Whether you’re taking in the epic views as towering ships sail into port for Tall Ship Celebration: Bay City or seeing one of the Midwest’s largest fireworks displays set off over the waterfront, there’s no denying we know how to do summer festivals here in Michigan’s Great Lakes Bay.
From Michigan’s largest antique and collectible festival in Midland to a waterfront beer and wine fest in Bay City, there are plenty of chances for you to experience some of the top summer festivals in Michigan!
Frankenmuth Bavarian Festival — June, Frankenmuth — Michigan’s largest celebration of Bavarian heritage — featuring an outdoor beer garden, live bands, and authentic German food, drinks, and dancing. Don’t miss the traditional Bavarian Festival Parade… or the not-so-traditional street party with a zipline!
Michigan Antique Festivals — June, Midland — Michigan’s largest antique and collectible festival and a tradition for more than 50 years, with 1,000+ quality antique dealers spread out across 80 acres.
Tapped: Downtown Midland’s Craft Beer Festival — June, Midland — Summer street fest and celebration of Michigan-made beer, wine, and cider. Sample inside the Tasting Tent, explore an artisan Makers Market, and be there for city-wide tap takeovers when the sun goes down!
Riverscene Indie Music Festival — June, Bay City — Eclectic indie music fest in waterfront Wenonah Park — family-friendly and for-all-ages — with food trucks, Michigan craft beer, and unbeatable views.
MATRIX:MIDLAND — June, Midland — A captivating, multi-week celebration of the arts, sciences, and humanities, offering everything from informative lectures to sophisticated performances.
Saginaw Greek Festival — June, Saginaw — A mainstay for more than 40 years, sample signature Greek flavors from gyros to stuffed grape leaves, sip inside the hospitality tents, and shout “Opa!” together as you dance with traditional Greek troupes.
St. Stan’s Polish Festival— June, Bay City — Four days filled with Polka music, homemade Polish food, carnival rides, and a casino tent — along with an outdoor heritage mass.
Tall Ship Celebration: Bay City — Not annual, July, Bay City — Majestic tall ships from around the globe make their way into our award-winning port for four days filled with ship deck tours, sail-away excursions, and international maritime musicians. But, the chance to earn your sea legs only comes every few years, so don’t miss this epic festival when it’s here!
Bay City Fireworks Festival — July, Bay City — One of the Midwest’s largest fireworks displays, lighting up the waterfront for 250,000+ to see. Enjoy a Skerbeck family carnival, Trader’s Alley Marketplace, car and bike show, and live entertainment — with festivities filling two parks — one on each side of the Saginaw River.
Saginaw Area Fireworks — July, Saginaw — A magnificent Fourth of July fireworks show set off over Ojibway Island. See skydivers parachute onto the island, then watch the beautiful display that follows at dusk.
Hop Riot Beer Fest — August, Bay City — Outdoor summer beer and wine fest with wide-open waterfront views. More than 50 breweries serve up their wares while Lightnin’ Licks Vinyl Preservation Society spins tunes — with tap takeovers all across town to follow!
Midland Riverdays Festival — August, Midland — Canoe rides and kayaking to cornhole tournaments, a Craft Beer & Wine Tent to an Art Fair & Makers Market — don’t miss a bit — especially the outdoor-movie-meets-community-bonfire, balloon launches, and balloon glows!
Midland Balloon Festival— August, Midland — Held in tandem with Midland Riverdays, enjoy morning and evening hot air balloon launches, competitive balloon flights, plus nightly balloon glows.
Summer Music Fest — August, Frankenmuth — Six days of live music spread across two weekends, with traditional Polka bands to classic acts like The Fabulous Hubcaps.
Saginaw African Cultural Festival — August, Saginaw — A Saginaw tradition for 50+ years, celebrate African culture through music, food, and dance, plus handmade crafts and clothing.