Family Events 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. « Previous Next » Christina Clark • September 23, 2016 Add Comment Tweet 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. 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. 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.