Idlewild Music Events

Each year, during the summer months, the Idlewild area is host to several music events celebrating the rich history of African-Americans in Michigan.

Prior to the enactment of the Civil Rights Act in 1964, this "Black Eden" was one of the few resorts in the United States where African-Americans could vacation and purchase property.

This resort community was a performance location for several well-known entertainers and professionals from around the country and, at its peak, it was the most popular resort in the Midwest for African-Americans. Famous entertainers like Sammy Davis Jr., Sarah Vaughn, Della Reese, the Four Tops and others were regulars at Idlewild's once-thriving nightspots.

Today, different groups organize and sponsor music festival activities to commemorate this rich musical heritage.

Idlewild Music Fest
Location in 2019 was at Ferris State University.
A full weekend of historic education, empowerment and live music. Includes a Women's Empowerment Luncheon, Girl Talk, Boys to Men, and Jazz, Soul and Poetry Brunch.

8th Annual Idlewild Homecoming Jazz & Blues Festival
Canceled for 2020 due to Covid-19 health and safety concerns
John Meeks Park, Idlewild
Free. Bring lawn chairs, blankets and coolers; no pets. Sponsored by the Idlewild African American Chamber of Commerce.

Summer Oasis Festival at Idlewild
Paradise Lake, Idlewild.
The three-day tent musical festival hours are Friday 6pm-2am, Saturday 12noon-2am and Sunday 11am-3pm. The festival is held on the same land of the famous Paradise Club which housed some of the world's most famous black entertainers.

For more activities & attractions, check out these additional links for Things to Do in West Michigan:

West Michigan Map
Ludington Activities & Things to Do -- Play on a beautiful beach, take a tour at Historic White Pine Village, or explore the barn quilt trail, murals or sculptures in the county--Ludington offers many fun things to do for the entire family!
Have Fun in Manistee, Michigan -- Explore Manistee's historic downtown district and riverwalk, hike the Manistee National Forest, canoe on the Manistee River, and more.
Hamlin Lake -- Just 4 miles north of Ludington, Hamlin Lake is a great destination for boating, fishing and climbing dunes! The Hamlin Lake shoreline is also part of the Ludington State Park.
Silver Lake Sand Dunes -- Visiting the Silver Lake Sand Dunes makes for a terrific vacation because you can take your off-road vehicle for a spin on the scenic sand dunes overlooking Lake Michigan and Silver Lake.
Things to Do in Pentwater, Michigan -- Nothing is quite like the quaint, artsy, harbortown village of Pentwater. Don't miss the popular Charles Mears State Park beach on Pentwater's Lake Michigan shoreline.
Lots of Activities in Scottville, Michigan -- Explore the Riverside Park along the National Scenic Pere Marquette River.
Canoeing or Fishing on the Pere Marquette River -- Many boat liveries offer canoe rentals.
Also, check out West Michigan Guides and our locally produced directory for our largest lists of Things to Do in West Michigan.
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Last Updated: 07-27-2021 04:36 PM ID: 1172