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2021 Festivals & Events in West Michigan

All year long, there are activities going on in the West Michigan area to keep everyone happy. Winter offers snowshoe hikes, skiing, ice fishing tournaments, and festivals.

Summer is especially busy, with parades, art fairs, farmer’s markets, festivals, and big events, like the Gus Macker tournament, Freedom Festival, and appearances by the Scottville Clown Band.

Here we’ve condensed the annual happenings, so you can see at a glance which time of year you may want to visit our wonderful area. Blue lakes, sandy beaches, and good family fun. Welcome to West Michigan!

This information is presented as a perpetual calendar, with the current month's calendar of events first, and the remaining monthly calendars to follow.

Scroll down for upcoming festivals and events!

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August

Click here for the full August Calendar of Events in West Michigan.

September
  • Local Farmer’s Markets– Many West Michigan communities offer farmer’s markets through the spring and summer.
  • Open Horse Shows, Ludington– The Mason County Fairgrounds hosts numerous shows from May-October each year.
  • Hops & Props, Manistee- Hops & Props focuses on Manistee’s rich boating history, plus the popularity of Michigan craft beer, cider and wine.
  • Octoberfest, Ludington– Celebrate fall with chili, beer, and entertainment.

Click here for the full September Calendar of Events in West Michigan.

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October
  • Oktoberfest, Pentwater– Celebrate fall with many fun activities, including a car show.
  • Manistee Ghost Ship– Come aboard and get spooked on weekends through October.
  • Halloween & Trick-or-Treating– West Michigan communities offer lots of fun during the Halloween season, including Trunk or Treats and traditional door-to-door candy hunting.
  • Fall Events– The communities throughout West Michigan offer plenty of fall fun with hayrides, haunted events, Halloween parties and more.

Click here for the full October Calendar of Events in West Michigan.

November

Click here for the full November Calendar of Events in West Michigan.

December

Click here for the full December Calendar of Events in West Michigan.

January

Click here for the full January Calendar of Events in West Michigan.

February

Click here for the full February Calendar of Events in West Michigan.

March
  • St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Events, Ludington– From a 5k to a Pub Crawl, Ludington celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with activities for all ages.
  • Pentwater St. Patrick’s Day Parade- Each St. Patrick’s Day, a festive parade travels through downtown Pentwater.
  • Finny Slam Fishing Tournament, Ludington– The tournament, in memory of Ray Finholm, is hosted each March by Pere Marquette Expeditions.
  • Family AfFair, Scottville- This annual event includes free, family fun and lots of useful information for parents.

Click here for the full March Calendar of Events in West Michigan.

April
  • Ludington Lake Jump– This event raises money for a different charity each year with individuals collecting pledges to jump into the ice waters of Lake Michigan.
  • Ludrock Presents Girls Rock, Ludington- Women and girls of all ages display their talents and skills, and tell their stories.
  • Silver Lake ORV area opens– The Silver Lake Sand Dunes open for the season to off-road vehicles of various types.
  • Earth Day Celebration, Ludington– The local AFFEW Chapter hosts speakers and events to recognize Earth Day.
  • Final Friday Experience, Ludington– Formerly Friday Night Live, this event includes live music, activities, food and more.

Click here for the full April Calendar of Events in West Michigan.

May
  • 1st Sailing of the S.S. Badger Carferry, Ludington- All aboard the SS Badger! Travel to Manitowoc, Wisconsin, or enjoy a shoreline cruise right here in Ludington.
  • Local Farmer’s Markets– Many West Michigan communities offer farmer’s markets through the spring and summer.
  • Petunia Parade, Ludington– Volunteers plant petunias along Ludington Avenue/US-10 to beautify the stretch of road.
  • Local lighthouses open for tours- Many West Michigan lighthouses offer tours to the public.
  • Final Friday Experience, Ludington– Formerly Friday Night Live, this event includes live music, activities, food and more.

Click here for the full May Calendar of Events in West Michigan.

June

Click here for the full June Calendar of Events in West Michigan.

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July

Click here for the full July Calendar of Events in West Michigan.

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