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September Fairs & Festivals in Southeast Michigan

Fall and autumn season is gearing up! Get your family together for some fun at these 2013 festivals in Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties.

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Your kiddos can take a break from that homework and make some family memories at one of the fall festivals in metro Detroit and Ann Arbor. The whole family will love checking out long-standing events like the Renaissance Festival in Holly or hitting a newer tradition like the Boating and Outdoor Festival in Macomb County. Whichever event you choose, you're guaranteed to have a blast!

Detroit Jazz Festival

Aug. 30-Sept. 2, 2013

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

Celebrate Detroit's legacy in jazz culture in this four-day fest that features 100-plus talented artists, food and family fun in the art of Detroit.

Fifth Third Bank Michigan State Fair

Aug. 30-Sept. 2, 2013

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

The racing pigs are back, along with a life-size butter cow, carnival midway and hundreds of exhibits. Detroit Shrine Circus, featuring the Flying Wallendas, is included in higher cost.

Old St. Patrick Labor Day Festival

Aug. 31-Sept. 1, 2013

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

Loads of entertainment includes a petting zoo, face painting, inflatables, rock climbing, live stage performances, a country store, dinners and more.

New Baltimore Art on the Bay

Aug. 31-Sept. 1, 2013

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

The Anchor Bay fun returns with 100-plus artists, food from local restaurants and live music.

Renaissance Festival

Aug. 31-Sept. 29, 2013 (weekends only/rain or shine, plus Monday, Sept. 2 and Friday, Sept. 27)

  • Address: 12500 Dixie Highway at Hollygrove grounds, Holly
  • Times: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays (plus Sept. 2 and 27)
  • Phone: 800-601-4848
  • Cost: $20.95/adults, $18.95/students and seniors, $11.95/kids

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

Richmond Area Good Old Days Festival

Sept. 5-8, 2013

  • Address: downtown Richmond
  • Times: 5-10 p.m. Thursday, 1-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: free; some costs for attractions

Look for the classic car parade and cruise, Little Miss Richmond contest, strawberry shortcake social, outhouse races, arm wrestling and a horseshoe contest, along with and a children's parade down Main Street.

Art & Apples Festival

Sept. 6-8, 2013

  • Address: Municipal Park, 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

Plenty of food courts accompany the nearly 300 artists hosted by Paint Creek Center for the Arts. Look for live music and a popular kids' fun area, too.

Plymouth Fall Festival

Sept. 6-8, 2013

  • 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 shebang has carnival rides, a pancake breakfast, Rotary barbecue, a taste fest, crafts and more.

Grosse Pointe Village Fest

Sept. 7-8, 2013

  • Address: Kercheval Avenue between Cadieux and Neff roads, 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, art, kids' fun, a Pooch Parade, artists and local eatery samples.

Troy Family Daze

Sept. 12-15, 2013

  • 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: 248-952-7565
  • Cost: free

It's a family outing with free stage shows, talent shows, amusement rides, youth/parent contests, entertainment, games crafts and fireworks.

Highland Heydays

Sept. 13-15, 2013

  • Address: downtown Highland
  • Times: 7-9 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday
  • Phone: 248-887-7200
  • Cost: free

Friday night has a square dance. The weekend is packed with a street fair, Mutt Strut, performing pooches, pancake breakfast, 5K/10K run and more.

DIY Street Fair

Sept. 13-15, 2013

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

Catch the weekend Kid Zone at the sixth anniversary event – including Detroit Institute of Arts make-and-takes, Michigan Science Center experiments and music. There's also a DIY 5K benefitting Ferndale Public Schools, tons of local artists selling handmade goods, Restaurant Row, a record shop and more. Note: Held same dates as the nearby Funky Ferndale Art Fair.

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