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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Michigan Renaissance Festival – Holly, MI – Aug 20 – Oct 2, 2016
Weekends + Labor Day and Friday, Sept 30th.
Michigan Peach Festival – Romeo, MI – Sept 1-5, 2016
Celebrate the edible juicy fruit over Labor Day Weekend. Parade, car show, photo contests, 5K/10K runs, carnival games and other activities.
Saline Fair – Saline, MI – August 31 – September 4, 2016
A community fair located southwest of Ann Arbor at the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds. This is the 81st year for the fair which includes agricultural events, pageant, demolition derby, live music and other activities.
Michigan Bean Festival – Fairgrove, MI – Sept 2-5, 2016
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.
Marquette Area Blues Fest – Marquette, MI – September 2-4, 2016
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.
Detroit Jazz Festival – Detroit, MI – Sept 2-5, 2016
An annual jazz music festival in Hart Plaza over Labor Day Weekend. It is the self-proclaimed world’s largest free jazz festival.
Michigan State Fair – Novi, MI – Sept 1-5, 2016
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.
Marquette Area Blues Fest – Marquette, MI – Sept 2-4, 2016
A free event on Friday that is open to the public with great music performances. Saturday and Sunday are ticketed events with top name blues entertainers. Held at Mattson Lower Harbor Park.
Newaygo Logging Festival – Sept 2-4, 2016
Arts, Beats & Eats – Royal Oak, MI – Sept 2-5, 2016
Labor day weekend features Oakland County’s favorite summer festival. Offers over 200 performances across 9 stages in downtown Royal Oak. Lots of local restaurants, fine arts show, vendors, and more. Over 380,000 vistors attended this event last year.
Thumbfest – Lexington, MI – Sept 3, 2016
Salsa Tasting Festival – Harbor Beach, MI – Sept 3, 2016
Hamtramck Labor Day Festival – Sept 3-5, 2016
A huge attraction in the heart of the Detroit area. Features lots of live music, carnival rides, great food, vendors, beer tent, Artist’s Village, Polish Day Parade, canoe races, 5k run and so much more.
Charlotte Frontier Days – Charlotte, MI – September 8-11, 2016
Apple & BBQ Cook-Off Festival – Hart, MI – September 9-10, 2016
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.
Port Huron Hobo Fest – Port Huron, MI – Sept 9-10, 2016
Hosted by the Port Huron and Detroit Railroad Historical Society in Port Huron. A family friendly event with education that brings people together of all ages to experience the hobo lifestyle. Also music, kid’s games, spam carving and more.
Paw Paw Wine and Harvest Festival – Paw Paw, MI – September 9-11, 2016
Wine tours, wine tasting, 4 stages of musical entertainment, grape stomp, carnival rides, car show, sports activities, arts & crafts show and more.
Art & Apples Festival – Rochester, MI – September 9-10, 2016
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 9-11, 2016
Carnival, car show, craft show, bingo, pancake breakfast, pet show, Rotary BBQ, spaghetti dinner
Posen Potato Festival – Posen, MI – Sept 9-11, 2016
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 – Sept 9-11, 2016
Over 290 exhibiting artists transform the 30 acre Rochester Park. Experience the fine artwork, the main stage sounds, fresh apple treats, Kids Art Zone and great festival food. An annual event held for over 50 years.
Berrien Springs Harvest Festival – Sept 10, 2016
U.P. Fall Beer Festival – Marquette, MI – September 10, 2016
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.
Dally in the Alley – September 10, 2016
Old Car Festival – Henry Ford Greenfield Village, September 10-11, 2016
America’s longest running antique car show at an unbelievable place to spend an afternoon. It features authentic vehicles from the 1890’s through 1932. Also live music and dance tunes at an evening performance at the village.
Scottville Harvest Festival – Scottville, MI – September 15-17, 2016
Includes the annual car cruise, car show, rubber ducky race, and parade, entertainment tent, and Ox Roast.
Down Home Days – Mason, MI – Sept 15-18, 2016
Boating & Outdoor Festival – Lake St. Clair Metropark – Sept 15-18, 2016
Features exhibits, live music, beer tents, food, and family fun. Oh yes and a terrific boat show for all outdoor enthusiasts.
Howard City Harvest Festival – Howard City, MI – September 16-17, 2016
Arts & crafts, parade, 5K Fun Run/Walk and Queen & Princess Pageant.
Michigan BluesFest – Lansing, MI – Sept 16-17, 2016
Live performers, vendors, Kidzbeat and river boat rides are but a few of the fun at this years Bluefest event.
DIY Street Fair – Ferndale, MI – September 16-18, 2016
Live music, food and crafts vendors on Woodward between East 9 Mile Road and East Troy St.
Northville Victorian Festival – Sept 16-18, 2016
Earthwork Harvest Gathering – Lake City, MI – September 16-18, 2016
Celebration of food, music and artisan culture. Camp among the hardwood forests and meadows of Earthwork Farms annually on the third weekend in September.
Grand Haven Salmon Festival – Grand Haven, MI – September 16-18, 2016
Enjoy the fishing contest, 5k run, salmon cook-off, live music, and foods from great local restaurants.
Romulus Pumpkin Festival – Romulus, MI – September 16-18, 2016
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”.
Night Nation Run – Detroit, MI – Sept 17, 2016
The world’s first running music festival.
New Era Fall Street Festival – New Era, MI – September 17, 2016
Annual Herb & Gourd Fest – Grand Rapids, MI – September 17-18, 2016
The Michigan Gourd Society holds this event at Meijer Gardens. Gourd art and demonstrations, vendors.
Marine City Heritage Days – Sept 17-18, 2016
ArtPrize – Grand Rapids, MI – Sept 21 – Oct 9, 2016
A huge art competition with prizes of over $500,000. Open to anyone over 18 working in any medium. A free and open event to the public.
Pumpkinfest – Bessemer, MI – September 22-25, 2016
38th annual event in Bessemer. Features include displays at the Historical Society, free carnival rides (Friday night), helicopter rides, poker run, pancake breakfast, treasure hunt, classic car show, pumpkin bingo, dinners, horseshoe tournament, and lots of live music on stage.
Kinde Polka Fest – Sept 23-25, 2016
Funky Ferndale Art Fair – Ferndale, MI – Sept 23-25, 2016
See the works of over 120 artists. Located at 9 Mile and Woodward Avenue.
Clinton Fall Festival – Clinton, MI – September 23-25, 2016
Arts & crafts, live entertainment, carnival rides, car show and a small rodeo.
South Lyon Pumpkinfest – South Lyon, MI – September 23-25, 2016
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.
Cadillac Craft Beer Festival – Cadillac, MI – Sept 24, 2016
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 24, 2016
Pancake breakfast, arts & crafts market, pet parade, brew tent and entertainment.
Paul Bunyan Days – Oscoda, MI – Sept 23-25, 2016
Features include a BBQ competition, motorcycle show, great food, classic car show, lots of craft and art vendors, and the huge Schmidt Amusement Carnival.
Northern Michigan Lamb & Wool Festival – West Branch, MI – September 23-25, 2016
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.
Taste of Harbor Springs – Sept 24, 2016
Lots of local fine dining restaurants and foods from around the country.
Boyne City Harvest Festival – Boyne City, MI – September 24, 2016
Lots of children’s games, hay rides, folk art demonstrations, live music on 3 stages, pie baking, arts and craft vendors, scarecrow displays, and German food and beverages.
Scarecrow Festival – Trenton, Michigan – Sept 30 – October 2, 2016
15th 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 1, 2016
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 1, 2016
Founded in 2012. Live music, sample beers. Held on Toledo Street at the Pavilian from 4-10 PM.
Fall Foliage Festival – Tipton, MI – October 1, 2016
Alpaca Fest – Dimondale, MI – October 1-2, 2016
An alpaca show at The Summit Sports and Ice Complex.
Michigan Antique Festival – Davisburg, MI – October 1-2, 2016
An annual event at Springfield Oaks Country Park. Lots of antiques and collectible dealers in one location. Free parking.
Scotts Olde Tyme Harvest Festival – Scotts, MI – October 1-2, 2016
Pumpkins for the kids, hayrides to the pumpkin patch, corn shocks for sale, and even a husker shredder.
Zeeland Pumpkinfest – Zeeland, MI – October 7-8, 2016
Family fun and fall activities for more than 30 years.
Fall on the Island Festival – Drummond Island, MI – October 7-9, 2016
8th 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.
Fennville Goose Festival – Fennville, MI – October 7-9, 2016
Goose calling contest, 5K run, parade, classic car show, petting zoo, arts & crafts and more.
Lakeshore Brew Fest – West Olive, MI – October 8, 2016
Sample Michigan craft beers at Camp Blodgett on the shore of Lake Michigan.
Harbor Springs Brew Fest – October 8, 2016
New Buffalo Harvest & Wine Festival – New Buffalo, MI – October 8, 2016
One day festival with live music, the best wines, craft beers, hayrides, kid’s art, craft vendors, and lots of food choices. 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.
Fiber Festival – Leland, MI – October -8, 2016
Annual event held at the Old Art Building with wearable art, weaving, textiles, knits, and exhibits. Admission is free.
Lowell Harvest Celebration – Lowell, MI – October 8, 2016
Family fun with a 5k run, chili cook off, Autumn marketplace with arts, crafts, and farmers goods. Don’t miss the live entertainment and hoedown.
Appleumpkin Festival – Tecumseh, MI – October 8-9, 2016
23rd 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.
Glass Pumpkin Fest – Dearborn, MI – October 8-9, 15-16 & 22-23, 2016
8th annual event. First/second weekend is in Dearborn, final weekend held in Ann Arbor. Watch glassblowing demonstrations. Free admission.
Scarecrow Fest – Frankenmuth, MI – October 15-16 & 22-23, 2016
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.
Color Cruise & Island Festival – Grand Ledge, MI – October 14-16, 2016
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.
Big Country Fest – Frankenmuth, MI – October 21-22, 2016
Frankenmuth is a great little tourist and festival town. This festival has lots of country music, family fun, and great foods.
Detroit Fall Beer Festival – Detroit, MI – October 21-22, 2016
One of the largest all-Michigan beer tastings. Expect 600 craft beers from 75 breweries. Ticket sales start August 4th.
Fiber Expo – Ann Arbor, MI – October 22-23, 2016
Admission is $4 for one day and $6 for two. Children 12 and under free.
Weko Beach Brewers Festival – Bridgman, MI – October 29, 2016
Under the big top on the beach with live music are great breweries and fantastic food.
Lightfest – Starts Nov. 17, 2016
Midwest’s longest and largest drive through light show.
Silver Bells in the City – Lansing, MI – November 18, 2016
An annual event on the Friday before Thanksgiving in downtown Lansing. The city is decked out in thousands of lights which attracts over 80,000 people for family fun. It feature ice sculptures, carriage rides, Santa parade, and free cookies and cider before the fireworks.
Ludington Arts Center Holiday Craft Show – Ludington, MI – Nov 26, 2016
Future Events – 2017
If we find the dates for a festival next fall (September or October 2017) which does not have an event in 2016, we will post them here.
We know that you want current events. But we often don’t have dates for the current year. We leave those events with their link here so that you can look for the new dates yourself. We hope you don’t mind!
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Holly Dickens Festival – November 27-29 & December 5-6, 12-13, 2015
Michigan Food, Beer, and Wine Fest – Flint, MI – Nov 7, 2015
Traverse City Beer Week – Nov 11-17, 2016
Season of Light Gala – Alpena, MI – Nov 21, 2015
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