Butterflies in Bloom at Dow Gardens



When you're in a place where festivals bring brews from around the globe to your tasting glass and exotic butterflies from the across the world to your fingertips, you know you've landed someplace special.



From Michigan's biggest international beer tasting event to one of the top 100 outdoor flea markets in the country — even the world's largest Olympic-style event for dogs — the surprises just keep coming, all spring long!

Save this list of some of our top spring festivals in Michigan's Great Lakes Bay  — for families, for foodies, and even for Fido. You'll want to experience them all for yourself!


March + April


Butterflies in Bloom — March - April, Midland — See thousands of brilliantly colored butterflies from across the globe emerging, feeding, and flying inside Dow Gardens' tropical conservatory — and maybe get one to land on your hand, if you're lucky!

St. Patrick's Day Parade — March, Bay City — A tradition for over 65 years, Irish and Irish-at-heart celebrate — decked out in head-to-toe green — at this festive parade with multiple pipe bands and more than 100 floats.

Bringin' Back the 80s Festival — April, Frankenmuth — Break out the leg warmers and blast some Aqua Net® in your hair! Live 80s music and dancing, memorabilia, retro gaming, and a best-dressed contest let the trends we loved (and a few we'd rather forget) live on at this known-to-sell-out-fast festival.

Freeland Walleye Festival — April, Freeland — Walleye fishing tournament, town-wide rummage sales, and a beer tent with live entertainment — plus a car show, casino games, and an all-out fish fry.




World Expo of Beer — May, Frankenmuth — Michigan's largest international beer tasting event, with nearly 300 brews from around the globe brought to your souvenir sampling mug — and a 1Beer1K Fun Run that gets you early access to it all!

Rebel Magnolia Spring Flea Market — May, Saginaw — A free-spirited, festival-style market filled with tents and shoppable vintage campers — named one of the "Best Outdoor Markets for 2017" (Flea Market Style Magazine). Shop curated, artisan finds — including vintage, boutique, handmade, and gathered items — and enjoy the lineup of local food trucks!

Frankenmuth Dog Bowl — May, Frankenmuth — The world's largest Olympic-style event for dogs! This free doggie and family fun fest includes an international DockDogs® competition, two world-qualifying Disc Dogs competitions, a pet parade, canine costume contest, doggie fun runs, and more. Don't miss the balloon flights and fireworks — or the Annual Canine Cruise aboard the Bavarian Belle Riverboat! 

Balloons Over Bavarian Inn — May, Frankenmuth — Morning and evening hot air balloon flights to evening balloon glows, enjoy a relaxing Memorial Day weekend in Michigan's Little Bavaria, wowed by the brilliant beauties overhead.

Frankenmuth Funtown Chowdown — May - September, Frankenmuth — Food truck festival held the second Thursday of each month — May to September — with 20+ food trucks and a play village for the kids, plus The Battle of the Breweries tap takeovers!