Thursday, October 02, 2014

The Best Upcoming Fall Festivals

Written by  Paul Starr
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Fall is here! Time for visits to the pumpkin patch, getting ready for Thanksgiving and of course fall festivals. Here is our list of the best upcoming fall festivals. 
Cider Fest

Oct. 11th from 5pm to 10pm

We're excited to bring Cider Fest to Red Salamander in Grand Ledge on October 11th from 5:00-10:00pm. Many of you might remember Lansing Fall Fest which was held at Red Salamander last year, and Cider Fest will be taking it's place.

Cider Fest will have 15 different Cideries with 40+ ciders. This festival will feature great Michigan Cideries such as Uncle John's Cider Mill, Vader Mill, Virtue Ciders, Tandem Ciders, Meckley's Ciders and many more. Tickets are $40 in advance and include 15 (3oz) sample tickets and a logo'd sampling glass. Advance VIP tickets are available for $50 to the first 75 people with an early entry at 4pm, 20 (3oz) sampling tickets and a logo'd sampling glass. Tickets will be available on the day of the event for $45.

“With so few cider festivals, we saw an opportunity to reach a crowd that is underserved. At our past events we always offered a wide selection of ciders, but we wanted to hold an event that was just about cider”, said Paul Starr, owner of I'm a Beer Hound. He added, "Before I got into craft beer I drank cider, and now Michigan cideries are creating some really great cider. We wanted to have a festival to showcase the amazing ciders we have in the state of Michigan.”

A portion of the proceeds from this event will benefit The Homeless Veterans Project, a local charity that provides services for homeless veterans housed at the Lansing VOA.

For more information including a full list of the attending cideries, visit



Blues & Brews Festival

Oct. 18th from 3pm to 9pm

The Blues & Blues Festival will combine great rhythm and blues music with deliciously original Michigan beers for an event that will please even the most discriminating music and beer The Blues & Brews Festival will be held on October 18, 2014 at The Pavilion, 115 Toledo Street, in downtown Adrian, Michigan. Doors open at 3:00 p.m. with live entertainment beginning at 3:30 p.m. and running though the event’s close at 9:00 p.m.
The event is organized by the Blues and Brews Group as a way for music lovers and craft beer enthusiasts to enjoy an eclectic sampling of beers from across the state of Michigan along with other selections from around the world and great live music without having to travel outside the Lenawee County area. The event hopes to draw up to 1000 visitors to Adrian for the weekend.

The featured breweries for this year’s event are:, Atwater Brewery, Bell’s Brewery, Cotton Brewing Company, Tecumseh Brewing Company, Chelsea Alehouse, New Holland Brewing Co., Dark Horse Brewing Company, Shorts Brewing Co., Rochester Mills Beer Co., and more. Musical groups that are scheduled to perform at this time are: The Mark Arshak Band and Billy Lewis and the Soulbacks.

Tickets for the event are $25 in advance and $30 each at the door. Tickets will also be available for sale at participating Key Bank locations.

For more information, visit


Zombie Beerfest

Oct. 18th from 4pm to 9pm

Over 30 microbreweries, cider mills, and distilleries have responded to the cravings of thousands of festival goers. Hundreds of specially crafted Michigan beers, wines, ciders, and spirits will be available for tasting.

Help CP Kids ( has recognized the demand for a fall craft beer event in the region, and is bringing beer lovers and makers together for a day of live music, food, and libations. All of the proceeds will benefit Help CP Kids, an organization that builds specialized playgrounds for schools in Michigan that have students with Cerebral Palsy.

“We expect a sellout, as this sounds like Michigan’s only themed craft beer tasting event.” said Joe Boyer of Fluid Art, “We had an incredible turn out at the Spring Fest in Hudsonville, with over 2000 in attendance, and only have 1200 available online tickets for this event.”

Tickets are available online at, and $35.00 gets you in the gate at 4:00PM with 12 sample tokens to use until 9:00PM. Round trip bus rides from Grand Rapids are available at the time of ticket purchase. Look for the complete list of breweries on our Zombie Beer Fest Facebook page.


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Horsepower & Hops: A Celebration of Beer, Cider and Classic Cars at R.E. Olds Transportation Museum

We're is excited to bring Horsepower and Hops to the R.E. Olds Transportation Museum in Lansing on Saturday, November 1st from 5:00­ to 10:00PM. This festival will feature a great brewery, great cidery and a piece of local automobile history.

We felt that R.E Olds Transportation Museum was an overlooked gem of the Lansing area, as it holds thousands of irreplaceable items and over 52 amazing vehicles that range from 1886 to 2003. See the beginning of Oldsmobile with an 1886 steam carriage, enjoy the chrome and brass opulence of the 1906 REO Momma and Baby style carriage, and when you see the 1938 REO Speedwagon fire truck you will hear the bell and imagine men racing down the streets to help a local Lansing resident. Also, marvel at the sleek lines and barely contained power that the 1966 Olds Tornado exhibits.

Enjoy a walk through Lansing automotive history while you enjoy 10 different beers from Atwater Brewery and 10 different hard ciders from Uncle John's Cider Mill. We are excited that attendees will be able to experience a few limited release items from both the brewery and the cidery as well! With music from local talent Mark Warner and Joe Wright, this will be a feast for the eyes, ears and palette.

Paul Starr had this to say, “At all our our festivals, we try to have a great atmosphere and this one will be top notch. It is a gem of a museum that I feel that most Lansing residents under-utilize. This is your opportunity to see what R.E. Olds Transportation Museum is all about while enjoying local cars, beer, music and food.”

Tickets are $30 in advance and include 15 (3oz) sample tickets and a logo'd sampling glass. Advance VIP tickets are available for $40 to the first 75 people with an early entry at 4pm and include 20 (3oz) sampling tickets and a logo'd sampling glass. Tickets will be available on the day of the event for $35. $5 from every ticket goes to the R.E. Olds Transportation Museum.

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Grand Rapids International Wine, Beer & Food Festival

November 20th - 22nd

A celebration of culinary crafts! The largest wine and beer tasting event in the Midwest comes together in November! Measured by 1,200+ wines and 200+ beers, plus ciders and spirits! Now in its 7th year, this festival has established itself as Michigan’s premier event for the celebration and tasting of the finest foods, wines, beers, ciders and spirits. From the connoisseur who lives and breathes for the finer things in life to the novice looking for an introduction to the world of food and spirits, the International Wine, Beer & Food Festival will deliver a grand experience that is sure to please every palette.

Paul Starr

Paul Starr

Paul Starr is the creator of the I'm a Beer Hound and one of the organizer and the driving force behind Art & Craft Beerfest, Lansing Beer Fest, Beerfest at the Ballpark Spring & Fall. When he's not working on Beer Hound he's probably watching the Lions, Tigers or Red Wings. Being a recent new Dad of twins, he doesn't have much extra time these days for mischief.