October Festivals in Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor

Grab your sweatshirts, round up the kids and head to these fab October festivals.

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.

Check out this list for the perfect one for you and your family 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.

Renaissance Festival

Now-Oct. 3, 2021 (Saturdays and Sunday; plus Oct. 1)

Experience the 16th century with themed weekends full of full-contact jousting competitions, kids’ shows, and feasts. Plus, live mermaids and other costumed characters, puppet shows and street performances. Dress in your best costume to top off your trip.

Fall Harvest Festival 

Oct. 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, 23-24 and 30-31, 2021

Enjoy farm show demonstrations, magic shows, hayrides, a walk through the storybook trail and more.

Michigan Fall Festival 

Oct. 2-3, 2021

Welcome fall with fresh cider and donuts from Yates Cider Mill, classic kids games throughout the weekend including pumpkin bowling and pumpkin tic-tac-toe. Lots of other activities like Hay Bale Pyramid, Pumpkin Decorating, bounce houses, balloon artists, petting zoo, and more.

Pumpkin Festival at MSU Tollgate Education Center and Farm

Oct. 2-3, 2021

The families of Novi enjoy pumpkin picking, hayrides, kids’ activities and visits with the live animals that live on the farm at this annual fest.

Wilson Barn Pumpkin Fest (and Haunted Barn)

Oct. 2-30, 2021 (daily)

This annual fest offers fresh pumpkins, cornstalks and gourds for sale; plus pony rides and hayrides, a haunted barn, crafts and more.

Harvest Happening

Oct. 3, 2021

This 34th annual offers farm animals, hay and pony rides, live music and inflatables for kids.

Cider in the City

Oct. 9, 16, 23, 30 2021

Enjoy seasonal crafts, take a horse-drawn hayride around the park, enjoy live music, pick out the perfect pumpkin and snap a selfie with the fall flower wall. Check out the food trucks or just pick up seasonal donuts and cider in the city.

Detroit Water Lantern Festival 

Oct. 9, 2021

Enjoy tasty food trucks, live entertainment and the incredible sight of thousands of lit lanterns floating.

Fall Festival 

Oct. 9, 2021

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

Fall Festival in the Woods 

Oct. 9, 2021

This festival celebrates all things fall with hayrides, live music, cider and donuts at the lodge, outdoor education stations and pumpkins for sale.

Stonewall Pumpkin Festival at Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm

Oct. 9, 2021

Thousands of jack-o’-lanterns decorate the historic stonewalls at the museum. Check them out and enjoy music, pumpkin bowling, more.

Harvest Festival at Crosswinds Marsh Interpretive Center 

Oct. 16, 2021

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

Halloween Festival at Nankin Mills Park Area 

Oct. 23, 2021

Enjoy a costume parade, magic show, candy giveaway, hayrides and putt putt golf, plus games and inflatables at this event.

This post is updated regularly. 

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