Awesome Autumn Events Around Saugatuck-Douglas

Autumn-EventsFall is one of our favorite seasons in Michigan.

The weather is perfect for enjoying the outdoors, and the warm, happy vibe of harvest is ripe in the air. Natives of the area like to make the most of this combination by planning a variety of fun and festive events that you just won’t want to miss.

If you aren’t from the area, though, choosing which ones to attend and which to skip can be overwhelming. As for finding somewhere to stay? Even tougher.

Don’t worry, though, The Kirby’s got you covered. We’ve done the research for you and gathered a list of lavish events, laden with all of your favorite things about fall. When you’ve decided which ones you’d most like to attend, give us a call to coordinate your stay!


  • What: Live Mannequin Night
  • When: September 18
  • Where: Downtown Holland

The theme of this annual event for 2015 is a perfect fit for the young and the young at heart: Disney Movies! Less than 20 minutes from The Kirby, this event features the creativity and live acting skills of numerous volunteers from the Holland community. Take a slow and easy stroll from storefront to storefront to enjoy several small Disney Scenes, and vote for your favorites at the end of the night.


  • What: The Wedding 25 Years of Love and Art Exhibit
  • When: September 11 – October 25
  • Where: South Haven Center for the Arts

Whether you’re a hopeless romantic at heart, a simple art fanatic, or a huge history buff, you’re sure to find this particular event quite exciting. Take the time to peruse this heartwarming display of art and love, all season long. This exhibit will be one of the most beautiful & interesting shows the Art Center has ever presented for its surrounding community – be sure to stop in! This event is also only a 20 minute trip by car from The Kirby.


  • Paw Paw Wine & Harvest Festival
  • When:  September 11 – September 13
  • Where:  Downtown Paw Paw

Less than an hour from The Kirby is the charming town of Paw Paw, Michigan.  Every September, the town throws hosts a festival to celebrate the fall harvest and local wines.  There will be live music on 4 different stages, carnival rides, fireworks and, best of all, a grape stomping competition for those who feel like trying their hand (or feet) at the old-school wine-making methods of yore.


  • What: Allegan County Fair
  • When: September 11 – September 15
  • Where: Allegan County Fairgrounds

The Allegan County Fair is the largest county fair in the entire Mitten State. It will feature big name entertainment, delectable fair food favorites, commercial vendors, extraordinary exhibits, harness racing, tractor pulls, livestock shows, a demolition derby, a radio, a senior day program, a ladies day program, a historic village, a singing competition, an elephant encounter and more! Only thirty minutes from The Kirby, we can’t think of a more entertaining way to spend an evening!


  • What:  Live Music in Kalamazoo
  • When:  Check Dates Below
  • Where:  Kalamazoo State Theater

An hour from The Kirby is the happening town of Kalamazoo, which often draws big name musical artists for not-to-be-missed concerts.  Start your evening with drinks and dinner at The Kirby and then take a short drive to catch one of your favorite acts.  Here are a few upcoming shows you’ll want to check out:

Sept 16:  Wilco

Oct 10:  Buddy Guy

Oct 13:  Melissa Etheridge


  • What: Bangor Apple Festival
  • When: September 19
  • Where: Downtown Bangor

This fun, local festival is only 31 minutes from your room at The Kirby and proudly celebrates one of Michigan’s most delicious autumn exports.  You’ll find here a stocked farmer’s market, classic car show, talented live entertainment, and various vendors’ booths where you can pick up some unique souvenirs or even begin doing your holiday shopping early.


  • What: Corn Maze at Crane Orchards
  • When: September 5 through October 30
  • Where: Fennville

Last but certainly not least, this festival is a fall classic you won’t want to miss. Everyone loves a good corn maze, and who could turn down 20 acres of fun? Crane Orchards utilizes boundless creativity and physical energy to come up with a new design each and every year. Many visitors come back annually, but the uniquely challenging experience is well-suited to newcomers and families, as well. Best of all, you’ll have the opportunity to pick your own corn to take home after the event. Admission is less than $10 and the drive to the orchards is only 10 minutes from Kirby.

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