West Michigan Festivals & Events

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Festivals & Events in West Michigan

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Current Events in West Michigan

The events listed on this page are just the highlights of what's happening in the months to come. Click the "View All Events" button for our full monthly calendar with time and date details. 

October 2023

  • 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.

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March 2024

We will be adding March events as they are announced. Please check back soon.

  • 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.

April 2024

  • 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.

May 2024

  • 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 Farmers 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.
  • Baldwin’s Blessing of the Bikes– Motorcycles of all varieties and sizes make their way to Baldwin every May for the annual Blessing of the Bikes.

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West Michigan Activities & Attractions

Winter in Manistee County

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West Michigan Lighthouses

A site to behold along Lake Michigan, these structures with a rich history give both a sense of safety and a beautiful site.

Biking in West Michigan

Much of West Michigan is bicycle-friendly, and you’ll find many nice paths on which to ride. It’s great exercise with great scenery to enjoy.

Grand Traverse Lighthouse

The Grand Traverse Lighthouse is situated at the end of the Leelanau Peninsula within, about eight miles north of the town of Northport.

Lake Michigan Water Temperatures

Before you make a splash in Lake Michigan, check out the water temperatures for beaches from Manistee, Ludington, Pentwater, and Silver Lake.

West Michigan Arts Scene

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