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September 1-5, 2016  Michigan Peach Festival of Romeo
Romeo, Michigan
Celebrating its 85th year, the festival will offer a pageant, car show, 5K run, kid fest, and Floral Parade.

September 2-5, 2016  70th Annual Michigan Bean Festival
Fairgrove, Michigan
Among the activities are the Harvest Pot Luck, entertainment, bingo, Bean Creation contest, crafts, car show, and fireworks. Be sure to stop by the Lions Club tent for some bean soup!

September 9-10, 2016  Apple & BBQ Cook-Off Festival
Silver Lake Sand Dunes, Michigan
Fall Festival highlighting the Michigan Sanctioned Kansas City BBQ Cook-Off Competition & farm fresh apples of Oceana County, with apple pie contest, auto show and craft show.


September 9-11, 2016  65th Annual Posen Potato Festival
Posen, Michigan
Polish immigrants who settled in the town of Posen, in the US state of Michigan, brought with them their national passion for potatoes, which grow well in the area's deep, sandy soils. The end of the harvest season is celebrated at the Posen potato festival which features free concerts, children's entertainment, a potato cooking contest and selection of the Miss Posen beauty queen.  (also: )

September 9-11, 2016  Art And Apples Festival - Rochester, Michigan
Paint Creek Center for the Arts. Held annually the weekend after Labor Day. The 2nd largest fine art fair in Michigan, Art & Apples welcomes more than 290 exhibiting artists and over 125,000 visitors to the beautiful 30-acre Rochester Park where fine art, performances, and homemade apple pies can be enjoyed by all.  Attendance: 125,000

September 9-11, 2016  Wine and Harvest Festival - Paw Paw, Michigan
Wine tours and wine tasting tents abound throughout the festival area. Carnival rides, free children's activities in Stompyland, fireworks on Maple Lake, parade, and the Grape Stomp. A "grape" time for everyone!

September 10, 2016  Farm to Table Strolling Block Party Food Fest
Birmingham, Michigan
The "Farm to Table Strolling Block Party" will feature tastings from chefs representing well-known area restaurants from Oakland and Wayne counties who will exclusively use Michigan grown ingredients in their food tastings.  Michigan vendors will sell the best of Michigan farm fresh agricultural produce, cheese, meat, baked goods, jams and other edible products.  Local breweries, wineries and distilleries will also be on hand to conduct tastings.  Children will enjoy kids' activities including animal balloon sculptures and glitter tattoos.

September 10, 2016  8th Annual U.P. Fall Beer Festival
Marquette, Michigan
Presented by the Michigan Brewers Guild. We are expecting more than 60 Michigan craft brewers to participate and there will be 400 different beers available.  Held rain or shine on the shores of beautiful Lake Superior.

September 15-16, 2016  Harvest Moon Celebration
Farmington, Michigan
Events include:Beer and Wine Tasting. Live entertainment. Oakland Community College Culinary Arts onsite with Food Pairings.

September 15-18, 2016  The Frankenmuth Oktoberfest
Frankenmuth, Michigan
In 1996, Lord Mayor Christian Ude of Germany officially sanctioned the Frankenmuth Octoberfest celebration, making it the only city outside of Munich to receive such an honor.


In homage, Munich-based brewer Hofbrauhaus became the festival’s official sponsor, making this the first city in the U.S. to import the German Beer.  Dubbed Michigan’s Little Bavaria, the city is as head-to-toe German as an American city can get, from its cuckoo-clock store to the Harvey Kern Community Pavilion, a scaled-down version of an authentic German beer hall.  (German beer halls can hold 10,000-20,000 people; the pavilion holds a mere 5,000.)  The German bands performs annually and authentic German fare is served daily.  The music and entertainment begins around noon and ends as late as midnight.  On Saturday, Wiener-dog races are always a crowd pleaser at the Oktoberfest.  Head to the Harvey Kern Community Pavilion at the stroke of 12 p.m. on Saturday.  Fifty to 100 dachshunds are positioned on one side of the pavilion floor and let loose in the hopes that they’ll race to the other side.  Sometimes they cooperate; sometimes they don’t.  But the sight and sound of hundreds of thundering dachshund feet as the herd bounds across the floor of a German beer hall-short legs flying and oversized ears flapping draws a dedicated crowd of spectators every year.

September 15-18, 2016  44th Annual St. John Parish Applefest
Fenton, Michigan
The event is geared for family fun, food, friendship and frolic and draws approximately 35,000 people. Activities include a road race, rides, auctions and raffles. Visit the Happy Apple tent for lots of great apple related food.  Attendance: 35,000.

September 16-18, 2016  Coldwater Applefest & Craft Show
Coldwater, Michigan
Always the third Saturday in September.  This annual festival brings over 5,000 people to Downtown Coldwater, many who begin their Holiday shopping.  With over 150 vendors presenting a wonderful array of arts and crafts, downtown businesses offering "day of " specials,area restaurants and food vendors offering food to please every tastebud, children's activities, and of course APPLES galore, there's a little something for all ages to enjoy!   Attendance: 5,000

September 16-18, 2016  Annual Grand Haven Salmon Festival
Grand Haven, Michigan
The Salmon Festival was designed to promote the importance of Michigan’s coastal waterways while paying tribute to a unique aspect of West Michigan—the annual salmon migration. Festival attendees will experience hands-on learning, education and exhibits and enjoy a culturally rich weekend experience that includes arts, crafts, live music, wine, food and family fun.  Featuring live jazz music; Michigan winetasting pavilion (ID required for wine/beer tasting) featuring Michigan’s top wineries and grape stomping; gourmet salmon cook-off contest; fall harvest beer & entertainment pavilion; downtown merchant market; fine art fair on the waterfront; Big King Salmon fishing contest with weigh-in/awards ceremony; mouth-watering food and beverage treats at the Fresh Catch Fish Boil; Grand Haven historic displays through the Tri-Cities Museum; hands-on children’s nature-themed arts & crafts activities; and educational, environment-focused exhibits, displays, workshops—and more!

September 17-18, 2016  69th Annual Pointe Mouillee Waterfowl Festival - Brownstown, Michigan
North America's largest freshwater marsh restoration project.  Games, raffles, food, prizes, and seminars. All proceeds benefit the Pointe Mouillee State Game Area.

September 17-18, 2016  Herb & Gourd Fest - Grand Rapids, Michigan
The Michigan Gourd Society has once again been invited to share our love of gourds with guests of Meijer Gardens.  We will have our main tables where we will provide information about every aspect of gourds from growing thru harvest to finished art work and as people go around the information tables they can see art work from our Michigan Gourd Society members as well as gourds from different areas around the world. Throughout the two days we will have members demonstrating and showing some of the different techniques that they use on their gourds.  We show examples of painting, pyrography, chip carving, filigree work, coiling, weaving just to name a few, and as in past years, we have vendors selling their creations of bowls, vases, sculptures and gourd jewelry.

September 19-25, 2016  Lansing Beer Week - Lansing, Michigan
This weeklong celebration will feature Michigan craft beer themed events throughout the greater Lansing area. The goal of Lansing Beer Week is to raise awareness of the Michigan craft beer industry while promoting patronage to local establishments and stimulating the greater Lansing area’s retail economy and Michigan made products.

September 23-24, 2016  Rochester Mills Oktoberfest
Rochester, Michigan
Celebrate the Season of Beer at the Rochester Mills Oktoberfest!

September 23-25, 2016  Pumpkinfest - South Lyon, Michigan
Celebrating 30 years of family values.  For the first time in the history of the event, Pumpkinfest will expand to a three-day event kicking off Friday evening with the opening of the Beer Garten and live music. Live music will continue to entertain the community on Saturday night and during the day Sunday.  The festival focuses on core attractions such as non-profit booths, craft show, children’s activities, live music, entertainment and the Pumpkinfest Parade occurring on Saturday morning.

September 24, 2016  Flushing Harvest Festival - Flushing, Michigan
Our autumn extravaganza showcases all that is fall in Michigan. Main Street is lined with homemade scarecrows created by community members and businesses. Prizes will be awarded to the top three scarecrows. Other activities include, apple pie baking contest, pie eating contest, chalk art contest, beard contest, and chili cook off, along with local entertainment, dance shows, pumpkin painting, arts/crafts, and more!

September 29-October 2, 2016  Four Flags Area Apple Festival
Niles, Michigan
Bring your family and friends to the Apple Festival for many family oriented activities and a good time to be had by all.


Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Events

events still waiting for new dates

September 12, 2015 - 8th Annual Great Lakes Cider & Perry Festival
St. Johns, Michigan
More than one hundred different ciders and perries will be available for sampling from producers throughout the Great Lakes region. Live music

September 18-20, 2015  Taste Of Traverse City Festival
Traverse City, Michigan
Dear Friends of the Taste of Traverse City Festival,  We find ourselves making a difficult decision, as we are announcing a one-year hiatus for the Taste of Traverse City Festival. Check back in 2016.

September 26, 2015  Oktoberfest Downriver - Brownstown, Michigan
Germania Club Downriver's largest and only authentic Oktoberfest featuring German beer and food.  Don't miss the "Weiner Dog Races" and fun activities for the kids and adults alike.


Food & Wine Festivals, Shows, Events

events still waiting for new dates

September 13-15, 2013  4th Annual Michigan Festival of Gourds
Imlay City, Michigan
Due to family concerns, we will not be holding the Michigan Festival of Gourds in 2014. We hope to have something organized for 2015.

September 22-28, 2013  Mackinac Island Restaurant Week
Mackinac Island, Michigan
Join us this fall when Mackinac Island's finest restaurants offer inspiring, multi-course meals prepared especially to spotlight Mackinac Island as a premier dining destination.  No passes, tickets or coupons are required. Instead, diners may simply visit their favorite participating restaurants throughout the week to enjoy the special prix fixe dinner menus.



waiting for new dates

September 1, 2012  Taste of Michigan - Thompsonville, Michigan
Celebrate all things Michigan. Sample Michigan-made wines, craft beers, homegrown delicacies and signature products from throughout the state at Crystal Mountain Resort.

September 15, 2012  Jackson County Family Farmfest
Jackson, Michigan
3 local farms in the northwest portion of Jackson County open their doors to the public! This is a free, educational event which welcomes anyone and everyone interested in learning about agriculture to attend!


Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Events

waiting for new dates

September 8-11, 2011  Epicurean Classic - Traverse City, Michigan
One of America’s premier culinary events, featuring the country’s finest chefs, artisans, food purveyors, and cookbook authors, plus leading food, cheese, wine, and beer experts.  With a robust line-up of cooking classes, seminars, tasting events, and chef-hosted receptions, visitors will have the chance to meet and learn from numerous experts in the culinary field.


Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Events

events still waiting for new dates

September 18, 2010  Happy Apple Fest - DeTour Village, Michigan
Enjoy apple menu specials at area restaurants. View scarecrow contest entries and guess the winners.

September 30-Oct 3, 2010  Four Flags Area Apple Festival
Niles, Michigan
Bring your family and friends to the Apple Festival for many family oriented activities and a good time to be had by all.




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