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Ann Arbor

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Classic Ann Arbor By The Sidewalk Food Tour

Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through December 30

117 W. Washington Street
Downtown Ann Arbor

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Get on this tour to be a part of thriving Ann Arbor/Kerrytown food scene along with its history and fun trivia. It's an Ann Arbor Classic. Food tastings are enough for a hearty meal. Certain stops include vendor demonstrations, owner interaction and much more. Turn the clock on today's iconic Ann Arbor downtown streets to entertaining stories about its history. Explore the culture behind the fairy doors. Walk away with new culinary perspectives, broad smiles, satisfied taste buds and the confidence to continue exploring Ann Arbor by the sidewalk.

Getting There

From the Ann Arbor, MI Station (ARB), it's a five-minute car ride to the center of the event.

 

Ann Arbor Harvest Festival

September 16

Sutherland-Wilson Farmstead
797 W. Textile Road

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Join us for the 10th Annual Pittsfield Township Harvest Festival on Sunday, September 16 from 2 - 5 pm at the Historic Sutherland-Wilson Farm located at 797 W. Textile Road, Ann Arbor. Free parking and shuttle is available from Harvest Elementary (1155 Campus Pkwy). Handicapped parking and bike parking available on-site at the Sutherland-Wilson Farm. At the Harvest Festival, learn more about the historical significance of this farmstead and the Sutherland-Wilson Family.

Getting There

From the Ann Arbor, MI Station (ARB), it's about a 20-minute car ride to the Sutherland-Wilson Farmstead.

Dearborn

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Old Car Festival

September 8 - 9

Greenfield Village
20900 Oakwood Boulevard

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At the longest-running antique car show in America, you’ll be immersed in the moving stories of the early automotive era from the turn of the century to the Great Depression. Generations of car owners share their passion with fans as they showcase an astounding array of restored vehicles in the authentic setting of Greenfield Village. Ragtime America comes to life in the Village as well, with historically-inspired street food, music, dancing and even a cake walk. Plan to stay late Saturday evening for the Gaslight Parade of Cars and a Dixieland-style parade, before the night is capped off with an exhilarating fireworks finale.

Getting There

Greenfield Village is about seven-minute ride from the Dearborn, MI Station (DER).

 

Fall Flavor Weekends

September 20 - October 7

Greenfield Village
20900 Oakwood Boulevard

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The farm to table movement is as vital now as it was 300 years ago, and Fall Flavor Weekends in Greenfield Village showcases the abundance of the harvest season through stories and demonstrations. Learn to prepare seasonal recipes from simple, freshly harvested ingredients that are prepared in the kitchens of historic homes and farms. Visit with farmers, as they plow with steam and horses, thresh grains and amble through the apple orchards, and afterwards, shop in the nearby fall farmers market. From the sowing of seeds to the setting of the table, take in a slice of American food heritage that may inspire new food traditions in your own home.

Getting There

Greenfield Village is about seven-minute ride from the Dearborn, MI Station (DER).

 

Hallowe’en in Greenfield Village

October 12 - 28

Greenfield Village
20900 Oakwood Boulevard

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Adventures unfold in Greenfield Village with magical encounters along a new path lit by 1,000 ornately carved jack-o’-lanterns until the final chapter culminates in a narrow escape from the bony grip of the Headless Horseman. Frights and delights await you behind every bend. Revel in the Top Hat Side Show, a raucous sword-swallowing, fire-breathing act. Comfort yourself with craft beers, warm apple cider and fresh doughnuts. Climb aboard a horse-drawn hayride to a Hallowe’en-themed Fairy-Tale feast that's perfect for young children, or enjoy a scrumptious harvest supper at Eagle Tavern filled with ghost stories, fortune telling, music and games. The torches are lit, bells are tolling, skeletons are dancing, and pumpkins are singing, all to make this the most stirring night of the year.

Getting There

Greenfield Village is about seven-minute ride from the Dearborn, MI Station (DER).

Detroit

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Boatoberfest – Beer Tasting Boat Cruise

October 6

Detroit Princess Riverboat
1 Civic Center Drive

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Motor City Brew Tours Presents the Boatoberfest Beer Tasting Boat Cruise on the Detroit Princess Riverboat on October 6, 2018 from 11:30 am - 2:30 pm Come out and enjoy a cruise along the Detroit River on the Detroit Princess Riverboat while sampling 30+ Fall Seasonal Beers & Hard Ciders from Michigan & Beyond. The $62.50 tour ticket includes: Commemorative MCBT cup, 15 drink sample tickets at a 4 oz. pour per sample, plenty of appetizers and a great boat cruise on the Detroit River.

Getting There

The Detroit Princess Riverboat is a 13-minute ride from the Detroit, MI Station (DET).

 

America’s Thanksgiving Parade presented by Art Van

November 22

Woodward Avenue
Downtown Detroit

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Thousands of parade-goers line up on Woodward Avenue before the sun comes up, in unpredictable weather, for colorfully crafted floats, spirited marching bands, celebrity appearances and high-flying, gigantic character balloons you can see coming from a mile away. The day’s festivities begin with the Turkey Trot, a series of fun races a mile, 5K and 10K long, where runners suit up in nearly every costume you could imagine, including, of course, turkey getups. Recognized as one of the best Thanksgiving parades in the country by U.S. News & World Report Travel, America's Thanksgiving Parade presented by Art Van is celebrating its 91st anniversary. The iconic parade will feature celebrities, new floats designed and built by The Parade Company, larger-than-life balloons, marching bands and specialty groups like the Distinguished Clown Corps and Big Head Corps. The race takes place along downtown's historic Woodward Avenue. The three-mile long parade begins at Kirby Street and Woodward Avenue, adjacent to the Detroit Institute for Arts and ends at Congress Street south of Campus Martius Park.

Getting There

The start of the parade is about a four-minute ride from the Detroit, MI Station (DET).

East Lansing

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Capital City Comic Con

September 8

Breslin Center
534 Birch Road

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Capital City Comic Con is greater Lansing’s first comic convention, committed to providing the best exhibition of Comics, Collectibles & Creators in Greater Lansing & providing support for our Community. The 2017 Capital City Comic Con hosted 1,500 participants at the Breslin Student Events Center on the campus of Michigan State University, filled with comics, games, cosplay, contests, artists, special guests, and more. Fully knowing the power comics have to ignite a hunger for reading, we have endeavored to support the pervasive issue of illiteracy in Greater Lansing by partnering with The Reading People at the Capital Area Literacy Coalition, a nonprofit organization that has helped children and adults in the capital area and throughout the state of Michigan learn to read, write and speak English with an ultimate goal of helping individuals achieve self-sufficiency for more than 30 years. In addition, we’re proud to have established the Capital City Comic Con Original Art Scholarship in Comic Studies in 2016. The scholarship is offered exclusively to current students at Michigan State University to encourage the study of comic art. We look forward to hosting an amazing event in 2018, making a significant impact in our community, and continuing to grow Greater Lansing’s own Capital City Comic Con.

Getting There

The Breslin Center is about a three-minute ride from the East Lansing, MI Station (LNS).

Grand Rapids

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ArtPrize

September 19 - October 7

Throughout Grand Rapids

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ArtPrize began nearly ten years ago as an experiment – a totally new event, unlike anything the world had ever seen. For 19 days every other fall, three square miles of downtown Grand Rapids become an open playing field where anyone can find a voice in the conversation about what is art and why it matters. Art from around the world pops up in every inch of downtown, and it’s all free and open to the public.

Getting There

From the Grand Rapids, MI Station (GRR), it’s easy to get around Grand Rapids and get close to the ArtPrize action whether you prefer to walk, bike, or ride a bus or shuttle.

 

Grand Rapids Comic Con

November 9 - 11

DeVos Place
303 Monroe Avenue NW

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Grand Rapids Comic-Con returns to DeVos Place Friday, November 9 through Sunday, November 11. Comic-Con is a multi-genre entertainment and comic convention where you can meet creators, experts and celebrities, hear speakers and more. Times: Friday, November 9: 2 pm - 8 pm Saturday, November 10: 10 am - 7 pm Sunday, November 11: 10 am - 5 pm.

Getting There

DeVos Place is about a seven-minute ride from the Grand Rapids, MI Station (GRR).

Holland

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Van Raalte Farm Civil War Muster

September 15 - 16

Van Raalte Farm
1076 East 16th Street

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Historic VanRaalte Farm again hosts its annual reenactment extravaganza. This year’s free admission event features two days worth of music, impressions of historical figures, performances, medical scenarios, period-style vendors, and this year the Battle of Gettysburg. The event will be held from 9 am to 9:30 pm on Saturday, and from 9 am to 3:30 pm on Sunday. It will include battle scenes, portrayals of historical figures, sutler offerings (vendors), medical scenarios, as well as a Civil War era church service.

Getting There

The Van Raalte Farm is about a seven-minute ride from the Holland, MI Station (HOM).

 

Fall Fest

October 12 - 13

Downtown Holland/Eighth Street Market Place
150 West 8th Street

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On Friday, October 12 from 3 - 7 pm, eight of the nation’s best professional pumpkin carvers will kick off this year’s Fall Fest by carving jack-o-lanterns along 8th Street. Take a stroll through Downtown Holland and watch as the carvers slice their way through these large round gourds. After the sun sets, the jack-o-lanterns will be glowing for all to enjoy. On Saturday, October 13 the Farmers Market runs from 10 am - 1 pm. Families are invited to participate in a variety of fall-themed games and crafts. Pumpkin painting will also be available for just $1.00 per pumpkin, with all supplies provided. Make sure to check out the professionals as they sculpt and carve pumpkins into a unique display. You can even take a hayride ($1 per person for round trip) between the Holland Farmers Market and Downtown Holland 12 pm - 7 pm. On Saturday, October 13 from 12 - 7 pm the pumpkin carvers return to Downtown Holland, where they will spend the rest of the day sculpting incredible, three-dimensional pumpkin displays. Watch these talented artists at work, then be sure to return later on to see their finished masterpieces. You can also watch them carving pumpkins at the Holland Farmers Market from 10 am – 1 pm. Times vary, please check the schedule.

Getting There

Downtown Holland is about a five-minute ride from the Holland, MI Station (HOM).

 

Holiday Open House

November 17

Downtown Holland

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Each November, the merchants of Downtown Holland host the annual Holiday Open House, a highly anticipated holiday tradition for both visitors and local residents alike. Stroll the decorated streets filled with holiday carolers, sample a roasted chestnut and shop the day away at stores, boutiques and galleries all featuring unique gift options you won’t find anywhere else. Take a picture with Santa or visit his reindeer at the petting corral. Grab a cup of hot cocoa at a coffee shop and enjoy a mouth-watering meal at a restaurant or pub. The Holiday Open House concludes at 8 pm with a tree lighting ceremony and a Christmas carol sing-a-long at the corner of 8th Street and Central Avenue. Attendees will be invited to join our sponsor representatives, City officials and of course, Santa Claus himself, as the official Downtown Holland Christmas tree is illuminated with thousands of sparkling lights.

Getting There

Downtown Holland is about a five-minute ride from the Holland, MI Station (HOM).

 

Parade of Lights

November 27

Downtown Holland

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During the annual Parade of Lights, Santa will arrive in Downtown Holland (near 8th & Columbia) escorted by reindeer, bands, floats, trucks, family and friends… all decked out in thousands of sparkling holiday lights. More than 70 entries will illuminate the streets of Downtown Holland during this highly anticipated holiday event. At the end of the Parade, (8th Street Market Place, 150 West 8th Street) Santa and his reindeer will take the time to greet his fans — young and old alike.

Getting There

Downtown Holland is about a five-minute ride from the Holland, MI Station (HOM).

Lansing

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Michigan BluesFest

September 21 - 22

Old Town Center
1232 Turner Street

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Michigan BluesFest (former name Old Town BluesFest) continues to grow thanks to the contributions of its sponsors and volunteers. Plan now to be a part of the 2018 festival — Support Old Town, Lansing, and live Blues. BluesFest is free to the public.

Getting There

Old Town Center is about a nine-minute ride from the East Lansing, MI Station (LNS).

 

American Heritage Festival

September 30

Woldumar Nature Center
5739 Old Lansing Road

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Woldumar Nature Center invites you to its 2018 American Heritage Festival. This annual event features a variety of local vendors, demonstrators, and performers, all celebrating local history and traditions. This free event features tours of the Moon Log Cabin, horse drawn wagon rides, pontoon boat rides on the Grand River, kids crafts, and much more.

Getting There

Woldumar Nature Center is about an 11-minute ride from the East Lansing, MI Station (LNS).

 

Apple Butter Festival

October 13 - 14

Fenner Nature Center
2020 E. Mt. Hope Avenue

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Fenner’s Apple Butter Festival promises to excite the senses with the sights, sounds, and smells of autumn. Visitors will be immersed in nature, while celebrating the harvest season and all of its history, glory and tradition. The festival is truly a community event, with visitors trying their hand at heritage games, using a cross-cut saw, and even helping to stir the apple butter. Local musicians will be serenading visitors and heritage artisans will be demonstrating their works while Pinecrest Percheron’s tug the ol’ farmstead wagon down the trail.

Getting There

Fenner Nature Center is about an six-minute ride from the East Lansing, MI Station (LNS).

 

Boo at the Zoo

Every Saturday and Sunday from October 13 - 28

Potter Park Zoo
1301 S. Pennsylvania Avenue

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Little ghouls and boys will enjoy an afternoon of spooktacular fun. There will be tons of activities for everyone to enjoy, including a straw maze, candy stations and activities provided by community partners We encourage all kids (big and small) to come dressed in their spookiest, scariest, or prettiest Halloween costumes.

Getting There

Potter Park Zoo is about an six-minute ride from the East Lansing, MI Station (LNS).

 

Lansing Train Show and Sale

November 11

Michigan State University Pavilion
4301 Farm Lane

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All aboard Michigan's largest annual model train show with over 500 tables of new models, toy trains, artwork, collectibles, DVDs, books, railroad artifacts, and much more. See big and small trains running over various model railroad layouts. Learn from the experts on how to build a model railroad empire of your dreams. Held at the Michigan State University (MSU) Pavilion, it's a train load of fun for everyone. Event times are 10 am to 4 pm Admission is $6 general, and free for children under 12 and scouts in uniform Tickets only are available for purchase at the MSU Pavilion ticket office. Cash only. For faster service, bring exact change and use the express line.

Getting There

The MSU Pavilion is about a seven-minute ride from the East Lansing, MI Station (LNS).

 

Silver Bells in the City

November 16

Downtown Lansing
South Washington Square

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The city will glow with thousands of lights for the Silver Bells in the City celebration, bringing together family and friends from across Michigan and beyond to kick-off the holiday season. The Electric Light Parade, Silver Bells Village, lighting of the State Christmas Tree, fireworks over the Capitol dome and musical entertainment are all part of this Lansing tradition.

Getting There

Downtown Lansing is about an eight-minute ride from the East Lansing, MI Station (LNS).

 

Wonderland of Lights

Every Thursday-Sunday November 16 - December 30

Potter Park Zoo
1301 S. Pennsylvania Avenue

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The city will glow with thousands of lights for the Silver Bells in the City celebration, bringing together family and friends from across Michigan and beyond to kick-off the holiday season. The Electric Light Parade, Silver Bells Village, lighting of the State Christmas Tree, fireworks over the Capitol dome and musical entertainment are all part of this Lansing tradition.

Getting There

Potter Park Zoo is about a six-minute ride from the East Lansing, MI Station (LNS).

Port Huron

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Boat the Blue – 2018: ACBS International Boat Show

September 14 - 15

River St. Marina, 525 River Street
Port Huron, MI 49090

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Marvel at many classic, wooden boats made in Michigan as well as other interesting buoyant beauties at this family friendly weekend event in Historic Downtown Port Huron. This world class event will attract some of the finest boats from this area and from across the United States and Canada. It will showcase the beautiful area and places us on the world stage demonstrating to everyone why the Blue Water Area love living and boating here. In addition, local classic cruiser population could make this one of the largest gatherings of cruisers at any International show in recent history.

Getting There

River Street Marina is about a five-minute car ride and 1.9 miles from the Port Huron, MI Station (PTH).

 

Port Huron Hobo Fest

September 15 - 16

Port Huron & Detroit Railroad Historical Society
2100 32nd Street

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The Port Huron and Detroit Railroad Historical Society celebrates Port Huron’s history as a vital international transport center, the city’s struggle to overcome the economic depression and the courage and resourcefulness of those that rode the rails seeking work and adventure. The 14th Annual Hobo gathering will feature a Spam carving contest and cook off, Hobo Royalty coronation, acoustic music, children's activities and much more. Hobo Fest is a free family friendly, educational event that brings people together of all ages to experience the life and adventures of the hobo. Please bring lawn chairs and dress casually according to the weather.

Getting There

The Port Huron & Detroit Railroad Historical Society is about a four-minute car ride from the Port Huron, MI Station (PTH).

South Haven

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Haven Harvest

October 19 - 21

Downtown South Haven and Stanley Johnson Park
546 Phoenix Street

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Prepare yourself for fall flavors and fright-filled nights. Taste the flavors of fall as hayrides roll, pumpkins fly, headless horsemen ride, and haunted houses awaken. Experience a true South Haven harvest with apple orchards and bonfires, and pumpkin carving, and delicious good-as-grandma's pies. So, grab some cider, dance to live music, and see South Haven transform.

Getting There

Downtown South Haven and Stanley Johnson Park is about a half-hour ride from the St. Joseph-Benton Harbor, MI Station (SJM).

St. Joseph

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6th Annual Fall Fest

September 22

Downtown St. Joseph
301 State Street

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Visit St. Joseph for a weekend filled with fun events for all ages. So much happening, you will want to stay the night. For lodging information, visitstjoetoday.com/sleep. Enjoy the Great Bed Race, Farmers Market, Critter Barn, Face Painter, Balloon Twisters, Story Time on the Bluff, the Great Pumpkin Festival and more.

Getting There

State Street is about a 10-minute walk and is .5 miles from the St. Joseph-Benton Harbor, MI Station (SJM).

 

Antiques on the Bluff

October 7

301 State Street
St. Joseph, MI 49085

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Antiques on the Bluff is held along tree lined Lake Bluff Park, overlooking Lake Michigan. This antique show is a premier event for St. Joseph and antiquers around Southwest Michigan. Located in Lake Bluff Park, the show runs from 10 am to 5 pm. 

Getting There

State Street is about a 10-minute walk and is .5 miles from the St. Joseph-Benton Harbor, MI Station (SJM).

 

Halloween Trick or Treat

October 31

301 State Street
St. Joseph, MI 49085

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Grab your costumes and join us for trick-or-treating in the Benton Harbor Arts District and downtown St. Joseph merchant locations. Participating merchants and organizations will hand out treats during this festive event.

Getting There

State Street is about a 10-minute walk and is .5 miles from the St. Joseph-Benton Harbor, MI Station (SJM).

 

24th Annual Luminary Festival

November 16

Downtown St. Joseph
301 State Street

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Stroll through the beautiful candlelit streets as 1,000 luminaries light your way as you shop in downtown St. Joseph. Shops will be open late on Friday and throughout the weekend to provide refreshments, great sales, amazing product offerings and more. Let them entice you with wonderful gifts and festive holiday decor. While here, enjoy from a wide selection of area restaurants and eateries.

Getting There

State Street is about a 10-minute walk and is .5 miles from the St. Joseph-Benton Harbor, MI Station (SJM).