Cindy Novotny

Let’s Get Ready for Summer Festivals


As we round out spring and get ready to kick off summer, I can’t help but get excited about festivals that will take place all over the world during the summer time.  Since my childhood I have spent most of my summers in Michigan -  #puremichigan and it is a tradition I have continued to this day.  The end of May and beginning of June is when we celebrate summer’s sweetest smelling blossoms over 10 days during Mackinac Island’s Lilac Festival.  This year it is on June 9-18, 2017.  You will want to plan a quick trip to northern Michigan immediately.

If you have not had the pleasure of smelling fresh lilacs, you have missed out on welcoming summer to your life.  I am lucky as we also have several large lilac bushes on our farm in Iowa.  So if you can’t make it to #puremichigan this year, then let’s see what other festivals you can visit around the globe!

  • Glastonbury | Pilton, Somerset, UK; June 21-25 - Join 150,000 people who come together to listen to great music, dress up in silly outfits and have a wonderful time on a farm in Somerset.  Rain or shine this festival is like no other.
  • Nothing says festival more than Chicago – join in on the fun at Lincoln Park Greek Fest on June 2-4. Yiasou! The annual Lincoln Park Greek Fest in Chicago, Illinois, is a cultural celebration of Greek heritage and traditions smack dab in the middle of the bustling Lincoln Park neighborhood. The three-day event features live musical performances by traditional Greek acts and buzzworthy emerging bands, authentic Greek favorites with modern twists such as spiced feta spreads, lamb sliders and pastitso. Additional attractions include hands-on kid’s activities and arts and crafts. Opa!
  • And finally back home in Orange County, California (where I call home a few weeks a year) - Sawdust Arts & Craft Festival June 30-September 3rd – Laguna Beach, CA. Enjoy local artists, classes, and hands on demonstrations, food and the fabulous scenery of Laguna Canyon.  Nothing beats a day at the Sawdust Festival.



These are just a few ideas to get you started.  As you travel and visit new places this summer, remember to try something new, experience life in that city and have fun! Life is meant to be lived like a local and local festivals are the real deal