Find a Michigan fall festival to attend in 2021. Our events calendar for September, October and November 2021 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.
At this point we have checked for 2020 dates on all events. Some websites were still holding off on releasing a date, whereas other websites had not been updated at all for this year.
All events showing 2020 dates need to be verified to confirm that changes to the schedule were not made by the organizers after publication here, due to COVID-19. We do not run these events, and would hate for anyone to go out of their way only to find the event had been canceled after releasing a date. Please click through to the event website to confirm! Be safe and have a great fall!
The Art of Bonsai show - Tipton, MI - Jan 1, 2021
Postponed until 2021. Displays of Bonsai and art inspired by Bonsai, plus vendors and learning sessions
Grand Haven Artwalk - Grand Haven, MI - Jan 1 to Oct 4, 2020
Canceled for 2020, look for their return in 2021. Normally: Local artists participate in an art competitioin in the categories of photography, painting, drawing, mixed media, and sculpture, with daily public judging and juried voting, plus evening soirees, street parties with food, and music, wine tastings, youth competition, and more.
Harvest Festival - Ann Arbor, MI - Jan 1 to Sep 15, 2019
Canceled for 2020, look for their return in 2021. Normally: Learn about the historical significance of the Sutherland-Wilson farmstead, music, face painting, building tours and more. Free parking and shuttle from Harvest Elementary.
Howard City Harvest Festival - Howard City, MI - Jan 1 to Sep 21, 2019
Canceled for 2020, look for their return in 2021. Normally: Arts & crafts, parade, 5K Fun Run/Walk and Queen & Princess Pageant.
Fennville Goose Festival - Fennville, MI - Jan 1 to Oct 13, 2019
Canceled for 2020, look for their return in 2021. Normally: Goose calling contest, 5K run, parade, classic car show, petting zoo, arts and crafts and more.
Hamtramck Labor Day Festival - Hamtramck, MI - Jan 1 to Sep 2, 2019
Canceled for 2020. Look for their return in 2021. Normally: 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.
Berrien Springs Harvest Festival - Berrien Springs, MI - Jan 1 to Sep 7, 2019
Canceled for 2020, look for their return in 2021. Normally: Annual Harvest Festival, at Lemon Creek Winery, features family friendly activities such as live music, hayrides, farmer’s market, craft vendors and more! 12-6pm
Cider Dayze Festival - Armada, MI - Jan 1 to Aug 25, 2019
Canceled for 2020, look for their return in 2021! Normally: Enjoy over 50 craft cider, beer, and food vendors, while playing games like cornhole and beer pong! Test your strength in the beer stein hold, listen to live music, and eat food from food trucks!
Charlotte Frontier Days - Charlotte, MI - Sep 8 to Sep 12, 2021
Founded in 1970, thousands of people come from across Michigan to enjoy activities like a parade, rodeo, arts and crafts show, and more, with proceeds going to fund community services around the town of Charlotte.
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Oktoberfest Royal Oak Beer Fest - Royal Oak, MI - Sep 14 to Sep 15, 2018
Ciders and seasonals from over 50 breweries plus live entertainment and games
Bloomingdale Oktoberfest - Bloomingdale, MI - Sep 29, 2018
Detroit Oktoberfest - Detroit, MI - Oct 15, 2018
Royal Oak Summer Beer Fest - Royal Oak, MI - Aug 9, 2019
Beer festival at the Royal Oak Farmer’s Market featuring over 50 breweries, spirits, live entertainment and games
Marquette Area Blues Fest - Marquette, MI - Aug 30 to Sep 1, 2019
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 Bean Festival - Fairgrove, MI - Aug 30 to Sep 2, 2019
40,000+ attend this annual festival that has been going on for over 70 years. Highlights include the Michigan Bean Queen pageant, parade, car show and go cart races.
Boyne Kiwanis Labor Day Car Show - Boyne City, MI - Aug 30 to Aug 31, 2019
Friday night’s event is part of Stroll the Streets, Saturday’s event is a car show
Salsa Tasting Festival - Harbor Beach, MI - Aug 31, 2019
Try and vote for your favorite salsas!
Thumbfest - Lexington, MI - Aug 31, 2019
10 stages, 50 acts all day long, and free admission
EUP Music Fest - Kincheloe, MI - Sep 1, 2019
This years EUP Music Fest will take place in the Chippewa County Fairground grandstand, with a 7 p.m. start time. While the event itself is free to attend, Fair staff encourage donations be made to United Way to support the work they do across the Eastern Upper Peninsula. The music fest is a family-oriented evening of Christian music and quality entertainment.
Labor Day Community Bridge Walk - Grand Haven, MI - Sep 2, 2019
Join the community on a walk over the 3rd Street Bridge, down 3rd Street and Jackson Ave to the Chinook Pier
Night Nation Run – Jacksonville - Detroit, MI - Sep 7, 2019
The world’s first running music festival, supporting Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), will feature DJs on a main stage, plus party zones along the route with DJs, dancers, light shows, selfie stations, and Glow Gear giveaways!
Crane’s Ciderfest - Fennville, MI - Sep 7, 2019
For the price of admission, you get drink tickets, a ciderfest commemorative glass, a crane’s cider donut, all day games for all ages, raffle entries, access to delicious food trucks and live music, all held at the pavilion at Crane’s Orchard.
St Joe Zombie Pub Crawl - St Joseph, MI - Sep 7, 2019
A thirsty horde of zombies will crawl the streets of downtown St Joseph in support of local theatre. All proceeds raised will go directly to The GhostLight Theatre, a new performance venue in the Benton Harbor Arts District. Please come dressed in your best (worst) zombie make-up and costume — prizes will be awarded for the most afflicted zombie, the best group theme, the scariest, the silliest, etc. Visit 5 pubs in 3 hours to find drink specials and snacks.
Fiesta de España - Ann Arbor, MI - Sep 8 to Sep 22, 2019
A trio of paella parties on the patio at Zingerman’s! At noon, get a step-by-step demonstration on how to prepare the dish, then the Zing crew will make three different kinds, plus desserts and horchata. Three Saturdays mean three dates to choose from! RSVP so they know how much food to plan for!
Batch Brauerei Oktoberfest - Detroit, MI - Sep 13, 2019
Marine City Heritage Days - Marine City, MI - Sep 13 to Sep 15, 2019
Check out artisans, displays, performers, children’s activities, and more!
Friendship Center Oktoberfest - Westland, MI - Sep 13, 2019
Port Huron Hobo Fest - Port Huron, MI - Sep 14 to Sep 15, 2019
The Port Huron and Detroit Railroad Historical Society will host Hobo Fest 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 kicks off all the activites. Watch the crowning of The Hobo Royalty and check out videos about the railroad. The festivities continue with 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.
Lakeshore Harvest Ride - South Haven, MI - Sep 14, 2019
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.
Yates Donut Festival - Lake Orion, MI - Sep 14 to Sep 15, 2019
Live entertainment, food, kids activities and more, at Canterbury Village
Bell’s Brewery Oktoberfest - Kalamazoo, MI - Sep 20 to Sep 21, 2019
Bell’s Eccentric Cafe plays host to German food and beer, live music, games, ceremonial tapping of the keg, and more.
Dakota Inn Oktoberfest - Detroit, MI - Sep 20 to Nov 2, 2019
The Dakota Inn Rathskeller kicks off this Detroit Oktoberfest on Friday 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.
Canterbury Village Oktoberfest - Lake Orion, MI - Sep 20 to Sep 22, 2019
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.
Golftoberfest Muskegon - Muskegon, MI - Sep 20, 2019
3rd annual Golftoberfest at Lincoln Golf Club is a fundraiser to support year-round recreation at the Winter Sports Complex.
Golftoberfest - Muskegon, MI - Sep 20, 2019
Bavarian inspired event for golfers, including unlimited lunch, gift bag, and an official Oktoberfest beer tasting stein.
Parktoberfest - Detroit, MI - Sep 21 to Sep 22, 2019
Annual Parktoberfest returns to Downtown Detroit with two full days of free activities and entertainment. Beacon Park Detroit will host the event and feature the Big Biergarten Tent, an impressive selection of craft seasonal and Oktoberfest Biers, fall food favorites, live music, kids activities, traditional games, dance, and competitions. A fully decorated Oktoberfest tent featuring a live performance stage, traditional biergarten tables, and Oktoberfest Games and competitions
Lansing Brewtoberfest - Lansing, MI - Sep 21, 2019
Hosted by Lansing Brewing Company. They will be featuring German food selections, music and more! A portion of each entry will be donated to The United Way in honor of their 100 year anniversary.
Annual Herb and Gourd Fest - Grand Rapids, MI - Sep 21 to Sep 22, 2019
The Michigan Gourd Society holds this event at Meijer Gardens. Gourd art and demonstrations, vendors.
Cystic Fibrosis Cycle for Life – Grand Rapids - Walker, MI - Sep 21, 2019
CF Cycle for Life is a fully-supported ride with different route options. From breakfast to the cycle post party, you can enjoy fully stocked rest stops every 10-12 miles, bike mechanics for bicycle maintenance and repair, ride marshals to cheer you along the way and plenty of support vehicles to help you complete the ride. This unique event empowers participants to take action and demonstrate their fight in finding a cure for cystic fibrosis in a tangible, emotional and powerful way.
Ypsi Fall River Day - Ypsilanti, MI - Sep 22, 2019
Kayak the Huron River, and enjoy family-friendly activities like crafts and games, live birds of prey, a nature walk, cider and donuts, and more. Hosted by the Ypsilanti Parks & Recreation department.
Pumpkinfest - Bessemer, MI - Sep 25 to Sep 29, 2019
Annual event in Bessemer, features include displays at the Historical Society, free carnival rides (Friday night), helicopter rides, zombie crawl, pancake breakfast, treasure hunt, classic car show, pumpkin bingo, dinners, horseshoe tournament, and lots of live music on stage.
Rochester Mills Beer Oktoberfest - Rochester, MI - Sep 27 to Sep 28, 2019
The event celebrates the unveiling of their seasonal Oktoberfest lager brewed in-house. Ceremonial keg tapping on Friday 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. In past years, they served up 72 kegs of beer, more than 100 bottles of wine, 2000 bratwurst and 200 pounds of sauerkraut.
Oktoberfest Grand Rapids - Grand Rapids, MI - Sep 27 to Sep 28, 2019
Formerly Oktoberfest West Michigan, now Oktoberfest GR! 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.
Ann Arbor Oktoberfest - Ann Arbor, MI - Sep 27 to Sep 28, 2019
Featuring German style food, live music, games, special merchandise and a special Oktoberfest beer selections outside of Arbor Brewing
Milan Coffee Off - Milan, MI - Sep 28, 2019
Coffee themed street fair, with demonstrations, vendors, tastings and more
Cadillac Craft Beer Festival - Cadillac, MI - Sep 28, 2019
Held in City Park. The beer fest is a 21+ only event. Homebrew competition, live music, yard games, food vendors, the best of Michigan beer & cider and a classic car show.
Paul Bunyan Days - Oscoda, MI - Sep 28 to Sep 29, 2019
Features include a BBQ competition, chainsaw carvers, kids’ activities, pie eating contest, great food, classic car show, lots of craft and art vendors, and the huge Schmidt Amusement Carnival.
Fremont Harvest Festival - Fremont, MI - Oct 3 to Oct 5, 2019
Event includes parade, hay art, antique tractor show, beverage tent, unique treasure sale, kid’s activities (Saturday), and more!
Skitoberfest - Boyne Falls, MI - Oct 5, 2019
Skitoberfest celebrates the coming winter with everything from ski gear, craft beer, food trucks, live music and performers, chairlift rides, bonfires, and so much more. Held at Boyne Mountain.
Old Dog Tavern Oktoberfest - Kalamazoo, MI - Oct 5, 2019
Annual Oktoberfest at Old Dog Tavern. Wear lederhosen or a dirdnl for $1 off refills! Live music and great food specials.
Oktoberfest at the Inn at Harbor Shores - St Joseph, MI - Oct 5, 2019
Put on your lederhosen and dirndl for a day of fun at the Inn at Harbor Shores outside on the Riverside Patio. Enjoy a day of live music, local beer and cider, house-made brats and pretzels, lawn games and more.
Harbor Springs Brew Fest - Harbor Springs, MI - Oct 5, 2019
Sample beers from local breweries, wineries, and cideries, plus a taco competition and other food, live music and more fun! Date per musician Matt Gabriel
Scotts Olde Tyme Harvest Festival - Scotts, MI - Oct 5 to Oct 6, 2019
Pumpkins for the kids, hayrides to the pumpkin patch, corn shocks for sale, and even a husker shredder.
Fall Festival at Bowers Farm - Bloomfield Hills, MI - Oct 5 to Oct 6, 2019
There’s something for kids of all ages, including live music, wagon rides, a pumpkin patch, visits to the animal barns, marshmallow roasting, food trucks and live music! There will also be a 21+ after-hours event called the “Festival After Five,” featuring craft beverages and live music, with an optional early private tasting, DD tickets and more. This festival is a fundraiser for the Friends of Bowers Farm, who work to support, preserve and enhance Bowers Farm, and its programs and activities.
Grand Rapids Donut Fest - Grand Rapids, MI - Oct 5, 2019
Don’t miss Grand Rapids’ sweetest fest at B.O.B.’s Brewing. Samples donuts, enjoy beer, coffee and more with a fun-filled tasty event! Help to name Grand Rapids’ Favorite Donut too.
Grand Ledge Oktoberfest - Grand Ledge, MI - Oct 11, 2019
Hosted by the Grand Ledge Opera House.
Oktoberfest in Owosso - Owosso, MI - Oct 11 to Oct 12, 2019
Annual Oktoberfest in Owosso. Located at the corner of Exchange & Water Streets. Music, dancing, food and beer!
Melvindale Fall Festival - Melvindale, MI - Oct 12, 2019
Formerly the Melvindale Oktoberfest. Enjoy live music and delicious food! Shop the giant indoor flea market, and more!
Bangor Apple Festival - Bangor, MI - Oct 12, 2019
Car show, lawnmower race, kid’s activities, live entertainment and more. Event has been going on for more than 40 years.
St. Clare of Montefalco Oktoberfest - Grosse Pointe Park, MI - Oct 18 to Oct 20, 2019
Indian Fall Festival - Comstock Park, MI - Oct 19, 2019
An evening filled with cultural dances and music
Detroit Fall Beer Festival - Detroit, MI - Oct 25, 2019
One of the largest all-Michigan beer tastings with over 1,000 craft beers from 120 Michigan breweries, plus food from area restaurants, all served up at Eastern Market. 21+ event
Michigan Food, Beer and Wine Fest - Flint, MI - Nov 2, 2019
Lightfest - Westland, MI - Nov 21 to Dec 31, 2019
Midwest’s longest and largest drive through light show. Only $5 per vehicle!
Kindlefest – A Christkindlmarkt - Ann Arbor, MI - Dec 6, 2019
An outdoor holiday market at the Ann Arbor Farmer’s Market. Artisans, farmers, and retailers will be selling their wares, plus food, mulled wine and beer, and special holiday bargains at area retailers, who are staying open late. Children’s Lantern Parade starts at 6:30ppm. Coincides with Midnight Madness in the business district.
NashBash - Ann Arbor, MI - Aug 20, 2020
Outdoor concert featuring musicians from Ann Arbor and Nashville, with beer, wine, BBQ, and food trucks.
Michigan Taco Festival - Lake Orion, MI - Aug 20 to Aug 23, 2020
Live music and entertainment, pepper eating contest, cutest chihuahua contest, luche libre wrestling, desserts, cerveza, kids’ zone, and of course, TACOS!
Michigan Renaissance Festival - Holly, MI - Aug 22 to Oct 4, 2020
Travel back to the 16th century, inside the turreted gates of the Michigan Renaissance Festival, and enjoy the 17 acres of Renaissance era shops, taverns, and a magnificent castle. There will be continuous entertainment both on the streets and on 17 stages, plus full contact armored jousing, comedy and theater shows, music and games, rides, artisans, food and more! This festival has grown from 5 weekends in 1979 to 7 weekends plus Labor Day Monday and Festival Friday
Emmet-Charlevoix County Fair - Petoskey, MI - Aug 24 to Aug 30, 2020
Live entertainment, carnival, art and other exhibits, dog show, firefighter show, lifestock and horse shows. Since 1905.
Michigan Paranormal Convention - Sault Ste Marie, MI - Aug 27 to Aug 29, 2020
Experts and television stars will be on hand to cover such topics as paranormal investigating, psychic powers, demonology, and UFOlogy. Come see the biggest names speak on today’s hottest topic, the paranormal
Sun Dried Music Festival - Mason, MI - Aug 28 to Aug 30, 2020
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
Burning Foot Beer Festival - Muskegon, MI - Aug 29, 2020
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. 70+ breweries, art, 2 stages of live music, food and more!
Kerrytown Bookfest - Ann Arbor, MI - Aug 30, 2020
Author panels, book signings, exhibitors, storytelling and more
Dawn Farm Jamboree - Ypsilanti, MI - Sep 1 to Sep 30, 2020
Some variations for 2020 including virtual auction and a farmstead at the farm. Family-friendly event with activities for all including live entertainment, auctions, children’s tent, hayrides, farm animals and more, benefitting Dawn’s Farm and their work for people with addictions.
Saline Fair - Saline, MI - Sep 2 to Sep 6, 2020
A community fair located southwest of Ann Arbor at the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds. Enjoy agricultural events, pageant, demolition derby, live music and other activities.
Romeo Peach Festival - Romeo, MI - Sep 3 to Sep 7, 2020
Celebrate the edible juicy fruit over Labor Day Weekend. Parade, car show, photo contests, 5K/10K runs, carnival games and other activities. The Romeo Peach Festival is the second oldest festival in the state and started in 1931.
Michigan State Fair - Novi, MI - Sep 3 to Sep 7, 2020
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 in Novi. Since 1905.
Detroit Jazz Festival - Detroit, MI - Sep 4 to Sep 7, 2020
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 4 to Sep 7, 2020
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 300,000 vistors attended this event last year.
Posen Potato Festival - Posen, MI - Sep 4 to Sep 6, 2020
An annual event on the weekend after Labor Day in Presque Isle County celebrating the potato and the Polish heritage of the area. Includes polka bands, arts and crafts, vendors, a bump & run, parade, 5K, flea market, carnival and potato cooking contest. It has been going on for more than 50 years.
Newaygo Logging Festival - Newaygo, MI - Sep 4 to Sep 6, 2020
Celebrate the mining past of Newaygo County and all its history, charm, spirit, culture, and traditions – features arts & crafts, food vendors, famers’ market, activities for the kids, sidewalk sales, lumberjack competitions and more!
Boyne City Triathalon - Boyne City, MI - Sep 6, 2020
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
Dancing in the Streets - Ann Arbor, MI - Sep 6, 2020
An afternoon of dancing to live music (including swing, square, contra), plus children’s activities, concerts, performance dance groups and more! Free and something for everyone.
Mackinac Bridge Walk - Mackinaw City, MI - Sep 7, 2020
Walk across the bridge from either St Ignace or Mackinaw City! Each year, between 25,000-60,000 people from across Michigan and beyond come to walk the Mackinac Bridge, the 5th longest suspension bridge in the world and the longest suspension bridge in the Western Hemisphere, at a total length of 26,372 feet (suspension length of 8,614 feet). The bridge will be closed to vehicular traffic, so walkers are encouraged to a) walk halfway across and then back b) walk all the way across and have a ride arranged to go back or c) walk all the way across and all the way back, about 10 miles (must cross the midway point by 10am to go all the way across the bridge). A fun fourth option could be a daytrip to Mackinac Island and taking the farry back to your origin point! The Mackinac Bridge Authority has recently declined to close the bridge for other events, so this is your chance to cross the Mighty Mac” without your car!”
Paw Paw Wine and Harvest Festival - Paw Paw, MI - Sep 11 to Sep 13, 2020
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 - Sep 11 to Sep 13, 2020
Over 290 exhibiting artists transform the 30 acre Rochester Municipal 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.
Apple & BBQ Cook-Off Festival - Hart, MI - Sep 11 to Sep 12, 2020
BBQ cook-off, apple pie contest, 5K fun run, craft show, classic auto & truck show, dune buggy show, kid’s activities, live entertainment & food (cash only for food and beverage sales).
Auto Fest - Frankenmuth, MI - Sep 11 to Sep 12, 2020
Over 2500 classic cars, street rods, and muscle cars.
Capital City Comic Con - Dimondale, MI - Sep 11 to Sep 12, 2020
Annual event featuring celebrity guests, comics, games, cosplay, contests, artists and more at Breslin Student Events Center in East Lansing.
Plymouth Fall Festival - Plymouth, MI - Sep 11 to Sep 13, 2020
Carnival, car show, craft show, bingo, pancake breakfast, pet show, Rotary BBQ, spaghetti dinner and more – fun for the whole family! Free parking at nearby church (address provided) and free shuttle to the festival
U.P. Fall Beer Festival - Marquette, MI - Sep 12, 2020
More than 600 local craft beers from 80 Michigan breweries with local musicians playing and food available for purchase. Overlooks Lake Superior from Mattson Lower Harbor Park. 21+ event
Dally in the Alley - Detroit, MI - Sep 12, 2020
Four stages of live music, plus food and drink vendors and more
Old Car Festival - Dearborn, MI - Sep 12 to Sep 13, 2020
America’s longest running antique car show at an unbelievable place to spend an afternoon, Greenfield Village, where the history of the American automobile comes to life daily. It features authentic vehicles from the 1890’s through 1932. Also live music and dance tunes at an evening performance at the village.
Brews and Blues Festival - Adrian, MI - Sep 12, 2020
Founded in 2012, this festival features live music, and beers for sampling. 21+ event
Holland Haven Marathon - Holland, MI - Sep 13, 2020
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.
Apples and Honey Fall Festival - Ann Arbor, MI - Sep 13, 2020
Annual family event to celebrate Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur, Sukkot and Simcah Torah, with hands-on crafts, inflatables, apple and honey tasting and more, and open to all!
ArtPrize - Grand Rapids, MI - Sep 16 to Oct 4, 2020
ArtPrize has shifted to a biennial competition to make way for the Project series of citywide art commissions. The two formats will alternate years moving forward, with Project 1 launching this fall. ArtPrize is 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, with over 200 venues participating, including museums, bars, parks, restaurants, theaters, hotels, vacant storefronts, auto body shops and more!
Soo Film Festival - Sault Ste Marie, MI - Sep 16 to Sep 20, 2020
The festival is once again headquartered in downtown Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, with films screening at the historic Soo Theatre and Bayliss Public Library, a Superior District Library.
Down Home Days - Mason, MI - Sep 17 to Sep 20, 2020
Annual event with different events on the schedule for each day! Always a good time in downtown Mason
Boating & Outdoor Festival - Harrison Township, MI - Sep 17 to Sep 20, 2020
Features exhibits, live music, beer tents, food, family fun, and a terrific boat show for all outdoor enthusiasts.
Michigan BluesFest - Lansing, MI - Sep 17 to Sep 19, 2020
Live performers, vendors, children’s activities, beverage tent, and river boat rides are but a few of the fun at this year’s Bluefest event.
Frankenmuth Oktoberfest - Frankenmuth, MI - Sep 17 to Sep 20, 2020
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 annual event will have live music from German bands, polka dancing and wiener dog races at the Harvey Kern Community Pavilion. The festivities kick off on Thursday night at 3 PM. Organizers generally expect between 8,000 and 10,000 to be there over the course of the weekend. Adult admission is $10 with no charge on Sunday.
Earthwork Harvest Gathering - Lake City, MI - Sep 18 to Sep 20, 2020
Celebration of food, music and artisan culture. Camp among the hardwood forests and meadows of Earthwork Farms annually on the third weekend in September.
Funky Ferndale Art Fair - Ferndale, MI - Sep 18 to Sep 20, 2020
See the works of over 100+ juried artists. Located at 9 Mile and Woodward Avenue.
Grand Haven Salmon Festival - Grand Haven, MI - Sep 18 to Sep 19, 2020
Enjoy the fishing contest, 5k/10k run, salmon cook-off, kid zone, art fair, live music, and foods from great local restaurants.
Northville Heritage Festival - Northville, MI - Sep 18 to Sep 20, 2020
Formerly known as the Northville Victorian Festival, the Heritage Festival provides an opportunity for residents of Northville to enjoy and celebrate the area and its history. Enjoying programming from students of local schools, a Victorian Saloon (beer tent), non-profit booths, kids zone, parade, pancake breakfast, car show, craft booths, the historical Ford valve plant tours, horse & carriage tours, vintage baseball, street entertainment, and more!
South Haven Jazz Festival - South Haven, MI - Sep 18 to Sep 19, 2020
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! Held in Dyckman Park.
Saline Harvest of the Arts Oktoberfest - Saline, MI - Sep 18 to Sep 19, 2020
Live music, German food and beer, and lots of fun
Romulus Pumpkin Festival - Romulus, MI - Sep 18 to Sep 19, 2020
A street festival on the third weekend in September. It starts with a night parade of lights.
Wyandotte Beer Fest - Wyandotte, MI - Sep 18, 2020
This event will feature several craft beer, ciders & meads from Michigan and the Metro Detroit area. Guests will enjoy live music and games.
DIY Street Fair - Ferndale, MI - Sep 18 to Sep 20, 2020
Live music, food and arts & crafts vendors on Woodward between East 9 Mile Road and East Troy St. Free admission!
New Era Fall Street Festival - New Era, MI - Sep 19, 2020
Enjoy an arts and crafts fair (including many different booths featuring pumpkins, jewelry, homemade towels, wooden toys, doll clothes, knitring and crochet, etc) plus live entertainment, children’s activities, cornhole tournament, pancake breakfast, antique car and tractor show, food booths and more.
Taste of Harbor Springs - Harbor Springs, MI - Sep 19, 2020
Lots of local fine dining restaurants offer tastes of their food, plus this event supports local culinary students with a culinary scholarship!
Run for the Hills! 1 Mile and 5K Run/Walk - Tipton, MI - Sep 19, 2020
Enjoy a walk/run through Hidden Lake Gardens, either in 1 mile or 5K (3.1 mile) distances
Kinde Polka Fest - Kinde, MI - Sep 19 to Sep 20, 2020
Polka fest, 5K, breakfast, polka mass
Clinton Fall Festival - Clinton, MI - Sep 25 to Sep 27, 2020
Arts & crafts, live entertainment, carnival rides, car show and a small rodeo.
South Lyon Pumpkinfest - South Lyon, MI - Sep 25 to Sep 27, 2020
Parade, children’s activities, craft show, live music, biergarten, food and more at this event. Do your part to help the festival “Go Green!” Since 1984.
Octoberfest Music and Craft Beer Festival - Ludington, MI - Sep 25 to Sep 26, 2020
Craft Beer from Bell’s and Ludington Bay Brewing Co., a rocking stage, chili walk, lawn games and so much more make for fantastic fall weekend! There are plenty of family-friendly events as well.
Boyne City Harvest Festival - Boyne City, MI - Sep 26, 2020
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 26, 2020
Pancake breakfast, arts & crafts market, kids’ activities, pet parade, brew tent and entertainment. Local businesses will compete to win the Best Scarecrow
Northern Michigan Lamb & Wool Festival - West Branch, MI - Sep 26 to Sep 27, 2020
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, plus over 80 booths of yarn/fiber and food vendors, fiber classes, sheep and pasture management sessions, and a pasture tour. Free admission and parking. Since 1998.
Scarecrow Festival - Trenton, MI - Sep 26 to Sep 27, 2020
Carnival, entertainment, arts & crafts, Highland games/Strongman contest, eating contest and dog costume contest. Free admission, free parking.
Michigan Antique & Collectible Festivals – Midland - Midland, MI - Sep 26 to Sep 27, 2020
A Michigan tradition for 50+ years! Held multiple times a year in Midland, this is the last Antique Festival of 2019. Shop from 1000 antique dealers, plus car show, swap meet, shabby chic and industrial dealers, and more
US Armed Services Marathon - Spring Lake, MI - Sep 26, 2020
Marathon, half marathon, 5K that all start and finish at Old Boys’ Brewhouse and shop off the beauty of Lake Michigan and the village of Spring Lake.
RunTough for ChadTough - Saline, MI - Sep 26, 2020
In honor of Chad Carr and other DIPG patients, a family friendly 5k and 1k fun run either in Saline MI, Allendale MI, Toledo OH or Virtually (you pick the place and the date). Proceeds go the ChadTough Foundation, whose mission is to fund research and raise awareness for pediatric brain cancer with an emphasis on Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG). As we grew up in Michigan and attended U-Michigan (Rob & Jayne) where Chad’s grandfather coached football, this one is special to our family and hope your family has fun participating!
Bike MS Great Lakes Bavarian Breakaway - Frankenmuth, MI - Sep 26 to Sep 27, 2020
Bike MS is more than a ride. It’s an experience grounded in camaraderie and marked by passion, inspiration, determination and pure enjoyment. It will be an experience you’ll never forget, shared with new friends and old.
Fall Enlightened Soul Expo - Southfield, MI - Sep 26 to Sep 27, 2020
The largest indoor holistic-psychic expo in Michigan features over 150 vendors, readers, and bodyworkers from around the Midwest. Southfield Pavilion, 26000 Evergreen Road, Southfield, MI 48076.
Formerly known as “Oktoberfest, ” this refreshed downtown event will have you “falling” in the mood for one of the best seasons in the Soo! Get your fill of beer and bratwursts, along with other specialty foods and non-alcoholic beverages. Explore the farm and craft market, take part in a competition, dance at the polka stage, and enjoy live music long into the night at a variety of establishments. - Sault Ste Marie, MI - Sep 26, 2020
Formerly known as “Oktoberfest, ” this refreshed downtown event will have you “falling” in the mood for one of the best seasons in the Soo!
Sault International Festival of Races - Sault Ste Marie, MI - Sep 26, 2020
Join up to 500 runners as part of the Sault International Festival of Races, now in its 10th year/ The Sault International Festival of Races provides runners with a unique opportunity to run the Sault Ste Marie International Bridge and run alongside the St. Marys River, all set against the backdrop of beautiful fall foliage and cool E.U.P. temperatures. Join the 5K Run/Walk, Bridge Run (7.1 Miles), or the Half Marathon!
Curtis Oktoberfest - Curtis, MI - Sep 26, 2020
Annual event. Hours: Noon to 7 PM. Includes live music, cornhole tourney, best dressed Bavarian contest, apple dessert and soup cook offs, and beer & wine tent with German inspired food. Brats and chicken dinners by 3 Lakes Fireworks Committee. Pie sale and soft pretzel sale as well.
St Joseph Oktoberfest - Detroit, MI - Sep 27, 2020
Fun for the whole family! Live Bavarian music & dancers, German dinner & sausages, imported Bavarian beer, steinhoisting, games, and much more.
Wein and Stein - Frankenmuth, MI - Oct 1, 2020
Get your tickets at the Chamber of Commerce/Visitors Center for a night of sampling beer and food from local establishments.
Zeeland Pumpkinfest - Zeeland, MI - Oct 2 to Oct 3, 2020
Family fun and fall activities for more than 30 years.
Old Town Blocktober Party - Lansing, MI - Oct 2 to Oct 3, 2020
Michigan’s best block party in Old Town. This 21+ event features food, drink, games, and music. The revamped Oktoberfest will have you up and dancing, and joining friends from all over the state for axe throwing, giant jenga, brews from Old Town’s Ozone Brewhouse and so much more.
Empire Hops & Harvest Festival - Empire, MI - Oct 2 to Oct 3, 2020
Runs from Friday night with a fish fry, and all day Saturday. Adult admission fee includes complimentary glass and drink ticket, with additional drink tickets and food available for purchase. Free parking in Johnson Park.
Michigan Antique Festival - Davisburg, MI - Oct 3 to Oct 4, 2020
An annual event at Springfield Oaks Country Park. Lots of antiques and collectible dealers in one location. Free parking.
Famous Pumpkin Train - Coopersville, MI - Oct 3 to Oct 31, 2020
Songs and jokes by the Grand Pumpkin, the Scarecrow, and more. All kids get to pick their own pumpkin from the pumpkin patch! Weekends only, with tickets starting at $17.75 (children under 2 are free).
Glass Pumpkin Fest - Dearborn, MI - Oct 3 to Oct 18, 2020
First/second weekend is in Dearborn, final weekend “Pumpkin Roadshow and Sale” held in Ann Arbor (117 E Ann Street in Kerrytown District). Watch glassblowing demonstrations and commission the perfect pumpkin you’ve always wanted! Free admission.
Color Cruise and Island Festival - Grand Ledge, MI - Oct 9 to Oct 11, 2020
A three day festival on the second weekend in October at Island Park in downtown Grand Ledge. Enjoy the beautiful fall colors via riverboat or rock climbing, as well as cider pressing, pumpkin painting, car show, petting zoo, live music, and other activities.
Fiber Festival - Leland, MI - Oct 9 to Oct 11, 2020
Annual event held at the Old Art Building with wearable art, weaving, textiles, knits, and exhibits. Admission is free.
Pentwater Oktoberfest - Pentwater, MI - Oct 9 to Oct 10, 2020
An annual fall event since 1997. 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.
Fall on the Island Festival - Drummond Island, MI - Oct 9 to Oct 10, 2020
Golf outing, 5K Walk/Run, live entertainment (including dueling pianos), Taste of Drummond, artisan vendors, cornhole tournament, pub crawl and more, all on scenic Drummond Island
Appleumpkin Festival - Tecumseh, MI - Oct 10 to Oct 11, 2020
Anual event with midway rides, carnival games, make your own scarecrow, arts and crafts, flea market and more! Live entertainment performances on the Pearl Street stage. Also enjoy the nearby Kapnick Orchards Apple Festival.
Lowell Harvest Celebration - Lowell, MI - Oct 10, 2020
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.
New Buffalo Harvest & Wine Festival - New Buffalo, MI - Oct 10, 2020
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 local wineries and 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 Expo - Ann Arbor, MI - Oct 10 to Oct 11, 2020
The biennial event returns once again with all manners of fiber (wool, alpaca, linen, cotton and more) from the plant or animal all the way through the finished product! Admission is cash only, $4 for one day or $6 for both, with children 12 and under free!
Grand Ledge Beer Fest - Grand Ledge, MI - Oct 10, 2020
12 local breweries and cideries at Fitzgerald Field
EdgeFest - Ann Arbor, MI - Oct 14 to Oct 17, 2020
Alternative music festival at Kerrytown Concert House and other venues, featuring jazz and experimental music. Since 1997.
Big Country Fest - Frankenmuth, MI - Oct 16 to Oct 17, 2020
Frankenmuth is a great little tourist and festival town. This festival has lots of country music, family fun, and great foods.
Alpaca Fest - Dimondale, MI - Oct 17 to Oct 18, 2020
An alpaca show at The Summit Sports and Ice Complex.
Fall Foliage Festival - Tipton, MI - Oct 17, 2020
Come down to Hidden Lake Gardens for this family-friendly event with pumpkin decorating, crafts, wagon rides, scarecrow displays, food vendors, artisand and more
Scarecrow Fest - Frankenmuth, MI - Oct 17 to Oct 25, 2020
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, children’s inflatables, pet costume contest, and more! Free admission
Westland Fall Harvest Festival - Westland, MI - Oct 17, 2020
ypsiGLOW - Ypsilanti, MI - Oct 23, 2020
Downtown Ypsi will glow bright with hundreds of creations by artists and the community, plus a night of DJ, dancing, interactive art activities, black-lit stations, street performances, or more.
Traverse City Beer Week - Traverse City, MI - Nov 13 to Nov 20, 2020
Enjoy beer tastings, dinners, and workshops, all week long.
Silver Bells in the City - Lansing, MI - Nov 20, 2020
An annual event on the Friday before Thanksgiving in downtown Lansing. The city is decked out in millions 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. Enjoy the Electric Light Parade, the arrival of Santa, and start (or finish) your holiday shopping at the Silver Bells Village, made up of local vendors from around the state.
Ludington Arts Center Holiday Craft Show - Ludington, MI - Nov 28, 2020
Featuring over 30 artists and crafters selling their handmade products, plus a Resale Shoppe of items donated to LACA (proceeds go to LACA)
The Santa Train - Coopersville, MI - Nov 28 to Dec 20, 2020
Take a ride in a decorated coach and elves will escort your family to sit with Santa. Each child gets a present from Santa’s Big Bag. The Story-Telling Princess will lead Christmas carol singing and read Chris Van Alsburg’s book, the Polar Express. Weekends only, with tickets starting at $19.25 (children under 2 are free).
Michigan Made Market - Lake Orion, MI - Nov 28, 2020
Holiday market featuring local artists, makers, cultivators + community members to share their holiday items, all made in Michigan. Enjoy local crafters, food, artists and community! Bring your friends and the family. The first 500 receive a free ornament. Santa will also be onsite. Held at Canterbury Village.
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