Maple Syrup Events are a Sure Sign Spring is Coming in Michigan

One of the best ways to welcome spring in Michigan is to jump feet-first into maple syrup season. With the longer days, birds chirping, and tulips dotting the entrances at Meijer, it’s no surprise that most of Kalamazoo’s residents have a case of spring fever.

Tapping the trees for maple syrup is a time-honored spring tradition in Southwest Michigan, and another great sign that warmer weather is on its way.

If you’d like to usher in spring with all things maple, this is the list for you.

Watch Syrup Being Made, eat all of the Pancakes, and Just Enjoy Nature.

Many events require registration and sell out every year – sign up soon!

Happy sugar shack season, Kalamazoo.

Big List of Sugar Shack & Maple Syrup Festivals, plus Pancake Breakfasts – Kalamazoo & Lakeshore

Saturday February 29, 2020

Maple Syrup By Candlelight
Kalamazoo Nature Center – 7000 North Westnedge Ave Kalamazoo
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Experience a maple sugar tour like never before as you are guided by lamp light through the story of the maple sugar bush. Grab a warm beverage to take with you (bring your own travel mug). Tours begin at 7:15 pm and 8 pm and last approximately 45 minutes. Tours [...]

Sunday March 1, 2020

From Sap to Syrup
Kalamazoo Nature Center – 7000 North Westnedge Ave Kalamazoo
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Marvel at the magic of maple sugaring!  Discover how sunny days and chilly nights are key to a good sap run on this hike through the woods to our Sugar Shack.  Then, sample some real Michigan maple syrup. Tours start indoors followed by a 45 minute, outdoor guided hike.  Be [...]

From Sap to Syrup
Kalamazoo Nature Center – 7000 North Westnedge Ave Kalamazoo
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Marvel at the magic of maple sugaring!  Discover how sunny days and chilly nights are key to a good sap run on this hike through the woods to our Sugar Shack.  Then, sample some real Michigan maple syrup. Tours start indoors followed by a 45 minute, outdoor guided hike.  Be [...]

Saturday March 7, 2020

Maple Sugar Festival
Kalamazoo Nature Center – 7000 North Westnedge Ave Kalamazoo
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Since 1966, KNC's Maple Sugar Festival (MSF) has offered an opportunity for families to experience the maple sugaring process up close. MSF has become a local tradition for nearly 6 decades. It’s a celebration of the first hint of springtime and an opportunity to taste the sugary deliciousness of pure [...]

Sunday March 8, 2020

Maple Sugar Festival
Kalamazoo Nature Center – 7000 North Westnedge Ave Kalamazoo
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Since 1966, KNC's Maple Sugar Festival (MSF) has offered an opportunity for families to experience the maple sugaring process up close. MSF has become a local tradition for nearly 6 decades. It’s a celebration of the first hint of springtime and an opportunity to taste the sugary deliciousness of pure [...]

Saturday March 14, 2020

Maple Row Sugarhouse Maple Festival 2020
Maple Row Sugarhouse – 12646 Born Street Jones
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Join us for our annual Maple Festival. One of Michigan's best Maple Festivals in Southwest Michigan. A family fun packed weekend full of maple foods, children's activities, free tours and more. ADMISSION IS FREE Children's Activities: Petting Farm, Photo booth, Face Painting, and more Entertainment: French Colonial Maple Demo Maple [...]

CANCELED: Maple Sugar Time at the Historic Van Raalte Farm
VanRaalte Farm – 1076 E. 16th St. Holland
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
This family-friendly event takes place at the City of Holland’s Van Raalte Farm where the sap will be flowing and the sugar house steaming! Join us as we tap trees, gather sap, and watch the evaporator boil the liquid down into real maple syrup. There will be lots of activities [...]

Sunday March 15, 2020

Maple Row Sugarhouse Maple Festival 2020
Maple Row Sugarhouse – 12646 Born Street Jones
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Join us for our annual Maple Festival. One of Michigan's best Maple Festivals in Southwest Michigan. A family fun packed weekend full of maple foods, children's activities, free tours and more. ADMISSION IS FREE Children's Activities: Petting Farm, Photo booth, Face Painting, and more Entertainment: French Colonial Maple Demo Maple [...]

Historic Maple Sugaring
DeLano Homestead – 555 West E Avenuie Kalamazoo
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Learn how native people and earlypioneers traditionally collected and used this first crop of the spring.  Help collect sap, talk with experienced sugarmakers, and observe the process of boiling sap into sweet syrup. Meet:DeLano Homestead, 555 West E Ave. Included in regular KNC admission.