by Jill P 

September is here and it’s close to one of our favorite seasons of the season…fall! Yes, there is something EXTRA SPECIAL about fall in SW Michigan. We’re put together a round-up of some of the fall festivals, fairs and other fall-related events that you won’t want to miss.


Also, check back often as events will be added as we have more information. There are some of our favorite fall events that aren’t on this list yet since we’re waiting for their 2015 information. Plus, make sure that you visit our full Event Calendar as there are lots of great family activities happening throughout the season.

Did we miss something? If so, help us stock our Event Calendar with community events. Submit Events to our event calendar today!

Have a super fun fall!



Note: See individual listings for more information on pricing, times of specific events, and more details.

37th Annual Wine & Harvest Festival  | September 11-13. There’s something for everyone at this year’s Wine & Harvest Festival in downtown Paw Paw. Activities include: arts & crafts show, bike tour, grape stomp, parade, entertainment, carnival rides, wine & beer tasting, and more!  Downtown Paw Paw.

Allegan County Fair | September 11-19. Join the fun at the Allegan County Fair for rides, food, superstar entertainment, 4-H exhibits, and more! 150 Douglas St, Allegan, MI. 

Kalamazoo Balloon Festival | September 18-20. Thirty balloons take to the air for your viewing pleasure. Also include Nighttime Balloon Glows on the September 18th & 19th, entertainment on the stage, and a car show. Gull Meadow Farms, 8544 Gull Rd, Richland. 

37th Annual Bangor Apple Festival | September 19. Farmers market, kid’s activities, Bangor Lions Annual Classic Car Show, various vendors, live entertainment, and more. Downtown Bangor, 257 West Monroe Street, Bangor.

Kalamazoo Water Festival | September 19. Join in this 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. Riverview Launch, 1523 Riverview Drive, Kalamazoo. 

Applefest 2015 | September 19. Located in Downtown Coldwater, this festival attracts thousands of spectators each year. You can enjoy deep fried donuts, apple pie, visit hundred of craft booths, listen to live music and much more. Downtown Coldwater, Chicago Street, Coldwater. 

Tillers International Harvest Fest 2015 | September 20. This event emphasizes local food, small local farmers, and draft animal power and other sustainable agricultural techniques. Cook’s Mill Learning Center, 10515 East OP Avenue, Scotts.

Grand Rapids Art Prize | September 23- October 11. You won’t want to miss this world class FREE art show in Grand Rapids. In addition to the 1,500+ pieces of art to view around town, this year you’ll want to visit the ArtPrize Labs which is a drop-in space at the ArtPrize HUB with your family for a self-directed creative experience. Various locations throughout greater Grand Rapids. 


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. Historic Charlton Park, 2545 S Charlton Park Rd, Hastings. 

Fall Festival in St. Joseph | September 25 & 26. Join the fun in St. Joseph for their fall festival. Activities include The Great Bed Race, petting farm, face painting, pumpkin contest, live music and instrument petting zoo.

Scarecrows & Pumpkins | September 26. 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. Leila Arboretum, 928 West Michigan Avenue, Battle Creek.

Lantern Festival | September 26. Watch the spectacular launch of thousands of lanterns for one unforgettable spectacle. The festival also includes music, dancing, and s’mores. Kalamazoo Speedway, 7656 Ravine Road, Kalamazoo.

Michigan Apple Fest | September 26. Join the fun at this family-oriented festival. Activities include inflatable bounce houses, games, balloon animals, fall decoration making,entertainment, and local eat. Downtown Sparta.

 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. Vicksburg Historical Village, 300 North Richardson, Vicksburg. 

DeLano Farms Harvest Party | September 27. Explore the homestead, witness blacksmiths and spinners in action, experience pioneer activities, take a horse drawn wagon ride (weather permitting), and enjoy fun games and activities for the whole family. DeLano Farms, 555 West E Ave., Kalamazoo.

Olde Tyme Harvest Festival | October 3 & 4. Activities Include: hayrides to the pumpkin patch, pumpkins, husker shredder, antique tractors, blacksmithing, and more! Scotts Mill County Park, 8451 S. 35th, Scotts.

Fennville Goose Festival | October 10 & 11. This festival includes a parade, car show, live music, bbq, and more! Downtown Fennville.

Mattawan Pumpkin Trail | October 10. Activities include arts and craft booths, a caramel apple creation station, show on the village park stage, a a spooky science creation station, much more. Downtown Mattawan.

Stokes Homestead Fall Festival | October 10. Activities include arts & crafts fair, pumpkin bowling, carmel apple station, paint your own pumpkin, wagon rides, and more! Stokes Homestead Farm Market,13988 County Road 215, Grand Junction.

Cranberry Harvest Day | October 10. Take a Hay Ride to our Cranberry Bog where you can watch us harvest a sea of red, ripe Cranberries. DeGrandchamp’s Blueberry Farm
76241 14th Ave, South Haven.

Fall Color Cruise Bike Event | October 11. Bring your bike and cruise along the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail, enjoying the fall colors and family-friendly activities along the way. Starts at Markin Glen Park, Kalamazoo. 

5th Annual Arts & Eats Tour | October 17 & 18. Hop in the car and explore. Visit with local artisans in their studios, see working farms featuring specialty food crops, fiber, and heritage animals. Various locations throughout SW Michigan. 

South Haven Harvest Festival | October 18. Activities include zombie 5k and stroll,
hayrides, polka bands & dancing, cider and beer tent, pie baking contests, restaurant server races, and more. Downtown South Haven. 

Fall Migration Celebration | November 8. 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. W.K.Kellogg Bird Sanctuary, 12685 East C Ave., Augusta.  


Watch for our upcoming articles about:

  • Apple U-Pick Farms & Pumpkin Patches
  • “Must Do” Fall Family Places To Visit
  •  Fall Fun Runs & Walks
  • Halloween Event Round-up


By | 2015-09-04T16:53:20+00:00 September 1st, 2015|Categories: Around Kalamazoo, Guides, Newly Published, Parent resources|4 Comments

About the Author:

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.


  1. pamela September 2, 2015 at 12:10 am

    Thank you for doing this! 🙂

    • Jill P September 4, 2015 at 4:55 pm

      Thanks for the comment! Stay tuned as we’re already adding more.

  2. Patricia Haas September 2, 2015 at 4:54 pm

    Hi Jill,

    You have probably already received a gazillion posts in reference to the Coldwater Apple Fest’s incorrect date. It should read 19 Sep.

    • Jill P September 3, 2015 at 5:51 am

      Thanks for letting me know. I’ll make the correction. Have a good day,

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