Top Events and Things to Do in Michigan in March
There’s so many things to do in Michigan in March with events, festivals, and celebrations happening all over, from the shores of Lake Superior in the U.P all the way down to the lower peninsula.
It’s winter in Michigan and the snow is still on the ground, but every so often we get that warm spring breeze. Happily, it reminds us that the winter fun is fleeting: the sun is on its way and summer vacation is just around the corner.
March Michigan events, festivals, and more will leave you both wanting the snow to stay just a little while longer, but getting excited for the spring thaw. It’s spring break time, too, a perfect time for a visit in Michigan.
March in Michigan brings a diverse range of things to do, including events centered on St. Patrick’s Day, Maple Syrup Festivals, outdoor winter fun, vehicles, and even blooming butterflies.
See below to browse our guide to events in March that you can find all across Michigan.
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March Michigan Things to Do and Events in Southeast Michigan
From March 4-6 the Autorama in Detroit will draw in car lovers from across the state with international automobiles and fancy cars to amaze and impress. Visit the TCF Center downtown to admire amazing automobiles, browse vendors, and snack on great food in the city. As one of Detroit’s biggest March events, it’s a must-go for any car fans in Michigan.
The Ann Arbor Film Festival returns in March 2022 for its 60th installment. From March 22-27 participate in the festival either in person or virtually to access over 100 films submitted from all over the world and experience cinema like you never have before. The AAFF has been proudly bending minds with experimental film since 1963 and this year is no exception.
With the Great Lakes all around and countless inland lakes in metro Detroit and throughout the state, it comes as no surprise that boats are popular in Michigan. The Progressive Novi Boat Show is where boat lovers go to browse, admire, and purchase all things boating and lakeside living. From March 10-13 at the Suburban Collection Showplace, take the opportunity to get involved in Michigan’s boating culture.
The Price Is Right Live is the interactive stage show for fans of the hit television game show. Attend the show on March 4 at the historic Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor for the chance to hear your name called to “come on down” and win fabulous prizes, including appliances, vacations, and maybe even a new car. Any game show enthusiast shouldn’t miss this ultimate interactive experience.
March is one of my favorite times to visit Detroit’s Eastern market, especially to pick up some fresh flowers to remind us that spring is almost here. Eastern Market is one of the biggest outdoor open-air farmers markets in the country, and a true celebration of Michigan’s deep farm roots.
Michigan residents from around the state (and some from surrounding states, and Canada, too) flock to this bustling market year-round, and they’re never disappointed.
From food trucks featuring take-out from top-notch local restaurants to fresh flowers, produce, meats and more, you’ll be amazed at everything found here. With over 200 vendors, it’s easy to spend the day seeing everything.
Things to Do in West Michigan in March / March Events in Michigan
At the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, thousands of butterflies will amaze you. The Meijer Gardens have become top botanical destinations in Michigan. Throughout March and April, the park will host around 60 species of tropical butterflies for you to observe and appreciate.
Make a day of it and grab lunch in the cafe for the perfect family outing in west Michigan.
Grand Rapids Sporting Events – The Griffins & The Gold
March is a good month for sports fans in Grand Rapids. At Van Andel Arena (not far from the scenic Grand River), the AHL Grand Rapids Griffins continue their season strong against other phenomenal hockey teams and the NBA G Gold revel in the basketball hype that March brings.
Supporting the local affiliate teams is a great way to see high quality sports without the high price tag for tickets.
From March 3-6 at the DeVos Place in Grand Rapids, the West Michigan Home and Garden Show returns for its 41st season. This year includes 13 feature gardens, 5 seminar stages, and over 350 exhibitors with products and services to maximize your home garden’s potential. Any gardening enthusiast should add this to their to-do list for the month. It may be Michigan in winter, but you’ll think it’s spring!
During Girlfriends Weekend in Holland, you can spend three days shopping, dining, and exploring downtown Holland on Lake Michigan with all your best gal pals.
With a $45 registration fee, you get the full experience, including a swag bag, coupon book, complimentary mimosas at check-in and a chance to win giveaways and participate in activities throughout the March 4-6 weekend.
Kalamazoo’s Annual Winter Craft Show is being held this year on March 5 from 9am to 3pm at the Kalamazoo County Expo Center. Here you can stop in to beat the winter blues and shop around over 150 booths for something unique and special. Visit the event page for details, giveaways, vendor information, and more.
In celebration of Black History Month, the City of Portage is hosting a special event, celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and featuring Tuskegee Airman, United States Air Force Lt. Col. Alexander Jefferson.
The public is invited to come and listen to Col. Jefferson speak of his experiences as a Tuskegee Airman, 18 long range missions with the “Red Tail” fighter group, his time as a WWII prisoner of war, and as a science teacher with the Detroit School system.
Thins to Do in March in Mid-Michigan / March Events in Mid-Michigan
March is maple month and there are plenty of ways to celebrate in Michigan, including maple syrup festivals, events, and activities. On March 19 specifically, the Chippewa Nature Center in Midland, MI, hosts Maple Syrup Day, where visitors engage in activities for all ages that celebrate the process of turning sticky maple sap into sweet maple syrup. Treat yourself with a day filled with maple sweets, food, and fun for the whole family.
If you missed the February shows, fear not. The MARVAC Annual RV and Camping Show is going strong all around the state, including dates throughout March in Flint and Battle Creek. This is the biggest and best showcase of outdoor recreation for all camping enthusiasts. With RV parks across the state, it’s no wonder their show draws in people from every corner of the mitten.
The Toughest Monster Truck Tour returns to The Dow Event Center on March 4 & 5. The Toughest Monster Truck Tour brings only the best and most skilled monster trucks and drivers in the nation to compete in 3 competitions each night on an all-dirt track with obstacles, jumps and turns that are considered the most difficult of any monster truck event. Only one can be the Toughest!
Things to Do in Northern Michigan in March / March Events in Northern Michigan
The Homestead Ski Resort, set in the middle of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, is offering amazing ski deals for the month of March. Rooms for up to four guests including lift tickets and breakfast buffet is just $422!
In addition to downhill skiing and snowboarding, you’ll also find miles of trails for hiking or crosscountry skiing. Sleeping Bear is one of the top Michigan tourist destinations, and winter is a spectacular time to take in the amazing views of Lake Michigan from atop the North face ski run.
Suds and Snow is the ultimate party in the woods and beer festival happening in Traverse City Michigan on March 5. Over 100 brews, wines, and ciders are available for your enjoyment as live music fills the air and food vendors fill your belly. Enjoy the great outdoors with a half-mile hike through the backwoods of Timber Ridge Resort to reach this haven in the woods.
At Boyne Highlands Resort in Harbor Springs, the Brew-Ski Festival remains a favorite for locals and tourists alike. Stay cozied up in a ski chalet while sipping on all the best local brews and enjoying plenty of entertainment options. Dates for 2022 are to be determined, to keep an eye out for a Michigan travel opportunity worth taking.
Blue Ice in Mackinaw City
Winter is the time when the amazing natural phenomena called Blue Ice returns to the shorelines of Michigan. Lake Huron’s coastline near the Mackinac Bridge is a great spot to catch a glimpse of this amazing natural spectacle up close and personal, and the month of March is the time to do it.
Take one of Michigan’s scenic drives north from Cheboygan along the coast and catch Mackinac Island’s silhouette in the distance.
Visit One of Michigan’s Dark Sky Parks in Alpena
How does gazing at a sky filled with glittering planets and stars from Michigan’s Lake Huron shoreline sound? Alpena, MI is home to three of Michigan’s Dark Sky Parks. These are designated areas of darkness, free of light pollution and offer amazing views of the Northern Lights and meteor showers. March – April is one of the best times to catch a glimpse of the interstellar spectacles in a nature preserve. Choose from Rockport State Recreation Area, Thompson’s Harbor State Park or Negwegon State Park. Bonus? All of these parks are home to endless miles of hiking trails.
Things to Do in March in the Upper Peninsula
Ice fishing is a favorite winter pastime in Michigan, especially in the upper peninsula. This year, from March 11-13, you can learn the ropes of ice fishing for yellow perch in White Pine at Lake Gogebic. This class offers two nights at the Konteka Black Bear Resort and includes meals, bait, and professional instruction with potential for hands-on learning at the lake, weather permitting.
Munising’s Annual Taste & Glide
Valley Spur Ski Trails, Munising are the place to be on March 5, when the annual Taste and Glide takes place. This is a day of skiing and snowshoeing, enjoying food on the trails and in the lodge, listening to fun music and singing along and the company of good people. Valley Spur is the home of some of the top biking trails, cross country ski and snowshoe trails. Munising is located Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.
March is the time to explore the Eben Ice caves, before they all melt away under the spring sun, Also known as the River Rock Canyon Ice Caves, these caves are natural phenomena, formed by melting snow that runs over the edge of the small cliff here and freezes. The sheets of ice and massive icicles create the “ice caves.”
If you go, you’ll park in a parking lot on privately owned land and traipse almost ¾ miles before you get to the caves, be sure to dress warmly and you might consider buying ice cleats to help you navigate the icy trail. The icy caves are a stunning site worth exploring and please be sure to purchase something from the snack bar to help support this attraction.