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15 September Michigan Events That Aren’t Just Oktoberfest

It’s true, there are other events in Michigan during the month of September that are not just Oktoberfest. Before we get into all of those, there are people who might come to find out when they can celebrate. So here are some Oktoberfest celebrations you can attend.

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Oktoberfest Celebrations across the state

Frankenmuth begins the seemingly month long celebration with their four day festival starting on the 14th. Each day features a variety of events and live bands. Definitely worth a stop if you’re nearby. Saline holds their Oktoberfest the 22nd-23rd. Ludington and Curtis both celebrate on the 30th. These are just some of the festivities being held, a comprehensive list is available if you are looking for something closer to home. Auf Wiedersehen!

9th Annual U.P. Fall Beer Festival – September 5-9 – Marquette

For those who are just looking for some good craft beer and no lederhosen within a 10 mile radius.. Stop by the U.P. Annual Fall Beer Festival in Marquette. Part of the larger craft beer week which runs the 5th-9th. The beer will be good, the music will be live, and it’s sure to be a great time!

Paw Paw Wine and Harvest Festival – September 8-10 – Paw Paw

Join the crowds for the famous St. Julien parade on the 10th or watch the grape stomping competition on the 9th. Run in the 5K or stroll along the classic cars at the auto show. There’s event for everyone in the family at the Wine and Harvest Festival. A full list events is available on their website along with locations and times. We suggest the wine tastings.

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Hunter’s Education Weekend – September 9-10 – Harrisonville

There’s no better way to prep for opening day than attending a hunter’s safety gathering. Learn from the experts and get your Hunters Education and International Bow Education Program certificates. Pre-registration is required, so call asap!

Kerrytown Bookfest – September 10 – Ann Arbor

Stop by A^2 if you’re a book lover because this event is sure you have excited as can be. Kerrytown Bookfest includes book signings by a heavy list of authors, award winners for the community author award, and plenty of demonstrations. This is where I will be on the 10th. Check out their website for a full list of what will be going on. PS… have you seen our article on Michigan authors you need to read?

Rock On! with Lake Superior Agates Rock Show – September 10 – Newberry

Check out all that rocks at Muskallonge Lake State Park on September 10th when agates take over. Some of the most beautiful stones you’ve ever seen will be showcased at this rock show. If you need more than this event to convince you to visit, read about how Lake Supieor is superior to the other lakes. Pop in for a couple hours or stay all day, this is a great opportunity to learn for about the great mitten state.

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Grand Haven Salmon Festival – September 15-16 – Grand Haven

We all love to eat fresh Michigan salmon. Stop into Grand Haven the weekend of the 15-16 for the 14th Annual Grand Haven Salmon Festival. A family friendly event that will have your bellies full and your taste buds happy. A full list of events is available on their website, but we’ll give you a sneak peak: live music, a kids zone, farmer’s market, and a fishing contest.

Glow In The Park – September 15-16 – Pentwater

Take a weekend trip to Mears State Park and don’t forget your glow sticks and string lights! Campers are invited to dress up their campsites so they shine bright like a diamond. The goal? Light up the entire trail for visitors to enjoy a evening walk.

The Thrifters Sisters Flea Market and Vintage Camper/Glamping Event – September 15-17 – Fowlerville

Come dressed in vintage clothing and enjoy some food to match. The 15th is 70’s, and 16th is the 50’s. Dress accordingly and you could win some great prizes. An event for all ages, the flea market is open Friday night and all day Saturday and Sunday. Check out some classic cars and campers (or drive you own!) and enjoy the weekend from a simpler time. More information is available on their website!

DLECTRICITY – September 22-23 – Detroit

With 36 featured artists and a jammed pack schedule, this is the best place to be this month if you love a good art show. You also have the chance to join in on the fun, the light bike ride on the 23rd is a free event for the public. Ride or go watch, both are sure to be a blast. For more information and a schedule, check out their website. Follow #DLECTRICITY and @DLECTRICITY on instagram to see what art you might witness at the weekend showcase, maybe even add your own!

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Craft Beer Week – September 23 – Cadillac

If you’re a troll and the U.P. just isn’t for you, head over to Cadillac on the 23rd to celebrate their Craft Beer Week. They’re featuring some great brews from a handful of our favorites including: Right Brain Brewery, Shorts, Dark House, and Mountain Town. For a full list of breweries and flavors as well as an event list for the day, head over to their website.

Color Splash Dash – September 24-25 – Harrison

If you’re looking for a last race with summery vibes, head up to Mid-Michigan Community College for the color splash race. The Physical Therapist Assistant Students Tactically – Involved Club from MMCC is hosting this event to raise money to purchase school supplies for local communities.

167th Hillsdale County Fair – September 24-30 – Hillsdale

They label themselves as “The Most Popular Fair On Earth” and they probably aren’t far off. People from all over Michigan come to this fair because it’s such a historical event. A flea market, held every Saturday, lots of animals, a talent show, antiques, crafts, and so much more. This fair is definitely worth a stop.

Hell’s Half Mile Film & Music Festival – September 28-October 1 – Bay City

An independent film festival held right on the bay. Check out from featured films as well as short films, live music, take part in the half-mile run. You may even run into a celebrity or two. Read up on the history or check out what films you might see on their website. We’re always looking for an excuse to walk a bunch of movies.

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Trek the Mighty Mac ATV Bridge Crossing – September 29-30 – St. Ignace

Most of us have crossed The Mackinac Bridge at some point in our lives… but have you ever driven an ATV across it? Just a month after shutting down the bridge for the annual Labor Day Bridge Run, they’re doing it again. This time so you can drive your ATV across. Register and check out any rules and regulations on their website.

Wine and Cheese Color Tour – September 30 – Gaylord

Held at the Ostego Golf Club in Gaylord, this tour of the golf course gives you the views you’re looking for at the beginning of fall as well as some tasty treats. Featuring a variety of craft beers and wines along side some hors d’oeuvres, you’ll be impressed. A great fall date idea!

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