I don’t think I’m alone when I say that Fall is my favorite season in Michigan. The leaves turn spectacular colors, the cider mills are bustling with activity and the pigskin begins to get tossed around in earnest.
But with the kids going back to school and our lives in general getting busier after a relaxed summer, you can miss what makes autumn in Michigan special if you’re not careful.
So with that in mind, #FallTogether with us this season and check out these 7 things you must do in Michigan this fall.
1. Take a Fall Color Tour
There’s no other state quite like Michigan when it comes to appreciating the beauty of autumn as trillions and trillions of leaves change color from green, to gold, to red.
Find a free weekend in late September or early October and hit the open road to enjoy Fall in Michigan at it’s best.
If you don’t want to map out your own route, head over to the Michigan.org website and use one of their pre-planned fall color tour routes.
2. Visit Your Local Apple Orchard
For many of us, spending a day at the local apple orchard has been an autumn ritual since we were kids.
I love going back each year with my own kids to rediscover the joy of a hayride, apple cider and donuts in the crisp fall air. We like apple orchards so much, we actually filmed our #FallTogether commercial at Spicer Orchard in Fenton, MI!
There are plenty of apple orchards in the area, including one that’s probably pretty close to you:
- Diehl’s Orchard & Cider Mill in Holly, MI
- Erwin Orchards and Cider Mill in South Lyon, MI
- Franklin Cider Mill in Bloomfield Township
- Yates Cider Mill in Rochester Hills
- Wiard’s Orchards & Cider Mill in Ypsilanti, MI
3. Frankenmuth Oktoberfest
In 1996, Lord Mayor Christian Ude of Germany officially sanctioned the Frankenmuth Oktoberfest celebration, making it the only city outside of Munich to receive such an honor.
If you want a taste of Germany’s music, food and beers right here in Michigan, make your way to Frankemuth between September 14 – 17 and enjoy the most authentic Oktoberfest celebration in the country.
4. College Football
Whether you wave the flag of the Green & White, Maize & Blue or even the Maroon & Gold, there’s no better autumn sporting spectacle than a college football game.
To get the autumn college football experience, consider checking out a game from one of our smaller, local universities to avoid the crowds and the costs associated with MSU and U of M games.
- Central Michigan University Football Schedule
- Eastern Michigan University Football Schedule
- Western Michigan University Football Schedule
- Wayne State University Football Schedule
- Grand Valley State University Football Schedule
5. Go Back in Time at the Michigan Renaissance Festival
This fall take a time-travel adventure into the 16th century at the 37th annual Michigan Renaissance Festival!
From full contact jousting to human chess there’s plenty to see and do at the Village of Hollygrove. It is truly fun for the whole family since the Renaissance Festival also offers games, human-powered rides, and a Children’s Realm that features a castle playscape as well as free activities for younger visitors.
6. Thanksgiving Day Parade
An annual tradition that began way back in 1924, America’s Thanksgiving Parade is tied for the second oldest Turkey Day Parade in the country.
I know plenty folks make it an annual ritual to head down to Detroit each fall to take in the spectacle of the Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Personally I’ve never attended, but thanks to this list, it’s now on my bucket list. I think all Michigan residents should be able to say that they attended the parade at least once in their lifetime.
7. Detroit Lions Thanksgiving Day Game
The tradition of the Detroit Lions playing a football game on Thanksgiving Day goes all the way back to 1934.
80+ years later, the tradition of gathering the family around the TV to watch the Detroit Lions play football is still going strong.
Why not do two things on this list at the same time and go to the Thanksgiving Day Parade and immediately head over to Ford Field to watch our beloved Detroit Lions take on the Philadelphia Eagles. Not a bad way to spend Turkey Day!
What’s On Your Fall Schedule?
There’s probably dozens of other festivals, events and sightseeing tours to take in this fall. What’s on your “Michigan Must-Do” list this Fall? Let me know in the comments section below!