May These Events Spring You Into Summer

As May flowers will soon bloom, now is the perfect time to plan next month in Michigan. From Spring Flings to the Tulip Time Festival in Holland, there are several events celebrating Michigan’s natural beauty. 

Below is a roundup of a few May events sure to make you fall in love with Pure Michigan all over again. Visit our events page to see everything going on all month long.

May 1-8

Guided Tour of Albert Kahn: Under Construction
May 1, Ann Arbor

Start your May off with a cultural excursion. In the last two decades there has been a tremendous swell of interest in Detroit architect Albert Kahn (1869-1942), arguably the most important architect of American industrialization. Albert Kahn: Under Construction focuses on the remarkable archive of photographs from the River Rouge complex to the Willow Run Bomber Plant. Shot by an array of professional photographers, these often striking documentary images were a novel strategy for conveying information showing buildings as they grew on site to busy managers at the main office. UMMA docents will explore these artifacts as photographs and evidence of Kahn’s innovative solutions to the architectural challenges of his day.

Science Talks: Saving the Kirtland’s Warbler
May 5, Bloomfield Hills

Join experts from The Nature Conservancy for a series of evening lectures on conservation challenges and solutions facing the Great Lakes region and beyond. Each lecture begins with a Meet the Scientist mixer with refreshments and appetizers to enjoy (cash bar) as you learn more about the evening’s topic. This session is about the inspiring story of bringing North America’s rarest songbird back from the brink of extinction, how it’s being protected now and what makes the Kirtland’s warbler unique.

Downtown Tecumseh Art Walk
May 6, 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. Bring your family down to enjoy watching artists demonstrate their skills! New this year the Carnegie Artist Studios will have an Open House with artists showcasing their work. This popular event is one you won’t want to miss!

Cinco de Mayo Flint 5K/10K
May 7, Flint

Ole! Come help usher in spring by taking part in this festive 5K/10K event. Participants will be able to enjoy post-race festivities that include a delicious Mexican snack from Rico’s Authentic Mexican Take Out! This is definitely a race you will not want to miss.

Great Spangled Fritillary Butterfly at Ives Road Fen Preserve, Michigan. This wet, spring-fed prairie blends into floodplain forest to create a globally significant habitat. It’s pure, cool water flows in rivulets under the thick grasses and sedges of t

Spring Treasure Hunt
May 7, Raisin Township

Have a fun family outing with a guided hike at Ives Road Fen Preserve to celebrate our brand new quarry trail and interpretative signage. Learn about floodplain and southern mesic forest communities and the restoration projects that saved this globally significant habitat.

Holland Michigan Tulip Festival
May 7 to May 14, Holland

This is a must-see event for you and your family! Holland’s Tulip Time Festival, named “Best Small Town Festival” by Reader’s Digest, Tulip Time has delighted visitors for over 80 years!

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The number one attraction is the tulip itself and there are literally millions to see, in our city parks, downtown planters, Tulip Lanes, Windmill Island Gardens, Nelis’ Dutch Village, and Veldheer’s Tulip Farm. There are also three parades to enjoy. The Dutch Marktplaats offers Dutch food, merchandise, and demonstrations. Throughout town, you’ll have many chances to experience traditional Klompen (wooden shoe) dancing, as well as the Art & Craft Fair, Quilt Show, carnival rides, concerts, theatrical shows, fireworks, trolley tours, and so much more!

May 9 – 15

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May 12-15, Boyne City

The festival starts with a Craft Beer Block Party. Then there is a free mushroom hunting seminar followed by an optional guided morel hunt on Friday afternoon and a competitive morel hunt on Saturday morning. The Wine and Dine dinner is Friday night at the Beach House restaurant including five morel-infused hors d’oeuvres paired with five wines. The Taste of Morels gives you your choice of tastes from a dozen great restaurants in the giant festival tent in Veterans Park. There are dances with great live bands and carnival rides and much more throughout the weekend.

Main Street Ladies’ Night Out
May 13, Ann Arbor

Grab you friends and have a ladies’ night! Sales will be offered throughout the day, but from 5-9pm the retailers roll out the red carpet with special offers, discounts, snacks, goody bags, raffles and more! Participate in the passport’ program during this time and be entered into a drawing to win fabulous prizes. Check out the link for more information.

Ghost WalkNoir. Silhouette of a passerby on the night street.
May 13, Petoskey

For a spooky outing try a ghost walk! Over the past century, Downtown Petoskey has had its fair share of spooky hauntings, Edgar Allan Poe inspired deaths and mobster dealings. Many of these hauntings have happened repeatedly over the years, and a local historian, Chris Struble, has gathered the facts and the local lore that inspire these stories that tell the history of Petoskey from an otherworldly perspective.

Pollinators Gardening
May 14, Ontonagon

Join this class taught by Marilyn Knuteson & Carol Maass to learn the how to plant a pollinator’s garden and the importance of native plants to wildlife. You will work with a master gardener to plan for the creation of a butterfly garden at your home. Then you will help plan native landscape plantings for the three park entrance signs in the Union Bay area.

Health Plus Tour de Crim

May 14, Flint

Register now at crim.org and Let’s Ride Together at the HealthPlus Tour de Crim, 11AM to 2PM on Saturday, May 14 in Downtown Flint! Check out the Crim’s famous 10-mile blue line course and Flint’s scenic trails by bike. HealthPlus Tour de Crim is a non-competitive, family-friendly bicycle ride with optional obstacles! All ages are welcome to enjoy music, artisan bread, Michigan microbrews or rootbeer from Flint’s very own Tenacity Brewery, and more during the downtown festivities! All finishers will receive a medal, t-shirt, beverage of choice, and snack.

May 16-22

Downtown Tecumseh Classic Car & Bike Show car show
May 19, Tecumseh

Get your motor running and head on down the highway to the 2016 Tecumseh Classic Car & Bike Show. Cars & bikes will be displayed in the Old National Bank parking lot for all to enjoy. Special recognition awards will be given so don’t miss this special event.

Tawas Point Birding Festival
May 19-22, East Tawas

Come to Michigan’s Sunrise Coast to enjoy spring birding at its best, attend presentations on the latest birding topics, hone your birding skills and learn about avian conservation work in Michigan.

Festival participants enjoy some of the best birding in the Great Lakes region; Tawas Point is well known for high concentrations of migrating warblers during the month of May. Recent species highlights include: Kirtland’s Warbler, Cape May Warbler, Golden-winged Warbler, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, White-crowned Sparrow, numerous raptors, shorebirds, and more. Nearly 200 species were recorded during the festival weekend in 2015.

World Expo of Beer
May 20-21, Frankenmuth

This is Michigan’s largest beer sampling event, with nearly 300 different beers available from around the world. You will gain a free collector beer sampling mug. If you love beer, this event is for you.

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May 21, Petoskey

For a healthy event, run in the Color Fun Run. This is a beautiful route, a fun activity and a great cause! Run for the health of it and have a great time! 5K & 1 mile run/walk.

Armed Forces Day
May 21, Muskegon

There will be a tribute to Armed Forces Day aboard the USS LST 393 Veterans Museum. The program and tours through LST 393 and the museum will be free. Enjoy static displays of World War II and current military vehicles as well as displays of military memorabilia. There will also be presentations, music, a 21-gun salute and more.

May 23-29

Memorial Weekend Arts & Crafts Show
May 27-29, Newaygo

Come have a great time at the annual Memorial Weekend Arts and Crafts Festival. This event offers the very best in handmade crafts as well as a handful of unique resale items.

The Festival strives to emphasize on unique home decorations, garden and yard decor, beautiful jewelry, clothing, ornaments, antiques and collectibles. There are also many delights such as dips, jams, candies, breads, candied apples, cookies, popcorn, dried soup mixes, candied almonds and handmade tamales.

Balloons Over Bavarian Inn
May 27-29, Frankenmuth

Enjoy viewing morning and evening flights over downtown Frankenmuth. An awesome “Balloon Glow” event is featured each night at The River Place Shops Field! Visit with dozens of professional hot air balloon pilots and their crews from throughout the U.S.

Fishing In The Park
May 28, Bay City

Go fishing in the park with DNR. They will supply the poles and bait. This would make a fantastic family event where there is a prize for the longest fish caught!

Art & Wine Festival
May 28-29, Berrien Springs

The Memorial Day Weekend Art & Wine Festival is a two-day celebration of regional art, music and wine. This event is open to the public free of charge at Lemon Creek Winery’s Berrien Spring’s location.

Blessing of the Boats
May 29, Muskegon

The Blessing of the Boats is a spectacular show of boats on Muskegon Lake, celebrating the opening of the boating season. The Port City Princess departs for a brunch on board while sailing in Lake Michigan and Muskegon Lake. She will then float in the Muskegon Channel where boats can float alongside and be blessed by a priest. Watch from the channel or from Muskegon Lake beach!

May 30-31

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May 30, Dexter

Take your family to Dexter this holiday! The Rotary Club of Dexter is looking forward to another great parade supported by the participants and the community.

Fort Wilkins Historic State Park – Memorial Day Ceremony
May 30, Copper Harbor

Families and friends are invited to take part in a Memorial Day program with a music program by students from Copper Harbor honoring our veterans and fallen soldiers. Activities include a Memorial Day Address, the playing of Taps and Fort Wilkins Historic State Park will be presenting the introduction and welcome to our guests.

Wetland Tree Digital Camera Safari
May 30, Bay City

This event is a fun way for families to explore the state park and discover why it is a National Registered Natural Landmark. With your digital camera, take photos of the special trees that are on the scavenger hunt list as you hike the park.

Ypsilanti Memorial Day Parade
May 30, Ypsilanti

Have a fantastic time in Ypsi and watch the parade. Check out the route if you plan on visiting.

Did we miss your favorite May event? Name it below!

March to These Pure Michigan Events in Early Spring

March is almost here and the third month of 2016 will continue to bring exciting events throughout Pure Michigan. From state park visits to sugar festivals, you’re sure to find something you and your family will enjoy.  For a full list of events in Michigan, visit michigan.org/events.

March 1-8

Science Talks: The Nature of Cities
March 3, 2016, Bloomfield Hills

Join experts from The Nature Conservancy at the Cranbrook Institute of Science for a series of evening lectures on conservation challenges and solutions facing the Great Lakes region and beyond. Each lecture begins with a Meet the Scientist mixer with refreshments and appetizers to enjoy (cash bar) as you learn more about the evening’s topic.

This topic for this particular evening is “The Nature of Cities”, presented by Dr. Patrick Doran, associate state director. “By 2050, it is estimated that 70% of the world’s population will live in cities. How can nature help build resilient urban communities around the world, including in Detroit?” Come learn about this exciting topic that will prove to be incredibly informative.

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Women’s Lifestyle Expo
March 4-5, Kalamazoo

Come to this annual two day extravaganza created for women by women! Every minute is designed to be fun, educational and entertaining! There will be a ton of information you won’t want to miss out on!

Straits State Park -Winter Family Fun Day
March 5, St. Ignace

Spend the afternoon at Straits State Park to enjoy some winter family fun. There will be cross country skiing, snowshoeing, sledding, Frisbee golf, volleyball, and some fires to warm up near. Please bring your own shoes, skis, and sleds if you want to engage in the activities! This day is sure to make the family happy.

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Beard of Zeus Fat Bike Race
March 5, Traverse City

The course this year will be a welcome reprisal of last year’s Fat Camp! Race: a fast, fun circuit with one cruel climb each lap that gives way to a flowing, wide open and spectator-filled loop that winds through the Suds’n'Snow festivities all over Timber Ridge. There’s no better atmosphere than sprinting along a corridor lined with fans cheering on every race on the course! Come be a viewer to one of the coolest races if you’re looking for something fun and new to do.

March 9-15

Gilda’s Laughfest
March 10-20, Grand Rapids

LaughFest is a festival of comedy, performance and very funny stuff. This 10-day event draws thousands to the Grand Rapids area for riotous A-List comedy acts, clean comedy showcases, improv and sketch comedy and stand up competitions. The best part? The vast majority of the events and shows are free.

This year’s headliners include Seth Myers, Chris D’Elia, Kathy Griffin, Anjelah Johnson, Sebastian Maniscalco, Jim Norton, Marlon Wayans, David Cross, Hasan Minhaj and Miranda Sings.   For those with a competitive streak, be sure and catch the Best of the Midwest Competition with some of the hottest Midwest comedians competing for a $2,500 cash prize. While you’re in town, make sure to explore Grand Rapids! It has a fantastic beer and food scene, as well as numerous family attractions so there is something for everyone.

Van Riper State Park – Lantern Lit Snowshoe
March 11, Champion

Join the Michigan DNR for an enchanted evening of fun in the snow on Friday and experience the beautiful 1.25 mile lantern lit snowshoe trail at Van Riper State Park. The trail begins 7/10th of a mile west of the main campground entrance at the rustic Peshekee Cabin. The lantern lit trail will take place that evening. In addition, there will be a cozy fire to warm up by inside the cabin along with some snacks, coffee, and hot cocoa.

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Maple Sugar Festival
March 12-13, Kalamazoo

Come experience the 51st Annual Maple Sugar Festival. Start your day with delicious pancakes smothered in real Michigan maple syrup! Walk along a wooded trail with a naturalist for a maple sugar tour. Experience some amazing Birds of Prey up close! The whole family will enjoy this sweet experience. Don’t miss a visit to the DeLano Homestead during the festival to experience maple sugaring and life in the 1800s. Horse-drawn wagon rides and demonstrations by blacksmiths and fiber artists will round out the activities.

7th Annual Brew-Ski Festival
March 12, Harbor Springs

Suds and snow – is there a better combination? This is the seventh annual Brew-Ski Festival at Boyne Highlands Resort which brings together snow, craft brews, entertainment, and fun on tap. Hit the slopes, share laughter with friends, and visit the snow bars where brewery representatives will share their enthusiasm and serve up more than 220 varieties of brews from around the world. While satisfying your thirst, listen to the live music and eat some tasty food. This ritual spring celebration is a must-attend event.

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Leapin’ Leprechaun 5K
March 12, Traverse City

Put on your green race gear and get ready for this annual fun run that meanders throughout downtown Traverse City. Celebrate your finish and get an early start to your St. Patty’s celebration at the post-race party tent.

 


Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra: The Magical Music of Disney
March 13, Ann Arbor

True enjoyment for your entire family! Savor the original music from some of your favorite Disney movies played by the A2SO enhanced by projections of the animation from those classics. Come dressed in your favorite costume.

March 16-22

LEGO Exhibition
March 15 – April 12, Flint

An exhibition of original Lego scultpures created by members from the Michigan Lego Users Group and the Therapeutic Lego User Group in the Art School’s Bishop Gallery. This exhibit is featured at the Flint Institute of Arts.

Krazy Daze
March 18-19, Harbor Springs

Krazy Daze has a little bit of something for everyone from live bands and wild costumes to events for the kids and adults, making it perfect for a family trip! On-snow race events include The Krazy Cup, Silly Slalom, Jump Competition and NASTAR Race. In addition, Krazy Daze features a Ski Over The Pond event for all ages, and face painting and inflatables for the kids. Come make fun family memories.

Kalamazoo World Languages Film Festival
March 18-20, Kalamazoo

This March, the second edition of the Kalamazoo World Languages Film Festival will present films from around the globe. Enjoy a diverse cinematic experience with films in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Russian, Spanish, Japanese, and Latin. All films will be presented with English subtitles. If you can’t make this timeframe, there is a second weekend for the film festival from March 25-27th. Come on the opening night to meet the French film director, Maxime Giroux, for a Q&A!

Carnival Weekend
March 18-20, Boyne Falls

Carnival Weekend is nothing short of a major holiday at Boyne Mountain. Schedules are rearranged, elaborate plans formed, and the stops are all pulled out to avoid missing a moment of the fun. Like every other year’s celebration, this Carnival Weekend promises to be even bigger and better than the one before. The weekend gets started with the Carnival Kick-off Party in the Snowflake Lounge Friday night. On Saturday, the infamous On-Hill Party takes place, along with the Adult Costume Contest, and a Village Party in the afternoon. Saturday night features music to dance the night away. Sunday’s main event is the Slush Cup on Lower McLouth where you can skim or be soaked.

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March 19. Jackson

Ballet 5:8′s spring program is an incredible compilation of Ballet 5:8′s reflective, contemporary works. The program’s first work is a Ballet 5:8 commission created by New York choreographer and Chicago native Preston Miller. And Mercy explores concepts of judgment, grace and mercy in an athletic, contemporary style that engages the eye in continuous, connected movement emerging seamlessly from the music. Be sure to come and enjoy this program for a cultural excursion you won’t soon forget.

Sugarbush Festival
March 19, Grand Rapids

Celebrate the sweet arrival of spring at the 46th Annual Sugarbush Festival! This year’s festival theme is “The Best of Sugarbush!” Learn the process of maple sugaring through Sugarbush demonstrations: identifying what characteristics make up a maple tree, hands-on tree tapping, explore historic pioneer and Native American sugaring techniques and end it all with a taste test in Blandford’s Sugarhouse. Make it an all-day event with wagon rides, maple cotton candy, games, wildlife encounters and lots more family fun! It’s sure to be educational for everyone.

Montreal Symphony Orchestra
March 19, Ann Arbor

The Montreal Symphony returns to Ann Arbor for the first time since 1989, with both American conductor Kent Nagano and pianist Daniil Trifonov making their UMS debuts. “Hearing Trifonov is like having a deep-tissue massage: you keep wanting to pull away from the sheer intensity of it, and you come out feeling as if your reality had been slightly altered…a knockout.”(Washington Post)

March 23-31

March Magic Hoopfest
March 24-26, East Lansing

The March Magic Hoopfest is an interactive basketball playground for children of all ages at MSU’s Jenison Field House during the MHSAA Boys’ Basketball Semi-Finals and Finals. This event includes a variety of basketball skill games, displays and educational activities and is located adjacent to the Jack Breslin Student Events Center where the tournament games are played. It’s sire to be fun for the whole family.

easter egg huntEaster Egg Hunt
March 26, Charlevoix

Charlevoix State Bank and the Charlevoix Area Chamber of Commerce are teaming up to host the 24th Annual Easter Egg Hunt downtown Charlevoix in East Park.

As always, the event is free for children up to 10 years old. There will be different ages grouped together for the hunt.. The hunt will include 3000 prize filled eggs and some special golden eggs. So bring your Easter basket and be ready at 2:00 p.m. sharp so you don’t miss out!

There will also be face painting, a luncheon and story time if you need even more fun!

Kalamazoo Reptile & Exotic Pet Expo
March 26, Kalamazoo

Have you ever wanted to own a reptile? Now is your chance! Come to the Reptile and Exotic Pet Expo to learn more about owning one of these creatures as well as buy, sell or trade a variety of reptiles, amphibians, small mammals and other exotic pets, supplies & food.

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American Ballet Theatre: The Sleeping Beauty
March 31-April 4, Detroit

UMS and Michigan Opera Theatre are joining 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. It’s ballet on the grandest possible scale, with superstar dancers, opulent sets and costumes, and Tchaikovsky’s ravishing score performed live by the Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra.

Do you know of any other cool Michigan events happening in March? Let us know!

Pure Michigan November 2015 Events Roundup

November in Michigan brings a unique combination of fall festivities and holiday cheer. From harvest fests to parades and local tree lightings, there’s always something happening throughout the month of November in Pure Michigan.

Read below for a roundup of some of the many events going on around the state and don’t forget to visit the events page on Michigan.org for a complete listing of activities taking place all year long.

November 1 – 7

All Things Detroit
November 1
Come out and enjoy an afternoon of browsing Detroit/Michigan products, all under one roof! Check out Detroit apparel, handmade jewelry, artisan food products, custom artwork, and more. There will be 75+ local vendors in attendance. Admission $5, children under 12 are FREE! There is convenient, free parking and free door prizes to the first 300 guests. Tickets can be purchased at the door.

Mid-Michigan Rock/Gem/Fossil Show
November 1
The 22nd Mid-Michigan Rock Club show will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Great Hall Banquet and Convention Center; 5121 Bay City Road; Midland Michigan. It is conveniently located just off the Bay City Road exit of US-10, on the south side of Midland. Admission is $1 for adults; 50¢ cents for youth 12 to 17. Scouts and military members in uniform and younger with adult admitted free. This year we have 14 vendors signed up for our show.

Kalamazoo Russian Festival
November 7
The 20th annual Kalamazoo Russian Festival will include a full day of programming for adults and children (the event includes a special children’s activity area). The event will include musical performances by well-known musicians and dancers, an art gallery, lectures by Russian scholars, and a Russian marketplace with unique crafts and packaged foods for sale. Attendees will experience a complete Russian atmosphere hearing the Russian language and music; seeing Russian art, dance and crafts; and mingling with people wearing authentic Russian costumes.

ComiqueCon 2015
November 7
A one-day festival celebrating women in comics, the festival brings together female artists, illustrators, publishers and fans for a day of fun and discussion on the growing impact of women readers of comics and graphic novels. This year’s festival has already announced several main stage presenters including: Leila Abdelrazaq, Nancy Collins, Marguerite Dabaie, Alex de Campi, Nicole Georges, Mikki Kendall and Mairghread Scott. Other planned events include a costume contest, artist VIP reception, discussion panels and a screening of the documentary “She Makes Comics.”

variety_grapesWine, Women & Shopping
November 7
This is a huge event that celebrates both the holiday season and Chelsea’s commitment to preserving small business owners with a shop local event. Look for trunk shows, demonstrations and complimentary snacks in many of the participating stores throughout the day. The restaurants and cafés hold up their end of things with specialty menu items and wine tastings. Tucked away in historic buildings throughout town are shops so varied and inviting, shoppers will surely find treasures for everyone on their list. Maps and lists of participating businesses will be available throughout town on the day of the event.

Frost Fine Arts & Crafts Fair
November 7 – 8
Browse and shop from more than 50 vendors featuring art and fine handcrafted items. Artists are juried on original and artistic quality and items appropriate for holiday shopping. This fair runs Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from 11a.m. to 4 p.m.

Michigan Historical Museums – Inventing the Outdoors
November 7 – September 5, 2016
Inventing the Outdoors takes you into Webster Marble’s world, where the utility of tools merged with the enjoyment of recreation, and both were propelled by innovations in marketing. The second Saturday of every month features family-oriented activities related to innovation. This exhibit is included with museum admission.

November 8 – 14

Snowshoe Making Class
November 8
Participants will learn to weave a pair of traditional wooden snowshoes, similar to how the Native Americans crafted them for generations. Classes are designed to be fun, informative and interesting. Because this is an activity that requires concentration over long periods of time, it is suggested for ages 16 years and older. These handmade snowshoes can be used for hiking throughout the winter, given as holiday gifts, and/or used as a decoration in your home. Snowshoeing is an easy, inexpensive way to get outside and burn some calories during the winter months.

Riverside Saginaw Film Festival
November 11 – 15
This is a local non-profit providing a film festival each year in November to bring films that our movie theatres are not scheduled to view. Movies include: What We Do in the Shadows, In the Name of My Daughter, Slow West, Amateur Night, Runoff, Learning to Drive, End of the Tour, Mommy, Ida, White God, Iris, Timbuktu, It Follows, Tangerines, Testament of Youth, Tab Hunter Confidential, The Water Diviner, Love and Mercy, Red Army, Meet the Patels, Batkid Begins, Danny Collins, I’ll See you in my Dreams,’71, Wolfpack, Gett, About Elly, Mr. Holmes, Clouds of Sils Maria.

Made in Michigan Show
November 12
This is an event to showcase the goods and services that are ‘Made in Michigan’. Event will be from 6 – 9 p.m.

Women’s Only Weekend
November 12 – 15
Kick up your heels to music, catch up with the latest in fashion and home decor, treat yourself to wine and cheese pairings, chocolate, massages, manicures, sleep in and enjoy a late breakfast, double over with laughter at comedians, take in a classic chick flick, savor fine delicacies specially prepared by our local chefs, enjoy a chocolate fondue, special demonstrations at our local merchants, take pleasure in significant savings and relish a margarita, all at your own pace.

Charming Mothers & Delightful Daughters
November 14
Come and enjoy an event designed to create a lovely experience for both mothers and daughters looking to share quality time. Together, come learn about social graces and gain confidence in knowing the proper etiquette for any social situation. This fun and interactive program for young ladies and their mothers-or mother figures- will include tips on proper etiquette, including greetings and introductions, poise and posture, and all other rules of fine dining all throughout a fun and memorable event that includes a three course meal for both participants.

The Great Beerd RunBeerd Run
November 14
Meet at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa for the second Great Beerd Run- a 5k fun run designed to celebrate all things Beer and Beard. This is an untimed run with on course beer tastings provided by three different local breweries. There will also be a post-race Beer Tent featuring a Best Beard Contest, race grub, music and beer. $40 registration fee includes race entrance, knitted beard beanie, race medal, three beer samples, one glass of beer during the post-race party, and entrance into post-race party. The race is open to participants 21 or over. Must provide photo ID.

November 15 – 21

TC beer weekTraverse City Beer Week
November 13 – 20
Traverse City Beer Week showcases a series of events highlighting this fabulous craft beer scene. From November 13th to the 20th, there are seven days of craft beer tastings, dinners and workshops. Get a pint or a sample, meet with brewers and brewery representatives and learn more about our incredible beer state of Michigan.

Light Night
November 20
In late November of each year, Grand Haven’s Main Street is all abuzz with holiday cheer as Washington Avenue is brightened by an eye-catching display of seasonal lights during the all-illuminating Light Night event. As visitors marvel at the twinkling displays, Christmas songs are played in the street. Hot chocolate and freshly roasted nuts offer a warm reprieve on the chilly eve. FREE Light Night commemorative mugs to the first 500 patrons. Indoors, participating merchants host open houses with special promotions.

Silver Bells in the City
November 20
The entire city will glow with millions of lights for the 31st Annual Silver Bells in the City, bringing together family and friends from all over Michigan to celebrate the holiday season. Immediately following the parade, the steps of the State Capitol will sparkle as the State Christmas tree is lighted, followed by a spectacular fireworks display cascading over the capitol dome (weather permitting).

Made in Michigan Craft Beer and Wine Festival
November 20
Second Annual Made in Michigan Craft Beer & Wine Festival takes over the Diesel Concert Lounge. Admission includes 10 sampling tickets (3 ounces each). Additional sampling tickets will be available for purchase. The event also boasts live entertainment, 50/50 raffles, and more. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door.

Christmas Through Lowell
November 20 – 22
Kick off your holiday shopping season in and around Historic Lowell at the 24th Annual Christmas Through Lowell event. The event will feature over 40 homes and businesses that are unique and magical. Over 300 artists and crafters will showcase their gifts and creations for three days! On your Christmas Through Lowell shopping extravaganza, you will find hand-made treasures, jewelry, Christmas decorations, folk art and fine art, antiques and re-found treasures, primitives, crocheted and knitted crafts, hand-crafted purses, bags, totes, and so much more!

Holiday Expo & Craft Show
November 21
Come check out the holiday expo and craft show for great holiday shopping with over 100 of your favorite vendors and crafters from across Michigan. Find that perfect gift for everyone on your list this year! Admission is free.

November 22 – 30

Festival of Trees
November 19 – 29
The Muskegon Museum of Art will host its annual Festival of Trees in what has become a Muskegon tradition, transforming the museum galleries into a festive holiday display, special events and activities! This year’s decorative theme will carry through themed trees, wreaths, and other holiday decor created by local designers and sponsored by individuals and organizations in the community. Visitors can bid on the trees, decor items, and donated gift baskets during the Festival’s on-going silent auction. Some other special events will be Teddy Bear Breakfast, Senior Day and live musical entertainment by a variety of local performers.

Outdoor Adventure Center – Wild about Wednesdays
November 25
Free admission for all of our visitors and special programs, fun and games around a specific topic each month, plus enjoy all the exhibits at the Outdoor Adventure Center! There will be story time for our youngest guests, hands-on experiences, games and informational sessions for interested visitors.

Downtown Traverse City Turkey Trot
November 26Turkey Trot
The 8th Annual Traverse City Turkey Trot will take place on Thanksgiving Day with both 5K and 5M race courses. Join the fun and get some exercise before the holiday festivities! All race participants will receive a long-sleeved T-shirt and goodie bag. Children running or walking must be registered. Strollers and dogs on leashes are allowed (although dogs are not allowed on Thirlby Field and will be rerouted). Races begin at 9 a.m.

Holiday Celebration and Candle Walk
November 27
This is the perfect way to start the Christmas Season. Hot chocolate and cookies at 6 p.m. and the ceremony starts at 6:30 p.m. Immediately following the ceremony, a candle walk to the Chamber Platz for the lighting of the Christmas tree.

Holidays in the Cities
November 28
There’ll be historic holiday tours and carriage rides at the Lakeshore Museum Center historic sites, an artisan market and craft show at the Century Club, holiday lighting of Hackley Park, refreshments, and Santa Claus! You will also have an opportunity to win a beautiful basket of goodies by getting your card punched at local merchants! The event takes place in downtown Muskegon and historic Lakeside district for unique shopping and holiday gifts.

Which events do you plan to check out in November?