It is officially spring in Michigan, while the weather can still be hit-or-miss, on the warms days everyone comes out of hibernation. The warmer temperatures and sunshine get people excited to be out and about. If you are ready to start spending some time outside this spring, we recommend these spring festivals throughout Michigan.
April 7th | Traverse City
A festival just for chocolate, you bet! It is Michigan’s festival dedicated to chocolate. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the annual event. Not only do you get to taste some of the best chocolates from across the region, but there are also plenty of other treats to indulge in such as ice cream, popcorn and more. The event includes live music and art for entertainment while taste testing. Additionally, the Traverse City Chocolate Festival is a fundraiser for the Northwest Food Coalition.
April 26th – April 28th | Vermontville
The Maple Syrup Festival in Vermontville is held annually during the last full week of April. The festival never disappoints when it comes to activities along with delicious pancakes. The weekend-long festival also includes a talent show, a run/walk 5K, a children’s parade as well as a grand parade, and so much more. Pancake breakfast fundraisers run every day well past breakfast hours, throughout the festival weekend at various locations.
May 4th – May 12th | Holland
One of the most popular times to visit Holland is during the Tulip Festival. The annual event, which is celebrating its 90th anniversary, brings in over 500,000 people during the week-long festival. While the 5 million tulips are the main draw for the festival, there is a lot going on during the week. Enjoy traditional Dutch food and dance performances. There are also dance lessons or cooking classes you can take too. Be sure to check out the carnival, various tour offers, or one of the many live performances.
May 17th – May 18th | Frankenmuth
One thing that continuously brings Michiganders together is beer! If you are interested in sampling beers from around the world, including some of Michigan’s best craft beers, then the World Expo of Beer is the event for you. With over 75 breweries participating, there is sure to be a drink option for everyone. Part of the weekend includes a 1Beer1K race. Race participates of the race get early access to one of Michigan’s largest beer festivals.
May 18th – May 19th | East Lansing
The East Lansing Art Festival is a great event to check out whether you are an avid art collector, or just want to view the items of talented contributors. Throughout the festival weekend, be sure to visit the artist demonstration area to see the artists at work and speak with the artists. Additionally, the festival has two musical stages that spotlight local performers. Kids love this festival due to the make-and-take art offerings. It’s a fun way to spark little one’s interest in the arts.