Libby’s Picks: Can’t-Miss Northern Michigan Events March 17–23

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.


March 17 – St. Patrick’s Day! 

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on Beaver Island – Experience the classic cart race on Main Street, the fish toss and the tug-o-war between the fish chokers and the hay seeders. Crockpot Cook-Off and Alumni Basketball Tournament. 231.448.2505

Mackinac Island Celebrates St. Patrick’s Weekend – Revelers are invited to play Snow Volleyball and partake in the Annual Jamie Bynoe Street Hockey Tournament downtown. And there is plenty of Irish Cheer! 800.454.5227. March 17–19

Grand Valley State University Choirs – Performance at the Ludington Area Center for the Arts, West Shore Community College. 231.845.2787, MyNorthTickets.com.

Arts Academy Orchestra – Each year, the Interlochen Center for the Arts donates concert proceeds to the Friends of Interlochen Public Library. Join the Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra and 2017 Concerto Winners Andrew Mazanko, Chea Young “Joyce” Kang, and Ailun Zheng for an evening of great music. 7:30 p.m. Corson Auditorium.

March 18

Sips, Chips & Dips pairs everyday snacks with your favorite Leelanau wine. 231.642.5550

St. Urho’s Day at Kaleva Art Gallery – Hear the legendary tale of St. Urho expunging grasshoppers from Finland and see the giant one that escaped on the Sculpture Walkway. Shop for unique, locally, handmade items at the gallery. 231.362.2749

Maple Sap to Syrup – The maple sap is flowing! Discover the ceremonial art of tapping a maple tree. Learn traditional and modern methods, equipment, and how to do it at home! All ages welcome. Grass River Natural Area, Bellaire from 10–11:30 a.m, $5 person/$10 family, please pre-register.

March 19

Rach 2 + Bruckner 6 is a powerful combination of music, described as cathedrals of sound and an event not to be missed! The Traverse Symphony Orchestra at Corson Auditorium, Interlochen. 231.276.7200, MyNorthTickets.com.

National Writers Series Presents: Gordon Korman 2nd Annual Battle of the Books! A quiz-bowl showdown with fourth and fifth graders to see which of the four finalist teams can remember the most facts about the award-winning books they read. Author Gordon Korman will take the stage at 4 p.m. at City Opera House, Traverse City. 231.577.6971. Special congratulations and good luck to the four finalist teams: The Bookie Monsters, Novel Girls, The SAQJAE Psychos, and Mixed Up Minds!

Author Shenandoah Chefalo at the Alden District Library: Local author Shenandoah Chefalo will speak about her book, Garbage Bag Suitcase: A Memoir at 2 p.m. 231.331.4318

March 20

Vernal Equinox (First Day of Spring!)

Inland Seas Education Association’s Schoolship program is for students from 4th–12th grade. Students come onboard and participate in a 3.5-hour, hands-on Great Lakes ecology experience, designed to promote stewardship of the Great Lakes. Our Schoolship instructors are trained by ISEA staff and become proficient in a learning station (no experience is necessary). Instructors guide students in small groups as they rotate through stations and discover the wonders of the Great Lakes. 231.271.3077

March 23

Enjoy the world’s longest-running play, The Mousetrap. An old-fashioned murder mystery by Agatha Christie. Old Town Playhouse, Traverse City. 231.947.2210, MyNorthTickets.com.


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