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Michigan Bucket List: Christmas Markets

Christmas Markets add a sparkle to the holiday experience. Here is a list of some of the markets taking place across Michigan this season.

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Benne Anderson to Lead GRPS Turkey Trot as Honorary Race Director

GRPS alum and running champion Benne Anderson will serve as this year’s honorary race director.

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5 Things to Do This Fall in Rogers City

There’s a lot to discover in this community along Michigan’s sunrise coast during the fall.

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Michigan Bucket List: Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks

If you love ice skating, you’ll want to check out these outdoor ice skating rinks and enjoy this fun winter activity.

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5 Things to Do This Fall in Three Oaks

There’s a lot to discover in this Southwest Michigan community during the fall.

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5 Winter Things to Do in Michigan

Activities are easier to come by in the summer than in the winter. We know this. But exciting winter activities in Michigan aren't as limited as you may think. Here are five fun ideas.

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5 Things to Do This Fall in Houghton

There’s a lot to discover in this Upper Peninsula community during the fall. 

Vegan Thanksgiving spread from Detroit Street Filling Station
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Vegan Thanksgiving: Metro Detroit Restaurants, Food Trucks With 2023 Holiday Menus

Detroit area vegans rejoice! There’s a long list of metro Detroit and Michigan restaurants offering 100% plant-based Thanksgiving meals.

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How to Celebrate Native American Heritage Month in Michigan

November is Native American Heritage Month. These Michigan sites and landmarks celebrate the rich and important history of Native Americans. Check out this list of Native American-owned businesses to support as well.

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Turkey Trots Happening Across Michigan in 2023

Turkey Trots are a fun way to offset some of those calories from a Thanksgiving Day meal.

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Michigan Islands: What are some of the most popular?

We all know Michigan’s most famous island, but it’s just one of hundreds along Michigan’s coasts.

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5 Things to Do This Fall in Harbor Springs

There’s a lot to discover in this Northern Michigan community during the fall.

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5 Things to Do This Fall in Northport

There’s a lot to discover in this Northern Michigan community during the fall.

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5 Things to Do This Fall in Marquette

There’s a lot to discover in this Upper Peninsula community during the fall.  

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Falls 5Ks in Michigan

Are you ready to run this fall? The list of 5Ks happening all across Michigan in October and November is long. Here's where they are and how to sign up.

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Michigan Bucket List: U-Pick Pumpkin Patches 

Pumpkin patches are a fall treat in Michigan. Find a good one, then stay for a wagon ride, eat a donut and do a little pumpkin bowling.

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5 Things to Do This Fall in Coldwater

There’s a lot to discover in this Southern Michigan community during the fall.

Lake Superior Chapel Beach in Autumn at Pictured Rocks
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Beautiful Michigan: Top Picturesque Locations For Fall

Grabbing photos of fall foliage here in Michigan makes for a fantastic October activity. So, where are the best places in the state to capture the perfect fall images?

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5 Things to Do This Fall in Port Huron

Located along Michigan's Thumbcoast, Port Huron is a vibrant waterfront community.

Some of Michigan’s best and longest-running haunted houses are opening back up for the fall season. Check out this list of 15 of the scariest haunted attractions the state. Happy haunting! 
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15 of the Best Haunted Houses in Michigan 

Michigan is home to some of the most creative, elaborate and downright horrifying haunted houses in the country. Here are 15 of the best!

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5 Things to Do This Fall in Whitefish Point / Paradise

There’s a lot of natural beauty to explore in the Upper Peninsula community of Whitefish Point / Paradise.

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ArtPrize Artist Connects Art, Healing in Piece Made with Robot Vacuum

Amanda Koss is showing her paintings "Self" and "Dustbin Timberlake" at the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan office in downtown Grand Rapids during the annual art festival.

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5 Things to Do This Fall in Frankenmuth

This Mid-Michigan community is a popular destination for people who like to celebrate Bavarian traditions and Christmas year-round. 

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Michigan Bucket List: Michigan Cider Mills

As summer gives way to fall, it’s time for a visit to a cider mill to enjoy apple picking, apple cider and donuts.

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5 Things to Do This Fall in Belleville

There’s a lot to discover in this lakeside community southwest of Detroit during the fall.

Michigan Bucket List: Apple Orchards to Explore This Fall 
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Michigan Bucket List: Apple Orchards to Explore This Fall 

Nothing says fall in Michigan like filling a bushel basket full of freshly-picked apples. If you want to put a U-pick day on your list this autumn, we can help.

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5 Things to Do This Summer in Three Rivers

From the arts and cultural events to recreational activities, there’s a lot to do in Three Rivers during the summer.

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5 Things to Do This Summer in Grayling

With its prime location on the AuSable River, there are a lot of things to do in Grayling during the summer.

Michigan's Upper Peninsula, Eagle Harbor Lighthouse.
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5 Things to Do This Summer in Eagle Harbor 

There’s a lot to discover in this hidden gem on Keweenaw Peninsula during the summer.

Sand Point Lighthouse In Downtown Escanaba Michigan
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5 Things to Do This Summer in Escanaba 

There’s a lot to do in the port city of Escanaba during the summer.

Park Bench on the Bay
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5 Things to Do this Summer in Frankfort 

This picturesque lakeshore village sits at the foothills of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

Finding the Music
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Michigan Bucket List: Free Outdoor Concerts 

Bring a blanket, a camp chair and some snacks. It’s time for free summer concerts.

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
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5 Things to Do this Summer in Ann Arbor 

Even during the summer when most classes are out, there’s always something going on in Ann Arbor.

Silhouetted view of attractive young couple, boy and girl embracing, spending time together, sitting in the car while watching a movie in a drive in cinema
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Michigan’s Vintage Drive-In Movie Theaters 

Ready for some nostalgic fun? Roll into one of Michigan’s vintage drive-ins for a summer night adventure. 

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Michigan Bucket List: Minor League Baseball Parks 

Peanuts, popcorn and home runs. Who is ready to head to a ballgame?

Mackinaw Island Town View
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5 Things to Do This Summer on Mackinac Island

Michigan’s famed island is known for taking people back in time with its horse-and-carriage transportation and historic buildings.

Tranquil scene with Adirondack chairs looking over a lavender field with blue sky and white clouds in Michigan
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Michigan Bucket List: Where to Visit Lavender Farms 

Lavender lovers know these dainty blue-purple flowers have a heady scent. Choose one of these lavender farms to add to your Michigan bucket list this summer.

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Michigan Bucket List: U-Pick Cherry Farms 

Head to a local orchard and pick your own cherries this summer. They are a healthy, sweet or tart treat.

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Biggest County Fairs in Michigan   

County fairs are a great way to learn more about the community and celebrate Michigan culture with a fun summer tradition.

Jackson’s Zero Bar & Lounge owners pose for a photo in front of their new mobile bar.
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Jackson’s Zero Bar & Lounge Brings the Party to Michigan Events and Celebrations Without Alcohol 

One had the dream, one had the drinks: the woman-owned Zero Bar & Lounge adds to the growing list of alcohol-free social options in Michigan.

Traverse City Cherry Festival
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Michigan Bucket List: National Cherry Festival in Traverse City

The National Cherry Festival in Traverse City is a summer bucket list event to celebrate one of Michigan's largest agricultural industries.

Grand Marais
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5 Things to Do This Summer in Grand Marais 

Grand Marais in the eastern Upper Peninsula sits along the south shore of Lake Superior and is a gateway to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

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5 Things to Do This Summer in Brighton 

From a seasonal waterpark in a lake to recreation areas that take hikers from hardwood forests to meadows, Brighton is a great place to get away from it all.

Family watching hot air balloons during a Michigan summer festival
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Michigan Bucket List: Summer Festivals to Put on Your Calendar

This summer, there’s something for everybody in this lineup of Michigan summer festivals that are a must-add to your bucket list.

River Staircase
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5 Things to Do in Oscoda This Summer 

From fishing or kayaking adventures on the famed Au Sable River to hiking trails or splashing in Lake Huron, Oscoda has an activity you’re sure to love.

Juneteenth in Detroit
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Detroit Juneteenth Celebrations in 2023

Metro Detroiters can meaningfully celebrate Juneteenth in Detroit in a multitude of ways, from festivals to special dinners to educational events.

Solstice Sundown at St. Joseph Lighthouses
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5 Things to Do in St. Joseph This Summer 

St. Joe is home to sugar-sand beaches, a giant splash pad and its landmark Silver Beach Carousel. Here are 5 things to do during a visit.

Girlfriends meeting at the LGBTQI pride
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Pride 2023 Events Throughout Michigan

Festivals, parades and family-friendly activities are all on tap as Pride events fill up the summer calendar across Michigan.

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Absence of Proof Detroit Appeals to Detroit’s Sober Curious Crowd with Non-Alcoholic Events 

Absence of Proof offers “a night off of drinking.” The NYC-based company is now in Detroit with pop-up hangout options for the sober curious.

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What is AAPI Month? 

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month is a wonderful way to learn more about this important culture and its contributions.

Wooden Windmill in Holland Michigan
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5 Things to Do This Spring in Holland  

A favorite Lake Michigan vacation spot, Holland was settled by the Dutch in the mid-1800s and is still known for its springtime tulips and beaches.

A mother and daughter enjoy a meal of chicken wings together.
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Mother’s Day 2023: Michigan Events to Celebrate with Mom This Year 

From Detroit to Holland to Kalamazoo, there are Mother’s Day markets, outdoors events and live shows happening all over Michigan in 2023.

Notable Cinco de Mayo celebrations across Michigan are regaining full strength after two abbreviated years of balancing safety and fun amid the COVID-19 pandemic.  
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5 Ways to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo Across Michigan in 2023

No matter where you live in Michigan, family-friendly Cinco de Mayo celebrations are happening across the state between April 29 and May 7.

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Ways to Celebrate Earth Day Across Michigan 

Earth Day is approaching. How will you be celebrating our planet?

Cherry Blossom in Traverse City in Michigan
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Michigan Spring Bucket List: Cherry Blossoms in Traverse City

No need to fly to D.C., here's how to get your cherry blossom fix in Northern Michigan. Check out our list of Old Mission Peninsula drives and things to see.

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Best Places to See Migrating Birds in Michigan 

The song of a red-winged blackbird is one of the first signs of spring. Here are some great places to see migrating birds in Michigan.

Eva Martin poses for a photo with caretakers at Crestwood Village Assisted Living.
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102-year-old Detroit Baseball Superfan is with Team Through ‘Good and the Bad’ 

The Detroit Tigers may not be a dominant force in Major League Baseball in 2023, but 102-year-old Eva Martin will be watching anyway.

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Spring Festivals to Put on Your Calendar 

It’s time to head outside to play. Spring in Michigan means sunshine, festivals and all kinds of fun. 

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Three Non-Alcoholic St. Paddy’s Day Drinks

Here are three delicious and easy-to-make non-alcoholic St. Paddy's Day drinks that are perfect for celebrating the holiday.

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Alcohol-Free Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day 

Trying to steer clear of the shots-and-pints crowd on St. Paddy’s Day? We’ve got some non-alcoholic ways to say cheers to the holiday.

A mixed race senior couple joyfully embrace a snow shower while out for a walk in the forest. They are wearing snowshoes and warm clothing. The woman has her arms raised and is looking up at the falling snowflakes. The woman's husband is in the background walking towards her. He is smiling and watching her joyous display.
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Michigan-Themed Valentine’s Day Ideas 

How do you know you’re from The Mitten State? Maybe it’s because you know just how to celebrate Valentine’s Day with fun, friends - and a little bit of love.

Second Baptist Church and the Alger Theater represent two of the most historic sites in Detroit in terms of significant Black history.
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7 Detroit Black History Sites to Visit 

These historic Detroit sites and landmarks document both the triumphs and hardships of Black Americans who have ties to the city.

Woman captures a photograph of another woman during the Grand Rapids World of Winter festival.
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Winter Festivals in Michigan in 2023 

Looking for festive winter events to attend? The Michigan winter festivals on this list take place between January and March of 2023.

Window Shopping in the City
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Michigan Christmas Bucket List  

Here are some of our favorite holiday activities around the state that you and your family can do this holiday season.

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5 Ways to Celebrate Hanukkah in Detroit in 2022

Celebrate the Jewish “festival of lights” by attending one or more of these five Hanukkah celebrations happening in or around Detroit.

Smiling young woman wrapping Christmas presents with recycled paper
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Sustainable Holiday Gift Guide 

Ready to save money and go easy on the Earth this season? Buy your friends and family sustainable gifts.

The Christmas tree and lights surrounding Campus Martius in downtown Detroit
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Michigan Bucket List: Christmas Light Displays

One of the best Michigan winter activities is visiting one of the many extravagant Christmas light displays. Here are some of our favorites.

A large crowd participates in the 2021 Grand Rapids Turkey Trot.
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Winter 5ks and Turkey Trots Happening Across Michigan in 2022 

Bundle up in your coziest winter fitness gear and take part in some of the Michigan winter 5K’s and Turkey Trots happening this year.

Michigan veterans participate in the annual Detroit Veteran's Day Parade.
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Veteran’s Day: Michigan Events, Ceremonies and Celebrations in 2022 

Veteran’s Day is coming up. In Michigan, there are tons of way to honor those who sacrificed their lives to protect our freedom.

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Meteor Showers to Watch for in November 

Grab a blanket, settle back and enjoy the skywatching scene. November has a few meteor showers ready to put on a show.

Kids decorate their Christmas tree.
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How Early is Too Early to Decorate for Christmas?

Is it after Halloween? Is it after Thanksgiving? How early is too early to decorate for Christmas? We dive into it here.

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Artist Uses ArtPrize Entries to Pay Tribute to Heroes 

After a hero saved his life in 2016, ArtPrize artist Dan Bledsaw has been highlighting heroes in his ArtPrize entries.

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ArtPrize Artist’s Work Featured in Hospitals for ‘Calming Effect’  

BCBSM is featuring the ArtPrize entry of Cheryl Haithco, whose work has been on display in hospitals.

If you’re a Dream Cruise regular, you probably know how to prepare for the day. But if it’s been a while since you’ve been one of the million-plus annual attendees – or you are brand new to it – this survival guide should get you ready to fully enjoy this iconic event.  
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2023 Woodward Dream Cruise Preview & Survival Guide 

The Dream Cruise can be a grind if you’re not prepared. Read these packing tips, nearby restaurants, parking options and best viewing spots.

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Michigan Bucket List: Sunflower Festivals   

Check out some of the Michigan farms that are hosting sunflower festivals this summer and fall.

The Woodward Dream Cruise is a blast, but with all that walking and time in the sun comes the need to refuel and recharge. These food and drink spots can help.
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Woodward Dream Cruise 2023: 10 Places to Fuel Up Along the Route 

The Woodward Dream Cruise is a blast but with all that walking and sun exposure comes the need to refuel and recharge. These food and drink spots can help.

Woman buys kale at a farmer's market
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Insider Shopping Tips for Farmer’s Markets

Farmer’s markets offer a lush array of healthy foods while supporting local farmers, growers and sellers. Follow these tips to get the most out of your market.

BCN Cascade Grand Rapids - employees stand next to a pinwheel garden in the grass in front of the office for Child Abuse Prevention month
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Pinwheel Gardens Symbolize Our Role in Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect

This April, look for gardens of blue pinwheels in communities across Michigan — reminders that we all play a role in preventing child abuse and neglect.

Amzie Griffin can remember the team the Detroit Tigers played, the final score and even members on the roster during his very first opening day as a vendor.
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Detroit Tigers Vendor ‘Excited’ for 61st Opening Day with Team

When Amzie Griffin first became a vendor for the Detroit Tigers, Dwight Eisenhower was the U.S. President. Six decades later, Griffin is still there.

Butterflies at Frederik Meijer Gardens
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6 Michigan Cities for a Fun, Low-Cost Spring Break Trip

An exciting spring break can be found right here in Michigan. Here are six destinations to get you started.

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