The holidays are over, but that doesn’t mean winter fun needs to stop. Michigan offers a plethora of engaging activities throughout January that will help keep that festive holiday spirit alive. From a lantern lit hike to a winter beer festival, read on for some fun things to do in January in Michigan.
January Things to Do in Michigan
Take a Hike on the Noquemanon Trail Network in Marquette
If you’re heading to the Marquette area in January and love skiing, the Noquemanon Trail Network is a necessary stop. The trail features more than 78 miles of Nordic ski trails, and the Fit Strip in the city has plenty of snow paths for beginners and advanced skiers.
More information: NoqueTrails.org
Get Bubbly at the Pure Ludington Brrrewfest
The annual Pure Ludington Brrrewfest is set for Jan. 29 at Legacy Plaza, and as always, it’s set to feature beer, as well as wines, ciders and meads. More than 25 Michigan crafters will be there to pour your brews. Also expect live music, food, drinks and good company. Pre-sale tickets are $35, and tickets at the door run $40. All proceeds from this event benefit the Friends of the Ludington State Park.
More information: https://www.pureludington.com/beer
Run Ludington New Year’s Resolution 5k Run
Ludington New Year’s Resolution 5k Run is set for downtown Ludington on New Year’s Day. Runners will meet at 112 North James Street and take off on a festive jaunt. Note that the course may be snow covered, so be prepared. In-person and virtual options are available.
More information: https://downtownludington.org/runludington/
Enjoy Arts Night Out in Old Town Lansing
Arts Night Out is a bi-monthly event that takes place in Lansing’s historic Old Town Lansing on the first Friday of every other month. To kick off the year, the event is set for Jan. 7 in downtown Old Town. Expect live music, curated exhibits, art demos, crafts and plenty of local shopping opportunities. The event, organized by the Arts Council of Greater Lansing, is free and open to the public.
More information: MyArtsNightOut.com
Learn About the Past on the Black History Walking Tour
A Black History Walking Tour takes place at Rosa Parks Circle in Grand Rapids on Jan. 15 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. The walking tour gives history on the African American population from 1826 until today, including “the remarkable people, places, events, issues…the legends and facts about being Black in Grand Rapids,” according to a release. The free tour is first come, first serve, with a 25 person cap. No registration is necessary. Visitors may also take a self-guided tour using the GR Walks app.
More information: WorldofWintergr.com/events
Take a Lantern Lit Hike in Commerce Township
The Proud Lake Recreation Area will host a special Lantern Lit Hike on the Marsh Trail in Commerce Township on Jan. 14. Hikes will set off at the Annex building. Light refreshments and a warming fire are provided. Remember that a Recreation Passport is required for vehicle entry into Michigan state parks.
More information: MidnrReservations.com or call 1-800-447-2757
Ice Skate at Campus Martius Park in Detroit
The Rink at Campus Martius Park is a favorite spot for outdoor skating in Detroit throughout the cold months. Located in downtown Detroit on Woodward Avenue, the rink is considered one of the most iconic spots to ice skate in the U.S. Skate rental is available for $5. Admission rates vary.
More information: DowntownDetroitParks.com