Sweetest Day is almost here and it’s the perfect excuse to show your loved ones how much you care.
Observed on the third Saturday of October, Sweetest Day offers a sweet message that serves as a reminder that words, gifts and deeds fulfil both the giver and the receiver.
In honor of Sweetest Day 2020, which falls on Oct. 17, we offer 10 cute ideas to celebrate the holiday.
Mitten Crate is a local gift box service that sends Michigan-made treats nationally. The boxes have multiple items from local shops like Dave’s Sweet Tooth Toffee and My Little Michigan Kitchen.
Take a fall color tour
Getting so caught up in your day-to-day that you forget to look around you and talk in the scenery? Check out our roundup to find prime leaf-peeping spots and take the family to enjoy the beauty of Michigan’s changing seasons.
- Address: 8066 Kercheval Ave., Detroit
- Hours: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday
- Cost: Varies by order
What better way to celebrate Sweetest Day than with some sweets? Sister Pie is a corner bakery in Detroit’s West Village that offers baked goods such as salted maple pie, lemon drop cookies and more. With their consistently changing menu to match the seasons, you’re sure to be pleasantly surprised every time.
Have some fun on the farm at Maybury Farm
- Address: 50165 Eight Mile Road, Northville
- Hours: 5-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday
- Cost: $10/person, free/kids under 2
Sweetest Day happens to coincide with Maybury Farm’s Corn Maze schedule. Have a fun time with family in the corn maze and stop by for some local treats like jellies, syrups, cider and more, too. Look at our farm fun roundup for more options, too.
Support local farmers at Eastern Market
- Address: 2934 Russel St., Detroit
- Hours: 6 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday
Eastern Market is the perfect place to show your appreciation for local food vendors in Detroit. With over 225 markets, this experience is what they dub “undeniably Detroit,” which makes it the perfect spot to experience with your family on Sweetest Day, too.
Take in beautiful artwork at the Detroit Institute of Arts
- Address: 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit
- Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
With over 65,000 works, the Detroit Institute of Art has one of the largest collections in the nation, making it a great way to celebrate creativity, individuality and beauty. This will be a family trip worth remembering.
Purchase some sweets at a local candy shop
Metro Detroit is full of local candy shops to get your special someone, or family member, a special treat. So, celebrate the sweet things in life by grabbing your favorite chocolate or candies at these local spots.
Get your kids a new toy from Whistle Stop Hobby & Toy
- Address: 21714 Harper Ave., St. Clair Shores
- Hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday
Celebrating their 50th anniversary, Whistle Stop Hobby & Toy has been serving Metro Detroit since 1970. Treat your kids to a new toy this Sweetest Day — and some nostalgic fun. Looking for a toy shop closer to your home? Check out our roundup of southeast Michigan toy shops for even more options.
Grab some grub from Cheat Treats Cafe
- Address: 5838 Schaefer Road, Dearborn
- Hours: 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday-Sunday
There isn’t not a better day to step outside the box in what you order for dessert. Cheat Treats has a variety of cheesecakes, cookies, acai bowls, and vegan treats that are made with diet restrictions in mind. This cafe offers a way to celebrate without losing any of the taste.
Need even more spots to score some sweet treats? Check out our round up over-the-top desserts in our area.
Make a gift from the heart at Speckles + Splatter
- Address: 22471 Michigan Ave. Dearborn
- Hours: Noon-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday
What’s better than a gift and an activity in one? Make hand crafted bowls, cups, and plates that are sure to hold nostalgia and memories in the years to come at Speckles + Splatter or try some other art options including canvas painting or pottery.
Do you have any Sweetest Day plans? Tell us about them in the comments.