Comfort food, friendly competition, and family fun-it's all out there!!!!

There's fun for the whole family this weekend in Indian River. Warm up on the Old Mission Peninsula, or dash through the snow at the Grass River Natural Area in Bellaire! You can spice up your Saturday at the TC Chili cook-off, then wrap up your weekend with a unique outdoor art tour on Sunday in Bellaire!

Indian River Winter Fest
January 12-13
Shake off cabin fever with a fun weekend for the whole family in Indian River! There will be snowmobile races, a poker run, free kids activities, a giant ice slide, ice fishing contest, cross country skiing, great food and drinks, a bonfire, entertainment tent and much more. Get all the details at

Winter Warm Up on the Old Mission Peninsula
Saturday, January 13th, 10am to 5pm
Enjoy delicious comfort food creations paired with local wines at each winery. Tickets are $30 in advance, or $35 on the day of the event. Learn more at

Grass River Shiver
Saturday, January 13th, 10am, Grass River Natural Area, Bellaire
Put on your snowshoes for this 5k/10k race fundraiser. Registration is $20 in advance, or $25 on the day of the race, and includes a voucher for a free soup lunch at Short's Brewery on race day, after race snacks and refreshments and more! A 1st place prize will be awarded to the top male and female finishers in both races. Learn more at

Annual Downtown Chili Cook-Off
Saturday, January 13th, 11am to 3pm, State Street Marketplace
This is downtown TC's only fundraiser, and it's the perfect way to warm up on a winter day! Sample lots of chili provided by area restaurants, then vote for your favorites! Categories include 1 and 3 alarm, white, vegetarian, seafood and ethnic. Tickets are $10 for a sampler of 8. Get more info at

Art Park Snowshoe Tour
Sundays through January 28, 2:30pm, Michigan Legacy Art Park, Thompsonville
Come enjoy a guided tour through the park to see sculptures, scenery, and even some wildlife along the way. Bring your own snowshoes. This event is free with the $5 adult park admission-kids are free! Learn more at

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