Presented by the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau
Muskegon South Pierhead Light Tours
Monday, Fridays and Saturdays @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Tour the Muskegon South Pierhead Light Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays from 1:00pm – 5:00pm, Memorial Day through Labor Day! For more information call 1-844-MLIGHTS.
Docent-led Tower Tours Admission:
• $2 – Kids 11 and under
• $3 – Military and veterans
• $4 – 12 and up
Please note: Children must be at least 3 feet tall in order to climb. Sturdy shoes are recommended. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to book a private tour of the Lighthouse with one of their knowledgeable history docents. The cost is $50 a person for up to ten people for sunset or any time of day you desire.
Storytime with the Lighthouse Lady
Mondays @ 2:00 pm
Bring the kids to Storytime with the Lighthouse Lady every Monday at 2:00pm beginning June 17 – September 2! You can also tour the Muskegon South Pierhead Light Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays from 1:00pm – 5:00pm, Memorial Day through Labor Day! For more information call 1-844-MLIGHTS.
Pigeon Hill Brewing Co: Monday Night Bike Ride
Mondays @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Monday evenings, beginning at 6:00pm, come to Pigeon Hill Brewing Co. to join in a group bicycle ride! The goal is for everyone to start and finish together for a total ride time of 90 minutes. Please arrive early. The ride begins promptly at 6:00pm. You’ll travel from Pigeon Hill to Pere Marquette Beach via the Lakeshore Bike Trail (10-11 miles). For more information call (231) 375-5184.
Team Trivia Game Show
Mondays @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Mondays at 6:30pm, come to Racquet’s Downtown Grill for the Team Trivia Game Show! Groups of any size are invited to play for free with prizes for the top three teams! Categories range from pop culture and entertainment, to sports, history, science, culture and general knowledge. Your live host will also offer many genres of music throughout the game, plus, you’ll enjoy food and drink specials each week. For more information, call (231) 726-4007.
MADLOS Presents: Street Dance
Mondays @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Mondays through August 27 from 6:30pm – 8:00pm, come to downtown Muskegon’s Olthoff Stage for free Latin or Swing dance lessons from MADLOS! Start with a lesson, and then try your moves on the sidewalk at these free events. No partner or experience is needed. While the cost is free, donations are appreciated. Keep an eye on the MADLOS Facebook page to see what style of dance will be offered each week.
West Michigan Wine and Jazz Festival
July 2 – 7
On select dates through July 7, it’s the West Michigan Wine and Jazz Festival! This celebration of two of life’s greatest pleasures takes place in Montague at the Book Nook & Java Shop (unless otherwise noted). Individual tickets and festival passes are available at www.westmichiganwinejazz.com. For more information call 231-894-5333.
• Tuesday, July 2, 7:00pm – The Pherotones (Montague Bandshell, 8636 Water St.)
• Thursday, July 4, 10:00am – Bloodys and Blues with the Feral Cats
• Friday, July 5, 10:00am, Java & Jazz with Kenji Lee Trio
• Friday, July 5, 5:30pm – Author Happy Hour with Fred Reif (A special presentation on his new book about Detroit Blues, “Tell ‘Em ‘Bout the Blues”)
• Friday, July 5, 7:00pm – Showcase, Dinner, Wine Tasting with Xavier Davis Trio
• Saturday, July 6, 10:00am – Java & Jazz with Estar Cohen Quintet
• Saturday, July 6, 7:00pm – Showcase, Dinner, Wine Tasting with Tonotrope
• Sunday, July 7, 10:00am – Music & Mimosas Brunch with Harlow Formanek Duo
Muskegon Farmers’ Market & Flea Market
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays @ 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
The Muskegon Farmers’ Market, owned and operated by the City of Muskegon, is dedicated to showcasing the best in locally-grown foods, flowers, nursery stock, handicrafts and baked goods. The Market also hosts The Flea where everything imaginable is sold.
Farmers’ Market summer hours are Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays from 8:00am – 2:00pm. The Flea Market is Wednesdays from 8:00am – 2:00pm. For more information call 231-722-3251.
Group Bicycle Tour
Tuesdays @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Meet in the parking lot behind Unruly Brewing Company every Tuesday at 6:00pm for a 90 minute group bike ride! There are five different groups to fit your biking needs and abilities and helmets are strongly encouraged. Loaner helmets are always available at City Hub Cyclery (585 W. Clay Ave., Downtown Muskegon). Unruly Brewing Co. is offering $1 off your first post-ride beer! For more information call Raymond at 231-206-6182.
Open Irish Jam Session
July 2 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The first Tuesday of every month from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, all musicians are welcome at Hennessey’s Irish Pub for their open Irish Jam session! Whether participating or just watching it is always a fun time and admission is free. For more information call (231) 728-3333.
Muskegon Clippers Home Games
Come to historic Marsh Field for Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League baseball with the Muskegon Clippers! Come on out and have some great family fun! Grab a hot dog, some popcorn, and cold drink while you cheer on the Clippers at home!
This season will feature a few returning players, (Nolan Bryant, Micah Allen, Bryce Davis, Jacob Gilhaus, Sean Casey) as well as some great new ones! You don’t want to miss all the action this summer at Marsh Field. For more information, e-mail email@example.com.
July Home Game Schedule:
• Tuesday, July 2 at 7:05pm – Mariners
• Wednesday, July 3 at 7:05pm – Mariners
• Thursday, July 4 at 5:05pm – Mariners
• Friday, July 5 at 7:05pm – Green Giants
• Saturday, July 6 at 7:05pm – Green Giants
• Sunday, July 7 at 5:05pm – Green Giants
• Sunday, July 21 at 7:05pm – Locos
• Monday, July 22 at 7:05pm – Locos
• Tuesday, July 23 at 7:05pm – Locos
July 3 – July 7
Muskegon Rockstock is back July 4-6 at Heritage Landing with great rock music, fireworks, raffles, face painting, food, beverages and cold Budweiser! Tickets are $10 per day for everyone aged 3 and up, and 3 – day passes are available for a limited time for only $25. Active duty military and veterans get in free! Gates open at 5:00pm each night, with an amazing Fireworks finale at dusk on the 4th of July. A carnival midway has been added for this year, and takes places from July 3 – 7. For more information, visit muskegonrockstock.com.
• 5:30pm Coldville
• 7:30pm Tantric
• 9:00pm Saliva
• 5:30pm The Loose Nukes
• 7:30pm Trapt
• 9:00pm Puddle of Mudd
• 5:30pm Motorbreat
• 7:30pm Let There Be Rock (Early AC/DC Tribute)
• 9:00pm Crazy Babies (Ozzy Rebourne)
YMCA Camp Pendalouan Family Camp
July 3 – July 6
Wednesday – Saturday, July 3 – 6, enjoy four days of relaxation on the banks of beautiful Big Blue Lake at the YMCA Camp Pendalouan Family Camp! Paddle clear waters in a kayak or canoe, enjoy wooded paths on horseback, or nap with the sounds of nature in our hammocks and swings. Qualified staff run fun and safe activities, including: crafts, target sports, high ropes course and zipline, hikes, campfires and outdoor cooking. Experience a great day at Lake Michigan then enjoy a cook-out dinner provided by the camp. Call (231) 722-9622 for more information.
Western Market Chalets
Wednesday – Sunday
Downtown Muskegon’s Western Market Chalets, located in the heart of downtown Muskegon, feature seventeen local pop-up retailers with wonderful and unique items! Summer hours are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 11:00am – 6:00pm, Saturday from 9:00am – 3:00pm and Sundays from 12:00pm – 3:00pm. If you have questions, feel free to contact Ann Meisch at 231-724-6705.
Serene Yoga Beach Series: Muskegon State Park
July 3 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Serene Yoga will host a Beach Yoga Series June 5 – August 28 at Muskegon State Park. Classes will be held Wednesday mornings from 10:00am -11:00am. The drop-in rate is $10. Join Diana and enjoy the serenity of the great lakes as she guides participants through stretching and balancing poses while focusing on breath work and relaxation. Participants should bring a towel or sheet and sunglasses. Meet at the Channel Beach Pavilion. All new participants should arrive early and children under 16 need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. For more information please contact Sereneyoga10@gmail.com. Bad weather? Call 231-343-8381 for cancellation information.
PLEASE NOTE: Classes will not be held August 7. A Recreation Passport is required for vehicle entry into Michigan state parks. To make a camping reservation, visit www.midnrreservations.com or call 1-800-447-2757.
Aquastar: Midweek Afternoon Cruise
July 3 @ 11:00 am
The first Wednesday of the month at 11:00am, board the Aquastar for an afternoon on the water as you tour Muskegon Lake and into the channel to see Lake Michigan! These lunchtime cruises will cater to those interested in Muskegon’s history. Visit their website at www.aquastarcruises.com for more information or to book your spot!
White Lake Area 4th of July Parade & Fireworks
July 4 @ 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
Beginning at 10:00am, the White Lake Area 4th of July Parade will travel from Whitehall City Hall, across the bridge, then to Downtown Montague. With over 100 entries, you won’t want to miss the family fun offered at this annual parade! Later, beginning at dusk, watch the awe-inspiring fireworks show at the north end of White Lake, viewable from both Montague and Whitehall downtown areas! Thank you to Re/Max by the Water for sponsoring this year’s parade and thank you Montague-Whitehall Rotary for putting on the fireworks display.
There is free entry for Chamber Members, non-profit groups & individuals (non-business) and $25.00 for non-members and politicians to participate in the parade. Contact the White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce for more information at 231-893-4585.
Jazz on the Patio
July 4 @ 6:00 pm
Thursdays through August 29 beginning at 6:00pm, come to Bella Maria’s Event Center at Oakridge Golf Course for “Jazz on the Patio!” Sit outside on their beautiful patio and enjoy great drink specials, a fabulous dinner menu and live jazz music as you view the sunset. Doors open at 6:00pm and the music begins at 6:30pm. Reservations are recommended for a table outside by calling 231-563-6914.
Dancing into Sunset Free Weekly Dance Party
July 4 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Season 3 of the “Dancing into Sunset “free outdoor concert series continues through August 22 in beautiful Pomona Park overlooking Spring Lake. For more information e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their Facebook page. July 4 it’s The Silverado Band (Military Salute Night).
4th of July Fireworks Cruise Aboard the Aquastar
July 4 @ 8:30 pm – 11:00 pm
There is nothing better than watching fireworks on the 4th of July, except maybe watching them while you are on the water! Join the crew of the Aquastar for a special 4th of July cruise. Spend some time out on Muskegon Lake and Lake Michigan, enjoy a beautiful sunset, then top it off with a great fireworks show with one of the best seats on the lake. The Aquastar leaves the dock at 8:30pm and returns after the fireworks show. Appetizers will be served and beverages will be available for purchase. The cost is $35. Visit aquastarcruises.com to book your spot!
Fireworks on Deck
July 4 @ 9:30 pm
Thursday, July 4 at dusk, enjoy “Fireworks on Deck” aboard the USS LST 393 Veterans Museum! It’ the “best seat in the house” for the awesome display over Muskegon Lake. The World War II landing ship is located at the Mart Dock in downtown Muskegon, just yards from the fireworks site. More info is at lst393.org or by calling 231-730-1477.
Lakeshore Art Festival
July 5 @ 10:00 am – July 6 @ 8:00 pm
Friday and Saturday, July 5 -6, the Lakeshore Art Festival features a unique blend of fine art, crafts, music, food, and fun in beautiful downtown Muskegon. Experience over 300 juried fine art and specialty craft exhibitors, children’s activities, specialty food items, street performers, multiple interactive art stations, Chalk the Walk, The Door Project, Kayak Sculptures and so much more! For more information, call 231-722-3751.
Movies on Deck
July 5 @ 10:00 pm
The 13th annual Movies on Deck film series features great movies showing at dusk on Friday evenings on the USS LST 393! Each showing is free to the public, but donations are welcome. Spectators are encouraged to bring their own chairs and weather appropriate clothing. Popcorn, soda and snacks will be available at the event. In the event of inclement weather, showings will be moved inside the ship, and will begin at 10:00pm.
The museum is open for regular tours from 10:00am – 5:00pm seven days a week with the last daily tour starting at 4:00pm. More information is available at www.lst393.org.
The July 5 film is “Air Force One (1997).”
Village of Lakewood Club Independence Day Fireworks & Events
Village of Lakewood Club Independence Day fireworks and events will take place on Saturday, July 6. The fun begins with a parade at 12:00pm (Spruce St. & Kentwood), followed by kids’ activities and music in Village Park after the parade. For more information call 231-894-9008.
• Caricature Drawing, 1:30pm – 5:00pm
• Bounce House, 12:30pm – 5:00pm
• Magic Show, 12:30pm – 5:00pm
• Live DJ, 12:00pm – 6:00pm
• Fireworks, Dusk
Lakeshore Sports Centre Flea Market & All Day Public Skate
July 6 @ 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday, July 6 from 8:00am – 6:00pm, come to the Lakeshore Sports Centre for the Flea Market & All Day Public Skate! There will be numerous vendors offering interesting trinkets, food and homemade crafts. Pets will be welcome and there will be an outside rink set up as a “dog park,” and feel free to bring other critters as well.
Too hot? Cool off inside and skate to the tunes of the radio. $5 gets you a wristband and it’s only $2 for skate rental. Kiddie Cruisers are available for the youngsters and there will be learner bars for newbies. There is no entry fee for the flea market or pet area. In the event of unfavorable weather, vendors will be moved inside the soccer field. For more information call (231) 739-9423.
Montague Farmers’ Market
Wednesdays and Saturdays @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
The Montague Farmers’ Market runs every Saturday through October. The Market is also open on Wednesdays in July, August, and September. Market hours are from 9:00am – 1:00pm.
Any farmer or baker who is interested in selling goods at the Market should contact Farmers’ Market Manager, Jeff Auch at City Hall at 893-1155 ext. 1757 to check if any booths are available.
Sweetwater Local Foods Market
Saturdays @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sweetwater Local Foods Market offers healthy, humane, homegrown, local food you can trust! They are open year-round, Saturdays from 9:00am – 12:00pm. Summer markets are held in the parking lot; winter markets are inside the lobby. For more information visit www.sweetwaterlocalfoodsmarket.org
Summer Splendor Garden Walk
July 6 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Saturday, July 6 from 10:00am – 4:00pm, the Muskegon County Garden Club invites you to join them for the “Summer Splendor Garden Walk!”
Enjoy a tour of 8 gardens in North Muskegon:
• Don’t Fence Me In
• Perennial Palette
• Waves of Color
• Sensory Garden
• Shades of Green
• Secret Garden
• The Beautiful Marketplace
Enjoy complimentary refreshments at the Marketplace home where you can purchase plants and fun garden décor. This tour is rain or shine. Tickets are available at The Depot (610 W. Western Ave.), The Bird House (1915 Lake Ave.), Wasserman’s Florist (1595 Lakeshore Dr. or at the North Muskegon Public Library (day of the walk only). Admission is $10. Children 12 and under are free. For more information call 231-755-4409.
3rd Annual Heykoop Veteran Memorial Car Show & Benefit
July 6 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Saturday, July 6 from 10:00am – 2:00pm, come to the Mart Dock in downtown Muskegon for the 3rd Annual Heykoop Veteran Memorial Car Show & Benefit! This exciting event for cars, trucks and motorcycles will feature music, food, raffles and a silent auction, as well as bounce houses and face painting for the kids.
The entry fee to be in the show is $10 with trophies for the top 10 cars and trucks and for the top 3 motorcycles. Proceeds benefit the 501(c)3 Lighthouse For Veterans and the fight against Veteran suicide. For more information call (231) 981-8501 or visit the Lighthouse for Veterans Facebook page.
11:00 am – 5:00 pm
It is finally summer and time for Art Cats Gallery’s annual “Summatime Show!” This year they are featuring many new artists including Julie Pappuleas, Barbara Carlson and Bette DelVecchio. Also included are John Herron, Julie McCormick, Karen Nichols, Rick Eastham, Cathy Crain, Christi Dreese, Tim Bonnette, Lee Ann Frame, owner Louise Hopson and many others! They have walls full of fabulous paintings, shelves full of unique pottery and glass, and cases brimming with beautiful jewelry. It’s all handmade, all the time, so visit Art Cats Gallery where it’s an art fair every day! For more information, call (231) 755-7606.
Sweet Saturdays at the Lakeside Emporium
Saturdays @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Join the Lakeside Emporium on Saturday afternoons from 12:00pm – 4:00pm, May through October, to enjoy food, entertainment, and “Treasure Alley” – a collection of vendors ranging from artists and authors to crafters, collectors, and even pottery demonstrations, all conveniently located on-site at the Lakeside Emporium. It’s family fun and enjoyment for all ages, and an opportunity to find just the perfect treat or gift for yourself or someone else. Enjoy the experience, delicious products, and great customer service at the Lakeside Emporium, and check out all the other wonderful businesses in Lakeside. For more information call 231-755-9933.
Maranatha Summer Concert Series: Legacy Five
July 6 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Maranatha Bible & Missionary Conference offers free concerts every Saturday night during the summer! Doors open at 6:45pm to the public, or you can receive preferred concert seating by purchasing tickets to their Saturday evening pre-concert dinner buffet in the dining room. Dinner begins at 5:00pm. All dinner guests receive early entry into the concert venue beginning at 6:30pm. For more information or call (231) 798-2161.
July 6 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, it’s Legacy Five! Legacy Five has enjoyed more success in their short career than many groups experience in decades. In their first ten years, The Singing News Magazine, Southern Gospel music’s leading fan and trade publication, has nominated Legacy Five for some 75 Singing News fan awards. Year after year they are recognized as one of Gospel music’s favorite southern gospel groups. The Southern Gospel Music Association honored Legacy Five with Recording of the year and they have had 2 Dove Award nominations.
Aquastar Sunset Cruise with Legal Rehab
July 6 @ 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Saturday, July 6 from 8:30pm – 10:00pm, board the Aquastar for an evening out on the lake with live music from Legal Rehab! Winners of the Wheatland Walkabout “Best After Party” band, the combo has played at outdoor festivals, Hennessy’s Irish Pub, Unruly Brewing and many other locations. The cost is $25 per person. Visit aquastarcruises.com to book your spot.
Rootdown’s Yoga on Deck
July 7 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Every Sunday of the summer from 7:00pm – 8:00pm, join Rootdown Yoga aboard Muskegon’s World War II landing ship tank, the USS LST 393, for their popular donation based yoga class! This class is designed for all levels. No mat? Rent one for $2. For more information call (231) 722-9642.