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Top Things To Do: October 10 - 16

Updated: Oct 20, 2022

Apple festivals, color tours and visiting a local weir - browse our top things to do with kids in Northwest Michigan this week!

Charlevoix Apple Festival

Experience the magic of autumn in Northwest Michigan at the 43rd Annual Charlevoix Apple Festival. Join the festivities and show your support for local farmers, orchards and non-profit organizations while celebrating the season in downtown Charlevoix. Activities include an Art and Craft Show, Farmers' Market, Apple Fest Paint Party with Cottage Pottery, Petting Zoo, Balloon Artist, Face Painting, Kids Crafts and more! Click here for the weekend's full schedule of events.

Friske Applefest

Head to Friske Farm Market on Saturday for the final Friske Applefest of the year. There will be cider, caramel apples, baked goods, pumpkin carving, pumpkin smashing, U-pick apples and wagon rides. Kids will also enjoy the pony rides, petting zoo, inflatables, zip line, apple slingshot, and more!

Watch Fish Jump at a Local Weir or in Leland

Visit Leland’s Fishtown or a local weir to watch the fish migrate upstream. The salmon run usually starts in the third week of September and lasts through the end of October. Take part in free tours at the Boardman River Weir in downtown Traverse City, the Little Manistee River Weir in Manistee County and the Platte River Weir in Benzie County, throughout October.

Take a Fall Call Tour

Fall colors are expected to peak in Northern Michigan around October 10, so pack up the car and take a fall color tour to see orchards, vineyards, forests and villages blanketed in vibrant reds, oranges and yellows. Make sure Pierce Stocking Scenic drive is on your list, you won’t be disappointed in the views of Lake Michigan and the Sleeping Bear Dunes.

If you’re looking to make a day trip, taking a drive through the Tunnel of Trees is a must. Ranked among the most scenic roads in the nation, the drive along M-119 from Harbor Springs to Cross Village features hardwoods and evergreens knit into a ceiling over the road. The 20-mile stretch has fun shops, delicious restaurants and beautiful scenery for the entire family to enjoy.


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