Fall into Fun: Must-Visit Fall Festivals in Metro Detroit

August 21, 2023
Fall Festivals - Romulus Pumpkin Festival Arial

Photo courtesy of the Romulus Pumpkin Festival

It’s time for another change of the seasons in Metro Detroit and after a toasty summer, we’re all ready for cooler days, warmer clothes, and all things apple and pumpkin. If fall has you giddy for September (cue the Earth, Wind & Fire album), you absolutely must participate in some of the area’s best fall festivals. There are so many opportunities to get out and celebrate all that fall has to offer in Metro Detroit. Here are some of the top fall festivals happening in 2023…

Romulus Pumpkin Festival

September 15-17

Romulus Historical Park

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As a great way to kick off fall, the Romulus Pumpkin Festival is celebrating its 25th year in 2023. It all begins Friday night with its Parade of Lights and continues into the weekend with vendors, entertainment, and games. Whether checking out the Classic Car Show or enjoying the music, this is a great way to get into the fall spirit. Pumpkin Festival Committee Chairperson Jazmine Danci tells us, “…the committee has expanded to bring in multiple other groups, organizations, volunteers, and sponsors to make this what they hope to be their biggest – and most pumpkin-y – year yet!”

Romulus Pumpkin Festival Car Show
Photo courtesy of Romulus Pumpkin Festival

Rochester Mills 25th Oktoberfest Celebration

September 28-30

Rochester Mills Beer Company

Rochester Mills Beer Company is celebrating 25 years of food, friends, and beers in Downtown Rochester this year, and we are excited for another terrific Oktoberfest Celebration. Thursday, September 28th, we will hold our annual Oktoberfest kick-off with traditional German music from Enzian aus Detroit…Enzian also plays on Friday, September 29th, and we conclude with Detroit’s very own Sponge on Saturday, September 30th. Executive Chef Josh Gomola will be featuring our special Oktoberfest menu, and of course, we will have plenty of the namesake beer to go around!” says Jonathan Lapolla, Director of Marketing. 

On Saturday, the celebration will come to a close with gift card and swag giveaways, as well as the release of the Rochester Mills Brewing Company’s anniversary glassware.

Rochester Mills Brewing Company sign for 25 years in business
Photo courtesy of Rochester Mills Beer Company

Huron Township Applefest 

October 7-8

New Boston 

The Huron Township Applefest is an annual tradition focused on all things apples. The highlight of the festival is the 35th annual Fiddler’s Contest, which will be held on October 7. If fiddling isn’t your thing, perhaps you’ll want to enjoy the live music, parade, or bingo. 

Detroit Harvest Fest 

October 7-8 

Dequindre Cut

The Detroit Riverfront Conservancy is hosting its annual Harvest Fest featuring 50+ food trucks and six music stages. The Harvest Fest will be located on the Dequindre Cut Greenway. There will be activities for the whole family to enjoy and admission is only $5 at the gate and free for children under 3. Kids under 12 can pick one small pumpkin from the pumpkin patch for free! Other activities include trick-or-treating stations, spooky science, a scavenger hunt, and more. 

MSU Tollgate Farm Pumpkinfest 

October 7-8

MSU Tollgate Farm, Novi

It’s all things pumpkin at the MSU Tollgate Farm Pumpkinfest and their activity list is extensive. From wagon rides to the pumpkin patch to a pumpkin trebuchet, there’s no shortage of things to watch, do, and learn about at this festival. Admission is just $5 and kids under 2 are free. 

Tecumseh Appleumpkin Festival

October 14-15

Downtown Tecumseh

Some key attractions for this year’s festival include Monster Truck and Helicopter rides, food trucks, carnival rides, free kid’s activities, antique vendors, and over 150 craft vendors. Admission and parking are free. “This festival is also held in conjunction with Kapnick Orchard Apple Festival, two great festivals combined with a free shuttle in between,” says Jan Fox, Appleumpkin Festival Chairperson. 

View of downtown Tecumseh
Photo courtesy of the City of Tecumseh

Bowers School Farm Fest

October 14-15

Bowers School Farm, Bloomfield Hills

The Bowers School Farm Fall Fest brings together the best of all the fall activities: pumpkin picking, wagon rides, animal visits, and fall foods. Some additions this year include food trucks, axe throwing, a straw tower, a corn maze, and a cornhole contest. This festival is family-friendly with tons of activities to keep everyone busy. Adults will want to swing by the Beer Garden as well for beer or hard cider.  

Detroit Fall Beer Festival 

October 28 

Eastern Market 

If fall beer is your favorite, you won’t want to miss the Michigan Brewers Guild’s 14th annual Detroit Fall Beer Festival. This event is one of the largest all-Michigan beer tastings. Attendance is limited to those 21 and older and tickets can be purchased in advance. Ticket costs include 15 tokens for samples of beer, and additional tokens may be purchased inside the festival. The festival will also have food vendors with beer-friendly menu items to purchase to accompany the beer samples.

This article has been updated to include new information. The original article was authored by Katie Goncalves.