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Second Thursdays, May to September, head to Frankenmuth River Place Shops' east lot to feast on street fare from 20-plus Michigan-based food trucks! Listen to live music and toss back brews while you taste your way through the fleet of mobile eateries!
Friday Fun Nights (May - September) Take part in festivities every Friday, late-May – September, as Main Street Frankenmuth comes alive with musicians and street performers! Discover local favorites and talent from around the state, and enjoy face painting, balloon twisting, magicians, and entertainment for all ages.
Michigan Antique Festival (June 4 - 5) Michigan's largest antique festival, on 80 acres with hundreds of dealers offering antiques, shabby chic, and primitives! Join the Classic Car Show; event camping is available.
Art Seen Festival (June 4 - 5) Make your mark this summer! Pick up a brush and paint, or simply enjoy watching, as a large community-created mural goes up on the side of the Ace Hardware building — and see a second commissioned mural take shape on the rear parking lot wall of Little Forks Outfitters in Downtown Midland!
Summer Art Fair (June 4 - 5) Enjoy free parking and admission, live music by local musicians, artist booths, activities, and food; held rain or shine in Downtown Midland in conjunction with Art Seen Festival.
Since 1959 and voted "Top 5 Festivals in the State of Michigan" by AAA's Michigan Living magazine; experience authentic German food, beers, and dancing!
YWCA Riverside Art Festival (June 11 - 12) Stroll along the Saginaw River and join thousands for artistry and entertainment along Downtown Bay City streets for this 48th annual wonderful weekend.
Art & Garden Festival (June 15) For art and garden aficionados during the first blooming of the roses at Andersen Enrichment Center in Saginaw. Art fair with original art, garden plants, accessories, and outdoor decor; garden vendors, silent auction, and a pop-up concert by members of the Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra!
Bay City Country Music Festival (June 17 - 18) With superstar Travis Tritt headlining, be part of boot-scootin' fun at waterfront Wenonah Park! Featuring Chris Cagle, Paulina Jane, Elvie Shane, Alex Schofield, and Waylon Hanel, pack a lawn chair and wear your best cowboy boots!
Saginaw Greek Festival (June 17 - 19) Express excitement, or Opa! Enjoy cold beer and authentic Greek gyros, spanokopita (spinach pie), loukoumades (donut holes), and baklava while dancing to traditional Greek music. Opa!
Food Truck Faceoff (June 10, July 8, July 29, August 25) Returning to Downtown Saginaw's outdoor Jolt Credit Union Event Park for multiple dates this summer, each "faceoff" features a different lineup of trucks & tastes, live music & yard games... and free admission!
Tapped: Downtown Midland’s Craft Beer Festival (June 18) With a new location and event layout, hop over to Larkin Parking Garage for two floors sprinkled with brewery samples and a top floor transformed into an interactive beer garden! Sip your way through three levels and enjoy live tunes, lounge areas, and yard games, then cap off the night in Downtown streets during the After Party at The Commons Pedestrian Plaza!
Old Saginaw City Lawn Chair Film Festival (June 19 - August 7) Free outdoor movies on Sundays at dusk; classic, blockbuster, and Oscar-winning films. Hear musical entertainment prior to each movie; concessions are available throughout.
St. Stan's Polish Festival (June 23 - 26) Dance into Bay City for carnival rides, a road race, and a massive entertainment tent; twirl to Polkas and dine on Polish & American food, cold beer, and wine coolers!
One of the largest fireworks displays in the Midwest, launched over the riverfront in Bay City! Enjoy the family-friendly Skerbeck carnival midway, car & bike show, pageants, and Trader’s Alley Marketplace to shop handmades, jewelry, apparel, and more.
Frankenmuth Fireworks Display (July 3) Take in beautiful fireworks over “Little Bavaria”, viewable throughout the city; show lasts 20 minutes in celebration of Independence Day.
Saginaw Area Fireworks (July 4) Held on the Fourth of July at dusk and set off from Saginaw’s Ojibway Island; keep your eyes wide open for this festive event!
Cool City Car Show & Cruze (July 8 - 9) Rain or shine, Friday night’s “cruze” ends with a street party in Bay City’s buzzing Midland Street Business District; enjoy a Saturday “cruze”, too, along with competitions and an awards ceremony.
A celebration unlike any other on the LPGA Tour, watch 144 of the world’s best female golfers #TeamUp and tee off at Midland Country Club to compete in a 72-hole team event. Grab tickets for the Eat Great Trail to sip & sample at hospitality decks along the course!
The Great Lakes Market at Emerson Park (July 16 - 17) Free admission and parking; live music and local food trucks; kids, “fur babies”, and families welcome! Peruse an organized maze of locally made jewelry, arts & crafts, clothing, flowers, and food.
Cass River Colonial Encampment (July 16 - 17) Experience an 18th-Century encampment in Frankenmuth; tactical battle reenactments, flag raising, musket firing, period concerts and games, and military camp tours.
Munger Potato Festival (July 28 - 31) Activities for the whole family including a 5k Spud Run, Figure 8 and Demo Derby, Potato Queen Contest, carnival rides, festival foods and fries, and beer tent with live music.
Labadie Rib Fest (July 28 - 31) With headline bands and a festival that draws barbecue chefs from across the country to cook and serve, enjoy activities for the whole family, live entertainment, and of course ribs!
Antique Fire Muster (July 30) Antique fire truck displays and pumping events, plus a Saturday morning parade and flea market.
Saginaw County Fair (August 2 - 6) Delighting for more than 100 years, experience animals, rides, fair food, nightly grandstand attractions, and fireworks every night.
Midland Riverdays Festival (August 4 - 7) With live musical entertainment, a Maker’s Market, beer & wine tent, scenic hot air balloons, Food Truck Alleyway, and fun — set your sights high as this festival gets closer.
Saginaw Old Town Art Fair (August 5 - 6) See fine art for viewing and purchase; partake in free art-based activities and live art demonstrations along the Old Town streets.
"A Revolution is Brewing'' in Bay City’s waterfront Wenonah Park! Sample from multiple breweries & wineries; enjoy music by Lightnin' Licks Vinyl Preservation Society; admission includes five tasting tickets and a souvenir Hop Riot glass!
Frankenmuth Flower Festival (August 5 - 7) Breathtaking floral beauty and displays, garden tours, and golden sunflower fields at historic Grandpa Tiny’s Farm. Enjoy U-Pick, Dinner in the Sunflowers, craft vendors, food trucks, and much more!
Bay County Fair (August 9 - 13) Carnival rides and midway, “Ride a Clyde” and pony rides, plus livestock exhibitions; horse shows, merchant building, and grandstand events including a rodeo and tractor pull.
Frankenmuth Summer Music Fest (August 9 - 13) One of the few remaining traditional Polka festivals! Enjoy cold beer and local Kern's bratwurst after you half-step on the huge wooden dance floor.
Saginaw African Cultural Festival (August 12 - 14) Attend the oldest on-going Black Arts Festival in the country, active since 1969. With a goal of raising consciousness of the African American community and Saginaw at large, experience music, food, and guest speakers.
Chalk Walk Art Festival (August 13) Take to the streets, or 3rd St. in Downtown Bay City, for a LIVE chalk art competition, musical entertainment, food vendors, and activities for kids and families!
Jazz Fest in the Park (August 13) Experience jazz through sounds and stories from seven talented musicians with roots in Michigan. Enjoy the cool breeze off the Saginaw River in Downtown Bay City’s Wenonah Park — and an evening of cool jazz, including headliner Patrick Yandall.
Midland County Fair (August 14 - 20) Experience it all! Midway rides, tasty carnival food, SuperKicker Rodeo & SuperCross, Demolition Derby, a free reptile encounter, and live music in the gazebo every evening.
Mid-Michigan Old Gas Tractor Show (August 19 - 21) The largest antique tractor show in Michigan! Enjoy a humongous flea market, arts & crafts, operating displays, tractor pulls, parades, camping, food & fun for all ages.
While you're in town for local festivals... Catch David Rogers’ Big Bugs Exhibit at Dow Gardens, or a fly ball at a Great Lakes Loons baseball game. Interact with Art Around the City, an outdoor public art exhibition, or head to any of many places and parks to sway to the sounds of free outdoor summer concerts! View All Events +
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All kinds of fun and free as can be, these outdoor summer concert series are your no-cost ticket to experience live music and unique entertainment nearly every day of the week!Read More +