Things to do in June: D-Day, Pride events, baseball, trail race, parade of homes

Get out your calendar because there’s a lot to do in June along the lakeshore. Events include a fine arts fair, sports (old and new), a Father’s Day car show, concerts, a boat show, Pride Month activities, and a Juneteenth run/walk event. The USS LST 393 hosts a D-Day dance and commemoration, you might find unicorns and mermaids at Fellinlove Farm, and don’t forget the annual Miss Michigan and Miss Michigan’s Teen events in Muskegon. Enjoy the month with family and friends in Allegan, Muskegon, and Ottawa counties. This list includes options for everyone, regardless of age, ability, or interest.

The Spring Lake Wooden and Classic Boat Show is June 10.

Week 1 (June 1–11)

Tiny art show: canvas
Herrick District Library, 300 S. River Ave., Holland
Thursday, June 1, all day (paintings due by June 15)
Cost: Free
For the start of Herrick’s Teen Art Gallery series, the library will be taking tiny canvas submissions. HDL will provide the canvas, you create the art. Materials will be available in the Teen Area for use, while supplies last. Or take your canvas home and bring it back when you're done. Art will be displayed in the Teen Area from June 16 through July 14.

Lakeshore HBA Parade of Homes
West Michigan Lakeshore, 211 Lincoln Ave., Holland
Thursday–Saturday, June 1–3 and June 8–10, noon to 8 p.m.
Buy a ticket or two online at, at any Lake Michigan Credit Union ($5 off), or at your first home stop. Guidebooks will be provided at the first home you visit or at LMCU with ticket purchase. Plan your route and start at any home. 

USO-style swing dance and D-Day commemoration event
USS LST 393 Veterans Museum, 560 Mart St., Muskegon
Dance: Friday, June 2, 8–11 p.m., doors open at 7 p.m.
Cost: $10
Join a swinging 2023 D-Day commemoration event on the top deck of the USS LST 393, featuring a 1940s Swing Dance with the 126th Army Band. Break out your dancing shoes and ’40s clothes.
Commemoration: Saturday, June 3, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
USS LST 393 is proud to commemorate the service of American veterans by marking the anniversary of D-Day, the invasion of France in 1944. LST 393 was there at Omaha Beach and has the Battle Star to prove it. Highlights for this special day include tours of the ship, food vendors, World War II guns, vintage military vehicles, a land battle reenactment and Air Raid Muskegon, and a mock air raid attack on the ship by the Hooligans Flight Team Flying Vintage aircraft.

Grand Adventure kickoff party
Central Park, 421 Columbus Ave., Grand Haven
Saturday, June 3, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Cost: Free
Join Loutit District Library’s summer reading challenge with live music, face painting, games, food trucks, a book sale, and more. The reading program is for all ages.

Community PRIDE events
Saugatuck High School, 401 Elizabeth St., Saugatuck
Saturday, June 3, 10:30 (line up) to noon
Cost: Free
The Community Care-A-Van, a colorful car parade, kicks off from the school at 11:15 a.m. and ends at Beery Field, 8 Center St. in Douglas, where the community’s PRIDE Festival kicks off at noon, featuring live entertainment, DJ, fun, food, beverages, antique cars, and vendors.

Unicorns & Mermaids
Fellinlove Farms, 6364 144th Ave., Holland
Saturday, June 10, 2–5 p.m.
Cost: $5
This is your chance to see beautiful unicorns and mermaids, enjoy a farm tour, and have the opportunity to pick up a unicorn headband or plushie. This totally unique event is accessible to those of all ages and abilities.

Spring Lake Wooden and Classic Boat Show
Mill Point Park, Spring Lake
Saturday, June 10, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $15 per boat in advance, $20 day of show; free to attend
This annual show features all kinds of boats, including wooden, antique, kayaks, and Michigan-made models. There’s something for every boat enthusiast and fun for the whole family.

Holland American Legion Band Summer Concert Series is every Tuesday this summer.
Week 2 (June 12–18)

Family Fun: Mini Makers Series
Saugatuck Center for the Arts, 400 Culver St., Saugatuck
Monday, June 12, 10–11:30 a.m.
Cost: $36
Explore all the things that make being part of a family fun. Participants, ages 3–5, will make creative art projects together, experiment with sensory activities, and listen to “I Love Us: A Book About Family,” By Theodore Henry and Luisa Uribe during story time.

Swimmy’s retirement party
Herrick District Library, 300 S. River Ave., Holland
Monday, June 12, 1–3 p.m.
Cost: Free
Swimmy the turtle is bound for a new home. Come to the children's activity room at HDL to complete turtle-related crafts and activities, and to say goodbye to HDL’s favorite reptile. 

Holland American Legion Band Summer Concert Series
Kollen Park, 240 Kollen Park Drive, Holland
Tuesday, June 13, 7:30 p.m.
Cost: Free
Formed in 1920, the band performs Tuesday evenings through Aug. 15 at the park’s Henry P. Vander Linde Band Shell. Take a blanket or chair to sit on and enjoy the music.

Miss Michigan and Miss Michigan’s Teen
Frauenthal Center, 425 W. Western Ave., Muskegon
Thursday–Saturday, June 15–17, 7 p.m.
Cost: $40–$45
Come and see the talented, educated, and beautiful women who are competing for the title of Miss Michigan (Thursday and Saturday) and Miss Michigan’s Teen (Friday). Delegates compete in talent, red carpet, health & fitness, and on-stage interview/community service initiative phases of the competition.

Wicked Lake Forest Cemetery Tour
Lake Forest Cemetery, 1304 Lake Ave., Grand Haven
Friday, June 16, 6:30–9:30 p.m.
Cost: Free (registration required)
Explore the more “wicked” and notorious residents of Grand Haven’s past. Stories of mysterious crimes, murders, miscreants, and other dubious characters are all part of this exciting tour. Join Jeanette Weiden and Amberrose Hammond for this unique walking tour. The tour will last about 2 hours.

Town Crier Races
Saugatuck High School, 401 Elizabeth St., Saugatuck
Saturday, June 17, 6:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Cost: Varies by event
Lace up your walking (or running) shoes and take part in the 5K, 10K, or half-marathon — in person or virtually. All fundraiser participants will receive a finisher medal, custom bib, T-shirt, and certificate of race completion. Those who participate in person are eligible for age-group awards. Proceeds benefit the Saugatuck Public Schools running programs.

Muskegon Juneteenth 5K Fun Run/Walk
Heritage Landing, 1050 Seventh St., Muskegon
Saturday, June 17, 7:30 a.m. to noon
Cost: $25 registration
Celebrate Juneteenth by participating in this fun and active event. Whether you prefer to run or walk, this 5K is perfect for all skill levels. Bring your friends and family, and enjoy the beautiful scenery of Muskegon. Don't miss out on this opportunity to connect with the community and promote health and wellness.

Father’s Day Car Show
Crane’s Pie Pantry, 6054 124th Ave., Fennville
Sunday, June 18, 1–5 p.m.
Cost: Free to attend
Grab Dad and head out to this fun event, featuring live music, roasted chicken, games, and sweet rides. The fundraiser benefits the nonprofit Semper Fi & America’s Fund, which focuses on assisting wounded military veterans and their families.

Holland Waterfront Celtic Festival & Highland Games will be at the Ottawa County Fairgrounds this year.

Week 3 (June 19–25)

Stage for a Day
Playhouse at White Lake, 304 S. Mears Ave., Whitehall
Monday, June 19, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: $100
Young performers, ages 5-18, are welcome for a full day of performance arts education and fun to kick off the summer with an “animals onstage” theme. Students will get to choose from a variety of education options. A 4:30 p.m. performance is set to showcase the skills and projects the kids worked on for the day.

Farmers Market storytime
Eighth Street Market Place, 150 W. Eighth St., Holland
Wednesday, June 21, 9:30–10 a.m.
Cost: Free to attend
Head to the farmers market as HDL staff explore 30 minutes of songs, rhymes, stories, and activities to support your child’s early literacy growth. A hands-on activity will be provided after storytime by community partners.

Pops at the Pier
Eldean’s Boat Shed, 2150 South Shore Drive, Holland
Thursday, June 22, 7–9 p.m.
Cost: $30
HSO welcomes Cleveland Pops conductor Carl Topilow and dynamic singer Connor Bogart O’Brian for a fun-filled evening of music and song. Enjoy the best of Broadway with songs from “Hamilton,” “Phantom of the Opera,” “Les Miserables,” “Jersey Boys,” and “Music Man.” Come early to hear the Holland Jazz Orchestra.

Holland Waterfront Celtic Festival & Highland Games
Ottawa County Fairgrounds, 1286 Ottawa Beach Rd, Holland
Friday, June 23, 7–11 p.m.; Saturday, June 24, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Cost: Friday night Ceilidh (21 and older), $20; Saturday events (all ages), $10
Holland’s second annual two-day Celtic Festival celebrates all things Irish and Scottish. There will be Irish/Celtic bands, Scottish bagpipes, Irish and Scottish dance groups, Celtic food, merchandise vendors, a kids’ area, and a full schedule of Highland Games. 
Note: Those who attend Friday’s Ceilidh will be asked for ID and given a wristband, which allows free access to Saturday’s festivities.

Grand Explorers’ Trail Race
Grand River County Park, 9473 28th Ave., Jenison 
Saturday, June 24, 8 a.m.
Cost: $16–$38
Join runners and walkers in a “grand” trail race on a course starting at Grand River County Park and ending at Grand Ravines County Park in Fillmore Township (#2Parks1Race). Runs/walks in this inaugural event include 10K, 5K, and 1-mile kids’ fun run/walk, plus a 5K and a 10K that allow participants to bring a dog. No matter what event you choose, get ready for the grand views along the way.

Holland PRIDE Festival
Centennial Park, 250 Centennial Ave., Holland
Saturday, June 24, noon to 5 p.m.
Cost: Free to attend
Join Holland’s 20th PRIDE celebration. The PRIDE Festival will feature vendor booths, food, games, dancing, activities for kids, and musical performers.

Douglas Dutchers Vintage Base Ball
Beery Field, 8 Center St., Douglas
Saturday, June 24, 2 p.m.
Cost: Free, donations accepted
Come cheer on the Dutchers as they take on the Elkhart County Railroaders. The club was formed to provide historic value for the Saugatuck and Douglas communities, and has prompted an increased interest in the beginnings of the game now known as baseball. 

The Clippers Play Baseball at Marshfield. The home of Muskegon Baseball, Marshfield was first established in 1916 by local entrepreneur and baseball fan C.W Marsh.

Week 4 (June 26–July 2)

Birds of Prey program
Monday, June 26
11 a.m. to noon — Herrick North Branch, 155 W. Riley St., Holland
1–2 p.m. — Herrick District Library, 300 S. River Ave., Holland
Cost: Free
Do you want to know all about birds of prey? The Outdoor Discovery Center will bring a selection of these fierce friends for you to meet at both Herrick District Library locations.

Summer Walking Tour: Grand Haven Historic Boardwalk
Sundial near Waterfront Stadium, 1 N. Harbor Drive, Grand Haven
Tuesday, June 27, 10–11 a.m.
Cost: Free (registration required)
Join local history and genealogy specialist Jeanette Weiden to learn about what used to be along the harbor, the connection with the U.S. Coast Guard, and the construction of the pier and lighthouse. This 2-mile walking tour is on a paved sidewalk and is stroller and wheelchair accessible.

Muskegon Clippers
Marsh Field, 1800 Peck St., Muskegon
Tuesday–Wednesday, June 27–28, 7:05–10 p.m.
Cost: $5 adults, $3 seniors, $2 kids 5-12, kids under 5 free
Cheer on the Clips as they take on Jet Box, and enjoy the sights and sounds of some high-level college baseball. Enjoy delicious food, cold drinks, and a fun-filled atmosphere, all while cheering on your home team.

Holland Farmers Market
Eighth Street Market Place, 150 W. Eighth St., Holland
Wednesday, June 28, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Cost: Free to attend
Buy fresh produce, flowers, plants, baked goods, meats, cheeses, spices, and more from over 75 vendors and food trucks. Enjoy breakfast or lunch at the Food Court.

Waterfront Invitational Fine Art Fair
Saugatuck Village Square, downtown
July 1, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: Free to attend
This juried show highlights the work of 60 fine artists working in a variety of media — painting, photography, glass, woodworking, ceramics, jewelry, basketry, mixed media, fibers, mosaic, printmaking, and sculpture. Awards will be presented in the afternoon, and fair proceeds go toward scholarships for students studying the arts and supporting the arts in Saugatuck and Douglas. 

Need suggestions for specific destinations or activities, check out these tourism resources for details:
Holland Area Visitors Bureau
Grand Haven CVB
Ottawa County Parks & Recreation
Saugatuck CVB
Allegan County Parks & Recreation
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