Idlewild Music Events

Each year, during the summer months, the Idlewild area is host to several music events celebrating the rich history of African-Americans in Michigan.

Prior to the enactment of the Civil Rights Act in 1964, this "Black Eden" was one of the few resorts in the United States where African-Americans could vacation and purchase property.

This resort community was a performance location for several well-known entertainers and professionals from around the country and, at its peak, it was the most popular resort in the Midwest for African-Americans. Famous entertainers like Sammy Davis Jr., Sarah Vaughn, Della Reese, the Four Tops and others were regulars at Idlewild's once-thriving nightspots.

Today, different groups organize and sponsor music festival activities to commemorate this rich musical heritage.


Idlewild Music Fest
July 22, 2017 from 11am-3pm
Idlewild Historic and Cultural Center, Idlewild
This music festival is being discontinued, but two events will continue: the Girl Talk Positive Self-Imaging and the Women's Empowerment Luncheon. Girl Talk will include Desiree Sims, keynote speaker; Alicea Jones, vocalist and Pure Performance Art, dance. The Women's Empowerment Luncheon "a Seat at the Table" features Dr. Maxine Hankins Cain, keynote speaker: JulieAnne Sisung, author and Alise King, songstress. The event is presented by T. Rose Foundation.

5th Annual Idlewild Homecoming Jazz & Blues Festival
August 5, 2017
John Meeks Park, Idlewild
Running from 12noon-10pm, the 2017 festival will feature Chazzy Green, Dexter Sims Trio, Carl Carlton, Kjorness Trio, Craig Hunnicutt, Chicago Groove Dynasty and Paul "Moz" Mosby of WDIV FM Radio. Free. Sponsored by the Idlewild African American Chamber of Commerce.

Summer Oasis Festival at Idlewild
August 18-20, 2017
Paradise Lake, Idlewild.
The 2017 three-day tent musical festival features Ray Bone Jones (Moods & Grooves)/Still Music/Rush Hour/Lo-Deep Recording, DJ Ray Hines, Rick Wilhite, Stacey Hotwaxx Hale, Drake Phifer (Urban Organic) and more TBA.
Festival hours are Friday 6pm-2am, Saturday 12noon-3am and Sunday 11am-3pm. Tickets are $30 if attending without a tent or $185 per tent; weekend pass without tent is $75. Those erecting tents are encouraged to be creative in decorating their tents, as well as creative in the themed food and drink they share with others in the luxurious camping experience. The festival is held on the same land of the famous Paradise Club which housed some of the world's most famous black entertainers.


For more activities & attractions, check out these additional links for Things to Do in West Michigan:

West Michigan Map
Ludington Activities & Things to Do -- Play on a beautiful beach, take a tour at Historic White Pine Village, or explore the barn quilt trail, murals or sculptures in the county--Ludington offers many fun things to do for the entire family!
Have Fun in Manistee, Michigan -- Explore Manistee's historic downtown district and riverwalk, hike the Manistee National Forest, canoe on the Manistee River, and more.
Hamlin Lake -- Just 4 miles north of Ludington, Hamlin Lake is a great destination for boating, fishing and climbing dunes! The Hamlin Lake shoreline is also part of the Ludington State Park.
Silver Lake Sand Dunes -- Visiting the Silver Lake Sand Dunes makes for a terrific vacation because you can take your off-road vehicle for a spin on the scenic sand dunes overlooking Lake Michigan and Silver Lake.
Things to Do in Pentwater, Michigan -- Nothing is quite like the quaint, artsy, harbortown village of Pentwater. Don't miss the popular Charles Mears State Park beach on Pentwater's Lake Michigan shoreline.
Lots of Activities in Scottville, Michigan -- Explore the Riverside Park along the National Scenic Pere Marquette River.
Canoeing or Fishing on the Pere Marquette River -- Many boat liveries offer canoe rentals.
Also, check out West Michigan Guides and our locally produced directory for our largest lists of Things to Do in West Michigan.

Last Updated: 02-15-2018 03:36 PM ID: 1172