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August Fairs & Festivals in Southeast Michigan

Amp up your fun as summer winds down! Take the kids and head out for some 2013 family fun in Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties.

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Armada Fair

Aug. 12-18, 2013

  • Times: vary by day, 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

At 141 years, this "true country fair" brings back monster trucks, a midway, exotic animals – and, of course, the demolition derby and "Figure 8" races.

Farmington Hills Family Funfest

Aug. 15-18, 2013

  • Times: 5-11 p.m. Thursday-Friday, noon-11 p.m. Saturday, noon-9 p.m. Sunday
  • Address: Founders Sports Park, Farmington Hills
  • Phone: 248-755-0433
  • Costs: free/general, $18/all-day wristbands

Melvindale Street Fair

Aug. 16-17, 2013

  • Times: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday
  • Address: Allen Road near Outer Drive, Melvindale
  • Phone: 313-429-1051
  • Costs: free

Food vendors, crafters and entertainment gather around the central business district to hawk their wares.

Ypsilanti Heritage Festival

Aug. 16-18, 2013

  • Times: noon-8:30 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday
  • Address: Riverside Park, Depot Town, Frog Island and downtown Ypsilanti
  • Phone: 734-483-6071
  • Costs: free

There's living-history fun, art, stage shows, a kids' area and more in store at this fest.

African World Festival

Aug. 16-18, 2013

  • 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 31. Visit the kids' Watoto Village, too.

Greek Festival

Aug. 15-18, 2013

  • 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. 17, 2013 (unofficially starts earlier in week)

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

Concerts, dances, parades, events for kids and an official ribbon cutting all preface the massive 50,000-vehicle parade of classic autos down M-1.

War of 1812 Muster

Aug. 17-18, 2013

  • Times: 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
  • Address: Greenfield Village, 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn
  • Phone: 313-983-6001
  • Costs: free with admission: $24/adults, $17.50/kids, free/4 and under, $5/parking

The Porches and Parlors District is alive with citizen soldiers, craftsmen, merchants and more, all in period dress.

Michigan Renaissance Festival

Aug. 17-Sept. 29, 2013 (weekends only/rain or shine, plus Monday, Sept. 2 and Friday, Sept. 27)

  • Times: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. weekends (plus Sept. 2 and 27)
  • Address: 12500 Dixie Highway at Hollygrove grounds, Holly
  • Phone: 800-601-4848
  • Costs: $20.95/adults, $11.95/ages 5-12

Experience the 16th century like nowhere else with full-contact armor jousting, shows, themed weekends and hearty legendary feasts.

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