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October 2024 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, 2024

Friday, October 4th-Saturday, October 5th, 2024

Horse Shows
MIHA Regional D Equestrian Meet. Caswell Horse Park at Mason County Fairgrounds- 5302 W. US 10, Ludington. Caswell Horse Park- 5302 US-10, Ludington.

October 4th-5th AND 11th-12th, 2024

Performance of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof 
Presented by the Central Park Players at 7:30pm with 1:30 matinee on 10/12. Central Park Place- 421 Columbus Ave., Grand Haven.

Saturday, October 5th, 2024
10am-4pm

Outdoor Craft & Vendor Show
Shop on the historic front lawn of The Village at Grand Traverse Commons- 1200 W. Eleventh St., Traverse City. To register, visit downtowntc.com

Saturday, October 5th, 2024
10am-4pm

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

Saturday, October 5th, 2024
Time TBA

Performance by Birds Fly Inn
Ramsdell Theatre- 101 Maple St., Manistee.

Sunday, October 6th, 2024
Time TBA

Performance by Benzie Symphony Orchestra
With Special Guest Patrick Owen, Piano at Benzie Central High School Auditorium- 9222 Homestead Rd., Benzonia

October 8-14, 2024

October 4th-5th AND 11th-12th, 2024

Performance of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof 
Presented by the Central Park Players at 7:30pm with 1:30 matinee on 10/12. Central Park Place- 421 Columbus Ave., Grand Haven.

Saturday, October 12th, 2024
12-6pm

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

Saturday, October 12th, 2024
7:30pm

Performance by Brass Queens
Ludington Area Center for the Arts- 107 S. Harrison St., Ludington.

Saturday, October 12th, 2024

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 12th, 2024

Frankfort Fall Festival
Annual festival with fun for the whole family including an arts & crafts fair. Visit frankfort-elberta.com for more information.

Saturday, October 12th-Sunday, October 13th, 2024

Performance by Pianist Kevin Rhodes
Presented by the Traverse City Symphony Orchestra Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 3pm. Traverse City Philharmonic Center- 300 E. Front St., #230, Traverse City.

October 15-21, 2024

Saturday, October 19th, 2024
5pm

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.

Saturday, October 19th, 2024
7:30pm

Performance by Ben Traverse & Nick Veine
Ramsdell Theatre- 101 Maple St., Manistee.

Saturday, October 20th, 2024
3pm

Performance of Lyricism Made Manifest
Presented by the Traverse City Symphony Orchestra Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 3pm. Corson Auditorium- 4000 M-137, Interlochen.

Monday, October 21st, 2024
5pm

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

October 22-31, 2024

October 25th-27th, 2024

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

Monday, October 28th, 2024
5pm

White River Light Station Closes for the Season
White River Light Station– 6199 Murray Rd., Whitehall.

The following events are from 2023. Stay tuned for information on dates for these events in 2024!

 

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

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.

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.

Friends of the Library Yard Sale
To benefit the Manistee County Library. In the parking lot of the library- 95 Maple St., Manistee. Rain location will be inside the book house.

Art Walk
Downtown Hart. For more information, visit takemetohart.org.

Onekama Fall Festival 
Craft and food vendors, games, music, and more! Visit onekama.info for more information. Onekama Village Park- Portage Ave., Onekama.

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

Pentwater Home Tour
This event is a benefit for COVE and includes six locations in the Pentwater area. Tickets are $25 per person for ages 13 and up and may be purchased in front of the Pentwater Village Hall- 65 N. Hancock St. from 10am-2pm on the day of the tour. Advance tickets are available at Jilly’s Gallery and Port View Wine and Beer Market in Pentwater and at Snyder’s Shoes and Moda in Ludington. 

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

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

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

Coat Drive for Ludington Area Schools Youth Resource Center
Anyone donating a coat/blanket will receive a $6 coupon for Ludington Bay Brewing Co. Drop coats and blankets off at the brewery- 515 S. James St., Ludington.

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

Pentwater Spooktacular
Halloween activities in downtown Pentwater. 

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

Snowshoe Making Classes
Participants must be age 16 and older. The cost is $190, which includes the preformed wooden frames, lacing, high-quality bindings, and personal instruction. Pre-registration is required. Register at michigan.gov/dnr.

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