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7 Brighton Howell Area Summer Events You Don’t Want To Miss

April 4, 2024

Summertime in Michigan is the best time of the year to plan a trip with family or friends to the Brighton Howell Area! All year round, you can explore 50,000 acres of parks, 123 trails, local cuisine, delicious craft cocktails, and boutique shopping. However, only in the warmer months can you experience these seven Summer Events you don’t want to miss.


Hartland Polo Classic | June 8 – 9, 2024

๐Ÿ“: Hartland

This prestigious event brings polo enthusiasts and spectators together for a thrilling day of polo, socializing, and celebration. Set against the picturesque backdrop of rolling green fields, guests can enjoy high-speed polo action, elegant attire, and gourmet food and drinks. Whether you’re a seasoned polo fan or simply looking for a sophisticated outdoor experience, the Hartland Polo Classic offers a unique and unforgettable day out in the heart of Michigan’s countryside.


Hamburg Family Fun Fest | June 12-16, 2024

๐Ÿ“: Hamburg

The Hamburg Family Fun Fest offers five full days of excitement and entertainment in the Brighton Howell Area. Experience thrilling carnival rides, delicious food, and live music and entertainment throughout the event. With activities for thrill-seekers, foodies, and families alike, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Don’t forget to stick around for the spectacular fireworks display to end the festivities on a high note. Whether you’re a local or a visitor, the Hamburg Family Fun Fest guarantees a memorable experience for all.


Michigan Challenge Balloonfest | June 28 – 30, 2024

๐Ÿ“: Howell

More than 50 hot air balloons take flight at Michigan Challenge Balloonfest, one of the premier summertime activities in Michigan since 1984. Itโ€™s packed with fun, including skydiving and stunt kites, carnival rides, and fireworks. Stay after dark for Evening Glow, when nearly two dozen hot-air balloons inflate and glow their envelopes against the summer night sky.


A Taste of Brighton | July 12 – 13

๐Ÿ“: Brighton

The street view of A Taste of Brighton in downtown Brighton


Experience the culinary delights of the Taste of Brighton, an annual celebration in downtown Brighton. This event brings together local eateries to showcase the diverse flavors that make up the downtown area. Guests can enjoy a variety of dishes, live music, and family-friendly activities. Whether you’re a food enthusiast or simply looking for a fun outing, the Taste of Brighton Festival offers a delightful experience for all. Toast the event by grabbing a to-go cocktail from a participating Brighton Social District restaurant.


Fowlerville Family Fair | July 22-27, 2024

๐Ÿ“: Fowlerville


The Fowlerville Family Fair is a week-long affair offering a mix of thrilling demolition derbies, agricultural exhibits, carnival rides, live entertainment, and a variety of food vendors.. It celebrates community spirit and rural heritage, welcoming visitors of all ages to enjoy fun-filled days and evenings. From livestock shows to midway games, there’s something for everyone to enjoy at this beloved fair.


Howell Melon Festival | August 15-18, 2024

๐Ÿ“: Howell

child playing at the howell melon festival on a sunny summer day in howell michigan

This favorite summer festival celebrates the melon only grown in Howell and the city’s agricultural heritage for three full days. Offering a diverse array of activities for visitors of all ages, including melon-themed contests, arts and crafts vendors, live entertainment, a car show, a melon-themed 5K race, and, of course, plenty of opportunities to sample delicious melon-inspired treats. With its festive atmosphere and wide range of activities, the Howell Melon Festival promises fun and entertainment for the whole family.


Smokinโ€™ Jazz & Barbecue Blues Festival | September 6 – 7, 2024

๐Ÿ“: Brighton

barbaque master grilling at the Smokinโ€™ Jazz & BBQ Blues Festival

Youโ€™ll be able to smell the award-winning barbecue smoking along the streets of Brighton before you see it. Walk down Main Street in downtown Brighton to enjoy sweet treats, specialty mac nโ€™ cheese, and more tasty options along with the barbecue. Kids will enjoy the various activities that await them during this fun-filled event. Plus, fun for the adults can be had by grabbing a drink from an area Social District restaurant!


This summer, save the date for these fun-filled events. Before you plan your trip, grab a copy of our Visitors Guide to pack your getaway with local cuisine, craft cocktails, attractions, and more! While you’re here, tag @explorebrightonhowellarea and use #ExploreBHA to be featured.


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