Muskegon’s Summer Symphony: Free Outdoor Concerts

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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.

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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!

 

Holiday Shopping in Muskegon: Hidden Gems and Local Delights

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‘Tis the season for holiday shopping!

Grab your list and your favorite shopping buddies for a delightful outing in Muskegon County. With walkable shopping areas and unique options, there’s something for everyone.

Shopping Areas with Social Districts

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Muskegon County boasts three pleasant walkable shopping areas. As a matter of fact, each possesses a distinct personality and offers a treasure trove of gift options. Furthermore, they all have social districts! This means you can enjoy your beverage while moving between shops.

Start your adventure in Downtown Muskegon, presently adorned with twinkling lights and festive decorations. From stylish fashions to vintage finds and handmade crafts, you’re sure to check items off your list. Don’t miss the diminutive and charming Western Market Chalets.

Next, head to the Lakeside Business District, nestles next to Muskegon Lake. Here, you’ll discover even more locally owned stores, an art gallery, and the historic Wasserman’s Floral and Gifts, all beautifully decorated for the holidays.

For a small-town charm, make your way to Montague and Whitehall, collectively known as White Lake. Boutiques to antiques, and everything in between, promise hidden gems.

Shop Small, Shop Sustainable, Shop Muskegon

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If sustainable shopping is your style, Muskegon has you covered. All in all, the County is an undeniable treasure trove of antique, vintage, and thrift shops. Given that “Treasure Alley” boasts four vintage shops it is a must-stop. Likewise, they are conveniently located near and next to each other. Find them on Pine Street in downtown Muskegon.

Enter Through the Gift Shop

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Equally exiting are Muskegon’s museum gift shops! The Hackley and Hume Historic Site, Muskegon Museum of History and Science, Muskegon Museum of Art, and USS Silversides Museum are stocked with Santa-worthy goodies.

Happy Holiday Shopping!

Remember, holiday shopping is not just about finding gifts but also creating cherished memories. Support local businesses and connect with the community while enjoying this festive season.

 

 

Fall in Muskegon County, Michigan: A Season of Splendor and Beauty

Make the Most of your Autumn Experience

Visit Muskegon County, where you will find beautiful beaches, dunes, parks, trails – and forests filled with fall foliage. Muskegon County is not only a nature lover’s paradise. There are also exciting fall events, outdoor sports opportunities and unique outdoor activities. There’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Stunning Natural Scenery

Firstly, let’s talk about the natural beauty. With plenty of hardwood trees like maple, oak, birch, and aspen, Muskegon County’s forests are a show of vibrant colors. The fiery reds and oranges to warm yellows and golds are set against the brilliant blues of Lake Michigan and 23 inland lakes. This display draws visitors from far and wide to wander the trails and drive the scenic routes. With three state parks, seven county parks and many public parks – there’s no shortage of space to roam.

For the Adventurous

Head to the Muskegon Luge Adventure Sports Park for a unique and exhilarating autumn experience. Feel the thrill of zooming over a canopy of fall colors on a dual zipline. Climb a 38 ft. outdoor climbing wall or take a scenic hike through the park’s picturesque trails.

Take a Tour

For a more laid-back experience, check out the Depot to Depot self-guided fall tour. This month-long event invites you to soak up the autumn scenery. Pick up or download a map from Visit Muskegon. Then, enjoy special offers along the way as you explore local cuisine attractions, and shop for unique treasures.

Fall is for Family Fun

The little ones love it here too! Find fall-fun ranging from orchards and mazes to Trick or Treating at a historic lighthouse. New in 2023 is Michigan’s Adventure’s Tricks and Treats Fall Fest. Families will be able to enjoy select rides (including attractions at Camp “Spooky”), decorations, activities, entertainment and costume contests.

Make Your Plan

Experience the beauty and excitement of a Midwest autumn in Muskegon County. It’s all right here; from natural beauty to exciting seasonal events and fun outdoor adventures. So why not book your trip today and start exploring all that this hidden gem has to offer?

 

Discover a Hidden Gem in West Michigan: Muskegon

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Looking for a fun-filled summer vacation? Muskegon, Michigan is a must-visit destination for anyone! This beach-town is a hidden gem in West Michigan. Whether you’re looking for outdoor adventure, relaxation on sandy beaches, or a taste of local culture, Muskegon has it all.

Beautiful beaches, stretch for miles along the shores of Lake Michigan. Whether you’re looking for a quiet spot to relax or a place to enjoy water sports, there’s a beach for you. There is even a beach to bring your dog at Kruse Park!

rollercoaster and seadragon rides are reflected in small lake at Michigan's Adventure amusement park

When you’re done soaking up the sun, there are plenty other things to do in Muskegon. One popular attraction is Michigan’s Adventure. This “two parks for the price of one” is the state’s largest amusement park and includes a water park. For those who prefer a more active vacation, check out the Muskegon Luge Adventure Sports Park. Experience thrilling summer activities like ziplining, wheel luge, archery, rock climbing and more!

Two red light towers stand in front of blue sky filled with cumulus clouds. a sailboat with white sails is seen to the right of pier that leads to one of the lighttowers.

If you’re interested in history and culture, Muskegon has you covered there too. There are three lighthouses worth exploring. And two to tour: Muskegon South Pierhead Light and the White River Light Station. Tour historic homes, a WW2 landing ship or submarine – or visit one of many museums. The Muskegon Museum of Art features works by noted American & European artists. There are galleries of rotating and traveling exhibitions.

When the sun goes down, visit one of the 9 drive-in theaters that remain in Michigan.  The Getty Drive-In Theatre offers double features on 4 outdoor screens. Tune your car radio to the cinematic sounds coming from the big screen.

When it comes to accommodations, there are hotels from names you know and trust. Or, if you prefer a cozy cabin or spacious beach house, there are vacation rentals to fit your needs – and budget!

Overall, Muskegon, Michigan is a summer destination sure to please. From sandy beaches to outdoor adventure to cultural attractions, there’s something for everyone. So, pack your bags, grab your sunscreen, and get ready to make lasting memories in Muskegon, Michigan!

Visit Muskegon Depot to Depot Fall Color Tours

Experience Michigan’s Beautiful Autumn; and a Fun Fall Tradition.

Visit Muskegon presents the 18th Annual “Depot to Depot Fall Color Tour”

This October we invite you to celebrate the vibrant colors of our woods, dunes and water…and win prizes! Take your car or bike on this self-guided color tour; stretching from the Muskegon South Pierhead Light to the White River Light Station.

Wind your way along Lake Michigan. Travel the historic West Michigan Pike BywaySoar over a canopy of fall colors. And see the scenic roads of Muskegon County in all their autumn glory.

See the sites, snap some “selfies” and discover our local shopsrestaurantsattractions and more.

Depot to Depot Details

🍁 Depot to Depot 2022 takes place October 1 – 31, 2022
🍁 Stop in to the Muskegon Union Depot and White Lake Train Depot to pick up a map
🍁 Maps will also be available to download
🍁 White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce will have refreshments and donuts. There will also be pumpkins for the little ones throughout the month of October (while supplies last)
🍁 Contest photo entries can be submitted through this link: https://bit.ly/SubmitD2DPhotosHere
🍁 At the end of October there will be drawing for for an overnight stay at the Shoreline Inn in Downtown Muskegon (standard room, blackout dates apply based on availability)
🍁 This event is FREE

Click HERE to Download Map of Suggested Scenic Routes 

Instructions to Enter the Contest

  • Snap photos or selfie at your favorite scenic stops, businesses and attractions
  • Share the photo with a check-in on Facebook and/or Instagram. Include the hashtag #D2D22
  • Submit your favorite photos of scenic stops, businesses and attractions through this link https://bit.ly/SubmitD2DPhotosHere
  • Contest begins October 1, 2022
  • Entries must be received by November 1st, 2022
  • Include location of photo and photo credit preference
  • Each entry should should include one photo attachment. If you would like to submit multiple photos entries, please enter each separately.
  • Winner will be drawn November 2, 2022
  • Prize must be claimed by November 9, 2022

2022 Depot to Depot Specials

Many local attractions and businesses are offering samples, specials and discounts throughout the month of October to those participating in the self-guided tour. Simply present your paper or downloaded 2022 Depot to Depot map to receive your offer.

Click HERE to Download Special Offers And Map 

Peak Leaf Peeping

🍁Click here to view the interactive Pure Michigan Fall Color Map; anticipating peak colors for Michigan.

Historic Depots

🍁  Muskegon Union Depot
Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau
610 W Western Ave, Muskegon, MI
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9 am – 3 pm

🍁  White Lake Train Depot
White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce
124 W Hanson, Whitehall, MI
Monday – Friday 9 am – 3 pm

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