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Your Ultimate Guide to the Best Michigan Fall Festivals

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With autumn approaching, there’s a lot to look forward to: crisp air, leaves changing, football, and fall festivals! In Michigan fall festivals are the best way to celebrate the season. Pumpkins, stunning scenery, family fun, and much more are all on the schedule when autumn comes to the Great Lakes State. From the Art Coast to the Upper Peninsula, here’s your ultimate guide to the best fall festivals in Michigan.

Michigan Fall Festivals


Known as the Art Coast of Michigan, Saugatuck and the towns nearby are home to some of the best fall festivals in Michigan. In October, Downtown Saugatuck hosts its Fall Fun Days events, where families can enjoy games, food, and music, during this month-long celebration. In nearby Douglas, Beery Field will come alive at night during “Glow in the Park,” on October 26, 2018. Expect plenty of glow in the dark fun, halloween costumes, food, music, and more. Make sure you come back for the Douglas Nighttime Halloween Parade for Adults the next evening on October 27, 2018!

If you want to see Saugatuck’s artistic side this fall, don’t miss the Blue Coast Artists Fall Tour of Studios. This free event will take place on October 6-7, 2018, and allows attendees to see the best of the area’s art.

Just ten miles away from Saugatuck is Fennville, home of the Fennville Goose Festival. This year, from October 12-14, 2018, attendees can enjoy activities like a 5k race, car parade, carnival, live music, a beer tent, and food.

There’s more where those came from. Learn about other fall events in Saugatuck here.


Fall without a great apple festival is arguably not fall, no matter what the calendar says. Head to Charlevoix on October 12-14, 2018, and celebrate the unbeatable autumn-apple combination at the 40th Annual Apple Fest.


Enjoy shorter days and excuses to buy pumpkin beer at the 10th Annual Detroit Fall Beer Festival on October 26-27, 2018.

Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids might be Beer City, USA, but when fall comes around, its downtown also plays host to ArtPrize, a multi-week display and celebration of art. This year, it will take place from September 19-October 7, 2018.


Fall isn’t reserved solely for seasonal produce and hayrides (although we do love those) – it’s also a great to time to celebrate Michigan craft beer. Head to Marquette in the Upper Peninsula on September 8, 2018, for the U.P. Fall Beer Festival.


Few things signify the arrival of autumn better than pumpkins. Pies, jack-o-lanterns, overpriced coffee drinks – they’re all signs of the season. Take the family to the Zeeland Pumpkinfest on October 5-6, 2018, and enjoy everything pumpkin over this packed weekend that features games, music, a tractor pull, petting zoo, and more than we can fit in this blog.