5 things to do this fall in Michigan

Michigan weather has definitely cooled off since September began; it seems my social media feeds are filled with fall décor and pumpkin everything.  In the spirit of embracing the new season I went out today and bought a pumpkin spice candle…and a new sweatshirt for good measure.  Fall is simply stunning in Michigan, from breathtaking color tours to the pumpkin patches…and I realized I want to get out and feel this gorgeousness.  Are looking for fall activities to do with your family and friends like I have been? I found a few suggestions on activities to look for and I am sharing MY list of things to do this fall in Michigan.

Visit local festivals and events
THE FARMGIRL FLEA – September 22-23, 2017, in Hudsonville at the Fairgrounds.
From the very first photo that opened on my screen I. JUST. KNEW. I needed to attend this event!

The Farmgirl’s are 5 friends that come together to plan this rustic, vintage, beautiful blend of vendors, food trucks and live music.  Yes, food trucks {I am so EXCITED!}!  September 22-23, 2017 they will host their 5th year at the Hudsonville Fairgrounds; over 150 vendors, great parking, and you can purchase your fast lane pass before you go to make things even easier.  Friday night is their VIP event from 4-8pm with a beer and wine tent and The Jake Kershaw Band performing while you get the first look at all the vendors.  Saturday’s event is 8-4pm and the morning will include Robbie Wolfe (from American Pickers TV show on the History Channel) to meet and greet in addition to all the pickers and makers from across the U.S. who display vintage goods & farmhouse styles.

Seriously, this sounds like the perfect fall weekend.  My suggestion is to pack up the car with your favorite friends and spend the day doing something for yourself – I will be.  The Farmgirl Flea Staff has generously invited me to attend and I am leaving my farmer in charge of the kids for the day. {Peace out kids!  F A R M G I R L ….it’s calling me}

The Farmgirl Flea has been voted top 100 flea markets to attend by Flea Market Style Magazine!  Vendors bring everything from antiques, vintage items, collectibles, rusty guy stuff, handmade items, baked goods, fresh flowers, pumpkins, and so much more!  The volunteers and hired help work to provide the best shopping experience including small bag check and large item porter systems which are available so you can continue shopping and pick items up when you are ready to leave.  Local police are available to help with security and traffic to keep everyone safe and parking a breeze.  Don’t miss out on this awesome event – and be sure to tag ME @michiganfarmgirl in your social media, I will see you there!

Spend the day in a pumpkin patch
JOHNSON’S GIANT PUMPKIN FARM -Opening this weekend September 9-10, 2017, in Saginaw

With pumpkins of all sizes, a 13 acre corn maze – or even a soybean maze for the littlest ones, petting zoo, and a craft store, something for EVERYONE.  I love that you can start this ritual with your children taking their first photo with a giant pumpkin and still continue to visit as they grow letting it become a family day in the country purchasing fall décor.

Stop by an apple orchard
APPLEWOOD ESATE -Annual Fall Festival, September 23-24, 2017 in Flint

This family home and gentleman’s farm is a vital community resource in Flint, built in 1916 it is open from May through October.  The fall festival includes cider and apple tasting in the heirloom orchard, horses and calves, live jazz music, dance performances, children’s outdoor games, and more.  The 34 acre Applewood Estate has an elegant home open to tours an attached greenhouse; apple orchard, gatehouse, chicken coop, and barns.

Travel the fall foliage
Suggested fall color guides are available for estimated 2017 peak times throughout Michigan in October

The TUNNEL OF TREES in Harbor Springs is my choice for taking in beautiful scenery.  Along M-119 the tunnel of trees is ranked among the most scenic roads in the nation and witnessing the hardwoods and evergreens blazing with autumn color would be amazing.  There is history around every bend and the chance to shop and dine in beautiful Harbor Springs.

Discover an actual dairy farm
DISCOVERY DAIRY -Fall Fun at the Farm, October 14 & 28, 2017 in Alto

Y’all I just cannot plan something to do in Michigan without including cows – It’s just not right!
SwissLane farms is home to 2,000 milking cows with majority at the main farm and 600 at the “Robot Farm”.  This family owned and operated, working dairy farm currently has 33 members of the Oesch family all within two miles of the farm.  There are hard-working farms throughout Michigan who strive to educate the non-farming community with open doors, tours, and educational events.  Family rates are available for this event to go on a hayride, bottle feed calves, and watch cows being milked.  Meeting actual living farmers who can answer your questions and show you the importance of dairy in all of our lives is definitely something to make time for.


5 things to do this fall in Michigan was a much easier list to compile than I had anticipated.  If you attend any of these events this fall please be sure to check back in a comment on your experiences, I would LOVE to hear about it.  If you have visited these places in the past tell me more about it? Do you have other Michigan destinations in mind this fall, if so don’t hold out – let me in on the details!


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Nicole is a wife, mom of three, and dairy farmer from northeastern Michigan. She and her husband milk 60-70 cows and farm 300 acres. Sharing honestly about their first generation dairy farm and motherhood is what you’ll find here.

Author: Nicole

Nicole is a wife, mom of three, and dairy farmer from northeastern Michigan. She and her husband milk 60-70 cows and farm 300 acres. Sharing honestly about their first generation dairy farm and motherhood is what you'll find here.

9 Comments on “5 things to do this fall in Michigan

  1. I love fall! Sounds like an amazing line up of activities. Makes me want to visit especially to go to the vender event- I adore that kind of thing! Sounds like you’re going to have a fab couple months.

  2. Oh my goodness! I love fall and I LOVE LOVE LOVE flea markets! I need to plan a trip to Michigan in September. Next September, I guess. I hope you have a blast. Tell us about all your cool flea market finds please!!

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