Libby’s Picks: Can’t-Miss Northern Michigan Events July 1–8

Northern Michigan’s largest event calendar, the MyNorth Calendar, highlights amazing things going on across the North—from Ludington and Frankfort to Traverse City, Harbor Springs and Mackinac Island. Each week, we pick our favorite events to share with you. Curated by MyNorth’s Calendar Editor, Libby Stallman, here’s what’s happening Up North!


Art Events

July 1–2 | Annual World of Arts & Crafts, Red Szymarek Park, Manistee

July 1–2 | Westshore Art Fair, Ludington Rotary Park

July 2 | National Cherry Festival Arts & Crafts Fair, Union Street, Traverse City

July 4 | Art in the Park Craft Fair, Mineral Springs Park, Frankfort

July 4 | Juried Art Fair, Zorn Park, Harbor Springs

Festivals & Holiday Celebrations

June 30–July 2 | Cadillac Freedom Festival

June 30–July 4 | Greatest 4th in the North, Lake City

July 1–8 | National Cherry Festival, Traverse City

July 3–4 | Freedom Festival in Ludington

July 4 | Celebrate the Fourth on The Emerald Isle, Beaver Island

July 4 | Star Spangled Fourth, Mackinac Island

July 4 | STRAITS-tacular 4th in St. Ignace

Nature Events

July 1 | BoiBlitz
Join Little Traverse Conservancy for the 2nd Annual BioBlitz and identify as many plants and animals as possible at one location. Petoskey.

July 6 | Rain: A Natural and Cultural History
Award-winning environmental journalist and author Cynthia Barnett will discuss her book Rain: A Natural and Cultural History. Barnett’s book is a fun and wonderful exploration of what rain means to our world, our culture and ourselves. Jeff Smith, editor of Traverse Magazine, will introduce Barnett at the Elk Rapids event and invited her to answer a few questions about Rain. 5:30 p.m., Marina Pavilion, Edward C. Grace Memorial Harbor, Elk Rapids. FREE!

Runs/Walks/Races

July 1 | Stars, Stripes & Splatter 5K, Grand Traverse Resort & Spa

July 4 | Independence Day 10K, Shores of Lake Charlevoix

July 4 | Paul Revere 5K & 10 Mile Run, Downtown Harbor Springs

July 4 | Ryan Shay Mid Summer Night Run, Thurston Park, Central Lake

July 6 | 7th Annual Carter’s Kids Festival Fun Run, F & M Park, Traverse City


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