State Fairground Farris Wheel Ride with Multicolored Lights Spinning at Sunset along with Carnival Games, Carnival Rides in image.

Festivals give people the feeling of joy. It’s a chance for festival goers to get together, celebrate life and create memories. They even promote a sense of community pride.

Michigan has a lot to offer when it comes to festivals. Maybe, it’s because Michigan has a lot to celebrate, like live music, beer, and food. Some festivals in Michigan focus on what some might find odd or unusual. From asparagus, bacon, and baby food to cereal Elvis and bologna.

If you have room on your festival bucket list, you may want to add these unique Michigan festivals.

Here’s a list of 15 unique Michigan festivals you need to check out.

 

  • Empire Asparagus Festival

    This unique festival is located near Sleeping Bear Dunes in Empire. It has been happening since 1974. Featuring food and drink vendors, a display of the season’s largest asparagus, the crowning of an asparagus queen, and even an asparagus poetry contest. The Empire Asparagus Festival is scheduled for June 3.

    Pizza Asparagus

  • National Asparagus Festival

    There are two festivals in Michigan that celebrate asparagus. This National Festival is in Hart, which is in Oceana County. National Asparagus Festival is the longest-running asparagus festival in the country and 2023 marks the 50th festival. It takes place this year on June 20.

    Man picking fresh asparagus in field, closeup

  • National Cereal Festival

    Battle Creek is the home of the Kellogg’s brand and the National Cereal Festival. The festival features a variety of entertainment; live music, children’s activities, inflatables, and free cereal for attendees. This year’s event will take place on June 10.

    Milk pouring into cereal

  • Outhouse Classic

    The Outhouse Classic is a unique twist on outhouses. They are made of wood, crates, cardboard, and other items, put on skis, and then raced down Main Street by a pair of runners. Prizes are given in different categories to the teams with the best times. This event happens February annually in Trenary, Michigan.

    Homemade sled

  • Yale Bologna Festival

    This 3-day festival takes place in Yale, located in St. Clair County. The Yale Bologna Festival has been a tradition since 1989. The festival includes outhouses races, a street dance, fireworks, and a parade down Main Street. The 33rd Yale Bologna Festival will take place this year July 28 through July 30.

    frying bologna

  • Elvis Fest

    Elvis Fest is a celebration of all things Elvis. The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll fans can see Elvis impersonators, dance to classic songs, and enjoy beer and food. This year’s venue will be the Wayne County Fairgrounds, Belleville on July 7 and July 8.

    sequined jacket

  • Michigan Bacon Festival

    This one-day festival is for those who love bacon. Michigan Bacon Festival has everything from bacon mac and cheese, bacon beer, to bacon donuts. The festival will take place on July 30 at Jackson Field in Lansing.

    bacon wrapped corn on the cob

  • Old Town Scrapfest

    Beautiful works of art from hundreds of pounds of scrap is created and displayed at Old Town Scrapfest in Lansing. The festival began as a scrap metal artwork competition and has grown into a full art festival that focuses on up-cycled and repurposed artwork. It has a scrap metal sculpture competition, eco-art booth vendors, family activities, live music, and food. Scrapfest is scheduled for July 14 and July 15.

    Wooden and metal fish smiling

  • Mighty Uke Day

    This one-day Ukulele festival takes place in East Lansing. It features workshops, lessons, and performances.

    Friends walking in the park with ukelele

  • National Baby Food Festival

    The national headquarters of Gerber Products Company is in Michigan. So, it makes sense that the state has a National Baby Food Festival in Fremont. It’s a celebration of baby health and nutrition. The festival features a baby crawl, a baby food-eating contest, a farmer’s market, a car show, and more. The weeklong event takes place annually the third week of July. The next National Baby Food Festival is happening on July 19 through July 22.

    baby food

  • Bay-Rama Fishfly Festival

    More than 50,000 people travel to New Baltimore for Bay-Rama Fishfly Festival. The festival has live entertainment, a Miss Bay-Rama Queens Pageant, fireworks, a parade, and kids day. The weeklong event is happening June 21 through June 25.

    family eating cupcakes at fair

  • Festival of the Forks

    Festival of the Forks is held in downtown Albion. It doesn’t celebrate forks. It’s a celebration of Albion’s food, music, diversity, healthy habits. This event will take place on the third weekend in September, the 15th through the 16th.

    Chef handing out tortilla

  • Wizard of Oz Festival

    The Wizard of Oz Festival in Ionia allows attendees to dress up like your favorite character and participate in arts and crafts, photo opportunities, a 5K race, movie screenings and more. According to the event Facebook page. It is scheduled for September 23, 2023.

    Officer worker laying down in costume

  • Gizzard Festival

    Gizzard Festival in Potterville is scheduled for June 8, 9, and 10 this year. Attendees can enter the gizzard eating contest, play in the corn hole tournament, or take line dancing lessons. The festival will also host its second annual Gizzard Fest Pageant.

    Close up of french salad with gizzard

  • Humongous Fungus Festival

    This two-day festival in August celebrates the mushrooms that grow in the community. Specifically, the 38-acre humongous fungus that was discovered nearly three decades ago. The Humongous Fungus Festival in Crystal Falls features food from local vendors, craft vendors, a mushroom cookoff, and guided walks identifying different types of mushrooms. This festival is scheduled for August 25 and August 26.

    white mushrooms in green lawn field

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