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The Howell Area offers many events and festivals throughout the year.  Here is a quick guide to four main festivals in our Howell Area.

FarmersMarketThe Downtown Howell welcomes the weekly Sunday Farmers’ Market, which runs 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. from the first Sunday in May to the last in October.

The market features the finest in locally grown produce, bedding plants, flowers, homemade goods and crafts. It’s all set against the backdrop of the historical Livingston County Courthouse and downtown Howell, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.Weekly entertainment and the energetic ambience of Howell’s downtown give the market a mini-festival atmosphere.

Contact the Market Manager at http://howell.org , or at 517-546-3920.

The Michigan Challenge Balloonfest is a community and family event. This  event is one of the premier summertime activities in Michigan, offering  entertainment for the entire family. With balloon fly-in and launch events to an arts festival, carnival, skydiving team, stunt kites, live entertainment, and so much more, the Michigan Challenge Balloonfest in Howell, MI is an annual tradition you will not want to miss.  For more information, please visit, 
michiganchallenge.com  and howell.org.


MelonfestLogoThe Howell Melon Festival, held in downtown Howell since 1960, is a great family-friendly Howell tradition, celebrating the famed, delicious cantaloupe grown only in Howell.  The Annual Howell Melon Festival, draws over 20,000 visitors, is hosted by the Howell Area Parks & Recreation Authority, the Howell Downtown Development Authority and the City of Howell.  A new footprint for the Festival allows the entire stretch of Grand River Avenue in downtown Howell to be closed and walkable for this dynamic weekend event.  New and traditional attractions are featured, including the Howell Melon Run, classic train rides, Melon Ice Cream, a classic car show, live entertainment and demonstrations, Doc May’s Commemorative Melon Ride, kids’ game area, delicious food and beverages, and over 200 sidewalk, art, and non-profit vendors!  For more information, contact the Howell Area Parks & Recreation Authority at 517-546-0693 or by email at melonfest@howellrecreation.org or visit our website at www.howellmelonfestival.com

sleepyhowellThe Legend of Sleepy Howell takes place the Saturday before Halloween from 5-9 p.m.  Sponsored by the Howell Area Parks & Recreation Authority, it is Livingston County’s premier Halloween event.  Activities include trick or treating, human and pet costume contests, live music, hay rides, the viewing of the classic films, creepy campfires and storytelling, ghostly graveyard, inflatables for kids and teens, broom ball, food and street vendors, and the night-time, luminary lit Headless Horseman 5K/10K race that runs through Lakeview Cemetery drawing over 1500 athletes.  For more information, contact the Howell Area Parks & Recreation Authority at 517-546-0693 or by email at sleepyhowell@howellrecreation.org or visit the website at www.sleepyhowell.com

Winner of the  Fantasy of Lights ParadeThe Fantasy of Lights kicks off the holiday season in Howell.  Join the fun at Fantasy of Lights, the Friday in November after Thanksgiving in downtown Howell.  Each entry in the Fantasy of Lights parade must be illuminated with a minimum of 5,000 holiday lights. The event marks the arrival of the holiday season in Howell and has attracted up to 30,000 spectators lining the Grand River Avenue parade route.  Entertainment activities such as cookie decorating and visits with Santa and live reindeer begin at 4 p.m. The Fantasy 5K Run begins at 6 p.m. followed by the start of the parade at 7 p.m.  For more information, please visit the website at howell.org