Summer is over and the days are beginning to fill with the vivid colors of fall. The school year is starting back up, and football season means your weekends will once again be filled with tailgates and flannels. However, there is no shortage of great events this month! Check out these awesome September Michigan events to get you and the family out and about during these upcoming brisk fall days.
Peach Festival: Romeo, September 1-5
The annual Michigan Peach Festival is the second oldest in the state and is the perfect place for family fun this holiday weekend. In celebration of the peach, a prized crop throughout Romeo’s history, the festival includes parades, craft shows, live music, and a carnival for kids. Get more info about the weekend on their website.
Ford Arts, Beats & Eats: Royal Oak, September 2-5
Just 40 minutes away from Romeo, the annual Ford Arts, Beats & Eats will be rocking the metro Detroit area for its 19th year. Over the course of the weekend, there will be over 200 performances on nine different stages, a highly ranked Juried Fine Arts Show, and plenty of delicious food to try from over forty local restaurants like La Dulce and Woodpile BBQ. There’s even a 5k and a Zumbathon! Last year, there were over 350,00 attendees and the festival raised $250K for local charities. Check out their website for more details about the weekend.
34th Annual Detroit Jazz Festival: Detroit, September 2-5
The Detroit area has no shortage of festivities for Labor Day Weekend! For a slower pace, head down to Hart Plaza and Campus Martius (and a few blocks in-between) to hear 100 amazing talented jazz acts over the four-day Detroit Jazz Festival. There will also be plenty of educational activities for the whole family, a fireworks show, late-night jam sessions, opportunities to meet the artists, and more. Check out the website for a full lineup and more info about the weekend.
Mackinac Bridge Walk: St. Ignace to Mackinaw City, September 5
Many Michiganders have probably driven on the Mackinac Bridge, but how many of us can say we’ve walked it? The first Mackinac Bridge Walk was held in 1958 and only 68 people walked across. Today, the average is more than 50,000 participants! Starting at 7 AM on Labor Day, people take advantage of the only day of the year that you and the whole family can walk on the Mighty Mac. Registration is free, and the walk starts in St. Ignace at the north end of the bridge. Check out the website for more details about the walk.
Midland Balloon Festival: Midland, September 8-11
Colorful, giant balloons dotting the sky is such a sight that Midland will bring it to you for a whole weekend. To kick off the weekend, the Main Street Glow begins on Thursday night at 8 PM when attendees can check out the balloons waiting for their launch and talk to the balloonists. The rest of the festival will take place at the Midland County Fairgrounds with the launches each day at 7:30 AM. The whole family is invited for a kid zone set up at the fairgrounds. Attendees are encouraged to donate nonperishables for the Food Pantries of Midland County. Check out their website for more info about the weekend.
Art & Apples Festival: Downtown Rochester, September 9-11
Ever year the Art & Apples Festival brings together Michigan’s finest artists and finest fruit to celebrate all they can offer. Hosted by the Paint Creek Center for the Arts, the festival features beautiful paintings, pottery, glasswork, textiles and much more from talented artists as well as live music, a kids zone, and of course, some delicious apple treats! Check out the website for more details about the weekend!
Harvest Stompede: Leelanau Peninsula, September 10-11
What better way to spend the weekend than with a 5K course that goes through beautiful vineyards and delicious wine and food? The Harvest Stompede begins with a 5K run (or walk) through vineyard rows that are still covered with grapes. A great sight for both participants and spectators! A self-guided wine tour will immediately follow along the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail. There will be 23 participating wineries allowing attendees to sample seasonal wines and delicious food pairings that will feature local ingredients! Registration for the race here and get your tickets here.
Oktoberfest: Frankenmuth, September 15-18
For the 27th year, Frankemuth will host its Oktoberfest, the American counterpart to the original Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany. With Frankenmuth’s roots in German heritage and culture, the Frankenmuth Oktoberfest features authentic entertainment, dancing, German food selections, and authentic Hofbrauhaus Oktoberfest beer, just like the Munich Oktoberfest! There will be plenty of food and beer for everyone, so come with your stomachs empty. Check out their Facebook for more info.
Michigan Irish Music Festival: Muskegon, September 15-18
Why not get a little taste of St. Patrick’s Day early with Muskegon’s Michigan Irish Music Festival? Over the four day weekend, there will be live music all day under five covered stages. This is your chance to hear traditional Irish songs all the way to contemporary Celtic rock, and everything in between. There will even be some Irish dancing! There will be plenty of Irish beer and traditional foods to keep the spirit thriving and even fun for the kids with a cultural and dance stage just for them. Check out the Michigan Irish Music Festival website for more info.
Northville Heritage Festival: Northville, September 16-18
Spend three days reliving the Victorian era in downtown Northville. The Heritage Festival is a family-friendly event that begins with a parade through the city on Friday night and the rest of the weekend will include local live music, a beer tent for the 21+ crowd, and food vendors. Mill Race Historical Village will be open for tours of the buildings and the gardens for an additional educational experience with historical exhibits and Victorian era activities including children’s games, a vintage baseball game, farmers market, and a rubber duck race in the Rouge River! Check out the website.
Michigan Adventure Race: Sleeping Bear Edition: Glen Arbor, September 17
Looking for a new and exciting adventure exploring the Sleeping Bear Dunes, Michigan forests, lake, and historic buildings? The Michigan Adventure Race is bringing a brand new race to do just that. Participants can choose from a five or ten-hour race. The five-hour race includes Amazing-Race-like challenges and is perfect for all experience levels. The ten-hour race is a traditional adventure race format with a more challenging course. Whichever race you choose, the day is sure to be a challenging and exciting one! Check out the website for more information and to register.
ArtPrize: Grand Rapids, September 21 – October 9
In just eight short years, ArtPrize has become one of the most talked about events throughout Michigan. It’s an exciting new experience and hundreds of thousands of people flock to it every year. For 19 days, in3-square miles of downtown Grand Rapids, in over 170 venues around the city, art pops in every inch so that everywhere you look, you see beautiful, new things. ArtPrize itself is free and is welcome to all ages. If you can’t make it this month, it won’t end until the 9th of October! Check out the website for more info.
Haunted Weekend on Mackinac Island: Mackinac Island, September 23-25
Are you secretly – or not so secretly – obsessed with those paranormal investigation shows? Well, now is your chance to have an investigation of your own! Embark on a weekend of haunted history tours and daytime or night time paranormal investigations. This year’s investigation will take attendees to Devil’s Kitchen and the site of one of the islands most bizarre unsolved murders. When the sun goes down, you will be taken on a candlelight historic tour and investigation of Fort Mackinac. Unfortunately, the event is currently sold out – but there is a waiting list! Check out their website.
Hops ‘n Highlands Microbrew Festival: Boyne Highlands Resort, September 24
For the third year, Boyne Highland Resort will be hosting Hops ‘n Highlands Microbrew Festival and will feature 44 Michigan breweries and 175 microbrews! Every year, the festival celebrates “The Great Beer State” by highlighting the best of Michigan’s craft beers. The day is 21 and up with free admission and beer tickets available at $2 each. The outdoor, tented tasting area will also have plenty of great food and live music to keep the party going. The brewery line-up has yet to be announced so keep an eye out on their website!
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