Fun, Entertainment & Events in Your Budget

There’s plenty of affordable fun and entertainment all over West Michigan that will fit within your budget.


Visit downtown St. Joseph from February 1st to 3rd for the 15th Annual Magical Ice Fest. This free event includes ice carving competitions, parties, a scavenger hunt, and more. They have some frosty fun planned all weekend long, so book your stay today.

The Forest Hills Fine Arts Center in Grand Rapids is hosting a free artist reception on Wednesday, February 13th. After three decades of teaching art at Aquinas College, Steve Schousen now focuses on working in his etching studio and drawings created in the field. Inspired by the close study of area landscape, Steve creates spare compositions in pencil and in a variety of intaglio media.

Virtue Cider’s annual Wassail event is Saturday, February 16th and it’s free to attend. Visit their farm in Fennville for their take on the English tradition of wassailing to bless the trees for a bountiful cider apple harvest the following year. Virtue Cider also has the White Trail with nearly five miles of manicured pathways, making them perfect for a walk, snowshoeing, or cross-country skiing. Virtue Cider is open all winter long, and there’s no charge to visit and use their trails.

Nothing says spring in Michigan as much as pure Michigan maple syrup! The 6th Annual Maple Festival will take place at Maple Row Sugarhouse in Jones on March 9th, 10th, 16th, and 17th. The festival is a fun family event that includes children’s activities, sugarbush tours, craft vendors, a petting farm, and more. There will be lots of maple products to sample and purchase, but admission is free!

Action Wake Park in Hudsonville has two specials in June to get you out on the water. They’re offering free tickets on Saturday, June 15th and tickets discounted down to $5 on Saturday, June 29th. Action Wake Park is Michigan’s first, and only, full size cable park.

Mac Wood’s Dune Rides in Silver Lake has been taking guests out on the dunes for over 85 years, and now has a free museum set up on site. At the museum, you can check out some of their old vehicles, including a 1934 Ford Scooter, a 1960 Studebaker Scooter, and a 1968 International Scooter.

The majority of the activities at Timber Ridge Resort in Traverse City are included as part of your stay. Timber Ridge Resort offers kids activities, fun by the pool, and fan-favorite dodgeball. Vacation costs can be stressful, but Timber Ridge Resort creates lifetime family memories while helping you get the most out of every cent you spend at the resort.

At Northern Latitudes Distillery in Lake Leelanau, you’ll find free fun for the kids. Kids receive a free pop and pretzels, which they can enjoy while they play in the kids’ area. Adults can enjoy a distillery tasting without worrying about bored kids!

Many of the lighthouses along Lake Michigan are free to visit, and some lighthouses, like Big Sable Point Lighthouse, even offer free tours. Stop by Big Sable Point Lighthouse, located in Ludington, to tour the lower quarters and view a video about the lighthouse’s history.

Nautical North Family Adventures in Cheboygan offers one and a half hour glass-bottom boat shipwreck tours for an amazingly affordable price of $25 per adult, $10 per child age 6 to 13, and $1 for children 5 and under.