Sunday, September 4, 2011

Fall 2011 events

Fall is a great season in Kalamazoo: colorful leaves, crisp nights & clear days, apple harvests, migrating birds, college football, and pumpkins. In September, it's usually warm enough for a trip to the beach. The weather for biking, paddling, and camping is usually reliable through October. November is a nice time to hike (but be careful of hunters.)

Fall events near Kalamazoo:

September 16-18 Grand Haven Salmon Festival Grand Haven

September 20 Ribbon cutting ceremony for the newest section of the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail 1:30 p.m. Shipshewana, IN

Sept 23-24 Oktoberfest West Michigan John Ball Park Grand Rapids

September 24-25 Feast of the Hunter's Moon West Lafayette, IN

September 24 Sturgeon Release Celebration 10 am - 2 pm New Richmond Bridge County Park, Fennville

Oct 1-2 Old Tyme Harvest Festival at Scotts Mill Park Scotts

October 2 Share the Harvest Kellogg Bird Sanctuary/ Kellogg Biological Station 1-5pm Augusta

October 7-9 Cranefest at Audubon's Baker Sanctuary outside Battle Creek.

Oct 8-9 Goose Festival Fennville

Oct 9 3rd Annual Fall Color Cruise on the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail noon-4pm Markin Glen County Park Kalamazoo

Halloween Events around West Michigan

November 11 Winter Bird Feeding 101 5 pm at the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary Gull Lake

mid-November peak Sandhill Crane migration at Jasper Pulaski in northern Indiana.

Also consider

Fall recommendations from 52 Michigan Weekends

a Fall Color Tour or an Apple Tour

Fresh apple cider from VerHages Cider Mill.

West Michigan Tourist Association has a list of Harvest Time Festivals, a Weekly Color Report, and more Color Tours

Fall walks and rides on the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail

September events from Pure Michigan

October Events from Absolute Michigan

Event listings from Discover Kalamazoo

Gazelle Sports' calendar of West Michigan Races & Running Workshops

League of Michigan Bicyclist's Michigan Ride Calendar

West Michigan Coastal Kayaker's Association Event Calendar

Outdoor Athlete has lists for Michigan running, biking and triathlon events.

The Department of Natural Resources has calendars of events for State Parks and Recreation Areas: September, October, and November

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