Michigan Events and Activities November 2012

If you are looking for things to do in November in Michigan, here are some Michigan events and activities you will not want to miss.

Fall is one of the most affordable times to visit some of Michigan's most popular getaways. Many places have great deals on hotel packages that include activities, food and lodging for an all-around fabulous fall getway. Whether it is just for you or for the whole family...there are a lot of fun things to do this November.


Things to Do in Michigan
November 2012

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Family Fun
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Concerts and Performances

Madonna concert

Madonna World Tour 2012 at the Joe Louis Arena (11/8/12)

If you have ever dreamed of seeing the Material Girl in action, now is the time to make that dream come true. The 2012 Madonna World Tour is coming to Detroit on November 8. Grab your tickets before they are no longer available.


Kathy Griffin at Fox Theatre (11/9/12)

Are you up for a bit of celebrity gossip? Kathy Griffin will have your belly aching from too much laughter when you flock to Detroit’s Fox Theatre for her comedic routine. Tickets must be booked in advance. This is not a child-friendly event.



Tours and Getaways

Michigan Hotels for 50% Off Right Now (11/1/2012 - 11/30/2012)

It is THE best time for booking a Michigan fall getaway because Travelocity is offering hotel packages for a fraction of their regular published prices. If you book now, you could save hundreds of dollars on a fall or winter getaway.

Check available deals...


Women’s Only Weekend in South Haven (11/9/12 to 11/11/12)

Gather your girls and head out for a weekend of shopping, pampering, and relaxing. Get some of your holiday shopping done while you unwind and forget about the stress of daily life for one glorious weekend.


The Christmas Walk in Grayling (11/17/12)

The Uptown District in Grayling comes to life for holiday shopping on November 17. Live music will be offered as you browse local shops for unique gifts your loved ones will cherish forever. The streets will be decorated so you may want to clear your schedule to enjoy the day.

The Great Macaroni & Cheese Bake-Off in Traverse City (11/24/12)

Who makes the best mac & cheese in Michigan? Spend an evening at the Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula to taste this amazing dish as created by some of the finest chefs in the Traverse City region. Your dishes will be combined with the perfect wines, so come hungry and ready for an evening of fun.


Family Fun

Silver Bells in the City (Lansing) (11/16/12)

More than 100,000 people attend this free event each year, but the excitement is worth the fight through the crowd. Your family can enjoy the spectacular Electric Light Parade, watch the Michigan Christmas tree light up, and then sit back to enjoy a fireworks display. The event is held downtown between the hours of 5PM and 9PM, but the crowds start arriving earlier.

Museum After Dark: A Weird and Wonderful Family Adventure (11/2/12)

The Marquette County History Museum invites your family to experience an after-dark adventure at the museum. The event includes popcorn and a variety of activities, including a flashlight tour (bring your own lights) and a scavenger hunt. The event is suitable for children between the ages of 7 and 12. Tickets must be purchased in advance. One adult required for every three children.

Willy Wonka at the Midland Center for the Arts (11/2/12 to 11/4/12)

Snag your golden tickets to see the story of Willy Wonka and his chocolate factory come to life before your eyes. The Midland Center for the Arts is putting on a lively, family-friendly production of this story for one weekend only. Make sure to buy the chocolate bars during your performance, as five bars for every show will include winning tickets rewarding an exciting prize package.

Festival of Lights in Pentwater (11/24/12)

Come to Pentwater to enjoy a small town Christmas that feels like old times. The children can plead with Santa to bring their favorite gifts. Adults can find bargains on gifts and take in the smell of chestnuts roasting on an open fire. This is the place to create holiday magic for your family.


Fairs & Festivals

Grand Rapids International Wine & Food Festival (11/8/12 to 11/10/12)

Come to DeVos Place to taste some of the best food, spirits, wine, and beer the world has to offer. This annual show is well known as a pre-holiday treat.



East Lansing Film Festival (11/7/12 to 11/15/12)

The fall film festival in East Lansing is the largest film event in Michigan. Come view independent and foreign films that cannot be seen anywhere else. You can visit the festival’s website to view trailers for films being shown in 2012.

Kalamazoo Fall Coin Show (11/3/12)

If you have an interest in coins or paper money, you should put this annual coin show on your calendar. Not only will you view coins you wish you had in your own collection, but you may be able to make some trades and meet fellow collectors for future deals.



Museums and Exhibits

Meijer Gardens

Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around the World (Grand Rapids) (11/20/12 to 1/6/13)

How is Christmas celebrated outside of the United States? Visit the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, Michigan to find out. This beautifully exhibit displays thousands of lights and gives a glimpse into the holiday season all around the world.

Lansing Model Train Show and Sale (11/18/12)

If someone in the family is obsessed with model trains or just Thomas the Train, you will love this massive exhibit held at the Michigan State University Pavilion in East Lansing. Bring the entire family. Kids under 12 and uniformed Boy Scouts are admitted free.

Every Place I Have Ever Lived – The Argus Museum Exhibit in Ann Arbor (9/28/12 to 11/16/12)

This timely photography exhibit covers the tragedy of foreclosure and other changes experienced in the Midwest in recent years. Charles J. Mint is a talented photographer with a unique view on the economic crisis currently suffocating the United States.

Lego Architecture at the Henry Ford Museum

(11/3/12 to 2/24/13)

Let the kids test their imagination in the Lego pit while older family members immerse in more serious study of Lego architecture. The Henry Ford Museum is offering this exciting exhibit to show what can really be accomplished with a stack of color blocks that stick together unique ways. This is the perfect event for little Lego fans of all ages.



Sporting Events

Michigan State Spartans vs. Michigan Wolverines Hockey (11/10/2012)

Want to head to the Munn Ice Arena in East Lansing for a hockey faceoff of Maize and Blue vs. Green and White. Tickets still available...it should be a rowdy bunch! Check available tickets.



Iceman Cometh

Iceman Cometh Challenge in Traverse City (11/3/12)

Load up your bicycle and head to Traverse City for an off-road race that you will never forget. This 27-mile annual race is guaranteed to take place regardless of the weather. You may find yourself biking through the Pere Marquette State Forest in rain, ice, sleet or snow, but this is an experience you will always get to brag about. Are you up for the challenge?

Fantasy 5K Run and Light Parade in Howell (11/23/12)

Line up for this nighttime race at 6PM, but make sure to stick around for the Fantasy of Lights Parade afterward. There will be thousands of lights shining through the night. Join active residents of Howell and surrounding communities for a healthy holiday event.


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