Things to Do in Michigan
in August 2013

Looking for fun things to do in Michigan in August?  Here are some unique and fun ideas for you.

Michigan Event and
Activities in August 2013

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Tours and Getaways

Magicelebration 2013 – July 31 – August 3

Gather in Colon, Michigan to celebrate the mysteries of magic. A variety of magic shows and exhibitions will be held each evening, and there will be a magic competition for youth. You can find a complete line-up of shows and reserve your tickets online.

Forest Fest – August 11

Family Hike

The Michigan Forest Visitor Center of Hartwick Pines State Park will offer walking tours through the forest and family-friendly education events for one day in August. The goal is to educate the public about the importance of the forest, and activities will be held for all ages. This is the perfect getaway for families with the combination of quality time hiking in the forest and interactive activities that educate.

Stargazer Dinner Sail – August 23

Delta College Planetarium astronomers will join you on this cruise to point out constellation and help you enjoy the wonders of the night sky. You will depart from Wenonah Park in Bay City’s downtown area at 7 p.m. and return at approximately 11 p.m. Enjoy dinner and some intellectual bonding with someone special or a group of friends.

Concerts and Performances

Jeff Dunham Comedy Show – August 1

Jeff Dunham brings a unique brand of humor to the modern comedy movement. He is a ventriloquist with hilarious characters that light up the stage with laughter. His jokes can be unconventional and controversial at times, but his show is always guaranteed to spark a conversation later. He will perform at the DreamMakers Theater in the Kewadin Casino of Sault Sainte Marie.

Diamond Rio Live – August 2

Catch one of the hottest country acts live on stage at the Southside Festival Grounds in Buckley, Michigan. Tickets start at just $25, but you may need to grab yours in advance due to the popularity of this country music group.

Lil Wayne with T.I. and 2 Chainz – August 9

Lil Wayne will roll into town for just one concert, and he is bringing T.I. and 2 Chainz with him. He will entertain at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit one night before moving on with his tour. Tickets start at $69 and will sell out quickly.

Diana Ross Concert – August 25

The Motor City Casino will welcome Diana Ross to the Soundboard stage one evening in August. This is the perfect time to visit the casino and take in a show with this musical icon.

Family Fun

South Padre Island Fireworks on the Island – Every Friday until August 31

South Padre Island will light up the skies every Friday evening from July 4 through August 31. This is a free event that provides the perfect opportunity to spend time with the family and enjoy the beautiful island.

Alanson Riverfest – August 9-11

There is no better place for family bonding than Alanson, Michigan. Celebrate the lifestyle and history of this unique area with a lighted boat parade, kayak races, street entertainers, and live music. From the family fun park to the art vendors, there is no better way to spend family time than down by the river.

Day Out with Thomas – August 16-18, 23-25

Thomas will roll into Crossroads Village for a couple weeks to take your little one on the ride of his life. Children get to meet Thomas and take a ride while parents enjoy snapping pictures of those little excited faces. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Fairs and Festivals

Traverse City Film Festival – July 30 – August 4

Michael Moore created this film festival to draw filmmakers from all over the world to Michigan. Regular movie admission prices are just $10, and there will be special viewings for children’s films for just $1 admission. See the website to view a line-up of movies and purchase tickets.

Michigan Pirate Festival – August 5-11

The Loutit District Library in Grand Haven brings history and literary characters to life for children and adults through a variety of interactive events held free throughout the week. The weekend events are held at Harbor Island and may require a small entrance fee for adults. Non-firing pistols and covered blades are permitted, and dress-up fun is encouraged.

Museums & Exhibits

Designing Tomorrow Fairs Exhibit – All Month

The Henry Ford Museum will feature an exhibit about the fairs of the 1930s. The American culture has been shaped by the fairs presented in the 30s, and this exhibit will show how the fascination started and why it continued. August is the month of county fairs through Michigan, so why not learn the history of these events?

Ice Age Imperials – All Month

The Tri-Cities Historical Museum will feature a dynamic exhibit on the Ice Age. What was Michigan like during this period of time? How have things changed for the better and the worse? Bring the entire family out to explore those answers and tons of additional information.

Sporting Events:

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Harbor Springs Coastal Crawl – August 4

Take a dip in Little Traverse Bay and try to steal first place. This unique race offers one, two, and three-mile divisions. The water can become rough, so challenge yourself to something different this summer. The event is held in Harbor Springs, and the 10K race will not be offered this year.


Birmingham Bike Festival – August 25

This unique annual event is part family fun and part bike race. Races will be held throughout the day in a variety of categories, but you must be a Michigan resident to claim the win. There will be races for children as well as adults, so the entire family can enjoy the ride.

DALMAC Bike Tour – August 28 – September 1

End the summer with a five or four-day bike tour of beautiful Michigan. This is a camping bicycle tour that allows you to connect with nature while enjoying meaningful time on your bike. Take the tour on your own or use it as an excuse to spend quality time with someone special. Start at Michigan State University and head north.

Marquette Marathon/Relay Marathon/Half Marathon – August 31

The Marquette Marathon is held in Marquette, Michigan, and is a qualifying event for the Boston Marathon. With beautiful scenery and challenging terrain, this is a great place to test your athletic ability or just enjoy the tranquility of running. Get a team together and join the relay race, or just challenge yourself in the marathon or half marathon.

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