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100 Things To Do in the Brighton-Howell Area

January 21, 2020 | Story by: Amelia Ritter + Erin Utter

Livingston County is full of activities for every personality – the foodie, the adventure seeker, or the family-focused traveler. There’s something fun for everyone in every season of the year. Here is our list of 100 things that you can do in Livingston County.


  1. Attend the Livingston County Home Show for ideas on spring cleaning and renovations
  2. See the Blessings of the Bikes in Hell
  3. Celebrate Mother Nature at the Earth Day Run at Mt. Brighton or the Howell Nature Center 
  4. Cheer on your favorite competitors at the Slush Cup at Mt. Brighton
  5. Play carnival games and eat cotton candy at Hamburg Family Fun Fest
  6. Enjoy the music at the Concerts in the Park series in downtown Howell
  7. Listen to some tunes at Jazz at the AMP in downtown Brighton
  8. Have a beer and some nachos during Live Music Thursdays at Aberrant Ales in Howell
  9. Shop till you drop at Brighton’s Ladies Night Out
  10. Get yourself a sweet treat from this itinerary
  11. Fight to the finish at Top of The Mountain Dash or Crash at Mt. Brighton
  12. Attend the PDGA Amateur Disc Golf Tournament at Kensington Metropark
  13. Watch the floats go by at the Hartland Memorial Day Parade
  14. Shop the sales at the Tanger Outlet Memorial Day Block PartyPolaroid photo of a man holding shopping bags
  15. Catch dinner and a show at Emagine Hartland
  16. Rainy day? Check out indoor activities like the Destruction Depot, Puzzles Escapes, and Sky Zone
  17. Check your luck at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Pinckney
  18. Try horseback riding at Brighton Recreation Area riding stables
  19. Take a walk around the Brighton Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit
  20. Enjoy a walk through Heavenly Scent Herb Farm and enjoy springtime blooms
  21. See the animals at the Howell Nature CenterPolaroid photo of an opossum
  22. Take a yoga class at Legacy Center in Brighton
  23. Eat Screams Ice Cream in Hell
  24. Attend Opera Art Live at the Howell Opera House
  25. Take the kiddos to the Easter Egg Hunt at Kensington Metropark


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  1. Take your mountain bike to Mt. Brighton
  2. Enjoy 4th of July Fireworks over the water 
  3. Attend the largest 4-H event in Livingston County, the Fowlerville Family Fair
  4. Sample the local fare at Taste of Brighton
  5. Dance the night away at the Brighton Main Street Wine Art Music Festival
  6. Eat melon ice cream at the Howell Melon Festival
  7. Enjoy fresh produce and local crafts from the community Farmer’s Markets
  8. Stroll downtown Howell during Rock the Block
  9. Watch the best local chefs compete in the Iron Chef Culinary and Mixology Competition in Brighton
  10. Sit back and enjoy Live Music Fridays at Mt. Brighton
  11. Take a walk downtown during the Brighton Kiwanis Mill Pond Concerts and Car Show
  12. Shop the Heavenly Scent Herb Farm Summer Faire in Hartland
  13. Share tacos at margaritas with friends at El ArbolPolaroid photo of margaritas
  14. Enjoy the Livingston Centre Historical Village Fall Festival
  15. Shop, dine and listen to music at Pinckney’s Art in the Park
  16. Pick blueberries at Hazens Blueberry Farm
  17. Dress up like your favorite character to attend Really Cool Comic-Con
  18. Drink a milkshake at M. Street Baking Company
  19. Break out your best fancy hat and sip some bourbon at the Hartland Polo Classic
  20. Paddleboard at Kensington Metropark
  21. Grab your bike and hit the Potawatomi Trail
  22. Watch the balloons glow at Howell’s Michigan Challenge BalloonfestPolaroid photo of hot air balloons
  23. Welcome the new season at Hell-O Summer Fest in Hell
  24. Play a round of paintball at Hell Survivors Playfield
  25. Take the kids to Imagination Station and the Mill Pond in downtown Brighton


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  1. Pig out at Brighton’s Smokin’ Jazz and BBQ Blues FestivalPolaroid photo of food vendor
  2. Enjoy a seasonal beer at Eternity Brewing
  3. Meet some friendly ghosts on a Haunted Howell Ghost Tour
  4. Welcome the Halloween season at The Great Pumpkin Hunt in Pinckney
  5. Take it all in at the Fab Fall Color Walk at Kensington Metropark
  6. Take your bike for a spin in the Tour de Livingston
  7. Say “Boo!” at the Pinckney Spooktacular
  8. Enjoy the Fantasy of Art at the Howell Opera House
  9. Welcome the holiday season Fantasy of Lights in Howell
  10. Meet Santa and Mrs. Claus at Holiday Glow in Brighton
  11. Take a bike ride at Pinckney Recreation Area and enjoy the changing leaves
  12. Visit an orchard for donuts and cider
  13. Take the family on a hayride at Kensington Metropark
  14. Check out the old cars at the Great Pumpkin Classic Car Show
  15. Headless Horseman 5k and Monster Mile
  16. Take a horseback riding lesson at Brighton Equestrian Club
  17. Get spooked at the Legend of Sleepy HowellPolaroid photo of child with pumpkin mask
  18. Drink a pumpkin spice latte at Black Iron Coffee Roasters
  19. Go to Hell, MI and celebrate Halloween
  20. Hit the golf course on a warm fall day
  21. Take your kayak to Kensington Metropark and take in the fall color from the water
  22. Get Halloween candy at Oh My Lolli! 
  23. Enjoy fresh foods, pumpkins, flowers, and gourds from Sophia’s Produce
  24. Join the crowd Hearsefest in Hell
  25. Get your Black Friday shopping on at Tanger Outlets


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  1. Participate in the Dashing Through the Snow and Fire 5k in Fowlerville
  2. Bundle up for Christmas in the Ville
  3. Check the temps and see that Hell has frozen over
  4. Shop for loved oned (or yourself!) at Carriage House Yule Days in Howell
  5. Check out crafts and goodies at the Warm ‘n Cozy Bazaar in Hartland
  6. Enjoy the twinkling lights at Light Up The Park in Pinckney
  7. See childhood magic come alive at Polar Express Day at the Cromaine Library
  8. Check out the decorated trees at Christmas in the Park at Scofield Park
  9. Welcome spring (or continue to celebrate winter) with Woody the Woodchuck on Groundhog Day at Howell Nature Center
  10. Celebrate Winterfest in Hartland
  11. Watch the Michigan Pond Hockey Classic in Whitmore Lake 
  12. Go on a skiing adventure at Mt. BrightonPolaroid photo of skiers on a chairlift
  13. Take your snowshoes out to one of our parks
  14. Enjoy a horse-pulled sleigh ride at Kensington Metropark
  15. Cross country ski at Brighton Recreation Area
  16. Cut down your Christmas tree at Waldock Tree Farm
  17. Find some hidden gems at the Livingston Antique Outlet
  18. Participate or cheer on your favorite during ski races at Huron Meadows Metropark
  19. Be a part of the Full Moon Walk at Kensington Metropark
  20. Shop the selections at the Winter Market at Howell Opera House
  21. Enjoy a lantern-lit hike at Island Lake Recreation Area
  22. Take your fat tire bike out on the Potawatomi Trail 
  23. Shopping downtown in Brighton or Howell
  24. Warm-up with fresh soup from The FuelPolaroid photo of tomato soup
  25. Spend the afternoon ice fishing
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