Truth be told, any time is a great time to visit Frankenmuth. From flowering, Spring streetscapes, to Summer’s best festivals, Fall’s flavorful harvest, to Winter’s festive traditions, this Bavarian village is breathtaking all year long. So, while we can’t tell you the perfect time to visit, we can share some of our favorite ways to enjoy a Frankenmuth vacation in any season!
Start Spring Festival Season Off Right
Kick off an entire year of Frankenmuth festivals with some of our spring favorites, from Michigan’s largest international beer tasting event – the World Expo of Beer – to Frankenmuth Dog Bowl and Balloons Over Bavarian Inn!
Tee Up For A Spring Golf Getaway
Dust off those clubs and treat yourself to a relaxing spring golf getaway in Frankenmuth! Tee off at our Dick Nugent-designed Championship course – The Fortress – complete with massive greens, 75 bunkers, and 6,813 yards of formidable play.
Join in our Bavarian Easter Celebration during Osterbrunnen in Frankenmuth. Spot colorful egg displays throughout town and #SeeFrankenmuth decked in all its Eastertime glory, from flowers to ornate Osterbrunnen sculptures.
Dive Into Summertime In Frankenmuth
Hop on with Frankenmuth FunShips or Bavarian Belle Riverboat for a breathtaking, guided tour of the Cass River, go fishing at the Cass River Dam, or craft your own waterfront escape on canoe or kayak when you launch from any of our convenient Cass River Water Trail Access Sites.
Tour Frankenmuth By PedAle Trolley
Our already jaw-dropping summer streetscapes in Frankenmuth are even more epic when enjoyed on the 16-passenger PedAle Trolley. Take a summer city tour of Frankenmuth, or hop from pub to pub on Frankenmuth beer tour with nothing but a perfect, Pure Michigan summer day as your backdrop.
Savor Summer Festivals
Summer festival season kicks off with our authentic Frankenmuth Bavarian Festival in June, and doesn’t slow down a bit when favorites like the Frankenmuth Summer Music Fest round out the season in August.
Frequent The Frankenmuth Farmers Market
May-October, the Frankenmuth Farmers Market brings the best in fresh, local produce and artisan goods to our farm market grounds. Shop the year-round Farm Store, take a culinary class or attend an event at the Gathering Barn, or pick up everything from produce to baked goods, cheeses to coffee.
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Take A Fall Color Tour
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Explore fall color inside a canopy of trees while you zip and climb at Frankenmuth Aerial Park, or experience autumn beauty on a scenic river tour with Frankenmuth FunShips or Bavarian Belle Riverboat.
Do Fall Down On The Farm
Try everything from stocking hay to harvesting crops with a visit to Weiss Centennial Farm, or explore the incredible heritage farm known as Grandpa Tiny’s, where u-pick pumpkins, a corn maze, and seasonal Farm Store are just the start of your family’s fall adventures.
Sip Fall Flavor
Pack your comfiest sweaters and cozy up with wine, brews, and craft cocktails in Frankenmuth! Sip and sample at Prost!, where wines on tap and build-your-own charcuterie boards warm up any chilly fall night. Go wine tasting at St. Julian Winery’s Frankenmuth Tasting Room, or try hearty fall beers inside Michigan’s original craft brewery and America’s oldest microbrewery – Frankenmuth Brewery.
Taste Fall Flavors At Their Freshest
There’s no better time for a foodie adventure in Frankenmuth than fall harvest season. Make it to Michigan On Main Bar & Grill, where the spotlight is on seasonality and local sourcing, or visit our world-famous favorites, Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth and Bavarian Inn Restaurant, where time-honored family recipes come to life with fresh, Michigan-grown ingredients.
Raise A Stein To Fall Festival Season
Looking to experience some of our favorite festivals in Frankenmuth? Fall is primetime to plan a visit! Explore Frankenmuth Auto Fest with over 2,500 classic cars, street rods, and muscle cars, or experience the only officially sanctioned Oktoberfest outside of Germany’s original during Frankenmuth Oktoberfest.
Shop The World’s Largest Christmas Store
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300 ornately-decorated trees, 6,000 styles of ornaments, 100,000 individual lights, and 1.5 football fields full of all your holiday dreams come true are inside the world’s largest Christmas store – Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland. Purchase ornaments (and have them personalized by on-site artists), shop trees, trimmings, and tinsel, and experience the true magic of the season here.
Experience A European-inspired Holiday Market
Be here when local artists, growers, bakers, and makers fill the tents of our Frankenmuth Christkindlmarkt for two full weekends with all the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of the holiday season. Shop this European-inspired holiday marketplace and leave with all your gift-giving goals met.
Cozy Up For A Festive Carriage Ride
Dash through the snow-covered streets on a festive, horse-drawn carriage ride and get ready to experience our cozy Christmas town of Frankenmuth in a whole new way with Fantasy Carriage Company or Frankenmuth Carriage Company.
Warm Up Winter With These Events
From our outdoor holiday marketplace – Frankenmuth Christkindlmarkt – to one of the largest snow and ice sculpting events in North America – Zehnder’s Snowfest – winter is the perfect time to bundle up and venture out for some carefree fun in Frankenmuth.
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