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Mark Your Calendars Now for Downtown Holland’s Popular Fall Fest October 7 and 8!

Mark Your Calendars Now for Downtown Holland’s Popular Fall Fest October 7 and 8!


One of the most highly anticipated fall festivals along the Lakeshore will return to Downtown Holland on Friday, October 7 and Saturday, October 8! The Holland Fall Fest is two days packed full of fall-themed fun, hosted by Downtown Holland and in partnership with the Holland Visitors Bureau, Tulip Time. During Fall Fest, the entire community is invited to celebrate everything there is to love about fall, with professional pumpkin carving, pumpkin painting, community tulip planting, an artisan market at Windmill Island Gardens, street performers, and more! Fall Fest is proudly sponsored by West Michigan Toyota Dealers with in-kind support from CityFlatsHotel, Tapestry Collection by Hilton, the Courtyard Marriott, and Fris Supply Shop.


“West Michigan Toyota is proud to be named the new sponsor of Holland’s Fall Fest and we’re grateful for the opportunity to support Downtown Holland and the Holland Farmers Market,” said Crown Motors General Manager Brad Siegers, “Together with Crown Motors, West Michigan Toyota invites the entire community to enjoy all the fun planned for families during Fall Fest. While you’re here, be sure to check out the latest Toyota models that will be on display throughout the event and don’t hesitate to reach out to us at Crown Motors if we can help you with your vehicle needs.”


Fall Fest kicks off on Friday, October 7 with Community Tulip Planting from 10:00 am –12:00 pm and 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, hosted by Tulip Time. Visitors and community members can visit the Tulip Time website (www.tuliptime.com) to sign up for a time slot to help plant 75,000 of Holland’s famous tulip bulbs at Window On The Waterfront in Downtown Holland! Tulips are panted in October so they will bloom in the spring in time for the 2023 Tulip Time Festival from May 6 – 14. All volunteers will be treated to coffee from Biggby Coffee of Holland. Gardening gloves are recommended, but all other tools and instructions will be provided onsite. Volunteers are also needed to plant tulips on Saturday, October 8 from 8:00 am – 10:00 am and 10:00 am – 12:00 pm.


Tulip Time will also be hosting their second annual Fall Fest Artisan Market on beautiful Windmill Island Gardens on Friday, October 7 and Saturday, October 8 from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.  The Artisan Market features nearly 80 local artisans and crafters be selling their works as part of this juried show. Visitors can shop for hand-crafted jewelry, home décor, artwork, clothing, specialty foods and more! Entry to the Artisan Market is just $5.00 per person, which also includes the opportunity to tour the beautiful gardens at Windmill Island and to visit the Dutch attractions, including the DeZwaan Windmill, the historic Dutch carousel, the miniature Dutch village and much more. 


Fall Fest continues on Friday, October 7 with eight of the nation’s best professional pumpkin carvers, including Food Network alumni, appearing in Downtown Holland from 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm. The carvers will spend the afternoon and evening carving jack-o-lanterns all along 8th Street in Downtown Holland. And trust us, these aren’t the same jack-o-lanterns you’ll see on everyone’s doorstep on Halloween! At 7:00 pm, the jack-o-lanterns will be lit from within and will remain on display until 10:00 pm that night for visitors to explore while strolling through Downtown Holland.  And as part of the Downtown Holland Social District, patrons ages 21+ can now purchase an alcoholic beverage at one of 13 approved establishments to enjoy while strolling along the sidewalk. The Social District is open daily from 11:00 am – 11:00 pm. Visit www.downtownsocialdistrict.com for a list of participating businesses and a map of the district.


On Saturday, October 8, the professional pumpkin carvers will appear at the Holland Farmers Market from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, carving incredible 3D sculptures right onsite. Children can also paint their own pumpkins to bring home during that time for just $1.00 per pumpkin, with all painting supplies provided by Fris Supply Shop in Downtown Holland. The Holland Farmers Market will be open from 8:00 am – 2:00 pm that day, stocked full thanks to the bountiful autumn harvest. Visitors will find seasonal décor items, including pumpkins, gourds, mums, and corn shocks at the Market, along with apples of every variety, squash, Brussels sprouts, potatoes, carrots, and other root vegetables. And as always, you can shop for bread and baked goods, farm-raised meat and fresh caught fish, honey, maple syrup, jam and a wide variety of specialty foods and beverages.


The Fall Fest fun continues in Downtown Holland on Saturday, October 8 too! The professional pumpkin carvers will return to 8th Street from 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm that day to continue carving 3D pumpkin displays. Watch these talented artists at work all afternoon long, then be sure to return later in the evening from 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm to see their finished masterpieces!  While you’re strolling among the shops and restaurants in Downtown Holland, be sure to be on the look-out for the professionally carved pumpkins on display that have been commissioned by our Downtown Holland shops and restaurants too. To add to the fun for families, street performers will also be performing for free on 8th Street from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, including musicians, face painters, balloon twisters, and more!  


For more information on all the Fall Fest happenings and a complete schedule of events, be sure to visit the official event website at www.hollandfallfest.com call 616.796.1210. Information on local lodging options can be found on the Holland Visitors Bureau website at www.holland.org.


About West Michigan Toyota Dealers

West Michigan Toyota Dealers are your local source for new and pre-owned Toyota vehicles and the best Toyota service around. Members include Crown Toyota here in Holland, Michigan, Metro Toyota, Sunshine Toyota, Toyota of Muskegon, Kool Toyota, and Toyota of Grand Rapids.

 

About Downtown Holland:
Located in the heart of the City of Holland, just minutes from the shores of Lake Michigan and adjacent to the campus of Hope College, Downtown Holland is a premier shopping, dining, and special events destination like none other! Downtown Holland offers over 100 locally owned boutiques, shops, and galleries, along with breweries, cafes, and restaurants for every taste. Downtown Holland is also home to unique cultural attractions, an award-winning farmers market and beautiful parks. We can’t wait to welcome you! For more information and the latest Downtown Holland news and updates, visit us at www.downtownholland.com, follow Downtown Holland on Facebook and Instagram, subscribe to our monthly newsletter, or call 616.796.1210.

 

About the Holland Farmers Market:

The Holland Farmers Market is located at 150 West 8th Street at the Eighth Street Market Place in Downtown Holland. During the regular Market season, the Market is open every Wednesday and Saturday from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm, rain or shine. Each season, the Holland Farmers Market brings together over 100 local farmers, specialty food vendors and food trucks, selling fresh fruits and vegetables, bread and baked goods, honey, maple syrup, jams, meat, gourmet foods and so much more. Be sure to shop early for the best product assortment! The Market offers free parking and an onsite ATM. Visit Market staff inside the Holland Civic Center Place for information on food assistance programs, including Bridge Cards, Double Up Food Bucks, Senior FRESH, and WIC Project FRESH. Animals are prohibited at the Market, so please leave Fido safe at home! For more information on the Holland Farmers Market, visit us online at www.hollandfarmersmarket. And be sure to follow the Holland Farmers Market on Facebook and Instagram, subscribe to The Market Beet newsletter, or contact us at info@hollandfarmersrmarket.com or 616.355.1138 for the latest Market updates.


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