As temperatures are cooling down, pumpkins and apple cider are starting to pop up everywhere you look! Find seasonal favorites at one of the many area farmers markets, visit a farm or orchard, make your way through a corn maze, or take part in one of the many harvest celebrations happening throughout West Michigan.
Harvest Festivals, Special Events, & Corn Mazes
Cheers to the 29th harvest and fall season at Round Barn Estate in Baroda! On Saturday, September 4th, check out their Harvest Party where you can kick back in the vineyard and enjoy the fruits of their labor with live music, cold drinks, and good food – what better way to celebrate! For more information, visit their Harvest Party event page.
Don’t miss the Paw Paw Wine & Harvest Festival, happening September 10th-12th in Paw Paw! The festival offers something for everyone. Wine enthusiasts can participate in tastings and tours. Feeling active? Get involved in the 5k, grape stomping competition, kayak race, and other contests. Music lovers can check out four different stages with entertainment. Visitors of all ages can enjoy carnival rides, fireworks, and Sunday’s parade. Plus, take advantage of free trolley transportation to help you easily access all the fun the festival has to offer. This is one weekend you won’t want to miss.
On Friday, September 17th, Michigan Apple Fest in Sparta begins! This two-day festival celebrates the harvest of fresh fruits and vegetables grown on “the Ridge” near Sparta, in the heart of apple country. Enjoy food trucks, market vendors, tractor rides, and the Apple Slingshot Contest, plus many more great activities!
Check out the Harvest Moon Festival happening in Newaygo County’s downtown Grant on Saturday, September 18th! Activities include a cornhole tournament, soap box derby, pie baking contest, auto contest, and more.
As summer transitions to fall, it’s time to celebrate the bounty in West Michigan. With Michigan being the third top producer of apples, it’s no wonder there are so many apple festivals throughout the fall. Visit historic Downtown Coldwater on Saturday, September 18th for apples, cider, items, fresh baked goods, crafts, unique artwork, a kids zone, and more during Apple Fest!
The Lakeshore Harvest Ride in the Saugatuck area is the one Michigan bike tour that lets you see, touch, smell, and taste the riches of this breathtaking region. Held on Saturday, September 18th, the Lakeshore Harvest Ride guides you through the rolling countryside of Southwest Michigan. You can visit wineries, cider mills, family farms, orchards, and art studios along the way. There are individual bike routes for every rider, ranging from 15 to 67 miles in length. Best of all, it supports the construction of the Blue Star Trail. Visit their website for more details.
Also near Newaygo, don’t miss out on Fremont’s Annual Harvest Festival. Taking place from September 23rd-25th, the festival features the Harvest Festival Grand Parade, pumpkin bowling, and the Hay Art competition.
Looking for something to do with the kids this fall? Fall Festival Weekends at Lewis Adventure Farm & Zoo in New Era are the perfect place to be. Head to the U-pick apple orchard, capture the perfect photo in a pumpkin patch, and enjoy over 46 farm attractions, including the corn maze! From young kids to adults, there is something to keep everyone entertained all day. Fall Festival will be held weekends September 25th through October 31st.
In the Petoskey area on Saturday, September 25th, Boyne City moves the farmers market to the streets for the Boyne City Harvest Festival. Live entertainment and the Farmers and Crafters Market add to the festive air in this lakeside northern Michigan town.
Enjoy the splendor of autumn at Blandford Nature Center’s annual Fall Harvest Festival on Saturday, October 9th in Grand Rapids! Bring the whole family to enjoy a day of crafts, games, candle dipping, rope making, and even make your own scarecrow to take home with you. Meet some of the Wildlife Ambassadors and also visit their farm where you’ll press your own cider, visit with farm animals, explore the children’s garden, and more. Concessions will be available including Doughrunts Food Truck.
Harvest often begins in September at Black Star Farms in Suttons Bay. Book a private tour and go behind the scenes with a golf cart ride up to the top of the vineyard, where you will enjoy a sparkling wine toast, discuss what is currently occurring in the vineyard, and enjoy views of Grand Traverse Bay. Your tour concludes with a premium tasting paired with an artisan meat and cheese board.
Make your way through the corn maze at Robinette’s Apple Haus & Winery in Grand Rapids. The maze will open just after Labor Day, runs through the end of October, and costs $8 per person. While you’re at Robinette’s, we definitely recommend you pick up some donuts, cider, and one of their many delicious varieties of apples!
Celebrate the harvest in Lansing with a series of events September 11th-30th, such as a local winery’s anniversary harvest celebration, the Fall Festival on Brush Street, and Farmers Market at the Capitol.
This October, Muskegon County invites you to celebrate the vibrant colors of their woods, dunes, and water (and win prizes!) with the “Depot to Depot Fall Color Tour”. Take your car or bike on this self-guided color tour; stretching from the Muskegon South Pierhead Light to the White River Light Station along the historic and scenic West Michigan Pike Byway. Wind your way along Lake Michigan under a canopy of fall-kissed trees in all their autumn glory. See the sites, snap some “selfies,” and discover local shops, restaurants, attractions, and more.
Farmers Markets & U-Pick Orchards
Gull Meadow Farms near Kalamazoo is a great place to enjoy fall with the whole family. There are over 20 acres of apple orchards, pumpkin patch, and family friendly activities including a corn maze each year.
Summer may be over, but farmers markets across West Michigan are still in full swing! Whether you’re looking for a family-friendly outing, shopping for fresh ingredients for the week ahead, or searching for unique artisan products, your market is the place to be. Find your local farmers market here.
As the harvest arrives in the Upper Peninsula, Marquette County residents and visitors can peruse a selection of produce and goods from local farms, growers, and artisans. The Farmers Market is held in downtown Marquette on Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. and Wednesdays from 5 – 7 p.m.
Marquette County also shares its excitement for the fall harvest with the Marquette Food Co-op. Open daily from 8 a.m. – 9 p.m., the co-op helps to promote the growing and eating of local food through presentations and workshops, an on-site store, farm tours, cooking classes, the U.P. Food Exchange, and much more.
Going to the downtown Farmers Market used to be limited to the treat of selecting your own ripe, succulent fruits and vegetables. Things have changed! Saturday morning at the St. Joseph Farmers Market now includes jams, honey, hearth-baked breads and fine pastries, perennials, cut flowers, organic vegetables, and so much more.
Head down country roads in Calhoun County to a local family farm to harvest a full crop of vegetables and fresh-cut flowers, along with beef and pork. The pumpkin patch opens in mid-September, which can be paired with other family activities, such as the corn maze.
Visit one of South Haven’s nearby farms and markets for harvest produce, u-pick apples, and apple cider. Dutch Farm Market and Overhiser Orchards are two of many u-pick farms in the area that boasts bountiful fall harvests. In addition, the South Haven Farm Market runs on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the downtown Huron Street Pavilion. While in the area, make sure to add stops at Bardens Farm Market, DeGrandchamp Farms, or McIntosh Apple Orchards & Winery.
Not only is Saugatuck/Douglas fortunate enough to be in the country’s second most agriculturally diverse state, but they are also situated within Michigan’s Fruit Belt region. No visit to the area during the fall is complete without a stop at Crane’s Orchards where you can go apple picking or select your own pumpkins from the patch. And while you’re there, make the time to explore (and get lost) in their intricate corn maze. Virtue Cider is located among acres of vibrant Western Michigan farmland and orchards, providing a picturesque setting for sharing cider and food with family and friends. All their craft ciders are made from 100% Michigan apples on-site, where they press local fruit, ferment the juice, and age it in barrels in their cider houses. The Market, held at the Saugatuck Center for the Arts, provides a unique hub for the local producers that reflect on our region’s agriculture and seasons. This weekly, seasonal farmers market features artisan foods, local fruits and vegetables, honey, maple syrup, fresh eggs, coffees, plants, live music, and more.
More Farmers Markets, Orchards & Farm Fun:
- Coopersville Farm Museum & Event Center, Coopersville
- Farmer White’s, Williamsburg
- Friske’s Farm Market, Ellsworth
- Grossnickle Farms, Kaleva
- Holland Farmers Market, Holland
- Lakeshore Harvest Country, South Haven
- Nelson’s Farm Market, Grant
- Palmbos Farm Market, Zeeland
- Post Family Farm, Hudsonville
- Reenders Blueberry Farms, West Olive
- Rennhack Orchards Market, Hart
- Shelton Farms & Market, Niles