Best Fall Festivals for Metro Detroit Families

Enjoy some family-friendly fun at these fall fests and fairs in Macomb, Wayne, Washtenaw and Wayne counties.

September marks the end of summer temps and the beginning of sweater weather, but just because summer comes to an end doesn’t mean that the fall months don’t hold plenty of family-friendly festivals in Michigan’s southeast region.

Choose from pumpkin fests, family-friendly fairs and other events that are sure to be a hit. If you’re looking more fun events, take a peek at our events calendar.


Romeo Peach Festival in Downtown Romeo

Aug. 31-Sept. 4, 2023

This annual fest is fun for the whole family. Catch carnival rides, craft shows and peach treats.

Art on the Bay at Walter & Mary Burke Park

Sept. 2-3, 2023

This annual art show features paintings, drawings, sculptures, candles and other crafts on display and for sale from more than 70 hand-picked artists and craftsmen.

Richmond Good Old Days Festival

Sept. 7-10, 2023

You’ll get the hometown fair experience at this fest, which features carnival games and rides, motor sports, parade and fireworks.

HarvestFest at Freedom Hill County Park

Oct 21-22, 2023

There will be a pumpkin patch, trick-or-treating, games, music, inflatables, hayrides and food trucks. Make sure to wear your costume. 


Michigan Renaissance Festival at the Hollygrove Grounds 

Aug. 19-Oct. 1, 2023

Fair maids and merry men take a step back to the 16th century for jousting tournaments, comedy and theater shows, music, games and “real” mythological creatures. Each weekend is themed so check before you head out.

Michigan State Fair at the Suburban Collection Showplace 

Aug. 31-Sept. 4, 2023

Walk the midway, see the circus, ride carnival rides, see demonstrations and more at the state fair that dates back to 1849. Other attractions include livestock shows, live entertainment and carnival eats.

Arts, Beats & Eats in Downtown Royal Oak

Sept. 1-4, 2023

Enjoy art at the juried fair, eats from food trucks and beats that include live music. The kids zone has arts and crafts, bounce houses and interactive, educational and fun performances all weekend.

Corvette Fest at Canterbury Village

Sept. 2, 2023

Come out to Canterbury Village for the premier show of more than 150 Corvettes being displayed. Browse the village shops, too. 

Annual Labor Day Round Up in Downtown Franklin

Sept. 4, 2023

This annual family fair will feature a parade at noon, giant inflatables, pony rides, petting farm, magic show, jugglers, interactive circus, midway games and face painting.

Arts & Apples Festival at Rochester Municipal Park

Sept. 8-10, 2023

Experience the artwork of talented artists, the sights and sounds of the Main Stage, the fresh apple treats and food vendors found around the park. There will also be a Kids Art Zone and Creation Station.

Troy Family Daze at the Troy Civic Center Grounds

Sept. 14-17, 2023

There will be rides, games, children’s area, entertainment and food. Fireworks will be on Saturday at 9:30 p.m.

Common Ground’s Birmingham Street Art Fair at Shain Park

Sept. 23-24, 2023

This art fest features the work of jury-selected artists and crafters showcasing their work in painting, glass, jewelry, printmaking, ceramics and more.

Michigan Fall Festival at Canterbury Village

Sept. 23-24, 2023

This family-friendly event features cider and doughnuts from Yates Cider Mill, fall-focused children’s games, pumpkin decorating, bounce houses, petting zoo, food selections and live music. There will also be costume contests for kids and dogs.

American Speed Festival 2023 at M1 Concourse

Sept. 28-Oct. 1, 2023

This year’s event will celebrate 70 years of the Chevrolet Corvette and the 100th Anniversary of Le Mans and its impact on sports cars. There will also be live music, interactive displays from sponsors and auto vendors, plus food and drinks at this family-friendly experience.

The Great Fall Festival at the Maybury Farm

Sept. 30-Oct. 1, 2023

This fest is filled with lots of activities for everyone, including tractor-drawn wagon rides, live music, farm animals, games, pumpkin decorating, corn maze, face painting and slime making.

Harvest Festival at Upland Hills Farm

Oct 7-8, 14-15, 21-22, 28-29, 2023 

Enjoy farm show demonstrations, magic shows, hayrides, a walk through the storybook trail and more at this annual fall festival.

Royal Oak Market: Art Fair Edition at the Royal Oak Farmers Market

Nov. 16-17, 2023

Check out artwork displayed by 60 artists along with live music, food and adult beverages at this annual event.


2023 Saline Community Fair at Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds

Aug. 30-Sept. 3, 2023

Come out to the annual fair and enjoy live music, rides, livestock, contests and live shows. Activities for all ages.

Fishville Farms 2nd Annual Backpack Drive & Craft Show at Chelsea Community Fairgrounds

Sept. 9, 2023

Shop from more than 50 local vendors at this second annual school supply drive for local foster students. There will be a food truck and coffee truck on site.

Saline Main Street’s Oktoberfest

Sept. 15-16, 2023

This annual event offers German food and drink, live entertainment, games for the kids and much more.

Backyard Beer Garden at Palmer Commons

Sept. 30, 2023

Backyard Beer Garden will have multiple Michigan brews, special cocktails and food from some local favorites. Plus, find free games like cornhole, giant beer pong, giant flip cup, giant Yahtzee and giant Jenga.

Fiber Expo at the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds

Oct. 7-8, 2023

This annual event brings in people interested in plant- and animal-based fibers, including wool, cotton and linen.

Fishville Farms Booth or Treat A Craft & Vendor Show at Chelsea Community Fairgrounds

Oct. 14-15, 2023

Enjoy this family-friendly Fishville Farms Booth or Treat A Craft & Vendor Show. Kids can trick or treat at all the vendors while you do your shopping.

Fishville Farms Fall Festival Food Drive Craft & Vendor Show at Chelsea Community Fairgrounds 

Nov. 11-12, 2023

Enjoy this family-friendly Fishville Farms Fall Festival Food Drive Craft & Vendor Show at Chelsea Community Fairgrounds. Shop from more than 40 local vendors and enjoy food trucks and a gift basket giveaway.

A2 Artoberfest in Downtown Ann Arbor

Oct. 28-29, 2023

Explore the work of more than 100 jury-selected fine artists. There will also be live entertainment, food, drinks, shopping and more.

All Hallows Illumination of Frog Island

Nov. 1, 2023

Bring your carved jack-o’-lanterns to the Frog Island Amphitheater to light up the track at this fifth annual event. Costumes are encouraged.


Detroit Jazz Festival

Sept. 1-4, 2023

Listen to the greats and upcoming Jazz artists at the ultimate Jazz show happening at different locations in Detroit.

Hamtramck Labor Day Festival

Sept. 2-4, 2023

This annual Labor Day Festival features a carnival, music, food, wrestling, canoe races and a parade.

Parktoberfest at Campus Martius Park

Sept. 9-10, 2023  

Visit Detroit and Faygo have joined forces to offer two full days of Bavarian fun including live music, games, seasonal beer and kid-friendly beverages.

Story Festival: Let’s Go on an Adventure! at Ford House

Sept. 16, 2023

At this festival, young bookworms can enjoy hearing stories, meeting authors, hearing children’s music and playing with friends. Recommended for ages 7 and under.

St. Joseph Oktoberfest at Joseph Shrine

Sept. 23-24, 2023

This annual event boasts everything from authentic German food and beer to live Bavarian music, kids’ games, vendors, raffles and much more.

2023 Fall Festival at Brownstown Event Center

Oct. 7, 2023

Families can check out this annual event for an array of crafters and vendors, food and raffles.

Wilson Barn Pumpkin Fest

Oct. 7-8, 14-15, 21-22, 28-29, 2023 

Pick the perfect pumpkin and enjoy cider, doughnuts, crafters, corn stalks, yard games and more.

Autism Fall Festival at Success on the Spectrum

Oct. 28, 2023 

This fall festival will feature games, arts and crafts, food, a balloon artist and more. All ages and abilities are welcome.

This post was originally published in 2011 and has been updated for 2015.

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Kari Zaffarano
Kari Zaffarano
Kari Zaffarano is a mom of one and Metro Parent's Audience Development Coordinator. She tracks down the best events every week and shares the inside scoop with families in print and online. She enjoys reading, traveling and exploring metro Detroit with her son.


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