The Ultimate 2022 Guide of January Michigan Events-Best Things to Do in Michigan!

January Michigan Events - Things to do in Michigan in Winter | By Sherry Trautman | Traveling Michigan at Travel-Mi.com


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

Grab our Boredom Zapping Ideas for places to visit in Michigan and fun things to do in Michigan in Winter!

Destinations: DetroitTraverse City, FrankenmuthAnn Arbor, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Petoskey, Charlevoix, Houghton Lake, Midland, South Haven, St. Joseph, Upper Peninsula and more!  

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

What are the best things to do in Michigan in January this winter?

From romantic winter getaways to family friendly events, we have tons of ideas including: Sleigh Rides, Ice Festivals, Polar Bear Plunges, Beer Festivals, Boat Shows, Bar Crawls, Ice Carving Shows, Wine and Cheese Tasting, Folk Festivals, and FUN Galore!

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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 all winter long.

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Are there events in Michigan this weekend near me? See our up to date Michigan event guide below! There are so many fun things to do in Michigan for couples and families across the state. We have popular events in southwest Michigan and west Michigan. 

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The Ultimate January Michigan Events 2022 - Let's Travel Michigan in Winter!

Fun Michigan events, festivals and things to do in Michigan this weekend.  You will never be at a loss for what to do in Michigan! Plus we have ideas of things to do in Michigan with kids and romantic winter getaway for couples! 

  • 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. 
  • Wilderness Sleigh Ride and Dinner, The Treetops Resort, Gaylord, Jan 02, 2021, 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm. Fee. Perfect romantic winter getaway for couples! 
  • Annual Tahquamenon Country Sled Dog Race, Saturday - January 9, 2021. The race attracts mushers from all over the United States, as well as Canada, South Africa and New Zealand. Start/Finish line is located at the Day Use area of the Muskallonge Lake State Park. 29881 County Road 407, Newberry, Michigan 49868
  • Plymouth Ice Festival-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!
    Friday, January 9, 2021– 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm
    Saturday, January 10, 2021 – 10:00 am to 10:00 pm
    Sunday, January 11, 2021 – 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
     
  • 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.
  • Annual Grand Rapids Bridal Show 2021. January 15, 2021 at DeVos Performance Hall
  • 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.
  • Indian River Winterfest-January 15-17, 2021.  ‑ Food, entertainment, family activities! Admission fee. Fri 3 pm‑11 pm, Sat 9 am‑11 pm, Sun 9 am‑11 pm. Coop Park, 5454 S. Straits Highway, Indian River, Michigan
  • RV Show! January 15-17, 2021 Michigan State University Pavilion for Agriculture and Livestock Education, 4301 Farm Ln, Lansing, MI
  • Dark and Stormcloudy Film Series, Frankfort, MI-January through March 2021.  The series pairs award-winning films with small batch beers, handcrafted specifically for each movie selection by Stormcloud.
  • Bourbon & Bacon Bash - Boyne HighlandsJanuary 15-January 17, 2021.
    Food specials, a half pipe competition, and exclusive pairing dinners, 600 Highland Drive, Harbor Springs, MI 49740. Near Petoskey
  • Homecoming Weekend - Boyne Highlands. January 22-24, 2021. Family fun and more! Near Petoskey
  • Sunrise Groomer Rides, Treetops Resort, 3962 Wilkinson Road, Take a 20 minute sunrise snow-cat ride for an exhilarating winter experience  Go places you can only get to by skis with breathtaking sunrise views. 



We look forward Zehnder's Snowfest every year!  I think it's probably the highlight of our month as we love to dine on Frankenmuth's famous chicken dinners, explore the town and check out the insane snow sculptures!

This is one of our favorite things to do in Michigan with kids! It's also perfect for a romantic winter getaway for couples! 



  • Zehnders Snowfest in Frankenmuth, MI- January 27-Feb 1, 2021, Bring the whole family to enjoy snow sculpting and ice carving competitions.  There will be a warming tent, entertainment, children's area and fireworks. This is one of our favorite January Michigan events and things to do in Michigan!
  • Holland Outdoor Winter Market-first and third Saturdays Jan-April.  Fill bags with winter squash, root vegetables and dried beans.
  • Onesie Bar Crawl- January 2021 Dates not yet released, Bay City, MI, 3:00 PM – 9:00 PM, E Midland Street, Bay City, MI.  Get off the couch and come out for fun drink specials and the most fun you can have in a onesie! 
  • The Detroit Boat Show, January 16-24, 2021, The TCF Center, (formerly Cobo Center), 1 Washington Blvd. Detroit, MI.  One of the largest boat shows in Michigan! Awesome January Michigan event!
  • SHOW HOURS

    Saturdays: 11 am – 8 pm
    Sundays and Monday: 11 am – 6 pm
    Tuesday through Friday: 3 pm – 9 pm

Have You Experienced 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!)


See a Crazy Michigan Polar Bear Plunge!

  • Tip-Up Town USA-Houghton Lake, MI, January 16-17, 2021. Beverage tent, fishing contest, entertainment tent, carnival rides, petting zoo, antique snowmobiles, ice slide, vendors, snowmobile drag races and a Polar Bear Plunge! Check their website for times of events. The festival is held at the southern DNR boat launch, off of M-55 near the Pines theater and Pineview Golf Course. Free parking is available at the High School and library with free shuttle service to and from Tip Up Town. Are your brave enough to jump in the lake during the Polar Bear Plunge?
  • Chinese New Year Celebration of Kalamazoo, January 2021 Dates not yet released, 7:00-9:00 p.m., Chenery Auditorium,  Kalamazoo, Lion Dance, Chinese traditional yo-yo performance, traditional Chinese songs and dance, martial arts and contemporary music.
  • Winterfest-Grand Haven, January 28-31, 2021.  Create and decorate a colorful cardboard sled, glow bowl, and sled races! Most events are on Saturday!
  • Mackinaw City's Winterfest: Saturday, January 23rd, 2021. Outhouse Races at Shepler’s Dock, Kids sled races, winter fun obstacle course.  Such a fun Michigan winter activity! 


  • Kalamazoo Beer Week-January 29-Feb 6, 2021  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!
  • Ann Arbor Folk Festival-Hill Auditorium, January 29-30, 2021. Can you say banjo's, fiddles and double bass, oh my?!
  • Downtown Kalamazoo Restaurant Week, January 2021 Dates not yet released, Kalamazoo, MI. 
  • North American Snow Festival, Cadillac, MI, January 30 - 31, 2021. Speed Fishing Tournament on Lake Mitchell, chili cook off, more!
  • Mt. Clemens Ice Carving Show, 70 Macomb Place, Downtown Mt. Clemens. January 2021 Dates not yet released, Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Ice carving demos.
  • Ann Arbor Folk Festival-Hill Auditorium. January 29, 2021 (Virtual 2021). Can you say banjo's, fiddles and double bass, oh my?!
  • North American Snow Festival, Cadillac, MI, January 30-January 31, 2021. Speed Fishing Tournament on Lake Mitchell, chili cookoff, more!

What is There to do in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan in the Winter?


  • Annual Tahquamenon Country Sled Dog Race, Saturday - January 9, 2021. The race attracts mushers from all over the United States, as well as Canada, South Africa and New Zealand. The Tahquamenon County Sled Dog Race includes 5 different classes of races where you can come out and cheer the racers on, meet the dog sled teams, and pet the dogs in this all-day event! Start/Finish line is located at the Day Use area of the Muskallonge Lake State Park. 29881 County Road 407, Newberry, Michigan 49868

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

We love supporting Michigan Tourism!  Get outside as there are so many thing to do in Michigan in winter! 

Want To Try Michigan Dog Sledding?


It's time to try something new this winter!  Michigan Dog Sledding and Races: Where to Experience in Upper and Lower Peninsula! (Top Winter Things To Do!)

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Ongoing Michigan Events


  • Black Star Farms Premium Wine and Cheese Tasting, Jan-Apr 2021. Fee.
  • Sleigh Rides with Treetops Resorts: December, January, February and March weather dependent.  Fee. This is one of our favorite things to do in Michigan with kids! It's also perfect for a romantic winter getaway for couples! 
  • Traverse City Indoor Famers Market- The Village at Grand Traverse Commons, November 7, 2020 - April 24, 2021, 830 Cottageview Dr. Traverse City, MI, Time: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM each Saturday. Free
  • High Tea at the Applesauce Inn Bed & Breakfast- January 13, 2021 - April 28, 2021 weekly on Wednesday. 7296 S M-88, Bellaire, MI Time: 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM. Fee.


We hope you enjoy these January Michigan events and festivals.  We hope you found lots of things to do in Michigan with your kids too.  

We would love it if you shared some of your January Michigan ideas below!

 

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