by Amy L
The scent of cool air, crisp leaves and pumpkin spice…fall is here and so are fun family festivals! There are many Southwest Michigan fall festivals to keep you and your family busy all season long. These are some of the top Kalamazoo area festivals that your family will enjoy.
Paw Paw Wine and Harvest Festival, Paw Paw
September 8-10, 2017
The Paw Paw Wine and Harvest Festival will feature wine tours and tasting, four stages of musical entertainment, an all-ages grape stomp, carnival rides, car show, sports activities and more. There is no cost to attend the festival, however, there is a $5 fee to enter the beer/wine tent and a cost for carnival rides and to do the grape stomp. Your family can get active in the festival as well by doing the 5k run/walk or the bike tour. There will also be a firework show on Friday, September 8th.
Bangor Apple Festival, Bangor
September 15-16, 2017
Bring the whole family out to enjoy the Bangor Apple Festival. Featuring a parade, car show, live music, 5k run/walk, pancake breakfast, book sale, pony rides and so much more, there is simply something for everyone at this festival. The festival will end Saturday with a free showing of the movie Guardians of the Galaxy 2. Your kids will love the free bounce houses and face painting!
September 24, 2017
For a unique harvest fest experience, check out what Tillers International has to offer at their 15th annual celebration. Your family will experience farming field demos, blacksmithing and woodshop, molasses making, ox-driving, wagon rides, shoe-making demo and a farm-wide scavenger hunt. Admission to the fest is $10 per car.
Harvest Fest, Vicksburg
September 24, 2017
Join in on the fun of the Vicksburg Historical Village for the annual Harvest Fest. Visitors will celebrate Vicksburg’s agricultural heritage and raise funds for the Vicksburg Historical Society. The fest features a pie baking contest and a petting zoo full of barnyard animals. Festival goers will also enjoy hayrides, Model A car rides, vendors, food booths, storytelling, and an old time photographer. General admission and parking are free of charge.
Oktoberfest West Michigan, Grand Rapids
September 29-30, 2017
Break out the lederhosen! The Edelweiss Club is hosting the annual Oktoberfest West Michigan in Grand Rapids. There will be activities for the whole family including inflatable jump opportunities for kids. There will also be games for adults, including barrel roll, keg tossing and stein holding. Erdinger beer (and rootbeer) as well as authentic German food will be available for purchase. Admission to the festival and parking are free.
October 7-8, 2017
For all things fall fun, head out to the Olde Tyme Harvest Festival. Featuring hayrides, pumpkin picking, and a husker shredder, this festival is fun for all. Vendors will be available for unique shopping opportunities. Admission is $5 per car load.
Lowell Harvest Celebration, Lowell
October 14, 2017
You’ll definitely feel the fall season at the Lowell Harvest Celebration. Fun activities include a chili cook-off, 5k run/walk, live entertainment, hoedown and Autumn-themed craft and vendor marketplace. There is no admission charge to the festival.
photo courtesy of Stokes Homestead Market
Homestead Farm Festival, Grand Junction
October 14-15, 2017
The 5th Annual Homestead Farm Festival presented by Stokes Homestead Farm Market will take place mid October. Fun activities include arts and crafts fair, Halloween magic show, pumpkin bowling, wagon rides, pumpkin picking, trick or treating, pedal cart track and much more. There are numerous kids games and activities that run all day long. Admission is $7 for children and $4 for adults.
Haven Harvest Festival, South Haven
October 20-22, 2017
Enjoy beautiful South Haven for more than its beaches! The Haven Harvest features a haunted asylum, free movies, horse-drawn hayrides, locally-made cider and beer, kid’s zombie fun run and so much more. Don’t miss the pet costume parade on October 22nd.
Kalamazoo Balloon Fest, Richland
October 27-29, 2017
The fifth annual Kalamazoo Balloon Fest will take place at the end of October. The fest, the largest fall balloon festival, will take place at Gull Meadow Farms. Admission is free to the fest, and guests can choose to pay admission to participate in Gull Meadow Farms’ other activities including pig races, pumpkin lane, corn maze, and delicious donuts and cider. Balloons will launch throughout the day and illuminate the sky after dark!
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