Welcome to the dynamic cityscape of West Michigan! From the vibrant streets of Grand Rapids to the quaint coastal towns like Saugatuck, Holland, and South Haven, this region offers a rich blend of culture, history, and natural beauty. Whether you're a local or a curious traveler, there's always something new to discover, check out the happening events this February.
Experience the enchanting transformation of Downtown Grand Rapids into a winter wonderland each winter season. The World of Winter Festival stands as the largest winter celebration in the Midwest and has secured its spot among the "10 Most Epic U.S. Winter Festivals Worth Braving the Cold For," as recognized by TheTravel website. Spanning two months, this extraordinary festival boasts colossal art installations, engaging events, and enjoyable activities suitable for all ages.
Whether you're a seasoned skater or a first-timer, there's a timeless joy in gliding on the glistening surface of the Rosa Parks Circle Ice Rink. Skates are free with admissions, ranging from toddler 8 to men's 15. Beginners can enjoy the ice with available balance aids. Skates are offered on a first-come, first-served basis, but feel free to bring your own. Convenient public restrooms are on-site, and the rink is wheelchair accessible, ensuring a magical winter experience for everyone. After skating, explore the vibrant dining scene in GR for a perfect conclusion to your enchanting day.
Join the parade by walking or dancing in the "second line," sharing smiles and laughter as we eagerly anticipate the upcoming seasons. Embrace the festive spirit by dressing for the occasion, twirling parasols, and waving handkerchiefs, or simply come as you are. It's a celebration that combines the charm of Saugatuck with the vibrant energy of Mardi Gras, all while supporting a meaningful cause. Don't miss out on this unique blend of music, community, and fundraising fun!
Don't miss out on the Museum on Tap fundraiser – an evening packed with fun, featuring beer, cider, and wine tastings. For those who prefer non-alcoholic options, we've got you covered too! Indulge in a culinary experience with delightful food, participate in raffles, and engage in a silent auction. Take the opportunity to explore the fascinating exhibits at the Holland Museum, all while knowing that your attendance supports upcoming museum programs and exhibits. Join us for a lively and enjoyable night that not only tantalizes your taste buds but also contributes to the cultural enrichment of our community. Your presence makes a meaningful impact on the continued success of the museum's mission.
Discover the enchanting world of ice sculpting at Holland on Ice, a two-day downtown Holland, Michigan event. Marvel at master ice carvers transforming frozen blocks into stunning art along 8th street and in GDK park, following this year's theme, "Aquarium." Immerse yourself in the wonder as you interact and take pictures with these icy creations. As you explore the sculptures and community festivities. Plus, experience the thrill of the first-ever Holland on Ice 5K run on Saturday – register now for an adrenaline-pumping adventure!
Step into a winter wonderland of flavors at the Indoor Market, hosted within the charming Holland Civic Center Place at 150 West 8th Street. With over 25 vendors gracing the Winter Market throughout the season, patrons are in for a treat with fresh produce and locally produced delights. From winter and greenhouse-grown produce to artisanal bread, sweet treats, honey, maple syrup, jams, coffee, meat, seafood, cheese, and more – the market is a treasure trove of culinary delights!
Celebrate 30 years of winter wonder at South Haven's Ice Breaker Festival! This family-friendly extravaganza features dazzling ice sculptures, a Chili Cook-off, 6th annual Cardboard Sled Race, a Pub Slide, a Frozen Fish Fling event, outdoor ice skating, S'mores Roasting, and more! Witness the transformation of over 40 blocks of ice, each weighing 300-600 pounds, into incredible frozen art at this annual event. Enjoy food, drinks, and entertainment specials at local bars and restaurants, all while admiring the sculptures. Warm up by the "Heat the Streets" fire pits for the perfect winter experience. This Festival offers fun for all, with proceeds supporting local non-profit organizations. Don't miss the icy excitement in downtown South Haven.
As West Michigan unveils its winter wonders, there's something for everyone, regardless of age. Dive into the festivities, and if you find yourself attending these events, don't forget to share with the #andreacrossmangroup. Embrace the season, stay warm, and let the winter fun begin. Cheers to making unforgettable memories and celebrating the beauty of winter in West Michigan.
Written by: Natalia Cruz
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