The Ultimate 2021 Guide of February Michigan Events and Best Things to Do in Michigan This Weekend

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Plan your February Michigan trip or vacation around our inspiring festivals and events! 

What are the Best Things to do in Michigan in February This Winter?

From romantic winter getaways to family friendly events, we have tons of ideas including: International Auto Show, Ice Festivals, Wine Festivals, Ice Carving Shows and so much more below! 

Yeah, I get it, it's winter.  It's cold. But so what? Explore the many festivals in Michigan this weekend and see what's happening in Michigan today!!  There are so many things to do in Michigan in winter. 

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  • What is there to do in Michigan this weekend? See our Michigan event guide below! There are so many festivals, events, places to visit and fun things to do in Michigan for couples and families.

The Ultimate February Michigan Events 2021 - Let's Travel Michigan in Winter!

  • Candlelight Hike at Mt. McSauba, Charlevoix. 5-8 p.m. 9223 Mount McSauba Road, Charlevoix, MI 49720.  December 18 through February 26, 2021. Enjoy snowshoeing, hiking or cross-country skiing on candle-lit trails at your own pace (self-guided.) At the end of the path is a warm fire and hot chocolate! The hike will begin at the sledding hill parking lot. The event takes place between 5 - 8 PM. Call 231-547-3253 with questions. Donations are greatly appreciated. One of our favorite things to do in Michigan in winter!
  • Birmingham Restaurant Week, January 25-February 7, 2021. Fine and casual dining
  • World of Winter Festival in downtown Grand Rapids - January 15, 2020 through February 28, 2020. See art installations and performances, play games, take walking tours and more, all FREE! Check their website for performance programs and info.
  • Michigan International Auto Show, DeVos place, Grand Rapids, February 4-7, 2021 One of our favorite things to do in Michigan in winter since it's inside!

  • Magic Ice Fest, St. Joseph, February 5-7, 2021, Ice carving competitions, Fire and Ice Party, frozen fish toss, ice bowling.
  • Downtown Kalamazoo Restaurant Week, 2021 Moved to September, Kalamazoo, MI
  • Ice Breaker Festival, South Haven, February 5-7, 2021, Ice Sculptures, Chili Cook-off, Cardboard Sled Races, Pub Slide, outdoor ice skating, horse drawn wagon rides, s’mores roasting and so much more throughout downtown South Haven.
  • Dog Sled Rides at Second Chance Musher Rescue, January-March. Rides will be held at Schuss Mountain at Shanty Creek at the Nordic center. ​1826 Schuss Mountain Ln, Mancelona, MI.  Call (866) 695-5010 to schedule your dog sled ride. Ride is approximately 1mile in length. It allows time for instructions, sign the waiver and meet the dogs. See their website for detail and dates.
  • Mt. Clemens Ice Carving Show, 70 Macomb Place, Downtown Mt. Clemens. February 5-7, 2021, Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Ice carving demos.  Oooh, this sounds like a fun February Michigan thing to do!
  • Shadowfest, Charlevoix, February 6, 2021, 10:30 a.m. -5 p.m. One of the most fun festivals in Michigan this weekend.
  • Treetops Beer & Wine Festival, Gaylord, February 2021 cancelled due to Covid, 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm, $25-$45 per person, foods station and over 40 Michigan breweries.
  • Annual International 500 Snowmobile Race, Sault Ste. Marie. (2021 Cancelled) See you January 31-February 5, 2022. Join thousands of drivers, sled heads, and snowmobile enthusiasts for the professional racing excitement of the annual International 500 Snowmobile Race! The I-500 is the world’s longest, fastest, toughest, and most-exciting oval race event. Support Michigan Tourism, come on out for this Michigan event this weekend!
  • Winter Auto Swap Meet, Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo, Expo Center, February 5-6, 2022. 
  • Ice, Wine, Beer and Blues-Downtown Marshall, Friday, February 5, 2021, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm. Saturday, February 6, 2021, 10:00 am - 10:00 pm Saturday, 323 W. Michigan Ave., Marshall, MI 49068. Awesome February Michigan event!

Want to Try Michigan Dog Sledding?

Michigan Dog Sledding is a fun experience for family and a very romantic date for couples!  Michigan Dog Sledding and Races: Where to Experience in Upper and Lower Peninsula! (Top Winter Things To Do!)

More Fun February Michigan Events!

  • Annual Snow Party (2021 cancelled) Hosted by the Portage Youth Advisory Committee,  Oakland Drive Park, Date TBD Sledding and a snowman building contest!  Build, decorate and bring your own cardboard sled!  Prizes for best-in-show for both contests, as well as the fastest cardboard sled!  
  • Michigan Tech Winter Carnival, Houghton, Date February 3-6, 2021.  This fantastic winter celebration features snow statues, broom ball, human ice bowling, comedy skits and a Queen coronation.  One of the best things to do in Michigan in winter!
  • Annual Detroit Camper RV Show, Feb 10, 2021– Feb 14, 2021, 2-6 PM, Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave, Novi, MI, Check out more than 280 RV's, Campers, Motor homes and toy haulers.
  • Cupid's Undie Run, February 13, 2021 11 AM – 3 PM, Saint Andrew’s Hall, 431 E Congress St, Detroit, MI.  The only time of year that running around in your underwear won't get you arrested!  
  • Ice Carving Festival: Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission, County Farm Park, Cancelled 2021, Area college ice carving teams compete using flamethrowers, chainsaws, and other tools to shape large blocks of ice. 
  • Old Town Chocolate Walk, Lansing, Cancelled 2021
  • UP200, Marquette, February xx, 2022, (2021 is cancelled) The UP 200, Midnight Run, and Jack Pine 30 Cancelled for 2021Midnight run and sled dog races. What an incredible Upper Peninsula Michigan event!
  • Valentine's Day Dinner, Henderson Castle, Kalamazoo, Check their website for more info!  Perfect February Michigan dinner date possibility!
  • Chocolate-Covered Boyne, Friday, February 12th - Saturday, February 13, 2021. Downtown Boyne City merchants offer chocolate specials, restaurants feature chocolate dishes and chocolate goodies 
  • Downtown Winter Ice Festival Sault Ste Marie, February 13, 2021. See artists create incredible sculptures using chainsaws, chisels, and blowtorches throughout downtown Sault Ste. Marie. See a display of ice sculptures at the corner of Ashmun St and Portage Ave near the pavilion structure. Check out Ice Wars! 
  • Michigan Brewers Guild Winter Beer Festival 2021, Fifth Third Ball Park, Comstock Park, Michigan, Saturday, February 20, 2021.  More than 100 Michigan breweries participate in the festival.
  • Winter Carnival, Friday, February 12th - Monday, February 15, 2021. Try Bumpjumping at Petoskey's Winter Sports Park plus more activities in downtown Petoskey like cardboard sled races, hockey, sledding, ice skating! Try something new this Michigan winter!

What is bumpjumping? 

A bumpjumper is a seat perched on a ski and the rider holds onto the edge of the seat with the legs and feet held straight in front of the seat while traversing a course.

One in a Lifetime Experience: Michigan Sleigh Rides!

If you want something seriously cool to do this winter, go on a horse drawn sleigh ride!  It's fun for all ages so it's a perfect winter family activity or a romantic winter getaway for couples! 

Best Michigan Sleigh Rides - Where to Experience Horse Drawn Carriage Adventures in MI (Top Winter Things To Do!)

More February Michigan Events and Awesome Things to Do in Michigan in Winter

    Valent Ice-A World Of Winter Event. Downtown Grand Rapids will host Hybycozo's in partnership with HYBYCOZO at Ah-Nab-Awen Park from January 14 to February 28, 2021.  "Hybycozo's" is a series of large-scale installations and artworks that investigate geometric exploration and patterns through light, shadow, and perception.
    Alpenfrost, Gaylord, February 20-21, 2021, Soup cook off, Frosty K run, ice skating, beer festival!
    Annual Train Show and Sale: Ann Arbor Model Railroad Club, February 2021 Cancelled, Saturday 10am - 4pm and Sunday 10am - 3pm, Saline Middle School, 7190 N. Maple, Saline. The Midwest's largest model railroad flea market, with more than 400 tables! This show draws model railroaders, collectors, and train buffs to display, trade, and sell model railroad equipment and memorabilia. There will be a kids' zone, displays of model trains and clinics.
    906 Polar RollFri Jan 15 - Sun Mar 14, 2021
    Ishpeming, MI 
    Marquette County's Winter Fat Tire Racing!  Have you always wanted to try fat tire biking?  Now is your chance!
    Snowshoe Sampler, February 6, 2021, Chippewa Nature Center, 400 South Badour Road, Midland, MI, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Free!! We love these free Michigan events!
    Michigan Brewers Guild Winter Beer Festival, Friday, February 20, 2021 (Check their website to verify due to COVID) Fifth Third Ball Park, Comstock Park (North of Grand Rapids).  Music, Ice Sculpting, Food Stands. Awesome February Michigan event!

    Great Lakes Comic-Con, (Feb 2021 cancelled) February 25-26, 2022 Macomb Community College, 14500 E. 12 Mile Road, Warren.  Love super heroes, comic books, cosplay and pop culture?  

    Mackinaw City's Winter Festival (Winterfest) - February 20, 2021. Outhouse Races at Shepler’s Dock, Kids sled races, BIG Freeze obstacle course & Ice Queen Elsa!  Enjoy the before, after and during party at the Dixie Saloon.  All Winterfest activities are free! Enjoy amateur snow carving, sleigh rides, poker walk, chili cook-off, indoor ice skating, euchre tournament, and many more fun winter activities 

    Traverse City Restaurant Week,  February 21-March 6, 2021 Participating restaurants will offer three-course meals for $25 or $35 per person. This is your chance to experience the culinary wonders of the region at an affordable price! 
    Detroit Restaurant Week (cancelled 2021).  Detroit Restaurant Week is celebration of fantastic dining showcasing locally-sourced, specially-designed three-course meals and several other exciting menu options. This sounds like a perfectly tasty February Michigan event!
    Michigan Nordic Fire Festival, Feb 27, 2021 Lincoln Park, 615 W. Shepherd Street, Charlotte, Michigan. Ship Burning, Mead Hall, Bands and Entertainment, Axe Wall, Vendors, Food
    Autorama - Detroit, Cobo Center. Moved to April 30-May 2, 2021.  

    Bay City Polar Bear Plunge, 2021 virtual-participate any time before end of February. See website for details. Dow Bay Area Family YMCA, 225 S Washington Ave, Bay City, MI


See an Underwater Crucifix in Petoskey!

If the ice is thick enough, usually around the end of February, you can see an incredible 11-foot tall crucifix, with a 5-foot 5-inch figure of Jesus Christ below 21 feet of water!

  • Located about 800 feet offshore near the Petoskey breakwall at Bayfront Park is the Italian white marble crucifix, the only known freshwater-underwater crucifix in the United States!

The crucifix came to Petoskey in 1962 and was placed underwater by the Superior Marine Divers Club to honor Charles Raymond, a Southgate diver who drowned in Torch Lake and to remember those who have perished at sea.

If you want to see the underwater crucifix, check the local Chamber of Commerce and Visitors’ Bureau web sites for dates and information. (I even call to verify) If the event is happening, a tent will be set up at the viewing areas and the crucifix will be lit from below.


Awesome Upper Peninsula Events and Things to do in February

  • 906 Polar Roll, Fri Jan 15 - Sun Mar 14, 2021, Ishpeming, MI Marquette County's Winter Fat Tire Racing!
  • Michigan Tech Winter Carnival, Houghton, Date February 3-6, 2021.  This fantastic winter celebration features snow statues, broom ball, human ice bowling, comedy skits and a Queen coronation.  
  • UP200, Marquette, February xx, 2022, (2021 is cancelled) The UP 200, Midnight Run, and Jack Pine 30 Cancelled for 2021Midnight run and sled dog races. What an incredible Upper Peninsula Michigan event!
  • The Michigan Ice Fest - February 10-14th 2021 - The Michigan Ice Fest is held at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, near Munising Michigan, in the beautiful Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  One of the oldest ice climbing festivals in the country, with teaching and presentations.
  • Downtown Winter Ice Festival Sault Ste Marie, February 13, 2021. See artists create incredible sculptures using chainsaws, chisels, and blowtorches throughout downtown Sault Ste. Marie. See a display of ice sculptures at the corner of Ashmun St and Portage Ave near the pavilion structure. Check out Ice Wars! 
  • Kalkaska Winterfest – Kalkaska, Michigan. February 20-21, 2021 Cancelled. During the Kalkaska Winterfest, sled dogs overtake the town for the largest sprint sled dog race in the Lower 48 states. Classes and distances range from 2-dog fun run at 2.1-miles to 10-dog teams racing 12-miles. Between the races spectators can enjoy craft shows, performances and family fun.
  • Kalamazoo Summer Salsa Cook off! 11 a.m - 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021 The annual Salsa Cook-Off is your chance to explore Downtown Kalamazoo while sampling their best salsa recipes and voting for your favorites. Salsa sampling will be available at over 20 shops and restaurants starting at the Consumers Credit Union on the Kalamazoo Mall (125 S. Kalamazoo Mall). See more things to do in Kalamazoo!
  • Trenary Outhouse Classic, Sat. February 29, 2020
    12pm – 4pm. Build your own outhouse or cheer on the races!

Michigan's Upper Peninsula is the perfect place to try:

Ongoing February Events

Black Star Farms Premium Wine and Cheese Tasting, Jan -Apr, 2021

Holland Outdoor Winter Market-first and third Saturdays Jan-April. Fill bags with winter squash, root vegetables and dried beans.

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Event Centers in Michigan

Still bored? Don't forget to check these Michigan event centers/theaters/auditoriums across Michigan for concerts, events, shows or comedy entertainment! 

Here are a few Michigan event centers to inspire you!  

  • Cobo Hall-Detroit
  • Midland Center for the Arts-Midland
  • Dow Gardens-Midland
  • Kalamazoo State Theatre
  • Fire Keepers Casino
  • Soaring Eagle Casino-Mt. Pleasant
  • Wings Event Center-Kalamazoo
  • Miller Auditorium-Kalamazoo
  • Civic Auditorium-Kalamazoo
  • Chenery Auditorium-Kalamazoo
  • Kellogg Arena-Battle Creek
  • LMC Mendel Center-Benton Harbor
  • Franke Center for the Arts-Marshall
  • The Bob-Grand Rapids
  • Van Andel-Grand Rapids
  • Devos Place-Grand Rapids
  • Dow Event Center-Saginaw

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