Michigan Music Festivals 2022: Towards a summer return


While COVID concerns remain, more than 50 Michigan festivals are planning to resume later this year, including very popular, traditional and some new events. The list on Local Spins.

Shine once again? Electric Forest is expected to return in 2022 after a two-year hiatus. (Photo / Anthony Norkus)

EDITOR’S NOTE: Our annual Michigan Music Festivals list represents information available at the time of publication on New Years Day. All festivals are provisional and subject to change. If you are the organizer of a music festival in Michigan and your event is not listed here, email details, dates and location to [email protected] and info @ localspins. com. Scroll down for the full list of 2022 festivals and an update on any Upper Peninsula festival news.

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Michigan’s music festival season hasn’t been the same since COVID first emerged in 2020.

Cancellations of popular music-centric celebrations over the past two years have ranged from some of the state’s biggest ones such as Electric Forest and Mo Pop Festival to long-running iconic events like Wheatland and Earthwork Harvest Gathering at festivals. smaller ones featuring local and regional artists.

But many Michigan wide-area festivals returned in the summer of 2021 as some capacity restrictions and health protocols were lifted.

And while concerns remain as the Omicron variant fuels COVID flairs, the outlook for 2022 looks cautiously optimistic with more than 50 Michigan festivals set to draw music-loving crowds again, including the return of Electric Forest, Mo Pop, Camp Greensky, Wheatland and the Michigan Irish Music Festival, among others.

Hopeful comeback: Wheatland (photo / local tours)

Organizers of the Electric Forest June 23-26 in Rothbury are calling their 2022 lineup “the soundtrack of our reunion” – a long-delayed celebration of the electronic music festival’s 10th anniversary, with promises the rally will be filled with ” magical musical moments. ”

Of course, magical moments at many Michigan festivals keep the faithful coming back year after year, and 2022 has some tantalizing milestones to consider, including the last Cowpie Music Festival at the Caledonia area’s Shagbark Farm in August and the rebirth. eagerly awaited June buttermilk. Jamboree in Delton and July Blissfest near Harbor Springs, not to mention more distant events such as the Beaver Island Music Festival and the August Porcupine Mountains Music Festival in Ontonagon.

Speaking of milestones, Local Spins turns 10 in May, kicks off the season with Local Spins Fest on May 21 in downtown Grand Rapids. (Stay tuned for more on this in the coming months.)

Announcements of other festivals are likely in the coming weeks as organizers finalize arrangements, not to mention updates on the impact the continuing COVID pandemic could have on events already planned.

With that in mind, here is Local Spins’ 2022 Michigan Music Festivals guide to help you celebrate the New Year and make you dream of the musical magic to come. Good year!


MICHIGAN MUSIC FESTIVALS 2022

January 28-29
Ann Arbor Folk Festival
Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor
https://theark.org/folk-festival/

March 4-6
Kalamazoo Round Festival
Kalamazoo Valley Museum, Kalamazoo
https://www.facebook.com/FretboardFestival/

April 28-30
Thornapple Arts Council Jazz Festival
Hastings
https://www.facebook.com/events/415008903414856/
May 7
Mitten State Music Revival
Historic Masonic Temple, Bay City
http://statetheatrebaycity.com/Events/view/301

May 21
Local Spins Fest (10th anniversary celebration)
Studio Park, Grand Rapids
https://localspins.com/

May 27-30
Bus near the beach
Camp Blodgett, West Olive
https://busesbythebeach.org/

June 2-4
Camp Greensky
Place yet to be announced
https://www.campgreensky.com/

June 3-4
Summershine Music and Art Gathering
59932 Pemberton Road, Vandalia
https://www.facebook.com/events/975337739864319/

June 3-5
Arts Festival
Grand Rapids Downtown
https://festivalgr.org/

June 10-12
Northeast Music and Art Festival
Oscoda County Fairgrounds, Mio
https://www.noreastrfest.org/

June 11-12
Hippies party
Treetoad Family Farm, 10834 W. Willard Road, Trufant
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hippie-fest-michigan-tickets-170330965503

June 17-19
Buttermilk Jamboree
Circle Pines Center, Delton
https://www.buttermilkjamboree.org/

June 18
Singing in the 60s
Four locations, Port Sanilac
https://www.facebook.com/events/sanilac-county-historic-village-museum/singin-the-60s-music-festival/480636962467516/

June 23-26
Electric forest
Double JJ Hotel, Rothbury
https://electricforestfestival.com/

June 23-25
Charlotte Bluegrass Festival – 50th Annual
Eaton County Fairgrounds, Charlotte
https://charlottebluegrassfestival.com/

June 25
Marshall bluesfest
Marshal
www.marshallbluesfest.com

July 1-3
Smiling Acres Music Festival
Trufant
www.smileingacres.org

July 7-10
Big ticket festival
Otsego County Fairgrounds, 895 North Center Ave., Gaylord
https://www.facebook.com/groups/7364806721
July 8-10
Blissfest
3695 Division Road, Harbor Springs
https://blissfest.org/

July 8-9
Michigan ElvisFest
Wayne County Fairgrounds, Belleville
http://www.mielvisfest.com/

July 15-16
Feast of upheaval
Belknap Park, Grand Rapids
https://www.upheavalfest.com/

July 14-16
Beaver Island Music Festival
28599 Hideaway Trail, St. James, Beaver Island
https://bimf.net/

July 15-17
Faster Horses Festival
Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn
https://fasterhorsesfestival.com/

July 22-24
Hiawatha Traditional Music Festival
Marquette Tourist Park Marquette
https://hiawathamusic.org/about-the-hiawatha-festival/

July 22-30
Marshall Bluegrass Festival
Calhoun County Fairgrounds, Marshall
https://www.facebook.com/MarshallBluegrassFestival

July 22-24
Dunesville Music Festival
Harmony Pines Campground, Lake Ann
https://www.dunesvillemusicfestival.com/

July 23
Follow the beat
Lac Blanc / Whitehall
https://www.walkthebeat.org/

July 29-31
Farm Block Festival & Reunion
Allocate
https://farmblock.com/

July 29-August. 6
Baroque On Beaver
Various locations, St. James, Beaver Island
https://www.baroqueonbeaver.org/

July 30-31
Mo Pop Festival
Historic Fort Wayne, Detroit
https://mopopfestival.com/

2-6 August
Milan Bluegrass Festival
Camping KC, Milan
https://www.milanbluegrassfestival.com/

August 4-6
Cowpie Music Festival
Shagbark farm, Caledonia
https://www.facebook.com/cowpiemusic

August 6-7
Port Sanilac blues festival
Waterfront, Port Sanilac
https://www.facebook.com/portsanilacbluesfestival/

August 10-13
Unity Christian Music Festival
Heritage Landing, Muskegon
https://www.unitymusicfestival.com/

August 12-14
Jamboree aux Chênes
7800 Cutler Road, Munith
https://m.facebook.com/events/810651949887700

Aug 13
Follow the beat
East side of Grand Haven
https://www.walkthebeat.org/

Aug 13
Oscoda Rock Party
Furtaw Field, Oscoda
https://oscodarockfest.org/

Aug 13
Phil Denny’s Armory Smooth Jazz Fete
330 Marshal, Lansing
https://www.facebook.com/smoothjazzfete/

August 9-13
Frankenmuth Summer Music Festival
Heritage Park, Frankenmuth
https://frankenmuthfestivals.com/summer-music-fest

August 19-21
Hoxeyville Music Festival
Manistee National Forest, Wellston
https://www.hoxeyville.com/

August 19-21
Everyone’s party
Bent Arrow Deer Ranch, Holton
https://www.facebook.com/Festofall

August 19-20
Tie Dye Music Festival
Town of Howard
https://www.facebook.com/tiedyemusiccelebration

August 26-28
Holler’s feast
Frog Holler Farm, Irish Hills
https://hollerfest.com/

August 26-28
Porcupine Mountains Music Festival
Winter Sports Complex, Porcupine Mountain Wilderness State Park, Ontonagon
https://www.facebook.com/porkiesfestival/

August 26-28
Forest Trail Music Festival
352 W. Forest Trail Rd., Open ground
www.ForestTrailMusic.com

August 27
Go with the beat, Albion
https://www.walkthebeat.org/

August 27
Burning Foot Beer Festival
Père Marquette Beach, Muskegon
https://www.facebook.com/burningfootbeerfest/

2-5 Sep
Art, Eats & Beats Festival, Royal Oak
http://artsbeatseats.com/

September 3
Thumb Holder
Tierney Park, Lexington
https://www.facebook.com/Thumbfest

9-10 Sep
Emerald Isle Irish Fe’ile, Beaver Island
https://irishfeile.com/

September 9-11
Wheatland Music Festival
Pierce Road and 30th Avenue, Remus
https://www.wheatlandmusic.org/

16-17 Sep
Fallfest, West Michigan Bluegrass Festival
4H Youth Fairgrounds, Lowell
http://wmbma.org/

15-18 Sep
Michigan Irish Music Festival
Heritage Landing, Muskegon
https://michiganirish.org/

16-18 Sep
Earthmoving harvest gathering
Lake town
https://earthworkharvestgathering.com/

FESTIVAL NEWS UPDATE: January 1, 2022

Porcupine Mountains Music Festival (photo / local tours)

The Friends of the Porkies received a $ 24,000 grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) for the Porcupine Mountains Music Festival scheduled for August 26-27 at the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park Winter Sports Complex in the High County of Ontonagon of the peninsula. Organizations that receive an MCACA grant are required to match these funds with other public and private funds. Local support for the project includes festival sponsors, program guide advertisers and private donations. The music festival also enjoys significant volunteer support from the community. On hiatus since its 15th anniversary in 2019 due to COVID-19, the festival was one of 594 applicants considered for funding for fiscal year 2022 through the MCACA’s peer review process, which uses a panel comprised of state and out-of-state arts and cultural professionals. This ensures that taxpayers, who support this project through statutory appropriations, and all other visitors or residents of Michigan will have access to the highest quality artistic and cultural experiences.

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