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 […]

June Michigan Events To Start The Summer Out Right

June Michigan Events To Start The Summer Out Right - The Awesome Mitten

Summer’s in the air as June starts. The kids are out of school, the weather is improving. No matter where you live there’s something for you to do. Take a day trip, plan a staycation, or spend the whole weekend somewhere else. While checking out these events, make sure you’re also checking things off your […]

Sweet Fun At The Vermontville Maple Syrup Festival

Vermontville Maple Syrup Festival - The Awesome Mitten

Springtime is in full swing in The Mitten. I had an itch to take advantage of the warming temperatures and be outside. I looked to take in a festival while enjoying the intimacy of a small-town. With all that as my guide, I wound up in Mid-Michigan at the Vermont Maple Syrup Festival in 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 […]

March Events To Round Out A Fantastic Michigan Winter

Awesome Mitten + March Events to Round Out a Fantastic Michigan Winter

March is a great month to enjoy a variety of exciting end-of-winter events around the Mitten State. Sample fresh maple syrup, slip in a snowshoe hike, catch a show, and much more. Whichever event you chose, it’s sure to be a great way to round out another beautiful Michigan winter! STOMP: Clinton Township – March […]

Why The Detroit Zoo Over All Others

Why the Detroit Zoo Over All Others - The Awesome Mitten

Why should you go to the Detroit Zoo over all the others? Specifically, why the Detroit Zoo right now?  It is winter, cold, and the end of February. The last thing on many peoples’ minds is a day trip to the zoo. That’s only reserved for summer vacation fun with the kids, right? On a […]

Exploring Rock River Canyon Ice Caves

When it comes to unique destinations, Michigan can’t be beat. Every season brings somewhere new to explore! Rock River Canyon Ice Caves, located in the central Upper Peninsula, is one of those places. These stunning natural formations are spectacular and a must-see winter destination. About the Ice Caves The caves are part of the Rock River Canyon […]

February Events To Love In The Awesome Mitten

February Events in Michigan - The Awesome Mitten

There’s so much to love about Michigan in February! From classic winter festivals to amazing productions, beer festivals, races, and more. The opportunities are endless! So mark your calendar and plan on attending some of these fun and exciting events. Lion King on Broadway: Detroit – February 1-26 The Lion King on Broadway is coming […]

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 […]

January Events To Start The New Year Right

It’s a new year! January is the right time to enjoy great events throughout Michigan. This roundup is filled with many entertaining ideas. Family friendly outdoor festivals, dog sled races, and snowshoe races make January a great time to be in Michigan. No matter what you choose, you’re sure to find adventure and excitement throughout the Awesome Mitten! […]

The Ultimate Michigan Made Gift Guide

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It’s that time of year again: the time to find the perfect gift for everyone in your life. Whether you’re shopping for the Michigan resident, native, or lover we have gathered a complete list of items for you. Support this great state and local entrepreneurs by picking your Michigan-made gifts from this list. Michigan Map […]

How You Can Celebrate Earth Day in Michigan

Prepping for Earth Day in Michigan - The Awesome Mitten

Earth Day, an annual celebration since 1970, honors the planet’s environment each April 22nd. You will find many events that demonstrate, support, celebrate, and provide education concerning the environment and how we can help protect it. Starting in the United States as a grass-roots movement, Earth Day has grown to be observed world-wide. Outside of […]

Awesome Michigan Events You Can’t Miss This March

March Michigan Events - The Awesome Mitten

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: […]

Making the Most of Lansing’s Silver Bells in the City

Making the Most of Lansing's Silver Bells in the City - Awesome Mitten

The 31st Annual Silver Bells in the City festival in Lansing is this Friday, November 20, from 5 PM – 9 PM. This event is held the Friday before Thanksgiving each year. Over 80,000 people come to the city to enjoy an electric light parade, music and dance performances, holiday shopping, the lighting of the […]

Culture and Critters for under $10: Family Fun & Education in Saginaw!

Japanese Cultural Center - #MittenTrip - Saginaw - The Awesome Mitten

At the unassuming intersection of Ezra Rust Drive and Washington Avenue, between Saginaw’s Old Town and Downtown, lies a surprising mash-up. On one corner you have the Japanese Cultural Center, Tea House, and Gardens; on the other, the Saginaw Children’s Zoo at Celebration Square. Both are easy to overlook, hidden behind tall wooden fences and […]

12 Family-Friendly Activities To Enjoy In Lansing

The Awesome Mitten-12 Family-Friendly Activities To Enjoy In Lansing

When it comes to planning an outing the whole family will enjoy, Lansing offers a unique variety of activities to entertain both kids and adults. Located within 90 minutes of 90 percent of the state’s population, Lansing is just a short drive away for most Michiganders, and the perfect spot for a day trip or […]

Lansing Hot Spots Square Off in Top of The Town Awards

Every summer I wait with bated breath for the Top of The Town Awards to be announced by Lansing’s City Pulse, and the waiting for 2015 has finally paid off! Through months of voting, Capital area residents are invited to call out their favorite coffee shops, hangouts, restaurants, hangouts, and Lansing celebrities. There are local businesses that […]

Fresh Thyme Opens in East Lansing

A fresh, new, organic market is planting roots in the Midwest with 27 locations cropping up in the past year throughout Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Minnesota, Missouri, and our favorite, Michigan! The newest market opened to great community fanfare yesterday in the Trowbridge Plaza in East Lansing. Fresh Thyme markets aim to combine the relaxed feel […]

A Whale with Wings

  In 2012, Quincy Gow, originally from Lansing, was living in New York and working on various films and television shows when he found out his childhood friend, Eddie Lahti, was diagnosed with NET cancer. He was in such shock that he started to re-evaluate his career and life in New York. With his mother’s […]

Capital City Dragon Boat Racing

Last month Adado Riverfront Park was littered with a myriad of brilliant colors, spectators, chanting….and dragon boats? YES! The park played host to the second annual Capital City Dragon Boat Race benefitting the Women’s Center of Greater Lansing. Dragon boat racing originally came to Lansing in 2011 as a way to celebrate the rebirth of the waterfront […]

Michigan’s Best Attractions (Question Mark?)

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Michigan wouldn’t be Michigan without some charming, small town attractions. Here is a list of some of the ones I want to visit and some of the best ones I’ve already seen: The World’s Largest Cherry Pie Tin (Traverse City): Where else would this treasure be located other than the Cherry Capital of the World? Situated just […]

Exploring the Grand River

Did you know that if you drive from Jackson, MI to Grand Haven, MI, you will cross the Grand River five times? Michigan’s longest river snakes its way 250 miles through the southern lower peninsula from Hillsdale County all the way to the Lake Michigan shore-perfect for exploring! Grand Rapids, Grand Ledge, Grand Haven and […]

Big Papa’s Pub and Eatery in Traverse City

Well, here I am back in Traverse City for the summer, folks. I’ve been back at my parents house for almost two weeks and I’m getting a bit of cabin fever, not knowing what to do with all my free time (before spring classes start that is). I’ve been spending a good deal of time […]

The Newly Renovated Roger B. Chaffee Planetarium

The Awesome Mitten- The Newly Renovated Roger B. Chaffee Planetarium

The Roger B. Chaffee Planetarium is located inside the Grand Rapids Public Museum, situated downtown along the banks of the lovely Grand River. The planetarium guide, Kenny, has just informed me that “the best seats are towards the back,” and so I make my way down the asymmetrical aisle (designed for easy access to planetarium […]