Michigan Music Festivals 2022: Aiming to return this summer

While COVID concerns remain, more than 50 Michigan festivals are planning to resume later this year, including the overpopular, traditional, and some new events as well. The list at Local Spins.

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

PUBLISHER’S NOTE: Our annual list of Michigan music festivals is information that is available at the time of publication on New Years Day. All festivals are preliminary and subject to change. If you’re the organizer of a music festival in Michigan and your event isn’t listed here, email [email protected] and [email protected] with details, dates and location. Scroll down to see the full list of 2022 festivals and a new update from an Upper Peninsula festival.

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Michigan music festival season hasn’t been the same since COVID raised its head in 2020.

The cancellations of popular music-centric celebrations over the past two years have ranged from some of the largest in the state like Electric Forest and Mo Pop Festival, to long-standing iconic events like Wheatland and Earthwork Harvest Gathering, to smaller boutique festivals featuring local and regional acts.

But many festivals in Michigan’s nature 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 flair-ups, the outlook for 2022 seems cautiously optimistic as more than 50 Michigan festivals will once again attract music-loving people, including the return of Electric Forest, Mo. Pop, Camp Greensky, Wheatland, and the Michigan Irish Music Festival, among others.

Hopeful Returns: Wheatland (Photo / Local Spins)

The organizers of the Electric Forest in Rothbury from June 23rd to 26th call their line-up 2022 “the soundtrack for our reunion” – a long-delayed celebration of 10 moments. ”

Of course, magical moments at numerous Michigan festivals make believers return year after year, and 2022 has some tantalizing milestones to consider, including the final Cowpie Music Festival at Shagbark Farm in the Caledonia area in August and the one with Highly anticipated revivals of May’s Buttermilk Jamboree in Delton and the Blissfest in July near Harbor Springs, not to mention more secluded events like the Beaver Island Music Festival and Porcupine Mountains Music Festival in Ontonagon in August.

Speaking of milestones, Local Spins celebrates its 10th anniversary in Maykicking off the season with Local Spins Fest on May 21 in downtown Grand Rapids. (Stay tuned to find out more about this in the months ahead.)

Announcements of more festivals are likely in the coming weeks when organizers take the precautions, not to mention updates on the impact the ongoing COVID pandemic could have on events already on the books.

With that in mind, here is Local Spins’ Michigan Music Festivals 2022 Guide to help you ring in the new year and inspire you to dream about the musical magic that is to come. Happy New Year!


MICHIGAN MUSIC FESTIVALS 2022

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

4th-6th March
Kalamazoo fingerboard festival
Kalamazoo Valley Museum, Kalamazoo
https://www.facebook.com/FretboardFestival/

28.-30. April
Thornapple Arts Council Jazz Festival
Hastings
https://www.facebook.com/events/415008903414856/
May 7th
In the middle of the 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/

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

2nd-4th June
Camp Greensky
Location to be announced
https://www.campgreensky.com/

3rd-4th June
Summershine Music and Art Gathering
59932 Pemberton Road, Vandalia
https://www.facebook.com/events/975337739864319/
3rd-5th June
Festival of the arts
Downtown Grand Rapids
https://festivalgr.org/

10-12 June
Northeastern music and arts festival
Oscoda County Fairgrounds, Mio
https://www.noreastrfest.org/

11.-12. June
Hippie festival
Tree Toad Family Farm, 10834 W. Willard Road, Trufant
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hippie-fest-michigan-tickets-170330965503

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

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

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

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

25th June
Marshall Bluesfest
Marshall
www.marshallbluesfest.com

1-3 July
Smiling morning music festival
Trufant
www.smilingacres.org

7-10 July
Big Ticket Festival
Otsego County Fairgrounds, 895 North Center Ave., Gaylord
https://www.facebook.com/groups/7364806721

8-10 July
Lucky festival
3695 Division Road, Harbor Springs
https://blissfest.org/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

July 23
Go the beat
White Lake / Whitehall
https://www.walkthebeat.org/

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

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

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

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

4th-6th August
Cowpie music festival
Shagbark Farm, Caledonia
https://www.facebook.com/cowpiemusic

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

10-13 August
Christian music festival of unity
Heritage Landing, Muskegon
https://www.unitymusicfestival.com/

12-14 August
Jamboree at the Oaks
7800 Cutler Road, Munich
https://m.facebook.com/events/810651949887700

13 August
Go the beat
East side of Grand Haven
https://www.walkthebeat.org/

13 August
Oscoda Rock Fest
Furtaw Field, Oscoda
https://oscodarockfest.org/

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

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

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

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

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

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

August 27
Walk the Beat, Albion
https://www.walkthebeat.org/

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

2nd – 5th Sept
Art, Eats & Beats Festival, Royal Oak
http://artsbeatseats.com/

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

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

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

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

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

16.-18. September
Earthworks-harvesting
Seaside town
https://earthworkharvestgathering.com/

FESTIVAL NEWS UPDATE: January 1st, 2022

Porcupine Mountains Music Festival (Photo / Local Spins)

The Friends of the Porkies has received a US $ 24,000 grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) for the Porcupine Mountains Music Festival, held August 26-27 at the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park Winter Sports Complex Planned in Upper is Ontonagon County on the peninsula. Organizations receiving an MCACA grant must match that funding with other public and private funds. Local support for the project includes festival sponsors, program guide advertisers and private donations. The music festival also receives significant volunteer support from the community. Due to COVID-19, the festival was suspended since its 15th anniversary in 2019 and was one of 594 applicants considered for funding in fiscal year 2022 as part of the MCACA peer review process, the one panel with domestic and extra-state arts used culture professionals. This ensures that taxpayers who legally support this project and any other Michigan visitor or resident have access to the highest quality art and cultural experiences.

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