Harvest Festival Saturday, October 2, 2021 — 1-4pm
Free Family Fun!
Celebrate the turn of seasons with dance, music, storytelling, art-making, pumpkin picking, and harvest-related foods.
This year with COVID not yet behind us, we will be focusing on safer, non-contact activities outdoors. Masks and social distancing strongly encouraged.
Apples from the Palmer Park Orchard
Pumpkin Patch for picking (free pumpkins for the first 150) and decorating
Donuts & Cider (donated by Motor City Brewing Works), Corn on the Cob Roast
Games, Arts & Crafts
Huron Clinton Metropark Mobile Learning Center will provide hands-on fun with furs, feathers, skulls, skeletons, artifacts where you can also meet and pet snakes and other live animals
Guided nature walks to explore Witherell Woods
Performances of "The Last Unicorn" - An imaginative, playful, and restorative experience with music, dance, costumes and poetry about Mother Earth, the survival and extinction of species, and our connection to nature
The “Read in Color” program through Little Free Library has donated books focusing on the experiences of BIPOC or LGBTQ people that will be given out to children while they last
Author Barbara Allen, a sixth-generation descendent of abolitionist and suffragist Sojourner Truth, will read from her new children’s book, “Remembering Great Grandma”
Plus dozens of books from Little Free Library
More than a century ago, Senator Thomas Palmer and his wife Lizzie Merrill Palmer would often invite guests to enjoy their Log Cabin Farm, drink freshly pressed apple cider, and enjoy the harvest. Palmer donated the land in the late 1800s to the city of Detroit to serve as a park "for the good of everyone."
In honor of the harvest and in celebration of the Palmer legacy, the park will be filled with autumn festivities and free family fun.
This will be a fun-filled opportunity for all ages to discover how our food is grown, the lives of wild animals, and nature in the park.
Sponsors:Presented by People for Palmer Park with the support of the City of Detroit Parks & Rec Department, City of Detroit General Services and Motor City Brewing Works.
The event takes place near the Palmer Park Splash Park and playground, on Merrill Plaisance near Pontchartrain, between McNichols and Seven Mile Roads, west of Woodward Avenue. Parking is available at the Splash Park parking lot.