Experience Jackson

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Enjoy Jackson

With its abundance of celebrations and events throughout the year, there's no doubt that you will find whatever moves you in Jackson, Michigan.

The event calendar is always full of festivals, parades and events that guarantee plenty of fun for the whole family.

Some festivals are a blowout celebration once a year, others like our Car Shows and Fireworks Shows, happen several times a year!

July

Michigan Shakespeare Festival 
Hot Air Jubilee
Faster Horses Festival
How Bazaar Jackson

August

Jackson County Fair 
Cascades Civil War Muster 
Childrenz Challenge

September

Meggacon

Tough Mudder Michigan

October

Falling Waters Trail Run-Walk

November and December

Nite Lites Jackson & Winter Wonderland

January

Midwest Open Ice Fishing Tournament

March

Southern Michigan Winter Beer Festival

April

Jackson School of the Arts Fairy Festival

May

Jackson Storyfest

June

Jackson Blues Festival
Art, Beer, and Wine Festival
Jackson County Rose Festival

Enjoy all of Jackson's festivals. We're sure you'll find something that moves you on our Community Calendar.

Car Cruises

Regularly scheduled warm-weather “cruises” through Downtown Jackson and the Village of Brooklyn promise car enthusiasts their fill of chrome, tailfins, racing stripes and lake pipes. Downtown Jackson Classic... » Read more on Car Cruises

Fireworks

Jackson knows how to celebrate with a spectacular bang, and we don’t just mean on the 4th of July! Whether it’s in the heart of downtown... » Read more on Fireworks

Michigan Shakespeare Festival

July 7 -- July 24, 2016, Jackson, MI Shakespeare's As You Like It  Shakespeare's Richard II The Killer Angels a play by Karen Tarjan from the Pulitzer Prize-winning... » Read more on Michigan Shakespeare Festival

Hot Air Jubilee

July 15, 16 & 17, 2016 Have you ever gazed up at a blue sky filled with hot air balloons of every shape and size, and every color of the rainbow? It’s... » Read more on Hot Air Jubilee

Faster Horses Festival

Welcome Faster Horses Fans to the #PartyoftheSummer July 15-17, 2016 The Faster Horses Festival returns to Michigan International Speedway in 2016 with headliners Eric Church, Jason Aldean and Lady Antebellum. The festival... » Read more on Faster Horses Festival

How Bazaar Jackson

July 30 & 31, 2016 The Midtown Association announces How Bazaar Jackson, a Downtown Jackson two-day street fair combining a juried art fair, food vendors, beer & wine tasting, kids’ activities, live... » Read more on How Bazaar Jackson

Jackson County Fair

August 7–13,  2016 County fairs are a favorite American pastime, and Jackson County puts on a truly quintessential fair. Whatever it is that comes to mind when you think &ldquo... » Read more on Jackson County Fair

Childrenz Challenge

August 13, 2016 The Childrenz Challenge is an obstacle course designed for children ages 4-13 years old and combines strength, determination, stamina, but most importantly the ability to have fun! The Childrenz... » Read more on Childrenz Challenge

Cascades Civil War Muster

August 20 & 21, 2016 The Cascades Civil War Muster is the longest running, largest Civil War Muster and re-enactment in the entire Midwest. The Muster involves more than 1,500 re-enactors and more than 30,000... » Read more on Cascades Civil War Muster

Meggacon

September 17 & 18, 2016 MEGGAcon (Michigan's Entertainment, Gaming, Geek and Arts Convention) is Jackson, Michigan's best gathering of all things nerdy! Cosplay, Games and GEEKS! In 2015, over 2,000 people filled three... » Read more on Meggacon

Tough Mudder Michigan

September 17 & 18, 2016 In 2013, over 18,000 people gathered at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan for this hardcore 10-12 mile obstacle course designed by British Special Forces to test their all around... » Read more on Tough Mudder Michigan

Falling Waters Trail Run and Walk

October 2, 2016 Get Moving with the Falling Waters Trail Run-Walk Mark you calendar for Sunday, October 2, 2016, buy that special pair of running shoes you always wanted, choose your event and start... » Read more on Falling Waters Trail Run and Walk

Nite Lites Jackson & Winter Wonderland

Celebrating over 20 years in Jackson! One of Michigan's largest Christmas light displays, this animated drive-through display is over one mile long! Each year the Jackson County Fairgrounds are filled... » Read more on Nite Lites Jackson & Winter Wonderland

Midwest Open Ice Fishing Tournament

Fishermen come from as far away as Minnesota and Ontario, Canada to fish the annual Midwest Open Ice Fishing Tournament. This event takes place every year (weather permitting) in the... » Read more on Midwest Open Ice Fishing Tournament

Southern Michigan Winter Beer Festival

The Jackson County Fairgrounds hosts the 6th Annual Southern Michigan Winter Beer Festival in March at the American 1 Event Center on Saturday, March 12, 2016! Call the Jackson County Fair Office at (517) 78... » Read more on Southern Michigan Winter Beer Festival

Jackson School of the Arts Fairy Festival

The Jackson School of the Arts Fairy Festival is 2 days of imaginative fun! Saturday, April 23, 11-4 PM and Sunday, April 24, 12-3 PM. Theater and Dance Performances Arts & Crafts Tea... » Read more on Jackson School of the Arts Fairy Festival

Michigan Wine and Beer Fest

Unfortunately this event has been canceled this year. Consider attending Ella Sharp Museum's Art Beer and Wine on June 4, 2016 instead. Click here for details. » Read more on Michigan Wine and Beer Fest

Jackson Storyfest

Jackson Storyfest has been celebrating the art of storytelling for 29 years. Performances geared towards schoolchildren are provided throughout the week. A special Thursday morning performance is geared towards senior citizens,... » Read more on Jackson Storyfest

Jackson Blues Festival

Delighting fans for over a decade, the Jackson Blues Festival is one of Jackson’s only dedicated music festivals. With live blues music each June that rivals Chicago or... » Read more on Jackson Blues Festival

Art, Beer & Wine Festival

The Ella Sharp Museum presents the 12th annual Art, Beer & Wine Festival on June 4, 2016! The museum will host over 30 local wineries and breweries, 40+ artists, and nearly 2,500 guests! Festival goers... » Read more on Art, Beer & Wine Festival

Jackson County Rose Festival

For more than 50 years, the Jackson County Rose Festival has served to celebrate the civic pride of the Jackson community. Incorporated in 1973, there are now several major events organized by... » Read more on Jackson County Rose Festival

Experience Jackson Sponsorship

Now through August 31, 2016, organizations are encouraged to submit sponsorship or co-op advertising requests which further Experience Jackson’s mission throughout the 2017 Calendar Year. Organizations may only submit one request... » Read more on Experience Jackson Sponsorship

Volunteer

Overview The Jackson County Visitors Bureau, dba Experience Jackson, is always looking for “volunteers” at various community festivals and events. Essentially, Experience Jackson will contract and pay for... » Read more on Volunteer