Due to the pandemic, many festivals and events were canceled last year. This year, many activities are looking to make a safe return for an eventful summer. Check out this list of family-friendly events and get planning!  


  • Bay City Fireworks– The Bay City Fireworks will return on July 1 – July 3. Live entertainment, a family carnival, and fireworks to cap the night off are just a few activities that will take place at the event. This is a great event for the entire family or date night with someone special. 
  • National Cherry Festival–   DTE proudly began delivering natural gas to Traverse City residents in 1956 and is celebrating its 65th year as part of the community this year. We are also pleased to be back for our 21st year sponsoring the Cherry Royale Parade and supporting the National Cherry Festival. With over 150 events like pie-eating contests, sporting events, music shows, and even a duck race, there’s something for everyone.  Some activities will be moved to larger locations for more social distancing at the festival.
  • Upheaval Festival– Upheaval Festival is a two-day rock music festival that will take place at Belknap Park in Grand Rapids from July 16 – July 17. Along with their music festival, there will be an area for tattoos, an art show, and food from various vendors. Information about this year’s lineup and details about the event can be found on their website.
  • Berkley Street Art Fest– On August 10, the Berkley Street Art Fest will be welcoming professional and aspiring artists to create colorful street art and murals. This is a great event for the family to get outdoors and enjoy beautiful art pieces and shop around at the local stores. There will be social distancing in place to create a safe and fun environment. We suggest staying updated by visiting their website for more information. 
  • Cheeseburger in Caseville – Known as “a celebration of life and the cruise we are making through it,” Cheeseburger in Caseville will be held on August 13 – August 22. A fun-filled festival with a volleyball tournament, sailing parade, and golf scrambles. There will be lots of activities for all ages to enjoy at the week-long event.
  • Arts, Beats, & Eats – One of Oakland County’s most beloved festivals, Arts, Beats, & Eats will be returning on September 3 – September 6. DTE is a proud sponsor of this family-friendly event. The event will be in Downtown Royal Oak and will feature 200 performers on ten stages, an art show, and food from local restaurants. This year, they will be teaming up with Priority Health for some socially distant and healthy fun.
  • Common Ground Music Festival – Common Ground Music Festival is one of the Midwest’s most loved summer music events and will happen on September 10 – September 11 at Jackson Field in Lansing. The festival brings artists of all caliber and genres, which makes for a good time for everyone. The lineup for this year has not been announced, but we suggest checking their website to stay updated for more news.