Now that summer is winding down, it’s time to focus on the fall fun along the Lakeshore. Residents can easily find interesting and exciting events in September. From parades to festivals to parties, art shows to sidewalk sales, and 5Ks to fairs, there’s plenty to do in September in Allegan, Muskegon and Ottawa counties. This list includes options for everyone, regardless of age, ability, or interest.
Some strong belts, Saugatuck
Saugatuck Center for the Arts, 400 Culver Street, Saugatuck
Friday, September 2, 7:30 p.m.
Marya Grandy and Tommy Vendafreddo return to Saugatuck for a one night performance. Performing together since 2016, this dynamic duo will entertain you!
Polish Muskegon Festival
Hackley Park, 350 W. Webster Ave.
Friday, September 2 and Saturday, September 3, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Cost: $10 (21 years older); free for children
Polish (and American) food and beer; polka dance and polka music; vendors selling t-shirts, pottery, jewelry, Polish dishes, face paint, balloon sculptures and a children’s area. And Register to win a 2011 Jeep Wrangler Sport Soft Top (must be 18 or older to enter).
C-47 “Hairless Joe” airplane rides, Muskegon
Muskegon County Airport, 99 Sinclair Drive, Muskegon
Saturday, Sept. 3, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Cost: $225 per person (some restrictions apply, see website for more info)
Take an exciting 20-minute flight aboard this standard military aircraft. The Hairless Joe C-47 operated on every continent during World War II.
Milwaukee Clipper Labor Day, Muskegon
Milwaukee Clipper, 2098 Lakeshore Drive, Muskegon
Saturday, September 3, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Cost: Free for members; $10 for non-members
Celebrate Labor Day aboard the Milwaukee Clipper; food and fun for all ages!
Holland/Zealand Labor Day Truck Parade
Monday, September 5, 9:15 a.m. (start)
This parade of trucks of all sizes honors companies and employees in the Holland/Zeeland area. Starting in downtown Zeeland at 9:15 a.m., the convoy travels through downtown Holland and ends at the Holland Civic Center, 150 W. Eighth St., at 9:45 a.m. with free ice cream and freebies.
16e Annual Labor Day Community Walk — Montague
Starts at the start of the Hart-Montague Bike Trail (east end of Spring Street, behind Whitehall Products and Montague Foods in Montague)
Monday, September 5, 10 a.m.
Fun for all ages, walkers are encouraged to stay for wholesome refreshments at the Whitehall Chamber of Commerce after the walk or continue walking along the trail.
Walk on the Labor Day Bridge, Grand Haven
Starts near the Third Street Bridge
Monday, September 5, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Gather your friends and family and join in the fun of this annual 3.5 mile walk.
Allegan County Fair
Allegan County Fairgrounds, 150 Douglas Street, Allegan
From Friday September 9 to Saturday September 17 (variable hours)
There’s definitely something for everyone at the fair – rides, concerts, farm animals, off-road demo derby, seniors day, ladies day, veterans day, family day, underworld races. harness, rodeo and tractor pull. Check website for details, specials and daily schedule.
Autumn hawker market, Zeeland
Church Street, Zeeland city center
Saturday, September 10, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
This unique outdoor lifestyle market features live music and unique vendors selling specialty goods. New this fall, the Little Peddler’s Market features kids peddling their wares!
Details: Fall Hawkers Market | Zeeland, MI (cityofzeeland.com)
Cider Festival, Fennville
Crane’s Pie Pantry Restaurant and Winery, 6054 124th Ave., Fennville
Saturday, September 10, noon to 5 p.m.
Cost: $15; children 12 and under admitted free
Enjoy an afternoon filled with live music, wagon rides, a corn maze, pie contest and, of course, delicious food, hard cider and wine as Crane’s celebrates its 50th anniversary.
Art on Center Gallery Stroll, Douglas
Center Street, Downtown Douglas
Saturday, September 10, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Browse six art galleries in downtown Douglas while admiring fabulous works of art, sipping libations and enjoying new creations.
Artisanal, artisanal, bohemian sale
3410 Babylon Road
Saturday, September 10, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Allegan
Enjoy an incredible gathering of designers, craftspeople, artisans, artists, music and food in a laid back, laid back atmosphere. You are sure to find a treasure to take home!
Unicorns and mermaids, Holland
6364 144e Avenue, Holland (FellinloveFarm)
Sunday, September 11, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: $5 per person donation appreciated
Admire magnificent unicorns and mermaids during this unique event on a farm filled with all kinds of animals.
Concert in the Anse
15 Park Street, Saugatuck
Sunday, September 11, 2 p.m.
Hop aboard your boat, canoe, or kayak (or rent one) and join the parade of boats that begins at the Saugatuck Yacht Club. Then enjoy the superb music of Nate Holley.
Holland-Haven Marathon, Half Marathon, Holland/Grand Haven 8K Run
Departure times and locations vary by race
Sunday September 11
Cost: Varies by breed
Races for all ages and abilities; each race finisher receives a commemorative medal; Go to the website for more details.
Michigan Irish Music Festival, Muskegon
Heritage landing stage, 1050 7e St.
Thursday-Sunday, September 15-18 (times vary, check website)
Cost: Ticket prices vary; can buy tickets online
Join in the fun of a three-day festival with a preview party on Thursday! Daily live Irish entertainment including traditional Irish folk music, Celtic rock, Irish storytelling and dancing, Irish food and shopping at the Irish Market and Irish Shop; crafts for children in the Wee Ones area.
Hispanic Heritage Day, Grand Haven
Throughout Grand Haven. See website for more details
From Friday September 16 to Saturday September 24
Cost: depends on the event
Parade, restaurant week, concerts, Selena lookalike contest, fiesta with live music and street dancing. Fun for people of all ages!
Rock, Mineral and Jewelry Show, Holland
Soccer Stop Sportsplex, 5 River Hills Drive
Friday-Sunday, September 16-18 (opens 10 a.m., closing hours vary)
Cost: $3, adults; children, students and military admitted free
You won’t want to miss this annual show featuring rocks, minerals, a craft market, fossils, children’s games, Petoskey stones and a silent auction.
Harvest Festival at Benjamin’s Hope
Benjamin’s Hope, 15468 Riley St., The Netherlands
Saturday, September 17, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Enjoy a fun afternoon with wagon rides, games, live music, food, first aid vehicles, outdoor activities and even a full HO model train layout, thanks to Holland Model Train Club.
FueledFed Auto Show
Center Street, Downtown Douglas
Saturday, September 17, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
This is your chance to get acquainted with classic European cars and chat with their owners.
13e Annual Van Raalte Farm Civil War Gathering
Van Raalte Farm, 848 E. 24e Holy, Holland
Saturday, September 17, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, September 18, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Walk through the encampments of Union and Confederate soldiers and watch the Battle of Antietam unfold before your eyes. Featuring famed re-enactor Fritz Klein as chairman
Abraham Lincoln, you’ll hear the roar of cannons and see historical figures such as People. Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson, as well as Harriet Tubman. Additionally, you can visit the historic home of Benjamin Van Raalte, a Civil War veteran and son of the founder of Holland.
Details: VanRaalte Farm Civil War Gathering (wpcomstaging.com)
Merchants and Manufacturers
Holland Civic Center Place, 150 W. Eighth St., Holland
Sunday, Sept. 18, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Over 100 makers will fill the Holland Farmers Market site; shop till you drop, feast on food truck fares and listen to the music of Plain Jane Glory. Bring non-perishable food items to donate to Community Action House.
Allegan Antique Market September Show
Allegan County Fairgrounds, 150 Allegan County Fair Drive, Allegan
Sunday, September 25, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost: $5, free parking
Started in 1978 and now boasting over 400 vendors, it’s Michigan’s largest antique show
Details: Michigan Antiques Fair – Allegan Antiques
School of beer: historical beer
Guardian Brewing Company 3657 63rd Street, Saugatuck
Wednesday, September 28, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Discover and taste six different styles of beer brewed in the United States and around the world.
Friday Night Ox-Bow Open House
Oxbow Campus, 3540 Rupprecht Way, Saugatuck
Friday, September 30, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
You won’t want to miss this fall art sale, featuring artists from the greater Saugatuck/Douglas community. There will also be food, drink and entertainment.
Need suggestions for specific destinations or activities, check out these travel resources for details:
Dutch Region Visitors Bureau
Grand Havre CVB
Ottawa County Parks and Recreation
Allegan County Parks and Recreation