Find a Michigan fall festival to attend in 2017. Our events calendar for September, October and November 2017 has things to do across Michigan including activities in Detroit, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Grand Rapids and more. Our list includes festivals celebrating the local harvest, food, music, beer, Oktoberfest and more.Last Major Update:
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Michigan Bean Festival - Fairgrove, MI - Sep 2 to Sep 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.
Salsa Tasting Festival - Harbor Beach, MI - Sep 3, 2016
Apple & BBQ Cook-Off Festival - Hart, MI - Sep 9 to Sep 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.
Deckerville Oktoberfest - Deckerville, MI - Sep 10, 2016
Bell’s Brewery Oktoberfest - Kalamazoo, MI - Sep 11, 2016
Scottville Harvest Festival - Scottville, MI - Sep 15 to Sep 17, 2016
Includes the annual car cruise, car show, rubber ducky race, and parade, entertainment tent, and Ox Roast.
Romulus Pumpkin Festival - Romulus, MI - Sep 16 to Sep 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”.
Pumpkinfest - Bessemer, MI - Sep 22 to Sep 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.
Saline Harvest of the Arts Oktoberfest - Saline, MI - Sep 23 to Sep 24, 2016
Location: 400 Water St, Rochester MI 48307
Bloomingdale Oktoberfest - Bloomingdale, MI - Sep 23 to Sep 25, 2016
Taste of Harbor Springs - Harbor Springs, MI - Sep 24, 2016
Lots of local fine dining restaurants and foods from around the country.
Old Town Oktoberfest - Lansing, MI - Sep 30 to Oct 1, 2016
This Lansing Oktoberfest is the 11th annual Mid-Michigan German Oktoberfest. It’s a two day event with German food, live music, dancing and beer. Tickets are $15 in advance and include souvenir beer mug and three food & drink tickets. Tickets are $20 at the door. Saturday admission is free if you show up with an intact wristband and your souvenir mug from Friday. Strictly 21+. This festival is a fundraiser for the Old Town Community Association. Location: Old Town, Lansing, MI 48906
Michigan Antique Festival - Davisburg, MI - Oct 1 to Oct 2, 2016
An annual event at Springfield Oaks Country Park. Lots of antiques and collectible dealers in one location. Free parking.
Clarkston Union Oktoberfest - Clarkston, MI - Oct 1, 2016
Zeeland Pumpkinfest - Zeeland, MI - Oct 7 to Oct 8, 2016
Family fun and fall activities for more than 30 years.
Lakeshore Brew Fest - West Olive, MI - Oct 8, 2016
Sample Michigan craft beers at Camp Blodgett on the shore of Lake Michigan.
Old Dog Tavern Oktoberfest - Kalamazoo, MI - Oct 8, 2016
Weko Beach Brewers Festival - Bridgman, MI - Oct 29, 2016
Under the big top on the beach with live music are great breweries and fantastic food.
Michigan Renaissance Festival - Holly, MI - Aug 19 to Oct 1, 2017
Weekends + Labor Day and Friday, Sept 30th.
Emmet-Charlevoix County Fair - Petoskey, MI - Aug 22 to Aug 27, 2017
Live entertainment, carnival, art and other exhibits, dog show, firefighter show, lifestock and horse shows
Sun Dried Music Festival - Mason, MI - Aug 25 to Aug 27, 2017
A free music fesitval in historic downtown Mason, with two stages of live entertainment, beer and wine beverage tent, festival food, children’s activities, and more
Royal Oak Summer Beer Fest - Royal Oak, MI - Aug 25, 2017
Beer festival at the Royal Oak Farmer’s Market featuring over 50 breweries, spirits, live entertainment and games
Burning Foot Beer Festival - Muskegon, MI - Aug 26, 2017
Burning Foot Beer Festival is a celebration of beer, beach, art and music. The festival will be held along Lake Michigan’s beautiful lakeshore in Muskegon, MI, offering the perfect way to end the summer. Beach camping and barefoot entry make it unique, the Brewers’ Ring makes it extraordinary. 65 breweries from 3 different states, food and live music!
Kroger Wine & Craft Beer Festival - Rochester, MI - Aug 26 to Aug 27, 2017
This two day festival features over 150 wines and craft beers from Michigan and beyond, local food vendors, wine and food seminars, and live music. Bottles and cases will also be available at the festival’s on-site retail store
Cider Dayze Festival - Armada, MI - Aug 26 to Aug 27, 2017
Enjoy over 50 craft cider, beer, and food vendors, while playing games like Cornhole and Beer Pong!
Saline Fair - Saline, MI - Aug 30 to Sep 4, 2017
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 State Fair - Novi, MI - Aug 31 to Sep 4, 2017
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.
Detroit Jazz Festival - Detroit, MI - Sep 1 to Sep 4, 2017
An annual jazz music festival in Hart Plaza over Labor Day Weekend. It is the self-proclaimed world’s largest free jazz festival.
Arts, Beats & Eats - Royal Oak, MI - Sep 1 to Sep 4, 2017
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.
Michigan Peach Festival - Romeo, MI - Sep 1 to Sep 5, 2017
Celebrate the edible juicy fruit over Labor Day Weekend. Parade, car show, photo contests, 5K/10K runs, carnival games and other activities.
Newaygo Logging Festival - Newaygo, MI - Sep 1 to Sep 3, 2017
Marquette Area Blues Fest - Marquette, MI - Sep 1 to Sep 3, 2017
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.
Boyne Kiwanis Labor Day Car Show - Boyne City, MI - Sep 1 to Sep 2, 2017
Friday night’s event is part of Stroll the Streets, Saturday’s event is a car show
Hamtramck Labor Day Festival - Hamtramck, MI - Sep 2 to Sep 4, 2017
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.
Thumbfest - Lexington, MI - Sep 2, 2017
Boyne City Triathalon - Boyne City, MI - Sep 3, 2017
Swim 1.5k in beautiful Lake Charlevoix, bike ride the coastline for 40k, and run through town on a 10k run to benefit the fight against brain disease. Two and three person relays and shorter distance sprint tri and duathlon races are also available
Labor Day Community Bridge Walk - Grand Haven, MI - Sep 4, 2017
Join the community on a walk over the 3rd Street Bridge, down 3rd Street and Jackson Ave to the Chinook Pier
Charlotte Frontier Days - Charlotte, MI - Sep 6, 2017
Plymouth Fall Festival - Plymouth, MI - Sep 8 to Sep 10, 2017
Carnival, car show, craft show, bingo, pancake breakfast, pet show, Rotary BBQ, spaghetti dinner
Art & Apples Festival - Rochester, MI - Sep 8 to Sep 10, 2017
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.
Posen Potato Festival - Posen, MI - Sep 8 to Sep 10, 2017
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.
Port Huron Hobo Fest - Port Huron, MI - Sep 8 to Sep 9, 2017
The Port Huron and Detroit Railroad Historical Society will host Hobo Fest 2017 on Friday, September 8 from 6:30 – 9:30 & Saturday, September 9 at 10:00 am – 5:00 pm at the former property of The Port Huron & Detroit Railroad, located at 2100 32nd Street in Port Huron. The event celebrates Port Huron’s history as a vital international transport center, the city’s struggle to overcome the economic depression and the courage and resourcefulness of those that rode the rails seeking work and adventure. On Friday evening the traditional lighting of the campfire will be held at 6:30 pm. The Hobo Royalty will be crowned at 7:00 pm. Musicians will perform acoustic around the campfire. Educational and exciting railroad videos will be shown at 7:30 pm. On Saturday the 13TH annual hobo gathering will feature a Spam carving contest and cook off, acoustic music, children’s activities and much more. Hobo Fest is a FREE family friendly, educational event that brings people together of all ages to experience the life and adventures of the hobo. Hobo Fest takes place rain or shine so please bring lawn chairs and dress casually according to the weather. * This is a free event. However, donations are gratefully accepted and are tax deductible. 100% of all proceeds are used to restore the buildings and expand our archives & collection.
Paw Paw Wine and Harvest Festival - Paw Paw, MI - Sep 8 to Sep 10, 2017
Wine tours, wine tasting, 4 stages of musical entertainment, grape stomp, carnival rides, car show, sports activities, arts & crafts show and more.
Berrien Springs Harvest Festival - Berrien Springs, MI - Sep 9, 2017
The 20th Annual Harvest Festival, at Lemon Creek Winery, features family friendly activities such as live music, hayrides, farmer’s market, craft vendors and more!
U.P. Fall Beer Festival - Marquette, MI - Sep 9, 2017
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.
Annual Herb & Gourd Fest - Grand Rapids, MI - Sep 9 to Sep 10, 2017
The Michigan Gourd Society holds this event at Meijer Gardens. Gourd art and demonstrations, vendors.
Dally in the Alley - Detroit, MI - Sep 9, 2017
Old Car Festival - Henry Ford Greenfield Village, MI - Sep 9 to Sep 10, 2017
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.
Annual UP Fall Beer Festival - Marquette, MI - Sep 9, 2017
The U.P. Fall Beer Festival takes place overlooking Lake Superior in scenic Mattson Lower Harbor Park, downtown Marquette. Attendees can choose from over 600 locally crafted beers from more than 80 Michigan breweries. Festival guests can also enjoy a wide array of tasty food from area restaurants (available for purchase), and listen to a talented line-up of musicians while they sip their beer.
Lakeshore Harvest Ride - South Haven, MI - Sep 9, 2017
The ride is a fun and picturesque bike tour over rolling countryside near the shore of Lake Michigan. You can visit art studios, wineries, cider mills, family farms, and orchards to take advantage of all that southwest Michigan has to offer. There are four routes for varying abilities of 15 to 62 miles in length, both taking off from Douglas and South Haven, and all net proceeds go to support the construction of an off-road, recreational pathway between South Haven and Saugatuck.
Holland Haven Marathon - Holland, MI - Sep 10, 2017
The Holland Haven Marathon is a unique event which traverses the shores of Lake Michigan. Runners will experience the beautiful lake shore as they travel from Grand Haven to Holland. There is also a 8k and half marathon race. The full marathon starts at Rosy Mound Elementary School in Grand Haven. The half marathon starts at Camp Geneva in Holland. The 8K starts at Crossfit Soaring Ledge in Holland. All three events end at Crossfit Soaring Ledge, with an after party featuring free beer, free climbing for the whole family, free food, live music, vendors, an awards ceremony, photo booth, and private showers/changing rooms.
Boating & Outdoor Festival - Lake St. Clair Metropark, MI - Sep 14 to Sep 17, 2017
Features exhibits, live music, beer tents, food, and family fun. Oh yes and a terrific boat show for all outdoor enthusiasts.
Down Home Days - Mason, MI - Sep 14 to Sep 17, 2017
Frankenmuth Oktoberfest - Frankenmuth, MI - Sep 14 to Sep 17, 2017
Growing up in Metro Detroit, we always made an annual trip to Frankenmuth in the fall to enjoy the German food in in Michigan’s Little Bavaria. This is the only Oktoberfest outside of Munich to be sanctioned by them. The 26th annual event will have live music from German bands, polka dancing and wiener dog races at the Harvey Kern Community Pavilion. In 2014, the opening ceremony was on Thursday night at 7 PM. Organizers generally expect between 8,000 and 10,000 to be there over the course of the weekend. Parking is free and adult admission is $8 with no charge on Sunday. Location: Heritage Park, Weiss St, Frankenmuth, MI 48734
Earthwork Harvest Gathering - Lake City, MI - Sep 15 to Sep 17, 2017
Celebration of food, music and artisan culture. Camp among the hardwood forests and meadows of Earthwork Farms annually on the third weekend in September.
Kinde Polka Fest - Kinde, MI - Sep 15 to Sep 17, 2017
Michigan BluesFest - Lansing, MI - Sep 15 to Sep 16, 2017
Live performers, vendors, Kidzbeat and river boat rides are but a few of the fun at this years Bluefest event.
Northville Victorian Festival - Northville, MI - Sep 15 to Sep 17, 2017
Marine City Heritage Days - Marine City, MI - Sep 15 to Sep 17, 2017
Dakota Inn Oktoberfest - Detroit, MI - Sep 15 to Oct 28, 2017
The Dakota Inn Rathskeller kicks off this Detroit Oktoberfest on Friday, September 16th with live music and imported German beer. They have German bands and polka dancing on Friday and Saturday nights throughout October. Bring your chicken hat or buy one at the door! Dakota Inn is an authentic German bar created by a Highland Park Ford factory worker in the 1930s in an old Chinese hand laundry. It is operated by the founder’s grandson and listed on the State Register of Historic Sites.
Batch Brauerei Oktoberfest - Detroit, MI - Sep 15 to Sep 16, 2017
Grand Haven Salmon Festival - Grand Haven, MI - Sep 15 to Sep 17, 2017
Enjoy the fishing contest, 5k run, salmon cook-off, live music, and foods from great local restaurants.
South Haven Jazz Festival - South Haven, MI - Sep 15 to Sep 16, 2017
Art, jazz, and good times on and off the Beach! Join in on the fun with a beach drum circle, sunset painting, beach olympics, harbor walk, community mural project, and more!
Howard City Harvest Festival - Howard City, MI - Sep 16, 2017
Arts & crafts, parade, 5K Fun Run/Walk and Queen & Princess Pageant.
New Era Fall Street Festival - New Era, MI - Sep 16, 2017
Night Nation Run - Detroit, MI - Sep 16, 2017
The world’s first running music festival.
Bangor Apple Festival - Bangor, MI - Sep 16, 2017
Car show, lawnmower race, kid’s activities, live entertainment and more. Event has been going on for more than 35 years.
The Art of Bonsai show - Tipton, MI - Sep 17, 2017
Displays of Bonsai and art inspired by Bonsai, plus vendors and learning sessions
ArtPrize - Grand Rapids, MI - Sep 20 to Oct 8, 2017
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.
Clinton Fall Festival - Clinton, MI - Sep 22 to Sep 24, 2017
Arts & crafts, live entertainment, carnival rides, car show and a small rodeo.
DIY Street Fair - Ferndale, MI - Sep 22 to Sep 24, 2017
Live music, food and crafts vendors on Woodward between East 9 Mile Road and East Troy St.
Funky Ferndale Art Fair - Ferndale, MI - Sep 22 to Sep 24, 2017
See the works of over 120 artists. Located at 9 Mile and Woodward Avenue.
Paul Bunyan Days - Oscoda, MI - Sep 22 to Sep 24, 2017
Features include a BBQ competition, motorcycle show, great food, classic car show, lots of craft and art vendors, and the huge Schmidt Amusement Carnival.
South Lyon Pumpkinfest - South Lyon, MI - Sep 22 to Sep 24, 2017
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.
Canterbury Village Oktoberfest - Lake Orion, MI - Sep 22 to Sep 23, 2017
The popular attraction in Lake Orion holds their annual Oktoberfest over a Friday and Saturday. Live music, Great German food, activities, bounce house, face painting, and kids petting zoo. Held at the Kings Court Castle beginning Friday at 7:00 pm.
Parktoberfest - Detroit, MI - Sep 22, 2017
Cadillac Craft Beer Festival - Cadillac, MI - Sep 23, 2017
Held in City Park. The beer fest is a 21+ only event. Homebrew competition, live music and yard games. Classic Car Show on Sunday.
Downtown Soo Oktoberfest - Sault Ste Marie, MI - Sep 23, 2017
This Upper Peninsula Oktoberfest will have live music, dancing, arts & crafts, pub crawl and kids activities. Games include the tug-o-war competition, keg toss competition and keg rolling race. The 6th Annual Sault Area Chamber Chase concludes only a short jaunt away from the 17th annual Oktoberfest here if you would like to conclude your run with some beer. They feature a marathon run in the morning. See the Fire Truck Pull at noon. Experience the Keg tossing tournament at 2:00 pm and the pub crawl all day. Of course they have live polka music.
Oktoberfest in the D - Detroit, MI - Sep 23, 2017
St Joseph Oktoberfest - Detroit, MI - Sep 24, 2017
Rochester Mills Beer Oktoberfest - Rochester, MI - Sep 28 to Sep 30, 2017
The event traditionally runs Thursday through Sunday and celebrates the unveiling of their seasonal Oktoberfest lager brewed in-house. Ceremonial keg tapping on Thursday evening. Friday and Saturday has brat & kraut eating contests and a stein hoisting competition. Live, traditional German music throughout the celebration as well as scheduled bavarian dancing. A one litre beer stein has historically been available for collectors to purchase. For the first year in 2013, a carnival was hosted by the Rochester Hills Lions Club in conjunction with the event. Carnival games, moonwalks, pony rides, a petting zoo, a climbing wall, clowns, and temporary-tattoo artists were available for families to enjoy. In 2011, they served up 72 kegs of beer, more than 100 bottles of wine, 2000 bratwurst and 200 pounds of sauerkraut.
Oktoberfest West Michigan - Grand Rapids, MI - Sep 29 to Sep 30, 2017
The Edelweiss Club hosts this Grand Rapids Oktoberfest featuring Erdinger Beer, German food (and root beer for kids), German Bands and Alphorn players. Saturday children’s activities include a number of different inflatables for them to enjoy. Adult games include two person barrel roll, keg tossing or stein holding. Admission and parking are free. Location: John Ball Park, 1300 West Fulton Street, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Oktoberfest Music and Craft Beer Festival - Ludington, MI - Sep 29 to Sep 30, 2017
2016 will be their fourth annual event sponsored by Bell’s Brewing. Live music and craft beer on Saturday. Pub crawl on Friday night. Sample free chili at the Saturday chili walk. German attire encouraged! Art activities and free pumpkin decorating for kids on Saturday. Tickets usually go on sale online around August 1st. There is free on-street parking and several free public parking lots near the festival. General admission (two drink tickets) is $20 before October 1st and $25 after. VIP Admission (online only) is $40 and includes beer stein, Friday evening beer school and two drink tickets. Location: The Parking Lot to the South of the Community Garden. Walk-in Entrance is the West Alley near the intersection of Rath Ave and Ludington Ave.
Ann Arbor Oktoberfest - Ann Arbor, MI - Sep 29 to Sep 30, 2017
Boyne City Harvest Festival - Boyne City, MI - Sep 30, 2017
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.
Harvest Festival & Scarecrow Extravaganza - Bellaire, MI - Sep 30, 2017
Pancake breakfast, arts & crafts market, pet parade, brew tent and entertainment.
Northern Michigan Lamb & Wool Festival - West Branch, MI - Sep 30 to Oct 1, 2017
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.
Scarecrow Festival - Trenton, MI - Sep 30 to Oct 1, 2017
15th annual event. Carnival, entertainment, arts & crafts, Highland games/Strongman contest, eating contest and dog costume contest. Free admission, free parking.
Detroit Oktoberfest - Detroit, MI - Sep 30 to Oct 1, 2017
Curtis Oktoberfest - Curtis, MI - Sep 30, 2017
10th annual event. Hours: Noon to 7 PM. Includes live music, best dressed Bavarian contest, soup cook off and beer tent with German inspired food. Do not miss the Apple Desert Bake-Off. Chicken dinners by 3 Lakes Fireworks Committee.
Fremont Harvest Festival - Fremont, MI - Oct 5 to Oct 7, 2017
Event includes parade, Taste of Fremont, antique tractor show, beverage tent, unique treasure sale and kid’s activities (Saturday).
Oktoberfest Muskegon - Muskegon, MI - Oct 6 to Oct 7, 2017
Alpaca Fest - Dimondale, MI - Oct 7 to Oct 8, 2017
An alpaca show at The Summit Sports and Ice Complex.
Empire Hops Festival - Empire, MI - Oct 7, 2017
Runs from noon thru 9 PM. Entree fee includes complimentary glass and drink tickets. Free parking in Johnson Park.
Glass Pumpkin Fest - Dearborn, MI - Oct 7 to Oct 15, 2017
8th annual event. First/second weekend is in Dearborn, final weekend held in Ann Arbor. Watch glassblowing demonstrations. Free admission. October 8-9, 15-16 and 22-23.
Harbor Springs Brew Fest - Harbor Springs, MI - Oct 7, 2017
New Buffalo Harvest & Wine Festival - New Buffalo, MI - Oct 7, 2017
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.
Scotts Olde Tyme Harvest Festival - Scotts, MI - Oct 7 to Oct 8, 2017
Pumpkins for the kids, hayrides to the pumpkin patch, corn shocks for sale, and even a husker shredder.
Skitoberfest - Boyne Falls, MI - Oct 7, 2017
Held at Boyne Mountain.
Melvindale Oktoberfest - Melvindale, MI - Oct 7, 2017
Color Cruise & Island Festival - Grand Ledge, MI - Oct 13 to Oct 15, 2017
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 - Oct 13 to Oct 15, 2017
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 - Oct 13 to Oct 15, 2017
Goose calling contest, 5K run, parade, classic car show, petting zoo, arts & crafts and more.
Fiber Festival - Leland, MI - Oct 13 to Oct 14, 2017
Annual event held at the Old Art Building with wearable art, weaving, textiles, knits, and exhibits. Admission is free.
Pentwater Oktoberfest - Pentwater, MI - Oct 13 to Oct 14, 2017
An annual fall event since 1997. The tentative schedule for 2014 has been posted. Friday night will have bingo at the VFW Hall and Comedy Night at Village Cafe & Pub. Saturday will have a number of events including classic car & hot rod show, chili cook-off, and Italian wine tasting. Pumpkin and face painting in the morning for kids. Games in the early afternoon include barrel race, Sprint for the Stein and egg toss. The entertainment tent will show both Michigan State and Michigan football. Polka dance contest, chicken dance contest and live music on Saturday evening. Events are located around Village Green, a park in downtown Pentwater located on the west side of Hancock (Main) Street.
St. Clare of Montefalco Oktoberfest - Grosse Pointe Park, MI - Oct 13 to Oct 15, 2017
Oktoberfest in Owosso - Owosso, MI - Oct 13 to Oct 14, 2017
Appleumpkin Festival - Tecumseh, MI - Oct 14 to Oct 15, 2017
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.
Brews and Blues Festival - Adrian, MI - Oct 14, 2017
Founded in 2012. Live music, sample beers. Held on Toledo Street at the Pavilian from 4-10 PM.
Lowell Harvest Celebration - Lowell, MI - Oct 14, 2017
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.
Scarecrow Fest - Frankenmuth, MI - Oct 14 to Oct 22, 2017
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. October 15-16 and October 22-23.
Oktoberfest Royal Oak Beer Fest - Royal Oak, MI - Oct 14, 2017
Ciders and seasonals.
Grand Ledge Oktoberfest - Grand Ledge, MI - Oct 14, 2017
Hosted by the Grand Ledge Opera House.
Lansing Brewtoberfest - Lansing, MI - Oct 14, 2017
Hosted by Lansing Brewing Company.
Big Country Fest - Frankenmuth, MI - Oct 20 to Oct 21, 2017
Frankenmuth is a great little tourist and festival town. This festival has lots of country music, family fun, and great foods.
Fall Foliage Festival - Tipton, MI - Oct 21, 2017
Fiber Expo - Ann Arbor, MI - Oct 21 to Oct 22, 2017
Admission is $4 for one day and $6 for two. Children 12 and under free.
Detroit Fall Beer Festival - Detroit, MI - Oct 27 to Oct 28, 2017
One of the largest all-Michigan beer tastings. Expect 600 craft beers from 75 breweries. Ticket sales start August 4th.
Traverse City Beer Week - Traverse City, MI - Nov 10 to Nov 17, 2017
Michigan Food, Beer and Wine Fest - Flint, MI - Nov 11, 2017
Lightfest - Westland, MI - Nov 16 to Dec 31, 2017
Midwest’s longest and largest drive through light show.
Silver Bells in the City - Lansing, MI - Nov 17, 2017
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 25, 2017
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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