Apple festivals Michigan Apple Festivals in 2018

Looking for a apple festival in Michigan in 2018? (just scroll down the page)There is no other listing as complete and current as this list, just updated! All the apple festivals in Michigan we can find are listed on this page! If you love strawberries, look for a festival near you below! And I'm always looking for more apple festivals! Please write me, if you know of any to add!  I update the dates as soon as the festivals publish their information, but you can always click on the links (usually the name of the festival) to see the current information on the festival's own website. 

I update this list every year, but still click on the links to the festival (the blue, underlined name of the each festival) to confirm this year's dates on the website for each festival. They may change or cancel at the last minute. . If they don't have a website, call the phone number provided, but ALWAYS CONFIRM THIS YEAR'S DATES AND TIMES BY EITHER VIEWING THEIR WEBSITE OR CALLING.

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2018 Apple Festivals in Michigan - Where, When and More to Find an Apple Festival Near You!

 Michigan

Apples typically ripen from July (yes, some early varieties start then, especially in southern areas) through early November.  Most apple varieties ripen in Spetember and October and this is when most apple festivals are held.  Unlike strawberries, which grow almost anywhere, apples are grown commercially in half as many states. They do not grow well in very warm climates, like Florida, and along the Gulf coast, etc. Apples require a certain number of hours of cold (below 40 F) in order to produce fruit. So most commercial apple production and apple festivals are north of Interstate 20 (I-20).

There are two general types of apple festivals 1) community festivals, usually organized by a church, school, local Chamber of commerce or a town and 2). Apple festival held at and by a farm. They are different in what they offer, and community festivals tend to be less expensive so they are grouped separately. (of course not all states and areas have both.)
Following the festival listings are links to our easy to follow directions about making apple jam, freezing apples, apple pies and much more.

Community Apple Festivals

Kent County

Ingham County

  • Apple Butter Festival - In October, call for this year's dates.  from 11 am to 5 pm
    Fenner Nature Center, 2020 E. Mt. Hope Ave. Lansing, MI. Phone: 517-483-4224. Phone: 517-483-4224. Admission: Free Come out to Fenner Nature Center and tempt your taste buds with fresh cider and apple butter being made right before your eyes.

Oceana County

  • Apple & BBQ Cook-off Festival Apple & BBQ Cook-off Festival - September
    Silver Lake Sand Dunes. Email: [email protected]. Phone: (231) 873-2247. Fax: (231) 873-1683.Come enjoy this Fall Festival highlighting the Michigan BBQ, farm fresh apples of Oceana County, and much more. Festival is held in the business district of Silver Lake Sand Dunes located six miles west of US-31 at the Hart/Mears exit 149. Apples and BBQ from the Michigan-sanctioned Kansas City BBQ Cook-off combine with family activities and local sand dune attractions.

Other areas in Michigan (as yet uncategorized)

  • Arts and Apples Festival - held annually on the weekend following Labor Day (September 5th to 6thin 2008)
    Rochester Park, MI.  Phone: (248) 651-4110. Fax: (248) 651-4757. Email: [email protected]. Held in the scenic 30-acre Rochester Park, located in Downtown Rochester, Michigan. The festival is Michigan's second largest juried fine arts festival and is part of Sunshine Artist Magazine's TOP 35 festivals in the nation! The 43rd annual festival is set for September 5th, 6th, & 7th and includes over 250 fine art exhibitors, a variety of food, live entertainment, and free kids art activities.
  • Belding Applefest - In September, call for this year's dates.
    Belding, MI. Phone: 616-794-2210.
  • Charlevoix Apple Festival - October 3-4
    Charlevoix, MI. Phone: 231-547-2101. In October, call for this year's dates. A 3-day event held yearly to honor local orchards and growers who, in the spirit of the season, bring the fall harvest to you. More than 30 types of apples, including the hard to find "antique varieties", will be on hand as well as other fall harvest items such as pumpkins, squash, jam, honey and cider. This popular event provides adults and children alike with fun and exciting activities including a craft show featuring 100 craftsmen ready to show their wares. There will be face painting, apple bobbing, a petting zoo, hand-led pony rides and more.
  • Ciderfest & Craft Show - September 27 & 28, 2008
    Diehl's Orchard, Holly, Michigan. Phone: (248) 634-8981. Fax: (248) 634-0059. Email: [email protected] 1 mile fun run at 8:30am. 4 mile run at 9:00am. We make cider and donuts on site. Craft show until 6:00 pm both days.
  • Coldwater Country Festivals & Farm Markets - The 3rd Saturday in September from 9 am to 4 pm
    Downtown Coldwater, Coldwater, MI. Phone: 517-278-5985 . Fax: (517) 278-2947. Email: [email protected]. Annual craft show featuring handmade crafts and collectibles. 100's of apple products featured. The AppleFest and StrawberryFest in Coldwater, Michigan is under a new group..
  • Fall Harvest Days - September  and Oct.
    Greenfield Village, Dearborn, MI. Phone: 313-271-1620.
  • Fenton Applefest - No date given
    Fenton, Michigan. Phone: 810-629-2251
  • Happy Apple Days - October 11, 2008
    Downtown Port Huron, MI. Phone: (810) 985-8843. Fax: (810) 985-9711. Email: [email protected]. A harvest celebration filled with activities for all ages! Enjoy horse and trolley rides, a pie eating contest, a scarecrow contest, and a roller racer obstacle course. Come enjoy free apples and fresh cider at participating stores in historic downtown Port Huron.
  • Niles Michigan's Best Festival - several days in late September (25-28 in 2008) 
    Niles, MI. We are a four day festival based in Niles, Michigan. Phone: (269) 683-8870. Fax: (269) 687-8843.The festival is one of the top festivals in the State of Michigan. Four Flags Area Apple Festival is on the corner of Lake and 17th Street. We offer Carnival rides, Food vendors, Arts and Crafts on Saturday and Sunday with over 190 booths, Parades, Contests, FREE Entertainment, and Much Much MORE for all to enjoy!!!
  • St. John Fenton Applefest - September 18 -20, 2008 - In September, call for this year's dates.
    600 N. Adelaide St. Fenton, MI 48430. Phone: (810) 629-2252 and 810-629-2251. Fax: (810) 735-3071. Email: [email protected]. An event for the entire family with games, rides, food, prizes and more.
  • St. Simon Apple Fest - In October, call for this year's dates.
    Ludington, MI. Phone: 231-843-8606.
  • Other Michigan Apple Festivals -
    There are so many apple festivals in Michigan that it would be impractical to list them all here, and thankfully, the Michigan department of Agriculture lists many of them! Festivals that they don't list will be listed here, along with some of the bigger ones:

Farm Apple Festivals

In addition to community and church festivals, some private farms have their own apple festivals.  See each farm for this year's dates (they often do not announce them until the end of May). They usually have PYO apples then, too.  Also, scroll down to see the links to recipes, freezing, canning and jam making directions at the bottom of the page.

Macomb County

  • Cider Dayze Festival at Blake's Orchard & Cider Mill - August
    17985 Armada Center Rd, Armada, MI 48005. MICHIGAN'S PREMIER CRAFT CIDER & BEER FESTIVAL. Cider Dayze is a non-profit event put on by the Armada Lions Club, hosted by Blake's Orchard & Cider Mill. They continue to update their site with participating breweries, musicians and vendors so check back soon.

Related Apple Information: Freezing, Making Jam, Jelly, Canning, Apple Pies, Recipes and More

Also, see our pages on easy illustrated apple directions:

Recipes and Canning directions

 

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