Michigan Renaissance Festival, Holly, Labor Day Weekend through Oct. 4
Themed weekends include Buccaneer Beer Fest September 5-7 in recreated world of olde, featuring Perfect Pirate Fest. Since 1979.
Elkton AutumnFest, September 3-6, 2009
Tractor pulls, a demolition derby and enduro truck races plus chicken BBQ and parade highlight a busy weekend of family fun.
Michigan Peach Festival, Romeo, September 3-7, 2009
Juicy peaches star at the 78th celebration of the local fruit. A full weekend of activity, from sports tournaments to the Peach Festival Floral Parade, and peach pie.
Lamafest and Alpaca Showcase, East Lansing, September 4-6, 2009
Everything you want to know about llamas and alpacas, including showmanship and performance classes, vendors, art, information.
Trufant Jubilee, September 4-6, 2009
Frog jumping contest, sweet Danish Aebliskiver Breakfast, fireworks, parade.
Art, Beats and Eats Festival of Hope, Pontiac, September 4-7, 2009
Celebration of music, art, food and humanity are the heart of the 12th annual multi-dimensional event in downtown Pontiac. Family activities and events.
Detroit International Jazz Festival, September 4-7, 2009
30th annual music festival welcomes Dave Brubeck, Wayne Shorter, Chick Corea, Geri Allen — 100 artists — on 6 stages at Detroit Riverfront. The event is themed Keepin’ Up with the Joneses in a salute to Detroit’s Jones Brothers. Saturday night fireworks, jam sessions, workshops, kiddie area, Jazz Talk Tent.
Farwell Labor Day Celebration, September 4-7, 2009
Annual event for more than a century features Figure 8 Derby and fireworks, rides, entertainment, exciting Mud Bog.
Harmony Weekend, Harrisville, September 4-7, 2009
Barbershoppers and Sweet Adelines sing at planned concerts and impromptu gatherings while 500 exhibitors display their Arts & Crafts.
Lansing 150 LaborFest, September 5, 2009
Recognizing “laborers” who serve with entertainment, ice cream social kiddie play area at Riverfront Park. A Sesquicentennial event.
Thumbfest, Lexington, September 5, 2009
Folk, traditional, acoustic music in a free festival throughout downtown Lexington along the Lake Huron shore. Donations accepted.
Marquette Area Blues Fest, September 5-6, 2009
The 6th annual event features 10 guest acts plus harmonica and dance workshops, vendors, at Mattson Lower Harbor Park in downtown Marquette.
Newaygo Logging Festival, September 5-7, 2009
Celebrating the area’s logging history with chainsaw carving and logging competitions, parade, run/walk, kiddie fun and Chicken BBQ.
Copper Harbor Fat Tire Festival, September 6, 2009
A full day of mountain biking 24 mile and 14 mile courses, Jr. Fat Tire kids race, 1 and 3 mile XC races, cross country race at 15th annual event.
Mackinac Bridge Walk, St. Ignace/Mackinaw City, September 7, 2009
Annual chance for pedestrians to walk across the five-mile long engineering marvel connecting Michigan’s Upper and Lower Peninsulas. Governor Jennifer Granholm will step off at 7 a.m. in St. Ignace. The last walkers are allowed to start at 11 a.m. (weather permitting). Shuttle buses provide service between the two host cities for a nominal fee.
Grand Haven Salmon Festival, September 18-20, 2009
The 6th annual event celebrates the fall harvest and salmon migration with salmon cook-off, fishing contest, Fresh Catch Fish Boil, wine tasting pavilion with grape stomping, live jazz, art fair, and workshops.
Paul Bunyan Festival, Oscoda, September 18-20, 2009
Really big 13th annual celebration of legendary logger, featuring chainsaw carvers with their works sold at auction, and kiddie and Bunyan Games including axe-throwing, Timberjack Show.
Charlotte Frontier Days, September 9-13, 2009
The Dancing Deputies perform each evening at the Frontier Days Saloon, a highlight of the 39th celebration, from rodeo to a classic car cruise, kiddie fun, Grand Parade, ice cream social, softball tourney, chili cook-off.
Hopps of Fun Beer & Wine Festival, Mackinaw City, September 11-12, 2009
Ask the brew masters and winemakers on hand, and sample Michigan’s handcrafted beverages: more than 50 micro-brewed beers and 40-plus wines, entertainment, food.
Art & Apples Festival, Rochester, September 11-13, 2009
The juried art fair, live entertainment, Student Apple Art contest, delicious homemade apple pies and activities for the kids in a park setting.
Posen Potato Festival, September 11-13, 2009
58th annual celebration features Potato Dish Contest and hearty potato pancake dinner, breakfast and suppers plus polka dances and Polish Polka Folk Mass.
Wine & Harvest Festival, Paw Paw, September 11-13, 2009
Join the Grape Stomp competition, sample local wines, take a vineyard or winery tour, catch the entertainment, classic car show, craft fair, carnival, kids’ area, parade and fireworks.
Port City Street Fair, Manistee, September 12, 2009
The 21st annual event features antique and classic cars and machinery, boat show, arts fair, food and music.
Marshall Historic Home Tour, September 12-13, 2009
The 46th annual opportunity to view private homes in this historic city. Several events surround the tour, including the Madison Green Street Art Faire and Civil War Ball and Social Event.
Silver Lake Sand Dunes Apple & BBQ Cookoff, September 11-13, 2009
Apple pie contest and locally grown apples plus the Michigan Championship Cook Off for the Kansas City BBQ competition, plus Dune Buggy Show & Swap Meet, Classic Vehicle Show, crafts, entertainment.
20th Frankenmuth Oktoberfest, September 17-20, 2009
Traditional German music, dancing, costumes, authentic German foods and beer are staples of the annual Frankenmuth Oktoberfest at Heritage Park. This is the only Oktoberfest outside of Germany officially sanctioned by the city of Munich.
Festival of the Forks, Albion, September 18-19, 2009
The 43rd annual event celebrates the early settlement at the fork of the Kalamazoo River with music, food, art, parade, games.
Michigan Irish Music Festival, Muskegon, September 18-20, 2009
Three days, three stages, Irish dance competition, marketplace, authentic Irish food and drink, and “Wee Ones” area for the kids.
20th Victorian Festival, Northville ,September 18-20, 2009
The 1800’s come alive with the Friday evening parade, as the streets of this historic village fill with residents in period costumes, musicians, and old-fashioned games. Enjoy events at historic Mill Race Village plus Saturday’s Victorian tea and fashion show.
Big Mac Shoreline Fall Bike Tour, Mackinaw City, September 19-20, 2009
Bicyclists choose from 25, 50, 75 or 100-mile bike routes along Lake Michigan in family-friendly event. Some riders will pedal across the Mackinac Bridge linking the Lower and Upper Peninsulas.
Curtis Oktoberfest, September 26, 2009
U.P. micro-brewed beer, soup cook off, German foods, music.
Harvest Stompede, Traverse City, September 19-20, 2009
The Vineyard Run & Walk and Wine Tour through the Leelanau Peninsula offers a choice of 7 mile run or 5K run/walk during this wine tasting weekend.
St. Joseph County Grange Fair, Centreville, September 19-26, 2009
A classic country experience since 1851, this Southwest Michigan tradition features 4-H events, horse shows, midway, live entertainment and harness racing.
70th Red Flannel Festival, Cedar Springs, September 25-26
“Red Flannel Day” has been a tradition since 1939, dreamed up to promote the locally made “drop seater” undergarments and the lumbering heritage of the area. Highlights include the Lumberjack Supper, football, car show, entertainment, artists, games, and parade. Wear red or risk being “arrested” by the Keystone Cops. October 3 is Red Flannel Day featuring the parade and most events.
Clinton Fall Festival, September 25-27, 2009
Welcome the change of seasons at this 36th annual autumn event, featuring a car and motorcycle show and parade, arts & crafts, 5K walk/run, and “Celebration Saturday” entertainment.
Fallasburg Fall Festival, Lowell, September 26-27, 2009
41st annual arts festival with juried art show, traditional craft demonstrations, music, food, and the backdrop of the Old Schoolhouse Museum and Fallasburg Covered Bridge, circa 1871.