Pure Michigan in October: Events Roundup

It’s October in Michigan, and that means fall is in full effect. It also means there are plenty of festivals, Halloween happenings and other activities taking place all around the state. Check out our listing of fall-themed events happening wherever you are in Michigan and head over to michigan.org for more information to help you fill your October calendar with fun fall activities!

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Tuscola County Pumpkin Festival
October 5 – 9, 2011, Caro
Caro, in the thumb of Michigan, is the home of the Tuscola County Pumpkin Festival, an October tradition, which was started in 1981 by a small group of local residents. Join more than 50,000 people for the 31st annual festival, featuring  parades, a White Pumpkin 5K Road Race, a car show and fireworks. For more information, call (989) 673-2511 or visit http://www.tuscolapumpkinfest.com.

Davison Pumpkin Festival
October 7 – 8, 2011, Davison
Davison has a fun Halloween tradition – the residents take a giant pumpkin and watch it splat as it is thrown from the top of a fire track ladder. Join them October 7th and 8th for the 22nd Annual Pumpkin Festival, featuring the Do Da Parade and Do Da Dude/Darlin’ Pageant. Saturday kicks off with a Country Breakfast; then enjoy the many crafts, activities, entertainment, contests, demonstrations and fun. For more information, call (810) 877-5028 or visit http://www.davisonpumpkinfestival.com.

Annual Clam & Lobster Fest
October 7 – 8, 2011, Frankenmuth
Frankenmuth is known for its world-famous chicken dinners, but this month, the city will be drawing crowds for a different reason when it hosts the 15th Annual Clam & Lobster Fest at the Frankenmuth Riverplace. Enjoy clam, lobster and BBQ chicken with oldies music provided by WHNN. For more information and exact times, call (989) 776-2100.

Flint Film Festival – 2011
October 14 – 15, 2011, Flint
Head over to the Riverfront Banquet Center in downtown Flint to celebrate the independent filmmakers, writers, actors and technicians at the Flint Film Festival. Discover a unique and varied spectrum of films– long, short, fiction, documentary and animation–and filmmakers from around the world. Meet filmmakers and learn about filmmaking and the filmmaking experience. Check out http://theflintfilmfestival.com for more info.

Lexington Oktoberfest Weekend
October 15 – 16, 2011, Lexington
Come to Lexington under the big tent for music, dancing, brats, wine and beer and a chance to dance the night away with a performance by the Big Daddy Lackowski Polka Band. For more information, call (248) 705-0260.

Halloween Ghosts & Goodies at Crossroads
October 1 – 31, 2011, Flint
Put some family friendly fun – not fright – in your Halloween. Take a trick-or-treat tour through a haunted village and ride a huckleberry ghost train. There’s even a ghost fort…and dancing monsters.  No matter how young or old you are, come celebrate Halloween at Crossroads Village and Huckleberry Railroad with all your spooky friends. Weekdays 5:00-9:00 p.m, weekends 12:00-9:00 p.m. For more information, call (800) 648-PARK or for dates go to http://www.geneseecountyparks.org/pages/Halloween.

Scarecrow Fest at Frankenmuth River Place
October 15 – 23, 2011, Frankenmuth
Have you ever tried a pumpkin catapult? Or participated in pumpkin bowling? You can do all that and more in Frankenmuth at Scarecrow Fest. Enjoy fun weekend entertainment for the whole family. For more information, call (800) 600-0105.

Downtown Midland’s Pumpkin Festival
October 20, 2011, Midland
The city of Midland joins in the festival fun with pumpkin rolling, trick-or-treating, pumpkin bowling, free popcorn, cotton candy and much more. All are invited to wear their costume downtown from 6  - 7:30 p.m. For more information, call (989) 837-3330.

A Haunted Evening at Historic White Horse Inn
October 26 -27, 2011, Metamora
Did you know Michigan has more than its share of haunted adventures? Join Kat Tedsen and Bev Rydel, authors of “Haunted Travels of Michigan,” for a ghostly dinner presentation as they take guests on a journey of their most bizarre ghost hunting adventures. Call the restaurant for reservations at (810) 678-2150 or visit http://www.hauntedtravelsmi.com/whitehorse. Continue reading