Autumn is a breathtaking time of year in the Great Lakes Bay region- especially Midland. It’s the perfect time to get out of the house and enjoy our community before we get snowed-in once again. To help you make the most of this fall we’ve compiled a list of a few family-friendly activities that will allow you to take in the season’s beauty!
Of course we have to start with the Fall Parade of Homes. The Home Builders Association of Midland is hosting the free of charge event October 5,6,12, and 13. Homes will be held open from 1pm till 5pm. Click here for a parade map.
Happening on the same days as the Parade of Homes is the Autumn Color Tour River Sail on the Appledore IV. The two hour sails leave from Wenona Park in Bay City and takes passengers on a sail up the Saginaw River. You can enjoy hot cider, chili and cornbread while enjoy the colorful view. For details and sail times visit Bay Sail
Also on October 5th is the Fall Harvest Festival at Chippewa Nature Center. This one day event offers programs featuring the traditions of 19th century Americans including cider making, woodworking, and more! Crafts, games, and fun activities like candle dripping are available all day long for the kids. The event starts at 10am and runs till 4pm and concessions will be available.
On October 17thGrandma’s Pumpkin Patch and Downtown Midland will host the 2013 Pumpkin Festival. Get the whole family dressed up- including your pets- and head on down for pumpkin rolling, donut eating contests, pumpkin decorating, hayrides, Trick or Treating, and free Popcorn & Cotton Candy. Lou E. Loon will be there along with professional Bike Jumpers. The event starts at 6pm and ends at 7:30pm so don’t be late for this evening full of Fall activities. More information about the night can be found on Downtown Midland’s website.
Finally, we want to remind you of some of the beautiful ways to enjoy a simple day or evening. Why not head over to Baynes Apple Farm for one of the best caramel apple’s you can find. Or you could wander through Dow Gardens and admire the gorgeous autumn leaves. And remember that the Midland Farmer’s Market closes down for the season on October 30th; so make sure you snatch up your local goodies before then!
Enjoy the leaves!