Maple Syrup Festivals and Sugaring Events in Metro Detroit

In March, metro Detroit's trees are packed with the sugary sap needed to make maple syrup. Learn about the process and get a treat at these 2018 maple syrup festivals and sugaring events.

In the early spring months, the maple trees in Michigan celebrate the end of winter by contributing enough sap to produce tubs full of sugary syrup. Get ready to whip up a huge batch of pancakes, waffles, and all other breakfast foods that deserve a good drizzle. Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties are all offering a plethora of opportunities for the whole family to learn more about the maple sugaring process – from tapping a tree to turning sap into syrup. Some events and maple syrup festivals also feature hikes through nature and the opportunity to enjoy maple treats. Check out this list to explore the variety of pleasantly sticky situations to take part in. After all, what’s a good flapjack stack without a rich shower of Michigan-made maple syrup?

Note: Weather plays a huge role in the maple tapping and sugaring process. On the days when it’s below freezing, the sap won’t flow through the trees. Some of these events will cancel, others will go on to show you the “tapping” process without the sap, and some programs may cancel portions of their demonstrations. It’s a good idea to call ahead if you aren’t sure. Also, some events require advance registration (which we note), be sure to call to register when needed.

Maple Sugaring Through the Ages at Oakwoods Metropark

Feb. 24, March 3 and 10, 2018

  • Register: ASAP in advance
  • Address: Oakwoods Metropark, 32911 Willow Road, New Boston
  • Phone: 734-782-3956
  • Times: 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. (all days)
  • Cost: $6/adults, $4/kids, $10/vehicle entry

Freezing cold temps won’t stop this event, where you’ll learn how maple sap is collected and melted down to make delicious maple syrup, and the ways that maple trees helped early Americans.

Maple’s Sweet Story at Kensington Metropark

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Feb. 24-25, March 3-4, 10-11, 17-18, 24-25 and 31, 2018

  • Address: Kensington Metropark Farm Center, 4570 Huron River Road, Milford
  • Phone: 248-684-8632
  • Times: noon-3 p.m. (Tours begin every half hour)
  • Cost: $5/adult, $3/child, $10/vehicle entry

Head to this local spot to take a guided walk of the farm’s sugar bush, which starts every half-hour and lasts around an hour. While on the walk, you’ll get to identify the perfect tree, and watch a demonstration on how trees are tapped to get the sap.

Maple Sweetness at Wolcott Mill Metropark

March 3-4 and 10-11, 2018 

  • Register: Not required
  • Address: Historic Center of Wolcott Mill Metropark, 64162 Kunstman Road, Ray Township
  • Phone: 586-749-5997
  • Times: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Cost: $5/person, $10/vehicle entry

Families are invited to get their hands dirty at this hands-on maple-sugaring event. Start by exploring the history of maple syrup. Then head to the trees to learn how to identify the right trees, and what tools are necessary to tap the tree and boil the sap down. There will be crafts, a short movie and syrup taste-testing, too. Dress for the weather because this event happens outdoors.

Journey to the Sugar Bush at Hudson Mills Metropark

March 3-4, 10-11, 17-18 and 24, 2018 

  • Register: ASAP in advance; be sure to call ahead in case of freeze-related cancellations
  • Address: Hudson Mills Metropark, 8801 N. Territorial Road, Dexter
  • Phone: 734-426-8211
  • Times: program: 10 and 11 a.m. and noon; breakfast: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Cost: program: $5/adults, $3/kids; Breakfast: add $6/adults, $4/kids; $10/vehicle entry

This program will show you the history behind the area’s maple-making, and will take you to the park’s sugar bush to tap a tree. Once the sap has been gathered, you can watch the sap be melted down into syrup. End your visit with a pancake and sausage breakfast.

Maple Syrup Tour at Maybury Farm

March 3-31, 2018 (Saturdays-Sundays)

  • Register: Not required, but call in advance as the program will cancel if it is too cold
  • Address: Maybury Farm, 50165 Eight Mile Road, Northville
  • Phone: 248-374-0200
  • Times: Tours depart at 1, 1:45, 2:30 and 3:15 p.m.
  • Cost: $7/person, free/under age 2

Take a hayride to the sugar bush to learn the step-by-step process of making maple syrup, and purchase some sweet maple products before you leave.

Maple Syrup Days at Lloyd A. Stage Nature Center

March 3, 10 and 17, 2018

  • Register: ASAP in advance; tours fill quickly
  • Address: Lloyd A. Stage Nature Center, 6685 Coolidge Highway, Troy
  • Phone: 248-688-9703
  • Times: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (tours leave every half hour)
  • Cost: $9/ages 13-plus, $6/ages 4-12, free/ages 3 and under

Check out the sugar bush on the grounds at this local spot. Learn about the art, science and history behind maple sugaring, how to tap the trees and make the sap into syrup, and take a taste of real maple syrup and maple cream. You’ll get a modern-day lesson on the practice, too.

Maple Sugaring at Indian Springs Metropark

March 3, 10, 17 and 24, 2018

  • Register: Pre-registration is required and program fee is due when registering
  • Address: Indian Springs Metropark, 5200 Indian Trail, White Lake
  • Phone: 248-625-7280
  • Times: Call for times
  • Cost: $5/person, $10/vehicle entry

Warm days and cold nights make the perfect combo to get the sap flowing. Learn this, and other facts, how to identify and tap trees, melt down the sugar and do some taste-testing at this sweet, sweet program, which ends with French toast sticks and maple syrup. Tours typically welcome 20-30 people.

Maple Sugaring at Farmington Hills Nature Center

March 4 and 18, 2018

  • Register: ASAP in advance; spots are limited and program sells out
  • Address: Farmington Hills Nature Center, 24915 Farmington Road, Farmington Hills
  • Phone: 248-477-1135
  • Times: 10:30 a.m.-noon, 1-2:30 p.m. and 3-4:30 p.m.
  • Cost: $7/person

This event marks the beginning of spring as families learn to identify maple trees, collect their sap and boil it to make maple syrup. Take notes on how to make syrup at home, and be sure to stick around for a PURE maple syrup treat toward the end of the program.

Old-Time Maple Sugar Festival at Gerald E. Eddy Discovery Center

March 10, 2018

  • Register: Not required
  • Address: Gerald E. Eddy Discovery Center, 17030 Bush Road, Chelsea
  • Phone: 734-475-3170
  • Times: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Cost: Free; parking: $11/Michigan recreation passport

Take a guided walk through the trees to see a variety of methods of collecting sap, and boiling it down to make syrup. You’ll also watch a film about the process, see the tools used on display at the Waterloo Farm Museum, and pick up some maple products for purchase.

Maple Magic at Red Oaks Nature Center

March 10, 2018

  • Register: pre-registration with payment required
  • Address: 30300 Hales St., Madison Heights
  • Phone: 248-858-0916
  • Times: 2-4 p.m.
  • Cost: $5/person

Dress for the weather because this program will have you hiking through the woods to identify and tap maple trees. You’ll get to taste the sap and other maple treats, and learn to make maple syrup at home, too.

Maple Tapping and Pancake Feast at MSU Tollgate Farm

March 10-11, 2018

  • Register: by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, March 9, 2018
  • Address: MSU Tollgate Farm, 28115 Meadowbrook Road, Novi
  • Phone: 248-347-3860
  • Times: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (Seatings every hour)
  • Cost: $15/ages 13-plus, $12/ages 3-12, free/2 and under

Kick off this event in a 19th century barn with some coffee, cocoa and pancakes topped with yummy maple syrup. Once you’ve had your fill, head outdoors for a wagon rides and some lessons in maple tapping and sugaring, with the help of real historical tours.

Maple Sugaring at Cass Benton Park in Northville 

March 10 and 17, 2018

  • Register: ASAP in advance; program sells out fast
  • Address: West of Northville Road, North of Six Mile, Northville
  • Times: 10-11:30 a.m. or 12:30-2 p.m.
  • Costs: $6/child, $2/adult

Join a naturalist on a stroll to an historic sugarbush for a tree-tapping demonstration that will teach you all about harvesting tree sap to make maple syrup. Dress for the weather.

Maple Syrup Festival at the Burgess-Shadbush Nature Center 

March 17, 2018 

  • Register: ASAP, in advance
  • Address: Burgess-Shadbush Nature Center, 4101 River Bends Drive, Shelby Township
  • Phone: 586-323-2478
  • Times: 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
  • Cost: $3/person

Learn how maple tree sap is turned into maple syrup and try a bite on your favorite frozen dairy treat.

A Day at the Sugarbush at the E.L. Johnson Nature Center in Bloomfield Hills 

March 17, 2018 

  • Register: ASAP, in advance
  • Address: E.L. Johnson Nature Center, 3325 Franklin Road, Bloomfield Hills
  • Phone: 248-341-6485
  • Times: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Cost: $7/person

Winter is coming to an end. Celebrate it out at the sugarbush learning how to collect sap and boil it in syrup.

Maple Syrup Festival at Wolcott Mill Metropark

March 17-18, 2018

  • Register: Not required
  • Address: Historic Center of Wolcott Mill Metropark, 64100 Kunstman Road, Ray Township
  • Phone: 586-749-5997
  • Times: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Cost: $5/adults, $3/kids, $10/vehicle entry

Stop at different stations around the park to learn the process of making maple syrup, make a craft and warm up by the fire. Don’t forget to pick up a tasty maple souvenir, too.

This post was originally published in 2017 and is updated regularly.