Schedule Your Tee Time at These 5 Ann Arbor Courses

Forbes recently identified Ann Arbor as a destination with “great golf and great food.” Such high praise has golf enthusiasts looking at the area with renewed interest for their own game. As the Ann Arbor area prepares to host the Volvik LPGA Championship from May 23-29, VisitAnnArbor.org shares information about some of the local greens.

Photo Courtesy of Visit Ann Arbor

One of the more scenic courses in the Ann Arbor area is Eagle Crest Golf Club, designed by golf architect Karl Litten. Nestled along Ford Lake, the stunning waterfront par 72 course is a delight to experience and the 16th hole has been named one of the toughest in Michigan. With a four-star rating from Golf Digest, golfers vying for one of two qualifying positions will tee off at Eagle Crest for the 2016 LPGA Volvik Local Qualifier. Nearby dining recommendations: Check out the great dining in downtown Ypsilanti including Red Rock Downtown Barbecue, Sidetrack, and Haab’s.

Photo Courtesy of Visit Ann Arbor

Another nationally ranked course is The University of Michigan Golf Course. Designed by world renowned golf architect Alister MacKenzie, it is recognized as one of the most fun courses in America. Built in 1931, this course just recently opened to public play and attracts golfers from across the globe to experience this classic course widely considered one of the best of all college layouts (not to mention the amazing view of the Big House!). Nearby dining recommendations: Stick with the university theme and dine downtown at The Pretzel Bell on Main Street or Pizza House on Church Street.

Photo Courtesy of Visit Ann Arbor

 

Stonebridge Golf Club is a great destination for golfers looking for a more affordable championship course and driving range. Designed in 1991 by Arthur Hills, a renowned golf course architect and University of Michigan alum, the meticulous course is surrounded by natural beauty. Stonebridge also offers a practice putting green, driving range with bent grass tees, and a large chipping bunker. Nearby dining recommendations: Head into Saline for great food and craft beer at Salt Springs Brewery or the fresh catch at Mac’s Acadian Seafood Shack.

Leslie Park, Photo Courtesy of Visit Ann Arbor

If you’re looking for a more casual golf outing, there are a number of options that will suit your needs including Huron Hills and Leslie Park Golf Courses. These two municipal courses are all located very close to downtown Ann Arbor, perfect for a weekend of golf and dining! Nearby dining recommendations: Zingerman’s Deli is always a hole-in-one. For a lighter dining option, consider tapas and sangria to share at Aventura.

To start planning your trip, go to VisitAnnArbor.org for a full listing of Ann Arbor area golf courses and more information about nearby attractions, restaurants, and events.

An April Full of Events in Pure Michigan

April in Michigan marks the start of spring. From fantastic festivals to exciting outdoor events, there’s so much to enjoy as the snow melts away and warm weather returns.  Below is a roundup of some of the many events going on around the state next month. Check out our events page to check out everything going on in Pure Michigan all month long.

April 1-10

American Ballet Theatre: The Sleeping Beauty
March 31 – March 3, Detroit

UMS and Michigan Opera Theatre join forces to bring American Ballet Theatre’s new production of The Sleeping Beauty to the Detroit Opera House. Choreographed by Marius Petipa with staging and additional choreography by Alexei Ratmansky, this classic story ballet premiered 125 years ago at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg. The story is one of the most familiar and enchanting of all fairy tales: the beautiful princess Aurora is cursed by the evil sorceress Carabosse to sleep for 100 years, until she is awakened by the kiss of a handsome prince.

Mackinaw Raptor Fest
April 1-2, Petoskey

Not something you’ll soon forget – getting up close and personal to live hawks and owls! A free, family-friendly public program featuring these wonderful creatures will be held at Camp Daggett on Walloon Lake near Petoskey on April 2. Gather up the family and swoop over to Petoskey.

Northwest Michigan Camper & RC Show
April 1-3, Traverse City

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If you’re looking for a new way to explore Pure Michigan, this is a show you won’t want to miss! New recreation vehicles—over 35 units and over 10 brands displayed; folding campers, travel trailers and fifth wheel travel trailers, ranging in price from $7,000 to more than $75,000. Learn about the latest RV features and innovations, and take advantage of low show pricing. Booths featuring parts and accessories, campground information, RV financing and RV rentals make this the complete RV show experience.

Maple Syrup Day
April 2, Grayling

Visitors will be able to taste maple syrup and sap, smell the aroma around an outside evaporator pan and welcome spring at this educational and fun event. Maple recipes will be available for those wishing to savor the sweetness of the day.

Step Back in Time
April 2, Monroe

At the River Raisin National Battlefield Park “Step Back in Time” to the Era of the Fur Trade with Norbert DeWilde on April 2, 2016 from 2-3:30 pm. Learn about the Fur Trade and explore animal furs in this fun filled hands-on activity! For ages 6-12 years. Only 20 spots so RSVP today to the battlefield at 734-243-7136. Refreshments will be served!

Nana’s Naughty Knickers

April 3-12, Flint

Bridget and her Grandmother are about to become roommates. However, it seems her sweet Grandma is running an illegal boutique from her apartment, selling naughty knickers to every senior citizen in the five borough area! Will Bridget be able to handle all the excitement? Will her Nana get arrested – or worse – evicted?

April 5- 10

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
April 6-9, Saginaw

Washington Irving’s tale, with all the famous characters – the awkward teacher, Ichabod Crane, the lovely Katrina Van Tassel and the brutish Brom Bones. The story saves the best for last – the ride of the headless horseman. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is great family entertainment any time of year!

Capital City Film Festival
April 7-10, Lansing

The Capital City Film Festival (CCFF) is a multimedia showcase of films and live touring bands that engages audiences in Michigan’s capital city. CCFF celebrates independent artists from around the world by curating outstanding multimedia experiences for the community.

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ArtDowntownApril 9, Grand Rapids

This spring, Art.Downtown. will captivate Grand Rapids on Saturday, April 9, 2016 from 12-9PM. Grand Rapids’ ultimate local art experience will feature several hundred artists in dozens of galleries, businesses, and studio spaces around downtown, expanding from the Avenue for the Arts corridor in the Heartside Neighborhood to KCAD, Devos Place to ArtPrize winning SiteLab on Rumsey Street, and more. Meet and speak with artists, curators, and shop owners about everything from artistic methods to collective movements. Join the excitement and see what  the Grand Rapids local arts community has to offer!

Art Along the Trail: Pioneer Wine Trail
April 9-10, Jackson

Art Along the Trail will be an event that is self-driven over the two days and each winery will have a “new release” wine that will be paired with a dish. Each winery will have a musician, a poet, an artist, a book writer doing a signing, a comedian, or another type of artist. The guests will receive a PWT glass at their first stop and the ticket cost will be $35.00.

 

April 11-16

New Co: Detroit
April 13, Detroit

NewCo turns the business conference model inside out. Festival participants pick the companies they want to explore. Then, they tour Detroit, meeting founders and senior leadership inside their home office. Enjoy unscripted, insightful conversations and learn first-hand about how the Motor City’s best-and-brightest drive purposeful transformation in their communities.

MSU Science Festival
April 12-17, East Lansing

A FREE multi-day celebration of Science! Keynote speaker Brian Greene! Activities include a statewide astronomy night, talks, demonstrations, tours, open houses, science cafes, and hands-on activities. Events held in East Lansing at various campus venues. For life-long learners of all ages.

Metropolitan Opera Rising Stars Concert Series
April 15, Traverse City

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to experience remarkable young artists on the cusp of extraordinary careers. For more than 125 years, the Metropolitan Opera has been the artistic home of the greatest singers in the world and the launching pad for the opera stars of the future. Some of today’s leading artists got their first big break through the Mets development programs: Stephanie Blythe, Renee Fleming, Susan Graham, Deborah Voigt, Thomas Hampson, and Mariusz Kwiecien are just a few of the major artists to have come through the Met ranks.

Annual Titanic Dinner
April 16, Petoskey

Relive the mystery and intrigue of this ill-fated ship. Dinner and historical presentations make up the evening. Models, original newspapers and artifacts will be on display as well as table settings representing the first, second and third class.

April 17-21

Midland Reads Poetry
April 17, Midland

Who in Midland reads poetry nowadays? Well, lots of people! Join a few of your neighbors of different ages, occupations, and backgrounds who have accepted an invitation to share a poem that matters to them. If you enjoy hearing poems read aloud, please join us. Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month, held every April, is the largest literary celebration in the world with schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets celebrating poetry’s vital place in our culture. Refreshments provided.

chocolateTraverse City Chocolate Festival
April 17, Traverse City

The largest chocolate event in Michigan, the Traverse City Chocolate Festival will once again tease your taste buds and your imagination. Chocolate exhibitors from the region and beyond will provide free samples and one-to-one conversations about their products. Learn about the magic and art infused into good chocolate at the special presentations by the experts.

Superhero Short Film Fest
April 18, Midland

Come celebrate the 1st Annual Superhero Short Film Fest at the Grace A. Dow Memorial Library Auditorium in Midland, MI on Monday April 18, 2016! Superhero Short Film Fest features a Live Screening of the Top Five Superhero/Fantasy Films, followed by a Costume/Cosplay Contest! Open to filmmakers worldwide! Enter your film today!

Real to Reel: Just Eat It
April 21, Saugatuck

Just Eat It looks at our systemic obsession with expiry dates, perfect produce and portion sizes, and reveals the core of this seemingly insignificant issue that is having devastating consequences around the globe. Just Eat It brings farmers, retailers, inspiring organizations, and consumers to the table in a cinematic story that is equal parts education and delicious entertainment.

Pinball at the Zoo
April 21-23, Kalamazoo

Head to Kalamazoo for a showcase of pinball machines, arcade games, coin-ops and all the cool things you need to complete your game room including: neon signs, gas pumps, and more! Consider yourself a pinball wizard? Prove it here!

April 22-30

 

Bringin’ Back the 80′s
April 22-23, Frankenmuth

Bring back hair teasing memories by paying tribute to the music, trends and events of the 1980′s. Don’t sit back in your pegged pants and play Atari, come on down and have a great time at the 12th Annual Bringin’ Back the 80′s celebration!

Campus to Coast
April 22 – 24, East Lansing

April 22-Campus to Coast (C2C160) is a paddle sport adventure race. The race starts on MSU’s campus at the Rock, following the Red Cedar River into the Grand River and out through Grand Haven, Michigan, finishing at Grand Haven State Park. The race is approximately 160 miles, with estimations of the fastest times being anywhere from 26-40 hours, depending on the river conditions, and 57 hours being the cut-off time. This race also contains seven portages, along with one section where racers must “canoe line” a small section of fall over dams. 24, East Lansing

Earth Day Celebration
April 23, Kalamazoo

Start off your day in the Earth Day 5K, and cheer on the kids at the Raccoon Run for ages 8 and under. Enjoy FREE admission all day! The day will include free trail hiking, nature’s playground and children’s crafts. Don’t miss a great opportunity to teach your kids about the wonders of the earth, and why it’s our mission to preserve it.

ButterfliesFred & Dorothy Fichter: Butterflies Are Blooming
March 3 – April 30, Grand Rapids

Escape the chilly air and surrender to the sights and smells of our balmy paradise, a home away from home for an incredible 7,000 butterflies and moths. These world travelers come to Meijer Gardens from the tropical regions of Central and South America and represent over 60 species. Be amazed at how these winged wonders nestle into nectar plants, which take center stage this year.

The Last Good Country: Walloon Lake, an Ernest Hemingway Ocasion
April 29 – Mary 1, Walloon Lake

The weekend at Hotel Walloon includes: Meet-n-Greet with Valerie Hemingway, Chris Struble of Michigan Hemingway Society, Book Signing with author John Cohassey, Hemingway Inspired Feast at Walloon Lake Inn, Guided tours of Horton Bay and Walloon Lake, a fly fishing demonstration on the Bear River, The Sun Also Rises breakfast at Barrel Back, and more! Come experience the area that Hemingway enjoyed as a young man and fondly referred to as “The Last Good Country” in his writing. Call (231) 535-5000 for more information and to book your room today!

Beerfest at the Ballpark – Spring
April 30, Lansing

The 3rd Annual Beerfest at the Ballpark is on April 30th from 3pm to 8pm. (VIP at 2pm). BATB is an outdoor beer, cider, mead & spirits festival with live music hosted in the heart of Downtown Lansing at the Cooley Law School Stadium home of the Lugnuts at 505 E. Michigan Ave, Lansing, MI 48912. Tickets are available to purchase online or by visiting the Cooley Law School Stadium Box Office. Lansing

Did we miss your favorite April event? Name it below!

Pure Michigan July 2015 Events Roundup

July is just around the corner! With busy summer schedules in full swing, it’s never too early to start planning your visit to one of Michigan’s many summertime events. From art festivals and outdoor concerts to beach-side events and more, there’s something for everyone to do and see next month in Pure Michigan.

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

July 1 – 4

Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show & Balloon Festival 2015
July 1 – 5
Get ready for five action-packed days at the Field of Flight Air Show and Balloon Festival. Daily hot-air balloon launches, night balloon illumes, a dazzling fireworks display, twilight and night pyro air show featuring a jet-powered school bus. Top civilian air show performers will have you amazed! A carnival, crafters, souvenir booths and special displays and an array of food vendors will only enhance spectator’s experience. All events held at W.K. Kellogg Airport.

BBQ Dinner Sail
July 3
Join us on this family friendly sail, aboard the Appledore IV, for a fun and relaxing evening of cruising along the Saginaw River and setting sail in Saginaw Bay. While aboard, guests will enjoy a delicious, casual barbecue meal. The sail departs from Wenonah Park at 6 p.m.

Photo courtesy of Lakeshore Art Festival

Lakeshore Art Festival
July 3 – 4
For decades, art has been a driving force in downtown Muskegon. July 3-4, the Lakeshore Art Festival continues that tradition with a unique blend of arts, crafts, music, food and fun along the scenic shoreline of downtown Muskegon. The Lakeshore Art Festival features hundreds of artists and crafters, a Children’s Lane, street performers, and a food area including an Artisan Food Market and festival food favorites.

Cadillac Freedom Festival
July 3 – 5
Get ready for a full weekend of fun and sun along the shoreline of Lake Cadillac! The event will feature live music in the City Pavilion, Pork in the Park BBQ, Fire on Water military tribute, a parade, Thunder on the Lakeshore Motorcycle Show, live bands on stage, and fireworks over Lake Cadillac. All weekend we have kids’ activities including bounce houses and a carnival. This event is held in Cadillac City Park, downtown.

July 5 -11

National Cherry Festival
July 4 -11
Traverse City takes their cherries seriously. This festival has an array of events! From colorful parades, marching bands, music shows, sporting events, amusement to carnival games on the midway and food items, pie eating contests and loads of luscious cherries prepared every way you can think of, this festival has something for every cherry lover.

Photo courtesy of National Cherry Festival

Lake Hudson Recreation Area – Astronomy Night
July 6
Join us for an evening of star-gazing, planet-identifying, and constellation-finding at Michigan’s First Dark Sky Preserve. This informal gathering of astronomers will be setting up their telescopes and instructing on how to locate the various celestial beings of the night sky. They have all sorts of sizes and types of scopes, and it is fascinating to learn the difference among them. Make sure to bring any questions you may have about being an astronomy buff. Meet at the first shelter area just past the booth upon entering the park approximately a half hour before dark.

Common Ground Music Festival
July 7 – 12
Enjoy a weeklong music celebration at the Adado Riverfront Park. National Headlining artists mix with regional and local favorites to create the summer’s hottest six nights. Enjoy rock, country, blues and more along the scenic Grand River in Lansing.

Teal Lake Hike
July 9
Join Jim Paquette as he visits the camp sites of Negaunee’s very first miners, the ancient people who once quarried the Ajibik quartzite deposits on the northeast end of the lake thousands of years ago. We will talk about the geology, the archaeology, and the history of the lake and the surrounding area. We will follow the footpaths along the north lakeshore, and make our way to the top of the nearby bluffs for an amazing view.

Rolling Sculpture Car Show
July 10
The Main Street Area Association presents the 21st Annual Rolling Sculpture Car Show from 2 – 10 p.m. Taking place in the heart of downtown Ann Arbor, the Rolling Sculpture Car Show is one of kind experience for the car enthusiast. All cars are welcome to exhibit at the Show. Spectators enjoy the energy of more than 300 exotic, antique, classic, and one of a kind cars on Main, Liberty, and Washington streets in downtown Ann Arbor.

Idlewild Music Fest
July 10-12
This 3-day event celebrating the past, present, and future of Idlewild features live concerts, empowerment sessions, community giving, and much more! Live entertainment from local, regional, and international musicians performing jazz, blues, soul, and gospel music will be there to captivate the crowds. There will be various guest speakers, fitness experts, and so much more!

July 12 – 18

All Things Detroit
July 12
Come out and enjoy an afternoon of browsing the best local products Detroit has to offer, all under one roof! Check out Detroit apparel, handmade jewelry, artisan food products, custom artwork and more. 75+ local vendors, purchase Detroit/Michigan made products, convenient, FREE parking, free door prizes to the first 300 guests, and more.

Ann Arbor Art Fair
July 15 – 18
Artists display their latest work and engage the imaginations of more than 500,000 annual fairgoers. The varied parts of the fair fit together to form an amazing impression of sound, color, mystery and drama.

Photo courtesy of Ann Arbor Art Fair

Rock Hard Film Fest
July 16
Join us as we celebrate the magic that happens when music and film unite at the second annual Rock Hard Film Fast! We will be showcasing Detroit’s remarkable music and film communities and entries from across the country, as we screen music videos, short mini-docs, mini-mocks, and of course, the Rock Hard Film Fast competition music videos!

FunFest
July 16 – 19
Come and enjoy traditional music at its finest. The 43rd FunFest features a family friendly music festival with something for everyone. This yearly festival is held at the Osceola County 4-H-FFA Fairgrounds in Evart, Michigan. Admission is $7 for the entire festival.

Wine on the Water Festival
July 18
The festival will feature tastes from local wineries, distilleries, and breweries, as well as delicious food from Leelanau Peninsulas restaurants, art by talented area vendors, and live music from some of Michigan’s top entertainment.

Super Summer Flea & Antique Market
July 18
Come check out the market for some great deals and merchandise! Choose from new and used items, handcrafted items, antiques & collectibles, and much more! Saturday 8 a.m. -3 p.m. Free admission and parking!

July 19 – 25

Antique Fire Muster 2015  
July 25
Antique fire truck displays and pumping events, including a parade through downtown Frankenmuth. This is a must-see event on Saturday morning! Located in Heritage park, 601 Weiss Street.

Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival
July 24 – August 2
Parades, memorials, picnics, carnival rides, fireworks, car show, craft fair and the list goes on. The Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival is an annual celebration of all things Coast Guard. The downtown stretch of Washington Street is home to the carnival while the waterfront is dotted with lots of tasty food treats – if you have an annual carny food splurge this is the place to do it!

AuSable River Festival
July 21 – 25
Fun filled events will include a car show, parade, arts and crafts, children’s day, canoe races, food, a 10k run and 120 mile bike tour. This event centers on the AuSable River Canoe Marathon.

Photo courtesy of St. Clair Riverfest

St. Clair Riverfest
July 23 – 26
The St. Clair Riverfest is an action packed weekend of offshore boat racing, food/street vendors, and incredible musical entertainment. The St. Clair River Classic Offshore Boat Races have been a marquee event in St. Clair County for over a decade, drawing thousands of fans to the beautiful riverfront of Palmer Park.

Saginaw Chippewa Tribal National Pow Wow
July 24 – 26
Experience Native American dancing, singing, food and crafts.

Tawas Day Sails
July 24 -25
For one weekend in July and one weekend in August only, public day sails will be offered aboard Appledore IV from the East Tawas State Dock. Reserve your ticket today before they’re gone! All sails occur rain or shine.

Day on the Town
July 25
Event includes bike parade at 8:30 a.m., kids craft area, outdoor games, bounce house, live entertainment, Corvette Generations Car Show and more. Downtown Birmingham streets will be closed to traffic, and stores will come outside with bargains during 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Maker Faire Detroit
July 25 – 26
Over 400 makers will bring their wares, ideas, inventions and solutions to this two-day festival offering everything from robots, flame shooters and animatronics to solar-powered mechanical sculptures and fashionable finds. Go to The Henry Ford, roll up your sleeves, and make something.

U.S. Title Series Hydroplane Boat Races
July 25 – 26
Bring your lawn chairs for an exciting afternoon of high speed racing! The races are located on the St. Joseph River at the Constantine American Legion Post #223 on US-131, Constantine. Food and beverages are available for purchase at the American Legion.

July 26 – 31

Night of 100 Rieslings
July 26
Join us at the Night of 100 Rieslings where you will enjoy tasting from the Bar of 100 Rieslings, a popup wine bar featuring 100 different wines representing major and minor regions from all across the globe and shared by a crew of winemakers and sommeliers who will help you explore the range of the “Best White Wine on Earth.”

Huron Community Fair
July 26 – August 1
Good old fashioned fun for the whole family! Events include a rodeo, horse show, sheep show, motor cross, pick-up pull and much more.

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Photo courtesy of Traverse City Film Festival

Traverse City Film Festival
July 28 – August 2
Founded in 2005 this festival presents an outstanding selection of independent films as well as premieres, parties, panel discussions and lectures about the world of film. Most events are held in or near downtown and there are free family movies each night at Open Space Park on Grand Traverse Bay.

Glow in the Art 5K
July 31
Come light up Downtown Mt. Pleasant at this glow in the dark 5K. Event includes painting of Downtown intersection, as part of Art Walk Central.

Mackinaw Historic Festival
July 31 – August 1
Mackinaw’s Historic Festival is a family fun-filled event held annually the first weekend in August. Always free with programs and events for the whole family, join us on Friday evening July 31, 2015 at 6pm for an old fashioned hot dog roast, square dancing, and a Dark Sky talk from Mary Stewart Adams. Saturday, August 1, 2015, starts with a fun run to kick off the day of wagon rides, old fashioned baseball, spinners, weavers, quilt making, wood carvers, lumberjack show, soap making, vintage clothing show, strolling minstrels, kids games, and more. Come and spend the day and join us for lunch and enjoy all Northern Michigan has to offer!

Magic Tonight
July 3 – August 29
West Michigan Magic presents its second season of Magic Tonight in Saugatuck, Mich. every Friday and Saturday, through July and August. Michael Hermann has been a practitioner of the art of astonishment for over 40 years. This fun-filled performance features feats of classic parlor magic spanning the past 150 years. Creative and artistic, Michael Hermann’s magical “adventures” are presented with wit, witticisms, history, histrionics, and absolute skill. This is a perfect show for the whole family.

Which July events do you plan to attend?