13 Michigan Events And Festivals In August

13 Michigan Events And Festivals In August - The Awesome Mitten

Are you looking for some activities to keep you busy in August? Check out this list of events! Lunch in Lavendar – Every Wednesday – Boyne City Every Wednesday throughout the month of August Lavender Hill Farm is giving you the opportunity to enjoy all they have to offer. For just $20 you are provided […]

4 Metro Detroit Downtowns You Should Explore

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Metro Detroit is overflowing with vibrant towns. Over the years, I’ve frequently visited Royal Oak and Birmingham. However, I wanted to discover other downtowns in my Metro Detroit community. Below, find four additional downtowns that are certainly worth a visit. Berkley Berkley’s downtown is a bit smaller than some other Metro Detroit communities. However, the […]

10 Michigan Events You’ll Want To Attend In May

May is a time for flowers to bloom and Michigan to come alive with awesome events to attend. Whether you’re into beer, food, tulips, or art, there’s something for everyone around the Mitten this month. Downtown Traverse City Art Walk — May 5 — Traverse City A local favorite, the Downtown Traverse City Art Walk will […]

The 11 Most Instagrammable Street Art Pieces in Michigan

11 Of The Most Instagramable Street Art Pieces In Michigan - The Awesome Mitten

Michigan may be more known for its natural beauty, but it also has its own array of incredible street art and murals created by local artists and painters. Some works are fully planned out murals while others are unique and traditional graffiti writing. Street art is igniting a spirit of creativity and adding color to Michigan’s cities. […]

Celebrating Michigan’s Birthday With 10 Of Our Favorite Facts

180 years ago, on January 26th, 1837, our beautiful mitten became the 26th addition to the United States. Here at The Awesome Mitten we’re celebrating Michigan’s birthday with our annual bake-off and the newly added Michigan Scavenger Hunt. We’re not the only ones celebrating our favorite state! Our friends over at DTE Energy gathered a list of 180 […]

Michigan’s Birthday Scavenger Hunt

Michigan’s birthday is almost here again. Our Annual Michigan Birthday Bake Off is underway and people are voting on our Facebook page for their favorite cake! (psst…. you can too. Click here.) Along with our baking competition, we wanted to create a contest that everyone could be a part of! Introducing the Michigan Birthday Scavenger […]

DIY Holiday Gifts for Every Michigander

DIY MIchigan Holiday Gifts - The Awesome Mitten

Holiday shopping is in full swing and if you are still searching for the perfect gift for someone special, perhaps you should consider a homemade gift! Below are six DIY holiday gifts perfect for your favorite Michigander: Chalkboard Party Tray Fitting for the party-planners and Michigan-wine lovers in your life: This gift can be used […]

From Beer City to Bielsko-Biała: Exploring Art in Grand Rapids’ Sister City

October is Polish American Heritage Month, and what better way to spend it than in Grand Rapids’ Polish Sister City, Bielsko-Biała. This exquisite city in the south of Poland is shaped with an eclectic mix of architecture, animation, and art — truly an incredible place to experience Polish culture at its finest. Prior to 1951, the Biała […]

4 Reasons Grand Rapids Should Be Your Next Weekend Getaway

4 Reasons Grand Rapids Should Be Your Next Weekend Getaway - The Awesome Mitten

Grand Rapids is having a “moment”.  A visitor who returns after some time away will notice an abundance of new shops, restaurants, and, of course, breweries.  The town’s got a bit of youthful swagger to it.  Perhaps it has a chip on its shoulder after enduring years being known as “Bland Rapids”.  That nickname no […]

A Quirky Community: Detroit’s Heidelberg Project

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Some grocery carts in a tree, a doll head, another doll head, and yet another… doll head? Oh, and there’s a stuffed moose head right over there. But…that’s not all. On a section of Heidelberg Street in Detroit, there are some houses and some lots full of everything from dolls to old toys and sneakers […]

Life in Art at the Marshall Fredericks Sculpture Museum

Marshall Fredericks Sculpture Museum Youth in the Hands of God

I recently stopped at the Marshall Fredericks Sculpture Museum during my #MittenTrip to Midland. Until this trip, I didn’t know that this museum existed nor the extensive role Fredericks played in Michigan art. This museum, located on the campus of Saginaw Valley State University, is an example of the many gems of culture and art that exist across the […]

Go Where the Art Is: Oliver Art Center

You might be surprised to hear this, but art is everywhere. If you’re looking closely, you can find beauty in the grass that grows through the cracks in the sidewalk or in the way the clouds roll in before the sky lights up with lightning. If you’re lucky, you get the opportunity to see those moments through a […]

The Enchanting World in The Fantasy Forest – Battle Creek #MittenTrip

When you drive through the main gates of Leila Arboretum, it’s like crossing into another world. It’s a world full of wizards and dragons, Bigfoot sightings and alien abductions. This unexpected and delightful site is known as The Fantasy Forest. It was definitely one of the highlights of our recent Mitten Trip to Battle Creek! The […]

Food, Wine and Adventure in Mid-Michigan – Jackson #MittenTrip

Art of the Brick at Ella Sharp Museum

I have much love and pride for my hometown, Jackson, Michigan. When I tell people I am from Jackson, they’re usually familiar with one of three things: The Parlour (too cold for ice cream), The Cascade Falls (not open until Memorial Day) or the prison. While the prison has historically been a sore spot for […]

The Passion Behind Ardent Ink

‘Michigan’ and ‘art’ have become synonymous terms over the last few years. From the nationally recognized ArtPrize event in Grand Rapids, to the increasing amount of pop-up galleries, and the abundance of natural beauty to take in, Michigan is a place for artists and art lovers to explore their creativity.Graphic designer, photographer, and calligrapher Neil Tasker is doing […]

A Downtown Gem: The Grand Rapids Art Museum

Most people don’t want to go to a museum of any sort on a sunny day. However, that’s exactly what we opted to do on our Grand Rapids #MittenTrip. Despite having visited the city many times, I’d never had the chance to visit the Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM). I had no intention of leaving […]

3 Places You Can Get Creative In Grand Rapids

You’ve probably seen the photos, you know the ones I’m talking about, groups of happy people holding up Van Gogh’s Starry Night with a glass of wine in hand.  I’ve seen the DIY canvasses in people’s homes and I’m baffled at how good the end result looks for some very non-artistic friends!  An artsy night […]

Pocket Full o’ Funk: Top 10 Joints in Old Town Saginaw #MittenTrip

Old Town Saginaw - #MittenTrip - Saginaw - The Awesome Mitten

We all know that some of our favorite Michigan cities have little areas that are private cities unto themselves. Microcosms where the art scene thrives and hipsters roll strong. Detroit has, among several, Midtown. Plymouth has Old Village. Grand Rapids has Eastown. And Saginaw, friends… Saginaw has Old Town. If, like me, you tend to […]

Kid-Friendly Michigan Crafts Perfect for a Rainy Day

I’ve always been a crafter. I also always love learning new crafts that I can share with others or with my children someday. These two crafts I’m going to share with you are easy, fun, and of course, Michigan related! Cherry Blossoms Michigan is well known for our cherries, especially since Traverse City hosts the […]

Konnichi Wa, Grand Rapids!

Five miles east of Grand Rapids lie the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, a rare jewel in the crown of West Michigan’s already diverse regional offering of activities, entertainment, and the great outdoors. This particular venue combines these three categories. Named for the late founder of the eponymous supermarket chain, the gardens host 132 […]

Exploring Detroit Murals for a Free Art Show in the Motor City

Exploring Detroit Murals for a Free Art Show in the Motor City - Awesome Mitten

The hardest thing to do when writing about the murals of Detroit is deciding which ones to highlight. There is endless art to be seen in the streets of the city. The resilient nature of this community is perfectly pictured by the splashes of color and design decorating every area from the heart of The […]

Experience First Fridays Ypsilanti

First Fridays Ypsi Michigan

Have you been to Ypsilanti lately? I’ve lived either in, or near Ypsi my entire life. Like most cities, Ypsi’s had its ups and downs. Having spent several evenings and weekends around town this spring, it’s becoming increasingly obvious that Ypsi’s thriving; businesses are cropping up, taking root, and becoming main-stays. Of course, a healthy […]

Enjoying Coloring Books as a Grown-Up

Adult coloring– it’s a thing. CNN, Huffington Post, NBC, and many more national news conglomerates started 2015 by featuring adult coloring and its researched-based health benefits. While many studies have recently exposed the very real health benefits of coloring (decreased stress, increased coordination, better work performance, increased relaxation, and prettier refrigerators*), Abbey Johnston, founder of […]

Get Hands-on at the Festival of the Arts in Downtown Grand Rapids

As the school year is coming to a close, why not inspire children to keep being creative all summer long? The annual Festival of the Arts in downtown Grand Rapids is the way to do just that– while also sampling some great street cuisine and enjoying some open air music and art. The Festival takes […]

Summer Festivals Make Traverse City The Place To Be

Summer Festivals Make Traverse City the Place to Be - Awesome Mitten

My fond memories growing up in Northern Michigan are boundless of trekking through the tourists to enjoy the local festivals.  Somehow, as an adult, I’m even more excited to be out and about for the summer goings-on in Traverse City.  I’ve compiled a list of what to look forward to in this crazy beautiful city, […]