An April Full of Events in Pure Michigan

April in Michigan marks the start of spring. From fantastic festivals to exciting outdoor events, there’s so much to enjoy as the snow melts away and warm weather returns.  Below is a roundup of some of the many events going on around the state next month. Check out our events page to check out everything going on in Pure Michigan all month long.

April 1-10

American Ballet Theatre: The Sleeping Beauty
March 31 – March 3, Detroit

UMS and Michigan Opera Theatre join forces to bring American Ballet Theatre’s new production of The Sleeping Beauty to the Detroit Opera House. Choreographed by Marius Petipa with staging and additional choreography by Alexei Ratmansky, this classic story ballet premiered 125 years ago at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg. The story is one of the most familiar and enchanting of all fairy tales: the beautiful princess Aurora is cursed by the evil sorceress Carabosse to sleep for 100 years, until she is awakened by the kiss of a handsome prince.

Mackinaw Raptor Fest
April 1-2, Petoskey

Not something you’ll soon forget – getting up close and personal to live hawks and owls! A free, family-friendly public program featuring these wonderful creatures will be held at Camp Daggett on Walloon Lake near Petoskey on April 2. Gather up the family and swoop over to Petoskey.

Northwest Michigan Camper & RC Show
April 1-3, Traverse City


If you’re looking for a new way to explore Pure Michigan, this is a show you won’t want to miss! New recreation vehicles—over 35 units and over 10 brands displayed; folding campers, travel trailers and fifth wheel travel trailers, ranging in price from $7,000 to more than $75,000. Learn about the latest RV features and innovations, and take advantage of low show pricing. Booths featuring parts and accessories, campground information, RV financing and RV rentals make this the complete RV show experience.

Maple Syrup Day
April 2, Grayling

Visitors will be able to taste maple syrup and sap, smell the aroma around an outside evaporator pan and welcome spring at this educational and fun event. Maple recipes will be available for those wishing to savor the sweetness of the day.

Step Back in Time
April 2, Monroe

At the River Raisin National Battlefield Park “Step Back in Time” to the Era of the Fur Trade with Norbert DeWilde on April 2, 2016 from 2-3:30 pm. Learn about the Fur Trade and explore animal furs in this fun filled hands-on activity! For ages 6-12 years. Only 20 spots so RSVP today to the battlefield at 734-243-7136. Refreshments will be served!

Nana’s Naughty Knickers
April 3-12, Flint

Bridget and her Grandmother are about to become roommates. However, it seems her sweet Grandma is running an illegal boutique from her apartment, selling naughty knickers to every senior citizen in the five borough area! Will Bridget be able to handle all the excitement? Will her Nana get arrested – or worse – evicted?

April 5- 10

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
April 6-9, Saginaw

Washington Irving’s tale, with all the famous characters – the awkward teacher, Ichabod Crane, the lovely Katrina Van Tassel and the brutish Brom Bones. The story saves the best for last – the ride of the headless horseman. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is great family entertainment any time of year!

Capital City Film Festival
April 7-10, Lansing

The Capital City Film Festival (CCFF) is a multimedia showcase of films and live touring bands that engages audiences in Michigan’s capital city. CCFF celebrates independent artists from around the world by curating outstanding multimedia experiences for the community.

ArtDowntownApril 9, Grand Rapids

This spring, Art.Downtown. will captivate Grand Rapids on Saturday, April 9, 2016 from 12-9PM. Grand Rapids’ ultimate local art experience will feature several hundred artists in dozens of galleries, businesses, and studio spaces around downtown, expanding from the Avenue for the Arts corridor in the Heartside Neighborhood to KCAD, Devos Place to ArtPrize winning SiteLab on Rumsey Street, and more. Meet and speak with artists, curators, and shop owners about everything from artistic methods to collective movements. Join the excitement and see what  the Grand Rapids local arts community has to offer!

Art Along the Trail: Pioneer Wine Trail
April 9-10, Jackson

Art Along the Trail will be an event that is self-driven over the two days and each winery will have a “new release” wine that will be paired with a dish. Each winery will have a musician, a poet, an artist, a book writer doing a signing, a comedian, or another type of artist. The guests will receive a PWT glass at their first stop and the ticket cost will be $35.00.


April 11-16

New Co: Detroit
April 13, Detroit

NewCo turns the business conference model inside out. Festival participants pick the companies they want to explore. Then, they tour Detroit, meeting founders and senior leadership inside their home office. Enjoy unscripted, insightful conversations and learn first-hand about how the Motor City’s best-and-brightest drive purposeful transformation in their communities.

MSU Science Festival
April 12-17, East Lansing

A FREE multi-day celebration of Science! Keynote speaker Brian Greene! Activities include a statewide astronomy night, talks, demonstrations, tours, open houses, science cafes, and hands-on activities. Events held in East Lansing at various campus venues. For life-long learners of all ages.

Metropolitan Opera Rising Stars Concert Series
April 15, Traverse City

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to experience remarkable young artists on the cusp of extraordinary careers. For more than 125 years, the Metropolitan Opera has been the artistic home of the greatest singers in the world and the launching pad for the opera stars of the future. Some of today’s leading artists got their first big break through the Mets development programs: Stephanie Blythe, Renee Fleming, Susan Graham, Deborah Voigt, Thomas Hampson, and Mariusz Kwiecien are just a few of the major artists to have come through the Met ranks.

Annual Titanic Dinner
April 16, Petoskey

Relive the mystery and intrigue of this ill-fated ship. Dinner and historical presentations make up the evening. Models, original newspapers and artifacts will be on display as well as table settings representing the first, second and third class.

April 17-21

Midland Reads Poetry
April 17, Midland

Who in Midland reads poetry nowadays? Well, lots of people! Join a few of your neighbors of different ages, occupations, and backgrounds who have accepted an invitation to share a poem that matters to them. If you enjoy hearing poems read aloud, please join us. Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month, held every April, is the largest literary celebration in the world with schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets celebrating poetry’s vital place in our culture. Refreshments provided.

chocolateTraverse City Chocolate Festival
April 17, Traverse City

The largest chocolate event in Michigan, the Traverse City Chocolate Festival will once again tease your taste buds and your imagination. Chocolate exhibitors from the region and beyond will provide free samples and one-to-one conversations about their products. Learn about the magic and art infused into good chocolate at the special presentations by the experts.

Superhero Short Film Fest
April 18, Midland

Come celebrate the 1st Annual Superhero Short Film Fest at the Grace A. Dow Memorial Library Auditorium in Midland, MI on Monday April 18, 2016! Superhero Short Film Fest features a Live Screening of the Top Five Superhero/Fantasy Films, followed by a Costume/Cosplay Contest! Open to filmmakers worldwide! Enter your film today!

Real to Reel: Just Eat It
April 21, Saugatuck

Just Eat It looks at our systemic obsession with expiry dates, perfect produce and portion sizes, and reveals the core of this seemingly insignificant issue that is having devastating consequences around the globe. Just Eat It brings farmers, retailers, inspiring organizations, and consumers to the table in a cinematic story that is equal parts education and delicious entertainment.

Pinball at the Zoo
April 21-23, Kalamazoo

Head to Kalamazoo for a showcase of pinball machines, arcade games, coin-ops and all the cool things you need to complete your game room including: neon signs, gas pumps, and more! Consider yourself a pinball wizard? Prove it here!

April 22-30


Bringin’ Back the 80′s
April 22-23, Frankenmuth

Bring back hair teasing memories by paying tribute to the music, trends and events of the 1980′s. Don’t sit back in your pegged pants and play Atari, come on down and have a great time at the 12th Annual Bringin’ Back the 80′s celebration!

Campus to Coast
April 22 – 24, East Lansing

April 22-Campus to Coast (C2C160) is a paddle sport adventure race. The race starts on MSU’s campus at the Rock, following the Red Cedar River into the Grand River and out through Grand Haven, Michigan, finishing at Grand Haven State Park. The race is approximately 160 miles, with estimations of the fastest times being anywhere from 26-40 hours, depending on the river conditions, and 57 hours being the cut-off time. This race also contains seven portages, along with one section where racers must “canoe line” a small section of fall over dams. 24, East Lansing

Earth Day Celebration
April 23, Kalamazoo

Start off your day in the Earth Day 5K, and cheer on the kids at the Raccoon Run for ages 8 and under. Enjoy FREE admission all day! The day will include free trail hiking, nature’s playground and children’s crafts. Don’t miss a great opportunity to teach your kids about the wonders of the earth, and why it’s our mission to preserve it.

ButterfliesFred & Dorothy Fichter: Butterflies Are Blooming
March 3 – April 30, Grand Rapids

Escape the chilly air and surrender to the sights and smells of our balmy paradise, a home away from home for an incredible 7,000 butterflies and moths. These world travelers come to Meijer Gardens from the tropical regions of Central and South America and represent over 60 species. Be amazed at how these winged wonders nestle into nectar plants, which take center stage this year.

The Last Good Country: Walloon Lake, an Ernest Hemingway Ocasion
April 29 – Mary 1, Walloon Lake

The weekend at Hotel Walloon includes: Meet-n-Greet with Valerie Hemingway, Chris Struble of Michigan Hemingway Society, Book Signing with author John Cohassey, Hemingway Inspired Feast at Walloon Lake Inn, Guided tours of Horton Bay and Walloon Lake, a fly fishing demonstration on the Bear River, The Sun Also Rises breakfast at Barrel Back, and more! Come experience the area that Hemingway enjoyed as a young man and fondly referred to as “The Last Good Country” in his writing. Call (231) 535-5000 for more information and to book your room today!

Beerfest at the Ballpark – Spring
April 30, Lansing

The 3rd Annual Beerfest at the Ballpark is on April 30th from 3pm to 8pm. (VIP at 2pm). BATB is an outdoor beer, cider, mead & spirits festival with live music hosted in the heart of Downtown Lansing at the Cooley Law School Stadium home of the Lugnuts at 505 E. Michigan Ave, Lansing, MI 48912. Tickets are available to purchase online or by visiting the Cooley Law School Stadium Box Office. Lansing

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Pure Michigan April 2014 Events Roundup

With a record-breaking winter behind us, it’s time to enjoy the springtime activities happening in Pure Michigan this April. Below is a roundup of some of the many events going on around the state next month. Visit for a complete listing of events.

Week of March 31, 2014 – April 6, 2014

FoolMoonFool Moon
April 4, 2014, Ann Arbor
Join the Ann Arbor community in kicking off it’s FestiFools Festival with Fool Moon. Be mesmerized by the shadowy figures and luminous sculptures that travel on Washington Street from dusk to midnight. Fill up with some festival cuisine and enjoy the live music, shadow puppet performances and film projections.

Traverse City Boat and Outdoor Show
April 4, 2014 – April 6, 2014, Traverse City
With warm weather on the way (yes, hard to believe after the winter we’ve had!), it’s time to start thinking of different ways to enjoy our beautiful state. The Traverse City Boat Show features the hottest pontoons, ski boats, cruisers, fishing boats and personal watercraft models on the market. They’ve also got everything you need for you to begin boat ownership. While you’re there, enjoy some snacks and beverages available on-site.

Spring into Wings Arts & Crafts Show
April 4, 2014 – April 6, 2014, Kalamazoo
Looking to spruce up your home? The Kalamazoo Spring into Wings Arts and Crafts Show at the Wings Stadium is sure to have something for your garden and home décor needs. Parking and admission are free. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Wedding Inspirations Bridal Expo
April 6, 2014, Saginaw
Preparing for a wedding is such an exciting, yet busy process. There are dresses to buy, center arrangements to order and so many invites to send out. If wedding bells are in your future, then be sure to stop by the Wedding Inspirations Bridal Expo for the latest trends, products and services to make your big day one to remember.

Week of April 7, 2014 – April 13, 2014

john.ball.zooSpring Break Zoobilee
April 7, 2014 – April 11, 2014, Grand Rapids
Enjoy the improving weather with a trip to the John Ball Zoo for the Spring Break Zoobilee. Like us, the animals are ready to get moving this spring and are ready for visitors. This event includes animal demonstrations, talks and training exercises. There’s certainly enough fun and games for the whole family. Admission is $5 for adults and $4 for children.


St. Ignace Home Show and Spring Expo
April 11, 2014 – April 12, 2014, St. Ignace
After experiencing one of the most-harsh winters on the books, the Upper Peninsula is celebrating the arrival of Spring with the St. Ignace Home Show and Spring Expo. Whether you are looking for a new off-road vehicle or new furniture for your home excites you, this show has something for everyone. Hours are 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Home and Garden Show
April 11, 2014 – April 13, 2014, Escanaba
Back for another year of great remodeling ideas and home solutions, the Home and Garden Show is in Escanaba. Meet area contractors who can fulfil your remodeling needs and find the latest products for your home improvement needs. Make sure you come hungry because there is an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast and grilling demonstrations by Chef Tommy Fitzgerald.

Up North Lake & Cottage Show
April 11, 2014 – April 13, 2014, Traverse City
Is your place ‘up-north’ in need of some love? Give it a makeover thanks to the Traverse City ‘Up-North’ Lake & Cottage Show. There will be plenty of designers, decorators, landscapers, furniture outlets and unique retailers to give your home away from home the relaxing and stylish look you’ve always wanted.

Made in Michigan Craft/Product Show
April 12, 2014, Cadillac
For the die-hard Michiganders or if you’re visiting the mitten state for the first time, be sure to stop at the Made in Michigan Craft/Product Show in Cadillac. This show helps fuel the local economy and gives you the opportunity to take home something uniquely Michigan. Admission is free and the event begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m.

VegFest 2014
April 13, 2014, Novi
Metro Detroit’s premier vegan tastefest is back in town. VegFest 2014 will feature vegan cooking demonstrations by professional chefs, samples of national brands, eco-friendly products, cruelty-free fashion, activities for children and much more. Admission is free, so bring the whole family.

Week of April 14, 2014 – April 20, 2014

Lowell Spring Girls’ Night Out
April 17, 2014, Lowell
Join us in Historic Lowell for the spring Girls’ Night Out. Dress in your favorite look of the 60s. Enjoy shopping and refreshments as you stroll down the city streets. Get your GNO postcard punched and enter to win a grand shopping bag of Lowell town goodies.

Lansing Microbrew and Music Festival
April 18, 2014 – April 19, 2014, Lansing
Craft brew, music and culinary lovers will meet at the Lansing Microbrew & Music Festival scheduled for Friday and Saturday, April 18 & 19, 2014, in downtown Lansing. Tickets include five ½ pint pours, custom glass, event features 50+ craft breweries from Michigan – representatives and brewers from each brewery – with a handful of carefully selected national brands, 300+ flavors of brews, wines, ciders and meads, live musical acts, marching bands, a silent disco DJ dance tent, and local food vendors. Festivities are scheduled to take place from 5-11pm daily, with an afternoon of educational activities and forums presented by brewers on Saturday from 12 noon – 4pm.

NMU School of Art and Design Winter 2014 Senior Exhibition
April 16, 2014 – May 2, 2014, Marquette
Graduating seniors present their work from all areas of the School of Art and Design including ceramics, drawing/painting, digital cinema, electronic imaging, furniture design, graphic communication, human centered design, illustration, jewelry/metals/blacksmithing, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and woodworking.

 Week of April 21, 2014 – April 30, 2014

ragtime2Zehnder’s Ragtime Festival
April 23, 2014 – April 26, 2014, Frankenmuth
Zehnder’s Restaurant Ragtime Festival. Special events include Vaudeville night, silent movies, sing-along, and dinner, lunch, and brunch concerts. Located at Zehnder’s Restaurant, 713 South Main Street-Frankenmuth. Join us for one or all. Prices vary. For more information call (800) 863-7999 or go to website link below.

National Trout Festival
April 23, 2014 – April 27, 2014, Kalkaska
This year’s Trout Festival runs April 23 – 27 and is in it’s 78th year. Typical events include fishing contests for both kids and grownups, a singing contest, several parades and much more for the whole family. (231) 384-1509.

Art Walk
April 25, 2014, Tecumseh
During the evening, downtown merchants will partner with area artists to bring art into downtown businesses. Merchants will offer extended hours and refreshments for the public to enjoy. Local artists will be on hand to greet people and talk about their work, which will range from pottery to photography to jewelry and more. 6-9pm. For additional information, click on the link or call (517) 424-6003.

shepherd.maple.syrup.festivalShepherd Maple Syrup Festival
April 24, 2014 – April 27, 2014, Shepherd
The village of Shepherd invites you to a great family weekend with parades, classic car display, carnival, tractor and horse pulls, bingo, arts & crafts and of course, scrumptious pancake meals all weekend long. The Festival is held the last full week of April each year–mark your calendar for a fun-filled weekend. For more information about the event, contact 989- 828-5422.

Expo in the Park
April 26, 2014, Howard City
Mark your calendar and save the date, because you are invited to the Montcalm County Panhandle Area Chamber of Commerce Expo in the Park, on Saturday April 26, 2014, from 10am-2pm, at Ensley Park in Howard City. Admission is free for all visitors. Make sure to stop by and browse all of the great booths, try some super delicious food, and enjoy the music and crafts.

Which events are you looking forward to this April?