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July Fairs & Festivals in Southeast Michigan

Want family outdoor fun in metro Detroit and beyond in July 2012? See these summer events in Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties.

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Quake on the Lake

July 20-22, 2012

  • Where: Pontiac Lake State Recreation Area, 2201 N. Williams Lake Road, Waterford
  • Times: 4-10 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: $10/adults, $5/ages 5-12, free/4 and under

It's a big year as both the national and world inboard champs take over the lake. Watch the high-speed hydroplanes by day and concerts by night, including Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels opening night.

Festival of Chariots (Rath Yatra)

July 21, 2012

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

This three-mile parade (11 a.m.) in Novi features a 40-foot-tall hand-pulled chariot; then there's music, food and more, all celebrating India's spirituality and culture.

Czech and Slovak Festival

July 21-22, 2012

  • Where: Sokol Cultural Center, 23600 W. Warren Road, Dearborn Heights
  • Times: 1-10 p.m. Saturday, noon-7 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: $5/person

Music is the continuous theme for this shindig, but there's plenty of food, too, including goulash and stuffed cabbage. Lots of activities on tap for the kiddies, too.

Washtenaw County 4-H Youth Show

July 22-27, 2012

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

This midway-free fest is focused on animals and projects galore, all run by 800 local 4-H kids. Everything's free except the food.

Sounds & Sights Festival

July 26-28, 2012

  • Where: Downtown Chelsea
  • Times: Vary by day, Thursday-Saturday
  • Cost: Free

Live tunes arrive by night; by day, visit a classic car show and Kid Zone activities and open-air market.

Orchard Lake Fine Art Show

July 27-29, 2012

  • Where: West Bloomfield, south of Maple west of Orchard Lake Road on Powers and Daly streets
  • Times: 5-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: $5/admission, free/ages 12 and under, free/parking

In year 10, explore 200 artists and the K-8 art competition; you'll also find kids' fun like plaster painting, T-shirt tie dying and candle making.

Old Mill Arts N' Crafts Festival

July 28-29, 2012

  • 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

Great stuff to see and do at this annual fest that includes a food court, daily entertainment, face painting and activities for the kids.

Arab & Chaldean Festival

July 28-29, 2102

  • Where: Hart Plaza, Detroit
  • Times: noon-midnight Saturday-Sunday
  • Cost: Free

Turning 41, this jumbo celebration has a Saturday kids' fair, Sunday fashion show and Middle Eastern food, vendors, culture, customs entertainment and more.

Maker Faire

July 28-29, 2012

  • 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, $26/ages 62-plus, free/kids 4 and under (includes admission to faire and museum)

Join this DIY celebration of arts, crafts, food, music, engineering, science and technology projects. Looking for robots, flame shooters, animatronics and the like? Don't miss this unique event!

Sterlingfest Art & Jazz Fair

July 26-28, 2012

  • 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

There's never a dull moment with arts and crafts, jazz and blues, a family midway, "restaurant row," and Kidzfest tent with clowns, animal shows and magic shows.

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