When warmer weather sweeps in, so do seemingly endless days filled with the best stuff summertime in Pure Michigan has to offer. Lounging riverside listening to live music, watching one of the Midwest's largest fireworks displays on the Bay City riverfront, or seeing epic tall ships from around the globe sail into port: these summer bucket list items and more are waiting to be checked off your list when you Go Great Lakes Bay at some of our favorite Michigan summer festivals!
Riverscene Indie Music
June 1-3, 2018
An eclectic indie music fest with its main stage set on the waterfront inside Downtown Bay City's Wenonah Park. Listen to live indie bands from across the country while you unwind riverside and enjoy local food trucks and Michigan craft beer at this family friendly, all-ages music festival.
June 7-10, 2018
Celebrate decades of Bavarian memories made at this year's 60th Anniversary Frankenmuth Bavarian Festival, with everything from beer gardens and live bands to bounce houses for the kids - all across three festive Downtown Frankenmuth locations, and all capped off by a traditional festival parade.
Tapped: Downtown Midland's Craft Beer Festival
June 16, 2018
Celebrate all things craft as you sip and shop this summer street festival in Downtown Midland. Sample craft beers, ciders, and wines inside the tasting tents, or stroll the Maker's Market for artisan finds while you enjoy live music and food vendors lining the streets. And when the sun goes down, the town-wide tap takeovers come alive...
Saginaw Greek Festival
June 15-17, 2018
Gyros galore, traditional dance troupes, hospitality tents, and all the Moussaka and Souvlaki your Greek food-loving heart craves: you and 80,000+ will be shouting "Opa!" for three days of downright authentic celebration at Saginaw's 40th Annual Greek Festival.
Antique Festival - Midland
2-3, July 21-22, and September 22-23, 2018
A Michigan tradition for over 50 years, make 80 acres of vintage magic yours at Midland's Michigan Antique Festival. Here, you'll find Michigan's largest swapmeet and one of its longest running car shows, alongside nearly 1,000 antique dealers inside the Midland County Fairgrounds.
Bay City Fireworks Festival
July 5-7, 2018
Whether you're watching from Wenonah Park or Vet's Park, one of the largest and most-loved fireworks displays in the entire Midwest lights up the night above the Saginaw River for 250,000+ to see! Listen to live music, be there for the car show, and don't forget to swing by the midway of the Skerbeck family carnival.
Hop Riot Beer Festival
The only thing better than a summer beer and wine fest... is one set to a backdrop of sweeping waterfront views! Be at Downtown Bay City's Wenonah Park when dozens of breweries and wineries bring their best craft, and stay long after the last tasting ticket is gone for the tap takeovers to start throughout Downtown.
Tall Ship Celebration (Not Annual)
Returning July 18-21, 2019
Four days of maritime magic make for one of the most epic sights you'll ever see when majestic ships sail back into port in 2019 for Tall Ship Celebration: Bay City! Tour and board tall ships from across the globe, listen to live maritime music, and stick around for Ballads & Brews to wrap up the festivities each evening.