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What’s Happening in Northern Michigan: Hops and Props, Oktoberfest, Festival of the Book

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Fall is in the air, which means some of our favorite autumn activities are back!

Courtney Sheffer, from the West Michigan Tourist Association, has a look at What’s Happening in Northern Michigan.

Hops and Props on the River returns to Manistee this Saturday, September 16.

This is a signature Manistee event featuring classic wooden boats and Michigan craft beer, cider and wine.

Taste your way through over 100 beers from 35 Michigan breweries, and enjoy an assortment of classic century boats, as well as new boats to get you out on the water while listening to great local music.

Oktoberfest is coming up in Sault Ste. Marie on Saturday, September 23.

Get your fill of beer and bratwursts, along with other specialty foods and non-alcoholic beverages.

Explore the farm and craft market, take part in a competition, dance at the polka stage and enjoy live music long into the night at a variety of local establishments.

Oktoberfest runs from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. and offers free admission.

The Harbor Springs Festival of the Book is one of the largest literary festivals in the Midwest, and returns this year from September 29 through October 1.

Celebrating the culture of books, the festival will host more than 50 presenting authors this year.

Festival events will be held in several different venues throughout Harbor Springs, and most will be free of charge.

Events will range from author presentations, to “Soup & Stories,” and to book signings and trivia.