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July Fairs & Festivals in Southeast Michigan

Want to have some sweet sunshine fun in metro Detroit this July 2014? Grab the family and check out all the hot summer events happening in Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties.

Summer is hot, hot, hot in southeast Michigan. So instead of hanging out in the air conditioning all day, get outdoors, break a sweat and enjoy all the local July festivals coming to your area. From the American Polish Festival to the Uncle Sam Jam, the 10-day Oakland County Fair and the two-day Elvisfest, you and your family are bound to have boatloads of fun. Visit places like Belle Isle, Greenfield Village, and various parks and fairgrounds to celebrate different decades, ethnicities, cultures and holidays. Get educated and learn something new, or just have some plain, good ol’ fun. Let Metro Parent be your guide to all the big events happening in and around southeast Michigan.

Oakland County Fair

July 4-13, 2014

  • Where: Oakland County Fairgrounds, Springfield Oaks County Park, 12451 Andersonville Road, Davisburg
  • Times: Vary by day
  • Cost: $10/parking, $5/admission, $20/carnival, $5-$10/grandstand events

At this 10-day event, check out the Oakland County Idol competition and the livestock farm – plus dog shows, a circus, carnival, demolition derbies and other contests from jumping to skillet throwing. Don't miss the grand fireworks display Friday, July 4.

Concert of Colors

July 5 & 10-13, 2014

  • Where: Charles H. Wright Museum, Detroit Institute of Arts, Max M. Fisher Music Center, more locales, Detroit
  • Times: Vary by date
  • Cost: Free

Celebrating more than 20 years of Detroit diversity, this event is jammin’ with a bevy of tunes, including live shows by Rayse Biggs and Seun Kuti with Fela’s Egypt 80, plus ethnic food, shopping, arts, crafts and family fun.

Metro Detroit Youth Day

July 9, 2014

  • Where: Belle Isle Athletic Field, Detroit
  • Time: 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
  • Cost: Free

Celebrating 32 years of inspiring youth, Belle Isle is hosting a free day of fun races, games, contests, prizes, live entertainment, celebrity guests and more, all geared at kids ages 8-15.

Wyandotte Street Art Fair

July 9-12, 2014

  • Where: Downtown Wyandotte (Biddle Avenue between Eureka and Oak streets)
  • Times: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday
  • Cost: Free

Geared up for its 53rd year, this festival features some 250 artists from 30 states, all displaying a variety of fine art throughout the downtown area. There will also be live music and fun activities for kids of all ages!

Uncle Sam Jam

July 10-13, 2014

  • Where: Civic Center Park, 23101 Hall Road, Woodhaven
  • Times: 2-11 p.m. Thursday, noon-midnight Friday-Saturday, noon-11 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: Free

It's back for another year, complete with a carnival, fireworks, petting zoo, camel rides, banana derby and monster truck rides. There will also be national music performances, vendors, circus acts and other lures for families.

The Saline Celtic Festival

July 11-12, 2014

  • Where: Mill Pond Park, 565 W. Bennett St., Saline
  • Times: 5:30-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday
  • Cost: $15/adults, $5/ages 13-17, free/12 and under

There's music and dancing throughout the park, including competitions for reels and jigs, plus wool spinning, sheep herding, lace making and jousting. Wee-folk activities include a ducky race.

Michigan Elvisfest

July 11-12, 2014

  • Where: Riverside Park, Depot Town, near East Cross and North Huron streets, Ypsilanti
  • Times: 5 p.m.-midnight Friday, noon-midnight Saturday (doors at 11 a.m.)
  • Cost: $15/Friday, $25/Saturday

Elvis is back in the building with 15 tribute artists performing many of his hits. For kids, there are “all day make it and take it” crafts, face painting, balloon making, a magic show, bouncers and interactive games.

Detroit APBA Gold Cup

July 11-13, 2014

  • Where: Along Detroit River, adjacent to Belle Isle, near Jefferson Avenue and Marina Drive
  • Times: noon-7 p.m. Friday, 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday, 9:10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: $15-$45/tickets

Watch unlimited hydroplanes race for the cup going 200 mph – and check out the hot rod show and vintage race boats while enjoying many activities and live bands all weekend.

Plymouth Art in the Park

July 11-13, 2014

  • Where: Downtown Plymouth
  • Times: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: Free

One of Michigan’s favorite art fairs returns with more than 400 artists nationwide – and features food, tunes and activities for the whole family.

American Polish Festival & Craft Show

July 11-13, 2014

  • Where: American Polish Century Club, 33204 Maple Lane Drive, Sterling Heights
  • Times: 4 p.m.-1 a.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: Admission/free, $5/parking

Visit for your one-of-a-kind item from a craft show, dance to polka music, eat homemade Polish and American food, take part in pierogi-eating contests and more. There are inflatables for the kids and a variety of other activities.

Ragtime Street Fair

July 12-13, 2014

  • Where: Greenfield Village, The Henry Ford, 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn
  • Times: 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: $24/ages 13-61, $17.50/ages 5-12, free/all village members or ages 4 and under, $5/parking

American Jazz Age-style piano, dance, food and shows are available for the whole family. Don't miss the Dixieland Jazz Parade and popular Cake Walk (you could "take the cake"). Stop in to snack on a handful of fresh hot buttered corn – and take the time enjoy some decadent summer treats.

Huron River Day Festival

July 13, 2014

  • Where: Gallup Park, 3000 Fuller Road, Ann Arbor
  • Time: noon-4 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: Free family activities; $5/canoe and kayak rentals

Children's tent with art and science activities, canoe photo booth, live animals, butterfly house, musical entertainment, food, fishing and more are here.

The Ann Arbor Art Fairs

July 16-19, 2014

  • Where: Downtown Ann Arbor
  • Times: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday
  • Cost: Free

Packed with kids' fun, there’s four fairs in one! Also catch the nearby Street Area Art Fair, Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair and the South University Art Fair.

Fraser Lions Carnival

July 17-20, 2014

  • Where: Steffens Park, 3300 Garfield Road, Fraser
  • Times: 4-11 p.m. Thursday, 4-11:30 p.m. Friday, noon-midnight Saturday, noon-11:30 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: Free, all-day carnival ride wristbands $18-$20

A carnival attracts kids of all ages, and car and motorcycle shows will keep parents entertained. There’s a variety of food and drinks with live entertainment all weekend and fireworks display on Sunday.

Farmington Founders Festival

July 18-20, 2012

  • Where: Downtown Farmington
  • Times: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: Free

A weekend-long celebration of crafts, music and community has reached 50 years! "Taking it back to where it all began" is the theme for Saturday's parade. Watch a movie under the stars, shop at the Crafters Marketplace and let your kids take advantage of the rides, games and crafts galore.

PNC Roar on the River

July 18-20, 2014

  • Where: Elizabeth Park, 4461 Elizabeth Drive, Trenton
  • Times: 3-11:30 p.m. Friday, 7 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Saturday, 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: Friday tastefest: $25-$30/adults; general: $5/donation parking

Fast boats, Jet Ski demos, inflatables, crafts, food and live music are all here. For kids, find bouncy inflatables, games, face painting and a midway – this fest has it all.

Quake on the Lake

July 18-20, 2014

  • Where: Pontiac Lake State Recreation Area, 2201 N. Williams Lake Road, Waterford
  • Times: 3-9 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: $10/adults, $5/ages 5-12, free/ages 4 and under

The national championships take over the lake as high-speed hydroplanes battle their opponent to break a new record. Watch the intense boat races by day and entertaining concerts by night.

Festival of Chariots (Rath Yatra)

July 19, 2014

  • Where: Starts at Novi Civic Center; ends at Fuerst Park at 10 Mile and Taft roads
  • Time: 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Cost: Free

For 31 years, this parade in Novi features a 40-foot-tall hand-pulled chariot; then there's music, food, shopping and dancing – all celebrations of India's spirituality and culture.

Czech and Slovak Festival

July 19-20, 2014

  • Where: Sokol Cultural Center, 23600 W. Warren Road, Dearborn Heights
  • Times: 1:30-10 p.m. Saturday, 12:30-7 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: $5/admission, free/ages 14 and under

Ethnic dancers and musicians are the heart of this event. But there's also plenty of authentic food to go around, too, including goulash, stuffed cabbage and a pastry booth. Lots of activities on tap for the kiddies, as well.

Old Mill Arts N' Crafts Festival

July 19-20, 2014

  • Where: Grant Park, Van Dyke Avenue and Hahn Street, Utica
  • Times: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: Free

Fun stuff to see and do at this annual fest – including a ton of food, daily entertainment, face painting and more activities for the kids.

Sounds & Sights Festival

July 24-26, 2014

  • Where: Downtown Chelsea
  • Times: 6:30-11 p.m. Thursday, noon-11 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday
  • Cost: Free

Liven up the nights with great musical performances and a social tent; and visit a classic car show, Kid Zone activities and open-air market during the days.

Sterlingfest Art & Jazz Fair

July 24-26, 2014

  • Where: City Center and Dodge Park, Sterling Heights
  • Times: 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Thursday-Saturday (craft fair goes till 8 p.m.)
  • Cost: Free

Mixing the fun of arts and crafts with jazz and blues, food and music make for a great time for the whole family. Also look for the Kidz Fest tent with clowns, animal shows and magic shows.

Orchard Lake Fine Art Show

July 26-27, 2014

  • Where: West Bloomfield Plaza, 6668 Orchard Lake Road, West Bloomfield
  • Times: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: $5/admission, free/ages 12 and under, free/parking

Explore top-notch local artists and their fine crafts; you'll also find kids’ art activities like plaster painting, T-shirt tie dying, candle making and a youth art competition.

Maker Faire

July 26-27, 2014

  • Where: Henry Ford Museum and grounds, 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn
  • Times: 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
  • Cost: $28/ages 13-61, $19/ages 5-12, free/kids 4 and under

You don’t want to miss this unique event! Join the celebration of arts, crafts, food, music, engineering, science and technology. You’ll see projects such as robots, flame shooters, animatronics and solar-powered mechanical sculptures.

Washtenaw County 4-H Youth Show

July 27-Aug 1, 2014

  • Where: Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Road, Ann Arbor
  • Times: Vary by day, Sunday-Friday
  • Cost: Free

This 6-day fest is made for animal-lovers everywhere! Focused on animals and projects galore, the event is completely run by 800 local 4-H kids. All admission and activities are free except the food.

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