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It finally seems like a somewhat normal summer is upon us, and that means plenty of major festivals and other events on the horizon. I love the summer months, largely because there’s so much to do and so many different festivals happening across Michigan.

One of Michigan’s biggest rib festivals is making a big return in 2022. This year will actually mark the first time the festival has happened in two years, due to the pandemic, so some special activities are planned.

That event is the Kalamazoo Ribfest, which will return to Arcadia Creek Festival Place in August. Organizers announced the news via social media this week, stating the event is set for Aug. 5-6 in downtown Kalamazoo.

As for musical talent, the event will feature headlining performances from alternative rock acts Sister Hazel and Puddle of Mudd on Saturday, Aug. 6. The night before, the Pop 2000 Tour will swing by, hosted by Chris Kirkpatrick of NSYNC and featuring appearances from Mark McGrath of Sugar Ray, David Cook, O-Town and LFO. Vendors already lined up include Johnson’s BBQ, Maui Wowi Smoothies, Mangia Catering, Desperado’s BBQ & Rib Co., Blazin’ Bronco BBQ, Howling Coyote BBQ, Bomba’s, Big Moe’s BBQ, Virgil BBQ, Cowboys BBQ and Ibison Concessions.

Ribfest will celebrate its 34th year in 2022. Each year, roughly 10,000 people attend, according to the festival’s website. Advance single-day tickets are $12, while two-day passes run $20. VIP tickets are also available for $50. Funds raised from the Kalamazoo Ribfest will go to benefit the Arc Community Advocates, an organization that works with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to empower them to live a life that is fully included in the community and advocate on their behalf, according to the festival website. For more information, head to kalamazooribfest.com.

20 Best Michigan Ice Cream Shops

  • 20 Best Michigan Ice Cream Shops You Need to Visit

    This list is via Pure Michigan, with five additional shops added item, including the MSU Dairy Store, from me.

  • Milk & Honey Cafe and Ice Creamery - Traverse City

    Milk & Honey Cafe & Ice Creamery | Traverse City, MI 49684

    Milk & Honey Cafe and Ice Creamery is a family ice cream shop and espresso bar serving products made with high quality ingredients from local sources.

  • House of Flavors - Ludington

  • Marion’s Dairy Bar – East Tawas


  • Country Cone & Fudge Shop – Harrisville

    Country Cone & Fudge Shoppe - Harrisville, MI

    Delivery & Pickup Options - 5 reviews of Country Cone & Fudge Shoppe "Fast, friendly and huge portions! The lemon cheesecake bar was delicious! Best ice cream in Alcona county! Tirmasu, Michigan pothole, praline pecan, pistachio are also divine!"

  • Plainwell Ice Cream - Plainwell


  • Moo-ville Quality Ice Cream - Nashville

    Moo-Ville Quality Creamery

    Your family fun destination for old-fashioned down-on-the-farm fun, freshness and ice cream parlor. Come for a visit to see our dairy farm in operation and watch as we turn farm-fresh milk into delicious dairy products you can take home. MOO-Ville also has cheese, ground beef patties, cream cheese, sour cream, and local maple syrup.

  • Village Ice Cream and Cafe - Dimondale


  • Jersey Junction Old Fashioned Ice Cream Parlor - Grand Rapids


  • The Blue Moon Ice Cream Shop – Ovid


  • Guernsey Farms Dairy - Northville

    Guernsey Farms Dairy

    Guernsey Farms Dairy has been family owned and operated since 1940. Our products are made using only the finest ingredients specially formulated by founder John McGuire. Guernsey Farms Dairy Restaurant and Store are located at the same site as our dairy processing plant.

  • Treat Dreams - Ferndale

    Treat Dreams

    Wonderfully flavored spice bread recipe perfect for a breakfast treat or to serve for the holidays. This is a special recipe around my home during the holidays. It's one of those recipes that tell the senses it's the holiday season. The aroma is amazing and makes me feel safe and cozy every time I make ...

  • Cook's Farm Dairy, Inc. - Ortonville


  • Falling Rock Cafe - Munising

    Falling Rock Cafe & Bookstore - Munising, Michigan

    ORDER ONLINE We are a locally owned coffee shop and café conveniently located in downtown Munising; a perfect location for both travelers and residents. We provide free wireless internet, homemade food with vegan and gluten-free options, custom roasted coffee and gourmet tea, and yes, we do have delicious Jilbert's Dairy Ice Cream!

  • Rapid River Dairy Flo – Rapid River


  • MSU Dairy Store - East Lansing

    Dairy Store

    The MSU Dairy Store's Anthony Hall location will open for 2022 on January 26. Join us Wednesdays-Sundays during the spring semester, and don't forget your masks!

  • Quality Dairy Ice Cream


  • Detroit Water Ice Factory


  • Cold Truth


  • HattieGirl Ice Cream and Foods, LLC


  • Milk & Froth Ice Cream

    Milk & Froth

    Ice cream made from scratch in small batches. With classic and vegan options, don't miss this Detroit staple.

Anne Erickson's love for music drew her into radio, and she started shortly after graduating from MSU. She has a passion for rock and metal, plus local music. She also fronts the band Upon Wings. Email Anne at erickson@WRIF.com, follow her on Instagram at @EricksonAnne and tweet at her @AnneErickson!