Pure Michigan June 2013 Events Roundup

June means the official start of summer in Pure Michigan! And with school out for the year and warm weather here to stay, it’s the perfect time to experience some of the great things going on around the state.

Below is a roundup of a few of the many events going on around Michigan in June. Please visit michigan.org for a complete listing of things to do across the state.

 

Week of June 2

Art & Orchard Festival
June 6-June 8, 2013, Washington
Washington’s Art & Orchard Festival will be the second weekend in June, June 6-9, 2013. The event will feature a carnival on Friday, live music, an arts & crafts show, fireworks Saturday night, petting zoo, beer tent and food station.

Cereal City Festival
June 7-8, 2013, Battle Creek
The Cereal City Festival is an event celebrating the Battle Creek community and its rich and varied past. A parade kicks off the festival on Friday, June 8th and the fun continues with the Cereal City Classic 5k/10k run and the World’s Longest Breakfast Table on Saturday morning. Throughout the day enjoy exciting events, bands and activities! Click here for more information.

National Asparagus Festival – Hart
June 7-8, 2013, Hart
Salute the shoots with a parade, 5K run, rodeo and crafts fair in downtown Hart. The National Asparagus Festival is held every year during the second weekend of June. For more information, visit the National Asparagus Festival website or call (800) 874-3982 or (231) 861-8110.

Mackinac Island Lilac Festival
June 7-16, 2013, Mackinac Island
The idea of the festival was to bring people to the island to enjoy a great horse drawn parade amidst the lovely lilacs that fragrance the island in June. Now this ten day festival includes a comedy show, afternoon tea at the Grand Hotel, music, walking tours, hayrides, arts and crafts, 10K run, Lilac Festival Queen, dancing, wine tasting, bingo, lilac strolls and much more. Visit the website for more information.

Leland Wine & Food Festival
June 8, 2013, Leland
Michigan’s oldest wine festival takes place at the Leland Harbor. Everyone has a chance to go see 17 wineries of the Leelanau & Old Mission Peninsulas on Saturday, enjoy great food and music and kick off the summer festival season in style! No need to purchase advance tickets – just show up rain or shine at the big tent in Leland’s picturesque Fishtown district. Admission is $15 and includes an etched wine glass and two tickets for wine tasting. For more information, call the Chamber of Commerce at (877) LELAND1 or (231) 256-0079.

Orion Music + More
June 8-9, 2013, Detroit
Make your way to Detroit June 8-9, 2013, for the Orion Music + More concert event. The lineup includes Metallica, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Deftones, Rise Against, The Dillinger Escape Plan. The event includes thirty-plus acts over five stages, a custom car and automotive show, Metallica Museum, and more. Two day passes are $150. For tickets, complete lineup details, and more, visit the website link.

Week of June 9

Ann Arbor Restaurant Week
June 9-14, 2013, Ann Arbor
Ann Arbor Restaurant Week offers one price dining, one week, several options. Extraordinary three course dinner menus and fixed price fare lunch menus from Ann Arbor’s best restaurants. Experience cuisine that delights your palate and defines the art of dining in Ann Arbor. Now is your chance to discover new restaurants and enjoy favorites at a discounted price. Make reservations early at participating restaurants as tables fill fast during this gastronomically great event. For more information, visit the website link or call (734) 668-7112 ext 22.

Hamburg Family Fun Fest
June 12-15, 2013, Hamburg
The Hamburg Family Fun Fest brings family fun to the park like never before, attracting more than 50,000 attendees. Feature attractions include amusement rides, circus, petting zoo, talent competition, classic car show and arts & crafts just to name a few. A variety of concerts will also be held throughout the weekend on two stages. Click here for more information.

Heritage Coast Grand Prix
June 13-26, 2013, Tawas
Head to the Heritage Coast Grand Prix in Tawas for beautiful beaches, family fun and revved up racing. The event includes four fun-filled and family-oriented days of activities. Check out the boats, meet the drivers and experience the thrill of the races. Visit the website for more information.

Jazzin on Jefferson
June 14-15, 2013, Detroit
Jazzin’ on Jefferson is a free street music festival organized by the Jefferson East Business Association. For a schedule of main stage performances, visit the website link.

Pinconning CheeseTown Festival
June 14-15, 2013, Pinconning
Highlights of the festival include a mac & cheese dinner contest, the ultimate wine & cheese party, the cheesy CheeseTown parade, a teen concert, arts & crafts, fireworks, a beer tent with lots of live music, and in honor of Father’s Day weekend, a CheeseTown dad contest. The event is held at Doc Letchfield Park on M-13 in Pinconning. The event is in conjunction with the 30th Annual CheeseTown Challenge Race (5 mile race, 2 mile fun run/walk, and Little Meeces Race). For more information on this event, call (989) 879-2816.

Week of June 16

Quicken Loans 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
June 16, 2013, Brooklyn
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to the Irish Hills on Father’s Day with the running of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 400. NASCAR stars, such as former MIS winners Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, and Jimmy Johnson return to MIS for another action-packed day of side-by-side racing. Forty-three drivers, 200 laps. Call (800) 354-1010 or visit the website for ticket and camping information.

East Jordan Freedom Festival
June 19-23, 2013, East Jordan
The East Jordan Freedom Festival is a family friendly festival with something for everyone including live music, parades, kids games, carnival, block party and fireworks over the south arm of Lake Charlevoix. For more information, call (231) 536-7351 or visit the website link here.

FinnFest USA 2013
June 19-23, 2013, Hancock
Hear the music, feel the summer breezes, smell the birch wood of the kokko and be where every Finn needs to be in June of 2013. For five days the Copper Country will host FinnFest USA 2013 – a festival spread across the region, with a variety of programming sure to interest everyone! Tori market, concerts, performances, dances, exhibits and gallery shows, local tours, sports and games, a parade, midsummer bonfires, street theatre, special guests and VIPs and much, much more! For more information, visit the website or call (906) 487-7205.

Kalamazoo Island Fest
June 20-22, 2013, Kalamazoo
Get ready for some good times with three days and nights of reggae music rocking downtown Kalamazoo. A great variety of quality Jamaican and Caribbean-inspired cuisine will be served. Food, drinks, beer and wine will be available. The live reggae music line-up runs all day and ranges from the top local talent to well-known regional and national headliners presented outdoors throughout the day. For more information visit the website or contact (269) 385-6200.

Summer Solstice Jazz Festival
June 21-22, 2013, East Lansing
This free two day jazz festival in the heart of downtown East Lansing features high-caliber local, regional, and national talent presented by the City of East Lansing, Wharton Center for the Performing Arts, and the Michigan State University College of Music. For additional event information, visit the web link or call (517) 319-6927.

Detroit River Days
June 21-23, 2013, Detroit
The 2013 festival will continue to celebrate Detroit’s maritime, ecological and culinary culture while again featuring many proven crowd-favorite, family-friendly activities and programming elements from previous festivals. Interactive exhibits, large-scale sand sculptures, strolling entertainers, eco-friendly kids’ zones, carnival rides, and live concerts with performances featuring more than 50 local, national and international music acts will be back this year. More information is available online.

Week of June 23

Ford Fireworks
June 24, 2013, Detroit
The Parade Company is excited to pump up the City of Detroit, on June 24th as we produce the 55th Ford Fireworks presented by Target, along the Detroit River. This event attracts hundreds of thousands of spectators for one of the most anticipated summer nights in Detroit and one of the nation’s largest fireworks displays. Visit the website here.

St. Ignace Car Show Weekend
June 26-27, 2013, St. Ignace
This annual event is one of the largest all-make, all-model shows in the country. Hundreds of antique, custom, and celebrity automobiles are on display all day Saturday. Car enthusiasts can examine vehicles up close and see them in action during Kewadin Casino Cruise Night on Thursday evening, and the Down Memory Lane Parade on Friday evening. Contests, exhibits, vendor booths and more make this a fun, family event. For more information call (906) 643-8087 or visit the website.

Michigan Challenge Balloonfest 2013
June 28-30, 2013, Howell
Join us for the state championship of hot-air ballooning, June 28-30 in Howell. It’s a weekend full of high-flying fun for the whole family. Enjoy thrilling skydiving jumps, music, carnival, family entertainment, downtown activities and more. Don’t miss the fun including Play 1st Mobile Gaming, SmashZone and five scheduled balloon launches, Annabelle Road and the fabulous balloon glow on Saturday evening and the MediLodge Fireworks on Friday night. For more information on this event, visit the website link or call us at (517) 546-3920.

Grand Haven Art Festival & Fun Day
June 29-30, 2013, Grand Haven
The work of 150 of the finest artists in the country will be on display and for sale during the 51st Annual Grand Haven Art Festival & Family Fun Day, June 29 – 30, 2013. The festival will take place along Washington Avenue in downtown Grand Haven, transforming the area into an outdoor art gallery. Admission and parking are free and open to the public. Presented by The Chamber of Commerce Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Ferrysburg. (616) 842-4910.

National Cherry Festival 2013
June 29–July 6, 2013, Traverse City
Get your planner out and write down the dates for a great week or family fun when you attend the National Cherry Festival in Traverse City on June 29–July 6. There will be colorful parades, marching bands, music shows, sporting events, amusement rides along with carnival games on the midway and food items, pie eating contests and loads of luscious cherries prepared every way you can think of. For more information, visit the website link or call the Cherry Festival office at (800) 968-3380.

Week of June 30

Log Cabin Days & Antique Car Show
June 30, 2013, Michigamme
Tour the museum and the Dompierre House and walk around to see all the antique cars on display from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. For more information contact (906) 323-9016.

Coast West Music Fest
July 1-6, 2013, Muskegon
This event is a multi-day music festival with three stages, fireworks on July 4, food and refreshments. Acts announced so far: O.A.R., Josh Turner, Leann Rimes, Cheap Trick, Buddy Guy, Johnny Lang, Allen Stone, Chicago and Foghat! For more information visit the website link.

Light up the Lake Fireworks & Parade
July 3-4, 2013, South Haven
At the south pier over Lake Michigan, watch a spectacular fireworks display July 3 and listen to the Light Up The Lake soundtrack LIVE on SuperHits 103.7 COSY-FM! The fireworks shoot off synchronized to the music! Parade will be held July 4 at 11am through downtown featuring local marching bands, pageant winners, patriotic floats, fire trucks, & lots of candy! Questions, call (269) 637-5252 or (800) SO-HAVEN.

Fourth of July Celebration
July 4-6, 2013, Cedarville
Enjoy the spectacular view of fireworks over Cedarville Bay from the Cedarville’s downtown waterfront park or the lawn of the Great Lakes Boat Building School on July 4. Earlier that day, our parade, kids games, hot dogs and burgers, Up in Smoke BBQ, races and contests, and more wind down into early evening with music on the bay by Dance Commander DJ and a Jersey Mud eating contest. For more information, call (906) 484-3935

Cedar Polka Fest
July 4-7 2013, Cedar
The Cedar Polka Fest is held yearly in Cedar, Michigan, under the big tent on the tennis courts. Highlights include a parade on Saturday at noon, softball tournament, a polka mass and polka under the big, big tent with the big names of polka. For more information on this event call (231) 228-3378 or visit the website.

These are just a few of the many events happening next month in Pure Michigan. Please visit michigan.org for a complete listing.

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.

Northeast

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.

Northwest

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.

Southeast

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.

Southwest

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.

 Northeast

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.


Northwest

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.

Southeast

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.

Southwest

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.