GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (ABC 4)- Fall in West Michigan is a beautiful time of year! What better time than now to get outdoors, observe the season’s foliage, and attend festive events that local organizations, businesses, and groups are hosting to get us excited to take on the next few months?
Get your family and friends together and visit these local happenings!

Upcoming Events

Jack-O-Lantern World

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(Recurring Thursday’s-Sunday beginning Sept. 29 to Sunday, Oct. 30) 

Location: 1415 Maynard Ave, SW, Walker, MI

Experience thousands of hand-carved Jack O’Lanterns through a unique display. Jack O’Lantern World takes guests on a ¾-mile-long trail and is a fun way to celebrate Fall, art, creativity and nature. This event is recurring until Sunday, Oct. 30. 

Find tickets and reserve a time slot online

Hallowee-Ones (Friday, Oct. 21) 

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It’s time to get creative! Halloween is right around the corner, and Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is hosting a special event where parents can dress their kids in unique costumes. According to a Facebook event page, guests can dress their child as a “sculpture, mammal, fish, insect, bird, tree, flower, geologist” or anything that represents a feature of the Lena Meijer Children’s Garden. The event begins at 10 am and runs through Noon. View additional information online.

Zoo Goes Boo (Friday, Oct. 21-Sunday, Oct. 23 | Friday, Oct. 28-Sunday, Oct. 30)

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FILE – A Zoo Goes Boo banner at John Ball Zoo. Photo captured in 2019.

John Ball Zoo welcomes West Michigan to ring in the spookiest time of year, by attending “Zoo Goes Boo!” The tradition returns Friday, Oct. 21, and guests (non-members) can purchase tickets to experience the zoo’s transformation with decorations, costumes, candy, strolling entertainment and villains, Halloween-themed food and spooky stations for trick-or-treating!

Learn more details on John Ball Zoo’s website.

Pumpkin Walk 2022 (Thursday, Oct. 27-Saturday, Oct. 29) 

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Location: Second Christian Reformed Church in Allendale 

A free community event for everyone of all ages! Second Christian Reformed Church welcomes West Michiganders to participate in its family-friendly Pumpkin Walk featuring a trail decorated with over seven hundred carved and lit pumpkins. 

View more details online

Parkwood YMCA Halloween Carnival (Friday, Oct. 28)

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Location: YMCA of Lansing, Parkwood Branch

YMCA members and their families can attend the Parkwood YMCA Halloween Carnival in Lansing! From 5:30 to 7:30 pm, attendees will enjoy “carnival games, a giant slide, hayrides, arts and crafts, and more.” View more details on the organizer’s event page.

November Fall festivals, events and activities in West Michigan. 

Grand Rapids Comic-Con (Saturday, Nov. 12- Sunday, Nov. 13) 

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Location: DeVos Place Convention Center in Grand Rapids 

Prepare for an action-packed weekend! Grand Rapids Comic Con returns in November and this year’s event features a star-studded celebrity guest list, comic guest list, author and YouTube guest list, film festivals, vending hall, car show, artist alley and more. 

Grab your tickets and stay updated with forthcoming announcements online. 

Grandville Harvest Fest (Saturday, Nov. 12) 

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Location: 4700 Canal Ave SW, Grandville, MI. 49418 

Shop until you drop while supporting the Grandville Bands Program by attending the Grandville Harvest Fest on Saturday, Nov. 12! From 9 am- 3 pm, stop by vendor booths selling holiday-themed items, art and woodwork, jewelry, pottery, crocheted items and more. 

See all the details online

15th Annual Grand Rapids International Wine, Beer & Food Festival (Friday, Nov. 18- Saturday, Nov. 19) 

The 2019 Grand Rapids International Wine, Beer and Food Festival at the DeVos Place in downtown Grand Rapids, Mich. (Michael Buck/WOOD TV8)

Location: DeVos Place in Grand Rapids 

Known as “Michigan’s annual tasting event”, the Grand Rapids International Wine, Beer & Food Festival is now in its 15th year! From Friday, Nov. 18 through Saturday, Nov. 19, sample over 1,000 wines, beers, and ciders from across the globe and cuisine from local restaurants. 

Find tickets and learn more information online

Don’t see your event on our list? Email to have it added!