Annual Festivals

Zehnder's Snowfest

January 27-February 1, 2016

One of the top snow sculpting events in North America for the past 23 years.  Features live entertainment in the warming tent, a fireworks display, kids' activities, and, of course, dozens of larger-than-life snow sculptures and ice carvings brought to life before your eyes.

Bringin' Back The 80's Fest

April 22-23, 2016

Put down your Atari, slap on some legwarmers, and tease that hair to high heaven, because Bringin' Back the 80's Fest is taking you on a time-warped trip back to the love-to-hate-it music, fashion, and trends of the 1980's.

Freeland Walleye Festival & Fishing Tournament

April 29-May 1, 2016

A fishing tournament and celebration of all things walleye.  Buy up some bargains at the community-wide rummage sale, let the kids drop a line in at the kids' fishing pond, or just kick back and enjoy gambling and games at the hospitality tent after you make the big catch.

MATRIX: Midland Festival
June 1-24, 2016

A summertime celebration of art, science, and humanity, featuring everything from foreign films to mind-blowing lectures and even headlining musicians.  A few of our past favorites?  Alton Brown of Food Network, comedian Bill Engvall, a bango-clad Steve Martin, and one of country's hottest heartthrobs-Blake Shelton.

World Expo of Beer
May 20-21, 2016

Michigan's largest international beer sampling event, highlighting over 150 brews and beverages from around the world.

Michigan Antique & Collectible Festivals
June, July, & September 2016

Michigan's largest antique & collectible festival, featuring over 1,000 antique dealers spread over 80 acres... 3 times each year!  You'll uncover even more incredible finds at the "Taste of Michigan" and "Shop Michigan" stations, featuring all locally grown and hand-crafted products. 

Frankenmuth Dog Bowl
May 28-29, 2016

This Olympic-style event for dogs is all bark & no bite!  Plus, it's the largest in the nation. 

Saginaw GreekFest
June 2016

This time, it's okay to overdo it on the kabobs and baklava.  Saginaw's Annual GreekFest at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church (now in it's 36th year) brings over 80,000 people across a 3-day span to enjoy traditional dancing and delicious Greek food, all alongside a jam-packed hospitality tent.  Opa!          

KCQ Country Music Festival
June 2016

Some of country's hottest artists come to Saginaw, where over 100,000 fans take Ojibway Island by storm to sway all day and night to the sweet sounds of country music.

Tunes By The Tridge
June-August, 2016

Spread out your blankets next to Midland's quirky 3-way bridge (The Tridge) during this free 10-week concert series.  Featuring favorite local artists from folk to rock, acoustic to electric - every Thursday from 7-9 pm. 

Frankenmuth Bavarian Festival
June 2016

Listen to traditional Bavarian music fill the streets during a festive parade, then try a few rides before you sample delicious German foods, desserts, and ice-cold beer.  But really.  Try the rides before the food and beer. 

Bay City River Roar
June 2016

One of the toughest courses on the professional powerboat racing circuit fills both sides of the Saginaw River with spectators for 3 days of fast-paced fun, powerboat racing, and live concerts. 

Lawnchair Film Festival
Every Sunday- July-August, 2015

Now entering its 12th season, this free outdoor festival includes a surprising mix-up of classic, blockbuster, and Oscar-winning films, each projected onto the side of a historic building in Old Saginaw City.  So grab your coziest lawn chair (you know- the one with the missing arm and the tear in the seat) and pull up a stump each Sunday at dusk for this off-the-wall delight. 

Bay City Fireworks Festival
June 30-July 2, 2016

One of the most spectacular displays in all of Michigan, complete with 3 nights of fireworks launched over the Bay City waterfront. 

Mid-Michigan Old Gas Tractor Show
August 2016

One of the biggest, busiest, and best antique tractor shows in the Midwest.   From live crop harvesting and tractor pulling to antique tractor displays and a home-cooked barbeque feast, it's all in the name of cozy, out-in-the-country fun.

Blues Brews & Barbecue
July 29-30, 2016

A Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS) sanctioned competition where teams compete for barbecue bragging rights in four categories: chicken, ribs, pork, and brisket.  Pair that with some tasty microbrews and live blues music and you've got the recipe for a finger-lickin' good time. 

Frankenmuth Auto Fest
September 9-11, 2016

Over 2,000 classic cars, street rods, and muscle cars fill Frankenmuth's beautiful Heritage Park on the weekend following Friday night's Big Block Party on Main Street. 

September 15-18, 2016

The only officially sanctioned Oktoberfest celebration outside of Munich, Germany.  Drink delicious German beer and get your feet tapping across a 68' x 60' wooden dance floor inside the Harvey Kern Pavilian, a scaled down version of an authentic German beer hall. 

Hell's Half Mile Film & Music Festival
September 22-25, 2016

This grassroots festival blends independent film with live indie music to take over the Bay City strip known in the 1800's as "Hell's Half Mile" for 4-straight days. 

Northwood International Auto Show
October 2016

North America's largest new car outdoor auto show, featuring over 65 manufacturers and more than 500 vehicles on display. 

Michigan's Big Country Fest
October 15, 2016

Slip into your cowboy boots and mosey on over for a big night of Frankenmuth fun, filled with live country bands and ice-cold beer.  You'll get to tuck into a down home barbeque dinner, put those line dancing skills to work, and even try your hand at the mechanical bull!  

Riverside Saginaw Film Festival
November 2016

A 3-day film festival spread across several unique venues in Saginaw, including a short film contest. 

Deer Widows Weekend
November 2016

When your spouse takes to the woods for the first day of the season, go on your own hunt - for incredible once-a-year savings at Birch Run Premium Outlets. 

Midnight on Main
December 31, 2016

The largest New Year's Eve ball drop in Michigan, featuring an all-day Downtown Midland celebration full of live entertainment, food and beverage vendors, and fireworks display at Midnight. 


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