Fall Into These Michigan Events in November

November is fast approaching! Not only will fall colors be in full bloom, but it’s also the holiday season with a ton of tree lighting, cookie decorating and Santa-themed events to partake in. 

Below is a roundup of November events to help you plan the upcoming month. Visit our events page to see everything going on all month long.

November 1-6

Murder Mystery Eventmurder mystery event
November 4-6, Montague

Once a month, from November through May, Amanda’s Bequest B&B offers a Murder Mystery Weekend. Participants enjoy an early check-in (we suggest a 2 day stay to enjoy the area outside of the mystery activities, but a day works) dinner and a MURDER. You will be emailed your character and role prior to arrival. Mystery activities last from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Saturday, with food courses as acts. The B&B will need a minimum occupancy of four to make it a fun night!

November’s theme will be “An Evening of Murder, A Feast to Die For!”. A fabulous dinner party full of flirty ladies and bad boys with agendas has gone awry. Egads! The hostess did a face plant in her food…Poison? You won’t want to miss this fun night!

Treetops Trifecta
November 4-6, Gaylord

Have a weekend of remarkable trail running! The Treetops Trifecta is a micro-stage race with 5K, Hill Climb and Half Marathon events over two days beginning on Saturday morning with a 5K on newly crafted single track at the resort’s main campus. This is followed by a 1K Hill Climb on the ski hill on Saturday afternoon. A special pasta dinner is offered to participants and guests on Saturday night. The event concludes with a half marathon staged at the North Property with an ultra-scenic course that includes a single track through the Headwaters Conservancy land and historic Project Nature, a landscape that offers stunning views of the Sturgeon River Valley.

Kalamazoo Russian FestivalKalamazoo Russian Festival
November 5, Kalamazoo

The 21st Annual Kalamazoo Russian Festival will be held at the Fetzer Center on the campus of Western Michigan University. The Russian Festival occurs to promote an understanding and appreciation of Russian culture in all its forms. Everyone is welcome to attend and enjoy educational speakers, Russian foods, musical performances, dancers, children’s programming, vendors and silent auction. In addition, potluck programs are held the 2nd Monday of each month at the Kalamazoo Public Library at 6 p.m. from September – May.

Hops & Corks Festival
November 5, Dimondale

Head to the Hops & Corks Festival for scrumptious food and live music from Shelby and Jake. There will also be samples of over 100 craft beers from local, national and international craft breweries. New this year, wine from several wineries will be available to taste. This is a 21 and over event.

Tickets include three hours of sampling (15 sampling tickets) and a souvenir glass. The Marines & Toys for Tots will be onsite collecting your unwrapped toys.

54th Annual Fall Coin Show54th Annual Fall Coin Show
November 6, Livonia

The Northwest Detroit Coin Club (NWDCC) is hosting its 54th Annual Fall Coin Show on Sunday, Nov. 6. Both parking and admission is free! Anyone interested the hobby is welcome to attend.

Their club motto is “Knowledge Thru Collecting” and membership is open to everyone.

November 7-13

Festival of Trees
November 9, Big Rapids

The Festival of Trees is an annual event in which community members donate trees, wreaths and other items decorated in the finest of holiday flare. The trees and other items are displayed for several days prior to the auction so you determine your favorite for the night of the auction! The event will be held at Chemical Bank in downtown Big Rapids.

Through Surf & Storm Shipwrecks of the Sunset Coast
November 10, Grand Haven

Cate Reed from the Tri-Cities Historical Museum presents shipwreck stories that illustrate different time periods and circumstances. A Spring Lake mystery, the Ironsides, two Muskegon wrecks and a 1980 loss will be discussed along with the latest Michigan Shipwreck Research Association discoveries – including the John V. Moran, found in 2015. This program is the second in a three-part series in partnership with the Tri-Cities Historical Museum and The Bookman.

Ribbons and Bows Arts and Crafts ShowRibbons and Bows Arts and Crafts Show
November 12, Grand Rapids

Save the date! It’s almost that time of year once again for holiday festivities and gift giving. Thinking about those special people on your shopping list? From mittens and quilts to jewelry and pottery and everything in between, the show is a collection of unique artistry and talent. Save yourself shopping time by joining the Ribbons and Bows Holiday Arts and Crafts Show being held at Aquinas College, Wege Center.

Hatchery Tours
November 13, Mattawan

Come learn how Wolf Lake raises millions of fish each year to stock in lakes and streams all around Michigan! Tours are at noon and 2 p.m. and last approximately 30 minutes, beginning inside the Visitor Center. They are mostly indoors and wheelchair accessible. Tours are free of charge.

Lansing Model Train Show and SaleLansing Model Train Show and Sale
November 13, East Lansing

All aboard Michigan’s largest model train show with over 500 tables of new models, toy trains, artwork, collectibles, DVDs, books, railroad artifacts and much more. See big and small trains running over nine different model railroad layouts. Learn from the experts on how to build a model railroad empire of your dreams. Held at the Michigan State University (MSU) Pavilion, it’s a train load of fun for everyone!

November 14-20

Ladies’ Night OutLadies night out
November 15, Harbor Springs

While the boys are away, the ladies will play! With the hunters heading into the woods, Harbor Springs invites you downtown for a night of shopping and fun! More than 25 businesses will be open so you can find it all – from jewelry, art and hand-blown glass, to boutique clothing and skiwear, to home decor, kitchenware, books, maps, cookies, toys and more! Dinner specials will be offered at local restaurants. Get the girls together for a fun-filled night of laughs, discounts, refreshments and fun!

Grand Rapids International Wine, Beer & Food Festival
November 17-19, Grand Rapids

Come to a celebration of culinary crafts! The Midwest’s largest wine, beer and food festival comes together in November with over 1,600 wines, beers, ciders and spirits from around the world, along with creations from the area’s finest restaurants. The event attracts thousands of food and wine enthusiasts and offers a vast array of extraordinary tastings, cooking demonstrations, wine and beer seminars, mixology, gourmet foods, specialty items and accessories.

22nd Annual Luminary Festival
November 18, St. Joseph

Head to the 22nd Annual Luminary Festival! Stroll through the beautiful candlelit streets starting at dusk until 9 p.m. as 1,000 luminaries light your way as you shop in downtown St. Joseph. Shops will be open late to entice you with wonderful gift ideas and festive holiday decor – merchants will provide refreshments, great sales, amazing product offerings and more! Eat, drink and be merry! While here, enjoy from a wide selection of area restaurants and eateries.

Michigan History Museum – Silver Bells in the City
November 18, Lansing

The Michigan History Museum offers special evening hours and free admission as part of the 32nd annual Silver Bells in the City holiday season kickoff in downtown Lansing. Bring the whole family to tour the museum galleries together. Be sure to tour the special exhibit, Minds of Modernism.

The evening includes refreshments, musical entertainment, make-and-take hand-warmers and Victorian ornaments and a “Scents of the Season” spice table where you can identify spices and learn their history.

The Library of Michigan, located in the west wing of the building, invites you to stop by to meet artist Randy Asplund and see him at work. Randy is known internationally for his research and work making authentic-style medieval illuminated manuscripts, using period-correct pigments and handmade tools.

St. Nicholas: From Saint to SantaSt. Nicholas. From Saint to Santa
November 19-20, Frankenmuth

The young and young at heart will enjoy recalling the journey of how St. Nicholas became Santa Claus as told by himself! Involving audience participation, this half-hour performance is a delightful way to enter the CHRISTmas season and create memories your young ones will be sure to cherish for a lifetime. Be sure to shop around Bronner’s afterwards for all your holiday needs.

November 21-30

Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting
November 25, Charlevoix

Children of all ages are invited to stop in and make a fun craft to take home at Charlevoix Circle of Arts from 3 to 5 p.m. Activities will include holiday cookie decorating and a fun pinecone ornament craft. Santa’s Workshop is brought to you by the Charlevoix Circle of Arts and Chemical Bank.

Fall Exploration DaysFall Exploration Days
November 25-27, Midland

Enjoy your break from school while exploring the wonders of nature in Michigan! This indoor program includes a variety of self-guided, hands-on exploration stations. Experiments, fun facts, crafts and scavenger hunts are just a few of the types of activities you’ll find. Each day of the seasonal session is the same, but feel free to come back again and again!

Chesaning Christmas Candlewalk
November 25-26, Chesaning

Stroll the luminary-lit streets of this cozy Christmas village, enjoying light magic, live music, holiday shopping and free horse-drawn carriage rides. Let the little ones have some holiday fun with events just for them at the Market Street Church of the Nazarene, where they’ll enjoy everything from face-painting to cookie decorating. Step inside of the Peet Community Center to warm your toes and see a dazzling display of decorated trees and wreathes at the Festival of Trees; each item on display is available to win in a raffle drawing! Don’t forget to make a stop at Santa’s Village at North Pole USA, where the Saginaw County Fairgrounds are transformed into a magical Christmas wonderland.

Treetops Light SpectacularTreetops Resort
November 25-26, Gaylord

This annual event will include family fun for all ages with a tree lighting, wagon rides, Elf on Stilts, kid’s crafts, candy cane snowmen decorating, photos with Santa and a bonfire. All this fun happens at the Top of the Hill and is free to the public, but it’s a great time to round up some donations for Toys-for-Tots, so guests are welcome to bring a new and unwrapped toy.

64th Kalamazoo Antique Toy Show
November 26, Kalamazoo

Visit the Antique Toy Show for a sale of antique, vintage and collectible toys such as pedal cars, toy tractors, wind-up & battery-operated toys, Disney, sci-fi toys, Tonka trucks, Japanese pressed tin robots and cars, Hot Wheels, action figures and dolls, movie and TV memorabilia and much more.

Pasta and Pinot NovemberPasta and Pinot November
November 26, Montague

Fresh pasta and wine… you can’t argue with that combination as it has stood the test of time and will always be a fantastic way to spend an evening. This class is an adult-only cooking class where you enjoy a glass of complimentary wine as you learn how to hand roll pasta, create ravioli, gnocchi, tortellini, linguini and more. One time make egg noodles and ravioli; the next Spatzle and gnocchi, another time it’ll be fettuccini and tortellini. This is the perfect class for a group of friends. We will also be making some traditional sauces.

Stafford’s Downtown Petoskey Holiday Parade
November 26, Petoskey

Holiday spirit will be coming your way during the 2016 Stafford’s Downtown Petoskey Holiday Parade. The parade will wind through the downtown streets and end at the Perry Hotel, where children will have those all-important conversations with Santa.

Did we miss your favorite November event? Let us know what it is in the comments!

Five Must Do Autumn Favorites in Charlevoix

If you seek a Michigan destination that offers exciting events and unique history while allowing you to slow down and enjoy the changing fall colors, Charlevoix may be a perfect spot for you!  Guest blogger Amanda Wilkin of the Charlevoix Convention and Visitor’s Bureau shares five things not to miss this fall and what makes autumn in Northern-Lower Michigan so special.

1. Attend Festivals and Events

Photo courtesy of Visit Charlevoix.

Photo courtesy of Visit Charlevoix

Apple Fest (Oct. 14-16) is one of the most beloved fall harvest celebration in Northern Michigan, encompassing all of downtown Charlevoix. Area orchards bring 30 varieties of apples and delectable baked goods, while the art and craft show, family fun run, kids activities and historic boat cruise provide memorable events for the whole family.

Later on in the season, there is a Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting on Nov. 25. Children of all ages can stop in and make a fun craft and decorate holiday cookies at Charlevoix Circle of Arts. It’s sure to be a fun event.

Other events include the Leif Eriksson Day Row and Run (Oct. 1), and the Grand Bridal Expo (Oct. 25).

2. Discover Extraordinary Fall Colors

Photo courtesy of Visit Charlevoix.

Photo courtesy of Visit Charlevoix

Whether you choose to tour the sights by car, boat, motorcycle, plane, bicycle or even foot, finding beautiful views in the Charlevoix area is simple. Jump in the car and travel the winding roads around Lake Charlevoix to see the fall foliage ablaze with color reflecting against the deep blue waters. Catch a ride on Sunshine Charters or Keweenaw Excursions to see the striking colors along the shores of Lake Charlevoix and Lake Michigan. Travel by foot downtown to do some shopping and dining amongst the beautiful bright yellow locust trees, or hit the trails of one of the 15 local nature preserves.

3. Experience the Great Outdoors

Photo courtesy of Visit Charlevoix.

Photo courtesy of Visit Charlevoix

Recreation is the name of the game year-round in Charlevoix. Savor the moderate temperatures of fall while you get your adrenaline fix by zip lining, sky diving or mountain biking. Not an adrenaline junkie? Get out on the water via kayak, canoe or paddle board and feel the relaxation sink in. You can also hit the links for a round of fall golf and enjoy gorgeous views and great seasonal discounts. Don’t forget to enjoy a nice walk along the stunning beaches of Lake Michigan at Michigan Beach, Fisherman’s Island State Park, and McSauba Recreational Area.

4. Delight Your Taste Buds

Photo courtesy of Visit Charlevoix.

Photo courtesy of Visit Charlevoix

Experience the best in local flavors by visiting one of the many wonderful locally owned restaurants, pubs, wineries and breweries in the Charlevoix area. Try the whitefish, a specialty that is caught daily by John Cross Fisheries and served in many of the outstanding restaurants.  Make sure to visit the area’s orchards and farm markets, and as an added bonus, you can take part in the hayrides, pumpkin patches and corn mazes!

5. Learn Fascinating History

Photo courtesy of Visit Charlevoix.

Photo courtesy of Visit Charlevoix

Charlevoix is bursting with history. Start your quest at the Harsha House Museum where you will find thousands of historic photos, Victorian antique collections, Ernest Hemingway history and much more.  Visit the famous Mushroom Houses by Earl Young and be transported to another time and place that is full of whimsy and enchantment. Take a tour of majestic Castle Farms to learn about the restoration of the 1918 buildings while enjoying the gorgeous grounds and Michigan’s largest model railroad. In addition, don’t miss these historic hot spots:  South Pier Lighthouse, the Victorian architecture of the Belvedere and Chicago clubs associations, and the Train Depot that opens periodically as a museum.

What do you plan to check out in Charlevoix this fall?


About the author: Growing up in Southeast Michigan, Amanda spent time every summer visiting “Up North”, and became infatuated with Charlevoix at the young age of 12. After living in other areas of the country, she was thrilled to be able to move back to her home state of Michigan. Amanda feels incredibly lucky to live in Charlevoix, and much more, to spend her days promoting the Charlevoix area as a travel destination.

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.

lifestyle expo

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.

maple sugar blog

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.



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.

ballet blogBallet 5:8 Out of the Dust
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!