October Family Fun Fairs & Festivals in Southeast Michigan

Autumn 2016 is in full swing. Grab your sweatshirts, round up the gang and head to one of these fab October fests in Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties.

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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 wintertime blues just yet. Southeast Michigan is packed full of seasonal fairs and festivals that will put the fun back 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 blizzards hit, one of these fests in Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties are sure to be the right fit.

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Palmer Park Harvest Festival

Oct. 1, 2016

  • 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

This annual community gathering features hayrides, apple tasting, pumpkin and squash picking; plus a petting zoo, live demonstrations, games and much more.

Huron Applefest

Oct. 1-2, 2016

  • 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 marks the 37th year for this annual fest, which offers up two days of live entertainment, crafts, food vendors, a fiddling contest and tons of apple treats to enjoy.

Wilson Barn Pumpkin Fest (and Haunted Barn)

Oct. 1-30, 2016 (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 opens Oct. 15-16, 22-23 and 29-30 from noon-7:30 p.m.)
  • Phone: 734-427-4311
  • Cost: free/admission, $1/haunted barn, fees/some activities

The historic barn opens its gates to the public every Halloween so that families can enjoy pumpkins, cornstalks, pony and hayrides, a haunted barn and an arts and crafts show; plus cider, doughnuts, hot chocolates and more.

Johnny Appleseed Festival

Oct. 2, 2016

  • Address: Wolcott Mill Metropark, 65775 Wolcott Road, Ray Township
  • Times: noon-3 p.m. Sunday
  • Phone: 586-752-5932
  • Cost: $5/admission, $10/vehicle entry

Learn all about the history of Michigan’s apples and the story behind the legend of Johnny Appleseed, taste a variety of different apples and apple treats, build a scarecrow and more.

Harvest Time on the Farm

Oct. 2, 2016

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

Find live pigs, chicken, sheep and cows, crafters, wagon rides, tractor displays, live demonstrations, kids’ activities and more.

Harvest Happening

Oct. 2, 2016

  • Address: Hess-Hathaway Park, 825 S. Williams Lake Road, Waterford
  • Times: noon-5 p.m. Sunday
  • Phone: 248-674-5441
  • Cost: free/admission; donations appreciated, $4/hayrides, $4-$5/pony rides, $20/person for unlimited ride wristbands

2016 marks the 30th year for this family-favorite, which has farm animals, hay and pony rides, live music and a kids’ area full of inflatables and kids’ rides.

Japan Festival

Oct. 2, 2016

  • Address: Novi High School, 24062 Taft Road
  • Times: 1-4 p.m. Sunday
  • Phone: 248-347-0460
  • Costs: free

This annual celebrates Japanese culture with authentic food, music, traditions and more.

Clawson Fall Festival

Oct. 2, 2016

  • Address: Clawson City Park, 935 N. Custer Ave.
  • Times: 3-7 p.m. festival, 6:15 p.m. bonfire
  • Phone: 248-589-0334
  • Cost: free

Visitors enjoy free family fin including hayrides, farm animals, inflatables and games galore, not to mention tons of food trucks and bakers on site and a bonfire by the Clawson Fire Department, too.

The Fall Fair and Artisan Market

Oct. 7-8, 2016

  • 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

The work of some 75 artists is on display at this annual fair; plus pumpkins for carving, specialty food and more.

Ann Arbor Oktoberfest

Oct. 7-8, 2016

  • Address: East and West Washington streets, downtown Ann Arbor
  • Times: 5 p.m.-midnight Friday-Saturday
  • Phone: 734-668-7112
  • Costs: free/admission, fees/food and drink

Grown-ups head to Ann Arbor for some authentic German eats, adult beverages and tons of fall fun. Kids must be accompanied by an adult.

Zoo Boo at the Detroit Zoo

Oct. 7-9, 14-16 and 21-23, 2016

  • Address: 8450 W. 10 Mile Road, Royal Oak
  • Phone: 248-541-5717
  • Times: 5-8 p.m. Friday-Sunday
  • Cost: $9/advance, $13/door (if available), $6/parking

Don your favorite costumes to walk the half-mile trick-or-treating route around the zoo, visit the haunted reptile house, and check out the extreme pumpkin carving demonstrations, live magic shows, street performances and more. Note: Advance registration is highly recommended; can sell out.

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Ann Arbor Annual Arts and Crafts Show at Grace Apostolic Temple

Oct. 8, 2016

  • Address: 2898 Packard Road, Ann Arbor
  • Phone: 734-368-8897
  • Times: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday
  • Cost: $2/general admission

Find the works of more than 60 juried artists, kids’ crafts, face painting, homemade baked goods and more at this annual show.

Stonewall Pumpkin Festival at Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm

Oct. 8, 2016

  • Address: 1005 Van Hoosen Road, Rochester Hills
  • Phone: 248-656-4663
  • Times: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Saturday
  • Cost: $8/ages 2-plus, free/kids under 2 (includes a pumpkin)

Thousands of jack-o’-lanterns adorn the historic stonewalls at the museum at this annual event. Check out those on display, carve your own and enjoy the live music and fall activities offered.

Hilton Fall Festival

Oct. 8, 2016

  • Address: Martin Road Park, 1615 E. Lewiston Ave., Ferndale
  • Phone: 248-544-6767
  • Times: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday
  • Cost: $5/person

This annual fest includes tons of fall family fun including carnival games, crafts, face painting, hayrides, pony rides, trick-or-treating, an inflatable obstacle course, tattoo and photo stations, music, pumpkin painting and much more.

Pick a Pyro Pumpkin Patch

Oct. 8-9, 2016

  • Address: Pyro Art Glass Studio, 123 S. Main St., Mount Clemens
  • Phone: 586-954-4994
  • Times: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
  • Cost: free

Take a stroll through a patch of blown glass pumpkins, check out glass blowing demos and enjoy some cider and donuts at this annual.

Pumpkin Festival at MSU Tollgate Education Center and Farm

Oct. 8-9, 2016

  • Address: 28115 Meadowbrook Road, Novi
  • Phone: 517-355-2308
  • Times: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
  • Cost: free/admission, fees/pumpkins and food

Take your pick of pumpkins from the patch, enjoy a hayride and visit with the animals. They offer kids’ activities, cider and doughnuts, too.

Hallowe’en in Greenfield Village

Oct. 14-16, 20-23 and 27-30, 2016

  • Address: 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn
  • Phone: 313-982-6001
  • Times: 6:30-9 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 6:30-8 p.m. Thursdays and Sundays
  • Cost: $16/entry, free/under 2, $6/park

Costumed kids trick-or-treat down the mile-long path through the village, which is lit by more than 1,000 carved jack-o’-lanterns and features classic costumed characters along the way. Note: Tours leave every half hour and you must register for this event.

Halloween Festival on Hines Drive

Oct. 15, 2016

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

Enjoy tons of spook-free family fun at this favorite yearly event including a costume parade, games, inflatables, trick-or-treating, hayrides and more. Costumes are optional. Dress for the weather.

Boo Bash at the Southfield Pavilion

Oct. 15, 2016

  • Address: 26000 Evergreen Road, Southfield
  • Phone: 248-796-4620
  • Times: 2-4:30 p.m. Saturday
  • Cost: Advance tickets: $8/residents, $10/nonresidents; at the door: $10/residents, $12/nonresidents

Find tons of family-friendly games, a haunted hayride, and ghostly fun for families.

Harvest Spooktacular at Matthaei Botanical Gardens

Oct. 22, 2016

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

Learn about the creepy critters and plants that love the nighttime, make a mask, decorate a pumpkin and enjoy a fall-themed treats.

Sterling Frights at Dodge Park

Oct. 22, 2016

  • Address: 40620 Utica Road, Sterling Heights
  • Phone: 586-446-2700
  • Times: 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday
  • Costs: free, but one canned or boxed food donation is suggested

There’s live music, a straw maze, hayrides, inflatables, cider, doughnuts and much more at this community event.

Hallow Harvest at Cobblestone Farm

Oct. 22, 2016

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

The 1850s comes to life with traditional lawn games, costumed interpreters and live entertainment, all for your enjoyment.

Pumpkin Palooza in Downtown Plymouth

Oct. 23, 2016

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

This sixth annual offers games, a petting zoo, live entertainment, a candy giveaway, costume contest and more.

Downtown Halloween Festival at the Ypsilanti District Library

Oct. 27, 2016

  • Address: 229 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti
  • Phone: 734-482-4110, ext. 1325
  • Times: 5-6:30 p.m. Thursday
  • Cost: free

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

Fall Family Festival at the Cranbrook Institute of Science

Oct. 29, 2016

  • Address: Cranbrook Institute of Science, 39221 Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills
  • Times: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday
  • Phone: 248-645-3200
  • Cost: $8/admission

Celebrate fall with a bat launch, pumpkin chuckin’, trunk or treat, superheroes and princesses, firetrucks, face painting, crafts, food, shopping, hands-on activities and science experiments.

Haunted Halloween Family Party at the Arab American National Museum

Oct. 29, 2016

  • Address: 13624 Michigan Ave., Dearborn
  • Phone: 313-582-2266
  • Times: 2-4:30 p.m. Saturday
  • Cost: $5/members, $7/nonmembers, free/adults

This Halloween alternative offers scavenger hunts, trick-or-treating, pumpkin decorating, live animals, karaoke, crafts and more. Note: Only kids require a ticket.

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