What to do in West Michigan in September


From local cider and brews, antique tractors, and bike tours along the lakeshore — there’s a little bit of everything happening in West Michigan during the month of September. Courtney Sheffer with the West Michigan Tourist Association joined My West Michigan with a rundown of local events.


Crane’s Ciderfest – Saturday, September 8th at Crane’s Pie Pantry, Restaurant, & Winery in Fennville

  • Celebrate 4 years of Crane’s Winery! You’ll have the chance to try all of their ciders and wine, enjoy delicious eats, listen to the sounds of Michael Hulett & Pretty Rage and have the chance to take home the trophy during their pie eating contest! There’s something for everyone – kids and adults alike!
  • Early bird entry is $15, purchased either through eventbrite or in-person at Crane’s in Fennville or their Tasting Bar in Saugatuck. Entry prices will rise to $20 if bought day-of the event. Your entry will include 6 tickets (good for food, desserts, cider, wine and non-alcoholic drinks), a commemorative glass and one raffle entry for fun prizes! Extra tickets will be available to purchase at the event, $1/ticket.
  • Bringing the kids? Great news! Kids 12 and under get to enjoy the day for free!

7th Annual Lakeshore Harvest Country Bicycle Tour – Saturday, September 15 from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

  • Enjoy a countryside bicycle ride to fruit farms, wineries and cideries in and around South Haven, Fennville and Saugatuck, as the fall color season begins to take shape in Lakeshore Harvest Country.
  • Four routes ranging in length from 15 to 62 miles are available to accommodate riders of varying abilities, starting in Douglas or South Haven.
  • Rest stops, snacks, lunch and even shopping are offered along the route—with concierge service to transport purchases (such as produce, artwork and other goodies) back to the starting point, for riders to pick up after the event.

3. Perrin Brewing 6th Anniversary Backyard Bash – September 8th

  • Bust a move at Perrin Brewing‘s Backyard Bash in Comstock Park – a huge anniversary blowout in celebration of 6 years spent making innovative, quality craft beers.
  • The party’s going down Saturday, September 8 from 4-11p.m. with a stacked event schedule full of live music, food trucks, specialty beers, vendors and The Annual Cornhole Tournament. Tickets are available for purchase in the Perrin Pub or on EventBrite.
  • Specialty beer offerings will include the 2018 Malted Milk Ball – an Imperial Porter with cocoa nibs and Polynesian vanilla beans aged in bourbon barrels for 9 months. The Cigar Lounge will feature hand-rolled cigars paired with big barrel-aged beers, and Perrin favorite beers will be available throughout the day.
  • Great beer is even greater-er paired with tasty eats from local food trucks, so Perrin will round up a variety of food truck offerings including fare from Patty Matters, Pizzaiolo, Wood-Fire Pizza, Blue Spoon Catering and Ice Box Ice Cream.
  • Rain or shine, there’ll be beer to drink and the party will go on. Several large tents will be set up in the yard to protect attendees from the sun and ever-unpredictable Michigan weather. Party-goers are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets, but Perrin asks that no personal coolers or beverages are brought in.
  • Tickets are $7 in advance, $10 at the door. Ages 21 and up only.

4. 50th Annual Fallasburg Arts Festival – Sept 15 – 16, 2018, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

  • LowellArts invites you to the 50th annual, 2-day Fallasburg Arts Festival held in picturesque Fallasburg Park, located approximately 20 miles east of Grand Rapids in Lowell, MI.
  • The event features 100 unique fine art and fine craft booths, food booths, children’s craft area, craft demonstrations, and music performed on an outdoor stage.
  • Annual attendance estimates are 25,000.
  • Fallasburg Park, 1124 Fallasburg Rd, Lowell, MI 49331

5. Antique Engine and Tractor Show at Michigan Flywheelers Museum in South Haven- September 6th – 9th

  • Visit one of the largest shows of its kind in the state! Collectors from all over the United States and Canada attend this four day event showing their huge steam engines, antique flywheel engines and tractors.
  • Along with the hundreds of antique machinery on display, there is plenty to do for the entire family: daily parades, entertainment, kids activities, demonstrations, exhibits and buildings in Old Towne, a sawmill, shingle mill and blacksmith shop.
  • Some of the activities include South Haven Tractor Cruise on Thursday, Kid’s Night-time Tractor Cruise on Friday and Saturday, Antique Tractor Pulls on Saturday, and bands each evening.
  • Admission is only $7 per person. Children 12 and under free with paid admission.
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