by Jill P 

Fall is here!  We have put together a listing of some great FREE or Cheap events ($6 or less per person in most cases) happening around SW Michigan this month.

Make sure that you check out our full Fall Festival and Harvest Event Guide, too. Many of these festivals are free and family-friendly. We’ve just highlighted a few here.

Plus, you’ll want to check out our HUGE Event Calendar! We have a ton of fun, family events happening all fall.




Here are 10 FREE events that are happening in the month of September that you’ll want to check out:

1. Flick’s Family Film Festival | Running September 4 and runs through October 29.

Head over to Celebration Cinema for their fall movie line-up. FREE movies for kids 12 and under. Adults are just $5. Celebration Cinema, 6600 Ring Road, Portage.


2. 9/11 Family Day of Service | September 11, 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm.

Event is FREE and gives families an opportunity to volunteer together and teach kids about volunteering in the community. Radisson Hotel, 100 W Michigan Ave, Kalamazoo.


3. FreeQuent FMG Movie Series at the Kalamazoo 10 | Running September 12 through November 8. Movies start at 9:00 am and 10:00 am on Saturdays and Sundays.

Goodrich Quality Theaters has kicked-off a new FreeQuent FMG Movie Series beginning September 12. Those belonging to our Frequent Moviegoer Club (FMG) will be able to see movies of their FMG Movie Series for free. Non-members will be charged $1.00 per ticket. See link above for fall movie line-up including movie tittles such as Home, Annie, and Minions. All Goodrich movie theaters including the Kalamazoo 10, 820 Maple Hill Drive, Kalamazoo.


4. Eastwood Back to School Celebration | September 15, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm.

Enjoy snacks, music with DJ Adam Bayliss, face painting from the Kalamazoo Civic, pumpkin carving from the Lord of the Gourd, the Fresh Food Fairy, bouncy equipment from Vertical Edge, and much more! All ages welcome. Free. Kalamazoo Library – Eastwood Branch, 1112 Gayle, Kalamazoo. 

kalamazoo balloon festival

5. Kalamazoo Balloon Festival | September 18-20.

The Kalamazoo Balloon Fest will be held at Gull Meadow Farms on September 18 (evening balloon alum), Saturday September 19 (all day event with balloon launches, car show, music, balloon alum in the evening, and much more), and Sunday September 20th in the morning. Normal admission prices for Gull Meadow Farms apply for the activities at Gull Meadow Farms. Viewing the balloons is FREE. Gull Meadow Farms, 8544 Gull Rd, Richland. 


RELATED: Fall Peach Picking Guide & Fall Sports Options and Leagues For Kids


6. Kalamazoo Water Festival | September 19 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Join in the fun one-day festival celebrating the Kalamazoo River and all things water. Activities include hands-on science activities, art projects, live music, comedy improv, critter encounters, garden tours, food trucks, pop-up cafe, Otter World bounce house, and carnival festivities for the kids. Free. Riverview Launch, 1523 Riverview Drive, Kalamazoo.


7. Art Prize 2015 | September 23 – October 11. Join the excitement at the Art Prize in Grand Rapids with over 1,500 works of art at over 150+ venues. Stay tuned for the family guide to the Art Prize coming soon from our friends at They do an awesome job of spotting the family friendly works of art that you won’t want to miss. Free. Various locations through downtown and greater Grand Rapids. 


8. Fall Harvest and Tractor Show | September 25-27. Step back in time with a visit to Historic Chartlon Park’s special event. Demonstrations & exhibits include: steamed apples, a tractor parade, kids pedal pull & sawdust scramble, tug of war, and more. Admission is $6.00 for adults and $4.00 for kids ages 5 -12. Historic Charlton Park, 2545 S Charlton Park Rd, Hastings. 


9. Scare Crows & Pumpkins | September 26 from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm.

Make your very own scarecrow and take home a pumpkin as you will learn about the fall harvest! This is also a FREE DAY at Kingman Museum and $2 donation person is requested for the event at Leila Aroboretum.  Leila Arboretum, 928 West Michigan Avenue, Battle Creek.



10. 7th Annual Harvest Festival | September 27.

So many things to see and do: pie baking contest, pumpkin decorating contest, story- telling, petting zoo with a variety of animals, vendors with many homemade items, food booths, music and more. Free. Vicksburg Historical Village, 300 North Richardson, Vicksburg. 



Plus, a few more to keep on your radar:

  • Author Katherine Applegate Reading/Signing on September 22 at the Kalamazoo Public Library at 7:00 pm. A limited number of free tickets will also be made available in September at the KPL children’s desk on a first come/first serve basis. And more tickets to this event are available at Bookbug and are free with pre-order/purchase of a copy or copies of CRENSHAW.


  • Autumn Festival & Kids Day at Wedel’s on September 25 & 26. Join the fun at this store event which includes: Petting Zoo, Face Painting, Wagon Rides, Straw Maze. $3 per child and $8 maximum for family.


  • Allegan County Fair runs September 11 through September 19. You’ll find:  carnival rides, games, food, 4-H animals, entertainment and more. September 12 is Children’s Day where children get in free until 5:00 pm. Adult ticket price is $7. Normal admission for kids is $4.




By | 2015-09-11T05:59:20+00:00 September 10th, 2015|Categories: Around Kalamazoo, Newly Published, Parent resources|Comments Off on 10 FREE or CHEAP Events In September You’ll Want To Check Out

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Jill is a mom of a busy 9 year old son. When not working the website, Jill likes to hike, cook, and read in her free time.