Northern Michigan's festivals are set against a backdrop of autumn color, crisp air and a countryside laden with piles of pumpkins and bushels of apples. Most Northern Michigan fall festivals offer free childrens activities and many feature food and drink from the Northern Michigan harvest (think: cider, caramel apples, pumpkin pie, wine and beer …) . Here's a sampler of some of our favorite festivals. It all adds up to fall for fun!

September 22-23, 2012 Fall Fest Arts & Crafts Fair in Pentwater

More than 130 vendors provide handmade crafts, a special skill or art, a skilled trade or antiques on the Village Green, accompanied by live music on the green.

September 29, 2012 Annual Harvest Festival & Scarecrow Extravaganza in Bellaire

Expect great food, demonstrations and family fun including a new Flea Market on Broad St. Other events include the Heaviest Pumpkin Contest, Farmers Market, Raffles, Best Dressed Pet Parade and more.

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October 5-6, 2012 AppleFest Days at Friske's Farm Market in Atwood

Enjoy a tractor-drawn wagon tour through Friske Orchards during the apple harvest, plus award-winning apple cider, apple spice donuts, caramel apples, apple dumplings, German apple cake and 3 kinds of apple pie; pick your own apples, live music, giant apple bounce balloon and fruity face painting for the "little fruit pickers;" barnyard petting zoo and orchard playland; specialty and gourmet food tastings.

October 6-7, 2012 Grayling Harvest Festival

Uptown Grayling will close its main street to host an antique Tractor Show, tractor powered displays, Farmer’s Market and other activities.

October 7, 2012 Left Foot Charley Winery's Harvest Festivus

Left Foot Charley Winery hosts the Annual Harvest Festivus at the Grand Traverse Commons with free horse drawn carriage rides, kids activities, winemakers in Lederhosen, German ompah music, fresh cider, Federweisser, wine tasting and hard cider.

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