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Best 2013 festival in Michigan?

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Best 2013 festival in Michigan?

I know that there are a LOT of great festivals in Michigan. Which is the best "Can't Miss" one you'd recommend for visiting in 2013?

The ones on my "Can't Miss" list include:

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"Back to the Bricks" in Flint, Mi.

"Artprize" in Grand Rapids, MI.

"Great Lakes Folk Festival" in East Lansing, Mi.

"Ann Arbor Art Fairs" in Ann Arbor, MI.

"Tall Ships" in Bay City, Mi.

"Cascades Civil War Muster" in Jackson, Mi.

"Michigan Challenge Balloonfest" in Howell, Mi.

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1. Re: Best 2013 festival in Michigan?

5-15 years ago, i woulda included the dunegrass festival in empire....

but now, it's all changed and haven't been in about 4 years....

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Tall ship!! What a sight!!

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3. Re: Best 2013 festival in Michigan?

Here are the dates (if you are planning)

Michigan Challenge Balloonfest (Howell, Mi.): June 28,29, 30, 2013

Tall Ships Celebration (Bay City, Mi.): July 11-14, 2013

Ann Arbor Art Fairs: July 17, 2013 - July 20, 2013

Great Lakes Folk Fest (East Lansing, Mi.): August: 9-11, 2013

Back to the Bricks (Flint, Mi.): August 13-17, 2013

Jackson Cascades Civil War Muster: August 25 & 26, 2013

Artprize (Grand Rapids, Mi.): Sept. 18, 2013

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I love the Ann Arbor Arts Fair and the Great Lakes Folk Fest. I also love a very small little art fair in East Jordan on the south arm of Lake Charlevoix. It is called the Portside Art Fair and it is always held the first weekend in August at Elmpointe Estate on M-66 heading north out of town. I purchased an exquisite Petoskey stone necklace there and commissioned a gentleman from Jackson to make a glass topped coffee table with petoskey stones, antique fishing lures (from my husband's family) and other treasures from Northern Michigan. I gave it to my dear husband for his 50th birthday. True treasures, especially when I arrive and depart from this fair by boat! Moms

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With the OP's profile picture, I can't believe that Paczki Day in Hamtramck was not mentioned. At least I think thats a Paczki. Not really a formal festival, but the bands start playing and booze starts flowing as early as 7am all over town - its Detroit's mini version of Bourbon street. Unfortunately I'll be out of town next week.

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Strange, I know I've told you this before, but you really have to get up to check out blissfest...July 12-14 this year. If you liked the old Dunegrass, you'll love Blissfest!

We also went to Hoxeyville last year and had a really great time. Unfortunately, I'm starting to hear rumbles that it might not be happening this year.

Here are some other good music festivals you might check out:

Spirit of the Woods Music Association, Brethren, MI

Dunegrass and Blues Festival, Empire, MI

Farmhouse Music Organization & Farmfest, Johannesburg, MI

Great Lakes Folk Festival, Lansing, MI

Nor-East'r Music & Arts Festival Mio, MI

Hiawatha Music Festival, Marquette, MI

Michigan Womyn's Music Festival, Hart, MI

Mid-Winter Singing Festival, Lansing, MI

Wheatland Music Festival, Remus, MI

Bluegrass in The Park, Atlanta, MI

Grand Marais Music Festival, Grand Marais, MI

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7. Re: Best 2013 festival in Michigan?

Of the choices you listed, my suggestion would be ArtPrize for it's uniqueness.

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8. Re: Best 2013 festival in Michigan?

StrangeTripper,

That festival looks interesting, but a bit of travel time for me (probably 4-5 hours)

Thanks for responding.

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9. Re: Best 2013 festival in Michigan?

tev9999,

You know... I've never been to a Paczki fest. I'm sure it is fun. My wife would not approve of it, so I just get them (paczki) at Donna's Donuts in Flint, it's just a five minute drive there for me.

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10. Re: Best 2013 festival in Michigan?

2012 Artprize was the first one of those I've visited... and I'll definately return for 2013.