Suburban Collection Showplace Offers Outdoorama Expanded Venue

Outdoorama will be hosted Feb. 28-March 3 in the expanded Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi. // Photograph Courtesy of Showspan

Outdoorama will expand its floor space and offerings when it opens on Feb. 28, due to the recent 100,000-square-foot expansion at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi.

The 46th edition of Southeast Michigan’s oldest outdoor show and one of the longest-running shows in the Midwest runs from Feb. 28 to March 3. The venue’s expansion provides for more hunting and fishing gear, boats, marine accessories, informative seminars, and guides and outfitters.

“Outdoorama has been educating and entertaining individuals and families for more than four decades with exciting entertainment, educational seminars, and a huge display of hunting gear, fishing gear, boats and motors, accessories, and much more,” says Ben Nielson, the show’s manager.

Returning to Outdoorama this year is the Timberworks Lumberjack Show, which has been featured on ABC’s “Wide World of Sports.”

Other Outdoorama attractions will include Big Buck Night East (Thursday only), a deer processing demonstration (Saturday only), and an antique and classic fishing tackle display.

The show also includes the 13th Annual Cottage and Lakefront Living Show, which runs concurrently at Suburban Collection Showplace. Patrons to either event receive free crossover admission.

Outdoorama features dozens of lodges, outfitters, guides, and charter boat captains from Alaska to Africa and across North America.

Other activities will include a rainbow trout pond, a video fishing simulator, an archery range for kids and newcomers, a pellet shooting range, fly tiers corner, and the sportsman’s grill.

Among the lineup of seminar speakers at this year’s Outdoorama are Michigan deer hunting experts John Eberhart, and Tim Andrus, and walleye fishing experts Mark Martin, Mark Romanack, and Lance Valentine.

Admission is $12 adult, $5 for children ages 6 to 14, and children 5 and under will be admitted free. Show hours are Thursday, 1 to 9; Friday, 11 to 9; Saturday, 10 to 9; and Sunday, 10 to 5.

For more information, visit or call (616) 447-2860.