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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.

Put off your back-to-school to-do list just a little while longer and finish the summer off with some memorable fun. Whether your family likes live entertainment, classic car shows and cruises or midway rides and great food, you can find them all happening around metro Detroit this August.

Allen Park Downtown Street Fair

Aug. 1-2, 2014

  • Times: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday
  • Address: downtown Allen Park
  • Phone: 734-258-7720
  • Costs: free

Swing by this 33rd annual for crafters, food, entertainment on two stages, children's activities and fun for everyone.

Dearborn Homecoming Festival

Aug. 1-3, 2014

  • Times: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Sunday
  • Address: Ford Field Park, Dearborn
  • Phone: 313-943-2285
  • Costs: free/general, $13-$18/wristbands, $3-$10/parking

There are three days of fun midway rides, Civil War reenactments, children's games, entertainment and fireworks on Saturday and Sunday.

Buy Michigan Now Festival

Aug. 1-3, 2014

  • Times: noon-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday
  • Address: downtown Northville
  • Costs: free

Find street vendors, live music, a kids zone with magic, music mascots and more activities that feature lots of dining options, including a wine and beer garden for adults.

Celebrate Lone Ranger in Oxford

Aug. 2, 2014

  • Times: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday
  • Address: downtown Oxford
  • Phone: 248-770-8587
  • Costs: free

The town parties down with music, food, a parade, classic car show and "Kids Town," along with art, exhibits and a mask craft.

Jazz on the River

Aug. 2-3, 2014

  • Times: 1-10 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
  • Address: Elizabeth Park on Jefferson Street, Trenton
  • Phone: 734-261-1990
  • Costs: $5/parking donation

This free jazz fest is now headed into its 19th year with lots of local and cool toe-tapping jazz talent.

Saline's Summerfest

Aug. 8-9, 2014

  • Times: 6-11 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday
  • Address: downtown Saline
  • Phone: 734-604-0051
  • Costs: free

Fun kids games, craft shows, bands, a street machines car show, food and bargains is what you'll find at this fest – plus an old-fashioned history trolley ride and a teen block party, too.

Dexter Daze

Aug. 8-9, 2014

  • Times: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday
  • Address: Monument Park, Dexter
  • Phone: 734-426-0887
  • Costs: free

This community fair has 100-plus booths of artisans and crafters, plus free entertainment like juggling, music and model plane shows for the whole family. Don't miss the Saturday parade, too.

Milford Memories Summer Festival

Aug. 8-10, 2014

  • Times: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday
  • Address: Central Park, 151 N. Main St., Milford
  • Phone: 248-685-7129
  • Costs: free

A Civil War encampment, fishing contests, kids activities, art and blind canoe races – plus a pancake breakfast and live music in three locations. Win prizes and make cool arts and crafts to take home, too.

Air Fair at Groveland Oaks

Aug. 9, 2014

  • Times: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday
  • Address: Groveland Oaks Park, 14555 Dixie Highway, Holly
  • Phone: 248-634-9811
  • Costs: free/general, $5/park vehicle entry fee

A full day of family fun includes hot air balloons, gliders, kites, butterfly house, food vendors, live band, a movie, DJ and face painting.

 

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.

 

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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