The fun doesn’t end when summer fades—throughout the state, there’s a festive event for all tastes and interests, from fall harvests to films. Here’s just a sampling, so take your pick and enjoy.

September 7: Michigan Brewers Guild 11th Annual U.P. Fall Beer Festival, Marquette

Beer lovers rejoice with a selection of more than 800 artisan brews from nearly 100 Michigan breweries, local foods and live music at the Lake Superior shore.

September 21 & 22: Jammin’ in the Vineyard, Baroda

Music, wine, food trucks and more fill Round Barn Estate, one of the stops on the Lake Michigan Shore AVA in Michigan’s oldest modern grape region.

October 11-13, 17-20 & 24-27: Hallowe’en in Greenfield Village, Dearborn

Call it uber-Halloween: experience horse-drawn wagon rides to a spooky themed buffet supper, a fall harvest dinner at the Eagle Tavern, 1,000 hand-carved Jack-o’-Lanterns, live music, dramatic vignettes, treat stations and hot brews and snacks.

October 17-20: Frankfort Film Festival

The wonderfully restored 1923 Garden Theatre in historic downtown Frankfort is the backdrop for the 11th annual film festival featuring a curated selection of award-winning movies.

October 18-20: The Hemingway Society Annual Literary Conference, Bay View

This annual gathering honors the famed author who enjoyed the woods and waters of Northwest Michigan. Held at the historic Terrace Inn, the event features presentations, discussions, self-guided walking and driving tours of Horton’s Bay and other Hemingway haunts.

October 19 & 20: Apple Butter Festival, Lansing

It’s all about traditions at this fest that includes making apple butter in a big copper kettle over an open fire, horse-drawn wagon rides, heritage artisan crafts and music.

October 25-27: Somewhere in Time Weekend, Mackinac Island

Fans of the 1980 time-travel romance film “Somewhere in Time” gather for screenings, appearances by cast members, and a chance to dress in circa-1912 costumes for the grand promenade.


Ever since she started her own newspaper at age eight, Jane Simon Ammeson has loved to write. She writes about food, travel and history, and is the author of 14 books, including "How to Murder Your Wealthy Lovers and Get Away With It."

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