April showers may bring May flowers, but they also bring an assortment of fun things to see and do in the Petoskey Area. Located in northern Michigan, the Petoskey Area is a collection of lakeside resort communities including Petoskey, Harbor Springs, Boyne City and Bay Harbor.
April 6-8
Mackinaw City
A great little birding event at the tip of Michigan’s mitten, Mackinaw Raptor Fest will appeal to anyone who loves to watch and learn about bird migration. Get up close with these birds of prey. The three-day event provides great views of migrating raptors, interesting sessions and educational workshops. Registration is limited so don’t delay signing up!
April 14
Stafford’s Perry Hotel in Petoskey
All aboard! This annual dinner is an event not to miss. The evening includes a six-course dinner, live entertainment and an historical presentation by local historian David Kaplan. The cost is $75.00 per guest.
Advanced reservations are required and can be made by calling Stafford’s Perry Hotel at 231.347.4000. 
April 19-22 and April 26-28
Little Traverse Civic Theatre in Petoskey
A vanished father. A pill-popping mother. Three sisters harboring shady little secrets. When the large Weston family unexpectedly reunites after Dad disappears, their Oklahoman family homestead explodes in a maelstrom of repressed truths and unsettling secrets. Mix in Violet, the drugged-up, scathingly acidic matriarch, and you’ve got a major play that unflinchingly – and uproariously – exposes the dark side of the Midwestern American family. Winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award, and also made into an Oscar Award-winning Major Motion Picture. Not recommended for children under 16, due to violence, language & adult content. Order tickets online.
April 27-29
Walloon Lake
The event begins on Friday with a meet-n-greet with Valerie Hemingway, who was both a personal assistant and daughter-in-law to the late author. Ms. Hemingway is author of “Running with Bulls,” a memoir of her years working with her father-in-law. On Saturday, guests will have the opportunity to take two guided tours highlighting many of the local areas featured in “The Nick Adams Stories.” The weekend-long celebration wraps up on Sunday, following the “Sun Also Rises” breakfast at Barrel Back Restaurant and a fly fishing demonstration by Brian Kozminski to honor the opening of trout season in Northern Michigan, a favorite past time of Ernest Hemingway.  Local expert, President of Michigan Hemingway Society, Chris Struble, will be on hand throughout the weekend sharing his expertise regarding the award-winning writer’s life. For more information, please call 231.535.5000.
Make plans now to visit the Petoskey Area of northern Michigan this spring. For lodging information, call 800.845.2828 or visit our lodging page.

About the author

Diane Dakins is passionate about all the lakeside communities that comprise the Petoskey Area of northern Michigan: Petoskey, Harbor Springs, Bay Harbor and Boyne City. As assistant director of the Petoskey Area Visitors Bureau, she has ‘been there — seen that’ when it comes to virtually every area attraction. Her blogs give potential visitors the scoop on planning a northern Michigan vacation.