October Festivals in Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor

Autumn is in full swing. Grab your sweatshirts, round up the kids and head to these fab October festivals in metro Detroit and Ann Arbor.

October festivals in metro Detroit and Ann Arbor

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 October 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.

And if you’re looking for even more October family fun, check out our roundup of Halloween events in metro Detroit, our favorite haunted houses and hayrides or the best corn mazes in the area.

Wilson Barn Pumpkin Fest (and Haunted Barn)

Oct. 1-30, 2018 (daily)

  • Address: Wilson Barn, 29350 W. Chicago Road, Livonia
  • Times: 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday-Sunday (haunted barn opens Oct. 13-14, 20-21 and 27-28 from noon-7 p.m.)
  • Phone: 734-355-4632
  • 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.

Zoo Boo at the Detroit Zoo

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Oct. 5-7, 12-14 and 19-21, 2018 

  • Address: 8450 W. 10 Mile Road, Royal Oak
  • Phone: 248-541-5717
  • Times: 5-8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2-7 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: $10/advance, $8/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.

Highland Fall Festival 

Oct. 6, 2018 

  • Address: John Street Field, N. John St., Highland Township
  • Phone: 248-889-8660
  • Times: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Cost: free

This 2nd annual offers art displays, food and craft vendors, live music and more.

Fall Festival 

Oct. 6, 2018 

  • Address: Kensington Metropark, 4570 Huron River Pkwy, Milford
  • Phone: 810-227-8910
  • Times: noon-4 p.m.
  • Cost: free/admission, $10/parking

Rosco the Clown is on hand to deliver laughs at this autumn celebration. Find a horse-drawn hayride and other harvest fun, too.

Huron Applefest

Oct. 6-7, 2018

  • 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 39th 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.

Pumpkin Festival at MSU Tollgate Education Center and Farm

Oct. 6-7, 2018

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

Fall Harvest Festival 

Oct. 6-7, 13-14, 20-21 and 27-28, 2018 

  • Address: Upland Hills Farm, 481 Lake George Road, Oxford
  • Phone: 248-628-1611
  • Times: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Cost: $10/person

Take a wagon ride to the pumpkin fest to pick your favorite pumpkin, dance to some music, visit with the farm animals and more.

Clawson Fall Festival

Oct. 7, 2018

  • Address: Clawson City Park, 935 N. Custer Ave.
  • Times: 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m./car show, 3-6 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.

Harvest Happening

Oct. 7, 2018

  • Address: Hess-Hathaway Park, 825 S. Williams Lake Road, Waterford
  • Times: noon-5 p.m.
  • Phone: 248-674-5441
  • Cost: free/admission; donations appreciated, fees for some activities

2018 marks the 32nd 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 at Novi High School

Oct. 7, 2018

  • Address: 24062 Taft Road, Novi
  • Times: 1-4 p.m.
  • Costs: free

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

Harvest Fest 

Oct. 7, 2018 

  • Address: Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N Dixboro Road, Ann Arbor,
  • Phone: 734-647-7600
  • Times: 1-4 p.m.
  • Cost: free

Find music, food and fun at this celebration, courtesy of the University of Michigan sustainable Food Program.

The Fall Fair

Oct. 12-13, 2018

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

Find a variety of handmade specialty food, decor and other crafts for sale; plus pumpkins and other harvest fun.

Hallowe’en in Greenfield Village

Oct. 12-14, 18-21 and 25-28, 2018 

  • Address: 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn
  • Phone: 313-982-6001
  • Times: 6:30-10 p.m. daily
  • Cost: $17/person, $6/parking

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.

Stonewall Pumpkin Festival at Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm

Oct. 13, 2018

  • Address: 1005 Van Hoosen Road, Rochester Hills
  • Phone: 248-656-4663
  • Times: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
  • Cost: $5-$8

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.

PolkatoberFest at the Corner 

Oct. 13, 2018 

  • Address: The Corner Ballpark, 1680 Michigan Ave., Detroit
  • Phone: 248-809-9644
  • Times: 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Cost:  $10-$12/adults, free/kids 12 and under

German and Polish culture take center stage at this festival, which features food, music and vendors.

Halloween Spooktacular at River Bends Park

Oct. 13, 2018 

  • Address: 5700 22 Mile Road, Shelby Township
  • Times: noon-2 p.m.
  • Cost: Free

Come in costume for games, goodies, crafts and more. Registration required.

Monster Mash at Rolling Hills Park

Oct. 13, 2018

  • Address: 7660 Stony Creek Road, Ypsilanti
  • Times: noon-3 p.m.
  • Cost: $6/person, $22-$25/families

Find a candy hunt, costume contest and scavenger hunt; plus hay rides, carnival games and more. Registration required.

Funtober at Hess-Hathaway Park 

Oct. 13, 2018 

  • Address: Hess-Hathaway Park, 825 S. Williams Lake Road, Waterford
  • Phone: 248-674-5441
  • Times: noon-5 p.m.
  • Cost: $7/person

Gather ‘round the campfire for some s’mores and stories.

Halloween Festival on Hines Drive

Oct. 13, 2018

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

Fall Festival at Bowers School Farm 

Oct. 13-14, 2018 

  • Address: Bowers School Farm, 1219 E. Square Lake Road, Bloomfield Hills
  • Phone: 248-341-6475
  • Times: noon-6 p.m.
  • Cost: $10/person, free/3 and under

Take in the sites and sounds of fall at this fest. There’ll be wagon rides, pumpkin picking, live animals and much more.

Halloween Hoopla at the Macomb Township Recreation Center

Oct. 19, 2018

  • Address: 20699 Macomb St., Macomb
  • Times: 6-8:30 p.m.
  • Cost: $5/residents, $10/non-residents

Offers a costume carnival, trick-or-treating, magic show, monster studio and more.

Halloween Hoot at Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve

Oct. 19-21, 2018

  • Address: 333 N Hill Circle, Rochester Hills
  • Phone: 248-656-0999
  • Times: 6-8:30 p.m. Friday, 4-8 p.m. Saturday, 3:30-6: 30 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: $8/person

Offers spooky nature fun, Halloween crafts and a mini fair full of games. Registration required.

Ann Arbor Annual Arts and Crafts Show at Grace Apostolic Temple

Oct. 20, 2018

  • Address: 2898 Packard Road, Ann Arbor
  • Times: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday
  • Cost: $2/ages 12-plus

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

Sterling Frights at Dodge Park

Oct. 20, 2018

  • Address: 40620 Utica Road, Sterling Heights
  • Phone: 586-446-2700
  • Times: 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday
  • Costs: free

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

Harvest Festival at Crosswinds Marsh Interpretive Center 

Oct. 20, 2018

  • Address: Crosswinds Marsh Interpretive Center, 27600 Haggerty Road, New Boston
  • Phone: 734-654-1220
  • Times: 1-3 p.m.
  • Cost: Free

Welcome the fall season in with a hayride through the forest, a bonfire, stories, doughnuts and more.

Pumpkin Palooza in Downtown Plymouth

Oct. 21, 2018

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

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

Hallow Harvest at Cobblestone Farm

Oct. 22, 2017

  • Address: 2781 Packard Road, Ann Arbor
  • Phone: 734-794-7120
  • Times: call for details
  • Cost: call for details

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

Halloween Downtown Ypsi Glow in Downtown Ypsilanti 

Oct. 26, 2018

  • Address: Downtown Ypsilanti area
  • Phone: 734-482-4110, ext. 1325
  • Times: 7 p.m.
  • Cost: free

Get some candy and enjoy Halloween fun at the library then stroll downtown to enjoy music, dancing and tons of glowing fun.

Monster Mash at Orchard Mall

Oct. 26, 2018

  • Address: 6445 Orchard Lake Road, West Bloomfield
  • Phone: 248-855-3330
  • Times: 6-9 p.m.
  • Cost: $5/child

Orchard Mall is bringing families an evening of “silly not scary” fun for toddlers to tweens, produced this year by Metro Parent.

HarvestFest Detroit 

Oct. 27, 2018 

  • Address: Dequindre Cut Greenway area
  • Times: noon-4 p.m.
  • Cost: free

Kids will love the inflatable bounce houses, outdoor movies and roving princesses and superheroes at this fest.

Day of the Dead 

Oct. 28, 2018 

  • Address: Novi Civic Center, 45175 W. 10 Mile Road, Novi
  • Phone: 248-347-0400
  • Times: 2-4:30 p.m.
  • Cost: free

There’s mariachi performances, food vendors, crafts and traditional costuming, all in celebration of El Dia de los Muertos.

Photo courtesy of Greenfield Village. 

This post was originally published in 2016 and is updated regularly.