Pure Michigan October 2014 Events Roundup

With apple picking, pumpkin carving and hay rides, it’s easy to see why October is a favorite time of year for many. From Monroe all the way to Houghton, there are events for the whole family to enjoy as fall enters full swing.

Below is a roundup of some of the many events going on around the state in October. Visit michigan.org for a complete listing of Michigan events.

 Week of September 29-October 5

A2 Art & Brew
October 2, Ann Arbor
This year visit eight participating breweries that will offer a tasting of its featured craft beer along with a uniquely paired tasty bite that compliments the beer. Join in the fun as local artists design a unique piece of site-specific sidewalk chalk art inspired by the brewery and beer. 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 through Monday, September 29th, $60 thereafter. Purchase tickets early, space is limited to 300 guests. You must be 21 years of age.

Zeeland Pumpkinfest
October 2-4, Zeeland
Pumpkinfest in Zeeland, Michigan, celebrates community, family fun and fall activities! 2014 will mark the 30th year for Pumpkinfest and take place October 2, 3, & 4. The three-day event will feature a number of free and low-cost events that can be enjoyed by all ages. Each year, a theme is chosen and from that theme, downtown Zeeland is decorated in fall decor and parade floats join the fun in matching the theme as well. The 2014 theme is “Pumpkinfest Pride…Celebrating 30 Years”.

Skitoberfest
October 3-4, Boyne Falls
A fall extravaganza and homecoming taking place in the Boyne Mountain Village and surrounding area. Skitoberfest celebrates the best of fall’s family offerings in an Oktoberfest style setting and the coming winter season with a Snowsports Summit hosted by Olympian Cary Adgate. Highlights include gourmet foods from northern Michigan restaurants, markets and farms, Michigan beers, wines and spirits for tasting, plus music and endless family entertainment. Admission is free, and tickets for food, brews and some activities are available. Special event lodging rates are available at Boyne Mountain Resort.

Bangor Apple FestivalBangor apple fest
October 4, Bangor
Fall is a beautiful time in Michigan. From the color of the fall leaves to the taste of a crisp apple, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Head to Bangor for the 36th Annual Bangor Apple festival, for activities that include car shows, lawn mower races, kids’ activities, live entertainment and much more.

Rattlesnake Run 5k
October 5, Rochester
Enjoy the fall colors and run, jog, or walk along the Paint Creek Trail located in Rochester, Michigan, in north Oakland County! Participants will receive a commemorative Rattlesnake Run T-shirt. To add to the fall fun, enjoy cider and donuts from the Paint Creek Cider Mill! Race begins at the Paint Creek Cider Mill.

Week of October 6-12

Great Lakes Lighthouse Festival
October 9-12, Alpena
Tour 11 lighthouses a whole new way. The four day event provides activities for the young and old including lighthouse tours (aerial, boat or personal vehicle), entertainment, and vendors. Climb many of the lighthouses, enjoy live entertainment and lighthouse exhibits, and nautical vendors round out the weekend.

Frankfort Fall Festival
October 11, Frankfort
Fall Festival celebration in Frankfort’s open space. Featuring a parade with the Scottville Clown Band, kid’s games, GIANT pumpkins, squash and watermelons, Master Carver Ed Moody, pumpkin drop on a car and catapults! Make your way to Frankfort for pumpkin decorating, Farmer’s Market and more!

Color Cruise and Island FestivalColor cruise
October 10-12, Grand Ledge
This three day festival is always the second full weekend in October at the Island Park in downtown Grand Ledge. See the beautiful autumn colors by riverboat, canoe, horse & wagon, bicycle or air. This event is filled with fun for the whole family and includes cider pressing, blacksmithing, fur traders, pioneer crafts, candle dipping, pumpkin painting, music, food, and a petting zoo. Shuttle service available from JC Park and the parking area off River Street. Friday is “Seniors Day” with discounts available

Appleumpkin Festival
October 11-12, Tecumseh
Tecumseh’s Appleumpkin Festival features arts and crafts, an antiques street fair, carnival games, midway rides, inflatables, a make-it take-it scarecrow tent and yummy fair food as well as live entertainment. Free parking is available with free shuttle service to transport visitors downtown and to the nearby Kapnick Apple Festival. Local restaurants are ready to serve delicious meals and merchants open their doors and invite you to explore a one-of-a-kind shopping experience. This festival is one you won’t want to miss!

ArtPrize 2014
September 24-October 12, Grand Rapids
ArtPrize is the world’s largest international art competition open to any artist and decided by public vote. Take 11 days to explore over 4500 artists at 515 venues in Grand Rapids and vote for the entries you think should win.

Week of October 13-19

Michigan’s Big Country Fest 2014
October 17-18, Frankenmuth
Slip on your cowboy boots, tip your hat and swing on over to the third annual Michigan’s Big Country Fest. Enjoy live bands, beer & mixed drinks, mechanical bull, down-home BBQ dinners and snacks, line dancing and much more. Free parking, handicapped accessible

Fall Fling Festival
October 18-19, New Era
Autumn is a special time at the farm: beautiful orchards and forests in the peak of fall color change, ripe pumpkins, the most varieties of apples to choose from of any season. That’s the backdrop for the annual Fall Fling Festival! Musicians, mimes, magicians, rides, face painters, balloon tiers, stilt walkers and more will join you at the 70+ animal petting farm. You won’t want to miss Michigan’s only animated chicken show, jumping pillows, pedal carts, duck races, Farming Rocks Gem Mining, Bunker Hill Fruit Cannons, pumpkin moon walk, barrel train rides, Apple Express wagon rides, pumpkin chucker and an eight acre corn maze.

Saginaw Zoo Boo
October 18-19, Saginaw
Put on your costumes and trick-or-treat your way through the decorated zoo! Load your treat bag with goodies from various vendors and booths. Watch Dr. Slime, the mad scientist, put on a mysterious, scientific show! Ticket price includes zoo admission, train and carousel ride, Dr. Slime Show, and trick-or-treating. Zoo members and the general public: $7 discount tickets available through October 17th. October 18th and after tickets are $9. Event also runs October 25 & 26.

The Walk
October 18, Shelby Township
Come dressed in your best costume and head out to Stony Creek Metropark on Saturday, October 18. The Walk offers an accessible and scenic fall route to walkers of all ages, while providing a fun filled and memorable day. Participants age 5 & under are free, ages 6-12 are $15, and ages 13 & up are $30. Halloween costumes or attire are strongly recommended!

2014 Detroit Free Press/Talmer Bank MarathonTalmer
October 19, Detroit
There are so many things that make running Detroit unique and exciting – crossing international borders twice, running an “underwater mile”, and the large crowds and entertainers posted every few miles. The sights on Belle Isle are scenic and views of the city from the riverfront will make you wish you had your camera. This race has something for everyone from start to finish. All participants of the Marathon, International Half -Marathon, or U.S.-Only Half-Marathon must be at least 16 years of age. There is no age limit on the 5K or the Marathon Relay. Ages 4-12 are welcome for the Kids Fun Run.

Weeks of October 20-26 & October 27-31

Scarecrow Glow
October 22, Troy
Troy Historic Village is hosting “Scarecrow Glow”, a costume-optional event on Wednesday, October 22, 2014, from 6pm to 9pm. See the magic of the Village at night, and experience an evening of fall fun. Attendees will enjoy food and drinks from Troy establishments, while listening to the sweet sounds of jazz and bluegrass music. Watch a nighttime blacksmithing demonstration and make s’mores. A special gift bag will be given to all attendees. Costumes, especially related to the “Alice in Wonderland” theme, are encouraged. Tickets $40 per person, $50 per person at the door. Adults (21 and older) only.

The Glo Run
October 24, Lansing
The Glo Run is the energy that sparked the night run revolution. This is a 5k course on funroids with stimulating areas along the course. Run a nighttime 5k through a dreamworld full of glowing wonders and music.

Zombie Dash
October 25, Grand Rapids
Get ready for the wildest 5-K you will ever experience. Run a five kilometer course within the quarantine area. Conquer the infamous Apocalypse Avenue and Kill Hill. Dodge over 300 zombies looking for “fast food.” Race against darkness and survive the Zombie apocalypse. You’ll be given three or four “life strips” (flag football flags) to tuck in your pants. For each one you keep, you’ll have one minute subtracted from your time. No worries if you lose both. Just keep running and enjoy the experience of one of the most unique night races ever held.

Halloween in Greenfield VillagePhotos for Pure Michigan
October 10-26, Dearborn
Stroll down streets and alleys haunted by over 1,000 carved jack-o’-lanterns and lavishly costumed characters during America’s most spooktacular Halloween event. This is a kid-friendly, nightmare-free Halloween gathering. October 10-12, 17-19, and 24-26. Tickets rain or shine.

All Things Detroit III
October 26, Detroit
It’s time again for all of Detroit to come together and celebrate an amazing city at All Things Detroit III. This event will feature 60 local business owners with products made in Detroit, Detroit theme art, local bands, entertainment, raffles every 30 minutes, and free All Things Detroit souvenirs for the first 200 guests. This is a Motor City event you won’t want to miss!

Fall Color Tours by Dog Team
September 15 – October 31, Mc Millan
Enjoy the beautiful seasonal changes of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula by taking a ride with the sled dogs in our dog-powered trail vehicle. This is a fall color tour like you’ve never seen before! Our fall trips begin at 8 am and 10 am when you will meet your guides and receive an introduction to sled dog training. You’ll see how we hook up the dogs and even learn to harness a dog if you’d like. You’ll also get a tour of our kennel and the opportunity to hold adorable puppies. We’ll stop along the route for photos. We’ll have coffee or hot cocoa and a homemade treat when we return. Plan about two hours for your tour.

Eisenhower Dance: The Light ShowAlicia Light Show
October 31, East Lansing
Back by popular demand after the sensational Red, Hot and Blue, and fun-filled Motown in Motion, Eisenhower Dance returns with a visually stunning co-commission by Wharton Center and the Detroit Opera House. The Light Show matches choreographers with lighting designers for four cleverly electrifying pieces incorporating lasers, light, and innovative dance. One of the finest contemporary dance ensembles today, Michigan’s acclaimed Eisenhower Dance combines remarkable technique with inventive choreography. Ticketed event.

With so much to do around the state in October, what will you do? 

Pure Michigan January 2014 Events Roundup

It’s almost a new year in Pure Michigan! From winter festivals to the Detroit auto show, there are plenty of events happening across Michigan to help you welcome in 2014 with some fun. Below is a roundup of a few of the many events taking place around the state throughout the month. For a complete listing of events, visit michigan.org. 

Week of 1/1/2014- 1/6/2014

NHL Winter Classic
1/1/2014 - Ann Arbor, University of Michigan Football Stadium
Hockeytown and The Big House will come together this winter for what is expected to be a historic holiday extravaganza of hockey culminating with the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic on New Year’s Day. The long-anticipated matchup between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings will take place on January 1, 2014, at The Big House (Michigan Stadium) on the campus of the University of Michigan. Detroit and Toronto have played 644 times since Jan. 4, 1927, when the Toronto St. Patricks defeated the Detroit Cougars 2-1. Detroit holds a slim edge in points gained in the all-time series, 646-645.

International Motorcycle Show
01/03/14 – 01/05/14 – Novi, Suburban Collection Showplace
International Motorcycle Show – the largest motorcycle show series in the world – features hundreds of new bikes, scooters and entertainment for the entire family. Admission fee. For more information call (800) 331-5706.

Tahquamenon Country Sled Dog Race
01/04/14 - Muskallonge Lake State Park
The Tahquamenon Country Sled Dog Race features over 60 teams from across the continent. Classes include 4-dog, 6-dog, 8-dog, and 12- dog. Races begin at 9:30am, with a new team taking off every few minutes. Come out to pet the dogs, meet the teams and cheer them on during this all-day event!

Grand Rapids Antiques Market
01/04/14 – 01/05/14 – Grand Rapids DeVos Place
Start the new year right! Featuring Michigan’s largest indoor antique show, Old House Expo, fashion show, and so much more! Show schedule, January 4 show hours 9am-7pm. Sunday, January 5 show hours 10am-4pm.  Meet Danielle Colby Cushman of American Pickers all weekend! More vendor information at the website link.

Guided Snowshoe Hike
 01/04/14 – Grayling  Hartwick Pines State Park
Hartwick Pines State Park will offer guided snowshoe hikes through the old growth forest on January 4 and 18, February 1, and March 1. These hikes will give visitors to Hartwick Pines a chance to try out snowshoes and hike through the Lower Peninsula’s largest stand of old-growth white pines. Guided by a park interpreter or historian, participants will learn about the forest in the winter and discover the importance of winter to Michigan’s logging industry in the 1800s, all while getting great exercise. This event is free of charge, although a Michigan State Parks Recreation Passport is required for park entry. Please call ahead for snow conditions. (989) 348-2537.

Michigan Monster Energy Winter Cup Series at Crystal Mountain
01/04/14 – Crystal Mountain
Crystal Mountain, Boyne Mountain, and Shanty Creek are the place for snowboarding/freeski competitions and after-party events this winter. Series begins Saturday, January 4 at Crystal Mountain (Thompsonville), and continues February 8 at Boyne Mountain (Boyne Falls), and the championship finale March 8 at Shanty Creek Resorts (Bellaire). For more event information, please visit the web link or call AGA Nation at (248) 660-2215.

Week of 1/7/2014- 1/13/2014

 Make/Do: Contemporary Artists Exhibit
01/09/14 – 02/14/14 – Kalamazoo, Richmond Center for Visual Arts
All events are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are M-Th 10am-6pm, F 10am-9pm, Sat. 12 pm-6pm, closed Sunday. This exhibition incorporates an expanded conception of craft outside traditional mediums to include painting, video, and performance. The works included in “MAKE/DO”are notable for their materials (shoddy and select) and quality of production (scrupulous and slapdash), which collapse the distinction between fine art and craft, and encourage us, as viewers, to participate in their re-production and reception, to their “making” and “doing.”

The Ultimate Fishing Show
01/09/14 - Novi, Suburban Collection Showplace
Michigan’s largest fishing show. This show is all about fishing tackle, fishing trips, fishing boats and features: Lake Ultimate, Trout Pond, seminar stages, fish fry and more. Tickets can be ordered online via our website. For more show information, please call the show managers at (616) 447-2860 or toll free at (800) 328-6550.

Moscow Festival Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty
01/09/14 – East Lansing, Wharton Center for Performing Arts 
For the first time since their 2012 tour, the legendary Moscow Festival Ballet and their company of 50 returns to Wharton Center on Thursday, January 9. Under the artistic direction of Sergei Radchenko, the Moscow Festival Ballet expertly blends the teachings of the Bolshoi and Kirov Ballet companies in their independent, Russian classic ballet styling.

Plymouth Winter Fest
01/10/14 – 01/12/14 – Plymouth, Downtown Plymouth
Formerly known as the Plymouth Ice Festival, the Plymouth Winter Fest will take place over three days and include ice carving competitions, food booths, and entertainment. Admission to the festival is free. Ice sculptures available for viewing 24-hours a day (weather permitting).

Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam
01/11/14 – Detroit, Ford Field – Home of the Detroit Lions
Detroit Monster Jam will feature 18 Monster Jam trucks, including the legendary Grave Digger® driven by Chad Tingler, Max-DSM (Maximum Destruction), driven by Morgan Kane, Northern NightmareSM driven by Cam McQueen and El Toro Loco® (Yellow) driven by Becky McDonough. For information call (800) 745-3000.

Ann Arbor Restaurant Week
01/12/14 – 01/17/14 – Ann Arbor
One price dining, one week, several options. Extraordinary three course dinner menus and fixed price fare lunch menus from Ann Arbor’s best restaurants. Experience cuisine that delights your palate and defines the art of dining in Ann Arbor. Now is your chance to discover new restaurants and enjoy favorites at a discounted price. Make reservations early at participating restaurants. Tables fill fast during this gastronomically great event, so make your reservations now. For more information, visit the website link or call (734) 668-7112 ext 22.

Week 1/14/2014- 1/20/2014

Colin Stetson – Concert
01/15/14 – 01/16/14 – Ann Arbor, University of Michigan Arthur Miller Theatre
Ann Arbor native Colin Stetson returns home to make his University Musical Society (UMS) debut performance, January 15-16, 2014, in Arthur Miller Theatre. Born and raised in Ann Arbor, saxophonist Colin Stetson has spent the 15 years since he graduated from the University of Michigan working with dozens of artists, including Tom Waits, Feist, Laurie Anderson, Lou Reed, David Byrne, LCD Soundsystem, and Angélique Kidjo, among others. He is a current member of the indie band Bon Iver yet has developed an utterly unique voice as a soloist (principally on saxophones and clarinets). His intense technical prowess is matched by his emotionally gripping skills as a songwriter. For concert information, visit the website link or call (734) 764-2538.

Great Skate Winterfest
01/18/14 – 01/19/14 – Grand Rapids, Rosa Parks Circle
Celebrate winter in the city and skate with Griffins players! Celebrate the 12th Annual Great Skate Winterfest at Rosa Parks Circle in downtown Grand Rapids! Enjoy a day full of winter-themed events, sport demonstrations and family activities, followed by a 24-hour skating marathon with Grand Rapids Griffins players. Events start at noon and marathon goes through Sunday till 10pm. Free admission. For event information, call (616) 774-4585 ext 3046.

Kalamazoo Reptile & Exotic Animal Show
01/18/14 – Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo County Expo Center & Fairground
Buy, sell, or trade a variety of reptiles, amphibians, small mammals and other exotic pets. Admission for adults is $4, children $2, children under six are free, Family Max – $15. Hours are 10am-3pm in Room A

North American International Auto Show 2014
01/18/14 – 01/26/14-Detroit, Cobo Center
Now in its 26th year as an international event, the NAIAS is among the most prestigious auto shows in the world, providing unparalleled access to the automotive products, people and ideas that matter most – up close and in one place.

Week of 1/21/2014-1/27/2014

Snowfest 2014
01/22/14 – 01/27/14 – Frankenmuth, Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth
Zehnder’s Snowfest has been host to one of the top snow sculpting events in North America for the past 22 years. Visitors have enjoyed larger-than-life snow sculptures and beautifully detailed ice carvings each year. Zehnder’s Snowfest 2014 will again dazzle and excite you with snow and ice sculptures created by professional ice and snow carvers from around the world. Zehnder’s Snowfest is also host to the National Collegiate Ice Carving Championship and the High School Snow Sculpting Competition. In addition, Zehnder’s Snowfest will have entertainment for the entire family in the warming tent, a fireworks display, petting zoo and children’s activities. Plan now to attend Zehnder’s Snowfest 2014.

Sesame Street Live
01/23/14 – 02/17/14 – Detroit, Fox Theatre
Join the chorus of ‘Can’t Stop Singing’ for this toe tapping, finger snapping musical event! All you need is a song when Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Murray and all of your favorite Sesame Street friends bring the magic of music to life on stages big and small – and right into the audience! For event times and additional information call (800) 745-3000.

Grand Rapids Camper, Travel & RV Show
1/23/2014 – 1/26/2014 - DeVos Place
A dozen West Michigan RV dealers representing more than 100 RV lines combined with 200,000+ square feet results in the biggest RV show in the state. Along with new RVs, we have a remarkable selection of RV accessories, campgrounds and travel destinations! Admission fee.

Mozart Birthday Bash: Cosi Fan Tutte
01/25/14 – Ann Arbor, Michigan Theater
Beautiful arias sung by great singers, and a message that makes “Thus do all women” an enduring work. Your A2SO become actors in this narrated, semi-staged opera. Performance at 8pm.

Orchid Show
01/25/14 – 01/26/14 – Grand Rapids, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
Enjoy hundreds of exquisite orchids featured in lush displays in the Grand Room. Members from Grand Valley Orchid Society will answer your questions and point out some of the most unique orchids. Orchid vendors from across the Midwest will be selling a variety of orchids and supplies. Bring the kids for an “orchid hunt” (12-4 pm both days). Attend free talks presented by Orchid Society members.

Middle Earth Skier/Boardercross Competition
01/26/14 – Boyne Falls, Boyne Mountain
The Middle Earth traveling circus is making a stop at Boyne Mountain for their skier/boardercross competition. Find out who can make it from start to finish the fastest on a course featuring jumps, rollers, banked turns, and more. This event is open to skiers and snowboarder spectators of all ages. All competitors must be USASA members. For complete event details, visit the website link or call (800) 462-6963.

Week of 1/28/2014-1/31/2014

Ferndale Blues and Music Festival
01/28/14 – 02/06/14 – Ferndale, Ferndale DDA
Get your Blues on! The Ferndale Metro Blues Festival has been a hugely popular and wildly successful event. In fact, it was an official sanctioned event of Super Bowl XL in 2006. The Ferndale Metro Blues Festival averages more than 60 concerts held over nine days at two dozen locations in the region. For information call (248) 330-2328.

Ann Arbor Folk Festival
01/31/14 – 02/01/14 – Ann Arbor, Hill Auditorium- University of Michigan
A two-night celebration of roots music takes place at Hill Auditorium. The Folk Festival will celebrate with a selection of the world’s finest traditional and contemporary performers. Advance ticket seating.

These are just a few of the many events happening next month in Pure Michigan. Please visit michigan.org for a complete listing. 

Will you be at any of these events in January? Let us know!