The leaves are turning crisp and the days are getting cooler—how are you welcoming the 2018 fall season? We've compiled a list of harvest-centric happenings around West Michigan that have a little something in store for everyone.
Post Family Farm in Hudsonville is serving up pumpkin donuts daily. Head on over to enjoy activities such as hayrides, walking the nature trail, tube tunnels and more, through November 3.
The 40th Annual Charlevoix Apple Festival runs October 12 – 14 and lets visitors experience fall color from a whole new perspective, by taking a chairlift ride to the top of the mountain or a four-hour fall color tour of one of Shanty Creek Resorts' four championship golf courses. Support local farmers, orchards and nonprofit organizations while celebrating the season in scenic downtown Charlevoix!
Battle Creek has fun for the whole family with its Pumpkin Festival, October 13 at the Calhoun County Fairgrounds. Featuring games, pony rides, pumpkin arts and crafts, the Pumpkin Festival gives families a chance to find their way through a straw maze, hop around inside some bounce houses or carve the ultimate jack-o'-lantern.
Beer lovers, there's definitely something for you, too. Founders Brewing Company will celebrate the harvest with the release of its Harvest Ale, brewed with 100 percent Michigan wet hops. Take it one step further by stopping by the Grand Rapids taproom on October 13 for the annual Harvest Party, with grilling on the patio, live music from artists such as El Brandino and—of course—a good brew.
Haven Harvest in South Haven offers up fall flavors and major fright-filled nights, October 19 – 21. Hop on a horse-drawn hayride or explore the Michigan Maritime Museum, which will be transformed into a maze of terrifying thrills and chills that are not for the faint of heart—perfect for brave souls over the age of 14.
The 8th Annual Arts and Eats Tour is a free self-driving tour of Allegan and Barry Counties and the surrounding rural region, October 20 and 21. Partner organizations collaborate to bring visitors high-quality experiences in art, local food and agriculture in those little out-of-the-way places that beg to be discovered. Stop along the tour for a delectable harvest-themed meal and artwork by local artists.
Take in all the tastes that make you want to cozy up in a warm blanket with Fall Flavors, at the Grand Rapids Downtown Market. Market Hall merchants and restaurants will offer fall features packed with pumpkin, nutmeg, apple cinnamon, and other seasonal spices and ingredients.
Written by Sarah Suydam, Staff Writer for West Michigan Woman.