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

West Michigan regional Green Infrastructure Conference

August 5, 2015
GVSU’s Eberhard Center, Grand Rapids

Conference Cost: $65 register now button

Join us on August 5 at Grand Valley State University’s Eberhard Center in Grand Rapids for the West Michigan regional Green Infrastructure Conference. This conference expands on the 2014 statewide conference to highlight a broad range of benefits and opportunities provided by Green Infrastructure (GI) planning and preservation in western Michigan. Find out how GI is already being used in the region, and how working together through partnerships can make GI a success in your own area.

Attendees at this year’s West Michigan Green Infrastructure Conference will have a chance to hear David Yocca, FASLA, LEED AP speak at the plenary session on Wednesday afternoon.
His presentation, entitled “Water-Focused Green Infrastructure for Multiple Benefits”, will highlight examples of GI applications that have been integrated into building, streetscape and park projects located in Michigan and across the Midwest.

The Midwest’s Largest Outlet Mall – BIRCH RUN

It’s Back to School Shopping in August and we’ve got just the right place for you to shop – at Birch Run Outlets, the Midwest’s Largest Outlet Mall.  Below are listed some of the kid’s shops that have great deals.


The Children’s Place Outlet
Gap Outlet – Kids & Baby
Gymboree Outlet
J.Crew | Crewcuts
Kid Spot/Rainbow
Nautica | Kids
Old Navy Outlet
OshKosh B’gosh
Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store
Stride Rite Keds Sperry
Tommy Hilfiger | Kids
Under Armour

Below are just a short list of deals going on until September:


Jul 24 – Sept 3, 2015
Buy One, Get One 50% Off Storewide


Jul 23 – 29, 2015
End of Season Clearance
10 To 70% Off*
Plus Take An Additional 20% Off Select Items*


Jul 28 – Aug 19, 2015
Back to School
30% to 50% off In-Store Only
$6 & up doorbusters.
*see sales associate for details.

Fun in Michigan this Weekend!

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

Outdoor Adventure Center Opening July 20th – Downtown Detroit

The Outdoor Adventure Center brings Michigan’s great outdoors to an indoor exhibit —  that’s available no matter the weather.  The DNR is getting ready to open this exciting new attraction.

The center’s goal is to “inspire, educate and connect people with Michigan’s rich array of natural resources.”

Located on Detroit’s riverfront in the historic Globe Building, with the Dequindre Cut Trail running through its backyard, the Outdoor Adventure Center (OAC) gives you a taste of Michigan’s great outdoors – right in our backyard.

Experience exciting outdoor adventures with hands-on activities, exhibits and simulators.  Advertures like walking behind and touching a waterfall, stepping into a fishing boat and reeling in  big fish.  Even hit the trail on a mountain bike or snowmobile.  That is just the tip of the iceberg for the advertures planned.

At the OAC, you’ll learn about how the DNR manages state parks, forests, wildlife and fish in an interactive environment,   You can climb the roots and explore the canopy of a massive bur oak tree, hop aboard a real airplane, and see what’s swimming in a gorgeous aquarium.

Visit the Outdoor Adventure Center and discover all there is to explore in the spectacular outdoors, parks, public lands and waters that are yours to enjoy.

Government Opens Bidding on 3 Michigan Lighthouses

  • Visit our Michigan Lighthouse page to discover the beauty of lighthouses throughout Michigan.

The lighthouses are all listed on the National Register of Historic Places and are being sold through the U.S. General Services Administration.

Advancements in technology mean the Coast Guard no longer needs the lighthouses for navigation.

The Spectacle Reef Light in the Straits of Mackinac – Current bid: $10,000.

Only the lighthouse – not the property it sits on – is included in the sale. The 86-foot-tall gray conical light tower on a concrete crib sits 11 miles off the eastern end of Bois Blanc Island on the waters of Lake Huron.

The Ile aux Galets Light on Skillagalee Island on Lake Michigan – Current bid: $5000.

This lighthouse was built in 1888 on a remote islet in northeast Lake Michigan, seven miles northeast of Cross Village in Emmet County. The octagonal brick and stone hourglass tower is 58 feet high.

The Gravelly Shoal Light on Lake Huron in Au Gres – Current bid: $5000.

It’s located on Saginaw Bay, approximately 5 miles offshore from Aux Gres Township in Arenac County. The art deco style lighthouse was constructed in 1939 to mark the shoals around Big Charity Island. The 65-foot tower is constructed of reinforced concrete and steel with white markings.

Sounds like a steal to me?  Whoever buys them will be required to follow established standards for the treatment of historic properties.


What to do in Michigan – Week of July 12th – July 19th

Things to do in Michigan – July 12th – July 19th.

July 17: .38 Special will be Rockin’ into the Night with the Motor City. (Riverfront Plaza .. behind RenCen)

5k and 10k courses released for Return to Tashmoo! Both are Fast, Flat and Scenic. These courses are among the most scenic in Michigan.

Michigan Things to do – Weekend of July 10th

Visit one, two, three or more, Michigan’s festivals are diverse, delicious, thirst-quenching, fun and informative!

7/4-7/11 – National Cherry Festival – Traverse City – This is a must-see per our last blog post!
7/7-7/12 – Common Ground Music Festival – Lansing –  Interesting Mid-Michigan Music Festival
7/8-7/11 – Wyandotte Street Art Fair – Like art?  This is the festival for you.
7/9-7/11 – Elsie Dairy Festival – For Ice Cream lovers everywhere
7/9-7/11 – Maritime Festival – Harbor Beach – This Maritime festival is a happenin’ place.
7/9-7/12 – Waterways Festival – Cheboygan – Lots of typical festival food and drink at the Waterways.
7/9-7/12 – Lowell Riverwalk Festival – A beautiful stroll down the riverwalk
7/9-7/12 – Dow Bay Area Family Y Pirates Festival – Bay City – GRRRRRRR- Great festival for the kids.
7/9-7/12 – Ubly Homecoming – Never been to this one – comments welcome!
7/9-7/12 – Auburn Cornfest – Never miss a cornfest!
7/10-7/11 – Saline Celtic Festival – Saline – Can you say Dublin?  Perfect for us Irish Americans
7/10-7/11 – Chassell Strawberry Festival – Michigan Strawberries are the best around
7/10-7/11 – Algonac Lions Pickerel Tournament and Festival – Fresh Pickeral … Yum!
7/10-7/11 – A Taste of Brighton Festival – Brighton – Always a classic and close to home.
7/10-7/11 – Marine City Music Festival – Can’t make it to Lansing?  This is just as good
7/10-7/11 – Michigan ElvisFest – Ypsilanti – Presley fans unite.
7/10-7/11 – Attica Days Festival – Quaint and fun.
7/10-7/11 – Thunder on the Grand – Lake Odessa –
7/10-7/11 – Grass Lake Traffic Jam’in – A perfect prelude to the Woodward Dream cruise coming up.
7/10-7/11 – Manistique Folk Festival – Folk dancing and more
7/10-7/11 – Owendale Heritage Festival
7/10-7/12 – Idlewild Music Festival – Ok … Marine City and Lansing didn’t work – try this one!
7/10-7/12 – American Polish Festival and Craft Show – Sterling Heights – Can you say Kielbasa??  Yum!
7/10-7/12 – Lavender Festival – Armada – Wonderful festival to visit
7/10-7/12 – LeRoy Razzasque Days
7/10-7/12 – Art in the Park – Plymouth – More art and great art at that!
7/10-7/12 – Blissfest Music Festival – Harbor Springs
7/10-7/12 – Bear Lake Days – Join us at Bear Lake!
7/10-7/12* – Columbiaville Days
7/11 – Cheboygan Area Arts Festival – Cheboygan – The home of Indian Art
7/11 – Buckham Alley Fest – Flint
7/11-7/12 – Royal Oak Outdoor Art Fair – Perfect (if the weather holds!)
7/11-7/12 – Tawas Bay Summerfest – East Tawas
7/11-8/2 (Weekends) – BlackRock Medieval Festival – Augusta
7/12 – Polish Festival – Flint – Everything is Pyszne (Delicious)

National Cherry Festival – Traverse City

It’s not too late!  – a few days left.

Traverse City has much more to offer than just the National Cherry Festival, but the Festival is the perfect excuse to drive up.

The festival takes place in beautiful Traverse City, Michigan. Although many events take place near the corner of Union Street and Grand View Parkway, there are multiple other locations across town that provide fun and exciting events.

We highly suggest checking the Traverse City Cherry Festival Event calendar for specific activities.

NEW FOR 2015

  • New for 2015, there will be an extensive bike rack system at the front gate leading into the Open Space on the corner of Union Street and Grandview Parkway.
  • Life Beyond Barriers Rehab Group is a proud sponsor of the new handicap parking area. Handicap parking is Lot B and the first 14 spaces next to the marina building (not in the marina lot).
  • Expanded amusement park:  Take a spin on the ferris wheel, eat an elephant ear and feel like a kid again. Some rides even give a beautiful view of Grand Traverse Bay.

We hope you enjoy the festivities!

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.