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The Ultimate 2022 Guide of February Michigan Events, Festivals and Best Things to Do in Michigan This Weekend With Kids | Ice Carving Shows, Ice Breaker Festival, Sleigh Rides

February Michigan Events and Things to Do | By Sherry Trautman | Traveling Michigan at Travel-Mi.com | Updated August 27, 2022

The ULTIMATE SOURCE of 2022 Michigan events and fun things to do in Michigan in February! 

Get out of winter Boredom with our ideas for things to do in Michigan in Winter!

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Destinations: DetroitTraverse CityFrankenmuthAnn ArborKalamazooPetoskeyCharlevoixHoughton LakeMidland, South Haven, St. JosephGrand Rapids, Marquette, Upper Peninsula and more!    

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 and February Michigan.  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. 

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • What is there to do in February 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 2022 - Let's Travel Michigan in Winter!

  • Candlelight Hike at Mt. McSauba, Charlevoix. 5-8 p.m. 9223 Mount McSauba Road, Charlevoix, MI 49720.  December through February, 2022. 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. Call 231-547-3253 with questions. One of our favorite things to do in Michigan in winter!
  • Kalamazoo Beer Week: January 29-February 6, 2022.  This exciting week long series features tastings, dinners and interactive events.  The cool thing is, you will get a chance to meet many of the brewers. We have a blast at this January Michigan event as it is an event near me!
  • Birmingham Restaurant Week, Jan. 20-29, 2022. Fine and casual dining!
  • World of Winter Festival in downtown Grand Rapids - January 7, 2022 through March 6, 2022. Experience Grand Rapids during the cold-weather season during its annual World of Winter Festival! See art, performances, play games and enjoy the downtown area.  Perfect family adventure or romantic Valentine’s Day stroll. Free! Check their website for performance programs. Note: You may wish to wait until the end of January to visit so more sculptures are available to see. 
  • Michigan International Auto Show, DeVos place, Grand Rapids, February 3-6, 2022. See the hottest new vehicles all in one place! One of our favorite things to do in Michigan in winter since it's inside! Feb 3: 11am-9:30 pm, Feb 4: 11am-9:30pm, Feb 5: 10 am-9:30 pm, Feb 6: 10 am -5:pm. $12 adults, $5 children (6-14) and 5 and under are free.

More February Michigan magic.....

  • Magic Ice Fest, St. Joseph, February 4-6, 2022, Ice carving competitions, Fire and Ice Party, frozen fish toss, ice bowling.
  • Ice Breaker Festival, South Haven, February 4-6, 2022, 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 4-6, 2022, Kids Face Painting, Fresh Popped Popcorn, Hot Cocoa (Pop's Candy Shop)!  Oooh, this sounds like a fun February Michigan thing to do!
  • Annual International 500 Snowmobile Race, Sault Ste. Marie. 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, MI. February 5, 2022 at 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm. Saturday, Franke Center for the Arts, 214 E. Mansion Street, Marshall MI 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!

  • Michigan Tech Winter Carnival, Houghton, February 9–12, 2022.  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, February 2 through February 6, 2022, Show hours vary by day, so check their website. Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave, Novi, MI, Check out more than 280 RV's, Campers, Motor homes and toy haulers.
  • Plymouth Ice Festival-2023 TBD Plymouth Ice Festival Official. One of the largest free ice festivals in Michigan.  Be sure to check out the lit ice gardens in the evenings. The Plymouth Ice Festival is one of our favorite Michigan events this weekend!
  • Alpena Ice Festival - Saturday, February 12, 2022.  The event begins at Mich-e-ke-wis Park with ice sculptures, a huge bonfire by Alpena Fire Department, demonstrations, food and fun, ice and snow related activities. Activities then move to downtown from 5-9 pm! See about thirty ice sculptures throughout Downtown Alpena! Stores will be open late until 7 pm, and enjoy "Fire and Ice" themed cocktails and specials at downtown restaurants.
  • Cupid's Undie Run, February 12, 2022 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!  
  • UP200, Marquette, February 17-21, 2022, Midnight 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!
  • Shipshewana On the Road - Kalamazoo County Expo Center, February 19-20, 2022.  2900 Lake St, Kalamazoo, MI. Sat: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM and Sun: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Tickets at the door.
  • Chocolate-Covered Boyne, February 11th - February 12, 2022. Come to Boyne City to celebrate everything chocolate the weekend closest to Valentine’s Day each year. There is a chocolate Dessert Contest and tasty specials, treats and sales offered by 30 local businesses. 
  • Downtown Winter Ice Festival Sault Ste Marie, February 2022 TBD. 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! 
  • Winter Carnival, Friday, 2022 TBD. 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: February 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 at Ah-Nab-Awen Park from February 11- February 14, 2022.  

    Alpenfrost, Gaylord, February 19-20 2022, Frosty K run and lots more in the works!

    Winter Wanderland - February 18th. Downtown Midland, along Main Street, will be about 20 unique ice sculptures for Winter Wanderland. Enjoy strolling along Main Street to play games carved out of ice (like checkers, chess, plinko and shuffleboard) and to enjoy statues and other fun icy works of art!  Open all day and evening! Free!

    Downtown Kalamazoo Restaurant Week, Beginning February 18, 2022 for 10 days.  Kalamazoo, MI.

    Annual Train Show and Sale: Ann Arbor Model Railroad Club, February 19th and 20th, 2022. Saturday 10am - 4pm. Sunday 10am - 3pm. Admission $6.00., Saline Middle School, 7190 N. Maple, Saline. The Midwest's largest model railroad flea market, with more than 300 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 RollJan 15 - Sun Mar 15, 2022 in Ishpeming, MI
    Winter Fat Tire Racing!  Have you always wanted to try fat tire biking?  Now is your chance!

    Snowshoe Sampler, February 20, 2022, 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, February 26, 2022 at LMCU Ballpark, Comstock Park from 1-6pm.

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

    Traverse City Restaurant Week,  February 20-26, 2022  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 2022).  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 24-26, 2023. Location: Eaton County Fairgrounds, located in the City of Charlotte, Michigan.  Address is 1025 Cochran Ave, Charlotte, MI 48813.  Spear throwing, archery, reenactments, axe throwing, dog sledding, music and competitions!  The Mead Hall will be open Friday ( 5:00 PM- 11:00 PM ) and Saturday (Noon- 11:00 PM)  in Kardell Hall (which has heat!).  Ship Burning (Knörr Blόt) on Friday at 7:00 PM .
    Festival Hours:
    Friday 5pm-11pm
    Saturday 10am -11pm
    Sunday 11am- 4pm
  • Bay City Polar Bear PlungeFebruary 25 and 26, 2022 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm. Dow Bay Area YMCA 225 Washington Avenue, Bay City. Annual fundraiser for Special Olympics of Michigan. Includes Parade of Costumes and Polar Teams plunging for funds, plus special activities for all. 
  • Michigan Brewers Guild Winter Beer Festival 2022, Fifth Third Ball Park, Comstock Park, Michigan, Saturday, February 26, 2022, 1 pm to 6 pm.  More than 100 Michigan breweries participate in the festival.


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 RollJan 15 - Sun Mar 15, 2022 in Ishpeming, MI. Winter Fat Tire Racing!  Have you always wanted to try fat tire biking?  Get to it!
  • Michigan Tech Winter Carnival, Houghton, February 9–12, 2022.  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!
  • Tahquamenon Falls State Park Winter 2022 Events: Upper Falls Saturdays in February: Free Snowshoe Rental 12 - 8:30 p.m., Guided Snowshoe Hike at 2:00 p.m. and Lantern-Lit Snowshoe Trail 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • UP200, Marquette, February 17-21, 2022, Midnight run and sled dog races. What an incredible Upper Peninsula Michigan event!
  • The Michigan Ice Fest - February 9-13, 2022 - 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. Great way to increase your skills, gain some valuable knowledge, and get on some amazing ice, all the while being instructed by one of the country’s best alpinist/ice climbers.  Have a drink with an athlete, enjoy Munising and Pictured Rocks! 
  • Downtown Winter Ice Festival Sault Ste Marie, 2022 TBD. 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! 
  • Harbor Springs Area Spring Restaurant Week 2022, Friday, February 25 through Sunday, March 6, 2022. Enjoy special menus at each participating restaurant, designed just for these 10 days of culinary delight! The Chamber of Commerce has more info
  • Monster Truck Events-Monster Jam is in Detroit (Ford Field) February  26th & 27th, 2022

  • Trenary Outhouse Classic, Sat. February 26, 2022. Festivities begin at 12 pm and the races begin at 2 pm. 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, 2022. Check their website for details

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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