20 Ways to Celebrate Fall in Detroit

Modified: December 14, 2022 | Story by Lindsay Whitman Drewes | Photos by Pexels

Fall is in the air and there’s no better place to enjoy the season than Detroit. With hayrides, beer fests, cider mills, spooky fun and more The D has something for everyone in autumn. Check out this guide on how to celebrate fall in metro Detroit.

  1. Fall Stroll and Brunch
    Take the “Come Hungry-Leave Happy” strolling brunch through the Eastern Market with Feet on the Street Tours. Fall tours highlight fall crops and the beautiful bounty of the season.
  2. Scarefest Scream Park 
    Looking for a scare this fall? Scarefest Scream Park is the place to get it with four haunted attractions including a haunted hayride, haunted maze, forest walk and haunted house. Enjoy a beer tent, camping, live music and more.
  3. Hayride Central at Heritage Park
    Enjoy the fall colors from a hayride through Heritage Park. After the ride, you can roast marshmallows and drink cider around a campfire.
  4. Romulus Pumpkin Festival and Lights
    Will you be a champion of pumpkin rolling, pie eating or seed spitting? Test your skills at the Pumpkin Festival and Lights. Watch the parade of lights as bikes, tractors and more roll by. Enjoy music, crafts, activities and more at this fun fall fest.
  5. Boatober Beer Fest
    Take a cruise in the Detroit Princess Riverboat along the Detroit River. Sample more than 30 fall brews and enjoy the early October views from the deck.
  6. Glass Pumpkin Fest
    This fall, choose a pumpkin that will last for years. Beautiful blown glass pumpkins can be the perfect addition to your fall decor. Watch glass blowing demonstrations and browse the glass pumpkin collection at The Glass Academy.
  7. Fall Festival
    Take a horse-drawn hayride through Kensington Metropark and choose the perfect pumpkin for a jack-o-lantern. Explore goods from craft and food vendors or watch a pioneer demonstration. The 3-day festival is filled with fun, fall activities.
  8. Hallowe’en in Greenfield Village
    One-thousand carved jack-o-lanterns, costumed actors, and spooky sights turn Greenfield Village into a not-too-spooky destination for the entire family. Enjoy the friendly frights of the season at Greenfield Village.

    Kids with sparklers on Halloween

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  9. Hallowed Grounds of Historic Cemeteries
    Explore 3 Detroit Cemeteries and learn of the history surrounding them. See the final resting place of famous and not-so-famous Detroit residents. Discover secrets of cemetery signals, art, and more.
  10. Detroit Fall Beer Festival
    Eastern Market opens its doors for the Michigan Brewers Guild and one of the largest all-Michigan craft brew tastings. There will be something for every brew-lover with 800 craft beers from more than 120 Michigan breweries.
  11. Seasonal Brews at Local Breweries
    Check out your favorite local brewery or discover a new one and enjoy a seasonal favorite. Stop into Atwater Brewery for a Bloktoberfest or a Pumpkin Spice Latte Ale. And don’t forget about a Flannel Mouth Hard Cider or Richards Munich Helles from Detroit Beer Company.
  12. Seasonal Coffee Creations
    Caramel apple and pumpkin spice take center stage at coffee houses across Detroit in the fall. Check in at Anthology Coffee, Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Company, Coffee Beanery and more for the latest fall latte creations.

    Pumpkin and coffee mug

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  13. Orchards and Cider Mills:
    Pick apples and pumpkins, take a hayride or watch cider being pressed at one of the many metro Detroit orchards and cider mills. Yates Cider Mill, Hy’s Cider Mill, Blake Farms and Miller Big Red are just some of the popular mills and orchards in the fall.
  14. October in the Ville
    Celebrate the entire month of October with family-friendly events in Northville. Skeleton sculptures, corn mazes, costume contests and more fill the October calendar.
  15. Zoo Boo
    Trick-or-treat along the Zoo Boo trail at Detroit’s Zoo this October. Special decorations, crafts,, and music make this an event for the entire family.
  16. Trick Or Treating Along The Trail
    Dress in costume and hit the trail for a nature-filled adventure. After hitting all of the educational stops, head back to the nature center for cider and doughnuts.
  17. Pumpkin Carving Party
    Explore your pumpkin carving talents at the Pumpkin Carving Party at Kensington Metropark Nature Center. Choose your pumpkin and design and set to work. Enjoy friendship, cider and doughnuts.
  18. Pumpkin Palooza
    Pumpkin Palooza has something for everyone with games, costumes, candy, music and more. This family-friendly event in Plymouth keeps the spooks fun and the activities safe for all ages.
  19. Halloween at Hogwarts
    Dress as your favorite Harry Potter character and get ready to enjoy music from the films performed by the DSO. Pre-concert activities include a costume contest and more.
  20. Boo at The Nature Center
    Get dressed up and head to the Belle Isle Nature Center for safe and fun trick-or-treating. Afterward, explore the island and take in the beautiful fall scenery.

Keep an eye out for other spook-tacular events coming to Detroit through the Visit Detroit events page.

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Mentioned Attractions And Venues

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    The Glass Academy
    25331 Trowbridge St., Dearborn, MI 48124
  2. 2
    Detroit Princess Riverboat
    1 Civic Center Drive, Detroit, MI 48226
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    The Henry Ford
    20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, MI 48124
  4. 4
    Eastern Market
    Russell Street between Mack Avenue and Gratiot Avenue, 2934 Russell St., Detroit, MI 48207
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    Atwater Brewery
    237 Jos. Campau Ave., Detroit, MI 48207
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    Detroit Beer Co.
    1529 Broadway St., Detroit, MI 48226
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    Anthology Coffee
    1948 Division St., Detroit, MI 48207
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    Detroit Zoo
    8450 W. 10 Mile Road, Royal Oak, MI 48067
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    Belle Isle Nature Center
    Belle Isle State Park, 176 Lakeside Drive, Detroit, MI 48207