31 of the Best Fall Festivals in Michigan for 2023


Celebrate Autumn With Fall Festivals in Michigan

In addition to sweater weather, football games, and apple picking, fall festivals in Michigan are one of the most delightful fall activities we have to look forward to.

Look carefully, and you’ll find unique harvest festival celebrations popping up everywhere.

The rodeo at Charlotte’s Frontier Days, the gigantic bonfire at Iron River’s celebration, and the pumpkin smashing drama at Pond Hill Farm (Harbor Springs) just scratch the surface of what’s planned for September and October in Michigan.

Best Fall Festivals in Michigan

1 – Charlotte Frontier Days

September 6-10, 2023
Eaton County Fairgrounds • 1025 S Cochran Ave, Charlotte, MI 48813

Charlotte Frontier Days highlights include the Michigan High School Rodeo, a parade with novel entries like the Dancing Deputies, great party fun at the Charlotte Frontier Days Saloon, bed races, cornhole, and lots of other fall events. details

Charlotte Frontier Days Rodeo
Charlotte Frontier Days Rodeo

2 – Plymouth Fall Festival

September 8-10, 2023
Downtown Plymouth, Michigan

The Plymouth Fall Festival is a community staple and includes favorites like the Chicken Dinner, Craft Show, Car Show, Pet Show, Carnival, and more. details

Plymouth Fall Festival at night
Plymouth Fall Festival

3 – Michigan Donut & Cider Fest

September 9-10, 2023
Canterbury Village • 2325 Joslyn Ct, Lake Orion, MI 48360

Get those tastebuds ready the yummiest of fall festivals! Donut, cider and food vendors are loading up their best treats for you to try. Live music, a farmer’s market, pony rides and more will be onsite, too. details

4 – Apple & BBQ Festival • Silver Lake Sand Dunes

September 8-9, 2023
Golden Township Park • 8711 W Silver Lake Road, Mears, MI 49436

This is one of the fall festivals in Michigan for you if you like freshly baked apple pies, classic autos, and good old-fashioned barbecue. But first, work up an appetite at the Apple A Day 5k Run. The Fresh Apple Market and Craft Show, Beer Tent, Live Entertainment and Children’s Activities round out the fun. detailsmore about Silver Lake Sand Dunes

Apple & BBQ Festival

5 – Frankenmuth Oktoberfest

September 14 – 17, 2023
Heritage Park • 601 Weiss St, Frankenmuth, MI 48734

With Frankenmuth’s unique German heritage and culture, the Frankenmuth Oktoberfest strives to preserve the sights and sounds of the Munich Oktoberfest.  The event features authentic entertainment, dancing, Oktoberfest souvenirs, various food selections, and authentic Hofbrauhaus Oktoberfest beer. Tickets are $10.00 per person per day. Kids 15 & under FREE; Sunday is FREE All Day. details

Frankenmuth Octoberfest
Frankenmuth Octoberfest

This year, ArtPrize is from September 14 – October 1, 2023

While not a fall-themed festival, ArtPrize is a huge art festival on Michigan’s west side that you won’t want to miss.

6 – St. John Applefest

September 14-17, 2023
St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church • 600 N Adelaide St, Fenton, MI 48430

What began as a small parish ethnic festival 45 years ago has grown into the area’s largest autumn festival. Held on the grounds of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Fenton, Applefest is a community event that draws families from throughout the tri-county area. Fireworks, food trucks, games, entertainment, apple pie contest, carnival rides, and more. details

St. John Applefest
St. John Applefest

7 – Romulus Pumpkin Festival

September 15 – 17, 2023
Romulus Historical Park • 11147 Hunt St, Romulus, MI 48174

The annual Pumpkin Festival in Romulus is a 3-day event that starts on the 3rd Friday in September, beginning with the Parade of Lights. Music, food, crafts, and games fill the streets during the festival. Great for all ages. Classic Car Show & Craft Show, too. details

Parade of Lights Romulus Pumpkin Festival
Parade of Lights at the Romulus Pumpkin Festival

8 – Paul Bunyan Days, Oscoda, MI

September 15 – 17, 2023
Furtaw Field • 4986-4998 N State St, Oscoda, MI 48750

Celebrate Big Paul at this Lumberjack Festival! Events include a Chainsaw carver competition, Family Fun Tyme Amusement rides, a beard contest, pie eating contest, sawdust coin dig, and corn hole tournament. details

Paul Bunyan Days, Oscoda MI
Paul Bunyan Days, Oscoda MI

Check out the Fall colors along the AuSable River, near Oscoda.

Set your GPS for Lumberman’s Monument and enjoy!

9 – Howard City Harvest Festival

September 16, 2023
Various Locations • Howard City, MI 49329

The Howard City Harvest Festival happens annually on the 3rd Saturday in September in the small town of Howard City, MI 49329. A parade, fireworks, inflatables, midway carnival, and lots of activities are planned for this year’s fall festival. details

Howard City Harvest Festival Michigan
Howard City Harvest Festival in Michigan

10 – Fall Fest in St. Joseph MI

September 16, 2023
Lake Bluff Park • Lake Blvd, St Joseph, MI 49085

Although on the smaller side of fall festivals, attendees will still enjoy the festive atmosphere. Animals from the Critter Barn, Balloon Twisters, and the Great Pumpkin Festival are the main attractions. Free. details

St. Joseph Fall Festival petting zoo
St. Joseph Fall Festival petting zoo

11 – Big Bay Fall Fest

September 23, 2023
Charles E. Draver Park • Hoffman St, Big Bay, MI 49808 • Upper Peninsula

Welcome to the third annual Big Bay Fall Fest. This outdoor festival brings together artists, local eats, and live music. Cornhole tournament, too. details

12 – Rockford’s 47th Annual Harvest Fest

September 22-24, 2023
Downtown Rockford, MI

Visit the Annual Harvest Fest in Rockford for fall family activities including a classic car show, hay rides, entertainment, food and craft vendors, and more. details

Rockford Fall Festival kid with cello
Rockford Fall Festival

13 – Michigan Apple Fest in Sparta

September 15-16, 2023
194 E Division St, Sparta, MI 49345

Michigan Apple Fest features all kinds of apple-themed fun! Apple peeling contest, apple slingshot contest, hard apple cider cocktails, chain saw carver, beer garden, cornhole tournament – to name just a few! This family-oriented event celebrates the harvest of fresh fruits and vegetables grown on “the Ridge” near Sparta, Michigan, the heart of Apple country. details

Apple Slingshot Michigan Apple Fest
Apple Slingshot at the Michigan Apple Fest

14 – Oktoberfest Grand Rapids

September 29-30, 2023
Riverside Park • 2001 Monroe Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505

Oktoberfest Grand Rapids is an annual event featuring real German bier, German bands, all kinds of games, and root beer for kids. details

Oktoberfest Grand Rapids keg rolling
Keg Rolling at Oktoberfest Grand Rapids

15 – Clinton Fall Festival

September 22 – 24, 2023
Village of Clinton • 119 East Michigan Ave., Clinton, MI 49236

The Clinton Fall Festival is back this year and loaded with fall fun. Live entertainment, a kid zone, fair food, and a carnival with rides will get you started. Ride the train to Tecumseh, watch the parade, go to the car show, see artisans demonstrating lost arts, and shop the craft show before the Grand Parade on Sunday. details

Clinton Fall Festival Michigan
Clinton Fall Festival

16 – Michigan Fall Festival 2023

September 23 – 24, 2023
Canterbury Village • 2359 Joslyn Ct, Orion Twp, MI 48360

Welcome fall with fresh cider and donuts from Yates Cider Mill, classic kids games throughout the weekend including pumpkin bowling and pumpkin tic-tac-toe. Lots of other activities like the hay bale pyramid, pumpkin decorating, bounce houses, petting zoo, and more. 

Kids can participate in a costume contest hosted both days at 4 pm and your furry dog friends can also participate in a Dog Parade and costume contest hosted at 2 pm both days as well. Enjoy various food options, music, and much more as you celebrate fall! details

Haybale pyramid at Michigan fall festival
Hay bale pyramid at Michigan Fall Festival

17 – 8th Annual Harvest & Haunt Fall Festival

September 30, 2023
Klint Safford Memorial RV Park • 50 E Genesee St, Iron River, MI 49935

Harvest & Haunt is a fall and music festival and is a free, family-friendly event featuring live music, kids’ games, and crafts, Trick-or-Treating route in the “haunted” campground, a spectacular bonfire, and a beer tent for the adult ghouls and boys. A family-friendly festival featuring FREE kids’ games & crafts, FREE cotton candy & popcorn, FREE trick-or-treating our Haunted Campground, vendor & business booths, live music, beer tent, Cornhole Tournament and the ever-impressive Harvest & Haunt Bonfire. details

Harvest & Haunt Fall Festival
Harvest & Haunt Fall Festival Bonfire

18 – Pond Hill Farm Fall Fest Weekends

Sat & Sun Oct 1 – Oct 29, 2023
5699 S Lake Shore Dr, Harbor Springs, MI 49740

Hayrides, pumpkin patch, cider & donuts, giant pumpkins, animals, pumpkin bowling, pumpkin smashing, bounce houses, beer, cider & wine tasting, pizza, chili, brats & more! details

Fall Festivals in Michigan: Pond Hill Farm Fall Fest Harbor Springs
Pumpkin Smashing at Pond Hill Farm Fall Fest

19 – South Lyon Area Pumpkinfest

September 20 – October 1, 2023
W Lake St & N Lafayette St
Downtown South Lyon • South Lyon, MI 48178

The Annual Pumpkinfest Parade is back this year! Enjoy the scarecrow contest, craft show, food, music, live music, inflatables, and lots of games (can you diffuse the bomb in the escape room?) Ultimate Air Dogs, The Pumpkin Carving Guy, Biergarten, and of course the hay bale mountain of pumpkins in the center of town. details

South Lyon Area Pumpkinfest
South Lyon Area Pumpkinfest

20 – Hillsdale County Fair

September 24 – 30, 2023

Since opening the fairgrounds in 1851, Hillsdale County Fair has become a must-see destination for people all over the Hillsdale area. They offer top-of-the-line entertainment services for everyone to enjoy. details

21 – Four Flags Area Apple Festival

September 28 – October 1, 2023
1740 Lake St, Niles, MI 49120

This 4-day festival is how Southwest Michigan celebrates the area’s apple harvest. Parades, carnival rides, food vendors, contests, free entertainment, and more make this a destination for fall lovers. details

Four Flags Area Apple Festival
Four Flags Area Apple Festival

22 – Flushing Harvest Festival

October 7, 2023
Downtown Flushing • Main St, Flushing, MI 48433

Flushing’s Main Street is lined with homemade scarecrows created by community members and businesses, and prizes are awarded to the top three scarecrows. Other activities include an apple pie baking contest, pie eating contest, chalk art contest, beard contest, and chili cookoff, along with local entertainment, dance shows, pumpkin painting, arts/crafts, and more! details

23 – Onekama Fall Festival

October 7, 2023

The Onekama Fall Festival takes place every year in Village Park with lots of free activities and fun! Featuring scarecrows, hay rides, pumpkin decorating and more. This event is fun for the whole family! details

24 – Great Fall Festival

September 30 – October 1, 2023
Maybury Farm • 50165 8 Mile Rd Northville, MI 48168

This weekend festival features live music, activities, games, demonstrations and a tractor drawn wagon ride. You can also enjoy delicious eats & treats from one of the visiting food trucks. Browse inside the General Store for beverages, old time candy & other snacks. details

Northville, MI Maybury Farm
Maybury Farm

25 – Zeeland Pumpkinfest

October 6 – 7, 2023
Downtown Zeeland, MI

This 2-day festival is has been celebrating fall for over 30 years. Zeeland’s Pumpkinfest pulls out all the fall stops with food, music, kids activities, a parade, and more. details

Zeeland Pumpkinfest Fall Festival
Zeeland Pumpkinfest Fall Festival

26 – Annual Tecumseh Appleumpkin Festival

October 14 – 15, 2023
Downtown Tecumseh • Tecumseh, MI 49286

Bring the whole gang to enjoy the midway rides & carnival games. Continue the rush by signing up for helicopter rides or monster truck rides. The Antique Street Fair and Flea Market will keep you captivated for hours. The Arts & Crafts Show brings wonderfully handcrafted creations into Tecumseh. Look for live entertainment, fair food vendors, and an antique tractor show, too.

Plus: Tecumseh’s Appleumpkin Festival is held in conjunction with Kapnick Orchards Apple Festival. You can take a short drive out to the apple orchard and enjoy fresh apples, cider, and donuts. Wagon rides, a petting zoo, and over 80 craft booths are just some of the highlights at the Kapnick Orchards Apple Festival. details

_Tecumseh's Appleumpkin Festival  Michigan
Tecumseh Appleumpkin Festival

27 – MSU Tollgate Farm Pumpkinfest

October 7 – 8, 2023
MSU Tollgate Farm • 28115 Meadowbrook Rd, Novi, MI 48377

Come, take a wagon ride to the pumpkin patch to pick your perfect pumpkin. Food, music, farm animals, educational exhibits, and children’s activities all make for a fun fall outing for all ages.

Enjoy the beautiful setting of this historical 160 acre farm. Lots of educational exhibits, music, children’s Strawland, and many other children’s activities are free of charge. Tickets can be purchased for select activities. details

28 – Tuscola County Pumpkin Festival

October 5 – 8, 2023
Tuscola County Fairgrounds • 188 Park Dr, Caro, MI 48723

This four-day festival attracts 50,000 visitors each year. The fair is full of great events like Pumpkin Pie Eating Contest, Hometown Idol, Pumpkin Derby, Children’s Biathlon, Face Painting, Strut with a Mutt, Parades and lot of opportunities to buy Pumpkin Pies! Local elementary school kids enter a pumpkin decorating contest. Their pumpkins are put on display and judged in one of five categories. In addition, a Grand Pumpkin is also on display with the royal court. details

_The Grand Pumpkin Tuscola County Pumpkin Festival  Michigan
Tuscola County Pumpkin Festival Grand Pumpkin

29 – St Clair County Farm Museum Pumpkin Fest

Saturday & Sunday October 7 – 29, 2023
St Clair County Farm Museum • 8310 County Park Dr, Goodells, MI 48027

Take a ride to the farm’s pumpkin patch, pick a pumpkin and enjoy a fall day at the museum!
You will find corn stalks, pumpkins, Indian corn, sunflowers and gourds for sale.
Each ride is $4 per person. details

30 – Charlevoix Apple Festival

October 13 – 15, 2023
Downtown Charlevoix, MI

Celebrate the fall harvest at Charlevoix’s annual Apple Festival. This annual celebration gives you the chance to enjoy freshly harvested apples and other fall products. details

Charlevoix Apple Fest
Charlevoix Apple Fest

31 – Apple Butter Festival

October 21 & 22, 2023
Fenner Nature Center • 2020 E Mt Hope Ave, Lansing, MI 48910

At this festival, you can look forward to authentic apple butter, local music, olde-time games, fall activities, historical crafts, cultural and traditional artisan demonstrations, and more. Join in and share, learn about and celebrate our Michigander heritage. details

Apple Butter Festival
Apple Butter Festival

Fall Festivals in Michigan – West Michigan Edition

West Michigan travelers have lots of great celebrations to choose from every fall. Here are our faves.

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