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February Michigan Event Calendar: BEST Things to DO!

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Top Michigan February Events

Michigan in February is many things, including icy, cold, and gray, however, in the middle of winter, we also find natural beauty and unique seasonal fun.

Heavy snowfall can turn an otherwise simple chilly day into an exciting adventure filled with winter sports like ice skating, amazing winter art, or extraordinary and unique events.

Throughout February, events and activities across the state are showcasing all the best things that a pure Michigan winter has to offer.

From Ann Arbor to Battle Creek and to the coastal towns like Grand Haven, our event calendar includes all of the best Michigan fun winter events, festivals, and more to look forward to in 2022.

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East Michigan February Events and Things to Do
Cupid’s Undie Run
Where: Tin Roof, 47 E Adams, Detroit MI

Cupid’s Undie Run is just about the only time running around in your underwear is not frowned upon – in fact, it’s celebrated. Since 2010, Cupid’s Undie Run has been raising awareness for those affected by neurofibromatosis (NF), a rare genetic disorder that causes tumors to grow on nerves throughout the body.

Since those with NF can’t hide their tumors, participants will strip down and run to show solidarity in Detroit on February 12.

Great Lakes Comic Convention
Where: Macomb Community College, 14500 Twelve Mile Rd, Warren, MI 4808

On February 25 and 26, The Great Lakes Comic Convention comes to the Macomb Expo Center. At this annual winter event, fans of all kinds gather at the event center, including comic book fanatics, toy enthusiasts, and collectors of all things pop culture, especially superheroes.

Enjoy indulging in nostalgia or engaging with your favorite characters through art, cosplay, collectibles, and more while supporting the convention’s goals for improving children’s literacy and aiding other child-related charities.

Monster Jam
Where: Ford Field, 2000 Brush St., Detroit, MI 48226

Monster trucks are cool. There is no other way to say this. For decades monster truck shows have entertained people of all ages and backgrounds.

On February 26 and 27, Monster Jam comes to Ford Field in Detroit and tickets are available now.

Watch famous monster trucks, like Grave Digger, Max-D, El Toro Loco, and more as skilled drivers race them across dirt tracks, perform insane stunts, and – of course – crush smaller cars beneath their giant tires.

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February Events and Things to Do in West Michigan

Kalamazoo Beer Week
Where: Kalamazoo, MI

Kalamazoo Beer Week, also known as Kalamazoo Craft Beverage Week continues into the first week of February. This celebration highlights the skilled artisans who make local craft beers, but also includes distillers and winemakers as well.

The history of Michigan breweries influences the regional southwest Michigan culture, and it’s plain to see why when you get a taste of their best beers, ales, and ciders.

With Kalamazoo at the forefront of Michigan’s craft beverage scene during this winter beer festival, anyone interested in the creation of their favorite local drink ought to stop by.

World of Winter Festival
Where: Downtown Grand Rapids, MI

There are plenty of unique and interesting ways to enjoy Michigan’s cold winter climate and the World of Winter Festival in Grand Rapids intends to showcase them.

The winter carnival-type festival runs throughout February and includes plenty of programming, events, and activities to get visitors up and active during chilly winter days and engaging with their local winter wonderland.

Did we mention it’s all free? Make a day of it for some outdoor family fun in one of Michigan’s hippest cities.

Michigan International Auto Show
Where: DeVos Place, Grand Rapids, MI

If you love cars, this is the place to be from February 2 to 6 at the DeVos Place in Grand Rapids. Automakers from around the world travel here to display their finest display vehicles, including sedans, vans, SUVs, trucks, hybrids, and even sports cars.

This is the best place to shop and compare options available for average everyday vehicles, meaning you can actively seek out your next car if you want, but there’s still plenty of fun to have in window shopping.

Princess Day with the Grand Rapids Griffins
When: 2/9
Where: Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, MI

On February 9 at Van Andel Arena a magical collaboration between princess characters and the Grand Rapids Griffins is bound to blow you away.

On this day the Griffins will play the Texas Stars while princes and princesses roam the stands.

Purchase the Pre-Game Tea Party Package to enjoy a tea party with the cast; it’s perfect for families with young children who love princesses.

Characters will be available for pictures and autographs after the game as well, so don’t miss your chance to witness the magic of hockey and royalty.

Mid-Michigan February Events and Things to Do

Bay City Polar Bear Plunge
Where: Dow Bay Area YMCA 225 Washington Avenue, Bay City

You might already be familiar with the Polar Plunge and Bay City’s Polar Bear Plunge event is happening on February 25.

Commit to taking a dip in the frigid waters of Saginaw Bay to raise money in support of Special Olympics Michigan which provides training and services to thousands of athletes with disabilities state-wide.

But don’t worry, if you don’t want to dive into the water, there are other activities for everyone. Take the plunge and support a cause that aims to create a more accepting and inclusive world.

Michigan Nordic Fire Festival
Where: 1025 Cochran Ave, Charlotte, MI 48813

There is a rich history of Nordic influence in Michigan, especially the farther north you go, but the heritage is celebrated in the lower peninsula too.

On February 25 to 27 a uniquely Nordic Michigan festival occurs in Charlotte. The Michigan Nordic Fire Festival has been the place to celebrate winter, fire, family, and fun since 2016.

Sip on a local beer or mead, play Nordic games, throw spears, listen to live musical performances or other live entertainment and get in touch with your Viking side.

Ice, Wine, Beer & Blues
When: February 5 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Where: Franke Center for the Arts, 214 E. Mansion Street, Marshall MI

In Marshall, Ice, Wine, Beer & Blues is a two-day long winter beer, wine, and blues music festival. Each night offers something a bit different, with specialty beer and wine tastings on Friday night and a blues concert on Saturday at The Franke Center.

See everything from live ice sculpting to a live blues musical performance by some of the most renowned blues musicians on the world stage.

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Upper Peninsula Michigan February Events and Things to Do

Michigan Ice Fest
Where: Munising, MI

From February 9-13 Michigan Ice Fest is held at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, near Munising in the Upper Peninsula.

Here the ice creates massive spiked formations that generate a lot of buzz and excitement among climbers, so it’s no wonder this is one of the country’s oldest ice climbing festivals.

Whether you’re an avid ice climber, or looking to pick up the skill with some classes, there’s something for you to do here.

Annual International 500 Snowmobile Race
Where: Sault Ste. Marie, MI

The International 500 Snowmobile Race is the most challenging and prestigious snowmobile race in the world.

For decades winter sports enthusiasts have journeyed to Sault Ste. Marie to witness the frozen spectacle of I-500 as powerful snowmobiles rip down the icy track, up and around banked turns, and race towards the finish line.

Ongoing from the end of January to February 5th, see a race unlike any other and explore beautiful Sault Ste. Marie in wintertime.

UP 200
Where: Marquette, M

The UP 200 is another remarkable winter race of a different kind. Running from Marquette to Grand Marais and back again across stretches of heavy forests, hills, valleys, and creeks, the UP 200 is one of America’s premier sled dog races.

Mushers from across the US and Canada come to Michigan’s upper peninsula and race to qualify for the Alaskan Iditarod.

Come get a close-up hometown look at what makes sled dog racing so exciting by watching phenomenal mushers compete on one of America’s most beautiful trails.

Northern Michigan February Things to Do

Dog Sled Rides Second Chance Mushers Rescue
When: Anytime during Winter
Where: PO Box 158, Central Lake, MI 49622

If you’re not a musher, but you’ve always wanted to take a ride with some sled dogs, this is the place for you.

Second Chance Mushers is a team of rescued northern breed dogs getting their second shot at life through mushing, offering them a life full of fun and adventure.

Here, dog sled rides are used as a tool to gather support and educate the community about these dogs. Catch a ride on a dog sled this month at Shanty Creek Resort in northern Michigan, not too far from Traverse City.

Alpena International Film Festival
Where: Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, 500 W. Fletcher St., Alpena, MI 497

The only thing better than a great film is sharing it with friends, family, and community members, and that’s what the Great Lakes Film festival in Alpena is all about.

The independent film festival, which is produced in partnership with the International Ocean Film Festival, highlights films centered on the ocean and Great Lakes

Snowshoes, Vines and Wines
Where: Black Star Farms, Suttons Bay

Experience Black Star Farms Suttons Bay in its winter splendor! Explore the snowy trails, and then warm up with a glass of mulled wine on the Terrace Patio. Take in the woods, orchards, and vineyards on our iconic estate while beautifully blanketed in snow.

Ice Carving Shows and Festivals

Throughout winter artists showcase their ice sculptures all over the state. From big cities to small towns, ice carving shows and festivals show off local talent and offer something to do while in town.

Here are some ice sculpting or carving shows, festival and events to look out for this month around Michigan.

Magic Ice Fest – St Joe

Ice Breaker Festival – South Haven

Ice Carving Show – Mt. Clemens

Ice Festival – Plymouth

Downtown Winter Ice Festival – Sault Ste Marie

About the Author~

Bella DiMascio is a Content Editor for mymichiganbeach.com. 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.