The end of August brings a wind of change. The grandkids go back to school and the fall seems right around the corner. You may be thinking it’s time to pack away the shorts and sunblock and pull out the sweaters and candy corn. However, don’t cut your summer fun short! Michigan still offers many sunny opportunities to get out and have fun.
In September you can expect a variety of festivals and events that make exploring new hobbies and interests easy. You can find weekend getaways to a number of culturally rich cities and towns. If you are looking to savor these last few weeks of prime Michigan weather consider these ten activities.
1. Lions, Spartans, and Wolverines-Oh My!
Football season is finally here! Michigan sports fanatics rejoice as September welcomes back both professional and college football. Going to a live game adds a new element to your viewing experience. Being amongst the passionate fans is an exciting atmosphere, and you’re closer to the action. Regardless of who you’re rooting for, catching a game is a great way to kick off your September fun.
2. Detroit Jazz Festival
Detroit is a city overflowing with history. Its streets tell a story unlike any other. A big part of Detroit heritage is rooted in its unavoidable music scene. If you’re a jazz or music lover, you can’t miss out on the Detroit Jazz Festival. Starting August 31st, thousands of people flood Detroit for the live music, unbelievable local food, and soulful events. One of the best parts is it’s free, but you can opt for the VIP package experience. It’s considered the largest free-of-charge jazz festival in the world and features about 60 national and local acts on six stages.
3. Marshall Historic Home Tour
Have you heard of the book, The House With the Clock In Its Walls? Perhaps you remember reading it, or maybe you’ve seen the new movie trailer starring Jack Black. Written by John Bellairs, Marshall Michigan is famously known for housing the Historic Cronin House, the inspiration behind this famous story. But Marshall is more than a one-hit wonder. Coming up on September 8th and 9th, they have their 55th annual Marshall historic house tour. During this event, participants are able to tour eight private homes, two commercial building, the historic Honolulu House Museum, and many more. When you're done, venture downtown to experience their historic downtown filled with unique little shops and restaurants.
If you haven't been to Marquette, what are you waiting for? Not only is it the biggest city in the Upper Peninsula, but it is also known for its hiking, biking, and walking trails with a scenic view. It’s perfect for reconnecting with nature. Coming up on September 8th, Marquette has its 10th Annual UP Fall Beer Festival from 1pm to 6pm. What makes this a unique experience for the beer enthusiasts is that it overlooks the breathtaking Lake Superior and features over 600 locally crafted beers from more than 80 Michigan breweries. Marquette is truly an authentic Michigan experience.
Michigan has a lot of summer left to give. Explore new cities and find adventures! It's never to late to create memorable experiences.