Fall Activities & Fun Ideas in Lansing + Beyond 2022
Changing of the leaves, brisk weather in the mornings with cozy sweaters and warm apple cider – the transition into fall and fall activities help remind us why we love Michigan’s seasons.
To quote Fraulein Maria in The Sound of Music, “then I don’t feel so bad” heading into the colder months. In fact, we can actually get excited about it!
From hayrides, apple picking, and pumpkin picking to beach trips, hiking, and fall activities, there are so many things to do during Fall in Lansing.
Fall Activities Around Lansing
Go to a Festival or Event
Apple Butter Festivals, hayrides, drinking hot apple cider while the kids enjoy fall activities – that is fall in Lansing, right?!
Check our calendar for our big list of fall activities.
Mark your calendar for these fall events and festivals:
1 – Charlotte Frontier Days
September 7-11, 2022
Eaton County Fairgrounds • 1025 S Cochran Ave, Charlotte, MI 48813
Charlotte Frontier Days highlights include the Michigan High School Rodeo, a parade with novel entries like the Dancing Deputies, great party fun at the Charlotte Frontier Days Saloon, bed races, cornhole, and lots of other fall events.
2 – Eagle Days
September 8-11, 2022
Eagle Park • 14331 S Grange Rd, Eagle, MI 48822
Enjoy midway rides, kiddie tractor pulls, a cruise-in, mud bog, an ox roast, food trucks, a demolition car scramble, and the parade at Eagle Days. The village of Eagle holds this annual festival the weekend after Labor Day and is a great way for families and friends to enjoy some end-of-summer fun.
3 – Meridian Heritage Festival
October 1, 2022
Meridian Historical Village & Nokomis Cultural Center • 5151 Marsh Rd, Okemos, MI 48864
Celebrate the community’s history with a day of entertainment, demonstrations, games and exhibits from Native American and early American cultures including children’s games, children’s fishing at the pond, cross stitching, rug hooking, inkle loom weaving, candle making, drop spinning, sewing and beading demonstrations, drumming and singing, and sweet grass braiding. The 7th Michigan Company B Volunteer Infantry will give a Civil War Reenactment Presentation. More info here.
4 – Grand Ledge Fall Festival
October 8, 2022
Jaycee Park • 525 E River St, Grand Ledge, MI 48837
Celebrate fall in Grand Ledge with crafters, vendors, food trucks, entertainment, pumpkins, handmade items, baked goods, pony rides, pottery, candles, jewelry, and much more. The Grand Ledge Fall Festival runs from 9am-5pm Saturday, October 8.
5 – St. Patrick Annual Fall Festival
October 15, 2022
Alton Park • 501 W Grand River Ave, Portland, MI 48875
Celebrate fall with the whole family at the St. Patrick Annual Fall Fest. The festival in Portland kicks off at 9am with a color run, followed by kids games, craft station, food trucks, a cider and donut booth, cotton candy, hot chocolate, an escape room, and local vendors in Alton Park.
Explore a Corn Maze
Getting lost in a corn maze is another right of passage for a Michigan fall! Luckily, the Lansing area has many pumpkin patch farms with corn mazes.
Pick Pumpkins & Apple
Picking out the perfect pumpkin and creating all kinds of apple dishes are highlights for most Lansing families. It’s a real treat going to get them straight from the farm.
Support and Shop the Local Farmers Markets
Most Lansing farmers markets don’t end their seasons until October or November, making this a very fun fall activity plus, a great way to support local. Many include orchards and farms selling lovely fall produce.
*Note: a couple are year-round locations!
» Find a Farmers Market
Fall Activities Bucket List
It’s time to break out the big knit sweaters, pour that warm hot chocolate or cider on the porch, and take walks in the brisk wind around town.
See The Changing Colors
It’s no secret that we have tons of trails and hiking destinations around Lansing. Many connect to each other, making it so you could hike for days! The great thing about these places in the fall is the variety of colors that show up on each trail!
Because of the different types of trees present, some are vibrant yellow, others magnificent orange, and some in a rainbow of reds!
Find fall color tours:
» The Lansing River Trails
» Nature Centers
» Fitzgerald Park Ledges and Trails
» Hawk Island
» Lansing Parks all over town
Visit Uncle John’s Cider Mill
There’s always something fun going on at Uncle John’s Cider Mill, especially during fall.
You can stop by to eat donuts, drink cider, pick pumpkins, jump on the big jumping pillow, watch the cider mill in action, and much more!
Uncle John’s also hosts epic events through the fall season.
» Uncle John’s Cider Mill
8614 N. US-127,
St Johns, MI 48879
Visit Potter Park Zoo
The big draw to Potter Park in the fall is Fall Zootacular! Seeing the animals at Potter Park Zoo during any time in the fall is what we consider one of the best times to visit.
The cooler weather brings out the fun and playfulness of the animals, and their interaction with visitors makes this place a blast.
*FREE admission for Ingham county residents on non-holiday Mondays from 9am-Noon.
» 13 reasons to visit Potter Park Zoo year-round
1301 S Pennsylvania Ave
Lansing, MI 48912
Walk the Gardens
Fall is an awesome time to visit garden grounds! Lansing has gardens all over the city, from community gardens to larger MSU projects.
The MSU arboretum has several gardens in one, and the Children’s Garden offers interactive play throughout. The other gardens have their own unique flare and in the fall can transport you to what feels like another world.
» Find a map to visit MSU Children’s Garden & Horticulture Gardens
1066 Bogue St,
East Lansing, MI 48823
» Cooley Gardens & Scott Sunken Gardens
125 W Malcolm X St,
Lansing, MI 48933
» LCC Shigematsu Memorial Japanese Garden
598 N Capitol Ave,
Lansing, MI 48933
Feed the Horses
Visit and feed Horses at the MSU horse barns.
Bring the horses apples and whole carrots only and enjoy a peaceful day with these gorgeous animals.
» MSU Horse Barns & Teaching Center
3327 Collins Rd,
Lansing, MI 48910
Relax in Horrocks’ Beer Garden
Going to Horrocks in the fall is like a wonderland of cozy vibes and delicious smells. Their beer garden entrance is one of the best ways to spend a fall evening.
There’s room to be socially distanced outside where you can enjoy the relaxing atmosphere with a bevy and food of choice.
Plus shop their seasonal food, plants, and amazing atmosphere.
» Horrocks Farmers Market
7420 W Saginaw Hwy,
Lansing, MI 48917
Take the Lansing River Trail and Explore Downtown, Old Town, & REO Town Lansing
Start your stroll near Brenke Fish Ladder and then stroll around Old Town. Continue on the Riverfront Trail to downtown and on to REO Town for more fall fun and shops to explore.
» Things to do in Downtown, Old Town, & REO Town
Feed the Fish at Preuss Pets
Feed the Koi Fish in both the outdoor and indoor ponds at Preuss Pets.
Also, we were so excited to hear from a Preuss employee that petting koi is totally a thing! It’s fun for ALL and just $1. While you’re there, try petting the fish!
» Visit Animals and feed the fish at Preuss Pets
1127 N Cedar St,
Lansing, MI 48906
Take a Fall Road Trip
As the leaves are changing, fall is one of the most entertaining times to take a road trip. Here are some places where the destination is pretty great during this time as well:
» Find a beach on Michigan’s west and east Coasts for your fall trip
» Find more ideas of epic places to visit in Detroit
» Find great fall ideas while you’re there
» Use this Fall Fun guide while visiting
Traverse City area
» Use my free guide for your fall trip
Celebrate and dress up for Halloween!
Lansing doesn’t play around when it comes to Halloween, find the daily fun listed here.
Stay Connected this Fall with the LFF Newsletter
We’d love to keep you up to date during this Fall season. Stay in the know each week with the twice-monthly LFF newsletter.
This is where you’ll get highlights and fun tidbits. It’s also a great way for us to stay connected as a parent community.
Have a great Fall Season, Lansing!