A sampling of Michigan festivals & events for the month of October. As usual, there’s no way we’ll get them all, so please add links and information about those we’ve missed (or reviews of ones we have here) in the comments below.
The Red Flannel Festival – Cedar Springs
This will is our 68th Annual Celebration of Red Flannel Day since 1939. Our festival is held each year on the First Saturday of October. Located just north of Grand Rapids, Michigan…Cedar Springs is a city with small-town charm and home-grown characteristics.
October 11 – 14
Great Lakes Lighthouse Festival – Alpena
Now in it’s 12th year, the four day event provides activities for the young and old including lighthouse tours (aerial, boat or personal vehicle), entertainment, and vendors. The festival boasts over 100 maritime related vendors including lighthouse preservation groups, artists, authors and more.
October 19 – 20
The Michigan Story Festival – Mt. Pleasant
The two-day Michigan Story Festival offers a complete showcase of the power of storytelling in all its art forms. Michigan Story Festival is one of the only storytelling festivals to integrate the stories of many cultures and traditions. With the exception of the opening and closing performances, there is no charge to experience the magic of Michigan Story Festival events and presentations.
October 26 – November 26
C. S. Lewis Festival – Petoskey
The Northern Michigan C. S. Lewis Festival welcomes you to our annual month-long celebration. Events take place from late October to mid-November in the Petoskey area on Little Traverse Bay, including music & theater performances, school & library programs, scholarly lectures, community discussion groups, and more.
October 1 – 31
October “GO Get Outdoors” Events – Statewide
GO-Get Outdoors celebrates outdoor recreation and the role it plays with improving the quality of life in Michigan. Whether biking, hiking, trail running, camping, swimming, boating, fishing, hunting or simply exploring nature, park and recreation facilities provide opportunities for every one of all ages and all backgrounds to enjoy the state’s diverse natural resources. Participants can improve their health while supporting recreation opportunities.
October 1 – 31
Colorfall – Grand Rapids
This October, you’re guaranteed to fall under our spell, because there’s a magic to Meijer Gardens this time of year. Enchantments of scarlet and yellow and gold. Trees so brilliant they can seem to have burst into flames–wonders of light and energy. We offer one of the largest mum displays in Michigan, with vivid colors everywhere.
October 12-14, 19-21 & 26-28
Hallowe’en in Greenfield Village – Dearborn
It’s Frightfully Fun for the Whole Family!
Step back in time to a turn-of-the-20th century Hallowe’en. Follow an endless path of hand-carved jack-o-lanterns and meet colorful characters along the way. Feel the whoosh as the headless horseman rides by, banter with a clever witch, and make stops at several treat stations spread throughout Greenfield Village.
October 1 – 31
Michigan’s Upper Peninsula Calendar of Events – UP
Comprehensive listing of events in the Upper Peninsula provided via the Upper Peninsula Travel & Recreation Association.
Food, Wine and All That Jazz – Grand Rapids
West Michigan’s premier wine tasting event at The Public Museum in Grand Rapids. During the evening, choose from more than 35 tables filled with over 300 domestic wine and beer selections from throughout North America, as well as over 25 tables of select gourmet foods. Enjoy these tastes against a backdrop of live jazz by The Steve Talaga Trio and Edye Evans Hyde.
Detroit Free Press/Flagstar Marathon – Detroit
Get down to Motown for the 2007 Detroit Free Press/Flagstar Marathon! We’re celebrating our 30th anniversary with an exhilarating, world-class, international marathon. With a unique course crossing the U.S./Canadian border twice and great musical entertainment along the way, there’s no end to the excitement of running this race!
International Gospel Music Hall of Fame and Museum Induction and Awards – Detroit
Mark your calendars! Do not miss the 11th Annual Induction and Awards Celebration for the International Gospel Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
Also be sure to check out this feature on Michigan wine harvest events from Michigan in Pictures and Absolute Michigan keywords “haunted“, “maze“, “apple” and “harvest“!