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Annual Events


Chocolate Party Benefit

The Chocolate Party Benefit is one of the few judged professional culinary events in the country open to the general public, with area chefs and culinary students competing to create elegant, edible masterpieces. In addition, Michigan restaurants, caterers, bakeshops, candy makers, and other vendors share their taste-tempting chocolate creations.

Darwin Discovery Day

Each year around February 12, Charles Darwin’s birthday, science institutions worldwide have created special programs that help promote an appreciation for the benefits of scientific knowledge acquired through human curiosity and ingenuity.

MSUFCU Dinosaur Dash

One of the longest-running 5ks in the region, the fast, and flat 5K race is a fall-time favorite and a long-time benefit for the Michigan State University Museum. Meanwhile, a full line-up of activities makes for Earth shaking fun for the entire family.

Great Lakes Folk Festival

The Great Lakes Folk Festival, produced by the MSU Museum’s Michigan Traditional Arts Program, is a celebration of culture, tradition and community. GLFF offers a one-of-a-kind mix of music and dance stages, demonstrations of traditional arts and storytelling, food, an arts marketplace, and many special activities for kids.

National Fossil Day

National Fossil Day (NFD) is a celebration organized by The National Park Service and the American Geosciences Institute to promote public awareness and stewardship of fossils, as well as to foster a greater appreciation of their scientific and educational value.


Wine Tasting Benefit

Fine wine, good friends, and a great cause: the MSU Museum's Annual Wine Tasting Benefit. The Wine Tasting Benefit features award-winning wines, live music, appetizers, a silent auction and door prizes. Proceeds from the event support programs and activities at the MSU Museum.