Kick Off Fall with These September 2016 Events

It’s almost the month of September which means the transition from balmy summer into crisp, cool fall. It’s the perfect time to explore Pure Michigan. From the long-running Peach Festival to walking through Cranbrook Gardens, there is a multitude of unique, can’t-miss events happening around the state.

Below is a roundup of September events to help you plan the upcoming month. Visit our events page to see everything going on all month long.

September 1-8

Michigan Peach FestivalMichigan Peach Festival
September 1-5, Romeo

An end-of-summer party that features races, parades, family events, music, food and the (most anticipated) coronation of the year’s Peach Queen. Get a taste of peach-packed goodies as you soak in the scenery, and attend family events like parades, cruises, craft shows and races throughout Labor Day weekend.  The Michigan Peach Festival of Romeo started in 1931, making it the second oldest festival in the state. The young Village President, Edward E. Jacob along with the orchards in the area felt the need to promote the economic growth of the area.

Evart Car Club Cruise
September 2, Evart

The Evart Car Club, Car Cruise, is open to anyone who wants to show their car while traveling in a group. The cruise is typically under 25 miles round trip and attempts to follow paved routes. Cars assemble at the Evart industrial park, located west of Evart on US10 at 4:30pm to sign-in. The cruise begins after 5:00pm and returns to the Moose Lodge on the east side of Evart on US10 by approximately 7:30pm. Participants in the cruise can also register for participation in the Evart Car Show the following day, Saturday, September 3rd.

Labor Day Weekend Arts & Crafts ShowLabor Day Arts and Crafts Show
September 3-4, Tawas City

Don’t miss the last arts and crafts show of the summer! Held on the Saturday and Sunday before Labor Day, this year’s show will be bigger than ever. Vendors will be set up in beautiful Shoreline Park in Tawas City, offering 130 booths of beautiful, hand-made arts and crafts. The show will feature items for sale as diverse as leather goods, yard art, furniture, home decor items, clothes, doll accessories, lotions, paintings, photography, jewelry, rugs, and food items like salsa, fudge, spices, nuts and kettle corn.

Mighty Mac Swim
September 5, Mackinaw City

The Mighty Mac Swim is an epic annual Labor Day race across the Straits of Mackinac between Michigan’s peninsulas, alongside the iconic Mackinac Bridge, which is both challenging and awe-inspiring. Sanctioned by the World Open Water Swimming Association, and members of both the World Open Water Swimming Series (WOWSS) and the Global Swim Series (GSS), the Mighty Mac Swim has been placed prominently on the world stage!

Named the “Michigan Open Water Championship,” the Mighty Mac Swim awards $20,000 to both the overall male and female winners!

Evening with Insectsevening with insects
September 8, Midland

“What’s that bug?” is a common question when experiencing the outdoors. With over 90,000 insects in North American alone, the answer is not always an easy one. Join Interpretive Naturalist Michelle Fournier to take a closer look at the diversity of CNC’s six-legged animals. Spend most of your time outdoors, netting insects and learning how to identify what you find. With the right resources at hand, you’ll see you don’t need an entomology degree to discover the incredible world of insects.

September 9-15

Downtown Traverse City Art WalkDowntown Traverse City Art Walk
September 9, Traverse City

A local favorite, this exhibition of local art is a self-guided tour through Downtown Traverse City with refreshments, food and music.

Port Huron Hobo Fest 2016
September 9-10, Port Huron

The Port Huron and Detroit Railroad Historical Society 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.

Wine and Harvest Festival
September 9-11, Paw Paw

Head to the Wine and Harvest Festival in Paw Paw Michigan. There will be events such as live music and wine and beer tasting with breweries and wineries from all over the area. There will also be a parade, a grape stomp, classic car show and a carnival.

Frankenmuth Oktoberfest
September 15-18, Frankenmuth

A German festival with a large wooden dance floor. good food, drinks and souvenirs. Located in the Harvey Kern Pavilion in Heritage Park.

Cranbrook & Friends Garden Walk 2016

Cranbrook & Friends Garden Walk 2016
September 10, Bloomfield Hills

Discover four private gardens in the Bloomfield Hills area and the beloved Cranbrook Gardens! Highlights of this year’s Garden Walk include a city garden, gardens on large lots, ponds and a surprise feature in one garden that children will surely enjoy!

September 16-22

Paddle Antrim FestivalPaddle Antrim Festival
September 16-17, Bellaire

The Paddle Antrim Festival celebrates the waterways and communities of Northern Michigan. This amazing experience includes a two-day paddle through Northern Michigan’s Chain of Lakes and many wonderful events hosted by the local communities. This diverse paddle includes smaller lakes, rivers and larger lakes including the turquoise waters of Torch Lake.

Choose your paddling adventure. While the entire route is 42 miles, each day there are dropout points every 4-7 miles so you can choose the best day of paddling for you. For some it may only be 7 miles the first day while for others it may be all 42 miles over two days. We encourage everyone to choose the best paddling experience for them. Come join us and experience Northern Michigan’s pristine waters!

Camp Kitigin
September 16-18, West Branch

Disconnect from the pressures of life, reconnect with nature and discover your inner child with a screen-free weekend up north, filled with old-school fun and friendship. That means no smartphones, no tablets, no laptops, no wi-fi. (With exceptions for emergencies or after-dinner family check-ins if needed.) We will instead provide participants with journals and disposable cameras to get back to the way we used to experience recreation!

Tulip City Gem & Mineral ShowFondo con guijarros
September 16-18, Holland

Head to the 47th Annual Rock and Mineral Show! Check out some common, strange, different and precious things we have found: dealers, fossils, minerals, exhibits, jewelry, gems, rocks, beads, club sales, artisan market, silent auction, kid’s games, Petoskey polish, fluorescent tent, lapidary demonstrations and new friends!

Michigan Adventure Race: Sleeping Bear Edition
September 17, Glen Arbor

An amazing race in the most amazing place. Experience the grandeur of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Explore Lake Michigan, dunes, historic barns, deep forests and beautiful inland lakes on foot, bike and canoe/kayak.

Model A DayModel Day
September 17, Hickory Corners

The Model A Ford Museum, the world’s largest museum dedicated solely to the Model A, is the perfect destination this summer.

Hop in your Model A and head out to the Gilmore Car Museum for the 4th annual Ford Model A Day and celebrate the heritage of a trusty American car with friends and family. Special events throughout the day will include a swap meet, a Model A Hall of Fame induction, special seminars and more! Bring your Model A or come as a spectator, this show and swap meet will be sure to please as hundreds of Model As gather in Hickory Corners, Michigan on the Gilmore’s Historic Campus. And, don’t miss this year’s special feature, the “Around the World” Coupe!

September 22-30

Fall Duplicate Bridge Event
September 20-22, Harbor Springs

The spring event has become so much fun, we are duplicating it in the fall! Join in for the “Fall Birchwood Inn Bridge Event” hosted by Jayne Paquette, a wonderful director and instructor. The emphasis is on fun, but the competition is real at this ABCL sanctioned event. To this, there is great food and comfortable surroundings added for a fantastic bridge event.

Downtown Divas at DuskDowntown Divas At Dusk
September 22, Tecumseh

Downtown Tecumseh is the place to be for Downtown Divas at Dusk. During the fall on this special evening downtown, merchant will open their doors and offer special promotions, refreshments and many diva delights for your pleasure. Grab that hot pink boa or bust out your fancy diva attire and come join the fun! Many “diva delights” will be featured during this shop ’til you drop event. It’s a great night full of fun and laughter with the special women in your life.

American Sewing Expo
September 23-25, Novi

Sewing, fashion, cosplay and quilting featuring apparel and costume designers, art quilt makers and teaching professionals at classes, seminars, workshops and exhibits. Mothers, daughters, sisters, friends, beginners and experts will experience ‘sew’ much creativity at the free hands-on projects, demonstrations, crafter do-it-yourself programs and live sewing challenge competitions. Featured celebrities and show instructors include couturier fashion designer, Threads contributing editor and author Kenneth King; sewing, embroidery and embellishment expert Hope Yoder; cosplay designer and author Kristie Good; Simplicity Patterns costume pattern designer Andrea Schewe; and fashion sewing expert from “It’s Sew Easy TV” Angela Wolf.

Acme Fall FestivalAcme Fall Festival
September 24, Williamsburg

This annual fall festival features a farmers market, bake sale, craft show, silent auction, pony rides, a car and tractor show, food tent and more!

Sault International Festival of Races
September 24, Sault Sainte Marie

Join up to 500 runners as part of the Sault International Festival of Races (formerly the Sault International Marathon)! Now in its seventh 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 U.P. temperatures.

Trail Towns Tour
September 25, Lansing

Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance presents a fall color bicycle tour of the trail towns of South Lyon, Wixom and Milford on this 30-35 mile ride. This interconnected trail network in Southwest Oakland County is a combination of paved trails, dirt roads and an option of undeveloped trails, including: South Lyon Trail System, Island Lake Recreation Area, Kensington Metro Park, Milford Trail, and Huron Valley Trail. An optional 22 additional paved miles inside Kensington Metro Park and Island Lake Recreation Area. This is a great event to enjoy the last bits of the warm weather in Michigan.

Did we miss your favorite September event? Name it below!

Five 5Ks You Can’t Miss in Michigan

Summer is beginning to wrap up in Michigan, but that doesn’t mean the fun runs have to end! From glow-in-the-dark dance parties to zombie chases, the cooler weather brings a variety of themed runs all over Michigan that runners of all ages can enjoy.

Read more on a few themed runs you can look forward to this autumn courtesy of guest blogger Katie Dillman.

1. Color Vibe 
Ann ArborAugust 28 (not quite fall, we know!)

Paint a rainbow across Ann Arbor at the Color Vibe 5K, featuring color throws and a dance party. Tickets for this all-ages event include entry, a race bib, and a color pack. You’ll also have the option of purchasing some heavily discounted Color Vibe Party Packs that include a t-shirt, a bandana, neon sunglasses, socks–even a tutu! This run is all about fun so walk, skip, and dance your way all around the course until you arrive at the explosive dance party at the finish line.

The Colorvibe run is a can't-miss in Ann Arbor

Photo Courtesy of Katie Dillman

2. Night Nation
DetroitSeptember 17

The world’s first running music festival, Detroit’s Night Nation is a 5k like you’ve never experienced before. This after hours fun run takes you through a course glowing with neon as you experience multiple DJs sets along the way. At the end of your journey, head to the main stage and celebrate with an over-the-top dance party with DJs and special celebrity guests. Registration includes a bib, Night Nation t-shirt, after-party admission, and of course, a glow necklace so you can light up the raceway. This is a can’t-miss event for any lover of electronic dance music, so grab your glow sticks and sign up before all the bibs are gone!

Night-Nation is a wild experience in Detroit

Photo Courtesy of Katie Dillman

3. The Zombie Dash 
Grand RapidsOctober 22

Run for your life at the Grand Rapids-exclusive Zombie Dash. In this role-playing 5K, you will join a small band of survivors on a mission to investigate the quarantined urban center after sundown. When you arrive, you’ll be given three “life strips” to tuck into your clothes. As you encounter zombies, they will attempt to snatch these life strips from you, deducting one minute from your chip-counted finish time. Losing them all doesn’t disqualify you, and you may opt to run without the strips if you’d rather not be chased by zombies. Remember, this is all for fun! Rather not run but still want to participate? Put on your best undead garb and sign up to be a zombie! The top three best dressed will win a prize after the race.

The Zombie Dash lets you live a syfy fantasy while running

Photo Courtesy of Katie Dillman

4. The Great Beerd Run
Acme, November 12

Love beer and beards? Head to Acme’s Great Beerd Run on November 12th and celebrate them both! Registration includes entrance, a race medal that doubles as a bottle opener, beer samples, a full pint at the after party, and your very own bearded beanie to keep you warm in the Michigan air. Prizes will be awarded after the scenic race for the best natural beard as well as the best “assisted” beard at 11 AM. As this is a fun run, the race isn’t timed, but the fastest male and female runners will still be awarded prizes.

Beards? Beer? Fun? Check!

Photo Courtesy of Katie Dillman

5. Dashing Through the Snow 
FowlervilleDecember 3

Bundle up for the 10th annual Dashing Through the Snow 5K in Fowlerville! This professionally timed run (or walk, if you prefer) is on a perfectly flat course and features a post-race Christmas parade as well as a festive hot air balloon with pyrotechnics to cheer racers on. Registration covers entry to the event, and if you sign up before November 18th, you’ll also receive a cozy winter hat embroidered with the race’s logo. After your chilly journey and the holiday celebration that follows, warm up with a hearty chicken dinner at the registration site.

Katie1What is your favorite race to run or walk in Pure Michigan? Share with us by commenting below!

Katie Dillman is a Communications Coordinator with Premier Glow, an online retailer of glow products. She enjoys working with businesses through copywriting to share ideas that connect with their audience.

Lake Advice from Our Fans: What to Do in Southeast Michigan

All summer long, our amazing community of Facebook fans has been giving us advice on their favorite things to do around the different regions of Pure Michigan. The last, but certainly not least, of our series of Lake Advice is Southeast Michigan, home to such iconic destinations as Detroit, Ann Arbor and Dearborn.

Still planning your summer vacation in Pure Michigan? Check out our Lake Effect planning page or view photos from around the state at our gallery.

Slow Roll! DIA, Eastern Market, Dequindre Cut, Red Wings, Tigers, Belle Isle, and any of the hundreds of delicious bars/restaurants/breweries! – Christine Keena Snyder

Belle Isle. Photo Courtesy of Jason McCoy

Belle Isle. Photo Courtesy of Jason McCoy

Come & visit historic Ste. Anne de Detroit Catholic Parish, second oldest continuous catholic parish in the U.S. – Gabriele Richards

Monroe, and the River Raisin National Battlefield. – Judy Benriter Statti

Monroe, Photo Courtesy of Monroe County Convention & Tourism Bureau

Monroe, Photo Courtesy of Monroe County Convention & Tourism Bureau

Harsens Island, Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge, and kayaking the River Raisin! – Nick Meekhoff

My mom and I were in Detroit Thursday for a concert. We were at the Fox Theatre. Saw Ringo Starr of the Beatles.  Awesome. – Liz Gavin

Downtown Detroit, Photo Courtesy of Mike Boening

Downtown Detroit, Photo Courtesy of Mike Boening

Belle Isle, Detroit Zoo, Greenfield Village, Tiger game – Susan Bammel Hellenga

Sports. Red Wings. Tigers. Lions. Pistons.- Brian Zientak

I work downtown and I love it! There are many small things that make my day. The Belt. Campus Martius. Riverwalk. All wonderful for daily rejuvenation! –Sheena VanWinkle

Is anything missing? Let us know below!