Below you will find Indie on the Move's compiled listing of annual music festivals and conferences in the state of Michigan, helping bands and musicians increase their industry knowledge, broaden their networking reach, and better promote and showcase their music, shows, and tours.
From Movement Festival to Electric Forest, we did our best to include a thorough and comprehensive index, but if for some reason we've overlooked a specific event, please let us know through the contact page located HERE so that we can add it to the site ASAP.
With regards to any larger festivals, be sure to think outside of the box. While many of them do not regularly book independent acts as part of their official showcases, the national and international bands that do perform often draw some of the biggest built-in crowds imaginable, and provide a huge influx of music lovers and enthusiasts to each respective event location.
So try booking a show at one or several of that city's smaller local venues/bars/restaurants during the festival itself and take advantage of the vast number of music fans located in one place at one time. Even playing an ad-lib acoustic set in the event parking lot can go a long way in gaining you new fans and selling some merch.
-Ann Arbor Summer Festival: Top of the Park - Dates: Mid June through Early July
"A boutique music and arts festival, the nearly four-week gathering offers 150+ performances, activities, exhibitions, and screenings representative of the best in music, dance, comedy, film, circus and street arts, and family entertainment. Founded as an independent nonprofit, with equal partnership between the City of Ann Arbor and the University of Michigan, the Ann Arbor Summer Festival presented its first full season in 1984. The festival produces two concurrent programs, one indoor and one outdoor, at various venues and spaces across the University of Michigan campus and in downtown Ann Arbor. The indoor Mainstage Series includes ticketed performances of world-class music, dance, theater, and comedy. The outdoor program, Top of the Park, is held along a beautiful campus green and offers admission-free concerts, movies under the stars, open-air spectacles, and unique family attractions. The Festival offers a progressive mix of regional, national, and international artists of all disciplines. Presenting over 150 scheduled events and attracting a diverse audience of 80,000 people, the festival continues to grow as a major cultural event in the Ann Arbor community, and as an internationally recognized celebration of arts that enriches the cultural, economic, and social vitality of the region." - Submit to Perform. You can also contact JD Carter via firstname.lastname@example.org regarding booking.
-Monroe Street Fair - Dates: Early April
-Big Rapids Festival of the Arts - Dates: February-March
-Detroit Jazz Festival - Dates: Early September (Labor Day Weekend)
"The Detroit International Jazz Festival was founded in 1980 by Robert McCabe and the Detroit Renaissance. Along with the Detroit Grand Prix and the International Freedom Festival, Jazz Fest was intended to bring people into the city and to provide all segments of the population with world-class entertainment. It quickly became a Labor Day Weekend tradition at Hart Plaza, a city park along the Detroit River designed by Isamu Noguchi and Shuji Sadao."
-Movement - Dates: Late May
-Empire Asparagus Festival - Dates: Mid May
-Alpenfrost - Dates: Early February
-Common Ground Music Festival - Dates: Early to mid July
"Common Ground Music Festival takes place annually in downtown Lansing, along the banks of the Grand River in Adado Riverfront Park. This annual celebration features an outstanding lineup of musical acts, focusing on top-level, national and regional music performers of many genres including contemporary and classic rock, alternative, country, hip hop, R&B and more. With an attractive, intimate venue, state of the art production and a comprehensive array of patron amenities, the Festival is the premier outdoor music event of the summer in the mid-Michigan region."
-Wheatland Music Festival - Dates: Early September
-Electric Forest - Dates: Late June
-Saugatuck LGBT Music Festival - Dates: Early September - Submit booking inquiries to Nikki via email@example.com
-Camp Greensky Music Festival - Dates: Early June
-Hoxeyville Music Festival - Dates: Mid August