2022 SWMI Fall Activities Guide: Your Bucket List for Fall Fun

Gull Meadow Farms Fall Activities

Welcoming Fall Activities with Open Arms

I’m a big fan of summer. Lazy days, trips to the beach and more relaxed schedules are all big wins in my book.

As the 80 degree days and drought-like weather subside, I can’t help but look forward to Southwest Michigan’s next beautiful season full of fall activities.

With cooler, breezier mornings returning and leaves just starting to show glimpses of their amazing fall shades, I can’t help but get excited.

Within the next couple of weeks, school wakeups will be the new normal, football will be happening every weekend, and our fridge will be stocked with fresh cider.

I’m ready for apples, pumpkins, warm, gooey donuts and any weather that requires a sweater.

Kickstart some seasonal fun with our roundup of the best fall activities in Kalamazoo.

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Gilden Woods Early Care and Preschool is located in Portage, MI. Inside and out, our program is designed for a positive experience for child and parent alike.

We provide a safe environment for children ages six weeks to school-age in facilities that feature secure web camera access for parents.

AppleTree Gilden Wood TS Sept 2022

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Fall Activities in Berrien Center

8335 Smith Road, Berrien Center, MI 49102

SW Michigan families will enjoy their delicious produce from Earth First Farms even more knowing they are all CERTIFIED ORGANIC.

Currently celebrating 17 years growing in beautiful Benton Harbor, Earth First Farms offers organic strawberries, blueberries, apples and other fruits. Upick and already picked produce are available. Come join us and create a new, laid back, family tradition!

All forms of payment are accepted & visitors are encouraged to call first.

(269) 815-3370



Fall Activities in Mattawan

60139 CR 652, Mattawan, MI 49071

Our peaceful and authentic farm is the place for your family to take a step back and keep things simple.

We are a 3rd generation family farm that features seasonal fruits and veggies including asparagus, strawberries, sweet & tart cherries, blueberries, sweet corn, peaches, apples, grapes, pumpkins and squash. Donuts and apple cider in the fall.

U-Pick options available: tart cherries, blueberries, peaches, apples & concord grapes.

Please check our website, Facebook or call to confirm availability.

(269) 668-3724



Harvest Fun: Orchards, Pumpkin Patches + Corn Mazes

Southwest Michigan’s farms offer hayrides, petting zoos, U-pick produce and special events. Here are some suggestions for fall activities at these favorite spots:

Go Apple Picking at a Local Orchard

Local orchards make it easy to enjoy apple picking season in Southwest Michigan. Be sure to follow them on Facebook or call ahead to see which varieties are available.

3 – Grab some Honeycrisp with U-Pick at Gull Meadow Farms

8544 Gull Rd, Richland, MI 49083

Gull Meadow Farms offer apple picking all season and they start early! Early Honeycrisp was already available starting in late August this year.

Tip: Gull Meadow offers “apple alerts” if you would like to receive a text message on apple availability. To sign up, text Apple85 to 91011.

Gull Meadow Farms
You do not need an admission ticket to pick apples at Gull Meadow Farms

4 – Refuel with an Apple Cider Slushie at Husted Farm Market

9191 W Main St, Kalamazoo, MI 49009

Husted’s cider slushies are legendary, and a perfect complement to the U-pick apples on their farm.

In addition to slushies, we highly recommend their from-scratch pies and donuts. Their market is also stocked all year long with fresh produce, fudge, and other goodies.

Apple Orchard
Husted's Market Donuts
Find donuts, cider, fudge, pies and more tasty treats inside the market

Pick Your Perfect Pumpkin

Whether you’re decorating your house or carving up a stellar jack-o’-lantern, Kalamazoo and surrounding cities offer up a good selection for pumpkin patches.

Tip: Most patches prefer cash. Call ahead to confirm payment options.

5 – Make a Quick Pumpkin Dash at Prairie Acre Farms

12196 Oakland Dr, Schoolcraft, MI 49087

Need a pumpkin (or several) without all of the farm activities and crowds?

Prairie Acre Farms is a local favorite for an easy, fun and no-nonsense pumpkin shopping experience.

Stop by this hidden gem in Schoolcraft and find your orange beauties- then pay in the cash box or scan the QR code to pay by phone.

Pumpkin Patch

6 – Say Hi to Gene the Pumpkin Man

22637 M43 Hwy West, Kalamazoo, MI 49009

Gene the Pumpkin Man is a Kalamazoo celebrity of sorts- just look for the guy decked out in orange when you pick your pumpkins.

This farm has one of the best selections in town, from giant to mini, in addition to gourds, mums and local honey. They have wagons on site to help transport to your vehicle.

Cash or check only.

Pumpkin Patch Gene

Test Your Navigational Skills at a Corn Maze

Corn mazes are a popular way to spend a fall afternoon in SWMI. We recommend researching the size of corn maze before heading out as some may take more than an hour to complete.

7 – Conquer 20 Acres of Corn Maze Fun at Crane Orchards

26054 124th Ave, Fennville, MI 49408

That was not a typo: Crane Orchards goes BIG when it comes to corn mazes (20 acres big) and their designs are more complex each year.

While visiting them in Fennville, be sure to try their U-pick and delicious pies. Kids will also want to take a ride on their cow train.

Crane Orchards 2022 maze
2022 maze at Crane Orchards

8 – Visit a Corn Maze at Night at Harvest Moon Acres

18725 M-40 Hwy, Gobles, MI 49055

If standard corn mazes aren’t your thing, consider a more challenging option: navigate them at night.

Harvest Moon Acres invites guests to try their 5-acre maze in the dark with “Flashlight Nights” every Friday and Saturday evening, from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM.

Harvest Moon Acres opens for the fall season on September 24, 2022.

9 – Try the USA Maze at Bumbleberry Acres

6785 Baseline Rd, South Haven, MI 49090

Bring your walking shoes for this 1.5 mile maze at Bumbleberry Acres.

Bumbleberry Acres’ 2022 maze

Celebrate Fall Fun at a Local Farm

Some SWMI farms offer more than just apples and pumpkins; we’ve highlighted two of our favorites in the area where families can spend an entire day (or multiple) enjoying some family-friendly actiities.

10 – Gull Meadow Farms

544 Gull Rd, Richland, MI 49083

Gull Meadow Farms continues to innovate each fall, adding more activities and events for families to enjoy. Some highlights:

  • U-pick Apples, Pumpkins + Flowers
  • Jumping Pillows
  • Ziplines
  • Farm Animals
  • Food Trucks
  • Lawn Games
  • Wagon Rides
  • Corn Maze
  • Donuts
  • Market
  • Special Events
Gull Meadow Farms
Gull Meadow Farms
The Grain Train is one of Gull Meadow’s fall activities
map: Gull Meadow Farms

11 – Harvest Moon Acres

18725 M-40 Hwy, Gobles, MI 49055

Located in Gobles, Harvest Moon Acres carves up its own fun fall activities for families, offering the following:

  • U-pick Pumpkins
  • “Saloon Shootout” (pumpkin slingshots)
  • Ziplines
  • Farm Animals
  • Concessions
  • Wagon Rides
  • Corn Maze
  • Donuts
  • Campfire

Fall Festivals + Events

Celebrate the season with fall festivals. These events often combine seasonal favorites like pumpkin painting or hayrides with historical demonstrations.

12 – Travel Back in Time with the Fall Festival at Celery Flats

7335 Garden Ln, Portage, MI 49024
September 18, 2022 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Portage’s Celery Flats’ buildings will be open on Sunday, September 18 for crafts and historical exhibits at their annual Fall Festival.

Visitors will find horse-drawn rides, cooking demonstrations, animals, and more fun activities at this FREE event.

13 – Take a Model A Car for a Spin at the Harvest Festival in Vicksburg

300 N Richardson St, Vicksburg, MI 49097
September 25, 2022 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

This annual FREE favorite in Vickbsurg includes Model A car rides, pumpkin decorating contest, petting zoo, food vendors and a saw mill demonstration.

photo: 2022 Harvest Festival

Bucket List Fall Activities

If you’re like me, you want to take in all that fall has to offer before something other than leaves is covering our lawns (hint: it’s white).

Here are more fall activities to check off your list before winter:

Fall Activities: SkeleTour

26 – Take a Skelfie with some Bony Friends at the Metro Toyota SkeleTour

Downtown Kalamazoo, MI 49008

The Metro Toyota SkeleTour returns in 2022, inviting 60+ skeletons to take over downtown Kalamazoo.

Snap a “Skelfie” and participate in themed events during October. In prior years, visitors enjoyed pumpkin carving contests, face painting and live music.

Skeletons will start their invasion of downtown on October 2, 2022 and will be on display for the entire month of October.

Themed skeletons will be installed October 2-5, 2022 in downtown Kalamazoo

Fall Activities: Halloween Events

27 – Tour Some Spooky and Silly Decorated Houses

While many of our local homeowners go BIG at Christmas time, Halloween house decorating is growing in popularity.

Take a drive and find some skeletons doing yoga, some famous bad guys, and other fun-themed decors.

Halloween House
These skeletons rotate activities weekly: yoga, lawn mowing and croquet were some of our favorites in 2021.
Halloween House
This Portage house pays homage to some famous movie villains

28 – Go Trunk or Treating

Trunk or Treats are popular in SWMI, and we have a BIG list to help find them throughout October.

These events can serve as a complement or alternative to trick or treating and are often a favorite for little legs who aren’t up for a lot of walking.

Halloween Trunk or Treat
Many SWMI churches host Trunk or Treat events

29 – Celebrate with Halloween Events throughout October

We celebrate Halloween events all month long in Kalamazoo with Trunk or Treats, pumpkin decorating contests, Halloween festivals and even events for dogs.

30 – Stay Warm and Dry with Indoor Events on October 31

Mother Nature is very unpredictable in Michigan, and October is no exception. Many organizations offer indoor Halloween events to help celebrate the holiday in case it rains (or snows!).

31 – Check your Neighborhood’s Trick or Treat Times

Before you make your candy dash, confirm whether your community has established trick-or-treat times on Halloween.

Trick or Treat Times Kalamazoo

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