Michigan's 2024 Summer Music Festival Guide: Dates and Destinations

Posted on 06/29/24


This summer, Michigan is set to be a haven for music lovers with a diverse lineup of festivals catering to various tastes. Kicking off the season, the Bay City Music Festival and the Auburn Hills Summer Fest, both running from June 21 to 22, offer a multi-genre experience that promises something for everyone. Held at Veterans Memorial Park and Downtown Auburn Hills, respectively, these festivals provide the perfect start to a summer filled with musical adventures.

For those seeking a taste of bluegrass, the 52nd Annual Charlotte Bluegrass Festival from June 20 to 22 at the Eaton County Fairgrounds promises soulful tunes and community vibes. Meanwhile, electronic music enthusiasts can immerse themselves in the magical world of Electric Forest, held at the Double JJ Resort in Rothbury from June 20 to 23. This festival is renowned for its vibrant atmosphere and eclectic performances.

In July, the Concert of Colors in Detroit, from July 16 to 21, celebrates cultural diversity with an array of performances across multiple venues. Country music fans won't want to miss the Faster Horses Country Festival at the Michigan International Speedway from July 19 to 21, featuring top country acts and an unbeatable party atmosphere.

August brings the Afro Nation Detroit festival from August 17 to 18 at Bedrock’s Douglass Site, showcasing the best of Afrobeat and adding an international flair to Michigan's festival scene. Additionally, the Detroit Jazz Festival, from August 30 to September 2 at Campus Martius Park, is a must-attend for jazz aficionados.

Whether you're into variety, niche genres or cultural celebrations, Michigan's music festivals this summer offer a rich tapestry of experiences that cater to every musical palate.

Outlaw Music Festival 2024 (North America Tour)

  • Date(s): June 21 – September 17, 2024
  • Michigan Location: Pine Knob Music Theatre, Clarkston, MI
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Concert of Colors

  • Date(s): July 16 - July 21, 2024
  • Michigan Location: Detroit Institute of Arts and numerous cultural locations, Detroit, MI
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Lansing 5:01 Dam Jam 2024

  • Date(s): July 19 – 20, 2024
  • Location: Brenke Fish Ladder, Lansing, MI
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Faster Horses Country Festival 2024

  • Date(s): July 19 – 21, 2024
  • Location: Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, MI
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Northern Lights Music Fest

  • Date(s): July 21 – 22, 2024
  • Location: U.P. State Fairgrounds, Escanaba, MI
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Upheaval Festival 2024

  • Date(s): July 19 – 20, 2024
  • Location: Belknap Park, Grand Rapids, MI
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Tailgate N’ Tallboys Michigan 2024

  • Date(s): July 26 – 27, 2024
  • Location: Midland County Fairgrounds, Midland, MI
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2024 Shagbark Music & Arts Festival

  • Date(s): August 1 – 3, 2024
  • Location: Shagbark Farm, Grand Rapids, MI
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Hoxeyville 2024

  • Date(s): August 9 – 11, 2024
  • Location: Manistee National Forest, Wellston, MI
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Breakaway Festival Michigan 2024

  • Date(s): August 16 – 17, 2024
  • Location: Belknap Park, Grand Rapids, MI
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Afro Nation Detroit 2024

  • Date(s): August 17 – 18, 2024
  • Location: Bedrock’s Douglass Site, Detroit, MI
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42nd Annual Polka Festival

  • Date(s): August 22 – 25, 2024
  • Location: The Village of Cedar, Traverse City, MI
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18th Porcupine Mountains Music Festival

  • Date(s): August 23 – 24, 2024
  • Location: Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, Ontonagon, MI
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Michigan Metal Fest

  • Date(s): August 24, 2024
  • Location: Leila Arboretum, Battle Creek, MI
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All Call Music Festival

  • Date(s): August 24, 2024
  • Location: The Little Fleet, Traverse City, MI
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Wheatland Music Festival 2024

  • Date(s): September 6 – 8, 2024
  • Location: Township Park, Remus, MI
  • Link Here

Muskegon Irish Music Festival 2024

Big Fam Festival 2024

  • Date(s): October 4 – 6, 2024
  • Location: The Groves of Michigan, Brooklyn, MI
  • Link Here

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