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Top15 Ways to Fall for Fall in Alpena: Sanctuary of the Great Lakes!

Posted on September 18th, 2015

Amanda Thunder Bay Winery Harvest Festival The Autumnal Equinox is almost here and it is time for pumpkin everything! Don’t start hibernating just yet…the Alpena area has so much to offer during the fall season and here are just a few events to spice up your autumn:

  1. Thunder Bay Winery Harvest Festival

On September 19th Thunder Bay winery is celebrating their 3rd annual Harvest Fest with games, music and grape stomping. Accompanied by tasty eats and delicious wines, of course! Find out more info on Thunder Bay Winery’s Facebook event page.

  1. Thunder Bay Folk Festival

The 2nd Annual Thunder Bay Folk Festival is taking place September 25th and 26th at the Alpena Antique Tractor and Steam Engine Club! Two stages with live music all weekend, food and art vendors, children’s activities, on site rustic camping, music workshops & more!

  1. Brush Creek Mill

Located in the village of Hillman,  Brush Creek Mill is celebrating their 10th annual Applefest and craft show October 3rd! And be sure not to miss their live comedy show on October 24th! See more details and information at

  1. The Great Donut Roll !

Saturday, October 3rd the Great Donut Roll takes you from Alpena to Rogers City, a 50 mile bike ride that ends at Knaebe’s Mmmunchy Krunchy Apple Farm! Registration is same day at Performance Locker at 7am and ride starts at 8am.

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  1. The Black Sheep Pub Oktoberfest

On Saturday October 3rd, The Black Sheep, an authentic English pub located in downtown Alpena, will be hosting another Oktoberfest event! Come down and experience the beers on tap to compliment the fall season.

  1. Downtown Chowder Cook-Off

After a huge success last year, the Downtown Development Authority is hosting their 2nd annual Chowder Cook-off in the downtown plaza. Prepare your taste buds for some delicious, homemade chowder or register to serve your very own family recipe! Event is to be held October 10th www.alpenadowntown.comapple pumpkin fun day tractor grounds 2

  1. Apple Pumpkin Fun Day

This event will be held at the Alpena Antique Tractor and Steam Engine Club on October 10th. Fun for all ages with pumpkin painting, petting zoo, apple cider pressing, games, entertainment, and much more!

  1. Discovery Tour-Discover U.S. 23 Heritage Route

Lake Huron Discovery Tour! October 9th through October 12th chart your own course on a voyage of discovery! Hiking, biking, ARTrail gallery tours, bird watching, color tours, the Wine & Hops Trail, history, maritime, lighthouses, and many other things! Discover over 1,500 things to see and do along the Lake Huron coast. Aviation North will also be providing color tours by plane at the Alpena County Regional Airport. Rides are approximately 20 minutes long and are $40 per person, call ahead to reserve your spot! 989-356-6361

  1. Great Lakes Lighthouse Festival

The 20th annual Great Lakes Lighthouse Festival takes place October 8th through 11th,  and provides guided lighthouse tours, entertainment, and vendors. Visit their website at for more information.

  1. Downtown Fall Festival Trunk or Treat

On October 23rd the stores in Alpena’s downtown will be passing out candy to all of the kids in costume as well as a trunk or treat in the parking lot behind city Hall! Bring your costumed kiddos from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

  1. Fall color tours

Drive around the countryside and explore northern Michigan’s scenic fall colors; the maples and oaks are wrapped in a blanket of beautiful orange, red, and yellow. The best times are late September through mid-October

  1. Run from the Dead!

Are YOU a survivor? You better run for your life in this zombie survival run at Mich-e-ke-wis Park! To be held on Oct. 30th at 6:30pm, sign up now!

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knaebe's fall    13. Knaebe’s Mmmunchy Krunchy Apple Farm

Open all fall season from September through November, this apple orchard is a fan favorite! Located in Rogers City, Knaebe’s offers delicious donuts and hot cider, fun things to do for kids, and a unique little gift shop inside. Visit their site at

  1. Hillman Corn Maze

Open September 5th through the last weekend in October, solving the puzzle in the Hillman corn maze is fun for all ages!

  1. John A. Lau Haunted Saloon

John A. Lau Saloon is famous for their resident ghost “Agnes” that is said to haunt the upstairs dining area. Be brave this fall season and take a seat in the upstairs lounge, maybe she will join you for dinner!


“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” –Albert Camus


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