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March Michigan: The Ultimate 2022 Guide to Events, Festivals and Best Things to Do in Michigan This Weekend + St. Patrick's, Butterfly Houses, Maple Syrup Festivals

March Michigan Events and Things to Do | by Sherry Trautman | Traveling Michigan | Updated: August 27,2022

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

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Michigan is finally sneaking toward Spring!! We have lots of things to do in Michigan this weekend, perfect for kids or couples!

Wondering about events in Michigan this weekend near me? 

We've got tons of ideas for you, such as butterfly houses, Monster Truck events, Maple Syrup Festivals and St. Patrick's Day fun!

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The Ultimate March Michigan Events 2022- So Many Fun Things to do in Michigan This Weekend!

There are so many March Michigan events to see, do and explore!! No way you will be bored!

“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.

Detroit Restaurant Week 2022 most likely cancelled.  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 March Michigan event!

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! 

Autorama - America's Greatest Hotrod Show!

Autorama-Detroit, Cobo Center. March 4-6, 2022.  Check out sweet rides, vendors and eats! We love this show and will be there again this year! It's one of our favorite May Michigan Events!

This is maple syrup month!  Grab the family and head out to see how maple syrup is made!

Milford Maple Syrup Events, February 27, March 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 26, 27, 2022 from 11 am - 3:30 pm. at Kensington Metropark located at 4570 Huron River Parkway, Milford, MI 

We love this March Michigan event as you take a guided walk through the farm’s Sugar Bush, learn how to pick trees, see how maple trees are tapped and how to gather sap.

You will then visit the French and Native camps to hear stories.  You can visit the Sugar Shack to see and smell the sap being boiled down into maple sugar. Taste a sample of maple syrup at the end of the tour. Tours begin every ½ hour, last approximately one hour and are entirely outdoors. We highly recommend pre-registration as they sold out last year. 

A Metroparks vehicle entry permit is required when you enter the park, which is around $10 per car. 

Butterflies In Bloom, Dow Gardens Midland, MI, 1809 Eastman Ave, Midland, MI- 2022 CANCELLED due to renovating and expanding the conservatory. 

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!

An Afternoon at the Sugarhouse! Chippewa Nature Center, Midland Michigan. March 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27, 2022. It's maple syrup season Saturdays and Sundays in March.  Learn the process of making syrup from start to finish during this drop-in program. Peek into buckets on tapped trees, watch the steam rise in the sugarhouse and learn how to change maple sap into sweet maple syrup.

West Michigan Home and Garden Show, March 3-6, 2022 Grand Rapids, Devos, 303 Monroe Ave, NW, Grand Rapids, MI. 

Single-Day Tickets: Adult – $12 | Child (6-14) – $5 | 5 & Under – Free

Multi-Day Tickets: Adult – $18 (Good for any and all 4 days) Please purchase tickets online.  If you buy by March 2, get a discount with code HOME (for weekday tickets)

Kalamazoo Art Hop, March 4, 2022, 5-9 p.m. FREE! Art is located in businesses throughout downtown Kalamazoo! Add it to your list of fun things to do in Michigan this weekend!

Toughest Monster Trucks in Saginaw, Dow Event Center, March 4-5, 2022. Friday March 4th | 7:30pm, Saturday March 5th | 1:00pm, Saturday March 5th | 7:30pm at DOW Event Center, 303 Johnson, Saginaw, MI 48607.  Cheer on your favorite Monster Truck at this perfect Michigan event for kids!

The Detroit Zoo-8450 W. 10 Mile Road, Royal Oak, MI Love Butterflies? The Wildlife Interpretive Gallery has hundreds of butterflies! The Zoo purchases about 250 butterfly pupae (chrysalises) each week for you to enjoy! The habitat is open year-round and is free with Zoo admission. Don't miss their behind-the-scenes experience called Breakfast with the Butterflies which gives you a great chance to learn more about butterflies. Perfect things to do in Michigan with kids!

Suds and Snow4050 Hammond Rd E Traverse City, MI, March 5, 2022, Time: 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM -Numerous vendors posting 100+ brews wine and cider.  Includes half mile hike through backwoods of Timber Ridge Resort for live music and food vendors. 

Annual Midwest Rad Fest, The Epic Center, Kalamazoo, MI March 4, 2022 - March 6, 2022. The festival is a juried event at the Epic Center in Kalamazoo, MI, featuring the best in modern, post-modern, and contemporary dance from all over the country. Get your tickets early.

Kalamazoo Nature Center Maple Sugar Festival - KNC's Maple Sugar Festival will be on Saturday, March 5, and Sunday, March 6, 2022. Times will be 9-5 each day.

Location: Kalamazoo Nature Center, Kalamazoo, Michigan

Did you know the Nature Center has held events centered around Maple Sugar season since 1966?

You don't want to miss their pancake breakfast, guided tours of the syrup-making process, live animal programs, games and "sweet" vendors. 

Kalamazoo Winter Craft Show, March 5, 2022, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm, Kalamazoo County Expo Center located at 2900 Lake Street, Kalamazoo, MI Cost: FREE

Novi Boat Show, March 10-13, 2022, Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Avenue, Novi, MI, Hours: Thursday & Friday: 2pm – 9 pm, Saturday: 11 am – 9 pm, Sunday: 11am – 5pm

Ultimate Sports Show Grand Rapids - Thursday, March 10, 2022: 1:00 pm - 9:00 pm. Friday, March 11, 2022 11:00 am - 9:00 pm. Saturday, March 12, 2022 10:00 am - 8:00 pm. Sunday, March 13, 2022 10:00 am - 5:00 pm.  DeVos Place Convention Center, 303 Monroe Avenue NW, Grand Rapids, MI

Price: Children $5, Adults $12. Awesome show for the avid fisherman, hunter or outdoor loving family! Exhibitors will be at the show with the latest in outdoor gear, travel information and fishing boats.

March MannequinsDowntown St. Joseph, March 11, 2022. 7-8:30 p.m., Free! Check out the downtown store window fronts as the locals have turned into mannequins!!

Home and Garden Expo, Kalamazoo Expo CenterMarch 11-13, 2022 at the Kalamazoo Expo Center and Fairgrounds. The Expo Center boasts 61,000 square feet of show space with 279 available exhibit spaces, a seminar stage, and garden area.

Brew-Ski Festival, Boyne Highlands in Harbor Springs, 2022 dates TBD.  

Southern Michigan Winter Beer Festival, March 12, 2022, Time:12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Place: Jackson County Fairgrounds in the American 1 Event Center 200 W Ganson Street, Jackson, MI 49201. Food trucks, games, fire pits and activities held out on the patio.  

Over 150 craft beers, ciders, meads and wines along with food choices. Buy your tickets early for a discount.

St. Patrick Parade Corktown Races, Michigan Central Station, Detroit, MI. March 13, 2022. 10:30 am - Kids Quarter Mile, 10:40 am - Emerald Mile, 11:00 am - 5K. Register by March 11, 2022. The Corktown Races have become one of the largest 5 km races in Michigan. The event has seen steady growth to over 8000 participants. In addition to attracting more people to the parade, the race is a vehicle for raising funds for the Saint Patrick's Senior Center.

Monroe Shamrocks and Shiplap Vintage Market, March 13, 2022, in the First Merchants Bank Expo Center!, 3775 S. Custer Rd., Monroe, MI 48161, 10 am - 4pm. 

Lansing Home and Garden Show, March 17-20, 2022 MSU Pavilion will host the 2022 Lansing Home & Garden Show, March 17-20. March 17: 3-9pm. March 18: Noon to 9 pm. March 19: 10 am-8pm, March 20: 10 am - 5pm. Lots of inspiration!  Admission: Adults - $10; Children 6-14 - $4; Multi-day ticket - $16

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration 2022, March 17 2022. Royal Oak Farmers Market. Come enjoy shopping, great food, cold beers, and live entertainment

2022 West Michigan Women’s Expo, March 18-20, 2022 at DeVos Place, Grand Rapids, MI. The West Michigan Women's Expo features hundreds of exhibits, seminars, shopping and fun.  

Show Hours
Friday: 10 AM - 6 PM
Saturday: 10 AM - 6 PM
Sunday: 11 AM - 4 PM

2022 Traverse City Boat Show, March 18-20, 2022 at Grand Traverse Civic Center. Pontoons, cruisers, ski boats, docks, personal watercraft and more. Friday: 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM; Saturday: 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM; Sunday: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

2022 Detroit Spring Home and Garden, Huntington Place (formerly Cobo Hall) March 19-20, 2022. March 19: 10 am - 7pm, March 20: 10 am - 5pm. 

Saline Spring Craft Show, March 19th, 2022 at Saline Middle School. This show will feature over 150 craft vendors, bake sale and more.  8:00 am - 3:30 pm, admission: $4.00

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, Grand Ledge, March 12, 2022. This annual celebration is set in historic downtown Grand Ledge.  Grand parade 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM. Parade is at Bridge Street Plaza, 213 S. Bridge Street, Grand Ledge, MI 

Deerfield Testicle Festival - March 19, 2022 Deerfield American Legion. 10 am-10pm. Come out early to get the ball rolling! Mountain oysters, chicken gizzards, beans, slaw, rolls!

St. Patrick's Day Parade, Downtown Bay CityMar 20, 2022, Sunday, March 20, 2022 at 2 pm. The 66th Annual Parade is going to be a Show Stopper!  See the Scottville Clown Band, local high school bands, 125 entries of floats, marchers, etc.  The parade is a free event.  The Theme for this year’s Parade is ‘Bay City United in Green’.

Maple Syrup Day, Chippewa Nature Center, 400 S. Badour Rd, Midland, MI, March 19, 2022. 10 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Crafts and hands-on activities in the Visitor Center will engage children of all ages as they discover the magic of maple syrup season. See the process of making maple syrup! Take a wagon ride to the Sugarhouse where they boil sap into pure maple syrup. Watch a 1870's sap boiling demonstration and take a guided tour of the sugarbush!

Michigan's Premier Maple Syrup Festival at Maple Row Sugarhouse  - March 19, 20 and 26, 27, 2022, 12646 Born St., Jones, MI. Celebrating everything maple syrup! There will be a petting farm, photo booth, kids activities, sugarhouse tours, talent show, Living History - Civil War camp March 26-27 only, pancake eating contest  (March 19th), making maple candied nuts (March 19), making maple cream (March 26), French Colonial Maple Re-enactment, maple olympics (Sunday March 27), horse drawn carriage rides and tons of maple food! Super fun Maple Syrup festival in Michigan!

See our Top 9 Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day

Our Top 9 Favorite Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Michigan!!

To rightfully celebrate St. Patrick's Day with gusto, you need tasty cabbage, Irish dancing, green beer, hockey and a cooking class!  READ ON!

Ongoing March Michigan Events

  • Black Star Farms Premium Wine and Cheese Tasting, January -April, 2022 dates tbd
  • Chippewa Nature Center: The Sugarhouse is open Saturdays & Sundays in March, 1-4 pm. Watch sap as it is boiled into sweet maple syrup. Come experience the magic of the sugaring season that you’re helping to support!

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