With the cool air arriving, now is the time to plan a trip to take in some great fall festivals in Greater Lansing. We can’t think of a better feeling than putting on your favorite boots, pulling out that cozy sweater and heading out to enjoy all that fall has to offer.Greater Lansing has plenty of pumpkin fields, apple picking and lots and lots of cider and doughnut options. Best of all, why not make the most of your stay and include a festival or two while you’re here? Take your pick from a hot air balloon show, a salute to both beer and apple butter, chili-sampling or a sweet paddleboat cruise on the Grand River to view some pretty fall foliage.
Choose from these five October events to enjoy in Michigan’s festival capital before the weather turns downright cold.
- Sept. 30-Oct. 1 Old Town Oktoberfest
This is Lansing's only German-style festival, featuring all things German, including live polka, German fare and, of cours, wonderful German beers in souvenir mugs to remember the event.
- Sept. 30-Oct. 1 Greater Lansing Balloon Festival
Head to Hope Sports Complex for the area's first balloon festival. Fun for the whole family with balloon launches Friday and Saturday evenings and Saturday morning. Balloon glow, a balloon walk, bounce house and more.
- Oct. 8-9 Apple Butter Festival
This will be Fenner Nature Center's 43rd Apple Butter Festival. Take part in stirring the apple butter, cooked the old-fashioned way in a huge copper kettle over the fire. Or try your hand at the apple press. Find local heritage artisans, musicians and savory food.
- Oct. 7 BW&L Chili Cookoff
Find dozens of vendors dishing out a variety of chili recipes from mild to spicy, including local restaurants, non-profits, businesses and organizations. Live music and a chili dog eating contest make this a fun festival indeed.
- Oct. 14-16 Color Cruise and Island Festival
Head to Grand Ledge for this fall pioneer-spirited event and take a scenic riverboat ride or climb up for a horse-drawn wagon ride.Find candle making, pumpkin painting, food, music and more.