The MyNorth Calendar highlights the amazing things going on across the North—Cadillac up to the Upper Peninsula. From cooking classes and wine tastings to bike races, book readings and performances by internationally-renowned musicians, there’s something for everyone.

Each week, we pick a few of our favorites to share with you. Curated by MyNorth Media’s Calendar Editor, Libby Stallman, here’s what’s happening Up North April 7–13.

April 7–9

Mackinaw Raptor Fest – Learn more about hawks and owls migrating north! This event is for birders and nature enthusiasts and offers informative and exciting presentations, a live raptor program and opportunities to observe raptors flying overhead, with interpreters on hand for identification and stories. Online registration for the fest is closed. A few spaces remain, on a first-come, first-serve basis. To inquire, email

Up North Lake & Cottage Show – The event will feature a diverse mix of exhibitors representing builders, contractors, landscapers, indoor and outdoor furniture, designers, decorators, home services, floor covering, kitchen and bath, real estate, and more! Over 100 total exhibitors and a wealth of information for virtually any home improvement need, project, or dream. Howe Arena Civic Center, Traverse City. 231.775.9900

April 7–15 (remaining shows)

Collected Stories is an intimate character study of what happens when the student becomes the master. OTP Studio Theatre @ the Depot. Tickets available at or Old Town Playhouse, 231.947.2210.

April 8

Multi-instrumentalist David Lindley performs music that redefines the word “eclectic” at the Dennos Museum Center’s Milliken Auditorium, Traverse City. Purchase tickets online at, or call 800.836.0717.

First Impressions: Creating an Unforgettable Entrance to your Home – Ever see or visit those homes where you drive up and feel a sense of genuine welcome, delight and awe? Join us for an afternoon with well-known garden writer Julia Hofley at the Botanic Garden at the Historic Barns Park. She will take us through the process of creating an unforgettable entrance to your home. 1–3 p.m. The cost is $20. Register online or call 231.935.4077


April 9

Spring Desserts at The Franklin – Classes are limited to 9 students and include 3–5 tastings of food, paired beverages, recipes to take home and hands-on experience. Traverse City; $100 per person. 231.943.2727

April 9–11

The Bay Film Series: Neruda – Beloved Nobel Prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda is also the most famous communist in WWII Chile. When the political tides shift, he is forced underground, with a tenacious police inspector (Gael Garcia Bernal) hot on his trail. Coincidentally, April is National Poetry Month! The Bay Theatre, Suttons Bay. 231.271.3772

April 10

Old Town Playhouse Classes – Check out a wide selection of theatre, music, voice and acting classes beginning today at Old Town Playhouse and continuing through the summer. 231.947.2210. Tickets and class descriptions on

April 11

Inland Seas Seminar Series – Keeping out the bad and encouraging the good! That’s the topic for the Boardman River Selective Fish Passage Demonstration seminar. Seminars are held at the ISEA Education Center, 100 Dame Street, in Suttons Bay from 6:30–8 p.m. There is no fee to attend and everyone is welcome. 231.271.3077

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