February 2014 Northern Michigan fairs, festivals and holidays are fun ways to break free of the house in the depth of winter. See all that’s planned in your favorite Up North towns like Traverse City, Frankfort, Suttons Bay and more.
Winter Fun Days 1-2
Fri. Dollar night, DJ outside and a marshmallow roast over the campfire. Sat. and Sun. free lift tickets and trail passes. Other events include, Big Air Competition, Chili Cook-off, Sled Box Race, and the inaugural Paintball Biathlon. Hanson Hills Recreation Area, Grayling, 989.348.9266, hansonhills.org.
Chili cook-off, ice fishing contest, fish toss competition, horse-drawn wagon rides, frozen turkey bowling, dog sled weight pulling competition (I.W.P.A), Sheriff’s Department Dive Team Rescue Demonstrations on Crystal Lake, a Winterfest Parade, outhouse races and majestic winter fireworks over Crystal Lake. Beulah, 800.882.5801, visitbenzie.com.
There are 30-40 craft breweries—and their brewers—from Michigan with a handful of carefully selected national brands, 150+ brews, wines, ciders and meads, live music, marching bands, a silent disco and local food vendors. Funds go to nonprofits. Downtown Traverse City. General admission tickets $40, available at MyNorthTickets.com. 231.499.4968, microbrewandmusic.com.
Suttons Bay village welcomes back winter pal Eddie the Yeti, and it is rumored that Valentine Day love interest Betty may be joining him for a day filled with snow bike races, an amateur pond hockey tournament, a kids story time and craft event, kids Expeditionary Parade, chili cook-off and more. Bonus: an affordable family movie at historic Bay Theater. 10am-5pm, Suttons Bay, 231.271.7423, theyetifest.com. Tickets available at MyNorthTickets.com.
Ski plane flying (weather permitting); wonderful food; canoe rides and special friends. It is a great way to enjoy a winter’s day on Beaver Island. Noon-4pm, 231.448.2505, beaverisland.org.
Celebrate chocolate and romance at more than 30 downtown businesses, 9am-9pm. A combined chocolate/Valentine theme with tastings (food and drink); chocolate treats and goodies; special chocolate desserts; displays of romantic novels and cookbooks featuring chocolate; a love-song fest with dinner, chocolate-themed gifts, a sale on chocolate-colored clothing. The library hosts a book sale and children’s story hour. Boyne City, 231.582.6222, boynechamber.com.
7am Perch Fishing Contest, with prizes for 1st-4th place catches. All participants bring their biggest catches from Big and Little Glen Lakes to the Sportsman Shop at 1pm, where winners are crowned. Entry fee $20, all ages welcome. The Chili Cook-Off begins at noon on the deck at Boonedocks. 1st and 2nd place awards in both traditional and non-traditional chili categories. Admission $10 per person, which includes unlimited chili samples. Proceeds to the Glen Lake Chamber of Commerce Glen Lake Schools Scholarship Fund. 231.334.3238, visitglenarbor.com.
Shiver by the River 15-16
9am: Betsie Bay Frozen 5K &Children’s Fun Run. 11am: Winter Parade. Kids! Decorate your sled or build an “ice shanty,” and decorate it to win prizes. After parade: Kids games and activities, Kids Snow World, Antique Snowmobile Display, horse-drawn carriage rides and more. Actual (real) Bowling on Main St. at noon. Children’s Story Hour at Sleeping Bear Inn 1-3pm. Warming stations offer kids activities and restrooms. 2pm & 3pm the Garden Theater hosts a free showing of Be My Valentine Charlie Brown. SEEDS sells pizza and beverages in Mineral Springs Park. Frankfort, 231.352.7251, frankfort-elberta.com.
Student and faculty performances, ice-fishing tournament, pancake breakfast, indoor and outdoor activities for kids, hot chocolate, ice sculptures, food vendors and more. A 7pm performance features the Hot Club of San Francisco and the French vocalist Isabelle Fontaine as they present “Meet Me In Paris.” Love songs and driving gypsy jazz made famous in Paris during the ‘20s and ’30s by the legendary Hot Club de France, Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli. 6am-9pm, Interlochen Center for the Arts, 800.681.5920, interlochen.org.