Ultimate 2021 April Michigan Events Calendar: 46 Awesome Things to Do This Weekend-Music, Festivals and Fun

By Sherry Trautman | Traveling Michigan

OMG! Our exciting list of 2021 April Michigan events, music festivals and things to do will keep you busy all month! Consider planning a couple weekend getaways in Michigan in April.

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    Butterflies Are Blooming Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, 1000 East Beltline NE, Grand Rapids, MIMarch 1- April 30, 2021. Be wowed by 7000 tropical Butterflies of 50 different species! We love to the bridges over the small streams and the cactus exhibits! Be sure to grab lunch in their cafe, it's actually great food! Perfect west Michigan event (and one of my favorite Michigan attractions in April)



Butterflies In Bloom, Dow Gardens Midland, MI, 1809 Eastman Ave, Midland, MI-March - April 2021 CANCELLED, 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. 

MSU Science Festival, Michigan State University-East Lansing, April 1-30, 2021.  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.

Kalamazoo Art Hop, Downtown Kalamazoo, April 2, 2021, 5-9 pm. VIRTUAL Explore pop-up art displayed in shops throughout the downtown area! Many host locations will provide snacks and beverages! Check out the Edible Book Festival at the Book Arts Center in the Park Trades Center. 

Turkeyville Easter Egg Hunt, April 3, 2021, Cornwell’s Turkeyville, Marshall, 10:30 a.m., Free!

A walking tour of downtown Kalamazoo breweries, Saturday April 3, 2021, Kalamazoo Beer Exchange

Kal-Haven Trail Run, April 8, 2021 TBD, Register soon! Kal-Haven Trailhead - North 10th St, Kalamazoo, MI Awesome event in case you were wondering what to do in Michigan this weekend!

Fandom Fest, April 17, 2021, LMC Mendel Center, Benton Harbor, 11AM–7PM, Lots of attractions, guest speakers and panels, video and tabletop games, cosplay contests, and mini hobby events. Free!

Spring Artisan Market, Journeyman Distillery, 109 Generations Drive, Three Oaks, MI. April 10 and 11, 2021 Wander the old Featherbone Corset Factory with your favorite craft beverage! Shop locally sourced gourmet and personal care items to handcrafted decor and jewelry. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Don't miss this popular event!  Saturday 10:30 a.m.- 7:00 p.m. and Sunday 10:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Fun thing to do in Michigan for couples!

Up North Lake and Cottage Show, April 9-11, 2021, Howe Civic Center, Traverse City, MI

Shipshewana On the Road, Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort, 6800 Soaring Eagle Boulevard, Mt Pleasant, MI.  See Shipshewana on the Road April 10-11, 2021.  April 10: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and April 11: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. I'm excited about attending this Michigan event as it's one of the best places to visit in Michigan in April!

Traverse City Boat Show, April 19-21, 2021. Grand Traverse County Civic Center

Traverse City Chocolate Festival,  April 19, 2021, Traverse City West High School, 5376 N Long Lake Rd, Traverse City, MI, 11:30 AM - 5:00 PM Check out Michigan's Largest Chocolate Festival! Enjoy tastings from the region's finest chocolatiers, chefs, and caterers. We are looking forward to this April Michigan event!

Festival of the Angry Bear, Marquette, April 2021 TBD, 3 p.m.- 1 a.m. Festival of the Angry Bear symbolizes coming out of hibernation and is modeled after great beer festivals of Europe. It is a showcase of barrel aged beer, live music and delicious food! Spring Street in downtown Marquette. 

Mattawan Easter Egg Hunt & Carnival, April 2021 CANCELLED, Antwerp Activity Center, Mattawan, 10 AM–2 PM, Free! Grab the kids and go to this fun April Michigan event!

Antique Bottle & Glass Show, April 10, 2021, 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!

Annual Fairy Festival,  634 N. Mechanic St, off Ganson in Jackson, Saturday, April 20-25, 2021 from 11-4 pm. This two-day event is free!  Enjoy arts & crafts, vendors, Ye Ole Fairy Shoppe, the Cupcake Cafe, a Fairy Garden Contest, carriage rides and more! Put this Michigan event on your list of things to do with kids!

Grand Rapids Motorcycle Swap Meet, April 2021 at the DeltaPlex Arena, Grand Rapids, Michigan. Stay overnight and make this a fun weekend getaway in Michigan in April!

Kalamazoo Earth Day Festival, April 17, 2021, Bronson Park, Kalamazoo, 12–5 PM, Free! Plan a fun weekend getaway in Michigan in April!

Earth Day Celebration, 5K & Kids Raccoon Run, April 2021 TBD Kalamazoo Nature Center,7000 N. Westnedge Ave, Kalamazoo.  9 AM–5 PM Join the Kalamazoo Nature Center for FREE admission day and special activities! Perfect spring Michigan event!

Kalamazoo Annual Egg Hunt, April 2021 Cancelled, Mayors Riverfront Park, 251 Mills Street, Kalamazoo, MI, 2 PM –4 PM.  Bring the kids for springtime crafts, fun themed games and an exciting Easter egg hunt. Children 9 and under are divided into age groups for ease of egg finding and safety.

Zehnder's Ragtime Festival, Frankenmuth, April 21-24, 2021. 



Shepherd Maple Syrup Festival, Shepherd, MI April 24, 2021, 9 a.m.- 7 p.m. Pop in for the famous and delicious pancake, maple syrup, and sausage breakfasts served at the Shepherd High School throughout the event.

All of the planned activities include craft shows, entertainment, children’s activities, museums, tractor pulls, classic car and tractor displays, parades, chainsaw carving, and amusement train and pony rides. One of our favorite Michigan attractions in April.

Thornapple Arts Council Jazz FestivalDowntown Hastings, April 22-24, 2021. Wondering what to do in Michigan in April? Go to this festival!

Walleye Festival, Freeland, MI, April 22-25, 2021 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! We are looking forward to this April Michigan event!

National Trout FestivalKalkaska, April 21-25, 2021.  So many events! Midway, Flea Market, Entertainment, Classic Car Show, 5K, 10K, and 1 Mile Fun Run, Youth Parade, Grand Royale Parade, Craft Show, Motor Sports, Country Concert, Princess Tea, Kids’ Fishing Pond & Contest, Fireworks, Pig Roast, Dodge Ball Tourney, and tons more! Looking for what to do in Michigan in April? This is it!

Electric Forest Festival, April 23, 2022 This incredible Michigan music festival 2022 is an event you won't want to miss. Electric Forest is a four-day, one-weekend, multi-genre event with incredible electronic and jam band genres.  This Michigan music festival is held in Rothbury, Michigan, at the Double JJ Resort.

Vermontville Maple Syrup Festival, Vermontville, April 23-25, 2021, Celebrate 79 years at Michigan’s original Maple Syrup Festival! 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! 

Earth Fair, Goodells County Park, Goodells, MI April 23-24, 2021. 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. 

The Northwood University International Auto Show (NUIAS) Friday, April 23, 2021: 1 PM - 10 PM, Saturday April 24,2021: 9AM - 5PM.  4000 Whiting Drive • Midland, MI  This International Auto Show is the largest outdoor new car show in North America! Northwood University students work to display over 500 vehicles from 65 manufacturers. It is 100% student run and free. We go every year as I love to see the new motorhomes, recreational vehicles and new cars! 

Bringin' Back the 80's Festival, Frankenmuth, MI April 16-17, 2021. Rock the night away with 80's music, trends and events. Peg your stonewashed jeans, tease your hair, and grab your friends… Awesome Live Cover Bands, Best Dressed Contest, a huge display of 80’s Memorabilia and Video Games, Breakdancing Show and more! Super popular April Michigan event and attraction!

Taste & Tour of Old Town, Lansing, April 2021 CANCELLED, 12 p.m.-5 pm.The Taste & Tour is one of Old Town's unique events which allows participants to sample delicious foods from Old Town restaurants and food retailers. The weather should be gorgeous, get out to this awesome April Michigan event! Make it a fun weekend getaway in Michigan this April!

How the event works: Participants check in for the event at the OTCA office (1232 Turner St, Lansing, MI 48906) where they may either purchase a ticket or pick up previously purchased tickets. All attendees will receive a map highlighting the participating restaurants, lofts and commercial spaces, wristband to grant entrance, and food sample tickets. 

Beerfest at the Ballpark-Lansing, April, 2021 CANCELLED, Beerfest is held on Michigan Avenue, 360 concourse and front lawn of Cooley Law School Stadium. Taste more than 300 craft beers, ciders, meads, spirits and from over 60 Michigan breweries while enjoying the ballpark atmosphere!  Perfect April Michigan event for couples.

Allegan Antique Market, April 25, 2021, Allegan Co. Fairgrounds, 8 AM–4 PM 

Autorama-Detroit, Cobo Center. April 30-May 2, 2021.  Check out sweet rides, vendors and eats! We love this show and will be there again this year! It's one of our favorite April Michigan Events!

Home and Garden Show 

 Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Avenue, Novi, Michigan, April 30-May 2, 2021 Friday: 2pm - 8pm,          Saturday: 10am - 8pm and Sunday: 10am - 5pm.  $10 Adults. Everything you need to remodel and design your home! Talk to local home improvement specialists and designers to see the latest trends. One of the best April things to do in Michigan this weekend.

Ongoing April Michigan Events

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

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