Michigan is beautiful in July, so why not get out and see what our state has to offer!

Jeremy Witt from the West Michigan Tourist Association shares five events happening in July.

Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff - July 7 - 9 in St. Joseph

The 56th annual Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff is sponsored by the Krasl Art Center. It's expected to draw 50,000 attendees. The Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff is one of the most prestigious and well-attended events in Southwest Michigan with over 200 artists' booths. The art fair boasts a wide variety of gourmet food trucks, snacks and cold drinks. On the Krasl Art Center grounds, guests will find the Beer and Wine Garden -- a great place to relax in the shade, music and sample local brews and selections from Southwest Michigan wineries.

Lowell Riverwalk Festival - July 6 - 8 in Lowell

The 22nd Annual Riverwalk Festival is underway in the city of Lowell. This three-day event includes many activities for you and your family to enjoy including concerts, arts & crafts, a re-found treasures show, pontoon rides, kayaking, a canoe race, downtown shopping, street entertainers and much more.

New Golf Course: Stoatin Brae in Augusta

After a partial opening last fall, Stoatin Brae is hit the ground running with 18 holes that opened in the Spring. There is another component at Stoatin Brae that is sure to be a hit with golfers. The new Blue Stem restaurant offers casual fine dining for residents of the Battle Creek/Kalamazoo area and golfers. Sitting atop a 200-foot ridge at one of the highest points in Kalamazoo County and adjacent to the pro shop, Blue Stem is destined to become a year-round attraction with its outstanding menu, variety of events, and unmatched views.

Common Ground Music Festival - July 6 - 9 in Lansing

Common Ground is an annual music festival that takes place in downtown Lansing. The July festival, which began in the year 2000 and attracts 50,000-plus people each year, is located at the Louis Adado Riverfront Park along the Grand River.

This year's headliners are Alessia Cara on Thursday, Toby Keith on Friday, Shinedown on Saturday and Big Sean on Sunday. $15 general admission, $30 festival pass for kids between ages 6 and 10. Children under 5 are free, but they must be accompanied by a ticketed adult.

West Michigan Photo Contest

With so much beauty found in West Michigan, the West Michigan Tourist Association wants you to show off what you love most about this beautiful side of the state, and win some great West Michigan prizes! The winning photo will be featured on the cover of the 2018 West Michigan Carefree Travel Guide. WMTA's favorite photo entries received by July 31st, 2017, will be made available via a public vote on the West Michigan Facebook page to determine the winners of the 2017 West Michigan Photo Contest. First place to be determined by WMTA judges.

Contest details:

  • Accepted photo formats: High res .jpeg (300 dpi +) or .tiff.
  • How to enter: e-mail all photos to PhotoContest@WMTA.org. Submit one photo per email; multiple entries per person allowed.
  • Include entry with full name, city that the photograph was taken in, and a short description of the photo.
  • Deadline: July 31, 2017.

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