Pure Michigan February Events Roundup

February in Pure Michigan means winter fun, food and family events. From award winning musicals to winter sporting events, there’s something for everyone this month.  For more suggestions of things to do this month in Michigan, visit michigan.org.



African American History Day
February 4, 2012, Detroit
Join in the celebration of African American history and culture as the Detroit Historical Museum kicks off Black History Month with this annual event. Find gifts from our Artists Market, learn from historical organizations and neighborhood organizations in the area, and bring kids to enjoy entertainment and a caricature artist. Renowned storytellers Ivory D. Williams and Shanta and the Kidz Art Zone will provide enthralling experiences for children. For more information, visit the event website or call (313) 833-1805.

Toy Collectible Show
February 4, 2012, Jackson
The Toy Collectible Show will take place on the Jackson Fairgrounds, inside the heated fair events center.  Attendees can browse more than 155 tables featuring toys from Nascar, Hotwheels, Star Wars, Pez, Matchbox and more. Show information is available by calling (517) 524-8899.

Love, Loss and What I Wore
February 8 – March 4, 2012, Detroit
Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron’s Love, Loss, and What I Wore, an intimate collection of stories covering some of life’s most poignant moments and their corresponding wardrobe, will appear at Detroit’s historic Gem Theatre this month. The evening of vignettes, which is based on the best-selling book of the same name by Ilene Beckerman as well as personal reminiscences from the Ephrons and their friends, will feature a cast of five powerful actresses. Tickets are on sale at the Gem Theatre and Fisher Theatre box offices, at all Ticketmaster locations, online at ticketmaster.com and by calling (313) 963-9800 or (800) 982-2787.

Detroit Boat Show
February 11 – 19, 2012, 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 2012 and non-current model boats, motors, trailers, accessories and more. For more information call the Cobo Center at (800) 338-7648 or (313) 338-7648.

Motown Winter Blast 2012
February 11 – 13, 2012, Detroit
Motown Winter Blast is a unique combination of hip and fun winter events that are centered on Campus Martius Park. This year we are celebrating Motown with a fun celebration you will not want to miss. For more information, please visit the event website.

Storytelling Festival
February 18 – 19, 2012, Ann Arbor
Each year The Ark revives the oldest of all the arts with the February Storytelling Festival, featuring talespinners from far and wide. Sunday’s program features kid-oriented stories from 2012 Storytelling Festival artists. For more information, visit the event website or call (734) 761-1800.

Fire & Ice Fest
February 24 – 26, 2012, Rochester
Downtown Rochester’s much-anticipated winter festival features ice sculptures, ice skating, a tubing run, fireworks, and a taste fest inside the warming tent featuring beer and wine provided by Rochester Mills Beer Company. For more information, contact (248) 858-5437.

Shrek The Musical
February 28 – March 11, 2012, Detroit
Shrek the Musical, which tells the story of a swamp-dwelling ogre who goes on a life-changing adventure to reclaim the deed to his land, comes to the Fisher Theatre at the end of the month. Joined by a wise-cracking donkey, this unlikely hero fights a fearsome dragon, rescues a feisty princess and learns that real friendship and true love aren’t only found in fairy tales. For more information on this performance, visit the website or call (313) 872-1000.



Ice Breaker 2012
February 3 – 5, 2012, South Haven
Come Enjoy “The Four Seasons of South Haven” Ice Breaker 2012, where the Lake Michigan resort community of South Haven will heat up as it celebrates the 19th annual Ice Breaker festival. A major focus of the event is the sculpting of more than 50 blocks of ice, weighing 300 pounds each, into dazzling displays themed by “The Four Seasons of South Haven.” For more information, visit the event website or call (269) 637-5171.

Winter Blues Festival
February 11, 2012, Marshall
Winter Blues are usually a bad thing but not at this event! This is your chance to enjoy some great live blues music, enjoy dinner (catered by Roma’s Corner Café), or participate in several workshops offered. For more information, visit the event website or call (269) 789-9677.

Kalamazoo Live Green Fair & Home Show
February 18 – 19, 2012, Kalamazoo
The Live Green Fair and Home Show helps families live a healthier life, while saving money and energy too! The show offers products and services from over 60 exhibitors to help families live a greener life. For more information, visit the event website or call (734) 320-5322.

Great Scrapbook Show
February 24 – 25, 2012, Kalamazoo
Shop a large selection of paper crafting products at this scrapbooking and stamping show. For more information, visit the show website or call (810) 287-7711.

Upper Peninsula

Upper Peninsula

International 500 Snowmobile Race
February 4, 2012, Sault Sainte Marie
Mark your calendar for the first Saturday in February and get ready for the thrill of a lifetime, and get ready to see drivers accelerate to speeds exceeding 100 miles per hour on the straight-aways! For more information, visit the event website or call (989)808-5266.

Michigan Ice Fest Family Activities
February 4, 2012, Munising
Different family events throughout the afternoon include the annual cardboard classic, a 5K snowshoe relay, children’s activities and games, food and beverages and a free shuttle to the Michigan Ice Fest climbing activities. Activities are in and behind the American Legion. For more information on this event call (906) 387-2138.

UP Snow Softball Tournament
February 11 – 12, 2012, St. Ignace
Come join the fun as teams compete against each other in the UP Snow Softball Tournament! Teams of 9-12 players will battle the elements as they vie for top honors. This game gives new meaning to the phrase ‘sliding into home plate.’ For more information, call (800) 338-6660.

UP 200 Dog Sled Races
February 16 – 20, 2012, 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. Come join in the excitement for the start of the race located in downtown Marquette, MI.  For more information on this event, visit the website or call (906) 228-3072 or (906) 869-2640.

West Central

West Central

Camper, Travel, & RV Show
February 2 – 5, 2012, Grand Rapids
This show will fill every square inch of the beautiful DeVos Place with the latest motor homes, fifth wheels, travel trailers, campers, accessories, campgrounds, and vacation destinations. For more information, visit the event website or call (616) 742-6500.

Animal Adventures: Growing Up Wild
February 6, 2012, Grand Rapids
Enjoy an evening of warmth and wonder and discover fascinating things about four animals – a mammal, a reptile, an amphibian and a bird. Watch live animal presentations, enjoy animal story time, explore the Tropical Conservatory by flashlight, or become engrossed in animal art activities. Reservations required by calling Meijer Gardens at (616) 974-5239 or John Ball Zoo at (616) 336-4310.

Nordic Nights Gourmet Dine & Glides
February 11, 2012, North Muskegon
Don’t miss out on one of the best culinary experiences in Michigan this winter. This event includes a four course dinner, ski pass and entrance to heated tent with live music. There will be three stations offering delicious food, featuring a blazing fire placed throughout your 5K glide. Back at the heated tent, guests will enjoy dessert and music by Mike Snell. For more information, call (231) 744-9629.

Grand Rapids Boat Show
February 15 – 19, 2012, Grand Rapids
This Boat Show includes powerboats and more sailboats on display than any other show in the state of Michigan! Fishing boats, water sport accessories and boating services like marina slips and sail lofts will be some of the attractions at DeVos Place. For more information, visit the show website or call (616) 742-6500.

Michigan Winter Beer Festival
February 25, 2012, Comstock Park
Hundreds of hand-crafted beers from Michigan’s finest microbreweries will be served up in this chilly outdoor festival. Entertainment, food and fun will help keep you warm! Tickets are sold in advance and are available online or at the Fifth-Third Ballpark box office or at participating Guild member breweries. For more information, call (517) 327-5004.

East Central

East Central

Shakespearean Dreams Performance
February 11, 2012, Saginaw
Poets have come and gone for centuries, but only one is known as “the Bard.” Finzi’s music and Timothy Jones’ powerful voice will bring some of Shakespeare’s most emotionally stirring verses to life. The Pit & Balcony Theatre Co. will perform a semi-staged version of one of the world’s greatest comedies, while the SBSO and the Saginaw Choral Society will perform the music that comedy inspired in Mendelssohn. For more information on this event, call (989) 755-6471.

Shanty Days
February 17 – 19, Caseville
Indulge in some fun in the wintertime! Enjoy four wheeler races, ice fishing, food and beverages tents, live entertainment, craft show, kids’ activities and demo derby. For more information, call (989) 856-3818.



Winter Fun Days
February 3 – 5, 2012, Grayling
Lots of fun things for families to do in Grayling starting Friday with Dollar night, DJ music and a marshmallow roast over a campfire. The events continue Saturday and Sunday with free lift tickets and trail passes, Big Air Competition, chili cook off, Slush Pit and Sled Box race. For more information, call (989) 348-9266.

Alpenfrost 2012
February 11, 2012, Grayling
The first annual Alpenfrost winter celebration in downtown Gaylord combines anchor events such as the Polar Plunge and a Craft Beer & Wine Festival at Treetops Resort, with a flurry of downtown activities, games, and merchant sales. Alpine Village will unveil an open-air ice skating rink. For a schedule of events or for more information, visit the event website or call (989) 731-7378.

Treetops Olympics
February 23 – 26, 2012, Gaylord
The Treetops Olympics is an event for the whole family! Participate in crazy games such as Human Bowling, Human Curling and Minute to Win It. For more information, visit the event website or call (888) 873-3867.



North American Snow Festival – 2012
February 2 – 5, 2012, Cadillac
Thursday night kicks off with a chili cook-off at this winter festival and the fun doesn’t stop there. Friday brings the Poker Fun Run, sleigh rides, a grilling contest and more entertainment at The Armory. Saturday compete in ice fishing, motorcycle and snowmobile races on Lake Cadillac – and a polar dip in the lake for those brave enough! Sunday, snow sculptures will dot the Lake Cadillac shoreline and the fun continues with more lake races. For more information, call (800) 22-LAKES or (231) 775-0657.

Mid-Winter’s Chocolate Therapy
February 4, 2012, Bellaire
An afternoon of chocolate featuring Michigan chocolatiers. Enjoy tasting samples, chocolate-making demo, cupcake competition, Valentine’s gifts, chocolate spa treatments, live music and more. For more information on this event, visit the event website or call (800)678-4111.

Taste the Passion
February 4 – 5, 2012, Cedar
This special weekend celebrates wine, chocolate and love in anticipation of Valentine’s Day! The combination of winter’s beauty in Leelanau with the special pleasures of life always makes a wonderful weekend. The weekend starts on Saturday as participants head to their first winery stop to collect a souvenir glass, then the fun begins with special pours and tasty chocolate treats offered at wineries throughout the rest of the weekend. In addition to chocolate, savory dishes will be served at a number of tasting rooms. For more information, visit the event website or call (231)421-1172.

Cherry Festival Winter Wonderfest
February 17 – 19, 2012, Acme
The Cherry Capital Winter WonderFest features a “Winter Fun Zone” at the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa offering ice skating, bonfires, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and more. In downtown Traverse City, you can find beautiful ice carvings and walk through the snow sculpture park, enjoy live music under the tent at the Annual Soup’r Bowl Competition and Beer Tent and watch the Frozen Bed Race, Monster Dog Pull competition and “Tommy Tropic” juggler, take part in the Brain Freeze ice cream eating competition or frozen cherry pit contest, or take a horse and carriage ride. There’s also a two-day Snowball Winter Softball Tournament at the Grand Traverse Civic Center. For more information, visit the event website.

Haunted Happenings – Explore the Spooky Side of Pure Michigan

With Halloween just around the corner, it’s time to get in the ghostly spirit and check out the many Pure Michigan destinations offering chills and thrills during the fall season.

Whether it’s historic hotels or sprawling cornfield mazes, there is something for all ages to make this Pure Michigan Halloween a frightfully fun time. Check out this listing of spooky events happening all across Michigan and visit michigan.org for more information to help you plan your fun Halloween activities!

Go to Hell … Michigan! Be sure to visit “The Hysterical Town” in southeast Michigan, where Screams Ice Cream & Halloween Store hosts an afternoon of creepy crafts, music and family activities followed by spooky stories around the bonfire on Saturday, Oct. 22.

Step Back in Time… A spooky good time awaits the entire family when the second annual Trunk or Treat weaves its web of fun at the Walter P. Chrysler Museum, in Auburn Hills, on Sunday, Oct. 23. Goblins can trick or treat throughout the museum’s three floors for candy and trinkets found in rumble seats, trunks and truck beds.

Halloween in Greenfield Village… Plan a visit to Greenfield Village and step back in time to a turn-of-the-20th century Halloween. Watch for the headless horseman, banter with a clever witch and make stops at several treat stations spread throughout the Village. Be sure to reserve tickets in advance for October 21-23, and October 28-30.

Walk On the Wild Side… Children’s Zoo at Celebration Square in Saginaw will host a Zoo Boo October 22-23 and October 29-31, with treats, entertainment, train and carousel rides and a visit with Dr. Slime, the mad scientist.

The Binder Park Zoo inBattle Creek will play host to its annual Great ZooBoo through October 30 (check ahead for times and specific dates). Kids wind their way through a dedicated trick-or-treat trail and can hop aboard the Binda Conservation Carousel ortake a hay ride.

Zoo Boo is the Detroit Zoo’s merry-not-scary Halloween celebration with a cleverly decorated half-mile trick-or-treat trail through the Zoo. Enjoy entertainment in the Zoo Boo Revue tent, or visit the Haunted Reptile House and the Zombie Zone for ghastly games and spooky activities. Scare up some fun October 21-23 and 28-30.

The Zoo Goes Boo at the John Ball Zoo inGrand Rapids October 21, 22, 28 and 29. Have fun with the animals plus live entertainment, goodies and activities for kids.

Little ghouls and boys are welcome to Lansing’s Potter Park Zoo for Boo at the Zoo on October 22 and 23. There will be plenty of activities and treats including crafts for kids, a straw maze, hayrides, a trip through the Boo tunnel and more.

Field of Screams… Niles Haunted House is nationally recognized as one of the best haunted theme parks in the Midwest – and organizers warn anyone afraid of the dark not to come. They say they will “scare the yell out of you” on 44 acres of haunted madness.

Don’t Feed the Monsters… Wiard’s Orchard is said to have a long history of haunted spirits roaming the old orchard. Experience six spooky attractions with more than 115 live monsters on 89 acres just south of Ypsilanti Township.

Worse Than Elm Street… Hate scary movies? You might not want to venture to Yale for Nightmare on Main Street with 6,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor terror. This nightmare is not for the weak.

Welcome to Crazy Town…You might think you have lost your mind after visiting St. Lucifer’s Haunted Asylum atPlaylandPark in theFlint area. As “patients,” you can take an elevator ride to the bowels of the hospital that is filled with shocking horrors.

Fireworks in Michigan

Note: Look here for information for the 2011 Michigan Fireworks shows.

Independence Day is just around the corner, so we wanted to share some of the fireworks celebrations taking place all over Pure Michigan!

Fireworks BBQ Sail, July 1, 2010

See the fireworks from the best seat in the house – the Deck of a Tall Ship! Join us on the Appledore IV for a three-hour sail, a BBQ meal and the Bay City Fireworks. Departing from Wenonah Park at 6:00pm and returning at 9:00pm. Stay aboard and watch the fireworks at 10:00pm. Tickets include access to all Wenonah Park Festivities.

Bay City Fireworks Festival, July 1- 3, 2010

Annual three-day community celebration including carnival rides, a craft show, musical concerts, food and one of the largest fireworks displays in this part of the Midwest with fireworks being shot out over the Saginaw River from both Wenona and Vets Park each evening of the festival!

4th of July Bessemer Blast 2010, June 30–July 4, 2010

This week long event has something for everyone. Come out and see an F16 Fighter jet fly over, parade, largest fireworks display in the Upper Midwest region, a mud run, a demo derby, 3 on 3 basketball tournament and a softball tournament. Come out for some small town charm and celebrate with them. Events are free to watch.

An Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration in Wakefield, June 25- July 4, 2010

Come to the Wakefield MI 4th of July Old Fashioned Celebration starting on June 25th and running through July 4th. Come join the fun!

Greatest 4th in the North 2010, June 30– July 4, 2010

The 2010 Celebration will begin Wednesday, June 30 and end on Sunday, July 4. We have a lot of great events that take place, including lots of FREE entertainment. Catch the main stage acts, a clown or even a juggler. Other fantastic finds will be “Battle of the Bands”, a karaoke contest, a two day arts and crafts show, a 2K, 5K and a 10K race. Most of all, enjoy the Grand Parade and fireworks which will take place on July 4th.

Independence Day Festival, June 30- July 4, 2010

Honor our ancestors’ independent, self-sufficient lifestyles, and spend time this weekend with friends and family celebrating this country’s independence. Enjoy a patriotic parade and ice cream social on July 4.

Muskegon Summer Celebration, June 24- July 4, 2010

Heritage Landing in downtown Muskegon is home to 11 days of concerts, events, fireworks, arts & crafts and carnival rides. Whether you’re a kid or a kid at heart, Muskegon Summer Celebration has an event for you. Play in the sand during the Michigan Sand Sculpture contest, or watch in amazement as the Master of the Chainsaw sculpts masterpieces before your eyes. Scheduled performers will be announced as they become available. Check the link frequently.

Soaring Eagle’s Fourth of July Celebration! July 1- July 4, 2010

This Fourth of July, celebrate at Soaring Eagle with a weekend full of fun! July 1-4, enjoy a carnival with a free midway and get a rides wristband for just $15 per day. Get your tickets now for Monster Truck Madness on Saturday, July 3! Then it’s our grand finale on Sunday, July 4 with a free concert from 2:30 to 10:30 pm featuring local bands and The Verve Pipe. Plus, don’t miss our fireworks spectacular later that evening.

Westland Summer Festival, June 30- July 4, 2010

The festival will kick off with a parade. Come enjoy fun entertainment, the Midway by Wade show, the world famous Robinsons racing pigs and so much more. Fireworks are scheduled for the festival’s finale.

Clawson 4th of July Celebration, June 26– July 5, 2010

Festivities include 5K run and a fun run, amusement rides, bingo and food concessions. Watch the parade or the ball games or visit the arts and crafts booths. In the evening, listen to entertainment and view the fireworks display.

Festivals & Fireworks, June 26– September 4, 2010

The St. Ignace waterfront, port to Mackinac Island, will host fireworks shows on June 26, July 4, and then every Saturday through September 4. Ample public viewing space and parking. Free to all visitors.

4th of July Boat Parade on Otsego Lake, July 3, 2010

A parade of boats on Otsego Lake at 4 pm.

Fireworks Display, July 3, 2010

A display of fireworks to celebrate Independence Day at Caseville Harbor Breakwall.

Fireworks-Bay Harbor, July 3, 2010

Join us for a beautiful fireworks display over Bay Harbor Lake on Saturday, July 3. Bring your family and friends down to the Village early and enjoy shopping at our great boutiques and eating at the amazing restaurants! Watch the brilliant fireworks from the lawn panel, it’s a beautiful site to see. Be sure to bring your “oooh’s” and “aaaah’s” with you!

Independence Day Celebration, July 2-3, 2010

Begin your 4th of July holiday festivities with a day at the beach and a stroll through downtown New Buffalo, then cap it off with a concert and fireworks. You can view the fireworks from the beach or all along Whittaker Street, which cuts through the heart of downtown New Buffalo. Independence Day Concert with SMSO at Lions Pavilion Park on July 3.

The Fourth at the Fair, July 2-3, 2010

The annual Fourth of July celebration includes entertainment, food and a motorcycle rally. Celebrate the Fourth, Lenawee County-style.

4th of July Festivities, July 3-4, 2010

Join our celebration of Independence Day. Events include a parade, demolition derby and fireworks.

4th of July Lawn Party, July 4, 2010

Beat the traffic and the crowds and celebrate 4th of July with us! Bring your blankets and lawn chairs to join the fun with $1 hot dogs, $1 chips, $1 sodas and $1 bottled water from 6-8pm. Kids activities include Watermelon Eating Contest. Jack’s Deck & Tiki Bar open all day and much more.

4th of July Parade on Main Street, July 4, 2010

Come to the 4th of July Parade in the Village at Bay Harbor. Enjoy the decorative floats, GEM cars, and horses and collect lots of candy to kick off your Independence Day. This is a truly one-of-a-kind parade that you will not want to miss!

An American Picnic, Fort Mackinac, July 4, 2010

Checkered red and white tablecloths spread on the grass on the Fort Mackinac’s parade ground help to create a patchwork quilt welcoming hungry Patriots. Enjoy the Grand Hotel’s all-you-can-eat tangy BBQ baby back ribs, grilled chicken breasts, hamburgers, hot dogs, turkey burgers, corn on the cob, and a slew of salads, fixings and desserts at 6pm. Stay inside the fort for a prime view of the fireworks!

Baraga State Park 4th of July Festivities, July 4, 2010

Celebrate Independence Day at Baraga State Park! Festivities include a Children’s Bike Parade, Bike Decorating Contest, Scavenger Hunt and Games! Local fireworks over the bay at dusk. For further information, call (906) 353-6558. The public is welcome. All motor vehicles entering a state park or recreation area must display a Motor Vehicle Permit, available for purchase at the park entrance and headquarters.

Beaver Island’s Fourth of July Celebration, July 4, 2010

Events start with live music downtown starting at noon followed by the 4th of July Parade down Main Street. Then the kids can have a ball at the annual carnival. The Clyde Fogg Memorial Boat Parade begins at dusk on the harbor. Fireworks over the harbor will follow the boat parade.

Corunna 4th of July Celebration, July 4, 2010

The Corunna Fourth of July Celebration is an annual fun-filled community/family celebration in appreciation and remembrance of our heritage and patriotism. Enjoy a bike decorating contest, the Firecracker parade, car cruise, craft show, entertainment and much more. This year’s theme is “4th of July Fantasy.”