School is back, football has returned and pretty soon, trees throughout Michigan will explode in a chorus of fall colors. Autumn is here and so are exciting free events at Beacon Park in downtown Detroit and dozens of communities statewide.

Tailgate parties and football games on the big screen highlight the fall lineup at Beacon Park, along with a three-day Oktoberfest bash and a Halloween party.

Parktoberfest returns to downtown Detroit Sept. 21– 23 with free activities and entertainment at Beacon Park including a Biergarten tent, traditional German and other fall-inspired food along with live music, activities for the kids, traditional dancing demos, and stein-hoisting and keg lifting competitions.

Detroit Lions Tailgate Parties also return to Beacon Park featuring ticket giveaways, lawn games, signature drinks from Lumen, tailgate fare for purchase and games live-streamed on the big screen in tented comfort. Tap into the energy of downtown Detroit two hours before kickoff for these Lions home games:

  • Sunday, Sept. 23 vs. New England Patriots, 6 p.m. to midnight  
  • Sunday, Oct. 28 vs. Seattle Seahawks, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
  • Sunday, Nov. 18 vs. Carolina Panthers, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
  • Sunday, Dec. 2 vs. LA Rams, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Gear up and watch the annual Michigan-Michigan State game on the big screen live from East Lansing as part of the Big Game Detroit Rally and Tailgate on Saturday, Oct. 20 (time to be announced). Take in the Spartan vs. Wolverine corn hole tournament, music, games and ticket giveaways with food and drinks for purchase.  

Bring the little ones in costume to Beacon Park’s free Halloween Family Fun Day on Saturday, Oct. 27 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. for a howling good time complete with trick and treating, face painting, inflatables, make and take activities, cider and donuts, music and more. 

Visit DTEBeaconPark.com for a full list of fall events.

Scarecrows and apples; books and Christmas trees – celebrate it all this fall!

The DTE Energy Foundation is supporting a seasonal slate of community events through November across the Great Lakes State. Hit the road for a color tour and enjoy the best of Michigan’s people, food, music and fun!


ArtPrize – Grand Rapids

September 19 – October 7

The Brooksie Way – Oakland University

September 23

Festival of the Book – Harbor Springs

September 28-31

Fall Harvest Festival and Scarecrow Extravaganza – Bellaire

September 29

Scarecrow Saturday – Fort Gratiot

September 29

Benzie County Fall Festival – Beulah

October 6

Cheboygan FallFest

October 6-8

Charlevoix Apple Fest

October 12-14

Race and Remember Hospice of Michigan Glow Run – Elk Rapids

October 13

Monroe County Community College Meyer Theater Season

Starts October 13

Frankfort Fall Fest

October 14

Fall Festival and Trunk or Treat – Kentwood

October 20

Fall Family Festival and Harvest Moon Run – Escanaba

October 26

Festival of Trees – Kalkaska

November 10-18

Grosse Pointe Santa Claus Parade

November 23

Howell Fantasy of Lights Parade and Fantasy 5K Run

November 23

Garden City Santaland Parade

November 24

Christmas in Ida Festival and Parade of Lights

November 30 – December 1