Experience Jackson

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Enjoy Jackson

With its natural beauty and 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 numerous festivals, parades and events that guarantee plenty of fun for the whole family.

See our calendar for a complete listing of Jackson's many annual festivals and events throughout the year. Our Jackson Blues Festival, Jackson County Rose Festival and Michigan Shakespeare Festival are just the beginning. From blow-out festivities like the Jackson County Fair, the Hot Air Jubilee and Cascades Civil War Muster to more intimate events like a fireworks show or downtown cruise nights, we hope you’ll join in our celebrations!

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

Nite Lites Jackson & Winter Wonderland

The 2015 season will be the 20th year for Nite Lites in Jackson! One of Michigan's largest Christmas light displays, this animated drive-through display is over one mile long! Each... » Read more on Nite Lites Jackson & Winter Wonderland

Midwest Open Ice Fishing Tournament

Fisherman 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 pemitting) in the... » Read more on Midwest Open Ice Fishing Tournament

Southern Michigan Winter Beer Festival

The Jackson County Fairgrounds hosts the Annual Southern Michigan Winter Beer Festival in March at the American 1 Event Center. The festival features more than 150 craft, specialty and import beers. The... » Read more on Southern Michigan Winter Beer Festival

Jackson Storyfest

Jackson Storyfest has been celebrating the art of storytelling for 28 years. Performances geared towards schoolchildren are provided throughout the day on Friday. A special Thursday morning performance is geared towards... » Read more on Jackson Storyfest

Michigan Wine and Beer Fest

Michigan International Speedway hosts the annual Michigan Wine and Beer Fest presented by Experience Jackson May 9, 2015. Click here to purchase tickets! The Michigan Wine and Beer Fest is centered-around Michigan... » Read more on Michigan Wine and Beer Fest

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


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

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 11th annual Art, Beer & Wine Festival presented by County National Bank on June 6, 2015 from noon until 6:00 pm! The museum plans to host over 30... » 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

Michigan Shakespeare Festival

  The Michigan Shakespeare Festival is the premier regional event for those who revel in the elaborate language and bawdy humor of the Great Bard. This festival brings high-quality theatrical... » Read more on Michigan Shakespeare Festival

Hot Air Jubilee

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 a sight... » Read more on Hot Air Jubilee

How Bazaar Jackson

The Midtown Association announces How Bazaar Jackson, August 1 & 2, 2015. This Downtown Jackson two-day street fair combines several events and activities; including Taste of Jackson, juried art fair, beer &... » Read more on How Bazaar Jackson

Jackson County Fair

August 9–15,  2015 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

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 Challenge... » Read more on Childrenz Challenge

Cascades Civil War Muster

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 guests. The... » Read more on Cascades Civil War Muster

Big Mitten Fair & Festival

The Big Mitten Fair on Labor Day weekend will be the best part of your summer, September 3-7, 2015! FUN, Fair, FOOD & Music! There is something for everyone at THE... » Read more on Big Mitten Fair & Festival

Tough Mudder Michigan

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 strength, stamina,... » Read more on Tough Mudder Michigan

Falling Waters Trail Run and Walk

Get Moving with the Falling Waters Trail Run Walk Mark you calendar for Sunday, October 4, 2015, buy that special pair of running shoes you always wanted, choose your event and start... » Read more on Falling Waters Trail Run and Walk

Experience Jackson Sponsorship

Thank you for your interest in our 2016 Funding Request Program.Experience Jackson is not accepting 2016 Funding Requests at this time. Experience Jackson accepted 2016 Funding Requests between August 1 and September 30, 2015, and... » Read more on Experience Jackson Sponsorship