7 Things to do in Detroit this fall


October is the most beautiful and romantic month of the entire year. The sun lets off a permanent glow of yellow and orange, which (for me) brings on feelings of nostalgia and joy. The cooler temps inspire me to explore all of the places that exude October vibes. Here are my 7 favorite things to do in Detroit during the fall:

  1. Apple cider & donuts – There are quite a few delightful cider mills in the Detroit metro area. Our family favorite is Franklin Cider Mill in Franklin, Michigan. Now, if you grew up in the Detroit area and still say “Franklin? Where’s Franklin, Michigan?” then you are in very good company! We live in Royal Oak and my husband works in Bingham Farms, yet neither of us had heard of Franklin until this summer! It is a quaint, beautiful little town whose motto written on a Main Street building is “the town that time forgot.” Nothing could be closer to the truth. The cider mill is at the start of the town (14 mile & Franklin Rd.), so please do yourself and your family a favor and wander downtown Franklin after enjoying some of the best donuts and cider you have ever had! Farmhouse (pictured) is another great stopping point if you need an ice cream or coffee pick-me-up.
  2. Campus Martius – From Oktoberfest (usually the last weekend of September) to Big Game Rally (set for October 12 U of M vs MSU), there is always something to do in downtown Detroit’s hub. Most of these events have kid and adult-friendly options.
  3. Read on! – It comes as no surprise that I love reading, but one of the best things about reading in the fall is finding a warm, cozy, inviting spot in which to do it. Some of the best local places to cuddle up with a good book are Franklin Public Library (pictured), Atomic Coffee (downtown Royal Oak), and The Office Coffee Shop (prime place to work or study).
  4. Drink Michigan beer – Second only to coffee, beer is one of my essential fuels. My husband and I love to drink local craft beers, which makes the many Michigan beer festivals an absolute must! Detroit Fall Beer Festival is right around the corner so make sure to get your tickets ASAP. The Detroit event takes place at the iconic Eastern Market. Parking is fairly easy and if you bring a designated driver he or she can enter the festival at a reduced cost.
  5. The Detroit Zoo’s ZOO BOO – My husband and I are members of the Detroit Zoo and look forward to all of their year-round events. Zoo Boo is one of its most popular. Tickets can be purchased on the zoo’s website. One thing to keep in mind…the animal exhibits close after dark, which means it’s best to go early in the day.
  6. Get sporty – Detroit is known for its rich, sports history so why not partake in some of it while the weather is still enjoyable! Do some tailgating or bar-hopping before rooting on the Lions and Red Wings this fall.
  7. Eat up – Detroit has some incredible restaurants that are good for an afternoon bite or fancy night out. Why not check out the new Wahlburgers restaurant in Greektown before heading to the casino or hockey game? This Boston-area burger joint opened up a month ago and has already developed a fan base. Try the double decker (made with real “government cheese” or O.F.D. “originally from Dorchestah”) with a side of sweet potato tots. Yum! Other new and hot restaurants in Detroit include Grey Ghost DetroitRock City Eatery, and with a re-vamped menu The Bosco. What better way to stay warm and social when the weather gets chilly?

I hope that you all have a very happy start to fall! Stay safe and let me know in the comments what some of your favorite adventures are this time of year.

2 thoughts on “7 Things to do in Detroit this fall

  1. Margaret Frausto says:

    My husband and I retired from our jobs in the Detroit area about 10 years ago. We moved South due to not being able to take the cold winters anymore. However, your article about what to do in Detroit this Fall, made me feel nostalgic for the beautiful colors of the turning leaves, the chilly late season baseball games and the even chillier football games.

    I am amazed at all the new restaurants and coffee shops and eateries. We do know where Franklin Village is, but the last time we visited it in detail was about 36 years ago! Thank you for helping me go back there if only in my mind!

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