Pure Michigan February 2013 Events Roundup

Winter is in full swing and there are tons of fun upcoming events happening across the state! From cross country ski races to golf shows and restaurant weeks, there’s something for everyone this February in Pure Michigan.

Below are just some of the many events happening in February. Please visit michigan.org for a complete listing of Michigan events.


Week of January 28

Perchville USA – 2013
January 31-February 3, 2013, Tawas
Sixty-third Annual Perchville USA in the Tawases! The event includes a family tent, polar bear swims, chili cook-off, parade, hospitality tent with entertainment and much, much more! For more information visit the website or call (989) 362-8643.

Devils & Round Lake Tip-Up Festival
February 1-3, 2013, Manitou Beach
The Devils & Round Lake Tip-Up Festival at Manitou Beach features ice fishing, oval track races, a Fun For Run, ice skating, bikini and hot boxer contest, leg wrestling, auction and more. For more information call (517) 547-9726.

Ice Breaker 2013
February 1-3, 2013, South Haven
Come Enjoy “The Four Seasons of South Haven” Ice Breaker 2013 – February 1, 2 & 3. The Lake Michigan resort community of South Haven will heat up as it celebrates the 20th 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 on this event, visit the website link or call (269) 637-5171.

International 500 Snowmobile Race
February 2, 2013, Sault Ste. Marie
When you see drivers accelerate to speeds exceeding 100 miles per hour on the straight-aways your heart will race even faster! Mark your calendar for the first Saturday in February and get ready for the thrill of a lifetime. The checkered flag will wave on February 2, 2013. For more information on this event, visit the link here or call (989) 808-5266.

Taste the Passion
February 2-3, 2013, Traverse City
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 between the hours of 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday, and Noon and 5 p.m. on Sunday. However, because one cannot survive on chocolate alone (tempting as it may sound), savory dishes will be served at a number of tasting rooms. For more information on this event, visit the link or call (231) 421-1172.


Week of February 3

Winter Carnival – 2013
February 6-10, 2013, Houghton
The 92nd Annual Michigan Tech University Winter Carnival will be held throughout the campus and various Houghton/Hancock locations February 6 through February 10. Events include the famous snow statues, sporting events, the queen contest, a torch light parade, fireworks, the Sno-Ball and more. For more information contact Blue Key National Honor Fraternity at (906) 487-2818 or visit the website here.

West Michigan Golf Show 2013
February 8-10, 2013, Grand Rapids
The excitement and promise of a Saturday morning foursome hits West Michigan in February. Golfers can plan vacations around the U.S. and Michigan, buy new equipment from huge retail displays and dream of golf. Lessons, skill contests, club demos and the world famous Par 3 Challenge. Click here or call (616) 742-6500 for details.

Motown Winter Blast 2013
February 8-10, 2013, Detroit
Motown Winter Blast is a unique combination of hip and fun winter events that are centered on Campus Martius Park. This fun celebration of Motown is one you will not want to miss! For more information see the website.

Central Michigan University International Film Festival
February 8-10, 2013, Mt. Pleasant
The CMU International Film Festival offerings will be presented over two weekends (Feb 8-10 and Feb 14-17) with special guest speakers Raymond Rolak and Kurt Reimink doing Q&A’s. Films are to be shown at CMU Park Library Auditorium and Celebration Cinema. For more information, visit the website link or call (989) 774-2694.

Alpenfrost 2013
February 9, 2013, Gaylord
The second 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 horse carriage rides, ice sculpting, and a flurry of downtown activities, games, and merchant sales from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. For a schedule of events or for more information click on the website link or call (989) 731-7378.


Week of February 10

Snowsfest in Les Cheneaux
February 14-17, 2013, Cedarville and Hessel
The 52nd annual Snowsfest is one of Michigan’s longest running winter festivals! Most activities will be in downtown Cedarville, including children’s winter games, chili cook-off, hot dogs and beverages, dog show, Leader Dogs exhibit, Kitty Cat/Mini-Z/120 races for kids, the ceremonial snowman burning, and Winter Makers’ Market of hand-crafted art, food and home furnishings. The Ice Hole Golf on Ice, Frosty 5K & 10K, and Winter Wonderland Dog Walk will take place in Hessel. There will also be a Pub Shuffle, Snowsfest Poker Run and many more activities offered throughout the weekend. For more information, call (906) 484-3935 or see complete schedule of events at the website link.

UP200 Sled Dog Race
February 14-18, 2013, 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 in the Upper Peninsula.  The UP 200 trail covers 240 miles of challenging terrain through the areas of Marquette, Grand Marais, Wetmore, the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and finishes at Mattson Lower Harbor Park in Marquette. Come join in the excitement for the start of the race located in downtown Marquette.  For more information on this event, visit the website or call (906) 228-3072.

Hart & Pentwater WinterFest
February 15-16, 2013, Pentwater
On Saturday, February 15, there is a “Friday Night Lights Broomball tournament,” Hart Lake fishing tournament, free fishing weekend, snow putt golf, a chili cook-off at Cenzo’s, snowshoeing and skiing in Pentwater and the John Gurney Park  will be open for x-country skiing. For more information please contact (231) 869-4150.

Labatt Blue UP Pond Hockey Championship
February 15-17, 2013, St. Ignace
The Labatt Blue UP Pond Hockey Championship drew a record 159 teams to St. Ignace in 2012. Come and play in one of the few pond hockey tournaments where the ‘pond’ is actually one of the five Great Lakes – Lake Huron! This is a USA Hockey sanctioned tournament, and players over the age of 21 are welcome to come and participate in the tournament! Many 75′ x 150′ rinks will be created on the ice of Moran Bay. There are many age divisions, so your team is sure to fit in one of them. For more information call (906) 643-7482 or (888) 878-4462.

Petoskey Winter Carnival
February 16, 2013, Petoskey
The Petoskey Winter Carnival features ice skating exhibitions, sledding, food and Petoskey’s own bump jumping competition – join the fun of this daylong event and enjoy the splendor of winter! Call (231) 347-2500 and ask for Parks & Rec for details.


Week of February 17

Winter Blues Festival
February 18-24, Petoskey
Beat the winter blues and come to Downtown Petoskey for a week of great events for the whole family including a hot dish cook-off, Petoskey’s Got Talent show, Snowman Building Contest, Whine and Dine progressive dinner, the Fur Ball and Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. Visit the website link for details or call Kathy Bardins at (231) 487-1188.

Cottage & Lakefront Living Show
February 21-24, 2013, Novi
Every aspect of cottage and lakefront living will be on display. There is sure to be something for cottage, lakefront property and vacation homeowners or those looking to buy, build or rent on display at the sixth annual pre-season Cottage & Lakefront Living Show. For information call (800) 328-6550 or click here.

Ice & Snow Sailing Festival
February 21-24, 2013, St. Ignace
Bring your kiteboards, wings, or sails to St. Ignace for fantastic ice conditions. This event caters to all skill levels. Participate in one of the fun competitions or just cruise the ice and enjoy. Invite friends or your local club – even ‘newbies’ to the sport will have exhilarating fun! Join and compare notes and share ‘war stories’ with others who love to be powered by the wind! World competitors have marveled at the ice and wind conditions. Now it’s your turn to fly across our ice! Find out more by calling (888) 878-4462 or visit the website.

Tri Winter Cup
February 23, 2013, Copper Harbor
The Tri Winter Cup features 8.67 mile ski, snowshoe and “anything” (must be human powered) races. Choose one race or complete the Marathon of all three for a chance at the Tri Winter Cup. The event takes place from 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. Click on the website link for more information.

Coopersville Outhouse 500
February 23, 2013, Coopersville
Join the hilarious and wacky fun of the Annual Outhouse 500 on Main Street in Historic Downtown Coopersville where teams parade then race their uniquely decorated outhouses down Main Street. For more information please contact (616) 997-5164.


Week of February 24

Traverse City Restaurant Week
February 24-March 2, 2013, Traverse City
The Downtown Traverse City Association will host the Traverse City Restaurant Week (TCRW) in response to the many accolades regarding great restaurants and food offerings in the Grand Traverse Region. This week promises to be the most delicious week of the winter where diners may perfect the art of dining by discovering new restaurants or enjoying their favorite at an affordable price. Participating restaurants will offer three course meals for $25 per person. For more information, visit this link or call the Downtown Traverse City Association at (231) 922-2050.

West Michigan Home & Garden Show 2013
February 28-March 3, 2013, Grand Rapids
West Michigan’s premier home and garden show will be at DeVos Place February 28 through March 3, 2013. The event will have more home products and services than ever before with interior and exterior remodeling, new construction, huge sprawling gardens, landscaping and retail garden centers filled with plants, trees and blooming flowers. For more information on this event, visit the website or call (800) 328-6550 for more details.

Suds & Snow
March 2, 2013
Beer tasting and snow shoeing go hand in hand at this fun event held all day at Timber Ridge Resort. Guests can enjoy an afternoon on the trails in snowshoes (no experience required) followed by a visit to the beer and food tasting trail station. The sampling continues at the indoor banquet facility with rockin’ live music at both the trail station and banquet facility. For more information contact (231) 947-2770.

Michigan Golf Show
March 1-3, 2013, Novi
The Michigan Golf Show kicks off the golf season highlighting over 400 exhibitors with great deals on every aspect of the golf game! Retailers! Resorts! Travel destinations! Great deals on Michigan golf courses! There will also be a variety of “hands-on” activities to get you ready for this season. For show hours, admission pricing and discount coupons visit the website.

Hair – Musical Performance
March 2-3, 2013, Detroit
Hair: a celebration of peace and love!, the 2009 Tony Award-Winning Best Musical Revival directed by Diane Paulus, will play the Fox Theatre for a limited engagement. Hair is part of the Fifth Third Bank Fox Theatre Series. For information call (800) 745-3000 or click here.

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