June 15-30 along the Lakeshore: Juneteenth, farmers markets, concert series, plays, and more

Following its informal welcome on Memorial Day weekend, summer officially arrives in June, bringing plenty of reasons to get outside and enjoy a Pure Michigan adventure. There is so much to do along the Lakeshore in June that we are publishing two Things To Do columns this month.

Below are the events for June 15-30. Events scheduled in the second half of this month in Allegan, Muskegon, and Ottawa counties include a car show, art festivals, music festivals, theater performances, an adults-only boat cruise, and even a block party open to all. This list includes options for everyone, regardless of age, ability, or interest.

Karla’s Place Eclectic Yard Sale
58 W. 26th St., Holland
June 16-17, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Karla, the owner of the unique gift shop previously located in Downtown Holland, is having a yard sale you won't want to miss. You’ll find beloved Karla's Place products, including handmade goods, colorful display pieces, vintage finds, and a unique variety of home accents. There's sure to be something for everyone.
Details: https://www.karlas-place.com/about

The Summer Street Performers series returns to downtown Holland.

Street Performers
Eighth Street, between Columbia and River Avenues, Downtown Holland
June 16, & 30, 6:30-8:30 p.m. (Thursdays through Aug. 18)
Aerial acrobats, magicians, musicians, mimes, jugglers, face painters, caricature artists — there is definitely something for everyone. Free entertainment doesn’t get any better than this.
Details: https://www.holland.org/summer-street-performer-series

Byron Stripling
Pops at the Pier

Eldean Boat Shed, 2150 South Shore Drive, Holland
June 16, 7-9 p.m.
Back by popular demand, you won’t want to miss trumpeter Byron Stripling’s “Reprise.” This talented trumpeter will entertain with blues, ragtime, and jazz. Bring your own chair; food trucks will be onsite; beer and wine will be available for purchase. (Read our story on Byron Stripling.)
Cost: $30 for adults, $5 for students
Details: https://hollandsymphony.org/events/pops-at-the-pier-byron-stripling-reprise/ 

Spring Lake Heritage Festival Classic Car Show

Harvest Bible Chapel, 225 E. Exchange St., Spring Lake
June 17, 5-9 p.m.
Check out some beautiful classic cars, while listening to DJ entertainment and Yuno Karaoke. Food will be available from Mata’s Fun Foods.
Free to attend; $10 fee to register your vehicle on show day.
Details: https://www.slheritagefestival.com/

Spring Lake Farm & Garden Market
Tanglefoot Park, 102 W. Savidge St., Spring Lake
Thursdays (9 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
For the freshest in homemade bread and pastries, cheese, spices, fruits and veggies, and of course flowers, you’ll definitely want to visit the Farm & Garden Market in their new location, the beautiful Tanglefoot Park.

Saugatuck Farmers Market
Saugatuck Center for the Arts, 400 Culver St., Saugatuck
Fridays (9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
Nothing says fun like a farmers market, and Saugatuck does it right. Besides the usual array of fresh produce, honey, and flowers, you will also be treated to live music, food to go from local vendors, and a cash bar.
Details: https://www.sc4a.org/event/the-market-at-sca/

Waterfront Concert Series
Lynne Sherwood Waterfront Stadium, 1 N. Harbor Drive, Grand Haven
June 17, 7-9.p.m.
Cost: Free
Details: https://www.songkick.com/concerts/40459176-annagail

Juneteenth Freedom Festival
June 17, 7-10 p.m.; Soulful Music Festival, Park Theatre, 248 S. River Ave., Holland
June 18, 3-7 p.m., Freedom Festival Market, 7-10 p.m., Music Festival, Kollen Park, 240 Kollen Park Drive, Holland
Join this celebration of freedom from slavery, dating back to 1865, when the people of Texas finally learned that slavery had been abolished. The festival, which began in Holland in 2000, is educational, enlightening, and fun.
Cost: $25 for the Soulful Music Festival
Details: https://allevents.in/events/juneteenth-freedom-festival/200022475857459

Third annual Jump into Summer (two events)
Saugatuck Center for the Arts, 400 Culver St., Saugatuck
Free concert
June 17, 5-10 p.m.
Kick off summer with free music, including a concert by the Accidentals, drinks for purchase under the pavilion, and a meet-and-greet with the artists.

Yoga in the Garden
June 18, 10-11 a.m.
Coghlin Park, 60 Griffith St., Saugatuck
Dress to “get a little dirty” with family-friendly activities, games, and great conversation with some amazing community partners.
Details for both events: https://www.sc4a.org/event/jump-into-summer-202

Hope College Summer Repertory Theatre, “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder”
DeWitt Student Cultural Center, 141 E. 12th St., Holland
June 17, 18, 22, 23, 25, 29, 30, 7:30 p.m.
An interesting play involving inheritance, intrigue, money, and love.
Cost varies: See website for pricing Tickets and Events | Hope Summer Repertory Theatre
Details: Current Season | HSRT (hope.edu)

Holland Farmers Market
Holland Civic Center Place, 150 W. Eighth St., Holland
Every Wednesday and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Fresh produce, flowers, bread, artisan cheeses, chocolates, and other yummy treats abound. A true feast for your tummies, your eyes, and your families.
Details: http://www.hollandfarmersmarket.com/

Town Crier Races, Saugatuck (5K, 10K, Half-Marathon)
Race start: Saugatuck Public High School, 400 Elizabeth St., Saugatuck;
Finish: Beery Field, 22 Center St., Downtown Douglas
June 18: In-person start times vary, depending on the event.
June 18 through July 3: Participate virtually.
All participants receive a cool finisher medal, custom bib, specially designed T-shirt, and Certificate of Race Completion
Cost: Varies, depending on the event.
Details: https://runsignup.com/towncrierraces

43rd Annual Arts & Crafts Festival
Goodrich Park, 310 Thompson St., Whitehall
June 18, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
June 19, 11 a.m. to 4.p.m.
Peruse and purchase from a variety of artists at this juried art show. You’ll find jewelry, fine art, photography, wood furniture, metal yard art, leather goods, Michigan items, floral designs, and packaged foods. Food trucks and live music will also be on hand for this Father’s Day weekend event.
Details: https://www.whitelake.org/event/43rd-annual-arts-crafts-festival/2022-06-19/

VanDyk Mortgage Summer Concert Series

Hot Rod Harley-Davidson, 149 Shoreline Drive, Muskegon
June 18, noon to 10:15 p.m.
June 25, noon to 10:15 p.m.
Two concerts, two music genres. Get your groove on June 18 with free country and blues, featuring six artists. On June 25, be sure to catch the free Motown/jazz concert with Hollywood Swinging, Airtight, The Skeletones, and West Side Soul Surfers.
Details: https://visitmuskegon.org/event/vandyk-mortgage-summer-concert-series-2-2022-07-02/2022-07-02/

Art at the Pointe
Adelaide Pointe’s Boat Warehouse, 1204 W. Western Avenue, Muskegon
June 18, 5-8 p.m.
More than 50 regional artists fill this boat warehouse with all types of art at this one-night Pop-up Art sale. Cash bar, live music by Serita’s Black Rose, and food trucks.
Cost: $10 at the door, to benefit Read Muskegon
Details: Art at the Pointe - Visit Muskegon

Father’s Day Car Show
Crane’s Pie Pantry Restaurant and Winery, 6054 124th Ave., Fennville
June 19, 1-5 p.m.
Looking for a great way to spend Father’s Day? Head to Crane’s to see cool cars and enjoy barbecue, live music, yard games, wine and cider bar, slushies, and doughnuts for the kiddies. There also will be raffle items from local contributors.
Cost: Donations for the Semper Fi Fund, a nonprofit military support program that assists wounded veterans and their families both in and out of the service.
Details: (20+) The Major Auto Show | Facebook

American Legion Band Concerts
Kollen Park, 240 Kollen Park Drive, Holland
June 21, 28, and every Tuesday evening through Aug. 16, 7:30 p.m.
The tradition continues. Grab a blanket, pack a picnic, and head to Kollen Park for a night of music and relaxation along the shore of Lake Macatawa.
Details: https://www.hollandlegionband.org/2022-concert-schedule.html

PopUp in the Park with Howard Miller Library
Lawrence Street Park, 100 W. Lawrence Ave., Zeeland
June 22, 10-11 a.m. 
“Wet and Wild Animals.” You will be amazed at how much wildlife can be found near Michigan’s waters. Listen and learn at this fun-filled presentation that includes live animals, taxidermy, and time at the end to explore the Outdoor Discovery Center’s animal artifacts during Zeeland’s Summer Reading program in the park.
Details: Calendar • Zeeland, MI • CivicEngage (cityofzeeland.com)

Hudsonville Summer Block Party
3300 Van Buren St., Hudsonville
June 22, 4.-7 p.m.
Bring the family out and enjoy food, inflatables, live music, giveaways, and 30% off at Hudsonville shops.
Details: https://lovewm.org/communityevents/

Music on the Grand

Lynne Sherwood Waterfront Stadium, 1 North Harbor Drive, Grand Haven
June 22, 7-9 p.m., Livin’ The Dream
June 29, 7-9 p.m., Sea Cruisers Band
Enjoy a different genre of music each Wednesday night. Don’t forget your lawn chair and blanket.
Free ( every Wednesday through Aug. 31)
Details: Music On The Grand- 2022 Full Schedule - Grand Haven (visitgrandhaven.com)

Music in the Park
Wicks Park Gazebo, 452 Water St., Saugatuck
June 22, 7-9 p.m., The Sessions
June 29, 7-9 p.m., Nate Holley
Free (every Wednesday through Aug. 24)
Details: https://www.facebook.com/SaugatuckDouglasAreaBusinessAssociation/

Hope College Summer Repertory Theatre, “Lulu and the Long Walk”
DeWitt Studio Theater, 141 E. 12th St., Holland
June 23, 24, 28, 29, 10:30 a.m.
This world-premiere musical by Ayeseu Lartey is set in Africa and based on the children's book written by Dan Haseltine and illustrated by local artist Joel Schoon-Tanis.
Cost varies: see website for pricing Tickets and Events | Hope Summer Repertory Theatre
Details: Current Season | HSRT (hope.edu)

Music on Main started after COVID restrictions eased last year. The downtown event was so popular, it is returning again this year.

Music on Main

Main Street between Elm and Church streets, Zeeland
June 23, 6-9 p.m.
You won’t want to miss Dunegrass as they perform a folksy mix of old and new Bluegrass in Zeeland’s Social District. Bing your lawn chairs for a night of great music and free yard games for the kids.
Details: https://www.cityofzeeland.com/520/Music-on-Main-Street

Holland Waterfront Celtic Festival
Window on the Waterfront Park, Seventh Street between Lincoln and College Avenues in Downtown Holland
June 24, 7-11 p.m. Ceilidh (Irish Music Party)
June 25, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Highland Games, Irish & Scottish music and dance groups, clan tents, food and craft vendors, kids area.
You won’t want to miss Holland’s inaugural Celtic Festival and Highland Games. Bring your family and friends and soak up some Celtic festivities in our Dutch town. Great fun for folks of all ages.
Cost: See the website for ticket prices
Details: www.hollandcelticfestival.org

Grand Haven Art Festival
Washington Avenue, downtown Grand Haven
June 24, 3-7 p.m.
June 25 and 26, 10 am. to 5 p.m.
Spend the day surrounded by art from nearly 100 artists from around the country while also enjoying food, music, and kids’ activities at this 61-year-old art festival. Family Fun Day is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Cost: Free
Details: Grand Haven Art Fest – Grand Haven Chamber

Legally Blonde, the Musical”
Saugatuck Center for the Arts, 400 Culver St., Saugatuck
June 24, 25, 26, 28, 29, and 30 (continues into July)
This award-winning musical is based on the movie “Legally Blonde.” If you are looking for a delightful evening out, you’ll definitely want to put this on your calendar.
Cost: $65-$68
Details: Legally Blonde - SC4A

Fenn Valley Wine Festival
Fenn Valley Vineyards, 6130 122nd Ave., Fennville
June 25, noon for those with reservations; 1 p.m. for general drop-in
Enjoy the beauty of Fenn Valley Vineyards with tastings in the vineyard, live music, food, and more.
Cost: $10 online; $15 at event
Details: https://www.fennvalley.com/wine-festival-and-open-house/

Pride Festival
Centennial Park, 250 Central Ave., Holland
June 25, noon to 5 p.m.
Visit the resource booths and enjoy dancing, food trucks, and a balloon wall. There is also a new kids’ area with story time, Maciek the Magician, crafts, balloon faces, a bounce house, and even games with prizes.
Details: Holland PRIDE Festival Tickets, Sat, Jun 25, 2022 at 12:00 PM | Eventbrite

Hosted by the Muskegon Downtown Development Authority, the Lakeshore Art Festival is returning after a year off due to the pandemic.

Lakeshore Art Festival

Hackley Park, 350 W. Webster Ave., Muskegon
June 25, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
June 26, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
You won’t want to miss this juried fine arts fair with artists and crafters from across the country. You’ll also enjoy an artisan food market, children’s activities, interactive art, and performing arts.
Details: All events for Lakeshore Art Festival – Visit Muskegon

Tri-Cities Garden Club Walk
Throughout the Grand Haven area (see website for garden addresses)
June 25, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Enjoy more than just beautiful gardens. Unique moss and twig bird sculptures, as well as plants, will be for sale. Plus there will be a raffle of garden items and you will also have the opportunity to chat with artists.
Cost: $12; children 12 and younger admitted free. Tickets can be purchased ahead of time at the Tri-Cities Museum or at each garden on the day of the event.
Details: Garden Walk | Tri-Cities Garden Club (tricitiesgardenclub.org)

Booze on the Boat
Star of Saugatuck Boat Cruises, 716 Water St., Saugatuck
June 25, 4 p.m.
Those 21 and older are invited to take a 90-minute cruise while sampling spirits with a representative from Coppercraft Distillery.
Cost: $60
Details:  Booze on the Boat - Star of Saugatuck (saugatuckboatcruises.com)

Holland Vintage Flea Market
Holland Town Center, 12330 James St., Holland
June 26, noon to 6 p.m.
Sponsored by Mitten Vintage Flea Market, you can peruse more than 1,000 pieces of clothing, accessories, and shoes from 40+ vendors. Food trucks will be onsite. The event will take place both indoors and outdoors and, best of all, fitting rooms will be available.
Cost: Free admission
Details: Town Center Holland ::: Holland Vintage Flea Market (hollandtowncenter.com)

Zeeland Zoom 5K and Little Zoomer Race
June 28, 6:30 p.m. Little Zoomers’ 1-mile race ($10 registration fee)
June 28, 7 p.m. 5K race, see website for individual and group pricing plus packet pickup info
Get your exercise in on a flat, fast course through historic downtown Zeeland.
Cost: Varies, see the website.
Details: Zoom 5k & Little Zoomers Race | Zeeland, MI (cityofzeeland.com)


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