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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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Chelsea Community Fair

Aug. 20-24, 2013

  • Times: vary by day
  • Address: Chelsea Community Fairgrounds, 20501 Old US-12 Highway, Chelsea
  • Phone: 734-475-1270
  • Costs: $7/adults, free/10 and under, $20/ride wristband

C'mon by this decades-old fair for demolition derbies, livestock judging, tractor pulls, crafts, exhibits, midway games, grub and oodles more.

Warren Birthday Bash

Aug. 22-25, 2013

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

Celebrate at Thursday family movie, carnival, Friday fireworks, the Totally Artrageous Art Show, a Taste of the Community and special Saturday fun for kids.

Lincoln Park Days

Aug. 23-25, 2013

  • 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: 313-350-8705
  • Costs: free

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. 23-25, 2013

  • Times: about 7 p.m.-nightfall Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday
  • Address: downtown Lake Orion
  • Phone: 248-693-4986
  • Costs: free

Dragon boat races highlight this fest launched by a dazzling Friday night boat parade of lights, plus a chalk art challenge, children’s park, music and more.

Saline Community Fair

Aug. 27-Sept. 2, 2013

  • Times: vary by day
  • 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 for the carnival rides and classic lures like a demolition derby, tractor pulls, rides, parade and the Miss Saline crowning.

Michigan Peach Festival of Romeo

Aug. 29-Sept. 2, 2013

  • Times: vary by day
  • Address: 32 Mile and Van Dyke roads, downtown Romeo area
  • Phone: 586-752-6543
  • Costs: Free; Admission may vary for certain events

This annual gala is in full swing for an 81st year of festivities including a KidsFest Saturday, car show Sunday and Floral Parade on Monday.

Fifth Third Bank Michigan State Fair

Aug. 30-Sept. 2, 2013

  • Times: midway: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday; call ahead for times for other events
  • Address: Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave., Novi
  • Phone: 248-348-6942
  • Costs: advance: $25/adults and all children 36 inches or taller $10/toddler wristband for children 35 inches and under; at gate: $30/ultimate, $10/toddler; $5/parking

Look for an expanded midway, tons of agricultural and livestock exhibits, entertainment, vendors and more.

Arts, Beats & Eats

Aug. 30-Sept. 2, 2013

  • Times: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday
  • Address: Main and Troy streets, downtown Royal Oak
  • Phone: 248-334-4600
  • Costs: $3/tickets

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

Detroit International Jazz Festival

Aug. 30-Sept. 2, 2013

  • Times: 7-10 p.m. Friday, noon-10:45 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, 12:15 p.m.-8 p.m. Monday
  • Address: Hart Plaza to Campus Martius, Detroit
  • Phone: 313-447-1248
  • Costs: free

Entering its 34th year, this largest-of-its-kind free event features the Dave Liebman & Richie Beirach Duo and Bill Charlap & Renee Rosnes Piano Duo.

Hamtramck Labor Day Festival

Aug. 31-Sept. 2, 2013

  • Times: noon-10 p.m. Friday-Monday
  • Address: downtown Hamtramck
  • Phone: 313-333-7523
  • Costs: free

Head to Hamtown for 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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