Fall Activities Guide: 31+ Things to Do this Fall in Lansing including Festivals, Events, Halloween, and more!

Fall activities feature kids walking in the changing leaves

Fall Activities & Fun Ideas in Lansing + Beyond 2021

Changing of the leaves, brisk weather in the mornings with cozy sweaters and warm apple cider – the transition into fall and fall activities helps 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, and pumpkin picking, to beach trips, hiking, and fall activities, there are so many things to do during Fall in Lansing.

Hawk Island Park Trail in the Fall
Fall walk at Hawk Island Park, Lansing, MI

Fall Activities: Festivals and Events

Go to a Fall Event or Festival

Apple Butter Festivals, hayrides, drinking hot apple cider while the kids enjoy fall activities – that is fall in Lansing, right?!

Here’s a list of festivals and events you’ll want to mark your calendar for.

Fall Events and Festivals listed below:

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10:00 AM

Fall Festivals and Events in Fowlerville, MI

Annual Fall Festival

Fowlerville Fairgrounds

Crafts for all ages, Village Tours, Bicycle Races, Food Vendors, Wagon Rides, Craft Sales, Kids Games, Train Rides, Model Train Display, Blacksmith Display, Raffle, Live Entertainment and more!

8800 W Grand River Rd
Fowlerville, MI 48836
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09:00 AM

Fall Festivals and Events in St Johns, MI

Uncle John's Fall Festival Weekends

Uncle John's Cider Mill

Every Saturday & Sunday, Sept 18-Oct 31. Live music, food trucks, & fall activities!

8614 N US-127
St Johns, MI 48879
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03:00 PM

Fall Festivals and Events in Perry, MI

Annual big party for those with special needs (all ages) and for those who care for them. Fun, Games, Prizes, Horse Rides, Food/drink, Pictures, Hayrides, Bounce houses, etc.

7320 W Beard Rd
Perry, MI 48872
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06:00 PM

Fall Festivals and Events in Williamston, MI

Bestmaze Corn Maze Opening

Bestmaze Corn Maze

Open Friday-Sunday, Sept 24-Oct 31. Tickets are $7/person, age 4 & under are free.

3803 Noble Rd
Williamston, MI 48895
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06:00 PM

Fall Festivals and Events in Howell, MI

Enjoy an evening hike through the woods, learning how our different senses help us navigate in the dark! Then enjoy songs, cider, and donuts by the campfire. $12/person

1005 Triangle Lake Rd
Howell, MI 48843
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11:00 AM

Fall Festivals and Events in St Johns, MI

Central Great Lakes Weigh-Off

Andy T's Farm Market

Join us to see who will take home this year's title of the Biggest Pumpkin and Vegetables in the Central Great Lakes Region.

3131 US-127 BUS
St Johns, MI 48879
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01:00 PM

Fall Festivals and Events in Owosso, MI

Experience Mid Michigan's most accessible corn maze! Adults $10, Youth (5-11) $8, Kids (4 & under) FREE with paid adult

4377 South, M-52
Owosso, MI 48867
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11:00 AM

Fall Festivals and Events in Marshall, MI

Haunted Adventure

Cornwell's Turkeyville

Every Saturday & Sunday in October. Join us for a day of fun spooky adventures. Ticket includes haunted barn, spooky hay ride and corn maze. Apple cider and homemade donuts are available also.

18935 15 1/2 Mile Rd
Marshall, MI 49068
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12:00 PM

Fall Festivals and Events in Mason, MI

October 2-31. Enjoy our 8 acre corn maze & over 2 dozen varieties of pumpkins!

1826 Rolfe Rd
Mason, MI 48854
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10:00 AM

Fall Festivals and Events in Charlotte, MI

Scarecrow Building, Family Photos, Music, Hayrides ($5 per family), Cider Stroll ($5 per family) & more!

Charlotte, MI
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09:00 AM

Fall Festivals and Events in Charlotte, MI

Country Mill Orchard & Cider Mill October Weekends

Country Mill Orchard & Cider Mill

Saturdays & Sundays in October. Apple & pumpkin picking, Train Wagon Ride, Apple Cannon, Pumpkin Pitch, Apple Cannon & Corn Maze.

4648 Otto Rd
Charlotte, MI 48813
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02:00 PM

Fall Festivals and Events in Spring Arbor, MI

This FREE event features a wagon ride, corn maze, feeding the animals, and a free pumpkin!

9123 Spring Arbor Rd
Spring Arbor, MI 49283
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09:00 AM

Fall Festivals and Events in Grand Ledge, MI

Grand Ledge Fall Fest

Jaycee Park, Island Park, Bridge Street Plaza and Fitzgerald Field

Join us for a day of crafters, vendors and fall fun! Free and open to the public.

Grand Ledge, MI
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12:00 PM

Fall Festivals and Events in Owosso, MI

Fall Festival

DeVries Nature Conservancy

Experience our trails in our horse-drawn hayride. Devour cider and donuts. Explore our wooded trails and see the fall colors. Tour our Historic Carriage and Sleigh Museum. Relax and warm up by the bonfire. AND MORE!

2635 N Michigan 52
Owosso, MI 48867
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Apple Butter Festival at Fenner Nature Center in Lansing, MI

Fall Activities: Orchards, Hay Rides, & Corn Mazes

Explore a Corn Maze

Here are a few Lansing area pumpkin patch farms with corn mazes:  Shawhaven Farm, BestCorn Maze, Uncle John’s Cider Mill. Another right of passage for fall, right!?

» Find more farms with corn mazes

Uncle John's Cider Mill corn maze
Corn Maze at Uncle John’s Cider Mill in St. John’s, MI

Pick Pumpkins & Apples

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.

» Find pumpkin patches in and around Lansing
» Find u-pick apples and apple tree farms  

Picking pumpkins at Reese Farm in north Lansing, MI

Support and Shop the Local Farmers Markets

Most Lansing farmer’s markets end their seasons in October and 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

Farmers Market in the Lansing, MI area

Fall Activities: Bucket List

It’s time to break out the big knit sweaters, drink hot cups of hot chocolate or coffee on the porch, and take walks in the brisk wind around town.

Take the Cider & Donut Trail

Deliciousness awaits around every corner of Lansing and beyond!

» Cider and donut shops

Eating donuts on the donut trail in Mid-Michigan

See The Changing Colors

It’s no secret that we have tons of trails and hiking destinations around Lansing. Many connect to each other and you could hike for days! But 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 in vibrant yellow, others in magnificent orange, and some in a rainbow of reds galore!

Find fall color tours:
» The Lansing River Trails  
» Nature Centers
» Fitzgerald Park Ledges and Trails
» Hawk Island
» Lansing Parks all over town

Bancroft Park Trail Loop
Fall walk at Bancroft Park Trail loop to see the changing leaves, Lansing, MI

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 the list goes on!

They also host epic events through the fall season.

» Uncle John’s Cider Mill
8614 N. US-127,
St Johns, MI 48879

The Jumping pillow at Uncle John’s Cider Mill in St. John’s, MI

Kayak or Boat to see the Fall Colors

Paddling along the river and lakes while the leaves are changing, you’ll see Lansing in a whole new way.

» Find kayak and boat rentals in Lansing

Kayaking in the fall at Crego Park in Lansing, MI

Bike the trails

Get your bike out! If you need to rent a bike, here are some great places around town:

» Riverfront Cycle
507 E Shiawassee St,
Lansing, MI 48912

» River Town Adventures
305 City Market Dr,
Lansing, MI 48912

» MSU Bike Service Center
Bessey Hall
434 Farm Ln Room B10,
East Lansing, MI 48824

moores park kids Downtown Lansing bikes
Biking in Moores Park in Lansing, MI

Play at a Park or Playground

We love parks in the fall. Hours of play + less hot sticky weather + brisk breeze = little to no complaining.

» Make your own park bucket list using this guide

Playing at Delta Mills Park in Waverly, Lansing, MI

Visit the Potter Park Zoo

The big draw to Potter Park in the fall is Boo at the Zoo! Seeing the animals at Potter Park Zoo during any time in the fall though, 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 9 am-Noon.

» 21 reasons to visit Potter Park Zoo year-round
1301 S Pennsylvania Ave,
Lansing, MI 48912

Boo at the Zoo at Potter Park Zoo in Lansing, MI

Walk the Gardens

Fall is an awesome time to visit garden grounds! Lansing has gardens all over the city, from the community to MSU projects.

The MSU arboretum has several gardens in one, and the children’s garden has 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

The Shigematsu Memorial Gardens at LCC in Downtown, Lansing, MI
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The MSU Children’s Gardens in East Lansing, MI

Explore a Nature Center

Each nature center in our area is fabulous. They each have many year-round interactive opportunities for kids and families.
Fenner Nature Center holds the Apple Butter Festival every year and it’s a fall must-do!

» Find a Nature Center

The Apple Butter Festival at Fenner Nature Center in Lansing, MI

Fun at Capitol Area BMX

Get out on the bike track at Capitol Area BMX or just watch all of the action and fun from Nip N’ Sip.

» Capitol Area BMX
2809 N East St,
Lansing, MI 48906

Play a Game of Disc Golf

There are courses all around town and this is so much fun! If you haven’t been before here’s all you need to know to get started:

» Find where and how to disc golf in Lansing

Try Mini Golfing at The Falcon’s Epic Course

Mini Golfing at The Falcon is Hawk Hallow’s amazing nine-hole links-style golf course.

p.s. don’t forget the bug spray!

» The Falcon Course at Hawk Hallow
15101 Chandler Rd,
Bath Twp, MI 48808

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

The MSU Horse Barns in East Lansing, MI

Relax in Horrocks’ Beer Garden

Go 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

Horrocks Beer Garden in Lansing, MI

Try Horseback Riding

Fall is such a nice time to go horseback riding because of the breezy weather and tree color changes.

» Sundance Riding Stables
9250 Nixon Rd,
Grand Ledge, MI 48837

» Northfork Farms and Outback
3637 Morrice Rd,
Webberville, MI 48892

Take the Lansing River Trail and Explore Downtown, Old Town, & REO Town Lansing

Start your stroll near Brenke Fish Ladder then stroll around Old Town. Then 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

Vintage Junkies in REO Town, Lansing, MI

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

Feeding Fish at Preuss Pets in Old Town, Lansing, MI

Watch a Movie at the Drive-In

Drive-In Movie theatres are all over Michigan. This family favorite has made a comeback as of recent and we hope it never goes away!

» Find a Drive-in movie theatre

michigan drive in movie theater
Family at a Michigan Drive-in movie theatre

Spartan Tailgating

Brisk air and Autumn vibes mean football season has arrived! Who’s ready to scream Go Green! Go, White!?

» Tips on Tailgating with the Family

Tailgating during a Spartans Game at MSU in East Lansing, MI

Go on a boating or Tubing Adventure

You can tube down the Muskegon River with Wisner Rents Canoes and many more that stay open through the fall!

» Find tubing options on this unbeatable list

Tubing the Muskegon River in Michigan

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: »

The Beach
» Find a beach on the West and East Coasts for your fall trip

» Find more ideas of epic places to visit in Detroit

Grand Rapids
» 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.


Fall Activities: Halloween

Celebrate and dress up for Halloween!

Lansing doesn’t play around when it comes to Halloween, find the daily fun listed here.

Halloween Fun in Lansing

There are several ways to celebrate Halloween in Lansing. Trick or Treat activities, Trunk or Treats, Events, and the list goes on.

Here are the Halloween fun lists to get you started:

» Halloween Events
» Trunk or Treat
» Trick or Treat


Fall Activities: ArtPrize

ArtPrize is in full effect this year from September 16 – October 3, 2021. A trip to downtown Grand Rapids to see ArtPrize in the fall is something our family looks forward to.

Stay tuned for our top pick and must-sees this year!

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!

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