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October 2023 Events Calendar

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Featured October Events

(Scroll down to see more events in October.)

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.

Saturdy, October 7th, 2023

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

October 8-14, 2023

Tuesday, October 9th, 2023

Final Sailing of the Season for the S.S. Badger Carferry
Call (800) 841-4243 for reservations.

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.

October 15-21, 2023

Stay tuned for information on events happening during this time! In the meantime, scroll down to see events that occurred in 2022.

October 22-31, 2023

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. 

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

Horse Shows
Caswell Horse Park at the Mason County Fairgrounds- 5302 W. US-31, Ludington.

Mom 2 Mom Sale
Sale of gently used children’s clothing, accessories, toys, and furniture. For more information or to rent a table, visit Cornerstone Baptist Church- 121 Nelson Rd., Ludington. 

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Activities & Attractions in West Michigan

Manistee National Forest

Manistee National Forest together with the Huron National Forest occupies almost a million acres of land in Michigan’s lower peninsula.

Manistee’s Riverwalk

The Manistee Riverwalk follows the Manistee River from Jones Street, under the US-31 bridge, behind downtown, and ends at First Street beach.

Lake Michigan Water Temperatures

Before you make a splash in Lake Michigan, check out the water temperatures for beaches from Manistee, Ludington, Pentwater, and Silver Lake.

Winter in Manistee County

Winter in Manistee County includes great outdoor activities like skiing, snow shoeing, hiking, ice skating, and more.

West Michigan Camping

No matter how you camp, you’ll find a West Michigan campground nearby that has everything you need to make your vacation stress-free and fun.