Hog Warts & Toad Bellies Fairy Tale Festival


Our annual fall festival is back for the first time since 2019 with a new twist!

Come dressed in your fairy tale best and enjoy a day of family-friendly fun surrounded by nature and the magic of autumn at Hidden Lake Gardens.  All events and activities for the festival are details below.  Additional information and the vendor / performer application can be found at Hog Warts and Toad Bellies Fairytale Festival (hogwartsandtoadsbellies.com or find the event on Facebook at Hog Warts & Toad Bellies Fairy Tale Festival | Facebook.

Hog Warts & Toad Bellies Fairy Tale Festival logo and image.

Saturday, October 7, 2023

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

$5 per person

$20 per family (four or more)

Free Entry for HLG Members

Gazebo schedule detailing acts from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Children dressed in knight costumes.

10:00 AM - 3:00 PM, Begin at Upper Level of Visitors Center

Make your own shield and prepare yourself for adventure as you perform a series of challenges, including braving a journey across the new Sky Walk, to earn knighthood!  Knighting ceremonies performed at the top of each hour at the Gazebo in the Demonstration Garden.


Gnome statue with a book sitting in a field of daisies.

10:00 AM - 3:00 PM, Begin at Visitors Center

Gnomes and other whimsical creatures are on the loose around Hidden Lake Gardens! Use a series of clues to help us locate them all and receive a prize.  Make sure to visit the Pocket Fairy along the way for an extra surprise!


Painted pumpkins lined up on a ledge.

10:00 AM – 2:00 PM, Service Barn

Unleash your creativity and paint a pumpkin while you visit to add to your fall decor!  No purchase necessary, one pumpkin per visitor, available while supplies last.


Crate of potted succulents.

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Garden Room - Lower Level of Visitors Center

Choose a plant and pot to take home your very own succulent! Pay $10 for your plant/pot combo in the Daffodil Gift Shop and assemble at our planting station in the Garden Room across the hall, available while supplies last.


A picnic basket on a picnic blanket in a field of flowers.

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM, Lawn Outside Conservatory

Enjoy a picnic with your favorite Fairy Tale characters visiting from Illuminate Dance Studio. Bring-your-own lunch and picnic blanket; limited picnic table seating is available. Hot dogs, popcorn and other snack items will be available for purchase from a variety of food vendors.


Mother goose and her gander.

1:00 - 2:30 PM, Conservatory

Mother Goose, Trudy Bulkley, along with her very fine Gander, will be sharing some of her rhymes and stories. The duo has appeared monthly at Kerrytown in Ann Arbor for almost thirty years, and also captivates audiences at schools, libraries and festivals throughout Southeast Michigan.


Canvas painting of a fairy in fall.

1:00 - 3:00 PM, Garden Room - Lower Level of the Visitors Center

The Avenue Art House will be hosting a guided painted session with Evan Ringuette. $29 pre-registration is required and limited space is available. Register at "Fairy in the Fall" - Avenue Art House (square.site)


Vendor tents and people at previous fall festival.

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Lawn off Main Parking Lot & Gazebo Area

Browse selections of nature-based crafts and wares from more than 20 local hand crafters and artisans. Face painting and fairy hair strands also available. A complete list of merchants can be found at hogwartsandtoadsbellies.com.


Children dressed up in fairy tale costumes.

Calling all volunteers! We are still in need of extra hands for set-up on Friday, October 6, and on the day of the festival.

If you are interested in volunteering, please reach out to Fran Wood at woodfran@msu.edu or 517-431-2060.


  • While costumery is encouraged, Hidden Lake Gardens cannot allow weapons of any kind.
  • Hidden Lake Gardens is a non-smoking campus.
Thank you to our sponsors - Crazy Wisdom, Visit Lenawee, Premier Bank & illuminaTe Dance and Art Center.

6214 Monroe Road (M-50)

Tipton, MI 49287



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