MyNorth.com's August 2012 Northern Michigan Festival Guide

Northern Michigan Events: Think summer entertainment is over? Think again! August hosts many different festivals; check out our list below to see where the fun is taking place this August.

Traverse City Film Festival

July 31-August 5

In its 8th year, the Traverse City Film Festival has always lived by the motto "just great movies" and this year is no exception. The list of movies that are going to be played, discussed, analyzed, loved, re-watched and change lives is pretty awesome! Go through the variety of cinematic pleasures that are compiled and decide on one (or many!) that suit your fancy. In the words of Founder Michael Moore, "see as many movies as you can. Then go see more. This is the year you were meant to set a record." For more information check out TCFF's website.

Elk Rapids Harbor Days

August 1-5

This fun and family friendly festival takes place against the backdrop of beautiful Northern Michigan water. For a complete list of events check out MyNorth.com.

Traverse City Street Sale

August 3

8-9 pm

For some great bargains and great shopping check out Front Street on August 3 where you are sure to pick up something that you absolutely had to have! For more on the street sale click here.

Paella in the Park

August 3

4-9:30 pm

This third annual event will take place again this year in Clinch Park right next to West Grand Traverse Bay. Listen to the sounds of the Spin Doctors while sipping wine and sampling paella. Only 21 and older can attend this event. For more details click here.

Classic Boats on the Boardwalk

August 4

10 am- 4 pm

The 25th annual classic wooden boat show features more than 50 boats circa 1900's to present day. Take a stroll along the docks of the Boardman River and look at all the different styles of boats on display! For details click here.

Suttons Bay Art Festival

August 4-5

10 am- 6 pm Saturday, 10 am- 5 pm Sunday

Set against the backdrop of Suttons Bay Marina this outdoor art festival is an enjoyable way to spend the day! There is a huge variety of art and artists from all over the States. Spend some of your weekend meandering through this laidback and relaxing art show. For more information click here.

Northwestern Michigan Fair

August 4-11

Enjoy all things fair– pet all the animals, ride the rides, sample food, look at all the displays and more! For more information click here!

Port Oneida Fair

August 10-11

Just 4 miles north of Glen Arbor come and celebrate the history of Port Oneida (the largest intact historic agricultural district in the United States that is fully protected within Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore) at this cultural fair! Demonstrations, live animals, exhibits and more! For more information go to the National Park's website.

Northport Wine Festival and Northport Dog Parade

August 11

Experience the quirky side of Northern Michigan with this annual dog parade and wine festival. You have to see it to believe it! Click here for more information.

Mackinac Island Festival of the Horse

August 8-12

Mackinac Island wouldn't be the same without the horses and this festival celebrates the island's main transportation! Go to the website for more information.

Mackinac Island Music Festival

August 14-16

Check out some of the best Northern Michigan acts at this island celebration of music. Go to the website for a complete list of musicians.

Buckley Old Engine Show

August 16-19

Calling all engine afficianado's! This festival will be your paradise. Check it out! Click here for more information.

Dune Dash

August 18

Dig your toes into the dunes and push off into a fun and challenging race across this mountain of sand. The course takes you through the "Most Beautiful Place in America!" Keep that in mind if you are feeling a little winded. To register and learn more click here!

The Rubber Ducky Festival in Bellaire

August 18

Celebrate the Rubber Ducky at this one day festival of fun! For a complete list of events click here.

Festival on the Bay

August 17-19

The 10th annual Petoskey festival promises a great family fun time! This festival features many different activities for people of all ages! There will be live music Friday and Saturday from noon until midnight as well as sunset boat cruises, kids fun and more. For more information click here!

Traverse City Summer Microbew and Music Festival

August 24-25

Set against the backdrop of the Village at Grand Traverse Commons the 4th annual microbrew festival will have plenty of microbrews to sample and live music! For more details click here.

Mackinac Island Fudge Festival

August 24-25

Celebrate all things fudge at this festival! For more information click here!

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