Pure Michigan May Events Roundup

May in Pure Michigan means springtime fun and sunny weather. From BBQs and outdoor festivals to Memorial Day celebrations, it’s a great time of year to enjoy our state’s many offerings. For more suggestions on things to do this May in Michigan, visit michigan.org.

East Central

Cinco de Mayo
May 4-5, 2012, Imlay City
The streets of Imlay City will be alive with Hispanic music, art, crafts, food and entertainment as we celebrate Cinco de Mayo. For more information call (810) 724-1361, or click here.

Mother’s Day at the Zoo
May 13, 2012, Saginaw
Free admission for Mom on her special day! Zoo open 10am-5pm. Regular admission, Members free. Train and carousel rides, $2 per person, per ride. For more information on this event, call (989) 759-1408, or click here.

Barks, Bikes & Balloons
May 26-27, 2012, Frankenmuth
We’re launching the Summer Season Memorial Weekend. Activities for the whole family. Frankenmuth River Place is hosting the Dog Bowl. Competitions for all dogs. Tour de Frankenmuth bicycle road race starts on Saturday, May 26th at 8am. A Bike Expo is planned. Hot Air Balloons will take flight on Saturday, May 26 6:30am. Competitive Hot Air Balloon launches and Balloon Glows are planned. Call for more information (800) FUN-TOWN.

Lexington Memorial Day Parade 2012
May 28, 2012, Lexington
Come to Lexington for the patriotic Memorial Day Parade 11 am. Follow the parade to Lexington’s Historic Cemetery where there is a brief ceremony and tours of the Moore Historic Chapel.

Memorial Day Parade
May 28, Midland
Come to Downtown Midland to remember our heroes and enjoy the Memorial Day parade, beginning at 10am. Start your day with a breakfast at a Downtown eatery and after the parade enjoy a leisurely lunch at one of our many restaurants. Shop, dine and play in Downtown Midland. For more information, call (989) 837-3330, or click here.


Mushroom Festival 2012
May 12, 2012, Lewiston
Come up to Lewiston for our annual Mother’s Day Mushroom Festival. Learn how to hunt for those tasty morel mushrooms and learn how to cook them in a variety of ways. This is a great way to spend Mother’s Day weekend. For more information call (989) 786-3160.

Tawas Point Birding Festival
May 17-20, 2012, East Tawas
Fellow bird lovers unite for this event held in cooperation with the Ausable Valley Audubon Society. This is your opportunity to see over 300 species of birds at a Nationally recognized Important Birding Area. There will be presentations from birding experts, demonstrations, and birding tours of Tawas Point, Kirtland’s Warbler habitat, Tuttle Marsh and Clarks Marsh. In addition you can climb the 70 foot tall Tawas Point lighthouse and get a bird’s eye view of Tawas Point. There is a $2 fee for touring the lighthouse. A Recreation Passport of $10 is your ticket to Michigan’s state parks and outdoor adventures! For more details contact the park at (989) 362-5041, or click here.

Mackinaw Memorial Bridge Race
May 26, 2012, Mackinaw City
Gear Up for an Active Summer with the Mackinac Bridge Memorial Weekend Race. One of the only times of year that runners are allowed to run the Mackinac Bridge will be this year on May 26. Runners must register in advance and be able to run a minimum of 12 minutes per mile to race in the event. For more information on this event visit the link or call (231) 436-5664.

Au Gres VFW Memorial Day Parade
May 27, 2012, Au Gres
Parade held Sunday, May 27, 2012, at 1pm right down US-23 in Au Gres. Parade entries wanted- call to sign up! Parade line up at 12:30pm behind Bopp-Busch, N Main Street, Au Gres. For more information call (989) 876-6397, or click here.


Mesick Mushroom Festival
May 11-13, 2012, Mesick
Mesick, the “morel mushroom capitol,” pulls out all the stops for the celebration including a grand parade, carnival, largest mushroom contest and more from May 11 – 13, 2012. For more details on our event, visit the link or call (231) 885-2679.

Morel Mushroom Festival 2012
May 17-20, 2012, Boyne City
This fun-filled festival is the ultimate signal that spring is here…carnival, mushroom hunting, cooking demonstrations and lots of morels! Come share in the fun and bring your appetite. Call the Boyne Area Chamber of Commerce for details at (231) 582-6222, or click here.

Empire Asparagus Festival
May 18-20, 2012, Empire
The lakeshore village of Empire greets the arrival of asparagus season with good food, wine & beer. Dancing & an annual oral poetry contest for the best “Ode to Asparagus.” For more information click on the web site link or call (231) 326-6081.

Harrison’s Memorial Weekend Events
May 26-27, 2012, Harrison
Saturday, May 26th, Car Cruise around Harrison and Budd Lake. Line-up is at 4pm at Hayes Township Hall. Afterwards; muddy mayhem at the Memorial Weekend Mud Bog at the Clare County Fairgrounds. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids 10 and under. The event begins at 7pm. On Sunday the 27th, Car & Bike Show in downtown Harrison. $10 registration; goody bags to first 75 registered. Registration available before by calling (989) 539-6011; or register day of event at 8am. Craft vendors will be on-site at the event. For more information, call (989) 539-6011.


Jonesville River Fest – 2012
May 18-20, 2012, Jonesville
This festival is always held on the 3rd weekend in May in downtown Jonesville. Come join us for canoe races, a car show, music, food, and lots of fun. For more information, visit the website link or call us at (517) 320-1403.

Great Lakes Wine Fest
May 19, 2012
An annual event between Michigan International Speedway (MIS) and the Michigan Wine Foundation. 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. Advance tickets are $25. Tickets at the gate are $35. Gates open at noon and close at 9pm. This event is for guests 21 years and older. For more information call (800) 354-1010, or click here.

Romeo Victorian Festival
May 19, 2012, Romeo
On Saturday, May 19, from 9am to 6pm, the historic village of Romeo will host their Seventh Annual Victorian Festival. Events include ice cream making, Civil War reenactment camp, Victorian style children’s games and entertainment. For more information call (586) 752-4111, or click here.

Sumpter Country Festival
May 24-28, 2012, Belleville
The Sumpter Country Fest includes a carnival, beer tent, casino, bingo, free children’s entertainment, crafts, food, demolition derby, enduro racing, fireworks, live music, Impersonators/tribute bands, & much much more!!! Sumpter Township (Belleville, MI). For more information call (734) 461-6201.


Blossomtime Festival
May 1-5, 2012 Benton Harbor
Blossomtime Festival April 29 – May 5. The Blossomtime Festival, which began in 1906 is an annual festival celebrating the agricultural industry in southwest Michigan. It is a multi-community event including 25 communities in southwest Michigan and is the oldest festival in the state. The Grand Floral Parade lasts two hours and has over 100 units, including floats with community queens and their courts, bands, clowns, costumed characters, antique cars and special units. 250,000 spectators come from the Midwest to enjoy this colorful parade which travels from St. Joseph across the river into Benton Harbor. Phone for more details (269) 982-8016, or click here.

Mayfaire Renaissance Festival
May 19-20, 2012 Marshall
The Mayfaire Renaissance Festival in Marshall, MI runs for two full weekends plus Memorial Day: May 19-20 & May 26-28, 2012. Event hours are 10am – 6pm (Open Rain or Shine!) See swordfighting, comedy, jugglers, musicians and shop for unique artisan wares in a beautiful wooded setting. For more information, call (269) 382-6120, or click here.

Saugatuck & Douglas Memorial Day Parades 2012
May 28, 2012, Douglas
Come join us in Saugatuck at 9am and Douglas at 10am for our patriotic Memorial Day Parades. For more information, visit the website link or call (269) 857-1701.

Upper Peninsula

Keweenaw Migratory Bird Festival
May 1-31, 2012 Copper Harbor
This event, held throughout the month of May in Copper Harbor, offers superb daytime birding opportunities and plenty of fun activities for the whole family. There will be programs, speakers, bird walks, guided tours, and much more during the weekends in May. For more information on this event, visit the website link.

West Central

Tulip Time Festival 2012
May 5-12, 2012, Holland
Celebrating 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! For more information on this event, visit the link or call us at (800) 822-2770 or (616) 396-4221.

Memorial Day Weekend
May 25-28, 2012, Pentwater
Memorial Day Weekend is the official start of summer, boating, beach, and family time! Come and start off your summer in Pentwater, Michigan. The annual Fishing Derby, Marine Corps League Pancake Breakfast, Annual Plant Sale, and our Pentwater Memorial Day Parade. Come visit us and start your summer off right! For additional information call (231) 869-4150, or click here.

Alma Highland Festival Games
May 26-27, 2012, Alma
Held on the campus of Alma College the last week in May, the Scottish Heritage festival features Old World competition and pageantry at the largest Midwest festival of its kind. For more information, call (989) 463-8979, or click here.

Hudsonville Memorial Day Service
May 28, 2012, Hudsonville
The Hudsonville Memorial Day Service honors the men and women who have so bravely served our country. Join us at 10am at Veteran’s Park in Hudsonville to honor our service men and women. May 28, 2012 at 10am. Veterans Park is located on the corner of 32nd Avenue and Central Boulevard and is adjacent to the City Hall property. For more information call (616) 669-0200 x 411.

Pure Michigan March Events Roundup

March marks the start of spring in Pure Michigan. From a mix of final winter fun to St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, there are plenty of ways to enjoy our state this month. For more suggestions of things to do this month in Michigan, visit michigan.org.

East Central

Monster Jam
March 2 – 3, 2012, Saginaw
The Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam, stars the biggest performers in the monster truckscommunity. The twelve-feet-tall, ten-thousand-pound machines will bring you to your feet, from racing and ripping up a custom-designed track full of obstacles, to soaring over objects or smash through them! Expect to see outrageous jumps, crushed cars, and plenty of concrete-streaking action with some of the most incredible donuts ever. Show starts at 2pm, Pit Party $10 at 11:30am to 12:30pm! Gates open at 6:30pm, show starts at 7:30pm. Tickets available at the Dow Event Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster Outlets, online at www.Ticketmaster.com, or charge by phone at (800) 745-3000. For more information on this event, click here.

Flushing Walleye Festival
March 9 – 11, 2012, Flushing
Come join us on the Flint River March 9th through the 11th for our annual fishing contest. Games, outdoor exhibits, a chili cook off, pancake breakfast, and fish fry will all be available as well. For more information on this event, contact the Flushing Chamber of Commerce at (810) 659-4141.

Lexington’s St. Patrick’s Weekend Celebration
March 16 -17, 2012, Lexington
Join us in Lexington for our St. Patrick’s Day pub crawl and parade. The pub crawl will be on March 16th beginning at the Irish Rose, the parade will take place on March 17th beginning at 2 pm. The party continues at the Old Town Winery after the parade. For more information, call (810) 359-5340.

Walleye Tournament
March 17 – 18, 2012, St. Clair
The Walleye Fishing Tournament is back. The tournament is held on the St. Clair River. Bring your kids for the additional kids tournament(free entry for kids). There will be a grand prize for the heaviest walleye. For more information contact us at (810) 329-4125.


Spring Fling
March 1 – 4, 2012, Gaylord
Come to Gaylord for our weekend long Spring Fling. This event includes activities, entertaining contests, live entertainment, a beer tent, horse drawn wagon rides, and children’s programs. So whether it’s you and your friends, and your family, this event is great for everyone. For more information contact (888) 873-3867.

Race The Face Snowmobile Drag Races
March 16 – 18, 2012, Gaylord
Attention extreme sports enthusiasts. The snowmobile drag races are taking place at the Treetops Resort in Gaylord. For more information click here, or contact (888) 873-3867.

Hartwick Pines Maple Syrup Time
March 24, 2012, Grayling
Come learn about the history of maple sugar making in North America on Saturday, March 24, 2012 from 10am to 4pm, as you help tap a maple tree and observe the boil-down process which converts maple sap into maple syrup. This is a great event for you and your family. Children can participate in a variety of fun and educational hands-on activities during Maple Syrup Day at Hartwick Pines. Of course, the day would not be complete without sampling this tasty Michigan product. For more information contact (989) 348-2537.


Slush Cup Weekend
March 2 – 4, 2012, Bellaire  
Come celebrate over 30 years of Shanty Creek’s most popular winter event – a race course on an icy 40-foot pond. Enjoy additional activities on the slopes including a frozen fish toss, shovel races, the fruity suity and more. This is a great weekend trip for you and your family. For more information on this event call (800) 678-4111.

Kalkaska Winterfest
March 3 – 4, 2012, Kalkaska
The Kalkaska Winterfest is here. This Winterfest is the largest sprint sled dog race in North America. It features an unlimited class race, and is the only one in the state of Michigan. Kalkaska Winterfest is held at the Kalkaska Civic Center, in Kalkaska, Michigan. Other activities include: sled dog rides, IWPA Dog Weight Pull, outhouse races, children’s games, and Ice Bowl Disc Golf Tournament. So come with your friends, or bring your family to the Kalkaska Winterfest. For more information visit the website or call (800) 487-6880 or (231) 258-9103.

Cardboard Classic Weekend
March 9 – 11, 2012, Bellaire
Come test your creativity and constructive skill at the Cardboard Classic. The annual downhill Cardboard Classic Race down Schuss Mountain is a sled race on a sled that you make yourself. So come test your skills at the Cardboard classic. For more information on this event call (800) 678-4111.

Suds & Snow
March 3, 2012, Traverse City
Have you ever want to participate in a beer tasting, or snow shoeing. Well here’s your chance to do both. At Timber Ridge Resort from 2-6:30pm you can enjoy both beer tasting and snow shoeing. In addition to the wide variety of beer samples from Michigan Breweries, there are several other activities including winter volleyball, and live music, and several kinds of food to try. For ticket purchase and information, call (231) 947-2770.


Southern Michigan Winter Beer Festival
March 10, 2012, Jackson
The Southern Michigan Winter Beer Festival is back. Enjoy outdoor beer tasting with outdoor patio, food, bonfires, DJ music and giveaways. The Southern Michigan Winter Beer Festival is a craft and specialty beer tasting event featuring over 80 different types of premium brews with 140 beers available. Noon to 5pm. Event is for patrons 21 years and over only. For ticket information, visit the website.

Michigan Home & Garden Show
March 9 – 11, 2012, Pontiac
The 21st Michigan Home & Garden Show is where you will find inspiration from the latest trends in landscaping, gardening and home improvement. Exhibit displays will fill the Silverdome with home and garden products and services for new homes, remodeling and maintenance. All the major home product categories are available from the basics of heating, cooling, kitchens, baths, windows and doors to room additions, siding, closets, vacuums, appliances, fixtures, furnishings, landscaping and decorative accessories. Advance tickets are available online. Discount coupons for $2 off Friday or Sunday adult admission are available on-line. Adults $10; Children (6-14) $5; 5 & under Free. On-site is parking available for a fee. Show times are March 9 noon-9pm; March 10 10am-9pm; and March 11 10am-6pm.

Downtown Divas at Dusk
March 22, 2012, Tecumseh
Grab your mother, daughter, sister and BFF and come to Downtown Tecumseh for this fun Diva night. Divas at Dusk is a fun filled night for women in which downtown merchants open their doors with lots of delights for these women. These include food, entertainment, prizes and more. The event will take place in downtown Tecumseh, from 5-9pm. For more information, click here or call (517) 424-6003.

Fenner Maple Syrup Festival
March 17 – 18, 2012, Lansing
Come join us for  the arrival of Spring at the Fenner Nature Center Maple Syrup Festival! Weekend festival activities include Tap a tree (children’s activity/hands on guided activity), sugar bush sap boiling demo “out in the woods”, maple sugar and candy making demos, outstanding crafts displays, winter bird and tree identification walks, tasty food items (maple syrup sundaes, cookies, hot beverages, and more!), and face painting for kids. This is a great trip for you and your family so come on out. For information call (517) 483-4224.


St. Patrick’s Day Celebration
March 16 – 17, 2012, Grand Ledge
This annual celebration is set in historic downtown Grand Ledge and consists of two nights of Irish dance performances, lots of Irish music, a grand parade and more. For more information contact (517) 627-8360.

Upper Peninsula

U.P. Ice Chip Golf Scramble
March 3, 2012, St. Ignace
Like the ice? Like golf? Here’s a great opportunity to bring your hobby to winter. Test your skills against others at the U.P. Ice Chip Golf Scramble on the Wild Ice of Moran Bay on Lake Huron in St. Ignace. We offer a 9-hole course that will test your balance on the ice while attempting to hit that perfect shot. Register at the Mackinac Grille Restaurant beginning at 9:00 am. Registration fee of $30/person includes lunch and dinner at the Mackinac Grille. Great food, fun, and prizes. Best Sled’ contest, men’s and women’s divisions. Prizes are awarded. You may also visit us here.

Brule Bash
March 24 – 25, 2012, Iron River
The Brule Bash is a great trip for families. There are events all weekend such as treasure hunt, petting zoo, mattress race, sled dog rides, silly slalom, snow bowling, and many more activities. 1/2 off tickets when in full costume. For more information on this event, call (800) 362-7853.

Maple Sugaring Day at Tahquamenon Falls State Park
March 24, 2012, Tahquamenon Falls State Park
Come participate in turning nature’s sweet sap into yummy maple syrup during this hands-on event. Grab your families, bundle up, and take a hike through the sugar bush, trying your hand at tapping trees and boiling sap. Learn how to identify which trees to tap and the materials you’ll need to make maple syrup at home. The Recreation Passport is your $10 ticket to Michigan’s state parks and outdoor adventures. For more information visit this website.

West Central

Girlfriends Weekend 2012
March 2 – 4, 2012, Holland
Girlfriends weekend is a great get away for you and your friends. This three day event filled weekend is filled with activities women love, but also leaves free time for them to explore on their own. This weekend is designed to be a fun and relaxing getaway for girlfriends, sisters, mothers, and daughters, the event offers everything from belly dancing lessons and a wine tasting, to a closet makeover contest, in store activities, dueling pianos, a champagne brunch, and much, much more. You must be 21 to participate. The weekend package is $100 per attendee, or $95 per person for group of four or more. Saturday only passes available for just $55. For more information on this event, to register, or check the scheduled activities, click here or call (616) 796-1210.

Michigan Laughfest
March 8 – 18, 2012, Grand Rapids
A festival of laughs celebrates laughter for the health of it — a festival of comedy, performance, film, and a variety of seriously funny stuff that makes us laugh. Enjoy many aspects of humor from top comedians to laughter yoga and funny pet contests at the first such festival of laughter at 20 venues in and around Grand Rapids. To learn more about tickets or additional information about LaughFest, please phone (616) 776-3511 or visit the Laughfest website.

St. Patrick`s Day Parade
March 17, 2012, Muskegon
The first ever Muskegon St. Patrick’s Day Parade is approaching. Don’t miss out; be sure to be in downtown Muskegon on Jefferson street at 11am to enjoy the St. Patrick’s Day parade. For more information on this event, call (231) 724-3100.

St. Patrick’s Parade
March 17, 2012, Pentwater
St. Patrick’s Day only happens once a year, so come join us for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The parade will begin at 1pm on Hancock street. Come bring your families for this fun filled event, and enjoy St. Patrick’s Day. For more information call (231) 869-4150.

Pure Michigan February Events Roundup

February in Pure Michigan means winter fun, food and family events. From award winning musicals to winter sporting events, there’s something for everyone this month.  For more suggestions of things to do this month in Michigan, visit michigan.org.



African American History Day
February 4, 2012, Detroit
Join in the celebration of African American history and culture as the Detroit Historical Museum kicks off Black History Month with this annual event. Find gifts from our Artists Market, learn from historical organizations and neighborhood organizations in the area, and bring kids to enjoy entertainment and a caricature artist. Renowned storytellers Ivory D. Williams and Shanta and the Kidz Art Zone will provide enthralling experiences for children. For more information, visit the event website or call (313) 833-1805.

Toy Collectible Show
February 4, 2012, Jackson
The Toy Collectible Show will take place on the Jackson Fairgrounds, inside the heated fair events center.  Attendees can browse more than 155 tables featuring toys from Nascar, Hotwheels, Star Wars, Pez, Matchbox and more. Show information is available by calling (517) 524-8899.

Love, Loss and What I Wore
February 8 – March 4, 2012, Detroit
Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron’s Love, Loss, and What I Wore, an intimate collection of stories covering some of life’s most poignant moments and their corresponding wardrobe, will appear at Detroit’s historic Gem Theatre this month. The evening of vignettes, which is based on the best-selling book of the same name by Ilene Beckerman as well as personal reminiscences from the Ephrons and their friends, will feature a cast of five powerful actresses. Tickets are on sale at the Gem Theatre and Fisher Theatre box offices, at all Ticketmaster locations, online at ticketmaster.com and by calling (313) 963-9800 or (800) 982-2787.

Detroit Boat Show
February 11 – 19, 2012, Detroit
The Detroit Boat Show is the original, biggest and best boat show in the state of Michigan, featuring the premiere showing of hundreds of new 2012 and non-current model boats, motors, trailers, accessories and more. For more information call the Cobo Center at (800) 338-7648 or (313) 338-7648.

Motown Winter Blast 2012
February 11 – 13, 2012, Detroit
Motown Winter Blast is a unique combination of hip and fun winter events that are centered on Campus Martius Park. This year we are celebrating Motown with a fun celebration you will not want to miss. For more information, please visit the event website.

Storytelling Festival
February 18 – 19, 2012, Ann Arbor
Each year The Ark revives the oldest of all the arts with the February Storytelling Festival, featuring talespinners from far and wide. Sunday’s program features kid-oriented stories from 2012 Storytelling Festival artists. For more information, visit the event website or call (734) 761-1800.

Fire & Ice Fest
February 24 – 26, 2012, Rochester
Downtown Rochester’s much-anticipated winter festival features ice sculptures, ice skating, a tubing run, fireworks, and a taste fest inside the warming tent featuring beer and wine provided by Rochester Mills Beer Company. For more information, contact (248) 858-5437.

Shrek The Musical
February 28 – March 11, 2012, Detroit
Shrek the Musical, which tells the story of a swamp-dwelling ogre who goes on a life-changing adventure to reclaim the deed to his land, comes to the Fisher Theatre at the end of the month. Joined by a wise-cracking donkey, this unlikely hero fights a fearsome dragon, rescues a feisty princess and learns that real friendship and true love aren’t only found in fairy tales. For more information on this performance, visit the website or call (313) 872-1000.



Ice Breaker 2012
February 3 – 5, 2012, South Haven
Come Enjoy “The Four Seasons of South Haven” Ice Breaker 2012, where the Lake Michigan resort community of South Haven will heat up as it celebrates the 19th annual Ice Breaker festival. A major focus of the event is the sculpting of more than 50 blocks of ice, weighing 300 pounds each, into dazzling displays themed by “The Four Seasons of South Haven.” For more information, visit the event website or call (269) 637-5171.

Winter Blues Festival
February 11, 2012, Marshall
Winter Blues are usually a bad thing but not at this event! This is your chance to enjoy some great live blues music, enjoy dinner (catered by Roma’s Corner Café), or participate in several workshops offered. For more information, visit the event website or call (269) 789-9677.

Kalamazoo Live Green Fair & Home Show
February 18 – 19, 2012, Kalamazoo
The Live Green Fair and Home Show helps families live a healthier life, while saving money and energy too! The show offers products and services from over 60 exhibitors to help families live a greener life. For more information, visit the event website or call (734) 320-5322.

Great Scrapbook Show
February 24 – 25, 2012, Kalamazoo
Shop a large selection of paper crafting products at this scrapbooking and stamping show. For more information, visit the show website or call (810) 287-7711.

Upper Peninsula

Upper Peninsula

International 500 Snowmobile Race
February 4, 2012, Sault Sainte Marie
Mark your calendar for the first Saturday in February and get ready for the thrill of a lifetime, and get ready to see drivers accelerate to speeds exceeding 100 miles per hour on the straight-aways! For more information, visit the event website or call (989)808-5266.

Michigan Ice Fest Family Activities
February 4, 2012, Munising
Different family events throughout the afternoon include the annual cardboard classic, a 5K snowshoe relay, children’s activities and games, food and beverages and a free shuttle to the Michigan Ice Fest climbing activities. Activities are in and behind the American Legion. For more information on this event call (906) 387-2138.

UP Snow Softball Tournament
February 11 – 12, 2012, St. Ignace
Come join the fun as teams compete against each other in the UP Snow Softball Tournament! Teams of 9-12 players will battle the elements as they vie for top honors. This game gives new meaning to the phrase ‘sliding into home plate.’ For more information, call (800) 338-6660.

UP 200 Dog Sled Races
February 16 – 20, 2012, Marquette
The UP 200 is one of America’s premier 12-dog, mid-distance sled dog races. Mushers say this is one of their favorite races, not only because of the challenging race, but because of the cheering crowds and warm welcome they receive here in the Upper Peninsula. Come join in the excitement for the start of the race located in downtown Marquette, MI.  For more information on this event, visit the website or call (906) 228-3072 or (906) 869-2640.

West Central

West Central

Camper, Travel, & RV Show
February 2 – 5, 2012, Grand Rapids
This show will fill every square inch of the beautiful DeVos Place with the latest motor homes, fifth wheels, travel trailers, campers, accessories, campgrounds, and vacation destinations. For more information, visit the event website or call (616) 742-6500.

Animal Adventures: Growing Up Wild
February 6, 2012, Grand Rapids
Enjoy an evening of warmth and wonder and discover fascinating things about four animals – a mammal, a reptile, an amphibian and a bird. Watch live animal presentations, enjoy animal story time, explore the Tropical Conservatory by flashlight, or become engrossed in animal art activities. Reservations required by calling Meijer Gardens at (616) 974-5239 or John Ball Zoo at (616) 336-4310.

Nordic Nights Gourmet Dine & Glides
February 11, 2012, North Muskegon
Don’t miss out on one of the best culinary experiences in Michigan this winter. This event includes a four course dinner, ski pass and entrance to heated tent with live music. There will be three stations offering delicious food, featuring a blazing fire placed throughout your 5K glide. Back at the heated tent, guests will enjoy dessert and music by Mike Snell. For more information, call (231) 744-9629.

Grand Rapids Boat Show
February 15 – 19, 2012, Grand Rapids
This Boat Show includes powerboats and more sailboats on display than any other show in the state of Michigan! Fishing boats, water sport accessories and boating services like marina slips and sail lofts will be some of the attractions at DeVos Place. For more information, visit the show website or call (616) 742-6500.

Michigan Winter Beer Festival
February 25, 2012, Comstock Park
Hundreds of hand-crafted beers from Michigan’s finest microbreweries will be served up in this chilly outdoor festival. Entertainment, food and fun will help keep you warm! Tickets are sold in advance and are available online or at the Fifth-Third Ballpark box office or at participating Guild member breweries. For more information, call (517) 327-5004.

East Central

East Central

Shakespearean Dreams Performance
February 11, 2012, Saginaw
Poets have come and gone for centuries, but only one is known as “the Bard.” Finzi’s music and Timothy Jones’ powerful voice will bring some of Shakespeare’s most emotionally stirring verses to life. The Pit & Balcony Theatre Co. will perform a semi-staged version of one of the world’s greatest comedies, while the SBSO and the Saginaw Choral Society will perform the music that comedy inspired in Mendelssohn. For more information on this event, call (989) 755-6471.

Shanty Days
February 17 – 19, Caseville
Indulge in some fun in the wintertime! Enjoy four wheeler races, ice fishing, food and beverages tents, live entertainment, craft show, kids’ activities and demo derby. For more information, call (989) 856-3818.



Winter Fun Days
February 3 – 5, 2012, Grayling
Lots of fun things for families to do in Grayling starting Friday with Dollar night, DJ music and a marshmallow roast over a campfire. The events continue Saturday and Sunday with free lift tickets and trail passes, Big Air Competition, chili cook off, Slush Pit and Sled Box race. For more information, call (989) 348-9266.

Alpenfrost 2012
February 11, 2012, Grayling
The first annual Alpenfrost winter celebration in downtown Gaylord combines anchor events such as the Polar Plunge and a Craft Beer & Wine Festival at Treetops Resort, with a flurry of downtown activities, games, and merchant sales. Alpine Village will unveil an open-air ice skating rink. For a schedule of events or for more information, visit the event website or call (989) 731-7378.

Treetops Olympics
February 23 – 26, 2012, Gaylord
The Treetops Olympics is an event for the whole family! Participate in crazy games such as Human Bowling, Human Curling and Minute to Win It. For more information, visit the event website or call (888) 873-3867.



North American Snow Festival – 2012
February 2 – 5, 2012, Cadillac
Thursday night kicks off with a chili cook-off at this winter festival and the fun doesn’t stop there. Friday brings the Poker Fun Run, sleigh rides, a grilling contest and more entertainment at The Armory. Saturday compete in ice fishing, motorcycle and snowmobile races on Lake Cadillac – and a polar dip in the lake for those brave enough! Sunday, snow sculptures will dot the Lake Cadillac shoreline and the fun continues with more lake races. For more information, call (800) 22-LAKES or (231) 775-0657.

Mid-Winter’s Chocolate Therapy
February 4, 2012, Bellaire
An afternoon of chocolate featuring Michigan chocolatiers. Enjoy tasting samples, chocolate-making demo, cupcake competition, Valentine’s gifts, chocolate spa treatments, live music and more. For more information on this event, visit the event website or call (800)678-4111.

Taste the Passion
February 4 – 5, 2012, Cedar
This special weekend celebrates wine, chocolate and love in anticipation of Valentine’s Day! The combination of winter’s beauty in Leelanau with the special pleasures of life always makes a wonderful weekend. The weekend starts on Saturday as participants head to their first winery stop to collect a souvenir glass, then the fun begins with special pours and tasty chocolate treats offered at wineries throughout the rest of the weekend. In addition to chocolate, savory dishes will be served at a number of tasting rooms. For more information, visit the event website or call (231)421-1172.

Cherry Festival Winter Wonderfest
February 17 – 19, 2012, Acme
The Cherry Capital Winter WonderFest features a “Winter Fun Zone” at the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa offering ice skating, bonfires, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and more. In downtown Traverse City, you can find beautiful ice carvings and walk through the snow sculpture park, enjoy live music under the tent at the Annual Soup’r Bowl Competition and Beer Tent and watch the Frozen Bed Race, Monster Dog Pull competition and “Tommy Tropic” juggler, take part in the Brain Freeze ice cream eating competition or frozen cherry pit contest, or take a horse and carriage ride. There’s also a two-day Snowball Winter Softball Tournament at the Grand Traverse Civic Center. For more information, visit the event website.