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Brighton Howell Area Annual Events

The vibrant community of the Brighton Howell Area is home to some of Michigan’s top Annual Events. The region brims with charm, character, and can’t beat community spirit. Throughout the year, the picturesque area hosts a diverse set of annual events that showcase the rich heritage, cultural diversity, and boundless creativity. From watching hot air balloons paint the skies of downtown Howell to watching Santa and Mrs. Claus sleigh down Main Street in Brighton, the array of events offers something for everyone to enjoy.

Find each Brighton Howell Area annual event listed below. Click through to each event to find a range of information such as, frequently asked questions, top tips from locals, and more reasons why you should attend!

Polo players sitting on horses playing a polo match in Hartland

Hartland Polo Classic

June 8 – 9, 2024

A unique event where elegance and excitement meet equestrian excellence. The Hartland Polo Classic is the only spot in Michigan to witness a live Polo match. This prestigious event is a cherished tradition that brings together a diverse group of those who love polo and having fun. Experience the excitement of horses stampeding down the field, the beauty of the area, and the warmth of community spirit.

Taking place every June, the Hartland Polo Classic is located at Heritage Park in Hartland.

The firework show at the Hamburg Family Fun Fest

Hamburg Family Fun Fest

June 12 – 16, 2024

Four full days of fun activities, carnival rides, tasty food, and exciting shows make up the Hamburg Family Fun Fest. With activities for all ages, this event is one of the best ways to celebrate the beginning of the summer season and let the kids have some fun.

Throughout the event, witness a fireworks show, an arts and crafts business expo, mini putt-putt golf, a mobile zoo and so much more.

Michigan challenge balloon fest hot air balloons taking off

Michigan Challenge Balloonfest

June 28 – 30, 2024

The Michigan Challenge Balloonfest is an exhilarating event that happens in Howell every year. This popular event captivates locals and visitors with the colorful array of hot air balloons painting the sky tied together with a lively atmosphere. This festival annually celebrates the unique allure of hot air ballooning against the beautiful background of Downtown Howell.

Over the last weekend in June, eventgoers can experience many family-friendly activities. The festival starts with the launch of dozens of vibrant hot air balloons that turn the sky into a display of colors.

grand traverse pie company at the annual taste of brighton event taking place in downtown brighton

A Taste of Brighton

July 12 – 13, 2024

Get a true Tase of Brighton at the annual event that features a variety of downtown Brighton restaurants. Downtown Brighton food establishments line Main Street and offer samples of different menu choices. This event is the perfect time to try out a new spot you find interesting or even a different type of food!

The event also offers a Kid Zone area to allow the little ones to burn off some energy.

concessions at the fowlerville family fair

Fowerlville Family Fair

July 22 – 27, 2024

The Fowlerville Family Fair is a cherished tradition that brings together locals and visitors from far and wide. The week-long fair features a long list of live events and entertainment. Each day of the event offers a live event like Harness Racing, Demolition Derby, Tractor Pull, live music, and so much more. All week long, you can experience the complete carnival featuring your favorite rides, games, and fair food!

Apart from the live events and carnival, there are chances to see various farm animals being shown at the fair for awards!

Grabbing a scoop of melon ice cream at the Howell Melon Festival

Howell Melon Festival

August 15 – 18, 2024

Celebrate a melon only grown in Howell at the annual Howell Melon Festival. This beloved event features multiple days of fun-filled activities for the whole family. Taking place in the heart of downtown Howell, shop local artists and crafters as they line up and down Grand River Ave. Enjoy a wide variety of activities like train rides, a classic car show, a scavenger hunt and more.

The one thing you must try (before it sells out) is the melon ice cream. Crafted once a year, this tasty treat draws people from all over to enjoy!