Looking for fun-filled and exciting things to do in the Fall? Are you tired of the same, old routine? If you will be in Michigan from early September through late October, you may want to partake in the following events:
Arts, Beats, and Eats
(Downtown Royal Oak, Michigan)
August 31-September 3, 2012
As one of Michigan’s favorites, Ford’s Arts, Beats, and Eats festival is rich in history. In 2010, it was moved to the City of Royal Oak from Pontiac, Michigan, and hosted more than 400,000 people that generated over $2 million given to charity.
This event is sure to bring you the finest in art, music, and food. However, there are a few things you want to know in advance: (1) No outside food or drinks are allowed; (2) No chairs are permitted; (3) Bicycles are encouraged; (4) Dogs are not permitted; and, (5) there is an admission charge of $3 for anyone over the age of 3. Also, be sure to check out the parking and shuttle information prior to heading there.
With a myriad of things to do in the heart of Royal Oak from visiting the Detroit Zoo, to checking out the campus of Oakland County Community College, to enjoying a movie or knocking over a few bowling pins at the newly built Emagine Theatre, to, my favorite yet, having a chicken and waffle sandwich at Royal Oak Brewery, you and the family will want to spend the entire weekend enjoying yourselves.
Do it Yourself Street Fair
(East 9 Mile and Woodward, Ferndale, MI)
September 14-16, 2012
Free admission! The City of Ferndale is hosting its annual Do it Yourself Street Fair right in the middle of it all. There will be live music featuring bands like Electric Six, Dutch Pink, The Elementals, and Just Boyz.
Make sure you drag the kids down with you. There will be enough kids’ activities on Saturday and Sunday from 12 Noon to 6 p.m. to keep the little ones full of excitement. No worries, you will be in Ferndale, there are plenty of adult beverages, including a beer garden, to help ease your anxiety after being pulled around from one kid station to another.
Northville’s Victorian Festival
(Downtown Northville, Northville, MI)
September 21, 2012 from 5 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
September 22, 2012 from Noon – 10:30 p.m.
September 23, 2012 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Northville’s Victorian Festival will captivate your mind and warm your heart. Among the big beautiful trees lined along the streets of Downtown Northville, you will find stunning Victorian styled houses and businesses. Right when you convince yourself that you can’t possibly love this place any more, you come face-to-face with some of the most adorable and polite smiles a dentist could produce. Join Northville’s residents as they celebrate vintage art and history.
There will be a parade to kick off the events on Friday, September 21st, at 6:30 p.m. From there, enjoy magic shows, food, shopping, carnival rides, and adult entertainment at Victorian Saloon. Northville Eclipse Baseball Club will even play a game at Ford Field, home of the Detroit Lions, on Friday and Saturday night.
Festival of the Senses
(700 Romeo Plank, Clinton Township, MI)
September 22 – 23, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Clinton Township’s Festival of the Senses offers free admission, free parking, free entertainment, and free fun! This year, the authors, ceramists, and candle makers, will help this event bring you the very best that art has to offer. You will definitely find something that will catch your eye. However, if you are not totally sold on the arts and crafts scenery, Kona Ice will be there to deliver your taste buds the finest flavors of shaved ice there is.
Do you have a little Princess in your life that loves dressing up? Well, your little Princess will find Banana Belle Bows section at the festival to be fascinating. They will be able to purchase hair bows with studs or head bands with a variety of colored flower clips. A unique treat that will make them feel royal inside.
Be sure to check the schedule to make the most of your time.
Huron Township Apple Festival
(37283 Huron River Drive, Huron Township, MI)
October 6-7, 2012
Huron Township’s Apple Festival has everything you could possibly need in a festival from arts and crafts at St. Stephen Catholic School, to amusement park rides and petting farms. There has always been a tremendous turnout of vendors showcasing their finest products and services including personalized children stories and compact disks, wooden mailboxes and furniture, handmade scarves and quilts, and other personalized items. This quaint, one stoplight type of town outshines itself every year. Did I mention they have apples? Yes, apple pies, apple donuts, apple cider – anything you could possibly make from an apple.
There is no charge for admission; however, be sure to check the website for specific information on parking.
While you are spending time in Huron Township, be sure to stop by Apple Charlie’s Apple Orchard, which is not even 5 minutes away from the festival, to grab a warm cup of cider. Experience apple picking, pumpkin patches, hayrides, petting farms, a haunted barn, pony rides, carnival rides, bounce houses, and more! This experience goes hand in hand with Huron Township’s Apple Festival. Don’t miss out.
These amazing lineup of events are an incredible way to bring in Fall. Grab a jacket, an umbrella, and the family and then get up and go!