Fall is here! While I summer is my favorite season, there are many things I love about fall too: apple cider, donuts, leaves changing colors, cozy sweatshirts, and enjoying getting out of the house before the cold weather sets in. There are many fall events around Michigan and that’s why I’m excited to share this list of some of the best family friendly fall festivals with you. They are a fun way to spend time with family and a great opportunity to capture some colorful fall photos!
Fall Festivals In Michigan
Fall On The Island Festival – Drummond – October 7th
Golf outing, live music, piano wars, comedians, jugglers, 2 man circus, wood sculpting demonstration, gourd carving demonstration, 50’s themed recipes, dessert bar, cornhole tournament, bounce house, face painting, scavenger hunt, artisian fair, 5k walk/run and 10k run, historical museum tours, and more. Adults $8, Kids 6 – 18 $5, Kids 5 and under Free. Learn more here: Fall On The Island Festival
Treetops Oktoberfest & Fall Color Event – Gaylord – October 8th
Activities include chairlift rides, Lark walks, campfire with cider and donuts, live music, German BBQ, kids lawn games. $10 per adult. Kids 12 and under are free. Learn more here: Treetops Oktoberfest
Apple Butter Festival – Lansing – October 9th
Old fashioned family fun. Help stir an enormous kettle of apple butter, crank a cider press, taste different varieties of apples, heritage craftspeople demonstrating skills, food, live music, and fall colors. Learn more here: Apple Butter Festival
Glass Pumpkin Fest – Dearborn – October 8th – 23rd
Watch glassblowing demonstrations all day. Handcrafted, glass blown pumpkins and other fall glass decor on display for sale. Family friendly event is free. Learn more here: Glass Pumpkin Fest
Charlevoix Apple Festival – October 14-16th
30 varieties of traditional and heirloom apples, cider, baked goods, apple butter, and more. Events include: homecoming parade, holiday arts & crafts show, farmer’s market, Apple Fest Family Run, fall color cruise, face painting, pony rides, and pumpkin carving contest. Learn more here: Charlevoix Apple Festival
Erie Pumpkin Extravaganza – October 15-16th
Biggest pumpkin weekend of the year. Cider and donuts, magic show, costume contest, and corn maze. Learn more here: Erie Pumpkin Extravaganza
Scarecrow Fest – Frankenmuth – October 15-16th & October 22-23rd
Pumpkin catapult, pumpkin bowling, arts & crafts, inflatables, face painting, scarecrow competition, Rock n’ Roll K9’s with flyball, tricks, and more, Halloween pet costume contest, doggie trick or treating, live entertainment, cherry pie eating contest, cherry pit spitting contest, and kids trick or treating. Learn more here: Scarecrow Fest
Hallowe’en In Greenfield Village – Oct. 14-16th, Oct. 20-23rd, Oct. 27-30th
A mile long winding path through historic Greenfield Village filled with over 1,000 carved jack-o-lanterns, lavishly costumed characters, treat stations, live music, hot brew & snacks, unique vaudeville acts including sword swallowing, fire breathing, and death defying stunts. Kid friendly, nightmare free way to enjoy Halloween. Learn more here: Hallowe’en in Greenfield Village
Buy Michigan Now Fall Fest – Jackson – October 22-23rd
Kids Zone with games, inflatables, and more, food trucks, pumpkin and gourd painting, farmers market, live entertainment, Michigan made products and treats. Learn more here: Buy Michigan Now Fall Fest
These are the festivals for October. Stay tuned for November events to be added soon.
What about you? Have you been to any fall festivals you’ve loved? What was your favorite part?