Pure Michigan April 2015 Events Roundup

It’s time to get outside and enjoy the fresh air! April in Pure Michigan marks the start of spring festivals and outdoor events. From April Fools’ Day fun to food tastings and theme parties, below is a roundup of some of the many events going on around the state next month. Visit michigan.org for a complete listing of things to do this April.

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April 1 – 4

Easter on the Green in Pentwater
April 4, Pentwater
Bring your children and family to meet the Easter Bunny. We’ll have an Easter egg hunt, Easter bonnet parade and contest, Easter Bonnet musical chairs, face painting, and games.

Lakeport State Park – Easter egg Hunt
April 4, Lakeport
Bring the kids for an Easter egg hunt at the campground with different hunting areas for specific age groups. Each age group has the opportunity to find the “golden” eggs with special prizes! This event is open to the public.

Kalamazoo Numismatic Club Spring Coin Show
April 4, Kalamazoo
Buy, sell, and trade coins, paper money, and memorabilia. Young Collector’s program and auction at 11 a.m. Admission is free.

Dog Loves Books – Theatre Performance
April 4, Rochester
Louise Yates’ New York Times Best Seller comes to life this musical about the irresistible Dog who loves books SO much that he decides to open up his own bookstore. This delightful musical celebrates the power of the imagination and the satisfaction that comes when you share books with others.

April 5 – 11

University Orchestra Concert
April 8
Listen to talented student performers from the University of Michigan-Flint Music Department. 7:30 p.m. Located at UM-Flint Theatre and admission is $5.

Art Downtown 2015
April 10, Grand Rapids
This “shop hop” will feature the works of several hundred artists in dozens of galleries, businesses, and studio spaces around downtown Grand Rapids. See artists and musicians exhibiting and performing at a variety of sites; witness art in unexpected locations from U-Haul trailers to the art museum, and parking lots to private studios; come early and stay late with family and friends.


FoolMoon – Ann Arbor

FoolMoon 2015
April 10, Ann Arbor
Foolmoon is a procession of participants carrying hand-made luminary sculptures on Washington Street from dusk to midnight. Also features food, live music, shadow puppets, and film projections.

Shell Eco-marathon America
April 10 -12, Detroit
Hundreds of young engineers will compete in the ultimate energy-efficiency challenge. And visitors of all ages can enjoy a free fun-packed event with interactive attractions. While there, check-out the more than 1,000 high school and university students from around the Americas as they push the limits of efficiency to see which team can drive the farthest distance using the least energy in their student-built vehicles.

Cat Show
April 11, Melvindale
Cat Fancier Association All Breed & Household Pet Cat Show. This show features the exhibition and judging of cats and kittens throughout the day. Admission: $6 adults, $5 seniors, $4 kids, under age 6- no charge.

April 12 – 18

FestiFools 2015
April 12, Ann Arbor
FestiFools brings students and community volunteers together to create unique public art that is free and accessible to everyone. Specifically, we make huge-mongous papier-mâché puppets and march them around downtown Ann Arbor.


MSU Science Festival

MSU Science Festival
April 15 – 18, East Lansing
A FREE multi-day celebration of Science, with more than 150 unique presentations including seminars, demonstrations, tours, open houses, discussion panels and hands on activities for ALL ages. This year’s special guests include Dr. Scott Sampson, of the PBS series Dinosaur Train, and mathemagician, Dr. Arthur Benjamin. On the campus of Michigan State University, and beyond!

Let’s Get Wild
April 16, Bloomfield Hills
We’re taken to “wild” places in Michigan and the Great Lakes and we’ll explore what we are doing to protect them for the future. Admission is free. Get ready to be amazed at the Cranbrook Institute of Science.

Junk to Funk Eco Fashion Show
April 17, Tecumseh
Evening of stylish models, food, fun, fashion, and wine! The red-carpet comes alive with wearable Eco-fashions created by local artists and designers – using unique, recycled, and repurposed materials. Join us for an evening of fun.

Picture Perfect Photography Hunt
April 18, Lansing
Bring your camera or smartphone and find your artistic voice in our museum galleries. Take a selfie and then post it to the Michigan Historical Museum page on Facebook. Usually, flash is not allowed in the exhibits, so look for the special “flash allowed” signs.

Fashion & Tea
April 18, Grand Rapids
Visitors will take a step back into time. Starting from the Civil War Era to the early 20th Century, you will experience up-close authentic fashion. Coming from the education collection, you will have the opportunity to inspect the workmanship of the seamstress who made them. Tea and sweets will be served as you enjoy this visual feast.

April 19 – 25

Art Walk
April 24, 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.

Freeland Walleye Festival
April 23 – 26, 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, 5k/10k race, teen dance and more.


Shepherd Maple Syrup Festival

Shepherd Maple Syrup Festival
April 23 -26. 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.

Bringin’ Back the 80’s
April 24 – 25, Frankenmuth
Bring back hair teasing memories with music, trends and events from the 80s. Don’t sit back in your pegged pants and play Atari–come on down and have a great time. Admission is $10.

Zehnder’s Ragtime Festival
April 22 – 25, Frankenmuth
Zehnder’s has been host to ragtime performers from around the United States and Canada for over 20 years. Come and enjoy ragtime music performed by our featured pianist, Bob Milne and other world renowned musicians.

April 26 – 30

MI Earth Day Fest
April 24 – 26, Rochester
Come visit one of the planet’s largest Earth Day celebrations on the banks of downtown Rochester’s Municipal City Park and the Paint Creek Trail. Explore more than 100 exhibits, speakers, food vendors, kids’ activities, entertainment and more.

Day Out With Thomas: The Thrill of the Rid Tour
April 25 – 26, The Henry Ford
Little engineers won’t believe their eyes—or their ears! This fun-filled event offers little engineers and their families the opportunity to take a ride with Thomas the Tank Engine. In addition, children will meet Sir Topham Hatt, Controller of the Railway and enjoy a day of Thomas-themed activities including arts & crafts, storytelling and more.


TC Chocolate Festival

Traverse City Chocolate Festival 2015
April 26, Traverse City
A celebration of all things chocolate from the region’s chefs and chocolatiers! Enjoy tastings and samples of local chocolates and confectionery treats, demonstrations and mini-lectures, live music, chocolate-inspired books, art and goods, door prizes and a silent auction for chocolate sculptures.

Local History through Historic Maps
April 26, Traverse City
Come and hear what discoveries were found about historic Frenchtown through the research on 1800s maps.

America’s Got Downtown
April 29, Monroe
The London Daily Telegraph hails the show, a “remarkable, tour de force one-man show.” Luke Kempner creates more than 30 characters in this parody which blends celebrity visitors with well-known characters from Downtown Abbey.

Which April events do you have on your calendar?

Pure Michigan April Events Roundup

April in Pure Michigan marks the start of spring festivals and outdoor events. From April Fools’ Day fun to food tasting and theme parties, it’s a wonderful time of year to spend time with family and friends in our great state. For more suggestions on things to do this April in Michigan, visit michigan.org.

East Central

Great Lakes Loons Opening Day Parade and Celebration
April 9, 2012, Midland
The Opening Day Celebration parade and festivities are free and open to the public. Free hot dogs and bottled water will be provided on the corner of Main and McDonald Streets beginning at 4pm plus free balloons! The parade will kick off at 4:30pm on Main Street near the corner of Gordon Street in downtown Midland. Upon the completion of the parade, there will be opening day festivities held at Dow Diamond. Following the parade and celebration is the Loons 2012 home opener, scheduled for 6:05pm. For more information or to order game tickets click here, call (989) 837-3330

Bringin’ Back the 80′s
April 20-21, 2012, 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 $10. For more information call (989) 652-8008 or visit the link.

Zehnder’s Ragtime Festival
April 25-28, 2012, 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 click here.

Freeland Walleye Festival
April 27-29,2012, 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. Call (989) 695-9512 for more information, or click here.

Go Wild! Celebrate Earth Day
April 28, 2012, Saginaw
Join us for a fun-filled day of games and activities focused on protecting our environment from 10am to 2pm . First 500 visitors receive free admission with empty recyclable beverage bottle. Regular admission: $5.00 per person, adults and children, everyone age one and up; train and carousel $2 per person, per ride; Zoo members enter and ride free. For more information, call (989) 759-1408.


April 1, 2012
, Ann Arbor
Festifools is Ann Arbor’s homage to April Fools Day: an annual street parade featuring towering papier-mâché creations and various other hijinks. Get outdoors. Come downtown. Feel the sunshine on your face. Shout “Yes!” to the spring. Marvel at the towering, papier-mâché creations. Dance. Sing. Clap. Stomp. Smile. Festifools is for everyone! Parade is 4-5pm, free, and located downtown Ann Arbor. For more information visit the link or call us at (734) 763-7550.

Easter Egg Hunt
April 7, 2012
, Royal Oak
Join us in Royal Oak’s Grant Park on Saturday, April 7 from 10am to noon for our second annual Easter Egg Hunt! Have your photo taken with the Easter Bunny, play games, and find hidden Easter Eggs! For more information, call (248) 541-0613.

Easter Egg Hunt
April 7, 2012
, Lansing
Join in on the annual Easter Egg Hunt on the Capitol Lawn on Saturday, April 7 from 10am to noon. Activities for children include crafts, games and prizes, and several special visitors will start at 10am; while the Easter Egg Hunt begins promptly at 11am. This is a free event. For more information please call (248) 716-0539.

Easter Eggstravaganza
April 7, 2012
, Pontiac
An Easter Eggstravaganza will be held on the grounds (Featherstone Fieldhouse) of the Pontiac Silverdome, 10am-7pm. There will be something for the kids and the parents. Included in the $15 entry fee (all-day pass) is potato sack run, activity tables, egg hunt, clowns with balloons, meet and greet/ pictures with the Easter Bunny, face painting, and a children fun area with inflatables. There will be prize giveaways, shopping, and much more! Please note some items are only free during designated times. For more information, call (313) 492-5403.

The Great Egg Hunt
April 7, 2012, Milford
The Great Egg Hunt will take place on Saturday, April 7 from 10:30am to noon, at Maple Beach. Kids will get an opportunity to pose for pictures with the Easter Bunny so bring your camera! Watch the Farmer John and The Barnyard Express animal show at 10:30am and 11:30am. The Easter egg hunt will be held promptly at 11am. Early arrival is highly recommended. Fee: $3 per child, payable at the event. For more information, call (800) 477-2757 or (810) 227-8910.

Michigan Spring Book Festival 2012
April 13-15, 2012, Livonia
Aimed at educating and encouraging youth to read and author books, this festival will bring together hundreds of book writers, role models and teachers of the literary craft. You are invited to join us for this informative and fun filled weekend. Bring the family, meet your favorite author and buy his/her latest book. Introduce your friends to the wonderful world of literature. Mandate that your children read at least two books per week while encouraging them to read more. Take the time to read with them and have dinnertime discussions about the books that you have read. We can be contacted by calling (313) 446-2262, or by visiting this link.


Spring Fling – Wine & Beer Tasting
April 26, 2012
, Allegan
Spring is in the air! It’s time to switch gears and try some great new wine and beer at the Spring Wine and Beer Tasting at The Silo; 1071 32nd St (M-40 South); Allegan, MI 49010. Enjoy a variety of wide spectrum wine as well as beers from several local Michigan breweries. Whether you enjoy bold flavors or easy sippers, you’re sure to find something new to enjoy! An appetizer buffet is included. Try some great finger-food, learn which foods pair best with what wines and beers, and get some ideas for the next gathering you host! Tickets are $25 per person. For more information, call (269) 355-1655, or click here.

Thornapple Woodpecker Festival
April 27-28, 2012, 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.

Vermontville Maple Syrup Festival
April 27-29, 2012, Vermontville
Vermontville is the “granddaddy” of them all! We are the home of the original Maple Syrup Festival in Michigan. Our festival starts Friday evening, continues through Saturday and Sunday and is always held during the last full weekend in April. We have 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. Our syrup producers are located throughout the village selling syrup, candies, crème and the ever popular maple syrup cotton candy. For more information call (888) 482-8780, or click here.

Upper Peninsula

Life’s a Mountain Beach Party
April 14-15, 2012
, Iron River
Come to our Beach Party and test your skills at our potato sack race, chili contest, three legged race, limbo contest, beach volleyball, and many other activities. For more information on this event, call us at (800) 362-7853 or (906) 265-4957.

West Central

Easter on the Green
April 7, 2012
, Pentwater
In downtown Pentwater visit the Easter Bunny. We’ll have an Easter Egg Hunt, Easter Bonnet parade and contest, Easter Bonnet musical chairs, face painting, games, crafts, and a Golden Egg Hunt with the Merchants. For more information, call (231) 869-4150, or click here.

Grand Haven Easter Egg Hunt
April 7,2012
, Grand Haven
A fun free event for kids up to 10. Over 5,000 Easter eggs filled with candy and prizes. Starts at 11am at Central Park in downtown Grand Haven. For more information call (616) 850-8465 or click here.

Maple Syrup Festival
April 27–29,2012
, 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. For more information, visit the link or call (989) 828-6486.