April in Pure Michigan marks the start of spring festivals and outdoor events. From April Fools’ Day fun to food tasting and theme parties, it’s a wonderful time of year to spend time with family and friends in our great state. For more suggestions on things to do this April in Michigan, visit michigan.org.
Great Lakes Loons Opening Day Parade and Celebration
April 9, 2012, Midland
The Opening Day Celebration parade and festivities are free and open to the public. Free hot dogs and bottled water will be provided on the corner of Main and McDonald Streets beginning at 4pm plus free balloons! The parade will kick off at 4:30pm on Main Street near the corner of Gordon Street in downtown Midland. Upon the completion of the parade, there will be opening day festivities held at Dow Diamond. Following the parade and celebration is the Loons 2012 home opener, scheduled for 6:05pm. For more information or to order game tickets click here, call (989) 837-3330
Bringin’ Back the 80′s
April 20-21, 2012, Frankenmuth
Bring back hair teasing memories with music, trends and events from the 80′s Don’t sit back in your pegged pants and play Atari, come on down and have a great time. Admission $10. For more information call (989) 652-8008 or visit the link.
Zehnder’s Ragtime Festival
April 25-28, 2012, 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 click here.
Freeland Walleye Festival
April 27-29,2012, Freeland
A three day festival celebrating all things walleye, including fireworks, a fish fry, the Walleye parade, walleye tournament, a Texas Hold’Em tournament, car show, teen dance and more. Call (989) 695-9512 for more information, or click here.
Go Wild! Celebrate Earth Day
April 28, 2012, Saginaw
Join us for a fun-filled day of games and activities focused on protecting our environment from 10am to 2pm . First 500 visitors receive free admission with empty recyclable beverage bottle. Regular admission: $5.00 per person, adults and children, everyone age one and up; train and carousel $2 per person, per ride; Zoo members enter and ride free. For more information, call (989) 759-1408.
April 1, 2012, Ann Arbor
Festifools is Ann Arbor’s homage to April Fools Day: an annual street parade featuring towering papier-mâché creations and various other hijinks. Get outdoors. Come downtown. Feel the sunshine on your face. Shout “Yes!” to the spring. Marvel at the towering, papier-mâché creations. Dance. Sing. Clap. Stomp. Smile. Festifools is for everyone! Parade is 4-5pm, free, and located downtown Ann Arbor. For more information visit the link or call us at (734) 763-7550.
Easter Egg Hunt
April 7, 2012, Royal Oak
Join us in Royal Oak’s Grant Park on Saturday, April 7 from 10am to noon for our second annual Easter Egg Hunt! Have your photo taken with the Easter Bunny, play games, and find hidden Easter Eggs! For more information, call (248) 541-0613.
Easter Egg Hunt
April 7, 2012, Lansing
Join in on the annual Easter Egg Hunt on the Capitol Lawn on Saturday, April 7 from 10am to noon. Activities for children include crafts, games and prizes, and several special visitors will start at 10am; while the Easter Egg Hunt begins promptly at 11am. This is a free event. For more information please call (248) 716-0539.
April 7, 2012, Pontiac
An Easter Eggstravaganza will be held on the grounds (Featherstone Fieldhouse) of the Pontiac Silverdome, 10am-7pm. There will be something for the kids and the parents. Included in the $15 entry fee (all-day pass) is potato sack run, activity tables, egg hunt, clowns with balloons, meet and greet/ pictures with the Easter Bunny, face painting, and a children fun area with inflatables. There will be prize giveaways, shopping, and much more! Please note some items are only free during designated times. For more information, call (313) 492-5403.
The Great Egg Hunt
April 7, 2012, Milford
The Great Egg Hunt will take place on Saturday, April 7 from 10:30am to noon, at Maple Beach. Kids will get an opportunity to pose for pictures with the Easter Bunny so bring your camera! Watch the Farmer John and The Barnyard Express animal show at 10:30am and 11:30am. The Easter egg hunt will be held promptly at 11am. Early arrival is highly recommended. Fee: $3 per child, payable at the event. For more information, call (800) 477-2757 or (810) 227-8910.
Michigan Spring Book Festival 2012
April 13-15, 2012, Livonia
Aimed at educating and encouraging youth to read and author books, this festival will bring together hundreds of book writers, role models and teachers of the literary craft. You are invited to join us for this informative and fun filled weekend. Bring the family, meet your favorite author and buy his/her latest book. Introduce your friends to the wonderful world of literature. Mandate that your children read at least two books per week while encouraging them to read more. Take the time to read with them and have dinnertime discussions about the books that you have read. We can be contacted by calling (313) 446-2262, or by visiting this link.
Spring Fling – Wine & Beer Tasting
April 26, 2012, Allegan
Spring is in the air! It’s time to switch gears and try some great new wine and beer at the Spring Wine and Beer Tasting at The Silo; 1071 32nd St (M-40 South); Allegan, MI 49010. Enjoy a variety of wide spectrum wine as well as beers from several local Michigan breweries. Whether you enjoy bold flavors or easy sippers, you’re sure to find something new to enjoy! An appetizer buffet is included. Try some great finger-food, learn which foods pair best with what wines and beers, and get some ideas for the next gathering you host! Tickets are $25 per person. For more information, call (269) 355-1655, or click here.
Thornapple Woodpecker Festival
April 27-28, 2012, Middleville
The Thornapple Woodpecker Festival will feature guided birding walks, handicapped golf cart and kayak tours in the woodpecker nesting area along the Thornapple River. Guest speakers, art contest, craft booths, and Woodpecker Ball are part of the activities. For more information, visit the website link.
Vermontville Maple Syrup Festival
April 27-29, 2012, Vermontville
Vermontville is the “granddaddy” of them all! We are the home of the original Maple Syrup Festival in Michigan. Our festival starts Friday evening, continues through Saturday and Sunday and is always held during the last full weekend in April. We have something for everyone—Mid-America rides, talent show, arts and crafts, flea market, two parades, petting zoo, princess pageant, various displays, games, free entertainment, a pancake derby and arm wrestling. Our syrup producers are located throughout the village selling syrup, candies, crème and the ever popular maple syrup cotton candy. For more information call (888) 482-8780, or click here.
Life’s a Mountain Beach Party
April 14-15, 2012, Iron River
Come to our Beach Party and test your skills at our potato sack race, chili contest, three legged race, limbo contest, beach volleyball, and many other activities. For more information on this event, call us at (800) 362-7853 or (906) 265-4957.
Easter on the Green
April 7, 2012, Pentwater
In downtown Pentwater visit the Easter Bunny. We’ll have an Easter Egg Hunt, Easter Bonnet parade and contest, Easter Bonnet musical chairs, face painting, games, crafts, and a Golden Egg Hunt with the Merchants. For more information, call (231) 869-4150, or click here.
Grand Haven Easter Egg Hunt
April 7,2012, Grand Haven
A fun free event for kids up to 10. Over 5,000 Easter eggs filled with candy and prizes. Starts at 11am at Central Park in downtown Grand Haven. For more information call (616) 850-8465 or click here.
Maple Syrup Festival
April 27–29,2012, 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. For more information, visit the link or call (989) 828-6486.