Fall Fun, Frights & Festivals
Experience wholesome family fun at the Harvest Days at Maybury Farm, September 18 – 19. There is fun for kids of all ages with fun events like music, canning demonstrations, farm animals, bubble gum contests, magic shows, balloon animal making, wandering pirates, face painting, hay rides, and the opening of the corn maze and kiddie maze.
Admission is $7 for children 3-9, and $9 for everyone else, and tickets are tax-deductible. Maybury farm is located at 50165 Eight Mile between Beck and Napier. The event will run from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday. The corn maze runs from Sept. 18 to Nov. 8. For more information click here.
German culture, food, dancing, and beer come together September 16 – 19 at Frankenmuth’s Oktoberfest Celebration. Oktoberfest is a traditional celebration of German beer that takes place over a sixteen-day period in Germany, and includes the world’s largest fair. Frankenmuth’s celebration is the only Oktoberfest outside of Germany that’s officially sanctioned by the city of Munich.
The celebration will take place at Heritage Park (601 Weiss street). Admission to the Oktoberfest is $8.00 per adult on Friday and Saturday (12 and under are free), and Sunday all day is Free. Visit this link for more details.
Travel back in time to before the turn of the twentieth century in Northville starting at 6:30 p.m. September 17 – September 19. The 22nd annual Victorian Festival is a perfect way to spend the day experiencing the art, history, and romance of the Victorian Period.
The transformation of downtown Northville includes the streets which will be closed to automobile traffic, and businesses which will transform into parts a Victorian Village complete with period costumes. The kids will love the rides at Ryde Park, and adults can head to the Victorian Saloon for entertainment. Learn more here.
Head to The Henry Ford Saturday, September 18 and Sunday, September 19 to experience all the delicious flavors of the autumn harvest for the Fall Flavor Weekends! The event runs from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and features everything from seasonally inspired cooking demonstrations, delectable dinners, farmer’s markets, and wine and beer tastings.
The event will also be running September 24-26, and October 2-3. Entry is free with admission to Greenfield Village or membership. Click here for more information.
In Oakland County, check out the Funky Ferndale Art Fair, featuring 220 artists and vendors and the DIY Street Fair on the streets of Metro Detroit’s most fashionable community, Friday through Sunday. More details here.
If you’re looking for a new furry friend this fall, look no further than the “Fall in Love with Your New Best Friend” event taking place on Saturday, September 18 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Come to the Oakland pet Adoption Center’s Bark Park in Auburn Hills (1700 Brown Road) to meet dogs, cats, rabbits, and other small creatures from nearly 30 pet rescue organizations. If you choose to adopt, microchipping, and vaccinations will be offered by Union lake Veterinary Hospital. The kids will also love entertainment by comic magician Michael Jacobson. Click here for details.
Head to our state’s capital, for Lansing’s Old Town BluesFest – a two-day FREE music festival that brings national, regional, and local acts to an audience of roughly 15,000 people from across Michigan and nearby states. This year’s festival will take place Friday, Sept. 17 (4 p.m.-12:30 a.m.), and Saturday, Sept. 18, 2(1 p.m.-12:30 a..m), in the streets of Old Town, surrounded by art galleries, unique retail stores and grand architecture. Vendors line the streets offering ethnic food, beverages, art, clothing and crafts. More details here.
Spend a spooky evening with family or friends just a short drive away at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio. The park is open weekend from September 17th to October 31st for their Halloweekends celebration. Hours of operations are from 6 p.m. to midnight on Fridays, noon to midnight on Saturdays, and noon to 9 p.m. Sundays.
Select rides will be open, and there will be plenty of scary fun including three unique haunted houses. For more information, including attractions, entertainment and admission, visit halloweekends.com or call the park’s General Information Line at (419) 627-2350.
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