Pure Michigan May 2014 Events Roundup

As they say ‘April showers bring May flowers’ and the wet weather means the tulips and daffodils are coming! While you’re probably up to your neck in spring cleaning projects and to-do lists, take some time to enjoy the beauty of Pure Michigan all around you and maybe go for an outing, too.

Below is a roundup of some of the many events going on around the state in May. Please visit michigan.org for a complete listing of Michigan events.

Week of April 28 – May 4

Art After Dark – Fine Wine Tasting
May 2, 2014, Farmington Hills
Art After Dark continues to be one of our most popular events that draws people from all over town! Stroll through a collection of artwork, enjoy a sampling of appetizers and listen to the soft sounds of live jazz at the Costick Center from 7 to 9:30 pm. Taste an array of specialty selected fine wines from Bella Vino Fine Wines & Spirits. Tickets $30 and you must be 21 and up.

Jackson Storyfest
April 30, 2014 – May 3, 2014, Jackson
Held the first weekend of May each year, storytellers from all over the United States bring their special stories to Jackson, Michigan; where audiences of all ages share in the laughter, the tears, and the memories. Join us April 30, May 1, 2, and 3, 2014, for Jackson Storyfest, celebrating 27 years of “Stories to Tickle, Tug and Touch You”.  We look forward to seeing you April 30, May 1, 2, and 3, at sites in downtown Jackson, Michigan!

Michigan International Women’s Show
May 1 – 4, 2014, Novi
Food, fashion and fun for mothers, daughters, sisters and girlfriends at the 19th annual Michigan International Women’s Show with shopping, cooking, fashion shows, makeovers and entertainment.

Victorian Days in Grand Ledge
May 2-3, 2014, Grand Ledge
The 2014 Victorian Days weekend gets off to a royal start with a visit from Queen Victoria at our second annual Grand Victorian Ball on Friday evening beginning at 7pm in the Grand Hall at the Grand Ledge Opera House. Saturday morning activities kick off with a Civil War firing squad demonstration at Bridge Street Plaza at 10am. Demonstrations of period skills and crafts along with a General Store may be seen throughout the day in the Plaza. A quilt show may be found at Imagine This in downtown. A Civil War encampment and demonstrations; our annual moustache contest; and a Chautauqua Assembly program will be presented on Island Park. An 1860s Vintage Baseball game will be played at Fitzgerald Park. Our high tea and the third annual Gilbert & Sullivan sing-along will be held for your enjoyment as well. Games designed especially to please the youngsters will take place throughout the day too. Riverboat rides and carriage rides are available for your enjoyment.

Dog Walk & K-9 Festival
May 3, 2014, Vicksburg
Our Dog Walk & K-9 Festival features top-notch entertainment and competitions, fun activities, great exhibitor booths, tempting treats and a kid’s-only fun zone. So gather your family members and friends (including dogs) on May 3rd and enjoy a day in the park with us. Can we get a “Woof – Woof” to that? In honor of our event’s 30th anniversary, we’ve pulled out all the stops! We’ve expanded the hours (the event now runs until 4pm) and added new activities and food vendors to the lineup. This year a new all-in-one admission fee will give you access to all of the fun Dog Walk & K-9 Festival activities.

Lexington in Bloom
May 3-4, 2014, Lexington
The Lakeshore Garden Club along with the Lexington Business Association presents: “Lexington in Bloom”. To celebrate spring there will be a spring open house weekend, gardening workshops, tips for entertaining, an ice cream social, and Mother’s Day ideas.

Spring into the Past Tour of West Michigan Small Museums
May 3-4, 2014, Grand Rapids
Twenty five museums of the Tri-River Historical Museum Network invite you to visit during their annual “Spring Into the Past” Tour May 3rd and 4th when all will be open from 11am to 5pm. Located in Barry, Ionia, Kent and Montcalm counties, each uniquely displays the heritage of its local community in a historic church, school, depot, meeting hall or house.

Week of May 5 – May 11

Carnival in May
May 1-11, 2014, Pontiac
The Pontiac Regional Chamber is pleased to host one of the first big outdoor carnivals of the 2014 with rides, food, games, exhibits and more! The Carnival will run May 1 – 11. There will be live entertainment, a sock hop and car cruise to add to the fun! There is no charge to attend the carnival. Unlimited ride wristbands are just $20. Individual rides and food tickets also available.

yellowtulipsTulip Festival 2014
May 3-11, 2014, Holland
Celebrating over 80 years of culture, heritage and beauty. The Tulip Time Festival is a celebration of Dutch heritage and culture, a multi-generational event that has a little bit of something for everyone including; three amazing parades, multiple Dutch dance performances, concerts, theatre, Dutch attractions, Dutch food, children’s events, trolley tours and so much more!

 

ArtWalk in Downtown Cadillac
May 1-16, 2014, Cadillac
Showcasing local and regional artists in downtown Cadillac stores starting May 1 thru the 16th. Special showcases: Mitchell Street Yarn Bomb will be on showcase starting May 1 – June 30; and Meet the Artist will be Friday, May 11, from 3-8pm.

Farm History Day
May 9, 2014, South Haven
Farm History Day offers students, teachers and chaperones a chance to learn about life on a rural farm in the early 1900s. Take a self-guided outdoor tour around the museum and participate in hands-on displays like candle making, pressing fruit and using a two-man saw. Held from 9am to 2pm rain or shine. No admission charge. If you are planning on bringing a large group, please phone (269) 639-2010.

Lake Orion Flower Fair & Home and Garden Marketplace
May 9-10, 2014, Lake Orion
Historic downtown Lake Orion presents the 14th annual Flower Fair on Friday, May 9th from 11-8 and Saturday, May 10th from 9-6. Outside fair with vendors offering everything from flats of flowers and herbs, home improvement, yard art, landscaping, juried arts & crafts, outdoor furniture and more! Plus, children’s activities, entertainment and food. Flint and Broadway streets.

Morel Mushroom Festival & Craft Show
May 10, 2014, Lewiston
The Lewiston Chamber of Commerce puts on our Annual Mushroom Festival, craft fair at the Lewiston Elementary school, a mushroom tasting with a variety of dishes from area residents and restaurants, guided mushroom hunts with a professional mushroom guide, and local businesses participate with sales, specials and more, come see us!

Week of May 12 – May 18

Tecumseh’s Classic Car & Bike Show
May 15, 2014, Tecumseh
Get your motor running and head to Tecumseh to see over 200 cars and motorcycles on display in the United Bank & Trust Hickman Financial Center parking and the adjacent downtown parking lot from 6–8pm for all to enjoy. For more information, call (517) 424-6544.

National Morel Mushroom Festival
May 15-16, 2014, Boyne City
Always held the weekend after Mother’s Day, the festival features a competitive hunt, guided hunt, live music, a beer tent, a gourmet Taste of Morels, carnival rides, and much more, including the Wine and Dine gourmet dinner and wine tasting.

Keweenaw Migratory Bird Festival
May 1-31, 2014, Copper Harbor
This event, held throughout the month of May in Copper Harbor, offers superb daytime birding opportunities and plenty of fun activities for the whole family. There will be programs, speakers, bird walks, guided tours, and much more during the weekends in May.

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May 16-17, 2014, Frankenmuth
A beer tasting event. Music, souvenirs and 50 breweries from 5 continents. Brought to you by Jaycees Frankenmuth Chapter. May 16 from 5-10pm and May 17 from 3-10pm. For more detailed information, and to purchase online tickets, visit the link or call (888) 805-1504. We only admit guests that are 21 or older.

Northern Michigan’s Outdoor Sports Exposition
May 16-18, 2014, Cheboygan
Featuring shooting exhibitions, fishing demonstrations, hunting dog exhibitions, turkey hunting contest, boasts, kayaks, ATVs, High Tech gear and much more. In partnership with Woods-N-Water News. Friday 4pm – 8pm; Saturday 11am – 8pm; and Sunday 11am – 4pm.

Family Fishing Fair
May 17, 2014, Portage
Bring the entire family to celebrate the onset of summer on this exciting day at the shoreline! Families of all ages and abilities can experience the joys and benefits associated with fishing, boating and aquatic conservation. Enjoy engaging activities and instruction from local fishing guides and professional organizations who will share their expertise to help your family start a lifetime of fishing memories. Fishing equipment will be on hand for those hoping to reel in their first (or next) catch of the day!

Flower Day
May 18, 2014, Detroit
Attended by more than 200,000 people annually, Flower Day at the Eastern Market is one of the largest flower shows in the country. Over 15-acres of the highest quality annuals, perennials, foliage, shrubbery, trees, exotics, tropical plants, flats, hanging baskets and more will be available for purchase. For details contact (313) 833-9300.

Week of May 19 – May 25

Apps & Ales
May 21, 2014, Bay City
This event highlights all of Downtown Bay City’s delicious eateries and pubs. Attendees will enjoy a night full of good appetizers, good beer and good company. Must be 21 years old. Ticketed event. Tickets include a souvenir pilsner-style glass.

untitledSenior PGA Championship
May 22-25, 2014, Benton Harbor
Walk with History as the eyes of the golfing world will be focused on Benton Harbor, Michigan, from May 22-25, 2014, as the world’s top senior golfers come to Harbor Shores to compete for the coveted Alfred S. Bourne Trophy. Tom Watson, Fred Couples, Kenny Perry, Bernhard Langer, Mark O’Meara, and 2012 Champion, Roger Chapman are just a few of the players from the 156 man field that are eligible to compete. Ticketed event. Must register to purchase tickets – see website link for details.

Petoskey Stone Festival
May 24, 2014, Eastport
The Petoskey Stone Festival celebrates one of Michigan’s finest natural resources – the unique Petoskey Stone, Michigan’s official state stone. The festival starts off at 9:30am with the Commissioner’s Stone Skipping. Enjoy music, games and great food.

Native American Festival
May 24-25, 2014, Saint Ignace
Experience History! Come and honor the first Native Americans and the Anishinaabe culture in a historic celebration of traditional drumming, dancing, food, music and cultural demonstrations on the Museum of Ojibwa Culture grounds.

St. Clair Shores Memorial Day Parade
May 25, 2014, St. Clair Shores
The 62nd annual St Clair Shores Memorial Day Parade will take place on Sunday, May 25, 2014. This year’s theme is ” Honor. Freedom. Family.” The parade will be marching north on Harper Avenue from Little Mack to Eleven Mile Road in St Clair Shores, Michigan, beginning at 1pm

Week of May 26 – May 31

Mayfaire Renaissance Festival
May 24-31, 2014, Marshall
The 11th Annual Mayfaire Renaissance Festival runs May 24, 25, 26, 31 and June 1, 2014. 10am-6pm rain or shine, at the Calhoun County Fairgrounds. Admission is $12 for adults, children 6-12 are $6, and the wee nipperkins are free every day. There are six stages with over 40 shows every day. Comedy, dancing, music, swordfightiing, pirates, royalty, peasantry, Vikings, food, merchants and artisans are just some of the things you’ll enjoy in a day full of fun. For more details and a discount coupon, go to the website link. Event held the last two weekends in May.

Mancelona Bass Festival
May 29, 2014 – June 1, 2014, Mancelona
The annual festival is the place to be for parades, a carnival, flea market, craft show and so much more. The entire family will enjoy the barbecue, fishing tournament, kids games, fireworks and free on stage entertainment.

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May 30, 2014 – June 1, 2014, Detroit
Come and experience the fastest weekend of the summer at the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, May 30-June 1, 2014. The event features world-class auto racing, family fun, live music, interactive games and displays and much more. Premiere racing action will be featured on the newly-reconfigured Raceway at Belle Isle Park 2.3-mile street course featuring the IndyCar Series doubleheader race weekend – The IndyDual in Detroit. The TUDOR United SportsCar Championship and the Pirelli World Challenge Series also returns to the island. New this year the SST series, SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Truck Series. Even if you’re not a race fan, there’s plenty to experience and enjoy at the Grand Prix. Friday, May 30, is “Free Prix Day” on Belle Isle as fans will have free admission to the track as well as the race paddock. Great weekend or single-day ticket packages are available and tickets start as low as $35.

Be A Tourist In Your Own Town – Lansing
May 31, 2014, Lansing
Explore a world of possibilities in Greater Lansing from 10am-5pm. Purchase a ‘passport’ for $1 to get free admission to over 50 attractions. Enjoy interactive activities and giveaways for the kids! Special CATA Be a Tourist bus routes provide transportation to most of the attractions for just 50 cents. Collect 10 stamps in the ‘passport’ to be eligible to win great prizes.

Port Austin Carfest
May 31, 2014, Port Austin
This year’s Carfest will feature live entertainment, a beer tent and, of course, lots of hot wheels to check out in downtown Port Austin. There will be fun for the whole family at this town-wide event.

Which events do you plan to attend this May? 

Pure Michigan April 2014 Events Roundup

With a record-breaking winter behind us, it’s time to enjoy the springtime activities happening in Pure Michigan this April. Below is a roundup of some of the many events going on around the state next month. Visit michigan.org for a complete listing of events.

Week of March 31, 2014 – April 6, 2014

FoolMoonFool Moon
April 4, 2014, Ann Arbor
Join the Ann Arbor community in kicking off it’s FestiFools Festival with Fool Moon. Be mesmerized by the shadowy figures and luminous sculptures that travel on Washington Street from dusk to midnight. Fill up with some festival cuisine and enjoy the live music, shadow puppet performances and film projections.

Traverse City Boat and Outdoor Show
April 4, 2014 – April 6, 2014, Traverse City
With warm weather on the way (yes, hard to believe after the winter we’ve had!), it’s time to start thinking of different ways to enjoy our beautiful state. The Traverse City Boat Show features the hottest pontoons, ski boats, cruisers, fishing boats and personal watercraft models on the market. They’ve also got everything you need for you to begin boat ownership. While you’re there, enjoy some snacks and beverages available on-site.

Spring into Wings Arts & Crafts Show
April 4, 2014 – April 6, 2014, Kalamazoo
Looking to spruce up your home? The Kalamazoo Spring into Wings Arts and Crafts Show at the Wings Stadium is sure to have something for your garden and home décor needs. Parking and admission are free. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Wedding Inspirations Bridal Expo
April 6, 2014, Saginaw
Preparing for a wedding is such an exciting, yet busy process. There are dresses to buy, center arrangements to order and so many invites to send out. If wedding bells are in your future, then be sure to stop by the Wedding Inspirations Bridal Expo for the latest trends, products and services to make your big day one to remember.

Week of April 7, 2014 – April 13, 2014

john.ball.zooSpring Break Zoobilee
April 7, 2014 – April 11, 2014, Grand Rapids
Enjoy the improving weather with a trip to the John Ball Zoo for the Spring Break Zoobilee. Like us, the animals are ready to get moving this spring and are ready for visitors. This event includes animal demonstrations, talks and training exercises. There’s certainly enough fun and games for the whole family. Admission is $5 for adults and $4 for children.

 

St. Ignace Home Show and Spring Expo
April 11, 2014 – April 12, 2014, St. Ignace
After experiencing one of the most-harsh winters on the books, the Upper Peninsula is celebrating the arrival of Spring with the St. Ignace Home Show and Spring Expo. Whether you are looking for a new off-road vehicle or new furniture for your home excites you, this show has something for everyone. Hours are 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Home and Garden Show
April 11, 2014 – April 13, 2014, Escanaba
Back for another year of great remodeling ideas and home solutions, the Home and Garden Show is in Escanaba. Meet area contractors who can fulfil your remodeling needs and find the latest products for your home improvement needs. Make sure you come hungry because there is an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast and grilling demonstrations by Chef Tommy Fitzgerald.

Up North Lake & Cottage Show
April 11, 2014 – April 13, 2014, Traverse City
Is your place ‘up-north’ in need of some love? Give it a makeover thanks to the Traverse City ‘Up-North’ Lake & Cottage Show. There will be plenty of designers, decorators, landscapers, furniture outlets and unique retailers to give your home away from home the relaxing and stylish look you’ve always wanted.

Made in Michigan Craft/Product Show
April 12, 2014, Cadillac
For the die-hard Michiganders or if you’re visiting the mitten state for the first time, be sure to stop at the Made in Michigan Craft/Product Show in Cadillac. This show helps fuel the local economy and gives you the opportunity to take home something uniquely Michigan. Admission is free and the event begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m.

VegFest 2014
April 13, 2014, Novi
Metro Detroit’s premier vegan tastefest is back in town. VegFest 2014 will feature vegan cooking demonstrations by professional chefs, samples of national brands, eco-friendly products, cruelty-free fashion, activities for children and much more. Admission is free, so bring the whole family.

Week of April 14, 2014 – April 20, 2014

Lowell Spring Girls’ Night Out
April 17, 2014, Lowell
Join us in Historic Lowell for the spring Girls’ Night Out. Dress in your favorite look of the 60s. Enjoy shopping and refreshments as you stroll down the city streets. Get your GNO postcard punched and enter to win a grand shopping bag of Lowell town goodies.

Lansing Microbrew and Music Festival
April 18, 2014 – April 19, 2014, Lansing
Craft brew, music and culinary lovers will meet at the Lansing Microbrew & Music Festival scheduled for Friday and Saturday, April 18 & 19, 2014, in downtown Lansing. Tickets include five ½ pint pours, custom glass, event features 50+ craft breweries from Michigan – representatives and brewers from each brewery – with a handful of carefully selected national brands, 300+ flavors of brews, wines, ciders and meads, live musical acts, marching bands, a silent disco DJ dance tent, and local food vendors. Festivities are scheduled to take place from 5-11pm daily, with an afternoon of educational activities and forums presented by brewers on Saturday from 12 noon – 4pm.

NMU School of Art and Design Winter 2014 Senior Exhibition
April 16, 2014 – May 2, 2014, Marquette
Graduating seniors present their work from all areas of the School of Art and Design including ceramics, drawing/painting, digital cinema, electronic imaging, furniture design, graphic communication, human centered design, illustration, jewelry/metals/blacksmithing, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and woodworking.

 Week of April 21, 2014 – April 30, 2014

ragtime2Zehnder’s Ragtime Festival
April 23, 2014 – April 26, 2014, Frankenmuth
Zehnder’s Restaurant Ragtime Festival. Special events include Vaudeville night, silent movies, sing-along, and dinner, lunch, and brunch concerts. Located at Zehnder’s Restaurant, 713 South Main Street-Frankenmuth. Join us for one or all. Prices vary. For more information call (800) 863-7999 or go to website link below.

National Trout Festival
April 23, 2014 – April 27, 2014, Kalkaska
This year’s Trout Festival runs April 23 – 27 and is in it’s 78th year. Typical events include fishing contests for both kids and grownups, a singing contest, several parades and much more for the whole family. (231) 384-1509.

Art Walk
April 25, 2014, Tecumseh
During the evening, downtown merchants will partner with area artists to bring art into downtown businesses. Merchants will offer extended hours and refreshments for the public to enjoy. Local artists will be on hand to greet people and talk about their work, which will range from pottery to photography to jewelry and more. 6-9pm. For additional information, click on the link or call (517) 424-6003.

shepherd.maple.syrup.festivalShepherd Maple Syrup Festival
April 24, 2014 – April 27, 2014, Shepherd
The village of Shepherd invites you to a great family weekend with parades, classic car display, carnival, tractor and horse pulls, bingo, arts & crafts and of course, scrumptious pancake meals all weekend long. The Festival is held the last full week of April each year–mark your calendar for a fun-filled weekend. For more information about the event, contact 989- 828-5422.

Expo in the Park
April 26, 2014, Howard City
Mark your calendar and save the date, because you are invited to the Montcalm County Panhandle Area Chamber of Commerce Expo in the Park, on Saturday April 26, 2014, from 10am-2pm, at Ensley Park in Howard City. Admission is free for all visitors. Make sure to stop by and browse all of the great booths, try some super delicious food, and enjoy the music and crafts.

Which events are you looking forward to this April? 

Pure Michigan March 2014 Events Roundup

In just a few weeks, the month of March will bring a change in season, some signs of springs and plenty of fun events to go along them! From St. Patrick’s Day festivities to the Detroit Tigers home opener, there are so many ways to get out and enjoy March in Pure Michigan!

Below is a roundup of some of the many events going on around the state in March. Please visit michigan.org for a complete listing of Michigan events.

Week of February 24, 2014 – March 2, 2014

Traverse City Restaurant Week
February 23, 2014 – March 1, 2014, Traverse City
The Downtown Traverse City Association will host the Traverse City Restaurant Week (TCRW) in response to the many accolades regarding great restaurants and food offerings in the Grand Traverse Region. This week promises to be the most delicious week of the winter where diners may perfect the art of dining by discovering new restaurants or enjoying their favorite at an affordable price. Participating restaurants will offer three course meals for $25 per person. Reservations for Restaurant Week are strongly encouraged.

Outdoorama
February 27, 2014 – March 2, 2014, Novi
Whether it’s hunting, fishing, boating, canoeing, hiking, mushroom hunting or bird watching, this show has plenty to offer. The Outfitter’s Expo area along with major feature attractions like “Big Buck Night,” “Wildlife Encounters” and the Trout Pond provide the best place to book the trip of a lifetime or entertain the family. In addition, with a huge display of boats, docks and lifts, and marine accessories, this show is the best place to shop for new boats and accessories. Outdoorama is a must-see for everyone who loves the outdoors. Phone (800) 328-6550.

The MARVAC Battle Creek Camper & RV Show
February 27, 2014 – March 2, 2014, Battle Creek
All types of new recreation vehicles with over 50 units and over 15 brands displayed from folding campers, motor homes, toy haulers, travel trailers and fifth wheel travel trailers. Booths featuring parts and accessories, campground information, RV financing and RV rentals. Weekdays 11am – 8pm, Saturday 10am – 8pm, and Sunday 11am – 5pm. Adult admission is $5, senior admission is $4 and children under 12 are free. For more information contact (517) 349-8881.

Women’s Lifestyle Expo
February 28, 2014 – March 1, 2014, Kalamazoo
An annual two day extravaganza created for women by women! Every minute is designed to be fun, educational and entertaining! Admission for adults $5, children 12 and up $2, children under 12 are free. Fri 12-6pm, Sat 9am-5pm. Held in Main Expo & Expo South.

Week of March 3, 2014 – March 9, 2014

LaughFest
March 6, 2014 – March 16, 2014, Grand Rapids
Gilda’s LaughFest, the nation’s first-ever community-wide festival of laughter, has quickly earned a reputation for being one of the nation’s marquee events for both participants and artists. This major 10-day Midwest festival is based in Grand Rapids and includes events throughout West Michigan. The line-up for 2014 will include Lily Tomlin, Chris Tucker, Jim Gaffigan, Sinbad, Jay Leno and many more. Free and ticketed shows. For a list of talent and participating venues in Grand Rapids and West Michigan, visit the website link.

West Michigan Home and Garden Show
March 6, 2014 – March 9, 2014, Grand Rapids
West Michigan’s largest Home & Garden show is back for its 34th season! With 12 feature gardens gardens, 4 free seminar stages and over 350 exhibitors featuring every product and service you’ll ever need, all under one roof, this is the show to attend!

Franc D’Ambrosio’s Broadway
March 7, 2014, Frankenmuth
D’Ambrosio returns to Frankenmuth with his Broadway show. He looks and acts like Marlon Brando and sings like Maro Lanza. Franc D’Ambrosio was awarded the distinction as the the Worlds Longest Running Phantom. If you enjoy Broadway tunes this is a can’t miss event! Tickets $20.

Autorama
March 7, 2104 – March 9, 2014, Detroit
America’s love affair with the automobile is legendary. Come and join us for the 62nd Annual Meguiar’s AutoRama. Hot rods are always at the heart of each show, but in recent years the composition has expanded to include manufacturers displays. As a result, today’s shows appeal equally to those who own competition cars, specialty and concept vehicles and those who dream about owning them! For information call (248) 373-1700.

Michigan Golf Show
March 7, 2014 – March 9, 2014, Novi
The Michigan Golf Show kicks off the golf season highlighting over 400 exhibitors with great deals on every aspect of the golf game! Retailers! Resorts! Travel destinations! Great deals on Michigan golf courses! And a variety of “hands-on” activities will get you ready for this season. For show hours, admission pricing, and discount coupons, visit the web link.

Maple Syrup Day
March 8, 2014, Monroe
The first event at the Trading Post (now called the River Raisin Territorial Park) for 2014! Learn some “Old French Town Ways’ with us as staff and volunteers demonstrate the process of producing maple syrup and related activities. Learn how easy it is to do, and perhaps try your own hand at tapping your maple trees! Though scheduled for Saturday, March 8th (not knowing if the sap will be flowing or not) we are scheduling a “poor weather” date of Saturday, March 15th. Time is from 12pm to 4pm. PLEASE NOTE: Due to the continuing harsh winter weather, we are examining other dates to make sure the sap is flowing. Please feel free to call ahead for up-to-date information!

Southern Michigan Winter Beer Festival
March 8, 2014, Jackson
The Jackson County Fairgrounds hosts a winter semi-outdoor craft and specialty beer tasting event that includes over 150 different beers to taste as well as food trailers, live music, door prizes, campfires and an entertainment tent featuring a corn hole tournament. This is a 21 and over only event.

Week of March 10, 2014 – March 16, 2014

Flint Camper & RV Show
March 13, 2014 – March 16, 2014, Flint
All types of new recreation vehicles—over 90 units will be on display; folding campers, motor homes, travel trailers and fifth wheel travel trailers, ranging in price from $4,000 to more than $120,000. Booths featuring parts and accessories, campground information, on site RV financing and RV rentals make this the complete RV show experience. Parking is free. For admission and hours, click on the website link or call (517) 349-8881.

Krazy Daze
March 15, 2014, Boyne Highlands Resort
Krazy Daze is a little bit of something for everyone from live bands and wild costumes to events for the kids and adults. On-snow race events include The Krazy Cup, Silly Slalom, Jump Competition and NASTAR Race. In addition, Krazy Daze features a Ski Over The Pond event for all ages, and face painting and inflatables for the kids. Ski & Stay lodging packages also available. For complete event details, visit the website link or call (800) 462-6963.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade
March 15, 2014, Holland
St. Patrick’s Day Parade Saturday Mar 15, 2014, 12 noon, in downtown Holland, with Irish dancers, bagpipers, and kilt-wearers are just a few of the parade highlights! Families and individuals wearing green are invited to carry Irish flags in the parade (a limited number of flags will be available at no charge). The parade begins at the Eight Street Marketplace and travels east down Eighth Street until it reaches the Curragh Irish Pub and New Holland Brewing Company Restaurant and Pub (on the corner on Eighth Street and College Avenue). Free

Michigan Maple Weekend
March 15, 2014 – March 16, 2014, Shepherd
March is Michigan Maple Syrup Month. Experience first hand the maple syrup making process from start to finish. Shepherd Sugar Bush will be open and in full operation for visitors to see how sap is collected, syrup made, trees tapped, and sample maple treats! Maple syrup as well as other delicious maple products are available for purchase. 415 N 3rd Street Shepherd, Ml Hours: Sat & Sun 10:00-4:00 This family event is free of charge!

Bridal Show of West Michigan – Spring 2014
March 15, 2014 – March 16, 2104, Grand Rapids
Spring Bridal Show of West Michigan, March 15-16, 2014, will take place at DeVos Place, downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan. Bridal Show exhibits will showcase premier bridal vendors, wedding planning ideas, coupons, and local wedding resources for every bride and groom’s personality. Elegance, Romantic, Contemporary and Funky styles alike will be featured throughout this show!

Bay City St. Patrick’s Day Parade
March 16, 2104, Bay City
The parade starts at Center and Park Avenues and disbands at Center and Water Streets/Wenona Park. Marching bands, pipe bands, and floats will march down the street. 2pm.

Week of March 17, 2014 – March 23, 2014

Disney on Ice
March 19, 2014 – March 23, 2014, Auburn Hills
Make an ordinary day extraordinary when Disney On Ice presents Let’s Celebrate! and brings more than 50 Disney characters to The Palace of Auburn Hills for one colossal party on ice! This action-packed, all-new show features a magical montage of celebrations and is set to a blend of contemporary music and favorite Disney songs. Tickets are on sale now at (248) 377-0100.

Cirque Mechanics
March 21, 2014, Flint
Witness a contortionist perform on a turntable powered by unicyclists, a high-flying trapeze artist sail through the air and a trampoline wall artist seemingly defy the laws of physics. Inspired by old-fashioned American ingenuity, this production will have the audience rolling with laughter at the antics of the comedic characters, impressed by the acro-dancing and enchanted by the timeless stories of mechanical wonders. Performance begins at 7:30pm. Arrive one hour prior to start of performance and enjoy local magician Jason Abbott. For details and ticket information, visit the website link.

Livingston County Home and Garden Show
March 21, 2014 – March 23, 2014, Howell
Come see more than 200 exhibits at the Livingston County Home Show, March 21- 23, 2014, where you will find the latest in home improvements, décor and gardening at this three-day event. Other special attractions include: Taste of Livingston (Saturday), Neighborhood Marketplace, Fine Arts Show and Community Resource Fair. Cost is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors (60+ over) and children are free.

Cross Country Ski Paintball Biathlon
March 22, 2014, Grayling
The second annual Hanson Hills/XC Ski HQ Paintball Biathlon Series welcomes men, women, and kids to compete in this two-day event, combining cross country skiing with paintball target shooting. Saturday’s, March 22, racing will take place at Hanson Hills, and Sunday’s race and awards will be at Cross Country Ski Headquarters. Paintball guns provided.

Maple Sugaring Day
March 22, 2014, Paradise
Learn how maple sap is transformed into maple syrup during this interactive, hands-on event. Backyard syrup producers will be on hand to answer questions and help get your operation started. Nature’s Kennel will offer $25 dog sled rides during the event (weather permitting; must have enough snow to run dog sleds). Noon to 4pm. An $11 Recreation Passport is required for entering State Parks, Recreation Areas, State Forest Campgrounds, Non-motorized Trail Head Parking and Boat Launches. Recreation Passports can be purchased when renewing your State of Michigan license plate tabs or at state parks and recreation areas.

Week of March 24, 2014 – March 31, 2014

Ann Arbor Film Festival
March 25, 2014 – March 30, 2014, Ann Arbor
Internationally recognized as a premiere forum for independent filmmakers and artists, each year’s festival engages audiences with remarkable cinematic experiences. The six-day festival presents 40 programs with more than 180 films from over 20 countries of all lengths and genres, including experimental, animation, documentary, fiction, and performance-based works.

Jillian Michaels
March 27, 2014, Kalamazoo
The world’s leading health and wellness expert, Jillian Michaels, is live on stage across the country in her “Maximize Your Life” Tour. Jillian shows how to harness your potential, kick-start your goals and live an exceptional life. 7:30pm. $25-$150.

Detroit Tigers 2014 Home Opener
March 31, 2014, Comerica Park
It’s baseball time! The Detroit Tigers, a charter member of the American League since 1901, will begin their 114th season at home when the club welcomes the Kansas City Royals for a three-game series March 31 – April 3. For information call (313) 471-2255