August Fairs & Festivals in Southeast Michigan

Have some fun in the sun as summer 2015 comes to an end. Visit some big family festivals in Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties

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Put off your back-to-school to-do list just a little while longer and finish the summer off with some memorable fun. Whether your family likes live entertainment, classic car shows and cruises or midway rides and great food, you can find them all happening around metro Detroit this August.

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Milan Summer Fest

July 31-Aug 1, 2015

  • Times: 5-11 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday
  • Address: Wilson Park, 147 Wabash St., Milan.
  • Cost: Free

Find some adult fun for parents on Friday and more family-friendly activities, like rubber ducky races and arts and crafts, on Saturday.

Buy Michigan Now Festival

July 31-Aug 2, 2015

  • Times: noon-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday
  • Address: downtown Northville
  • Costs: free

Find street vendors, live music, a kids zone with magic, music mascots and more activities that feature lots of dining options, including a wine and beer garden for adults, all with a Michigan theme.

Bash at the Beach Car Show

Aug. 1, 2015

  • Times: 8 a.m. Saturday
  • Address: Lake St. Clair Metropark, 31300 Metropolitan Parkway, Harrison Township
  • Phone: 586-463-4581
  • Cost: free/general, $7/parking

Peek at 500-600 classic, antique and muscle cars at this car show on Lake St. Clair.

Elvis Fest

Aug. 1, 2015

  • Times: 3-9 p.m. Saturday
  • Address: Canterbury Village, 2369 Joslyn Court, Lake Orion
  • Phone: 248-391-5700
  • Cost: $10/advance, $12/at the door

Hear some of the best Elvis Presley hits from the ‘50s, ‘60s and beyond.

Celebrate Lone Ranger in Oxford

Aug. 1, 2015

  • Times: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday
  • Address: downtown Oxford
  • Phone: 248-628-2543
  • Costs: free

The town parties down with music, food, a parade, classic car show and “Kids Town,” along with art, exhibits and a mask craft.

Jazz on the River

Aug. 1-2, 2015

  • Times: 1-10 p.m. Saturday-Sunday (last performer starts at 7:30 p.m.)
  • Address: Elizabeth Park, 4461 Elizabeth Drive, Trenton
  • Phone: 734-261-1990
  • Costs: free/admission $5/parking donation

This free jazz fest heads into its 20th year with lots of local and cool toe-tapping jazz talent.

Melvindale Street Fair

Aug. 1-2, 2015

  • Times: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
  • Address: Corner of Oakwood Boulevard and Allen Road, Melvindale
  • Phone: 313-429-1040
  • Costs: free

This fest will feature food vendors, crafters, live entertainment and bounce houses for the kids.

Arab & Chaldean Festival

Aug. 1-2, 2015

  • Times: noon-11:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
  • Address: Hart Plaza, 1 Hart Plaza, Detroit
  • Phone: 248-960-9956
  • Cost: free

This massive 44-year-old fest celebrates Arab and Chaldean culture with tons of cultural exhibits, including a fashion show, food, music, children’s fair and more.

Troy Traffic Jam

Aug. 2, 2015

  • Times: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday
  • Address: Columbia Center, 201 W. Big Beaver Road, Troy
  • Phone: 248-524-1147
  • Cost: Free

This classic car show has tons of vintage and specialty cars on display, tunes spun by DJ Bob Steel and much more.

SASHA Farm Humane Fair

Aug. 2, 2015

  • Times: noon-4 p.m. Sunday
  • Address: SASHA Farm Animal Sanctuary, 17901 Mahrle Road, Manchester Village
  • Phone: 734-428-9617
  • Cost: Advance: $20/adults, $15/kids under 10; door: $25, $20

Take a guided tour of the sanctuary, see the movie Cowspiracy, have a vegan-friendly lunch and round it all up with a purchase from the bake sale.

Motor City Pizza Fest

Aug. 6, 2015

  • Times: 6-10 p.m.
  • Address: Royal Oak Farmers Market, 316 E. 11 Mile Road
  • Phone: 248-809-9644
  • Cost: $10-$12/adults, $8-$10/kids 6-12, free/5 and under

Sample eats from up to 10 of the area’s top pizza parlors at this third annual. Find kids’ activities and a shopping bazaar, too.

Firefly Film Festival

Aug. 7-8, 2015

  • Times: 8:45 p.m. Friday-Saturday
  • Address: Stony Creek Metropark, 4300 Main Park Road, Shelby Township
  • Phone: 586-781-4242
  • Cost: free/general, $7/parking

See a vintage Japanese monster movie on a 65-foot screen on Friday and other short films on Saturday.

Saline’s Summerfest

Aug. 7-8, 2015

  • Times: 5-11 p.m. Friday, 7:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday
  • Address: Downtown Saline
  • Phone: 734-604-0051
  • Costs: free

Fun kids games, a craft show, bands, a street machine car show, food and bargains is what you’ll find at this fest – plus an old-fashioned history trolley ride and a teen block party, too.

Allen Park Street Fair

Aug. 7-8, 2015

  • Times: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday
  • Address: downtown Allen Park
  • Phone: 734-258-7720
  • Costs: free

Swing by this 34th annual for crafters, food, entertainment on two stages, children’s activities and fun for everyone.

Detroit Caribbean Cultural Festival

Aug. 7-9, 2015

  • Times: 5-10 p.m. Friday, 3-11 p.m. Saturday, 3-10 p.m. Sunday
  • Address: New Center Park, 2998 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-255-2226
  • Cost: free/Friday, $5/Saturday-Sunday (donation)

You’ll find cultural presentations, music and fun at this fest.

Dearborn Homecoming Festival

Aug. 7-9, 2015

  • Times: 9 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Sunday
  • Address: Ford Field Park, 22051 Cherry Hill St., Dearborn
  • Phone: 313-943-2350
  • Costs: free/general, $15-$20/wristbands

There are three days of fun midway rides, Civil War reenactments, children’s games, entertainment and fireworks on Saturday and Sunday.

Milford Memories Summer Festival

Aug. 7-9, 2015

  • Times: 10 a.m.-midnight Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday (some events start as early as 7 a.m.)
  • Address: downtown Milford area
  • Phone: 248-685-7129
  • Costs: free

Fishing contests, kids activities, art, a 5K and blind canoe races – plus a pancake breakfast and live music in three locations. Win prizes and make cool arts and crafts to take home, too.

Air Fair at Groveland Oaks

Aug. 7-9, 2015

  • Times: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday-Sunday
  • Address: Groveland Oaks Park, 14555 Dixie Highway, Holly
  • Phone: 248-634-9811
  • Costs: free/general, $5/parking

A weekend full of family fun includes hot air balloons, gliders, kites, butterfly house, food vendors, live band, a movie, DJ and face painting.

Green Cruise

Aug. 8, 2015

  • Times: 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Address: Nine Mile between Woodward Avenue and Bermuda Street, Ferndale
  • Cost: $10/advance rides, $15/day of rides

Bike lovers can celebrate their sport with a 42-mile Detroit Ride, 22-mile Suburban Ride, four-mile family ride or a three-mile walk and roll. There’s a parade at noon, games, music and food, too.

Pagan Pride Day Detroit

Aug. 8, 2015

  • Times: 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Saturday
  • Address: Green Acres Park, 899 W. Mapledale Ave., Hazel Park
  • Cost: Free with donation of one nonperishable food item

This eighth annual has crafts for kids, harvest games, live music and demonstrations.

Festival of Colors

Aug. 8, 2015

  • Times: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday
  • Address: Fuerst Park, 45175 10 Mile Road, Novi
  • Phone: 734-716-1936
  • Cost: $5/general, free/kids under 10

This Indian cultural fest features live music, dance and food – plus kids activities, yoga and, for interested guests, a stain-free color throw.

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Shelby Township Art Fair

Aug. 8-9, 2015

  • Times: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday
  • Address: Shelby Township Municipal Grounds, 52700 Van Dyke Ave.
  • Phone: 586-731-0300
  • Cost: Free

This 32nd annual event is packed with family-friendly activities and entertainment in addition to the artwork on display and for sale.

Colonial Kensington

Aug. 8-9, 2015

  • Times: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday
  • Address: Kensington Metropark, 4570 Huron River Parkway, Milford
  • Phone: 810-227-8910
  • Cost: $2/person, $7/parking

This annual event features some 200 re-enactors who take visitors back to 18th century Michigan with demonstrations, shopping and more.

Oak Park Summer Fest

Aug. 8-9, 2015

  • Times: noon-10 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
  • Address: Oak Park Community Center, 14300 Oak Park Blvd.
  • Phone: 248-691-7404
  • Cost: free

Find live music and family entertainment – plus mini golf, swimming, inflatables for kids, a rock climbing wall, art fair and more.

Corn Festival

Aug. 9, 2015

  • Times: 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. Sunday
  • Address: Municipal Parking Lot 6, Birmingham
  • Phone: 248-530-1200
  • Cost: free

It’s harvest season, which means it’s time to celebrate with games, kids crafts, live demonstrations, and of course, kettle corn.

Dexter Daze

Aug. 14-15, 2015

  • Times: 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday
  • Address: Monument Park, 8000-8558 Ann Arbor St., Dexter
  • Phone: 734-426-0887
  • Costs: free

This community fair has 100-plus booths of artisans and crafters, plus free entertainment like juggling, music and model plane shows for the whole family. Don’t miss the Saturday parade, too.

African World Festival

Aug. 14-16, 2015

  • Times: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Sunday
  • Address: Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History (grounds and inside), 315 E. Warren Ave., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-494-5800
  • Costs: free

This annual fest attracts some 150,000 attendees for a weekend packed with African music, dance, crafts, food and more. There are activities for kids, too.

India Day

Aug. 15, 2015

  • Times: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday
  • Address: Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave., Novi
  • Phone: 248-905-1809
  • Cost: free/general, $5/parking

It’s a celebration of India’s Independence Day, and you can join in at this fest that is packed full of traditional Indian food, dance and more.

Woodward Dream Cruise

Aug. 15, 2015 (unofficially starts earlier in week)

  • Times: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday
  • Address: Woodward Avenue, Ferndale through Pontiac, Oakland County
  • Costs: free

Nine Oakland County cities host concerts, dances, parades, car shows, events for kids and an official ribbon cutting that all preface the massive 50,000-vehicle parade of classic autos down M-1.

Armada Fair

Aug. 17-23, 2015

  • Times: 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Sunday
  • Address: Armada Fairgrounds, 74280 Fair St., Armada
  • Phone: 586-784-5488
  • Costs: $8/adults, $2/ages 9-12, free/ages 8 and under, $5/parking, $25/weekly parking, $25/wristbands

This “true country fair” brings back monster trucks, a midway, draft horse pulls – and, of course, the demolition derby and “Figure 8″ races.

Health & Safety Fun Fest

Aug. 20, 2015

  • Times: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday
  • Address: Wayne County Department of Public Health, 33030 Van Born Road, Wayne
  • Phone: 734-727-7000
  • Cost: free

In addition to free food, refreshments, giveaways and haircuts for kids, families will get dental screenings, childhood immunizations and info on how to stay healthy.

Greek Festival

Aug. 20-23, 2015

  • Times: 4-10 p.m. Thursday, 3-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday.
  • Address: Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, 21800 Marter Road, St. Clair Shores
  • Phone: 586-779-6111
  • Costs: $2/adults, free/under 12

Music, rides, face painting, games, ethnic food and a carnival give families an east side taste of Greece.

Farmington Hills Family Funfest

Aug. 20-23, 2015

  • Times: 5-11 p.m. Thursday-Friday, noon-11 p.m. Saturday, noon-9 p.m. Sunday
  • Address: Founders Sports Park, 35500 W. Eight Mile Road, Farmington Hills
  • Phone: 248-755-0433
  • Costs: free/general, $1/ride ticket (each ride takes about three to four), $18/all-day wristbands

Kids fun includes carnival rides, games, food and more.

Northville Ford Field Festival

Aug. 21-22, 2015

  • Times: 5-9:30 p.m. Friday, 2-10 p.m. Saturday
  • Address: Ford Field Park, 700 Baseline Road, Northville
  • Phone: 248-349-7640
  • Cost: free

There’s live music a boatload of food trucks, a beer garden for grown-ups and more.

Ypsilanti Heritage Festival

Aug. 21-23, 2015

  • Times: noon-8:30 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday
  • Address: Riverside Park, Huron River Drive between East Cross Street and Michigan Avenue, Ypsilanti
  • Phone: 734-483-6071
  • Costs: free/entry, fees/some events

Come on down for some living-history fun, art, stage shows, a kids’ area and more in store at this fest.

Spirit of Detroit HydroFest

Aug. 22-23, 2015

  • Times: check ahead for times Saturday-Sunday
  • Address: Erma Henderson, Memorial Annex and Owen Parks, Detroit
  • Phone: 313-329-8047
  • Cost: free/general, $20/parking, $45-$80/grandstands

Find H1 Unlimited hydroplane racing on the Detroit Riverfront with Grand Prix boats and speeds of up to 170 mph.

Michigan Renaissance Festival

Aug. 22-Oct. 4, 2015 (weekends, rain or shine)

  • Times: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. weekends (plus Sept. 7 and Oct. 2)
  • Address: Hollygrove Grounds, 12600 Dixie Highway, Holly
  • Phone: 248-634-5552
  • Costs: $21.95/adults, $19.95/students, $12.95/ages 5-12

Experience the 16th century like nowhere else with full-contact armor jousting, puppets, jumbo pickles and other hearty legendary feasts.

Monarch Butterfly Festival

Aug. 23, 2015

  • Times: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday
  • Address: Shiawassee Basin Preserve near Andersonville and Davisburg Roads, Springfield Township
  • Phone: 248-846-6558
  • Cost: free/general, fees/crafts

ID eggs, caterpillars and milkweed – and enjoy games and workshops. You’ll even get your own caterpillar to take home and raise.

Art on the Lake

Aug. 23, 2015

  • Times: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday
  • Address: Northfield Hills, 1750 Brentwood Drive, Troy
  • Phone: 248-641-9070
  • Cost: Free

This 41st annual outdoor show features the works of artists in all media, a kids booth, food, vendors and more.

Chelsea Community Fair

Aug. 25-29, 2015

  • Times: Events start 8 a.m. today, 9 a.m. Wednesday, 10 a.m. Thursday, 8:30 a.m. Friday and 9 a.m. Saturday
  • Address: Chelsea Community Fairgrounds, 20501 Old US-12 Highway, Chelsea
  • Phone: 734-475-1270
  • Costs: $7/adults, free/10 and under, $20/ride wristband, free/parking

This decades-old fair has demolition derbies, livestock judging, tractor pulls, crafts, exhibits, midway games, grub and oodles more.

Warren Birthday Bash

Aug. 27-30, 2015

  • Times: 4-10 p.m. Thursday-Friday, noon-11 p.m. Saturday and noon-10 p.m. Sunday
  • Address: Warren City Square, 1 City Square
  • Phone: 586-268-8400
  • Costs: free

Come for a carnival, Friday fireworks, a laser light show, a Taste of the Community and fun for the whole family.

A Taste of Greece Festival

Aug. 28-30, 2015

  • Times: 5-11 p.m. Friday, noon-11 p.m. Saturday, noon-7 p.m. Sunday
  • Address: Nativity of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church, 39851 W. Five Mile Road, Plymouth
  • Phone: 734-420-0131
  • Cost: $2/adults, free/kids 12 and under

Kids get their own corner of this fest while their parents get to enjoy some traditional Greek dance, food and treats.

Lincoln Park Days

Aug. 28-30, 2015

  • Times: 4-11 p.m. Friday, noon-11 p.m. Saturday, noon-9 p.m. Sunday
  • Address: Youth Center Park, 3525 Dix Road, Lincoln Park
  • Phone: 734-560-1121
  • Costs: free/admission, fees/rides

It’s a full-on carnival in front and a midway in back. Lots of food and kids’ games, too.

Dragon on the Lake in Lake Orion

Aug. 28-30, 2015

  • Times: about 8:50 p.m.-10:45 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
  • Address: downtown Lake Orion
  • Phone: 248-693-4986
  • Costs: free/general, fee/family movie

Dragon boat races are a must-see at this fest that also features live art demos, parade of lights, plus a chalk art challenge, children’s park, music, an Extreme Zone for Teens, and more.

Harvest Festival and Corn Day

Aug. 29, 2015

  • Times: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday
  • Address: Wolcott Mill Metropark, 65775 Wolcott Road, Ray Township
  • Phone: 586-749-5997
  • Cost: $5/person, $7/parking

Kids get to partake in crafts and art demonstrations, like candle dipping, games, wagon rides and more while mom and dad peruse the fresh-picked produce for sale.

Haven Hill Festival

Aug. 29, 2015

  • Times: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Address: Highland State Recreation Area, 5300 Highland Road, White Lake
  • Phone: 586-752-5932
  • Cost: $5/person, $7/park vehicle entry

There is a 1860s “base ball” game, summer food, vintage car displays, kids activities and more.

Thunder Over Michigan Air Show

Aug. 29-30, 2015

  • Times: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Sunday
  • Address: Willow Run Airport, 801 Kirk Profit Drive, Ypsilanti
  • Phone: 734-483-4030
  • Costs: $35/advance, $40/at the door, free/kids 15 and under, $15-$20/parking

See a performance by the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, demos by the F-16 fighting falcons and more. There’s a WWII battle reenactment, too.

Slovak Festival

Aug. 29-30, 2015

  • Times: 2-11 p.m. Saturday, noon-9 p.m. Sunday
  • Address: Ss. Cyril & Methodius Church, 41233 Ryan Road, Sterling Heights
  • Phone: 586-726-6911
  • Cost: free

This is year 25 for this fest, which features live music and a kids area packed with fun activities, like face painting and rock climbing, plus Slovak and American food, music and dance.

New Hope Family Fun Festival

Aug. 30, 2015

  • Times: 4-8 p.m. Sunday
  • Address: Mill Race Village, 215 Griswold St., Northville
  • Phone: 248-348-0115
  • Cost: $25/adults, $10/teens, free/12 and under

This event doubles as a memorial celebration for lost loved ones and features a kids activity zone, dunk tank and more.

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