What’s Happening in September? 6 Events for Fall Fun!

We’ve gotten a taste of fall weather recently, and we’re ready for apple cider, donuts, sweaters, and bonfires! September is the month of transitioning to fall where summer still hangs around for a bit even as the days get shorter. Even though school is back in session, there are a bunch of festivals and events to fill up your weekends in September! Check out our top events to check out this month!

Allegan County Fair:

The biggest fair in Michigan runs from September 8-16. There’s all the usual fair activities: carnival rides, animal shows, rodeos, demolition derbies, and more! This fair also books big-name artists for concerts and shows during the week! This year they have performances by Jake Owens, Riley Green, and Steve Trevino. It’s definitely an event to add to your calendar. Check out their website for a schedule of events.

Art Prize:

The annual favorite event, Art Prize starts on September 14 and runs until October 1. Every year there are hundreds of paintings, sculptures, and other art exhibits that are installed in downtown Grand Rapids, drawing thousands of people who come to see what local and national artists have made. It’s one of our favorite events of the year, and we always look forward to seeing what is made every year. It’s also FREE to attend!

Michigan Irish Music Festival:

A yearly favorite when all things Irish descend on downtown Muskegon for three days of music, food, and merchandise. There are 4 stages and over 30 artists to experience! Some of the artists this year include Malinda, One for the Foxes, Seamus Kennedy, and Mona Shores Fiddlers. It’s a great time of getting a taste of the Emerald Isle. Tickets are $10-$15 per day.

Michigan Apple Fest:

Maybe Irish music isn’t your thing, from September 15-16 head over to Sparta for the Michigan Apple Fest. There are apple peeling contests, pony rides, kids harvest activities, apple pie baking contests, and much more! Find all of the activities here.


Calling all Lego lovers! Head over to DeVos Place from September 22-24 for a MEGA Lego display! Tons of builds, activities, and vendors for everything Lego. Fun activity for the whole family!

Canicross Fall Edition:

Finally, a Cross Country race you can bring your dog to! Race in the signature 5k or even shorter races with your pup at Cannonsburg on September 24. No matter how you place, each dog will get a pup cup when they cross the line. There are lots of other activities like a pup photo booth, games, food, and beverages making it a fun event for the whole family!

There is always something going on around Greater Grand Rapids! Whether you love theater, sports, arts and crafts, good food, or anything else, you can find an activity that will pique your interest! One of our favorite event resources is Experience GR. And if you are looking for tickets to some of these events, talk to us! We may have some to give you!

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