What to do in Michigan on the weekend of Sept. 13-15, 2012

Ah, September. I recently saw someone somewhere call this an “underrated” month, and I couldn’t agree more. The weather is fair, but the sweltering heat is gone, the leaves are starting to change color, and the farmers markets are filled with an incredible bounty of produce.

Soak it in while you still can by enjoying these suggested events:

  • Tour de Troit — There’s no better way to really experience the sights and sounds of Detroit than by pedaling two wheels. Saturday’s Tour de Troit takes participants along an SAG-supported 25-mile-ish ride (the 100K metric century ride was sold out) along city streets, historic neighborhoods, greenways and other points of interest. As an added bonus, the event raises money for the development of more greenways in the city.
  • Heirloom Festival — Ever wanted to visit an organic farm? Allegan’s Fat Blossom Farm will open its doors Saturday to show off their heirloom vegetables and offer guided trail walks. Learn about how to plant garlic, check out the sunflower path or let the kids participate in crafts or romp through the pumpkin patch.
  • Extended Eastbound Lighthouse Cruise — Explore the lighthouses in the eastern Straits of Mackinac with ferry boat operator Shepler’s. You’ll learn about shipwrecks, historical accounts of the lighthouses and navigation methods used by Great Lakes skippers, with a portion of proceeds benefiting the Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association to assist in preservation efforts. A four-hour tour, a four-hour tour.
  • Big Mac Shoreline Scenic Bike Tour — Lighthouse peeping not your thing? Then hop on a bike and spend your weekend touring the beautiful coastline along the tip of the Mitten. Riders get to chose from various routes and distances from 25 miles up to 100, a chance to cross the Mighty Mac, lunch, SAG vehicle support, all the way from Mackinaw City to Harbor Springs.
  • Warrior Dash — This popular obstacle course-style race visits the Grand Rapids outskirts on Saturday, marking its third event in Michigan this year. Billed as “3.31 hellish miles,” the race blends running with mud-puddle slogging and fire-jumping. Participants get a fuzzy warrior helmet, and glory.

Looking for more suggestions? Check out our Events calendar.

Photo by Russteaches

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