Maple Syrup Events are a Sure Sign Spring is Coming

Tapping the trees for maple syrup is a time-honored tradition in many areas, and a great sign that warmer weather is on its way. We’ve got a great roundup of all thing maple for you and your family to explore around West Michigan this spring.

Watch syrup being made, eat all of the pancakes, and just enjoy nature.

Many events require registration – sign up soon!

Happy sugar shack season, Grand Rapids.

Sugar Shack and Maple Syrup Festivals, and Pancake Breakfasts – Grand Rapids & Lakeshore

Saturday March 2, 2019

Maple Moon at Blandford Nature Center

Date: 03/02
Location: Blandford Nature Center – 1715 Hillburn Ave. N.W. Grand Rapids
Who was the first to discover that maple sap could be turned into something so special? Join us for a Native American tale of a young boy who helps his people survive a difficult winter. After the story, travel through time and see how people from long ago gathered, cooked, [...]
Time: 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Sunday March 3, 2019

Drop-In Program: Sugarbush at Blandford Nature Center

Date: 03/03
Location: Blandford Nature Center – 1715 Hillburn Ave. N.W. Grand Rapids
Enjoy the sights, smells and tastes of the Sugarhouse, practice tapping a tree, and step back in time to discover how pioneers and Native Americans made maple syrup. No need to register for this program. Just drop in and join us! *First 20 people to check in get spots. Check-In [...]
Time: 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Saturday March 9, 2019

Maple Syrup Fest & Pancake Breakfast

Date: 03/09
Location: Wittenbach/Wege Agriscience and Environmental Education Center – 11715 Vergennes Rd Lowell
As the snow begins to melt, the sap slowly starts to rise in the sugar maple trees. Maple syrup season is truly one of the first signs of spring and what better way to celebrate the coming of spring than to attend the Maple Syrup Fest, Saturday, March 9, 2019 [...]
Time: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Sugar Shack Open House

Date: 03/09
Location: Dairy Discovery at SwissLane Farms – 12877 84th SE Alto
Think Spring! There’s no better sign that spring is right around the corner than when sap starts running through the majestic maple tree. Dairy Discovery is joining with Wittenbach Wege Center, in Lowell, to celebrate with a Maple Syrup Festival. Start at the Wittenbach Wege center on March 9th at [...]
Time: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Maple Sugar Time at the Historic Van Raalte Farm

Date: 03/09
Location: VanRaalte Farm – 1076 E. 16th St. Holland
It’s maple sugar time! Come out to the historic Van Raalte Farm where the sap will be flowing and the sugar house will be 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 [...]
Time: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Sugarbush Tour at Blandford Nature Center

Date: 03/09
Location: Blandford Nature Center – 1715 Hillburn Ave. N.W. Grand Rapids
If you aren't able to take part in our Sugarbush Festival on March 23rd, join us for our community Sugarbush tour. Enjoy the sights, smells, and tastes of the Sugarhouse, practice tapping a tree, and step back in time to discover how pioneers and Native Americans made maple syrup! PRE-REGISTRATION [...]
Time: 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Saturday March 16, 2019

Maple Sugar Time at the Historic Van Raalte Farm

Date: 03/16
Location: VanRaalte Farm – 1076 E. 16th St. Holland
It’s maple sugar time! Come out to the historic Van Raalte Farm where the sap will be flowing and the sugar house will be 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 [...]
Time: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Pioneer Sugaring at Blandford Nature Center

Date: 03/16
Location: Blandford Nature Center – 1715 Hillburn Ave. N.W. Grand Rapids
Eat an 1800's treat at this Historic-themed Sugarbush event! Blandford's Robinson-Khutic Log Cabin will be the backdrop as we imagine pioneer life and make our own maple treat then we will go into the Sugarhouse to see how BNC makes this sweet treat today. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED, PROGRAM IS FOR ALL [...]
Time: 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Saturday March 23, 2019

Sugarbush Festival at Blandford Nature Center

Date: 03/23
Location: Blandford Nature Center – 1715 Hillburn Ave. N.W. Grand Rapids
Join us for our 49th year of celebrating the sweet arrival of Spring! Learn the maple sugaring process through Sugarbush demonstrations & techniques including a taste test in our Sugarhouse. Activities include wildlife encounters, draft horses, maple cotton candy, games/crafts, and more. El Caribe Food Truck and Doughrunts will be on-site [...]
Time: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Maple Palooza

Date: 03/23
Location: DeGraaf Nature Center – 600 Graafschap Rd. Holland
What’s a palooza? Visit us and find out! We will be celebrating all things maple at the end of the sugaring season. There will be crafts and other activities for children of every height. We will also have maple snacks on hand for purchase. What Maple Palooza would be complete [...]
Time: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Saturday March 30, 2019

Drop-In Program: Sugarbush at Blandford Nature Center

Date: 03/30
Location: Blandford Nature Center – 1715 Hillburn Ave. N.W. Grand Rapids
Enjoy the sights, smells and tastes of the Sugarhouse, practice tapping a tree, and step back in time to discover how pioneers and Native Americans made maple syrup. No need to register for this program. Just drop in and join us! *First 20 people to check in get spots. Check-In [...]
Time: 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

More Fun Things to do with Your Family this Spring

Grand Rapids Memorial Day Services and Parades – 2019

Parades & More to Honor Our Fallen Servicemen and Women

Many men and women have put their lives on the line for our nation, and many have fallen in combat, changing the lives of thousands of friends and family members back home. May their sacrifice never be forgotten.

Grand Rapids […]