Ann Arbor Fall Guide

Guide to Ann Arbor Fall Fun

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What’s your favorite part of Ann Arbor fall? Mine is probably the donuts and cider that are available. Whether you love going to the Apple Orchard, Going for a Hay Ride, Halloween, or attending a Michigan Football game, our Ann Arbor Fall Guide has tips for you.

After a very limited 2020, things are a bit more normal in 2021 – but still with some restrictions.


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Ann Arbor Fall Guides

Apple Orchards & Cider Mills

For me the first sign of fall (other than kids returning to school), is the start of the apple picking season. We are lucky to have so many great orchards and cider mills in the Ann Arbor area. Unfortunately 2021 is not a great year for Michigan apples. A warm snap in March started trees budding too early to be damaged by a later frost. Some varieties and orchards were affected more than others.

Ann Arbor Outdoor Activities - Ann Arbor Orchards & Cider Mills

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Ann Arbor Corn Mazes

We also love visiting the corn maze. Our Corn Maze Guide has details on each of the corn mazes – and the one that seems to be closed for good. Corn mazes are a great choice if you are still social distancing – they are outdoors and we rarely run into anyone inside.


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Ann Arbor Corn Maze Guide

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College Football

Of course in a college town, fall means College Football. If you are planning to go to the game (especially with kids), check out our 6+ tips for attending a Michigan football game with kids.

6 Tips for Attending a Michigan Football Game with Kids

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Ann Arbor Pumpkin Patches

As my daughter has gotten older, we have been skipping the pumpkin patch more often. But, with less activities this fall, we are going to try to make time to visit a pumpkin patch. It is a great socially distant activity especially if we can go on a weekday.

<Note, not updated for 2021 yet as pumpkin patches typically open in October>

Ann Arbor Pumpkin Patches

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Ann Arbor Halloween Guide

Of course no discussion of Fall is complete without Halloween. Over the years of writing this site, I’ve realized Ann Arbor loves Halloween. There are tons of great events and I always see a traffic spike. There are more Halloween events than in 2020 with some events that cancelled last year returning. And a few 2020 social distancing modifications continuing in 2021. Be sure to check back – Halloween events get announced and added to the calendar throughout September and October.

Washtenaw Halloween Happenings

Check out our Halloween picks in our guide to Washtenaw Halloween Happenings and links to events throughout Southeast Michigan.

Washtenaw Halloween Happenings

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Drive Thru Halloween Fun

With kids under 12 still unable to receive the COVID vaccine, social distancing is still important. A number of Drive-Thru/Drive-In events are being offered again this year to allow for maximum social distancing.

Ann Arbor Drive Thru Halloween Events

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Where to Get Halloween Costumes

There are plenty of ways for everyone in the family to find the perfect Halloween costumes. Check out our lists of Halloween shops, craft supplies, resale, and costume swaps.

Ann Arbor Halloween Stores

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Ann Arbor Pumpkin Decorating

Skip the mess of carving or painting pumpkins at home. Head to one of these Pumpkin Decorating Events instead.

Ann Arbor Pumpkin Decorating Events

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Ann Arbor Area Trunk or Treats

Trunk or Treats are very popular events to replace Trick or Treats. Kids head to a parking lot and visit decorated car trunks instead of going door to door. Ann Arbor Trunk or Treats are usually held in advance of Halloween.

Ann Arbor Area Trunk or Treat Events

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Ann Arbor Area Trick or Treat Times

Wondering what time trick or treat is in various communities? We’ve got the list of Washtenaw Country Trick or Treat Times (to be updated closer to Halloween).

Ann Arbor Area Trick or Treat Times

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Halloween Dining Deals

Each year there are a number of specials for Halloween dining deals. They are usually announced in mid-October. In the meantime, check out the 2019 local Halloween Restaurant Specials. Both IHOP and Chipotle have offered deals for many years, and I expect them to return for 2021. We will update for 2021 in mid-October.

2019 Ann Arbor Halloween Dining Deals

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Fall Festivals, Hayrides & More Fall Fun

We’ve also pulled together a list of Fall themed events.

Date/Time Event
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10/02/2021
9:30am-11:30am
First Steps Trike-a-Thon Fall Festival
at Ann Arbor Preschool & Family Center, Ann Arbor Michigan
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10/02/2021
10:00am-5:00pm
2021 Apple Daze
at Monument Park, Dexter Michigan
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10/02/2021
11:00am-3:00pm
Fall Fundraiser/10th Anniversary Bash
at Starry Skies Equine Rescue & Sanctuary, Ann Arbor Michigan
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10/03/2021
12:00pm-4:00pm
Harvest Time
at Rentschler Farm, Saline Michigan
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10/09/2021
9:00am-6:00pm
Tecumseh's Appleumpkin Festival
at Downtown Tecumseh, Tecumseh Michigan
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10/10/2021
10:00am-5:00pm
Tecumseh's Appleumpkin Festival
at Downtown Tecumseh, Tecumseh Michigan
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10/12/2021
10:00am-11:00am
Preschool Pumpkin Hunt
at Tefft Park, Saline MI
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10/12/2021
7:30pm-8:30pm
Flashlight Pumpkin Hunt
at Tefft Park, Saline MI
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11/01/2021
7:00pm-9:00pm
All Hallows Illumination
at Frog Island Park, Ypsilanti Michigan
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11/06/2021
9:00am-10:00am
The Great Pumpkin Roll
at Mill Pond Park, Saline Michigan
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11/14/2021
10:00am-11:30am
Clay Pumpkins
at Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor Michigan

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