One thing Michiganders love about the summer is the chance to enjoy family activities in warm, beautiful weather (which can make the transition to fall a bit difficult). However, there are a number of events across Michigan that can make even the biggest skeptic look forward to the change in seasons. Here are a few events that are sure to kick off autumn in a fun way:

  • Old Car Festival (Dearborn) – Head to Greenfield Village for the Old Car Festival, September 9-10. There are a number of activities to enjoy, including the Gaslight Parade of Cars, a Model T assembly, historic street food, music and the opportunity to connect with like-minded antique car lovers young and old.
  • Michigan State Fair (Novi) – The Michigan State Fair has become a tradition for Michiganders across the state. Held August 31-September 4, the Michigan State Fair has a number of attractions including the cooking demo stage, dog performances and a farmers market. Delicious fair food, fun games and live music can keep families busy for hours.
  • Mackinac Bridge Walk (St. Ignace) – On the first Monday in September, Michiganders take to the western hemisphere’s largest suspended bridge for a five-mile walk. This event begins at 7 AM and is free for walkers of all ages. At the end of the walk, participants receive a numbered certificate at the end of their walk. If their certificate is has a number found inside a window of a business in Mackinaw City or St. Ignace, they win a prize valued between $15 and $150!
  • Michigan Renaissance Festival (Holly) – This annual event takes visitors back in time – to the 16th century, to be exact – to experience life in the Renaissance era. The festival, with fun offerings like the “Human Combat Chess Match”, full-armored jousting, live musical performances and a food and artisan marketplace, is open the weekends of August 19 – October 1 from 10 AM – 7 PM.
  • Michigan Irish Music Festival (Muskegon) – This four-day festival immerses attendees in Irish culture with authentic Irish food and drink, as well as music and dance across six performance stages. It’s a party with a purpose, as the festival makes monetary and food donations to surrounding communities.