We have winter activities and then it is also time to think spring and summer with the Camper, Travel & RV Show. Plus there are activities for the kids, the dogs, hockey, and a Chinese New Year Celebration!

World of Winter Festival

Canva.com / Big Joe Pesh
Canva.com / Big Joe Pesh

Runs through Sunday, March 5, 2023 - Downtown Grand Rapids, MI

The winter fun continues in downtown Grand Rapids, giving you plenty of reasons to get outside and enjoy the season. The World of Winter Festival is one of the 10 Most Epic U.S. Winter Festivals Worth Braving the Cold For, according to TheTravel website. This year’s festival will have plenty to see and do for all ages and all programming and activities are FREE. More information can be found on the Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. Facebook Events Page.

Camper, Travel & RV Show

Grand Rapids Camper, Travel & RV Show
Photo: Grand Rapids Camper, Travel & RV Show via Facebook

Thursday, January 12-Sunday, March 5, 2023 - DeVos Place Convention Center, Grand Rapids, MI

A dozen West Michigan RV dealers representing more than 100 RV lines combined with over 200,000 square feet results in the biggest RV Show in the state! Along with new RV’s, there will be a remarkable selection of RV accessories, campgrounds and travel destinations! Get more information on the Grand Rapids Camper, Travel & RV Show Facebook Events Page.

Grand Rapids Griffins

Grand Rapids Griffins
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Friday, January 13, 2023 - 7 pm - Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, MI
Saturday, January 14, 2023 - 7 pm - Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, MI

The Grand Rapids Griffins will be on the ice at the Van Andel Arena on both Friday and Saturday nights. It would be a great weekend to go to a hockey game. On Friday, the Griffins play the Iowa Wild. It will be Salute to Badges Night, plus $2 beers and $2 hot dogs. On Saturday, the Grifs take on the Chicago Wolves. It will be Heroes vs. Villains Night with character appearances. There will also be a post game open skate.

Michigan Adventure Race: Winter Edition

Michigan Adventure Race
Photo: Michigan Adventure Race via Facebook

Saturday, January 14, 2023 - Camp Roger, Rockford, MI

Looking for a race to keep you motivated this winter? Race with more than 300 others in the largest winter adventure race in the U.S. You and your teammate(s) will run on and off trail, navigate with a map, and snowshoe (short loop, snowshoes provided) and conquer Amazing Race-like challenges, collecting as many checkpoints as possible in three hours. For more information, visit the Michigan Adventure Race: Winter Edition Facebook Events page.

Meet the Sled Dogs

Meet the Sled Dogs
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Saturday, January 14, 2023 - Kent District Library, Wyoming and Kentwood Branches

Come meet the sled dogs from Tun-Dra kennels and their owners. Ask questions about mushing, the Iditarod and more. The program will take place outside, so dress accordingly. The sled dogs will be at the Wyoming Branch from 10-11 am and at the Kentwood Branch from 3-4 pm. More information can be found on the Kent District Library Facebook Events page.

Meet the Blandford Animals

Blandford Nature Center
Photo: Blandford Nature Center via Facebook

Saturday, January 14, 2023 - Blandford Nature Center, Grand Rapids, MI

Have you met the animals who live at Blandford Nature Center? This is your chance to come out and join the staff as they introduce you to the amazing animals that live at the nature center. Learn about their stories, their species, and what you can do to protect their wild relatives. Additional details can be found on the Blandford Nature Center Facebook Events page.

Drinks with Dogs/Dog Walk

Photo: Robinette's via Facebook

Saturday, January 14, 2023 - Robinette's Apple Haus and Winery, Grand Rapids, MI

Bring your dog in for wine tasting! The wine is for you, there will be water for the dogs. Plus, Beer City Dog Biscuits will be there to talk about their wonderful organization! This event is free, but reservations and donations are highly encouraged. There is no cost for the dogs but a limited number of tickets. You are encouraged to enjoy a winter hike through our orchards while you're there! Additional details and ticket information can be found on the Drinks with Dogs/Dog Walk Facebook Events page.

Kalamazoo Chinese New Year Celebration - Lunar New Year Gala

Kalamazoo Chinese New Year Celebration
Photo: Chinese Association of Greater Kalamazoo via Facebook

Saturday, January 14, 2023 - Chenery Auditorium, Kalamazoo, MI

Celebrate the Lunar New Year which is the most important celebration observed in Asian countries. The festival signals the beginning of spring and the start of a new year according to the lunar calendar. More information can be found on the Chinese Association of Greater Kalamazoo Facebook page.

Grand Rapids Reptile Show

Reptile Show
Photo: Ron Billingsley via Facebook

Sunday, January 15, 2023 - 2327 Wilson Ave., SW, Grand Rapids, MI

Don't miss the next Original Grand Rapids Reptile Show! Vendors will be on hand with a great selection of reptiles, inverts, amphibians, feeders, enclosures, accessories, and more! More information can be found on the Grand Rapids Reptile Show Facebook Events page.


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