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11 Best 2023 Michigan Maple Syrup Festivals and Events | By: Sherry Trautman | Travel-Mi.com | Updated: February 1, 2023

Are you a huge maple syrup lover like me? 

If so, I bet you are wondering where the best Michigan Maple Syrup festivals are located across the state!   

Well...we have THE HUGE LIST of syrup festivals for March and April!



Is Michigan Known for Maple Syrup? HECK YEAH!

DID YOU KNOW...Michigan ranks in the top 10 for maple syrup production?

How many gallons of maple syrup are produced each year? 

  • Average maple syrup production in Michigan is about 90,000 gallons per year (per Michigan Grown)!


Pretty cool, huh! 

Vermont is the leader in the US for producing maple syrup and creates about half of the U.S. supply of maple syrup every year.

However, here in Michigan, we are holding our own.  The state is in the top 10 U.S. producers, averaging around 7th place. Hence why we have so many Michigan Maple Syrup festivals!


Michigan Maple Syrup Festivals and Event Map

There are so many maple syrup events in Michigan 2022!

1. Shepherd Michigan Maple Syrup Festival

Shepherd Maple Syrup Festival, April 27-30, 2023.

Location: From the carwashes on Wright (Main) Avenue, go north on Third Street 4 blocks. The Sugar Bush building is on the corner of Boulevard and Third.

The Shepherd Michigan Maple Syrup Festival, held annually during the last full weekend of April, has grown from a pancake supper to a 3-day festival. 

My Mom always says this is one of her favorite Michigan Maple Syrup Festivals as she grew up in Mt. Pleasant. 

It’s a great family weekend with parades, a classic car display, tractor and horse pulls, bingo, arts and crafts, and pancake meals.


2. Milford Maple Syrup Events "Maple's Sweet Story" (Kensington Metropark)

Milford Maple Syrup Events

  • February 26, 2023 and March 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25 and 26, 2023 from 11:00 to 3:30pm.  Book early. 

Location: Kensington Metropark located at 4570 Huron River Parkway, Milford, MI 

Michigan Maple Syrup Festivals - Kensington MetroparkMichigan Maple Syrup Festivals - Kensington Metropark

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. Plan to walk approximately a ¼ mile over uneven ground.


Michigan Maple Syrup Festivals - Kensington MetroparkMichigan Maple Syrup Festivals - Kensington Metropark

You can visit the Sugar Shack to see and smell the sap being boiled down into maple sugar.



You will then visit the French and Native camps to hear fascinating stories. This gentleman's wife hand created and beaded his beautiful intricate attire.

He told us stories from his childhood as a Native American and discussed how maple syrup was made in times past.



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.

HOT TIP: We highly recommend pre-registration a couple weeks or earlier as they sold out last year. 



There are tons of cute animals to see at Kensington Metropark too!  You can see geese, pigs, horses, cows and much more!



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

This is one of our favorite Michigan Maple Syrup Festivals!

Time: 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $3 per child, $5 per adult, children under 2 Free! Pre-registration is required by 4 p.m. three days before the program.


3. Journey to the Sugar Bush (Hudson Mills Metropark)

Location: Hudson Mills Metropark, Activity Center, 8801 N Territorial Rd, Dexter, MI 48130. Fun for all ages! 

**Pre-registration is required by 4 p.m. the day before the program. The Huron-Clinton Metroparks event calendar has booking info.

  • February 25, 26, 2023.  March 4, 5, 11, 12, 18 and 19, 2023 

Experience how maple syrup has been made over the years, learn how to tap a tree, and visit the evaporator to see the sap being boiled into syrup. This Michigan spring  outdoor activity involves walking through an unlevel field but you can stay on paved paths if needed. 

When you register, be sure to add some pancakes to go! This meal comes with flatware and napkins so you can enjoy your meal inside the Activity Center. Pancake meals are available through pre-order only, between 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Weekends March 4 - March 19, 2023.

Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Cost: $3 per child, $5 per adult; children under 2 Free!

4. Maple Sweetness Events and Pancake Breakfast (Wolcott Mill Metropark) Such Fun Michigan Maple Syrup Festivals!

Maple Sweetness:

Location: Wolcott Mill Metropark, Historic Center, 63841 Wolcott Rd, Romeo, MI 48065

  • February 26, 2023 and March 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25 and 26, 2023 (10 a.m. - 1 p.m.)

It’s maple syrup season! Take a guided tour while you learn about a crop rich in history and flavor. Prepare to walk about a half mile over uneven ground to their woods to learn how to identify and tap maple trees.

Visit the wood-fired evaporator and see how to turn sap into syrup! Tours begin every half hour and run approximately one hour.

Cost: $3 per child, $5 per adult, children under 2 Free! 
Pre-registration is required by 4 p.m. the day before the program.

Maple Sweetness Pancake Breakfast:

  • March 25 and 26, 2023

Chris Cakes will be serving an “all you can eat” pancake breakfast to celebrate the end of maple syrup season! Featured on Food Network and holds two Guinness Book of World Records! What a sweet way to celebrate at Michigan Maple Syrup Festivals!

Breakfast (served outside) will include all you can eat pancakes, 3 sausage links, coffee, water, or tang. You can also take a self-guided tour to learn how to identify and tap maple trees and visit the wood-fired evaporator. Maple syrup will be available for purchase.

Time: 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Cost: $6 per child, $8 per adult, children under 2 free!
Pre-registration is required by 4 p.m. the day before the program.

Our MetroParks have a full Calendar of Events!


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5. Maple Row Sugarhouse - Michigan's Premier Maple Syrup Festival! 2023


Michigan's Premier Maple Syrup Festival at Maple Row Sugarhouse  - March 18-19 & 25-26, 2023.

  • Saturdays 9-4
  • Sundays 10-3

12646 Born St., Jones, MI. Celebrating everything maple syrup! There will be a petting farm, photo booth, kids activities, sugarhouse tours and FUN!

  • Schedule coming soon.

Super fun Maple Syrup festival in Michigan!


6. Maple Sugaring (Stoney Creek Metropark)

Location: Stony Creek Metropark, Nature Center

  • March 4, 11, 18 and 25, 2023. 10 am - 2:30 pm. Fun for all ages! 

Overview:
March is maple sugaring month! Learn the history of sugaring and how to identify maple trees. Hike into the spring woods to tap a maple tree and then return to the campfire to learn the process of boiling sap into rich maple syrup.

Ages: Fun for all ages! Children must be accompanied by a registered adult.
Time: 10 a.m.– 2:30 p.m.
Cost: $3 per child, $5 per adult, children under 2 Free!
Pre-registration is required by 4 p.m. the day before the program.


40 gallons of sap yields one gallon of syrup!


7. Vermontville Maple Syrup Festival

Vermontville Maple Syrup Festival, April 29 and 30, 2023

Location: 10445 Nashville Hwy, Vermontville, MI

Come on out to celebrate everything maple syrup! Several local syrup producers will be selling syrup, candies, crème, and treats like maple syrup cotton candy. YUMMY! Vermontville is one of the most popular Michigan Maple Syrup Festivals!

What else is there to do?

  • Carnival rides
  • Talent show
  • Arts and crafts
  • Flea market
  • Two parades 
  • Petting zoo 
  • Princess pageant
  • Games and free entertainment 
  • Pancake derby
  • Arm wrestling
  • Pancake breakfast by the Maple Valley Band Boosters and the American Legion


8. Kalamazoo Nature Center Maple Sugar Festival

Kalamazoo Nature Center Maple Sugar Festival - KNC's Maple Sugar Festival is Saturday, March 11, 2023

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. 


9. Making Maple Syrup Tours at Maybury Farm in Northville Michigan

Making Maple Syrup Tours - March 11 - April 2, 2023 

Tours depart at 12:30, 1, 1:30, 2, 2:30, 3, 3:30, & 4pm $10 per person.

Farm opens at noon and closes at 5pm. 

Location: Maybury Farm, Northville, Michigan. 50165 8 Mile Rd., Northville, MI 48167

There are several tours per day, beginning with a wagon ride out to the sugarbush to learn all about maple sap and sugaring.  You will learn how sap becomes maple syrup at the “sugar shack."

Plus, you can warm up Maybury Farm General Store with hot drinks and snacks, free recipes and Michigan Maple Syrup to purchase for yourself and gifts! 

Michigan made syrup makes excellent stocking stuffers and gifts.  


10. Maple Syrup Season at Chippewa Nature Center 2023! Maple Syrup Day and An Afternoon At the Sugarhouse!

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An Afternoon At the Sugarhouse is Saturdays and Sundays from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. in March 2023

Location: Chippewa Nature Center400 S. Badour Rd. Midland, MI 48640, US

An Afternoon at the Sugarhouse:

Come on out to Chippewa Nature Center in Midland Michigan to see how they make maple syrup! 


I was about to try maple syrup mixed in ice and placed on a popsicle stick!



Drop by afternoons at the Sugarhouse on Saturdays and Sundays from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. in March to experience the process of making syrup from start to finish.

Peek into buckets on tapped trees, watch the steam rise in the sugarhouse and learn how to change maple sap into sweet maple syrup.

  • 2023 Maple Syrup Day is March 18, 2023, 10 am - 4pm. Festival admission is free for children and CNC members; nonmember adults are just $5. Pancake meal timed-tickets are sold separately.

Come on out to Chippewa Nature Center for Maple Syrup Day with food and fun for all ages!

There will be crafts, pancake meal timed-tickets, activities and demonstrations. See the process of making maple syrup! There is a small fee.

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! One of our favorite Michigan Maple Syrup Festivals!



11. Maple Syrup Time at Stage Nature Center

Maple Syrup Time at Stage Nature Center -  March 4, 11 and 18, 2023. Tours last approximately 1.25 hours and start every quarter hour between 9 am and 3 pm.

Location: Stage Nature Center, Troy, Michigan

Enjoy a guided hike through the sugar bush at the Stage Nature Center! Discover how maple trees make sugar and how it is harvested.

Learn how people processed maple sugar in the past vs. how we collect, boil and draw off maple syrup today. Enjoy maple syrup and maple cream to sample and a “take-home” children’s craft. Purchase Michigan-made maple syrup, cream, and more!

Pre-registration is required so visit their website today!


5 Places to Get Michigan Maple Syrup

We absolutely love buying only Michigan maple syrup.  I always prefer to buy local when I can to support Michigan businesses.

Maple syrup Upper Peninsula Michigan:

Chris' mom lives in the Upper Peninsula and likes to send us Michigan made products like this Niemela's Pure Maple Syrup that she found at Niemela Family Growers in Chassell, MI. 

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Circle Back Farms sells their amazing syrup at Laurium Michigan's farmers market in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. I grabbed this bottle while staying in the area and we just love it.  Their farmers market is absolutely awesome, by the way. 


Shepherd Sugar Bush

Shephard Sugar Bush Michigan Maple Syrup - Buying local at it's best! Handmade by volunteers in Shepherd, Michigan

  • 100% pure Michigan maple syrup
  • Grade A dark color with robust flavor - Previously called Grade B or Dark Amber, darkest end of color spectrum for this Grade
  • Proceeds support recreational activities in the Shepherd community

Traverse Bay Farms

Traverse Bay Farms 100% Pure Michigan Maple Syrup - This amazing syrup is great on pancakes, waffles or in baking or cooking. I like to add a bit into my oatmeal or coffee. 

  • Made in Northern Michigan from Michigan Maple trees

Sleeping Bear Farms Pure Maple Syrup

They boil the sap from hard sugar maples to create the best flavor for their Maple Syrup. Excellent quality.

  • Sleeping Bear Farms recommend pouring it on ice cream, pancakes, waffles, and yogurt.

Yummy!

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