Scarecrow Fest: Celebrate fall In Frankenmuth during Scarecrow Fest, with special scarecrow displays throughout downtown and a fun family-friendly festival at Frankenmuth River Place Shops! Taking place the last two weekends of October, Scarecrow Fest includes both a Kids and Dog Weekend with special activities for everyone in the family. Dog Weekend includes performances by the Rock ‘N Roll K-9 team and a pet costume contest, and Kids Weekend includes free family entertainment and a cherry pie eating and cherry pit spit contests.
Both weekends include activities like arts and crafts, pumpkin painting, pumpkin bowling, barrel train ride and the ever-popular pumpkin trebuchet, where you can launch your own pumpkin high up in the air before it come smashing down on a huge dump truck target. The Sunday of each weekend includes trick-or-treating throughout the complex, with Dog Weekend just for the pups and Kids Weekend for all the kiddos!
2019 event dates are: October 19 and 20, October 26 and 27
2020 event dates are: October 17 and 18, October 24 and 25
2021 event dates are: October 16 and 17, October 23 and 24
Dog Bowl: The world’s largest Olympic-style event for dogs includes dock and disc dog competitions, sheep herding demonstrations, wiener dog races, Rock N Roll K9s performances, agility competitions, a pet costume parade and contest and so much more! Shop our pet-themed vendor marketplace, sign your dog up for doggie races or lure coursing competitions and explore the more than 35 shops and attractions located in River Place Shops. The free two-day family event takes place Memorial Day weekend and is the same weekend as Balloons over Bavarian Inn, with nightly balloon glow events in the grassy field near River Place Shops. Find more information at dogbowlfun.com!
2019 event dates are: May 25 and 26
2020 event dates are: May 23 and 24
2021 event dates are: May 29 and 30
Balloons over Bavarian Inn event description: See colorful hot air balloons float across Michigan’s Little Bavaria during Balloons over Bavarian Inn! Balloon pilots from across the country head to Frankenmuth for daily competitions during Memorial Day weekend and head to River Place Shops for the Village of Balloons nightly glow events on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
2019 event dates are: May 24, 25 and 26
2020 event dates are: May 22, 23 and 24
2021 event dates are: May 28, 29 and 30
Cass River Colonial Encampment: Free family and educational event at Frankenmuth River Place Shops. Experience an 18th Century encampment of historical re-enactors representing British, French, and Americans. Visit and tour military camps and shop at historical vendors from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 pm. on Saturday and from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Sunday. Witness Tactical Battle Re-enactments, Flag Raising, Musket Firing, Period Concert & Games, Fashion Show and many other events!
Experience an encampment of historical reenactors representing the many eras of America’s history during this free educational and family-friendly event. Visit and tour military camps ranging from the French & Indian War through the Revolutionary War, and shop at historical vendors. Activities and events include flag-raising ceremonies, fashion shows with military uniforms on display, musical concerts, authentic battle skirmishes and demonstrations featuring cannons, artillery and weapons. Catch a glimpse of realistic daily camp life and guard duty in the encampments spread throughout the east side of Frankenmuth River Place Shops and the Covered Bridge grounds.
2019 event dates are: July 20 and 21
2020 event dates are: July 18 and 19
2021 event dates are: July 17 and 18
Michigan’s Strongest Man and Woman: Top athletes across the United States descend upon Michigan’s Little Bavaria for this fast-paced athletic competition that also serves as an Official Strongman Games Qualifier. Watch as men and women face off against each other in exercises like the yoke lift, keg toss, weight-lifting and vehicle dead-lifts. This can’t-miss event takes place in the northwest parking lot at Frankenmuth River Place Shops.
2019 event dates are: August 3
2020 event dates are: August 1
2021 event dates are: August 7