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.
-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 firstname.lastname@example.org