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ZEHNDER’S SNOWFEST, FRANKENMUTH
Marvel at the incredible light displays, giant snow and ice sculptures and wintery attractions at this popular celebration.
Events throughout January celebrate the Finnish heritage of the Copper Country, with the annual parade and full day of frigid festivities on the last Saturday of the month.
INTERNATIONAL 500 SNOWMOBILE RACE, SAULT STE MARIE
Witness all of the thrills of NASCAR on the 49th running on one-mile, ice covered oval track. If the fact that this is the biggest snowmobiling competition in the world doesn’t impress you, racing speeds of up to 100 mph surely will.
PERCHVILLE USA, EAST TAWAS
The Lake Huron shore is the setting for the Softball on Ice tournament, fishing challenge, polar bear swim, snow sculptures, entertainment, games and Chilly Cook-Off.
MAN VS. MOUNTAIN, MT. PLEASANT
Winter’s most unique 5k challenges ages 14 and up to battle the elements and overcome strategically placed obstacles, such as a tire hop, log carry and wall climb, that are placed throughout the Mt. Pleasant park system.
MERIDIAN WINTER BLAST, DETROIT
Experience the legendary 200-foot snow slide at this downtown winter carnival that also features ice skating, ice sculptures, music and programs for the kids.
TASTE THE PASSION WINE TRAIL, LEELANAU PENINSULA
Rejuvenate the romance in your relationship at this relaxing, self-guided tour of 26 wineries that pair wines with food tastings and chocolates
WINTER BEER FESTIVAL, COMSTOCK PARK
Sample a choice of nearly 1,000 Michigan craft beers from 100 brewers at this outdoor event for sippers 21 years and older. Food, live entertainment and fire pits warm up the Fifth Third Ball Park, just north of Grand Rapids
BUTTERFLIES ARE BLOOMING, GRAND RAPIDS
Watch butterflies emerge from their chrysalises and admire thousands of tropical butterflies flitting freely in the conservatory at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park . It’s the nation’s largest such exhibition.
COPPER DOG 150 SLED DOG RACE, CALUMET
In the northern woodlands of the Keweenaw Peninsula, powerful huskies demonstrate their teamwork and stamina as they race through the wintery terrain
QUIET WATER SYMPOSIUM, EAST LANSING
Exhibitors and presentations at the MSU Pavilion cover the world of silent sports including paddling, bicycling, running, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing
CLARE IRISH FESTIVAL, CLARE
Everyone is a wee bit Irish for four days of music, contests, a bed race, parade and wearin’ of the green in the city named for the county in Ireland.
ANN ARBOR FILM FESTIVAL, ANN ARBOR
The 55th annual moviegoer celebration marks the longest running indie film festival in the United States. This six-day feast screens over 180 short and feature length films straight from the minds of national and international filmmakers. Ask the experts about the industry, at the event that has produced some of America’s great cinematic icons.
NATIONAL TROUT FESTIVAL, KALKASKA
Take a selfie with the town’s towering brook trout sculpture/fountain, then join the wide-ranging fun in celebration of the opening of trout season.
MAPLE SYRUP FESTIVALS
There’s no shortage of pancakes, maple concoctions and festivities in the mid-Michigan towns of Vermontville and Shepherd as they host their annual syrup celebrations on the same weekend.