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August Fairs & Festivals in Southeast Michigan

Have some fun in the sun as summer 2014 comes to an end. Visit some big family festivals in Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties.

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Chelsea Community Fair

Aug. 19-23, 2014

  • Times: noon-10 p.m. Tuesday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday
  • Address: Chelsea Community Fairgrounds, 20501 Old US-12 Highway, Chelsea
  • Phone: 734-475-1270
  • Costs: $7/adults, free/10 and under, $20/ride wristband

For 77 years, this decades-old fair has demolition derbies, livestock judging, tractor pulls, crafts, exhibits, midway games, grub and oodles more.

Warren Birthday Bash

Aug. 21-24, 2014

  • Times: 4-10 p.m. Thursday-Friday, noon-11 p.m. Saturday and noon-10 p.m. Sunday
  • Address: Warren City Square, Van Dyke Avenue north of 12 Mile Road, Warren
  • Phone: 586-268-8400
  • Costs: free

Come for a carnival, Friday fireworks, a laser light show, a Taste of the Community and special Saturday fun for kids. Plus, see Frozen at the family movie night.

Lincoln Park Days

Aug. 22-24, 2014

  • Times: 4-11 p.m. Friday, noon-11 p.m. Saturday, noon-9 p.m. Sunday
  • Address: Youth Center Park, 1801 Gregory Ave., Lincoln Park
  • Phone: 734-560-1121
  • Costs: free, ride ticket fees apply

It's a full-on carnival in front and a midway in back. Lots of food, kids' games and a car show on Sunday.

Dragon on the Lake in Lake Orion

Aug. 22-24, 2014

  • Times: about 7 p.m.-nightfall Friday, about 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday
  • Address: downtown Lake Orion
  • Phone: 248-693-4986
  • Costs: free

Dragon boat races are a must-see at this fest that also features live art demos, parade of lights, plus a chalk art challenge, children's park, music and more.

Saline Community Fair

Aug. 27-Sept. 1, 2014

  • Times: 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-dusk Friday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday, 1-6 p.m. Monday (rides only)
  • Address: Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Road, Saline
  • Phone: 734-429-1131
  • Costs: $7/ages 11-plus, free/under 10, $18/ride armbands ($10 on Monday)

Visit this fest for the carnival rides and classic lures like rock wall climbing, magic shows, tractor pulls, rides, parade and the Miss Saline crowning.

Michigan Peach Festival of Romeo

  • Aug. 28-Sept. 1, 2014
  • Times: 4 p.m.-midnight Thursday, 10 a.m.-1 a.m. Friday, 8 a.m.-1 a.m. Saturday, 7 a.m.-1 a.m. Sunday, 9 a.m.-midnight Monday
  • Address: 32 Mile and Van Dyke roads, downtown Romeo area
  • Phone: 586-752-6543
  • Costs: Free/general, $20/ride wristbands

This annual gala is in full swing for another year of festivities including a 5K and 10K run, KidsFest Saturday, car show Sunday and Floral Parade on Monday.

Fifth Third Bank Michigan State Fair

Aug. 29-Sept. 1, 2014

  • Times: midway: 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday; call ahead for times for specific events
  • Address: Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave., Novi
  • Phone: 248-348-5600
  • Costs: advance: $25/adults and all children; $6/adults for fair only; $5/children ages 11 and under for fair only

Have fun with an expanded midway, tons of agricultural and livestock exhibits, entertainment, vendors and so much more.

Arts, Beats & Eats

Aug. 29-Sept. 1, 2014

  • Times: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Monday
  • Address: Main and Troy streets, downtown Royal Oak
  • Phone: 248-334-4600
  • Costs: $3/tickets until 5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, $5/tickets after 5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, free/until 5 p.m. on Friday only

This annual blast has samples from 50-plus restaurants, plus 200 music performers, 130 artists and kids fun.

Detroit International Jazz Festival

Aug. 29-Sept. 1, 2014

  • Times: 7-11 p.m. Friday, 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, 1:30-7:30 p.m. Monday
  • Address: Hart Plaza to Campus Martius Park, Detroit
  • Phone: 313-447-1248
  • Costs: free

Entering its 35th year, this largest-of-its-kind free event features some of metro Detroit's greatest classic and modern jazz artists.

Hamtramck Labor Day Festival

Aug. 30-Sept. 1, 2014

  • Times: noon-10 p.m. Saturday-Monday
  • Address: downtown Hamtramck
  • Phone: 313-333-7523
  • Costs: free/general, some fees/games, rides

Join in the fun all weekend long with an art fair, carnival rides, music and, on Monday, Golab-K 5K, Hamtramck Yacht Club Canoe Races and Polish Day Parade.

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