Outstanding Events and Peak Fall Color in Benzie County, Northern Michigan are Great Reasons to Visit this October

Fall color in Northwest Michigan’s lower peninsula is expected to peak between October 13 through October 27. Make It Benzie invites visitors to experience peak fall color during October when major events are taking place and activities are perfect for guests of all ages. “Autumn is one of the best seasons to visit Benzie County because of the exquisite fall color, as well as, major events taking place that cater to both adults and children. We’ve seen that once visitors discover Benzie and experience the fun and relaxed vibe which are the essence of a Benzie County getaway, they return again and again. It really is a very special place and perfect for all ages,” says Mary Carroll, President of Make It Benzie.

Along with magnificent color along M-115, M-22, and other roads and trails within Benzie County, fall season unique events include Frankfort Beer Weeknow through October 13; Frankfort Fall Festival, October 13; Peaktoberfestat Crystal Mountain in Thompsonville October 19 – 21; and the 10thAnnual Frankfort Film Festivalin Frankfort, October 18 – 21. Spectacular Chairlift Rides and Spooktacular Saturdays are also exhilarating and hauntingly engaging at Crystal Mountain through October.

Frankfort Beer Week

Now through October 13, 2018

The highly rated Stormcloud Brewing Company in Frankfort is front and center during October’s Frankfort Beer Week. Many businesses and restaurants in Frankfort and Elberta are also participating. Frankfort Beer Week features brews from many Michigan Breweries at Beer Dinners, Beer-pairing menus, Tap Takeovers, Art/Beer Events, Beer-Infused food, Music and Special Beer Releases. For details see

Frankfort Fall Festival

October 13, 2018

Throughout the day visitors will experience the wild, wacky fun at the Frankfort Fall Festival. Some of the most unique happenings will include a parade along Main Street with GIANT pumpkins, locally built floats and the mutt march, helicopter rides, Ed Moody’s famous Pumpkin Carvings and a Giant Pumpkin Drop on a car. Kids will enjoy the Halloween maze, plenty of activities and games, as well as, the free movie at the Garden Theater – “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown”. There will also be beer, mead, wine, live music, a silent auction, and wagon rides through town.  Activities and details

Peaktoberfest at Crystal Mountain

October 19 – 21, 2018

Peaktoberfest weekend includes first-class mountain bike racing, a leisurely mountain bike color tour, Friday chairlift rides, Saturday Spooky trail walks, live music, wagon rides, petting zoo, pumpkin carving, German-style food and award-winning brews including Founders Brewing Kolsch, a German style ale. All the action is surrounded by the brilliant autumn colors of northern Michigan.

10thAnnual Frankfort Film Festival

October 18-21, 2018

The historic Garden Theater in Frankfort is the place to be for those who are movie buffs and want to catch an award-winning film. This film-lovers’ festival features leading edge independent films from prestigious film festivals throughout the world such as the Sundance Film Festival and the Golden Globes. The 10thAnnual Frankfort Film Festival will feature 4 – 5 films per day over four days including “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” highlighting the career of the beloved “Mr.” Fred Rogers, “Three Identical Strangers” a true story about triplets separated at birth who unexpectedly reunite at the age of 19, and many other intriguing, thought-provoking drama, documentary, and comedy international award-winning films. For information see or call (231) 352-7561.

A special lodging package for fall visitors is “Benzie Treasure Trove.” Through October 31, make a reservation at any participating lodging establishment (two consecutive nights’ minimum stay required), register onlinefor a Benzie Treasure Trove certificate, and receive lots of freebies, 2 for 1 deals, discounts, and a free gift from “Make It Benzie” – all totaling nearly$300* in value. *Different time periods may limit the choice of offerings listed online.

 For details go or call toll free (800) 882-5801.

Get the true flavor of Northern Michigan’s relaxed pace, exciting adventures, endless exploration, and exquisite natural beauty. Plan your vacation now by exploring the Make it Benzie website at  visitbenzie.comor call toll free (800) 882-5801.

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