When we wave goodbye to the long, sun-soaked days of summer here in Pure Michigan, we say hello to something every bit as spectacular: fall festival season! Take part in a traditional Oktoberfest, browse car shows (classic and new), shop 80 acres of antiques, or experience an eclectic indie film & music fest, all when you Go Great Lakes Bay for some of the top fall festivals in Michigan!
Frankenmuth Auto Fest
September 7-9, 2018
The not-to-be-missed Friday night Big Block Party on Main Street wraps up the first day of festivities for the annual Frankenmuth Auto Fest, always held the weekend after Labor Day. And what follows? Two more days positively packed with 2,500+ classic cars, muscle cars, and street rods! Sample from food vendors, sip and sway in the music tent, and drool over the well-waxed beauties that line the car show grounds at Frankenmuth Heritage Park.
September 20-23, 2018
Just two weeks after Auto Fest, head back to Heritage Park for Frankenmuth Oktoberfest and immediately earn the right to say you've experienced the only officially sanctioned Oktoberfest celebration outside of Munich, Germany's original! Here, the Hofbräuhaus beer is flowing, the hand-rolled German pretzels are warm, and the experience is every bit as authentic as you'd imagine. Raise your steins and shout, "Ein Prosit!", dance in your dirndl and lederhosen, and bask in the rich history of this Frankenmuth original, featuring traditional Bavarian music, dancing, and food.
Michigan Antique Festivals - Midland
September 21-23, 2018
With 80 acres of vintage finds from almost 1,000 quality antique dealers, it's no wonder Michigan Antique Festivals have been a mainstay Michigan tradition for over 50 years. Celebrate alongside fellow collectors when you head to the Midland County Fairgrounds to shop for treasures, take in Michigan's largest swapmeet and one of its longest running car shows, and leave with your vehicle full of vintage goods galore.
Hell's Half Mile Film & Music Festival
September 27-30, 2018
Looking for a full-on festival experience? Beeline for the stretch of Bay City once known for its rowdy saloons: historic Hell's Half Mile. Here, four full nights of independent film and music connect filmmakers and musicians with festival-goers, curating an intimate festival experience unlike anything you've seen. Discover the sense of community circulating throughout HHM Film & Music Fest, and leave feeling inspired as much by the artists you met as the films and music featured.
Northwood University International Auto Show
October 12-14, 2018
Browse 500+ beauties from over 65 manufacturers alongside upwards of 60,000 fellow auto enthusiasts when you make it to Midland this October for the largest outdoor new car show on the continent - the Northwood University International Auto Show. Here, you'll get an insider peek at the latest from some of the top manufacturers across the globe. (Hint: favorites from Ford to Chevrolet, Rolls-Royce to Ferrari have frequented this show in the past!) Best of all? Admission and parking are both completely free!
Michigan's Big Country Fest
October 19-20, 2018
Just $5 gets you into the boot-stompin', bull-riding, barbecue-devouring goodness that is Michigan's Big Country Fest in Frankenmuth. Be there when live country bands (and a killer bloody mary bar) fill the Harvey Kern Pavilion in Heritage Park with the sounds, sights, and tastes of country. Take free line dancing lessons, ride the mechanical bull, swing by the lineup of food trucks for comfort food favorites, or try your toss at the cornhole tournaments. But, whatever you do, don't miss this massive country music fest in the heart of Michigan's Little Bavaria!
Want even more ways to experience the best of fall festival season here in the Great Lakes Bay? Check out this full list of our upcoming Michigan festivals!