Funtober Fall Festivals

Fall Michigan Festivals

Michigan has the standard complement of fall and harvest festivals to choose from during September and October 2015.  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.

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September 2015:

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.

Plymouth Fall Festival – Plymouth, MI – September 11-13, 2015
Carnival, car show, craft show, bingo, pancake breakfast, pet show, Rotary BBQ, spaghetti dinner

Scottville Harvest Festival – Scottville, MI – September 17-19, 2015

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.

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.

Clinton Fall Festival – Clinton, MI – September 25-27, 2015
Arts & crafts, live entertainment, carnival rides, car show and a small rodeo.

    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.

    October 2015

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Fennville Goose Festival – Fennville, MI – October 10-11, 2015
    Goose calling contest, 5K run, parade, classic car show, petting zoo, arts & crafts and more.

    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.

    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.

    November 2015
    Holly Dickens Festival – November 27-29 & December 5-6, 12-13, 2015
    Silver Bells in the City – Nov 20, 2015

    Season of Light Gala – Alpena, MI – Nov 21, 2015

    Last Year’s Events

    Grand Haven Salmon Festival – Grand Haven, MI – September 12-14, 2014
    Harvest Fest – Rockford, MI – September 26-28, 2014
    Art & Apples Festival – Rochester, MI – September 5-7, 2014
    Weko Beach Brewers Festival – Bridgman, MI – September 27, 2014
    Downtown Fall Fever Festival – Cadillac, MI – September 27, 2014
    New Era Fall Street Festival – New Era, MI – September 20, 2014
    DIY Street Fair – Ferndale, MI – September 12-14, 2014
    Manton Harvest Festival – Manton, MI – August 28 – September 1, 2014
    Howard City Harvest Festival – Howard City, MI – September 19-24, 2014
    Harvest Moon Celebration – Farmington, MI – September 18-20, 2014
    Fremont Harvest Festival – Fremont, MI – September 25-27, 2014
    Harvest on the Ridge Fest – Sparta, MI – September 20, 2014
    Harvest Festival & Scarecrow Extravaganza – Bellaire, MI – September 27, 2014
    Southwest Michigan Harvest Fest – Scotts, MI – September 21, 2014
    Earthwork Harvest Gathering – Lake City, MI – September 19-21, 2014
    U.P. Fall Beer Festival – Marquette, MI - September 6, 2014
    Pumpkinfest – Bessemer, MI – October 1-3, 2015
    Castle Farms Harvest Festival – Charlevoix, MI – September 28, 2014
    Grand Valley Shakespeare Festival – Allendale, MI – September 26-27, 2014
    South Lyon Pumpkinfest – South Lyon, MI – September 26-28, 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
    Bangor Apple Festival – Bangor, MI – October 4, 2014
    Empire Hops Festival – Empire, MI – October 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
    Zeeland Pumpkinfest – Zeeland, MI – October 2-4, 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
    Fiber Expo – Ann Arbor, MI – October 25-26, 2014

    Charlevoix Apple Festival and Craft Show – Charlevoix, MI – October 10-12, 2014
    Tuscola County Pumpkin Festival – Caro, MI – October 1-5, 2014

    New Buffalo Harvest & Wine Festival – New Buffalo, MI – October 11, 2014
    Fiber Festival - Leland, MI – October 10-11, 2014
    Big Country Fest – Frankenmuth, MI – October 17-18, 2014

    Harvest Celebration – Lowell, MI – October 11, 2014
    Frankfort Fall Festival – Frankfort, MI – October 11, 2014

    Lansing Apple Butter Festival – Lansing, MI – October 11-12, 2014
    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.

    Lakeshore Brew Fest – West Olive, MI – October 11, 2014
    Fall on the Island Festival – Drummond Island, MI – October 10-12, 2014

    Harbor Country Harvest Days – New Buffalo, MI – October 10-13, 2014

    Glass Pumpkin Fest – Dearborn, MI – October 18-19, 2014
    Fall Fling Festival - New Era, MI – October 18-19, 2014
    Grayling Harvest Fest – Grayling, MI – October 4, 2014
    Pumpkin Chunkin – Grayling, MI – October 18-19, 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 

    Michigan Food, Beer, and Wine Fest – Flint, MI – Nov 8, 2014
    Traverse City Beer Week – Nov 7-14, 2014
    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

    Find other fun things to do in Michigan in October:

    Oktoberfest in Michigan
    Michigan Corn Mazes
    Michigan Ghost Tours
    Haunted Houses in Michigan
    Pumpkin Patches in Michigan

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