As the air begins to chill and the leaves change hues, fall is an exciting reality for Michiganders. October is here and it’s time to embark on autumn festivities and fun. Whether your idea of fall fun includes tasty seasonal treats, a haunted night out, carving a pumpkin, or enjoying the bright hues of the leaves, you will find an event that you and your family can enjoy. Check out one of these October Michigan events that will keep the season exciting for the month to come:
The Hunt for the Reds of October: Leelanau Peninsula, October 3-31
This deliciously fun event will take you on the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail, and allow you to discover the varying and rich flavors of red wine available from local wineries. The event takes place on weekdays during the month of October with tickets selling for $10. That ticket and your enthusiasm will provide you with a free pour at more than twenty participating wineries. Half of the ticket proceeds will go to the American Red Cross of Northern Michigan. To obtain more information, visit the event website.
Fort Fright: Mackinaw City, October 7-8
Each year, Fort Michilimackinac offers a spooky event for you and your family to experience. This year is no different, and it will be an evening filled with Halloween fun and fright. Enjoy lanterns that give the village an eerie glow where you’ll be able to meet ghosts, witches and werewolves along the way. There will be scary stories told around bonfires, a haunted house, a demon walk, and tasty fall treats. The event is from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM and costs $8 for adults and $5 for children. Learn more about the event here.
Fall Colors Bicycle Tour: Harsens Island, October 9
Grab your bike for this all day event that will allow you to enjoy the burnt red and rusty orange hues of fall leaves as you pedal through a 25 or 40-mile route on Harsens Island. Feel the crisp autumn air as you pedal along the roads and trails where you can take in all the natural beauty that will surround you. For more information, visit the event website, or contact Bob at (810)-278-0632.
Hard Cider and Donuts: Auburn Hills, October 9
Michigan By The Bottle Tasting Room in Auburn Hills is planning to host this event inspired by a familiar fall ritual – with a twist. Stop by for your choice of cinnamon, apple, or pumpkin donuts, and wash them down with a cold glass of hard cider. Cinnamon Girl by Left Food Charley Winery and Henry’s Pippin Ciders will be available. Visit the Facebook event page for more information.
Smashing Pumpkins: Royal Oak, October 12 and October 22
Visit the Detroit Zoo for this fun fall event and watch your favorite animals devour seasonal snacks of pumpkin, gourd, cornstalks and more. The animals will play with, eat, and smash the treats right before your eyes. Visit the Facebook event page for more information.
Hallowe’en in Greenfield Village: Dearborn, October 14-16, 20-23, and 27-30
At this frighteningly fun event, jack-o-lanterns will light your way through the streets of Greenfield Village, and there will be no shortage of spooky sights to greet you. You might spot a headless horseman and there will surely be ghouls and witches galore. Enjoy live music and witness death-defying feats like fire-breathing and sword-swallowing. This is an event the whole family can enjoy. The event costs $13.75 for members, $16 for non-members, and is free for children under two. Find out more about this spooky event steeped in history here.
ArtPrize Meets Amazing Race: Grand Rapids, October 15
Experience the best of both worlds as you compete in a biking and running adventure throughout Grand Rapids – you’ll even be able to view incredible, world-class artwork along the way. Teams of two people will have the opportunity to bike and run to various check points with the goal of receiving as many points as possible in four hours. There will be challenges that incorporate artwork and venues throughout the city. In addition to an adventure throughout the city, participants will receive a t-shirt, a pizza lunch, and a chance to win raffles. For pricing and registration information visit the event website.
Pumpkins, Popcorn, & Politics: Marine City, October 15
Participating in this event might get you and your family into the Guinness Book of World Records! The goal of Pumpkins, Popcorn, and Politics is to break the record of 1,060 pumpkins being carved at once. 1,200 pumpkins will be set up and ready to carve and the best pumpkins of the bunch will receive prizes. There will also be an attempt to string the longest strand of popcorn, which will stretch all the way to Canada. Popcorn and pumpkins will be provided by Vandenbossche Farms. The event is intended to encourage high voter turnout in Marine City. More information can be found here.
Giant Pumpkins: Grand Rapids, October 15-16
Venture to Michigan’s Farm Garden at Frederik Meijer Gardens anywhere from 9 AM to 5 PM on Saturday and Sunday to catch sight of huge pumpkins that will astound you no matter what your age. These pumpkins weigh hundreds of pounds and will be like nothing you’ve ever seen before. There will also be cooking demonstrations from 1:30 to 3 PM that focus on fall recipes with gourds as the main ingredient. This event is included with an admission fee. Visit the Frederik Meijer Gardens website for more information.
Zombie Run: Traverse City, October 29
The ninth annual Zombie 5K is sure to provide a frighteningly good time. Come dressed as your creepiest zombie self, participate in the run throughout the city, and receive a t-shirt and post-race refreshments. This event is sponsored by Right Brain Brewery. Beer will be in abundance, and there will be a medal ceremony along with prizes for the best costume following the race. For more information, visit the event website.
Short’s Annual Halloween Party: Bellaire, October 29
Looking for a way to add a little spooky fun to your love for Michigan craft beer? Join Short’s Brewing Company for their Annual Halloween Party taking place at the pub from 5 PM to midnight. There will be fall themed brews, food specials, live music by Huckleberry Groove, and their famous costume contest. For more information, please visit the website.
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