April in Pure Michigan marks the start of spring festivals and outdoor events. From April Fools’ Day fun to food tasting and theme parties, it’s a wonderful time of year to spend time with family and friends in our great state.
Great Lakes Loons Opening Day Parade and Celebration
April 9, 2012 - Midland
The Opening Day Celebration parade and festivities are free and open to the public. Free hot dogs and bottled water will be provided on the corner of Main and McDonald Streets beginning at 4pm plus free balloons! The parade will kick off at 4:30pm on Main Street near the corner of Gordon Street in downtown Midland. Upon the completion of the parade, there will be opening day festivities held at Dow Diamond. Following the parade and celebration is the Loons 2012 home opener, scheduled for 6:05pm.
Frankenmuth has several great events happening this April. Bring back hair teasing memories with music, trends and fun events from the 80’s at Bringin’ Back the 80’s April 20-21. Zehnder’s Restaurant hosts the Ragtime Festival April 25-28. Special events include vaudeville night, silent movies, a sing-along and dinner, lunch and brunch concerts.
Freeland Walleye Festival
April 27-29 – Freeland
Go Wild! Celebrate Earth Day at the Children’s Zoo at Celebration Square
Celebrate the walleye at the Freeland Walleye Festival April 27-29 in Freeland. A three day festival celebrating all things walleye: including fireworks, a fish fry, the Walleye parade, walleye tournament, a Texas Hold’Em tournament, car show, teen dance and more.
April 28 – Saginaw
A fun-filled day of games and activities focused on protecting our environment from 10am to 2pm . First 500 visitors receive free admission with empty recyclable beverage bottle. Regular admission: $5 per person, adults and children, everyone age one and up; train and carousel $2 per person, per ride; zoo members enter and ride free.
Easter is hoppin’ this year with events taking place throughout Southeast Michigan on April 7. The 2nd Annual Royal Oak Easter Egg Hunt is being held in Grant Park from 10:00-noon. Have your photo taken with the Easter Bunny, play games, and find hidden Easter Eggs. Head over to Pontiac for an Easter Eggstravaganza on the grounds of the Pontiac Silverdome from 10am-7pm. Included in the $15 entry fee is a potato sack run, activity tables, egg hunt, clowns with balloons, meet and greet/ pictures with the Easter Bunny, face painting, and a children fun area with inflatables.
Milford hosts The Great Egg Hunt from 10:30-noon at Maple Beach, including photos with the Easter Bunny and the Farmer John and The Barnyard Express animal show. Up in Lansing, the Easter Egg Hunt on the Capitol Lawn will include crafts, games and prizes from 10:00-noon.
Michigan Spring Book Festival 2012
April 13-15 – Livonia
Aimed at educating and encouraging youth to read and author books, this festival will bring together hundreds of book writers, role models and teachers of the literary craft. This will be an informative and fun filled weekend.
Spring Fling – Wine & Beer Tasting
April 26 – Allegan
Thornapple Woodpecker Festival
Spring is in the air! It’s time to switch gears and try some great new wine and beer at the Spring Wine and Beer Tasting at The Silo in Allegan. Try some great finger-food, learn which foods pair best with what wines and beers, and get some ideas for the next gathering you host. Tickets are $25 per person.
April 27-28 – Middleville
Vermontville Maple Syrup Festival
The Thornapple Woodpecker Festival will feature guided birding walks, handicapped golf cart and kayak tours in the woodpecker nesting area along the Thornapple River. Guest speakers, art contest, craft booths and Woodpecker Ball are part of the activities.
Vermontville is home to the original Maple Syrup Festival in Michigan. The festival includes Mid-America rides, talent show, arts and crafts, flea market, two parades, petting zoo, princess pageant, various displays, games, free entertainment, a pancake derby and arm wrestling. Syrup producers are located throughout the village selling syrup, candies, crème and the ever popular maple syrup cotton candy.
Whitefish Point Observatory Spring Fling
The Observatory welcomes recreational bird watchers from around the world to Whitefish Point during Spring Fling. Birders can expect excellent birding along with opportunities to learn more about avian migration and conservation in the Great Lakes. Attendees will learn from fellow birders, field trip leaders and guest speakers.
West Michigan is also getting into the Easter spirit April 7. Pentwater celebrates Easter on the Green with a an Easter Egg Hunt, Easter Bonnet parade and contest, Easter Bonnet musical chairs, face painting, games, crafts, and a Golden Egg Hunt with the Merchants. In Grand Haven more than 5,000 Easter eggs will be filled with candy and prizes at the Grand Haven Easter Egg Hunt in Central Park at 11am .
Maple Syrup Festival
April 27-29 – Shepherd
This is a great family weekend with parades, classic car display, carnival, tractor and horse pulls, bingo, arts and crafts, and of course, scrumptious pancake meals all weekend long.
April 20-21 – Boyne Falls
If you are looking for a fun-filled, exciting event don’t miss the 5th Annual Chefs Challenge for Challenge Mountain at Boyne Mountain Resort. Chef Teams from northern and southern Michigan present the state's great agricultural diversity at its succulent finest, complimented by fine Michigan wines and micro-brews, a true premier Michigan event.
The Magic of Bill Blagg
April 14 - Roscommon
The Magic of Bill Blagg Live! comes to the Kirtland Center for the Performing Arts for one show only! Critics and audiences alike rave about his incredible high-energy, grand-scale magic and illusion that will have you rubbing your eyes in disbelief.