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September Fairs & Festivals in Southeast Michigan

Break in the school month the fun way and get your family together for these 2014 fall festivals in Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties

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With the changing of the leaves and arrival of chilly weather comes homework and hectic schedules – but don't let the hustle and bustle of autumn kill your family fun. Here in metro Detroit and beyond, you'll find plenty of September fairs and festivals sure to keep you and your kiddos entertained! Peruse this list of upcoming events, gather up the kiddos and head out for school-season good times.

Renaissance Festival

Aug. 16-Sept. 28, 2014 (weekends)

  • Address: Hollygrove Grounds, 12600 Dixie Highway, Holly
  • Times: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays; plus Monday, Sept. 1 and Friday, Sept. 26
  • Cost: $21.95/adults, $12.95/kids ages 5-12
  • Phone: 800-601-4848

Experience the 16th century like nowhere else with full-contact armor jousting, shows for kids and parents, themed weekends and hearty feasts; plus mermaids, puppets, street entertainers and more. Patrons are encouraged to dress up if they wish.

Detroit Jazz Festival

Aug. 29-Sept. 1, 2014

  • Address: Hart Plaza to Campus Martius, downtown Detroit
  • Times: 7-11 p.m. Friday, 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, 1:30-7:30 p.m. Monday
  • Phone: 313-447-1248
  • Cost: free

Celebrate Detroit's legacy in jazz culture at this 35th annual four-day festival. North of 100 talented artists, including Ramsey Lewis and Diane Schuur among others, will perform on five different stages across several city blocks.

Fifth Third Bank Michigan State Fair

Aug. 29-Sept. 1, 2014

  • Address: Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave., Novi
  • Times: 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday
  • Cost, with rides and one circus show: $25/advance, $30/gate ultimate
  • Cost, fair only: advance: $6/ages 12-plus, $5/ages 11 and under; gate: $8/ages 12-plus, $6/ages 11 and under
  • Parking: $5
  • Phone: 248-348-6942

The racing pigs are back, along with a life-size butter cow, an expanded carnival midway and hundreds of exhibits. Detroit Shrine Circus and its exciting performances is included for an additional cost.

Old St. Patrick Labor Day Festival

Aug. 30-31, 2014

  • Address: Old St. Patrick Catholic Church, 5671 Whitmore Lake Road, Ann Arbor
  • Times: noon-11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
  • Cost: free
  • Phone: 734-662-8141

Kids' activities include a petting zoo, face painting, rock climbing wall, hatchet throw and inflatables. Also enjoy live stage performances, a country store, used bookstore, silent raffle and more.

New Baltimore Art on the Bay

Aug. 30-31, 2014

  • Address: Walter & Mary Burke Park, downtown New Baltimore
  • Times: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
  • Cost: free
  • Phone: 586-725-2151

Enjoy the works of more than 100 artists, chefs and musicians at this two-day fine arts and crafts show on the banks of Lake St. Clair.

Richmond Area Good Old Days Festival

Sept. 4-7, 2014

  • Address: downtown Richmond
  • Times: 5-10 p.m. Thursday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: free; some costs for attractions

Now celebrating 51 years, this fest has a classic car parade and cruise, Little Miss Richmond contest, strawberry shortcake social, outhouse races and arm wrestling and horseshoe contests, along with and a children's parade down Main Street.

Art & Apples Festival

Sept. 5-7, 2014

  • Address: Rochester Municipal Park, Sixth and Pine streets, downtown Rochester
  • Times: 4-7:30 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday
  • Phone: 248-651-4110
  • Cost: free, $5/suggested donation per person

Plenty of food (especially apples) accompanies the nearly 300 artists hosted by Paint Creek Center for the Arts. Look for live music, entertainment and a popular kids' fun area, too.

Plymouth Community Fall Festival

Sept. 5-7, 2014

  • Address: downtown Plymouth
  • Times: noon-11 p.m. Friday, 7 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday
  • Phone: 734-455-1614
  • Cost: free

Sporting a section of rides for little kids, this community event has carnival rides, pet and car shows, a Friday taste fest, all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner on Saturday and a Rotary chicken barbecue on Sunday.

Grosse Pointe VillageFest

Sept. 6-7, 2014

  • Address: Kercheval Avenue in The Village, downtown Grosse Pointe
  • Times: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday
  • Phone: 313-886-7474
  • Cost: free

This event lets you get a sample of food, music, and art; plus, kids' activities, shopping and a dance party with The Sun Messengers.

Troy Family Daze

Sept. 11-14, 2014

  • Address: Zion Christian Church, 3668 Livernois Road, Troy
  • Times: 4-9 p.m. Thursday, 4-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, noon-9 p.m. Sunday
  • Phone: 248-918-4559
  • Cost: free

It's a family outing with free stage shows, talent shows, amusement rides, youth/parent contests, entertainment, games crafts and fireworks. On Sunday, check out the new Adventure Theatre where kids can dress up and perform.

Boating and Outdoor Festival

Sept. 11-14, 2014

  • Address: Lake St. Clair Metropark, 31300 Metropolitan Parkway, Harrison Township
  • Times: noon-7:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday
  • Phone: 734-261-0123
  • Cost: $10/adults, free/12 and under, $7/vehicle entry

Celebrate life on the water with live music, art, kids activities, a boat show, the new dog agility area, "bark park," and, of course, swimming and boating. Plus, live Flyboard and Quadski demonstrations and more.

DIY Street Fair

Sept. 12-14, 2014

  • Address: east of Woodward Avenue, south of Nine Mile Road, Ferndale
  • Times: 6 p.m.-midnight Friday, 11 a.m.-midnight Saturday and Sunday
  • Cost: free

Due to a delay in local roadwork, the previously called-off event is on for this year! Check out local crafters, food, kids' fun and more! Note: Held same dates as the nearby Funky Ferndale Art Fair.

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