Sip the juice of fresh-pressed apples and still-warm donuts at cider mills, taste the fruit of the vine along a wine trail, and raise a micro-brew at the growing number of artisan breweries. Beer lovers will want to be sure to check out the Detroit Fall Beer Festival at the city’s Eastern Market on October 22. Please your palate on a foodie tour to sample local and artisan-made goodies, from Great Lakes whitefish to savory pasties and breads warm from the oven, and handcrafted cheeses and chocolates. Check individual locations for entertainment and events, like the live music at The Round Barn Winery’s Jammin’ in the Vineyard each Saturday and Sunday through October.
Spend a day in the country air at a Michigan u-pick farm, where you can fill a bushel basket with apples from the orchard, climb aboard a wagon for a hayride, choose Jack-o’-lantern material from a pumpkin patch, and get lost in a corn maze.
Autumn festivals enliven the weekends, when pumpkins, apples, and scarecrows star in contests and displays. Taste samples of more than 30 varieties of Michigan’s largest fruit crop from area growers at the Apple Festival & Craft Show in Charlevoix October 14-16. During the 38th Apple Butter Festival, October 15-16 at Fenner Nature Center in Lansing, the aroma of the treat bubbling over an open fire mingles with the sounds of live music and chance to see pioneer craft demonstrations like quilting and lace and soap making. Pumpkins fly at the Punkin’ Chuckin’ October 15-16 at Wellington Farm, USA in Grayling, and farmers markets across the state offer the flavors of the season.