West Michigan Tourist Association—As summer transitions to fall, it’s time to celebrate the bounty in West Michigan. With Michigan being the third top producer of apples it’s no wonder there are so many apple festivals throughout the fall. Visit historic Downtown Coldwater on Saturday, September 17, for apples, cider, fresh baked goods, crafts, unique artwork, and the kid zone during Apple Fest and Craft Show, 9:00am – 3:00pm.
If you’re ready to have a grape stompin’ good time, come to the Third Annual Grape Stomp in at Chill Hill Winery, 8986 First Street, Baroda, Saturday, September 17. Enjoy live music with Dart Board Compromise, the annual grape stomp competition & Silly Sausage food truck! Music will be from 5 – 9 PM and the grape stomp competition will be between sets. One round, 8 teams, two people per team. The winner will receive a prize from Chill Hill Winery & bragging rights for all eternity.
Join the celebration of Vicksburg’s agricultural heritage during the Vicksburg Harvest Festival held at the Vicksburg Historic Village, with activities for the whole family on Sunday, September 25, from 11 am – 4 pm. The Harvest Festival is a fundraiser to support the preservation efforts of the Vicksburg Historical Society. Bring your appetite for the pie baking contest; and stop by the petting zoo to see a variety of barnyard animals including sheep, lambs, pigs, goats and even Tornado the bull.
September is Michigan Craft Spirits Month and distilleries around the state are celebrating at Michigan Distilled 2022, coming up Friday, September 23, 5-10pm, at the Kalamazoo Farmers’ Market. Distilleries are part of a growing agricultural and agri-tourism industry here in the Great Lakes state, thriving due to the abundance of fresh water and locally grown fruits, grains, and herbs.
For more events, check out the WMTA online: https://www.wmta.org/things-to-do/