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Michigan Events and Activities for September  2013

Looking for fun Michigan events and things to do in September?  The cooler weather ushers in the perfect time for all these great activities.

Things to Do in September 2013


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Tours and Getaways:

Wine Tours Plate

Wine Appreciation Weekend at the Grand Hotel – September 6-8, 2013

If you love wine, there is no better place to be in early September than at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. This event will give you accommodations in this beautiful hotel plus wine appreciation events and five-course dinners every night.

Explore the island while exploring the taste of the best wines from Michigan.


Mackinac City’s Fall Shoreline Scenic Bike Tour – September 14-15, 2013

This is not a race that will score you a prize. The prize is exploring the most scenic routes throughout Mackinac City while the spectacular fall colors and cool weather melt the stress of daily life away. There are several bike routes to select from, and families are encouraged to take their time on their chosen route. Riders will meet at Mackinaw City High School to choose a route and head out for the event.

Round Barn Winery Winemaking Experience – September 28-29, 2013

Is learning how to make your own wine on your bucket list? This two-day event allows you to spend one day making white wine and one day making red wine. This is a couples event, and only 20 couples will be admitted to each day’s event. You will enjoy appetizers and wine samples and take home two cases of the wine you bottle. If this isn’t an excuse to plan a short getaway in the fall, there will never be a good one!

Legends of the Saginaw Sails – September 14, 15, 22, 29, 2013

Sail out from downtown Bay City to explore the Saginaw Bay with an entertaining history lesson and a pleasant lunch. This event sells out at times, so you may want to book your tickets if interested in attending.


Explore Michigan:


Family Fun

Michigan Fair

Allegan County Fair – September 6-14, 2013

The largest county fair in Michigan welcomes your entire family for fun in the streets. Concerts will feature Tim McGraw and other stars, and there is nothing like the fair food. Rides and games will be available for children as well as adults.


Michigan Renaissance Festival – September 1-29, 2013 (Weekends and Labor Day)

Holly, Michigan is the home of the festival that gives your family an appreciation for pirates. Family-friendly events such as the annual Cupcake Crusades will draw a fun crowd, and there will be some events like the Pub Crawl for adults only. Each weekend has a different theme.


Concerts and Performances:

Carnival of Madness

Carnival of Madness – September 6, 2013

See Shinedown and Papa Roach on stage as a feature of the Alegan County Fair. This is one of the biggest musical tours taking place this fall. If you didn’t catch the tour in Clarkston in late August, this is your chance to make up for your mistake. These events are selling out, but at the time of this posting tickets were still available for this date.

WWE Night of Champions LIVE – September 15, 2013

Participate in a live pay-per-view event from WWE. The champions will fight it out at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. Buy 10 or more tickets, and you may receive an upgrade that reduces the price of each ticket.

Michael Buble Concert – September 17, 2013

The Palace of Auburn Hills will welcome Michael Buble and fans lucky enough to get tickets for one live concert. Tickets are sold through Ticketmaster, but you better act fast because Michael Buble concerts are selling out worldwide.


Fairs & Festivals:

Girl With Ice Cream

Labor Day Truck Parade – September 2, 2013

This parade starts in Zeeland and ends in Holland. It is designed to celebrate the truckers and other workers of West Michigan. Bring the entire family to enjoy the noisiest parade in Michigan and then splurge on ice cream and hot dogs.


Paw Paw Wine & Harvest Festival – September 6-8, 2013

Let the kids enjoy the carnival rides while you taste a variety of wines and explore lines of tent displays. Live entertainment will be provided on multiple stages, and activities will suit family members of all ages. A bike tour and foot race will also be held to enjoy the fall colors.

Autumn in the Islands – September 29, 2003

Take the family to Snows Heritage Park in Cedarville to enjoy live music, dancing and wine tasting. Fun activities for children of all ages will be provided, and the athletes in the family can participate in the Cedarville Jersey Mud Run which will be held the same day. The Mud Run is a challenging obstacle course that gives adults with childlike hearts an excuse to get dirty.


Museums and Exhibits:

Sleeping Bear Dunes

Art of the Sleeping Bear Dunes Exhibit – September 1-30, 2013

If you have ever visited the Sleeping Bear Dunes, you will appreciate this exhibit which will display creative pieces representing various interpretations of the dune landscape. Artwork is selected from a variety of sources, so you may see some new names in the art world at this event.

Holland Museum’s Civil War Muster – September 7-8, 2013

Professional re-enactments will carry on for two days, and the event is entirely free. Besides the re-enactment of historic battles, the event will offer food, vendors with items representing the time period and many live performances.


Sporting Events:

56th Annual Mackinac Bridge Walk - September 2, 2013

Walk the bridge from St. Ignace to Mackinaw City, and ride in a school bus back to the starting point. End the event with a stroll through St. Ignace to look for your bib number in storefront windows. If you find your number, you will win a prize. Strollers and service dogs are permitted on the walk. This is a free event, and you don’t even need to register in advance.

Harvest Stompede – September 7-8

Combine your love of running or walking with your love of wine. After participating or watching this exciting foot race, you can take to the streets for a wine festival held on the Leelanau Peninsula wine trail. More than 20 local wineries will take place in the event, and food will be offered as well. This event will draw participants and spectators from around the country, so book your accommodations early.

Biketemberfest and Fall Frenzy – September 20-22

Biking is the heart of this event, but it is not the highlight of the event. Socialize at happy hour on top of the mountain. See what it feels like to fly on the zip lines. Get out on the river for a fun rafting adventure, or just take advantage of discount golf prices. The fall colors will be in full show for the event.

The Hungerford Games – September 28, 2013

The Hungerford Recreation Area in the Manistee National Forest will host the first Hungerford Games, including a half marathon, marathon, and ultramarathon. Trail running is challenging, but it is made easier by brilliant fall colors dropping from the trees in every direction.


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