January Events Taking Place Across Northern Michigan

It’s finally that time of year when snowy outdoor activities are peaking and so are warm-your-bones recipes and dinners. These January events will take you wherever you want to go in Northern Michigan, whether that’s out in the snow or inside cozy venues.

Please note, as these dates approach, some events may be modified, postponed or canceled to protect the safety of both event organizers and attendees. Check online or call ahead to confirm details.

Traverse City Film Festival // Every Friday

With just a little more than a week left of 2020, what would you say if we were to magically make the 2020 Traverse City Film Festival come to life, right now, while it’s still 2020, right here in TC, and carry it through into the new year with a list of great movies I’ve discovered and am desperate to show you — not in our theaters, which sadly must remain closed during this pandemic, but in your own homes, brought to you through a virtual cinema I and others have built — TCFF’s newest theater — THE VIRTUAL STATE!

“Michigan Modern: An Architectural Legacy” Exhibit // January 1

On display at The Dennos Museum Center in Traverse City through the end of January, the exhibit “Michigan Modern: An Architectural Legacy” celebrated the state’s incredible modern architectural design history from 1928 through 2012 with more than 50 photographs.

Winter Wine Walk // January 2 & 23

This wonderful outdoor event at Otsego Resort in Gaylord features a beautiful winter walk on a snowshoe path from the historical River Cabin to the beaver dam where a roaring bonfire awaits. Enjoy three different wine tasting stations along the scenic hike along with some light food fare. Check-in for each event will be outside of the River Cabin at noon.

Amical’s Cookbook Dinner Series // January 4-10

Amical’s Cookbook Dinner Series kicks off the new year in Traverse City with Chef Andy Ricker’s Thai cookbook “Pok Pok,” featuring recipes from his flagship restaurant in Portland.

Dog Sledding at Shanty Creek Resort // January 9

Kids and adults can go dog sledding at Shanty Creek Resort in Bellaire, with beautiful views of Schuss Mountain along the trail. To schedule a ride, contacts the Schuss Mountain Nordic Center at 231.533.3000; 3300.

Glen Arbor Arts Center Exhibit // January 15

“Paper + Scissors + Glue = New Collages,” an exhibition of 12 new works by Traverse City artist Joan Richmond, is on display in Glen Arbor Arts Center’s Lobby Gallery from January 15–April 22.

John Cross Fisheries Wine Dinner // January 28

Start your New Year off with a wine pairing four-course dinner at City Park Grill in Petoskey. Special guest Eric Bjorkman of Great Lakes Wine and Spirits will present wines perfectly matched to classic fish entrées featuring locals’ favorite, John Cross Fisheries.

Yen Yoga Classes // January 6

Maintain your healthy New Year’s resolution with weekly Yen Yoga classes at City Opera House (Monday-Wednesday) and Historic Barns Park (Thursday and Saturday) in Traverse City, or check out their virtual live schedule from the comfort of your home.

Date Night at Boathouse Restaurant // January 15

Date night at Boathouse Restaurant on Old Mission Peninsula! A special dinner for two is $99.

Snow Tubing at Timberlee Hills // January 22

Snow tubing at Timberlee Hills in Leelanau County is the perfect family activity for a snowy winter day. It’s all the fun of sledding—without hiking back up the hill.

Ski Jump Tournament // January 27

Launch into winter action by attending the longest consecutive ski jumping tournament in the country, hosted by the Ishpeming Ski Club in Negaunee. Watch U.S. and international ski jumpers defy gravity as they soar off the historic K90 Suicide Hill ski jump during this 134-year-old tradition. 

NMC Coffee Chat Series // January 29

“Adventures Out West” is the first in a series of virtual, one-hour coffee chats through NMC Extended Education, highlighting interesting people in our community and their personal stories for you to enjoy from home! Registration begins on January 5.

Bigfoot Snowshoe Race // January 30

The Bigfoot Snowshoe Race is a fun, competitive 5K or 10K for all ages and abilities. Run or snowshoe the super hilly route with plenty of logs to jump and branches to duck at Timber Ridge Resort in Traverse City.

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