July Fairs & Festivals in Southeast Michigan

Want to have some sweet sunshine fun in metro Detroit this July 2015? Grab the family and check out all the hot summer events happening in Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties.

July Fairs and Festivals

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 this July.

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Clawson Fourth of July

July 3-4, 2015

  • Where: City Park, West Elmwood and Main Streets, Clawson
  • Times: 3-10 p.m. Friday, 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday
  • Cost: $2/midway entry, other fees may apply

Celebrate the country’s independence with games, fireworks and a midway complete with awesome carnival rides.

Gibraltar July Forth Festival and Fireworks

July 3-4, 2015

  • Where: Parsons Elementary School area, 14473 Middle Gibraltar Road, Gibraltar
  • Times: 4-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday
  • Cost: Free

A parade kicks off this fest on Friday. Follow that up with a carnival, complete with games and rides, pony rides, arts and crafts and more.

Oakland County Fair

July 3-12, 2015

  • Where: Oakland County Fairgrounds, Springfield Oaks County Park, 12451 Andersonville Road, Davisburg
  • Times: Vary by day
  • Cost: General: $10/park, $5/walk-in; $16-$22/ride armbands; grandstand $10/adults, $5/ages 6-14, free/5 and under

This annual event features tons of games and live entertainment; plus, a full carnival, figure 8 races, a rodeo, demolition derby and more. Be sure to check out the Independence Day fireworks display on July 4.

Royal Oak Rib Fest

July 3-5, 2015

  • Where: Royal Oak Farmers Market, 316 E. 11 Mile Road, Royal Oak
  • Times: 4-11 p.m. Friday, noon-midnight Saturday, noon-8 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: Free/admission and parking, fees may apply for some events

This first-time fest features live musical performances, monster truck rides, pig races, a kid zone and, of course, tons of barbecue ribs.

Independence Fest

July 4, 2015

  • Where: Downtown Clarkston; fireworks take place at Clintonwood Park, 6000 Clarkston Road, Clarkston
  • Times: 10 a.m.-dusk
  • Cost: $5/parking until 6 p.m., $10/parking after 6 p.m.

Catch the “Grand Old Flag” parade at 10 a.m. After, there’s a craft show, games and inflatables for kids. Finish off the day with a fireworks display.

Camaro Super Fest

July 4-5, 2015

  • Where: Riverside Park, East Cross and North Huron Streets, Ypsilanti
  • Times: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
  • Cost: Free

Camaro owners gather at the longest-running all-Camaro event to display their rides. If you love the Camaro, come out to see tons of them – both driven and modified.

Concert of Colors

July 4 & 9-12, 2015

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

Celebrate the many ethnicities and cultures that make up metro Detroit with live music, dance and performances at this 23-year-old fest. Find ethnic food, shopping and crafts, too.

Wyandotte Street Art Fair

July 8-11, 2015

  • Where: Downtown Wyandotte, Biddle Avenue between Eureka and Oak streets
  • Times: 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday
  • Cost: Free

Since 1961, this fest has filled the streets of downtown Wyandotte with a variety of fine art by some 250 artists across the country. Find live music and fun activities for kids, too.

Seymour Celebration

July 9-11, 2015

  • Where: Seymour Lake area, Oxford
  • Times: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Thursday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday
  • Cost: $5/parking after 7 p.m., $20/unlimited ride wristbands

Find around 20 amusement rides, music and a splash pad for kids, a garage sale, food and drinks for adults; plus two fireworks displays on Friday and Saturday.

Uncle Sam Jam

July 9-12, 2015

  • Where: Civic Center Park, 24135 Hall Road, Woodhaven
  • Times: 2-11 p.m. Thursday, 2 p.m.-midnight Friday, noon-midnight Saturday, noon-11 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: Free

It’s back for another year, complete with a 30-plus-ride carnival, petting zoo, camel rides, monster truck rides and more. Be sure to catch national music performers, circus acts and a fireworks display (Friday).

Saline Celtic Festival

July 10-11, 2015

  • Where: Mill Pond Park, 565 W. Bennett St., Saline
  • Times: 5-11:30 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Saturday
  • Cost: $10/adults, $5/ages 13-17, free/12 and under

Enjoy live music and dancing throughout the park – and competitions for reels and jigs, wool spinning, sheep herding, lacemaking and jousting. There’s activities for wee-folk, too.

Michigan Elvisfest

July 10-11, 2015

  • Where: Historic Depot Town, Ypsilanti
  • Times: 5 p.m.-midnight Friday, noon-midnight Saturday (doors at 11 a.m.)
  • Cost: $20/Friday, $30/Saturday, free/kids 12 and under

The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll is alive again as some of his best tribute artists perform many of his greatest hits at this outdoor fest. For those still growing into their sideburns, find make-and-take crafts, face painting, a magic show, bouncers, games and more.

Lavender Festival

July 10-12, 2015

  • Where: Blake Farms, 17985 Armada Center Road, Armada
  • Times: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Sunday
  • Cost: $6/adults, free/under 12, fees may apply for some activities

This fest has wagon rides and projects, plus food and lavender lemonade – all in celebration of what the plant can do for your health and wellness.

MEA Culture & Music Festival

July 10-12, 2015

  • Where: Warren City Square, 1 City Square, Warren
  • Times: 6-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 5-10 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: Free

This three-day fests celebrates Middle Eastern culture with music dance and food.

Plymouth Art in the Park

July 10-12, 2015

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

This art fair, which has become a Michigan favorite, returns this year with the work of some 400 artists from around the country on display. Features food, tunes and activities for the whole family, too.

American Polish Festival & Craft Show

July 10-12, 2015

  • Where: American Polish Century Club, 33204 Maple Lane Drive, Sterling Heights
  • Times: 4 p.m.-1 a.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-1 a.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: $2/admission

Whether you are of Polish decent or not, this festival has something for everyone! Find great one-of-a-kind items from the craft show, polka the night away or taste some homemade Polish and American delicacies; plus there are inflatables for the kids and tons of other activities.

Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival

July 11, 2015

  • Where: DTE Energy Music Theatre, 7774 Sashabaw Road, Clarkston
  • Times: 12:45 p.m./doors, 1 p.m./show starts Saturday
  • Cost: $30-$66.66

Now in its eighth year, the world’s largest heavy music festival rocks Michigan with the sounds of some 13 bands.

Ragtime Street Fair

July 11-12, 2015

  • Where: Greenfield Village, 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn
  • Times: 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: Free with admission, $25/adults, $18.75/ages 5-12, free/4 and under, $6/parking

Find American Jazz Age-style piano music, dance and food are available for the whole family at this fest.

Huron River Day Festival

July 12, 2015

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

Kids will learn all about the river and the creatures that live there with art and science activities, live animals and more. Enjoy great music and food or rent a canoe or kayak and take a ride down the river.

Summerfest

July 13-28, 2015 (Mondays-Wednesdays)

  • Where: Grosse Pointe War Memorial, 32 Lake Shore Drive, Grosse Pointe Farms
  • Time: vary Mondays-Wednesdays
  • Cost: Free

Find three weeks of outdoor entertainment including live music and movies under the stars at this celebration of summer.

Metro Detroit Youth Day

July 15, 2015

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

Celebrating 33 years of inspiring kids, Belle Isle hosts a free day of fun races, games, contests, prizes, live entertainment, celebrity guests and more, all geared at kids ages 8-15.

The Ann Arbor Art Fairs

July 15-18, 2015

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

Stoll around downtown Ann Arbor to catch this award-winning four-in-one art fair, packed with family fun. Find the Street Art Fair, Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair and South University Art Fair nearby.

Farmington Founders Festival

July 16-18, 2015

  • Where: Downtown Farmington
  • Times: 7-11p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: Free

Celebrate the city of Farmington with a parade and fireworks display, live entertainment, movie under the stars and more. There’s even some games and rides for kids!

Lyon Township Summerfest

July 16-18, 2015

  • Where: 57494 Lyon Center Drive West, Lyon Township
  • Times: 1-11 p.m. Thursday, 2-11 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, 1-5:30 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: Free/admission, $5/parking, $22/ride wristbands

Families gather for carnival games and rides, a drone demo, petting zoo, live concerts, magic show, fireworks and more. Toddlers get their own bouncy inflatables, too.

Festa Italiana

July 17-19, 2015

  • Where: Freedom Hill County Park, 14900 Metropolitan Parkway, Sterling Heights
  • Times: 6-11 p.m. Friday, noon -11 p.m. Saturday, 11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: Free/general, $10/parking

Family fun with an Italian flair! Don’t miss this annual event that features food, live entertainment and much more.

Pig & Whiskey

July 17-19, 2015

  • Where: Between Woodward Avenue and East Troy Street, downtown Ferndale
  • Times: 6 p.m.-midnight Friday, 11 a.m.-midnight Saturday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: Free/admission, fees apply for food and drinks

Grown-ups, drop the kids at grandma’s and head out to enjoy live music, delicious barbecue and adult beverages from local eateries. Ages 21-plus. Dogs are allowed, too.

PNC Roar on the River

July 17-19, 2015

  • Where: Elizabeth Park, 202 Grosse Ile Parkway, Trenton
  • Times: noon-midnight Friday, 7 a.m.-10:45 p.m. Saturday, 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: Free/general, $25/Friday taste party, $5/parking donation

Find fast boats, high-action Jet-Ski demonstrations, food and live music here. For kids, there’s bouncy inflatables, games, face painting and more!

Growing Up Green Festival

July 18, 2015

  • Where: Packard Proving Ground, 49965 Van Dyke Ave., Shelby Township
  • Times: 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday
  • Cost: $5/adults, free/kids

There’s live music, free classes and demonstrations, plus contests, kid’s yoga, fresh produce and more.

Quake on the Lake

July 18-19, 2015

  • Where: Pontiac Lake State Recreation Area, near Williams Lake and Hatchery roads, Waterford
  • Times: 9 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: $10/adults, $5/ages 5-12, free/ages 4 and under, $10/pit passes

Witness record-breaking performances by inboard hydroplane boats, enjoy music, a craft fair and nighttime concerts – and find out which boat takes the competition.

Czech and Slovak Festival

July 18-19, 2015

  • Where: Sokol Cultural Center, 23600 W. Warren Road, Dearborn Heights
  • Times: 1:30-10 p.m. Saturday, noon-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 pastries. Lots of activities on tap for the kiddies, too.

Old Mill Arts N’ Crafts Festival

July 18-19, 2015

  • 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

The fun stuff to see and do at this annual fest includes tons of food, entertainment, face painting and more for kids.

Festival of Chariots (Rath Yatra)

July 19, 2015

  • Where: Starts at Novi Civic Center, 45175 W. 10 Mile Road; ends at Fuerst Park at 10 Mile and Taft roads
  • Time: 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Cost: Free

This fest kicks off with a parade that ends three miles away amidst some 20 tents of food, shopping, henna and more – all centered on Indian culture.

Sounds & Sights Festival

July 23-25, 2015

  • Where: Downtown Chelsea
  • Times: 6:30-11 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday
  • Cost: Free

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

Sterlingfest Art & Jazz Fair

July 23-25, 2015

  • 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/admission, $22/unlimited ride wristbands

This fest mixes the fun of arts and crafts with jazz and blues, food and music make for a great time for the whole family. Look for the Kidz Fest tent where you’ll find clowns, animal shows and magic shows.

Vans Warped Tour

July 24, 2015

  • Where: The Palace of Auburn Hills, 6 Championship Drive, Auburn Hills
  • Times: 11 a.m. Friday
  • Cost: $38.50/advance, $45/day of

This year’s lineup at this annual alternative rock fest features Asking Alexandria, Escape the Fate, Simple Plan and others. Kids under 18 must be accompanied by and adult.

Nations Celebration

July 25, 2015

  • Where: Groveland Oaks County Park, 14555 Dixie Highway, Holly
  • Times: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday
  • Cost: fees may apply

Explore various cultures with global art displays and activities; plus face painting, hayrides and more.

New Country on the River

July 25, 2015

  • Where: Elizabeth Park, West Jefferson Avenue south of West Road, Trenton
  • Times: 1-9 p.m. Saturday
  • Cost: free/admission, $5/parking donation

Great country performers set up along the river to sing some of your favorite country songs today.

Orchard Lake Fine Art Show

July 25-26, 2015

  • Where: Powers and Daly streets, 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

Find work from top-notch local artists on display – plus kids’ art activities like plaster painting, T-shirt tie dying, candle making and a youth art competition, too.

Maker Faire

July 25-26, 2015

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

This unique event displays mind-boggling robotic and electronic creations, rockets and other artistic but scientific contraptions; plus food and music galore.

Washtenaw County 4-H Youth Show

July 26-31, 2015

Where: Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Road, Ann Arbor
Times: 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday-Friday
Cost: Free

This gathering is focused on animals and art projects and is completely run by 800 local 4-H kids. Best of all, everything is free, except for the food.

Rally on the Ridge

July 28, 2015

  • Where: Canton Farmers Market, 500 N. Ridge Road, Canton
  • Times: 5-8 p.m. Tuesday
  • Cost: Free

This fest supports the Farmers Market and features a plethora of food trucks to taste-test, face painting, an inflatable bouncer, lawn games and more.

Firefly Film Festival

July 31-Aug. 1, 2015

  • Where: Kensington Metropark, 4570 Huron River Parkway, Milford
  • Times: 8:45 p.m. Friday-Saturday
  • Costs: Free with $7 vehicle entry

Vintage Japanese monster movies hit a 65-foot movie screen for two nights at this fest.

Buy Michigan Now Festival

July 31-Aug. 2, 2015

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

Families will find food and vendors, music and activities, all with a Michigan theme, at this fest.

This article was originally published in 2012 and has been updated for 2015 by Christina Clark.

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