GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (ABC 4)- West Michigan is beautiful in all seasons, especially winter! This time of year, it transforms into a gorgeous wonderland featuring stunning scenery and annual events and activities to enjoy!
If you’re craving to get outdoors, explore and make the most of the season, then check out these festivals and shows many West Michiganders look forward to yearly!
West Michigan Winter Festivals
World of Winter
Location: Downtown Grand Rapids
Date: Jan 6- March 5, 2023
The Midwest’s largest winter festival returns with over 100 free events, activities and outdoor instillations. Bring the entire family along to enjoy this one-of-a-kind experience in Downtown Grand Rapids.
See events, outdoor art, and more here.
Grand Haven Winter Fest
Location: Grand Haven
Date: Jan 26-29, 2023
Winter fun is for everyone in Grand Haven! During the last weekend of January, get outdoors and be active with fun activities to keep you warm and entertained. The interactive festival, first established in 1976, features a world-famous sled race, a family dog pull, bonfire bash, snow angel contest and more fun for the community!
Find more details here.
Traverse City Comedy Fest
Location: Traverse City (multiple venues)
Date: Feb. 2-4, 2023
Prepare to laugh until you possibly cry! The Downtown Traverse City Association (DTCA) is excited to present the comedy fest featuring “a mix of stand-up performers, improv, podcast tapings and specialty shows.” The two-day event will take place in a host of local venues including the City Opera House, Traverse City Comedy Club, Encore 201, the Workshop Brewing Company and Hotel Indigo.
Purchase tickets and view more details here.
Winter Beer Festival
Location: LMCU Ballpark, Comstock Park
Date: Feb. 25, 2023
Time: 1-6 pm
Get ready to fill your cups with Michigan’s finest beers! The 17th Annual Winter Beer Festival features beverages from local breweries plus great entertainment! Enjoy live music, local performers and carving demonstrations outside.
Purchase tickets and view event information here.
Location: Downtown Lansing
Date: Feb 26, 2023
Time: 11am-5 pm
Bundle up! Downtown Lansing invites the community to experience a day of “socially-safe” outdoor fun! The Lansing WinterFest features public art sculptures made of ice, human Hungry Hippo games, winter markets, and cold butt boat races.
See what else is in store here.
West Michigan shows to check out this winter:
Michigan International Auto Show
Date: Feb 2-5
Location: DeVos Place in Grand Rapids
The West Michigan community is invited to shop for their next car, stay up to date on new models hitting the market, and hot trends at the Michigan International Auto Show.
See details here.
36th Battle Creek RV & Camping Show
Date: March 3-5
Location: Kellogg Arena, Battle Creek
Take a trip to the Kellogg Arena for the 36th Annual Battle Creek RV & Camping Show. According to the West Michigan Tourist Association, nearly 40 units (folding camping trailers, travel trailers, etc.) will be featured. Additionally, exhibitors will be in attendance to share information on campgrounds, financing and rentals.
Learn more here.