The Up North Guide: Things To Do in Traverse City in The Fall 2016
Family Day at The Music House Museum
Bring the family to the Music House Museum on September 11th from 12-4 PM for an afternoon of family activities including games on the lawn, live music, and throwback silent film showings.
Downtown Traverse City Halloween Walk
Acme Fall Festival
Away from the hum of downtown Traverse City, check out the Acme Fall Festival in Wlliamsburg, September 24th from 10 AM - 4 PM. You'll enjoy an arts and crafts fair, farmer's market, kids events, car show, and classic fall foods and treats.
For more information, including directions and prices, visit discoveracme.com and look for the "events" page.
Audition for a Play
Test out your acting chops and audition for one of Old Town Playhouse's fall/winter performances. Auditions for Peter and the Starcatcher and Company, will be held in September.
Visit oldtownplayhouse.com for more information and audition locations.
TC Zombie Run/Walk
Pick a Pumpkin!
Fall wouldn't be fall without a romp through the pumpkin patch. Hunt for your perfect pumpkin at Groleau's Farm Market (2100 E Hammond Road) or Gallagher's Farm Market (7237 M72 West) and get a pie while you're at it.
And some donuts.
And some cider.
Oh and some popcorn.
Take in The View
For an undeniably Instagrammable view take a little trip up Wayne Street, stopping at the peak to take in the breathtaking view of Traverse City lit up in orange and red leaves against the bright blue bays.
Jacob's Corn Maze
Get lost in Jacob's Corn Maze, located at 7100 East Traverse Hwy. Here you'll explore your way out of this year's Expedition Everest - Search for the Yeti themed maze while snacking on fresh popcorn and donuts. The hours are 10:00 AM- 6:00 PM Monday through Thursday with hours extended to 9:00 PM Friday and Saturday.
Admission is $10 for 12 and up, $8 for ages 5 to 11, and 4 and under is free. Special large group rates are available. Visit jacobscornmaze.com for more info and to check out their berry You-Pick hours.
Treat Yo Self
An Evening with Ann Patchett
On October 22nd, The National Writer's series will present An Evening with Ann Patchett, author of Commonwealth. She'll be joined by guest-host Doug Stanton at 7:00 PM at Lars Hockstead Auditorium.
You can purchase tickets here.
Take a Class
Grab a Donut
For some amazing reason, donuts have become less and less scarce 'round these parts. Check out one of our yummy donut shops for a sweet fall treat.
- Harvey's Donut and Deli, 1779 S Garfield Ave.
- Dunkin' Donuts, located in The Great Wolf Lodge, U.S. 31
- Potter's Bakery, 908 E Eighth St.
- Potter's Bakery and Cafe, 130 Hall St.
- Wholly Daylight Donuts, 2500 S Airport Rd W.
Explore The Industrial Side
Smack dab in the middle of what looks like a whole 'lotta industrial buildings and neighborhoods is a treasure trove of shops and restaurants to explore while soaking in the bright fall sunshine. Check out RPM Records, located at 1015 Hannah Avenue, where you can spend an afternoon flipping through the massive record collection, or Empireblu Vintage Furnishings at 1135 Woodmere Avenue, a sweet little shop in the True Fit Trouser building where you'll find a dangerous amount of both old and new adorableness that you'll want to invite into your home. They also sell handmade local items and gifts.
Not too far down from there is the Society of St. Vincent de Paul resale shop (St. Vinny's, to locals, at 1207 Woodmere Avenue) and Up Your Attic Antiques (905 Woodmere Avenue) for the curiously dated.
Stop into Deering's Market and Deli (1142 Barlow Street) on Mondays and Fridays for some seriously legit Indian food or roll into The Kitchen (1249 Woodmere Avenue # B) for gyro-inspired wraps and the fantastically delicious local Northwoods Soda.
Visit a Knit Shop
Get cozy on those especially crisp days at Yarn Quest (819 S Garfield Ave) or Lost Art Yarn Shoppe (741 Woodmere Ave) where you can pick up all the supplies you need to knit yourself a blankie to live in until March.