After being all cooped up inside during the winter, there is plenty to see and explore in Michigan now that spring is here. Take a look at what fun things you can do around our state now that it’s warming up!

Southeast Michigan

Annual Cinco De Mayo Festival – May 7

If you’re craving fresh, delicious Mexican food try out the annual Cinco De Mayo Festival in Detroit. The festival features authentic cuisine, Latin music artists, local organizations onsite and more.

Belle Isle State Park

If you want to enjoy a family picnic on a warm, sunny day you can’t go wrong with a trip to Belle Isle Park. The park is more than 900 acres in the middle of the Detroit River and is considered a jewel of Detroit. Also enjoy the Great Lakes Museum, aquarium or new nature center on the island when you’re there.

Michigan Lavender Festival – June 23-25

Get ready for a sensory overload that the 21st annual Michigan Lavender Festival! The festival offers a true “Symphony for the Senses” – the subtle yet sweet aroma of lavender will be everywhere. Enjoy locally crafted lavender products, artisan goods, lavender-themed classes, artists workshops and more.


Fishville Farms Artists’ Fling Craft & Vendor Show – April 15-16

Join 40+ local crafters, vendors and small businesses at the second annual Fishville Farms Spring Fling Craft & Vendor show in Chelsea. Be ready to shop all things: products, art and books! Local food trucks will also be onsite.

Zehnder’s Spring Events

Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth has a number of spring events this year – just look at their event calendar! Whether you’re hoping to try new local craft beers or visit the Easter bunny, the German-inspired restaurant has tons of family-friendly events this spring.

West Michigan

Tulip Time Festival – May 6-14

Experience the beauty of Holland through their 2023 Tulip Time festival. The festival does not occur in a single location – over eight days in May various events and activities take place throughout Holland – mostly within a four-mile radius of downtown Holland.

Check Out the Art Scene in Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids has long been known for its respect for art and artists. Grand Rapids is home to one of the world’s 100 most-visited art museums, the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park and more.

Butterflies Bloom at the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park – March and April

The annual Fred & Dorothy Fichter Butterflies Are Blooming exhibition at Meijer Gardens is the largest temporary tropical butterfly exhibit in the nation. Tropical butterflies from around the world fly freely in the Lena Meijer Tropical Conservatory every March and April.

Northern Michigan

Native American Festival – May 27

The annual 2023 Native American Festival returns May 25 at the Museum of Ojibwa Culture in St. Ignace. It is a day to recognize and celebrate the rich culture and contributions of the Anishinaabe people from the area. The festival, just off the shores of Lake Huron, shines with amazing energy, pride and excitement in the drummers, dancers, workshop hosts and more.

Mackinaw Island Lilac Festival – June 9-18

This year marks the 75th annual Mackinac Island Lilac Festival. It is the largest and most historic festival on Mackinaw Island. It’s 10 days of celebrating the lilac trees and their unique history on Mackinac Island. Join guests during the Lilac Queen coronation, 10K run/walk, lilac walking tours, planting seminars, live music, a cornhole tournament and more!

We hope you enjoy “springing” into the season over the next few weeks!