Winter is well underway here in our state. That means a myriad of festivals.

These are the top events lined up in Michigan through Mid-March.

The Alpena Ice Festival evokes memories of the city’s Winter Carnival, which dates back to the 1930s.

Check out ice sculptures and live ice carving shows, or ride in a horse-drawn wagon and witness the wonderful sights.

The Ice Festival is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, February 10. Join the tradition in celebration of Carnival.

The same day in Benzie County, Beulah Winter Fest begins at 8 a.m. with quite an array of attractions.

They include a Chili Cookoff, Frozen Turkey Bowling, an Outhouse Sprint, and Rubber Duck Race.

Grand Haven Winterfest is another highly anticipated family-friendly festival. It has countless cool activities for all ages.


Try Glowbowl or catch the ski and snowboard competitions. Get into the game with snow volleyball.

Winterfest will go from Thursday, January 25 to Sunday, January 28.

An hour south off the coast of Lake Michigan, the Ice Breaker Festival in South Haven is guaranteed to help you beat the winter blues.

There’s a slew of stuff to do, including a cardboard sled race, pub slide and frozen fish fling, among other things.

That is slated from February 2 until February 4.

Up North, Michigan Ice Fest welcomes folks to the town of Munising beginning on Wednesday, February 7.

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is a perfect setting for this special gathering.

Learn Ice Climbing from the pros in free classes and watch some of the world’s most famous climbers give talks about their adventures. Ice Fest concludes on February 11.

Further north in the U.P., the Michigan Tech Winter Carnival takes place in Houghton County.

A variety of outdoor games are on tap, as well as some stunning snow statues to be seen.

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The Winter Carnival will welcome visitors from Wednesday, February 7 until Saturday, February 10.

Excitement is in the air as the Plymouth Ice Festival approaches. Picturesque downtown Plymouth plays host to this event.

It promises to be a fun-filled weekend full of thrills. The Ice Festival starts Friday February 2.

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Beer lovers circle your calendar for Pure Ludington Brrrewfest from 1-6pm on Saturday, January 27.

With a multitude of Michigan-based breweries on site, it’s sure to be a winter highlight.  You can get pre-sale tickets online.

Looking ahead, the Southern Michigan Winter Beer Festival is set for Saturday, March 9 at The Jackson County Fairgrounds.

This festival will feature over 150 craft beers, ciders, meads and winesCelebrate the closing days of winter there.

Tecumseh’s Annual Ice Sculpture Festival is held January 20 and January 21.

Dozens of original ice sculptures will be on display. Plus you can observe exclusive carving demonstrations done live.

The much-awaited Tip Up Town USA hits Houghton Lake for a pair of consecutive weekends later this month.

First on Friday, January 19, then resuming a week later on January 26.

Tip Up Town USA Grand Parade is the festival’s featured attraction. This year’s theme is “Do You Believe In Magic.”

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Winter Wonderland Weekend kicks off Friday, February 16 in Downtown Petoskey. 

A scavenger hunt highlights the weekend’s long list of festivities.

World of Winter in Grand Rapids is billed as “the largest winter festival in the Midwest.” 

WoW offers a series of snowy spectacles that will thrill in the chill.

With 30 art installations, 81 Ice Sculptures and incredible ice piano performances, 

it’s shaping up to be a spectacular show. Walking tours are given around the grounds. 

WoW opens January 12 and lasts all the way through March 10

The much-awaited Zehnder’s Snowfest will take center stage in Frankenmuth from January 24 until January 28.

Snowfest has several major Snow Sculpting titles at stake on the schedule.

They are the World Class Double and Single Block Snow Sculpting Championships.

And the State of Michigan Snow Sculpting Competition. This fits the bill as a “larger-than-life snow and ice festival.”

Make the most of Michigan’s winter months. Take the trip and enjoy a new adventure. These are the times you won’t forget.