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Celebrate Octoberfest in Pure Ludington


Two weeks of Festivities Downtown 

While Octoberfest will look a bit different in 2020, there will be no shortage of fun as Downtown Ludington ushers in the month of October. Restaurant deals, live music, pub crawl passport and scarecrow contest are on tap, beginning September 20, as part of fall festivities in the downtown district. 

Here’s a look at what’s happening:

Live Music - September 25-26

Catch entertainment from Lynn & the Moonshine Runners, 6-9 p.m. September 25, and John Merchant & Greg Miller live, 2-5 p.m. September 26 at Ludington Bay Brewing Company. Canopy Space will also hold a live performance from 2-5 p.m. September 26 at an outdoor location, James Street Plaza, right in the town’s square.

Beers for Peers, Seasonal Beer & Passport Specials

An Oktoberfest craft brew starts flowing at Ludington Bay Brewing Co. starting September 20. This seasonal favorite will be on tap throughout the festivities, and Ludington Bay Brewing will be giving back to Lakeshore Food Club, a nonprofit grocery store for local families in need of food assistance. For a minimum $3 donation between September 25-27, patrons will receive an Octoberfest pint glass, with all proceeds going to Lakeshore Food Network. And for every pint, 6 pack and flight of Ludington Bay beer sold, $1 will also go to the food club. In addition, Ludington Bay Brewing will offer German-themed food specials each day.

Blu Moon Bistro and Jamesport Brewing Co. will also be giving back to the community a portion of proceeds during the festivities. Watch for details to come. 


Patrons may use an Octoberfest passport at participating businesses to take advantage of food and drink discounts throughout the two weeks’ festivities. The passport will feature coupons from over 15 downtown restaurants and retailers, a map for the Scarecrow Walk, a checklist for the Soup Challenge and a list of events that our businesses are hosting.

Scarecrow Walk

Check out the outdoor decorating contest among local businesses and help Downtown Ludington choose a winner! A map of participating businesses will be posted on downtown’s website and Facebook page. Voting for your favorite seasonal display starts September 20 and runs for two weeks. Vote by donating non-perishable items at the business that hosts your favorite scarecrow. All collected goods will be donated to the Lakeshore Food Club. Post photos of your walk on social media with the #DowntownLudington hashtag to be entered to win prizes.

HumaniTea is also hosting a scarecrow craft time from 1-4 p.m. September 25.

Manhattan Short: the World’s First Global Film Festival 

The Ludington Area Center for the Arts hosts film showings beginning September 24, as Manhattan Short’s nine films screen simultaneously across the world during a one-month period. The Best Film and Best Actor will be determined by ballots cast by the audience at each participating venue. Screenings of Manhattan Short at LACA will be limited to 10 people per showing. Tickets are $10 each and must be purchased in advance by calling 231-845-2787 or visiting LACA’s Square website.

Crock-toberfest Soup Challenge

Let's support Downtown Ludington restaurants, a cup of soup at a time! A map of Downtown Ludington restaurants that have soup on the menu is posted here; visit as many restaurants as you can between September 20 and October 4, buy a cup of soup and vote for your favorite. 

Visit downtown’s website to log your stops and cast your vote.

Ludington Run Club Beer Run - September 29

The Ludington Run Club invites the public to participate in its weekly run, culminating with a refreshment at Ludington Pub. Meet at the pub at 6 p.m. to start, run 4 miles and circle back for a beer with the group. Runners get $1 off drafts.

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More Events During Octoberfest

* Sandcastles Children’s Museum is holding a Rocktober Hunt, September 20-October 1, with rock-kit prizes for the winners.

* An apple-sale fundraiser by MIFreshApples will take place, 3-7 p.m. September 25 and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. September 26 at James Street Plaza.

* A new statue in Downtown Ludington will be revealed September 29.

* Hot cider and donut holes are available at Five Star Real Estate, 513 S. James St., 1-5 p.m. September 30.

* A stein-building workshop will be held at Red Door Gallery at 2 p.m. October 2.

* Mariellen’s Hallmark, 116 E. Ludington Ave., is having an indoor, two-week sale with an ornament debut October 3.

* Live music will return to James Street Plaza on October 3.

* Krave Frozen Yogurt & Candy Shoppe will be serving chili from 12-5 p.m. October 3.


*Watch Downtown Ludington’s website for additions/changes to events!

Take advantage of hotel deals in the Ludington area this fall! Look here for more information.


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