The Ultimate 2024 Guide of April Michigan Events, Spring Festivals and Best Things to Do in Michigan This Weekend With Kids + Maple Syrup Festivals, Earth Day, Butterflies

Article: The Ultimate 2024 Guide of April Michigan Events, Spring Festivals and Best Things to Do in Michigan This Weekend With Kids + Maple Syrup Festivals, Earth Day, Butterflies

Our exciting list of 2024 Michigan April events, music festivals and things to do will keep you busy all month! Be sure to mark your event calendar! Consider planning a couple weekend getaways in Michigan in April as the springtime weather is warming up and so is Michigan travel and tourism. 

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Events in: Detroit, Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Lansing, Traverse City, Charlevoix, Houghton, Midland, South Haven, St. Joseph and more!  

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"The first thing to know about playing baseball in Michigan is, Michigan's really cold."

- Derek Jeter

What is There to do in Traverse City in April?

Traverse City is jam packed with things to do!  We have several FREE Traverse City guides you may enjoy.

Start here: 55 Awesome Traverse City Michigan Things To Do

What is there to do in Michigan in April?

April is a month of blooming in Michigan! Join an Egg Hunt, Savor Chocolate Festivals, Visit Butterfly Houses, Join a Birding Tour, Walk a Motorcycle Swap Meet and so much more listed here...

The Ultimate March April Events 2024- So Many Fun Things to do in Michigan This Weekend!

Plus, April is my birthday month! WHOOT! Last year we went to Maple Leaf farm in Northern Michigan for a cheese making class and booked time to hold and play with tiny baby goats.  It was the best ever and I was so happy! 

Babies on the Farm Festival!

When: (ongoing) March 21, 2024 - April 22, 2024

Where: Kiwidinok Tibetan Yak Petting Farm, 1735 South Wilson Road, Boyne City, MI 49712

March 21 - April 22 - Cuddle baby chicks, baby donkeys, kid goats, baby lambs, young yaks and alpaca! How fun is this! Advanced registration required.

Paw Patrol: Adventure Play at The Henry Ford Museum

When: (Ongoing) February 18, 2024 Until April 28, 2024,  9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Where: The Henry Ford Museum, 20900 Oakwood Boulevard, Dearborn, MI 48124‑5029

Get ready to jump into the world of the exciting children’s series, PAW Patrol.  Get the kids and enjoy an interactive play-based exhibit. Snag a Pup Pack and climb on the PAW Patroller to join the pups in solving problems big and small throughout Adventure Bay. Fun for the whole family!

Per Paw Patrol, "There's no job too big and no pup too small!"

Butterflies Are Blooming at Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids Michigan

Butterflies Are Blooming!

When: (Ongoing) March 1, 2024 through April 30, 2024

Where: Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, 1000 East Beltline NE, Grand Rapids, MI

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

Be wowed by 7,000 tropical Butterflies of 60 different species this spring in Grand Rapids Michigan! We love 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! 

Butterflies In Bloom at Dow Gardens, Midland Michigan. See, Hold and Learn About Butterflies!

Butterflies In Bloom, Dow Gardens

When: (Ongoing) March 1 — April 14, 2024

Where: Dow Gardens, 1809 Eastman Ave, Midland, MI

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. Your ticket also includes the rest of Dow Gardens, Whiting Forest and the Canopy Walk.

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 and time 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 April Michigan things to do!

Omer Suckerfest 2024 is the Fishing Tournament & Festival in Omer, MI

Omer Suckerfest 2024

When: (ongoing) March 29, 2024 - April 7, 2024

Where: 140 S Main St, Omer, MI

All age Fishing Tournament & Festival, On the Banks of the Rifle River in Omer, Mi. 

April 6th is Suckerfest KIDS DAY!

  • Kids Fishing Tournament: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Bounce House 10 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • Easter Egg Hunt 12 p.m.
  • Casting Contest 2:30 p.m.

Suckerfest Flea market: 

  • April 6th 10 a.m - 7:30 p.m.
  • April 7th 10a.m.- 5 p.m.

2024 MSU Science Festival, Michigan State University-East Lansing

MSU Science Festival, Michigan State University-East Lansing. Seriously cool stuff, you need to check out their daily line up of talks, events and exciting things happening throughout the month.

When: April 1-30, 2024, various times

Where: Spots throughout Lansing.

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. 

Some 2024 topics include: Play with Nuclear Scientists at Impression 5 Science Center, Experience A Wild Evening at Potter Park Zoo, Statewide Astronomy Night at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum, Biosystems Engineering Open House: Solving Problems in Food, Health, Energy, and Environmental Systems. Sounds awesome, doesn't it?

FoolMoon, Outdoor Creative Light Festival in Ann Arbor Michigan 


When: Friday, April 5, 2024; 8:00-10:00 PM

Where: Main Street/Washington Street, Ann Arbor

This fun outdoor Ann Arbor Festival is described as a light-filled art, creative experiences and foolish fun! 2024's theme is FoolBloom so the streets will be filled with huge fantastical flowers created by YOU to light up the night.

Grand Slam Festival 2024 at the Detroit Music Hall Amphitheater, Tigers Opening Day! 

Grand Slam Festival 2024 - Detroit, Detroit Music Hall Amphitheater, Grand Slam Opening Day Festival

When: April 5, 2024 | 9 AM Doors Open

Where: Detroit Opera House: 1526 Broadway St. Detroit, MI 48226. One block from the stadium.

Outdoor Festival Grounds,  21+. The Tigers Opening day in Detroit is a big day for baseball fans! Come to downtown Detroit to celebrate!  Enjoy a pre-game party in a huge heated party tent and outside patios with full bars, 15 of Detroit's best DJs, games, food trucks, sports apparel and so much fun!


2024 Great Lakes Loons (Baseball) Opening Day This Spring! in Midland Michigan

Loons Baseball GamesGreat Lakes Loons Baseball Games are a Homerun!!

Great Lakes Loons (Baseball) Opening Day, The Loons vs. Fort Wayne

When:  April 5, 2024 at 6:05 p.m.!

Where: Dow Diamond, 825 E Main St, Midland, MI 48640

Let's play ball!  Get your Great Lakes Loons tickets! Let's Go Loons! Chis and I have attended several Loons games and we love it. The facility is top notch and very modern.  Great food like Michigan cherry wraps can be found. We highly recommend it!

Journeyman Distillery Tours in Three Oaks, MI

Journeyman Distillery Tours!

When: Fridays, Saturday's and Sunday's in April, beginning Friday, April 5, 2024. 

Where: Journeyman Distillery, 109 Generations Drive, Three Oaks, MI 49128

Book early! 

2024 Up North Lake and Cottage Show in Traverse City, MI. What a Fun April Michigan Event!

Up North Lake and Cottage Show will have Over 100 Exhibitors!

When: April 5-7, 2024

  • Friday, April 5, 2024 - 10 am to 6 pm
  • Saturday, April 6, 2024 - 10 am to 6 pm
  • Sunday, April 7, 2024 - 10 am to 4 pm

Where: Grand Traverse County Civic Center, 1213 W Civic Center Dr, Traverse City, MI 49686

Northern Michigan's #1 consumer event with a summer based recreation theme.  The 14th annual Lake & Cottage Show takes place in scenic Traverse City and will have a huge mix of exhibitors representing construction, remodeling, kitchen & bath, interior design, furniture, floor covering, home services and much more! Food, snack, and beverage service will be available also.

More April Michigan Events

2024 Sarett’s Spring Stampede 5K

Sarett’s Spring Stampede 5k Run, 5k Walk, 1 mile fun run.

When: Saturday, April 6, 2024

  • Kids 1 mile fun run begins at 8:30 am
  • 5K Run and Walk begins at 9:00 am 

Where: Sarett Nature Center, 2300 Benton Center Rd, Benton Harbor, MI US 49022

This unique 5K run and walk will take advantage of Sarett's nature trails.

Spring Artisan Market at Journeyman Distillery

Spring Artisan Market, Journeyman Distillery in Southwest Michigan

When: April 6, 2024; 10 am - 5 pm

Where: 109 Generations Drive, Three Oaks, MI. 

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!

2024 Detroit Bourbon Fest in Southeast Michigan

Detroit Bourbon Fest, super fun event in Motor City! 

When: Saturday, April 6, 2024

Where: Royal Oak Farmers Market, 316 E Eleven Mile Rd, Royal Oak, MI 48067

Detroit Bourbon Fest is an indoor bourbon festival hosted featuring 200+ whiskeys and bourbons.  There will be food trucks, Detroit BBQ Company dishing up awesome meals, bands and fun galore!

Spring Fling- Farm & Arts Fair in Caro MI

Spring Fling- Farm & Arts Fair

When: April 2024 tbd

Where: Downtown Caro at State Street Square!

Syrup, honey, jam, artworks, visit with the BUNNY!

43rd Annual Antique Bottle & Glass Show in Kalamazoo Expo Center

Antique Bottle & Glass Show,

When: April 6th, 2024. Time: 10:00 AM-2:30 PM

Where: Kalamazoo Expo Center, 2900 Lake Street, Kalamazoo, MI.

Antique bottles of all types including flasks, medicines, fruit jars, dairy bottles, and other related glass.

Old Time Plow Days in Marshall MI FREE!

When: Saturday, April 6, 2024, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm Old Time Plow Days

Where: Cornwell's Turkeyville, 18935 15 1/2 Mile Rd, Marshall, MI 49015

Bring your family to Cornwell's Turkeyville to see how the farmers use to plow the fields.

Gilmore Car Museum Lecture Series In March. Learn About MI History, Aircraft and Automobiles!

Learn From the Experts!

When is lecture series? April 7, 14, 21, 28, 2024: Every Sunday (except for Easter) at 2pm in the Heritage Ballroom, January through April. 

Where: Gilmore Car Museum, 6865 Hickory Road, Hickory Corners, MI 49060

Each week during the Gilmore Car Museum’s annual Winter Lecture Series is a different speaker presenting discussing interesting topics! Learn more about Michigan based history, aircraft and automobiles!

Annual Capital City Film Festival in Lansing MI

When: April 10-20, 2024

The Capital City Film Festival schedule is packed this year!

The Capital City Film Festival (CCFF) highlights film artists across the world. Come to Lansing MI to enjoy multimedia experiences! The annual festival offer independent films, live music, interactive media, and more in Michigan’s capital city of Lansing. 

2024 Grand Rapids Lantern Festival at John Ball Zoo, Must-See Family Friendly Event in Southwest Michigan

Grand Rapids Lantern FestivalGrand Rapids Lantern Festival

Grand Rapids Lantern Festival!

When: April 10 – June 16, 2024. Wednesday-Sunday, 7:30PM – 11:30PM. 

Where: John Ball Zoo, 1300 W. Fulton St, Grand Rapids, MI 49504.

The John Ball Zoo lantern festival features handcrafted Asian lantern displays that will illuminate the Zoo and tell the intersecting story of wildlife and Asian culture.  Awesome April Michigan event! Chris and I will be there this year, we are so excited!

Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour at Chippewa Nature Center in Midland Michigan

Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour 

When: April 12-13, 2024; 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Tickets: $18

Where: Bullock Creek Auditorium, 1420 S Badour Rd, Midland MI (Bullock Creek High School)

Each November, The Banff Centre hosts the Banff Mountain Film Festival which depict incredible adventures and mountain scenery! The best films then go on  a world tour and you can see these films at Chippewa Nature Center! See some of the best mountain films of the past year! CNC will host two screenings at Bullock Creek Auditorium in Midland, with different films each night.

April Michigan Grand Rapids Comic Con in Kalamazoo Michigan

Grand Rapids Comic Con (in Kalamazoo)

When: April 12-14, 2024

Where: Kalamazoo County Event & Expo Center, 2900 Lake St, Kalamazoo, MI 49048

  • Friday: 12:00pm-7:00pm
  • Saturday: 10:00am-7:00pm
  • Sunday: 10:00am-5:00pm

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. Buy your tickets before April 11, 2024 online as prices go up after that.

See Grand Funk Railroad with Foghat LIVE at Soaring Eagle Casino, Live Music Event April Michigan

When: Saturday, April 13, 2024 at 8:00 pm

Where: Soaring Eagle Casino, 6800 Soaring Eagle Blvd. Mount Pleasant, MI 48858

Bird Walk at the Ford House in Grosse Pointe Shores Michigan

Bird Walk at the Ford House!


  • Saturday, April 13, 2024, 7:30 a.m.
  • Saturday, April 27, 2024, 7:30 a.m.

Where: Edsel & Eleanor Ford House, 1100 Lake Shore Road, Grosse Pointe Shores, MI 48236

Beginner and experienced bird watchers alike will love this Bird Walk within the lovely grounds of the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House, located in Grosse Pointe Shores. Throughout the years, visitors have seen 200 species of birds during their fun bird walks. Feel free to bring binoculars and waterproof footwear. Loaner binoculars are available. Be ready to walk about a mile during this Michigan birding adventure! 

2024 Festival of the Angry Bear in Marquette, Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Enjoy Music Festival, Food Trucks, Beer!

Festival of the Angry Bear, Music Festival, Food Trucks, Beer!

When: April 13th, 2024, Doors open at 3 PM. Free admission. 21+ 

Where: Hosted by Ore Dock Brewing Company, 114 W. Spring, Marquette, MI. 

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. There will be three stages of live music & performances, a feast of food trucks, and four bars with over 30 taps of Superior-sourced suds.

2024 Michigan Alpaca Fest in Allegan, MI

Michigan Alpaca Fest. SQUEAL! I FREAKIN' LOVE those fuzzy long necked mini giraffe creatures so much (plus they make cute noises.) 

When: April 13 & 14, 2024. 

  • Saturday, 8 am - 5 pm
  • Sunday,  8 am - 2 pm

Where: Allegan County Fairgrounds located at 150 Douglas St, Allegan, MI. 

Admission is free. NO pets.

Alpaca Fest previously known as (Michigan International Alpaca Fest) is a fun April Michigan event! See the best alpacas from around Michigan and neighboring states at the Michigan Alpaca Fest! Visit the Artisan Fair and Education Station to learn how Alpaca fiber is used! Cheer for the youth as they compete in the alpaca obstacle and costume classes.

2024 Chateau Chantal Cooking Classes in April Michigan!  Handmade Pasta & Sauces and Piedmont Italy Cooking Classes in Traverse City

2024 Chateau Chantal Cooking Class Schedule (subject to revision)

When: Handmade Pasta & Sauces Cooking ClassSaturday, April 13, 2024 and Piedmont Italy Cooking Class on April 27, 2024.

Where: Chateau Chantal, 15900 Rue de Vin, Traverse City, MI 49686

Cooking classes are a hands-on experience and last approximately four hours.  Chateau Chantal's cooking classes are about four hours and include a sit down meal where you get to enjoy the meals you created.  

2024 Kal-Haven Trail Run

Kal-Haven Trail Run Benefiting Girls on the Run of Greater Kalamazoo

When: Sunday, April 14, 2024. First race group is at 7:00 a.m. 

Where: Kal-Haven Trailhead - North 10th St. Kalamazoo, MI US 49009

Register soon!  Runners of all fitness levels are welcome! You can be a solo runner, 2-person relay, or 3-6 person relay team. Awesome event in case you were wondering what to do in Michigan this weekend!

Grand Rapids Motorcycle Swap Meet, Calling all Motorcycle Enthusiasts!

41st Annual Paragons Promotion Grand Rapids Motorcycle Swap Meet! Buy, Sell, Trade! Parts, leather goods, lots of food options, beer!

When: Sunday, April 14, 2024 from 10 am – 4 pm. 

Where: 4 Mile Show Place, 1025 Four Mile NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49544 (Exit 30 off I-96). 

Admission Tickets $9/ Adult. Perfect spring Michigan event!

Northville Spring Fling Art and Handcrafted Market, Fun April Michigan Events

Northville Spring Fling Art and Handcrafted Market - I'm in the mimosas...

When: April 19-20, 2024

  • Friday, April 19th, 2024, 9 am-6 pm with a fun Sip & Shop: 4-6 pm
  • Saturday, April 20th, 2024, 9 am - 4 pm with Mimosas/ Bloody Mary’s: 11 am-2 pm

Admission: $4 per person (or sparkly unicorn)

Where: Embassy Suites, 19525 Victor Parkway, Livonia, MI 48152

2024 Bringin’ Back the 80s Festival in Frankenmuth Michigan

Bringin’ Back the 80s Festival in Frankenmuth MI

When: April 19-20, 2024, Friday: 6 pm-midnight and Saturday: 5pm - midnight (21 & Over only)

Where: The festival is held indoor at Heritage Park in Frankenmuth.

Celebrate the music, trends and events of the 1980’s. Get creative with your 80s hairstyles and outfits! Be sure to use a ton of Rave hairspray to puff out those bangs, break of the stonewashed jeans and get ready to relive the 1980s! Live cover bands, best dressed contest, 80’s Memorabilia, video games, breakdancing and much more! Get your Bringin' Back the 80s Festival tickets early! 

Fool House - The Ultimate 90's Dance Party at Wings Event Center in Kalamazoo Michigan

Fool House - The Ultimate 90's Dance Party

When: Friday, April 19, 2024

Where: Wings Event Center, 3600 Vanrick Dr, Kalamazoo, MI 49001 

OMG! Chris and I so excited about this concert in Kalamazoo! Get tickets for a live musical event that will rock the house with the 90's era of boy bands, pop stars, hip hop, and pop punk. This huge production is gonna be awesome as it recreates the sights, sounds, and energy of the biggest starts of the 90's! 

2024 Love Fest at Rainbow Farms in Vandalia MI

When:  April 19-April 21, 2024 
Where:  Rainbow Farms, 59934 Pemberton Rd, Vandalia, MI 49095

Arts and Crafts, food vendors, live music and fun!

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Plan Ahead, Amigo! Here is our HUGE list of Michigan May Events and June Events guide! So many fun things to do this spring!

2024 Beerfest at the Ballpark Spring in Lansing MI

9th Annual Beerfest at the Ballpark Spring

When: April 20, 2024 from 3pm to 8pm. (VIP at 2pm).

Where: Downtown Lansing at Jackson Field which is the home of the Lansing Lugnuts.

Come on out to an exciting outdoor beer, cider, hard seltzer, mead, spirits & wine festival! There will be live music and entertainment too!  Taste 300+ craft beers from 50+ breweries and more.

The Big Cheese: Mac and Cheese Festival in Battle Creek

When: April 20, 2024, begins at 3:00 PM.

Where: Kellogg Arena, 1 McCamly Square, McCamly St S, Battle Creek, MI 49017

This festival will include mac & cheese vendors, games, live music and more!

$5 admission is the entry fee.  You can sample (and vote!) for the best mac and cheese from several mac and cheese vendors at the festival.  Samples range in price. 

Reed City Beer Festival 

When: April 20, 2024; 12pm - 5 pm

Where: Rambadt Park, 700 Park Street, Reed City, MI 49677

Celebrate Earth Day at the annual Reed City Beer Festival! This Michigan beer festival offers environmentally-friendly breweries. You can sample great craft brews from local and regional breweries, including pale ales, IPAs, stouts, and more. Over 50 different beers to sample! There will also be several food trucks including BBQ! 

Kalamazoo Nature Center, Celebrate Earth Day! FREE Admission Day!

Kalamazoo Nature Center, Celebrate Earth Day!  

When: Saturday, April 20, 2024. FREE admission day!

Where: Kalamazoo Nature Center, 7000 N. Westnedge Ave, Kalamazoo. 

Celebrate Earth Day at KNC! Dance, drum, eat, ride, paddle, learn, hike and create in celebration of our planet! Perfect spring Michigan event!

Meckley’s Spring Fling Festival in Cement City, Michigan

When: April 21, 2024 

Where: Meckley’s Flavor Fruit Farm, 11025 S Jackson Rd, Cement City, MI

Shepler’s Mackinac Island Ferry’s 2024 Season Will OPEN...

Shepler’s Mackinac Island Ferry’s 2024 season will commence at 7:30 am on April 21, 2024 from both Mackinaw City and St. Ignace ports! Make your plans for Mackinac Island!! 

It's 2024 Maple Syrup Festival time in Michigan! See how maple syrup is made!

--->Grab the 2024 Michigan Maple Syrup Festival Schedule and Guide!

2024 Annual Fairy Festival in Jackson Michigan

Annual Fairy Festival!  Perfect event for your little girls!

When: April 20, 2024, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM

  • Ticketed time slots begin at 10AM and are every 15 minutes until 2:00 PM
  • BUY TICKETS BEFORE THE EVENT: Tickets are $20 per child and $5 per adult when purchased prior to the event 
  • At the door tickets are $35 per kid and $10 per adult

Where: Jackson School of the Arts, 135 W. Cortland St. in Downtown Jackson, MI

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! 

2024 Earth Day Lakeshore Celebration in Grand Haven

Earth Day Lakeshore Celebration,

When: April 20, 2024 12:30-4:00

Where: Central Park, Grand Haven Michigan

Earth Day is Monday, April 22, 2024

Visit the Nayanquing Point State Wildlife Area in the Spring! 

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!

2024 Beerfest at the Ballpark in Lansing MI!  Perfect April Michigan Event for Couples and Friends!

Beerfest at the Ballpark-Lansing, The 10th Annual Beerfest at the Ballpark is a homerun April Michigan event!

When: April 20, 2024 from 3pm to 8pm. (VIP at 2pm).

Where: Downtown Lansing at Jackson Field (home of the Lansing Lugnuts!)

Come on out to this fun outdoor beer, cider, hard seltzer, mead, spirits & wine festival with live music! Tickets are available to purchase online.

Choose from 300+ craft beers and 50+ breweries, ciders, meads, and wineries to taste!

Perfect April Michigan event for couples.

Kalamazoo Record & CD Show at the Kalamazoo Expo Center

Kalamazoo Record & CD Show, Kalamazoo Expo Center

When: April 21, 2024, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Where: Kalamazoo Expo Center, 2900 Lake St, Kalamazoo, MI 49048

47th St. Pat's Irish Festival at St. Patrick's Senior Center

St. Pat's Irish Festival 

When: The 47th St. Pat Irish Festival is Sunday, April 21, 2024 from 1:00 pm to 8:00 PM. 

Where: St. Patrick's Senior Center, 58 Parsons St, Detroit, MI. 

Many of Detroit’s finest singers, players and dancers will be back on three separate stages. You’ll also find great food and drink, games, raffles, and family fun.

Reptile & Exotic Pet Expo | Kalamazoo Expo Center | April Michigan

When: April 21, 2024, 10 am  -3 pm

Where: Expo Center South, Kalamazoo Expo Center, 2900 Lake St, Kalamazoo, MI 49048

Buy, sell or trade a variety of reptiles, amphibians, small mammals and other exotic pets, supplies & food.

Admission: Adults $5, Children $2, Children under 6 free

Zehnder's Ragtime Festival in Frankenmuth Michigan

Zehnder's Ragtime Festival, Frankenmuth. This event sounds like a blast!

When: April 24-26, 2024

Where: Zehnder's, 730 S. Main Street Frankenmuth, MI 48734

Events Include:

• Lunch Concerts on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
• Vaudeville Night on Thursday
• Friday Night Festival Grand Finale

Zehnder’s has been host to ragtime performers from around the United States and Canada for over 287 years. Enjoy ragtime music performed by featured pianist, Bob Milne and other world renowned musicians. Get your Zehnder's tickets early. 

Gilmore International Piano Festival, Kalamazoo MI

Gilmore International Piano Festival.

When: April 24-May 11, 2024.

Where: Various locations in Kalamazoo including Dalton Center Recital Hall at WMU, Williams Theatre at WMU, Chenery Auditorium in Kalamazoo

Hear world-class pianists from across the globe in Kalamazoo, Battle Creek, and venues around West Michigan. International pianists will play classical, jazz, and pop music. Check their website for specific concert dates, times and tickets. 

National Trout Festival, Kalkaska

National Trout Festival, Kalkaska!

When: April 24 - 28, 2024. 

Where: The National Trout Festival has several events, activities, and parades that take place mainly at the Kalkaska County Fairgrounds (1905 Fairground Dr., Kalkaska, MI 49646) and downtown at Railroad Square in the 300 block of Cedar St.

So many fun April Michigan events! Carnival Midway, Flea Market, Craft Show, 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, Pancake Suppers, Arts and Craft Shows, Carnival, Classic Cars!

Shepherd Maple Syrup Festival

What is the maple syrup festival in Shepherd Michigan? It’s a great family weekend with parades, a classic car display, tractor and horse pulls, bingo, arts and crafts, and pancake meals. Don't miss the Arts & Craft Show, carnival, and lot of family-friendly fun in Michigan  One of our favorite Michigan attractions in April.

When: April 25-28, 2024

Where: 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 in Shepherd, Michigan

The Shepherd Michigan Maple Syrup Festival, held annually during the last full weekend of April, has grown from a pancake supper that started in 1958 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. 

Walleye Festival, Freeland, MI

Walleye Festival, Freeland, MI

When: The 2024 Walleye Festival will be April 25th - April 28, 2024 

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 tournament, comedy show, disc golf, casinofish fry! We are looking forward to this April Michigan event! 

2024 Thornapple Arts Council Jazz Festival in Hastings Michigan

Thornapple Arts Council Jazz Festival.

When: April tbd

Where: Hastings

The 20th Annual Jazz Festival. 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.  

Started in 2003, the TAC Jazz Fest has grown to be the largest jazz festival of its kind where student groups are matched with professional jazz musicians. This incredible Michigan Jazz festival brings around 10,000 people to Hastings each year for 3 days of free jazz performances open to the public.

“...This three-day opportunity to listen to other jazz groups of all ages is unparalleled anywhere around. The all star bands have given students a chance to work with our teaching all stars here in Michigan.”

-Ray Rickert, Music teacher, Thornapple Kellogg High School

Wondering what to do in Michigan in April? Go to this festival!

Earth Fair at Goodells County Park, Goodells, MI

Earth Fair, Goodells County Park, Goodells, MI 

When: April 26 & 27, 2024; Friday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm and also Saturday, 10:00 am-4:00 pm

Where: Goodells County Park, 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!

2024 Vermontville Maple Syrup Festival 

Vermontville Maple Syrup Festival 

When: April 26-28, 2024

Where: Schedule with locations is tbd

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, carnival rides, talent show, arts and crafts, a flea market, two parades, petting zoo, free entertainment, a pancake derby, and so much more! This April Michigan event is super popular! 

Spring Craft Show at the Kalamazoo Expo Center

The Spring Craft Show in Kalamazoo

When: April 27, 2024; 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m

Where: Kalamazoo Expo Center, 2900 Lake St, Kalamazoo, MI 49048

Over 200 booths to shop at this fun annual event. Shop for your home, Mother's Day or yourself!  

HBA of Midland’s 2024 Midland Home & Outdoor Living Expo

HBA of Midland’s 2024 Midland Home & Outdoor Living Expo 

When: April 27, 2024; 9 am - 6 pm and April 28, 2024; 11 am - 4:00 pm. 

Where: Dow Diamond, 825 E Main St, Midland, MI 48640

Dow Diamond, Midland, MI. Indoor and outdoor booths.

The Vintage Market: The Great Gatsflea at Armada Fair Grounds

The Vintage Market: The Great Gatsflea

When:  April 2024 tbd, 11am-5pm

Where: Armada Fair Grounds

Come out this is fun Vintage Market with 150+ local businesses and food trucks.  Wear your best roaring 20's outfit and enter the cash prize raffle!  $5 admission at the door, kids 12 and under are free plus free parking. Furniture, vintage decor, salvage, antiques!

Ongoing April Michigan Events

  • Black Star Farms Premium Wine and Cheese Tasting 
  • Zingerman's Baking Classes, Ann Arbor.  
  • Turkeyville Classes

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