Winter Festivals in West Michigan

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (ABC 4)- West Michigan is beautiful in all seasons, especially winter! This time of year, it transforms into a gorgeous wonderland featuring stunning scenery and annual events and activities to enjoy!

If you’re craving to get outdoors, explore and make the most of the season, then check out these festivals many West Michiganders look forward to yearly!

World of Winter

Location: Downtown Grand Rapids

Date: Jan 6- March 5, 2023

The Midwest’s largest winter festival returns with over 100 free events, activities and outdoor installations. Bring the entire family along to enjoy this one-of-a-kind experience in Downtown Grand Rapids.

See events, outdoor art, and more here.

A photo of the cardboard sled race at Grand Haven's Winterfest on Jan. 25, 2020.

Grand Haven Winter Fest

Location: Grand Haven

Date: Jan 26-29, 2023

Winter fun is for everyone in Grand Haven! During the last weekend of January, get outdoors and be active with fun activities to keep you warm and entertained. The interactive festival, first established in 1976, features a world-famous sled race, a family dog ​​pull, bonfire bash, snow angel contest and more fun for the community!

Find more details here.

Traverse City Comedy Fest

Location: Traverse City (multiple venues)

Date: Feb 2-4, 2023

Prepare to laugh until you possibly cry! The Downtown Traverse City Association (DTCA) is excited to present the comedy fest featuring “a mix of stand-up performers, improv, podcast tapings and specialty shows.” The two-day event will take place in a host of local venues including the City Opera House, Traverse City Comedy Club, Encore 201, the Workshop Brewing Company and Hotel Indigo.

Purchase tickets and view more details here.

Winter Beer Festival

Location: LMCU Ballpark, Comstock Park

Date: Feb 25, 2023

Time: 1-6pm

Get ready to fill your cups with Michigan’s finest beers! The 17th Annual Winter Beer Festival features beverages from local breweries plus great entertainment! Enjoy live music, local performers and carving demonstrations outside.

Purchase tickets and view event information here.

Lansing Winter Fest

Location: Downtown Lansing

Date: Feb 26, 2023

Time: 11am-5pm

Bundle up! Downtown Lansing invites the community to experience a day of “socially-safe” outdoor fun! The Lansing WinterFest features public art sculptures made of ice, human Hungry Hippo games, winter markets, and cold butt boat races.

See what else is in store here.

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