The Ultimate 2022 Guide of April Michigan Events, Festivals and Best Things to Do in Michigan This Weekend With Kids + Maple Syrup Festivals, Butterflies, Easter Egg Hunts, Easter Brunches and More!
April Michigan Events and Things to Do | By Sherry Trautman | Traveling Michigan | Last updated: Aug 27, 2022
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Butterflies Are Blooming, Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, 1000 East Beltline NE, Grand Rapids, MI-Dates March 1- April 30, 2022.
How long are butterflies at Frederik Meijer Gardens? About a month!
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 café, it's actually great food! Perfect west Michigan event!
April Michigan Events
“Apollo When We Went to the Moon” at The Henry Ford Museum, Feb. 19-May 8, 2022. Featuring 100 objects and artifacts from the archives of the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala., you can learn how the space race inspired generations of Americans to reach for the stars.
Butterflies In Bloom, Dow Gardens Midland, MI, 1809 Eastman Ave, Midland, MI- 2022 CANCELLED due to renovating and expanding the conservatory.
Next year you can 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!
Fool Moon Stoll 2022 - Friday, April 1, 2022 - 6 to 10pm. Kerrytown, Ann Arbor Michigan. Enjoy light-filled art and creative experiences in the Kerrytown, Main Street, and State Street districts. The FoolMoon Stroll + Roll recommends dressing up! This year's theme is Alice in WonderFools! So get creative! Design curious creations from Mad Hatter tea parties to flamingo croquets to bread + butterflies! You got this!
Detroit Bourbon Fest, April 1-2, 2022, Friday, April 1st & Saturday, April 2nd. Detroit Bourbon Fest is an indoor bourbon festival hosted at Belle Isle Casino, located at Casino Way, Detroit, MI. This festival will feature 200+ whiskeys.
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.
Spring Break Bonanza, April 1-10, 2022 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.
Sandhill Crane Vineyards: First two weekends in April: (April 1-3 and April 8-9, 2022) come out for their annual Cabaret performance with Center Stage Jackson! Featuring solos, duets, and group performances from a variety of local artists. Friday and Saturday performances doors open at 7:00 pm, show begins at 7:30 pm. Sunday performances doors open at 4:30 pm, show begins at 5:00 pm. Get your tickets early!
MSU Science Festival, Michigan State University-East Lansing, April 1-30, 2022. 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 1, 2022, 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.
Cars & Characters, April 2, 2022, Gilmore Car Museum, Hickory Corners, 10 am-2 pm
2022 Chateau Chantal Cooking Class Schedule (subject to revision) - April 2, 2022, Creole Cooking Class, April 16, 2022 – Alsace Cooking Class – With Executive Chef Chris Mushall and April 30, 2022 – Chateau Chantal Wine Dinner Cooking Class - With Executive Chef Chris Mushall
Shipshewana On the Road, Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort, 6800 Soaring Eagle Boulevard, Mt Pleasant, MI. See Shipshewana on the Road April 2-3, 2022. April 2: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and April 3: 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!
Drinks with Dogs/Dog Walk - April 2, 2022, Robinette's Apple Haus and Orchard, Grand Rapids, MI
Ride the Bunny Train, Coopersville & Marne Railway 306 Main Street, Coopersville, MI April 2-16, 2022. 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!
Grand Rapids Motorcycle Swap Meet, Sun April 3, 2022 from 10 am – 4 pm. 1025 Four Mile NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49544 (Exit 30 off I-96). Admission Tickets $9/ Adult. Perfect spring Michigan event!
Grand Slam Festival 2022 - Detroit, Detroit Music Hall Amphitheater Outdoor Party, Friday, April 8, 2022 10:00 AM-10:00 PM. 350 Madison Street, Detroit, MI. Heralding as "The BIGGEST Opening Day Party in Detroit!" Sports - Eats - Beats. TIGERS vs. WHITE SOX, DJs, Beer Tents, Full Bar, Food, Music, Games & Much More!
Thousands of baseball fans and party people will come to downtown Detroit to celebrate Opening Day in Detroit!
Home and Garden Show - Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Avenue, Novi, Michigan, April 8-10, 2022 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.
Up North Lake and Cottage Show, April 8-10th, 2022, Northern Michigan's #1 consumer event with a summer based recreation theme. The 12th annual Lake & Cottage Show takes place in scenic Traverse City at the Grand Traverse County Civic Center.
Great Lakes Loons (Baseball) Opening Day is April 8, 2022! Midland, Michigan. Let's play ball!
Bowl for Kids’ Sake, April 9-May 13, 2022, is about having fun to help kids continue on a positive path. It is Big Brothers Big Sisters’ largest national fundraiser, raising over $20 million annually for children in need across the country. Be a Defender of Potential in your community! Locally, the goal is to raise $45,000 this year! Build your bowling team with 4-5 Defenders from your family, friends, or co-workers.
- Kalamazoo | Saturdays, April 9 & 23, 2022. 11:30AM, 2PM, 4:30PM, Revel & Roll West | 4500 Stadium Dr., Kalamazoo
- Muskegon | Friday, April 22, 2022 at Northway Lanes, 7 p.m. regular bowling and 8 pm cosmic bowling.
- Allegan | Thursday, April 28 , 2022. 5PM Snowden's Sunset Lanes | 504 Western Ave A, Allegan
- Battle Creek | Friday, May 13, 2022. 7PM, Bowlero Lanes Fun Center | 775 W. Columbia Ave., Battle Creek
Sarett’s Spring Stampede 5K, April 9, 2022, Sarett Nature Center, Benton Harbor, various times.
Festival of the Angry Bear, Marquette, Hosted by Ore Dock Brewing Company, 114 W. Spring, Marquette, MI. April 9, 2022, 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.
Antique Bottle & Glass Show, April 9, 2022, Kalamazoo Expo Center, 10 AM–3 PM. Antique bottles of all types including flasks, medicines, fruit jars, dairy bottles, and other related glass.
Unicorn Festival on Saturday, April 9th from 2:00 to 5:00 PM at Unicorn Feed & Supply in downtown Ypsilanti, Michigan! Come out for a day full of all things magic, sparkles, rainbows, and you guessed it…UNICORNS!
Spring Craft Show, April 9, 2022, Kalamazoo Expo Center, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm, Kalamazoo County Expo Center, 2900 Lake Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49048
Second City Comedy Show at the Franke Center for the Arts, April 9, 2022, Marshall at 6:00-10:00 pm
Journeyman Distillery Tours, Fridays, Saturday's and Sunday's in April. Book early! 109 Generations Drive, Three Oaks, MI 49128
Spring Artisan Market, Journeyman Distillery, 109 Generations Drive, Three Oaks, MI. Saturday, April 9, 2022, 11:00 AM 7:00 PM and Sunday, April 10, 2022, 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. Don't miss this popular event! Fun thing to do in Michigan for couples!
Kal-Haven Trail Run, April 10, 2022, 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!
Grand Rapids Comic Con, Friday, April 8-10, 2022, Delta Plex Arena, Grand Rapids, MI
Michigan Alpaca Fest, April 15 & 16, 2023, Allegan County Fairgrounds150 Douglas StAllegan, MI. More info TBD. Alpaca Fest is a fun October Michigan event!
Grand opening of the historic Detroit Central Market: Opening April 15, 2022 for members and April 16 for the public, Greenfield Village kicks off the 2022 season with the grand opening of the historic Detroit Central Market. First opened in 1861 in downtown Detroit (Cadillac Square), the building was saved from demolition and acquired in 2003. Under construction since 2019, the market marks the first permanent building addition to Greenfield Village since the Detroit, Toledo & Milwaukee Roundhouse in 2000.
HOP about the Easter Train at Little River Railroad! The Easter Bunny Express leaves April 16, 2022 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!
Turkeyville Easter Egg Hunt, April 16, 2022, Cornwell’s Turkeyville, Marshall, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Free! Fun Michigan Easter Event!
Reptile & Exotic Pet Expo, April 16, 2022, Kalamazoo Expo Center, 10 am-3 pm
April Michigan Easter Events
Traverse City Boat Show, April 18-20, 2022. Grand Traverse Civic Center, 1213 W Civic Center Dr. Traverse City, MI. Friday: 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM; Saturday: 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM; Sunday: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
Shepherd Maple Syrup Festival, April 21-24, 2022.
Location: 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.
Shepler’s Mackinac Island Ferry’s 2022 season will commence at 7:30 am on Thursday, April 21 from both Mackinaw City and St. Ignace ports! Make your plans for Mackinac Island!!
National Trout Festival – April 20-24, 2022, Kalkaska. Car show, open fishing, reptile and petting zoo, flea market, carnival, pizza eating contest, games, music, pig roast, royale parade, fireworks and so much more! Location: 300 block of Cedar Street, downtown Kalkaska. Check their website for all the details!
Zehnder's Ragtime Festival, Frankenmuth, April 20-23, 2022.
Earth Day is April 22, 2022
Earth Day 5K, Saturday, April 23, 2022, at Kalamazoo Nature Center, 9 am
Earth Day Lakeshore Celebration, Saturday, April 23, 2022, 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.
KRVT Earth Day Cleanup at Arcadia Commons, Saturday, April 23, 2022, Kalamazoo, 10 am-12 pm
Kalamazoo Nature Center, Celebrate Earth Day! Saturday, April 23, 2022 – FREE Admission Day! 7000 N. Westnedge Ave, Kalamazoo. Celebrate Earth Day at KNC! 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!
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 22, 23, 2022, 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!
Vermontville Maple Syrup Festival – April 22-24, 2022, Vermontville
Echoes of Pink Floyd, Saturday, April 23, 2022, Kalamazoo State Theatre at 8pm
Kalamazoo Record & CD Show, Kalamazoo Expo Center, April 24, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Gilmore International Piano Festival, April 24 – May 15, 2022. 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.
10th Annual Plant Yourself, Thursday, April 28, 2022, River Street Flowerland, Kalamazoo, 6 pm-8:30 pm $45
Walleye Festival, Freeland, MI, April 28 - May 1, 2022. 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, Phish Pong, Car Show, "Phish" Beer Tent, Casino, Fish Fry! We are looking forward to this April Michigan event!
National Trout Festival, Kalkaska, April 20-24, 2022. 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!
Bringin' Back the 80's Festival, Frankenmuth, MI April 22-23, 2022, Fri: 6pm-midnight | Sat: 6pm-midnight. 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! Festival tickets will go on sale February 15!
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 22-24, 2022, Celebrate 80 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!
Tchaikovsky - 4825 N. University Ave., Ann Arbor, MI, Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, April 23, 2022 at the U-M Hill Auditorium at 8:00 PM
Allegan Antique Market, April 24, 2022, Allegan Co. Fairgrounds, 8 AM–4 PM Make it a fun weekend getaway in Michigan this April!
Gilmore International Keyboard Festival, The Gilmore’s 2022 season is April 25-May 15, 2022 The Gilmore International Piano Festival comes back to West Michigan, beginning with a pre-festival event featuring the incomparable Yuja Wang in a solo recital on April 8, 2022. Join us to celebrate the diversity of the piano with world-class musicians from across the globe.
Thornapple Arts Council Jazz Festival, Downtown Hastings, April 28-30, 2022. 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 29-30, 2022. 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!
Beerfest at the Ballpark-Lansing, The 8th Annual Beerfest at the Ballpark is on April 30, 2022 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.
Spring Wagon Ride Through the Orchard - April 30, 2022, at 12:00 pm - 2:00 p.m. Robinette's Apple Haus and Orchard, Grand Rapids, MI. $6 per person, includes donut and cup of cider.
Thornapple Woodpecker Festival – April 30, 2022, 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.
HBA of Midland’s 2022 Midland Home &
Outdoor Living Expo - April 30th & May 1st, 2022
Dow Diamond, Midland, MI. Indoor and outdoor booths.
Kalamazoo Metaphysical Expo - April 30-May 1, 2022. 10 AM - 6 PM. Kalamazoo County Expo Center, 2900 Lake St, Kalamazoo, MI. Tarot, Henna Art, Artists, Crystals and Rocks, Classes, Books, Healing and more!
Detroit Bourbon Fest, April 30, 2022! Mark your calendars folks. This beer fest will include over 50 breweries, wine, mead, cider and cocktails. Belle Isle Casino on Belle Isle, Detroit, MI, Popular Detroit events April 2023.Annual Fairy Festival,
Jackson School of the Arts, 135 W. Cortland St. in Downtown Jackson, April 30, 2022 (Premium Day-get tickets early) and May 1, 2022 (Free!). 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!
Ongoing April Michigan Events
- Black Star Farms Premium Wine and Cheese Tasting
- Zingerman's Baking Classes, Ann Arbor.
- Turkeyville Classes
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