1. The Red Flannel Festival
The 68th Annual Red Flannel Festival is October 6, 2010 in Cedar Springs, Michigan. It is located north of Grand Rapids, Michigan. This local festival is the ultimate Oktober Fest and it is celebrated every year on the first Saturday in October. This Festival has a variety of activities such as a 5K Run, Chili Cook Off, Children’s Parade, Quilt Show, and a Red Flannel Karaoke Contest with a cash prize of $1,000 for the winner. There is a $5 cover charge and you must be 18 years or older for the Karaoke Contest. These are just a few of the events that you will see.
Every year this Festival crowns a Red Flannel Queen and Court in the Queen Scholarship Pageant. Over $6,000 is raised each year by the Red Flannel Town community which helps young women pursue their college education. This is one of the largest parade’s in the area which includes over 120 entries of floats and entertainment during this local Oktober Fest. Sounds like fun to me. You definitely want to wear RED for this Cedar Springs Red Flannel weekend. The (mock) Keystone Kops drive around “arresting” anyone not wearing RED. You can see the Keystone Kops in their antique fire truck. It is amazing that this is an independent, all volunteer, not-for-profit (501(c)3 organization. Several of the events started September 1, 2010 and will continue throughout October, 2010. This is located at 276 S. Main St. NE, Cedar Springs, Mi 49319.
The schedule of events are listed below:
2. The Great Lakes Lighthouse Festival
This captivating 15th Annual Great Lakes Lighthouse Festival is October 7-10, 2010 in Alpena, Michigan.
This is a local Oktober Fest that you do not want to miss. The main site of activities occur at the Thunder Bay Recreational Center, 701 Woodward Avenue, Alpena, Michigan. Dining events have limited seating, so you may want to make your reservations early. This is one of the largest Lighthouse Festivals in North America. A FREE NARRATED shuttle is available in the downtown Alpena Lighthouse, Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center, Ships in the Thunder Bay and Old Town Alpena Lighthouse. Helicopter Tours will be available for up to 5 different lighthouses.
The Lighthouse Festival Guide is listed below:
3. Greenfield Village
Greenfield Village is located in Dearborn, Michigan, 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, Michigan. This is one of the most memorable places for me. I remember going their while in elementary school. The fascinating thing about this place is once you go there, you feel as though you just took one step “back in time.” It is truly amazing. This is a great Oktober Fest that you must see. You can actually walk inside of many of the buildings. It gives you a taste, smell, and feeling of the past, almost as though you were there. ” I kid you not.” You and your children will just love Greenfield Village. The schedule of events include a Local Roots Oktoberfest Dinner starting September 24, 2010, Fall Season Farmers Market, Hallowe’en in Greenfield Village, and much more. A schedule of events is listed below:
The schedule of hours and tickets are listed below: