sunny beaches, visit the historic museum or stroll through the Art Park.
Northwest Michigan Fair, Traverse City, MI. Aug 6 - 12.
The first Northwest Michigan Fair opened on September 29, 1908, and is still a popular summerfestival over a century later. Each year, the fair brings in tens of thousands of individuals from across Michigan and always has a carnival and live entertainment, but the main purpose of the fair is to teach Michigan’s youth about the importance of agriculture and livestock and emphasizes how to care for pets and livestock responsibly. More info HERE!