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Grand Rapids Fall Activities

Grand Rapids gets even cooler in fall – and we’re not just talking temperature. Fall brings new sports and performing arts seasons, a dazzling display of tree colors, one of the nation’s best apple harvests and the world’s largest public art event. Browse this page to see what strikes your fall fancy – and make plans for a cool getaway!

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Fall Festivals

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Check out these crowd pleasers:

Fall Colors

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Take a self-guided fall color tour that showcases the region’s lush forest canopy, abundant apple orchards and charming covered bridges – plot your own trip to include these picturesque destinations or follow one of the routes suggested by the Kent County Road Commission. Visit local parks for a late-season picnic beneath an umbrella of red, yellow and orange leaves. Wander the trails at Blandford Nature Center Calvin College Ecosystem Preserve  and Wittenbach/Wege Agriscience & Environmental Education Center  to see fall’s effect on all manner of native plants.

Epic Exhibitions

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See the shows everyone will be talking about this fall:

  • Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts christens its new space in the historic Woodbridge Building with four fascinating exhibits, including The Way Forward
  • IlumiZoo Wild Hues offers a nighttime journey through John Ball Zoo along paths drenched with rich lighting and sounds. Sep. 3-Nov. 14.
  • Chrysanthemums & More blankets Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park with acres of flowers in bloom, plus fall foliage and family-friendly activities. Sep. 17-Oct. 31.
  • An Art of Changes: Jasper Johns Prints, 1960-2018 brings 90 or so works of the legendary artist to Grand Rapids Art Museum, Oct. 2-Jan. 2.
  • POPnology at Grand Rapids Public Museum explores the intersection of pop culture and technology through iconic movie replicas, games and more. Through January.
  • Grand Rapids Comic-Con packs DeVos Place with celebrity guests, cosplaying, a huge vending hall and more. Nov. 12-14.

Great Entertainment

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Enjoy music, comedy, theatre and adrenaline-charged family thrills:

Food & Drink

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Savor the flavors of fall:

  • Oktoberfest Grand Rapids fills Riverside Park with authentic German food, drink and entertainment,, Sep. 24-25.
  • Craft Pass GR offers another FREE gift for visiting 6 or more participating breweries, cideries, distilleries and meaderies before Oct. 31.
  • Restaurant Week GR offers the opportunity to earn a FREE gift (and enjoy some delectable meals) when you visit 3+ participating restaurants from Nov. 5-13.
  • The International Wine, Beer & Food Festival brings 1,500 wines, beers, ciders and spirits from around the world to DeVos Place for your tasting pleasure. Great food from the area’s finest restaurants, too! Nov. 19-20.
  • Fall’s fuller-bodied beers – including pumpkin-infused brews – take the spotlight at the 40+ breweries on the Beer City Ale Trail.
  • The downtown GR Refreshment Area lets you stroll around while enjoying your favorite adult beverage (as long as it’s purchased from a participating bar/restaurant). It’s one of several Refreshment Areas in the city and region.
  • Become a Beer City Brewsader® – download the Beer City Brewsader app (Google Play and Apple stores) and earn a collectible t-shirt to wear with true brew pride by visiting area breweries!

Refreshment Areas

Enjoy food and drink – including approved open containers of alcohol – in outdoor zones across the city.

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Fall Harvest & Halloween

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‘Tis the season for visiting family farms and farm markets, which offer a whole host of autumnal activities in addition to freshly harvested produce – hayrides, corn mazes, pumpkin-picking and more.

West Michigan is one of the world’s best apple-growing regions – and you can get the pick of the fall crop (or pick your own) at local orchards starting in early September.

Fresh-picked apples make delicious fresh-pressed cider (and mighty tasty apple fritters, too). Visit these family farms for soft cider (and maybe a donut) and these cideries for the hard stuff.

Celebrate Halloween in Grand Rapids with haunted houses, a pumpkin train, corn mazes and more.

Search our Events page for more fantastic fall ideas!

Events

Halloween

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Halloween isn’t just a day in Grand Rapids – it’s several…

The Grand Outdoors

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Many locals prefer the invigorating days of autumn to the sultry days of summer for exploring our wide-open outdoor spaces. Get in a few more (or many more) rounds of golf. Hike or bike hundreds of miles of trails. Get on the water with a canoe, kayak or paddleboard. Picnic in a park or beachcomb at Lake Michigan. Check out all the possibilities for outdoor recreation.

The Grand Outdoors

Explore a few of the many ways you can play, relax and have fun in the fresh, clean air of Grand Rapids and Kent County. Hit the…

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Grand Rapids Attractions

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Many of the area’s biggest tourist attractions are open for business – including 

Hours and procedures may have changed, so check websites for details.

Save on Attractions with Our Culture Pass

Receive admission into many cultural attractions around Grand Rapids as well as additional exclusive discounts with our $20.00 Culture Pass.

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Fall Bucket List

Farm Markets

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