Pure Michigan January 2014 Events Roundup

It’s almost a new year in Pure Michigan! From winter festivals to the Detroit auto show, there are plenty of events happening across Michigan to help you welcome in 2014 with some fun. Below is a roundup of a few of the many events taking place around the state throughout the month. For a complete listing of events, visit michigan.org. 

Week of 1/1/2014- 1/6/2014

NHL Winter Classic
1/1/2014 - Ann Arbor, University of Michigan Football Stadium
Hockeytown and The Big House will come together this winter for what is expected to be a historic holiday extravaganza of hockey culminating with the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic on New Year’s Day. The long-anticipated matchup between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings will take place on January 1, 2014, at The Big House (Michigan Stadium) on the campus of the University of Michigan. Detroit and Toronto have played 644 times since Jan. 4, 1927, when the Toronto St. Patricks defeated the Detroit Cougars 2-1. Detroit holds a slim edge in points gained in the all-time series, 646-645.

International Motorcycle Show
01/03/14 – 01/05/14 – Novi, Suburban Collection Showplace
International Motorcycle Show – the largest motorcycle show series in the world – features hundreds of new bikes, scooters and entertainment for the entire family. Admission fee. For more information call (800) 331-5706.

Tahquamenon Country Sled Dog Race
01/04/14 - Muskallonge Lake State Park
The Tahquamenon Country Sled Dog Race features over 60 teams from across the continent. Classes include 4-dog, 6-dog, 8-dog, and 12- dog. Races begin at 9:30am, with a new team taking off every few minutes. Come out to pet the dogs, meet the teams and cheer them on during this all-day event!

Grand Rapids Antiques Market
01/04/14 – 01/05/14 – Grand Rapids DeVos Place
Start the new year right! Featuring Michigan’s largest indoor antique show, Old House Expo, fashion show, and so much more! Show schedule, January 4 show hours 9am-7pm. Sunday, January 5 show hours 10am-4pm.  Meet Danielle Colby Cushman of American Pickers all weekend! More vendor information at the website link.

Guided Snowshoe Hike
 01/04/14 – Grayling  Hartwick Pines State Park
Hartwick Pines State Park will offer guided snowshoe hikes through the old growth forest on January 4 and 18, February 1, and March 1. These hikes will give visitors to Hartwick Pines a chance to try out snowshoes and hike through the Lower Peninsula’s largest stand of old-growth white pines. Guided by a park interpreter or historian, participants will learn about the forest in the winter and discover the importance of winter to Michigan’s logging industry in the 1800s, all while getting great exercise. This event is free of charge, although a Michigan State Parks Recreation Passport is required for park entry. Please call ahead for snow conditions. (989) 348-2537.

Michigan Monster Energy Winter Cup Series at Crystal Mountain
01/04/14 – Crystal Mountain
Crystal Mountain, Boyne Mountain, and Shanty Creek are the place for snowboarding/freeski competitions and after-party events this winter. Series begins Saturday, January 4 at Crystal Mountain (Thompsonville), and continues February 8 at Boyne Mountain (Boyne Falls), and the championship finale March 8 at Shanty Creek Resorts (Bellaire). For more event information, please visit the web link or call AGA Nation at (248) 660-2215.

Week of 1/7/2014- 1/13/2014

 Make/Do: Contemporary Artists Exhibit
01/09/14 – 02/14/14 – Kalamazoo, Richmond Center for Visual Arts
All events are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are M-Th 10am-6pm, F 10am-9pm, Sat. 12 pm-6pm, closed Sunday. This exhibition incorporates an expanded conception of craft outside traditional mediums to include painting, video, and performance. The works included in “MAKE/DO”are notable for their materials (shoddy and select) and quality of production (scrupulous and slapdash), which collapse the distinction between fine art and craft, and encourage us, as viewers, to participate in their re-production and reception, to their “making” and “doing.”

The Ultimate Fishing Show
01/09/14 - Novi, Suburban Collection Showplace
Michigan’s largest fishing show. This show is all about fishing tackle, fishing trips, fishing boats and features: Lake Ultimate, Trout Pond, seminar stages, fish fry and more. Tickets can be ordered online via our website. For more show information, please call the show managers at (616) 447-2860 or toll free at (800) 328-6550.

Moscow Festival Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty
01/09/14 – East Lansing, Wharton Center for Performing Arts 
For the first time since their 2012 tour, the legendary Moscow Festival Ballet and their company of 50 returns to Wharton Center on Thursday, January 9. Under the artistic direction of Sergei Radchenko, the Moscow Festival Ballet expertly blends the teachings of the Bolshoi and Kirov Ballet companies in their independent, Russian classic ballet styling.

Plymouth Winter Fest
01/10/14 – 01/12/14 – Plymouth, Downtown Plymouth
Formerly known as the Plymouth Ice Festival, the Plymouth Winter Fest will take place over three days and include ice carving competitions, food booths, and entertainment. Admission to the festival is free. Ice sculptures available for viewing 24-hours a day (weather permitting).

Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam
01/11/14 – Detroit, Ford Field – Home of the Detroit Lions
Detroit Monster Jam will feature 18 Monster Jam trucks, including the legendary Grave Digger® driven by Chad Tingler, Max-DSM (Maximum Destruction), driven by Morgan Kane, Northern NightmareSM driven by Cam McQueen and El Toro Loco® (Yellow) driven by Becky McDonough. For information call (800) 745-3000.

Ann Arbor Restaurant Week
01/12/14 – 01/17/14 – Ann Arbor
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. Tables fill fast during this gastronomically great event, so make your reservations now. For more information, visit the website link or call (734) 668-7112 ext 22.

Week 1/14/2014- 1/20/2014

Colin Stetson – Concert
01/15/14 – 01/16/14 – Ann Arbor, University of Michigan Arthur Miller Theatre
Ann Arbor native Colin Stetson returns home to make his University Musical Society (UMS) debut performance, January 15-16, 2014, in Arthur Miller Theatre. Born and raised in Ann Arbor, saxophonist Colin Stetson has spent the 15 years since he graduated from the University of Michigan working with dozens of artists, including Tom Waits, Feist, Laurie Anderson, Lou Reed, David Byrne, LCD Soundsystem, and Angélique Kidjo, among others. He is a current member of the indie band Bon Iver yet has developed an utterly unique voice as a soloist (principally on saxophones and clarinets). His intense technical prowess is matched by his emotionally gripping skills as a songwriter. For concert information, visit the website link or call (734) 764-2538.

Great Skate Winterfest
01/18/14 – 01/19/14 – Grand Rapids, Rosa Parks Circle
Celebrate winter in the city and skate with Griffins players! Celebrate the 12th Annual Great Skate Winterfest at Rosa Parks Circle in downtown Grand Rapids! Enjoy a day full of winter-themed events, sport demonstrations and family activities, followed by a 24-hour skating marathon with Grand Rapids Griffins players. Events start at noon and marathon goes through Sunday till 10pm. Free admission. For event information, call (616) 774-4585 ext 3046.

Kalamazoo Reptile & Exotic Animal Show
01/18/14 – Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo County Expo Center & Fairground
Buy, sell, or trade a variety of reptiles, amphibians, small mammals and other exotic pets. Admission for adults is $4, children $2, children under six are free, Family Max – $15. Hours are 10am-3pm in Room A

North American International Auto Show 2014
01/18/14 – 01/26/14-Detroit, Cobo Center
Now in its 26th year as an international event, the NAIAS is among the most prestigious auto shows in the world, providing unparalleled access to the automotive products, people and ideas that matter most – up close and in one place.

Week of 1/21/2014-1/27/2014

Snowfest 2014
01/22/14 – 01/27/14 – Frankenmuth, Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth
Zehnder’s Snowfest has been host to one of the top snow sculpting events in North America for the past 22 years. Visitors have enjoyed larger-than-life snow sculptures and beautifully detailed ice carvings each year. Zehnder’s Snowfest 2014 will again dazzle and excite you with snow and ice sculptures created by professional ice and snow carvers from around the world. Zehnder’s Snowfest is also host to the National Collegiate Ice Carving Championship and the High School Snow Sculpting Competition. In addition, Zehnder’s Snowfest will have entertainment for the entire family in the warming tent, a fireworks display, petting zoo and children’s activities. Plan now to attend Zehnder’s Snowfest 2014.

Sesame Street Live
01/23/14 – 02/17/14 – Detroit, Fox Theatre
Join the chorus of ‘Can’t Stop Singing’ for this toe tapping, finger snapping musical event! All you need is a song when Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Murray and all of your favorite Sesame Street friends bring the magic of music to life on stages big and small – and right into the audience! For event times and additional information call (800) 745-3000.

Grand Rapids Camper, Travel & RV Show
1/23/2014 – 1/26/2014 - DeVos Place
A dozen West Michigan RV dealers representing more than 100 RV lines combined with 200,000+ square feet results in the biggest RV show in the state. Along with new RVs, we have a remarkable selection of RV accessories, campgrounds and travel destinations! Admission fee.

Mozart Birthday Bash: Cosi Fan Tutte
01/25/14 – Ann Arbor, Michigan Theater
Beautiful arias sung by great singers, and a message that makes “Thus do all women” an enduring work. Your A2SO become actors in this narrated, semi-staged opera. Performance at 8pm.

Orchid Show
01/25/14 – 01/26/14 – Grand Rapids, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
Enjoy hundreds of exquisite orchids featured in lush displays in the Grand Room. Members from Grand Valley Orchid Society will answer your questions and point out some of the most unique orchids. Orchid vendors from across the Midwest will be selling a variety of orchids and supplies. Bring the kids for an “orchid hunt” (12-4 pm both days). Attend free talks presented by Orchid Society members.

Middle Earth Skier/Boardercross Competition
01/26/14 – Boyne Falls, Boyne Mountain
The Middle Earth traveling circus is making a stop at Boyne Mountain for their skier/boardercross competition. Find out who can make it from start to finish the fastest on a course featuring jumps, rollers, banked turns, and more. This event is open to skiers and snowboarder spectators of all ages. All competitors must be USASA members. For complete event details, visit the website link or call (800) 462-6963.

Week of 1/28/2014-1/31/2014

Ferndale Blues and Music Festival
01/28/14 – 02/06/14 – Ferndale, Ferndale DDA
Get your Blues on! The Ferndale Metro Blues Festival has been a hugely popular and wildly successful event. In fact, it was an official sanctioned event of Super Bowl XL in 2006. The Ferndale Metro Blues Festival averages more than 60 concerts held over nine days at two dozen locations in the region. For information call (248) 330-2328.

Ann Arbor Folk Festival
01/31/14 – 02/01/14 – Ann Arbor, Hill Auditorium- University of Michigan
A two-night celebration of roots music takes place at Hill Auditorium. The Folk Festival will celebrate with a selection of the world’s finest traditional and contemporary performers. Advance ticket seating.

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

Will you be at any of these events in January? Let us know! 

Pure Michigan January Events Roundup

Winter has arrived in Michigan, and while the temperatures may be dropping, that doesn’t mean that fun events in Michigan will take a break! January in Pure Michigan is full of events for people of all ages. From snowy weather fun to concerts and restaurant weeks, there’s something for everyone.

Below are just some of the many events happening in January. Please visit michigan.org/events for a complete listing of everything going on in Pure Michigan.

Week of 12/30/12

Grand Rapids Symphony presents: Lockington Premieres Cello Concerto
January 3-4, 2013, Grand Rapids
Come see the Grand Rapids Symphony in an intimate concert hall. Whether an up-and-coming soloist or composer, our own symphony musicians, or works of great composers written during the early years of their careers, this series will give you the opportunity to discover these rising stars first, and become their biggest fans! Tickets start at $22. For information, visit the website link or call (616) 454-9451 ext. 4 for more information.

Wine About Winter
January 4, 2013, Grand Haven
The perfect pairing of wine, shopping, and winter! Local art will be on display during the walking tour featuring a variety of wines for tasting in each participating store. Local businesses will host one or more West Michigan artists, fabulous wines for all palettes and excellent boutique shopping to create a charming, winter walking tour of the Downtown and Centertown districts from 5pm to 9pm. For more information visit the website here or call (616) 844-1188.

Bridal World Show 2013
January 5, 2013, Saginaw – January 6, 2013, Lansing
Mid-Michigan’s largest annual bridal show takes place in Saginaw on Saturday and Lansing on Sunday. Vendors will feature cakes, catering, music, floral, photography, invitations, and much more. For more information on this event, click here or call (989) 759-1320.         

Race Your Own Dog Team with Nature’s Kennel Sled Dog Adventures
January 5-6, 2013, McMillan
Yes! You can be in the Tahquamenon Country Sled Dog Race on January 5, 2013. Be part of the race excitement and run the 4-dog, eight mile race, NO experience necessary. Our new Race Package provides training, gear, dogs and all the fun of a real sled dog race. For more information visit the website or call (906) 748-0513.

Grand Rapids Antiques Market & Old House Expo
January 5-6, 2013, Grand Rapids
Visit Michigan’s largest indoor antique show January 5-6. There is plenty of vintage shopping for the antique enthusiast. Over 200 buyers, sellers, and repair services will be on hand and there will also be $5 appraisals, a Miss Valentine Pin Up contest, vintage fashion show, and the Old House Expo (Saturday only) where visitors can learn how to restore and preserve their largest antiques. First 1,000 visitors receive a gift bag with $1,000 worth of coupons. $2 off admission coupons are available at local antique stores. For event information visit the website or call (616) 516-2224.

Week of 1/6/13

The Ultimate Fishing Show
January 10-13, 2013, Novi
Michigan’s largest fishing show is all about fishing tackle, fishing trips, fishing boats and features: Lake Ultimate, Trout Pond, seminar stages, a fish fry and more. Tickets can be ordered online. For more show information visit the website or call the show managers at (616) 447-2860 or toll free at (800) 328-6550.

Sno-Blast 2013
January 11-13, 2013, East Jordan
Join in the fun of the 32nd Annual Sno-Blast. Activities throughout the weekend include an antique snowmobile show, drag races, frozen pancake toss, snow sculpture and snowshoeing contests. For more information call the East Jordan Chamber of Commerce at (231) 536-7351. 

Magic Slim and the Teardrops – Concert
January 12, 2013, Traverse City
Magic Slim is the greatest living proponent of the intense, electrified, Mississippi-to-Chicago blues style that spawned much of the music played by modern blues artists and rockers. It’s no wonder that Magic Slim and the Teardrops, considered by many to be “the last real Chicago blues band,” have become one of the busiest and best-loved blues bands around. The concert starts at 8pm. For tickets or additional information, visit the website link or call (800) 836-0717 or (231) 995-1553.

The Velveteen Rabbit
January 12, 2013, East Lansing
“When a child loves you for a long, long time… then you become Real.” So says the Horse to the Velveteen Rabbit in Margery Williams’ famous and much-loved literary classic. A plush rabbit, given as a gift to a young boy, yearns for the day the boy will choose him as his special playmate, so that he can become real. This innovative production combines the theatrical magic and signature style of Enchantment Theatre with the musical magic of Tony, Emmy and Grammy Award-winning composer/arranger Don Sebesky. With an original musical score, life-size puppets, masks and magic, this charming tale of love and devotion becomes an unforgettable theatrical experience for the whole family. Shows are at 1:30pm and 4:00pm in Wharton Center’s Cobb Great Hall on January 12, 2013. For more information call (517) 353-1982.

Great Skate Winterfest
January 12-13, 2013, Grand Rapids
Celebrate winter in the city and skate with Grand Rapids Griffins players! Celebrate the 11th Annual Great Skate Winterfest at Rosa Parks Circle in downtown Grand Rapids! Enjoy a day full of winter-themed events, sport demonstrations and family activities, followed by a 24-hour skating marathon with the Grand Rapids Griffins. Events start at noon and marathon goes through Sunday until 10pm. Admission is free. For event information visit their website or call (616) 774-4585 ext 3046.

Kalamazoo Beer Week
January 12-18, 2013, Kalamazoo
Quench your thirst for a finely crafted brew at the third annual Kalamazoo Beer Week. Event will be held at various locations around Kalamazoo. The event will close with the annual Chili Cookoff in downtown Kalamazoo on January 18. For more information on this event, click on the website link or call (269) 488-9000.

Week of 1/13/13

Silver Streak Week
January 14-18, 2013, Roscommon
This week, Cross Country Ski Headquarters would like to welcome all “seasoned” outdoors people, age 60 and older, to a complimentary Cross Country Ski Headquarters Facilities Pass, plus a coffee or hot cocoa on the house. For more information on this free event, call (800) 832-2663.

Bay Harbor Ice & Spice Festival
January 18-19, 2013, Bay Harbor
Head to Bay Harbor for a grand winter celebration, the Bay Harbor Ice & Spice Festival that includes ice carving competitions in both Professional and Amateur divisions and a warming tent located on the Village Lawn Panel. Activities are scheduled throughout the day. Other winter activities include sled dog musher rides, “live” sculptures, a chill lounge and winter activities for the whole family! For more information visit the website here or call (231) 439-2004.

The Russian National Ballet Theatre
January 18-19, 2012, Houghton
With over 50 dancers of singular instruction and vast experience, the Russian National Ballet Theatre is dedicated not only to the timeless tradition of classical Russian Ballet but also to invigorate this tradition by embracing new developments in the dance from around the world. The Rozsa Center is proud to present the Russian National Ballet Theatre’s beautiful classic Cinderella on Friday and the timeless, often considered the finest achievement of the Classical ballet, Sleeping Beauty on Saturday. Both performances begin at 7:30pm. For more information contact (906) 487-3200.

Tip Up Town USA
January 18-20 & 25-27, 2013, Houghton Lake
2013 is the 63rd year for Tip-Up Town USA. This family festival is held on Houghton Lake and features activities for all ages that include a parade, ice fishing contest, ice slide, family fun tent, carnival, outdoor games, snowmobile drag races and more. It’s so big it takes place two weekends! January 18 – 20 and January 25 – 27, 2013. Visit the website of call (989) 366-5644 or (800) 248-5253 for more details.

North American International Auto Show
January 19-27, 2013, Detroit
Experience the next generation of transportation at the 2013 North American International Auto Show. See more than 500 vehicles on display representing the most innovative designs in the world and experience North America’s largest and most prestigious automotive showcase. The show is open Jan 19-27 from 9am-10pm (Jan 22 9am-7pm). Admittance ends each day one-hour prior to the close of the show. Early access is available for handicapped individuals daily starting at 8am. Please enter at the Oakland Entrance. Adults $12, Seniors: $6 (65+), and Children (ages 7-12) $6. Ages 6 and under free with a parent or guardian. For more information, please visit the website or call (248) 643-0250.

Week of 1/20/13

Ann Arbor Restaurant Week
January 20-25, 2013, Ann Arbor
One price dining, one week, several options. Enjoy extraordinary three course dinner menus and fixed price fare lunch menus from Ann Arbor’s best restaurants. Ann Arbor Restaurant Week is your chance to experience cuisine that delights your palate and defines the art of dining in Ann Arbor. This is a great opportunity to discover new restaurants and enjoy favorites at a discounted price. Tables fill fast during this gastronomically great event, so make your reservations now. For more information, visit the website link or call (734) 668-7112 ext 22.

Zehnder’s Snowfest 2013
January 23-28, 2013, Frankenmuth
Snowfest is Located at Zehnder’s Restaurant. This fun filled winter event for the whole family includes snow sculpting and ice carving competitions, a children’s area, fireworks, entertainment, warming tent and much more. For more information call (800) 863-7999.

Winterfest 2013
January 24-27, 2013, Grand Haven
Winterfest is a full weekend of winter fun in Grand Haven during the last week of January. Winterfest is packed with winter fun for everyone including the Glow Bowl at Mulligan’s Hollow Ski Bowl, Intergalactic Human Sled Race, Family Dog Pull, Cardboard Sled Race, Luau Extravaganza, Kids Day, Polar Plunge, Snow Angel Contest, and much more! For additional information on this event, visit the link or call (616) 402-4887.

Sno Drift Rally 2013
January 25-26, 2013, Atlanta
Headquartered in Montmorency County, the Sno*Drift Rally allows spectators to get up close and see rally cars race, slip and slide throughout the two day event. Sno*Drift is the only race in the Rally America series that promises snow and ice. For more information click here or call (989) 786-3160.

Heikinpaiva Mid-Winter Festival
January 26, Hancock
A series of events celebrating the halfway mark of winter in a distinctive Finnish fashion will take place on Jan. 26, 2013, in downtown Hancock. Authentic Finnish smorgasbord dinner and dances, a concert and a Tori Market along with cultural demonstrations, a “Polar Bear Plunge”, live reindeer and a great parade starts the celebration off. Visit the website or call (906) 487-7302 for more details.

Week of 1/27/13

Amazing Brides Bridal Show 2013
January 27, 2013, Ann Arbor
See what’s hot in 2013 and visit dozens of area business offering their expertise to help plan the wedding of your dreams. This free show is conveniently located in the Sheraton Ann Arbor Hotel. Show is from 1-4pm. For more information visit the website, call (248) 568-6907 or (734) 320-8019.

Grand Rapids Symphony: Play! A Video Game Symphony
January 29, 2013, Grand Rapids
Today’s video games are becoming increasingly demanding in the quality and complexity of their musical score. Come see some of the best compositions in the video game world performed live by the Grand Rapids Symphony! Dramatic and mystical music from video games Final Fantasy, Legend of Zelda, HALO, World of Warcraft and more, perfectly synchronized with stunning and beautiful digital montages on three high definition screens. This is an inventive, breathtaking performance. For performance or ticket information, visit the web link or call (616) 454-9451 ext. 4.

Muskegon SnowFest 2013
January 29-February 2, 2013, Muskegon
Classic events will include the Annual Distinguished Service Awards and Silent Auction, Team Trivia, Euchre Tournament, live music Friday February 1st and 2nd, Snow Volleyball, Snow Cornhole, Lumberjacks Broom ball, Free Kids Fest, Battle of the Bowls and Muskegon’s only Heated Beverage Tent. For more information, go to website link.

Michigan International Auto Show 2013
January 31-February 3, 2013, Grand Rapids
DeVos Place is the location for our annual Auto Show. This is the greatest annual opportunity to view your next new car. Manufacturers from around the world will bring their finest traveling displays with new vehicles, including sedans, vans, SUV’s, trucks, hybrids and sports cars. Not only is the Auto Show the Best place to shop and compare options for every day vehicles, it is also the first opportunity for West Michigan residents to see many of the most recently released or “soon to be released” models. For more information on this event, visit this link or call for more details at (616) 742-6500.

Mung Xuan Quy Ty 2013 Vietnamese Concert
January 31, 2013, Detroit

MotorCity Casino Hotel is proud to announce the Mung Xuan Quy Ty 2013 Vietnamese Concert, live at Sound Board. The Ultimate 2013 Vietnamese celebration will feature performances from Thuy Duong, Toc Tien, Mai Tien Dung, Nhu Quynh, Truong Vu, Huong Thuy, and The Liberty Band. All ages are welcome. For information visit the website here or call (800) 745-3000.

For a full listing of events happening across the state, please visit michigan.org/events.