Muskegon’s Summer Symphony: Free Outdoor Concerts

young female deejay with long hair in yellow headband stands at music board in sunlit park filled with trees and light.

Sunshine, warm nights, and the sweet sounds of live music.

young blonde woman with side braid and denim jacket sings into microphone and plays violin in park

That’s the soundtrack of summer in Muskegon County, Michigan!

Looking for a fun, free way to experience the best of the season? Look no further than Muskegon’s incredible lineup of outdoor concerts.

Unwind, Connect, Discover: The Magic of Muskegon’s Free Summer Concerts

Ditch concert tickets for a picnic basket and surround yourself with live music. This beachtown’s picturesque parks, waterfronts, or even lighthouses provide stunning backdrops for free concerts. Imagine grooving in the grass, boogieing on the beach, or swaying under the stars. Muskegon’s outdoor concerts offer the perfect soundtrack for your Michigan summer adventures.

Crowd sits in front of park bandshell listening to outdoor musical performance. they are surrounded by green grass and trees with a bright blue summer sky above.

Endless Choices

The melodies of Muskegon are truly endless! Options range from lively “Parties in the Park” at Hackley Park to the serene at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. Listen to the West Michigan Concert Winds along the shores of Muskegon Lake.  Or dance under the stars at The Deck and Dockers Fish House.

This is just a taste! With summer concerts offered at White River Light Station, McGraft Park, Pomona Park, the Montague Bandshell, and even more locations, you’re guaranteed to find the perfect setting to create your own summer symphony.

crowd on beach watches band on outdoor stage. Lake michigan is in the background and white clouds streak the blue sky.

Find Your Perfect Harmony

Ready to find your summer soundtrack in Muskegon? Head over to the Concerts & Live Music Page on the Visit Muskegon website. Here you can use the handy search filters to find concerts by date and location.

Whether you’re looking for family-friendly music, a chance to discover new artists, or a relaxing evening under the stars, Muskegon’s Summer Symphony has something for everyone.

mom and daughter dance on wide sidewalk in park surround by people

So, grab your friends and family, pack a picnic basket, and get ready to experience the joy of live music under the Muskegon County summer sky!

 

Spring Break in Muskegon: Plan for Family Fun

Lakeshore Museum Center

Looking for family-friendly activities during spring break? Look no further than Muskegon County!

Whether you’re seeking indoor or outdoor fun, this Lake Michigan beachtown has something for everyone.

Let’s explore Ten Spring Break Ideas for Families:

Bowling Fun for All Ages

“Strike” it lucky at the bowling alley! Gather the family and head to one of the 6 bowling centers in Muskegon County. From traditional bowling to the unique duckpin bowling at Socibowl by Pigeon Hill, indeed, there’s excitement for all ages.

Hands-On Learning at the Museum

Venture to the Muskegon Museum of History & Science at the Lakeshore Museum Center. Here, children can immerse themselves in hands-on exhibits while learning about local and Michigan history. Don’t forget to snap a photo with Moxie, the life-sized bronze mastodon welcoming visitors at the entrance. Dive deeper into exploration with a visit to the STEM room and the “Coming to the Lakes” exhibit. Grab a guide at the Visitors Center or the Museum and embark on a scavenger hunt. There are 20 “Mini” Moxies hidden throughout downtown Muskegon. Can you find them all?

6 foot bonze statue of mastodon with large bright blue tusks in front of museum seats and balcony viewed from stage in historic theater

Movie Magic on Rainy Days

Rainy spring days call for a cozy family movie outing, because after all, spring weather is not always predictable! Explore your options, including multi-screen theaters like Cinema Carousel and NorthStar Cinema, offering a variety of films for all ages. For a nostalgic experience, head to the Getty Drive-In, one of Michigan’s few remaining outdoor theaters, where you can enjoy double features under the stars. Alternatively, experience the splendor of the Frauenthal Center. Being that historic theater hosts monthly Free Family Movies from September to May.

Hockey Excitement at Trinity Health Arena

Feel the excitement as you cheer on the USHL Muskegon Lumberjacks at Trinity Health Arena! With their kid-friendly theme nights, these hockey games promise fun for the whole family. And what better way to bond than over some tasty tacos from Rad Dads before or after the game?

large, climbable, plastic turtle sits on floor at STEM play area in Montague Library brightly colored STEM play area in Montague Library

Literary Adventures at the Library

Dive into the world of learning at Muskegon County libraries! With engaging STEM play areas, interactive programs, and story trails, there’s no shortage of family-friendly activities to enjoy. Plus, don’t miss the opportunity to explore the learning gardens – especially sure to inspire curiosity in young minds.

Thrills and Adventures 

Seeking adventure? Look no further than Muskegon Luge Adventure Sports Park, where you can embark on a thrilling Trail Quest, solve riddles, and soar through the air on the dual zipline. Feeling adventurous? Try your hand at archery or tackle the 38-ft outdoor climbing wall.

child on zipline covered by canopy of green leaves trees covered in green foliage stand with trail sign readin g"spring trail"

Spring Strolls Through Muskegon

Slow down and savor the beauty of spring with a leisurely family walk through Muskegon’s parks, trails, and along the pier. Take in the blossoming scenery and keep an eye out for public art displayed along the trails – without a doubt, an outdoor treat for everyone!

Maritime History Exploration

Immerse yourself in maritime history at the USS Silversides Museum. Tour historic naval vessels, including a WW2 submarine and Coast Guard cutter, and gain insight into their roles in history. With each step, you’ll create lasting memories and deepen your appreciation for our maritime heritage.

ww2 submarine docked in muskegon channel  

Be a Butterfly

Strike a pose and spread your wings at the Kelsey Montague mural “What Lifts You” in downtown Muskegon. As part of Kelsey’s ‘Wings Around the World’ series, this mural serves as the perfect backdrop for a memorable family photo – a true testament to the uplifting power of art.

Make a Splash

Don’t forget to pack your swimsuits. Obviously, during your stay the kids will love playing in the pools at our hotels. Especially at Delta Hotels Marriott, Shoreline Inn and Fairfield Inn & Suites.

With all this in mind, remember to book your family getaway at one of Muskegon’s inviting hotels, cozy vacation rentals, charming cottages, or welcoming inns. With convenient locations, and all the amenities you need for a comfortable stay, you’ll undoubtedly create unforgettable memories with your loved ones.

Keeping the Harvest Tradition Alive in South Haven

Hot cider, pumpkin patches, apple picking, and hayrides: these are the hallmarks of the Fall harvest! South Haven is one of the best areas to keep the harvest tradition alive, especially for young families looking to craft and capture memories that will a lifetime! Plus, we can always use more excuses to enjoy warm cider and donuts. So explore the brilliant fall colors of the South Haven countryside, do some picking of their own, or even get lost in a corn maze!

DeGrandchamp Farms
76241 14th Ave
269-637-3915

Start off the harvest season at this family farm that dates back to 1958. DeGrandchamp Farms Cranberry Harvest begins in mid-October. Once a year, the farm opens its fields and invites attendees to witness the beauty of harvesting cranberries in the natural bogs.

Catch a hayride to the bogs throughout the day to watch the crew rake in bright, red cranberries from the flooded bogs. Then, head to the sorting line to learn about how cranberries are sorted, packaged, and shipped. Cranberry products are available for purchase at the retail market, including jams, salsas, dried fruit, and baked goods. Fresh cranberries are available in October and November.

Overhiser Orchards
6405 109th Avenue
269-236-6312

Grab the family and head to Overhiser Orchards to pick your own pumpkins or apples and explore the farm and its many harvest activities. Available apples for u-pick include Empire, Cortland, Jonamac, Blondee, and Gala. Munch on some fresh donuts while you sip cider, pet the farm animals, or feed the birds with the farm’s sunflower seed harvest.

Take time to get lost in the corn maze or head over to the sunflower field for the farm’s new nature walk. Hayrides are available, weather permitting. You can even fish in the pond on-site, but save some room for the corn maze!

Bumbleberry Acres
6785 Baseline Rd.
269-637-4824

A true farm for the whole family, Bumbleberry Acres features u-pick, farm animals, a playground, wagon rides, and more. Halloween is always an especially fun time at Bumbleberry, so be sure to visit online for special events and activities!

Dutch Farm Market
6967 109th Ave.
269-637-8334

At the Dutch Farm Market just north of South Haven, apples (Red Delicious, Matsu, Cortland, Yellow Delicious, North Spy, Ida Red, and Rome) and Bosc pears are available for picking, and free wagon rides are available until the end of October. The market store has all the apples and pears, and everything from homemade jams, taffy apples, fresh-pressed cider, honey, and maple syrup, to home-baked pies, bread, turnovers, and donuts, to name just a few.

 

Can’t squeeze a trip to the farm into your schedule?

 

There’s good news! You don’t have to compromise on freshness. The South Haven’s Farm Market operates through September under the Huron Street Pavilion in downtown South Haven, and Barden’s Farm Market on the corner of Phoenix and Blue Star Highway is open daily! Drop in for baked goods, craft beer, and something sweet for all your friends and family!