We're finally at the end of February, which is technically the shortest month, but it can feel like the longest when all we want is to go outside and watch the flowers bloom. There are plenty of things to do in Michigan this March that will reawaken your desire to get out and have fun. There are parties, opportunities to connect with nature, and ways to just relax and take the pressure off. 

Marche du Nain Rouge

Price: Free 

When: March 22

Address: Meet at noon at the corner of Canfield St. and 2nd Ave. next to the Traffic Jam & Snug (511 W Canfield St, Detroit, MI). 

Why You Need To Go: This parade is quickly becoming a staple of Detroit's culture. It's a huge party that combines a celebration of Detroit's history with a very fun time. 

Local businesses will be having deals all around town and you get to dress up in your wildest costume. What's not to love?

Visit the Butterflies @ Frederik Meijer Gardens 

Price: Adult admission costs $14.50. Student tickets cost $11. 

Address: 1000 E. Beltline Ave. NE., Grand Rapids

Why You Need To Go: Even though we're dreaming of sunshine, it's not usually out in full force during March. Luckily, you can head to this greenhouse filled with 7,000 tropical butterflies living in a balmy 85 degrees. 

Go on a springtime hike at Laughing Whitefish Falls

Price: You need a state recreation pass for this park; it's $11 but gets you into every state park.

Length: Half a mile from the parking lot to the falls. 

Address: Laughing Whitefish Falls State Park, Sundell MI, 49885

Why You Need To Go: These falls are so gorgeous and spring is the best time to see them since the snow will be melting causing water to cascade down the cliffs. 

Go to a St. Patty's Day Party

Price: Free

When: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. on March 14

Address: 1901 Grand River Ave., Detroit, MI

Why You Need To Go: Detroit's Beacon Park has started throwing some of the best parties and "party" and "St. Patrick's Day" are basically synonymous in the U.S. at this point. 

Relax at a Salt Cave Spa

Price: This Groupon deal offers a 45-minute session in the salt cave for $25.

Address: 1159 W Hill Rd., Flint, MI 

Why You Need To Go: If your idea of a refreshing afternoon involves being relaxed and pampered, then this spa could be your self-care spring cleaning. Go in for some "me time" to welcome the new season. 

Go to the Nordic Fire Festival

Price: Tickets are required for Friday and Saturday night. They are $10 if you purchase just one evening. A $15 pass gets you in both nights. Sunday is free!

When: February 28 - March 1

Address: 620 W. Shepherd St., Charlotte, MI

Why You Need To Go: This Renaissance Fair-style festival celebrities Nordic culture with a lot of fun activities. There will be performers dancing with fire, reenactments, food, and drink.

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