Editor's note: This article was published in Grand Traverse Scene magazine's Winter 2019 issue. Pick up a free copy at area hotels, visitor's centers, chambers of commerce or at the Record-Eagle building on Front Street. Click here to read GT Scene in its entirety online.
Feb. 9, 2019
Bring the family to downtown Beulah for all-day outdoor fun, including a parade, an outhouse race, a snowball target competition, an IWPA Dog Weight Pulling competition, a frozen fish toss, a poker run, horse-drawn wagon rides, a chili cook-off and fireworks. visitbenzie.com.
Taste the Passion
Feb. 9-10, 2019
CEDAR, GLEN ARBOR, LAKE LEELANAU, LELAND, NORTHPORT, OMENA, SUTTONS BAY
Grab your valentine or bestie for this popular tasting tour of Leelanau Peninsula wineries. Tickets are $40 per person for both days and include a souvenir wine glass and wine and food pairings at each of 24 participating wineries. Extras include a Snow Fun Photo Contest and pop-up shopping featuring warm woolens from Baabaazuzu. lpwines.com.
North American Vasa Festival of Races
Feb. 9-10, 2019
Mark the 43rd annual Vasa Nordic Skiing and Fat Bike Races featuring more than a dozen events in freestyle and classic skiing and fat tire racing. Presented by Short’s Brewing Company and Chemical Bank. events.bytepro.net.
Visit Downtown Petoskey and Winter Sports Park for outdoor fun, including a bumpjumping competition, a cardboard challenge, a fun run, a ghost walk, ice sculpture displays and figure skating performances, plus shopping, wine tasting and dining. petoskeyarea.com.
Feb. 15, 2019
Experience a variety of interactive indoor and outdoor activities at Interlochen Center for the Arts, including Kids Conducting, a “Name that Instrument” game, hands-on percussion and visual arts workshops, snow painting, a snow volleyball tournament, s’mores, food vendors and a family-friendly concert. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; free admission.
Romancing the Riesling
Feb. 16, 2019
TRAVERSE CITY, OLD MISSION
Celebrate the grape that “defines white wine” and is the varietal for which northern Michigan’s wine region is known. Visit up to nine wineries on Old Mission Peninsula between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. for a wine sample paired with a small bite at each, plus receive a souvenir glass at your starting point. wineriesofomp.com.
Suds & Snow
March 2, 2019
Enjoy local music, beer, wine and cider, food sampling from local restaurants and food trucks, and snowshoeing through the backwoods of Timber Ridge Resort from 1-6 p.m. sudsandsnowtc.com.
The Slush Cup
March 9, 2019
Prepare for slushy fun at Shanty Creek Resort from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Activities include a seal slide, a frozen fish toss, shovel races and the signature cup event in which costumed skiers and riders attempt to cross an icy 60-foot pond.
Traverse City Boat Show
March 15-17, 2019
Think summer and check out pontoons, ski boats, cruisers, paddle boards, personal watercraft, docks, boat lifts, boating accessories and more at northern Michigan’s largest boat show. The event takes place from 3-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Grand Traverse County Civic Center.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade
March 16, 2019
Wear your best green for pre-parade festivities beginning at 11 a.m. at Kilkenny’s Irish Public House, followed by the parade at 1:30 p.m. along Hall, Pine, State, Park and Front Streets. Post-parade Irish entertainment at Kilkenny’s features The Wild Sully’s, Song of The Lakes and Blue Footed Booby. Presented by the Ancient Order of the Hibernians.
Lweapin’ Leprechaun 5K
March 16, 2019
Don your lucky socks for this annual race starting at 9 a.m. in Traverse City’s Warehouse District, followed by a post-race party at the Workshop Brewing Company. Proceeds will go to the Munson Healthcare Foundation in support of the new Family Birth and Children’s Center. runsignup.com.