Michigan Events and
Activities July 2013

There is nothing like the heat of summer to experience Michigan fun with so many exciting Michigan events and cool things to do all over the state.

Things to Do in Michigan
in July 2013

Family Fun
Family Fun
Concerts and Performances Concerts/Performances Michigan Tours and Getaways
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Explore Michigan:

Virtually every city in Michigan, big or small, will hold a fireworks festival on July 4. Make sure to enjoy the festivities wherever you happen to be on this day!

Some of the more festive opportunities are listed below in case you want to celebrate Independence Day with more bang. Near the end of the month, you can catch the county fairs kicking off throughout the state.

Concerts and Performances

American Idol

American Idol Live in Detroit – July 5

Catch your favorite American Idol stars live in Michigan. This popular show will sell out fast, but you can purchase tickets online starting at under $100 a ticket. The concert will be held at the Joe Louis Arena.

Blissfest 2013 – July 12-14

If you aren’t a “Belieber” and search for more soul and depth in your music, you will feel right at home at Blissfest. This unique festival introduces roots and ethnic musical performances to create a relaxed environment with a purpose. From bluegrass and jazz to Celtic, Latin, and Zydeco, the music presented during this festival will be anything but a Bieber concert. The event takes place at Festival Farm in Harbor Springs.

Justin Bieber Concert – July 28

If you are a Justin Bieber fan or have a “Belieber” in the house, Michigan has you covered this month. Justin will be at the Joe Louis Arena one night only, but tickets are already on their way to a complete sellout.

Rockin’ on the Riverfront in Detroit – July 12 – August 16

This popular six-week event offers live musical entertainment along the riverfront near the GM Renaissance Center. This year’s concert series kicks off with The Romantics and ends with a rocking night with Night Ranger. The concerts occur weekly and are free, but get there early with a chair because there will be a crowd.

Tours and Getaways

Michigan Fireworks

Fireworks Sail on the Friends Good Will – July 3

If you plan to attend the South Haven Light up the Lake fireworks display, you should allow the Michigan Maritime Museum to give you the best view of the event. Participants will sail out onto Lake Michigan to enjoy the fireworks from a unique perspective. The Light up the Lakes celebration will continue on July 4 with a variety of events for the entire family.

Underground Railroad Days – July 13-14

This two-day celebration includes walking tours of real sites that were a part of the historical Underground Railroad. The event is designed to educate the public on the Underground Railroad and keep memories if this part of our history alive. The Underground Railroad Society of Cass County will also have activities during the week leading up to the event. The events are held in the Village of Vandalia.

Family Fun

Outdoor Movie

Outdoor Movies by the Bay – July 7 – September 1

The American Legion Memorial Park in St. Ignace will feature free movies on the big screen every Sunday evening. Fireworks will be displayed in the park every Saturday. The movie line-up for July includes Madagascar 3, Chasing Mavericks, Wreck It Ralph, and Brave.

Round Island Lighthouse Open House – July 13

Take the family out to Round Island to climb to the top of the lighthouse. Once a year, the lighthouse opens up to the community for a small celebration of its historical presence. This is a great time to take the kids on an adventure and teach them about the importance of lighthouses.

Fairs and Festivals

Coast West Music Fest – July 1-6

This festival packs three stages with some of the biggest musical talents of our time. Catch country superstars Leann Rimes and Josh Turner, or kick back to the cool tunes of bands like Cheap Trick, Chicago, and Three Days Grace. This event is held in Muskegon and will feature live music, drinks, food, and a good time for all. Fireworks will accompany performances on July 4.

Baraga County Lumberjack Days – July 3-4

Most of the events for this celebration occur on July 4. The day starts off with a pancake breakfast and includes a 5K race, a children’s parade, a nite shirt parade, and a float contest. Games will be featured for children as well as adults. Keeweenaw Bay will illuminate under fireworks to end the festivities.

Museums & Exhibits

St. Ignace Fab Friday Museum Night – July 5 & 12

The museums of St. Ignace will offer interactive exhibits for one night only. This is the perfect opportunity to take someone special on a cultured date or enjoy some time with your friends. Come out for fun walking tours of the area’s museums with live entertainment, food, and drinks.

American Polish Festival Craft Show – July 12-14

The American Polish festival brings polka dance and Polish food into the limelight every July in Sterling Heights. The event offers fun for the entire family as well as a large craft show where crafters can put their talents on display. This is the perfect place to pick up unique gifts while enjoying a cultural celebration with the family.

Put It On Paper Creative Exhibit – Now Until August 25

The Michigan Historical Museum in Lansing presents a unique exhibit dedicated to the creative process. The art of getting creative ideas from the mind to paper is explored through some of the biggest literary talents in the world.

Sporting Events:


Traverse City Area World Championship Rodeo – July 5–6

Head to the Southside Festival Grounds in Buckley, Michigan to see some of the most talented cowboys in the country bull riding, bareback riding, and tying down for the title. This is one of the biggest events in the rodeo industry, and there will be lots of action to get your adrenaline pumping.

Over the Top Extreme 5K – July 6

Are you up for a challenging mud run that includes 20 obstacles to overcome? The finish line is waiting at the Treetops Resort in Gaylord, Michigan this July…if you dare to sign up!

Huckleberry Hustle 5K Trail Run/Walk – July 11

Get off the busy roads and enjoy a relaxing summer 5K run or walk held at Crossroads Village in Flint, Michigan. The setting is relaxing, but the course will put your endurance to the test. Bring along the entire family and let the kids show their talents in the Little Berry Dash. Berryade and blueberry muffins await you at the finish line.

One Helluva Ride – July 13

This massive annual bicycling event will take you to hell and back, or just give you an enjoyable ride on paved tree-lined roads if you are not quite ready for hell. The 100 mile loop will depart from the Chelsea Fairgrounds and venture through the city of Hell before wrapping back around to the fairgrounds. Other routes are available, so there is a ride for everyone.

AuSable River Canoe Marathon – July 23-28

This unique marathon draws a huge crowd of observers as well as participants. It is a challenging athletic event that includes aggressive canoeing in Grayling, Michigan. If you thought you had seen it all in the athletic world, you have to visit this year’s river canoe marathon.

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