List of Michigan Music Festivals & Music Events is continually updated and has dates, descriptions and website links to their full current info. Festivals, major concerts, cd/album release parties, music series and special events.
Upcoming Concerts in Detroit and Michigan 2018-2019
Elton John – October 12 + 13 at Little Caesars Arena.
Christina Aguilera – October 13 at Fox Theatre.
Eagles – October 14 at Little Caesars Arena.
Elton John – October 15 at Van Andel Arena.
Foo Fighters – October 15 at Little Caesars Arena.
Keith Urban – October 19 at Van Andel Arena.
Luke Bryan – October 26 at Ford Field.
MC5 50th Anniversary – October 27 at Fillmore Detroit.
Fleetwood Mac – October 30 at Little Caesars Arena.
Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons – November 4 at Fox Theatre.
REO Speedwagon – November 11 at Sound Board.
Bob Seger – November 21 at Van Andel Arena, Travelin' Man – The Final Tour.
Mannheim Steamroller Christmas – December 16 at Fox Theatre.
Greta Van Fleet – December 27, 29, 30 at Fox Theatre.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) – December 29 at Little Caesars Arena.
Cher – February 12 at Little Caesars Arena.
Eric Church – February 15 + 16 at Little Caesars Arena.
Kelly Clarkson – February 21 at Little Caesars Arena.
Carrie Underwood – October 31, 2019 at Little Caesars Arena.
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List includes above plus many more big names, current and upcoming!
Reminder: concert dates, performers are subject to change without notice.
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January 5-6, 2018 (fri-sat) Anti-Freeze Blues Festival at the Magic Bag in Ferndale, MI. annual event, part of proceeds benefits the Detroit Blues Society.
January 7, 2018 (sun) Detroit Underground Hip Hop Awards 2017 (UHHA 17)
TBA 2018 (sat) Secret Friends Fest music fest at The Loving Touch in Ferndale, MI. approx 8 performances, annual event.
January 13, 2018 (sat) Jill Jack Birthday Bash at The Ark in Ann Arbor, MI. Acoustic, annual event.
January 25-27, 2018 (thu-sat) Michigan Music Conference (MMC) in Grand Rapids, MI. Annual conference features students performances, sessions for in-service and pre-service teachers, professional development clinics, hands-on technology workshops and more.
January 26-27, 2018 (fri-sat) Ann Arbor Folk Festival – at Hill Auditorium in Ann Arbor, MI. The Ark's largest annual fundraising event features traditional and contemporary artists, popular and new talent.
January 26-28, 2018 (fri-sun) Music at Meridian Winter Blast in Detroit at Campus Martius Park. Multiple stages, approx 50 local live music acts and electronic music djs. Plus Big Snow Slide, ice skating, ice bar, food trucks, more.
January 26 to February 3, 2018 Ferndale Blues & Music Festival in Ferndale, MI (just north of Detroit). Annual Blues and more Fest.
February 2-4, 2018 (fri-sun) Sphinx Competition and Finals Concert in Detroit. annual event for Black and Latino classical string players.
February 3, 2018, 2018 (sat) Cooper's Glen Music Festival in Kalamazoo, MI, at The Radisson Plaza Hotel. Annual event presented by GLAMA (Great Lakes Acoustic Music Association) features grassroots and acoustic performers, workshops, more.
February 10, 2018 (sat) Microbrew & Music Festival - Winter in Traverse City, MI. annual event features lots of musicians, breweries and craft brew flavors, food vendors.
February 10, 2018 (sat) Motorcity Music Convention Record Show in Livonia, MI. buy sell trade, held several times a year.
February 17, 2018 (sat) WCSX 3rd Annual Classic Rock Swap Meet at Oakland Mall in Troy, MI. Buy, sell, trade cd's lp's and music memorabilia.
March 1-4, 2018 (thu-sun) Hamtramck Music Festival in Hamtramck, MI (inside Detroit). approx 150 music acts perform at 16 venues, most within walking distance of each other. Annual event goes back to the original vibe and feel of the Metro Times Blowout. It's a bar hoppin', venue hoppin', local live music good time!
March 2-3, 2018 (fri-sat) Kalamazoo Fretboard Festival in Kalamazoo, MI. Annual event invites visitors to meet instrument designers, attend workshops, and hear live performances.”
March 3, 2018 (sat) William C. Byrd Young Artist Competition (Voice in 2018) – in Flint, MI. “Young artists compete for ,500 plus a contract to perform with the Flint Symphony Orchestra.” Annual, each year features a different category.
March 9, 2018 (sat) 12th Annual Motor City Blues Festival at the Fox Theatre in Detroit, jazz and blues musicians.
March 24-25, 2018 (sat-sun) WO-Stock Music Festival – in Holland, MI. Annual event to raise money to ship computers, medical supplies, clothing, etc. to Cameroon, Africa.
TBA 2019 The Dick Wagner Remember the Child Memorial Concert in Detroit, skipping 2018. Event raises funds to support medical and related services for children.
TBA Assembly Line Concert - Guinness World Record Attempt in Detroit for Longest Concert by Multiple Artists. 4th was in 2017 and had over 390 hours of continuous live music.
April 6, 2018 (fri) Jake's Music Festival annual benefit concert at Elevation @ The Intersection in Grand Rapids, MI. All proceeds are donated to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).
April 7, 2018 (sat) Monroe Street Fair in Ann Arbor, MI. annual music festival and hash bash.
April 14, 2018 (sat) Motorcity Music Convention Record Show in Livonia, MI. buy sell trade, held several times a year.
April 15, 2018 (sun) Annual Review Music Awards Celebration in Bay City, MI. Annual event honors Great Lakes Bay area musicians, over 70 categories, selected and voted upon by registered voters of Review Magazine.
April 20-21, 2018 (fri-sat) Bringin' Back the 80's Festival in Frankenmuth, MI (north of Flint). annual event, all ages, proceeds go to cancer-related causes.
April 21, 2018 (sat) Record Store Day 2018 – annual celebration of the unique culture surrounding over 700 independently owned real, live, physical, indie record stores in the USA, and hundreds of similar stores internationally. 3rd Saturday every April.
April 27 to May 12, 2018 Gilmore Keyboard Festival in west Michigan. held every other year. Two weeks of keyboard performances across West Michigan. Concerts, recitals, chamber music performances, lectures, master classes, and film.
April 26-28, 2018 (thu-sat) North American International Banjo Convention NAIBC – at the Doubletree Hotel in Dearborn, MI.
TBA Berserker at The Crofoot in Pontiac, MI. Annual music fest, approx 30 bands, hard rock and underground music.
May 4, 2018 (fri) Detroit Music Awards at The Fillmore Detroit. Sponge (original lineup reunited) performs at DMA 2018. Big time annual Awards Ceremony & Show (local Grammy's) is all about meeting, congratulating, and celebrating our talented local musicians and producers in grand style featuring award presentations and live performances. Public event.
May 16, 2018 (wed) Tool Music Clinic at Royal Oak Music Theatre in Royal Oak, MI. Plus mingle with the band following the session.
May 19, 2018 (sat) Annual BBQ, Blues and Bluegrass in St. Joseph, MI. Live music, craft beer, regional wines, local BBQ.
April 14, 2018 (sat) Roxxtock Music & Arts Festival at Diesel Concert Lounge in Chesterfield, MI. 10 bands.
May 20, 2018 (sun) Duane Malinowski Orchestra at Columbia Banquet Hall in St. Clair, MI. Guest appearance from Polanie Song & Dance Ensemble. Enjoy polkas, pierogi, dancing. St. Clair Cultural Series event.
May 25-27, 2018 (fri-sun) Traditional Arts Weekend in Remus, MI, on Wheatland Music Festival grounds. Annual, over 80 workshops in traditional forms of dance, music, crafts, vocal and instrument instruction, plus performances and dances.
May 26, 2018 (sat) Bled Fest in Howell, MI. Annual event showcases a diverse range of musical talent in many genres.
May 26-28, 2018 (sat-mon) Movement - Electronic Music Festival in Detroit at Hart Plaza. annual event, international and local electronic and EDM (electronic dance music) on multiple stages.
May 31 - June 2, 2018 (thu-sat) Jackson BluesFest at the Jackson County Fairgrounds. annual event.
June 7-10, 2018 (thu-sun) Frankenmuth Bavarian Festival in Frankenmuth, MI (Mid Michigan). Bavarian style music, German dancers, food, beer, Bavarian Parade, carnival midway, more.
June 8-10, 2018 (fri-sun) Noreast'r Music & Art Festival in Mio, MI (southeast of Gaylord). annual, has eclectic music and art, food, dancing, camping, jamming, drumming, parkin' lot pickin'. “3 stages, continuous music morning to night ranging from blues to bluegrass, country to new age, jam bands, old-time, Celtic, folk, and even a little rock.”
June 9-10, 2018 (sat-sun) Peacefest Art and Music Festival in Waterford, MI.
June 8-10, 2018 (fri-sun) Music at Flat Rock Summer Blast at Huroc Park in Flat Rock, MI (south of Detroit).
June 8-10, 2018 (fri-sun) Music at Ya'ssoo Greek Festival in Ann Arbor at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church. Greek music, dancers, open dancing.
June 9-23, 2018 Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival – two weeks and a new theme each June, a contingent of the world's finest chamber musicians perform in Metro Detroit.
June 9, 2018 (sat) Motorcity Music Convention Record Show in Livonia, MI. buy sell trade, held several times a year.
June 9, 2018 (sat) Currents Music Festival in Milford, MI. approx 11 bands, variety of genres.
June 14-17, 2018 (fri-sun) Detroit Music Weekend – arts and music festival at multiple venues in Detroit.
June 15-17, 2018 (fri-sun) Motor City Irish Fest (MCIF) at Greenmead in Livonia, MI, corner of Newburgh & 8 Mile. Bands, Irish Dance groups, Pipe and drum bands, Irish food and more.
June 15-17, 2018 (fri-sun) Music at Belleville National Strawberry Festival in Belleville, MI (west of Detroit). annual, 3 stages of live entertainment, local bands and artists, plus Strawberry Idol singing competition.
TBA 2018 (sun) Rhythm & Blues Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony in Detroit. (note: website missing on Jan 13, 2018)
TBA 2018 (sat) Spirit of the Woods Folk Festival in Brethren, MI (northwest lower peninsula). 38th Annual in 2015.
TBA Foxfest music and art festival in Detroit.
TBA Hear This! Fest – hard rock and punk.
TBA 2018 (fri-sun) Backpack Music Festival on Belle Isle, Detroit.
June 21-23, 2018 (thu-sat) Fuzz Fest 5 at the Blind Pig in Ann Arbor. Michigan Rock 'N' Roll music in all it's various forms, approx 30 bands.
June 21-24, 2018 (thu-sun) Electric Forest (1st weekend) annual outdoor music festival in Rothbury, MI, at the Double JJ Ranch. Local and national music acts, many music genres, camping available. Two weekends in 2018.
June 21-24, 2018 (thu-sun) Cedar Polka Fest in Cedar, MI (northwest Michigan). annual four-day party with food, drink, polka music and dancing.
June 22-24, 2018 (fri-sun) Music at Detroit River Days (GM River Days) in Downtown Detroit Riverfront. Kool & The Gang, Morris Day & The Time, Beatlemania Live!, Tamia, more.
June 22-24, 2018 (fri-sun) Music at Opa! Fest (Greek Festival) in Troy, MI (north of Detroit) at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church. annual with Greek band and dancing, Greek dance performances, Greek food, more.
TBA 2018 Corktown Strut festival in Corktown Detroit. Music arts food, more than 60 music performers in about 16 venues, food from neighborhood restaurants.
June 28 - July 1, 2018 (thu-sun) Electric Forest (2nd weekend) annual outdoor music festival in Rothbury, MI, at the Double JJ Ranch. about 90 local and national music acts, many music genres. camping available.
June 28 - July 1, 2018 (thu-sun) Music at Stars and Stripes Festival at Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, MI. Live music by national and local acts, huge carnival midway, monster truck rides, fireworks, more.
June 28 - July 1, 2018 (thu-sun) Music at St. Stan's A.C. Polish Festival in Bay City, MI (East/Mid Michigan). Polish Music live bands at Michigan's largest Polish Festival.
June 29-30, 2018 (fri-sat) JuneGrass Bluegrass Music Festival in Lowell, MI (West Michigan). Band Scramble, Workshops, 50/50 Drawings, guitar raffle, plenty of jamming, camping available.
June 30, 2018 (sat) 94.7 WCSX Annual Summer BBQ at Heritage Park in Taylor, MI.
June 30 - July 7, 2018 (sat-sat) Music at National Cherry Festival in Traverse City, MI (northwest lower peninsula), features performances by nationally known headliners.
July 3-4, 2018 (mon-tue) Muskegon Rockstock Music Festival at Heritage Landing in Muskegon, MI (western Michigan). Annual huge party with live music, fireworks, raffles, food, more.
July 5-8, 2018 (thu-sun) Common Ground Music Festival in Lansing, MI. annual event features national musical performers on two main stages each night. Headline shows will spotlight numerous contemporary musical formats. A variety of local, regional and other national performers on other stages provide non-stop music throughout the Festival.
July 6-7, 2018 (fri-sat) Michigan Elvisfest in Ypsilanti. annual, one of the largest Elvisfest Concerts in North America. This not a contest but a true concert with spectacular performances by the best professional Elvis Tribute Artists in North America.
TBA 2018 (sat) Rubo Fest in Detroit. Rubo Music Solutions annual music fest. Non-profit org promotes music education for youth.
July 11-15, 2018 (wed-sun) Concert of Colors annual Diversity Festival in Midtown Detroit. Free Admission, multiple venues.
July 12-15, 2018 (thu-sun) Uncle Sam Jam in Woodhaven, MI (Downriver, south of Detroit), at Civic Center Park. Annual, features Free concerts all weekend, plus Carnival rides and games, Firework Display, much more.
July 13-15, 2018 (fri-sun) Blissfest in Harbor Springs, MI (northwest tip of lower peninsula). Annual celebration of music, culture, art and community featuring diverse and innovative folk and roots music, world music, and dance. All ages event also has a juried arts and crafts show.
July 13-15, 2018 (fri-sun) Music at American Polish Festival & Craft Show at the American-Polish Century Club in Sterling Heights, MI (north of Detroit). Live Polka Music, dancing and dancers, Polish/American Cuisine, more. Annually draws thousands of people.
July 15, 2018 (sun) Michigan Jazz Festival in Livonia at Schoolcraft College (west of Detroit). annual event the 3rd Sunday in July features lots of great straight ahead jazz, no smooth or crossover stuff.
TBA 2018 (fri-sun) Detroit Paradise Valley Music Festival in Detroit at Hart Plaza. Annual, over 30 music acts, national and local.
TBA 2018 (fri-sun) Kalamazoo Blues Festival (KBF) in Kalamazoo, MI (West Michigan). annual, held at the Arcadia Festival Site. approx 20+ acts, national and regional talent.
July 19-21, 2018 (thu-sat) Beaver Island Music Festival (BIMF) on Beaver Island, near Charlevoix. annual, promotes variety and tradition of all music and art. camping available.
July 20, 2018 (fri) Vans Warped Tour at Meadow Brook Amphitheatre, The Last Full Cross Country Run
July 20-22, 2018 (fri-sun) Faster Horses Festival annual country music festival and camping at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, MI. 2017 features The Charlie Daniels Band, Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley, Miranda Lambert, Darius Rucker, many more.
July 22-28, 2018 (sun-sat) Marshall Bluegrass Festival in Marshall, MI, at the Calhoun County Fairgrounds. annual, Michigan's Largest Jamming Festival!, camp sites available.
July 26-28, 2018 (thu-sat) Sounds & Sights Festival in Chelsea, MI. Annual event features live music, social tent, indie art market, classic car show, kidzone, more.
July 27-29, 2018 (fri-sun) Dunesville Music Festival in Lake Ann, MI (northwest Michigan). annual Dunesville Bluegrass, Folk and Roots Music Festival.
July 27-29, 2018 (thu-sat) Sterlingfest Art and Music Fair in Sterling Heights, MI (just north of Detroit). annual, has “Arts & Crafts Fair, a variety of music including jazz, blues, folk and Top 40 entertainment, family midway, more. Bret Michaels July 29th.”
July 27-29, 2018 (fri-sun) Music at St. Clair Riverfest in St. Clair, MI (northeast of Detroit). 2018 features Great White, Sponge, One, plus boat races and more.
July 27-29, 2018 (fri-sun) Tommystock in Lake Orion, MI. Annual outdoor summer music festival at Camp Agawam (140 acre), also available are camping, swimming, activities.
July 28-29, 2018 (sat-sun) Mo Pop Festival in Detroit at West Riverfront Park. approx 22 music acts and other attractions.
TBA 2018 (fri-sat) Crash Detroit - Festival of Street Bands and Art at various locations in Detroit.
TBA 2018 (fri-sun) Hiawatha Traditional Music Festival in Marquette, MI (U.P.). annual, “features traditional-music styles that include bluegrass, old-time, Cajun, Celtic, acoustic blues and folk, including singer/songwriter, and dance.”
TBA 2018 (wed-thu) Detroit Island Music Festival on Belle Isle in Detroit. War, Bobby Rush & friends, more.
TBA 2018 (fri-sun) Great Lakes Food, Art & Music Festival at Campus Martius Park in Detroit.
TBA 2018 (sat) Roots Music Festival on Harsens Island in east Michigan.
TBA Traverse City Music Festival in Traverse City, MI.
TBA The Hustle Load Music Festival in Flint, MI.
TBA AquaPalooza on Lake St. Clair, MI. www.colonymarineaquapalooza.com
August 1-4, 2018 (thu-sat) Milan Bluegrass Festival in Milan, MI (lower Southeast MI). Annual. camping available.
August 2-5, 2018 (thu-sun) Woodtick Music Festival in the U.P. (upper peninsula). 2 stages, approx 30 bands, bluegrass country rock blues folk. annual.
August 3-5, 2018 (fri-sun) Brighton Fine Art & Acoustic Music Festival in Brighton, MI.
August 4, 2018 (sat) Motorcity Music Convention Record Show in Livonia, MI. buy sell trade, held several times a year.
August 8-11, 2018 (wed-sat) Unity Christian Music Festival in Muskegon, MI. Annual.
August 9-11, 2018 (thu-sat) Frankenmuth Summer Music Fest (first weekend) in Frankenmuth (Mid-MI). annual, two weekends (2nd August 16-18), 6 days of music events featuring about 14 of the nations top polka bands.
August 9-11, 2018 (fri-sat) Cowpie Music Festival at Shagbark Farm in Alaska, MI (near Grand Rapids). annual, lots of bands and musicians, multiple music genres, plus campsites, vendors, 5K Run, more.
August 9-12, 2018 (thu-sun) Farmfest in Johannesburg (northern lower peninsula). Annual with Michigan folk-spirited acts, traditional folk and bluegrass to modern reggae and folk-flavored rock'n'roll. Bring your instruments if you want to jam.
August 10-12, 2018 (fri-sun) Music at Milford Memories Summer Festival in Milford, MI (northwest of Detroit). annual, live music entertainment and lots of events, over 200,000 attendees.
August 10-19, 2018 Cheeseburger in Caseville (Caseville, MI, is in Michigan's thumb). Celebrates the lifestyle and music made popular by Jimmy Buffett, and cheeseburgers. Parade of Tropical Fools, concerts, fireworks, more.
August 11-12, 2018 (sat-sun) Great Lakes Folk Festival (GLFF) in East Lansing, MI. annual, “a mix of music and dance stages, demonstrations of traditional arts and storytelling, authentic ethnic food, an arts marketplace, and many special activities for kids and their companions.”
August 16-18, 2018 (thu-sat) Frankenmuth Summer Music Fest (second weekend) in Frankenmuth (Mid-MI). annual, two weekends, 6 days of music events featuring about 14 of the nations top polka bands.
TBA 2018 (fri-sun) Charivari Detroit Electronic Dance Music Festival in Detroit presenting the greatest assembly of Detroit based electronic dance music artists.
TBA 2018 (sat) Memphis Blues Festival Michigan in Memphis, MI (about an hour's drive northeast of Detroit). Annual, Free Admission, approximately 12 blues performers.
TBA 2018 (sat-sun) Jazz on the River in Trenton, MI, south of Detroit at Elizabeth Park. annual event, Free Admission.
TBA 2018 (thu-sun) River Raisin Jazz Festival in Monroe, MI (lower Southeast MI) at St. Mary's Park. annual, “one of the Great Lakes Region's largest & best FREE Jazz festivals, more than 50,00 visitors in attendance each year.”
August 11-12, 2017 (fri-sat) Microbrew & Music Festival in Traverse City, MI. annual, lots of musicians, many breweries, craft brew flavors, food vendors.
August 11-13, 2017 (fri-sun) Ribs and R&B Music Festival in Detroit at Hart Plaza. Midnight Star headlines on Sunday.
August 11-13, 2017 (fri-sun) Grand Marais Music and Arts Festival in Grand Marais, MI, in the U.P. (upper peninsula). Music, food, crafts. Annual event with bluegrass, blues, classic rock, Americana, rockabilly, jazz/rock, acoustic, more. on-site camping available.
August 17-19, 2017 (thu-sat) Square Dance Convention at Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Detroit-Dearborn in Detroit. annual.
August 17-19, 2018 (fri-sun) Motor City Muscle – The Rock-N-Muscle Car Festival in downtown Detroit. 100+ live rock bands on seven stages, 250+ muscle cars, and more. Free Admission.
August 18-20, 2017 (fri-sun) Hoxeyville Music Festival in Wellston, MI. annual, set on 85+ acres of pristine farmland and surrounded by natural hardwoods within the Manistee National Forest. Bluegrass and roots music, two stages featuring national touring artists and Michigan talent.
August 19, 2017 (sat) Blissfield Bluegrass on the River in Blissfield, MI. A Southeast Michigan Bluegrass Music Association event.
TBA 2017 (sat) Dirt Fest in Downtown Pontiac, MI. annual music fest, multi-genres, lots of music performances.
TBA 2017 (sat) Mad Decent Block Party Detroit in Detroit. all ages, electronic and hip hop music.
TBA 2017 (thu-sat) Midwest Fest – annual with hip hop, indie, electronic, more. 10th in 2017 expected to the last one
TBA Detroit Black Music Awards (DBMA) in Detroit.
August 24-27, 2017 (thu-sun) Midland Folk Music Festival in Midland, MI (Mid Michigan) at the Midland County Fairgrounds. A gathering of traditional folk musicians from all levels of play, folk enthusiasts, traditional dancers. “Join in the fun as we play, laugh, learn, listen, camp, perform, dance, sing, teach, learn, buy, trade and sell! Lots of jamming and open stage opportunities.”
TBA 2018 (fri-sun) Blues By The Bay in East Tawas, MI (East Michigan). Annual blues festival.
August 25-27, 2017 (fri-sun) Porcupine Mountains Music Festival in the U.P. (upper peninsula) in the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. Annual festival features “folk, blues, bluegrass and contemporary music from top-class nationally touring artists as well as up and coming Michigan artists. Over 30 artists, outdoor stages.”
TBA 2018 (fri-sun) Sun Dried Music Festival in Mason, MI (near Lansing). Annual, free Admission, a variety of musical performances from rock, jazz, blues, latin jazz, salsa, and country.
August 25-27, 2017 (fri-sun) Music at Ypsilanti Heritage Festival at Riverside Park in Ypsilanti, MI (west of Detroit). Free Admission, 4 stages, approx 24 bands. Also has Beer Garden, arts and crafts, food, more.
August 26, 2017 (sat) Michigan Metal Fest in Battle Creek, MI. 40 Bands, 4 stages, food, more.
TBA 2018 (sat) FOXFEST Music & Art Festival Detroit. Female-fronted Detroit rock bands and women artists, proceeds benefit local women's groups.
August 31 - September 3, 2018 (fri-mon) Arts, Beats & Eats (Ford Arts, Beats & Eats) in Royal Oak, MI (just north of Detroit). annual summer festival celebrating art, music, cuisine and humanity. More than 200 performances on ten stages, a highly ranked Juried Fine Arts Show, local restaurants, plus international, regional and local attractions.”
August 31 - September 3, 2018 (fri-mon) Detroit Jazz Festival at Hart Plaza, Downtown Detroit Riverfront. annual, Free Admission, several stages, features Jazz & crossover music.
TBA 2018 (fri-sun) Marquette Area Blues Fest in Marquette, MI (U.P., upper peninsula). – Annual Blues Festival includes main performances, music workshops, dance workshops, festival after party.
September 2, 2017 (sat) Thumbfest - Acoustic Music Festival in Lexington, MI (in Michigan's Thumb). annual, free Admission, a wide range of acoustic music. There are workshops, jam sites, dance hall, song circles, children's stage area, crafts and a Hootenanny. Bring your instrument, lawn chairs and singing voice.
September 2-4, 2017 (sat-mon) Music at Hamtramck Labor Day Festival in Hamtramck, MI. annual, live music on three stages. Event also has Carnival, beer, food tents, and Polish Day Parade.
September 7-8, 2018 (fri-sat) Brighton's Smokin' Jazz & Barbecue Blues Festival in Brighton, MI (northwest of Detroit). annual, Free Admission. “Each year, thousands of people experience the tastiest of barbecue, the smoothest of jazz and the bluest of blues, washing it all down with ice cold beverages from the beer and wine garden!”
September 8-10, 2017 (fri-sun) Wheatland Music Festival in Remus, MI (Mid Michigan). annual, 160-acre festival site, impromptu jam sessions, instrument and dance workshops, juried arts and crafts show, children's activities, teen and young adult activities, more.
September 9, 2017 (sat) Music at Dally in the Alley in Detroit. annual, 4 stages featuring many styles of music, plus a local artists gallery.
September 14-17, 2017 (fri-sun) Michigan Irish Music Festival in Muskegon (West Michigan). annual, live music, 3 stages, an Irish Pub, Market vendors, cultural activities, more.
September 15, 2018 (sat) Music Fest 4 Vets 2018 music festival in Redford Twp, MI. Proceeds go to U.S. Veterans in need. Variety live entertainment, two stages, food. Location: Motor City Eagles, 24401 Five Mile Rd, Redford Twp, MI 48239 (5 Mile near Telegraph Rd).
September 15-17, 2017 (fri-sun) Music at Flat Rock Riverfest at Huroc Park in Flat Rock, MI (south of Detroit).
September 15-16, 2017 (fri-sat) Michigan BluesFest 2017 in Lansing. Annual Free blues festival with national, regional, and local acts.
September 15-16, 2017 (fri-sat) FallFest Camp & Jam (Bluegrass) at Baldwin Oaks Campground in Hudsonville, MI (west Michigan). annual, Free Admission, band scramble, workshops, more.
September 16, 2017 (sat) Night Nation Run - Detroit The World's first Running Music Festival – at Hazel Park Raceway in Hazel Park, MI. “Run, walk, skip or dance, a musical voyage filled with live music, lights, lasers, and celebration for the lover of Electronic Dance Music.” EDM DJs, guest celebrity performers.
September 22-23, 2017 Audiotree Music Festival (ATMF) in Kalamazoo, MI. all ages event presented by Audiotree.tv
September 22-24, 2017 (fri-sun) Tommystock music festival in Lake Orion, MI. annual.
September 22-24, 2017 (fri-sun) Music at DIY Street Fair in Ferndale, MI. annual, has music, art, food.
September 29-30, 2017 (fri-sat) Music at Oktoberfest West Michigan in Grand Rapids, MI (West Michigan). “Annual celebration of German heritage & traditions featuring German music, beers, food, more.
October 6, 2018 (sat) Motorcity Music Convention Record Show in Livonia, MI. buy sell trade, held several times a year.
October 7, 2017 (sat) Annual Michigan State Championship Old-Time Fiddlers Contest in New Boston, MI (southwest of Detroit). Contestants must play a waltz, a schottische, a jig and a reel in a manner suitable to Michigan old-time dancing. Contest is part of the Huron Township Applefest.
skipping 2017 (TBA 2018) Mackinac Island Songwriter's Workshop on Mackinac Island, MI.
October 13, 2017 (fri) DOP (Live) at The Works in Detroit. Also performing are four electronic artists from Detroit.
October 17-21, 2017 (tue-sat) Edgefest - 21st Annual in Ann Arbor, MI. annual Jazz and Creative Music festival takes place at several venues. Edgefest reaches out beyond the concert hall with Fringe at the Edge performances, public discussions, workshops and school residencies.
October 20-21, 2017 (fri-sat) Big Country Fest in Frankenmuth, MI. annual, indoors. Bands, Beer, Mixed Drinks, Mechanical Bull, BBQ, Line Dancing, more.
October 21, 2017 (sat) Annual WHFR Record Show at Henry Ford Community College in Dearborn, MI. WHFR 89.3 FM record show features wide variety of vendors selling vinyl, cds, tapes, videos, movies, music memorabilia, more. Plus there will be door prizes, give-aways and more.
October 24-28, 2018 (wed-mon) Detroit A Go Go 2 in Detroit at Hotel St Regis and Berts Warehouse Entertainment. Carl Carlton, The Elgins, Pat Lewis, Kim Weston, The Reflections, JJ Barnes, The Debonairs, Gino Washington, Spyder Turner, The Adorables, The Precisions, Willie Kendrick, The Tomangoes, The Hollidays, The Vandellas, Kris Peterson, Billy Davis, djs and more.
October 29, 2017 (sun) Detroit Blues Challenge Finals 2017 – at Callahan's in Auburn Hills, MI. Detroit Blues Society annual competition, winners representing Detroit Area go to the IBC (International Blues Challenge) in Memphis, TN.
November 2-12, 2017 Lamb's Retreat for Songwriters in Harbor Springs (northwest tip of lower peninsula). Annual event presented by Springfed Arts, retreat is open to all songwriters, their friends and family. Write a song, inspirational talk/presentations, discussions on craft/creative process, open mic/song swaps, one on one sessions, food.
TBA 2017 (sat) Echo Fest at Magic Stick in Detroit. psychedelic, experimental, and stoner rock.
TBA 2017 (tue) DMAF 2018 Kick-Off Networking Event at Greektown Casino Hotel in Detroit. Detroit Music Awards Foundation annual kick-off party & networking event, and announcing date of the 2017 Awards.
TBA 2017 (sat) Annual Noel Night in Midtown Detroit. Horse-drawn carriage rides, crafts, performances by local music, theatre, and dance groups. Festivities culminate with a community sing-along.
December 2, 2017 (sat) Motorcity Music Convention Record Show – buy sell trade – at Livonia Elks hall in Livonia, MI. held several times a year
TBA 2017 (sat) Rockin' For A Match Concert and Bone Marrow Drive at Patrick J's Irish Pub in Berkley, MI. Blood cancers awareness event features music performances.
TBA 2017 (sun) Rock 4 Tots - No Child Without A Christmas at Rayz in Clinton Township, MI. annual event, about 24 bands/musicians, proceeds benefit The Clinton Township Goodfellows No Child Without A Christmas.
TBA 2017 (fri) Home for the Holidaze at Cadieux Cafe in Detroit. Static's Songwriter Showcase & Charity Drive annual event.
December 25, 2017 (monday) Christmas – We Wish You a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
December 29-31, 2017 (fri-sun) Mittenfest XII in Ypsilanti, MI. Annual music festival benefits 826michigan.
December 31, 2017 (sunday night) New Year's Eve Parties throughout all Michigan. Enjoy Great Music Entertainment!
CD Record Album Release Parties by Michigan Music Artists
March 30, 2018 (fri) The Octopus Supernatural Alliance album release party at – in Hamtramck, MI, wsg Timmy's Organism. info on
Music Video Shoots of Michigan Music Artists
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May 27, 2017 (sat) Reign's Music Video Shoot for THE QUICKENING at Maidstone Theatre in Ypsilanti, MI.
Concert Series and Music Series in Michigan
Rockin' on the Riverfront Summer Concert Series - Detroit, MI – Annual, Free Admission, classic rock concerts at the GM Riverfront Plaza.
Sonic Lunch - Ann Arbor, MI – annual Free outdoor summer concert series on Thursdays at lunch time.
Concerts / Music Nights at New Center Park - Detroit, MI – Annual during summer, some are free, some charge admission.
Chene Park Jazzy Night Series - Detroit, MI – Wednesdays during summer.
Friday Night Concert Series - Northville, MI – Annual, June through August, various genres, concerts are Free.
Music in the Park - Plymouth, MI – Annual, Wednesdays in summer.
Music in the Park - Mackinac Island, MI – annual summer concert series.
Manitou Music Festival Summer Concerts - Leelanau County – Annual, in northwest lower peninsula.
White Crow Conservatory of Music Monthly/Annual Acoustic Events - Saginaw, MI
Scarab Club Music Series and Music Events - Detroit, MI – various throughout the year.
Kalamazoo Bach Festival Season Concert Series - Kalamazoo, MI – Annual in southwest MI.
Ten Pound Fiddle Folk Music Concerts and Contra Dances - Lansing, MI
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– updated throughout the year, list has event dates, location, artists, and contact info listed by the Detroit Blues Society. click Blues Performances on DBS website.
Detroit Blues Society Blues Challenge - Annual – “The Finals winner in each division will walk away with expense money to travel to Memphis to the IBC's and a prize package. You will be the official representative of the Detroit Blues Society, competing against over 150 acts from all over the world, plus you will be playing for THE MOST INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE in Blues music.”
Detroit Blues Society Youth Challenge - Annual – for bands/musicians under 21 in age. Winning act moves on to represent Detroit at the International Blues Challenge (IBC) Youth Showcase in Memphis, TN.– in Michigan at venues from Detroit to Grand Rapids. Shows feature local and regional independent music artists, various genres.
– continually updated list with event links, dates.
– in metro Detroit. performers, events at bars and venues. searchable.
– local music calendar arranged by city & venue on playinghere.com
– list includes dates, descriptions, event links.
– their list of festivals includes all of the upper peninsula and northern Wisconson.
– underground, house, freestyle, soul ...
– in Frankenmuth (Mid-MI).
– in Bloomfield Hills, MI. classical/chamber music events.
Jam Nights and Open Mic
– listed by the Jazz Alliance of Mid-Michigan (JAMM).
– “Local Places where Musicians and anyone can go to and Listen or Participate in and Show their Talent or just wanna cut loose and meet new friends who love to do the same.”
– listed on openmikes.org
– First and Third Tuesday of every month, year round, for beginner and experienced alike. It has become a community gathering with upwards of 35 Michigan musicians playing at any given time, a mix of old gospel, country, bluegrass, and folk music. Cost is each (kids 12 & under are free).
EVENT SUBMISSIONS info for several Music Events in Michigan
Except for specific submission pages below, if you want to perform at events listed on this page, visit event websites for application/submission pages or to contact them directly to get details on who books their entertainment.
Arts, Beats & Eats – submissions usually start in February. Over 200 music performances, many stages.
Stars & Stripes Festival, Uncle Sam Jam, St. Clair Riverfest, Harley Fest, Rocking on the Riverfront. submissions usually starting mid-February.
WYCD Hoedown Detroit / Local Band Submission – country music fest, submissions usually accepted starting in February.
Sterlingfest Art & Music Fair– musical act submissions usually start in September for the next year.
Hamtramck Music Festival – bands and musicians located in Michigan can submit to perform.
Music Fest 4 Vets - Supports U.S. Veterans in Need – mainstream variety live entertainment summer event in Metro Detroit. entertainment Donate their performances to support Vets. No submission fee.
ODDS and ENDS
Metro Times Blowout – former annual music fest in metro Detroit. It existed for 18 years, last in 2015.
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