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

Pure Michigan February 2014 Events Roundup

Winter is in full swing and there are tons of fun upcoming events happening across the state! From sled dog races to outdoors expos and restaurant weeks, there’s something for everyone this February in Pure Michigan. Below are just some of the many events happening in February. Please visit michigan.org  for a complete listing of Michigan events.

Week of January 27th – February 2nd

Downtown Kalamazoo Restaurant Week
January 27, 2014 – February 2, 2014, Kalamazoo
Explore a variety of downtown Kalamazoo restaurants during Kalamazoo’s restaurant week. During this one special week, participating restaurants will create a dining deal – whether that’s a three-course meal, paired dinner or beyond. Times vary. Visit website link for participating restaurants.

Michigan Ice Fest
January 30, 2013 – February 2, 2014, Munising
Ice Fest takes place in Munising, Michigan on the shores of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and Lake Superior. The Munising area is the host to one of the largest ice festivals in the country. The 2014 Michigan Ice Fest will be held January 30-February 2nd at the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Munising, Michigan. Headquarters can be found upstairs at Sydney’s Restaurant The Michigan Ice Fest is the perfect place to become familiar with the area and to meet other climbers from the Midwest. It happens in Munising on the first weekend in February every year.

Ice Breaker Festival
January 31, 2014 – February 2, 2014, South Haven
Now in its 21st year, Ice Breaker Festival will host winter fun for the whole family. West Michigan’s predominant and growing winter festival is showcasing dazzling ice sculptures, Chili Cook-off, Pub Slide, outdoor ice skating, curling, horse drawn wagon rides, kid crafts and many more exciting events. A major highlight of the event is the sculpting of more than 50 blocks of ice, weighing 300 pounds each, into incredible works of frozen art. While admiring all the amazing ice displays along the way; make sure to enjoy the Pub Slide, with food drink & entertainment specials offered at participating bars and restaurants all weekend long. For additional information, contact (269) 637-5171.

International 500 Snowmobile Race
February 1, 2014, Sault Ste. Marie
Come join Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, for the 46th Annual International I-500 Snowmobile Race and experience all the thrills of NASCAR on a one-mile oval ice track. The I-500 is the biggest event in the Upper Peninsula and in the entire snowmobile-racing world. No Hans devices. No padding. Just 100% raw courage! When drivers accelerate to speeds exceeding 100 miles per hour on the straightaways, your heart will race. Mark your calendar for the weekend of February 1, 2014 and get ready for the thrill of a lifetime!

Michigan Winter Triathlon
February 2, 2014, Muskegon
This is your opportunity to try out three exciting Winter Olympic sports (luge, ice speedskating and cross country skiing) in a family-friendly competition smack in the heart of “Pure West Michigan.” The event is geared toward those that have never done at least one of these sports. There are no big awards. There is no pressure to win. We want you to simply have fun doing a sport you would not normally think about trying. It will be a fun competition. Serious competitors will also be welcome but our main focus is to introduce you to a new sport that you may never before have tried. We will teach you everything you need to know to get through this competition in continuous 20 minute clinics at each venue. Event held at the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex which is within the Muskegon State Park. Family rate $50, 13 and over $25, and 12 and under $20. Visit the website link for registration and additional information.

Week of February 3rd – February 9th

Winter Carnival
February 5, 2014 – February 8, 2014, Michigan Technological University
During an all-night competition, Michigan Tech students carve larger-than-life sculptures from mountains of snow.

Detroit Camper & RV Show
February 5, 2014 – February 9, 2014, Novi
All types of new 2014 recreation vehicles will be on display including folding campers, motorhomes, travel trailers, truck campers and fifth wheel travel trailers. This show will include booths featuring parts and accessories, campground information and RV financing making this the complete RV Show experience. Parking and admission fee. For showtimes or more information, click on the website link or call (517) 349-8881.

Michigan International Auto Show
February 6, 2014 – February 9, 2014, Grand Rapids
Where the automotive world comes to you! This is the greatest annual opportunity to view your “next new car!” Car manufacturers from around the world will bring their finest traveling displays with 300 + new vehicles, including sedans, vans, SUVs, trucks, hybrids and sports cars. Not only is the Auto Show the best place to shop and compare options for every day vehicles, it is also the first opportunity for West Michigan residents to see many of the most recently released or “soon to be released” models! Admission fee.

Magical Ice Fest
February 7, 2014 – February 9, 2014, St. Joseph
Enjoy a weekend of winter fun in downtown St. Joseph. Weekend activities include individual and team ice carving competitions, the return of Ice Wars presented by the Southwestern Michigan Tourist Council, and the SnowBiz Scavenger Hunt! This weekend has something for everyone to enjoy!

Independence Lake Ice Fishing Derby
February 8, 2014, Whitmore Lake
Join us for a fun-filled day of competition and prizes! Catch Northern pike, blue gill, bass and crappie. Bring your own bait. No alcohol, ATVs, or snowmobiles.

Traverse City Winter Microbrew & Music Festival
February 8, 2014, Traverse City
The annual Winter Microbrew & Music Festival is the perfect opportunity to warm up with some of the best craft beer, cider, and mead from around the area (and the Midwest). Pair that with local grub from some of Traverse City’s best, live entertainment, and more winter themed fun, and you have the perfect recipe for an afternoon of winter fun! Downtown Farmers Market area.

Week of February 10th – February 16th

UP200 Sled Dog Race
February 13, 2014 – February 17, 2014, Marquette
The UP 200 is one of America’s premier 12-dog, mid-distance sled dog races. Mushers say this is one of their favorite races, not only because of the challenging race, but because of the cheering crowds and warm welcome they receive here in the Upper Peninsula. The UP 200 trail covers 240 miles of challenging terrain through the areas of Marquette, Grand Marais, Wetmore, and Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and  finishes at Mattson Lower Harbor Park in Marquette. The mushers will leave Marquette Friday evening and arrive in Grand Marais sometime Saturday morning. After a layover to rest and eat, they’ll head back to Marquette late Saturday afternoon and evening. Come join in the excitement for the start of the race located in downtown Marquette, Michigan.  For more information on this event, visit the website or call (906) 228-3072.

Cupid’s Couple
February 14, 2014, Jones
Cupid’s Couple Course. Love skiing? Love snow? Love each other as connected couples make their way through
an obstacle course. Contest will take place Friday evening around 7pm on the flatland behind the Ski Rental building. Listen to live music in the chalet afterwards and make a date of it.

Midnight Run
February 14, 2014 – February 15, 2014, Marquette
The Midnight Run is an eight-dog, 90-mile race. This race is typically a faster race than the UP200. Midnight Run mushers will again start in downtown Marquette traveling to Chatham and then returning to Marquette for the finish. Midnight Run mushers start 30 minutes after the last UP200 team, but not before 8:30pm.

West Michigan Golf Show
February 14, 2014 – February 16, 2014, Grand Rapids
For over 20 years, West Michigan has started their golf season off right with the West Michigan Golf Show. With the area’s top equipment dealers, courses and resorts, you can plan your entire summer of golf, and even tee off for the first time of the season, all inside DeVos Place. Admission fee.

Little Traverse Bay Snowshoe Dog Walk
February 15, 2014, Harbor Springs
This event is perfect for those looking to get out and enjoy the beauty of northern Michigan this winter. Participants are invited to bring their furry friend for a snowshoe walk through the woods (three trails ranging from beginner to expert) while exploring the beauty of a northern Michigan farm. Afterwards, enjoy a delicious lunch while your best buddy snacks on some tasty treats of their own. $30 in advance, $35 day of the event, and $5 for children 12 and under. Snowshoes will be available on-site at no charge. To reserve snowshoes, call (231) 347-2396. 11am to 2pm.

Detroit Boat Show
February 15, 2014 – February 23, 2014, Detroit
The Detroit Boat Show is the original, biggest and best boat show in the state of Michigan, featuring the premiere showing of hundreds of new 2014 and new non-current model boats, motors, trailers, accessories and more, ranging from 1- to potentially 50 feet in length, including: fishing boats, ski boats, pontoons, cruisers, inflatables, pontoon watercraft, kayaks, antique boats, race boats and much more. Saturdays, Friday & Monday 11am – 9pm; Sundays: 11am – 6pm; Tues, Wed, Thurs; 3pm – 9pm.  Admission for adults $12, children 12 and under are free with an adult, Seniors (62 and older) free on Monday. For more information cal (800) 932-2628 or visit our website.

Week of February 17th – February 23rd

Grand Rapids Boat Show
February 19, 2014 – February 23, 2014, Grand Rapids
A West Michigan tradition! In our 68th year, the Grand Rapids Boat Show is launching into an era where we will be showing our broadest array of power boats ever…especially for the Great Lakes! Besides Motor Yachts and Cruisers we have attracted Great Lakes Catamarans, Tugs, Trawlers, and even a new Australian marvel, Sealegs…for those that need to get their boat out of Lake Michigan and up onto the beach. Boaters, this is your Show!

Aqua Freeze Festival
February 21, 2014 – February 23, 2014, St. Clair Shores
Ice carvings, with activities for children and adults, food, fun, warming stations, ice skating, hockey shoot, and more.

February 22, 2014, Coopersville

The winter festival, which always kicks off with Thom Eno playing a tough tune on a sharp, cold, steel instrument (the saw), is scheduled for February 22nd and is designed to give families something to do on a cold winter Saturday in Michigan. Many of the events are held outside and the weather is always a challenge to stay ahead of. In the past, various groups have sponsored activities like the Polar Plunge Challenge, the 5K Chill, and of course the Decorated Toilet Seat Contest. The Outhouse races will run no matter what the weather! There is also plenty going on inside at the Coopersville Farm Museum & Event Center: the Chili Cook-off, live music, and kid’s crafts and activities. Most of the activities throughout the day and into the evening are free or low cost. This is an outing the whole family can enjoy–close to home, affordable, and fun.

Grand Haven Restaurant Week
February 21, 2014 – March 1, 2014, Grand Haven
Discover old and new favorites as you explore eateries in Grand Haven’s downtown and centertown districts! At participating eateries, you can check out their special Restaurant Week priced menus including $8 lunch and/or $15 dinner. For additional information, contact the Grand  Haven Main Street Downtown Development Authority at (616) 844-1188.

Experience Beer
February 25, 2014, Grand Rapids
“Michigan Beer Dude” Ben Darcie teaches you how to taste and talk about our nation’s favorite beverage, including its cultivation from field to glass, all while sampling Michigan brewed beer and appetizers specifically paired for the tasting. Stop drinking beer and start experiencing it! February 18 and 25. $50 per person. Reserve by calling (616) 975-3151.

Week of February 24th – March 2nd

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.

The Great Lakes Comic-Con
February 28, 2014 – March 1, 2014, Warren
Over 100 vendors/dealers at our largest show yet! Friday night 7pm to 9pm and Saturday 10am to 6pm. Admission fee (children 10 and under free both days). Free parking. For more information, call (888) 497-3116.

Which February events do you plan to attend?

Experience the Largest 2013 New Year’s Eve Ball Drop in Michigan

It’s just about time to ring in the new year! Today, Lindsay Gilbert from Go Great Lakes Bay gives us a preview of Michigan’s largest New Year’s Eve ball drop in Downtown Midland. 

The stage is set for Downtown Midland’s New Year’s Eve Midnight on Main.  From a softball tournament, 5k run, and entertainment for all ages to fireworks and the largest Times Square-style ball drop in Michigan, this party is one to be remembered!

Main Street is transformed into one huge gala, complete with warming tents, food and drink vendors, entertainment, and the lighting of the ball. At midnight, all eyes will be on the dropping of the ball, complete with fireworks.

A free hour-long concert for kids will begin at 5:30 pm. Free teen activities can be found at Journeys Coffeehouse located at the corner of Main Street and McDonald Street.  Karaoke and board games begin at 7:00 pm and end at midnight.

The entertainment begins at 8:00 pm and will keep you going until the ball drops.

Get in the New Year’s Eve mood with the opening act of Soul Xpress. You won’t be able to sit or to stand still as these energetic and experienced musicians play soul and funk music. The seven-piece band’s members have a rich history, playing with artists such as the Commodores, KC & the Sunshine Band, Martha Reeves & the Vandellas, Edgar Winter, Foghat and Davy Jones.

Mr. Belding, aka Dennis Haskins, from “Saved by the Bell” will perform karaoke in one of the warming tents. The Moose Brew Tent will feature local country music artists Dani Vitany & Ten Hands Tall. Last summer, they were showcased in Bay City with American Idol’s Chris Daughtry.

Chicago-based cover band, 28 Days, will be the headlining Midnight on Main.  Performing at festivals throughout the Midwest, 28 Days was featured on the soundtrack of Hollywood’s “Keeper of the Pinstripes”.

The night ends with the drop of the 7’8” diameter ball.  The ball was constructed using 2,380 RGB LED lights and 340 individually controlled nodes with millions of color variations.  Fireworks will also light the sky as we welcome in 2014. This is one New Year’s Eve Extravaganza that shouldn’t be missed!

If you’re not in the Great Lakes Bay area, there are plenty of other New Year’s Eve events happening across the state! Below is a round up of just a few of the many.  For more, visit michigan.org/events.

New Year’s Eve at Boyne Mountain:

December 31, 2013 – Boyne Falls
Ring in the New Year at Boyne Mountain with parties galore for adults and kids. Dance the night away with DJs, party favors, Torchlight Parade and fireworks celebration, teen party, and a lot more. For complete event details, call (800) 462-6963.

Traverse City New Year’s Eve CherryT Ball Drop:
December 31, 2013 – Traverse City
Ring in the New Year in Downtown Traverse City with live music, food vendors, and watch an enormous lit cherry drop from the sky as we count down to 2014. Fee.

2014 Resolution Ball
December 31, 2013 – Detroit
Metro Detroit’s largest & most exclusive annual New Year’s Eve event! 8pm. Ages 21 and over with valid ID. Ticketed event. For information call (248) 543-1000.

2014 New Year’s Eve Ball Drop
December 31, 2013 – Downtown Ludington
It’s a high-energy, FREE event packed with fun for everyone! Beginning at 9:30pm in the North James Street Plaza, come enjoy music, an entertainment tent, commemorative light-up glasses, fireworks and of course the highlight of the evening, Michigan’s largest environmentally friendly New Year’s Eve Ball, dropped at the strike of midnight. Bring your family and friends to experience this amazing night! Also a featured highlight of the New year Celebration is the Resolution Run 5K. December 31st at 9am at OJ DeJonge Middle School North Gym.

The Puck Drops Here – A New Year’s Eve Celebration
December 31, 2013 – Ann Arbor
Join us for ‘The Puck Drops Here’, a New Year’s Eve ‘puck drop’ on the streets of downtown! Ring in the New Year in downtown Ann Arbor and enjoy six hours of live entertainment starting at 8pm. The headlining musical entertainment artist will be Michelle Chamuel, star of ‘The Voice’ and former Ann Arborite. Matthew Altruda, host of on Ann Arbor’s 107.1, will be the master of ceremonies for The Puck Drops Here. A 10-foot puck with 6,000 LED lights will be lowered at midnight. There will be a lighting ceremony a 8pm to kick off the event.

New Year’s Fest
December 31, 2013 – Kalamazoo
As a Kalamazoo tradition, New Year’s Fest brings the community together for a night of fun-filled activities for the entire family. Entertainers surround Bronson Park as well as performance venues located indoors. Fireworks happen at midnight. The entire event is walkable.

Downtown Marquette Ball Drop
December 31, 2013 – Marquette
Ring in the New Year at the 25th Annual New Year’s Eve Ball Drop in Downtown Marquette on Tuesday, December 31, 2013. Count down to midnight with friends and family and watch as the illuminated ball is lowered from the historic Savings Bank Building on the corner of Front and Washington Streets. Share in the magic of the twelfth strike marking the beginning of 2014 at this family friendly community celebration.

What are your plans on New Year’s Eve in Pure Michigan?