With apple picking, pumpkin carving and hay rides, it’s easy to see why October is a favorite time of year for many. 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.
October 1 – 10
26th Annual Fall Detroit Camper & RV Show
September 30-October 4
If experiencing a Pure Michigan fall adventure in the comfort of your own RV sounds awesome, attending the26th Annual Fall Detroit Camper and RV Show at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, September 30-October 4, should definitely be your first stop. With multiple Michigan Association of Recreation Vehicles and Campgrounds (MARVAC) RV dealers and campgrounds represented at the show, attendees can peruse hundreds of new 2016 makes and models and take advantage of big savings on 2015 models.
Haunted Weekend on Mackinac Island
October 2 – 4
Join in the adventure for our 5th Annual Haunted Weekend on Mackinac Island. A weekend filled with day and night time ghost hunting adventures and haunted history tours. This year sites include a night time tour and hunt at Fort Mackinac, Mission Point Resort PLUS day time carriage ride to the 1814 Mackinac Battlefield and investigation at Arch Rock and death trail.
South Higgins Lake State Park – Halloween Fest
October 2 – 3
12th Annual Halloween Festival will be held in the campground at South Higgins. Events include hay rides, a haunted forest walk, dance, Trick-or-Treating through the campground, carnival games, and much more! We will also have prizes for the best decorated campsites, best costumes, and pumpkin painting contests. Events on Friday are open to the public and campers.
Blues & Brews Festival
Guests will sample a broad variety of local, regional, and national beers and live music at the pavilion (Toledo St.) in Downtown Adrian from 4 – 9 p.m. VIP tickets/packages includes early entry. Designated Driver tickets (without drink tickets) are also available.
Join the Boyne Mountain crew for an Oktoberfest-style celebration of fall, and the promise of the coming snowsport season. You’ll find everything you’d expect at Oktoberfest–great food, Michigan beer, wine and spirits, live music and performances–plus our own ski- and snowboard-oriented twists on tradition. Carve out plenty of time for our on-snow rail jam, the Burton Riglet Park for kids, a ski swap, free rides on our six-place chair, a parade, street dancing, and tons of other surprises during this amazing preseason celebration.
Photo courtesy of @jasonmciver.
Great Lakes Lighthouse Festival
October 8 – 11
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.
Charlevoix Apple Festival
October 9 – 11
Experience the magic of autumn in Northern Michigan at the Annual Apple Festival & Craft Show. This three day event is held yearly to honor local orchards and growers who, in the spirit of the season, line Bridge Street to bring the fall harvest to you. The festivals focal point is the apple, proven to be the most popular fruit in North America. Local organizations will warm you up with hot food items such as chili, hot dogs, kielbasa, and pasties! Activities include a holiday art & craft show with 125 exhibitor booths, face painting, pony rides, a petting zoo, and pumpkin carving contest. So, bundle up and bring the family to our fall harvest bonanza!
Lake Huron Discover Tour
October 9 – 11
Explore the rich array of maritime sites, from working harbors and lighthouses to museums and art galleries, while taking in breathtaking waterfront vistas and fall color along the historic US 23. Plan a ‘voyage’ based on your area of interest, whether it’s hiking, biking, a tour of the ARTrail galleries, bird watching, and/or savoring the Wine and Hops Trail. ,
October 11 – 17
Fresh Fall Harvest – Farm2Fork
Farm2Fork is a unique culinary series at Treetops Resort which features locally grown and prepared dishes and the hands that brought them from seed to the table. Through this series we hope to spread awareness about the benefits of locally grown food. A different farmer will be featured at each event and will talk about their farm, operations, etc. We work closely with the Gaylord Farmers Market and other Northern Michigan growers to put this event on.
A fall backroad in Northern Michigan in the peak of fall color season.
Three Rivers Color Tour
View the fall colors from Swiss Valley Ski Area while enjoying their annual car show. See the brilliant fall kaleidoscope of color while traveling the route of this year’s Annual Three River Color Tour, October 11. Enjoy the Scarecrow Contest, pumpkins and games for the little ones at Meyer Broadway Park. View the magical colors of River Country in the comfort of your vehicle and enjoy some refreshments along the way.
The Grand Rapids Improv Festival
October 12 – 19
The dates for the second annual Grand Rapids Improv Festival (formally known as the West Michigan Improv Festival) at Dog Story Theater Join acts from all around West Michigan, Chicago, Detroit, St. Louis, and more. Get involved beyond attending performances with workshops, open jams, and a family-friendly day on Sunday.
Little Traverse Bay Parafest
October 16 – 17
Have you ever wondered about the paranormal, life after death, or wanted a reading from a Psychic Medium? Do UFO’s and aliens really exist? Come join us October 16th and 17th, 2015, in Petoskey for an epic event brought to you by The Terrace Inn of Bayview and Bumps in the Night Paranormal Research. Join paranormal celebrities for lectures/presentations, vendors, ghost walk tours, ghost hunt with TV celebrities, and VIP dinner. Mediums, Psychics, Paranormal investigators, UFO experts and others will also be at event. Event and lectures start Friday evening and all day Saturday. You will have plenty of time to talk with the celebrity guests/vendors/ and other attendees at the event.
Made in Michigan Film Festival
October 16 – 17
This is an exclusive to Michigan-made films and celebrates and recognizes the best of Michigan film talent. The Bronner Performing Arts Center is a state-of-the-art, 500-seat theater. Filmmakers will enjoy networking with other film industry professionals through our Hospitality Room, Friday night cocktails, and After-Glow Party. Several activities are being planned – including a free Motion Picture Institute educational student workshop, Q & A sessions with filmmakers and the audience, and much more.
October 18 – 24
Detroit Fall Beer Festival
October 23 – 24
Join the Michigan Brewers Guild at Eastern Market for one of the largest all-Michigan beer tastings around. Attendees can enjoy some incredible food from Detroit area restaurants (available for purchase) and listen to a talented line-up of local musicians while sipping any of more than 450 craft beers from 60 Michigan breweries.
Howl-O-Ween Hoof and Woof
The Howl-O-Ween Hoof and Woof is a fun-filled day for families and their two- and four-legged kids. Entrance to the event is free. Games, food and activities can be enjoyed at family-friendly prices. In the spirit of a good, old-fashioned fall carnival, you will find inflatable fun, face painting, games many of which include your dog and prizes. You won’t want to miss a walk with your dog along the “Trick-or-Treat Trail” in your Halloween costume – fill up your candy bag and bring your pooch along to get a treat for performing his favorite trick! If your pup likes to dress up too, there will be prizes awarded for best dog and kid costumes. You’ll get hungry having this much fun! We’ll be sure to have hotdogs, popcorn, caramel corn, caramel apples and more.
Legend of Sleepy Howell
Activities include trick or treating, human and pet costume contests, live music, hay rides, the viewing of the classic Disney film “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”, 1 mile Monster Run and storytelling, ghostly graveyard, inflatables for kids and teens, broom ball, food and street vendors, and the night-time, luminary lit Headless Horseman 5K/10K race that runs through Lakeview Cemetery drawing over 1,500 athletes.
Carpenter Farms. Photo courtesy of Lenawee CVB.
Fall Fun Fest – Downtown Wayland
Fall Fun Fest is a free family event in beautiful Downtown Wayland! Trick-or-treating at local businesses and other family events will be available from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
October 24 – 25
Get into the holiday harvest spirit with this FREE family event. Folks young and old can enjoy a costume parade, trick-or-treating, pumpkin catapult, pumpkin bowling, pumpkin painting, face painting, and inflatable stations. Businesses throughout Frankenmuth compete in a “Best Store Front Scarecrow” contest.
October 25 – 31
Halloween Treat Parade
It’s the 15th annual Treat Parade in downtown Ann Arbor. Area merchants welcome your little costumed characters to the neighborhood with greets and treats. Black and orange balloons will fly from participating businesses. Join the fun from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Halloween Beer Bus Tour
Get in the Halloween mood with this spooky bus tour featuring a brewery with a haunt, a haunted brewery, one of Kalamazoo’s best haunted attractions and some fall beers. Be prepared for a night of frights, flights and fun. Our Halloween tour will begin at Shakespeare’s Pub in downtown Kalamazoo (241 E Kalamazoo Ave) where autumn favorites will be on tap. The group will then make the jaunt west to Paw Paw Brewing Co. where the crew will get you in the spirit of the season with fall ales and perhaps a few scary surprises. From there, we’ll make way to Psycho Ward & Nightmares, one of Kalamazoo’s best haunted attractions tucked into the woods. We’ll then conclude with a quick ride north to Plainwell’s Old Mill Brewpub for samples and a tour of the more than 100-year-old building known to be inhabited by a few ghosts. Duration is approximately five hours.
There will be a costume contest, face painting, pumpkin painting, sack race, great pumpkin roll, and more! Trick or Treating with Pentwater’ Downtown Merchants and at Charles Mears State Park 2 – 4 p.m. Spooktacular Parade at 4 p.m. Visit the local watering holes for ghoulish food, scary drinks, and spooky treats.
Shipshewana On The Road
October 31 – November 1
Enjoy a weekend of fun where you’ll find anything and everything under the sun! You’ll find thousands of unique items that you may not find anywhere else! Shipshewana On the Road shows are two day sales where independent vendors offer their products or merchandise for sale to the general public. The vendors consist of artisans, crafters, flea market dealers, and retail business owners. Finished and unfinished pine furniture, handmade crafts, toys, home decor, handmade jewelry, cleaning products, clothing, homemade jams, jellies and cookies, 14kt. gold and sterling silver jewelry are just a few of the products at the show.
Which events do you plan to check out in October?