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December 5th, 2016 by MichiganLiving 7 Amazing Winter Festivals in Michigan That You Will Surely Enjoy!

For many Michiganders, winter is the best time of the year for amazing outdoor activities. Winter in the Great Lakes State offer outdoor enthusiasts and adventure seekers the chance to get their adrenalin pumping while enjoying the beautiful winter view and amazing landscapes.

Aside from skiing, snowboarding, tubing and sledding, ice fishing, dog sledding or hunting, there are also numerous events and festivals that each and every family will surely enjoy. Below are 7 of the amazing festivals and celebrations around the Mitten State that will run throughout the winter season.

Zehnder’s Snowfest – Frankenmuth (January 25 – 30 2017)

Zehnder’s Snowfest has been host to one of the top snow sculpting events in North America for the past 20-plus years. This event features amazing snow sculptures and extra ordinary ice carvings each year. This festivity also has entertainment for the whole family like the Warming Tent, a fireworks display, petting zoo and variety of children’s activities.


24th Annual Winter Fest – Mackinaw City (January 19 – 22 2017)

Mackinaw City Winter Fest features amazing activities like the Amateur & Professional Snow Sculpting competition, Sleigh/Wagon Rides, Outhouse Races, Arts & Crafts and Euchre Tournament at the Senior Center.  Guests can also dine at the festival’s fish fry and chili cook-off and visit local pubs for live entertainment.


Winter Beer Festival – Comstock Park (February 24 – 25)

The 2017 Winter Beer Festival will feature around 100 Michigan breweries and approximately 1000 different craft beers (beer lovers, you will surely enjoy this!). Guests will also get to enjoy live music and great selection of tasty food!

Plymouth Ice Festival – Plymouth (January 6 – 8)

This ice sculpture festival and competition is one of the most exciting gatherings of its type in the entire country, and you won’t want to miss out. Marvel

The Plymouth Ice Festival is a world-class event that features amazing ice and snow carvings.  Guests can also visit the festival’s incredible interactive ice sculpture park. Sculptures are available for viewing 24 hours a day and will remain standing after the event.


Anti-Freeze Blues Festival – Ferndale (January 6 – 7)

Keep yourself warm by listening to amazing blues concert in the annual Anti-Freeze Blues Festival in Ferndale, Michigan. This amazing winter event will showcase amazing blues music featuring performances by top national touring blues men and women around The Mitten State.

Anti-Freeze Blues Festival

Rochester Fire & Ice Festival – Rochester (January 20 – 22)

Oakland County, Oakland County Parks, the City of Rochester and Downtown Rochester come together to host the Fire & Ice Festival – a seasonal winter festival in Rochester, Michigan. The event features variety of family-friendly activities and amusements. The festivity also include fireworks display, TasteFest, tube sledding, snow shoeing and cross country skiing, dog sled rides, ice skating, broom ball exhibition, ice sculptures and more!


 Winter Jam – Grand Rapids (January 8)

This annual event or concert will surely make you feel warm and comfortable this winter season.  Set to happen at Van Andel Arena, this winter festivity will showcase the performances of amazing artists like Crowder, Sarah Reeves, Thousand Foot Krutch and more!


There are surely a lot more Michigan winter festivals that I failed to cover at this post. If you have anything to add at this list, feel free to share them at the comment section below.


13 responses to “7 Amazing Winter Festivals in Michigan That You Will Surely Enjoy!”

  1. Rachel says:

    I’ve only been to the ice sculptures in Plymouth. Winter jam is high on my list!

  2. faith stephenson says:

    bring me to this place! this looks so awesome and beautiful! a good place for stress reliever!

  3. These all look amazing. I would love to attend them if I had the opportunity. Hopefully one of these days I will.

  4. Elizabeth O. says:

    There’s nothing like making the winter fun for the whole family! These festivals sound exciting! It would be nice to go to these!

  5. Lauren Weber says:

    The Plymouth Ice Fest rocks! Love going to these kinds of events to break up the dull winter. Great list!

  6. Ourfamilyworld says:

    This is an amazing ice sculpture. So beautiful and perfect. Wish we can visit Michigan one day.

  7. I’ve been to the Mackinaw and the Plymouth. The outhouse races are a blast.

  8. Nikki says:

    These all look like such fun winter festivals! I have never really been to Michigan. I’ve driven through it, but never had a chance to stop and actually see it. Snowfest sounds like it would be really fun!

  9. Jocelyn Brown says:

    Wow! This is so amazing and perfect ice carvings. The fireworks display sounds so amazing too.. I want to visit michigan with my family this holiday.

  10. Ave says:

    So many amazing winter festivals to visit! I’d love to visit The Plymouth Ice Festival and the Rochester Fire & Ice Festival.

  11. I’ve always wanted to go to an ice festival. It’s amazing what people can do with a simple block of ice. The Christmas markets are a fun place to explore as well.

  12. Anosa says:

    If I lived close the beer festival is one I would go to asap lol, so lucky to have so many festivals in Michigan

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