Hear Ye, Hear Ye! 10 Things To Try At The Renaissance Festival

10 Things To Do At The Michigan Renaissance Festival - The Awesome Mitten

The Renaissance Festival is a tried and true Michigan tradition. It’s one of my favorite things about the fall: something to look forward to every year. Before we get into my favorite things to do at the festival, let’s get in a little history lesson… History of the Fest The Michigan Renaissance Festival began in […]

A Weekend Up North In The Soo

The thought of dropping 21 feet in a kayak in the matter of minutes sounds daunting. You’d expect to be cascading down rapids, paddling furiously to stay upright as water careens about you, right? Well, this is a different kind of thrill ride—it’s one through the Soo Locks. Instead of traversing currents, you’ll be bobbing […]

15 September Michigan Events That Aren’t Just Oktoberfest

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It’s true, there are other events in Michigan during the month of September that are not just Oktoberfest. Before we get into all of those, there are people who might come to find out when they can celebrate. So here are some Oktoberfest celebrations you can attend. Oktoberfest Celebrations across the state Frankenmuth begins the […]

14 Reasons To Visit Michigan’s Adventure This Summer

Did you know that there’s only one permanent theme park in Michigan? Michigan’s Adventure is owned by Cedar Fair and located in Muskegon. In my experience, Cedar Fair’s parks are very special. Michigan’s Adventure is no exception. Their safety record is superb, their overall efficiency makes for an enjoyable experience, and their ability to bring out your inner child is […]

Inside Northern Michigan’s BEST Winter 5k

Inside Northern Michigan's Best Winter 5k - The Awesome Mitten

If you are looking for a winter race along the shores of Lake Michigan, you may be crazy. Michiganders who run outside year-round are the perfect kind of crazy. The Betsie Bay Frozen 5k is the best winter race around. It supports local charities, has fabulous door prizes, and is full of winter running enthusiasts. […]

Michigan Events to Welcome in the Fall this September

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Summer is over and the days are beginning to fill with the vivid colors of fall. The school year is starting back up, and football season means your weekends will once again be filled with tailgates and flannels. However, there is no shortage of great events this month! Check out these awesome September Michigan events […]

August Michigan Events Perfect to End the Summer

Summer may be winding down, but Michigan sure isn’t! Celebrating summer – even if it’s the end – means that every weekend is full of festivals to enjoy the last rays of warm sunshine. Before you head back to school or pull out your sweaters from the attic, be sure to check out some of the […]

Awesome Michigan Events in July

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With Michigan summer is in full swing, and the temperatures on the rise, the Mitten State is bustling with festivals, fairs, and plenty of fireworks. Whether you’re looking to celebrate Independence Day, or you’d like to just get the whole family out in the sun while it lasts, these are the top July events to attend […]

Michigan June Events Perfect For Kicking Off The Summer

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June is on track to be a jam-packed, event-filled month for Michigan! Summer is here, Father’s Day is around the corner and all the sunshine are perfect causes for celebration. There isn’t a weekend without a festival to celebrate music, food and drink, fun and family. So here is what I know you’ve all been waiting for, the […]

Can’t Miss May Michigan Events

Capturing the Colorful Holland Tulips of Spring

Finally, May is here! It is a sign that summer is just around the corner. College kids are coming home and the boats are going in the water for the start of fishing season. With the rising temperatures, now is the perfect time to go outside and enjoy the blooming flowers. With Mother’s Day and […]

Top April Michigan Events You Just Can’t Miss

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Spring fever is in full swing here in our awesome little mitten! Not only is the weather practically perfect but there are also some exciting events coming up this month that will get you out and about during this beautiful spring season. The flowers are alive, the sun is shining, and it’s time for our April Events Roundup. […]

Awesome Michigan Events You Can’t Miss This March

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March is here! The month of green and the beginning of spring. It’s time to stretch those muscles and get out in the warmth and sunshine, Michiganders. March is full of St. Patrick’s day celebrations, spring festivals and much more. Here are the top Michigan events that you should attend this month! The Slush Cup: […]

Orchards’ Ambassadors Relaunch: A Night of Giving

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Typically when we think of Valentine’s Day gifts, our minds immediately jump to the traditional fare: chocolate, candy, flowers. But if a box of tiny candy hearts seems tired, it may be time to show and share your love in a different way. This Valentine’s Day, why not try a night of giving back to Michigan’s […]

Taste the City: Restaurant Week GR

Do you drive pass a restaurant and always tell yourself you are going to try it one day? Have you been hearing a lot about that new place, but seem to be the only one who hasn’t been there yet? Well, Restaurant Week Grand Rapids is the perfect time to cross that eatery off your […]

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 […]

Discover Something New This Summer At The Henry Ford

The Awesome Mitten-Discover Something New This Summer At The Henry Ford

One of my favorite things about The Henry Ford is that no matter how many times I visit, I always find something new to enjoy. The museum, Greenfield Village, and the Rouge Factory tour are consistently packed with exhibits, activities, and demonstrations, and it seems like new events pop up every other day. So get […]

Rose Theatre Gives Audiences a Taste of Shakespeare’s Lifetime

Very few replicas of Elizabethan playhouses exist in the world.  The most famous is Shakespeare’s Globe in London, a reconstruction of the theatre most often associated with Shakespeare and his plays.  Luckily for Michigan audiences, one of these replica playhouses, The Rose, stands at the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Twin Lake.  For most […]

The Kalamazoo Garage Sale Art Fair

There are only a handful of things Michiganders appreciate more than craft beer and summer’s at the beach and local art is one of them! The Mitten is home to a plethora of talented local artists that make their work accessible to everyone by hosting art shows, attending art fairs and displaying their work in our coffee […]

Southerner Meets Michigan: Why Detroiters Love Sanders Chocolate

The Awesome Mitten-Why Detroiters Love Sanders Chocolate

Ask any Detroiter where to find the best chocolate around and the answer will always be the same: Sanders. A Michigan staple since 1875, Sanders Chocolate debuted on Woodward Avenue after founder, Fred Sanders, brought his Chicago business and chocolate-making skills to Detroit. Over the years, products such as premium ice cream toppings and the […]

Ann Arbor Fiber Expo 2014

Autumn certainly is in the air! The leaves are changing hues; bright yellows and brilliant reds line the sidewalks. The breeze not only smells heavenly, but chills my nose. I don’t know about you, fellow Awesome Mitten-ers, but I am in dire need of some new mittens. But I’d take a hand-knitted sweater or snuggly scarf […]

Coffee & (___)

Coffee & (___) [read: Coffee and Blank], a once Revolve DEGC pop-up and D:hive BUILD graduate, has become a mainstay in the Jeff-Chalmers retail strip. Inside, owner Angela Foster bakes a smorgasbord each day–insert one of those into the (___) and you have that day’s name for the business. Today is Coffee & Dark Chocolate […]

Creativity In The Mitten: Art Reach of Mid Michigan

Founded in 1981, Art Reach of Mid Michigan has provided the Mt. Pleasant community with support and creative outlets for both area and aspiring artists. Art Reach offers over 15 arts and/or cultural programs annually, many of which benefit and encourage local students and children to get involved in the arts. As of 2013, they have […]

Top 10 Tourist Tips: The Straits Of Mackinac

The Awesome Mitten- Top 10 Tourist Tips and Tricks: The Straits of Mackinac

While living in Grand Rapids this summer, I’ve heard a lot of people talk about going “up north” to take a much needed vacation away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. As a native northerner, I can’t help but smile fondly and think of these people as “fudgies,” a silly term for tourists […]

A Newcomer’s Guide to Sharing Detroit

Moving to Detroit was a major life choice, and one that met a lot of resistance from family and friends. I’m not at all surprised that the reoccurring reaction was “Why in the world would you do that?” or “Are you really sure you want to move there?” Hell, I wasn’t even sure that I […]

Lyle Lovett at Flintfields

Lyle Lovett at Flintfields - The Awesome Mitten

Country superstar and Grammy Award wining musical talent, Lyle Lovett, will be heading to Flintfields in Northern Michigan on August 8, 2014 to perform a concert with His Large Band.”The event will be put on by Tent Venue of Northern Michigan. A singer, composer and actor, Lyle Lovett has broadened the definition of American music in a […]