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Celebrate the Harvest in West Michigan

Many people in West Michigan look forward to the harvest season every year. The freshest produce is available straight from the farms, and activities like corn mazes, hayrides, and harvest festivals make every weekend a treat. Find your favorite way of celebrating the harvest right here in West Michigan.

Celebrate the Harvest in Southern West Michigan

The Allegan County Fair is celebrating the harvest in a big way when it comes to the fairgrounds from September 8th to 16th. In addition to purchasing fresh produce, they have produce that is being judged, including fruit, vegetables, flowers, grain, honey, syrup, and more. This event is truly all about the harvest!

Virtue Cider in Fennville is hosting their 2nd Annual Apple Fest from September 28th to October 1st. They’ll be releasing this year’s batch of their farmhouse cider, Percheron, and will host different activities each day. If you can’t make it for the event, or you would like an in-depth look at Virtue Cider’s operations, they host Harvest-Time Tours every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, where you can learn how they make cider using all Michigan-grown apples.

This fall, celebrate Michigan apples in Coldwater Country during the annual AppleFest on Saturday, September 16th. Join thousands of visitors in downtown Coldwater to enjoy everything apple, from deep fried donuts to apple pie and more! Take in the craft show or listen to live music performances while the kids enjoy the Kids Zone with a bouncy house and other activities.

The Arts & Eats tour through Allegan and Barry Counties may not be until October 21st and 22nd, but you can still celebrate the harvest with them in September! Visit some of the tour stops this month for harvest-centric meal, including one serving fresh carrots, green and yellow beans, red skin potatoes, and onions. This is comfort food at its finest!

Historic Charlton Park in Hastings is hosting their Fall Harvest Festival and Tractor Show from September 22nd to 24th. Activities include Corn Shelling/Grinding, Steamed Apples, Kids Pedal Pull, and more across three days. Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for children ages five to 12, and free for children four and younger.

Visit St. Joseph for fresh produce and harvest-centric events! Fall Fest is September 22nd and 23rd, and has fun events for all ages, including a petting zoo from Critter Barn, Great Pumpkin Festival, and St. Joseph Wine Festival. If you’re looking for fresh produce throughout the month, the St. Joe Farmers Market has you covered. Visit the market Saturdays between now and October 14th to easily bring the harvest home!

The South Haven area is home to the Annual Paw Paw Wine and Harvest Festival from September 8th to 10th. This festival offers something for everyone, including tastings and tours for wine enthusiasts, a 5k, grape stomping competition, kayak race, and other contests for the active members of your family. Four stages of live performances fill the air for music-lovers and carnival rides, fireworks, and a parade provide entertainment for all ages. 

If you’re looking for something more active in the South Haven area, take a picturesque bicycle tour over rolling countryside near the shore of Lake Michigan during the 6th Annual Lakeshore Harvest Ride on September 9th. Cyclists can choose to begin the ride in Douglas or South Haven, and ride four routes between 15 and 62 miles in length. Visit art studios, family farms, orchards and wineries to see, smell, touch, and taste the bountiful riches of southwest Michigan.   

Located in Southwest Michigan, Lemon Creek Winery is hosting their 21st Annual Harvest Festival on Saturday, September 9th. There will be live music, hayrides, a farmer’s market, craft vendors, and much more. Visit Lemon Creek Winery in Berrien Springs to help celebrate the vineyard’s harvest!

Learn about shelter’s important role in the sustainability of a homestead or farm at the Pierce Cedar Creek Institute in Hastings with the Permaculture Design Course: Natural Building and Energy Efficiency on Saturday, September 16th. Throughout the day, you’ll learn ways of building energy efficient buildings utilizing simple, inexpensive, and locally sourced materials. Spend the day learning to better appreciate every aspect of the harvest with this informative class!

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Celebrate the Harvest in Central West Michigan

Celebrate a unique harvest with Brewery Vivant in Grand Rapids and their 7th Annual Wood-Aged Beer Festival on Saturday, September 16th. Visit as they raise a glass to the flavor profiles of wood-aged beers. Limited, rare, barrel-aged, and foeder-aged beers will be on tap, alongside old favorites and new experiments.

Since September is the beginning of harvest season, it’s easy to find fresh fruit and vegetables in Mecosta County. Places like the Big Rapids Downtown Farmers Market display the season’s farm-fresh produce.

Two harvest-filled events await you in Muskegon. The Muskegon Farmers Market will hold its annual Harvest Fest on Saturday, September 23rd from 10am to 1pm with music, giveaways, food samples, and crafts for sale! If you’re looking for more harvest fun, the 3rd Annual Halloween Harvest Weekend is September 29th to October 1st at Pioneer County Park. Enjoy s’mores, a bonfire, pumpkin decorating, trick-or-treating, and more. Reserve your campsite now for only $28 per night (2 night minimum).

The 30th Annual Zonta Applefest will be taking place in Mt. Pleasant on Saturday, September 23rd. The event features arts, crafts, vendors, baked good, children’s games, and the famous Zonta Apple Delight. Both admission and parking are free.

The River Country Chamber of Commerce is hosting the 2nd Annual Harvest Moon Celebration on October 13th and 14th in Grant. Celebrating the rich farming history of the area, this celebration includes family-friendly activities, food, live music, an onion eating contest, and more over two days.

The Fremont Area Harvest Festival is October 5th through 7th. This is a wonderful family event that brings in visitors from all over Michigan! Celebrate the harvest with a parade, antique tractor show, Moonlight Madness Sales, Taste of Fremont event, Kids Celebration, Pumpkin Roll, Beer Tent, and Hay Art displays throughout the city.

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Celebrate the Harvest in Northern West Michigan

This fall, experience Black Star Farms in Suttons Bay in a whole new way! Take a 45-minute guided tour through their breathtaking property, including the inn, centennial barn, and wine cave, all while learning the history of the iconic 160-acre estate and about the incredible journey from grape to glass. Tour concludes with a premium tasting (souvenir glass included) featuring Black Star Farms’ award-winning wine, cider and spirits. The tours run Mondays and Fridays through October 27th and cost $25 per person.

The Farm2Fork Dinner Adventure series returns to Treetops Resort in Gaylord on September 22nd with “Back to Our Roots.” Enjoy a four-course meal crafted by the Treetops Culinary team with local ingredients from area farms. Each course of the meal is thoughtfully infused and paired with a different beer or wine. A guest presenter from the hosting farm will talk a little bit about their operation and practices.

The 5th Annual Baraga Avenue Harvest Fest will take place on Saturday, October 7th from 3pm to 8pm in downtown Marquette. The event is filled with harvest-themed activities for all ages, including food, live music, children’s activities, and a popular pasty eating contest. There will also be a chalk art exhibition and contest featuring street-canvas harvest-themed paintings by local artists, individuals, and groups.

Every day during the fall season is a harvest celebration at the Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula. Fall offers a beautiful backdrop for touring the wineries located along this picturesque wine trail in Northwest Michigan. Watch grapes being harvested as you traverse the peninsula, tasting wines from each of the nine distinct wineries.

With so many fun, family-friendly fall festivals Shanty Creek Resorts is the perfect place to stay while celebrating the harvest in northern Michigan. Mark the calendar for the Bellaire Harvest Festival and Scarecrow Extravaganza on Saturday, September 30th. Throughout the fall season, visitors can experience fall color like never before, from the chairlift, the top of the mountain, or take a four-hour fall color tour of one of the four championship golf courses at Shanty Creek Resorts.

MyNorth in Traverse City has tickets for three harvest-themed events for you to check out this fall. Ticket sales include the Harvest Stompede at the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail on Saturday, September 9th, the Harvest Time Fundraiser for the Old Mission Peninsula Education Foundation on Saturday, September 16th, and Groundwork’s Harvest at the Commons at the Grand Traverse Commons on Saturday, October 7th.

The Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail in Traverse City is hosting the Harvest Stompede event on Saturday, September 9th, from 11am to 6pm and Sunday, September 10th, from noon to 5pm. This annual weekend event features a spectacular race through Leelanau’s vineyards followed by a self-guided wine tour along the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail featuring world class wines and culinary delights that reflect the season’s bounty.

The Traverse City area has events throughout the fall, each celebrating the harvest along the way. The Acme Fall Festival is Saturday, September 30th, and features a farmers market, bake sale, food tent, and more. The following day on Sunday, October 1st, is the 11th Annual Harvest Festivus hosted by Left Foot Charley at the Grand Traverse Commons. This event is Left Foot Charley’s way of giving thanks to the community and kicking off the 2017 fall grape harvest. The Empire Hops Festival is Saturday, October 7th, featuring local foods, brews, and music. The Groundwork Center’s Harvest at the commons festival is the same day, with food, local libations, live entertainment, and an annual farm-to-table community feast all located at the Grand Traverse Commons.

Schedule a wine tasting and tour at Bonobo Winery for an inside look at their harvest season! Benefiting from the region’s strong fruit-bearing properties, this Traverse City winery offers delicious Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Riesling, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Franc.

Share your excitement for the harvest with Chateau Chantal’s 18th Annual Harvest Day Festival on Saturday, October 7th! Activities for the day include Mini Slurpin’ Seminar at 1pm, Grape Stompin’ at 2pm, and a Distillation Seminar at 3pm. The cellar and still will be open to smell wines, stomp grapes, and tour. Come visit one of Traverse City’s fan-favorite wineries at their annual Harvest Day Festival for plenty of wine-related fun!

The National Writers Series in Traverse City is hosting their inaugural Local Harvest Restaurant Series from September 18th to 24th. The series will feature restaurants from the Grand Traverse Region, each with a Harvest Week Special. These specials will either be 100% locally sourced or a recipe from an Alice Waters’ cookbook. Participating restaurants will donate 10% of their proceeds from the Local Harvest Restaurant Series, to be split between Alice Waters’ non-profit, The Edible Schoolyard Project, and the Groundwork Center’s local Farm to School Programs.

Enjoy a Farm-to-Table dining experience at Castle Farms of Charlevoix. Featuring a chef introduction to each course, delicious locally-sourced ingredients, and live music, these events are not to be missed. A unique addition to the evening is an exclusive Twilight Tour of the castle and grounds, something no other locale can match.

Look no further than the Charlevoix area to experience northern Michigan’s harvest. Stop at Friske’s Farm Market in Ellsworth to enjoy numerous tasty treats like a slice of apple pie, you-pick apples, and apple cider. After a day of exploring northern Michigan, stop by downtown Charlevoix for dinner, a craft beer, or a tasty treat

The folks in the Petoskey area take advantage of the burgeoning fall colors and put on a family friendly, fun-filled Harvest Festival in Boyne City. This year’s event will take place on Saturday, September 30th from 8am to 4pm, and will include a folk art demonstration, kids games, arts and crafts, and, of course, a harvest of autumnal goods including apples, squash, pumpkins, and cider.

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Statewide Harvest Celebrations in West Michigan

The Michigan Grape & Wine Industry Council had 29 wine experts from around the country judge fifty-eight of the state’s wineries, all of which produced their wine using Michigan produce. The esteemed panel of judges expressed positive sentiments about the wines presented to them this year. Celebrate the bounty of West Michigan wine by visiting your favorite area wineries throughout the fall!