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 […]

14 Places You Must Celebrate National Beer Day In Michigan

While everyday is a great day to drink a beer, National Beer Day is right around the corner.  Celebrate in style. Michigan is a mecca for craft beer. From our tantalizing tap filled restaurants to our bodacious breweries, the Mitten has craft beer steeze. You can throw a frisbee and hit a brewery or tap house […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

Yetifest: The Ultimate Way To Meet A Yeti

We are deep in the throes of winter here in Michigan. Nothing makes this cold weather more pleasant than an encounter with a Yeti. In Suttons Bay, a whole festival is planned to welcome the legendary man himself. 2017’s Yetifest kicks off January 28th and promises fun activities for the whole family. The Activities The Scavenger […]

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 […]

A Winter Wine Tour of the Old Mission Peninsula

When you think about a weekend away on a wine tour, you may conjure up images of gently rolling hills, a warm summer breeze, and a cheese plate savored on a patio. However, eight of the nine wineries on the Old Mission Peninsula near Traverse City remain open throughout the winter. Have you ever thought […]

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! […]

Letter from the Editor: It’s That Time Again…

The Awesome Mitten - Letter from the Editor

Dearest Michiganders, It’s December in Michigan. For many of us, that means nesting — catching up on domestic tasks, drinking lots of tea or other warming beverages (read: TC Whiskey hot toddies, anyone?), spending a ton of time in sweats, emptying Netflix queues, and generally avoiding the outdoors as much as possible. In the last […]

Letter from the Editor: So Begins the Blustery Season

The Awesome Mitten - November Letter from the Editor

  The Great White North has started to feel extra north-y over the last week or so — we’re even seeing that white stuff beginning to form on windshields and lawns overnight. Nothing is sticking, yet, but it sure is back with a vengeance! Even still, Michigan isn’t much without it’s notorious season-changing. It’s one […]

Letter from the Editor: It’s Autumn?!

Hey y’all, I’m honestly not sure where the time has gone. Between planning a mega-event that’s just a week and half away, working my regular job (albeit less than satisfactorily, according to my perfectionism), and forgetting to eat (which I do even when I’m not this busy), my last few months have been a whirlwind. […]

Letter From the Editor: Where Has Summer Gone?

Dearest Michiganders, The temperature hasn’t hit 70 today. This is one of the many reasons why I’m having a very hard time believing that August is almost here. How? Why? Where did Summer 2014 disappear to? My standard operating procedures (i.e. swimming twice a day and drinking beer on the beach) have been mangled by […]

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 […]

Parallel 45 To Perform “Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind”

Thank you to Parallel 45 for the following information.   Parallel 45, a professional theatre company based in northern Michigan, will put their signature spin on the long-running, late-night hit Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind by the Neo-Futurists July 25 and 26 at the InsideOut Gallery in Traverse City. P45’s professional actors come from careers […]

Letter from the Editor: Summertime & the livin’ is easy

Letter from the Editor - The Awesome Mitten

Dear readers, You won’t hear much complaining from me over the coming weeks–summertime has finally arrived in northern Michigan and it seems like it’s here to stay. Sunny skies, green trees, and sparkling lakes are constantly calling me away from my desk. Luckily, I’ve built in as much time as possible to find balance between […]

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 […]

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 […]

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)! […]

Letter from the Editor: Endless Winter

Dearest Michiganders, A word to the wise: the best way to shake these endless winter blues is to sweat. A lot. I’ve been up in the gym just workin’ on my fitness this month, folks, and I must say that it’s working wonders for my mood. It helps me smile through all the grayness and […]

Letter from the Editor: White, Fluffy Stuff

Hiya Mitteners! Who’s loving this weather? My snow berms have grown from nothing in November to almost five feet today–and I adore it. Earlier this week we celebrated the University of Michigan’s first snow day in 38 years and the millionth snow day for most public schools statewide. But, the sun is shining on this […]

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 […]

Bravo Zulu Brewery

The Awesome Mitten [Bravo Zulu Brewery]

If you’ve been anywhere near Northern Michigan, then you are well aware of the handful of breweries that have popped up within the past couple of years. If there is one thing that Michigan folk are crazy about, it’s beer. And maybe snow. Although, this time of year I’d question how much we all love […]

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 […]

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) […]