Maple Sugar Festival
March 12-13, 2011 Kalamazoo
Stroll to the sugar shack and learn about the making of the sweet, natural treat at the Kalamazoo Nature Center.
Kalamazoo Living History Show
March 19-20, 2011 Kalamazoo
The public is invited to step back in time to join historical re-enactors from pre-Revolutionary days through the Civil War and more than 270 craftsmen and dealers of living history supplies at the 36th annual meet.
Quiet Water Symposium
March 5, 2011 East Lansing
Non-motorized outdoor recreation and Great Lakes environmental interests are featured at the 16th annual showcase featuring handcrafted canoes and kayaks, nature photography, bicycling, diving, sailing, nature centers and more, at the Michigan State University Pavilion for Livestock and Agriculture Education.
Corktown St. Patrick’s Day Parade
March 13, 2011 Detroit
The 53rd strolling celebration by Detroit’s Irish (and those who wish they were) steps off at 2 p.m. on Michigan Avenue in the city’s historic Corktown area.
Spring Boating Expo
March 17-20, 2011 Novi
More than 100 exhibitors showcase new and overstocked non-current model boats, motors and trailers for fishing, cruising, and skiing, in addition to personal watercraft and related equipment at Suburban Collection Showplace.
Ann Arbor Film Festival
March 22-27, 2011 Ann Arbor
The oldest event of its kind in North America celebrates its 49th annual screening of independent and experimental film and video at the historic Michigan Theater in downtown Ann Arbor.
Butterflies Are Blooming
March 1-April 30, 2011 Grand Rapids
Escape to the warmth of the 5-story Tropical Conservatory at Frederik Meijer Gardens to observe more than 40 species of butterflies and moths flying free. New this year, see caterpillars and cocoons in the other indoor gardens.
Michigan Laugh Fest
March 10-20, 2011 Grand Rapids
Enjoy many aspects of humor from top comedians to laughter yoga and funny pet contests at the first such festival of laughter at 20 venues in and around Grand Rapids. Tickets for the 10-day event range from $7 to all-festival passes beginning at $250.
Ultimate Sport Show
March 17-20, 2011 Grand Rapids
The latest and greatest gear and information for outdoor lovers features taxidermy, archery, fishing, hunting and camping, plus the 110,000-gallon indoor “Lake Ultimate” at DeVos Place.
Forbes Merkley Sugar Bush Walk
March 5-6, 12-13 2011 Burton
Head to For-Mar Nature Preserve and Arboretum and join Forbes to learn about maple syrup making, from tapping trees to collecting and boiling the sap.
Flushing Walleye Festival
March 11-13, 2011 Flushing
The Flint River inspired this annual celebration featuring a fishing contest, fish fry, pancake breakfast, games, outdoor expo, and chili cook off.
Zehnder’s Ragtime Festival
April 13-16, 2011 Frankenmuth
Vaudeville night, a sing-along, silent movies and concerts recall the sights and sounds of the good old days at this celebration of ragtime music. Ticketed events include concerts.
Bringin’ Back the 80’s
April 15-16, 2011 Frankenmuth
Live bands and DJ Fuzzy will help you relive the music, dancing, clothes and hair of an era. Proceeds from the $10 admission to the event at Heritage Park benefit the American Cancer Society.
Benzie County Water Festival
March 19, 2011 Frankfort
The first annual, family-friendly celebration of the most valuable natural resource includes music, art, kiddie activities, and presentations and projects related to protection of local waters as well as global issues.
National Trout Festival
April 27-May 1, 2011 Kalkaska
Catch the fun of the 75th anniversary of this salute to the big fish found in and around Kalkaska, which is surrounded by 225 miles of trout streams and 80 lakes. For more than 40 years a 600-pound, 11-foot tall statue of the fish has stood proudly in the heart of the town. Festivities include a trout fishing contest, talent and arts & crafts shows, a classic car cruise, fireworks, fish fry, and Grand Royale Parade.
Spring Sip and Savor
April 30-May 1, 2011 Cedar
Sample brunch foods and compatible wines at the 18 members of the Leelanau Peninsula Vintners Association. Those who dress in pajamas or “fancy hats” are eligible for prizes.
Hartwick Pines Maple Syrup Day
March 26, 2011 Grayling
Join the annual celebration of the sweet treat at Hartwick Pines State Park, with demonstrations, video presentation, candy and syrup for sale, and free recipes.
March 4-6, 2011 Calumet
The second annual sled dog race features teams of 10 dogs covering 150 miles of the Copper Range, beginning and ending in Calumet, followed by a 6-dog, 35-mile recreational race.
Valley Spur Taste and Glide
March 5, 2011 Munising
Snowshoe or cross-country ski the Valley Spur Ski Trail and sample delicious treats at buffets set up along the way.
Great Bear Chase Ski Marathon
March 12, 2011 Calumet
The annual 50k freestyle, 26k classic and 26k freestyle cross-country ski events traverse gently rolling trails of the Swedetown area and finish in Calumet.