Fall Michigan Festivals

Find a Michigan fall festival to attend in 2019. Our events calendar for September, October and November 2019 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.

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2019 Festivals

Michigan State Fair - Novi, MI - Aug 29 to Sep 2, 2019
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.

Capital City Comic Con - Lansing, MI - Sep 21, 2019
5th annual event featuring celebrity guests, comics, games, cosplay, contests, artists and more at Breslin Student Events Center in East Lansing.

Fiber Expo - Ann Arbor, MI - Oct 12 to Oct 13, 2019
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!

Past Events

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!

Lakeshore Brew Fest - West Olive, MI - Oct 8, 2016
Sample Michigan craft beers at Camp Blodgett on the shore of Lake Michigan.

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.

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!

Down Home Days - Mason, MI - Sep 14 to Sep 17, 2017

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.

Night Nation Run – Detroit - Detroit, MI - Sep 16, 2017
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!

Oktoberfest in the D - Detroit, MI - Sep 23, 2017

Oktoberfest Muskegon - Muskegon, MI - Oct 6 to Oct 7, 2017

Michigan Food, Beer and Wine Fest - Flint, MI - Nov 11, 2017

Royal Oak Summer Beer Fest - Royal Oak, MI - Aug 10, 2018
Beer festival at the Royal Oak Farmer’s Market featuring over 50 breweries, spirits, live entertainment and games

NashBash - Ann Arbor, MI - Aug 16, 2018
Outdoor concert featuring musicians from Ann Arbor and Nashville, with beer, wine, BBQ, and food trucks.

Michigan Renaissance Festival - Holly, MI - Aug 18 to Sep 30, 2018
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 20 to Aug 26, 2018
Live entertainment, carnival, art and other exhibits, dog show, firefighter show, lifestock and horse shows

Sun Dried Music Festival - Mason, MI - Aug 24 to Aug 26, 2018
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 25, 2018
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!

Cider Dayze Festival - Armada, MI - Aug 25 to Aug 26, 2018
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 fro food trucks!

Saline Fair - Saline, MI - Aug 29 to Sep 3, 2018
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 - Aug 30 to Sep 3, 2018
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.

Detroit Jazz Festival - Detroit, MI - Aug 31 to Sep 3, 2018
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 - Aug 31 to Sep 3, 2018
21st annual. 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 390,000 vistors attended this event last year.

Boyne Kiwanis Labor Day Car Show - Boyne City, MI - Aug 31 to Sep 1, 2018
Friday night’s event is part of Stroll the Streets, Saturday’s event is a car show

Newaygo Logging Festival - Newaygo, MI - Aug 31 to Sep 2, 2018
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!

Michigan Bean Festival - Fairgrove, MI - Aug 31 to Sep 3, 2018
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.

Marquette Area Blues Fest - Marquette, MI - Aug 31 to Sep 2, 2018
15th annual. 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.

Thumbfest - Lexington, MI - Sep 1, 2018
10 stages, 50 acts all day long, and free admission

Salsa Tasting Festival - Harbor Beach, MI - Sep 1, 2018
Try and vote for your favorite salsas!

Hamtramck Labor Day Festival - Hamtramck, MI - Sep 1 to Sep 3, 2018
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.

Boyne City Triathalon - Boyne City, MI - Sep 2, 2018
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 2, 2018
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.

Labor Day Community Bridge Walk - Grand Haven, MI - Sep 3, 2018
Join the community on a walk over the 3rd Street Bridge, down 3rd Street and Jackson Ave to the Chinook Pier

Mackinac Bridge Walk - Mackinaw City, MI - Sep 3, 2018
61st annual event – new for this year: 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!

Charlotte Frontier Days - Charlotte, MI - Sep 5 to Sep 8, 2018
Founded in 1971, 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.

Apples and Honey Fall Festival - Ann Arbor, MI - Sep 6, 2018
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!

Paw Paw Wine and Harvest Festival - Paw Paw, MI - Sep 7 to Sep 9, 2018
Wine tours, wine tasting, 4 stages of musical entertainment, grape stomp, carnival rides, car show, sports activities, arts & crafts show and more.

Plymouth Fall Festival - Plymouth, MI - Sep 7 to Sep 9, 2018
63rd annual. 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

Art & Apples Festival - Rochester, MI - Sep 7 to Sep 9, 2018
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.

Posen Potato Festival - Posen, MI - Sep 7 to Sep 9, 2018
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.

Auto Fest - Frankenmuth, MI - Sep 7 to Sep 9, 2018
Over 2500 classic cars, street rods, and muscle cars.

U.P. Fall Beer Festival - Marquette, MI - Sep 8, 2018
10th annual. 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.

Dally in the Alley - Detroit, MI - Sep 8, 2018
Four stages of live music, plus food and drink vendors and more

Old Car Festival - Dearborn, MI - Sep 8 to Sep 9, 2018
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.

Annual UP Fall Beer Festival - Marquette, MI - Sep 8, 2018
10th annual. 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.

Holland Haven Marathon - Holland, MI - Sep 9, 2018
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.

Dawn Farm Jamboree - Ypsilanti, MI - Sep 9, 2018
45th annual. 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.

Kerrytown Bookfest - Ann Arbor, MI - Sep 9, 2018
Author panels, book signings, exhibitors, storytelling and more

Boating & Outdoor Festival - Harrison Township, MI - Sep 13 to Sep 16, 2018
Features exhibits, live music, beer tents, food, family fun, and a terrific boat show for all outdoor enthusiasts.

Grand Haven Salmon Festival - Grand Haven, MI - Sep 14 to Sep 16, 2018
Enjoy the fishing contest, 5k/10k run, salmon cook-off, kid zone, art fair, live music, and foods from great local restaurants.

Howard City Harvest Festival - Howard City, MI - Sep 14 to Sep 16, 2018
Arts & crafts, parade, 5K Fun Run/Walk and Queen & Princess Pageant.

Marine City Heritage Days - Marine City, MI - Sep 14 to Sep 16, 2018
Check out artisans, displays, performers, children’s activities, and more!

Northville Heritage Festival - Northville, MI - Sep 14 to Sep 16, 2018
Formerly known as the Northville Victorian Festival, the Heritage Festival provides an opportunity for residents of Northville to enjoy and celebrate the area and it’s 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!

Apple & BBQ Cook-Off Festival - Hart, MI - Sep 14 to Sep 15, 2018
BBQ Cook-Off, Apple Pie Contest, 5K Fun Run, Craft Show, Classic Auto & Truck Show, Dune Buggy Show, Kid’s Activities, Live Entertainment & Food.

Dakota Inn Oktoberfest - Detroit, MI - Sep 14 to Oct 20, 2018
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.

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

South Haven Jazz Festival - South Haven, MI - Sep 14 to Sep 15, 2018
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.

Batch Brauerei Oktoberfest - Detroit, MI - Sep 14 to Sep 16, 2018

Kinde Polka Fest - Kinde, MI - Sep 14 to Sep 16, 2018
Polka fest, 5K, breakfast, polka mass

New Era Fall Street Festival - New Era, MI - Sep 15, 2018
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.

Port Huron Hobo Fest - Port Huron, MI - Sep 15 to Sep 16, 2018
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. * 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.

Lakeshore Harvest Ride - South Haven, MI - Sep 15, 2018
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.

Bell’s Brewery Oktoberfest - Kalamazoo, MI - Sep 15, 2018

The Art of Bonsai show - Tipton, MI - Sep 16, 2018
Displays of Bonsai and art inspired by Bonsai, plus vendors and learning sessions

Harvest Festival - Ann Arbor, MI - Sep 16, 2018
10th annual. Learn about the historical significance of the Sutherland-Wilson farmstead, music, face painting, building tours and more. Free parking and shuttle from Harvest Elementary.

Fiesta de España - Ann Arbor, MI - Sep 16 to Sep 30, 2018
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!

ArtPrize - Grand Rapids, MI - Sep 19 to Oct 7, 2018
10th annual! 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!

Fremont Harvest Festival - Fremont, MI - Sep 20, 2018
Event includes parade, hay art, antique tractor show, beverage tent, unique treasure sale, kid’s activities (Saturday), and more!

Frankenmuth Oktoberfest - Frankenmuth, MI - Sep 20 to Sep 23, 2018
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.

DIY Street Fair - Ferndale, MI - Sep 21 to Sep 23, 2018
Live music, food and arts & crafts vendors on Woodward between East 9 Mile Road and East Troy St. Free admission!

Earthwork Harvest Gathering - Lake City, MI - Sep 21 to Sep 23, 2018
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 21 to Sep 23, 2018
See the works of over 120 artists.  Located at 9 Mile and Woodward Avenue.

Michigan BluesFest - Lansing, MI - Sep 21 to Sep 22, 2018
25th annual! Live performers (including Kid Rock, Duncan Sheik, and more for the Silver Anniversary), vendors, children’s activities, beverage tent, and river boat rides are but a few of the fun at this year’s Bluefest event.

Paul Bunyan Days - Oscoda, MI - Sep 21 to Sep 23, 2018
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.

Canterbury Village Oktoberfest - Lake Orion, MI - Sep 21 to Sep 22, 2018
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, MI - Sep 21, 2018
Bavarian inspired event for golfers, including unlimited lunch, gift bag, and an official Oktoberfest beer tasting stein.

Romulus Pumpkin Festival - Romulus, MI - Sep 21 to Sep 23, 2018
A three day street festival on the third weekend in September. It starts with a night “parade of lights”. Other attractions include music, food, car and tractor shows, crafts, and games, plus pumpkin rolling, pumpkin pie earing, and pumpkin seed-spitting contests. Since 1996.

Cadillac Craft Beer Festival - Cadillac, MI - Sep 22, 2018
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.

Taste of Harbor Springs - Harbor Springs, MI - Sep 22, 2018
Lots of local fine dining restaurants offer tastes of their food, plus this event supports local culinary students with a culinary scholarship!

Parktoberfest - Detroit, MI - Sep 22, 2018

Lansing Brewtoberfest - Lansing, MI - Sep 22, 2018
Hosted by Lansing Brewing Company.

Run for the Hills! 1 Mile and 5K Run/Walk - Tipton, MI - Sep 22, 2018
Enjoy a walk/run through Hidden Lake Gardens, either in 1 mile or 5K (3.2mile) distances

Michigan Antique & Collectible Festivals – Midland - Midland, MI - Sep 22 to Sep 23, 2018
A Michigan tradition for 50+ years! Held three times a year in Midland, this is the last Antique Festival of 2018. Shop from 1000 antique dealers, plus car show, swap meet, shabby chic and industrial dealers, and more

Oktoberfest Marathon - Spring Lake, MI - Sep 22, 2018
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.

St Joseph Oktoberfest - Detroit, MI - Sep 23, 2018

Ypsi Fall River Day - Ypsilanti, MI - Sep 23, 2018
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.

Grand Haven Artwalk - Grand Haven, MI - Sep 26 to Oct 2, 2018
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.

Pumpkinfest - Bessemer, MI - Sep 26 to Sep 30, 2018
40th 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.

Clinton Fall Festival - Clinton, MI - Sep 28 to Sep 30, 2018
Arts & crafts, live entertainment, carnival rides, car show and a small rodeo.

South Lyon Pumpkinfest - South Lyon, MI - Sep 28 to Sep 30, 2018
Parade, children’s activities, craft show, live music, biergarten, food and more at this event going on for more than 30 years. Do your part to help the festival “Go Green!”

Oktoberfest Music and Craft Beer Festival - Ludington, MI - Sep 28 to Sep 29, 2018
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.

Rochester Mills Beer Oktoberfest - Rochester, MI - Sep 28 to Sep 29, 2018
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 Grand Rapids - Grand Rapids, MI - Sep 28 to Sep 29, 2018
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 28 to Sep 29, 2018

Saline Harvest of the Arts Oktoberfest - Saline, MI - Sep 28 to Sep 29, 2018

Boyne City Harvest Festival - Boyne City, MI - Sep 29, 2018
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 29, 2018
20th annual! Pancake breakfast, arts & crafts market, kids’ activities, pet parade, brew tent and entertainment. Local businesses will compete to win the “Best Scarecrow,” and the day ends with Short’s Oktoberfest celebration.

Northern Michigan Lamb & Wool Festival - West Branch, MI - Sep 29 to Sep 30, 2018
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.

Scarecrow Festival - Trenton, MI - Sep 29 to Sep 30, 2018
16th annual event. Carnival, entertainment, arts & crafts, Highland games/Strongman contest, eating contest and dog costume contest. Free admission, free parking.

Downtown Soo Oktoberfest - Sault Ste Marie, MI - Sep 29, 2018
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.

Curtis Oktoberfest - Curtis, MI - Sep 29, 2018
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.

Famous Pumpkin Train - Coopersville, MI - Sep 29 to Oct 28, 2018
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).

Bloomingdale Oktoberfest - Bloomingdale, MI - Sep 29, 2018

Parisian Soiree: Champagne Gala - Ann Arbor, MI - Sep 29, 2018
Champagne and a musical performance with a connection to all things Parisian

RunTough for ChadTough - Saline, MI - Sep 29, 2018
In honor of Chad Carr and other DIPG patients, a family friendly 5k and 1k fun run either in Saline 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!

Milan Coffee Off - Milan, MI - Sep 29, 2018
Coffee themed street fair, with demonstrations, vendors, tastings and more

Brews and Blues Festival - Adrian, MI - Sep 29, 2018
Founded in 2012, this festival features live music, and beers for sampling.

Wein and Stein - Frankenmuth, MI - Oct 4, 2018
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 5 to Oct 6, 2018
Family fun and fall activities for more than 30 years.

Old Town Oktoberfest - Lansing, MI - Oct 5 to Oct 6, 2018
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

Empire Hops & Harvest Festival - Empire, MI - Oct 5 to Oct 6, 2018
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.

Old Dog Tavern Oktoberfest - Kalamazoo, MI - Oct 5, 2018
Annual Oktoberfest at Old Dog Tavern. Wear lederhosen or a dirdnl for $1 off refills! Live music and great food specials.

Fiber Festival - Leland, MI - Oct 6 to Oct 7, 2018
Annual event held at the Old Art Building with wearable art, weaving, textiles, knits, and exhibits.  Admission is free.

Glass Pumpkin Fest - Dearborn, MI - Oct 6 to Oct 21, 2018
9th annual event. First/second weekend is in Dearborn (25331 Trowbridge), 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.

Michigan Antique Festival - Davisburg, MI - Oct 6 to Oct 7, 2018
An annual event at Springfield Oaks Country Park.  Lots of antiques and collectible dealers in one location.  Free parking.

New Buffalo Harvest & Wine Festival - New Buffalo, MI - Oct 6, 2018
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.

Scotts Olde Tyme Harvest Festival - Scotts, MI - Oct 6 to Oct 7, 2018
Pumpkins for the kids, hayrides to the pumpkin patch, corn shocks for sale, and even a husker shredder.

Melvindale Oktoberfest - Melvindale, MI - Oct 6, 2018

Skitoberfest - Boyne Falls, MI - Oct 6, 2018
Held at Boyne Mountain.

Harbor Springs Brew Fest - Harbor Springs, MI - Oct 6, 2018
Sample beers from local breweries, wineries, and cideries, plus a taco competition and other food, live music and more fun!

Color Cruise & Island Festival - Grand Ledge, MI - Oct 12 to Oct 14, 2018
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.

Fennville Goose Festival - Fennville, MI - Oct 12 to Oct 14, 2018
Goose calling contest, 5K run, parade, classic car show, petting zoo, arts & crafts and more.

Pentwater Oktoberfest - Pentwater, MI - Oct 12 to Oct 13, 2018
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.

Oktoberfest in Owosso - Owosso, MI - Oct 12 to Oct 13, 2018
5th Annual Oktoberfest in Owosso. Located at the corner of Exchange & Water Streets. Music, Dancing, Food and Beer!

Grand Ledge Oktoberfest - Grand Ledge, MI - Oct 12, 2018
Hosted by the Grand Ledge Opera House.

St. Clare of Montefalco Oktoberfest - Grosse Pointe Park, MI - Oct 12 to Oct 14, 2018

Fall on the Island Festival - Drummond Island, MI - Oct 12 to Oct 14, 2018
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

Alpaca Fest - Dimondale, MI - Oct 13 to Oct 14, 2018
An alpaca show at The Summit Sports and Ice Complex.

Annual Herb & Gourd Fest - Grand Rapids, MI - Oct 13 to Oct 14, 2018
The Michigan Gourd Society holds this event at Meijer Gardens. Gourd art and demonstrations, vendors.

Appleumpkin Festival - Tecumseh, MI - Oct 13 to Oct 14, 2018
25rd annual event. Midway rides, carnival games, make your own scarecrow, arts & 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 13, 2018
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 13 to Oct 21, 2018
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

Detroit Oktoberfest - Detroit, MI - Oct 15, 2018

EdgeFest - Ann Arbor, MI - Oct 17 to Oct 20, 2018
Alternative music festival at Kerrytown Concert House and other venues, featuring jazz and experimental music. Since 1997.

Big Country Fest - Frankenmuth, MI - Oct 19 to Oct 20, 2018
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 20, 2018
Come down to Hidden Lake Gardens for this family-friendly event

Detroit Fall Beer Festival - Detroit, MI - Oct 26 to Oct 27, 2018
10th annual! One of the largest all-Michigan beer tastings with over 800 craft beers from 120 Michigan breweries, plus food from area restaurants, all served up at Eastern Market. 21+ event

ypsiGLOW - Ypsilanti, MI - Oct 26, 2018
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 9 to Nov 16, 2018
Enjoy beer tastings, dinners, and workshops, all week long.

Lightfest - Westland, MI - Nov 15 to Dec 31, 2018
Midwest’s longest and largest drive through light show. Only $5 per vehicle!

Silver Bells in the City - Lansing, MI - Nov 16, 2018
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 24, 2018
Featuring over 30 artists and crafters selling their handmade products, plus a Resale Shoppe of items donated to LACA (proceeds go to LACA)

Kindlefest – A Christkindlmart - Ann Arbor, MI - Nov 30, 2018
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.

The Santa Train - Coopersville, MI - Dec 1 to Dec 23, 2018
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).


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.

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

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

Find other fun things to do in Michigan in fall:

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

One thought on “Fall Michigan Festivals

  1. Ronald loomis says:

    I am very interested in entering my food cart ina festival, can you please replay and lad me into the right direction. Thank you very much,

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