Grape stomping and Irish Music kick off fall in West Michigan


Paw Paw Wine & Harvest Festival

  • September 8th to 10th
  • Lots of fun and events for the whole family
  • Events include:
    • Fireworks over Maple Lake on Friday, September 8th at Dusk
    • Coca Cola Grape Stomp on Saturday, September 9th at 10am
    • 23rd Annual Grape Escape Classic Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show in Downtown Paw Paw on Saturday, September 9th from 8am to 3pm
    • Fine Wine & Beer Tasting at the Festival Tent featuring Local Wineries and Breweries on Saturday, September 9th from noon to 5pm
    • St. Julian Festival Parade through Downtown Paw Paw on Sunday, September 10th starting at 1pm
    • And more!
  • Throughout the weekend they’ll have the Marketplace, Festival Tent with live music, wine and beer tasting, and St. Julian Winery Events
  • Costs:
    • Most events are free
    • There is a small cover charge for the Wine & Harvest Festival tent, Warner’s entertainment area, and the St Julian tent
    • Carnival rides and inflatables require tickets which are available at the activity area
    • You can gather 4 of your friends and stomp grapes without siging up for the competition (the fee is $25 for the group)

Baroda Founders Wine Cellar Grape Stomp

  • Saturday, September 9th in Baroda
  • Teams of four, so grab your friends
  • Two prizes given out at the end to the best teams
    • Most Juice
    • Best Costume
  • Start time: 3:30pm
    • Come early to sign up, and stay to stomp, dance, and drink delicious wine
  • They’ll be stomping rain or shine!
  • Baroda Founders Wine Cellar is nestled in the heart of Southwest Michigan, one of the best grape-growing regions of the world
  • With Lake Michigan to the west, the region’s climate is ideal for growing bountiful harvests of fruit.

Michigan Irish Music Festival

  • September 14th to 17th in Muskegon
  • Featuring live Irish entertainment daily under six large covered stages, from traditional Irish and folk music to contemporary Celtic rock to storytelling and Irish dance
  • Visit The Pub for a traditional Irish beverage, live music, or football game on big screen TVs
  • The Celtic Kitchen features traditional Irish Food as well as outstanding Festival favorites found in the Food Court
  • The festival has activities for all ages including a Cultural and Dance Stage, Wee Ones’ Area, and shopping at two locations – the Irish Market and the Irish Store
  • You can also join a jam session in the Session Tent or take part in the Catholic Mass – Sunday at 9am, followed by a traditional Irish breakfast
  • Returning this year is the Tea Room,The Highland Games, Celtic Canines, and the very popular Whiskey Snug
  • Tickets
    • Available online through September 7th, and will be held at will call
      • Thursday: Not available online
      • Friday: $10
      • Saturday: $15
      • Sunday: $10
      • 4-Day Pass: $30
    • Available at the box office starting September 14th. Box office opens 30 minutes before the gates
      • Thursday: $5 at the gate, cash only
      • Friday: $15
      • Saturday: $20
      • Sunday: $15
      • 4-Day Pass: $40

Gilmore Keyboard Festival’s Rising Stars Series Presents: Drew Peterson

  • Sunday, September 17th from 4pm to 6pm at the Wellspring Theater in Kalamazoo
  • The Gilmore Rising Stars Series has presented many fine young pianists over the past 18 years before their international breakthroughs, offering audiences a chance to hear the leading pianists of the future
  • Born in Oradell, New Jersey in 1993, Drew Peterson began his career as a pianist at an early age. He was presented at Carnegie Hall at age 5, and at 10, he performed a solo recital for Steinway’s 150th Anniversary
  • He is the winner of the 2017 American Pianists Award and the Christel DeHaan Fellowship of the American Pianists Association
  • Petersen graduated cum laude from Harvard at 19 with a Bachelor of Liberal Arts in Social Science and completed both his undergraduate and graduate music studies at The Juilliard School, where he was recently accepted into the prestigious Artist Diploma program
  • He regularly performs internationally at some of the world’s most esteemed festivals and venues, and his unique gifts have been profiled in The New York Times, New York Magazine, in the documentary Just Normal, and in Andrew Solomon’s book, Far From the Tree
  • Tickets are $25 for adults and $6 for students