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Please note the entry deadline for the contest you are entering. Our most recent contest giveaways are at the top of this page. Only one entry per person per contest.

View our Contest Rules here.

This contest has ended. Winners were notified on November 8, 2016.

Grand Rapids Wine, Beer and Food Festival
Thursday – Saturday, November 17-19, 2016
DeVos Place, Grand Rapids

The Grand Rapids Wine Beer and Food Festival is the largest wine and beer tasting event in the Midwest. Now in its 9th year, this festival has established itself as Michigan’s premier tasting event, measured by 1,600 wines, beers, ciders and spirits.

This contest has ended. Winners were notified on October 19, 2016

The Book of Mormon
Tuesday, November 1 at 8:00 PM – Opening Night!
Fisher Theatre, Detroit

This outrageous musical comedy follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries, sent halfway across the world to spread the Good Word. Now with standing room only productions in London, on Broadway, and across North America, The Book of Mormon has truly become an international sensation. Contains explicit language.

This contest has ended. Winners were notified on August 31, 2016.

John Ford Coley
Friday, September 9 at 8:00 PM
Green Wood Coffee House
1001 Green Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

John Ford Coley, a Dallas native, is best known as half of the Grammy nominated duo England Dan & John Ford Coley.  Active throughout the 1970s, they released 11 albums and nine singles in their career and are best known for their 1976 single, "I'd Really Love to See You Tonight", a No. 2 pop hit and No. 1 Adult Contemporary hit.

This contest has ended. Winners were notified on August 30, 2016.

Tour de Troit Bike Ride
Saturday, September 17, 9:00 AM
Downtown Detroit

The 15th Annual Tour de Troit is a bike ride that explores some of the city's historic areas, takes in many of its most breathtaking sights, and provides bicyclists a unique opportunity to legally “take over” the streets of Motown.

This contest has ended. Winners were notified on October 4, 2016.

Enter to win a pair of tickets to see The Avett Brothers in concert at Grand Rapids’ DeVos Performance Hall, November 12.

The Avett Brothers
November 12, 2016
DeVos Performance Hall, Grand Rapids

The Avett Brothers released their recent new live album, Live, Vol. Four [American Recordings/Republic Records, in December 2015.

From Youtube

This contest has ended. Winners were notified on August 15 2016.

One-Man Circus (L’homme Cirque)
Wednesday, August 24, 2016 or Friday, August 26, 2016
Burns Park, Ann Arbor

Just imagine an entire circus show performed by one man only!

Creating what he calls "a unique magic" in the intimate setting of a tent in Burns Park, David Dimitri’s “L'homme Cirque” balances dramatic feats like high wire flips and a human cannon launch with humor, poetry, and serenades on the accordion. “L’HOMME CIRQUE” is an innovative combination of acrobatics, music and dance.

This contest has ended. Winners were notified on August 1, 2016. 

Moth StorySLAM
Tuesday, August 2, 7:30 PM (doors open at 6 PM)
Circus Bar, Ann Arbor

The Moth’s wildly popular, local, open-mic storytelling competition. Open to anyone with a five-minute story to share on the night’s theme. Come tell a story, or just enjoy the show!

The evening’s theme is BEG BORROW STEAL: Stories about need, desire, and greed. Extraordinary measures. Swindles, heists and deals with the devil, Robin Hood or hood-winked. Making “it” happen by any means necessary.

This contest has ended. Winners were selected on June 24, 2016.

The Capitol Steps
Monday, July 4 at 7 PM
The Power Center, Ann Arbor

 Perfectly timed for an election year, America’s foremost political satirists make their annual Fourth of July appearance at the Ann Arbor Summer Festival!

These former Congressional staffers “mock the vote,” poking fun at both sides of the aisle with up-to-the-minute song parodies like “Deleter of the Facts” and “All About the Base.” If you are sick of hearing about the candidates, Bill Cosby, and Brian Williams, you’ve come to the wrong place.

This contest has ended. Winners were selected on June 15, 2016.

Billy Elliot
June 11 – 26
Croswell Opera House
129 E. Maumee St.
Adrian, MI 49221

 Set during the British coal miners’ strike in the 1980s, Billy Elliot is the inspiring story of a boy who defies all odds to fulfill his dream of becoming a ballet dancer. See why reviewers called Billy Elliot “electrifying,” “triumphant,” and “as good as it gets”!

With a powerful story, catchy tunes by Elton John, and spectacular show-stopping dance numbers, this is a musical that simply must be seen to be believed!

This contest has ended. Winners were selected on May 23.

Cinetopia International Film Festival
June 3-12, 2016
Various venues in Detroit & Ann Arbor

Created for the people of southeastern Michigan, the Cinetopia International Film Festival features the best feature-length dramas, comedies, and documentaries from the world’s best film festivals (e.g. Sundance, Cannes, Venice, Toronto, Berlin, SXSW, Tribeca, etc.).

Jason Isbell:

This contest has ended. Winners were selected on May 16, 2016 

Jason Isbell
Monday, October 3
DeVos Performance Hall, Grand Rapids

“With his unrivaled knack for lyrical detail, Jason Isbell is arguably the most revered roots-rock singer-songwriter of his generation.”

– Rolling Stone.

David Sedaris: 

This contest has ended. Winners were selected on May 11, 2016

An Evening with David Sedaris
Sunday, May 15, 3:00 PM
DeVos Performance Hall, 303 Monroe NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

 With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, David Sedaris has become one of America’s preeminent humor writers.

This contest has ended. Winners were drawn May 2, 2016.

Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park
Valid through September 30, 2016

  Experience masterpieces of art and nature that will delight your senses at one of the nation's premier horticultural display gardens and sculpture parks in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

The 158-acre main campus may take up to two, four, or eight hours to walk through depending on what you choose to explore. With a large variety of art and plants, Meijer Gardens has something to pique any interest.

For more information, click here

Moth GrandSLAM:

This contest has ended. Winners were selected on April 27, 2016

The Moth GrandSLAM Championship
Tuesday, May 3, 8 pm (doors at 7 pm)
The Ark, Ann Arbor

 Michigan Radio and The Moth are hosting the next Michigan GrandSLAM Championship on Tuesday, May 3rd at The Ark in Ann Arbor. The event features the winners of the past year’s Ann Arbor Moth StorySLAMs. Tickets go on sale April 7 at

This contest has ended. Winners were selected on April 18, 2016

An Evening of Storytelling with Garrison Keillor
Thursday, April 28 – 7:30 PM
Macomb Center for the Performing Arts
Clinton Township

 Join master storyteller and award-winning radio host of A Prairie Home Companion, as he shares hilarious anecdotes about growing up in the American Midwest, the people of Lake Wobegon, and “late-life fatherhood.” With a wonderful, dry sense of humor (and sometimes with music), Keillor captivates audiences using his unique blend of comedy, class, charisma, and wisdom.

For more information about the show, please click here. Michigan Radio Contest Rules are here.

This contest has ended. Winners were selected on March 14.

The 54th Ann Arbor Film Festival
March 15-20, 2016
The Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor

 The Ann Arbor Film Festival is the longest-running independent and experimental film festival in North America, established in 1963. Internationally recognized as a premiere forum for independent filmmakers and artists, each year's festival engages audiences with remarkable cinematic experiences.

Diane Rehm: "This contest has ended. Winners were selected on March 9."

Diane Rehm in conversation with Cynthia Canty
Thursday, March, 17, 2016 – 7:00 pm
Rackham Auditorium
915 E Washington St
Ann Arbor, 48109

Literati Bookstore and Michigan Radio are thrilled to welcome NPR host Diane Rehm to Ann Arbor for a reading and conversation in support of her latest book, On My Own. Joining Diane for a post-reading conversation will be Cynthia Canty, host of Michigan Radio’s Stateside.

Neil deGrasse Tyson: This contest has ended. Winners were selected on March 7.

An Evening with Neil deGrasse Tyson
March 21, 2016 - DeVos Performance Hall, Grand Rapids, MI
March 22, 2016 - Miller Auditorium, Kalamazoo, MI
March 23, 2016 - Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor, MI
March 24, 2016 - Fox Theatre, Detroit, MI

This contest has ended. Winners were selected on March 2.

The Odd Couple
Thursday, March 17 – 8:00 PM
Purple Rose Theatre – Chelsea, Michigan

Two suddenly single pals — a sloppy sportswriter and a neat freak news writer — strain their friendship by turning roommates, but patterns of their own disastrous marriages begin to reappear with hilarious results.

This contest has ended. Winners were selected on Feb. 12

Paula Poundstone
Thursday, February 18, 2016 – 7:30 PM
Wharton Center, East Lansing

This contest has ended. Winners were selected on Jan. 20

Michigan International Auto Show
January 28-31, 2016
DeVos Place, Grand Rapids

Discover What Drives You!

This contest has ended. Winners were selected on Jan. 11

Ira Glass
Sunday, January 24, 2016 at 3:00 PM
Miller Auditorium

The creator of the public radio show This American Life talks about his program and how it's put together: what makes a compelling story, where they find the amazing stories for their show, how he and his staff are trying to push broadcast journalism to do things it doesn't usually do.