You haven’t truly experienced an authentic Autumn until you have traveled to Northern Michigan. October is the month of leaves, apples, donuts, and hayrides. As we leave summer, we transition into the season of cozy flannel shirts, hats, scarves, and gloves. You can experience everything fall right here in the Alpena Area.
Downtown Alpena

Grab a hot pumpkin spice latte from Cabin Creek Coffee and enjoy the small-town charm, while perusing the shops in Downtown Alpena. From art galleries to restaurants, and unique boutiques, Alpena’s downtown has something to offer for everyone.

Knaebe’s Apple Farm & Twisted Roots Cider

Cider and donuts at Knaebe’s Apple Farm & Cider Mill.

You can spend an entire afternoon at Knaebe’s Apple Farm & Ciderworks in Rogers City. This is a must-do activity for any Autumn lover. Just getting there, you will enjoy the picturesque scenery of the reds, yellows, and golden hues on the trees.  Try the famous mouth-watering pumpkin and apple donuts, with a cup of freshly pressed apple cider. It’s definitely a life-changing experience that will make your entire fall season. Step into their Twisted Roots Cider barn and try some of their fresh oven-roasted pizzas and hard cider. Knaebe’s also offers a petting zoo, corn maze, hayrides, and more. It’s fun for the entire family!

Alpena Farmer’s Market

Spend a beautiful fall morning at the Alpena’s Farmer’s Market at Mich-e-ke-wis Park on Saturdays from 8 am – 1 pm through the month of October. Now is your chance to support local farms and businesses. The Farmer’s Market offers locally-grown fresh produce, baked goods, grass-fed beef, eggs, poultry, fresh herbs, mushrooms, plants, artisan bread, cut flowers, perennials, maple syrup, honey, and arts and crafts from Alpena, Alcona, Montmorency, Presque Isle, and Oscoda counties, the Alpena Farmers Market has been a community staple for decades.

Ocqueoc Falls & Bicentennial Pathway

Ocqueoc Falls. Photo credit: Stacy VanOrman.

There is truly something special and unique about hiking trails during the fall season. You can explore the paths and take pictures at Ocqueoc Falls, the largest waterfalls in the lower peninsula of Michigan. As the trees change color, now is your chance to create the ideal outdoor family photo. Ocqueoc Falls is the only universally accessible falls system in the United States.

AJ’s Berry Farm

Don’t let the name fool you, AJ’s Berry Farm in Lachine is a popular site, not only in the summer but in the fall as well. Whether you are looking to carve, bake, or decorate pumpkins, AJ’s offers a wide variety of different kinds for you to choose from. You can opt for a pre-picked pumpkin or venture out into the patch and pick your own. Don’t forget to try out the corn maze! AJ’s offers plenty of other fall goodies as well.

Rose Creek Horse Adventures

Amanda Sumerix and her horse at Rose Creek Horse Adventures. Photo Courtesy: Amanda Sumerix.

Rose Creek Horse Adventures is a new attraction to the Alpena area, since July 2020. This is definitely a unique experience for both locals and visitors. Owner, Amanda Sumerix has experience working on ranches in both Michigan and Wyoming, and always knew she wanted to have her own ranch back in Alpena. The trail rides are one hour long, and all levels of horse riders are welcome, including those who have never ridden a horse. Helmets and riding demonstrations are provided. Enjoy the beautiful fall colors, while riding the trails through the forest. This is the perfect fall outing for the adventurous animal lover.


Featured Photo: AJ’s Berry Farm


Don’t forget to check out our events calendar to see upcoming fall events.

*Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, changes in events may occur.*