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?

Brewers Tell All: What To Expect at Michigan’s Largest International Beer Sampling Event

Cheers! Guest blogger Kirsetin Morello gives us all the details for what you should be expecting from the World Expo of Beer this year. 

Michigan’s largest international beer sampling event, the World Expo of Beer (WEB), is just weeks away from returning to Frankenmuth (Friday & Saturday, May 15-16), and, lucky for you, we’ve got the inside scoop from a few of the festival’s local brewmasters on what to expect.  So, grab your fellow brew lovers and get ready to Go Great Lakes Bay, where you’ll be able experience great craft beers from around the world: nearly 300 different beers from more than 60 breweries, including local brewers Frankenmuth Brewery, Tri-City Brewing Co., and Midland Brewing Co.

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“There are a lot of people, there are a lot of craft beer enthusiasts, and there’s a lot of energy at WEB,” says Paul Popa, Head Brewer and part owner of Tri-City Brewing, based in Bay City, MI. One of the benefits of attending WEB, he says, is that you can sample so many different beers and find out what you like before buying it at a store. “It’s like a big party where people get to try a lot of different beers from a lot of different breweries,” he explains.

Tri-City Brewing typically brings 6 – 8 different beers to the festival. “We usually do a special release that we may or may not have in the taproom at the time,” says Popa. You can look forward to sampling something special from Tri-City Brewing at WEB again this year. It’s in the works, but Popa says they won’t make a final decision about what to bring until closer to the date of the festival.

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Photo Courtesy of Midland Brewing Co.

Midland Brewing Company will also bring some special beers to WEB. “We have a cream ale that we just recent put out that we’ll have there,” says Sam Oswald, Director of Brewing Operations at Midland Brewing Company, “and we’ll probably have a Blackberry Hefeweizen and maybe a Munich Dunkel. We’ll bring fresh beers that people haven’t had yet or haven’t had in a long time.”

One of the big advantages for brewers who attend WEB is the opportunity to showcase their beers and brand to such a large audience. For Oswald, getting to meet the public is a highlight of the event. “We like to educate people on what craft beer is and what it can be,” he says. Oswald explains that the eastern side of Michigan doesn’t have as many breweries as the west side, so it’s important to talk to people about their craft. “With an event this large in our backyard, we like to take the opportunity to talk to people about craft beer and why it’s good for Michigan,” he says. Oswald believes that Michigan is turning out craft beer that can stand up against some of the bigger national players. His take: “Support Michigan. Drink Michigan beer.”

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Photo Courtesy of Midland Brewing Co.

Another benefit for the brewers is the chance to network with other brewers at WEB. “Being able to bounce ideas off fellow brewers is really nice,” says Oswald. “We’re all friendly, we talk about recipes, share ideas, talk about mistakes we’ve made with certain recipes, and help each other out. We’re very collaborative.”

In addition to sampling the wares, you can learn more about craft beer by attending one of two special WEB events. On Friday night, you can enjoy a Fine Food and Craft Brew Pairing, hosted by the Bavarian Inn Lodge. Experts will lead you through the multi—course meal and explain how and why they chose each pairing.

If you like to mix your beer with other ingredients—including liquor—the Saturday night Beer Cocktails and Mixology event is for you! Learn the fundamentals of creating your own beer–based cocktails at this unique event. And while you’re busy creating your signature beer-based cocktail, you won’t go hungry—a delicious selection of appetizers will accompany the cocktail instruction.

Space is limited and early registration is strongly recommended. You can sign up to attend either special event and buy weekend ticket packages here.

If you’re a newbie to the WEB, tap the knowledge of the brewers, owners, and volunteers at the booths. “Our owner is at our booth every year, training volunteers and talking to the public about beer,” says Oswald. If you’re used to drinking macro beers, he suggests asking a lot of questions, including which beer is at the lighter end of the scale. If you like chocolate, try a stout. “Stout can be a light, sweet beer, and just have a dark color,” explains Oswald. “Don’t be scared, be adventurous! You might find a couple you don’t like and you might find a couple you really enjoy.”

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Photo Courtesy of Midland Brewing Co.

Still thirsty for more?  Check out last year’s post on the World Expo of Beer to learn the story behind how this international beer event was started on a cocktail napkin!

Location: 
Frankenmuth Heritage Park – 601 Weiss Street, Frankenmuth, MI 48734 (just 500 feet from the Bavarian Inn Lodge)

Dates & Times:
 Friday, Friday May 15th from 5-10PM and Saturday May 16th from 3-10PM

Admission: 
$10 admission (includes a free collector beer sampling mug; beer sampling tickets sold separately). Proceeds will be donated to charitable causes; 21+ only.

For admission packages, including beer sampling tickets and World Expo of Beer Fast Passes, click here.

 

Guest Blogger - Kirsetin MorelloKirsetin Morello is an author, freelance writer, and mother of 3 boys from Grand Rapids, MI whose family loves to travel and explore new places. In addition to writing about travel, she writes about parenting, business, and specializes in writing profiles of interesting people. Among other publications, you can find her work in Parents, West Michigan Woman, and Teach and Travel, as well as lots of places online, but you’ll most likely find her playing basketball, hiking in a park, or cheering her kids on at their sporting events.

 

 

Pure Michigan May 2015 Events Roundup

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As they say ‘April showers bring May flowers’ and the wet weather means the tulips and daffodils are coming! While you’re probably up to your neck in spring cleaning projects and to-do lists, take some time to enjoy the beauty of Pure Michigan all around you and maybe go for an outing, too.

Below is a roundup of some of the many events going on around the state in May. Please visit michigan.org for a complete listing of Michigan events.

May 1 – 9

Laup Fiesta
May 1 – 2
Fiesta features the low-rider car show, Latino entertainment, a carnival, various exhibitors, and everyone’s favorite: lots of food! Fiesta begins on Friday night with an outdoor concert and food booths lined up and down the Eighth Street Market Place. The festivities continue on Saturday. The afternoon brings a variety of musical acts, including mariachis, cultural dances, and more. Exhibitors provide a variety of information about their products and services throughout the day in the Civic Center. In the parking lot, you can find cars, trucks, low-riders, and custom bikes, along with a variety of related exhibits and entertainment.8722672937_e1b4010c8c_o

Tulip Festival 2015
May 2 – 9
Celebrate over 80 years of culture, heritage and beauty. The Tulip Time Festival is a celebration of Dutch heritage and culture, a multi-generational event that has a little bit of something for everyone including; three amazing parades, multiple Dutch dance performances, concerts, theatre, Dutch attractions, Dutch food, children’s events, trolley tours and so much more!

Fashion & Tea
May 9
Beginning promptly at 2 p.m. with a tour of the Streets of Old Grand Rapids, visitors will take a step back into time. Following the tour, visitors will experience up-close the authentic fashion starting from the Civil War Era to the early 20th Century. Coming from the education collection, each visitor will have the opportunity to inspect the workmanship of the seamstress who made them. Tea and sweets will be served as they enjoy this visual feast.

Michigan Wine and Beer Fest
May 9
The event will feature the tastes and toasts of Michigan wineries, breweries and eateries in a unique setting – a NASCAR racetrack. Guests may sample wines, beer, and food from Michigan vendors and buy favorite wines by the bottle or case. Live entertainment throughout the weekend will also be featured. This event is for guests 21 years and older.

Touch-A-Truck
May 9
Kids of all ages will have an opportunity to see and touch a large variety of unique vehicles and learn from those that build, protect and serve our community. Admission: $10 per family or adults $4, children $2. Hours: Siren Free Zone 10am-12pm, General admission 12pm-2pm.

 

May 10 – 16

Family Fishing Fair
May 16
Bring the entire family to Ramona Park to celebrate the onset of summer on this exciting day at the shoreline! Families of all ages and abilities can experience the joys and benefits associated with fishing, boating, and aquatic conservation. Enjoy engaging activities and instruction from local fishing guides and professional organizations who will share their expertise to help your family start a lifetime of fishing memories. Fishing equipment will be on hand for those hoping to reel in their first (or next) catch of the day! This is a free event.

BBQ, Blues & Bluegrass: A Taste of Michigan
May 16
From noon – 8 p.m., enjoy live music, local BBQ, craft beer and regional wines at Whirlpool Centennial Park (on Broad St), just below the bluff in St. Joseph. Your 2015 band lineup includes The Hillbenders, Coco Montoya, Slim Gypsy Baggage, The Infamous Stringdusters, and Buddy Guy. Event is rain or shine, so plan to hang out for the day no matter what the weather. Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome. No furry friends please.

East Lansing Art Festival
May 16 – 17
Fine artists from Michigan and beyond will line downtown East Lansing’s streets to exhibit and sell original works of fine art and fine crafts. Free live music, children’s hands-on arts activities and special events to celebrate the 52nd East Lansing Art Festival.

kitesGreat Lakes Kite Festival
May 16 – 17
This is the Midwest’s largest kite festival featuring giant kites, expert fliers, seminars, kite ballets and much more. A giant kids tent and test fields where you can learn to fly free. This festival is free to attend, though there is a charge to park inside the State Park. An $11 Recreation Passport is required for entering State Parks, Recreation Areas, State Forest Campgrounds, Non-motorized Trail Head parking and Boat Launches.

National Morel Mushroom Festival 2015
May 14 – 17
Always held the weekend after Mother’s Day, the festival features a competitive hunt, guided hunt, live music, a beer tent, a gourmet Taste of Morels, carnival rides, and much more, including the Wine and Dine gourmet dinner and wine tasting.

 May 17 – 23

Petoskey Stone Festival
May 23
The Petoskey Stone Festival celebrates one of Michigan’s finest natural resources – the unique Petoskey Stone, Michigan’s official state stone. The festival starts off at 9:30 a.m. with the Commissioner’s Stone Skipping. Enjoy music, games and great food.

Northport Cars in the Park
May 23
Take a scenic drive along M-22 north to Northport for the 18th annual Cars in the Park and find out why it is the longest running auto show in Leelanau County. The popular event attracts an eclectic mix of cars to the picturesque Haserot Park where the unique setting provides the perfect backdrop for the summer season’s first car show. Free admission lets spectators enjoy all kinds of cars–pre-war and modern, stock and modified, foreign and domestic–cars for all tastes!

BalloonsBalloons Over Bavarian Inn
May 22 – 25
Free family event! Enjoy viewing morning and afternoon flights over downtown Frankenmuth. An awesome “Balloon Glow” event is featured each evening at River Place Shops field! Visit with professional pilots and their crews. Over 30 USA pilots compete each year.

Alma Highland Festival & Games
May 23 – 24
Thousands of people from the US and Canada gather together in Alma, Scotland USA to enjoy a weekend of Scottish Heritage. US Pipe Band Competition, Highland Dance, athletics, Road Run, Clans, arts and crafts, and Scottish vendors and food. Live Entertainment. Event held on the campus of Alma College.

Lady’s Slipper Festival
May 23 – 25
Lady’s Slippers will be in full bloom. Enjoy food, fun, crafts, music and activities for all ages. Artists will be selling their work along the trail. Gift shop will be open in the Nature Center Building.

May 24 – 31

Legends of the Saginaw
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Learn the fascinating history of the Saginaw River as the Appledore sails from Downtown Bay City to the Saginaw Bay. Once out on the open water, help the crew set the sails or relax and enjoy the view. A light lunch of a sub sandwich, chips, cookie and soda/water is served onboard. The ride will be narrated by local historians.

Niles Family Carnival and Bluegrass Festival
May 28 – 31
Come join us for the Niles Family Carnival and Bluegrass Festival on the St. Joseph River in downtown Niles, Michigan. Enjoy the Carnival, Bluegrass and Americana musicians (national touring acts), quality arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, community tent, bingo and more.

Islandfest
May 29 – 31
Islandfest is a time to celebrate the beginning of summer and enjoy some small town fun. The week-end long event features arts & crafts, a fine arts show, children’s activities, a midway, live music, parade, car show, fireworks, historical tours, aircraft displays and rides, a variety of foods and beverages for all ages and so much more. Islandfest is a free, fun, family-oriented event where all are welcome. Come join the fun!

Be a Tourist in Your Own Town
May 30
Explore a world of possibilities in Greater Lansing from 10am5pm. Purchase a $1 passport for free admission to over 60 attractions. Enjoy interactive activities and giveaways for the kids! CATA Be a Tourist bus routes provide transportation to most attractions for just 50. Collect ten stamps in the passport to win great prizes!

Harbor Springs Cycling Classic
May 30
Enjoy a leisurely bike ride along some of the most scenic roads of northern Michigan, on your choice of a 20-, 45-, or 60-mile route. Each route includes scenic M-119, locally known as Lake Shore Drive, better known as the “Tunnel of Trees. After your ride, join us for an awesome lunch in the courtyard, it’s all included! Ride only: Adults $30, children 6-12 $20, age 5 and under free. Fee includes route map, great refreshment stops, sag wagon service, and lunch.

Which events do you plan to attend this May?