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Summer Fun & Festivals in Livingston County

Are you looking for some local entertainment to enjoy this summer?  Livingston County offers plenty of options!


Concerts at the Courthouse:  Celebrating it’s 21st year of providing music to our residents, a variety of musicians perform every Friday night on the courthouse lawn in Howell!  This Friday, July 19th, The Sinclairs Band will take the stage.  The Sinclairs began in 1997 as a Garage Band and have since performed at countless area clubs, wedding receptions, car shows, corporate events, and outdoor festivals.  They focus on good time hits of the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and beyond, playing a mix of classic party rock, pop, and funk.  Come and enjoy their music for FREE from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. this Friday!  Scheduled performers for the rest of the summer are:

  • July 26 — Air Margaritaville
  • August 2 — Lookin’ Back
  • August 9 — Paradise Band
  • August 16 — Steve King & The Dittilies
  • August 23 — Toppermost

The Courthouse is located at 200 E. Grand River, Howell, MI.


Speaking of live music, you can catch some other great bands performing at the newly renovated AMP (Brighton’s Amphitheater on the Mill Pond) during the Brighton Main Street Wine Art Music Festival, August 2nd – 4th.  The festival, formerly know as the Brighton Fine Art and & Acoustic Music Festival, is celebrating it’s 35th annual show.  Visitors will enjoy not only great acoustic music, but also the art of over 100 local artists, local restaurant fare, and all the other sites of beautiful downtown Brighton!  Live music line-up is as follows:


  • Friday, August 2 — 5 to 6:30 pm Jarrod Champion & Erik Alderink;  7 to 9 pm Chrissy Morgan & Her Fabulous Band
  • Saturday, August 3 —Noon to 1:45 pm Al Bettis; 2-4 pm Tasha & Brian Lord; 4:30-6:30 pm Mark LoDuca Sr. & John Baron; 7-9 pm Ash Can Van Gogh
  • Sunday, August 4 — Noon to 1:45 pm Robin Horlock; 2-4 pm Andrew Brown’s Djangophonique


Another festival coming up soon is the Howell Melon Festival.  This food festival highlights the Howell melon, a cantaloupe hybrid claimed to be found only in the surrounding areas of Howell, MI.  The first Howell Melon Festival was held in 1960.  About 50,000 people attend the 3-day festival each year.  This year the festival falls on August 16th, 17th, and 18th.  Of course you will probably want to taste and purchase a few Howell melons, but there is lots more in store for visitors!  Participate in or watch the Howell Melon run, check out the Stunt Dog Show, watch a show presented by Animal Magic, enjoy the classic car show, visit the Festival Tent for some craft beer provided by Aberrant Ales or wine provided by Howell’s Mainstreet Winery, and so much more!  For more details, please visit






Two Sliced Melons and Grapes

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