Northern Michigan Events: So, you didn't flock to Florida? Come bare the bitter height of winter with Northern Michigan's best hot n' hearty chili. We've mapped out the biggest cook-offs for the biggest appetites (because we all know the only thing better than homemade chili is ten bowls of homemade chili). 

Now go grab your spoon and a handful of Tums—things are about to get saucy. 

Traverse City's 19th Annual Downtown Chili Cook-Off 

January 12: Area restaurants compete for top honors in eight categories (1,2 and 3 Alarm, White, Seafood, No Bean, Ethnic and Vegetarian)

Mackinaw City Winterfest

January 17-19: Also enjoy snow carving, outhouse race, sleigh rides, poker walk, indoor ice skating, euchre tournament, cocoa & more 

Bay Harbor Ice & Spice Festival

January 18-19: Fire performers, pieces by National Ice Carving Association & nighttime firework display

Cadillac North American Snow Festival

January 31- February 3: Miss Cadillac Pageant, snow sculpting, fun run, live bands, lake races, ice fishing, polar dip, raffles, & much more

Winter Fun Days at Hanson Hills in Grayling

February 1-3: Marshmallow roasting, free lift tickets and trail passes, Big Air Competition, Sled Box Race, & Paintball Biathlon

Benzie County Winterfest

February 9: Also includes annual fish toss competition, horse drawn wagon rides, frozen turkey bowling, dog sled competition & more

Pentwater and Hart Winterfest

February 9 & 16: Fishing tournaments, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, Corks & Canvas Benefit, beer tasting plus more

Les Cheneaux Area SnowFest

February 14-17: Pub shuffle, horse drawn sleigh rides, cross country skiing, kids games, clay pigeon shoot, craft show, golf on ice

Glen Arbor Winterfest and Chili Cook-Off

February 16: Area restaurants join Glen Arborites in a no nonsense chilli competition on the deck of Boonedocks in Glen Arbor.

Harbor Springs Annual Chili Cook-Off

February 17: This year, partnering with the Food Pantry of Harbor Springs. Attendees are encouraged to bring canned goods.

Just too cold to get out there?  Try this easy pumpkin chili recipe at home!

Find more Northern Michigan events on our event calendar!