As Michigan’s most alluring season, fall provides numerous opportunities to refresh after a busy summer, and Lansing has some of the state’s finest offerings. As Michigan’s festival capital, this comprehensive list covers the area’s most delicious fall festivals, with some spooky Halloween fun thrown in.
- Color Cruise and Island Festival: This three-day event runs from October 13 – 15 and offers riverboat rides, pumpkin decorating, candle making, horse-drawn wagon rides, food, live music, and much more.
- Apple Butter Festival: Visit Fenner Nature Center October 13 – 14 for this 45th annual local tradition. Get hands-on by stirring the fruity compote in an old-fashioned copper kettle or make your way to the cider press. With live music and outstanding food, this event has everything you need to maximize your fall experience.
- Boo at the Zoo: Open the last three weekends in October, this kid-centric event at the Potter Park Zoo lets your little ones run through a straw maze, enjoy a hayride, and explore the spooky Boo Tunnel.
- Lansing Brewing Company: Take advantage of the local craft beer scene at one of Lansing’s finest breweries. With live music on Friday evenings and some of the best beer in the state, this venue offers good old-fashioned grown-up fun.
- Jackson’s Underworld: If good-natured nightmarish fun is what you crave, check out Jackson’s Underworld this October. Open Thursday through Sunday, this haunted house promises to scare you and yours into oblivion.
- The Terrified Forest and Manor Haunted Attractions: A Lansing favorite for over 25 years, this indoor hot-spot (with two scary levels) also ventures outside for a three-quarter-mile journey through the woods. So, let your childhood fear of the dark take over and brave the cold, dark, Lansing night.
- The Lansing River Trail: Get outside and stretch those legs on the Lansing River Trail. Running from Waverly Road to Old town, this trail follows more than 20 miles, crossing several parks as well as Downtown Lansing.
- Fenner Nature Center: When it’s not hosting the city’s Apple Butter Festival, the Fenner Nature Center provides environmental education via 134 acres of green space (well, maybe green(ish) in these cooler months). With hands-on exhibits and numerous animal viewing opportunities, this attraction is a must see.
- Patriarche Park: One of the area’s most impressive outdoor playgrounds, Patriarch Park incorporates a 1.2-acre play area with a pavilion and picnic areas for outdoor fun for all ages.
- Hawk Island Park: For serene viewing of the area’s fall foliage, check out Hawk Island Park, 100 acres in South Lansing with a playground, concession stand, picnic tables, and walking trails.
Whether you’re a local or seasonal visitor, Lansing, Michigan has everything you need to engage the senses with some of fall’s most delightful activities. With day or evening opportunities for the whole family or adults only, these community favorites outshine all the others.
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