Each June since 2002, the Elberta Solstice Festival has brought masses of people to this tiny village nestled amid the dune bluffs on the shores of the Betsie Bay and Lake Michigan for a free festival of local food, beer, games, crafts, and fantastic live music, all capped off with one of the best fireworks displays in the region. Benzie County’s beloved free music festival is family friendly, quirky, cutting edge, and ecologically minded, with some of the best bands, craft beverages and artisanal food around—as always, drinking water is available for free. This year we have all new acts, including the GRAND TRAVERSE PIPES AND DRUMS, DIRT NOIR, THE NORTHERN STARLETS VAUDEVILLE troupe, BLUE DIRT, MEDICINAL GROOVE, E MINOR, K. JONES & THE BENZIE PLAYBOYS, COUSIN CURTISS, and late at night, G SNACKS. The popular dunk tank (this year run jointly by the Benzie Democrats and Republicans—look for Sheriff Schendel, Ray Franz, and newly announced 101st District candidate Tom Stobie to get wet), the bounce house, bike trials, Gross Food Eating Contest, kids games and teen music pavilion will amuse you all day. Come for the incredible comestibles and tunes, and stay late into the beautiful bayside night for the awesome fireworks display. The little village that can is doing it again! 12 noon to 2 am, Saturday June 22nd, at Elberta’s Historic Waterfront Park on old M-168. See the full lineup, times, and map on the program below. Thanks to Jennifer Wilkins, Chip Marks, and Amanda Fast for their work on the 2nd annual festival program!