April Michigan Events Calendar 2020: 46 Awesome Things to Do

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By Sherry Trautman | Traveling Michigan

OMG! Our exciting list of 2020 April Michigan events and things to do will keep you busy all month! Grab our Boredom Zapping Ideas for fun in Michigan! There's NO WAY you be will bored!

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

Plan your April Michigan trip or vacation around our inspiring festivals and events! Traveling Michigan has never been so fun!


It's almost spring!! We are getting so excited for warm afternoons and longer days! We've had one heck of a Michigan winter this year- with the polar vortex and so much snow and ice.  On the plus side, Michigan photographers have captured some stunning images on Instagram

April Michigan Events 2020

    Due to the Corona Virus, Many Events Have Been Cancelled. Please check their website or call ahead to verify. 


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    Butterflies Are Blooming Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, 1000 East Beltline NE, Grand Rapids, MI-March 1- April 30, 2020, 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! 


Butterflies In Bloom, Dow Gardens Midland, MI, 1809 Eastman Ave, Midland, MI-March 6-April 19, 2020, 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, 2020.  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, 2020, 5-9 pm. 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. I love seeing this work!

Great Lakes Art Fair, Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Avenue, Novi, Michigan, April 18-19, 2020. This annual fair offers fine artists in the region an indoor marketplace to showcase their freshest and most beautiful work! 

Kal-Haven Trail Run, April 4, 2020, Register by April 1, 2020 Kal-Haven Trailhead - North 10th St, Kalamazoo, MI 

Fandom Fest, April 4, 2020, 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 4, 5, 2020. Shop and wander around the old Featherbone Corset Factory with your favorite craft beverage in hand! Talk to the artists as you shop! Opens at 10:30 a.m.

Grand Rapids Custom Motorcycle Show & Swap MeetSunday April 5, 2020. Four Mile Show Place, 1025 Four Mile NW,Grand Rapids, MI 

Traverse City Chocolate Festival,  April 19, 2020, 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 4, 2020, 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 11, 2020, 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 11, 2020, Kalamazoo Expo Center, 10 AM–3 PM

Turkeyville Easter Egg Hunt, April 11, 2020, Cornwell’s Turkeyville, Marshall, 10:30 a.m., Free!

Easter Brunch, Black Star Farms Suttons Bay, April 12, 2020 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM, 10844 E Revold Rd, Suttons Bay, MI

Spring Birding Tour at Nayanquing Point State Wildlife Area, 1570 Tower Beach Road, Pinconning, MI (date not yet listed) Highlights of the birding tours may include diving and dabbling ducks in full breeding plumage, trumpeter and tundra swans, osprey, bald eagles, sandhill cranes and much more! The tours will be led by DNR Wildlife Biologists and Technicians, Audubon Great Lakes staff, and volunteers from Ducks Unlimited and local Audubon Clubs. If you have questions about the bird tour, please contact 989-697-5101. 

Annual Fairy Festival,  634 N. Mechanic St, off Ganson in Jackson, Saturday, April 25, 2020 from 11-4 pm & Sunday, April 26, 12-4 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!

Grand Rapids Motorcycle Swap Meet, April 15, 2020 at the DeltaPlex Arena, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Kalamazoo Earth Day Festival, April 18, 2020, Bronson Park, Kalamazoo, 12–5 PM, Free!

Earth Day Celebration, 5K & Kids Raccoon Run, April 25, 2020, Kalamazoo Nature Center,7000 N. Westnedge Ave, Kalamazoo.  9 AM–5 PM Join the Kalamazoo Nature Center for FREE admission day and special activities! 

Kalamazoo Annual Egg Hunt, April 11, 2020, 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.

Mackinac Island-Grand Hotel Opening Weekend is May 1, 2020

Zehnder's Ragtime Festival, Frankenmuth, April 22-25, 2020

Shepherd Maple Syrup Festival, Shepherd, MI April 23-26, 2020. 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. 

Thornapple Arts Council Jazz Festival, Downtown Hastings, April 23-25, 2020. 

Walleye Festival, Freeland, MI, April 23-26, 2020 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 Festival, Kalkaska, April 22-26, 2020.  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!

Vermontville Maple Syrup Festival, Vermontville, April 24-26, 2020, 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 24-25, 2020. 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. 

Bringin' Back the 80's Festival, Frankenmuth, MI April 17-18, 2020. 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! 

Taste & Tour of Old Town, Lansing, April 25, 2020, 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!

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 25, 2020, 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!

Allegan Antique Market, April 26, 2020, Allegan Co. Fairgrounds, 8 AM–4 PM 


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