Time for my monthly list of upcoming festivals for you and your family to enjoy in Michigan. Sometimes it feels good to get out of Detroit and explore some other cities, and even better when festivals are happening. Plus, it might help you in thinking that spring is right around the corner. Here is the latest of some crazy and fun festivals happening in March.
Skiable Feast at Treetops Resort 2/27 - Gaylord
Photo by TORSPOMEDIA on Unsplash
Have you had the pleasure of cross-country skiing through the beautiful snowy trails in northern Michigan? Well, we have something even better than that which includes gourmet food and beverage stations along the ski route? This gourmet winter adventure takes you on a 6-kilometer (3.8-mile) cross-country ski excursion. Enjoy the ski trail at your own pace along with your friends and family! The ski adventure is for ages 21+ and for all levels of cross country skiers and snowshoeing ability. Come and book the Skiable Feast Package, which includes lodging, Skiable Feast $89, Skiable Feast + Rentals $104, Event and Lodging Package starting at $165/person. Treetops Resort is at 3962 Wilkinson Road in Gaylord.
Princesses and Carriages 3/6 - Hickory Corners
Do you have a prince and princess in your family that loves fairytales? Then this is the festival for you! You'll be able to interact with 14 of your favorite fairytale characters. There will also be an opportunity to take photos with characters throughout the museum. There will be royal vehicles on hand for photo ops as well including an 1895 Holsman carriage, a 1959 Cadillac limousine and a 1939 Lincoln. The little prince and princesses will be able to participate in a royal scavenger hunt and color special coloring pages during the event. Capacity is limited for the festival and tickets must be purchased online. The festival is at Gilmore Car Museum, 6865 W. Hickory Road in Hickory Corners.
Sleigh Rides at Treetops Resort 3/6 - Gaylord
Treetops Resort is embracing everything about winter and you can be apart of it! You can bring your family on a fairy-tale sleigh ride! Sleigh rides will be booked by individual groups/families. Blankets will be provided, but make sure to dress warmly. Sleigh rides are $80 base price per ride (up to 4 people) and it is $10 per additional person. Treetops Resort is at 3962 Wilkinson Road in Gaylord.
Wilderness Sleigh Ride Dinner at Treetops Resort 3/6 - Gaylord
Looking for a romantic weekend with your partner? Then you have to come to the Wilderness Sleigh Ride Dinner at the Treetops Resort. Your evening starts with a hot beverage and a roaring fire. Then your culinary adventure takes you on a horse-drawn sleigh ride through the snowy woods, and you will enjoy a gourmet four-course meal. The event runs from 5 pm to 9:30 pm, so make sure to dress warmly for the adventure. The event ticket is $139 per person and the event and lodging package starts at $200/person. Treetops Resort is at 3962 Wilkinson Road in Gaylord.
Gilda’s Laughfest 3/11-3/14 - Grand Rapids
Gilda’s Laughfest is virtual this year. With the crazy year, we have had, we could all use some laughs! Check out the calendar of events online to see which one you want to watch as there are over 30 events with contests. Some of the returning favorite comedians are Kids Joke Time, Laughter Yoga, and the Family Improv. The event is free for anyone that wants to log in!
2021 March Mannequins 3/12 - Saint Joseph
This has got to be the coolest festival I’ve heard about. March Mannequins is where you can see live mannequins in the storefront windows throughout downtown Saint Joseph. The community window mannequin volunteers will be hoping for your vote for the best window display during the festival which runs from 7 pm to 8:30 pm. You can see all the mannequins in Downtown St. Joseph on 301 State Street.
St. Paddy’s Day Celebration 3/13 - Ludington
Come and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Ludington. You can begin the day with an Irish Jig 10k/5k, followed by a noon parade and subsequent pub crawl in Downtown Ludington. You will be able to find plenty of Irish grub and live music throughout Ludington! There will be specials on your favorite pints, and you can’t miss kegs & eggs, and corned beef & cabbage. The kids will be able to do crafts and games at the Mason County District Library and Sandcastles Children's museum during the day. You can also participate in the "Irish I was Shopping" scavenger hunt where you follow the clues for a chance to win prizes! For all the St. Paddy’s Day celebration details, see http://downtownludington.org/stpatricksday/.
Dino Egg Hunt 3/20 - Howell
How cool is this! You can join in this spring’s Dinosaur Egg Hunt in Howell! You will explore archaeological digs, play dino-tastic games, wear super cool explorer hats, hunt for dino eggs, and so much more! Look for the life-size walking dinosaur on-site and the cute baby dinosaur to help the kids learn about dinosaurs, and of course, get your photo taken with them. You will need to sign up for a timed visit to limit participants. Cost: $10/person. The Dino Egg Hunt runs from 11 am - 2 pm at the Oceola Soccer Complex at 1557 Latson Road in Howell.
59th Annual Ann Arbor Film Festival 3/23-3/28
This year the 59th Annual Ann Arbor Film Festival is completely online. This film festival is the oldest avant-garde and experimental film festival in North America started in 1963 and is the premier forum for independent filmmakers and artists. The six-day festival will present 40 programs with over 180 films from over 20 countries of all lengths and genres. If you are remotely interested in film, producing, directing, etc. you have to participate in this festival!
Michigan Maple Syrup Festival 3/25-3/28 - Jones
Photo by Nadine Primeau on Unsplash
A sweet festival celebrating everything, maple! You can enjoy a pancake breakfast, watch maple syrup being made in a modern style sugarhouse, and even take a free tour of Maple Row Sugarhouse. There will be tons of family fun activities, including a coloring contest and a petting farm, and you can watch a re-enactment of how a French colonial family made maple syrup and maple sugar. And of course, don’t forget to pick up some maple syrup to bring home! Maple Row Sugarhouse is at 12646 Born Street in Jones.