June 30 - 7, 2018

Fun Facts

Recognition

  • Top Ten Events by USA Today, 2014, 1999, 1998, 1997
  • Embassy of Michigan Tourism Award, 1976
  • Governor's Declaration honoring the Festival's 50th anniversary, 1976
  • Joint Resolution honoring the Festival's 50th anniversary by Michigan House and Senate, 1976
  • Publication awards, national competition, 1972, 1975, 1978, and 1982
  • Annually rated in top 100 Festivals and Events in North America by the A.B.A.
  • Named Michigan's favorite Festival by AAA Michigan Living Magazine Page two -- Circulation: 1,000,000

Fun Facts

FIRST FESTIVAL
Held in 1926

ANNUAL ATTENDANCE
Over 500,000 over eight days

PROGRAM
150 events and activities (85% are free)

SOURCES OF INCOME
Event Sponsors, Local Membership, ticket sales

OPERATION OF FESTIVAL
Minimum of 35,000 volunteer hours and 10,000 staff hours each year

ASSOCIATION MEMBERSHIPS

  • International Festival and Event Association; Michigan Festival and Events Association
  • Mid-American Competing Band Directors Association

Special Guests & Dignitaries

  • Chef Mario Batali --2014
  • Miss America, Kirsten Haglund -- 2008
  • Dallas Drake, Detroit Red Wings -- 2008
  • Carter Oosterhouse - HGTV & TLC -- 2007
  • NASA Astronaut, Jerry Linenger-- 2003
  • Governor, Jennifer Granholm -- 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007
  • Bryan McElwain, NY Firefighter Co. Engine #201 -- 2002
  • Paris Children's Choir-- 2000
  • Leave it to Beaver's Jerry Mathers -- 1998
  • Beverly Hillbillies, Donna Douglas -- 1998
  • Good Morning America Weatherman, Spencer Christian -- 1989, 1993, 1998
  • U.S. Navy Blue Angels -- 1988, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2014, 2016
  • Stanley Cup Goalie, Detroit Red Wing Kevin Hodson -- 1997
  • Brigadier General ,George K. Anderson -- 1992
  • Phoenix Suns Dan Majerle -- 1991
  • PGA Touring Professional Dan Pohl -- 1989
  • Former Astronaut James Lovell -- 1985
  • From Disney World, Orlando FL:
  • Goofy -- 1987
  • Minnie Mouse -- 1986
  • Donald Duck -- 1985
  • Mickey Mouse -- 1984
  • Budweiser Clydesdales -- 1984, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2003
  • Today Show Weatherman Willard Scott -- 1983
  • Hockey great Gordie Howe -- 1982
  • U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds -- 1978, 1990, 2015
  • Bob Hope -- 1978
  • President Gerald R. Ford -- 1975