Michigan Festivals & Events in the Great Lakes Bay

Whether you're taking in the epic views as towering ships sail into port for 2019 Tall Ship Celebration: Bay City or seeing one of the Midwest's largest fireworks displays set off over the waterfront, there's no denying we know how to do summer festivals here in Michigan's Great Lakes Bay.

From Michigan's largest antique festival in Midland to a waterfront beer & wine fest in Bay City, there are plenty of chances for you to experience some of the top summer festivals in Michigan!

Search upcoming Michigan festivals and events by date or category below, or scope out this week's events in the Great Lakes Bay Region!



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Join us for the 10th annual Artfest 55 festival celebrating Michigan’s visual artists, writers, and performing artists aged 55 and over. Achie …more

See resident and migratory birds up close as birds are caught in mist nets and banded for research. Join Mike Bishop, Alma College instructor and re …more

Grades 1st-2nd. Journey back in time as we explore life in the 1800s. Learn about family life, chores, and the toys that children played with d …more

Grades 3-5. Can you think of a way to improve car tires, build longer bridges, or stronger buildings? Become an engineer and help solve a varie …more

From revolting to spine-tingling, test your resolve in this camp. Try out crazy foods, navigate blindfolded through an obstacle course and test your …more

Grades 1st-2nd. Get creative as you learn what it takes to create a mini comic book! We will learn how to tell stories, draw simple characters and mor …more

GRADES 6-8. Anime, in addition to manga (Japanese comics), is extremely popular in Japan and well know throughout the world. Anime is commonly …more

Grades 1st-2nd. Discover the many ways artists transform everyday objects into amazing works of art. Join us as we create collages, sculptures, …more

Grades 3-5. Come enjoy the thrill and belly laughs of the uniquely fun theatre form known as Imrov! Play games like Questions Only and Scenes f …more

For Intermediate and Advanced students who wish to pursue their own projects throughout the summer. The instructor will be available to distribute c …more

Grades 3-5. Join us for a magical adventure as we journey through time to amazing 'locations'! Discover the world of castles and knights, build …more

Grades 1st-2nd. Explore the world of invention as we learn about different inventors each day! Invent your own tools that help someone in need, …more

Grades 1st-2nd. Experience the "Wizarding World" by participating in mini-classes such as Potions (chemistry), Herbology (plants), Ca …more

Visit Main Street in Downtown Midland for the Midland Balloon Festival Kick-Off Event! This event features a hot air balloon flyover, balloon basket …more

GRADES 3-5. Explore the art of Pollock, Donatello, Van Gogh, Calder and Mondrian as you create your own unique and dazzling masterpieces! We wi …more

Celebrate summer! The Midland Riverdays Festival + Midland Balloon Fest is in Downtown Midland. It's four days of great fun: Music, food, entertainm …more

Grades 3-5. Be prepared for fun and excitement! Learn the fundamentals of photo taking and composition. Along with the instructor, you'll snap …more

For over a hundred years the Saginaw County Fair has delighted the young and old alike. See the animals, ride the rides, enjoy the food and experien …more

Enjoy Polka Music!   *Will Cancel in the Event of Rain.   …more

Recurring Events

In celebration of 100 years, this special exhibit features the history of the Bay County Historical Society and some of the unique items that have b …more

Explore what it takes to be an astronaut and how spaceflight affects the human body. Experience the worlds of inner and outer space, from floating …more

Come by our Flea Market to find some great bargains & treasures! Check Facebook for 'theme' days for a fun variety of items. …more

All ages and skill levels invited to participate. Come to one or all of the sessions at the Saginaw Art Museum as a new drawing activity and concept …more

This exhibit will explore China and Japan, each with their own a unique cultures, languages, cuisines, customs and traditions. The exhibit will show …more

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