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Maple Sugar Festival at KNCMaple Sugar Festival

Saturday, March 9 & Sunday, March 10, 2019

Tasting Maple Sugar

Celebrate the sweetness of the season at KNC’s 54th Annual Maple Sugar Festival. Since 1966 our Maple Sugar Festival has been a time for families to experience the maple sugaring process up close. Taste the sugary deliciousness of pure maple syrup on top of your pancakes and enjoy a cup of maple-flavoured coffee to begin your day. Head outside to learn about the wonders of a Michigan Maple Sugar Bush as our tour guides take you through the process step-by-step! Some of our Animal Ambassadors will even make appearances throughout the day - don’t miss an opportunity to get your photo taken with one of our amazing Birds of Prey.

As the first agricultural crop of the season, maple sugaring has always been an important part of Michigan’s history. Be sure to visit the Historic DeLano Homestead to experience historic maple sugaring and life in the 1800s. With a costume photobooth, horse-drawn wagon rides, and live demonstrations by blacksmiths and fiber artists, there is sure to be something for the entire family to enjoy!

Sponsorships are available!  Learn more about the benefits of supporting Maple Sugar Festival here.

Schedule of Activities

Visitor Center, 9 am - 5 pm

9 am - 1:30 pm*  Pancake breakfast
9 am - 5 pm   Kids’ activities and crafts  |  Maple Midway - Carnival Games  |  Maple Market Vendors*  
9:30 am - 4 pm  Maple sugar tours depart from sundial every 15 minutes
10:30 am, 12:30 pm, and 3:30 pm  Live animal programs featuring a KNC Bird of Prey and other KNC animals
DeLano Homestead Pioneer Sugaring2 pm - 4:45 pm*  Ice cream with maple syrup

DeLano Homestead, 11 am - 5 pm

Historic sugaring demonstrations  |  Blacksmithing and fiber art demonstrations  |  Costume Photobooth
11 am - 4 pm*   Horse-drawn wagon rides (weather permitting)
2 pm - 4:45 pm*  Ice cream with maple syrup


Admission: Members free, Non-members $7/adult, $6/senior, $4/child (4 – 17 yrs), children 3 years and under are free
Sign up for a KNC membership at the festival and we will deduct the price of admission!
*Additional fees: Pancake breakfast: $6  (children 2 and under free)  |  Ice cream w/maple syrup: $3 per serving  |  Cotton candy: $3 per bag  |  Wagon ride: $2 per person, per ride  |  Vendors: Prices vary depending on product
Guest passes are not valid for special events.