ArtPrize in Grand Rapids – Countdown

The 7th annual open art competition will sweep the city from September 23rd – October 11th, 2015.  If you have never seen ArtPrize, you are in for a treat!

Plan your trip now and ask your hotel if they offer any package deals; many hotels get into the spirit of the competition!

Bring your camera, good walking shoes, and plan to download the app. You can create your own walking tour based on the art you consider a must-see!

At ArtPrize, remember to vote! Voting takes you from passive observer to active participant.

There are two ways to register.

If you have an iOS (apple) or Android smart phone, simply open the ArtPrize mobile app while you’re in the ArtPrize district and you’ll be registered to vote in a snap. Or you can check in at any ArtPrize voting site.

When you check in, you’ll get your free ArtPrize map, be registered to vote and able to purchase the complete ArtPrize event guide and transportation wristbands.

All that’s left to do is GO SEE ART!

Michigan’s Festivals – this week!

2015 Rockin’ on the Riverfront Summer Concert Series Now in Full Swing!
Rockin’ on the Riverfront, the annual FREE concert series (no tickets necessary) has returned for its 10th season to the Detroit Riverfront this summer.
August 14: Kansas will Carry on the rockin’ with the Motor City’s Wayward Sons. 
8/12-8/15 – Rubber Ducky Festival – Bellaire
8/12-8/15 – Stanton Old Fashioned Days
8/13-8/15 – Mendon Riverfest
8/13-8/15 – Buckley Old Engine Show
8/13-8/16 – Montrose Blueberry Festival – Montrose, MI
8/13-8/16 – Pentwater Homecoming Celebration
8/14-8/15 – Dexter Daze Festival – Dexter
8/14-8/16 – St. Johns Mint Festival – St. Johns
8/14-8/16 – Hoxeyville Music Festival – Wellston
8/14-8/16 – Howell Melon Festival – Howell
8/14-8/16 – Lyon Township Int’l Ethnic Festival
8/14-8/16 – Flint Jazz Festival – Flint
8/14-8/16 – Sumner Daze Festival
8/14-8/16 – Linwood National Pickle Festival
8/14-8/16 – Grand Marais Music and Arts Festival
8/14-8/23 – Cheeseburger in Caseville
8/15 – Heritage Celebration – Calumet
8/15 – Suds on the Shore Craft Beer and Wine Festival – Ludington
8/15 – Arts and Drafts Festival – Norton Shores
8/15-8/16 – GRandJazzFest – Grand Rapids
8/15-8/16 – Michigan Fiber Festival – Allegan
8/16 – Port Huron Float Down – Port Huron

Fun in Michigan this Weekend!

July 24: 10th Annual Rockin’ Riverfront
Dennis DeYoung of Styx will invite rockers to Come Sail Away.

A Very Merry “Craft Brew Month”, Michigan!

Happy Craft Beer Month!

It’s Craft Beer Month in Michigan, and we encourage you to celebrate responsibly.

Since it was organized in 1997, the Michigan Brewers Guild  has seen its brewery membership grow from 35 to 155 as of June 1, 2015.

Additionally the industry continues to grow by leaps and bounds.   Please visit the Michigan Business Breweries (with TripAdvisor Ratings) to plan a “Craft Beer Brewery Visit”


  • Michigan ranks #5 in the nation in the number of overall breweries.
  • The industry provides a direct impact of more than 5000 jobs
  • The industry also totals over $144 million in wages.
  • And … more than $277 million in total output.
  • 65% of the craft brew purchased in Michigan is product that was produced here.
  • Tourists are flocking to the “Great Beer State” for tastings and festivals as well.



Founders Festival is Farmington’s can’t miss event!

From classic rock to eclectic cuisine, the Founders Festival is Farmington’s can’t miss event!

July 19th – 21st, 2012 – Be there! ( MICHIGAN BUSINESS )

The Farmington Founders Festival, a favorite southeast Michigan event, celebrates 48 years in 2012. What began as a tribute to the city’s unique Quaker heritage is now a weekend-long celebration of crafts, music and community.

The Farmington Downtown Development Authority handles leadership of the festival organization and planning. The DDA has enhanced the Founders Festival with even more fun things to do and popular live entertainment. Today the festival is an exciting mix of community traditions and cultural trends.

  • On Saturday morning people will line the streets for the Founders Festival Parade-this year’s theme: Winter Wonderland!
  • Shop one-of-a-kind items at the Crafters Marketplace
  • Meet up with friends and neighbors for music and drinks at Walker’s Tavern in the Downtown Farmington Center Lot
  • Catch a Movie Under the Stars
  • Browse through bestsellers at the Book Sale
  • Games, rides, and crafts galore for kids