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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.

11 THINGS TO DO IN MICHIGAN (SEPTEMBER 29 - OCTOBER 08)

Northern Lights

Northern Lights

August–April (all year round) • nature

Go on an exciting aurora borealis chase in Northern Michigan

Upper Peninsula Fall Colors

Upper Peninsula Fall Colors

late September–early October • nature

Take in the explosion of yellow, orange, and crimson

Stargazing

Stargazing

all year round (best in March–early December) • nature

Shrouded with lakes, Michigan offers an unparalleled dark sky experience

Sandhill Crane Migration

Sandhill Crane Migration

October–November  • nature

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

Lake of the Clouds Fall Colors

Lake of the Clouds Fall Colors

late September–mid-October • nature

The most iconic fall spot in the Porcupine Mountains and entire Michigan's Upper Peninsula

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

The Nordhouse Dunes

The Nordhouse Dunes

April–November • activity

Ancient dunes by Lake Michigan represent a unique eco-system

Apple Harvest and Cider Season

Apple Harvest and Cider Season

mid-September–mid-November • activity

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

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

Fairy Doors of Ann Arbor

Fairy Doors of Ann Arbor

all year round • activity

Discover the magic world of the tiny ornate doors

52 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

Port Huron Float Down

Port Huron Float Down

out of rangeAugust 21, 2022 • event

Summer water fun event in Michigan

Michigan State Fair

Michigan State Fair

out of rangeSeptember 1–5, 2022 • event

See the second oldest state fair in the United States

Woodward Dream Cruise

Woodward Dream Cruise

out of rangeAugust 20, 2022 • event

The largest one-day classic car event in the world

Hash Bash

Hash Bash

unconfirmedearly April 2023 • event

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

Howell Balloon Fest

Howell Balloon Fest

unconfirmedlate June 2023 • event

Howell Balloon Fest is a family-friendly event in the Howell area, also known as Michigan Challenge Balloonfest

Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show & Balloon Festival

Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show & Balloon Festival

unconfirmedlate June–early July 2023 • event

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

Jackson Hot Air Jubilee

Jackson Hot Air Jubilee

out of rangeJuly 21–23, 2023 • event

One of the oldest ballooning events in Michigan

Detroit 4th of July Events & Fireworks

Detroit 4th of July Events & Fireworks

unconfirmedlate June–early July 2023 • event

Detroit celebrates America's birthday: from big-city parties to community gatherings

Frankenmuth Balloons over Bavarian Inn

Frankenmuth Balloons over Bavarian Inn

out of rangeMay 26–29, 2023 • event

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

Tulip Time

Tulip Time

out of rangeMay 6–14, 2023 • event

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

Tecumseh's Appleumpkin Festival

Tecumseh's Appleumpkin Festival

out of rangeOctober 8–9, 2022 • event

One of the best community festivals in Lenawee County

Electric Forest

Electric Forest

unconfirmedlate June 2023 • event

A multi-genre music festival in Rothbury, Michigan

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

MTU Winter Carnival

MTU Winter Carnival

out of rangeFebruary 8–11, 2023 • event

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

Motor City Comic Con

Motor City Comic Con

out of rangeOctober 14–16, 2022 • event

Detroit's biggest fan convention

Plymouth Ice Festival

Plymouth Ice Festival

unconfirmedmid-February 2023 • event

Skilfully carved ice sculptures line the streets of downtown Plymouth

Frankenmuth Christmas

Frankenmuth Christmas

out of rangeNovember 25–December 11, 2022 • event

Frankenmuth Christmas lights make this Bavarian village an ultimate Christmas destination in Michigan

Selfridge Open House and Air Show

Selfridge Open House and Air Show

out of rangeJuly 9–10, 2022 • event

Appreciate the remarkable capabilities of the US Air Forces

Luna Pier 4th of July Weekend Events & Fireworks

Luna Pier 4th of July Weekend Events & Fireworks

out of rangeJuly 2, 2022 • event

Don't miss this cozy Independence Day celebration

International Cherry Pit-Spitting Championship

International Cherry Pit-Spitting Championship

out of rangeJuly 1, 2023 • event

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

Cherry Blossoms in Michigan

Cherry Blossoms in Michigan

out of rangemid-May • nature

Capture the beauty of cherry blossoms in Michigan

Labor Day Events

Labor Day Events

out of rangeSeptember 1–6, 2022 • event

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

Detroit Christmas Lights

Detroit Christmas Lights

out of rangelate November 2022–mid-January 2023 • event

Get into holiday spirit with tree lightings and festivals

Zehnder’s Snowfest

Zehnder’s Snowfest

out of rangeJanuary 25–29, 2023 • event

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

Thunder Over Michigan

Thunder Over Michigan

out of rangeAugust 12–13, 2023 • event

Two days, four performances, tons of emotions—it's all about air show in Michigan

Greater Lansing Balloon Festival

Greater Lansing Balloon Festival

on holdSeptember 26, 2020 • event

Enjoy the celebration of colorful balloons in Southern Michigan

Fire & Ice Festival

Fire & Ice Festival

on holdJanuary 17–19, 2021 • event

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

4th of July in Ann Arbor

4th of July in Ann Arbor

out of rangeJuly 2–6, 2022 • event

This city has no shortage of things to do during the 4th of July weekend

Wayne County Lightfest

Wayne County Lightfest

out of rangeNovember 17–December 24, 2022 • event

A Christmas fantasy drive-through not far from Detroit

Grand Haven Winterfest

Grand Haven Winterfest

out of rangeJanuary 26–29, 2023 • event

A fun winter celebration on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan

Burning Foot Beer Festival

Burning Foot Beer Festival

out of rangeAugust 27, 2022 • event

With the barefoot entry and camping on the beach, this beer fest is definitely not an ordinary one

Michigan Summer Beer Festival

Michigan Summer Beer Festival

unconfirmedlate July 2023 • event

A large outdoor beer brewers event near 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

Christmas Lights in Michigan

Christmas Lights in Michigan

out of rangelate November 2022–early January 2023 • event

Millions of lights illuminate the holiday season in Michigan

Nashville Hot Air Balloon Festival

Nashville Hot Air Balloon Festival

out of rangeMay 6–8, 2022 • event

Enjoy panoramic hot air balloon flights in Barry County

Grand Rapids Comic Con

Grand Rapids Comic Con

out of rangeDeltaPlex Arena: April 8–10, 2022 | DeVos Place: November 11–13, 2022 • event

Celebrate comic books and popular arts in G-Raps twice a year during the spring and fall comic cons

Metro Cruise

Metro Cruise

out of rangeAugust 26–27, 2022 • event

Don't miss the biggest car event in the state

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

Munger Potato Festival

Munger Potato Festival

out of rangeSeptember 17, 2022 • event

Plenty of free potato and lots of fun are waiting for you!

Battle Creek Christmas Parade

Battle Creek Christmas Parade

out of rangeNovember 19, 2022 • event

A must-visit Christmas event to get in the holiday mood

U.P. Fall Beer Festival in Marquette, MI

U.P. Fall Beer Festival in Marquette, MI

out of rangeSeptember 10, 2022 • event

A large event for beer enthusiasts in Michigan

Clinton Fall Festival

Clinton Fall Festival

out of rangeSeptember 23–25, 2022 • event

A fun-filled fall weekend in a historic village

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

Detroit Water Lantern Festival

Detroit Water Lantern Festival

out of rangeAugust 27, 2022 • event

The magic of hundreds of illuminated lanterns in Michigan

Bad Axe Christmas Parade

Bad Axe Christmas Parade

out of rangeNovember 26, 2022 • event

Downtown Bad Axe transforms into a winter wonderland. Check it out with your own eyes!

Petoskey 4th of July Fireworks

Petoskey 4th of July Fireworks

out of rangeJuly 4, 2022 • event

A traditional small-town celebration on Lake Michigan

Christmas Lights in Grand Rapids

Christmas Lights in Grand Rapids

out of rangelate November 2022–early January 2023 • event

Take a stroll through America’s Jolliest City

Donuts and Beer Festival

Donuts and Beer Festival

out of rangeOctober 8, 2022 • event

Plenty of mouth-watering donuts and lots of beer are waiting for you at Donuts and Beer Festival

St. Joseph County Grange Fair

St. Joseph County Grange Fair

out of rangeSeptember 18–24, 2022 • event

One of the top five fairs in Michigan

Warrior Dash Michigan

Warrior Dash Michigan

overJuly 27, 2019 • event

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

Midland Balloon Festival

Midland Balloon Festival

out of rangeAugust 5–7, 2021 • event

Get a birds-eye view of the Tri-Cities region in Central Michigan

Hunter Ice Festival

Hunter Ice Festival

out of rangeJanuary 13–15, 2023 • event

An exciting winter event in Niles, Michigan

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