Midland County

June! Kick Off Summer Vacation with Lots to Do in Midland. June officially kicks off summer – kids are out of school, life’s a little slower, families get more time together. Here’s some fun to help jumpstart your summer plans … check out the adventures in Midland for June.

Whimsy! Downtown Midland’s Summer Sculpture Series

June 1 - September 15
Downtown Midland

Midland's Downtown Development Authority invites you to visit the 2016 Summer Sculpture Series competition on exhibit throughout the downtown area. This year's theme challenges artists to add a bit of the whimsical to their sculptures. Plaques recognizing the artist and sponsoring business will accompany each piece. All pieces will be publicly auctioned at the competition's end with all proceeds benefiting the 2017 Summer Sculpture Series.

The Art of Dr. Seuss: A Retrospective Exhibition

May 14 – September 1, 2016
All Day
Midland Center for the Arts / Alden B. Dow Museum

Discover the “grown up” side of Dr. Seuss at this exhibition offering a rare glimpse into the artistic life of Theodor Seuss Geisel! Museum is open Tuesdays – Saturdays.

Great Lakes Loons Baseball

June 1 – 5, 2016
Loons v West Michigan Whitecaps / Loons v Lake County Captains

Kick off June dressed in your favorite era for our “Throwback” series: Thursday, ‘70s Night featuring the Amazing Christopher and his Village People act; Fridays at 5 with live Music and ‘80s night – and don’t miss Saturday’s ‘90s night and fabulous fireworks display! Sunday, kids eat free! Check website for specific dates/times.

MATRIX:MIDLAND FESTIVAL 2016 – Jason Isbell

June 1, 2016
8:00 p.m.
Midland Center for the Arts

Alt-country singer/songwriter Jason Isbell is a master of writing songs that maximize the emotional impact of his heartrending voice.

Great Lakes Loons Baseball 2016

June 1-5, 16-19, 27-30
Dow Diamond

Affordable family fun! We have a great lineup of entertainment in June: Throwback Weekend; former Detroit Lion/NFL Hall-of-Famer Lem Barney, the Xpogo Stunt Team and more! Check website for details/dates/times.

Tunes by the Tridge – Ike Beehr & the Blues Guise

June 2, 2016
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Farmers Market

Welcome warm weather! Gather the whole family, bring lawn chairs or a blanket and join us down by the Tridge for great blues and entertainment. Food vendors will be on hand to make sure you don’t go hungry!

Bird Banding

June 2, 16, 23, 30, 2016
8 a.m. – noon
Chippewa Nature Center

Get up close and personal with resident and migratory birds as they are caught, banded for research and released.

MATRIX:MIDLAND FESTIVAL 2016 – Kristin Chenoweth

June 3, 2016
8:00 p.m.
Midland Center for the Arts

Revel in what the New York Daily News calls the “nuclear glow” of this “stick of blond dynamite” when Chenoweth brings her beautiful and electric personality to the Festival stage!

Summer Art Fair

June 4-5, 2016
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Midland Center for the Arts

Peruse more than 100 artist booths along with food vendors, street musicians, artists' demonstrations and a children’s activity corner. Admission is FREE.

The Great Nature Race – Going Geocaching

June 4, 2016
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Chippewa Nature Center

It’s National Trails Day, and what better way to celebrate than hitting the trails at Chippewa Nature Center. Drop into the visitor center for an adventure across the property in search of geocaches. All ages and experience levels welcome. Visit the website for more information.

Painting With Your Peanut

June 4, 2016
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Creative 360

Schedule some uninterrupted play time for you and your peanut! In this parent and child paint fest, freestyle painting is encouraged.

Homestead Sunday

June 5, 12, 19, 26, 2016
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Chippewa Nature Center

Go back in time and enjoy a fun family afternoon at the Homestead Farm. Explore our log cabin and one-room schoolhouse and learn “lessons” from long ago. Kids of all ages can help out with “chores,” play traditional games and visit the farm animals.

Walk Midland

Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday in June
6:00 p.m.
Locations Vary

Each evening, explore a different two-mile stretch of our beautiful local outdoors. Bring a water bottle and walking shoes. All ages welcome. Register at each walk for a chance to win a grand prize trip for two to Mackinac Island for the Labor Day Bridge Walk! Check website for schedule/locations.

MATRIX:MIDLAND FESTIVAL 2016 – Mitch Albom

June 7, 2016
7:30 p.m.
Midland Center for the Arts

Through storytelling, piano playing, and even some singing, Albom shows the audience how a passion for one gift can often lead to discovery of another, truer one.

Tunes by the Tridge – Blast from the Past

June 9, 2016
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Farmers Market

Put on your best dancing sneakers and get moving and grooving with the whole family!

MATRIX:MIDLAND FESTIVAL 2016 – Attrape Moi (Catch Me!) Flip Fabrique

June 10, 2016
7:30 p.m.
Midland Center for the Arts

Fun, fast-paced and fearless, this nouveau cirque crew takes athleticism and showmanship to new heights in this high-flying spectacle.

Open Swim

June 11 – June 30, 2016
1:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Plymouth Pool

Swim every day! Check out the water slide plus special spray features for all ages. You are welcome to bring snacks and food to enjoy.

MATRIX:MIDLAND FESTIVAL 2016 – An Evening with Peter Sagal The Art of Telling A Joke

June 12, 2016
7:30 p.m.
Midland Center for the Arts

With a decades-long career in making people laugh, the host of NPR's "Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!" shares what he's learned about humor.

Cocktails & Canvas, U.S. Flag or Abstract Orbs

June 15, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
June 24, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Creative 360

Grab your friends and your favorite beverage and enjoy creating your own version of one of the featured paintings. You don’t need to be an “artist” to create something nice enough to hang on your wall or give as a gift! It’s a great girls night out or date night.

Tunes by the Tridge – Elden Kelly

June 16, 2016
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Farmers Market

Jazz it up! Join Elden Kelly for a spectacular evening of jazz from around the world. Local food vendors will be on hand to satisfy your food cravings.

James and the Giant Peach

June 16-19, 2016
Midland Center for the Arts

The popular family-friendly story comes alive on stage. Check the MCFTA website for performance times.

MATRIX:MIDLAND FESTIVAL 2016 – Mucca Pazza

June 16, 2016
7:30 p.m.
Midland Center for the Arts

The family-friendly Mucca Pazza has perfected a live show full of visual mayhem and dance-ready music.

Great Lakes Loons Baseball

June 16 – 19, 2016
Loons v Dayton Dragons

Don’t miss the Gridiron Great Series featuring former Detroit Lion and NFL Hall-of-Famer Lem Barney; the Xpogo Stunt Team is in town for a two-night appearance and Saturday brings another Fireworks Loontacular! Check website for specific dates/times.

Kids & Canvas – Spout the Whale

June 18, 2016
12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Creative 360

Modeled after our popular Cocktails & Canvas event for adults, this gathering is specifically designed for children to experience a fun, creative activity even if they “don’t do art!”

Tapped – Craft Beer Festival

June 18, 2016
11:00 A.M. – 2:00 A.M.
Downtown Midland

Free outdoor street festival! Enjoy a bevy of craft beers from Michigan breweries in the beer tent along with tap takeovers at the bars and restaurants of Downtown Midland.

Full Moon and Summer Solstice Celebration

June 20, 2016
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Chippewa Nature Center

This year’s summer solstice also coincides with a full moon! Come out to Homestead Farm and celebrate the first day of summer with live music, a sing-along, s’mores around the campfire and moon gazing.

Summer Exploration Days

June 22 – July 4, 2016
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday - Saturday
Noon - 5:00 p.m. Sundays and holidays
Chippewa Nature Center

Experience a variety of self-guided, hands-on exploration stations, along with experiments, fun facts, crafts and scavenger hunts. Activities change, so come back again and again!

Chemical City Band

June 22nd
7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Nicholson-Guenther Community Band Shell, Central Park

Enjoy a charming slice of Americana. Performances include a mix of featured soloists, medleys of show tunes, light classics and, of course, marches.

Block Party @ Discovery Square

June 23, 2016
1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Midland Center for the Arts

The art of Dr. Seuss is coming to town! Let your imagination take you to new places with free activities for kids, refreshments and more.

Tunes by the Tridge – Slick Jimmy

June 23, 2016
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Farmers Market

Get your big hair ready! We know you’re going to want to sing along to the ‘80s classics we all love. Local vendors will be on hand to keep you refreshed!

MATRIX:MIDLAND FESTIVAL 2016 – Polygot Theatre: We Built This City

June 23-26, 2016
Midland Center for the Arts

We Built This City uses thousands and thousands of cardboard boxes to build a magnificent imagined city! Check MCFTA website for times.

50th Anniversary Celebration

June 25, 2016
7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Chippewa Nature Center

Join us for a day-long anniversary celebration filled with birding, nature walks, stories, archaeology and family fun!

Improv Comedy with PSEUDO

June 25, 2016
7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Creative 360

Creative 360 welcomes the return of Pseudo Improv Comedy from Grand Valley State University. Eric Stine, Tony Sanchez, Dominic Petriella, Ryan Farrell, and Peter Silanpaa perform smart, funny and sometimes racy scenes made up right on the spot!

Environmental Expressions Seasonal Dances – Growth

June 25, 2016
10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Creative 360

Join Roberta Lucas as she guides participants through a day of mindful movement and responses to each season as a metaphor and opportunity to create meaning through creative self-expression.

Camerata June Concert

June 26, 2016
7:00 p.m.
Memorial Presbyterian Church

From the Renaissance to contemporary choral music, the sound of the human voice in the vibrant acoustics of Memorial Presbyterian Church is a uniquely memorable experience.

John Pratt Mosaic House Tour

June 26, 2016
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Creative 360

Join Linda Z. Smith at Creative 360 for a video about muralist John Pratt and the twists and turns his life took that led him to his extraordinary creative endeavor in the woods of Midland. Tour will follow.

Great Lakes Loons Baseball

June 27 – 30, 2016
Loons v. Lansing Lugnuts

The Loons wrap up June with a team photo giveaway; Bark-in-the-Park (bring your furry friend for a chance to win a best-in-show prize basket!) with special K-9 Crew performances throughout the game. And don’t forget our regular Hump Day Happy Hour and $1 Family Feast Night! Check website for specific dates/times.

Tunes by the Tridge – Moonshine Mavericks

June 30, 2016
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Chippewassee Park

Join us for an energetic combination of old and new country with the Moonshine Mavericks. Come on out and have a blast! Our local vendors will keep you fueled up and ready to have fun!

Artfest 55: A Festival Celebrating the Creativity of People 55 and Over

June 30, 2016
6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Creative 360

Everyone is invited to Creative 360’s 7th annual festival celebrating Michigan’s visual artists, writers, and performing artists who are 55 and better. This festival features a juried art exhibit, a talent show and a creative writing competition. Refreshments served.