Things to do in June: Car shows, festivals, concerts and musicals

Summer arrives this month, though it arrived unofficially on Memorial Day weekend. June brings plenty of reasons to get outside and enjoy a Pure Michigan summer. Among the events scheduled this month in Allegan, Muskegon, and Ottawa counties, there are car shows and art festivals, along with a concert and a musical. This list includes options for everyone, regardless of age, ability, or interest.
Remember When Car Show & Cruise is coming to downtown Holland.

Remember When Car Show & Cruise
124 E. Eighth St., Downtown Holland (former Maycroft Versendaal Lincoln-Mercury Dealership)
June 4, Show begins at 5 p.m., Cruise starts on Eighth Street at 9 p.m.
Free to attend; $10 per vehicle entry
For a true “blast from the past,” head to downtown Holland for a fun-filled Friday night. Vintage cars from every decade between 1900 and 2000 will be on display in the parking lot behind the former car dealership. To add to the fun, a DJ will be spinning oldies tunes. After the show, be sure to bring along your lawn chair and “stake your claim” on Eighth Street for the 9 p.m. Vintage Car Cruise.

Celebrate National Trails Day, now in its 28th year, on June 5.Saugatuck-Douglas-Laketown Trail Scramble
95 Blue Star Highway, Douglas
June 5, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Pick up a trail card at the above address.
Free to participate
Celebrate National Trails Day, now in its 28th year. Pick up your “Trail Card” and instructions between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., and then visit any of the selected trails. Get your card stamped at three or more trails and the coupons on the back of your trail card become valid. Get your card stamped at six or more trails and you will be entered into a drawing to win some terrific prizes. What better way to enjoy nature and, maybe, win some cool stuff?
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Holland Symphony Summer Brass Series
Windmill Island Gardens, 1 Lincoln Ave., Holland
June 6, 3 p.m. 
Free to Holland residents (with ID); cost of admission for non-residents (Adults is $10 and Youth, ages 3 to 15, is $5)
Spread a blanket on the ground or bring a lawn chair and relax in the shadow of a 260-year-old Dutch windmill while the Holland Symphony Orchestra Brass Quartet performs light pops and classical music. Following the concert, tour the mill and stroll the grounds of this beautiful treasure.

Antique Farm Power Club Tractor and Engine Show (13th annual)
Muskegon County Fairgrounds, 6621 Heights-Ravenna Road, Fruitport
June 10–12,  9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
$5 donation; children 12 and younger admitted free
Looking for something new and different? How about tractor pulls, a Model A swap meet, flea market, food vendors, toy displays, antique farm equipment demonstrations, a “valve cover” car derby, as well as a tractor/truck parade. And if that’s not enough, you can enjoy farm equipment demonstrations and exhibits, watch a blacksmith forge his wares, and learn about threshing, baling, and corn shelling. If you want to spend the night, camping is available for $10 a night.
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The Bloomin’ Art Show and Garden Open House will be held at two locations.

Bloomin’ Art Show and Garden Open House
Two locations: Pat’s Yellow Barn Studio, 6050 Bluebird Lane, Hamilton
Stone Forest Pottery, 5955 141st Ave., Holland (east of Saugatuck)
June 12, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tour the beautiful gardens at two Saugatuck-area art studios as they host a unique outdoor art show with other local artists. While at Pat’s Yellow Barn Studio, enjoy Pat Rempel’s watercolors and oils along with Mary Alice Townsend’s fabric art and Doug Hiser’s bird carvings. Then head to Stone Forest Pottery, where Teresa Wooden is showcasing not only her beautiful pottery, but also herbs, pre-bonsai, and perennials from Westview Farms.
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White Lake Arts & Crafts Festival is June 19-20.

White Lake Arts & Crafts Festival
Goodrich Park, 100 N. Lake St., Whitehall
June 19, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
June 20, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
More than 70 artists showcase their talents and wares at this juried arts and crafts fair. Now in its 42nd year, the festival features handmade jewelry, wood furniture, birdhouses, ceramics, garden decor, clothing, paintings and prints, folk art, leather goods, floral designs, stained glass, signs, children’s toys, and bath items. Adding to the fun are food trucks, and live music. More details at

Grand Haven Art Festival
Located in the first three blocks of Washington Avenue in downtown Grand Haven.
June 26, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
June 27, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
You’ll definitely enjoy strolling this vibrant outdoor “art gallery” on Grand Haven’s main thoroughfare, where more than 100 artists will be showcasing their artwork and creative talents. Now in its 60th year, this is one art festival you don’t want to miss!.
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The Muskegon Lakeshore Art Festival is returning in June.

Muskegon Lakeshore Art Festival (LAF)
Located in Downtown Muskegon 
June 26, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
June 27, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
Free to attend
The Muskegon Lakeshore Art Festival has booked nearly 200 fine art and craft exhibitors and is preparing for a celebratory way to safely bring the community back together. Sunshine Artist Magazine, a national publication, has featured LAF for the past six years as one of the Top 200 Festivals in the country based on artist votes. The event is hosted by the Muskegon Downtown Development Authority.
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"Shout! The Mod Musical: A Swinging 60's Sensation" opens at the Mason Street Warehouse Outdoor Theater.
‘Shout! The Mod Musical’
Mason Street Warehouse Outdoor Theater, Saugatuck Center for the Arts, 400 Culver St. Saugatuck
June 30 through July 11; showtimes vary
$50 advance purchase; $53 day of purchase
You’ll relive the tunes, freedom, and fashions of the 1960s while watching and singing along with the action in the fun-filled show "Shout! The Mod Musical:A Swinging 60's Sensation."
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Need suggestions for specific destinations or activities, check out these tourism resources for details:
Allegan County Parks & Recreation
Grand Haven CVB
Holland Area Visitors Bureau
Ottawa County Parks & Recreation
Saugatuck CVB
Visit Muskegon

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