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Fall Festivals in Southeast Michigan in 2011

Fairs and fun don't slow down when the weather gets cold! Find tons of family fests in metro Detroit during September, October and November.

September kicks off fall – cooler temps, changing leaves and, of course, cider and doughnuts. October is all about Halloween fun, filled with pumpkin carving, hunting down the perfect costume and heading out for the annual spookiness. Then there's November – turkey time, which marks the official start of the holiday season for families.

Each month includes a celebration, so it's fitting that southeast Michigan is filled with family fun fall festivals! Look through our listing of major weekend events happening September until November. Looking for some one-day festival fun during the fall season? Check out the Metro Parent calendar for tons of smaller fun events happening in fall 2011!

September

Harvest Moon Celebration

  • Where: Downtown Farmington, Sundquist Pavilion, Riley Park
  • Dates: Sept. 22-24, 2011
  • Times: 6-11 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday
  • Cost: $5/advance, $8/door

Thursday and Friday evenings give parents a chance to see live entertainment, sample beer and wine and taste food from local eateries during the Taste of Farmington (Friday). Saturday is all about the kids – with a petting zoo and show, a toddler hay bale maze, pumpkin bounce house and more.

Sheep & Wool Festival

  • Where: Mount Bruce Station, 6440 Bordman Road, Romeo
  • Dates: Sept. 24-25, 2011
  • Times: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Cost: $7/person, free/5 and under, additional costs for maze or hayrides

The two-day event features seep shearing, border collie field demos (which take place noon-2 p.m.), visits with alpacas, llamas and rabbits – along with live music.

Diehl's Ciderfest

  • Where: Diehl's Orchard & Cider Mill, 1479 Ranch Road, Holly
  • Dates: Sept. 24-25, 2011
  • Times: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Cost: Free admission

It's all about fall family fun at this 30th annual event, which features hayrides, pony rides, a kiddie maze, craft demonstrations, live entertainment and more. Top off the fun with delicious cider and doughnuts!

Common Ground's Birmingham Street Art Fair

  • Where: South Old Woodward between Maple Road and Bowers Street and on Merrill Street between Pierce Street and South Old Woodward Avenue, downtown Birmingham
  • Dates: Sept. 24-25, 2011
  • Times: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: Free

This 37th annual art fair features the work of more than 160 artists in the areas of ceramics, paintings, photography, jewelry and more. A children's activity zone has projects from the Detroit Institute of Arts. Kids can create a Chinese Slat Book using tongue depressors, yarn, beads and markers. The two-day event acts as a fundraiser for Oakland County's Common Ground, a nonprofit organization helping families in crisis.

Trenton Scarecrow Festival

  • Where: Downtown Trenton
  • When: Sept. 30-Oct. 2, 2011
  • Times: 6-10:30 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: Free, costs for carnival attractions

This annual shindig is turning 10 years old! You and your family can enjoy carnival rides, live music, a Scarecrow Idol contest and fun for people of all ages. Think your dog is the cutest pup in the land? Dress him or her up in a costume and enter the fourth annual dog costume contest.

October

Fall Festival at the Detroit Zoo

  • Where: The Detroit Zoo, 8450 W. 10 Mile Road, Royal Oak
  • Dates: Oct. 1-2, 2011
  • Times: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Cost: Free with zoo admission: $12/ages 15-61, $8/ages 2-14, $10/ages 62-plus and active military with ID, free/under 2

The two-day festival takes place at the Main Picnic Grove. Come rain or shine. The festivities include live entertainment, kids activities, hayrides, food and fun for folks of all ages.

Wilson Barn Pumpkin Fest

  • Where: Wilson Barn, 29350 W. Chicago Road, Livonia
  • Dates: Oct. 1-30, 2011
  • Times: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. weekdays, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. weekends
  • Cost: Free admission, $1/haunted barn admission, $1/kids crafts

Pick pumpkins, gourds and corn. Pony rides, a haunted barn and more are in store daily throughout the month of October. Craft shows are held on the weekends and some Fridays. Children's crafts can be done on Oct. 22 at noon, 1 and 2 p.m., but registration is required. Don't forget the cider and doughnuts.

Huron Applefest

  • Where: Huron Township, downtown area
  • Dates: Oct. 1-2, 2011
  • Times: 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: Free

This annual family festival began in 1979 and, 32 years later, it's still going strong. Don't miss the classic car show, open to everyone and free to enter, along with a parade and entertainment for the kiddies. And, of course, there will be an apple pie contest.

South Lyon Area Pumpkin Fest

  • Where: Downtown South Lyon
  • When: Oct. 1-2, 2011
  • Times: Event times vary; check website for details
  • Cost: Free admission

There will be a parade at 10 a.m. on Saturday, along with a craft show on both days. The fun continues with live performances on both the main and family stages (the latter also includes a photo booth and make-and-take projects from Arts and Scraps). New this year: a Farmers Market tent and 60-foot-long Play 1st mobile gaming trailer with Xbox and PS3.

Fall Farm Festival

  • Where: Kensington Metropark, Farm Center, 2240 W. Buno Road, Milford
  • When: Oct. 8-9, 2011
  • Times: noon-4 p.m.
  • Cost: Free, $5/vehicle entry, some fees/hayrides and pumpkins

Get a closer look at farm life by visiting the animals and watching demos in things like beekeeping and apple cider making. Rosco the Clown will be performing for the kiddies. Children can also take a stroll through the Kids Cottage and a corn maze, as well.

Zoo Boo

  • Where: Detroit Zoo, 8450 W. 10 Mile Road, Royal Oak
  • When: Oct. 14-16, 21-23, 28-30, 2011
  • Times: 6 p.m.-8 p.m. (tickets sold every half hour)
  • Cost: $12/ages 15-61, $8/ages 2-14, $10/ages 62-plus and active military with ID, free/under age 2

Halloween can be frightening for your little ones – with all the ghosts, gore and haunted houses – so the Detroit Zoo hosts this annual family-friendly event. Dress up in your costume and trick-or-treat on a half-mile trail in the zoo. Or, stop by the Haunted Reptile House to visit the ghosts and goblins. A Zombie Zone has games and activities for the kids, to boot.

Hallowe'en in Greenfield Village

  • Where: Greenfield Village, The Henry Ford, 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn
  • When: Oct. 14-16, 21-23, 28-30, 2011
  • Times: 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Sunday (happening every half hour)
  • Cost: $12.75/members, $15/nonmembers, free/ ages 2 and under, $5/vehicle, parking

It's creepy, kooky and a bit spooky – the annual celebration of Halloweens past is a crowd pleaser year after year! Eight hundred jack-o-lanterns light your path. Dress up in costume or come in your everyday clothes. There are 11 treat stations to pass through, and you'll meet characters along the way. People of all ages will enjoy this Halloween celebration.

International Festival

  • Where: Southfield Pavilion, 26000 Evergreen Road, Southfield
  • Dates: Oct. 21-23, 2011
  • Times: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: $3/person, $5/family

Get a true multicultural experience as cultures from around the world are celebrated through music, art, crafts, jewelry and more. There'll be music and dance performers from backgrounds like Greek, Polish, Middle Eastern, Spanish, African and more. It's a primo opp to introduce your kids to cultures from around the world!

November

Metro Parent Native American Festival and Mini Pow Wow

  • Where: Southfield Pavilion, 26000 Evergreen Road, Southfield
  • When: Nov. 12-13, 2011
  • Times: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: $7.50/person, $6/groups of 10 or more

It's back! Year 19 of Metro Parent's own annual favorite has a shopping area, live performers, food, storytellers and more. This year's main event: the 2011 Hoop Dancing champ Tony Duncan, who will be performing for the crowd. Also new this year is an expanded authentic Native American village.

Detroit Christmas Wonderfest

  • Where: Campus Martius Park, 800 Woodward Ave., Detroit
  • When: Nov. 18-27, 2011
  • Times: 4-10 p.m. Nov. 18, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Nov. 19, noon-8 p.m. Nov. 20-23, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 24, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Nov. 25-26, noon-8 p.m. Nov. 27
  • Cost: Free admission

The home of Detroit's official Christmas tree debuts this festival, which begins with a ceremonial tree lighting event Nov. 18 and continues through the America's Thanksgiving Day parade festivities. Families can ice skate or ride the carousel or Ferris wheel.

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