2022 Michigan October Events Guide: Fall Festivals and Things to Do in Michigan This Weekend
Don’t Miss These Fun October Events
If you’re like us, you know that October is the best time of the year to celebrate. Summer may be over, but the fun is just heating up.
No matter where you are in Michigan, everywhere you look you’ll find something fun to do: Fall harvest festivals, apple orchards, cider mills, pumpkin patches, corn mazes fall color tours, haunted houses, chili-cook-offs and more.
Whether you’re looking to take a road trip to see the gorgeous fall foliage, a family friendly day trip or just looking for a getaway, check out our list of 2021 October Events In Michigan.
We’re sharing some of our favorite things to do in Michigan in October below. Use the table of contents to go directly to a specific area.
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Favorite October Events in Michigan
Charlevoix Apple Festival
What better way to celebrate the fall harvest than in Charlevoix the Beautiful with Lake Michigan as a backdrop? You’ll find a bustling farmer’s market with locally-grown pumpkins, mums, squash, jam, maple syrup, pies, bagels, mustard, crepes, cider, honey, meats, eggs, soups, a variety of baked goods, and more- whew! You’ll also find booths offering hot foods and an arts and crafts show, a great chance to stock up on holiday gifts for everyone on your shopping list.
Monster Jam Triple Threat
Van Andel Arena
Grand Rapids MI
Featuring some of the most intense athletes of Monster Jam, Grand Rapids fans will witness a fierce battle contending in customized high-powered vehicles: Monster Jam Speedsters, Monster Jam ATVs and of course, the iconic Monster Jam trucks sure to leave fans on the edge of their seats.
Michigan Antique and Collectible Festival
Springfield Oaks County Park
12451 Andersonville Rd
Davisburg, MI 48350
You’ll find a selection of antique dealers, vintage finds, shabby chic artists spread out in five buildings, featuring unique and one of a kind items ranging from vintage jewelry, refinished antique furniture, shabby chic, industrial items, vintage postwar and prewar signage, and countless other treasures.
Ghosts of Lighthouse Point
Marquette Maritime Museum and Lighthouse
Hear ghost stories and more during this walking tour of Marquette’s historic lighthouse. Wear comfy shoes: you’ll be climbing up 45 steps to the lighthouse.
Mackinac Island (Samhain) Halloween
Have fun with the kids Trick or Treating downtown, Haunts of Mackinac Tour and then gear up for some great grown up Halloween parties at the downtown pubs. The Island shops work hard to clear out their inventory with great discounts and sales. Be sure to browse on Main Street, Market Street and at the shops at Grand Hotel. This makes a perfect weekend to skip out on Black Friday and get a head start on holiday shopping.
Official Halloween Bar Crawl Detroit LIVE!
Put on your coolest or scariest costumes and join the Official Halloween Bar Crawl in Detroit. The event kicks off in Greektown and there is an entrance fee with wristbands. Your wristband includes free entrance to more than 5 bars; up to 50% off drinks; up to 25% off food and more Halloween fun.
Scarecrow Fest Dog Weekend
Frankenmuth River Place Shops
925 S Main St
This family-friendly AND dog-friendly weekend-long event includes all sorts of fun activities including a pumpkin catapult; pumpkin bowling, an arts and crafts fair; rides on Grandpa Tiny’s barrel train and six shows by the Rock N Roll K9s Performance Team. You’ll also find a huge assortment of scarecrows on display for even more fun.
C4 is Northern Michigan’s largest comic book and pop entertainment expo. Located at the scenic Grand Traverse Resort, C4 is Northern Michigan’s perfect gathering of comic book creators, exhibitors, and fans. Connect with your favorite creators at a variety of panels. Meet up and coming talent in Artist’s Alley.
More Fun October Events in Michigan
Beulah Fall Fest
MSU Tollgate Farm Pumpkinfest
MSU Tollgate Farm and Education Center
28115 Meadowbrook Rd
Holland Fall Fest
Holland Downtown Development
150 W 8th St
Maybury State Park Great Fall Festival
50165 Eight Mile Rd
25th Annual Pumpkinfest
Grand Ledge Fall Festival at Island Park
206 W River St
Grand Ledge, MI
Fall Festival in the Woods
Hawk Woods Park and Campground
3799 Bald Mountain Rd
Auburn Hills, MI
4th Annual Southeast Michigan Beer Festival
22700 Huron River Dr
New Boston, MI
Tecumseh Appleumpkin Festival
Beerfest at the Ballpark
505 E Michigan Ave
Michigan Brewers Guild 12th Annual Detroit Fall Fest
2934 Russell St
316 S Main St
Ann Arbor, MI
Village of Clarkston
Village of Clarkston, MI
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October Fun: Michigan Apple Orchards and Cider Mills
It’s true that nothing signals autumn quite like the ripening of apples trees in a Michigan apple orchard. Add the sweet scent of cinnamon and apples filling the air and it’s just heavenly.
Here’s a list of some of our favorite Michigan Cider Mills and Apple Orchards.
Gull Meadow Farms
8544 Gull Rd
Richland, MI 49083
This orchard and farm market is truly extraordinary. It makes for a perfect day out with friends and it’s a haven to children and adults alike. With a bakery to die for and opportunities for picking pumpkins and apples, you may never forget your time at Gull Meadow Farms.
Uncle John’s Cider Mill
8614 North US 127
St. Johns, MI
Right smack in the middle of Michigan’s mitten is one of the state’s top family-fun destinations come autumn. Uncle John’s Cider Mill is a sprawling farm – apple orchard – cider mill – and more – set on the picturesque rolling hills of mid-Michigan in St. Johns.
Knaebe’s Apple Farm and Ciderworks
2621 S. Karsten Road
Rogers City, MI 49779
Let’s talk about the setting, first, because there’s nothing quite as beautiful as autumn in northern Michigan. Located north of Alpena and south of Mackinaw City in Rogers City, this family-owned apple orchard has stunning northeast Michigan as a backdrop.
11221 Munro Rd
Williamsburg, MI 49690
If you’re looking for a great place to experience “Up-North” Michigan in the fall, be sure and add Rennie Orchards to your list. Better yet, plan a fall weekend getaway around a visit to the stunningly gorgeous family-owned farm near Traverse City.
1850 Friday Rd,
Coloma, MI 49038
Want to experience an authentic, down-home Michigan farm in its naturally beautiful state? Then head to Jollay Orchards, a lovely little unassuming spot tucked away in southwest Michigan.
Nye’s Apple Barn
3151 Niles Road
St Joseph, MI 49085
Located on the way to beautiful Silver Beach in St. Joseph, Nye’s offers not only apples but most Michigan grown fruits and vegetables. Home-grown raspberries, sweet cherries, peaches, pears, plums, apples, grapes and vegetables are available in season, and other produce is provided by neighboring growers while in season.
5565 Merritt Rd
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
The oldest still-operating apple orchard in the state of Michigan, this quiet little spot comes alive in autumn. That’s when Wiard’s opens up their Apple Orchards and Cider Mill along with their wildly popular “Country Fair,” a fun festival of fall featuring corn maze, wagon rides, an animal farm, mini golf, play areas and so much more.
Michigan Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze Fun!
When the fall colors start to explode all around us, it’s time to head to the local farm or pumpkin patch. You’ll find more than pumpkin to pick and corn mazes to wander, too.
Farmers markets, pony rides, apple orchards, wagon rides and even petting zoos just some of the fun activities waiting for you to explore. Michigan corn mazes and pumpkin patches are curated for a special kind of fall celebration, and we can’t wait to show you around.
Fall Michigan Lighthouse Tours
With over 115 lighthouses, Michigan is home to more lighthouses than any other state – and nearly half are found on the Lake Michigan coast.
Even just along the Lake Michigan shoreline, you’ll find lighthouses of all kinds, ranging from bold red pierhead lights, tall columns that tower over the sandy beaches they guard, and even ones with keeper quarters attached (some of which are available for stays).
The Michigan fall color change, when the entire state lights up in a fiery display of red, yellow and orange is our favorite time of the year.
From Copper Harbor at the tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula to Port Austin over on Michigan’s thumb coast to the shores of Lake Macatawa in Holland, the fall foliage in Michigan is absolutely stunning. Whether you’re looking for driving tours, an itinerary for a day trip or simply a quick fall road trip, we’re sharing some our favorite spots to take in the beauty of Michigan in autumn here.
Please remember that we are not associated with any of these events or activities, however we do try and keep this list updated and current. However, changes can occur with times and dates. It is important for you to check with event organizers to ensure that this information is accurate.