April 2010 Events Roundup

Quiet Water Symposium, East Lansing, March 6, 2010

Outdoor Michigan’s Favorite Indoor Show brings together non-motorized outdoor recreation and Great Lakes environmental interests in this annual showcase featuring handcrafted canoes and kayaks, nature photography, bicycling, sailing, nature centers and more.

Festifools, Ann Arbor, April 11, 2010

Fun and frivolous street festival and parade greets spring with giant papier-mâché characters and “random acts of April foolishness.”

NCAA Frozen Four, Detroit, April 8–10, 2010

The NCAA Division 1 Men’s Hockey Championship takes to Detroit’s Ford Field for exciting action on the ice at games on Thursday and Saturday, plus Friday Night at the Frozen Four activities, also at Ford Field.

Bringin’ Back the 80′s, Frankenmuth, April 17-18, 2010

That hair! Those clothes! This is the weekend that was, with live and recorded music of the era, break dancing shows, 80s hairstyles and fashions, and memorabilia to see and play with. The event at Heritage Park benefits the American Cancer Society; $7 admission.

National Trout Festival, Kalkaska, April 21-25, 2010

Kalkaska, surrounded by 225 miles of trout streams and more than 80 lakes, is serious about trout: For more than 40 years a 600-pound, 11-foot tall statue of the fish has stood proudly in the heart of the town.  This annual celebration features a Taste of Trout cooking contest, midway, talent and arts & crafts shows, a classic car cruise, fireworks, fishing contests, fish fry, pig roast and a Grand Royale Parade.

Zehnder’s 15th Annual Ragtime Festival, Frankenmuth, April 21–25, 2010

Tap toes and clap hands to the sounds of the good old days at this celebration of ragtime music. Ticketed events include concerts, vaudeville night, sing-along and silent movies.

Chef’s Challenge, Boyne Falls, April 23-25, 2010
Michigan’s top Chefs compete and guests enjoy seminars and sampling delicious food, wine, and micro brews at Boyne Mountain Resort. The 3rd annual event benefits Challenge Mountain, which assists the developmentally challenged through recreation.

Freeland Walleye Festival, Freeland, April 23-25, 2010

In Freeland, just south of Midland, the annual Walleye Festival features the fishing tournament plus carnival rides, fireworks, music, poker tournament, kid’s fishing pond, teen dance, car show and a fish fry.

Maple Syrup Festivals, Shepherd/Vermontville, April 23-25, 2010

Celebrate Michigan Maple Syrup at two events on the same weekend: the 70th annual Vermontville Maple Syrup Festival and the 52nd Shepherd Maple Syrup Festival.

Learn how real maple syrup makes its way from the tree to the breakfast table, and enjoy pancake meals, parades, classic car displays, amusement rides, arts & crafts, entertainment, and maple product sales.

Spring Fling, Paradise, April 24-26, 2010

The Whitefish Point Bird Observatory, a designated Important Bird Area on Lake Superior, is a stopping point for more than 330 species of birds. The annual spring migration event features bird hikes, demonstrations and workshops to aid in maximizing birding activities.

Blossomtime Festival, Benton Harbor/St. Joseph, April 25-May 1, 2010

Since 1906 the southwest corner of Michigan has heralded spring with the Blessing of the Blossoms and a multi-community celebration of the local agricultural heritage and its orchards, vineyards and farms. The spectacular Grand Floral Parade featuring flower-bedecked floats travels between the neighboring cities of St. Joseph and Benton Harbor.

Green Street Fair, Plymouth, April 30-May2, 2010

The third annual outdoor gathering features organic cooking demonstrations, Green Machine Earth Show, Handmade Detroit, and eco-friendly art, foods, clothing, home goods, gardening, alternative transportation, entertainment, and “Little Sprouts” kid’s area.

Chihuly: A New Eden, Grand Rapids April 30-September 30, 2010

A special exhibit of incredible glass works by renowned artist Dale Chihuly in honor of the 15th anniversary of the Frederick Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park.

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