These festivals are why we love fall!

By: Katie Goncalves | September 7, 2022

Photo courtesy of Art & Apples

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 2022…

Art & Apples Festival

September 9-11

Rochester Municipal Park, Rochester

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Paint Creek Center for the Arts is excited to present its 56th Art & Apples Festival to kick off the fall season as its primary fundraiser for the year. A suggested donation of $5 per attendee will be accepted at each of the festival’s entrances. Highlights of the festival include 16 different dance and music performances, 22 food vendors, the Meijer Kids Art Zone, and the Creation Station with live demonstrations like glass blowing and wheel-throwing. 

This year is extra special for the Art & Apples Festival because it has been named ninth on the Top 20 Fine Art and Design festival listings for the decade 2010-2020 by Sunshine Artist magazine. The list includes the most profitable art and craft festivals in the country, and the Art & Apples Festival is the only one in Michigan with this title. Shaun Hayes, Executive Director of Paint Creek Center for the Arts, is thrilled with this honor. He commented, “This ranking is welcome news as we head into the final stretch of preparing for the 56th annual Art & Apples Festival – which is drawing artists from 23 states this year,” Hayes said. “Michigan has several outstanding art festivals, and for Art & Apples to lead the pack nationally is gratifying.”

With so much to see and experience, this festival is not to be missed, especially for art lovers. Maybe you’ll find your new favorite piece of art or witness the next great artwork being created! 

Romulus Pumpkin Festival 

September 16-18

Romulus Historical Park

As a great way to kick off fall, the Romulus Pumpkin Festival is celebrating its 24th year in 2022. It all begins Friday night with a lighted parade at night and continues into the weekend with vendors, entertainment, and games. You won’t want to miss checking out the Classic Car Show or participating in the pumpkin rolling or pumpkin seed spitting contests. 

South Lyon Area Pumpkinfest

September 24-25

South Lyon

The South Lyon Area Pumpkinfest is back and this year’s theme is Harvest Hoedown. This fall festival includes all of your typical activities and vendors, but also has a myriad of contests to participate in: pie baking, art, pie eating, scarecrow, and knot tying. With so much to do, you’ll easily be able to spend two exciting days celebrating fall at this festival. 

Great Fall Festival

October 1-2

Maybury Farm, Northville

Spend the day at Maybury Farm farm enjoying the Great Fall Festival where you can interact with animals, pick a pumpkin, and take a wagon ride. Food and entertainment are part of this awesome event, including cider and donuts from Parmenter’s. Admission is $10 per person or $16 per person to add on the corn maze and wagon ride. 

Huron Township Applefest 

October 1-2

New Boston 

The Huron Township Applefest is an annual tradition focused on all things apples. The highlight of the festival is the 32nd annual Michigan State Championship Old-Time Fiddlers Contest. If fiddling isn’t your thing, perhaps you’ll want to enter your apple pie recipe into the contest. 

Detroit Harvest Fest 

October 1-2 

Dequindre Cut

The Detroit Riverfront Conservancy is hosting its annual Harvest Fest featuring more than 60 food trucks and six music stages. The Harvest Fest will take place on the Dequindre Cut from Jefferson to Wilkins. There will be activities for the whole family to enjoy and admission is only $5 at the gate. 

MSU Tollgate Farm Pumpkinfest 

October 8-9

MSU Tollgate Farm, Novi

It’s all things pumpkin at the MSU Tollgate Farm Pumpkinfest and their activity list is outrageous. 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. 

Bowers School Farm Fall Fest

October 15-16

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. This festival is family-friendly with tons of activities to keep everyone busy. Adults will want to swing by the Beer Garden as well. 

Detroit Fall Beer Festival 

October 22 

Eastern Market 

If fall beer is your favorite, you won’t want to miss the Michigan Brewers Guild 13th annual Detroit Fall Beer Festival. Members of the Michigan Brewers Guild come together for one of the largest beer tastings around. This event is limited to those 21 and older and tickets can be purchased in advance.