Michigan is widely known for its annual and traditional festivals in the summer. Cherry Fest in Traverse City, the Coast Guard Festival in Grand Haven, the Tall Ship Festival in Bay City, and the Maple Syrup Festival in Shepherd all are just a few of the great annual festivals that happen in spring and summer around the state. But what about winter? Yes – as the January cold loosens its grip, there are several fun events in February to celebrate winter. Here are a few:
This annual event is an Iditarod qualifier and brings in many sled dog trainers and teams. Its racecourse goes from Marquette to Grand Marais. Thousands of spectators line the streets of Marquette to cheer on the dogs as they start and return. It is truly a unique event for casual fans and sled dog lovers alike. This takes place from February 17th to 21st.
This annual event in St Ignace brings in dozens of teams from around the Midwest. From February 17th to the 20th, players compete on the wild frozen ice of Moran Bay. In addition to hockey, there are numerous activities around town for fans and players alike, including warming tents with local food and beer.
This event is held on Saturday, February 5th. The one-day event in downtown Dowagiac features a chili cook-off, campfire S’mores and ice carving. Additionally, shops in the downtown area are offering discounts for shoppers as part of their special Out of Hibernation Sales.
The unique Michigan Nordic Fire Festival is being held from February 25th to 27th at the Eaton County Fairgrounds in Charlotte, Michigan. The festival features bands, vendors and Viking reenactments. Additionally there are old Nordic competitions such as spear throw, stone throw and Horn Blast of Heroes. Ongoing since 2016, this festival continues to gain in its participants and popularity!