Start February off right at these events in Northern Michigan. Cupcake wars, snow volleyball and Michigan’s longest and oldest point-to-point cross country ski race are just a few of the things happening this week!

Find events year round in MyNorth’s calendar!

February 2–4: Gaylord Alpenfrost — Friday Night Beer Tent; Horse & Carriage Rides; Ice Skating downtown; Carnival Rides; World’s Largest Hot Cocoa Break; Soup Cook-Off; Polar Plunge; Kids Games & Prizes; Frosty 5K; Cupcake Wars; Warming Tent and Outside Fire; Live Entertainment; and much more.

February 3: Horizon Books Events Story Hour is every Friday at 10 a.m. Come in to hear some stories, enjoy activities and do a craft. This week’s theme is Penguins. Zach Power serves up some original tunes with his live music at 8:30 p.m.

February 3: Ramsdell Theatre Hosts Ellis Paul — Ellis Paul is one of those gifted singer/songwriters. Though some may refer to him as a folk singer, he is more, for lack of a better word, a singular storyteller, a musician whose words reach out from inside and yet also express the feelings, thoughts and sensibilities that most people can relate to in one way or another, regardless of age or upbringing. 231.398.9770. Tickets available on

February 3–5: Mackinac Island Winter Festival Join Mackinac Island’s winter community at Great Turtle Park for a bonfire, cookout, sledding, snow golf, archery, snow volleyball, broom hockey and help select photos for the 2017 Mackinac Island Calendar. 800.454.5227.

February 4: Northwest Michigan Ballet Theatre Presents “The Princess Peony” — The original ballet is based on an old Japanese folktale with two performances at 2 and 7 p.m. Tickets available at or by phone 800.836.0717. Milliken Auditorium, Traverse City.

February 4: White Pine Stampede — Hundreds compete in Michigan’s longest and oldest point-to-point cross country ski race. The annual WPS stretches over the hills and through the woods of Antrim County. Races include 10K, 20K and 50K. Mancelona to Shanty Creek, Bellaire. 231.587.8551.

February 4: The Improvised Shakespeare Company — Based on audience suggestion, The Improvised Shakespeare Company creates a fully improvised play in Elizabethan style. If you’re wondering where the story is going … so are they! Crooked Tree Arts Center, Petoskey. 231.347.3209. Tickets available on

February 4: Traverse City Polar Plunge — North Peak Brewery/Kilkenny’s Irish Public House in Traverse City hosts a splashing great time as participants brave the cold and plunge into a pool located in front of North Peak’s patio – Front Street side! 9:30–11:30 a.m. This event benefits the Special Olympics Michigan Inc.

February 8: Grand Traverse Woman Magazine Luncheon Enjoy lunch with Speaker Leslie Hamp at the Hagerty Center in Traverse City from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Get ready to launch “YOU 2.0”! Are you ready to make a change and take things to the next level at work or at home? The trick is unlocking the creative project or dream that you just can’t seem to forget about … perhaps it’s to write a book, tackle a business project, attend a re­treat, start a freelance gig or establish a non-profit? Lunch tickets are $30 or 2 for $50.

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Photo(s) by Todd Zawistowski