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Fall and Harvest Event Round-Up

 

by Jennifer W

 

 

Fall in Michigan is spectacular! The activities are endless! What a great time to enjoy good old fashioned family fun. Please check back often as we will be updating this list throughout the season.

Also, see our U-Pick Apple/Pumpkin Guide and watch out for our Halloween Happenings Guide coming out in October!

 

FARM AND HARVEST ACTIVITIES OPEN THROUGH THE SEASON

 

Gull Meadow Farms

Gull Meadow Farms season opens on September 6 with the petting farm, apple orchard, pumpkin patch, wagon rides, and tons of activities in Pumpkin Lane. This season they will have a number of special events including Touch-A-Tractor and Taste of Gull Meadow Farms. While you’re there, don’t forget to try one of their super fresh donuts and apple cider.

Harvest Moon Acres

Harvest Moon Acres Corn Maze and Fun Park opens for the season on September 20th. Celebrate outdoor family fun with hayrides, a corn maze, petting zoo, pumpkins and more. Other attractions include a crazy turn maze, zip line and barnyard board game just to name a few!

VerHages Fruit Farm and Cider Mill

A popular tradition for many families is a visit to VerHages Fruit Farm and Cider Mill. Activities include a zip line, hay rides, pumpkin jumpin’, apple train, pony rides, and more! There is also a cider mill, donut shop, country store and a snack shack. Rides and activities are available on the weekend. Have fun!

Crane Orchards in Fennville

Crane Orchards in Fennville will be offering apple picking, a 15 acre corn maze, hay rides and a cow train for little ones. Be sure to check out the pie pantry and bakery, too!!!

Little River Railroad

Little River Railroad has their Fall Color Run to get your pumpkins fresh off the farm trailer in Quincy and enjoy the scenic fall colors along the way.

Pumpkin Train in Coopersville

This is a Fall tradition that is not to be missed! Passengers are entertained during the journey by the great pumpkin, scarecrow, and little crow. Local actress Eva Swietec and her cast of wacky characters love to sing and dance for you.

Gene The Pumpkin Man

Fall family fun must include a visit to Gene the Pumpkin Man. This establishment is located at 22637 M-43, Kalamazoo, MI 49009. Look for the orange barns, orange tractors and the orange car. Gene offers pumpkins, honey, squash and pumpkin butter. He opens mid- September and closes for the season on November 1st. Pumpkins will arrive early October! He is open 10 am-8 pm every day. His love for pumpkins is truly contagious!

 


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SEPTEMBER EVENTS

 

September 21

Southwest Michigan Harvest Fest

Fair Food Matters is hosting their 12th annual Southwest Michigan Community Harvest Festival at Tillers International in Scotts on September 21st from 11:30 am-5:30 pm. Celebrate local food, local farming and sustainable living with speakers, hayrides, full demonstrations, music and more. Entry fees are as follows: $15 per carload, $1 per person arriving in bus loads of ten or more, free to bicyclists and Bridge Card holders.

 

September 26

Fall Festival at Wedel’s

Once again, Wedel’s Nursery, Florist and Garden Center will be hosting their Fall Festival on September 26th (10:00 am-7:00 pm) and 27th (9:00 am-4:00 pm). Activities include wagon rides, a pumpkin catapult and a petting zoo, just to name a few. The cost is $3 per child with an $8 maximum charge per family. There will also be a scarecrow “station”, bring a pillowcase, shirt and pants…. Wedel’s will provide the hay, twine and the stake. Please note there will be additional charges for making the scarecrow and the pumpkin catapult.

 

September 27

Fall Harvest and Tractor Show

On September 27th and 28th from 8 am-5 pm Charlton Park will be hosting a Fall Harvest and Tractor Show. Experience first hand the fall harvest techniques and activities from the early-mid 1900’s. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under.

Scarecrows and Pumpkins

This is the time of year for harvesting! Make your very own scarecrow at Leila Arboretum and take home a pumpkin as we learn about the fall harvest! *This is also a FREE DAY at Kingman Museum!*

Fall Festival at Wedel’s

Once again, Wedel’s Nursery, Florist and Garden Center will be hosting their Fall Festival on September 26th (10:00 am-7:00 pm) and 27th (9:00 am-4:00 pm). Activities include wagon rides, a pumpkin catapult and a petting zoo, just to name a few. The cost is $3 per child with an $8 maximum charge per family. There will also be a scarecrow “station”, bring a pillowcase, shirt and pants…. Wedel’s will provide the hay, twine and the stake. Please note there will be additional charges for making the scarecrow and the pumpkin catapult.

 

September 28

Vicksburg Harvest Festival

On September 28th from 11 am-4 pm the Harvest Festival will take place in the Historic Village. There is no general admission charge for this event. Visitors will enjoy vegetable and fruit vendors in the pavilion, animals, kids games, live music, tours of the buildings and museum along with food vendors.

Fall Harvest and Tractor Show

On September 27th and 28th from 8 am-5 pm Charlton Park will be hosting a Fall Harvest and Tractor Show. Experience first hand the fall harvest techniques and activities from the early-mid 1900’s. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under.

 

OCTOBER EVENTS

 

October 4

Bangor Apple Festival

The 36th anniversary celebration of the Bangor Apple Festival will be held on October 4th. Activities include a car show, lawn mower races, kids activities, vendors, live entertainment and more!

Octoberfest at Olde World Village

Live entertainment food and so much more all in a at the Olde World Village in Augusta.

Kalamazoo Oktoberfest

Join the celebration at the 2nd annual Kalamazoo Oktoberfest. Guests will enjoy a wide variety of local craft brews, musicians, and cuisine. All ages. Kids 12 and under are admitted for free. Free admission to all attendees wearing “lederhosen ind dirndl” attire.

 

October 11

Mattawan Pumpkin Trail

The Mattawan Pumpkin Trail will be held on October 11th starting at 10 am. This event features decorated pumpkins by business owners all over Mattawan. Voting ballots and maps will be available the day of the event or the week before on their website. Feel free to just travel the trail or choose your favorite.

 

October 12

KRVT Fall Color Cruise

Spectacular fall colors…a family bike ride… a fun run/walk… fall activities…the autumn scenery along the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail is a must-see, and the Fall Color Cruise  on October 12 provides the perfect opportunity to experience all of its beauty! This year the event is expanded to include a fun run/walk to go along with the bike ride, making it unlike any other event in the region!

DeLano Farms Harvest Party

Help us celebrate the bountiful harvest season at DeLano Farms! Whether you are a current CSA shareholder, interested in signing up for next year, or just looking for something fun, you and your family are invited to join us for an afternoon of fun on the farm! We’ll have wagon rides, scavenger hunts, and plenty of fun fall activities. Meet at the DeLano Farms Market Barn, 357 W. E Ave.

 

October 17

Fall Into The Arts

On October 17th at 5 pm, the businesses located in downtown a Battle Creek will be hosting an event called Fall into the Arts. Each business that participates will be featuring the work of various artists ranging from painters, musicians, jewelry designers and more!

 

October 18

Farmers’ Market Harvest Festival

Harvest Festival on Saturday, Oct. 18 from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm at the Kalamazoo Farmer’s Market. FREE activities for the family. Stay tuned for more details as they become available.

Fall Festival/Arts and Craft Fair

Stokes Homestead Market will be hosting their 2nd annual Fall Festival/Arts and Craft Fair on October 18th from 9 am-5 pm. Activities include, arts and crafts, pumpkin bowling, pumpkin painting, wagon rides, caramel apple station, face painting, trick or treating, s’mores, live music, all day activities and games. Check out their website for fees and additional activities.

Oshtemo Fall Fest

Celebrate the season with fun family autumnal activities and snacks! Join us for a concert with Steve Barber at 1:30 and storytime & crafts at 2:30. The Lord of the Gourd will carve pumpkins and gourds from 1 to 4 pm.

 

October 21

Harvest Tea at the Kellogg Manor

Come together during this time of giving and celebrate with friends, family and new faces at our Harvest Tea. A mini farmers market will take place before and after the tea on the Manor House’s screened porch.

 

October 24

Orange Ice Game with the K-Wings

Come celebrate the start of the K-Wings home schedule with the 11th annual Orange Ice Game. All fans are encouraged to dress in their Halloween costumes for a chance to win prizes and for trick-or-treating throughout the concourse. This game takes place on October 24th at 7:30 pm.

 

October 25

Saugatuck Halloween Harvest Festivities and Parade

Family Costume Parade in takes place at 4 pm in downtown Saugatuck and the  Adult Costume Parade in downtown Douglas at 10 pm. Contact the visitors Bureau for more information at (269) 857-1701.

 

NOVEMBER EVENTS

 

November 2

Fall Migration Weekend

Join us to celebrate the fall waterfowl migration at the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary! The Sanctuary’s Wintergreen Lake provides a safe haven in which birds recharge as they travel from breeding grounds in the far north to winter homes in the southern US and beyond. Practice waterfowl ID along the lakeshore, participate in games and activities along the trail and warm up with cider at the end of your walk.

 

Thank You Community!

We would like to extend a huge thank you to all of the businesses, establishments and organizations for offering our community endless opportunities for family fun!

 

Enjoy the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the season!

 

 

 

 

 

Jill P

Jill is a mom of a busy 8 year old son. KZOOkids.com was started in 2013 to showcase all of the great things to do in and around Kalamazoo. When not working the KZOOkids.com website, Jill likes to hike, cook, and read in her free time.

 

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