It is time to dust off your party pants, Spring Culture Festival time is here! Spring is kicking off celebrations of heritage and cultural pride, exactly as it should be!
Michigan doesn’t fall short when it comes to fun cultural celebration, take a look at this great list of events happening right here! AND look forward to the Summer Culture Celebrations list coming out soon!
Clare Irish Festival – MARCH 14-19, 2022
The Clare Irish Festival is where we are all a wee bit Irish on St. Patrick’s Day is a perfect place to celebrate Irish heritage and traditions. Come to the celebration in Clare March 14-19, 2022, for the 47th Annual Irish Festival. Enjoy unique events and a parade attracting thousands of spectators! Look forward to Bed Racing, Leprechaun Contest, Road races, and so much more.
So many fun spots in and around downtown Clare to check out! We walked and found a few green friends hiding around 🍀 see if you spot any in the trees! Read more about what to see when on your visit to Clare. Go get your Irish jig on! 🍻 Irish Festival 2022 – Schedule of events printable flyer
Celebrate Life Pow Wow – March 19-20, 2022
Let’s Celebrate Life! Tribes from across the country will be represented, March 19 – 20 in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan at Central Michigan University. The Celebrate Life Pow Wow will feature 32 arts and crafts vendors, indigenous food booths and several drum and dance contests.
Cinco De Mayo Festival – May 7, 2022
Everyone is welcome to celebrate the 43rd Annual Cinco De Mayo Festival in Saginaw, Michigan. Celebrate Mexican American heritage with the largest Hispanic parade in the state of Michigan, and Festival Saturday, May 7, 2022, at Huntington Event Park.
The 2022 theme is “The Return of the Cinco de Mayo — In Memory/En Memoria” remembering all those we lost to this pandemic, organizers are expecting over 100 entrants. The parade begins at 10:30 a.m. with participants from restaurants, civic associations, youth groups, marching bands and low rider vehicles!
The festival at Ojibway runs from 12:00 p.m. to 5 p.m. Have some delicious Mexican food, enjoy live music and folkloric dancers. The kids will love the Inflatable Play Land area with six inflatables rides.
Tulip Time | Dutch Heritage Festival – May 7-15, 2022
Who cannot wait for the return of Dutch dances in the street! There is rich history and fun Dutch Dancers at Tulip Time!
Every day throughout the week-long festival, 5–15-minute dance performances take place for the public, as hundreds of costumed locals perform traditional dances in traditional garments. Today’s Dancers wear costumes patterned after the traditional dress of the Dutch Provinces, each handmade by local seamstress.
With 50,000 tulips of all varieties and colors, Tulip Time gives you an ultimate one-on-one experience with tulips and creates exceptional photo opportunities for friends and family alike.
Yoder’s Amish Flea Market – May 20-21 & SEPTEMBER 2-3, 2022
Twice a year, the third weekend in May and the first weekend in September, Yoder’s Amish Farm becomes the local hot spot. The Yoder Family and their friends hold a large quilt auction and craft show. This two-day event consists of rows of crafters, antiques, and flea marketers-hundreds of vendors.
One of the largest, well attended, craft shows, flea markets, and quilt auctions in Michigan. The Yoder Family also host a horse and equipment auction two weeks before the quilt auction each spring and two weeks after each fall. Located at 10885 N. Leaton Rd., Clare, MI 48617. For vendor information, please call the Yoders at 989-386-2872
Held each year on the Saturday and Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend. Alma Highland Festival and Games, is hosted on the grounds of the Alma College campus in Alma, Michigan. Thousands of visitors flock to the festival for a weekend chocked full of Scottish music, food, entertainment, athletics, vendors, clans, and more!
See the very best of Scottish hospitality, tradition and find out about your heritage by visiting any of the several Clan Tents. Watch World Class performers compete in Scottish traditional Highland dancing, piping, drumming, and heavyweight athletics.
In the evening, swing by the Entertainment Tent for professional entertainment and cold beer! Live Scottish bands, not the Folk music heard throughout the day, imagine something like the Dropkick Murphy’s style, rocking out on stage with bagpipes and a kilt.
If you’re up for it in the morning, partake in a series of races right down the middle of town – a 5K or 10 K lap, 5K Walk or Kids Fun Run of Scotland USA. On Saturday morning, before the 10:30 am beloved Street Parade rolls through town.
Frankenmuth Bavarian Festival – June 9-12, 2022
See traditional German entertainers, polka bands, and the raising of the Maypole. The Friday Night Street Party will fill Main Street with bands, beverages, and Festival Olympics, as Michigan’s largest celebration of Bavarian Heritage.
Frankenmuth’s Bavarian Festival celebrates German heritage through Bavarian music, authentically dressed German bands, and enjoy the local schuhplattler dancers Da Frankenmuda Fratz’n. Vendors sell a variety of German foods, desserts, and beer.
The annual Sunday Bavarian Festival Parade, usually featuring over 100 entries including marching bands, decorated floats, dance clubs, visiting dignitaries, entertainers, royalty, and that year’s newly crowned Bavarian Princess and her Court.
In the middle of everything, is Alma, Michigan, otherwise referred to as Scotland, USA! There’s a buzz right now in town – plenty to see and do! Come visit Alma, Michigan.
Where and what is Scotland, USA, you say?… Let me tell you all about Alma – Scotland USA!
In the middle of everything is Alma, Michigan, otherwise referred to as Scotland, USA! That’s what the sign says, that’s what we stick with and that’s what we celebrate! Now is a great time to mention, if you haven’t been to a Highland Festival yet, it’s time you go!
For as long as I can remember, I looked forward to the time when Alma came alive to the sound of bagpipes. As a child, it wasn’t uncommon to hear a bagpiper practicing off in the distance while playing at the many parks in town. And we were always looking forward to the annual Highland Festival and Games each Memorial Day Weekend!