Best time to visit Michigan

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Best time of year to visit Michigan

The best time to visit Michigan runs all the way from May to October. These months are warm and bright, and there are numerous balloon and music festivals to choose from, all across the state. However, summer is also the most crowded time of the year, so plan your trip well in advance, or opt for a late spring or early fall visit. Late fall and winter in Michigan can be chilly with an abundance of snow. This is good news for skiers, snowboarders, and budget travelers looking for great deals. Early spring is still cool and snowy in many parts of the state. This is when you can enjoy lower hotel rates, fewer people on the streets, and the astonishing Ice Shards on the Great Lakes.

8 THINGS TO DO IN MICHIGAN (SEPTEMBER 02 - SEPTEMBER 11)

Northern Lights

Northern Lights

August–April (all year round) • nature

Go on an exciting aurora borealis chase in Northern Michigan

Michigan State Fair

Michigan State Fair

September 2–6, 2021 • event

See the second oldest state fair in the United States

Kayak to Turnip Rock

Kayak to Turnip Rock

March–mid-November  • activity

This wonder of nature on Lake Huron is one of the best weekend getaways in Michigan

Labor Day Events

Labor Day Events

September 2–6, 2021 • event

The weekend full of outdoor concerts, picnics, and BBQs wraps up the summer season in Michigan

Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring)

Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring)

March–November • nature

Michigan’s largest freshwater spring is a geological phenomenon and a great fishing spot

Detroit Masonic Temple

Detroit Masonic Temple

all year round (1st & 3rd Sunday of the month) • activity

Visit the world's largest Masonic Temple built in an impressive neo-gothic style

The Nordhouse Dunes

The Nordhouse Dunes

April–November • activity

Ancient dunes by Lake Michigan represent a unique eco-system

Fairy Doors of Ann Arbor

Fairy Doors of Ann Arbor

all year round • activity

Discover the magic world of the tiny ornate doors

28 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

Hash Bash

Hash Bash

out of rangeApril 3, 2021 • event

The celebration of all things cannabis on the first Saturday of April

Port Huron Float Down

Port Huron Float Down

out of rangeAugust 15, 2021 • event

Summer water fun event in Michigan

Woodward Dream Cruise

Woodward Dream Cruise

out of rangeAugust 21, 2021 • event

The largest one-day classic car event in the world

Jackson Hot Air Jubilee

Jackson Hot Air Jubilee

unconfirmedlate July 2022 • event

One of the oldest ballooning events in Michigan

Tulip Time

Tulip Time

out of rangeMay 1–8, 2021 • event

Fun and flowers! Skim the cream off in Holland during the tulip festival

Frankenmuth Balloons over Bavarian Inn

Frankenmuth Balloons over Bavarian Inn

out of rangeMay 27–30, 2022 • event

Hot air balloons and more fun in Michigan's little Bavaria

MTU Winter Carnival

MTU Winter Carnival

out of rangeFebruary 3–6, 2021 • event

One of the largest annual winter festivals in the U.S. takes place on the campus of the Michigan Tech University

Upper Peninsula Fall Colors

Upper Peninsula Fall Colors

out of rangelate September–early October • nature

Take in the explosion of yellow, orange, and crimson

Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show & Balloon Festival

Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show & Balloon Festival

out of rangeJune 30–July 4, 2021 • event

America's largest festival combining air show and hot air balloons

Hummingbirds in Michigan

Hummingbirds in Michigan

out of rangeMay–August • nature

You can easily seduce a couple of tiny nectar drinking birds to your backyard with feeders or suitable blooms

International Cherry Pit-Spitting Championship

International Cherry Pit-Spitting Championship

out of rangeJuly 3, 2021 • event

Anyone can take part in this competition, which promises great fun for the whole family

Zehnder’s Snowfest

Zehnder’s Snowfest

out of rangeJanuary 29–31, 2021 (limited event) • event

One of the top snow sculpting events in North America held in Frankenmuth, MI since 1990

Fire & Ice Festival

Fire & Ice Festival

unconfirmedJanuary 17–19, 2021 • event

Enjoy the pleasant ambiance during one of the premier winter events in Michigan

Wayne County Lightfest

Wayne County Lightfest

out of rangeNovember 21–December 31, 2019 • event

A Christmas fantasy drive-through not far from Detroit

Ice Shards on the Great Lakes

Ice Shards on the Great Lakes

out of rangemid–February–late March • nature

The ice cover gets shattered to knife-sharp pieces as spring takes over winter

Greater Lansing Balloon Festival

Greater Lansing Balloon Festival

on holdlate September 2021 • event

Enjoy the celebration of colorful balloons in Southern Michigan

Skiing and Snowboarding

Skiing and Snowboarding

out of rangelate November–mid-April • activity

Hit the slopes at one of the best ski destinations of the Midwest

Frankenmuth Christmas

Frankenmuth Christmas

out of rangeNovember 27–December 12, 2020 (virtual event) • event

The Bavarian village is the ultimate Christmas destination in Michigan

Michigan Summer Beer Festival

Michigan Summer Beer Festival

canceledlate July 2021 • event

A large outdoor beer brewers event near Detroit

Pictured Rocks Winter Hike

Pictured Rocks Winter Hike

out of rangeDecember–February  • nature

Winter has its special power to create majestic landscapes. And the area of Pictured Rocks in Michigan during winter period turns into a real ice and snow masterpiece

Plymouth Ice Festival

Plymouth Ice Festival

on holdJanuary 2021 • event

Skilfully carved ice sculptures line the streets of downtown Plymouth

U.P. Fall Beer Festival in Marquette, MI

U.P. Fall Beer Festival in Marquette, MI

canceledSeptember 12, 2020 • event

A large event for beer enthusiasts in Michigan

Sandhill Crane Migration

Sandhill Crane Migration

out of rangeOctober–November  • nature

Tens of thousands of cranes fly south from Michigan after breeding over the summer

Warrior Dash Michigan

Warrior Dash Michigan

overJuly 27, 2019 • event

Go through water, fire, air and earth to prove you're a true warrior

Electric Forest

Electric Forest

unconfirmedJune 2022 • event

A multi-genre music festival in Rothbury, Michigan

Clinton Fall Festival

Clinton Fall Festival

canceledSeptember 25–27, 2020 • event

A fun-filled fall weekend in a historic village

Apple Harvest and Cider Season

Apple Harvest and Cider Season

out of rangemid-September–mid-November • activity

Apples, cider, and donuts—orchards and cider mills in the Ann Arbor area have it all

Grand Haven Winterfest

Grand Haven Winterfest

out of rangeJanuary 28–31, 2021  • event

A fun winter celebration on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan

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