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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Summer 2015: Michigan’s Festival Scene - by Hemptress Jolene

     If you love music and camping outside, the state of Michigan offers a wide abundance of events that are sure to please the heart and soul of the music connoisseur.  From Folk to Funk, Michigan offers some great 3 day events events for anyone who enjoys listening to music of all kinds and making good friends and memories.

Noreast’r Music & Art Festival
Mio, Michigan June 12-14, 2015 tickets: $60 Adult weekend pass at the gate

A wonderful, small traditional music festival.  It features three days and two nights of traditional Michigan Music.  This year’s line up includes Steppin’ In It,  Fauxgrass, Billy Brandt and the Sugaree’s, and many more.  Get more info at

Buttermilk Jamboree Circle
Pines Center, Delton Michigan June 12-14, 2015
$80 Adult At Gate

A great festival for a great reason.  This is fund raiser for Circle Pines.  It is an awesome event for families with an amazing kid’s area.  This year’s head liners are:  That One Guy, Billy Strings & Don Julin, Brown Rice Family, and Seth and May.

35th Annual Blissfest
Cross Village, Michigan 
July 10, 11, 12
$130 Adult Weekend Pass

Blissfest is one of my faves and this year promises to be a memorable one.  Boasting a line up that features everything from Arlo Guthrie to Bluegrass Hip Hop and African Reggae, Blissfest is sure to offer every music lover something they can sink there teeth into.  The 35th Blissfest is an event that should not be missed.  For more information, check out their website:

37th Annual Hiawatha
Traditional Music Festival
Marquette, Michigan
July 17, 18, 19

Located in the U.P., Hiawatha is a wonderful folk festival located right in Marquette at Hiawatha State Park.  Offering three days of music and camping, Hiawatha is a wonderful festival for those who truly enjoy the preservation of traditional folk music. To learn more, check out their website:

Dunnesville Music Festival 
Harmony Farm, Traverse City Michigan July 25, 26, 27
Tickets: $75

A wonderful show case of Michigan music and culture.  To learn more about their festival, check out their website:

The 4th Annual Michigan Glass Project
Russell Center, Detroit Michigan July 24, 25, 26

This festival is set up to celebrate all that is the melting pot of a Detroit.  The money raised from this event is donated to various Detroit Charities, one of the big goals being to bring art classes back to classrooms around the city.  For more information check out their website:

July 24 - July 26
Fostoria, Michigan
A blues bash for the ages, featuring music, beer, food, camping, and more!

17th  Annual Farmfest 
Johannesburg, Michigan
August 6-9 
Tickets: $75 donation to the farm

Described as a festival for musicians, Farmfest is the place to go if you like to make music with your friends long into the night.  This festival celebrates and nurtures a working farm.  To learn more, visit the farm on the web:

Hoxeyville Music Festival
Manistee National Forrest
August 14-16
Tickets: $120 for Adults

Set to the back drop of the Manistee national forest and offering an awesome line of fun Michigan Artists, Hoxeyville offers the festival goer an intimate listening experience that just can’t be beat.  To learn more about their event check out:

Levering Michigan
September 4, 5, 6
Tickets: $40 Adult Donation
$20 per day.

A Private Party featuring Michigan’s Groove Kings the Macpodz, Soul Patch, Eminor and more TBA, the first annual Cannabration is something no patient should miss.  Complete with workshops and a farmer’s market, it is sure to offer every patient a good time.  Sunday will feature the walk across the bridge for legalization and a 420 Olympics.

42nd Annual Wheatland Festival
Remus, Michigan
September 11, 12, 13 
Tickets: $80 Adluts,
$90 after July 15th

Wheatland is Michigan’s biggest traditional music festival.  It has a great line up, awesome workshops, and an amazing kids area.  Truly, Wheatland offers something for everyone.  Order your tickets today!

14th Annual Harvest Festival 
Lake City, Michigan
September 18, 19 , 20
Tickets: $90 Adult

Harvest Fest is not for the light of heart, a little cold and unpredictable when it comes to the weather, it offers an excellent line up of Michigan music.  Thrown at the Earthworks Farm, it showcases this young record label and much of the young musical talent Michigan has to offer.  Come on down to the farm and have your heart filled by Seth and May before the winter sets in.

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