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 2023. (Michael Buck/WOOD TV8)

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.

36th Battle Creek RV & Camping Show

Location: Kellogg Arena, Battle Creek

Date: March 3-March 5

Time: Varies by day

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.

Midwest RAD Fest

Location: The Epic Center in Kalamazoo, MI

Date: March 3- March 5

Time: Varies by events

30 choreographers, filmakers, movement installation artists, and dance instructors from all over the world are participating in the Midwest RAD fest and you’re invited to attend! The 14th annual event, hosted by SouthWest Michigan’s “oldest professional dance company,” features master classes, concerts, presentations, interactive lectures/discussions are more.

Learn more here

Kalamazoo Fretboard Festival

Location: Kalamazoo Valley Museum

Date: March 3-4

Time: Varies by scheduled events

Now in its 18th year, the Fretboard Festival returns to Kalamazoo and offers the community a free and entertaining way to “celebrate the city’s stringed-instrument legacy and musical heritage.”

See the schedule of events and performers here.

7th Annual Kalamazoo Wine Not?

Location: Fetzer Center, Kalamazoo, MI

Date: March 4

Time: Based on ticket purchase

Sample over 40 wineries and 80+ wines, all in one place! The 7th Annual Kalamazoo Wine Not? is returning, and guests can sip on beverages, take a stroll, and enjoy an afternoon/evening of festivities. In addition to wine sampling, attendees can listen to live music, visit vendor booths and meet winemakers.

More information can be found here.

4th Annual Brrs, Bears & Brews: A Lumberjack Festival

Location: Turner St., Lansing, MI

Date: March 4

Time: Noon to 5 pm

Calling all Lumberjack enthusiasts! After a long hiatus, the 4th Annual Brrs, Bears & Brews is coming back! This old-school event stretches from Cesar Chavez to Clinton St., and features tons of outdoor vendors, old town businesses, beard and mustache competitions, feats of strength team competitions and much more!

Find additional information here.

3rd Annual Grand Rapids Bourbon Festival

Location: Studio D2D Event Center, Grand Rapids

Date: March 4

Time: 4 pm

Raise your glasses! The 3rd Annual Grand Rapids Bourbon Festival is coming up, and will feature 200+ whiskeys and bourbons, classic cocktails and high-end bottle section, and store picks for attendees to try. Event organizers also share there will be non-alcoholic, wine and beer options as well. Hosted indoors, the Bourbon Festival will also entail live music/entertainment, vendors, food trucks, and more!

Grab your tickets and learn more here.


Location: Varies by events

Date: March 8- March 12

Get ready to laugh and have a good time for a great cause! First established in March 2011, LaughFest raises awareness of Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids, and features stand-up comedy acts, improv sessions, and “a variety of seriously funny staff.”

Check out the 2023 lineup, purchase tickets and learn more online.

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Irish on Ionia

Location: Downtown Grand Rapids

Date: March 18

After a three-year hiatus, Irish on Ionia returns to Downtown Grand Rapids. The largest St. Patrick’s Day Street festival in Michigan will feature “Irish-themed food, beer, and entertainment as well as local draft beer and cocktails.”

Learn more here.

53rd Annual SugarBush Festival

Location: Blandford Nature Center

Date: March 25

Time: 10 am- 2 pm

Spring is on the horizon, and you’re invited to celebrate the season’s sweet arrival at the Blandford Nature Center. The 53rd Annual SugarBush Festival is being held, and teaches the community about the maple sugaring process. Attendees will be able to participate in Sugarbush demonstrations, sugar taste tests, wildlife encounters, games, crafts and more.

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