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April Michigan Event Calendar (2022): BEST Things to Do in April in Michigan

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April Michigan Event Calendar (2022): BEST Things to Do in April in Michigan

Michigan April Events

Are you looking for the best things to do in April in Michigan?

With the coming of spring comes plenty of new and fun activities available throughout Michigan. Michigan in April brings everything to life, from the trees to the animals that live in them, reminding us all of the special things that make Michigan home.

March and April are the peak months for the production of Michigan maple syrup, so feel free to take a stroll through the sugar bush trail while you learn about how maple syrup is made. You can also check out ongoing exhibits at local art museums, such as the Grand Rapids Public Museum.

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If neither of those interest you, you could stroll through farmer’s markets, or cheer on the Grand Rapids Griffins at Van Andel Arena as they finish up their season.

Whatever your favorite April activity, there’s no wrong way to welcome spring in Michigan.

From Royal Oak, to Grand Haven, to Benton Harbor, to Mackinac Island, and beyond there’s pure Michigan fun packed into every corner of the mitten.

Whether you’re on spring break in Michigan or looking for things to do in April near me, check the list below for some fun Michigan events we’re looking forward to in April.

April Events and Things to Do in East and Southeast Michigan

Detroit Tigers Opening Day at Comerica Park
April 8

For many sports fans, the start of Spring means the start of baseball season and the ultimate sports day. April 8th marks Opening Day in Detroit MI, when the Tigers will face off against the Chicago White Sox. Be sure to get your tickets early – the home opener is a favorite among Motor City baseball fans.

Grand Slam Opening Day Festival in Detroit
April 8

Hailed as the “BIGGEST Opening Day Party in Detroit,” this 21+ event runs from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the Music Hall Amphitheater in Detroit. Come hear the ROAR of the crowd, just one block from the stadium. This heated tent party will feature open-air party patios with full bars, 15 of Detroit’s best DJs, live entertainment, private reserved cabanas, festival games, as well as food trucks, sports apparel & more!

April 8-10

April showers bring May flowers, but April also brings local gardening enthusiasts to the Suburban Collection Showplace for the Novi Home and Garden Show. This is the one-stop destination for all things home improvement, landscaping, and gardening. No matter what project you’re taking on this spring, the Home and Garden Show has something for you.

National All Things Detroit Day At Eastern Market
April 10

This semi-annual event spotlights small business owners in Detroit’s Historic Eastern Market. Sheds 3,4, and 5 will be open from 10 am. until 4 p.m. for shoppers to explore more than 250 Detroit businesses. You’ll find a DJ, a food truck rally, a photo booth, a pitch booth, entertainment, food samples, and more.

Port Huron Earth Fair
April 29 & 30

In April, we celebrate Earth Day, but no one celebrates Earth Day quite like they do in Goodells near Port Huron. The St. Clair County Earth Fair is Michigan’s largest Earth Day event, featuring a blend of demonstrations, workshops, artisans, activities, and more that celebrate the planet.

Learn how our actions impact the health of the local environment and Great Lakes, like Lake Huron, and find new ways to be more sustainable.

Ann Arbor FoolMoon
April 11

FoolMoon is an event in Ann Arbor which celebrates all of the city’s passions, including art, performance, and community. Watch a procession of handmade papier-mache luminaries stroll through the Kerrytown, Main Street, and State Street districts.

This year’s theme is “Alice in WonderFools” and everyone is invited to participate in the FoolMoon Stroll + Roll.

Detroit Central Market opens at Greenfield Village
Starts April 16

Greenfield Village at the Henry Ford Museum opens for the season with a special member preview on Apr 15, 2022, followed by the public opening on April 16. This year, the historic Detroit Central Market will open to the public in April when the village opens.

Under construction since 2019, the market marks the first permanent building addition to Greenfield Village since the Detroit, Toledo & Milwaukee Roundhouse in 2000.

Belle Isle Spring Clean Up
April 23

Join volunteers with the Belle Isle Conservancy as they scout Belle Isle Park in Detroit to spruce up the park. The spring clean up event begins at 9:30 am. The Belle Isle Conservancy will provide trash bags (made of recycled ocean plastic pollution) and gloves at check-in. Register and complete online volunteer waiver required to attend.

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April Events and Things to Do in West Michigan

Grand Rapids Butterflies are Blooming at Meijer Gardens
April 1-30

The butterflies are still blooming in Grand Rapids. Throughout March thousands of butterflies have called the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park in west Michigan home and they’ll continue to amaze guests throughout April.

Observe 60 species of tropical butterflies as they flutter about the Lena Meijer Tropical Conservatory.

Coopersville & Marne Bunny Train
April 2 – April 16

Climb aboard the Coopersville & Marne Railway for a family favorite Easter activity in west Michigan. The annual Bunny Train hosts a cast of wacky musical characters, including the Easter Bunny herself.

The vintage train cars will be decorated for spring to welcome you aboard the 90-minute ride through family-owned farms and fields. Purchase tickets in advance.

Easter Egg Hunt at Cornwell’s Turkeyville in Marshall
April 16

The fun starts at 10:30 am at this free event. Be sure to visit their webpage for more information signing up, it is a requirement to participate.

Sign up is by age bracket; the number of eggs will be divided between kids, each age group will be given a number of eggs to get.

Grand Rapids Spring Break Bonanza
April 1-April 10

The Grand Rapids Children’s Museum is the place to be this spring break. Enjoy a week full of extended hours, special performances, presentations, and all the museum fun!

Special programming is included with regular museum admission. Pre-registration is not required.

Grand Rapids Motorcycle Swap Meet and Show
April 3

Head over to the 4 Mile Showplace from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm for an opportunity to buy, sell, or swap bikes, parts, leather, accessories, and more. Food and drink is available.

Kalamazoo Antique Bottle & Glass Show
April 9

For fans of local art, the Antique Bottle & Glass Show in Kalamazoo is the perfect way to spend a breezy spring afternoon. Michigan’s largest bottle show is hosted at the expo center in Kalamazoo and features around 90 sales tables with vendors from several different states. Browse glassworks of all kinds, including bottles, jars, flasks, and more.

Celebrate Earth Day in Kalamazoo
April 23

Getting close to nature at the Kalamazoo Nature Center is one of the best ways to spend Earth Day in southwest Michigan.

Join in for the popular Earth Day 5K Run through some of the most beautiful areas in the KNC, or the Raccoon Run for kids 8 and under. Admission to the KNC is free on this day, along with activities that you can participate in throughout the day.

Vermontville Maple Syrup Festival
April 22 – 23

Annually, during the last full weekend of April, Michigan’s original maple syrup festival invites maple lovers of all kinds to gather in Vermontville.

Ever since 1940 this festival has been a community staple, growing to the massive celebration it is today, complete with carnival rides, parades, and plenty of maple products, from candies, crème, cotton candy, and – of course – syrup.

Turandot at the Opera Grand Rapids
April 22-23

It’s your chance to see one of my favorite Italian operas! Set in ancient China, the famous Puccini opera tells the story of Prince Calaf, who falls in love with the cold Princess Turandot and must solve three riddles in order to marry her.

Don’t miss this performance of the beautiful “Nessun dorma” aria.

Songwriters Showcase in South Haven
April 28

This fun event at the Black River Tavern in South Haven features local and regional songwriters sharing songs, stories and humor in a “writers in the round” format! Event runs from 7- 9 p.m.

Gilmore International Keyboard Festival
Starts April 8

Held over multiple weekends, this is the largest gathering of keyboard artists in North America, The Gilmore Keyboard Festival has become a leading American festival known around the world for celebrating the joy and power of keyboard music in concerts, lectures, master classes and films.

Concerts are held in venues throughout west Michigan. Check the website for a schedule of events.

April Events and Things to Do in Central Michigan

MSU Science Festival in East Lansing
April 1-30

Throughout April, the Michigan State University Science Festival invites all lifelong learners to join in a celebration of science. Fueled by curiosity, wonder, and discovery, visitors will enjoy events that explore everything from the science of your everyday life to extraordinary experiments and theories.

This festival in Michigan represents the hard work of scientists to see innovation in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Zehnder’s Ragtime Festival in Frankenmuth
April 20-23

In Frankenmuth, the Ragtime Festival at Zehnder’s has been an ongoing tradition for 27 years. Come and enjoy ragtime music performed by world-renowned musicians while feasting on Zehnder’s homestyle fare.

Try a traditional Bavarian-style chicken dinner, the three meat dinner buffet, or get rise-and-shine breakfast service with the perfect ragtime tunes, live in concert, to fit the atmosphere.

Shepherd Maple Syrup Festival
April 21 – April 24

It’s definitely one of the top Maple Syrup festival in Michigan – be sure and add this to your calendar. The 63rd Annual Shepherd Maple Syrup Festival includes pageants, a 5K, a parade, and plenty of maple syrup to go around. Definitely a central Michigan springtime favorite.

Lansing Lugnuts Beerfest at the Ballpark
April 30

Beerfest at the Ballpark is the perfect opening day tradition for the baseball fans of central Michigan. Hosted at Lansing’s Jackson Field, home of the Lugnuts, enjoy the sights, smells, and sounds of the ballpark with hundreds of craft beers to try from dozens of local breweries.

Ciders, hard seltzers, meads, and wine tasting will also be available to guests alongside ballpark classics like brats, burgers, and even Philly cheesesteak sandwiches.

Midland’s Banff Centre Mountain
April 8 – 9

The annual Banff Mountain Film Festival, celebrates the spirit of adventure and the mountains. Head to Bullock Creek Auditorium to see some of the best mountain films of 2021 featuring the people who live, play and enjoy in the mountains.

Frankenmuth Bunny Lunch
April 10, 2022

Frankenmuth’s Bavarian Inn Restaurant hosts Lunch with the Easter Bunny, a fun Easter tradition. Enjoy a magic show, photo opportunities, a balloon artist, a coloring page, and a world-famous Frankenmuth chicken dinner -at lunch!

April Events and Things to Do in Northern Michigan

Up North Lake & Cottage Show
April 8-10

The Up North Lake & Cottage Show is Northern Michigan’s premier customer event-based in summer recreation. In Traverse City, Michigan, see the diverse mix of exhibitors that represent different areas in the cottage-keeping lifestyle, from construction, remodeling, design, furniture, home services, and more.

Downtown Gaylord Easter Hop
April 9

Children of all ages will delight in collecting candy-filled plastic eggs from participating businesses and visits with the Easter Bunny as he hops from store to store. From 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

National Trout Festival in Kalkaska
April 20 – April 24

It’s the 85th National Trout Festival featuring tons of family-friendly activities including a parade, a fishing contest for kids, a flea market, a classic car show, carnival rides, and more.

Guide to Marquette Michigan

Things to Do in in April in the Upper Peninsula

Festival of the Angry Bear in Marquette
April 9

As spring rolls through and Lake Superior’s shore begins to thaw, the Festival of the Angry Bear wakes from its hibernation. Spring Street in downtown Marquette is taken over by the best of barrel-aged beer, live music, and delicious food.

Visitors can expect to access the event for free and be met with plenty of fun. This Michigan festival is simply a must for any northern Michigan fan of good beer and good music.

U.P. Home & Garden Show
April 22 – April 24

All things home and garden are on display at the Northern Michigan University Superior Dome in Marquette.

Things to Do in Michigan in May

Use our May in Michigan Events Guide for more exciting events and things to do in May in Michigan!

About the Author

Bella DiMascio is a Content Editor for She grew up in the Detroit suburb of Westland and later attended Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo where she majored in Communication Studies and minored in English: Writing. Creative writing has been a hobby and interest of Bella’s since she was in elementary school and she is thrilled to be using her talents to highlight the Great Lakes State. Outside of writing, Bella enjoys getting outside with her two Australian Shepherds, playing video games, and binging shows on Netflix.