2022 September Michigan BEST Events Calendar, Labor Day Weekend Things to Do, Fall Festivals, Art Prize and MORE! (2023)

2022 September Michigan BEST Events Calendar, Labor Day Weekend Things to Do, Fall Festivals, Art Prize and MORE! (1)

Michigan September Events Calendar and Things to Do in Michigan This Weekend

September in Michigan marks the end of summer and the start of a whole new season of fun.
It’s an exciting time, with fun Labor Day events (including the annual Mackinac Bridge Walk) happening all over the state.

It’s also time to bring on the fall, with changing leaves and bright foliage. There’s so mauch to do with Michigan cider mills and apple orchards in full swing, and sunflower fields

This transitional month is filled with plenty of fall activities from harvest festivals to art fairs yet maintains the good summer weather we’ve been enjoying for so long. Michigan in September is the perfect time to plan a trip, visit an apple orchard, or spend a day at a county fair.

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Here are some of the events in Michigan we’re looking forward to this September, just in time to help to plan your Michigan fall road trip or Michigan fall getaway!

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BEST Things to Do in Michigan on Labor Day Weekend and Michigan Events

About Labor Day

Labor Day pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers and is traditionally observed on the first Monday in September. It was created by the labor movement in the late 19th century and became a federal holiday in 1894. Here are some of our favorite things to do in Michigan on Labor Day!

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Things to Do on Labor Day Weekend in Michigan

  • Michigan State Fair in Novi, MI
    When: September 1 – 5
    Where: Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave, Novi, MI 48374
    Round out your summer at the Michigan State Fair. Hosted at the Suburban Collection Showplace during Labor Day weekend, the Michigan State Fair is the perfect place for a weekend out with the family. Enjoy fair foods, live music, and plenty of games and rides during the final days of beautiful summer weather.
  • Soaring Eagle Arts Beats & Eats
    When: September 2 – 5
    Where: Downtown Royal Oak, MI
    Royal Oak’s Arts Beats and Eats has been one of the state’s largest celebrations of art, music, food, and community for over 20 years. Connect with artists, enjoy live entertainment, and snack on something delicious from food vendors in downtown Royal Oak. Additional events and activities will also be available for all age ranges.
  • Detroit Jazz Festival
    When: September 2 – 5
    Where: In Hart Plaza and along Woodward, in Campus Martius Park, Detroit
    Since 1980 the Detroit Jazz Festival has brought people into the city to entertain and educate the public about Detroit’s rich history in jazz music. Despite its ever-growing popularity, the Detroit Jazz Festival has always been and remains free for visitors. Whether you’re a jazz fanatic yourself or you want to see what all the hype is about, the Detroit Jazz Festival is a fantastic and affordable way to spend your Labor Day weekend.
  • Romeo Peach Festival 2022
    When: September 2 – 6
    Where: Downtown Romeo, MI
    You’ll find a market, craft shows, carnival rides, run, food trucks, wine, music, and fireworks. This is an awesome September Michigan festival for the whole family; it’s very family-friendly.
  • DeBucks Sunflower Farm Sunflower Festival
    When: September 2 – 4
    Where: DeBucks Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch; 50240 Martz Rd, Belleville, MI 48111
    You’ll find 15 acres of beautiful sunflowers for – that’s equal to 15 football fields of flowers! Enjoy U-pick sunflowers, food and drinks, and spend the rest of the day playing on family fun attractions.
  • GrandCon Gaming Convention
    When: September 2 – 4
    Where: DeVos Place, Grand Rapids
    This September, GrandCon Gaming Convention invites all gaming enthusiasts to Grand Rapids for plenty of fun at DeVos Place. Here, several aspects of the hobby gaming industry and community are represented in one shared space. From board games to card games to file-playing games, this fun-for-all-ages show appeals to the gamer in everyone.
  • Michigan Bean Festival in Fairgrove
    When: September 2 – 5
    Where: Fairgrove, MI
    Fairgrove Bean Festival is Labor Day Weekend. Saturday afternoon Mud Bog, Sunday evening Demolition Derby by Unique Motor Sports, fireworks at 9:30 on Sunday night…Monday is the parade and Chicken BBQ…free bean soup every day, craft show, bingo and crowning of the Michigan Bean Queen

More Fun Michigan Labor Day Events and Things to Do

  • Harrisville Harmony Festival Weekend
    When: September 3 – 4
    Where: Downtown Harrisville, MI
    It is the biggest weekend in beautiful Harrisville on the shores of Lake Huron! Join hundreds of barbershop singers and Sweet Adelines in downtown Harrisville, where you’ll also find an arts and crafts fair featuring around 200 booths. You’ll find lots of great music, kids activities and more!
  • Algonac Art Fair
    When: September 3 – 4
    Where: Algonac Waterfront Park, 1130 St. Clair River Dr., Algonac, MI 48001
    The 50th Annual Algonac Art Fair is held in the Algonac City Park with the beautiful St. Clair River as a backdrop. You’ll find 100 varied artists and craftsmen at this juried art fair, as well as music, entertainment food vendors and a children’s creation station! The event also includes the Rumble on the River Car Show which is held on Saturday only.
  • Blake’s Sunflower Festival in Armada, MI
    When: September 3 – 5
    Where: Blake’s Orchard & Cider Mill, 17985 Armada Center Road, Armada, MI. September 2022 TBD
    Stroll through the Sunflowers at Blake’s Annual Sunflower Festival. Shop from 100+ artisans, enjoy a short walk to the sunflower fields to cut your own sunflowers and enjoy endless photo opportunities. Admission to the festival includes more than 100 artisans featuring handcrafted products; free classes, speakers and demonstrations on topics such as natural wellness, aromatherapy, farming and gardening, benefits of local honey and more; DIY make and take workshops with real sunflowers; U-pick sunflowers, wild flowers, fruits, and vegetables.
  • Skip’s European Farmers Market in New Buffalo
    When: September 3
    Where: 16710 Lake Shore Rd, New Buffalo, MI 49117
    A stroll among the vendors is a new discovery each week, whether one is searching for the freshest herb for a new recipe, cut flowers for a table arrangement, coffee, organic produce, cheeses, pastries, breads, Italian sausages, hand-trimmed restaurant-grade beef, meat rubs, jams, jellies, salsas, art, jewelry, clothing and more. The market is varied and changes weekly, with Mother Nature always helping change the scenery.
  • Franklin’s Art in the Village Fine Arts Show and Round Up
    When: September 5
    Where: Franklin, MI
    This favorite Michigan fall festival combines a juried art show with a fun, family-friendly Labor Day carnival featuring giant inflatables, a parade, clowns, pony rides, an antique auto show, petting farm and more!
  • Bell’s Beer Copper Harbor Trails Fest
    When: September 2 – 4
    Where: Downtown Copper Harbor in the Keweenaw Peninsula
    The annual Labor Day Weekend event features races, music, beer, and good times on Saturday and Sunday! This all-ages event has something for everyone, whether you’re a cross-country lover, blazing-fast downhiller, enduro expert, sure-footed trail runner, or aspiring young ripper.
  • Tawas Bay Annual Labor Day Arts and Craft Show
    When: September 3 – 4
    Where: Shoreline Park in Tawas City
    Gorgeous Tawas Bay is the setting for this arts and crafts show, where you can stroll through over 130 booths of hand‑crafted items.

What Is There to Do on Labor Day Weekend in Michigan?

  • Port Austin Art in the Park
    When: September 3 – 4
    Where: Gallup Park, 271 West State Street, Port Austin, MI 48467
    This juried art show in Port Austin on Labor Day weekend offers something for everyone. Artwork includes glass, photography, wood, watercolor, oils, acrylics, pottery, jewelry, wearable art, ornamental bird houses, iron works, fibers and more.
  • Thumb Fest Lexington
    When: September 3
    Where: Downtown Lexington
    This free acoustic festival features 12 stages (jam sites, workshops, community sings), arts & crafts vendors, food trucks.
  • Toy Haven Toy Show
    When: September 3
    Where: Holland Civic Center Place, 150 W. 8th Street, Holland, MI
    Annual toy show! Come and shop for toys of all kinds, comics, and even support local artists and authors! Doors open at 10, and the event runs until 5! Adult tickets are $5.00 and kids 11 and under are always free! A nice day to come downtown Holland, and see all of the fun toys!
  • A Festival of Oddities
    When: September 3
    Where: Courthouse Square Museum, 100 West Lawrence Avenue, Charlotte, MI 48813
  • Visit the Marketplace featuring over 100 of the state’s most talented artists and makers. Visit Food Truck Row for a wide variety of delicious cuisine from all over The Mitten. Stop by the Kitten Tent hosted by Saved by Zade and adopt a new furry family member. Play vintage carnival games to raise money for the Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan.
  • Ludington’s 5th Annual Floatilla
    When: September 5
    Where: Pere Marquette Lake in Ludington, MI
    Boats will congregate on Pere Marquette Lake and parade around the harbor to bid farewell to the summer of 2022. Decorations, lights,and costumes are encouraged.
  • Holland/ Zeeland Labor Day Truck Parade
    When: September 5
    Where: Holland Civic Center Place, 150 W. 8th Street, Holland, MI
  • Labor Day Blue Star Bridge Walk in Saugatuck
    When: September 5
    Where: South Side of Blue Star Bridge, Douglas, MI
    Be a part of 24 years of tradition. Bring your family, friends, pets and dress to impress. Crazy hats, costumes, instruments, flags, motivational signs, etc. are strongly encouraged. Starting at 9:30 am from the. It’s a .19k walk. Join us or watch from the sidewalk along the bridge. Saugatuck is a fabulous place to celebrate summer vacation season coming to close.
  • Mackinac Bridge Walk
    When: September 5
    Where: Mackinaw CIty and St. Ignace
    The annual Mackinac Bridge Walk on Labor Day is a well-known tradition in Michigan. Thousands of people take this opportunity to cross the Mighty Mack like they never have before, starting from either St. Ignace or Mackinaw City. Participants are permitted to walk halfway and turn around to return to their starting point but walking the full way across if you’re able is simply unbeatable.
  • Labor Fest
  • When: September 5; 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Where: Downtown Grand Rapids at Rosa Parks Circle.
  • FREE All Day Admission to the Grand Rapids Art Museum, Live Music, Food Trucks, Labor Exhibits, Beer Tent, FREE Fun Things for the Kids, Classic American Made Auto “Show & Shine” Car Show, Arts & Craft Vendors

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What is There to Do in Southeast Michigan in September?

  • “Heroes & Villains: The Art of the Disney Costume”
    When: June 25 – Jan. 1, 2023
    Where: Henry Ford Museum, Dearborn
    This amazing exhibit at The Henry Ford Museum features 70 original pieces, including ball gowns, sorcerers’ capes, military uniforms, tiaras, and of course glass slippers, the exhibition explores the vision, process, and craft used to create the costumes worn by some of the biggest names in entertainment.
  • Lil Nas X – Long Live Montero Concert
    When: September 6
    Where: The Fillmore
  • Plymouth Fall Festival
    When: September 9 -1 1
    Where: Downtown Plymouth, MI
    Head to downtown Plymouth for one of the top fall festivals in the state! This fun event offers something for everyone, with booths, carnival rides, a car show, an arts and craft show, entertainment and much more in Kellogg Park and along the downtown streets. This is a top Michigan fall event– don’t miss it!
  • Arts and Apples Festival in Rochester
    When: September 9 – 11
    Where: Downtown Rochester, MI
    This family-friendly event transforms the 30-acre Rochester Municipal Park into one of the nation’s top fine art fairs bringing together over 200 art exhibitors, a wide range of food trucks and tents, live entertainment, and art activity stations across the three-day weekend.
  • Barktoberfest
    When: September 10 – 11
    Where: Memorial Park, 31100 Woodward Avenue Royal Oak, MI
    A fall festival for dogs and their people, Barktoberfest is centered around locally-brewed craft beer and music, this is the most dog-friendly event in town! Barktoberfest encourages you to leash up your pooch pal and come out to enjoy a locally brewed beer, food and live music while you browse vendor booths with everything from pet-related products to locally made crafts to bottlecap creations and cool wearables for craft beer collectors. Dogs can compete in the Howl-a-ween Costume Contest, Weiner Dog Race, and More.
  • North American International Auto Show
    When: September 14 – 25
    Where: Huntington Place, Detroit, MI
    Each year, the North American International Auto Show comes to Detroit and each year it’s better than ever. This is one of the largest automobile shows in the country, drawing in people from across the world to participate. Among high-end muscle and sports cars, visitors can also expect to see the debut of concept vehicles coming in the near future.
  • Stevie Nicks Concert
    When: September 13
    Where: DTE Energy Music Theater in Clarkston
  • Metro Beach Boat Show
    When: September 15 – 18
    Where: Lake St. Clair Metropark, 31300 Metro Parkway, Harrison Township, MI.
    Browse the latest in boats, motors, accessories and outdoor products along the waterfront at Lake St. Clair Metropark.
  • Troy Family Daze Festival
    When: September 15 – 18
    Where: Troy, MI
    Enjoy a huge carnival midway, live entertainment, chili cook off, children’s area, and Saturday night fireworks at the annual celebration of Troy.
  • Northville Victorian Heritage Festival
    When: September 16 – 18
    Where: Downtown Northville
    This fun festival in beautiful downtown Northville celebrates the rich history and small town charm of the Northville community.
  • Festival of the Senses
    When: September 24
    Where: Clinton Township, MI
    This two-day art festival celebrates all mediums features over 100 artists and specialty food vendors, as well as performances by local entertainers.
  • Erebus Haunted Attraction
    When: September 23-November 5
    Where: Erebus, 18 S Perry St, Pontiac, MI 48342
    For some, Halloween can’t come soon enough, and Erebus in Pontiac is happy to provide scares as early as September 23. Enter with caution – this is widely regarded as Michigan’s scariest haunted house and one of the scariest haunts in the country. Erebus is hugely popular for major Halloween enthusiasts and best suited for the bravest souls.
  • Brides Day Bridal Show
    When: September 25
    Where: Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave, Novi, MI
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What is There to Do in West Michigan in September?

  • Crane’s Orchard Cider Fest
    When: September 10
    Where: Cranes Orchard, 6054 124th Ave, Fennville, MI 49408
    Come Saturday September 10 from 12pm-5pm for Crane’s Cider Fest! There will be an afternoon of food, wine and hard cider, games, prizes, hayrides, and much more.
  • Lumberjack Day & Lumberjack Breakfast
    When: September 17
    Where: Historic White Pine Village– 1687 S. Lakeshore Dr., Ludington
    Enjoy a Lumberjack Breakfast of flapjacks, sausage, and hashbrowns then take in the history of Mason County settlers by touring the village. Cost is $20 for Adults, $18 for Seniors, $16 for Children ages 4-13, and free for Children under age 4.
  • Beer On The Boat
    When: September 24
    Where: The Star of Saugatuck
    Join the Star of Saugatuck for a 90-minute cruise while a rep from the featured brewery provides samples and information on a selection of their brews. 21 years and older.
  • Artisans Weekend at the Square
    When: September 24
    Where: 313 N. Cass Street, Berrien Springs, MI
    Join the BCHA as we celebrate the historic and traditional arts that shaped our lives both past and present. Two days of demonstrations, vendors, and more will let you discover the skills that are still alive today!
  • Allegan Antiques Market September Show
    When: September 25
    Where: Allegan Antique Market
    Welcome to Allegan Antiques Market, Michigan’s Finest Antique Show featuring hundreds of quality dealers in every field of antiques and collectibles.

Things to Do This Weekend West Michigan

  • Art Prize
    When: September 15 – October 2
    Where: Grand Rapids, MI
    Art Prize is an independent international art competition that occurs in Grand Rapids every year. During this time, downtown Grand Rapids is transformed into a haven for art, with works in every available space. Guests are invited to join the city in celebrating and awarding the work of artists in all mediums from across the world.
  • Ghosts of Grand Rapids Downtown Historic Walking Tour
    When: September 10 and September 24
    Where: Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
    Although walking tours that highlight the haunted history of Grand Rapids are available year-round, the fall is the best time to schedule one. Make an appointment in September to get a jump start on spooky season activities without the scheduling challenges that come in October.
  • Michigan Irish Music Festival
    When: September 15 – 18
    Where: Downtown Muskegon MI
  • Irish festivities aren’t only for St. Patrick’s Day! This month the Irish Music Festival returns to Heritage Landing in Muskegon. Grab a pint at The Pub and dance an Irish jig to traditional Celtic music.
  • Pumpkinfest at Van Buren State Park
    When: September 23-25
    Where: Van Buren State Park
    Take a weekend and head to the Lake Michigan coast to go camping at Van Buren State Park in South Haven to have some fall fun during Pumpkinfest. During Pumpkinfest a variety of activities for the whole family will be available, including a campsite decorating contest. Be sure to sign up fast, since spots fill up quickly.

What is There to Do in Central Michigan in September?

  • Uncle John’s Cider Mill Sunflower Fest
    When: September 3 – 4
    Where: Uncle John’s Cider Mill, 8614 N. US-127, St Johns, MI 48879
    Sunflower Picking, Live Music, Food Trucks, Kids Activities Gemstone Mining, Jumping Pillow, and Farm Trail. You’ll also find a Cider Mill, Gift Shop and Bakery!
  • Wheatland Music Festival
    When: September 9 – 11
    Where: Remus, MI
    For nearly 50 years, Wheatland Music Festival has hosted thousands of guests in Remus to enjoy a wide range of traditional arts. Beyond listening to the music, festival goers get to participate in workshops, demonstrations, dances, arts, crafts, and jam sessions of their own. Operated by the Wheatland Music Organization, this festival is a testament to the efforts to preserve the traditional arts.
  • Auto Fest in Frankenmuth
    When: September 9 – 11
    Where: Frankenmuth, MI
    Calling all classic car lovers – Frankenmuth Auto Fest is coming the weekend after Labor Day. Stroll along the riverfront and see unique and vintage cars with custom flair. This is the perfect event for any automobile enthusiast and a great reason to get outside with the whole family.
  • Oktoberfest
    When: September, MI 15 – 18
    Where: Frankenmuth, MI
    There’s no better place to celebrate Oktoberfest in Michigan than Michigan’s own “Little Bavaria.” Frankenmuth’s Oktoberfest was declared the first Oktoberfest to operate with the blessing of the original Oktoberfest in Munich. Because of this, Oktoberfest in Frankenmuth strives to preserve the sights, sounds, and flavors of the traditional German experience here in Michigan.
  • Michigan BluesFest
    When: September 15 – 17
    Where: Lansing, MI
    The streets of Old Town in Lansing will soon be filled with the sounds of blues music. Originally part of an Oktoberfest tradition, the BluesFest has grown as a remarkable festival in its own right, hosting noteworthy artists that bring in thousands of guests. This year, each artist has agreed to premier a song they’ve never performed before, making for an especially unique experience.
  • Birch Run Premium Outlets Labor Day Sidewalk Sale
    When: September 3 – 5
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    Labor Day sales are a great time for shopaholics. Whether you’re shopping for someone else or looking to treat yourself, a good sale is as good a reason as any to hit the outlets. The Birch Run Premium Outlets Labor Day Sidewalk Sale is massive and the savings are even bigger, so don’t miss out on the chance to find that perfect deal.
  • Ringo Starr in Concert
    When: September 30
    Where: Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort, 6800 Soaring Eagle Blvd, Mt Pleasant, MI

What is There to Do in Northern Michigan in September?

  • Lake Leelanau Street Fair
    When: September 10
    Where: Lake Leelanau, MI
    Come on over to Lake Leelanau and spend the afternoon enjoying food vendors, artisans and craftspeople, kids’ activities and more at the annual Street Fair! And bring your dancing shoes, because music is always a key component of this event!
  • Birdwatching Hike
    When: September 10
    Where: Michigan Legacy Art Park, 7300 Mountainside Drive, Thompsonville, MI 49683
    Join Michigan Legacy Art Park’s executive director and birding guide Angie Quinn on a birdwatching hike through the Art Park! The Art Park is on a 30-acre preserve on the grounds of Crystal Mountain Resort and offers ample opportunity to view or hear a variety of Michigan birds. Plan to spend approximately 1.5 hours hiking and bring binoculars if able. A limited number of binoculars will be available on a first-come first-served basis, and each birdwatching adventure will include a brief introduction to using binoculars, focusing, and finding birds.
  • Frankfort Ironman 70.3
    When: September 11
    Where: Frankfort, MI
    Known for its spectacular sunsets, unbelievable views from the pier and charming life on Main Street, Frankfort is an uncharted resort town that offers a perfect beach getaway for visitors of all ages. Race hard so you can take it easy with the sand between your toes. Set out on a trail less traveled to Frankfort, Michigan.
  • Black Star Farms Estate & Wine Tour
    When: Fridays and Mondays through September beginning September 9
    Where: Black Star Farms, 10844 E. Revold Rd., Suttons Bay, Michigan
    Get a behind the scenes look at one of Michigan’s most beloved wineries – Black Star Farms in Suttons Bay. An Estate and Wine Tour at Black Star Farms will guide you through the picturesque property as you learn about the history of the winery and how their stellar wine is made. You can expect to see the vineyard, inn, centennial barn, and even the wine caves.
  • Paul Bunyan Days – Oscoda
    When: September 17-19
    Where: Downtown Oscoda, MI
    Paul Bunyan Days has been an annual tradition in Oscoda for over 45 years. This fun-filled weekend offers games, music, crafters, and demonstrations for the public to enjoy, all while celebrating one of America’s most famous folklore heroes.
  • Taste of Harbor Springs
    When: September 17
    Where: Downtown Harbor Springs
    Enjoy tastes from participating restaurants with your admission ticket – drink tickets for beer and wine are separate. There will be water coolers on site in addition to the ticketed drinks.
  • Harbor Beach Harvest Festival and Chili Cook Off
    When: September 17
    Where: Downtown Harbor Beach 142 S. Huron Ave., Harbor Beach, MI 48441
    Visit Harbor Beach for fun filled day for the family! Market, Pie & Dessert Contest, Chili Cook-Off, Fall Family Fun, and the WLEW Car Give Away
  • Lumberjack Day & Lumberjack Breakfast
    When: September 17
    Where: Historic White Pine Village– 1687 S. Lakeshore Dr., Ludington
    Enjoy a Lumberjack Breakfast of flapjacks, sausage, and hashbrowns then take in the history of Mason County settlers by touring the village. Cost is $20 for Adults, $18 for Seniors, $16 for Children ages 4-13, and free for Children under age 4.
  • Great Lakes Strongest Man Competition
    When: September 17
    Where: Turtle Creek, 333 Stadium Dr, Traverse City, MI 49685
    This your chance to watch the STRONGEST men and women in the Midwest, and over the globe, compete in Northern Michigan!! Great Lakes Strongest Man competitors qualify for United States Strongman Nationals 2023!! September 17th, at the beautiful Turtle Creek Stadium, the top 3 in the Open Divisions and 1st Place in the Novice Divisions qualify for USS Nationals 2023!
  • Sip n’ Sail Sunset Cruise
    When: September 20
    Where: Sip N’ Sail Cruises, 7325 Main St, Mackinac Island, MI
    Enjoy a memorable evening cruising the beautiful Straits of Mackinac aboard the Isle Royale Queen III while sipping on your favorite beverage and listening to live music.
  • Mackinac Island Straits Pride Festival — Straits Pride
    When: September 22 – 25
    Where: Mackinac Island
    Our first ever full weekend of Pride events! Don’t miss this fun-filled celebration of the LGBTQ+ community in the Straits of Mackinac four consecutive days in fall 2022
  • Harbor Springs Festival of the Book
    When: September 23-25
    Where: Downtown Harbor Springs, MI
    Held in beautiful Harbor Springs, Michigan, the Festival is a celebration of readers, writers, books, and the literary craft. Featuring nationally-published authors and illus
    rators, the majority of Festival sessions are held in venues in downtown Harbor Springs. Registration is required.
  • Free Admission at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
    When: September 24
    Where: Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore
    In celebration of National Public Lands Day, the Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore will be waiving the $25 entrance fee today. Come and enjoy the wonders of the only National Park in lower Michigan. It’s a beautiful way to experience late autumn in Michigan with miles of trails and sweeping views of the dunes and Lake Michigan.

What is There to Do in the Upper Peninsula in the Fall?

  • U.P. Fall Beer Festival
    When: September 10
    Where: Downtown Marquette, MI
    The U.P. Fall Beer Festival is one of northern Michigan’s largest brewing festivals. Breweries from across the state come to Marquette in the upper peninsula to promote and celebrate Michigan’s brewing industry and vast beer culture.
  • Soo Film Festival
    When: September 13 – 18
    Where: Soo Theatre, 534 Ashmun St, Sault Ste. Marie, MI
    Soo Film Festival returns to downtown Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan!
  • Hops and Lock Festival
    When: September 24
    Where: Sault Ste. Marie
    Formerly known as “Oktoberfest, ” this refreshed downtown event is tons of fall fun! You’ll find food, live entertainment, activities and fun for all ages!
  • Art on The Mountain
    When: September 10
    Where: Marquette Mountain, 4501 M. 553, Marquette, MI 49855
    Art on the Mountain is a free, weekend-long event including an art fair, featuring booths by over thirty local and regional artists; art activities and face painting for kids; silent art auction in the T-Bar ; live music by Marquette-area surf rockstars Ramble Tamble along with bonfires; free books on Saturday, a full-service, cash bar at the Marquette Mountain Resort T-Bar; and Marquette Mountain Resort will also have their Snowfield chairlift operating

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The best time to visit Michigan is between the months of May and October. Michigan observes its spring and autumn seasons during this time, making it ideal weather to enjoy the host of outdoor activities that Michigan has to offer.

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Grand Rapids was once known as America's Furniture Capital for its fine residential furniture It is known today as the center of office furniture manufacturing. Gerald R. Ford, a native son, became the 38th President of the United States on August 9, 1974.

Is there a lot to do in Grand Rapids? ›

You can see marks of that history in its museums, architecture, and historic sites. But it's not just history that makes Grand Rapids such a great location to visit. What is this? With nature and gardens, art events and cultural festivals, and lots of great food and drinks, there's much to be enjoyed!

Is Van Gogh coming to Grand Rapids? ›

Grand Rapids, prepare yourself for the most immersive experience. Beyond Van Gogh comes to DeVos Place running June 14 - July 9, 2022. Through the use of cutting-edge projection technology and an original score, Beyond Van Gogh breathes new life into over 300 of Van Gogh's artworks.

What is Grand Rapids MI known for? ›

The City has two art museums, a zoo and several performing arts theaters. We have a professional opera, symphony and ballet companies. Just outside City limits, the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park hosts over 750,000 visitors annually. On the Grand River downtown is the Grand Rapids Public Museum.


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