Fall festivities are blooming in Metro Detroit this weekend, and they feature everything from 30,000 square feet of horror to a wall of pumpkins to fine art. Here’s what to expect.
Fine Arts Fair A2 Artoberfest
This second annual art fair presented by the Guild of Artists and Craftsmen will feature 100 jury-selected artists showcasing jewelry, ceramics, paintings, glass, photography, fiber and more. Food vendors are also part of the mix, and adult beverage offerings include craft cocktails from Ann Arbor Distilling Co., mead/cider from Blom Meadworks, wine from Riboli Family Wines with Stella Rosa and beer from three local breweries: Rivers Edge Brewing Company, Brew Detroit and Drafting Table Brewing Co. Fairgoers visitors aged 21 and over will be able to stroll through the event while enjoying their drinks.
There will be live entertainment by Reverie, DJ Batz, Ann Arbor School of Rock and Reina Mystique. The Ann Arbor Hands-on Museum, TeaHaus and Mindo Chocolate will offer activities and creative projects for visitors. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday on North Fourth (between Huron and Catherine) and Ann (between Main and Fifth) in downtown Ann Arbor.
Fall in Pride with Macomb County Pride
This second annual festival presented by Henry Ford Health will feature midway rides and games, a street fair with more than 80 nonprofit vendors and resources, a children’s area and family activities from the Arc of Macomb County, Anton Art Center and the Discovery Center.
Live performers include Nikki Holland & the Dirty Elizabeths and Alisabeth Von Presley. The stage will be hosted by Tik Tok influencer Ryan Redoute and drag star Jadein Black.
A Pride pub crawl takes place from 6 p.m. to midnight on Fridays and Halloween costumes are encouraged. The street fair and performances take place Saturday from noon to 8 p.m. on Macomb Place and North Walnut in downtown Mt. Clemens. Pet-Palooza is from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday and includes a pet (and owner) costume contest on Macomb Place. Carnival on Main Street in downtown Mt. Clemens runs from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Columbia Street Fall Festival
Columbia Street in the District Detroit neighborhood will be transformed over the next few weeks by the sights and tastes of fall. Hundreds of pumpkins line the hallway accented by hay bales, corn stalks, fresh flowers, windmills, life-size animal statues, a hay couch, and a pumpkin room. Nearby restaurants will serve pumpkin-inspired dishes and drinks.
On select dates there will be live music, hot chocolate and cider carts, a farm stand and interactive activities such as a pumpkin painting station, inflatable ax throwing and jumping jacks. apples.
Fall Fest runs from October 6 to November 11. 13 on Columbia Street, which is next to the Fox Theater between Woodward and Park in Detroit. Tickets are not required for entry.
Asylum of Eloise
Known as one of the most haunted places in America, Eloise’s Asylum grew in size and length for her experience of terror. This year there will be over 30,000 square feet of high-tech horror and 100 event staff and spooky actors every night. The visit experience lasts 35 to 40 minutes. Escape rooms will be available
Eloise Asylum, at 30712 Michigan Ave. in Westland, is open until November 5. Go to https://eloiseasylum.com/ for tickets
Stone Wall Pumpkin Festival: Pumpkin Carving and Fall Activities
Daytime activities at this fall event will include pumpkin bowling, live entertainment, crafts, cider and donuts from Yates Cider Mill, food and more. Guests are invited to carve a pumpkin and place it on the stone walls surrounding the Rochester Hills Museum at the Van Hoosen Farm. They can then come back in the evening to see all the pumpkins lit up. Last year, more than 1,000 pumpkins were lit at the same time.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday for pumpkin carving and fall activities; pumpkin lighting is 7-9 p.m. The fun takes place at 1005 Van Hoosen in Rochester Hills. $5 members, $10 non-members, children under 2 free. A pumpkin is included in the price of admission. The museum provides stencils and carving tools, but patrons are also encouraged to bring their own carving tools from home.
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