Pure Michigan April 2013 Events Roundup

April means it is officially spring in Michigan. While there may be some showers and lingering cold weather, the warmer season is in sight! The flowers and trees are coming to life and there are tons of things to do across the state both indoors and out.

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


Week of March 31

Broadway in Saginaw “Elvis Lives!”
April 4, 2013, Saginaw
Elvis Lives! is an unforgettable mutli-media and live musical journey across Elvis’ life. His iconic style, embraced by many of today’s artists continues to intrigue audiences of all generations. Featuring finalists from Elvis Presley Enterprises’ worldwide Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest, as well as a tribute to Ann-Margret, audiences “Can’t Help Falling In Love” with this phenomenal theatrical concert experience. Tickets begin at $25. For show series information, visit the website link or call (989) 759-1330 or (989) 759-1320.

Michigan Pinball Expo
April 4-7, 2013, Rochester
Come play pinball at the Oakland Center at Oakland University; 2200 N. Squirrel Road in Rochester. This family friendly event includes over 100 pinball machines available to play. The pinball machines in the center of the Expo will be available to the public to play for free from the start of the Michigan Pinball Expo until the close of the Michigan Pinball Expo! Pay one low admission price and play all day for free! With over 8000 sq. ft. of pinball goodness going on, there is something for everyone at the Michigan Pinball Expo. For more information, visit the website or call (248) 895.8805.

April 5, 2013, Ann Arbor
Foolmoon is a street party filled with luminous sculptures and shadowy figures. It is an extension of ‘Festifools’ party taking place on Sunday, April 7. The event takes place from dusk to midnight. For additional information visit the website or call (734) 763-7550.

All Beethoven Concert
April 6, 2013, Benton Harbor
Performing the music of Beethoven is a central part of the life of every symphony orchestra. On this occasion, three of Beethoven’s greatest works will be performed: the Prometheus Overture, the magnificent Triple Concerto and the Eroica Symphony. Joining  as soloists will be the three master musicians of The Blakemore Trio: Carolyn Huebl violin, Felix Wang cello, and Amy Dorfman piano. For tickets, visit the web link or call (269) 982-4030.

Jason Michael Carroll
April 6, 2013, St. Ignace
After being discovered at a local talent competition in 2004, Country Music artist Jason Michael Carroll was signed to the Arista Nashville label in 2006, releasing his debut album Waitin’ in the Country that year. This album has produced three consecutive Top 40 country hits for him on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts: “Alyssa Lies”, “Livin’ Our Love Song” and “I Can Sleep When I’m Dead”. Carroll’s second album, Growing Up Is Getting Old produced his fourth and fifth Top 40 hits. Tickets are $22.50 and the show starts at 7pm. Click here or call (800) KEWADIN or (906) 643-7071 for more information.

Week of April 7

American Idiot – Musical
April 9-11, 2013, East Lansing
Direct from Broadway, the smash-hit musical American Idiot tells the story of three lifelong friends forced to choose between their dreams and the safety of suburbia. Their quest for true meaning in a post 9/11 world leads them on the most exhilarating theatrical journey of the season. Based on Green Day’s Grammy Award-winning multi-platinum album, American Idiot boldly takes the American musical where it’s never gone before. American Idiot contains adult content and language. Tickets for students are $25, tickets for the public are $60. For showtimes, dates or additional information please click on the website link or call (517) 353-1982.

Art X Detroit: Kresge Arts Experience
April 10-14, 2013, Detroit
Midtown Detroit, Inc. is pleased to announce the return of an extraordinary arts event, Art X Detroit: Kresge Arts Experience, happening in more than a dozen venues throughout Midtown Detroit’s Cultural Center. This five-day arts celebration presents works created by the 38 Kresge Eminent Artists and Kresge Artist Fellowship Awardees and also features a special visual arts exhibition that runs through April 28, 2013 at the Museum of Contemporary Arts Detroit (MOCAD). For more information visit the website.

Great Lakes Art Fair 2013
April 12-14, 2013, Novi
The Great Lakes Art Fair offers fine artists and their patrons an expansive marketplace that brings fresh energy to the regional artistic community. Artists are responsible for providing all booth structures, racks, tables, chairs, display units, lighting, or other fixtures. Educational demonstrations, art based entertainment and community outreach efforts will also be featured.  Admission is $7 for adults and free for children 12 and under. For more information on dates and times, visit the website or call (248) 348-5600.

Don Lubbers Cup Regatta
April 13, 2013, Spring Lake
Head to Grand Haven on  Saturday, April 13, for the prestigious Don Lubbers Cup Regatta, a co-ed collegiate rowing race on Spring Lake from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Spring Lake Yacht Club. Watch as teams from all over the country battle it out in the first race of the spring championship season. Be sure to catch the four-time ACRA National Champions Grand Valley State University take on long-time rival University of Michigan in west Michigan’s most anticipated sporting event of the year.  Event is open and free to the public. For more information visit the website or call (616) 842-4910.

Chef’s Challenge
April, 13-14, 2013, Boyne Falls
Chef’s Challenge will be showcasing the best Chefs in the state of Michigan. If you are looking for a fun-filled, exciting event don’t miss the 6th Annual Chefs Challenge for Challenge Mountain, April 12-13, 2013, at Boyne Mountain Resort. Chef Teams from northern and southern Michigan present the state’s great agricultural diversity at its succulent finest, complimented by fine Michigan wines and micro-brews, a true premier Michigan event. For more information on this event, click here or call (231) 549-6040.

Week of April 14

Bringin’ Back the 80′s
April 19-20, 2013, 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 is $10. For more information call (989) 652-8008 or visit the website link.

Pinball at the ‘Zoo
April 19-20, 2013, Kalamazoo
Pinball show featuring tournaments, coin op auction, games and parts for sale. All of this pinball equals a lot of fun for the whole family! Admission: Adults $12, Kids $6. For more information click on the website link or call (269) 628-4628.

Chilly Blues Fest
April 19-21, 2013, Grand Haven
For over twenty years, downtown Grand Haven has hosted a mix of local, regional, and national blues acts along with a chili cook-off contest during the festive Chilly Blues weekend. The Chilly Blues Fest has come to signify the beginning of summer in Grand Haven! Call (616) 846-8400 for more information.

Blissfield Railroad Days
April 20-21, 2013, Blissfield
Climb aboard a real diesel locomotive and ride the rails on the Adrian & Blissfield Rail Road. See awesome model train layouts at businesses and homes throughout the village, check out the Blissfield Model Railroad Club’s open house and stop by the big Train Show Swap event on Sunday! For more information, visit the website link or contact the Blissfield Downtown Development Authority at (517) 486-3642.

April 20-21, 2013, Royal Oak
GreenFest is a two-day Earth Day event dedicated to celebrating wildlife and educating the community about environmental conservation. For information call (248) 541-5717 or click here.

Week of April 21

Zehnder’s Ragtime Festival
April 24-27, 2013, Frankenmuth
Head to the Zehnder’s Restaurant Ragtime Festival. Special events include vaudeville night, silent movies, sing-along, and dinner, lunch and brunch concerts. All the fun is located at Zehnder’s Restaurant, 713 South Main Street-Frankenmuth. Join us for one event or the whole weekend. Prices vary. For more information call (800) 863-7999 or go to website here.

Vermontville Maple Syrup Festival
April 26-28, 2013, Vermontville

Vermontville is the “granddaddy” of them all! Vermontville is the home of the original Maple Syrup Festival in Michigan. The festival starts Friday evening, continues through Saturday and Sunday and is always held during the last full weekend in April. There is 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. Syrup producers are located throughout the village selling syrup, candies, crème and the ever popular maple syrup cotton candy. For more information click here or call (888) 482-8780.

Thornapple Woodpecker Festival
April 26-27, 2013, 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 or call (616) 293-8666.

MI Earth Day Fest
April 26-28, 2013, Rochester
MI Earth Day Fest is the biggest Earth Day event in Michigan, and with 50,000 expected may be one of the largest on the planet. Featuring exhibits, products, presentations, entertainment, kids’ activities, food and family fun, MI Earth Day Fest will highlight environmental issues and solutions through education, innovation and long term sustainability strategies. Admission is free. For additional information on this event visit the website or call (248) 808-3601.

Freeland Walleye Festival
April 26-28, 2013, 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. Click here or call (989) 695-9512 for more information.

Week of April 28

Ann Arbor Classic Bicycle Show and Swap Meet
April 28, 2013, Ann Arbor
On Sunday, April 28, 2013, the largest collector’s bicycle show in the country will be held at the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds. There were over 7,000 antique, classic, BMX and gas powered mini bikes at last year’s show. The show features 250 vendors and runs from 8 a.m. -3 p.m. Admission is $4 for adults and kids under 10 are free. Four collector bikes will also be given away as door prizes! For more information, click here or call (248) 642-6639.

Blossomtime Festival
April 28-May 4, 2013, Saint Joseph
Blossomtime Festival April 28 – May 4. The Blossomtime Festival, which began in 1906 is an annual festival celebrating the agricultural industry in southwest Michigan. It is a multi-community event including 25 communities in southwest Michigan and is the oldest festival in the state. The Grand Floral Parade lasts two hours and has over 100 units including floats with community queens and their courts, bands, clowns, costumed characters and antique cars. More than 250,000 spectators come from across the Midwest to enjoy this colorful parade which travels from St. Joseph across the river into Benton Harbor. Click here or phone for more details (269) 982-8016.

Broadway in Saginaw “Dream Girls”
April 29, 2013, Saginaw
Full of onstage joy and backstage drama, the sensational new production “Dream Girls” tells the story of an up-and-coming 1960s girl singing group, the triumphs and tribulations that come with fame and fortune. With music by Academy Award nominee Henry Krieger and book and lyrics by Tony and Grammy Award winner Tom Eyen, “Dream Girls” features unforgettable hits: “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going,” “One Night Only,” and “Listen.” This Tony and Academy Award winning musical sparkles like never before! For show series information, visit the website link or call (989) 759-1330 or (989) 759-1320.

Jackson Storyfest
May 2-4, 2013, Jackson
Held the first weekend of May each year, storytellers from all over the United States bring their special stories to Jackson, Michigan; where audiences of all ages share in the laughter, the tears, and the memories. Join us May 2, 3 and 4, 2013 for Jackson Storyfest, celebrating 26 Years of “Stories to Tickle, Tug and Touch You”.  Please visit the website link for more information or call Jackson Storyfest (517) 499-2290.

Spring Sip and Savor
May 4-5, 2013, Suttons Bay
This weekend offers an opportunity to taste a wine and food pairing selected especially by the winemaker at each of the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail wineries. Each winemaker will be present in the winery tasting room during the event to talk about the wine and food pairing and answer any questions you may have. The wines offered with the food pairing may be new releases, older wines, whatever the individual winemaker selected for that special food pairing. This is a great opportunity to meet the people who make the wines you love to drink. Visit up to eight wineries on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and finish the trail tour on Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. For more information visit the website or call for  (231) 256-2829.

These are just a few of the many events happening next month in Pure Michigan. Please visit michigan.org for a complete listing.