Fall into your favorite fall festival in Frankenmuth!

Find your festival for fall! We invite you to attend one (or more!) of the great fall festivals happening in Frankenmuth this year! Out of the myriad options for activities in Frankenmuth, two you’ll definitely want to check out include Scarecrow Fest and Big Country Fest. Which fall festival will you be attending?

Fall festivals:

  1. Scarecrow Fest

  2. Big Country Fest


Scarecrow Fest

October means scarecrows guarding fields of pumpkins. It also means fun fall festivals! Join us this fall for Scarecrow Fest events on October 13 & 14 and October 20 & 21. This fall festival includes activities for the whole family!

Attendees are sure to enjoy a variety of activities and entertainment, including the Rock & Roll K-9’s Show, a pet costume contest, doggie trick or treating, face painting, the pumpkin catapult, pumpkin painting, pumpkin bowling, arts & crafts, children’s inflatables, a straw bale maze, trick or treat, and more!

Family Fun Activities

  • Rock & roll K-9’s Show. Watch skilled canines and trainers show off how much our best friends rock.
  • Pet Costume Contest. Dress up your pet in his or her cutest garb.
  • Doggie Trick or Treating. Halloween isn’t just for kids. Dogs love treats too.
  • Face Painting. Use your imagination or be surprised with a witch, pumpkin, or scarecrow painted on your cheek.
  • Pumpkin Catapult. See how far your pumpkin will fly.
  • Pumpkin Painting. Pumpkin orange is a beautiful color, but you can give your pumpkin some pizazz by painting on eyebrows, rosy cheeks, or geometric designs.
  • Pumpkin Bowling. Bowling is fun, but bowling with pumpkins is better.
  • Arts & Crafts. Find your artsy side and get creative with fun arts and crafts.
  • Children’s Inflatables. October is time for candy, but it’s also primetime for whimsy.
  • Straw Bale Maze. Get lost and then find your way out of the straw bale maze.
  • Trick or Treat. Have a sugar tooth? It’s that time of year to celebrate your favorite tradition.

October 20 & 21 Activities & Events

  • Magic & Comedy Shows
  • Pie Eating & Pit Spit Contests
  • Kids ONLY Trick or Treating: 4:15-4:45 PM
  • Face Painting
  • Pumpkin Catapult
  • Pumpkin Painting
  • Pumpkin Bowling
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Children’s Inflatables


Frankenmuth River Place Shops

925 S. Main Street

Frankenmuth, MI 48734

Dates: October 13, 14, 20, & 21

Cost: Free Admission

Phone: 800-600-0105

Website: www.frankenmuthriverplace.com.

Visit the Frankenmuth River Place Shops’ website for more details!


Big Country Fest

Fall festivals in Frankenmuth wouldn’t be complete without country music! Get out your dancing shoes – or should we say “cowboy boots”? It’s time to boot scootin’ boogie! With six bands, line dancing, drinks, games, and shopping, you’re guaranteed to have a great night at this rockin’ fall festival!

Enjoy these great bands at the Festival!


Rebel Line, 6 p.m.
A mix of country and rock, these four guys play classics from the 70’s up to the present.

Tweed & Dixie, 8 p.m.
Blending country with rock, Tweed & Dixie is best described as Waylon meets Whitesnake.

Derek Winter Band, 10 p.m.

Covering country, rock ’n’ roll, and pop hits, DWB is always a crowd pleaser.


Kin Faux, 6 p.m.
Putting the “Western” in “Country Western,” Kin Faux takes its inspiration from today’s Texas music scene. Expect solid rhythm, blistering guitar, and fiddle solos.

Dani Vitany, 8 p.m.
With her expressive voice at the forefront of the music, Vitany’s stripped-down sound covers everything from Miranda Lambert to Beyoncé and Sam Smith to Whitney Houston.

David Shelby, 10 p.m.
Taking inspiration from Detroit and Nashville, Shelby proudly describes his sound as “Rust Belt Country.”

Festival activities for everyone!:

  • Mechanical bull. How long can you stay on?
  • Free line dancing lessons. Enjoy boot scootin’ the night away!
  • Beer, booze, and bloody’s. Whatever your beverage of choice, we keep the spirits flowing.
  • Bloody Mary buffet bar. If tomatoes and vodka are your thing, you’ll love this buffet bar!
  • Molten iron pour. See how molten iron pouring is done!
  • Retail vendors. Find the perfect way to remember the day.
  • Food vendors. Get the grub you need to keep you fueled for the dance floor.
  • Find something for friends or family who share your love of country!
  • Cornhole tournament & play. Do you have what it takes? (Or, just want to have fun?)
  • Human bubble games. Do something out of the ordinary.
  • Football bowling. The perfect mix of two great sports!


Schedule of Events


5:00 p.m.                Festival Opens

5:00 p.m.                Cornhole Blind Draw/Free Play

5:15 p.m.                FREE Line Dancing Lessons

6:00 p.m.                BAND – Rebel Line

8:00 p.m.                BAND – Derek Winter Band

9:50 p.m.                Pumpkin Stacking Champion Announced

10:00 p.m.             BAND – Tweed & Dixie


1:30 p.m.                Cornhole Tournament Registration

2:00 p.m.                Tournament Starts

5:00 p.m.                Festival Opens

5:15 p.m.                FREE Line Dancing Lessons

6:00 p.m.                BAND – Kin Faux

8:00 p.m.                BAND – David Shelby

9:50 p.m.                Pumpkin Stacking Champion Announced

10:00 p.m.              BAND – Dani Vitany


Admission: $5


601 Weiss Street

Frankenmuth, MI 48734

Phone: Call 989-652-8008 for more info!


When you need a break from all the fun, visit one of our restaurants or lounges to relax and refuel – and perhaps even gain enough energy to get back on that mechanical bull!

Bavarian Inn Restaurant

(Friday & Saturday 11a.m. to 9:30 p.m.)Voted “Most Kid-Friendly Atmosphere” by Great Lakes Bay Magazine’s readers, Bavarian Inn Restaurant serves all-you-can-eat family-styled dinners that include our world-famous Frankenmuth Chicken, homemade ice cream, and more! We also have a menu that is exclusively vegetarian and another dedicated to gluten-free dishes.

Bavarian Inn Lodge restaurants include:

  • Oma’s Restaurant (Friday 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. & 4:30-9:00 p.m.; Saturday 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.)Oma’s (Grandma’s) Restaurant is known for its world-renowned chicken dinners. The restaurant is also known for generous portions – an important detail to note if you want energy to keep up with your fellow line dancers! Featuring a warm and friendly atmosphere, Oma’s is the perfect choice for families.


  • Lorelei Lounge & Schnitzelbank Bier Garten (Friday and Saturday 4:30 p.m. – 12 a.m. Happy Hour: 4:30 – 6 p.m. & 10 p.m – 12 a.m. Children are allowed until 10 p.m.)
    Spend Happy Hour with us pre-Country Fest! Not only can you enjoy beer in our outdoor “garten,” you can also sample bourbon at our new bourbon bar! We feature 19 bourbons and 2 ryes. Split an Opa’s pizza with all the fixings or pair your favorite German beer with our bratwurst & kraut. Perhaps, make it a brews and burgers night with our Certified Angus Beef Burger. The choice is yours! Menu here.


  • Ratskeller  (Friday and Saturday 8:00 a.m. to Midnight)
    In a hurry to get to the fun and festivities? Ratskeller’s quick and convenient cafeteria-styled dining may be for you. We also serve over 70 beer and malt beverages. Fridays and Saturdays are karaoke night, so if you stop in between 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. you’ll hear live entertainment before you even make your way to the Festival!


  • Sunday Brunch(Sunday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.)After a lively Saturday night, treat yourself to our fabulous Sunday brunch buffet! Served poolside in our indoor courtyard, you can choose from over 35 menu items. Our omelet station is always popular. Enjoy the ambiance of local pianists performing as you relax and enjoy conversation with family and friends. Reservations recommended!


Book Now

With so many fun events happening in Frankenmuth year round, you’re bound to find a fall festival you fancy! Ready to book your room in Frankenmuth? Give us a call or book your room online at the Bavarian Inn Lodge today!

We’re within walking distance to all the action, so no need to worry about a long travel time from the Lodge or finding a parking space at an event. Just a hop, skip, and a jump from the Bavarian Inn Lodge and you’re there!

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