The Ultimate 2023 Guide of April Michigan Events, Festivals and Best Things to Do in Michigan This Weekend With Kids + Maple Syrup Festivals, Earth Day, Butterflies, Easter Egg Hunts, Easter Brunches and More!

The Ultimate 2023 Guide of April Michigan Events, Festivals and Best Things to Do in Michigan This Weekend With Kids + Maple Syrup Festivals, Earth Day, Butterflies, Easter Egg Hunts, Easter Brunches

By Sherry Trautman | Travel-Mi.com | Last updated: February 1, 2023

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    Butterflies Are Blooming, Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, 1000 East Beltline NE, Grand Rapids, MI-Dates March 1, 2023 - April 30, 2023.

    How long are butterflies at Frederik Meijer Gardens? About two months!

    Be wowed by 7,000 tropical Butterflies of 60 different species! We love to the bridges over the small streams and the cactus exhibits! Be sure to grab lunch in their café, it's actually great food! Perfect west Michigan event! 


April Michigan Events


Scooby-Doo!™ Mansion Mayhem! at The Henry Ford Museum, February 12, 2023-April 9, 2023. 

Butterflies In Bloom, Dow Gardens Midland, MI, 1809 Eastman Ave, Midland, MI- 2022 March 3 — April 16, 2023, 10 a.m. — 4 p.m. Open Tuesday - Sunday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Reservations are required: You must book online or by phone ahead of time.

Enjoy colorful butterflies from around the world as they emerge from their chrysalis and fly around the tropically environment. Tip for photographers (trust me, I've been here several times): It's best to call ahead to see if a school group is planned the day you wish to visit-just sayin'. Dress accordingly, it's very warm inside the butterfly house-I usually wear a tank top. This is one of my favorite March Michigan things to do!

Detroit Bourbon Fest, April 1, 2023. Detroit Bourbon Fest is an indoor bourbon festival hosted at Royal Oak Farmers Market (316 E Eleven Mile Rd, Royal Oak, MI 48067). This festival will feature 200+ whiskeys and bourbons.. 

Friday's Session One is from 5pm to 7:30pm and Session Two from 8:30pm to 11pm. Saturday's Session One is from 4pm to 7pm and Session Two from 8pm to 11pm. 

Kal-Haven Trail Run Benefiting Girls on the Run of Greater Kalamazoo, April 1, 2023, Register soon! Kal-Haven Trailhead - North 10th St, Kalamazoo, MI, 7 am.  Awesome event in case you were wondering what to do in Michigan this weekend!

Spring Artisan Market, Journeyman Distillery, 109 Generations Drive, Three Oaks, MI. Saturday, April 1, 2023, 11:00 AM 7:30 PM and Sunday, April 2, 2023, 10:00 AM 5:00 PM.

Wander the old Featherbone Corset Factory with your favorite craft beverage! Shop locally sourced gourmet and personal care items to handcrafted décor and jewelry. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Make it a full day with dinner at Staymaker Restaurant. Don't miss this popular event!  Fun thing to do in Michigan for couples and friends!

Spring Break Bonanza, April 2023 TBD at the Grand Rapids Children's Museum, Grand Rapids Children's Museum, 11 Sheldon Avenue NE, Grand Rapids, MI. Pop in for a week full of special performances, presentations, and museum fun! See the Museum's webpage for a complete schedule of events. 

MSU Science Festival, Michigan State University-East Lansing, April 1-30, 2023.  The MSU Science Festival is a multi-day series of events, talks, demonstrations, tours, open houses, guest speakers and hands-on activities highlighting fields of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics.

Gilmore Car Museum Winter Lecture Series Continues, Hickory Corners, April 2, 16, 23, 2023. 2:00 p.m to 3:30 p.m.

2023 Chateau Chantal Cooking Class Schedule (subject to revision) - April 1, 8, and 29, 2023. Cooking classes are a hands-on experience and last approximately four hours.  Classes run from 12:30 pm-4:30 pm and include the enjoyment of your preparations, paired with our award winning wines!  Be sure to bring an apron & your favorite knife!

Ride the Bunny Train, Coopersville & Marne Railway 306 Main Street, Coopersville, MI April 2023 TBD. The Easter Bunny will be joined by a cast of characters from your favorite nursery tales and a few surprises. Fun for all ages as the Coopersville vintage train makes its 90-minute journey to Marne and back. Buy your tickets early!

FoolMoon- Friday, April 7, 2023 from 7pm to 10pm at the Farmers Market in Kerrytown, Ann Arbor.

Grand Rapids Motorcycle Swap Meet, April 2, 2023 from 10 am – 4 pm. 1025 Four Mile NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49544 (Exit 30 off I-96). Admission Tickets $8-$10/ Adult. Perfect spring Michigan event!

Grand Slam Festival 2023 - Detroit, Detroit Music Hall Amphitheater, Grand Slam Opening Day Festival on Thursday, April 6, 2023. Outdoor Festival Grounds,  21+.   350 Madison Street, Detroit, MI. Tigers Opening Day!  Tigers VS Boston Red Sox. Heated Tent & Outdoor Party. Music, beer tents, food trucks, full bar, music, games, LED screens and more!

Great Lakes Loons (Baseball) Opening Day is April 7, 2023! vs. Lansing Lugnuts at 6:05 p.m. Midland, Michigan. Let's play ball!  Get your Great Lakes Loons tickets!

Sarett’s Spring Stampede 5K, Saturday, April 8, 2023, Sarett Nature Center, Benton Harbor, various times. 5k Run, 5k Walk, 1 mile fun run.

Antique Bottle & Glass Show, April 8, 2023, Kalamazoo Expo Center, 10 AM–3 PM. Antique bottles of all types including flasks, medicines, fruit jars, dairy bottles, and other related glass.

Turkeyville Easter Egg Hunt, Saturday, April 8, 2023, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm Easter Egg Hunt at Cornwell’s Turkeyville, Marshall, Free! Fun Michigan Easter Event! 10:00 Registration, all kids must be registered. Please bring a basket or bag to carry your eggs.

Journeyman Distillery Tours, Fridays, Saturday's and Sunday's in April. Book early! 109 Generations Drive, Three Oaks, MI 49128

Grand Rapids Comic Con, Friday, April 14-16, 2023, at the Kalamazoo Expo Event Center in Kalamazoo.  Yep, it's in Kalamazoo for the Spring Fling.  Comic book and popular arts convention. Hollywood celebrities, voice actors, YouTube personalities, best selling authors, and more.

Up North Lake and Cottage Show, April 14-16th, 2023, Northern Michigan's #1 consumer event with a summer based recreation theme.  The 13th annual Lake & Cottage Show takes place in scenic Traverse City at the Grand Traverse County Civic Center. The Lake & Cottage Show features a diverse mix of exhibitors representing construction, remodeling, kitchen & bath, interior design, furniture, floor covering, home services and much more!

Festival of the Angry Bear, Marquette, Hosted by Ore Dock Brewing Company, 114 W. Spring, Marquette, MI. April 15, 2023, 3:00 PM to 12:00 AM. Each year as the frozen grounds of Lake Superior’s shore attempts its thaw, Festival of the Angry Bear comes out of hibernation and takes over Spring Street in downtown Marquette. The festival is a showcase of barrel-aged beer, live music, and delicious food. FREE.

Michigan Alpaca Fest, April 15 & 16, 2023, Allegan County Fairgrounds150 Douglas St, Allegan, MI.  Alpaca Fest is a fun April Michigan event!

Kalamazoo Nature Center, Celebrate Earth Day!  7000 N. Westnedge Ave, Kalamazoo.  Celebrate Earth Day at KNC! On April 15, 2023, start off your day at the popular Earth Day 5K Run along some of KNC’s most beautiful trails. The untimed run/walk includes steep hills, forest views, and a variety of terrain. Younger participants can join the Kids’ Raccoon Run for ages 8 and under on a stroller-friendly, 1K romp around the Habitat Haven Trail. Wildflower Guided Hike | Foraging for Edible Plants | Meet an Animal in its Habitat. Perfect spring Michigan event!

HOP about the Easter Train at Little River Railroad! The Easter Bunny Express leaves APRIL 2023 TBD at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm for a 1 3/4 hour round trip to Quincy.  There will be an Easter Egg Hunt in the park at Quincy and a visit with the Easter Bunny!


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Zehnder's Ragtime Festival, Frankenmuth, April 19-21, 2023. Zehnder’s has been host to ragtime performers from around the United States and Canada for over 27 years. Enjoy ragtime music performed by featured pianist, Bob Milne and other world renowned musicians. Get your Zehnder's tickets early. 

Grand Rapids Lantern Festival, April 19-June 11, 2023 Wednesday-Sunday, 7:00 pm - 11 p.m. Timed tickets sold every 30 minutes. The Grand Rapids Lantern Festival is a truly breathtaking experience for all ages. Come to John Ball Zoo to see these incredible works of art in Michigan! The lantern festival will feature handcrafted Asian lantern displays that will illuminate the Zoo and tell the intersecting story of wildlife and Asian culture. Awesome April Michigan event!

Shepler’s Mackinac Island Ferry’s 2023 season will commence at 7:30 am on April 21 from both Mackinaw City and St. Ignace ports! Make your plans for Mackinac Island!! 

Kalamazoo Nature Center, Celebrate Earth Day! Saturday, April 22, 2023 – FREE Admission Day!


Earth Day is April 22, 2023


Earth Day 5K, Saturday, April 23, 2022, at Kalamazoo Nature Center, 9 am 

Earth Day Lakeshore Celebration, Saturday, April 29, 2023, Central Park, Grand Haven, 9 am-5 pm 421 Columbus Ave., Grand Haven, MI. There will be vendors, horse drawn carriage rides, food and all our usual fun and excitement! Admission is free.  In fact, they are hoping to provide Earth friendly events for the entire WEEK between April 22 and April 29, 2023!

Reptile & Exotic Pet Expo, April 23, 2023, Kalamazoo Expo Center, 10 am-3 pm


Visit the Nayanquing Point State Wildlife Area in the spring! 

1570 Tower Beach Road, Pinconning, MI. More than 1400 acres of wetlands and flooded cropland along the shoreline of Saginaw Bay on Lake Huron is rich with wildlife!  Interesting marsh nesting species can be found here including least bitterns, American bitterns, black-crowned night-herons, sora and Virginia rails, common moorhen, Caspian and Forster’s terns. One of the best places to visit in Michigan in April. Plan a couple weekend getaways in Michigan around visiting Nayanguing Point!

Bringin’ Back the 80s Festival –April 21-22, 2023. Frankenmuth. Fri: 6 pm-midnight and Sat: 6pm-midnight. Celebrate the music, trends and events of the 1980’s. Peg your stonewashed jeans, tease your hair, and grab your friends…This is your chance to relive the 1980s! Outrageous Live Cover Bands, Best Dressed Contest, a huge display of 80’s Memorabilia, Retro Video Games, Breakdancing Show and much more! Get your Bringin' Back the 80s Festival tickets early! 

Beerfest at the Ballpark-Lansing, The 9th Annual Beerfest at the Ballpark is on April 22, 2023 from 3pm to 8pm. (VIP at 2pm). This outdoor beer, cider, hard seltzer, mead, spirits & wine festival offers live music in Downtown Lansing at Jackson Field which is the home of the Lansing Lugnuts. Tickets are available to purchase online or by visiting the Cooley Law School Stadium Box Office.  Perfect April Michigan event for couples.

Kalamazoo Record & CD Show, Kalamazoo Expo Center, April 23, 2023 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Gilmore International Piano Festival, April 24-May 11, 2024. Hear world-class pianists from across the globe in Kalamazoo, Battle Creek, and venues around West Michigan. Check their website for specific concert dates, times and tickets.

National Trout Festival, Kalkaska, April 26 through 30, 2023.  So many events! Carnival Midway, Flea Market, Entertainment, Classic Car Show, Concerts, Fishing Contests, Grand Royale Parade and more! Looking for what to do in Michigan in April? This is it! National Trout Festival Schedule

Shepherd Maple Syrup Festival, April 27-30, 2023.

ocation: From the carwashes on Wright (Main) Avenue, go north on Third Street 4 blocks. The Sugar Bush building is on the corner of Boulevard and Third.

The Shepherd Michigan Maple Syrup Festival, held annually during the last full weekend of April, has grown from a pancake supper to a 3-day festival. My Mom always says this is one of her favorite Michigan Maple Syrup Festivals as she grew up in Mt. Pleasant. 

It’s a great family weekend with parades, a classic car display, tractor and horse pulls, bingo, arts and crafts, and pancake meals. One of our favorite Michigan attractions in April.

Walleye Festival, Freeland, MI, The 2023 Walleye Festival will be April 27 - April 30, 2023 Carnival rides, high-stakes poker and corn hole tournaments, parade, fireworks, music and of course, a Walleye Fishing Tournament! The community wide rummage sale is also a blast! Oh and there's a Fishing TournamentPhish Pong​​Car Show​"Phish" Beer TentCasinoFish Fry! We are looking forward to this April Michigan event! 

Thornapple Arts Council Jazz Festival, The 19th Annual Jazz Festival will take place April 27-29, 2023 in Hastings. Spend three days exploring Hastings and enjoying free performances by student groups, combos, and adult groups all around town. In the evenings, head to the state-of-the-art Hastings Performing Arts Center for ticketed headlining performances.  Wondering what to do in Michigan in April? Go to this festival!

Earth Fair, Goodells County Park, Goodells, MI April 28 & 29, 2023, Friday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm • Saturday, 10:00 am-4:00 pm. 8264 County Park Dr, Goodells, Michigan. Earth Fair is Michigan’s largest and liveliest two-day Earth Day celebration! Lots of exciting demonstrations, workshops, exhibits, artisans and activities. Activities, parking and admission are free.  Awesome April Michigan event! Get your Earth Fair tickets early!

Vermontville Maple Syrup Festival – April 29-30, 2023, Vermontville. It is the original maple syrup festival in Michigan and came about in 1940, when local syrup producers gathered in a barber shop to discuss a way to sell their product. Enjoy pancakes with real maple syrup, rides, talent show, arts and crafts, flea market, two parades, petting zoo and so much more! This April Michigan event is super popular! 

Thornapple Woodpecker Festival – April 2023 TBD Middleville. Headquarters at the Village Hall (100 E Main St)  in Middleville, Michigan. Features birding walks of the woodpecker nesting area along the river and the Paul Henry-Thornapple Trail. Canoe and kayak touring is also possible, as the woodpeckers nest in trees along the river.

The Spring Craft Show - April 29, 2023, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Kalamazoo Expo Center, Kalamazoo, MI.  Expo South, Main Expo

HBA of Midland’s 2023 Midland Home & Outdoor Living Expo - April 29th & 30th, 2023, opens at 9:00 a.m.  Dow Diamond, Midland, MI. Indoor and outdoor booths.

Annual Fairy Festival, Jackson School of the Arts, 135 W. Cortland St. in Downtown Jackson, April 28, 2023 VIP Day, 4:00-8:00 PM and April 29, 2023, 10:00 AM-6:00 PM. Walk through the Fairy Kingdom, Mermaid Cove and explore the dark mountain. Meet a Fairy Princess and travel to Neverland with Captain Hook on his ship. Don’t forget to dress up! Tickets are $15-$35 


Ongoing April Michigan Events

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  • Zingerman's Baking Classes, Ann Arbor.  
  • Turkeyville Classes

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