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October Family Fun Fairs & Festivals in Southeast Michigan

Fall 2013 is here. It's time for outdoor autumn action! Find fun seasonal events for the kids in Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties.

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When there's a chill in the air and the leaves are changing colors, that means it's time for some fall fun in metro Detroit and Ann Arbor! And while there are many ways to get into the Halloween spirit this month (see our roundup of Halloween haunts, hayrides and other happenings), there's also plenty going on to celebrate the changing seasons and harvest time. Browse this list for some of the top fun activities (both autumn and holiday-related) sure to keep your family busy all October long. And if you're hankering for some fresh cider and doughnuts, check out our 2013 cider mill, orchard and agritainment listings.

Trenton Scarecrow Festival

Oct. 4-6, 2013

  • Address: downtown Trenton
  • Times: 6-10:30 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday
  • Phone: 734-675-7325
  • Cost: free/entry, $15/$17/ride wristbands

Bring your decked out scarecrow for the annual contest or vote on your favorite. There's a Scarecrow Idol singing contest, Battle of the Bands, a dog costume contest and much more to celebrate year No. 12.

International Festival

Oct. 4-6, 2013

  • Address: Southfield Pavilion, 26000 Evergreen Road, Southfield
  • Times: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday
  • Phone: 248-796-5130
  • Cost: $3/person (weekend pass), $5/family, free/parking

Polish, Indian, African, Spanish, Greek, Korean, Mexican, Middle Eastern and Ukrainian are among the many cultures celebrated at this 90th annual event, highlighting music, dance, food, jewelry, crafts and much more, for kids and parents alike.

Hilton Fall Festival

Oct. 5, 2013

  • Address: Martin Road Park Activity Center, 1615 E. Lewiston Ave., Ferndale
  • Times: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday
  • Phone: 248-544-6767
  • Cost: $5/person (ages 3-15), $2/adults (ages 16-plus), free/2 and under

An affordable family fun day with music, kids' activities, costume contests, pony rides, hayrides, inflatables and plenty more fun.

Car Tunes Car Show Fall Show

Oct. 5, 2013

  • Address: downtown Northville, Main Street area
  • Times: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday
  • Phone: 248-349-7640
  • Cost: free/admission

Jam to the DJ's tunes while you're checking out classic cars from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., followed by awards. Live music from Steve King and the Dittlies is 1-3 p.m. Live entertainment by Steve King and the Dittilies complement the classic car show dotting the street. Plenty of food for the family too.

Dexter Apple Daze

Oct. 5, 2013

  • Address: Monument Park, 8558 Ann Arbor St., Dexter
  • Times: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday
  • Cost: free/general, $1/hayrides, $4/miniature golf

This annual event features a car show, crafts, hayrides, miniature golf, food and more fun for the kids, all hosted by the Dexter Lions Club.

Harvest Happening

Oct. 5 (Oct. 6 rain date), 2013

  • Address: Hess-Hathaway Park, 825 S. Williams Lake Road, Waterford
  • Times: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday (Sunday rain date)
  • Phone: 248-674-5441
  • Cost: free admission; hayrides: $1.50/adults, $1/kids; $7/activity wristbands; $4/pony rides

Now entering year No. 27, this favorite-family event has farm animals, a bake sale, hayrides, food, local bands and, of course, magic by Ronald McDonald.

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