Relax, unwind, and make memories in White Lake this July!
We’ve officially passed the first day of summer, and now it’s time to settle in and enjoy the sun, sand, and surf of the season. In the midst of making your summer plans? There’s no better place to spend your vacation or a weekend getaway than White Lake!
As you organize your trip, here’s a list of some upcoming July events you won’t want to miss.
9 Upcoming July Events in White Lake
1. July Fourth Events
Thursday, July 4th
Let freedom ring! There’s no better time to don your red, white, and blue than this 4th of July in Downtown Whitehall and Montague. All day, the area will be hosting family-friendly events to celebrate America’s Independence Day.
Fourth of July Parade @ 10am: Follow the annual Fourth of July parade from Whitehall City Hall, all the way across the bridge to Downtown Montague. This year’s parade, sponsored by Re/Max will feature over 100 floats, performers, and other participants.
Fourth of July Pig Roast @ 11am – 3pm: Directly following the parade, meet in Goodrich Park in Whitehall for a community pig roast, sponsored by the Montague-Whitehall Rotary. Come early as the event ends as soon as it’s sold out. Proceeds from the event benefit the White Lake Fireworks, Youth Education Scholarships, efforts to eradicate polio worldwide, and other local charities.
Fireworks @ Dusk: Finally, later in the evening, pick a comfy spot in Downtown Montague, Whitehall, or on White Lake to view the gorgeous booms and blasts of our annual firework display, also sponsored by the Montague-Whitehall Rotary.
Thursday, June 27th – Sunday, July 7th
Hosted by the Book Nook & Java Shop, The West Michigan Wine & Jazz Festival celebrates two of life’s greatest pleasures. Come to mix and mingle and enjoy great music from award-winning artists. See the festival schedule for dates and times. All concerts are held at Montague’s Book Nook & Java Shop, unless otherwise noted.
Friday, July 5th – Saturday, July 6th
The annual Lakeshore Arts Festival celebrates the joy and beauty of handmade crafts of all sorts. See great works of art, and take home a few of your own!
Also at the event will be the Beer and Wine Garden in Hackley Park, plenty of delicious food vendors to taste and try, community art projects (a joint effort of Whitehall’s Nuveen Art Center and local schools), and the live painting of two kayaks, which will later be auctioned off at the end of the festival.
Live music, street performers, a sidewalk chalk contest (“Chalk the Walk”), and a student art showcase will also be featured at the festival. This year’s symbol is the Monarch butterfly. The presence of the butterfly is meant to raise awareness about the unfortunate decline in population of this important pollinating butterfly. It also represents the amazing transition and transformation that Downtown Muskegon is currently experiencing.
Saturday, July 6th @ 11am – 5pm
Just up the road in quaint New Era, Michigan, find one of the state’s most popular and celebrated dairy farms: Country Dairy. Every year at Country Dairy, the Annual Ice Cream Social draws in huge crowds for a day of FREE ice cream, farm tours, wagon rides, live music, activities for the kids, and more!
If you’ve never visited Country Dairy before, it’s important to know that it’s more than just a dairy. The farm features a full deli serving delicious homemade meals, an ice cream parlor with fresh ice creams (yes, from the cows in the pastures right outside the parlor!), a pizza parlor, outside play equipment for the kids, full tours of the facilities, and much more.
5. Afternoon and Evening Concerts at the White River Light Station
These concerts will feature the beautiful backdrop of the White River Light Station, so bring a few blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy!
- The Rough and Tumble – Friday, July 12th @ 7pm
- Steel Doin’ It – Friday, July 19th @ 7pm
- Western Michigan Dulcimer Friends – Saturday, July 27th @ 2pm
6. ACWL – NUVEEN Free Summer Concert Series
Enjoy live music outdoors at the Montague Band Shell! See the full schedule here, or check out the lineup for July below.
- Scottville Clown Band – Tuesday, July 9th @ 7pm
- Magic Bus – Tuesday, July 16th @ 7pm
- Tommy Foster – Tuesday, July 23rd @ 7pm
- Serita’s Black Rose – Tuesday, July 30th @ 7pm
Saturday, July 20th @ 9am – 3pm
Do you love classic cars and boats? Come to the White Lake Classic Boat & Car Show where you can peruse fiberglass, classic wood, and metal boats — all from 1994 and prior. Classic cars at the event must be built before 1981.
Also enjoy a pancake breakfast at the beginning of the event. At the end, awards will be handed out for the best cars and boats to participate.
Friday, July 26th @ 7pm – 10pm
You won’t want to miss the CRUZ’IN Classic Car Show, featuring over 400 pre-1975 cars!
Watch these beauties cruise from Whitehall’s Funnell Field to Downtown Ferry Street in Montague. Following the parade, all cars will be on display, so you can see them up close. The event will also feature activities for all ages, music, and food vendors.
Saturday, July 27th @ 8am – 1pm
Come one, come all, to run or walk in the Blueberry Fun Festival and 5K. The race will take place at 8am, starting at the Fruitland Evangelical Covenant Church. There will also be a pancake breakfast. Other activities such as a petting zoo, inflatables for the kids, balloon twisters, a bake sale, and much more will start at 9am.