October Family Fun Fairs & Festivals in Southeast Michigan

Autumn 2015 is here, so grab your sweatshirts and head out to one of these fab fall fests in Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties.


The air is cooler, leaves are changing color, days are getting shorter, nights are longer – and the fun of summer has passed us by. But don’t get the winter-time blues just yet. Southeast Michigan is packed full seasonal fairs and festivals sure to put a bit of fun into your fall. Whether you’re looking to get a taste of other cultures, celebrate the season or just get out of the house before the snow falls, one of these fests in Macomb, Oakland, Wayne and Washtenaw counties are sure to be the right fit.

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Wilson Barn Pumpkin Fest (and Haunted Barn)

Sept. 26-Oct. 30, 2015 (daily)

  • Address: Wilson Barn, 29350 W. Chicago Road, Livonia
  • Times: 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. weekdays, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. weekends (haunted barn on weekends only)
  • Phone: 734-427-4311
  • Cost: free/admission, fees/some activities

The pumpkin fest has fresh pumpkins, cornstalks and pony and hayrides during the week. Weekends have a haunted barn, with some thrills and chills for all (scare factor is adjusted based on age). Plus cider, doughnuts, hot chocolate and crafts.

Trenton Scarecrow Festival

Oct. 2-4, 2015

  • Address: West Road and Jefferson Ave., 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/ride wristbands on Friday and Sunday, $17/ride wristbands on Saturday

This 14-year-old fest brings a dog costume contest, along with a full carnival packed with games and rides, live entertainment, scarecrow building contests, pumpkin carving demonstrations and more.

Palmer Park Harvest Festival

Oct. 3, 2015

  • Address: Next to Palmer Park’s Splash Park, on Merrill Plaisance, near Pontchartrain, between McNichols and Seven Mile Roads, west of Woodward Avenue, Detroit
  • Times: 1-4 p.m. Saturday
  • Cost: free

There’s hayrides, apple tasting, a petting zoo, pony rides, urban garden and pumpkin patch tours, live demonstrations and more.

Paws in the Park

Oct. 3-4, 2015

  • Address: Memorial Park, 13 Mile Road and Woodward Avenue, Royal Oak
  • Times: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
  • Phone: 248-347-4350
  • Cost: free

Bring both your two-legged family members and four-legged friends for a fest featuring a dog show and contests.

Huron Applefest

Oct. 3-4, 2015

  • Address: downtown Huron Township area
  • Times: 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday
  • Phone: 734-753-3378
  • Cost: free admission

This year, this fest celebrates year 36 year, with an old-time fiddling contest, a parade, an apple pie contest and more.

Johnny Appleseed Festival

Oct. 4, 2015

  • Address: Wolcott Mill Metropark, 65775 Wolcott Road, Ray Township
  • Times: noon-4 p.m. Sunday
  • Phone: 586-752-5932
  • Cost: $5/admission, $7/parking

Kids and grown-ups learn all about the history of Michigan’s apples, taste a variety of different apples and apple treats, build a scarecrow and more.

Harvest Happening

Oct. 3 (Oct. 4 rain date), 2015

  • 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, $3/hayrides, $4/pony rides, $10-$15/ride wristbands

Now entering year No. 29, this favorite-family event has farm animals, a bake sale, hayrides, food, performances by local bands and even a puppet show.

Clawson Fall Festival

Oct. 4, 2015

  • Address: Clawson City Park, 935 N. Custer Ave., Clawson
  • Times: 3-6 p.m. festival, 6:15 p.m. bonfire
  • Phone: 248-589-0334
  • Cost: free

Visitors to the fest enjoy free family fun including hayrides, farm animals, inflatables and games. Food trucks and bakers sell their goods, too. Bring your s’mores fixings for a bonfire by the Clawson Fire Department.

Harvest Time on the Farm

Oct. 4, 2015

  • Address: Rentschler Farm Museum, 1265 E. Michigan Ave., Ann Arbor
  • Times: noon-5 p.m.
  • Phone: 734-944-0442
  • Cost: $1/adults, free/kids

This fest offers live music, wagon rides, live demonstrations and displays, kids activities, farm tours and more.

The Fall Fair and Artisan Market

Oct. 9-10, 2015

  • Address: Northville Community Center, 303 W. Main St.
  • Times: 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday
  • Phone: 734-459-0050
  • Costs: $3/adults, free/kids 12 and under

This annual art fair displays the works of some 75 artists.

International Festival

Oct. 9-11, 2015

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

This festival celebrates a variety of heritages including Polish, Mexican, Middle Eastern, Korean and others with music and dance demonstrations, children’s art-making workshops, exhibits, a bazaar packed with jewelry, clothing gifts and more.

Zoo Boo at the Detroit Zoo

Oct. 9-11, 16-18 and 23-25, 2015

  • Address: 8450 W. 10 Mile Road, Royal Oak
  • Phone: 248-541-5717
  • Times: 5-8 p.m. Friday-Sunday
  • Cost: $8/advance, $12/door (if available), $6/parking

Dress up in your favorite costumes for a half-mile of trick-or-treating around the zoo. Visit the haunted reptile house, enjoy magic shows and street performers, an extreme pumpkin carving demonstration and more. (Note: Advance registration is highly recommended; can sell out.)

Hallowe’en in Greenfield Village

Oct. 9-11, 15-18 and 22-25, 2015

  • Address: 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn
  • Phone: 313-982-6001
  • Times: 6:30-9 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 6:30-8p.m. Thursdays and Sundays
  • Cost: free with admission: $16/ages 2-plus, free/kids under 2; $6/parking

More than 1,000 carved jack-o’-lanterns light your way along the mile-long, curving trick-or-treating path through the village. Don your favorite costumes, meet some classic creepy characters at this nightmare-free event. (Note: Tours leave every half hour and you must register for this event.)

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Hilton Fall Festival

Oct. 10, 2015

  • Address: Ferndale Recreation, 1201 Livernois St., Ferndale
  • Phone: 248-544-6767
  • Times: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday
  • Cost: $5/kids, $2/ages 16-plus

This affordable family festival offers crafts, carnival games, face painting, hayrides, pony rides, trick-or-treating and much more.

Pick a Pyro Pumpkin Patch

Oct. 10, 2015

  • Address: Pyro Art Glass Studio, 123 S. Main St., Mount Clemens
  • Phone: 586-954-4994
  • Times: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday
  • Cost: free

Stroll through a patch of blown glass pumpkins for sale, see glass blowing demonstrations and enjoy some refreshments.

Pumpkin Festival at MSU Tollgate Education Center and Farm

Oct. 10, 2015

  • Address: 28115 Meadowbrook Road, Novi
  • Phone: 248-347-3860
  • Times: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday
  • Cost: free/admission, fees/pumpkins and food

Pick your pumpkin from the patch, take a hayride and visit with the animals. There will be cider and doughnuts, too.

Stonewall Pumpkin Festival at Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm

Oct. 10, 2015

  • Address: 1005 Van Hoosen Road, Rochester Hills
  • Phone: 248-656-4663
  • Times: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday
  • Cost: $7/ages 2-plus (includes a pumpkin)

See thousands of jack-o’-lanterns on the historic stonewalls around the museum and even carve your own! After, enjoy pumpkin bowling, music, hayrides and much more.

Taylor Fall Fest at Heritage Park

Oct. 10, 2015

  • Address: 12111 Pardee Road, Taylor
  • Times: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday
  • Phone: 313-737-6887
  • Cost: free/admission, fees/some activities

This annual event includes free pumpkin decorating and hayrides; plus doughnuts, cider and bounce houses for a fee.

Boo at the Burgh at Burgh Historical Park

Oct. 16-17, 2015

  • Address: northeast corner of Civic Center Drive and Berg Road, Southfield
  • Phone: 248-796-4620
  • Times: 6:30-9 p.m.
  • Cost: $5-$7/residents, $7-$9/nonresidents

There’s fright-less fun for younger Halloween lovers from 2 to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, and a haunted hayride for those seeking real scares the rest of the time. Find trick-or-treating, storytelling and more.

Halloween Festival on Hines Drive

Oct. 17, 2015

  • Address: Hines Drive, Nankin Mills area, 33175 Ann Arbor Trail, Westland
  • Phone: 734-261-1990
  • Times: 1-3 p.m. Saturday
  • Cost: free

Spook-free fun is in store for younger kids at this favorite yearly event that has games, entertainment, hayrides and candy. Costumes are optional. Dress for the weather.

Pumpkin Palooza

Oct. 18, 2015

  • Address: Downtown Plymouth area
  • Phone: 734-453-1540
  • Times: noon-3 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: free

Enjoy games, kid and pet costume contests, live entertainment, candy giveaways and more.

Harvest Spooktacular at Matthaei Botanical Gardens

Oct. 24, 3015

  • Address: 1800 N. Dixboro Road, Ann Arbor
  • Phone: 734-647-7600
  • Times: 10 a.m.-noon Saturday
  • Cost: $8

Can you make it through the vines, figs and meat-eating plants at the conservatory? If you do, head outside to make a mask and decorate a pumpkin.

Hallow Harvest at Cobblestone Farm

Oct. 24, 2015

  • Address: 2781 Packard Road, Ann Arbor
  • Phone: 734-794-7120
  • Times: noon-4 p.m. Saturday
  • Cost: $2/adults, $1/kids, $5/families, free/3 and under

This festival brings the 1850s to life with traditional lawn games, costumed interpreters, live entertainment and more.

Downtown Halloween Festival at the Ypsilanti District Library

Oct. 30, 2015

  • Address: 229 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti
  • Phone: 734-483-4444
  • Times: 5 p.m. Friday
  • Cost: free

This fest gives away free books and popcorn. There’s games and costume contests, too.

Haunted Halloween Family Party at the Arab American National Museum

Oct. 31, 2015

  • Address: 13624 Michigan Ave., Dearborn
  • Phone: 313-582-2266
  • Times: 2 p.m. Saturday
  • Cost: $8/advance, $10/door

This Halloween alternative offers scavenger hunts, trick-or-treating, pumpkin decorating, live animals, karaoke and more.

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Holidays are here! Find events, crafts and lots more in the FREE Holiday Family Fun in Southeast Michigan guide. Download it for FREE right now. BONUS: Get a FREE subscription to Metro Parent magazine for more tips and fun.


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