Butterflies emerging, crocuses popping out, NCAA basketball madness, what’s not to love about March? Here are a dozen opportunities that will make your month even better.
March 1-31 Women’s History Month at the Wright – Detroit
In observance of Women’s History Month, The Charles H. Wright Museum introduces a host of programs and events, some online and some in-person, geared toward the celebration of contributions made by African American women to society as a whole. Events include Women in Cinema, Trailblazers, Quilting, The Crown Series, and an exhibit on the women’s suffrage movement.
March 1-April 30 Butterflies are Blooming – Grand Rapids
One of our favorite spring traditions returns to the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park this year. The annual Fred & Dorothy Fichter Butterflies Are Blooming exhibition is the largest temporary tropical butterfly exhibition in the nation. Butterflies from around the world fly freely in the Lena Meijer Tropical Conservatory every March and April. Throughout the exhibition, there is special educational programming and butterfly-themed activities. The fun and inviting numbers are: 7,000 butterflies of 60 different species, flying and possibly landing on you in a room set at 85 degrees with 70% humidity. It’s like adding a splash of summer to your spring. Entry to the exhibit is included with regular admission.
March 1-June27 Russ Marshall Exhibit at DIA – Detroit
The Detroit Institute of Arts presents a survey of over 90 photographs by Russ Marshall whose black-and-white imagery was inspired by the Motor City’s streets, architecture, music and factory workers for over 50 years. Marshall was born in 1940 in the thriving coal-mining town of South Fork, Pennsylvania to a family of coal miners, farmers and industrial factory workers. His family relocated to Detroit in 1943. By the late 1950s and throughout the 1960s, Marshall had begun to photograph the indelible sights of the city. Through this exhibit, Marshall interprets over five decades of blue-collar life, Detroit and its environs through photographs that capture the city’s heart and soul sometimes reading like a melancholy poem but most often as an empathetic narrative of resilient people, places and times now past.
March 6-April 25 Louis Comfort Tiffany: Treasures from the Driehaus Collection – Dearborn
The term “Tiffany lamp” has become such a common part of our vernacular that often people use it to describe any lamp that has a stained glass shade, but actually it refers specifically to a lamp with a glass shade made with glass designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany and his design studio. Now a new exhibit at The Henry Ford sheds light on this prolific artist. Louis Comfort Tiffany: Treasures from the Driehaus Collection features more than 60 objects, spanning over 30 years of Tiffany’s career. He worked in nearly all of the media available to artists and designers in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries—glass, ceramic, metalwork, jewelry, and painting. Tiffany’s technical brilliance in a wide variety of media enabled him to convey his awe of the natural world through a range of objects, from common household items to one-of-a-kind masterpieces. Experience the majesty of his work up close.
March 8-21 Hoods Up! Engine on Display – Hickory Corners
For two special weeks in March, the hoods will be raised on all the vehicles inside the Gilmore Car Museum, and their engines will be showcased. Whether 1960s big block muscle, inline fours, vintage V8s, or early air-cooled engines, they’ll all be on display for certified gearheads to explore and enjoy. This special exhibit is included with the regular admission fee of $16 for adults and $11 for youth afes 11-17. Kids 10 and under are admitted at no cost.
March 11-14 Laughfest – Grand Rapids
If ever there was a time when everyone could use a laugh, it’s now, and happily this Grand Rapids tradition is up for the challenge. This year’s festival will feature a total of 30 events, plus social media content and contests. Much of LaughFest will continue to be free, with donations to Gilda’s Club welcome, while premium all-access content is $40. Headliners and events that are scheduled as part of the festival’s premium all-access content include: Ron Funches, Tom Papa, Justin Willman, and Michelle Wolf. Closing the festival on Sunday, March 14, the stage play Bunny Bunny: Gilda Radner will be performed live. The play chronicles the relationship between Alan Zweibel and Gilda Radner. Zweibel, a writer on SNL in the first five years wrote with Gilda many of her familiar characters – Roseanne Rosannadanna, Baba Wawa and Emily Litella. The play takes the audience on a deep dive into complicated and enduring friendships and the search for love. Get online a get a laugh.
March 11-17 Irish Festival – Clare
Named for the County Clare in Ireland, this small town is always host to one of the state’s best St Patrick’s Day celebrations. This year’s event is on a smaller scale, but still a great place to enjoy Irish food, unique window displays, a pet photo contest, and other chances to tap into the luck o’ the Irish and win some prizes. Plus, you can pop into the infamous Cops & Doughnuts for a decadent treat.
March 19-April 18 Bavarian Easter Celebration – Frankenmuth
Spring is a wonderful time to visit Michigan’s Little Bavaria. Once a year in the area of Franconia Germany, one will find many wells, trees, buildings and fountains richly decorated with colored Easter eggs, pine-branch garland, and spring flowers. In 2000, there were 206 documented cities and villages in Franconia Germany that followed this tradition. Since Franconia is the area from which the early settlers of Frankenmuth originated; the Michigan town thought it was appropriate to mirror the Osterbrunnen tradition. Explore all of Frankenmuth to view the colorful spring decor and take joy in the Bavarian Easter Celebration. Of course, there will be plenty of chicken to be had, or if you prefer a change of pace, head into Michigan on Main at the Bavarian Inn for dishes made primarily from Michigan-made or Michigan-grown ingredients.
March 20-21 & 27-28 Maple Row Sugarhouse Maple Festival – Jones
As it stops snowing, the maple starts flowing. You can find maple products throughout the spring at farmers markets and on farms throughout the state. Head to the Maple Row Sugarhouse for family fun with puppet shows, coloring contests, a petting zoo, horse-drawn carriage rides and other fun. Plus, you can see up close how they make marvelous maple treats like syrup, cream, and candies, and of course buy some to take home.
March 12 & 14 The Sound of Music at the Redford Theatre – Detroit
The Redford Theatre reopens at 8pm on Friday, March 12 with the beloved family favorite, The Sound of Music, which helped launch the Redford’s Classic Film Series in 1978. There will be an additional screening at 2pm on Sunday, March 14. This classic film was the winner of 5 Oscars, including Best Picture, and by November of 1966, it had surpassed Gone With the Wind as the highest grossing film of all time —a title held for 5 years. It’s a rare opportunity to see Julie Andrews spinning her way through the Alps on a big screen as it was meant to be seen. Tickets are just $5 each.
March 26-April 4 Spring-A-Licious Spring Break – Boyne
Whether you’ve opted out of a spring break to a warmer climate due to pandemic travel concerns, or are just looking to have some serious fun close to home, this experience is for you. Boyne Mountain invited you to pack the sunscreen, shed the layers, and soak up that Vitamin D by spending spring on the slopes. There will be extended lift hours, outdoor movies, a cornhole tournament, and an on-hill Easter egg hunt.
March 29-April 3 Bunnyville at the Detroit Zoo – Royal Oak
Another fun family tradition makes its return this month. Guests young and old are invited to celebrate hoppin’ festivities during Bunnyville at the Detroit Zoo. This year’s extravaganza will take place over six days instead of two, and members will have the opportunity to book reservations for members-only hours from 9am to 10am each day of the event. The festivities include colorful chalk art drawings, goodie bag giveaways, mascot appearances, photo opportunities and more. To ensure a safe experience for all, the zoo will be hosting virtual Bunny Bingo in place of the Golden Egg Hunt. Bunnyville is included with general admission and membership reservations.