Spring events are in full swing! From a best-selling author visit in Walloon Lake to a country music showcase in the Upper Peninsula, check out these 11 Northern Michigan events taking place this weekend, April 14–16. Hosting an event? Let us know! info@mynorth.com.

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April 14 | Comedy with Michael Palascak | Traverse City 

Comedian Michael Palascak will put on a show at Traverse City Comedy Club that you’re sure to remember. Michael was a Top 5 Finalist on Last Comic Standing where one judge claimed, “My first impression of Michael was a great likability.” He’s performed on numerous late-night shows, and recently released a new album and stand-up special on the Dry Bar app.

April 14 | A Lakeside Chat with John Patrick Hemingway | Walloon Lake

As part of a Writer’s Retreat Weekend at Hotel Wallon, the public is invited to join a free Lakeside Chat with Author John Patrick Hemingway at the Talcott Event Venue in downtown Walloon Lake. Doors will open at 7 p.m. with a cash bar featuring a Pilar Rum Hemingway Daiquiri, beer and select wine; the event will kick off at 7:30 p.m. with a book signing to follow of his memoir, “Strange Tribe.”

April 15 | Joshua Davis Concert | Leland

This folk songwriter, guitarist and vocalist will head back to the stage at the Old Art Building in Leland for an evening of music about life, love, change and growth. Join this concert from 7–9 p.m. located in the beautiful Leelanau Peninsula.

April 15 | Outlaw Country Show | Iron Mountain

This show features the best in Outlaw Country at The Braumart in Iron Mountain, Michigan. Home Team Productions invites music lovers to enjoy a tribute to country music outlaws, featuring hits by Jonny Cash, Merle Haggard, David Allan Coe, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson and more. The show will also feature an appearance by local musician Mike Cini. Doors open at 6 p.m.; the concert starts at 7 p.m.



Photo by Artisan Traverse City

April 15 | Cocktail Class | Traverse City 

Put your cocktail creation skills to the test with Artisan Traverse City’s hands-on, interactive cocktail classes happening every Saturday in April. In this series, you’ll dive into the fundamentals of a different spirit each week and learn the essentials of making cocktails including history and composition. Each class includes one craft cocktail prepared by the bartender, a classic cocktail prepared by each guest, and light snack offerings.

April 15 | Dance of the Cosmos: Evening of Art | Suttons Bay 

Support the Leelanau Montessori Forever Foundation through this showcase, which features artwork by the students of Leelanau Montessori Public School Academy. The evening will feature food, music and drinks at VI Grill in Suttons Bay.


Photo by Ore Dock Brewing Co.

April 15 | The Festival of the Angry Bear | Marquette

The Festival of the Angry Bear presented by Ore Dock Brewing Co. returns, showcasing a slew of barrel-aged beers, delish eats and live music in downtown Marquette.

April 15 | Advocate Academy Bootcamp | Traverse City

If you’re looking to make a difference in your community, then look no further than the Advocate Academy Bootcamp hosted at Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities. Led by experienced advocates from Groundwork, TART, The Watershed Center, and Norte, this one-day boot camp will equip attendees with the necessary skills to engage and represent on a local level. The workshop runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and includes lunch. Registration is required.

April 15 | The Play That Goes Wrong | Traverse City 

In this play, everything goes wrong! Head to Old Town Playhouse this weekend for the Cornley University Drama Society’s newest play, The Murder at Haversham Manor, a 1920s murder mystery, where things are about to quickly go from bad to utterly disastrous. The show will start at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale now. 

Marquette Symphony Orchestra

Photo by Marquette Symphony Orchestra

April 15 | Marquette Symphony Orchestra: Singing & Stringing | Marquette

Join Marquette Symphony Orchestra for a night of Singing & Stringing, featuring Alexander Borodin’s Symphony No. 2 in B minor, Vaughan Williams’ Toward the Unknown Region, and Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms. Music Director Octavio Más-Arocas will be conducting this performance.

April 16 | Brahms & Beethoven | Interlochen 

For the close of Traverse Symphony Orchestra’s symphonic series, guest pianist Jeffrey Biegel is featured in an exciting new work by composer-almost-in-residence, Jim Stephenson. NMC Choruses under the direction of Jeffrey Cobb will also join the orchestra. The event starts at 3 p.m. at Corson Auditorium. 

Photo(s) by Rachel Haggerty