What’s Going On In West Michigan: Open Barn Party, Harvest Festival, Harvest Stompede

Labor Day may be behind us, but there’s still a few more weeks of the summer season left, and there’s plenty to get out and do these next two weekends.

Courtney Sheffer of the West Michigan Tourist Association has more details on what’s going on.

First off, we’re headed to the Shetler Family Dairy in Kalkaska.

That’s where, on Saturday, they’ll throw open the barn doors for the 15th Annual Open Barn Party.

It runs from 10 a.m. through 4 p.m.

Admission and parking are both free.

So stop by and sample their all-natural milk.

While you’re there, enjoy hay rides, a petting farm and an ice cream booth.

And up in Charlevoix, Castle Farms is celebrating harvest season in a number of ways this month.

On September 16 spend a memorable evening on a Twilight Tour.

You can see the castle after everyone has left.

Then enjoy a delicious four-course, farm-to-table meal from local farms.

Or later on September 27 for Castle Farm’s celebration of nature and autumn’s glory at the annual Harvest Festival.

Visit the mini farmer’s market, take a home snapshot in the photo booth and enjoy horse-drawn wagon rides, face painting and free cider and donuts with admission.

And last we’re headed to the Leelanau Peninsula where you can get your grape-stomping and guzzling on at the upcoming Harvest Stompede.

It’s a race!

The course starts and ends at Ciccone Vineyard, taking runners through rows and rows of plump grapes just before they’re harvested.

At the finish, you can jump into a large hole full of grapes.

After, participants can enjoy the Harvest Stompede Wine Tour.

It’s a self-guided outing along the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail.

Stops include 22 wineries where you’ll find fresh, local fare and wine.

The race takes place this Saturday, September 12, and the wine tours run Saturday and Sunday.

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