Fall Michigan Festivals
Michigan has the standard complement of fall and harvest festivals to choose from during September and October 2016. But that doesn’t mean that Michigan runs out of fun stuff after Oktoberfest in Michigan finishes. Try the Lighthouse festival for one of the nation’s more unique festivals.
We hope you enjoyed last year’s list. We will be updating this information for 2016 over the next few weeks. Stay tuned!
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Marquette Area Blues Fest – Marquette, MI – September 4-6, 2015
Held at Mattson Lower Harbor Park over Labor Day Weekend. Free admission on Friday. Live Music, food and music/dance workshops. After party and blues jam.
Michigan State Fair – Novi, MI – Sept 4-7, 2015
Agricultural activities, carnival, pig races, craft beer pavilion and other events. Nearly 100,000 attended last year’s event. Located at the Suburban Collection Showplace.
Saline Fair – Saline, MI – Sept 2-6, 2015
A community fair located southwest of Ann Arbor at the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds. This is the 80th year for the fair which includes agricultural events, pageant, demolition derby, live music and other activities.
Michigan Bean Festival – Fairgrove, MI – Sept 4-7, 2015
40,000+ attend this annual festival that has been going on for nearly 70 years. Highlights include the Michigan Bean Queen pageant, parade, car show and go cart races.
Detroit Jazz Festival – Detroit, MI – Sept 4-7, 2015
An annual jazz music festival in Hart Plaza over Labor Day Weekend. It is the self-proclaimed world’s largest free jazz festival.
Michigan Peach Festival – Romeo, MI – Sept 4-6, 2015
Celebrate the edible juicy fruit over Labor Day Weekend. Parade, car show, photo contests, 5K/10K runs, carnival games and other activities.
Charlotte Frontier Days – Charlotte, MI – September 10-13, 2015
Paw Paw Wine and Harvest Festival – Paw Paw, MI – September 11-13, 2015
Wine tours, wine tasting, 4 stages of musical entertainment, grape stomp, carnival rides, car show, sports activities, arts & crafts show and more.
Apple & BBQ Cook-Off Festival – Hart, MI – September 11-12, 2015
Michigan Sanctioned Kansas City BBQ Cook-Off Competition, Apple Pie Contest, 5K Fun Run, Craft Show, Classic Auto & Truck Show, Dune Buggy Show, Kid’s Activities, Live Entertainment & Food.
Posen Potato Festival – Posen, MI – Sept 11-13, 2015
An annual event on the weekend after Labor Day in Presque Isle County celebrating the potato and the Polish heritage of the area. Includes parade, carnival and potato cooking contest. It has been going on for more than 50 years.
Art & Apples Festival – Rochester, MI – September 11-13, 2015
Nearly 300 artists exhibit at Rochester Park. Event has been running for more than 50 years and benefits the Paint Creek Center for the Arts.
Plymouth Fall Festival – Plymouth, MI – September 11-13, 2015
Carnival, car show, craft show, bingo, pancake breakfast, pet show, Rotary BBQ, spaghetti dinner
U.P. Fall Beer Festival – Marquette, MI – September 12, 2015
More than 400 local craft beers from 60 Michigan breweries with local musicians playing and food available for purchase. Overlooks Lake Superior in Mattson Lower Harbor Park.
Scottville Harvest Festival – Scottville, MI – September 17-19, 2015
Howard City Harvest Festival – Howard City, MI – September 18-19, 2015
Arts & crafts, parade, 5K Fun Run/Walk and Queen & Princess Pageant.
Romulus Pumpkin Festival – Romulus, MI – September 18-20, 2015
A three day street festival on the third weekend in September that has been going on for 35+ years. It starts with a night “parade of lights”.
Taste of Traverse City – Traverse City, MI – September 18-20, 2015
Friday night is the Grub Crawl. Saturday is the Great Lakes Foodie Fest. Sunday is the Best of the Brunch.
New Era Fall Street Festival – New Era, MI – September 19, 2015
Earthwork Harvest Gathering – Lake City, MI – September 18-20, 2015
Celebration of food, music and artisan culture. Camp among the hardwood forests and meadows of Earthwork Farms annually on the third weekend in September.
Bangor Apple Festival – Bangor, MI – October 3, 2015
Car show, lawnmower race, kid’s activities, live entertainment and more. Event has been going on for more than 35 years.
Annual Herb & Gourd Fest – Grand Rapids, MI – September 19-20, 2015
The Michigan Gourd Society holds this event at Meijer Gardens. Gourd art and demonstrations, vendors.
Fremont Harvest Festival – Fremont, MI – September 24-26, 2015
Event includes parade, Taste of Fremont, antique tractor show, beverage tent, unique treasure sale and kid’s activities (Saturday).
Clinton Fall Festival – Clinton, MI – September 25-27, 2015
Arts & crafts, live entertainment, carnival rides, car show and a small rodeo.
South Lyon Pumpkinfest – South Lyon, MI – September 25-27, 2015
Parade, children’s activities, craft show, live music, food and more at this event going on for more than 30 years. More than 55,000 people attended in 2014.
DIY Street Fair – Ferndale, MI – September 25-27, 2015
Live music, food and crafts vendors on Woodward between East 9 Mile Road and East Troy St.
Cadillac Craft Beer Festival – Cadillac, MI – Sept 26, 2015
Held in City Park. The beer fest is a 21+ only event. Homebrew competition, live music and yard games. Classic Car Show on Sunday.
Harvest Festival & Scarecrow Extravaganza – Bellaire, MI – September 26, 2015
Pancake breakfast, arts & crafts market, pet parade, brew tent and entertainment.
Weko Beach Brewers Festival – Bridgman, MI – September 26, 2015
Diehl’s Ciderfest – Holly, MI – September 26-27, 2015
34th annual event. Craft show, 1 and 4 mile runs, live entertainment, hayrides and more. Free admission.
Northern Michigan Lamb & Wool Festival – West Branch, MI – September 26-27, 2015
The last weekend in September each year at the beautiful Ogemaw County Fairgrounds. Their slogan: the Friendliest Little Fiber Festival Around! Sheep Shearing School on Friday. Free admission and parking.
Castle Farms Harvest Festival – Charlevoix, MI – September 27, 2015
Arts & crafts, horse-drawn wagon rides, games, face painting, magic show and more. Free cider and donuts. Admission is $10. Guided historical tour for $2 more. Hours are 11 AM to 4 PM.
Zeeland Pumpkinfest – Zeeland, MI – October 1-3, 2015
Family fun and fall activities for more than 30 years.
Scarecrow Festival – Trenton, Michigan – October 2-4, 2015
14th annual event. Carnival, entertainment, arts & crafts, Highland games/Strongman contest, eating contest and dog costume contest. Free admission, free parking.
Empire Hops Festival – Empire, MI – October 3, 2015
Runs from noon thru 9 PM. Entree fee includes complimentary glass and drink tickets. Free parking in Johnson Park.
Brews and Blues Festival – Adrian, MI – October 3, 2015
Founded in 2012. Live music, sample beers. Held on Toledo Street at the Pavilian from 4-10 PM.
Alpaca Fest – Dimondale, MI – October 3-4, 2015
An alpaca show at The Summit Sports and Ice Complex.
Scarecrow Fest – Frankenmuth, MI – October 17-18 & 24-25, 2015
This event spans two weekends in downtown Frankenmuth. Vote for your favorite scarecrow and enjoy the many activities including pumpkin catapult, pumpkin bowling and pumpkin painting.
Crabby Clam & Lobster Fest – Frankenmuth, MI – October 9-10, 2015
The River Place Shops hosts this dinner to benefit the Johnny Burke Children’s Foundation.
Color Cruise & Island Festival – Grand Ledge, MI – October 9-11, 2015
A three day festival on the second weekend in October at Island Park in downtown Grand Ledge. Enjoy the beautiful fall colors as well as cider pressing, pumpkin painting, car show and other activities.
Fall on the Island Festival – Drummond Island, MI – October 9-11, 2015
7th annual event. Golf outing, 5K Walk/Run, live entertainment including dueling pianos. Taste of Drummond, live music, artisan vendors, cornhole tournament, pub crawl and more.
Great Lakes Lighthouse Festival – Alpena, MI – October 8-11, 2015
Tour 11 lighthouses during this four day event. Lighthouses from Tawas to Mackinaw will be open. Main activities are held at the APLEX Event Center. The President of the American Lighthouse Magazine said that there is no festival like it in the United States.
Harvest and Wine Festival – New Buffalo, MI – October 10, 2015
In celebration of the harvest in Southwest Michigan, this one day event boasts over 30 of the best wines from several local vineyards along with four craft beers, and hard ciders all under one roof! Come rain or shine, the event is tented so you can come out and stay all day! $5 donation suggested per adult at the gate, kids under 12 are free! Event will feature live music, tastings and wine/beer by the glass available from eight local wineries and two craft breweries, kids activities, horse drawn hay rides driven throughout New Buffalo,
craft vendors offering handcrafted goods, food products, and produce for you to purchase throughout the event.
Lakeshore Brew Fest – West Olive, MI – October 10, 2015
Sample Michigan craft beers at Camp Blodgett on the shore of Lake Michigan.
Fennville Goose Festival – Fennville, MI – October 10-11, 2015
Goose calling contest, 5K run, parade, classic car show, petting zoo, arts & crafts and more.
Lansing Apple Butter Festival – Lansing, MI – October 10-11, 2015
Annual event for 40+ years at the Fenner Nature Center. Stir the apple butter, pumpkin carving contest, live music, cider press demonstrations and more. Free entry. Parking is $5 per car.
Appleumpkin Festival – Tecumseh, MI – October 10-11, 2015
22nd annual event. Midway rides, carnival games, make your own scarecrow, arts & crafts. Live entertainment performances on the Pearl Street stage. Also enjoy the nearby Kapnick Orchards Apple Festival.
Made in Michigan Film Festival – Frankenmuth, MI – October 16-17, 2015
7th annual event exclusively Michigan made films. Held at the Bronner Performing Arts Center, a 500 seat theater.
Glass Pumpkin Fest – Dearborn, MI – October 17-18 & 24-25, 2015
7th annual event. First weekend is in Dearborn, second weekend held in Ann Arbor. Watch glassblowing demonstrations. Free admission.
Detroit Fall Beer Festival – Detroit, MI – October 23-24, 2015
One of the largest all-Michigan beer tastings. Expect 600 craft beers from 75 breweries. Ticket sales start July 30.
Fiber Expo – Ann Arbor, MI – October 24-25, 2015
Admission is $4 for one day and $6 for two. Children 12 and under free.
Holly Dickens Festival – November 27-29 & December 5-6, 12-13, 2015
Michigan Food, Beer, and Wine Fest – Flint, MI – Nov 7, 2015
Season of Light Gala – Alpena, MI – Nov 21, 2015
Last Year’s Events
Grand Haven Salmon Festival – Grand Haven, MI – September 18-20, 2015
Harvest Fest – Rockford, MI – September 26-28, 2014
Manton Harvest Festival – Manton, MI – August 28 – September 1, 2014
Harvest Moon Celebration – Farmington, MI – September 18-20, 2014
Harvest on the Ridge Fest – Sparta, MI – September 20, 2014
Southwest Michigan Harvest Fest – Scotts, MI – September 21, 2014
Pumpkinfest – Bessemer, MI – October 1-3, 2015
Grand Valley Shakespeare Festival – Allendale, MI – September 26-27, 2014
Wurst Festival Ever – Dorr, MI – September 26-28, 2014
Blue Water Film Festival – Port Huron, MI – September 27-28, 2013
Boyne City Harvest Festival – Boyne City, MI – October 4, 2014
Buster Keaton Society Film Festival – Muskegon, MI – October 2-4, 2014
Funk Festival – Detroit, MI – October 4, 2014
Fall Foliage Festival – Tipton, MI – October 4, 2014
Bark-A-Bout Family Fall Festival – Macomb, MI – October 4, 2014
Heritage Festival – Eaton Rapids, MI – October 4, 2014
Fall Festival – Milford, MI – October 4-5, 2014
Michigan Antique Festival – Davisburg, MI – October 4-5, 2014
Scotts Olde Tyme Harvest Festival – Scotts, MI – October 4-5, 2014
Russian Festival – Dexter, MI – October 4-5, 2014
Harbor Country Harvest Days – New Buffalo, MI – October 10-13, 2014
Benzie Fall Fest – Beulah and Frankfort, MI – Every weekend in October, 2014
Tahquamenon Falls State Park Harvest Festival – Whitefish Township, MI – October 10-11, 2014
Davison Pumpkin Festival – Davison, MI – October 10-11, 2014
Hilton Fall Festival – Ferndale, MI
Flushing Harvest Festival – Flushing, MI
Marshall Harvest Festival – Marshall, MI
Hoptoberfest – Grand Rapids, MI
Onekama Celebration of Lights – Onekama, MI – Nov 22, 2014
Pentwater Festival of Lights and Santa Comes To Town , Pentwater, MI – Nov 29, 2014
Ludington Arts Center Holiday Craft Show – Ludington, MI – Nov 29, 2014
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