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Family-Friendly Events

July 2024

The lakeshore communities of West Michigan do a fantastic job of hosting events and activities that include the whole family. There’s so much happening that is geared specifically toward kids and families as a whole, and that’s part of what makes being here so amazing!

Every season in West Michigan has it’s unique, fun things to do for kids of all ages- from babies up to the “young at heart”. Indoors or outdoors, no matter the time of year, there’s always something great going on along the lakeshore for families to experience together!

In addition to the following list, check out all the special events and programs provided by Sandcastles Children’s Museum and the Ludington and Scottville branches of the Mason County District Libraries.

Amber Elk Ranch
Sandcastles Children's Museum

Here's a list of family friendly events happening in July:

Thursdays June 20th-August 1st, 2024

U-Dig It! Youth Summer Program
The U Dig It Community Garden, AFFEW, and Lakeshore Food Club are hosting a highly interactive, hands-on program covering organic gardening, nature, and art experiences for kids ages 9-11. The event is free but pre-registration is required by contacting Julia Chambers at president@affew.org or (231) 690-9561.

June 28th-July 6th 2024

National Cherry Festival
Annual festival with fun for the whole family including concerts, parades, fireworks, and an air show. For more information, visit cherryfestival.org. Festival Grounds- 521 S Union Street, Traverse City. 

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2024
6-10p,

Hart Sparks Celebration
Free kids activities from 6-9pm, food trucks, vendors, and live music from 6-10pm, and fireworks at Dusk. 

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2024
Dusk

Pentwater Fireworks
At Charles Mears State Park- 400 W. Lowell St., Pentwater.

Wednesday, July 3rd-Thursday, July 4th; 2024

Ludington Area Jaycees Freedom Festival
Event includes Children & Pet Parade, 1-Mile Fun Run at 1:30pm, Parade at 2pm, and Fireworks at Dusk. Downtown Ludington.

Wednesday, July 3rd-Thursday, July 4th; 2024

Hesperia Family Fun Fest
This annual event includes an arts & crafts fair, food trucks, foam party, duck race, live music, and much more. For information, visit facebook.com or email hacc1866@gmail.com.

July 3rd-7th, 2024

Manistee National Forest Festival
Annual event with fun for the whole family.

July 3rd-7th, 2024

Luther Days
Annual festival with fun for the whole family including live music, fireworks, 5k run/walk, kids games, rodeo, and more. Downtown Luther. For more information, visit facebook.com/lutherloggingdays.

Thursday, July 4th, 2024
9:45-10:45am

Independence Day Bike Parade
Registration/Line-up at 9:30am, Parade at 10am. Charles Mears State Park– 400 W. Lowell St., Pentwater. For more information, visit pentwater.org.

Thursday, July 4th, 2024

White Lake Area Fourth of July Celebration
Parade begins at 10am traveling from Whitehall City Hall (7525 Highland Rd., White Lake Charter Township) to Montague City Hall (8778 Ferry St., Montague). Fireworks at Dusk over White Lake. For more info or a parade entry form, visit facebook.com

Thursday, July 4th, 2024
10pm

Thunder over the Dunes Fireworks
Over the Silver Lake Sand Dunes.

July 4th-7th, 2024

Frankfort-Elberta 4th of July Carnival
Annual old fashioned carnival with rides and games and Carnival food. Hours are generally Thursday from 5-10pm, Friday from 3-10pm, and Saturday/Sunday from 12-10pm. Frankfort Open Space- 800 Main St., Frankfort. For more info, call Joanne at (231) 352-7251 or visit frankfortmich.com.

Saturday, July 6th, 2024
9am-1pm

Young Eagles Rally
The event offers free airplane rides for children ages 8 to 17. Pilots and ground support personnel participating in the event donate their time, their planes and fuel. The weather back-up day is Sunday, July 7th, same times. For questions, contact John at (231) 757-2951. Mason County Airport- 5300 US-10, Ludington.

Saturday, July 6th, 2024
12pm

Bus Day to Big Point Sable Lighthouse
Free concert from 1-3pm. Bus transportation from 12pm-5pm. Big Sable Point Lighthouse in Ludington State Park- 8800 M-116, Ludington.

Sunday, July 7th, 2024
8am

Stony Lake Sparkler 5k
Starts at Stony Lake Inn- 4722 Scenic Dr., Shelby. 

Monday, July 8th, 2024
6-8pm

Beach Photos with Santa
Get a photo with Santa on the beach for $30. Proceeds benefit the Oriole Giving Tree Project, an organization that supports Ludington students/families in need during the holidays. Meet at the West end of Ludington Avenue, Ludington. Schedule your appointment online by clicking here.

July 8th-11th, 2024

Junior Tennis Clinic
Times are  age 10 & under: 5:30-6:15pm and 11–16 years old: 6:30-7:45pm. Pentwater Tennis & Pickleball Club- 8502 N. US-31, Pentwater. For more information or to register, visit pentwatertennisclub.com.

Thursday, July 11th, 2024
4-6pm

Block Party
Portage Ave., Onekama. For more information, visit onekama.info.

Friday, July 12th, 2024
5-9pm

Muskegon Party in the Park
Live music featuring West Side Soul Surfers, kids activities, food/drink trucks, and more. Hackley Park- 350 W. Webster Ave., Muskegon.

July 12th-14th, 2024

Bear Lake Days
Annual festival in Bear Lake with fun for the whole family.

July 14th-21st, 2024

Ludington Offshore Classic Fishing Tournament
Waterfront Park- 391 S. William St., Ludington

Tuesday, July 16th, 2024
7-8pm

AFFEW Beach Sweep
Beach clean-up at Stearns Park Beach, Ludington.

July 17th-20th, 2024

National Baby Food Festival
Annual festival with fun for the whole family. Main St., Fremont. For more information, visit fremontcommerce.com.

Thursday, July 18th, 2024
12pm

Bus Day to Big Point Sable Lighthouse
Free concert from 1-3pm. Bus transportation from 12pm-5pm. Big Sable Point Lighthouse in Ludington State Park- 8800 M-116, Ludington.

Thursday, July 18th, 2024
3:30-5:30pm

Diapers & Donuts
West Shore Family Support will be giving away free diapers & donuts to families with children age 3 and under at Crossroads Church of op by Bachelor Evangelical Covenant Church- 5940 E. Sugar Grove Rd., Fountain. Free car seat checks will also be offered.

Thursday, July 18th, 2024
6-8pm

Beach Photos with Santa
Get a photo with Santa on the beach for $30. Proceeds benefit the Oriole Giving Tree Project, an organization that supports Ludington students/families in need during the holidays. Meet at the West end of Ludington Avenue, Ludington. Schedule your appointment online by clicking here.

Saturday, July 20th, 2024
9am

Muddy Fox Trot
Family-friendly 5k mud run with a boot camp style obstacle course. West Shore Community College- 3000 N. Stiles Rd., Scottville.

Saturday, July 20th, 2024
4-10pm

Lakeshore Pyrate Heads Buccaneer Bash
Food trucks, silent & live raffle items, live music featuring Jimmy Dodson & Kenny Howell from 4-6pm and RPM from 6-9pm, and prizes for best Pirate Attire. $5 at the door, kids 12 and under are free. Proceeds benefit the Alzheimer’s Association. Ludington Boat Club- 502 Lake St., Ludington.

Saturday, July 20th-Sunday, July 21st; 2024

Kaleva Heritage Days
Annual festival with an arts & crafts show, fireworks, parade, car show, and more. Kaleva Roadside Park.

July 24th-27th, 2024

Baldwin Troutarama
Annual festival with fun for the whole family. Downtown Baldwin.

Friday, July 26th, 2024
5-9pm

Muskegon Party in the Park
Live music featuring Ronnie Baker Brooks wsg Vincent Hayes & the Raw Deal, kids activities, food/drink trucks, and more. Hackley Park- 350 W. Webster Ave., Muskegon.

Friday, July 26th, 2024
8pm

Pentwater Movies on the Green
Free showing of The Super Mario Bros. Movie on the Village Green- 327 S. Hancock St., Pentwater.

July 26th-28th, 2024

Arcadia Daze
Annual festival in Arcadia with fun for the whole family.

July 26th-28th, 2024

Muskegon Open Pro/Am Fishing Tournament
Pro/Am/333 event with a Ladies Prelim and Ladies/Kids fish. For more info, visit tournamenttrail.net/tournament.

July 26th-August 4th, 2024

Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival
Annual Festival with fun for the whole family. Downtown Grand Haven. For tickets or more information, visit tickets.coastguardfest.org.

Saturday, July 27th, 2024

West Michigan Old Engine Club Tractor Pull
Free to attend. Dead Sled at 9am, Transfer Sled at 1pm. WMOEC Ground- 700 S. Scottville Rd., Scottville.

Saturday, July 27th, 2024
9-11am

Strut Your Mutt 5K Fun Run and 1 Mile Pet Stroll/Walk Fundraiser
Oceana County’s LASSI (Local Animal Shelter Support, Inc.) is sponsoring this event to help support animals staying in the Oceana County Animal Shelter. Registration is $30 which includes a T-shirt and medal, and those with dogs will receive a doggie bandanna and doggie bag. Up North Farm Market- 3890 Monroe Rd., Hart. Register at adventuresignup.com.

Sunday, July 28th, 2024
11:30am-6:30pm

Cruise-In Car Show
Street Rods, Muscle Cars, Trucks, Cycles, Customs, all welcome. Includes music, door prizes, 50/50 raffle, and food. Prizes awarded at 1:30pm. Downtown Grand Haven.

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