It’s that time of year again: the leaves show signs of burnt umber and fiery orange, the air gets cooler and pumpkin spice appears in nearly every beverage at the coffee shop. As you enjoy some cider and doughnuts and everything pumpkin, it’s time for fall festivals!
The fall season is around the corner but it’s not time to head indoors quite yet. We’ve rounded up a variety of Kalamazoo area fall festivals for the entire family to enjoy.
As dates are being finalized; we recommend you verify their schedules before heading out with your family.
Celebrate the Fall Harvest
Paw Paw Wine and Harvest Festival | Paw Paw | September 7 – 9
The Paw Paw Wine and Harvest Festival will feature wine tours and tasting, live music, an all-ages grape stomp, carnival rides, car show, turtle derby and an arts and crafts show. 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. Stick around Friday night until dusk for the fireworks display.
Allegan County Fair | Allegan | September 7 – 15
This large event features well-known music artists (Pentatonix, Travis Tritt, 5 Seconds of Summer), a large variety of animals (pigs, horses, sheep, rabbits), carnival rides, agricultural events and fair food.
Applefest and Craft Show | Coldwater | September 15
Head to Coldwater for fresh, local apples, arts and crafts, live entertainment, and a kids’ zone.
Tillers International Harvest Fest | Scotts | September 15
Tillers International Harvest Fest features demonstrations on blacksmithing, woodworking and timber framing. The event also includes food, music and kids’ activities. Admission is $5 per carload.
Fall Harvest Festival and Tractor Show | Hastings | September 21 – 23
Visit the historic Charlton Park to experience fall harvest techniques and activities from the early-to-mid 1900s. Admission is $6.00 for adults and $4.00 for kids ages 5-12.
Wenke Fall Festival | Kalamazoo | September 22
Wenke Greenhouse’s festival includes pumpkin painting, pet adoptions, face painting, and a bounce house.
St. Joseph Fall Fest | St Joseph | September 22
The 6th annual St Joseph Fall Fest features face painting, balloon twisters, story time, and the Great Pumpkin Festival.
Fall Festival | Bumbleberry Acres, South Haven | September 29 – 30
Head to Bumbleberry Acres for all things fall. Fun activities including historical wagon tours, pony rides, corn maze, carnival games, farm animals, bounce house, food. Children under five are free.
Harvest Fest | Vicksburg | September 30
Explore the Vicksburg Historical Village for the annual Harvest Fest and a chance to explore the buildings. Harvest 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, music, storytelling, and an old-time photographer.
Farm-ToberFest (KNC) | Kalamazoo | October 6
Visit DeLano Farms at the Kalamazoo Nature Center for wagon rides, arts and crafts, food, kids’ activities, and music. KNC Admission rates apply.
Scotts Olde Tyme Harvest Festival | Scotts | October 6 – 7
This festival features hayrides, pumpkin picking, and a husker-shredder. Admission is $5 per carload.
Wedel’s Children’s Petting Zoo | Kalamazoo | October 12 – 13
Wedel’s annual event moves to October and includes farm animals, face painting, wagon rides and a pumpkin launcher.
Fennville Goose Festival | Fennville | October 12 – 14
5th Annual Goose Festival with weekend-long fun. Celebrate with a car show, arts & crafts show, tractor show, Goose Festival Parade on Saturday, a carnival and more!
Lowell Harvest Celebration | Lowell | October 13
The Lowell Harvest Celebration includes a chili cook-off, 5k run/walk, live entertainment, a scarecrow-building hoedown, and farmers market.
Pumpkin Festival | Calhoun County Fairgrounds | October 13
Visit Calhoun County Fairgrounds for the 2nd annual Pumpkin Festival. There will be games, pony rides, arts/crafts with and without pumpkins, bingo, food, vendors, pet adoption, a straw castle and more.
FREE to attend. Optional $5 wristband to play all the games or a $10 unlimited wristband to participate in all the games, straw maze, bounce houses pumpkin carving and pony rides.
Bangor Apple Festival | Bangor | October 13
The Bangor Apple Festival is moving to October this year, with plans to feature a craft show, a car and motorcycle show, a 5K run/walk and many kids activities.
Eastside Harvest Fest | Kalamazoo | October 20
A community & family event of hay rides, rock painting, free food, and fun!
Haven Harvest Festival | South Haven | October 19 – 21
The Haven Harvest features free movies, horse-drawn hayrides, locally-made cider and beer, and a costumed bike ride along the Kal-Haven trail. For attendees 14 years and older, check out the Museum Fright Night Maritime Museum on Friday and Saturday night for some thrills and chills.
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