2018 Summer Festivals & Events in Huron County

After a long Michigan winter, there is nothing more exciting than the thought of summer and spending time outside. Among the many familiar and unique activities of summer, there are some that are meant to be celebrated. Summer festivals in Huron County are the places to do just this.

Cheeseburger in Caseville Festival

Celebrate summer with us in Huron County, and you will find that there is a festival for you to enjoy. Do you love live music, food, sports, antiques or activities for children? If you do, you're in luck! You won’t have to look very hard to find a festival or event taking place in Huron County in the summertime because it seem’s that there is one just about every weekend with something for everyone to enjoy.

Festivals are a great way to explore different areas of the thumb and celebrate the summer! If you haven’t checked out any of the festivals listed below we certainly encourage you to do so.

Michigan Sugar Festival - Sebewaing (June 14-17th)

53rd Michigan Sugar Festival Banner

For over 50 years, 54 to be exact, the Michigan Sugar Festival has been drawing people from near and far to celebrate agriculture, family fun, and of course, sugar! The Sugar Festival is a four-day festival jam packed with activities for kids and adults. Below are only a few of the activities you can enjoy at the Michigan Sugar Festival, so be sure to check out the full schedule as well as other events going on in Sebewaing on the Sebewaing Chamber of Commerce website.

  • Entertainment tent with live music, wine tasting and craft beer on tap

  • Children’s activities in the park, inflatables, petting zoo, ice cream social, paintball and more!

  • Michigan Sugar Queen Crowning

  • Rotary Beet Feet 5K and Sugar Rush 3K color fun run

  • Fireworks


Caseville Country Ribstock - Caseville (June 22-24th)

Photo courtesy of  Thumb Wind

Photo courtesy of Thumb Wind

Caseville is home to a number of events and festivals throughout the summer months including the Cheeseburger Festival, but there is another festival in Caseville that deserves your attention - Caseville Country Ribstock! If the smell of smoking barbecues and sound of country music tickles your fancy then you have to check out the Caseville Country Ribstock. Eat your way through thousands of ribs and vote for your favorite all the while enjoying live country music. Find out more about Caseville Country Ribstock and other events going on in Caseville at the Caseville Chamber of Commerce website.

  • Amateur rib cook-off

  • Live country music

  • Kid’s events

Porch Fest III - Port Austin (June 23rd)

Porch Fest in Port Austin Mountain Babies

On Saturday, July 23rd a community music festival will be taking place in Port Austin that you won't want to miss! Porch Fest is a live music festival celebrated across the beautiful town of Port Austin. You can read more about this new festival on the Port Austin Porch Fest website or check out our blog article, "Porch Fest, The Mini Music Festival." You will also find news and updates on the Porch Fest in Port Austin Facebook page.

4th of July Festival - Port Hope (July 6th-8th)

Port Hope is a little town on the thumb’s sunrise side with a big welcome, and the 4th of July Festival is no exception! Beyond the obvious Independence Day activities like fireworks, the 4th of July Festival in Port Hope is a four-day festival that pays homage to our nation’s past. There will be antique farming equipment and tractors as well as handmade quilts and crafts to peruse at your leisure in addition to a handful of other noteworthy activities which you can check out on the Port Hope, Michigan website. Here are a few to get you started:

Photo courtesy of  Huron County Parks

Photo courtesy of Huron County Parks

  • Giant outdoor flea market

  • Consignment auction

  • Tractor Pull

  • Parade

  • Fireworks


Port Austin Art Fair - Port Austin (June 30-July 1st)

Join the Thumb Artists Studio Tour in cooperation with the Village of Port Austin as they present this by-invitation art fair for a second year June 30th and July 1st from 10 am to until 4 pm at Veterans Waterfront Park. In place of the annual Thumb Artist Studio Tour, the Port Austin Art Fair is the first of it's kind and gathers almost all of the tour artists and more for your viewing and shopping pleasure. For more information follow Thumb Artists Studio Tour on Facebook. 

Maritime Festival - Harbor Beach (July 12-15th)

For those looking for an eclectic blend of free, live music, then checking out the Harbor Beach Maritime Festival is a must! Among many other events in Harbor Beach throughout the summer months, the Maritime Festival is by far the largest. Enjoy tons of live music on the beach throughout the entire weekend, amateur jet-ski races by day, and plenty of other free activities for both kids and adults. You can check out the full Maritime Festival schedule on the Harbor Beach Maritime Festival website, and other happenings on the Harbor Beach Chamber of Commerce website.

Harbor Beach Maritime Festival
  • Bocce, cornhole, and volleyball tournaments

  • 5K walk/run

  • Lighthouse tours

  • Live music

  • Fireworks

  • NEW: Kayak & SUP Races


Pigeon Summer Fest & Wing Fling (July 19-22nd)

Pigeon Summer Fest is a festival and parade that celebrates Huron County's agricultural harvest with many special events and wings tasting. Wings and food are being served at the Recreation park Friday from 4pm to 10pm and Saturday from 11 am to 10 pm. There are many events and activities, so refer to the Summer Fest page on the Pigeon Chamber of Commerce website for more information.  

  • Ladies & Men's Golf Tournament

  • Townwide Garage Sales

  • Happy Hour & Free Comedy Show at the VFW Hall

  • 5K

  • Farmers Market, Craft & Quilt Show

  • Kids Parade & Games

  • Live Music by Jedi Mind Trip (free) & "The Sinclairs Band"

  • Grand Parade

  • Wing Eating Contest

  • Community Worship

  • Car & Motorcycle Show

  • Tractor Pull

Fish Sandwich Festival - Bay Port (August 3rd-5th)

Since 1978, the Bay Port Fish Sandwich Festival has been the best place to get your hands on a fresh fish sandwich (it’s so large it takes two hands to hold one) in addition to enjoying plenty of fun activities for kids and adults. You can find out more about the Bay Port Fish Festival on the Bay Port Chamber of Commerce website, or keep reading.

Bay Port Fish Sandwiches
  • Petting zoo

  • Craft show

  • Car and truck show

  • Lawnmower races

  • Live entertainment

  • Fireworks


Now that you’ve got a taste of some of the summer festivals going on in Huron County, it's time to start marking your calendar! You can add even more festival dates to your calendar and check out what other events and activities are happening this summer in Huron County by checking out our Community Events Calendar. We look forward to celebrating summer with you!  

2018 Summer Events &Festivals in Huron County

June 14-17

June 21-23

June 22-24

June 23

June 24

  • Log Cabin Day - Pioneer Log Cabin Village & Bad Axe City Park

  • Old Fashion Family Fun at Log Cabin Day - Port Austin History Center

June 29-30

  • Night Markets on Village Green - Port Austin


  • Saturday, June 16th - Sebewaing

  • Tuesday, July 3 - Caseville

  • Wednesday, July 4 - Port Austin

  • Saturday, July 7 - Port Hope

  • Saturday, July 14 - Harbor Beach

June 30-July 1 

July 6th

July 6-8

June 30-July 15

July 12-15

July 13-15

July 14-16

July 15

July 19-22

July 21

  • Bright Lights & Loud Pipes - Caseville

July 27-29

July 29-August 4

August 3

August 4-6

August 10-19

August 25

September 1-2

August 31-September 1

  • Elkton Autumn Fest

September 1

  • Salsa Tasting - Harbor Beach

September 7

September 14-16

September 23-24

September 23

September 29