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!

Pack Up Your Pets and Hit the Road with These Dog-Friendly Michigan Destinations

Going on a trip wouldn’t be the same without the entire family – especially your furry family members! In celebration of warm weather arriving for spring, we put together a list of just a few pet-friendly destinations in Michigan. So, pack up Fido and Fluffy and hit the road.

Northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula

Photo courtesy of Sharon Hubbard at Porcupine Mountains

Photo courtesy of Sharon Hubbard at Porcupine Mountains

Take a weekend trip to Traverse City, where you can climb mountains of sand, play on dog-friendly beaches and spend quality time with your furry friend. Spend the day in their Victorian downtown district, home to more than 150 shops, boutiques, galleries and restaurants. Treat your furry friend to a special treat at D.O.G Bakery with a variety of treats, guaranteed to satisfy even the pickiest pooch.

A trip with your pets wouldn’t be complete without going to the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Miles of sand, bluffs that tower 450’ above Lake Michigan, lush forests, clear inland lakes, and unique flora and fauna make up the natural world of Sleeping Bear Dunes. The high dunes afford spectacular views across the lake, something you and your pooch are both sure to enjoy.

Don’t want your pooch to feel left out? Grand Traverse Resort and Spa has put a new twist on accommodating the entire family. Dog Dreams Inn is located on the property and all about pampering your pooch. Access to your dog provides the ultimate in flexibility, cage-free social environment encouraging dog interaction and activity, fully trained, professional staff gives each dog the attention and assistance they need, daily exercise and fenced in outdoor play area, and separate potty/play areas to help support the overall wellness of dogs.

Heading farther north? The Upper Peninsula has a number of great dog-friendly hotels, resorts, cabins and campgrounds so you and your furry family members can get a good night’s rest before exploring the magnificent U.P. scenery.

West Michigan

Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Peterson

Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Peterson

Well-known for its strong Dutch history, Holland is historic yet hip and the perfect place to take your furry companion. Browse downtown’s trendy boutiques or stroll the tree-shaded campus of Hope College. Hike Holland’s soaring Lake Michigan sand dunes or simply relax on our soft sandy beach at Kirk Park. Urban excitement and homespun simplicity. A sophisticated city wrapped up in small-town charm. Do ALL of this with your furry family member by your side. Here’s a list of pet-friendly places in Holland. 

If a stop at a Michigan winery is on your summer to-do list, bring your pup to Round Barn Winery in Baroda. In addition to a variety of hand-crafted wines, this brewery and distillery also produces microbrews, vodka, and fruit brandies. Dogs are allowed on the grounds to explore with you, though they are not allowed in the buildings.

Take your dog for a walk on over 1,000 acres of beautiful undeveloped woods and sand dunes at Grand Mere State Park. With 985 acres of hiking trails, over 1 mile of Lake Michigan beach for sunbathing and swimming. Your pup can enjoy the day with you while on a leash within the beach and swimming area. Norman F. Kruse State Park in Muskegon is another option for a day at the beach with your furry best friend.

Metro Detroit

Start the morning with a walk along the scenic Detroit Riverfront, which is a beautiful place to walk dogs and meet with other dog owners. Stop in at a local bakery so Fido can fuel up with some homemade tasty treats. For example, the Bow Wow Bake Shoppe in Grosse Pointe Woods offers healthy and scrumptious cupcakes, biscuits, cakes and more all freshly baked daily just for dogs.

Photo courtesy of Anton Ochss

Head up the pet-friendly Dequindre Cut toward Eastern Market to shop around for the latest and greatest in pet supplies at Detroit’s newest urban pet supply store, 3 Dogs 1 Cat 4 Detroit. The store offers trendy, stylish and quality merchandise, from food and treats to popular accessories.

Several Detroit-area hotels and motels welcome pets including the Holiday Inn Express Detroit, the Westin Southfield and the Quality Inn – Troy. Click for a full list of pet-friendly hotels in metro Detroit.

These are just a few places that cater to pampered pets on vacation. Use the list to find more dog-friendly attractions and accommodations in Michigan.

Do you know any other pet-friendly attractions in Michigan? Tell us! 

17 Ways To Use The Year’s First Vacation Days On A Pure Michigan Snow Day

New year, new you, right? Except it still feels the same. More Mondays, more meetings, more gazing out the window thinking, “I wish I was out there skiing right now. Have we even taken the kids sledding this season? Maybe they’ll cancel work tomorrow, like a snow day …”  Ha! Work is never cancelled (ever). 

But, psst! You’ve got vacation time, and you’ve worked hard to earn it! Don’t waste it waiting around.  Get out there and make those memories before the fluffy stuff is gone! Now’s the time to make your own #PureMichiganSnowDay happen when you Go Great Lakes Bay!

You + Yours

Photo Courtesy of Go Great Lakes Bay

“Honey, let’s get away together, just you and me.”

Say these magical words to your significant other, and watch how fast this #PureMichiganSnowDay can snowball! Live it up and cozy up, too – opportunities for snow day smiles and snuggles are just around the corner:

Let Nature Soothe You: The soft crunch of snow underfoot will put you and yours in sync on a free, guided snowshoe hike at Midland’s Chippewa Nature Center.

Feel Exhilarated: Ski or snowboard down the The Ski Slopes At Apple Mountain Resort together in Freeland, and yell it out together: “B’bye work meetings, hello snow day!”  Afterward, cozy up for a cup of hot cocoa and a bite to eat at Kathleen’s Apple Mountain, while you watch other skiiers hit the slopes!

Enjoy the Warmth: Stare into each other’s eyes while wine tasting at Frankenmuth’s St. Julian Winery, share good times during a free tour at Frankenmuth Brewery, or lounge in overstuffed leather chairs and play footsie by the roaring fire at Whine in Midland. You and yours will be rested and ready … for another #PureMichiganSnowDay!

Family Q Time 

Photo Courtesy of Go Great Lakes Bay

“School, work, dinner, baths, bed, repeat. There’s got to be more to family life than this!”

Oh, there’s more-so much more! Break the routine, and declare a #PureMichiganSnowDay! Then grab your phone to forever capture the look on the kids’ faces when you say: We’re going to …

Splash Village! Zehnder’s Splash Village Hotel and Waterpark is 50,000 square-feet of “we needed this”! With a six-story, family raft ride and super loop, lazy river, indoor arcade, two spacious hot tubs (and, ahem, memorable Bloody Marys for the oh-so-deserving parents), and much more, the whole family is sure to have the BEST SNOW DAY EVER!

Toboggan together! Sled until little hearts are content at City Forest in Midland, rent a toboggan ($6/hour) for a whole new experience, or maybe even cross-country ski the .6 mile groomed trail. Pack a thermos of hot cocoa, and simply enjoy!

Aftershock! When you go to Midland’s new indoor trampoline extravaganza, please let us know one thing: Who had more fun, the kids or the adults?! (Psst! Aftershock runs daily specials, including Dollar Jump Night on the first Tuesday of each month.)

Go mini-golfing! The Family Fun Center at Bavarian Inn Lodge has an indoor, 18-hole miniature golf course, four indoor pools, two waterslides, and a 15-foot waterfall to play in! Family fun center, indeed!

See the stars! Winter stargazing sounds cool … like burr! But you can beat the winter chill at Delta College Planetarium and still discover astronomical fun on your snow day! Check out “Led Zeppelin”, January 23 – April 30, for rock sounds and laser lights.

Adventure Bound

Photo Courtesy of Go Great Lakes Bay

“The walls are closing in! Must. Get. Outside.”

Feeling suffocated, adventure enthusiasts? Outdoor-induced adrenaline and blood-pumping experiences await – just take a #PureMichiganSnowDay, and they’re all yours!

Hit The Trails: The rail trails, that is! Plans are in action to eventually connect the Saginaw Valley Rail Trail, Midland County Pere Marquette Rail Trail and Bay County Riverwalk and Rail Trail into The Great Lakes Bay Regional Trail, but each are currently multi-use meccas for walking, running, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and even fat tire biking! (Want to know more about fat tire winter biking? Go to the gurus at Jack’s Bicycle Shop in Bay City, and ask about their guided bike tours!)

Drop a Line: In the Saginaw Bay, of course! Local ice fisherman know that our freshwaters are full of hot spots for good eats of the walleye, perch, bass and catfish-kind! (Need gear? Little Forks Outfitters in Midland; staff might even have hints about lucky spots …) Before you get here, brush up on our recent Saginaw Bay Icefishing post from local guest blogger Tom Bennett for even more insider tips on uncovering those high-yield icefishing honeyholes.

Shred it Up: Strap on a set of skis or a snowboard, and hit The Ski Slopes at Apple Mountain! Check for their Cool Deals before you go!

Now that you’re well-versed in all the ways to sled, ski, snowshoe (and, yes, even swim!) your way past the winter blues with the perfect Pure Michigan Snow Day, be sure to share your adventures out into the fluffy white beyond using #PureMichiganSnowDay and #GoGreatLakesBay on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook!  You can even enter Pure Michigan’s Show Us Your Snow Day Dance contest on Instagram using #MISnowDayDance!

Guest Blogger - Wainwright O'Deay

Guest Blogger: Jen Wainwright O’Deay

Jen is a freelance writer in Bridgeport, Mich. She specializes in creating effective connection through marketing communications copy, feature articles and content/blog posts. You can find her camping with her family or reading Thoreau.