Michigan festivals to check out in 2021

While the pandemic forced most events and activities to be canceled last year, many are planning to return in 2021.

Check out some festivals planned across Michigan this spring and summer. 

Note: As of April 27, 2021, none of these events have been canceled. Be sure to check event websites before attending to ensure they are still happening.

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Dog Bowl

  • Dates: May 28-31
  • Location: Frankenmuth

The Frankenmuth Dog Bowl is a festival full of fun for pets and people alike. There are more than 25 activities planned, many that let dogs strut their stuff and compete against other pooches.

The event includes wiener dog races, a pet parade, a dog show, hot air balloon rides, a dog costume contest, fireworks, and more.

Click here to see all the events.

Mackinac Island Lilac Festival

  • Dates: June 4-13
  • Location: Mackinac Island

The Lilac Festival, now in its 73rd year, is the largest summer event held on Mackinac Island and kicks off the season.

This year's festival will include in-person and virtual events. The West Michigan Bootscooter Dance, Mackin-Paw Dog Day, and Grand Stationary Parade have been canceled due to the pandemic.

The event includes lilac tours and a planting seminar with lilac expert Jeff Young. Both of these events are free but will be ticketed to limit crowds.

Click here to learn more.

National Cherry Festival

  • Dates: July 3-10
  • Location: Traverse City

The annual Cherry Festival will include a mix of in-person and virtual events in 2021.

The event will include a Porch Parade, as well as an Arts & Crafts Fair, Old Town Car Show, Ultimate Air Dogs, and The Great American Duck Race.

Some activities will be moved to larger locations to allow for more social distancing. The Bayside Music Stage and the airshow will not be part of this year's festival.

Click here to see a full schedule of events.

Cheeseburger in Caseville

  • Dates: August 13-22
  • Caseville

Visit The Thumb's "Key North" and enjoy a burger or two during this festival dedicated to cheeseburgers.

The fest includes music, drinks, games, and of course cheeseburgers.

See more details here.