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”.

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? 

Beauty and History at the Great Lakes Lighthouse Festival

Michigan lighthouses bring history, beauty, and uniqueness to our coastline. Each year, visitors can take an in-depth tour of some of these lighthouses at the Great Lakes Lighthouse Festival. This year’s festival will be held October 10th- 13th in Alpena, MI. Guest blogger Peggy Allen of the Michigan Historical Center walks us through what visitors can expect at the upcoming festival. 

Visiting the coastline of Lake Huron, stopping at a Michigan state park, fond memories can be made so easily.

Although modern navigational technology has made lighthouses nearly obsolete, some still do serve as a guiding light for ships on the Great Lakes. More than 115 lighthouses dot Michigan’s Great Lakes coastline providing unique opportunities for visitors to learn about our maritime history.

Tawas Lighthouse Tawas Point State Park and Lighthouse in East Tawas invites you to experience the sights of Michigan.  This fall, Oct. 10-13, brings the Great Lakes Lighthouse Festival to the sunrise side of Michigan.  Visitors can explore many lighthouses from short to tall, white to stripes, all found along the great Lake Huron up to the Mighty Mackinac Bridge.

Headquarters for the 18th Great Lakes Lighthouse Festival is in Alpena.  At the APLEX Event Center there will be over 100 maritime vendors, artists, authors and more.  This half-way point allows you to rest up, listen to presenters and talk with other lighthouse enthusiasts.  There is plenty to do and see for every family member.

When traveling north on US-23 your autumn view is spectacular with painted foliage and pristine water guiding your way past several historic lighthouses.

Stopping at Tawas Point is a highlight. The land curves out into the blue water as the lighthouse nestles between Lake Huron and Tawas Bay.  This allows a majestic view of Michigan’s sunrises and sunsets with plenty of wildlife along the way.

This festival is the only time during the year that visitors will be able to tour the Guest Keeper Quarters above the museum.  Guest Keepers themselves will be able to show you around the entire lighthouse and give you the inside scoop on staying in the lighthouse and becoming a guest keeper yourself.

Tawas LighthouseEntering the park, Tawas Point Lighthouse will guide your way.  The gift store is an historical landmark itself and was built in 1906. There you can purchase unique souvenirs to mark your visit, as well as your ticket into the lighthouse.

At the lighthouse itself, you will experience the history that helped make Michigan. You can learn about past keepers, their family life, the trials of keeping the light burning and reasons why there are so many lighthouses on the Great Lakes. You are welcome to walk in and explore the space, where you can touch as well as look as you learn about life at the lighthouse.

Tawas LighthouseYou may also climb the 85 steps up to the lens room and see the original 4th order Fresnel lens that still guides ships today.  The 360-degree view from the top reveals the beauty of this point. The significance of our lighthouses in years past can be discovered over many visits – the importance of keeping lighthouses in our future can be found in just one.

For more information on the Tawas Point Lighthouse, including tours, the lightkeeper program and upcoming events, go to www.michigan.gov/tawaslighthouse.

Peggy Allen of the Michigan Historical Center has been the caregiver to the Tawas Point Lighthouse and grounds for the past decade. She works to renovate, up-keep and introduce many events and opportunities for guests to experience the many facets of Tawas Point Lighthouse and State Park.  

Will you be at this year’s Great Lakes Lighthouse Festival? Let us know!

“Pure Michigan Pink” Recognizes Breast Cancer Awareness Month


Pure Michigan PinkTo recognize October as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we’re ‘going pink’! In order to increase awareness of this major cause of cancer deaths in Michigan women and promote available information resources, all official State of Michigan social media accounts will be updating their channels during the month of October to support the cause.

The ‘M’ in the Pure Michigan logo, usually seen in blue or green, will be made pink in social media profile images and platform backgrounds, including Pure Michigan’s Facebook and Twitter channels.

We encourage those interested in raising awareness and joining the fight against breast cancer to check out one of the following events. Please note that this is just a small sample of events happening in communities across Michigan to raise awareness. To find events happening in your local community, please visit the Making Strides website.

Ann Arbor, MI

Making Strides of Ann Arbor – October 26, 2013
The Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in Ann Arbor takes place on Saturday, October 26th this year at Washtenaw Community College. Learn more at the organization’s website.

University of Michigan Athletic Events in Support of Breast Cancer Awareness  - October 12, 2013 & October 19,2013.
Different teams from the University of Michigan will be wearing pink as part of their uniforms.

  • October 12th 2013 : U of M Volleyball Game against Iowa, 7:00 p.m.
  • October 19th 2013:  U of M Football Game against Indiana, 3:30 p.m.

For more information, visit the website.

Big Rapids, MI

Paint Big Rapids Pink- October 1, 2013 – October 31, 2013

The Big Rapids Hospital Foundation is increasing awareness of breast health and the free services offered at the Susan P. Wheatlake Cancer and Wellness Center located at Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital by hosting its month-long “Paint Big Rapids Pink” celebration. Events include:

  • October 7, 2013:  Stiletto Sprint, 5:30 p.m. - Downtown Big Rapids
  • October 7th 2013: “Girls Night Out – Shades of Pink,”  6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Natural Beauty Salon and Day Spa
  • October 7, 2013: “Boys Night Out,”  6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Cranker’s Brewery
  • October 9th and 16th 2013: Wheatlake Center Open Houses, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital
  • October 12, 2013: “Night of Wine for Days of Hope” Wine and Craft Beer Tasting, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. – Big Rapids Elks
  • October 18, 2013: “Rolling for Pink – Experience Vegas at Tullymore,” 7:00 p.m. – 11 p.m. – Tullymore Golf Resort
  • October 19, 2013: General Federation of Women’s Club Home Tour, 10:00 a.m. – Big Rapids
  • October 19. 2013: “Pink in the Rink” FSU Hockey, 7:07 p.m. -  Ewigleben Ice Arena
  • October 20, 2013: Tuba Bach – Bluegrass Jubilee – Raymond and Ruth McLain and Mike Stevens, 4:00 p.m. – Big Rapids High School Auditorium
  • October 29, 2013: Wheatlake Education Series, 6:00 p.m. – Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Center Auditorium – Kim Sorrelle, author of Cry Until You Laugh, shares her cancer journey.

For event details and ticket information, please visit  the website or search “Paint Big Rapids Pink” on Facebook.

Detroit, MI

Maize and Blue Go Pink - October 18, 2013
Come see your favorite Wolverines and Detroiters walk the runway to support breast cancer research at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center – Cadillac Square, 6:00 p.m. For more information, visit the website.

Lansing, MI

Making Strides of Lansing – October 26, 2013
The Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in Lansing takes place on Saturday, October 26th at 11:00 a.m. this year at the Michigan State Capitol. Learn more at the organization’s website.

Newberry, MI

Dig Pink! Competing for a Cause! – October 24, 2013
The Engadine High School Volleyball team will face the Newberry Girls Volleyball Games to raise money for Breast Cancer Research on Thursday, October 254h at 6pm in the Engadine School Gym. There will be raffles, food, and fun! Last year’s Dig Pink! Event at Engadine High School raised $5,000! For more information call Kathy Miller, Engadine Girls Volleyball coach at 906-477-8090.

Traverse City, MI

Remembrance Run – October 5, 1013
The Remembrance Run, organized by the women of the Traverse City Track Club, will be held at Timber Ridge RV Recreation Resort on October 5, 2013. In 2012, the event raised $25,200 for the Women’s Cancer Fund. For more information, visit the event website.

Saginaw, MI

Saginaw Spirit vs. Barrie Colts PINK OUT Game – October 26, 2013
The Saginaw Spirit will be playing their annual PINK OUT game on October 26, 2013 at 7:11 p.m. Five dollars from each fundraising ticket supports the St. Mary’s of Michigan Breast Care Fund. For more information, visit the website.

Southwest Michigan

Paint Our Towns Pink – September 222013 – October 182013
 The Southwest Michigan affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure is partnering with several area organizations to host a series of events in late September and throughout October called “Paint Our Towns Pink.” Some “Paint Our Towns Pink” events include:

  • October 3, 2013: Give Back Dinner, 5:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. – Bistro on the Boulevard, St. Joseph, will serve up its signature appetizers, entrees and desserts and donate a portion of the evening earnings to Komen for the Cure. Learn more at their website.
  • October 5, 2013: Ride for the Cure, 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Many of the Carousel’s 48 figures and two chariots will be decorated in pink as they spin under thousands of pink lights, but the featured figure to ride will be the hot pink flamingo. A portion of today’s ride earnings will go to the local Komen organization. Visit the website for details.
  • October 10, 2013: Night Out in Your Little Black Dress, 6:00 p.m.- 11:00 p.m. - Silver Beach Shadowland Ballroom, St. Joseph. This fun-filled evening includes guest speaker, Elissa Ashwood, entertainment by Sunset Coast Dancers, photo booth, silent auction and wine pull ($10 minimum value of bottle). For information, call 269-235-9120 or visit the website.
  • October 18, 2013: Art Hop, Arts District, Benton Harbor, 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Artists and galleries will serve pink cocktails, pink punch, pink cookies and offer plenty of opportunities to contribute to the local Komen for the Cure affiliate. For more information, visit thew website.
  • October 18,2013: Pink Football Game, Dickinson Stadium, St. Joseph High School, St. Joseph, 7:00 p.m. The St. Joe Bears will wear pink when they take on Portage Central. Donations will be taken to help support area women seeking a cure for breast cancer. For directions and more information, visit the website.
  • October 20, 2013: Mother/Daughter Princess Luncheon, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 a. m. - The Heritage Museum & Cultural Center, St. Joseph. This is a lovely time for mothers, grandmothers and aunts to spend time with their favorite princesses. Dress up in pink and enjoy royal foods and entertainment. Tickets are available at The Heritage Museum, Silver Beach Center and The Coast radio station.

For more information about each event or to make a donation, call 269-341-4209, email info@komenswmichigan.org or visit the website.

South Haven, MI

Something to Talk About: Celebrate Women – October 24, 2013
Shoreline Wellness & Rehabilitation Center – 950 S Bailey Ave, South Haven, 6:30 p.mIn honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, join us as we celebrate women at our Health & Wellness Seminar on October 24 at 6:30pm. This event will include an informal discussion on Women’s Health with Dr. Pamela Sanchez, a healthy cooking class with Registered Dietitian Nicole Morrissey, a raffle prize, and other fun activities to increase awareness! For more information, visit the website.

St. Clair County, MI

Making Strides of St. Clair County – October 12, 2013
The Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in St. Clair County takes place on Saturday, October 12th this year at St. Clair Community College. Learn more at the organization’s website.

These are just some of the events happening around the state. What events are happening in your neighborhood? 

Learn more about National Breast Cancer Awareness Month here. To find events happening in your local community, please visit the Making Strides website.

We encourage you to use the #puremipink hashtag on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to share your story and photos throughout the month for a chance to appear on the www.michigan.gov/socialmedia website.

Have you been affected by breast cancer? Share your story with us below, or let us know how you’re working to help spread awareness in your community.