25+ Best Fairs, Festivals & Carnivals in Michigan for Families – 2021

Best Fairs Festivals Carnivals in Michigan

The 2021 List of the Best Fairs, Festivals & Carnivals in Michigan

Fairs, festivals, and carnivals are back for 2021!

Some events will be different this year, but we’re so happy to see these perennial favorites coming back to life.

Check for up-to-the-minute details on the Facebook page or website of any fair or festival before heading out to avoid surprises.

Enjoy this list of the best fairs, festivals, and carnivals for families in Michigan:

Tulip Time Festival
Downtown Holland
» May 1 – 9, 2021

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
WINDMILL ISLAND GARDENS during Tulip Time in Holland MI
WINDMILL ISLAND GARDENS during Tulip Time in Holland MI
National Asparagus Festival
16 S State Street Hart, MI 49420
» June 5, 2021

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), Arts & Crafts Fair, Farm Tour, Kidz Zone, Joan Glover Royale Parade, Ryan Walsworth Spear-It 5K, live music and much more!

For 2021, ONLY the following events will take place: Ryan Walsworth Spear It 5K (which has virtual and in person options to attend) and Asparagus Queens Pageant.

Michigan Lavender Festival
Eastern Michigan Fairgrounds – 195 Midway Street, Imlay City, MI 48444
» June 4-5, 2021

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.

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.
Michigan Lavender Festival
Plein Air by Festival of the Arts for 2021
Downtown Grand Rapids
» June 4-6, 2021

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.
*For 2021, the festival will be spread throughout Downtown Grand Rapids. There will be a light show on Calder Plaza in the evenings. Kids paint activities will be “take away.”
Paint In at Festival of the Arts in Downtown Grand Rapids
“Paint In” at Festival of the Arts in Downtown Grand Rapids, MI
Mackinac Island Lilac Festival
Mackinac Island, MI
» June 4-13, 2021

The 10-day lilac festival is the first summer event of the season on the island. Kite flying, parades, a poster contest, kids races, walking tours, cruises, and special tours of Fort Mackinac are all part of this festival.

*West Michigan Bootscooter Dance, Mackin-Paw Dog Day, and the Grand Stationary Parade canceled for 2021. There are also virtual and pre-ticketed events this year.
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Frankenmuth Bavarian Festival
740 S Main St, Frankenmuth, MI 48734
» June 10-13, 2021

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.
Bavarian Festival in Frankenmuth, MI
Montcalm County Fair
8784 Peck Rd, Greenville, MI 48838
» June 20-26, 2021

Events offered include 4-H livestock, small animals, and still exhibits on display.

A carnival by Maple leaf Amusements, Grandstand events, and more!
Grand Haven Arts Festival
Downtown Grand Haven
» June 26-27, 2021

The 60th annual Grand Haven Art Festival will be held June 26 and June 27, 2021.

They will transform 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.
Bay City Fireworks Festival
Saginaw River near Veterans Memorial Bridge
» July 1-3, 2021

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.
Bay City Fireworks Festival: Grand Finale
Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show & Balloon Festival
3140 5th Ave, Battle Creek, MI 49037
» June 30-July 4, 2021

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!
Berlin Youth Fair
2008 Berlin Fair Dr, Marne, Michigan 49435
» July 5- 10, 2021

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.
National Cherry Festival
Downtown Traverse City, MI

» July 3-10, 2021

The beloved cherry festival 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.

National Cherry Festival, Traverse City, MI
Lowell Riverwalk Festival
Downtown Lowell, MI 49331
» July 8-10, 2021

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!
Ann Arbor Art Fair
Downtown Ann Arbor
» July 15- 18, 2021

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.
Ionia Free Fair
317 S Dexter St, Ionia, Michigan 48846
» July 16- 24, 2021

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.
Charlevoix Venetian Festival
Charlevoix, Michigan
» July 17- 24, 2021

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.
Aquapalooza at the Charlevoix Venetian Festival in Michigan
Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival
Downtown Grand Haven
» July 30-August 8, 2021

The Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival is an annual celebration of all things Coast Guard. Parades, memorials, picnics, carnival rides, fireworks, car show, craft fair and the list goes on.

» Our Review
Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival Mackinaw
Coast Guard Festival in Grand Haven, MI
Ottawa County Fair
1286 Ottawa Beach Rd, Holland, Michigan 49424
» July 26-July 31, 2021

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!
Boyne City Pirate Fest
Boyne City, Michigan 49712
» August 13-15, 2021

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.
National Blueberry Festival
South Haven, Michigan 49090
» August 12-15, 2021

South Haven’s signature event since 1963.

We’re working on bringing you a safe and fun experience in 2021.

This year’s festival won’t look the same as previous years, but we hope you will join us in celebrating all things blueberry!

Highlight events include Farm Day (visit blueberry farms, meet the owners and have an immersive blueberry experience), pie eating contest and 5K (limited registration plus a virtual option). Purchase your favorite blueberry products and visit the craft fair.
National Blueberry Festival, South Haven, MI
Kent County Youth Fair
225 S Hudson St, Lowell, MI 49331

» August 9-14, 2021

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!
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Kent County Youth Fair in Lowell, MI
Michigan Fiber Festival
150 Douglas St, Allegan, Michigan
» August 18 -22, 2021

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.

In the event of restrictions on large outdoor gatherings:
*Workshops will be cancelled
*Shopping & limited competitions will be held virtually
Upper Peninsula State Fair
2401 12th Avenue North, Escanaba, MI 49829
» August 16-22, 2021

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.
Upper Peninsula State Fair, Escanaba, MI
Danish Festival
210 S. Lafayette St, Greenville, MI
» August 19-22, 2021

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.
Danish Festival, Greenville, MI
Great Lakes Surf Festival
3510 Channel Dr, Muskegon, Michigan 49441
» August 14, 2021

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.
Great Lakes Surf Festival, Muskegon, MI
Hudsonville Community Fair
5235 Park Ave, Hudsonville, MI 49426
» August 23-28, 2021

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”!
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Hudsonville Community Fair, Hudsonville, MI
Michigan State Fair
46100 Grand River Ave, Novi, MI 48374
» September 2 – 6, 2021 (Labor Day Weekend)

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.

Michigan State Fair, Novi, MI
Allegan County Fair
150 Allegan Co. Fair Dr, Allegan MI 49010
» September 10 – 18, 2021

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.
Michigan Renaissance Festival
12600 Dixie Hwy, Holly, MI 48442
» Weekends August 21-October 3, 2021; Labor Day, & Festival Friday, Oct 1

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
Holly Dickens Festival
Historic Downtown Holly, Michigan
» 2021 Dates: Nov 27, 28; Dec 4, 5, 13, 14

The Dickens Lighted Parade is at 6 pm on Saturday, Nov 27, 2021

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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14 thoughts on “25+ Best Fairs, Festivals & Carnivals in Michigan for Families – 2021”

  1. Maritime Festival, Harbor Beach July 8-11.
    Music, car shoe, book sale, food, kids carnival. Bocce, Corn Hole, Volleyball, Sandcastle, and Jet Ski contests. Fireworks and a lighted boat parade. And more

    1. I have been hearing of several county fairs either considering canceling or possibly may have already canceled can anyone verify this ??

  2. The National Baby Food festival in Fremont runs from July 20 through July 23. Lots of activities for kids and families with a huge parade on the last day.

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