Plan Ahead: West Michigan Fairs and Festivals August 16-31
It is the final couple of weeks of summer, but that doesn't mean things are slowing down when it comes to fair and festivals in the West Michigan area. In the next two weeks, we have almost 20 different events happening before the end of summer.
Wednesday, August 17-Saturday, August 20, 2022 - DeVos Place Convention Center, Grand Rapids, MI
Join the American Quilter’s Society for a week of quilts! Take quilt classes, enjoy lectures, and shop fabrics, notions and more at the Vendor Merchant Mall. You’ll be inspired as you explore beautiful quilts, from award-winning and semi-finalist contest quilts to special exhibits. More information is available on the American Quilter’s Society Facebook page.
Wednesday, August 17-Sunday, August 21, 2022 - Allegan County Fairgrounds, Allegan, MI
Here’s a festival I bet most people have never been to…The Michigan Fiber Festival! It is Michigan’s largest sheep and wool festival. There will be workshops, vendors and demonstrations along with animal shows and fiber competitions. Additional details can be found on the Michigan Fiber Festival Facebook events page.
Wednesday, August 17-Saturday, August 20, 2022 - Greenville, MI
The 2022 Danish Festival theme is: "Sankt Hans Aften" - Celebration of Summer. Some of the events for the kids include the Danish Dandies, a coloring contest, a Lego building contest, a drive-in movie, a fairy tale parade, and the Hans Christian Andersen Park. Events for everyone include an open air breakfast, the Danish Dash, the Marketplace and Food Court, and the Artisan Fair and Boutique. The Meijer Grand Dansk Parade will be on Saturday at 11 am and fireworks are scheduled for Saturday night. A full schedule of events can be found on the Danish Festival Facebook page.
Friday, August 19-Saturday, August 20, 2022 - Belknap Park, Grand Rapids, MI
It's another two day music festival at Belknap Park. This month the Breakaway Music Festival returns to Grand Rapids.
Thursday, August 18-Saturday, August 20, 2022 - Middleville, MI
Middleville’s signature summer festival, featuring live music, activities for all ages, a parade, the Kids Sight Trailer, food, and more! Additional details can be found on the Middleville’s Heritage Days Facebook page.
Friday, August 19-Saturday, August 20, 2022 - Howard City, MI
Pitch a tent at Tie Dye Festival and stay awhile “For the Love of Music”. A list of the bands scheduled to perform can be found on the Tie Dye Festival Facebook page.
Friday, August 19-Sunday, August 21, 2022 - Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Grand Rapids, MI
"Yassou" means welcome and you will be welcomed to Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church. This is an event celebrating the culture and traditions of the Greek Orthodox people. Enjoy the music, dances, gifts, and of course their food! Additional details can be found on the Yassou! Greek Cultural Festival Facebook Events page.
Saturday, August 20, 2022 - Grand Haven City Municipal Marina, Grand Haven, MI
Art on the Riverfront is an outdoor juried art show held along the Grand Haven waterfront at the city marina. This popular one day exhibit will showcase the works of regional artists in a wide variety of mediums. For details check out the Art on the Riverfront Facebook page.
Saturday, August 20, 2022 - Ross Park, Norton Shores, MI
The schedule includes the 45th edition of the traditional Art Fair, plus the annual Arts & Dash 5K, the Arts & Wheels Car Show, and a children’s activity area. Arts & Drafts also hosts a beverage tent featuring live music throughout the afternoon and evening. The Grand City Show Skiers will perform a water ski show on Mona Lake during the Arts and Drafts Festival. Prepare to be entertained with jump stunts, water ballet, human pyramids on skis, barefoot skiing, and more! Additional information is available on the Norton Shores Parks and Recreation Facebook page.
Saturday, August 20, 2022 - Downtown Ludington, MI
Suds on the Shore is held in Downtown Ludington from 12:00 Noon to 5:00 pm featuring breweries showcasing their signature craft beer, wine, mead and cider. The festival will include an afternoon of live entertainment and food along with craft beer, wine, cider and mead tasting. Additional details are available on the Suds On The Shore Facebook page.
Monday, August 22-Saturday, August 27, 2022 - 5235 Park Avenue, Hudsonville, MI
The “Biggest Little Fair in Michigan” features great fair food, rides, livestock shows, still exhibits and the always popular grandstand events. Don’t miss the motorcross, truck & tractor pulls and all the fun the fair has to offer. Additional information can be found on the Hudsonville Community Fair Facebook page.
Friday, August 26-Saturday, August 27, 2022 - Turtle Lake Resort - Union City, MI
If you've enjoyed the Music Fests in the past you'll want to be there for the 2022 version. Enjoy dancing under the stars with or without clothing, or just enjoy the music – the choice is yours. Turtle Lake is a clothing optional resort located just south of Battle Creek. For more details, visit the Turtle Lake Clothing Optional Resort Facebook page.
Friday, August 26-Saturday, August 27, 2022 - Rogers Plaza in Wyoming, MI and Woodland Mall in Kentwood, MI
"Where the cars are the stars!” It is 13 miles of cool cars along 28th Street. The "Main Event" sites of Metro Cruise at Rogers Plaza in Wyoming and Woodland Mall in Kentwood, will feature 28 food trucks and concessionaires, 12 live bands, free shuttle service, Miss Metro Cruise Finale show, kid's events and activities, safety demonstrations including simulators, Metro-Merch official merchandise, a Dyno car testing platform, Community Awards Ceremony, 35 sponsor booths with giveaways and games, and more. All areas of the event are free! Additional information is available on the 28th Street Metro Cruise Facebook page.
Friday, August 26-Saturday, August 27, 2022 - Peter Martin Wege Theatre, Grand Rapids, MI
The Grand Rapids Ballet celebrates 50 years of lifting the human spirit through the art of dance. They are hosting a free, outdoor Summer Dance Festival. Grand Rapids Ballet welcomes West Michigan to enjoy two evenings of world-class dance, tasty food, and beer tents all under the evening skies outside of the Peter Martin Wege Theatre. The free festivities kick off at 5 p.m. each evening. Bring your own chair so you can sit back and enjoy an evening of outdoor performance. More information is on the Summer Dance Festival Facebook Events page.
Friday, August 26-Sunday, August 28, 2022 - Calder Plaza, Grand Rapids, MI
Thousands of people turn out each year for this three-day celebration of Polish food, music and culture. Activities include a children’s tent for crafts, and demonstration tent on Polish cooking and arts. For additional information, visit the Polish Heritage Society of Grand Rapids, MI Facebook Events page.
Friday, August 26-Sunday, August 28, 2022 - Hastings, MI
The Hastings Summerfest is an annual summer festival held in Downtown Hastings by the Barry County Chamber of Commerce Summerfest Committee. The event features arts & crafts vendors on the courthouse lawn, concessions, free trolley rides, children’s activities, a softball tournament, 3-on-3 basketball, 10K/5K run, weight lifting contest, parade, car show, live entertainment and a refreshment tent. Additional details are available on the Hastings Summerfest Facebook page.
Saturday, August 27, 2022 - Festival Market Square, Battle Creek, MI
It will be the 7th Annual Backyard Burgers & Brews Festival in downtown Battle Creek. There will be two live bands, 20 Food Trucks and Backyard Games. This free event is open to all. More information is available on the Backyard Burgers & Brews Festival Facebook Events page.
Saturday, August 27, 2022 - Pere Marquette Beach, Muskegon, MI
The beach will ignite for the 7th Annual Burning Foot Beer Festival. Serving as Michigan’s only barefoot beer festival on the beach, festival-goers can enjoy some of the finest craft beer found in the Great Lakes region, revel in local art and food, groove to local and national music acts, and take in the beautiful shoreline of Lake Michigan. The music line up this year includes the Plain White Ts, Everlast, Lit, Passafire, and Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water. Additional details are on the Burning Foot Beer Festival Facebook page.
Saturday, August 27, 2022 - Saranac, MI
Originally started as a celebration for all the bridges that connected the small village, they now celebrate the community and businesses! It's a fun-filled day of parades, rides, games, food, crafts, entertainment, art, music, awards, and more! For more information, check out the Saranac Community Association Facebook page.