It’s officially fall and Halloween is just around the corner. Celebrate fall with these Oktoberfests and festivals and fairs happening this October in southeast Michigan.
So, what are you waiting for? Take a look at what’s happening Oct. 1-2, 2022, and get to planning family fun.
Remember, some in-person events may be enforcing COVID-19 safety protocols such as frequent hand-washing or the use of face masks. Check with your chosen event or activity before you head out.
Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor are always jam-packed full of family-friendly events. Here, we’ve picked some of our favorites going on this weekend. Don’t see anything your child will enjoy? Check out our online calendar for more!
Sept. 29-Oct. 3, 2022
- Address: 1 Concourse Drive, Pontiac
- Cost: $0-$200
Determine which Shelby is your favorite as it races around the motorway. There will also be live music, interactive displays from sponsors and auto vendors to add to the festive spirit at this family-friendly experience.
Sept. 30-Oct. 1, 2022
- Address: 38000 Utica Road, Sterling Heights
- Cost: $5/entry, free/under 21
Enjoy live music and entertainment, authentic German food, eating competitions and more.
Oct 1, 2022
- Address: 304 S. Main St., Chelsea
- Cost: $5/person at the entrance; no advance ticket sales
Sample multiple Michigan brews, special cocktails and food from some local favorites. There will also be free games to play, including Giant Beer Pong, Giant Flip Cup, Cornhole, Giant Yahtzee, Giant Jenga, Giant Connect 4, Fowling and more.
Oct 1-2, 2022
- Address: 16125 22 Mile Road, Macomb
- Cost: $10/child, free/adults
Take advantage of all that fall has to offer at Deneweth’s Garden Center. There’s a corn maze, straw mound, spooky train ride, pumpkin decorating and more. Concessions available for purchase.
Oct 1, 2022
- Address: 1615 E. Lewiston, Ferndale
- Cost: $8-$10
Celebrate the season with hayrides, pony rides, carnival games, prizes, crafts, roller skating, face painting, pumpkin painting, trick-or-treat trail and more.
Oct 1-2, 2022
- Address: 481 Lake George Road, Oxford
- Cost: $10/person, free/2 and under, group rate: $9/person if there’s 10 or more people
Enjoy farm show demonstrations, magic shows, hay rides, a walk through the storybook trail and more.
Oct. 1, 2022
- Address: 3546 Michigan Ave., Detroit
- Cost: Free
Join for a weekly story offering, made bilingual in Spanish and English. Following the reading, stay and explore the book themes through art studio time or an interactive activity.
Opens Oct. 1, 2022
- Address: 39221 Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills
- Cost: $10/non-member adults, $9/members, $8/non-member children ages 2-12 and seniors, free/enhanced members and children under 2. (Non-members must pay general admission, too)
This traveling exhibit comes from the Field Museum in Chicago and features an exact cast of SUE’s skeleton, measuring in at 40 feet from snout to tail and 13 feet tall at the hip.
Oct. 1, 2022
- Address: 50165 Eight Mile Road, Northville
- Cost: $10/person, $16/person w/wagon ride, free/2 and under and must be seated on lap on wagon ride; additional costs for activities
This fest offers tractor drawn wagon rides, live music, farm animals, games, demonstrations, beeswax candle making, face painting and more.
Oct. 1-2, 2022
- Address: 29350 W. Chicago, Livonia
- Cost: Free; $2/bounce house
Pick the perfect pumpkin, gourd or corn stalk to take home this fall and have a cider or doughnut while you’re there. Pony rides, petting zoo, hayrides, yard games and more available.
Oct. 2, 2022
- Address: 17030 Bush Road, Chelsea
- Cost: $2/person, $5/family
Find and collect fall mushrooms at Eddy Discovery Center. Then, mushroom experts Phil Tedeschi and Kirk Coppernoll will talk with you about what you have collected and identify those that are edible. Bring a basket or paper bag and waxed paper for collecting. Registration required.
Through Oct. 2, 2022
- Address: 12600 Dixie Hwy., Holly
- Cost: $24.95/adults, $15.95/ages 5-12, free/4 and under
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.
Begins Oct. 2, 2022
- Address: 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit
- Cost: $7-$29, free/members
Van Gogh in America is the first exhibition dedicated to the introduction and early reception of Vincent van Gogh’s art in the United States. The exhibition will display 68 works by Van Gogh
Family events packed with people can be overwhelming for some families, but that doesn’t mean you have to be bored this weekend either. These fun ideas will have you out of the house and exploring your community.
- Head to a local train spot and do these activities.
- Get cider and doughnuts at one of these cider mills.
- See the animals at these family farms.
- Take your family fall foraging.
- Try a kid-friendly coffee shop in your area.
The fun doesn’t stop just because you’re sticking close to home this weekend. Keep the kids entertained with these fun ideas including crafts, recipes, books to read and more!
- Watch It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown and try these activities.
- Make this paper pumpkin craft with your kids.
- Try this awesome applesauce recipe.
- Check out these Halloween books for different grade levels.
- Make these black and white crafts for Halloween.
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