10 Best Annual Events In Michigan

When a person travels to Michigan, no matter the time of year, they assume that they are in for beautiful scenery, but they may also benefit from knowing the 10 best annual events in Michigan.

  1. National Cherry Festival. The cherry festival occurs each year in Traverse City at the beginning of July. It features many events including a cherry pie eating contest, a cherry pit spitting contest, concerts and a parade. This is definitely one of the best annual events in Michigan.
  2. Traverse City Film Festival. This event was founded by Michael Moore and celebrates film and filmmakers. The film festival starts every year at the end of July.
  3. Tip Up Town U.S.A. This unique event is one of the best annual events in Michigan because it is a festival that mainly takes place on the ice of Houghton Lake. Catch this event during the last two weekends of January.
  4. Woodward Dream Cruise. Each year in the Detroit area, owners and admirers gather around Woodward Avenue in August to pay homage to classic cars. This is one of the best annual events in Michigan because even with all the hard times, the people of Michigan still love cars. After all, Detroit is nicknamed the motor city.  
  5. Detroit International Jazz Festival. Held every year in Detroit over the Labor Day weekend, this event features the best of jazz from all over the world.
  6. Waterfront Film Festival. This film festival takes place in Saugatuck in June. It is a way to celebrate the makers of independent films. There are usually many local and national celebrities at the events that occur during this festival. Check out this event because it is one of the best annual events in Michigan.
  7. Zehnder’s Snow Fest. This event is so amazing that it had to be included in the list of the best annual events is Michigan. It is all about snow and ice sculpting. The event starts at the end of January in Frankenmuth.
  8. Tulip Time Festival. This festival is a way for the people of Holland, Michigan to celebrate Dutch culture. Every year at the beginning of May, people get together to see to tulips in full bloom and to check out the windmills.
  9. Mackinac Bridge Walk. In September, you can walk across the Mackinac Bridge. The event starts in St. Ignace and ends in Mackinaw City. It takes about two hours to walk the bridge, but it is definitely worth the hard work that it takes.
  10. Oktoberfest. This event is last on the list of the best annual events in Michigan, but certainly not least. You don’t have to travel all the way to Germany to experience Oktoberfest, because you can get nearly the same experience right here in Michigan. If you love beer, then this event is a must.


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