Feeling the January slump already? There are plenty of fun things to do this weekend in the mitten to cheer you up after the first week back at work after the holidays! We’ve picked out something fun for everyone in our Top Five Things To Do.
5. Plymouth Ice Festival
If you’re out and about in the Detroit area this weekend you will want to check out one of the largest free ice festivals in Michigan! The 34th annual Plymouth Ice Festival will have a handful of fun events and activities for families to enjoy in addition to the amazing sculptures on display. The ice sculptures are available for viewing 24 hours a day and will remain standing after the event – weather permitting. Each night the Ice Garden is lit at 7 p.m. Festival hours are 3-8 p.m. Jan. 8, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Jan. 9 and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Jan. 10. For a list of events and more information go to http://plymouthicefestival.com
4. Downtown Chili Cook- Off in Traverse City
If you love chili, Traverse City is your destination this Saturday! The Downtown Traverse City Association is hosting its 22nd Annual Downtown Chili Cook- Off at the Park Place Hotel. All of your favorite kinds of chili, including White, Seafood, No Bean, Ethnic and even 1, 2 and 3 Alarm (if you dare), will make up several categories for local restaurants to compete in. It begins at 11 a.m. Tickets are $10 for a sampler of 8 tastes. More info at http://downtowntc.com.
3. Winter Wheat – A Celebration of Traditional Music and Dance
Are you counting down the days until this summer’s Wheatland Music Festival? Well you’re in luck, The Wheatland Music Organization has the perfect solution to our winter blues. This concert event will be held on two stages Saturday at The Intersection, featuring live music from over a dozen traditional and folk bands. If show runners like Peat in the Creel, Delilah Dewylde and The Accidentals aren’t enough, there will be Waltzes, Cajun and Zydeco music at Winter Wheat, as well as square and contra dancing in the showroom. The music starts at 12:30 p.m. and runs until midnight. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. A full schedule of acts can be found at sectionlive.com. Details at http://wheatlandmusic.org.
2. Grand Rapids Remodeling and New Homes Show
If you’re like the rest of us and have lofty New Year’s resolutions like finishing that home improvement project (or losing those holiday lbs) it helps to get a productive start. You might want to check out Grand Rapids Remodeling and New Homes Show presented by the Home Builders Association of Greater Grand Rapids. There will be over 200 displays of West Michigan’s best building and design services as well as headlining speakers including HGTV’s Tyler Devereaux, author Boyce Thompson and interior designer Leslie Hart. It takes place Friday-Sunday at DeVos Place.
Tickets are available at the DeVos box office or online at http://showspan.com.
And our No. 1 thing to do…..The Great Brew Ha Ha at DeltaPlex Arena
Hosted by our sister radio station 101.3 The Brew, The Great Brew Ha Ha will take place this Friday and Saturday and will feature more than 150 awesome craft brews paired with comedy and music by Mike at Night as well as an AC/DC cover band called Let There Be Rock. Tickets start at $15 in advance for a one-day pass and 5 sample tickets. A designated driver ticket sells for $10. Hours are 5-10 p.m. Friday and 1-10 p.m. Saturday. More info at http://1013thebrew.com
What’s coming up on this weekend’s Behind the Mitten?
We’re going to Perrin Brewery in Comstock Park to find out what’s new in 2016 and what fans can expect for a new session IPA that will be released on Jan. 18. We’ll also talk to one of John’s former basketball players who is now a popular musician. Oh, and you know we’ll do BEER OF THE WEEK!
Make sure to tune in if you get a chance.
You’ll find All things Michigan on “Behind the Mitten” — 6 p.m. Sunday on Newsradio WOOD 1300 & 1069 FM
By Hannah Olson