From hayrides to the ever-present pumpkin spice, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the season of fall in the Greater Lansing Area. Walking down campus sidewalks can be an experience in itself with the beautiful colors and swirling leaves. If Spartans want to get into the season, one of the best ways is to attend the events held on and off campus.
“I think people are sick of all the hot weather, especially if you don’t have air conditioning,” said senior advertising major Sierra Richards. “From an artistic perspective, I really love the fall colors. That’s, like, my favorite color palette.”
Campus Events — Annual
Each year campus is coated in fall celebration events. Whether it is hosted by resident assistants, the University Activities Board, or clubs and other groups, autumn enthusiasts can find something for them. Pumpkin painting, hot apple cider and doughnut giveaways happen annually. University Activities Board hosts a special MSU trivia hayride each year. Starting from the MSU auditorium, the ride takes contestants to historic places on campus, and rewards are given to the person with the most correct trivia answers.
“I think these events are a great way to just, like, get out of your room and actually do something … interact with people of all types,” said Richards.
Autumn Fest — Annual
The East Lansing Farmer’s Market is for fall lovers who want to get off campus and experience the local spirit. Autumn Fest features live music, a carriage ride pulled by horses and vendors hawking everything from pumpkins to crafts. It is held in Valley Court Park in East Lansing, and details can be found on the East Lansing Farmer’s Market Facebook page.
“I went to Autumn Fest to check out all the fun activities there were. There was a carriage ride, strong coffee and lots of fruits and veggies to enjoy,” said senior human biology major Libby Lee.
Fall Foliage Festival
For those moved to do a bit of travel, about an hour away in Tipton, Michigan is the Fall Foliage Festival. The festival takes place in the MSU Hidden Lake Gardens, a gem of nature that not many Spartans know about. Festival goers can try hands-on crafts and pumpkin decorating, buy goods from local artisans, experience scarecrow displays and enjoy food from on-site vendors. This celebration runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fall is beloved by many for good reason. Let the celebration and the scent of cider motivate you to get out and enjoy it in person. Do not miss your chance to eat pumpkin-flavored anything and experience the joy that comes with the falling of leaves.