Hot ciders, pumpkin carving, hay rides, and cozy evenings by the fire—it’s one of our favorite times of year here at The Weathervane Inn, and there’s plenty of fall fun to have all over the White Lake area!
Below, you’ll find a list of the top things to do to celebrate this glorious season on the lakeshore. Make a note of all the events you’re looking forward to, and then be sure to book your stay with us for the nights you’ll be in town.
Our lakeside inn is located at the heart of all the festivities, so you’ll never be far from a good time!
2015 Fall Events in White Lake
#1 – Pumpkinfest
- Saturday, October 10th
- 9:30am – 5pm
- Downtown Montague, MI 49437
If you can only attend one event in the White Lake area this fall, let it be Pumpkinfest! This year is one of a kind: Pumpkinfest will be combined with the ever-popular Fall Fest for a wonderful celebration of the autumn spirit.
Among the lovely fall decorations and live musical entertainment, there will be a number of fun festivities to enjoy. Included in this year’s festival will be a farmers market, an arts and crafts marketplace with more than 30 wonderful vendors, hay rides, delicious food, and of course, the famous Pumpkin Roll down Dowling Hill!
For more information on this event, contact the White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce at 231-893-4585.
#2 – Farmers Market
- Wednesdays & Saturdays, October 3rd – 31st
- 8am – noon
- Corner of Water & Church St.
- Montague, MI 49437
Many of our guests at the Weathervane Inn enjoy walking to the Montague Farmers Market during their stay. It’s just a few minutes by foot from our lakeside inn and features local farmers, bakers, and artists.
#3 – Oktoberfest at Double JJ Ranch
- Fridays & Saturdays, October 2nd – 31st
- Friday events begin at 5pm, Saturday events begin at noon
- Double JJ Ranch
- 5900 Water Road
- Rothbury, MI 49452
Throughout the entire month of October, Double JJ Ranch will be celebrating fall with an amazing lineup of fun events on the weekends!
Each Friday and Saturday of October, the Back Forty at Double JJ Ranch will have live entertainment, music, and a themed dinner on Saturday night. There will also be other fun activities and games for visitors of all ages. Here’s the lineup of themed dinners:
- 10/3 – German Style
- 10/10 – Fall Harvest
- 10/17 – Bacon, Bacon, Bacon!
- 10/24 – Pasta Night
- 10/31 – Pig Roast (adults only)
Double JJ Ranch is just 20 minutes north of our lakeside inn. Check out the festival during the day, then spend the evening cozied up with a roaring fire in one of our inn’s comfort suites!
#4 – Fall Fling Festival at Lewis Farm Market
- Saturday, October 17th – 18th
- Lewis Farm Market & Petting Farm
- 4180 W. M20
- New Era, MI 49446
Lewis Farm Market is a 700-acre, family-owned and operated farm in New Era. In addition to producing top varieties of fruits and vegetables, the farm also has a pettings farm, bakery, gift and goodie shop, and loads of activities for kids.
During the fall, little ones will especially enjoy the wagon rides, pedal carts, jumping pillows, sand box, and slides.
During the month of October, special fall events are planned, including the Fall Fling Festival on October 17th and 18th. Make your way through Grandpa’s Confusion Corn Maze, pick your Halloween pumpkins in the Pumpkin Patch, check out the Pumpkin Chucker, or take a ride on the Apple Express!
Call Lewis Farm Market at 231-861-5730 for more information.
#5 – Depot to Depot & Pure Michigan Fall Color Tours
- Depot to Depot: 3 Saturdays: October 3, 10 & 17th
- 10am – 4pm
- Pure Michigan Color Tour:
Month of October (Hours of local landmarks and establishments may vary)
For your trip to White Lake this fall, you simply cannot visit without taking in at least one color tour. There are two preplanned routes to choose from, and they’re both detailed here!