Meadow Brook Music Festival

The Awesome Mitten- Meadow Brook Music Festival

I had the pleasure of seeing one of my favorite bands,Vampire Weekend, play live at the Meadow Brook Music Festival on Friday, June 6th. When I had originally bought the tickets, I wasn’t paying close attention to the show’s venue and had never heard of Meadow Brook Hall. Needless to say, I was elated when […]

Top 10 Festivals of Jackson

Summer has officially started and with the warmer weather comes summer festivals of Jackson. Jackson has festivals practically every weekend. Not only does Jackson have a lot of festivals, but a lot of our festivals and events are nationally known. Michigan International Speedway is the fastest track in NASCAR with races twice a year, June […]

Letter from the Editor: Leaving the Terrible Twos Behind

Letter from the Editor June 2014- The Awesome Mitten

Michigangsters, We did it! On June 6th, this publication will turn three. Our second year was full of highs, lows, transitions, and excitement, but we’re toddling along into this next year with full force. I am currently sitting at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, feeling overwhelmed and inspired by the Mackinac Policy Conference. More […]

Letter from the Editor: It’s Gonna Be May

My dear Michiganders, It’s really happened; the snow has begun to melt. For most of you, actually, the snow is completely gone… unfortunately, us northerners are still sitting on pockets of dirty slush that seems determined to last through the summer. The good news is: I can actually leave the house without a jacket (sometimes)! […]

Traverse City Winter Microbrew & Music Festival feat. Frontier Ruckus

For those of you who haven’t listened to Frontier Ruckus, you’re missing out. While I may be biased because they’re one of my favorite bands of all time, I also think they’re one of the most talented groups to come out of this Great Lakes State and, as such, you, dear readers, should check them […]

Holiday Events in Michigan

The holidays are upon us and nothing puts us in jolly spirits quite like creative events that get us out and about in our communities. At the Awesome Mitten, we have compiled some of our favorite holiday events in Michigan to attend in various regions. Scope out the list below and add some of your […]

Giving Thanks for Grand Rapids Wine, Beer and Food

This weekend is an important one, friends. It’s the weekend before Thanksgiving, which means two things—it’s the last weekend of peace and quiet before family chaos, and it’s the last weekend to pre-stretch your stomach for upcoming turkey feasts. The Grand Rapids International Wine, Beer & Food Festival falls at a perfect time, when you […]

6th Annual International Wine, Beer, & Food Festival

Nearly 2 acres of wine, beer, and food all in one location downtown? That’s right it’s back! The DeVos Place will again play host to the 6th annual International Wine, Beer & Food Festival November 21-23, 2013. Over 100 distinguished wineries, distilleries and breweries will provide samples of the best they have to offer. Attendees […]

Tip of the Mitt Paddlefest

Tip of the Mitt Paddlefest

As kids go back to school and summer comes to a close, the paddlers of Michigan are not going to give up just yet. On September 7 and 8 at Aloha State Park in Cheboygan, MI, Green Veil Outdoor and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources have invited paddlers of all kinds (SUP, kayak, canoe) […]

Traverse City Summer Microbrew & Music Festival

TC Beer Fest

Two days of delicious and innovative Michigan craft beer, delicious local food, bands jamming out to the soul of the summer, and the Village at Grand Traverse Commons as the backdrop – sounds like year number five should be a good one. The Fifth Annual Traverse City Summer Microbrew & Music Festival is sure to […]

Mo Love at Mo Pop Detroit

mo pop festival detroit

Mo Pop Festival is a celebration of the Metro Detroit area featuring local and national musical artists, a beer garden, a food truck rally, and an artists’ village all in one place at Freedom Hill in Sterling Heights, Michigan. Awesome Mitten had the chance to catch up with Mike Childs, the festival’s organizer and a […]

Letter from the Editor: As The Summer Winds Down…

Dearest AM readers, Never fear, we still have a long month of August ahead of us. Plenty of time for swimming, boating, drinking craft beer, watching the sunset, and enjoying hot weather and tan skin. That is, of course, if it ever warms up again. We all live in Michigan because we love having four […]

Gettin’ Weird in the Mitten: Obscure Michigan Festivals

Traverse Colantha Walker Dairy Festival

Michiganders love to celebrate. We like it so much that we are willing to celebrate just about anything. Below we give you a brief sampling of some of the more obscure festivals found throughout the Mitten. Be sure to check some of them out and let us know what you enjoyed about them.   What: […]

Apps & Ales coming to downtown Bay City

Apps & Ales

On Wednesday, May 22, the Bay City Downtown Management Board and Development Authority will host Apps & Ales. 15 downtown eateries and pubs will be featuring speciality beers and appetizers. Although the ales on tap will come from areas across the United States, most of the featured ales are made right in Michigan. Some of […]

#OKLSA13 Photo Walk Amplifies Historic Fort Wayne

Oakaloosa Music Festival 2013

Think you can take pretty pictures? Want to help spread the good word (or image, rather) about Oakaloosa Music Festival? Join Awesome Mitten and the fine festival folks for #OKLSA13 Photo Walk of Historic Fort Wayne to help create awareness about the awesome venue of this year’s exciting new Detroit music festival. The logistics are […]

Top O’ The Mitten: Saint Patrick’s Day in Michigan

It’s that magical time of year again; everyone’s Irish, the world is your friend, rivers run green, and beer, in infinite variety, is within reach. That’s right: Saint Patrick’s Day is just around the corner. If you want to celebrate in style, there’s no better place than Michigan. From all-ages to adults only, there’s an […]

Michigan Tech Winter Carnival to the Winter Rescue

‘Heroes and villains find their powers, in these frozen winter hours!’ Here’s hoping one of those heroes has the ability to continue the inundation of fresh powder for our winter activities. Regardless, we have the annual Michigan Tech Winter Carnival to keep us occupied—truly a heroic event! The Winter Carnival is a huge draw for […]

Sundance Film Festival Shines at The Michigan Theatre

There’s nothing like an old-fashioned downtown movie theatre. They bring the magic and personality of movies right into your backyard. The seats might be a little worn and there are fewer films to choose from, but when you have an afternoon off, or it starts raining and you duck inside to see what’s playing at […]

Fork Fest 2012

The Awesome Mitten (Fork Festival 2012)

As the city of Grand Rapids winds down from four exciting weeks of ArtPrize, it’s time to start examining a new kind of art form- local agriculture. With the welcome explosion of the farm-to-table mentality in Michigan and beyond, where and what you’re eating, whether you’re out and about or just cooking at home, has […]

ArtPrize 2012

The Awesome Mitten ArtPrize

ArtPrize, the largest art competition in the world, Ends at 6:00 pm on Sunday, October 7th in Grand Rapids, MI. On September 23rd, 2009, there was a table and chairs on the bridge and an enormous Lochness Monster likeness chilling in the river. Grand Rapids was stunned. Everywhere you walked, there were artistic additions to […]

The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Walk

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation - The Awesome Mitten

The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) is on a mission to find a cure for Type 1 Diabetes, develop better treatments for its patients, and prevent the disease from disrupting their lives. It is a volunteer-run organization that is helping to educate people and raise awareness about this life-altering disease. The JDRF holds charitable walks in all 50 states, where […]

Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum

After 100 years of growth, development and environmental stewardship, University of Michigan’s Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum is where a naturalist essay meets a Robert Frost poem. Professors, sponsors and researchers have collaborated to make the 700 acres of gardens, greenhouses and natural preserves into a haven for rare wildlife and a fascinating escape […]

Midwest Fest 2012

If you can’t get enough local music, you should check out Midwest Fest on September 25-29 at Mount Pleasant’s Rubble’s Bar.  Featuring 27 bands hailing from Michigan, Illinois, and Indiana, Midwest Fest aims to give concertgoers a taste of the best bands the Midwest has to offer. The goal is to “showcase headliners that come […]

Lights in the Night

The Awesome Mitten(Lights in the Night)

[box type=”info”]Update: This event has been postponed until September 28th due to inclement weather. Read more here.[/box] As Grand Rapids holds its breath in anticipation of hosting its 4th annual ArtPrize Festival, volunteers and artists across the city prepare for national scrutiny and appreciation from enthusiasts, locals, peers and, ultimately, judges. While each festival has […]

CRUSH Birmingham

CRUSH Birmingham - The Awesome Mitten

One of the best ways to kick off the fall season is this year’s CRUSH Birmingham on September 22nd. With an extensive group of honored guests, including honorary wine personality, Bartholomew Broadbent, and honorary executive chef, Brian Polycn, it is guaranteed to be a night full of delicious wine and food pairings. CRUSH Michigan events […]