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 […]

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 […]

24 Shops To Celebrate Record Store Day In Michigan

You’ve heard of Christmas in July, but April 22nd is practically the best holiday of the year for music lovers. Record Store Day celebrates the love of vinyl, independent record shops, and vibrant music communities all across the nation. This year claims to be even bigger and better. It’s the 10th anniversary of Record Store […]

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! […]

5 Things To Do in West Michigan This Fall

Now that school is back in session, pumpkin spice is everywhere, and summer is unofficially over, it’s time to look ahead to one of Michigan’s most vibrant seasons, Fall! There are a ton of activities this time of year to pack your weekend schedules, and here are 5 of my West Michigan favorites to get you […]

Southerner Meets Michigan: Exploring Eastown Grand Rapids

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Ah, Eastown–where creativity runs rampant and “old meets new” is a way of life. This community of innovative, driven people is also a hub for emerging fashion, culinary, and lifestyle trends that focus on the importance of craftsmanship and individuality. If you haven’t yet experienced it for yourself, check out these five characteristics that make […]

Grand Rapids NBA D-League Team

The Grand Rapids-based NBA D-League Team, affiliate of the Detroit Pistons, officially got a name today. The team will be known as the Grand Rapids Drive and will begin play this fall. The Drive will play their home games at the 4500-seat DealtaPlex Arena in Walker, just west of Grand Rapids. Tickets for GR Drive […]

West Michigan’s Best Beaches

The Awesome Mitten- West Michigan's Best Beaches

As residents of Michigan, we spent the better part of this past winter trekking through blizzards and sliding on icy roads but now that the summer sunshine has finally arrived, I think we all deserve a nice day at the beach! Our beautiful mitten is outlined by the sandy beaches of the Great Lakes and […]

“Big Ben” Risinger joins Team Awesome

Hello! I have to say that I am VERY excited to become a member of the amazing Team Awesome. I recently moved to Grand Rapids from Indianapolis, Indiana where I had a new media and TV show called DoItIndy. Basically, Awesome Mitten is a Michigan version of DoItIndy. I love the focus of Awesome Mitten […]

Letter from the Editor: there’s no place like Michigan for the holidays

Dear Readers, The holiday season is upon us! Up here in the great white north, I’ve broken out my Sorel boots, Baabaazuzu fingerless mittens (which I picked up at their 20th anniversary party just last week!), and a whole slew of winter coats, accessories, and toys. I’m looking forward to getting out on the trails […]

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 […]

Brewers Giving Back- the “Tree Beer”

Anyone who has gotten swept up in the homebrew/craft beer/brewery tour/Beer City wave knows that the brewing industry is about as collaborative as it gets. Head brewers achieved a piece of celebrity as Grand Rapids was awarded the title of Beer City 2013: a boon to local business and area hotels as beer tourists began […]

Want a Great Lakes-Ready Beach Bod… Without All the Running?

I’m going to be completely honest: I hate running. Obviously I know it’s great for your body, and I have plenty of friends and family who swear by the endorphine high a good jog provides. But for me, running equals boredom and inspires a painful burning protest deep in my body, which I can only […]

Vernacular Spectacular!

The Awesome Mitten - Vernacular Spectacular!

Michigan has its own language. It took me a while to notice this, and much of it was after people from other states pointed it out to me. Not only do we Michiganders have our own words, but we have our own way of pronouncing words that others use. It is quite ridiculous – and […]

The Cheapest Beer in Grand Rapids

The Awesome Mitten-Cheapest Beer in Grand Rapids

There’s a timeless tradition afoot in Grand Rapids. People get dressed up and go from door to door, looking for treats and doing things they might not want their boss to find out about – that’s right, bar-hopping! Now, you may think to yourself, “But, Brian, going to the bar is expensive!” I know your […]

Seven of Michigan’s Best Bookstores

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Bookstores are magical places: the way they smell, the endless trove of knowledge and stories available, and the perfectly wonderful sense of relaxation that is immediately felt upon entering. They are for losing yourself in, whiling away countless hours wandering around calming shelves, and leaving satisfied with what you eventually pick out. Paring down a […]

Fork Fest 2012

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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 […]

Lights in the Night

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[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 […]

The Best Burger in America!

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The Best Burger in America. Where would you expect it to be? If you said Grand Rapids’ own arcade/restaurant/bar/vegetarian and vegan haven, Stella’s Lounge, you’d be right! Having just received the honor from July’s issue of GQ Magazine, the local prestige of Stella’s unique atmosphere can’t be overestimated. GQ Deputy Editor, Michael Hainey, announced it on […]


The Awesome Mitten - Hoptoberfest

Autumn is coming up fast in Grand Rapids and that means that it’s just about time for the 2nd annual Hoptoberfest! This particular fall beer and music festival offers ticketholders a day and a half celebration of Michigan brews accompanied by live “sophistafunk” music. Hoptoberfest will take place downtown Grand Rapids, on Ionia Street between […]

2012 WGRD Summer Craft Beer Festival

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As temperatures slowly descend to a chilly 81 degrees, one begins to consider the implications of summer’s end. Have I done everything I wanted to do? Have I squeezed in as many outdoor activities as I possibly could have? If the answer is no, then I do believe your opportunity is happening this Saturday! The […]