June things to do: Celtic fest, Juneteenth, Father’s Day, Parade of Homes, food, music, movies, art

We’ve celebrated our moms (and others who take on that role). Now it’s our dads’ turn. In addition to Father’s Day, there’s a lot on our West Michigan calendar for June. With music, fine arts, crafts, summer reading, Pride events, nature, 5Ks, fundraisers, history, food, movies, and volunteer opportunities, there’s plenty to do in Allegan, Muskegon, and Ottawa counties. This list includes options for everyone, regardless of age, ability, or interest.  

Week 1 (June 1–9)

Loutit email va six-piece funk band based in West Michigan, is scheduled to perform in Grand Haven’s Central Park on Saturday, June 1, as part of Loutit District Library’s Summer Reading Challenge Kickoff Party.
John Steuart Curry: Weathering the Storm
Muskegon Museum of Art, 296 W. Webster Ave., Muskegon
Through Monday, Sept. 2.
Cost: Free with museum admission
The museum presents a showcase reunion of the artist’s most iconic masterpieces, which visually define the Midwest. The exhibit brings the masterworks of one of America’s most influential artists under one roof for the first time in two decades.
Details: https://muskegonartmuseum.org/exhibition/

Summer Reading Challenge
Central Park, Washington Avenue and Fifth Street, Grand Haven
Saturday, June 1, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Cost: Free
Loutit District Library is hosting a family-friendly kickoff to The Grand Adventure, a lifelong learning game with something for everyone. The event will include live music, games, face painting, food trucks, a book sale, and more. Participation is free, and you don’t have to have a library card. Earn Adventure Points as you read on the beach, listen to an audiobook, or attend a library program. Collect 500 points to receive a finisher prize. Every 100 points earned is an additional entry into a grand prize drawing. The challenge continues through July 31. 
Details: https://www.loutitlibrary.org/summer-reading/

2024 D-Day Commemoration Event
USS LST 393 Veterans Museum, 560 Mart St., Muskegon
Saturday, June 1, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: Free to attend; $10 ship tours, veterans admitted free

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. The day will be highlighted by land battles between German and Allied reenactors and a mock air raid on the ship by the Hooligans Flight Team flying vintage aircraft. 
Details: https://www.visitmuskegon.org/event/2024-d-day-commemoration/

Muskegon Pride Festival
Western Market, 251 Second St., Muskegon
Saturday, June 1, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Cost: Free to attend
This year’s celebration of LGBTQ+ kicks off with the second annual pride parade at 10:30 a.m., winding through the heart of downtown Muskegon on Western Avenue. The festival will feature community spirit, a local artist showcase, local culinary delights, and live entertainment.
Details: https://www.visitmuskegon.org/event/muskegon-pride-festival/7268/

PRIDE in the Park
Beery Field, 8 E. Center St., Douglas
Saturday, June 1, 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Cost: Free to attend
Get ready for a day jam-packed with entertainment, including performances by the West Michigan Gay Men’s Chorus, Random Play Band, and others. The event also includes delicious food options, a wide choice of beverages, dozens of West Michigan vendors, classic cars, and more. Don’t forget your lawn chairs.
Details: https://saugatuck.com/event/pride-in-the-park/

Feet on the Street
North Mears Promenade, White Lake
Sunday, June 2, 2-7 p.m.
Cost: Free to attend
The White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and the cities of Montague and Whitehall are hosting this summer kick-off block party. Stop in for a while or stay the entire time. It’s up to you. There will be live music, food trucks, activities and crafts, and more.
Details: https://www.visitmuskegon.org/event/feet-on-the-street/6124/

Navigating Medicare for Seniors
Hackley Public Library, 316 W. Webster Ave., Muskegon
Tuesday, June 4, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Cost: Free
Join library staff for an informative presentation, in partnership with Individual Benefit Solutions, aimed at seniors to demystify the complexities of Medicare. Learn how to navigate the Medicare system confidently, understand your benefits, and make informed decisions about your health care coverage. 
Details: https://www.hackleylibrary.org/event/navigating-medicare-for-seniors/

Volunteer at the Kids’ Food Basket Farm
Kids’ Food Basket Farm, 226 104th Ave., Holland
Thursday, June 6, 9-11 a.m.
Cost: Free
All ages are welcome to explore the farm, learn about growing healthy food, and help the community. This is a drop-in event, so stay as long as you are able.
Details: https://herrickdl.bibliocommons.com/events/663264a6aab5ae427b8798f4

‘Art of the Spoon’
Gateway Spoon Restaurant, 633 E. 24th St., Holland
Thursday, June 6, 5-6:30 p.m.
Cost: Free
This after-hours pop-up showcase will feature works by local watercolor artist Patricia Flynn. Works by this season’s featured artist will be on display and available for purchase. The event also will include an Artist Talk presented by Flynn, followed by live music and refreshments.
Details: gatewayspoon.com

Quilts: The Artistry of Home
Muskegon Museum of Art, 296 W. Webster Ave., Muskegon
Thursday, June 6, through Sunday, Sept. 29
Cost: Free with museum admission
The exhibit showcases a selection of quilts from the Michigan State University Collection made during the early 20th century, focusing on the era of the Great Depression. Quiltmaking is a traditional art form that blends artistry with craft and function. Quilts represent significant hours of labor and often became heirlooms passed through generations of family.
Details: https://muskegonartmuseum.org/exhibition/quilts-the-artistry-of-home/

Lakeshore HBA Parade of Homes
Throughout West Michigan
Thursday-Saturday, June 6-8 and June 13-15, noon to 8 p.m.
Cost: $15 for adults, kids 12 and younger admitted free
This highly anticipated community event is back, sponsored by the Lakeshore Home Builders Association. Tour new homes, see the latest design trends, get inspiration, and win prize packages with a fun scavenger hunt and other special features throughout the event. Food trucks will be at select stops on some days.
Details: https://lakeshoreparadeofhomes.com/

Muskegon Clippers 2024 Season Opener
Marsh Field, 1800 Peck St., Muskegon
Friday, June 7, 7:05 p.m.
Cost: Adults $7, students and seniors $5, kids younger than 5 free 
The Clippers take on the Lima Locos on Day 1 of the 2024 Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League season. Enjoy a hot dog, an ice-cold beverage, and a fun-filled atmosphere while cheering on your favorite team.   
Details: https://www.visitmuskegon.org/event/muskegon-clippers-vs-lima-locos/

Friday Matinee
Loutit District Library, 407 Columbus Ave., Grand Haven 
Fridays, June 7, 14, 21, and 28, 2–4:30 p.m.
Cost: Free
Stop in for a matinee showing, and bring snacks and drinks to enjoy during the film. Registration for one event in the series registers you for the entire month. Afterward, submit suggestions for future matinees. Throughout June, movies will be shown upstairs in the Youth Program Room: June 7, “The Imitation Game” (2014–PG-13); June 14, “Wonka” (2023–PG); June 21, “Unbroken” (2014–PG-13); June 28, “The Help” (2011-PG-13).
Details: https://www.loutitlibrary.org/calendar/#/events/aENu5rtbQL/

Taste of Muskegon
Hackley Park, 350 W. Webster Ave., Muskegon
Friday, June 7, 4-10 p.m.; Saturday, June 8, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Cost: Free to attend
Muskegon’s biggest food festival will feature some of West Michigan’s favorite bands — including popular AC/DC tribute band Let There Be Rock — and a competition among Muskegon’s best local restaurants and food trucks. There also will be a dedicated kids’ zone to ensure fun for the whole family.
Details: https://www.visitmuskegon.org/event/taste-of-muskegon/1149/

Drawing with Steel
Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists’ Residency, 3435 Rupprecht Way, Saugatuck
Saturday, June 8, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: $150
Learn the basics of welding, bending, and cutting meta with Nick Faganl. Participants will quickly gain the know-how to safely use equipment in the Metals Studio. This course is suitable for all levels of experience. Leave with a great sculpture and heightened confidence. The workshop includes lunch. Materials will be provided.
Details: https://www.ox-bow.org/2024-aom-workshop/drawing-with-steel

Spring Lake Heritage Festival
Various Spring Lake locations
Saturday, June 8, through Friday, June 14, hours vary
Cost: Free to attend
This annual festival has many fun events for all ages, including the Spring Lake Wooden Classic Boat Show, Senior Day, Artisan Market, Family Fun Night, Corn Hole Tournament, and Spring Lake Heritage Festival Car Show.  
Details: https://www.slheritagefestival.com/

Trailside Storytime
Grand Ravines North, 9920 42nd Ave., Jenison
Sundays, June 9 and June 30, 2-3 p.m.
Cost: Free
Spend an hour outside along the trail, reading and learning about nature with your child or grandchild. The hour will include a nature-themed story and an outdoor walk geared for children 3-9. Registration is encouraged and closes 24 hours prior to the activity.
Details: https://miottawacountyweb.myvscloud.com/Trailside-Storytime/

Annual Meeting and Ice Cream Social
Saugatuck-Douglas District Library, 174 Center St., Douglas
Sunday, June 9, 2-4 p.m.
Cost: Free
Join the Friends of the Saugatuck-Douglas District Library for the group’s 25th-anniversary meeting and stay for treats on the patio.
Details: https://www.sdlibrary.org/library-calendar/friends-of-the-library-ice-cream-social

Week 2 (June 10–16)

Chalk Fest website Watch artists create beautiful chalk art, then view completed works, find something to eat at a food truck, and enjoy live music and outdoor games at Chalk Fest, set for June 13 in Zeeland. 
Holland’s First Entrepreneurs
Pillar Church, Ninth Street and College Avenue, Holland
Monday, June 10, 7:30 p.m.
Cost: Free
Would you be surprised to learn that Holland’s first entrepreneurs weren’t Dutch? Dr. Steve VanderVeen will highlight some of the city’s first entrepreneurs: who were they, what motivated them, and what contributed to their good fortune? 
Details: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100063661266620

Stained Glass Snake Plant
Herrick District Library, 300 S. River Ave., Holland
Tuesday, June 11, 6-8:30 p.m.
Cost: Free
Adults, learn how to make a 3-D stained-glass piece: learn to score and break glass, then create something new. Leave with a new skill and a plant you can’t kill. Registration is required. 
Details: https://herrickdl.bibliocommons.com/events/66326f1065c40592cbfed7c9

Summer Concert Series Kickoff
Montague-Whitehall Rotary Bandshell, 8636 Water St., Montague
Tuesday, June 11, 7-9 p.m.
Cost: Free 
The 2024 ACWL-Nuveen series brings amazing artists to the lakeside stage. Bring a picnic basket, lawn chairs, and blankets, and enjoy an all-ages evening of music. A free craft will be available at each concert. The series kicks off with fresh takes on familiar tunes with Eric & Karen Smith. Concerts continue on Tuesday evenings through Aug. 13. See the lineup at the link below.
Details: https://www.artswhitelake.org/concerts

Maciek the Magician
Loutit District Library, 407 Columbus Ave., Grand Haven 
Wednesday, June 12, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Cost: Free
Prepare to be amazed by the magician’s spellbinding tricks and illusions. Registration is encouraged but not required.
Details: https://www.loutitlibrary.org/calendar/#/events/ROHK52U2Cl/

Photovoice Workshop
Holland Momentum Center, 345 W. 14th St., Holland
Wednesday, June 12, 6-7:30 p.m.
Cost: Free
Reflecting on the theme of “human flourishing,” the Momentum Center and Interfaith Photovoice host a workshop on how photography can be used to enter into conversations. Participants will learn how treasured photos — from vacations, birthdays, births, friends, moments — can capture a memory and help us to re-engage with those moments, engage with others, and perhaps offer ways for us to improve future photos.
Details: https://www.momentumcentergh.org/upcoming-events

Summer Reading Kick-Off
Saugatuck-Douglas District Library, 174 Center St., Douglas
Thursday, June 13, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Cost: Free
Friends from the Critter Barn will be on hand to help library staff welcome summer. Pet the animals and sign up for the “Adventure Begins at Your Library” reading challenge.
Details: https://www.sdlibrary.org/summer-reading-kick-off-with-the-critter-barn

Chalk Fest
Elm Street, downtown Zeeland
Thursday, June 13, 1-8 p.m.
Cost: Free
Chalk Fest and Music on Main are joining forces this year. Arrive from 1-4 p.m. to watch artists create beautiful, fanciful chalk art. Then, from 4-8 p.m., it’s time for chalk art viewing, food trucks, outdoor games, live music, and more. 
Details: https://www.holland.org/event/chalk-fest/668/

The Music of New Orleans and Swing
Hackley Public Library, 316 W. Webster Ave., Muskegon
Thursday, June 13, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Cost: Free 
Matthew Ball, a.k.a. The Boogie Woogie Kid, will perform timeless New Orleans songs, boogie-woogie piano, and swing dance era favorites. Registration is preferred for this family program. 
Details: https://www.hackleylibrary.org/the-music-of-new-orleans-swing/

Dinner and a movie
Momentum Center, 401 N. Seventh St., Grand Haven
Friday, June 14, dinner at 5 p.m., movie at 6 p.m.
Cost: Free
Popcorn and a movie
Momentum Center, 345 W. 14th St., Holland
Friday, June 14, 6 p.m.
Cost: Free 
Join either center’s movie night, including a meal at the Grand Haven location, and enjoy director Greta Gerwig’s box-office hit, “Barbie” (PG-13). It’s entertaining, thought-provoking, and very pink. For those who have seen the 2023 comedy-fantasy-social commentary, it will be a second opportunity to “think again about its multitude of messages.” Wesco’s popcorn will be available 5-7 p.m. at the Holland center.
Details: https://www.momentumcentergh.org/upcoming-events

Town Crier Races
Saugatuck High School, 401 Elizabeth St., Saugatuck
Saturday, June 15, 7:30 a.m.
Cost: Free to $70
The 5K, 10K, and half-marathon deliver a fun and scenic view of the Saugatuck-Douglas area. There’s also a 5K walk and a kids’ fun run. Proceeds from the event provide a majority of the funding for the high school cross-country and track teams. 
Details: https://runsignup.com/Race/MI/Saugatuck/TownCrierRaces

Sand Sculpture Contest
Grand Haven City Beach, 1149 S. Harbor Drive, Grand Haven 
Saturday, June 15, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Cost: Free to attend
With a shovel and pail in hand, you’ll be sure to enjoy this 41st annual family-friendly event. Visitors, residents, and businesses are invited to participate, spectate from the sideline, and cast a “people’s choice” vote.
Details: https://visitgrandhaven.com/events/annual-events/sand-sculpture-contest/

Juneteenth Freedom 5K Run/Walk
Maple Avenue Ministries, 427 Maple Ave., Holland
Saturday, June 15, 8 a.m. to noon
Cost: $30 registration fee
This event is set to bring together individuals from diverse backgrounds and serves as a healthy and empowering start to your Juneteenth celebration, which continues at Kollen Park later in the day. Attendees can look forward to finisher medals, placement medals, vendors, and lively music. Participants may register here
Details: https://www.holland.org/event/juneteenth-5k-freedom-walk-and-run/

Juneteenth Freedom Festival
Kollen Park and Heinz Waterfront, 240 Kollen Park Drive, Holland
Saturday, June 15, 2-7 p.m.
Cost: Free to attend
Help I AM Academy commemorate the day in 1865 when the enslaved people of Texas finally learned they were free. The festival will include a DJ and live music, community speakers, food vendors, business vendorsT-shirt printing, information booths, inflatables, and more. All proceeds go toward I AM Academy programs for Black and multiracial youth in West Michigan.
Details: https://www.holland.org/event/juneteenth-freedom-festival/467/

Three Father’s Day Special Events
*Free tours for dads
Hackley and Hume Historic Site, 484 W. Webster Ave., Muskegon
Sunday, June 16, 1-4 p.m. (the last tour leaves at 4 p.m.)
Cost: Free for Muskegon County dads, $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, $5 for kids 2-12, free for those younger than 2
Muskegon County dads’ free visit starts in the City Barn (carriage house) at the historic site. The tour also includes the Scolnik House of the Depression Era and the Fire Barn Museum. It is fun and educational for the whole family.
Details: https://www.visitmuskegon.org/event/fathers-day/
Impact email: tracey@revel.in or call 231-772-7578

*A sweet treat for dad
Lewis Adventure Farm & Zoo, 4180 W. M-20, Stony Lake Road, New Era
Sunday, June 16, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
Cost: Free with general admission
Dads get a free apple-cinnamon doughnut with park admission. Explore the farm as a family, create lasting memories, and make Dad feel special. Buy tickets here.
Details: https://www.visitmuskegon.org/event/celebrate-dad/

*Father’s Day Trivia and Ice Cream Social
S.S. Milwaukee Clipper, 2098 Lakeshore Drive, Muskegon
Sunday, June 16
Cost: Free for members, all others $10
Test your knowledge and celebrate Dad aboard the Clipper. Dads love a good challenge. Treat Dad to a unique experience aboard a National Historic Landmark. Put your knowledge to the test and enjoy delicious ice cream with the whole family.
Details: https://www.visitmuskegon.org/fathers-day-trivia-%26-ice-cream-social/

Serita’s Black Rose
The Butler, 40 Butler St., Saugatuck
Sunday, June 16, 5:30 p.m. to midnight
Cost: Free 
This Grand Rapids duo has performed throughout the Midwest for nearly two decades. Serita’s fiery blues- and soul-infused vocals — along with her band, Serita’s Black Rose — bring out the best in funk, rock, blues, and soul.
Details: https://saugatuck.com/event/seritas-black-rose-duo-1/

Week 3 (June 17–23)

Grand Explorers’ Trail Race Instagram The Grand Explorers’ Trail Race is back for a second year, featuring a 10K, 5K and a 1-mile kids’ run’ walk. This year’s event is set for Saturday, June 22, with courses starting at Grand River County Park.

Young Actors Workshop
Saugatuck-Douglas District Library, 174 Center St., Douglas
Monday-Friday, June 17-21, 9 a.m. to noon for first through third grade
Monday-Friday, June 17-21, 1:30-4:30 p.m. for fourth through sixth grade
Cost: Free (online registration is limited) 
Participants will create and perform an original adaptation of a children’s book. Campers will try their hand at playwriting while exploring the tools of the actor, learning the basics of performance, playing theater games, and connecting. Each camp, in partnership with the Saugatuck Center for the Arts, culminates in a performance for families and friends on the last day of camp. Registration is limited.
Details: https://www.sdlibrary.org/children/young-actors

StoryWalk® — ‘Go to Sleep, Gecko! A Balinese Folktale’ 
Paw Paw West, 1099 Paw Paw Drive, Holland
June 17-30, regular park hours
Cost: Free
Herrick District Library staff is collaborating with Ottawa County Parks to continue providing StoryWalk® events. Walk through the pages of a book as you make your way along a park path. These are self-guided programs, and the stories are available from dawn to dusk on the dates listed. Subsequent StoryWalks® are listed at the link below.
Details: https://herrickdl.bibliocommons.com/events/6632642aaab5ae427b8798ad

Preschool Storytime
Loutit District Library, 407 Columbus Ave., Grand Haven 
Tuesdays, June 18 and June 25, 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.
Cost: Free
This interactive storytime in the Youth Program Room is especially great for children ages 2-5 and their grownups, but all are welcome. After storytime, stay to play, create, and socialize. Registration is encouraged.
Details: https://www.loutitlibrary.org/calendar/#/events/K7SCzNhzu4/

Juneteenth Parade and Party
Along Western Avenue, Muskegon
Wednesday, June 19, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost: Free
Get ready for the inaugural Juneteenth Parade in downtown Muskegon. Mark your calendars for a day of cultural pride and shared heritage. After the parade, there will be an after-party right there on Western Avenue. 
Details: https://www.visitmuskegon.org/event/juneteenth-parade/6214/

Tea Blending
Hackley Public Library, 316 W. Webster Ave., Muskegon
Wednesday, June 19, 3-4 p.m.
Cost: Free
Youth and teens are invited to explore the benefits of chemical-free, locally grown herbs. Try samples during the event and create your own tea blend with Kaleidoscope Farm to take home. 
Details: https://www.hackleylibrary.org/event/tea-blending/

Bluebird Flock Party
Lynne Sherwood Riverfront Stadium, 1 N. Harbor Drive, Grand Haven
Thursday, June 20, 5:30-10 p.m.
Cost: $10-$500
Join Bluebird for an evening of live music, dancing, and a silent auction, as well as food, beverages, and treats for purchase. Proceeds from this community-wide, family-friendly event support Bluebird healing retreats, cancer survivor retreats, and family camps. Buy tickets here.
Details: https://www.bluebirdmi.org/events

Pops at the Pier: Broadway Our Way
Eldean’s Boat Shed #3, 2150 S. Shore Drive, Holland
Thursday, June 20, 6 p.m.
Cost: $35
Holland Concert Jazz Orchestra opens the show. Holland Symphony Orchestra and singers Lisa Vroman and Doug La Brecque will perform Broadway favorites beginning at 7 p.m.
Details: https://hollandsymphony.org/our-events/

Friday Night Open Studios
Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists’ Residency, 3435 Rupprecht Way, Saugatuck
Friday, June 21, 7-10 p.m.
Cost: Free
Get an insider’s look at the Ox-Bow campus, featuring studio visits, demos, student work, and the historic clothesline sale alongside great food, beverages, entertainment, and a live auction.
Details: https://saugatuck.com/event/friday-night-open-studios/

Waterfront Celtic Festival and Highland Games
Ottawa County Fairgrounds, 1286 Ottawa Beach Road, Holland
Friday, June 21, 7-11 p.m. (21-and-older event)
Saturday, June 22, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. (all ages)
Cost: $12 for ages 16 and older, 15 and younger admitted free; Saturday free with Friday wristband
Celebrate all things Celtic — Irish, Scottish, Welsh, and other Celtic nations —during this annual event. There will be music (17 Celtic bands), dance, food (including shepherd’s pie, and fish and chips), history, sports (take part in ancient athletic competitions), and more.
Details: https://hollandcelticfestival.org/

Grand Explorers’ Trail Race
Grand River County Park to Grand Ravines County Park
Saturday, June 22, 8 a.m.
Cost: $16-$43
This second annual event features a 10K, a 5K, and a 1-mile kids’ run/walk. The kids’ event will be on a paved trail, so strollers are allowed (the foundation suggests children running this race be younger than 12). The 5K is a mostly flat course that runs on dirt early in the race and loops by the lake in Grand River County Park before heading out to the paved trail by the Grand River. The 10K course follows the 5K trail at first while challenging runners with some hills and stairs as they wander farther into Grand Ravines County Park. Proceeds from this event support the Ottawa County Parks Foundation.
Details: https://runsignup.com/Race/MI/Jenison/GrandExplorersTrailRace

Douglas Dutchers Vintage Base Ball
Beery Field, 8 Center St., Douglas
Saturday, June 22, 6 p.m.
Cost: Free
The team was fashioned after a local club, the Douglas Athletic League, which first played in 1905. Take in the game as the Dutchers take on the Chicago Salmon Base Ball Club.
Details: https://saugatuck.com/event/douglas-dutchers-vintage-baseball-club-game/

Week 4 (June 24–30)

CourtesyThe 15th annual Zeeland Zoom 5K and Little Zoomers is June 25.
Zeeland Zoom 5K and Little Zoomers
Downtown Zeeland
Tuesday, June 25, 6:30 p.m.
Cost: $25, Zeeland Zoom 5K; $10, Little Zoomers
This 15th annual event provides healthy summertime competition and entertainment and promotes community spirit. Little Zoomers, kids 10 and younger, will start on a 1-mile run at 6:30 p.m. The Zeeland Zoom 5K takes off at 7 p.m. Runners may register here.
Details: https://www.holland.org/zeeland-zoom-5k-and-little-zoomers/

Flying Dragons
Hemlock Crossing Park, 8115 West Olive Road, West Olive
Wednesday, June 26, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Cost: $10 residents, $15 nonresidents
They can fly in any direction. They’re fast, too, with some reaching speeds of up to 18 mph. Join Ottawa County Parks staff to learn about dragonflies that zip around the meadow and wetland habitats. Registration is required and closes three days prior to the activity.
Details: https://miottawacountyweb.myvscloud.com/webtrac/web/Flying-Dragons/

Music in the Park
Wicks Park Gazebo, 452 Water St., Saugatuck
Wednesday, June 26, 7-9 p.m.
Cost: Free
Sit and relax as Whiskey Bound plays tunes. Free shuttle service on the Interurban Transit Authority from Saugatuck High School.
Details: https://saugatuck.com/event/wicks-park-gazebo-music-in-the-park-13-1/

Tween Drop-in — Ice Candles
Herrick North Branch, 155 Riley St., Holland
Thursday, June 27, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Cost: Free
Tweens — ages 9-14 — are invited to come and see how ice and hot wax interact. All materials will be provided, while supplies last.
Details: https://herrickdl.bibliocommons.com/events/6632692f8eb363503285dcf9

Preschool Story Time
Hackley Public Library, 316 W. Webster Ave., Muskegon
Friday, June 28, 10:30-11 a.m.
Cost: Free
Join library staff for songs, stories, and movement activities intended for ages 0-5. The in-person story time is designed to teach literacy skills to parents and caregivers while children enjoy a fun, interactive atmosphere.
Details: https://www.hackleylibrary.org/event/preschool-story-time-99/

Teen DIY Leather Cuff Bracelet
Loutit District Library, 407 Columbus Ave., Grand Haven 
Friday, June 28, 2-3:30 p.m.
Cost: Free
Design a stylish accessory during this hands-on crafting experience for those in seventh grade through 12th grade. Choose from a variety of colors of the faux leather cuff and add a personal touch with elements such as stamping and acrylic paint. No experience is necessary. Registration is required.
Details: https://www.loutitlibrary.org/calendar/#/events/LQ26edQJqB/

Americana Rails, Ales, and Wine Train
Coopersville and Marne Railway, 311 E. Danforth St., Coopersville 
Friday, June 28, 7-8:30 p.m.
Cost: $49 (ages 21+)
Enjoy great music with your choice of beverage with a flavorful charcuterie board while the Coopersville and Marne Railway takes you on an evening ride harkening back to the age of rail travel. The premium coaches are heated/air conditioned and each has a restroom. 
Details: https://mitrain.net/rails-ales-wine-train/

Holland PRIDE Festival
Centennial Park, 250 Central Ave., Holland
Saturday, June 29, noon to 5 p.m. 
Cost: Free to attend
Out on the Lakeshore presents Holland’s 21st annual PRIDE Festival, featuring food trucks, merchandise vendors, resource booths, entertainment, and activities for all ages. Come join the celebration. 
Details: https://www.holland.org/event/holland-pride-festival-2024/449/

Lakeshore Art Festival
Along Western Avenue, Downtown Muskegon
Saturday, June 29, and Sunday, June 30, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: Free to attend
This nationally recognized festival features a unique blend of fine art, handcrafted goods, music, food, and fun. Experience nearly 250 juried fine art and specialty craft exhibitors, a Children’s Lane, an artisan food market, street performers, interactive art stations, and more.
Details: https://lakeshoreartfestival.org/attend/

Blue Lake Summer Arts Festival
Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, 300 Crystal Lake Road, Twin Lake
Saturday, June 29, 7:15-8:15 p.m.; Sunday, June 30, 8-9 p.m.
Cost: Free
On Saturday, Join Blue Lake winds, strings, and percussion faculty under the summer sky. On Sunday, join the Blue Lake Festival Band for a magical evening of music. Conducted by Dr. Trae Blanco, the band will fill the air with beautiful melodies. For either event, dress for the outdoors and bring bug spray, if desired.
Details: https://bluelake.org/events/summer-events-calendar/
Lakeshore Art Festival
Downtown Muskegon
Saturday-Sunday, June 29-30, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: Free to attend:
This nationally recognized annual event will host more than 280 exhibitors throughout the streets and parks of downtown. This family-friendly event will feature fine art, specialty crafts, street performers, artisan food, interactive art, and more. Take a look at the 2024 festival brochure here.
Details: https://lakeshoreartfestival.org

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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