September / October, 2022

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Fall fun activities and color tours!

Highlands Harvest Fest - Join us for the annual Harvest Fest at The Highlands on Saturday, October 1, 11 AM to 4 PM for a fall-themed day atop the mountain. Take a scenic chairlift ride to Upper Camelot, where you can take in the beautiful fall colors and Pure Michigan views. At the top, there will be activities for everyone, including face painting, cookie decorating.

Scenic chairlift rides at The Highlands.

There's also toy in a haystack, burlap sack racing, pumpkin ring toss, yard games, and s’mores! Everyone loves cider and donuts this time of year! Details.

Fall Fest in Marina Park will return for its second annual event in downtown Harbor Springs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, October 1. Family fun includes live music, pumpkin painting, donut eating contest, caramel apple dipping and a large Straw Mountain to climb. Hot dogs, snacks and drinks will be available to purchase from Small Batch. Flier with details.


Pond Hill Farm Fall Fest, 5699 S. Lake Shore Drive, Harbor Springs – In addition to canned goods, beer and wine, a huge pumpkin display, gourds, and a few farm animals, We entertain kids with Fall Fest activities like pumpkin bowling and pumpkin smashing. Open Wed.-Sun. 11am-6pm and until 8pm on Saturdays Sept. 24 - Oct. 23. 

> Haunted Vineyard Friday nights 6-9pm from Sept. 30th - oct. 28th. Ages 12 & up - $10. Enter if you dare for a spooktacularly fun time.

> Family Fun Barn - Free. 

> Bonfire with s’mores, brats, hot dogs, beer, wine, cider, hot cocoa.

> Biergarten Tent is all decked out for fall. Open for tastings, pizza, salads, parm grilled cheese and more, Wed.-Sun, dog friendly. Website.

TOPO Adventures are a fun way for all ages to go exploring around Little Traverse Bay in a whole new way! Go at your pace and schedule . Choose from 4 adventures here expertly crafted by TOPOnexus - Center for Learn Local.


Boyer Glass Works Studio and Gallery’s 13th Annual Great Lakes Pumpkin Patch will be held from Oct. 1-8 at 207 State Street, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Rain or shine, the event is indoors and warm. We will be demonstrating blown glass pumpkins every day. This includes all of the unique varieties of yellow that we create. Facebook Page.

Nubs Nob Open House on Saturday, Oct. 8, from 9 to 4. Season pass sale, Ski Swap, free brats, chili and hot dogs at noon; pre-season tuning special, fall colors hike, foot race straight up Smokey at 2 p.m. Details.

Harbor Harvest - October 8th is the first ever “Harbor Harvest,” a fall farmers market festival. Along with the usual Harbor Springs Farmers Market vendors, get ready for horse-drawn wagon rides with a beautiful team of Clydesdales, pick a pumpkin at the pumpkin patch, grab a cup of fresh apple cider, bring your kiddos to bounce in the bounce house, and stay for fun and games.

RAVEN HILL DISCOVERY CENTER is a great place for kids of all ages. Their mission is to provide a place that enhances hands-on and lifelong learning for all ages by connecting science, history and the arts. Open noon to 4 pm on Saturdays; 2pm to 4pm

on Sundays and any other time by appointment.

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Fall has arrived at The Highlands at Harbor Springs.

This Fall Fun Guide includes stories from the Harbor Springs Chamber’s Harbor Happenings weekly email newsletter. If you’d like to keep up with year-round fun events and local news, email for a free subscription. 

Businesses and homes all over Harbor Springs will be displaying clever Halloween skeltons for the entire month of October. Many will be downtown, and we'll have a Skeletour Map starting October 1, to show you where the skeletons are hiding. This year we will be having a contest for the best skeleton. Once the skeletons have been placed, online voting will determine the most creative skeleton. Note: you do not have to be a chamber member to participate in the Skeletons Arise program.

Three Pines plans Glass Pumpkin Patch Day on Oct. 1

Three Pines Studio invites you to the Great Lakes Glass Pumpkin Patch Day on October 1st from 11AM to 5PM. Beautiful glass pumpkins in a variety of colors are now available.

Owner Joann Condino created Great Lakes Glass Pumpkin Patch Day to showcase local artists after traveling to the Southwest a few years ago.

"I saw glass pumpkins that an artist friend had collected over the years from the Santa Fe area glass pumpkin patch and I fell in love with the idea,” said Joann. “We have two terrific glass blowers right here so I decided to start the Great Lakes Glass Pumpkin Patch."


Art-lovers can buy original blown glass pumpkins by Lynn Dinning and Harry Boyer at Three Pines Studio in Cross Village. These two glass-blowers continue to delight young and old with color, glass and their special whimsy.


New this year: Pottery pumpkins by Lisa Hebb. These cute pumpkins are made from clay and have multiple layers of glaze for a unique color and shine.


Details and location info.

Karaoke Fridays support Great Lakes Orchestra

Throughout September Karaoke Fridays at City Park Grill support Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra. In lieu of cover charge, donations are accepted for this great local organization. Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra began as a vision of a handful of professional musicians who performed several concerts in 2000. Today, the Orchestra includes a roster of over 75 professional musicians who challenge audiences to think differently about classical music. Sing out and give back every Friday at City Park Grill. Here is the full events calendar and restaurant details, or call 231-347-0101.

Season-opening concert features young area musician

Karlie Thomas, 15 years old, from Charlevoix, will be featured in a saxophone concerto with the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra (GLCO) at the season-opening “Aspects of America” concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Great Lakes Center for the Arts in Petoskey. She earned this honor and opportunity by winning GLCO’s 2022 Charles F. Davis Young Artist Competition.

This program includes compositions that showcase the developments in American classical music pivotal in establishing the characteristics that set it apart from its European ancestors. Many classical composers of the 20th century captured a uniquely American spirit, incorporating several musical traditions (such as pop, blues, folk, and rag). Composers represented are Grant Still, Piazzolla, Barber, Villa-Lobos, Milhaud, Kernis, Bolcom, Paus, and Gould.

Karlie Thomas

A pre-concert talk by Libor Ondras, orchestra conductor and music director, starts at 6 p.m. in the Community Engagement Room. Tickets from $35 - $65 and more information for the Oct. 1 event are available at The concert is free for veterans, active service members and students 18 and under by calling 231-487-0010.

Get outside for Conservancy hikes & events 

Most Little Traverse Conservancy events are offered at no charge unless noted. For more information or to register, visit or call 231.347.0991.


Saturday, September 24 / 12 - 1:30pm

Location TBD, Cheboygan County

> We’re on a search for gold this golden anniversary year! Goldenrod, that is. Join Little Traverse Conservancy staff member Amy Lipson for an informative hike and hunt for goldenrods. She will discuss their value to the ecosystem as well as identification tips and fun facts for other plants we come across. Plan appropriate footwear to walk across soggy ground or very shallow water.

Tim & Hannah from Farmers White's at right,

and their fresh-pressed apple cider at left

Fall is here with cider, pumpkins, squash, apples and more at the Farmers Market!

By Hannah Bianchi

Market Master

This weekend is officially our first fall market and we’ve got the goods to prove it! Fresh pressed apple cider is now available at Farmers White’s along with pumpkins, gourds, and a variety of apples. Fiddlehead Farm has harvested their blue hubbard squash and Little Sturgeon Valley Farm has lovely little honeydew-like melons called kajari melons. 

Last Saturday, Gregory’s Farm ran an egg special; for every dozen sold at market, they would donate a dozen eggs to the Harbor Springs Area Food Pantry. We are happy to announce that 68 dozen eggs were delivered on Monday. Thank you, Gregory’s Farm, for your generosity. The Harbor Springs Farmers Market also has a program called “The Market Pantry,” which allows us to donate $100 of product every day. This past weekend we donated cherry tomatoes, carrots, and over 50 pounds of cucumbers. We want fresh local food to be available to everyone in our community and we thank our generous donors, sponsors, and farmers for helping us make a difference.

We have quite a few guests and entrepreneurs attending the market this weekend. Sisters Alaina and Linora will be selling their fresh duck and chicken eggs, and Linden Merrill will have a selection of tie-dye items. Bear Earth Herbals will have a “how to” booth set up with demos for herb-infused vinegars and KK with Berg Farms will be in attendance with fresh produce galore. Local blacksmith J&N Stone and Steel will be doing live demos and have a selection of handcrafted items available, and artist Larissa Flynn will be plein air painting and have a selection of prints and originals available. 

 This weekend is “Festival of the Book” and in order to be respectful to our fellow event neighbors, we will not be hosting “Music at the Market.” 

Mark your calendar for some exciting upcoming events. October 8th is our first-ever “Harbor Harvest,” a fall farmers market festival. Along with the usual market vendors, get ready for horse-drawn wagon rides with a beautiful team of Clydesdales, pick a pumpkin at the pumpkin patch, grab a cup of fresh apple cider, bring your kiddos to bounce in the bounce house, and stay for fun and games.

We are also looking forward to “Markets at the Museum,” our collaboration with the Harbor Springs Area Historical Society. The Saturday before Thanksgiving, and the Saturday before Christmas you can find the Farmers Market indoors at the history museum from 9am-1pm. A list of participating vendors will be posted soon. 

Peaches the pony enjoying an apple.

Eggplant and more from Black Barn Farm.

Little Sturgeon Valley Farm's small honeydew-like melons called kajari melons. 

Apple crisp granola from Spoonful of Granola.

> Tthe Harbor Springs Farmers Market is located right downtown on Main Street on Saturdays through October 15 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Meet you at the Market! Website.

Now showing at the Harbor Springs Lyric Theatre: Tickets and showtimes.

> We recommend purchasing tickets in advance via our app or website and arriving early to check in, purchase concessions, and enjoy our pre-show.

Upcoming events at Great Lakes Center for the Arts

MICHIGAN: An American Portrait

Thursday, Sept. 22, 7:15 p.m.

Watkins Family Hour

Friday, Sept. 23, 8 p.m.

Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra Presents:

Aspects of America

Saaturday, Oct. 1, 7 p.m.

Vienna Boys Choir

Saturday, October 22

News-Review story on the new season

Website with details, tickets and full schedule.

New Beginnings Resale hosts Fall Boutique Oct. 6-8

New Beginnings Resale Store, a ministry of Holy Childhood of Jesus Parish. is having a Fall Boutique Event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. October 6-8. The boutique includes unique specialty items and name brand apparel under the red tent. Free cider, coffee and doughnuts are provided.

While you’re there, check out over 20,000 sq ft of shopping resale treasures in the main store at 650 W. Conway Road, Harbor Springs. The store supports Catholic Education and assists those who need a hand up in the community. New Beginnings is open from 10 a.m. to 4 Monday through Saturday and you can shop online 24/7. For further information, call 231-348-2980 or visit

Friendship Center open for lunch, fun and classes

Looking for something to do to occupy your time? Consider visiting the Friendship Center of Harbor Springs for lunch, some fun and camaraderie.

Start your day with one of our exercise or dance classes. We offer yoga, strength and balance, and line dance. On Friday afternoons, we offer crafts, Wii bowling, bunco, and bingo.

In addition to regular activities, we schedule informative presentations, and other special events. Check out our website: or our Facebook page for scheduling, or feel free to contact Jennifer, the coordinator, at 231-526-6061 with any questions.

Information presented in the chamber newsletter does not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of the Harbor chamber or its membership. It is provided here as information only, as provided by member businesses and organizations.

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