Each year the annual event celebrates with an unmatched combination of nature's glories and mid-Michigan good times in October. The towering hardwood trees compete to see which can most beautifully reflect its colors on the river.
Our beautiful riverboat takes admirers up and down the river, providing a relaxing slice of history and an unmatched view of our historic 60 foot sandstone ledges. Rock climbers come from across the country to conquer the sheer ledges. Try your hand, or just enjoy watching those who dare.
Voyageurs, fur traders, and wood carvers will inhabit the area all three days. Folk music played on traditional instruments, voices heard in hearty harmony, and the rhythmic thud of cloggers mark the weekend.
Children can cuddle the bunnies and pet the sheep and llamas in the petting zoo (small entrance fee applies). Try a craft, paint a pumpkin, or even crank an old fashioned cider press.
There will be lots to see: traveling blacksmith, Native American display and crafts, lamp work beads, wooden puzzles, spinning and carding, quilting, portraitures, log cabin building, and railroad safety display.
There will also be a Diamond Dig on the island sponsored by the Grand Ledge Opera House. For only $5, you can get 2 scoops of sand to sift through for treasure!
The stage next to the gazebo will be filled with various entertainment throughout the three day event.
The Grand Ledge Area District Library is hosting a Color Cruise Story Time (preschool to early elementary). Stories with Mrs. T at 10:15 AM and 11:30 AM on Friday on the Island Park.
Then, there's the food! Chili, hot dogs, steak and cheese sandwiches, brats, freshly popped black kettle caramel corn, elephant ears, fresh lemonade, root beer floats, and more soothe appetites sharpened by the cool air.
Friday is special for seniors. Bus tours are welcome and group packages can include step-on guides, a historic driving tour, and a ride on the authentic riverboat.
Prices: Island Admission - Adults: $4 | Children: $1 | Friday Special for Seniors: $3 | Family of 4 or more: $12 | Under 3: Free Riverboat Rides - Adults: $9 | Children: $3 | Friday Special for Seniors: $8 | Boat rides are 30 minutes and leave every 45 minutes; tickets are all timed and only sold up to capacity Covered wagon rides through town sponsored by Dart Bank - Adults: $3 | Children: $1 | Friday Special for Seniors: $2 Also, happening around town: 'View from Above' airplane rides will be available for $20 per person (kids under 3 years old are free); check in at the airport. 3 passengers per 15-20 minute ride. First come, first serve. *All rides are subject to rescheduling/ cancellation due to weather. Friday: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM | Saturday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM | Sunday: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Craft Show and Bake Sale at the Masonic Temple - Saturday from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM; Providing food from 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Capitol City Car Club's Vintage Vehicle Display - Saturday from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM in downtown Grand Ledge.
Eaton County Parks' Bike Ride - Saturday at 10:00 AM at Fitzgerald Park and 11:00 AM at Fox Park.
Grand Ledge Opera House's Oktoberfest - Showcasing “Oompa” music, German beer, and a German dinner - Saturday from 1:00 - 10:00 PM.
Grand Ledge Area Historical Society's Museum is open all three afternoons. Narrated boat cruise and nature walk on the ledges - Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 PM.
Grand Ledge Area Historical Society's Oakwood Cemetery Walk - Sunday at 3:00 PM.
Grand Ledge cloaks itself in finery so vivid and exciting in October that one would think there was a party. We invite you to come!
Additional support for this festival was also provided by: A&W | Captain John's Galley | Log Jam
The Grand Ledge Opera House is proud to announce the addition of an Oktoberfest event to the Color Cruise weekend, extending the celebration of the harvest. “Oompa” music will be held at the Grand Ledge Opera House on Saturday during Color Cruise and will run from 1:00 - 10:00 PM.
This inaugural festival will be in honor of Ernst and Barbara Floeter, longtime residents as immigrants from Germany in 1957. They brought Old World to Grand Ledge, sharing talents and life, melding into proud citizens of America.
We are really excited to bring a bit of “Gemütlichkeit” to our festival. This will be a celebration in German food, music, and beer; complete with a catered meal, craft beer, and a live polka band. The Oktoberfest will provide entertainment with a variety of family oriented fun throughout the day. Professional Party Planners will be creating a German meal, and we are extending the opportunity for a group to provide a brat grilling station as well as other food stations.
Oct 11 - UMW Rummage & Bake Sale at First UMC Oct 11 - Elite Youth Cheer Hungry Howie's Fundraiser Oct 11 - Grand Ledge Marching Exhibition Oct 12 - UMW Rummage & Bake Sale at First UMC Oct 12 - Purse Party Bingo at GL Opera House Oct 13-15 - 37th Annual Color Cruise & Island Festival (Chamber Event) Oct 14 - Grand Ledge Farmers' Market at Jaycee Park (Chamber Event) Oct 14 - Color Cruise Car Show in Downtown Grand Ledge Oct 14 - Saturday Storytime at GL Library Oct 14 - Oktoberfest at GL Opera House Oct 17 - Preschool Storytime at Grand Ledge City Hall Oct 17 - Paws for Reading at GL Library Oct 20 - Pasty Dinner at GL Masonic Lodge Oct 21 - Grand Ledge Farmers' Market at Jaycee Park (Chamber Event) Oct 21 - Sparkle Day! at In Motion Dance Center - Free dance class for 2.5-3.5 year olds Oct 21 - Sparkle Day! at In Motion Dance Center - Free dance class for 4-6 year olds Oct 21 - Harry Potter Party at GL Library Oct 24 - Preschool Storytime at Grand Ledge City Hall Oct 24 - 8th Annual Monster Mash Family Halloween Dance at Tequila Cowboy Oct 27 - PJ Storytime at GL Library Oct 28 - Grand Ledge Farmers' Market at Jaycee Park (Chamber Event) Oct 28 - Fall Harvest of Crafts Show at Hayes Middle School Oct 28 - Babysitting Workshop at GL Library Oct 29 - FCUCC of GL Trunk or Treat Oct 31 - Preschool Storytime at Grand Ledge City Hall
Come meet our vendors and get some vegetables, eggs, baked goods, meats, flowers, organic hand lotions and soap, organic baby/toddler foods, spices, crafts, natural pet treats and products, jewelry, wreaths, fleece accessories, LuLaRoe, wooden spoons, Tupperware, Mexican food, etc.
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