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October 2023 Events Calendar

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Featured October Events

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Check out information on Fall Events happening this month, along with your guide to Halloween Parties & Trick or Treating!

Holiday Bazaars and Arts & Crafts Shows in West Michigan begin this month, too!

October 1-7, 2023

September 14th-October 1st, 2023

A city-wide art competition within a 3-square mile district in downtown Grand Rapids.

September 30th-October 1st, 2023

MIHA Regional D Equestrian Meet
Caswell Horse Park- 5302 US-10, Ludington.

Sunday, October 1st, 2023

Vintage & Handmade Marketplace
Free admission. Includes 60+ vendors and a live DJ. For more information, visit Grand Rapids Downtown Marketplace- 435 Ionia Ave. SW, Grand Rapids. 

Friday, October 6th, 2023

Performance by Rachel Davis
The Playhouse at White Lake- 304 S. Mears Ave., Whitehall.

Saturday, October 7th, 2023

Annual Walk to End Alzheimers
Registration begins at 9am with the opening ceremony at 10am and walk to follow. Waterfront Park- 391 S. William St., Ludington.

Saturday, October 7th, 2023

Mom 2 Mom Sale
Shop a variety of children’s clothing (infant to 14/16), toys, strollers, maternity-wear, & women’s clothing. Faith Covenant Church- 475 8th St., Manistee.

Saturday, October 7th, 2023

Harvest Festival Craft Show & Flea Market
To register, visit Downtown Bellaire.

Saturday, October 7th, 2023

Art Walk
Downtown Hart. For more information, visit

Saturday, October 7th, 2023

Ludington Sesquicentennial Ball
Those attending are encouraged to dress in period, celebrating 150 years of history in Ludington. Tickets are $150 each and include dinner, live music, dancing, historical plays, and more. Proceeds benefit the preservation of Mason County History for future generations to enjoy. Stearns Hotel- 212 E. Ludington Ave., Ludington. Ticket information TBA.

Saturday, October 7th, 2023

Annual Shelby Harvest Festival
Downtown Shelby. For more information, visit

Saturday, October 7th, 2023

Onekama Fall Festival 
Craft and food vendors, inflatables, kids activities, fun run, pet parade, and more! Visit for more information. Onekama Village Park- Portage Ave., Onekama.

October 8-14, 2023

Sunday, October 8th, 2023

Benzie Area Symphony Orchestra Presents
Performance by violinist Tina Chang Qu with location TBA. 

Wednesday, October 11th, 2023

Fire Prevention Open House
Meet local firefighters, tour the station, and learn fire safety tips. Ludington Fire Department- 918 Tinkham Ave., Ludington.

October 13th-14th AND 20th-22nd, 2023

Performance of Wait Until Dark
Performance by the Central Park Players at Central Park Place, 421 Columbus Ave., Grand Haven. Fridays/Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2:30pm. 

Saturday, October 14th, 2023

Pentwater Oktoberfest
Classic Car & Hot Rod Show, Stumble Stout 5k, Entertainment Tent on the Village Green, Chili Cook-Off, Live Polka Music, Yard Games. Downtown Pentwater. 

Saturday, October 14th, 2023

Chow Down Centertown
Annual Makers Market/Food Truck Rally/Live Music Street party. For the most updated information, visit Vintage Green- 7 N. 7th St., Grand Haven.

Saturday, October 14th, 2023

Frankfort Fall Festival
Annual festival with fun for the whole family. Visit for more information.

October 15-21, 2023

October 13th-14th AND 20th-22nd, 2023

Performance of Wait Until Dark
Performance by the Central Park Players at Central Park Place, 421 Columbus Ave., Grand Haven. Fridays/Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2:30pm. 

Friday, October 20th, 2023

Performance by The Millennium Brass featuring tubist Marty Erickson
West Shore Community College Center Stage Theatre- 3000 N. Stiles Rd., Scottville.

Saturday, October 21st, 2023

Hot Toddy Tour
Participants can buy a unique beverage at each stop on the tour. For more information, visit

Saturday, October 21st, 2023

West Michigan Old Engine Club Tractor Pull
Free to attend. WMOEC Grounds- 700 S. Scottville Rd., Scottville

Saturday, October 21st, 2023

The Met Opera presents an HD performance of Dead Man Walking
Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts– 101 Maple St., Manistee.

Saturday, October 21st, 2023

Historic White Pine Village AND the Port of Ludington Maritime Museum Close for the Season
Historic White Pine Village– 1687 S. Lakeshore Dr., Ludington. Port of Ludington Maritime Museum– 217 S. Lakeshore Dr., Ludington.

October 22-31, 2023

Sunday, October 22nd, 2023

Performance by the Traverse City Symphony Orchestra
Beethoven at Corson Auditorium- 4000 M-137, Interlochen.

Monday, October 23rd, 2023

Big Point Sable Lighthouse Closes for the Season
Big Point Sable Lighthouse– 880 M-116, Ludington.

Friday, October 27th-Sunday, October 29th; 2023

Advanced Photography Workshop Weekend
Presented by Todd & Brad Reed Photography and held at the Lamplighter Bed & Breakfast- 602 E. Ludington, Ave., Ludington.

Saturday, October 28th, 2023

Run for Your Lives 5k
This race begins and ends at Ludington’s Legacy Plaza. Runners are encouraged to dress in costume.

Saturday, October 28th, 2023

Pentwater Spooktacular
Halloween activities in downtown Pentwater. 

Saturday, October 28th, 2023

West Michigan Old Engine Club Garden Transfer Sled Pull
Free to attend. WMOEC Grounds- 700 S. Scottville Rd., Scottville

The following events are from 2022. Stay tuned for information on dates for these events in 2023!

Stony Lake Therapeutic Riding Center Silent Auction & Line Dance
Event includes pony rides, line dancing, lawn games, and a silent auction all to benefit the center’s programming. Tickets are $10/each or $30/family and can be purchased by emailing

Annual Montague Glow Show
Featuring the marching bands of Montague High School, Shelby High School, Whitehall High School, Hesperia High School, and Mona Shores High School. $5 per person and $20 per family. Montague Football Stadium.

Check back often for updates to this calendar of events!

Current Events in West Michigan

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West Michigan Activities & Attractions

Value of Sports Museum

Visit the new Value of Sports Museum located at Historic White Pine Village just a short drive from Ludington.

Grand Traverse Lighthouse

The Grand Traverse Lighthouse is situated at the end of the Leelanau Peninsula within, about eight miles north of the town of Northport.

M-22 Scenic Drive

Take one of the most scenic drives in the nation as you travel across M-22 in Manistee County. A long winding road of adventure awaits!

Silver Lake State Park

The Silver Lake State Park is 3,000 acres and is situated between Silver Lake and Lake Michigan, offering boating, fishing, swimming, & ORV.

The Vogue Theatre in Manistee

The historical Vogue Theatre in Manistee, renovated as a modern-day movie theater, shows current movies, classic films, and family movies.