2023’s Most Crowd-Pleasing Fairs, Festivals & Carnivals in Michigan
Fairs, festivals, and carnivals are coming in hot in west Michigan!
Local carnivals are loaded with parades, festival food and of course, fireworks! Many will have markets boasting incredible handmade items from local artisans. Find animals and wild rides at the county fairs.
But what really makes Michigan carnivals unique are all the crazy themes that an entire festival is planned around. Who else has a pirate fest? Or a cereal festival?
We love celebrating everything from the Coast Guard to hot air balloons.
And yes, we even have a surf festival. No ocean needed – the Great Lakes can handle this, thank you.
Enjoy this list of the best festivals, fairs and carnivals for families in Michigan.
Check for up-to-the-minute details on the Facebook page or website of any fair or festival before heading out to avoid surprises.
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April 2023 – Michigan Festivals, Fairs, Festivals & Carnivals
John Ball Zoo, 1300 W. Fulton St, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
April 19 – June 11, 2023
Wednesday – Sunday, 7 PM – 11 PM
John Ball Zoo is the first and only place you can see these incredible works of art in Michigan.
The lantern festival will feature handcrafted Asian lantern displays that will illuminate the Zoo and tell the intersecting story of wildlife and Asian culture.
The Grand Rapids Lantern Festival is a truly breathtaking experience for all ages.
Shepherd, Michigan 48883
April 27 – 30, 2023
Head to Shepard, the “sweetest” little town anywhere around, for the annual Shepherd Maple Syrup Festival.
Festivities include a 5K walk/run, arts & crafts show, classic car & truck show, parade, pancake eating contest and so much more.
May 2023 – Festivals, Carnivals and Fairs in Michigan
Downtown Holland, MI
May 6 – 14, 2023
One of the earliest flower-themed festivals in Michigan.
Millions of tulips, walking tours, tall ship tours, yoga in the tulips, concerts, carnivals, arts and food take over downtown Holland every May.
Come for the riot of colors, local attractions, and wooden shoes as Holland, MI, celebrates its Dutch heritage. Our Review
Grand Haven State Park, Grand Haven, MI
May 20-21, 2023
The sky over Grand Haven State Park will be filled with kites galore over the weekend of May 20 – 21.
Head the kite arena to catch kite teams performing choreographed routines flown to music.
Bring your own kite to fly on the open flying field.
Saturday, May 20 from 10 AM -5 PM and Sunday, May 21 from 10 AM – 5 PM.
Pomona Park, S 3rd Ave, Fruitport, MI 49415
May 24 – 28, 2023
The annual Fruitport Old-Fashioned Days festival is back for 2022!
Tons of events for the whole family; a carnival, circus, ox roast, music, food, and TWO nights of fireworks! (Friday, May 27 and Sunday, May 29) Petting Zoo, and Memorial Day parade too.
June 2023 – Michigan Festivals, Fairs & Carnivals
Downtown Grand Rapids, MI
June 2 – 4, 2023
A Grand Rapids staple, this is one of the festivals in Michigan that has been going on for a long time.
With stages across the city and a street lined with Cultural food booths, the Festival of the Arts is a delight for your senses.
Many hands-on art experiences are also available for all ages. Kids Paint In is an enduring favorite.
June 8 – 11, 2023
Michigan’s largest celebration of Bavarian Heritage is the Frankenmuth Bavarian Festival.
Come celebrate German heritage through Bavarian music played by authentically dressed German bands, watch two parades, enjoy the local schuhplattler dancers Da Frankenmuda Fratz’n, and dance music.
Venues sell many varieties of German foods and desserts, along with imported and domestic beer. Fireworks, Bavarian Festival Olympics and so much more.
Also visit Zehnder’s Waterpark while you’re in town!
16 S State Street Hart, MI 49420
June 10, 2023
The National Asparagus Festival of Oceana County, Michigan, is a fun event promoting the famous local asparagus industry.
The 3-day festival is held annually during the 2nd weekend in June.
Some of the many events include the Taste of Asparagus (formerly known as the Food Show), Asparagus Queen’s Pageant, Arts & Crafts Fair, Farm Tour, Kidz Zone, Joan Glover Royale Parade, Ryan Walsworth Spear-It 5K, live music and much more!
Treetoad Family Farm – 10834 W Willard Rd, Trufant, MI 49047
June 10 – 11, 2023
It’s Groovy, Baby!
Hippie Fest is a family-friendly music and arts festival featuring vibrant entertainment for all ages.
The festival features one-of-a-kind artists and vendors, bohemian shopping, and family-friendly entertainment.
Free admission for kids ages 10 and under.
Howell High School, 1200 W Grand River Rd., Howell, MI 48843
June 23 – 25, 2023
The Michigan Challenge Balloonfest is a family-friendly festival.
Activities include carnival rides, kid attractions, fireworks, and balloon launches, fly-ins, and evening glow.
$5.00 per person, per day – CASH ONLY
Children 3 & under admitted free.
Parking is free.
8784 Peck Rd, Greenville, MI 48838
June 18 – 24, 2023
Events offered include 4-H livestock, small animals, and still exhibits on display.
A carnival by Maple leaf Amusements, Grandstand events, and more!
Downtown Grand Haven
June 23 – 25, 2023
The Grand Haven Art Festival transforms the downtown main street into a chic art gallery where you can buy beautiful artwork from your favorite artists.
The Art Festival will provide the community and visitors with a unique opportunity to purchase one-of-a-kind art, directly from the artist.
Eastern Michigan Fairgrounds – 195 Midway Street, Imlay City, MI 48444
June 23 – 25, 2023
They are the largest lavender festival on the east coast and will showcase Michigan’s top lavender farms, growers, and producers along with more than 175 artists & makers.
Many of the lavender farms in Michigan are represented at this event.
There’s also a Food Truck Gathering with Metro-Detroit’s BEST Food Trucks.
Guests will also be able to learn about the many benefits of lavender, including growing, harvesting, cooking, and crafting, along with medicinal and aromatic uses for this beloved herb.
Saginaw River near Veterans Memorial Bridge
June 29 – July 1, 2023
One of the greatest firework shows/festivals in Michigan!
Three nights of fireworks, pageants, a family carnival, live entertainment, trader’s alley, and a VIP viewing area are all things that make this the number one stop for Independence Day celebrations in Michigan.
South Haven Riverfront, MI 49090
June 17-18, 2022
Head down to South Haven for a Live Mermaid Tank, carnival rides and games, craft show, live music and a food fest.
Plus, 44-foot Dragon Boats are making a return to the festival this year. Teams of up to 25 people paddle the big boats at the South Haven HarborFest.
July 2023 – Festivals, Carnivals & Fairs in Michigan
15551 S Airport Rd, Battle Creek, MI 49015
June 29 – July 4, 2023
Voted one of the Best Air Shows in North America several years running.
Awesome Air Show, Balloons, Entertainment, Fireworks, Carnival, and SO MUCH MORE for the whole family!
Downtown Traverse City, MI
July 1 – 8, 2023
The beloved cherry festival in Traverse City dates back to 1910 when cherry growers in the Grand Traverse area began to hold informal “blessing of the blossoms” and the crowning of the first queen in 1925. It became a week long festival in 1968.
Over 150 events and activities throughout the week, including classic car cruise, sand sculpture contests, parades, food, races, concerts, midway, arts & crafts fair, and plenty of cherries. Virtual events include Cherries Got Talent and Very Cherry Porch Parade.
2008 Berlin Fair Dr, Marne, Michigan 49435
July 3 – 8, 2023
Michigan’s longest-running fair- since 1855!
With an emphasis on youth and agriculture, they provide the community with a financially sound fair that educates, entertains, and allows for community involvement with a wholesome family atmosphere.
Horse pulls, livestock auctions, carnival rides, and more.
Downtown Lowell, MI
July 6 – 8, 2023
This three-day event includes many activities for you and your family to enjoy including a community parade, crafts, food, duck raffle, concerts, fireworks, and more!
317 S Dexter St, Ionia, Michigan 48846
July 13 – 22, 2023
Carnival rides with Arnold Amusements Midway (get a super fun pass for unlimited rides), fair food, musical acts, a monster truck showdown, 4H animals, and camping during the week-long event.
Special Days include kids day, dog day, ladies’ day, and more.
Downtown Ann Arbor
July 20 – 22, 2023
The Ann Arbor Art Fair is one of Michigan’s finest summer traditions and one of the largest outdoor art fairs in the nation.
The streets of Ann Arbor will be transformed into an art lover’s paradise and you can experience and enjoy original works of art, street performances, culinary treats, and a variety of sidewalk sales.
Create your own works of art in the Art Activity Zone (family-friendly art projects are open to all ages), peek into the creative process, and create and/or re-create a magnificent piece of Chalk Art.
July 15 – 22, 2023
This weeklong festival plays host to numerous events: concerts, street & boat parades, venetian games (pickleball, cornetian corn toss, beach volleyball), Aquapalooza beach & boat party, fireworks, a block party, and kids day.
Kids day includes a petting zoo, bubble land, yard games, and a giant coloring mural. With a $10 armband, kids get access to pony rides, crafts, jump houses, and a mechanical bull.
Carnival rides are also available via Arnold Amusements.
1286 Ottawa Beach Rd, Holland, Michigan 49424
July 24 – 29, 2023
The Ottawa County Fair brings youth, young families, and adults of all ages together for agricultural education, affordable family fun and recreation within a safe and friendly environment.
Carnival Games and Rides, Attractions, Grandstand Events, 4H Animals and so much more!
195 Midway St, Imlay City, MI 48444
July 25 – 29, 2023
The Eastern Michigan State Fair bring hours of fun to Imlay City every summer.
Admission includes unlimited rides, Grandstand events, petting zoo and free parking.
August 2023 – Michigan Festivals, Fairs & Carnivals
13801 Cascade Rd SE, Lowell 49331
July 31 – August 5, 2023
The Kent County Youth Fair is centered on developing character and leadership traits in young people with an interest in agriculture.
Special themed days throughout the week include Heroes Day and Auction Day. Tuesday is always Reading for Rides Day. Kids earn free rides for a completed reading log.
Whether you’re catching a show or taking a walk through the barns, you’ll enjoy every minute of your visit to Fair!
August 2 – 5, 2023
This family-oriented festival features magicians from all over the world.
Magicians perform in the streets, restaurants and bars. Be sure to visit the annual craft fair on Friday and Saturday. Visit the Colon Historical Museum for a special Magic adventure or take a cemetery tour.
Each of the four days ends with a world class magic and variety show held in the air-conditioned Colon High School Auditorium. These are not your average birthday party magicians and each show is different, with comedy, large illusions, variety acts, and much more.
Boyne City, Michigan
August 5 – 13, 2023
The Pirate festival where you are the pirates! Dress up and be part of the fun!
Real pirate street theater, kids games and workshops, a beverage tent with musical entertainment, boat parade and landing pageant, parade, costume contests, treasure hunts, and a pirate river race, reenactment of the famous and historic Great Lakes Battle of the Boyne City VS “Sadie The Goat” and her crew of profiteers (that some say never happened), to name some of the revelry.
South Haven, Michigan
August 10 – 13, 2023
South Haven’s signature event since 1963.
Highlight events include Farm Day (visit blueberry farms, meet the owners and have an immersive blueberry experience), pie eating contest and 5K. Purchase your favorite blueberry products and visit the craft fair.
Pere Marquette Beach, 1601 S. Beach St., Muskegon, MI 49441
August 12, 2023
A festival at Pere Marquette Beach in Muskegon celebrating all aspects of surfing and playing on the Great Lakes.
They welcome all SUPers, Surfers, Kiteboarders, Kayakers, Windsurfers, Artists, and Yogis.
2401 12th Avenue North, Escanaba, MI 49829
August 14 – 20, 2023
Since 1928, the Upper Peninsula State Fair has provided a place for folks from across the nation to experience and celebrate the unique culture and heritage of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
Enjoy free family fun all week: try fishing or shooting, visit animals, watch amazing woodworking chainsaw carvers, check out gorgeous sand sculptures, play games, enter contests and so much more.
Grandstand entertainment includes concerts and racing.
150 Douglas St, Allegan, Michigan
August 16 – 20, 2023
This Michigan Festival is the largest fiber festival in the state.
Come out and explore the work of artisans in fiber arts competitions, workshops, and vendor booths (over 100). Activities for kids include an Antique Tractor Display, a Historic Village, and live music in the Carousel. Camping available.
Animal Shows include Angora Rabbits, Mohair Fiber Goat, Pygora, and Sheep.
210 S. Lafayette St, Greenville, MI
August 16 – 20, 2023
The Danish Festival is held the 3rd full weekend in August, in beautiful Greenville, MI.
The Danish Festival’s mission is to host a festival that celebrates the homecoming of family and friends and the area’s Danish heritage.
Enjoy the Grand Dansk Parade, main stage entertainment, an artisan fair & boutique & more.
5235 Park Ave, Hudsonville, MI 49426
August 21 – 26, 2023
The Hudsonville Community Fair represents the last hurrah for young people and families before school begins the following week.
The 4-H exhibits at the Hudsonville Community Fair reflect the strong agricultural roots of the community.
HCF is full of family-friendly fun including concerts, magic shows and midway rides. Also Grandstand events including truck & tractor pulls, off-road derby, monster trucks and more.
Be sure to visit western Michigan’s “Biggest Little Fair in the State”!
September 2023 – Festivals, Carnivals & Fairs in Michigan
Michigan festivals aren’t just for summer. Keep having fun at fall festivals and fairs.
46100 Grand River Ave, Novi, MI 48374
August 31 – September 4, 2023
The original event was one of the first statewide Fairs to emerge in the continental USA!
The Michigan State Fair is a private produced event. The Fair’s aim is to celebrate and encourage the fresh new direction of the Michigan Agriculture Industry, while also maintaining the beloved traditions of our grand old State Fair.
With so many events to explore and things to do, you will never be bored.
Attractions include baking contests, beer garden, nearly 20 different fun contests like watermelon seed spitting, live music, shrine circus, toddler area, Thursday night fireworks and so much more.
150 Allegan Co. Fair Dr, Allegan MI 49010
September 8 – 16, 2023
The Romeo Peach Festival is the second oldest festival in the state.
In addition to appearances of the Peach Queen, this yearly festival also includes parades, craft shows, car shows (include a night show), carnival rides, a 5K and a golf classic.
150 Allegan Co. Fair Dr, Allegan MI 49010
September 8 – 16, 2023
Allegan County Fair is one of the largest fairs in the State of Michigan,
This yearly county fair regularly hosts large music acts, animal shows, Taste of the Allegan County Fair, off-road demo derby, harness horse racing, midway carnival rides & concessions, as well as a rodeo and monster truck show.
A tractor pull and demolition derby are also part of the fun.
12600 Dixie Hwy, Holly, MI 48442
Weekends August 19 – October 1, Labor Day & Festival Friday September 29
Dress up as a Viking, pirate, wizard or another fantasy character and head to an English-themed village modeled after the movie “All’s Faire in Love.”
Expect sword fight shows, knights on horses, bagpipers, highland games, juggling acts, arts and craft vendors, and food booths as well.
For the kids: face painting, rides, listening to music, food, unicorns & ponies.
Holiday Festivals in Michigan
Historic Downtown Holly, Michigan
Lighted Dickens Parade 6pm, Friday, November 24
November 25 & 26, December 2 & 3, December 9 & 10
The oldest, longest-running Dickens Festival in the United States!
Step back in time this holiday season to the days of Charles Dickens’ and become part of “A Christmas Carol.”
Stroll the streets, visit the unique shops, and dine the eateries. Sample roasted chestnuts, hot chocolate, and maybe some gruel!
Sing carols, shop the shops, enjoy the entertainment.
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