Winter has arrived in Michigan, and while the temperatures may be dropping, that doesn’t mean that fun events in Michigan will take a break! January in Pure Michigan is full of events for people of all ages. From snowy weather fun to concerts and restaurant weeks, there’s something for everyone.
Below are just some of the many events happening in January. Please visit michigan.org/events for a complete listing of everything going on in Pure Michigan.
Week of 12/30/12
Grand Rapids Symphony presents: Lockington Premieres Cello Concerto
January 3-4, 2013, Grand Rapids
Come see the Grand Rapids Symphony in an intimate concert hall. Whether an up-and-coming soloist or composer, our own symphony musicians, or works of great composers written during the early years of their careers, this series will give you the opportunity to discover these rising stars first, and become their biggest fans! Tickets start at $22. For information, visit the website link or call (616) 454-9451 ext. 4 for more information.
Wine About Winter
January 4, 2013, Grand Haven
The perfect pairing of wine, shopping, and winter! Local art will be on display during the walking tour featuring a variety of wines for tasting in each participating store. Local businesses will host one or more West Michigan artists, fabulous wines for all palettes and excellent boutique shopping to create a charming, winter walking tour of the Downtown and Centertown districts from 5pm to 9pm. For more information visit the website here or call (616) 844-1188.
Bridal World Show 2013
January 5, 2013, Saginaw – January 6, 2013, Lansing
Mid-Michigan’s largest annual bridal show takes place in Saginaw on Saturday and Lansing on Sunday. Vendors will feature cakes, catering, music, floral, photography, invitations, and much more. For more information on this event, click here or call (989) 759-1320.
Race Your Own Dog Team with Nature’s Kennel Sled Dog Adventures
January 5-6, 2013, McMillan
Yes! You can be in the Tahquamenon Country Sled Dog Race on January 5, 2013. Be part of the race excitement and run the 4-dog, eight mile race, NO experience necessary. Our new Race Package provides training, gear, dogs and all the fun of a real sled dog race. For more information visit the website or call (906) 748-0513.
Grand Rapids Antiques Market & Old House Expo
January 5-6, 2013, Grand Rapids
Visit Michigan’s largest indoor antique show January 5-6. There is plenty of vintage shopping for the antique enthusiast. Over 200 buyers, sellers, and repair services will be on hand and there will also be $5 appraisals, a Miss Valentine Pin Up contest, vintage fashion show, and the Old House Expo (Saturday only) where visitors can learn how to restore and preserve their largest antiques. First 1,000 visitors receive a gift bag with $1,000 worth of coupons. $2 off admission coupons are available at local antique stores. For event information visit the website or call (616) 516-2224.
Week of 1/6/13
The Ultimate Fishing Show
January 10-13, 2013, Novi
Michigan’s largest fishing show is all about fishing tackle, fishing trips, fishing boats and features: Lake Ultimate, Trout Pond, seminar stages, a fish fry and more. Tickets can be ordered online. For more show information visit the website or call the show managers at (616) 447-2860 or toll free at (800) 328-6550.
January 11-13, 2013, East Jordan
Join in the fun of the 32nd Annual Sno-Blast. Activities throughout the weekend include an antique snowmobile show, drag races, frozen pancake toss, snow sculpture and snowshoeing contests. For more information call the East Jordan Chamber of Commerce at (231) 536-7351.
Magic Slim and the Teardrops – Concert
January 12, 2013, Traverse City
Magic Slim is the greatest living proponent of the intense, electrified, Mississippi-to-Chicago blues style that spawned much of the music played by modern blues artists and rockers. It’s no wonder that Magic Slim and the Teardrops, considered by many to be “the last real Chicago blues band,” have become one of the busiest and best-loved blues bands around. The concert starts at 8pm. For tickets or additional information, visit the website link or call (800) 836-0717 or (231) 995-1553.
The Velveteen Rabbit
January 12, 2013, East Lansing
“When a child loves you for a long, long time… then you become Real.” So says the Horse to the Velveteen Rabbit in Margery Williams’ famous and much-loved literary classic. A plush rabbit, given as a gift to a young boy, yearns for the day the boy will choose him as his special playmate, so that he can become real. This innovative production combines the theatrical magic and signature style of Enchantment Theatre with the musical magic of Tony, Emmy and Grammy Award-winning composer/arranger Don Sebesky. With an original musical score, life-size puppets, masks and magic, this charming tale of love and devotion becomes an unforgettable theatrical experience for the whole family. Shows are at 1:30pm and 4:00pm in Wharton Center’s Cobb Great Hall on January 12, 2013. For more information call (517) 353-1982.
Great Skate Winterfest
January 12-13, 2013, Grand Rapids
Celebrate winter in the city and skate with Grand Rapids Griffins players! Celebrate the 11th Annual Great Skate Winterfest at Rosa Parks Circle in downtown Grand Rapids! Enjoy a day full of winter-themed events, sport demonstrations and family activities, followed by a 24-hour skating marathon with the Grand Rapids Griffins. Events start at noon and marathon goes through Sunday until 10pm. Admission is free. For event information visit their website or call (616) 774-4585 ext 3046.
Kalamazoo Beer Week
January 12-18, 2013, Kalamazoo
Quench your thirst for a finely crafted brew at the third annual Kalamazoo Beer Week. Event will be held at various locations around Kalamazoo. The event will close with the annual Chili Cookoff in downtown Kalamazoo on January 18. For more information on this event, click on the website link or call (269) 488-9000.
Week of 1/13/13
Silver Streak Week
January 14-18, 2013, Roscommon
This week, Cross Country Ski Headquarters would like to welcome all “seasoned” outdoors people, age 60 and older, to a complimentary Cross Country Ski Headquarters Facilities Pass, plus a coffee or hot cocoa on the house. For more information on this free event, call (800) 832-2663.
Bay Harbor Ice & Spice Festival
January 18-19, 2013, Bay Harbor
Head to Bay Harbor for a grand winter celebration, the Bay Harbor Ice & Spice Festival that includes ice carving competitions in both Professional and Amateur divisions and a warming tent located on the Village Lawn Panel. Activities are scheduled throughout the day. Other winter activities include sled dog musher rides, “live” sculptures, a chill lounge and winter activities for the whole family! For more information visit the website here or call (231) 439-2004.
The Russian National Ballet Theatre
January 18-19, 2012, Houghton
With over 50 dancers of singular instruction and vast experience, the Russian National Ballet Theatre is dedicated not only to the timeless tradition of classical Russian Ballet but also to invigorate this tradition by embracing new developments in the dance from around the world. The Rozsa Center is proud to present the Russian National Ballet Theatre’s beautiful classic Cinderella on Friday and the timeless, often considered the finest achievement of the Classical ballet, Sleeping Beauty on Saturday. Both performances begin at 7:30pm. For more information contact (906) 487-3200.
Tip Up Town USA
January 18-20 & 25-27, 2013, Houghton Lake
2013 is the 63rd year for Tip-Up Town USA. This family festival is held on Houghton Lake and features activities for all ages that include a parade, ice fishing contest, ice slide, family fun tent, carnival, outdoor games, snowmobile drag races and more. It’s so big it takes place two weekends! January 18 – 20 and January 25 – 27, 2013. Visit the website of call (989) 366-5644 or (800) 248-5253 for more details.
North American International Auto Show
January 19-27, 2013, Detroit
Experience the next generation of transportation at the 2013 North American International Auto Show. See more than 500 vehicles on display representing the most innovative designs in the world and experience North America’s largest and most prestigious automotive showcase. The show is open Jan 19-27 from 9am-10pm (Jan 22 9am-7pm). Admittance ends each day one-hour prior to the close of the show. Early access is available for handicapped individuals daily starting at 8am. Please enter at the Oakland Entrance. Adults $12, Seniors: $6 (65+), and Children (ages 7-12) $6. Ages 6 and under free with a parent or guardian. For more information, please visit the website or call (248) 643-0250.
Week of 1/20/13
Ann Arbor Restaurant Week
January 20-25, 2013, Ann Arbor
One price dining, one week, several options. Enjoy extraordinary three course dinner menus and fixed price fare lunch menus from Ann Arbor’s best restaurants. Ann Arbor Restaurant Week is your chance to experience cuisine that delights your palate and defines the art of dining in Ann Arbor. This is a great opportunity to discover new restaurants and enjoy favorites at a discounted price. Tables fill fast during this gastronomically great event, so make your reservations now. For more information, visit the website link or call (734) 668-7112 ext 22.
Zehnder’s Snowfest 2013
January 23-28, 2013, Frankenmuth
Snowfest is Located at Zehnder’s Restaurant. This fun filled winter event for the whole family includes snow sculpting and ice carving competitions, a children’s area, fireworks, entertainment, warming tent and much more. For more information call (800) 863-7999.
January 24-27, 2013, Grand Haven
Winterfest is a full weekend of winter fun in Grand Haven during the last week of January. Winterfest is packed with winter fun for everyone including the Glow Bowl at Mulligan’s Hollow Ski Bowl, Intergalactic Human Sled Race, Family Dog Pull, Cardboard Sled Race, Luau Extravaganza, Kids Day, Polar Plunge, Snow Angel Contest, and much more! For additional information on this event, visit the link or call (616) 402-4887.
Sno Drift Rally 2013
January 25-26, 2013, Atlanta
Headquartered in Montmorency County, the Sno*Drift Rally allows spectators to get up close and see rally cars race, slip and slide throughout the two day event. Sno*Drift is the only race in the Rally America series that promises snow and ice. For more information click here or call (989) 786-3160.
Heikinpaiva Mid-Winter Festival
January 26, Hancock
A series of events celebrating the halfway mark of winter in a distinctive Finnish fashion will take place on Jan. 26, 2013, in downtown Hancock. Authentic Finnish smorgasbord dinner and dances, a concert and a Tori Market along with cultural demonstrations, a “Polar Bear Plunge”, live reindeer and a great parade starts the celebration off. Visit the website or call (906) 487-7302 for more details.
Week of 1/27/13
Amazing Brides Bridal Show 2013
January 27, 2013, Ann Arbor
See what’s hot in 2013 and visit dozens of area business offering their expertise to help plan the wedding of your dreams. This free show is conveniently located in the Sheraton Ann Arbor Hotel. Show is from 1-4pm. For more information visit the website, call (248) 568-6907 or (734) 320-8019.
Grand Rapids Symphony: Play! A Video Game Symphony
January 29, 2013, Grand Rapids
Today’s video games are becoming increasingly demanding in the quality and complexity of their musical score. Come see some of the best compositions in the video game world performed live by the Grand Rapids Symphony! Dramatic and mystical music from video games Final Fantasy, Legend of Zelda, HALO, World of Warcraft and more, perfectly synchronized with stunning and beautiful digital montages on three high definition screens. This is an inventive, breathtaking performance. For performance or ticket information, visit the web link or call (616) 454-9451 ext. 4.
Muskegon SnowFest 2013
January 29-February 2, 2013, Muskegon
Classic events will include the Annual Distinguished Service Awards and Silent Auction, Team Trivia, Euchre Tournament, live music Friday February 1st and 2nd, Snow Volleyball, Snow Cornhole, Lumberjacks Broom ball, Free Kids Fest, Battle of the Bowls and Muskegon’s only Heated Beverage Tent. For more information, go to website link.
Michigan International Auto Show 2013
January 31-February 3, 2013, Grand Rapids
DeVos Place is the location for our annual Auto Show. This is the greatest annual opportunity to view your next new car. Manufacturers from around the world will bring their finest traveling displays with new vehicles, including sedans, vans, SUV’s, trucks, hybrids and sports cars. Not only is the Auto Show the Best place to shop and compare options for every day vehicles, it is also the first opportunity for West Michigan residents to see many of the most recently released or “soon to be released” models. For more information on this event, visit this link or call for more details at (616) 742-6500.
Mung Xuan Quy Ty 2013 Vietnamese Concert
January 31, 2013, Detroit
MotorCity Casino Hotel is proud to announce the Mung Xuan Quy Ty 2013 Vietnamese Concert, live at Sound Board. The Ultimate 2013 Vietnamese celebration will feature performances from Thuy Duong, Toc Tien, Mai Tien Dung, Nhu Quynh, Truong Vu, Huong Thuy, and The Liberty Band. All ages are welcome. For information visit the website here or call (800) 745-3000.
For a full listing of events happening across the state, please visit michigan.org/events.