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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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Thunder Over Michigan Air Show

Aug. 9-10, 2014

  • Address: The Yankee Air Museum, Willow Run Airport, Ypsilanti
  • Times: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Sunday
  • Phone: 800-585-3737
  • Costs: $30-$35/adults, free/kids 15 and under, $10-$15/parking

Over 25 P-51 Mustangs offer a rare show as they soar overhead and parachute team aerial demos. There's a WWII battle reenactment, too.

Armada Fair

Aug. 11-17, 2014

  • Times: 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Sunday
  • Address: Armada Fairgrounds, 74280 Fair St., Armada
  • Phone: 586-784-5488
  • Costs: $8/adults, $2/ages 9-12, free/ages 8 and under, $5/parking

This "true country fair" brings back monster trucks, a midway, draft horse pulls – and, of course, the demolition derby and "Figure 8" races.

Farmington Hills Family Funfest

Aug. 14-17, 2014

  • Times: 5-11 p.m. Thursday-Friday, noon-11 p.m. Saturday, noon-9 p.m. Sunday
  • Address: Founders Sports Park, 35500 W. Eight Mile Road, Farmington Hills
  • Phone: 248-755-0433
  • Costs: free/general, $1/ride ticket (each ride takes about three to four), $18/all-day wristbands

Kids fun includes carnival rides, games, food and more.

Melvindale Street Fair

Aug. 16-17, 2014

  • Times: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday
  • Address: Allen Road near Outer Drive, Melvindale
  • Phone: 313-820-2717
  • Costs: free

This fest will feature food vendors, crafters, live entertainment and bounce houses for the kids.

Ypsilanti Heritage Festival

Aug. 15-17, 2014

  • Times: noon-8:30 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday
  • Address: Downtown area on Huron River Drive between East Cross Street and Michigan Avenue
  • Phone: 734-483-6071
  • Costs: free

Come on down for some living-history fun, art, stage shows, a kids' area and more in store at this fest.

African World Festival

Aug. 15-17, 2014

  • Times: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Sunday
  • Address: Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History (grounds and inside), 315 E. Warren Ave., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-494-5800
  • Costs: free

Global music, 200 master craftsmen, dancers and food from "across the Diaspora" merge to mark African culture for year 33. Visit the kids' Watoto Village for more activities, too.

Greek Festival

Aug. 15-17, 2014

  • Times: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday
  • Address: Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, 21800 Marter Road, St. Clair Shores
  • Phone: 586-779-6111
  • Costs: $2/adults, free/under 12

Music, rides, face painting, games, cotton candy and a carnival give families an eastside taste of Greece.

Woodward Dream Cruise

Aug. 16, 2014 (unofficially starts earlier in week)

  • Times: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday
  • Address: Woodward Avenue, Ferndale through Pontiac, Oakland County
  • Phone: 248-547-0951
  • Costs: free

Nine Oakland County cities host concerts, dances, parades, car shows, events for kids and an official ribbon cutting that all preface the massive 50,000-vehicle parade of classic autos down M-1.

Michigan Renaissance Festival

Aug. 16-Sept. 28, 2014 (weekends, rain or shine)

  • Times: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. weekends (plus Sept. 1 and 26)
  • Address: 12500 Dixie Highway at Hollygrove grounds, Holly
  • Phone: 800-601-4848
  • Costs: $21.95/adults, $12.95/ages 5-12

Experience the 16th century like nowhere else with full-contact armor jousting, puppets, jumbo pickles and other hearty legendary feasts.

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