Since 2005 Parkapalooza has given mid-Michigan the very best end-of-the-summer beach party under the sun! The festival is held on the second Sunday of September at Midland County’s Sanford Lake Park. The date coincides with the Founder’s Day’s festivities in the small village of Sanford, Michigan where the park is located. Visitors are encouraged to check out the old time attractions in the village before heading to the park for a great day of fun and music.Originally, ‘Palooza was envisioned as a straight forward concert on the beach, but it has evolved into so much more. Each year brings a host of surprises as we work to make the festival better in every way, but at the core, it is still a music festival. We are indebted to the many musicians who have volunteered their time and talent over the years. It is essential to Dstreet and County Parks that the festival maintains its family atmosphere, and history has proven us successful. Each year our guests range from tots to seniors. We make certain the park stays clean, safe and well supervised.The concert and all activities at Parkapalooza are free. In 2010 Midland County Parks instituted a small parking fee to help off-set their festival related expense. That cost is currently six dollars per car load and includes access to all park amenities as well as the festival. Walk-ins and people arriving by boat (and there are many on Sanford Lake), are still without charge.