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Metro Detroit Events and Things to Do in October, 2013

Events, Festivals, Attractions, Shows, Walks and Marathons


The Metro-Detroit area comes alive in October with fall festivals, Halloween activities and football. Whether your pleasure is spooks or sports, there is something for everyone this month. To help you schedule your activities, here is a list of Metro-Detroit Events and Things to Do in October.

If you are looking ahead to November and beyond, check out the Yearly Calendar of Events for Metro Detroit.

Halloween Guide

Detroit Zoo Boo
Photo © Patrick A McGowan

When: End of September throughout October
Where: Throughout the Metro-Detroit area

Detroit takes its Halloween holiday VERY seriously. In fact, the month of October is pretty much given over to all things that go bump in the night. The Halloween Guide sets out all there is to do or see in the Metro-Detroit area, including where to find Halloween stores, ghost tours, haunted houses, corn mazes and family attractions. There is also information about local legends, ghost-hunting organizations and the history of Devil's Night.

International Festival

When: 10/4/13 through 10/5/13
Where: Southfield Pavilion

The International Festival celebrates diversity through exploring the culture of other countries. For instance, the festival will offer food, drink, art, crafts, live entertainment and cultural exhibits from Poland, Africa, Spain, Greece, Korea, Mexico -- just to name a few. Cost is $3 per person or $5 per family.

Scarecrow Festival

When: 10/4/13 through 10/6/13
Where: Trenton

Celebrate fall in Trenton with its 12th annual Scarecrow Festival. In addition to a scarecrow building contest, activities include live entertainment, dog costume contest, eating contest, a carnival, Scarecrow Idol, and Battle of the Bands.

Northville Car Tunes Fall Festival

When: 10/5/13, 11 AM to 4 PM
Where: Downtown Northville

As the name implies, the Northville Car Tunes Festival is all about music and cars. In addition to a classic car show, there will be live entertainment and food.

Fall Festival at the Detroit Zoo

Detroit Zoo
Photo © Laura Sternberg, Licensed to About.com

When: 10/5/13 through 10/6/13
Where: Detroit Zoo

Celebrate fall at the zoo with hayrides, pumpkin painting, straw maze, fall-related food and drink, and live entertainment. While the Fall Festival is available with regular admission, the hayride costs $2 an adult/$1 a child and the children's activity area costs $5 per child.

Great Lakes Regional Chili Cook-off

When: 10/6/13
Where: Downtown Plymouth

In its 18th year, Plymouth's annual chili cook-off keeps getting bigger, better and more discriminating. If chili doesn't do it for you, there will also be a motorcycle show, dance performances, bands and a charity fundraiser.

Ann Arbor Antiques Market

Ann Arbor Antiques Market, 2006
Photo © Denis Dolgachev / Photowithmonkey.com

When: One weekend each month, including 10/19/13 through 10/20/13
Where: Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, Saline Road, Ann Arbor

The antiques and collectibles available at the Ann Arbor Antiques Market range from Early American to Art Deco.

Detroit Free Press Marathon

Detroit Free Press/Flagstar Bank Marathon
Photo © Brian Wolfe

When: 10/20/13
Where: Downtown Detroit and Windsor, Ontario

The event encompasses not only its namesake marathon -- now in its 36th year -- but a five-person relay, a half-marathon run/walk, and a 5K run/walk. The course runs through historic neighborhoods and crosses through the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel and over the Ambassador Bridge. 


Kerrytown Chime in the Tower of the Market Building
Photo © Elizabeth R. Rose, licensed to About.com

When: 10/23/13 through 10/26/13
Where: Kerrytown Concert House, Ann Arbor

In its 17th year, Edgefest focuses on the versatility of the piano. Both international and local musicians are schedule to perform, including Parker and Thomas Duo @ Encore, William Parker's "Raining on the Moon" Quintet," Mike Malis, Lark, Gary Versace Trio, Myra Melford, and Steve Rush Piano Concerto. Fringe at the Edge includes workshops, discussions, Fringe (free, open-to-the-public) performances at area restaurants and galleries.

Daily passes to Edgefest are available and range in price from $25 to $50 depending on the day. Three-day passes start at $135. Tickets for individual performances can be purchased at the door of a concert site.

Detroit Fall Beer Festival

When: 10/25/13 through 10/26/13
Where: Eastern Market, Detroit

The 5th Annual Detroit Fall Beer Festival (AKA Harvest Beer Festival) is an event that showcases more than 400 craft beers from over 50 Michigan breweries and includes local entertainment and food by local restaurants. Admission is $35 advance and includes 15 beer tokens.

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