Libby’s Picks: Northern Michigan Events February 17–19

The MyNorth Calendar of upcoming Northern Michigan events highlights some of the amazing things going on across the North. Hand-picked by MyNorth Media’s Calendar Editor, Libby Stallman, there’s something for everyone.


February 17–19

WinterFest Higgins Lake is classic winter fun for all! CRAZY cardboard classic, Kids Karnival, Snowshoe Scavenger Hunt, Snowmobile Radar Run, Broomball, Fishing Derby with great prizes, Chili Cook-off, AfterGlow Rewards Celebration, Pancake Breakfast, Bowling Specials, Campfire and S’mores after Cross Country Skiing, Horse Drawn Wagon Rides, and more. $5 button covers the majority of activities. February 17–18

Petoskey Winter Carnival includes snowshoeing at Pennsylvania Park, a snowman-building contest, skating, a 5k fun run, a cardboard sled competition and more. 231.347.4150, February 17–19

Northport Winter Carnival is a special celebration of winter with broomball, milk jug curling, kids games, cardboard sled races, chili contest, hot dogs and hot chocolate. 11 a.m.–4 p.m., Braman Hill Park. 231.386.5575, February 18

Glen Lake Winterfest festivities start at 7 a.m. with the Perch Fishing Contest and go until 3 p.m. with the Chili Cook-Off. February 18

Old Friends: A Simon & Garfunkel Tribute is a stunning recreation of Simon & Garfunkel’s 1981 Concert in Central Park. City Opera House, Traverse City. 231.941.8082, February 18

Betsy Bay Frozen 5k: Experience a fun winter run in Northern Michigan where avid runners are willing to face chilly temps and wind gusts off Lake Michigan in Frankfort and Elberta. 231.352.7251, February 18

Romancing the Riesling! Celebrate Old Mission Peninsula’s signature varietal on the WOMP wine trail with special Riesling tastings served in a commemorative glass, perfectly paired with delicious dishes. Discounts offered on select bottles. Tickets available on MyNorthTickets.com. February 18

Winterlochen is Interlochen’s annual family-friendly outdoor festival celebrating all things winter! Featuring a full day of hands-on experiences geared toward families, Winterlochen offers outdoor activities like snow painting, a snow treasure hunt, s’mores, and the always entertaining frozen fish toss, among many other activities, performances and workshops! February 18

Les Cheneaux Snowfest festivities include the traditional burning of a snowman, kids games, sky lantern launch, arts and crafts show, a “pub shuffle” and more. 906.484.3935, February 18–19

33rd annual Home Builders Expo will feature new building trends, products, ideas and inspiration for homeowners looking to buy, build or remodel. Saturday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.; Sunday,11 a.m.–3 p.m. Grand Traverse Resort & Spa, Acme, 231.946.2305, February 18–19

Stories From Standing Rock, ND: The League of Women Voters Leelanau County will host activists Holly Bird, Kareen Lewis and Belinda Bardwell, three Northern Michigan women who have been at the water protection actions at Standing Rock, North Dakota numerous times. They will provide their accounts and updates of the efforts to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). The event will be at Bayside Coffee & Tea at 310 St. Joseph St., Suttons Bay. Space is limited to 45. A hat will be passed for donations for their efforts. Lunch and drinks may be purchased. February 19 at 2 p.m


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