Michigan Events & Festivals

Michigan Events & Festivals
Michigan is known for its great lakes, state parks and variety of outdoor activities for people of all ages to enjoy. Popular events often take place in small but notable towns and locations throughout the state. Just because these towns are small doesn't meant they are not packed with a lot of energy and a great deal of things to do. Check out some of the most popular and fun events that take place outdoors in Michigan every year.

National Morel Mushroom Festival

The National Morel Mushroom Festival is an annual event that is held in Boyne City, Michigan. This event attracts people eager to spot morel mushroom heads, which is a great activity for hikers and outdoor enthusiasts. The morel mushroom is found in abundance in the deep forests and apple orchards of Michigan. The delicious taste of the morel keeps people coming back year after year between mid-April and the first few weeks of May to find this hidden mushroom. The festival celebrates all things morel, including restaurants that cook up gourmet dishes, craft booths, performers signing morel-inspired songs, recipes, morel 101 and of course the annual mushroom hunt. You can also purchase the tasty fungus at area merchants.

National Morel Mushroom Festival
P.O. Box 184
Boyne City, MI 49712

Michigan Renaissance Festival

The Michigan Renaissance Festival has been an annual tradition since 1979 and occurs every weekend from August through October. The festival celebrates and embraces all things Renaissance. Set in the Medieval Ages, entertainers dress the part and participate in special events such as the Feast of Fantasy, which welcomes guests to enjoy a fantasy hour inside a castle. Enjoy beer, an exquisite six-course meal and plenty of live Medieval entertainment at the feast. Experience knights, maidens and court jesters around every corner.

Michigan Renaissance Festival
12600 Dixie Highway
Holly, MI 48442

Frankenmuth Bavarian Festival

Frankenmuth is located in the upper thumb of Michigan. It is also known as Michigan's Little Bavaria and is designed to appear as a real German town. Quaint shops and world famous eateries line the streets. Frankenmuth is also home the largest Christmas store in the world---Bronner's Christmas Wonderland. Michigan Living Magazine has deemed the Bavarian Festival one of the top five festivals in the state, and this annual event brings in over 100,000 visitors to enjoy German food and entertainment. A parade opens the festival. Admission is free to Heritage Park, where the main event is held. German bands, a midway, and craft vendors trail through the park. The highlight of the festival---German beer supplied by Frankenmuth's world famous brewery and German importers--attracts many adults to the beer tent. The festival runs the second weekend in June. Bring your walking shoes so you can experience all of the nooks and crannies of both the festival in the park and the gardens and shops in town.

Frankenmuth Bavarian Festival
P.O. Box 204
Frankenmuth, MI 48734

Article Written By Julie Boehlke

Julie Boehlke is a seasoned copywriter and content creator based in the Great Lakes state. She is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists. Boehlke has more than 10 years of professional writing experience on topics such as health and wellness, green living, gardening, genealogy, finances, relationships, world travel, golf, outdoors and interior decorating. She has also worked in geriatrics and hospice care.

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