The autumn season in Southwest Michigan is not just marked by cooler weather and enjoying the magnificence of leaves turning colors. It’s also a time when many towns and communities celebrate with annual Fall Festivals!
And while each has its own flavor, there’s always plenty of delicious experiences and fun to be had at whichever one you choose, while you’re vacationing this fall in New Buffalo or the surrounding area: from great food and music to hayrides, pumpkin decorating and wine tasting, from kids’ activities and interactive booths to farmers markets and displays of local and nationally recognized arts and crafts… and so much more!
We’ve gathered info on some of the popular fall festivals within driving distance of many of our Juniper properties, and hope you’ll check them out while you’re vacationing in Southwest Michigan!
New Buffalo Harvest and Wine Festival
When: 10/07/23 Saturday
New Buffalo, MI
Harvest & Wine Festival
New Buffalo’s Harvest & Wine Fest is a fan-favorite for the fall festival season in Southwest Michigan. Festival goers flock to Whittaker Street to enjoy live music, local wine & craft beer tastings, PLUS fun activities for kids, and loads of local vendors and businesses. In fact, this year, Juniper Holiday + Home will be participating in the festivities with a sponsor booth. Stop by and see us.
St. Joe’s Farmers Market in St. Joseph,
When: Every Saturday 9/02/23 – 10/14/23
Featuring a wide, eclectic array of fresh products & crafts, this popular Farmer’s Market is held in picturesque Lake Bluff Park in delightful St. Joseph, MI. Vendors will offer a variety of products including baked goods, locally grown produce, perennials and cut flowers, meats and cheeses, coffee and more!
2023 Fall Fest in St. Joseph, MI
When: 9/16/23 (Sat.)
520 Lake Blvd., St. Joseph, MI (Lake Bluff Park)
2023 Fall Fest
People of all ages will certainly have fun at this annual community celebration of autumn! Come enjoy the animals from the Critter Barn,
Balloon Twisters, The Great Pumpkin Festival, a Farmers Market, a Big Balloon Walk, Interactive Booths featuring local organizations… and more!
Artisan Weekend at the Square in Berrien Springs, MI
When: 9/23/23 – 9/24/23 (Sat. – Sun.)
313 N. Cass Street, Berrien Springs, MI
Artisan Weekend at the Square
This all-weekend Fall Festival event is hosted by the Berrien County Historical Organization, a group who are passionate about bringing to the public tangible examples of the historic traditions and artistry from “back in the day,” which have influenced life today! A great time and excellent entertainment will be provided. Come ready to have fun… and very likely learn a bunch!
BONUS FALL FUN:
Berrien Springs in Southwest Michigan is right in the heart of the Lake Michigan Shore Wine trail. Discover some the excellent Southwest Michigan wineries while you’re in the area enjoying the Artisan Weekend at the Square!
Niles (Four Flags Area) Apple Festival in Niles, MI
When: 9/29/23 – 10/2/23 (Thurs. – Sun.)
1740 Lake Street, Niles, MI
Four Flags Apple Festival
If you’re looking for a perfect mix of modern and traditional autumn celebrations, head over to the Niles Apple Festival (AKA the Four Flags Area Apple Festival), where you’ll find all sorts of carnival rides, food vendors, and other free entertainment, plus an “old-timey” apple contest with local farmers showcasing their apple harvests to let the public (yes, you!) decide which is best!
Fennville Goose Festival in Fennville, MI
When: 10/12/23 – 10/15/23 (Thurs. – Sun.)
Fennville Goose Festival
Since 1985, Fennville has been holding this autumnal celebration, providing a wide variety of events and tons of family fun for the entire
region! Among the highlights are a Wildlife Parade, Gooseberry 5k and Gosling Run, a Carnival, a Car Show, a Cornhole Tournament, a
Pickleball Tournament, a Kids Corner, Live Music, Tastes of Local Restaurants, an Amazing Food Truck & more!
Under the Harvest Moon in Dowagiac, MI
When: 10/14/23 (Sat.)
Downtown Dowagiac, MI
Under the Harvest Moon Festival
Anyone looking for fun and frivolity in mid-October will find it aplenty at this popular festival in Dowagiac! Great music & food, vendors of handmade & artisan products, local fall produce, kids’ activities, antiques & collectibles, Vintage Tractor Show… and all the Feels of Fall!
Fall Festivals and Juniper Holiday & Home
So besides enjoying the splendor of a Juniper vacation rental this swiftly approaching autumn season, there’s plenty to check out these great fall festivals in Southwest Michigan!