July Fairs & Festivals in Southeast Michigan

Looking for some summertime fun in metro Detroit this July? Grab the fam and check out some of these hot 2016 summer events in Macomb, Oakland Wayne and Washtenaw counties.

July Fairs and Festivals

July gets hot, hot, hot in southeast Michigan, but that’s no reason to hide indoors in the air conditioning all summer. There are tons of outdoor fairs and festivals in Macomb, Washtenaw, Wayne and Oakland counties for you and your family to enjoy. From events that celebrate different cultures, like the American Polish Festival and the Saline Celtic Festival, to music-centered events like the 99.5 WYCD Hoedown, extensive county fairs, and educational fests, there’s something for every southeast Michigan family this July. Check out this Metro Parent guide to all of the fairs and fests this July, cake on the sunscreen, and hit up your fave for all kinds of family fun.

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Clawson Fourth of July Festival

June 22-July 4, 2016

  • Where: City Park, West Elmwood and Main Streets, Clawson
  • Times: vary by date
  • Cost: free/music, $2/midway entry, other fees may apply

This annual celebration starts the Fourth of July festivities more than a week before the big day, and features such fun as an arts and crafts show, carnival, a fun run, midway games and rides. It all leads up to a massive fireworks display at dusk on July 4.

Camaro Superfest

July 2-3, 2016

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

If you go to Depot Town on Friday, you’ll get to meet-and-greet with the owners of the Camaros in the show. Head out Saturday and Sunday to check out some driven and modified Camaros on display.

Royal Oak Rib Fest

July 1-4, 2016

  • Where: Royal Oak Farmers Market, 316 E. 11 Mile Road, Royal Oak
  • Times: 5-11 p.m. Friday, noon-11 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, noon-8 p.m. Monday
  • Cost: $5/general, $3/before 3 p.m.

Find live musical performances, a Kids Zone, hot dog pig racing, adult beverages and tons of barbecue ribs.

Gibraltar July Fourth Festival and Fireworks

July 3-4, 2016

  • Where: Fireworks: Parsons Elementary School area (14473 Middle Gibraltar Road, Gibraltar). Festival: Community Center Field area (29340 S. Gibraltar Road, Rockwood)
  • Times: noon-10 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday
  • Cost: general admission prices TBA, $3/parking, fees/rides

A carnival kicks off the fun on July 3. On the 4th, head out for a parade, petting zoo, fireworks display and more, all in addition to the carnival.

Independence Fest

July 4, 2016

  • Where: Clintonwood Park, 6000 Clarkston Road, Clarkston
  • Times: 10 a.m. parade, 11 a.m.-dusk festival
  • Cost: $5/parking until 6 p.m., $10/parking after 6 p.m.

A parade themed to the “Land of the FREE, because of the BRAVE,” kicks off this community tradition. A craft show, games, inflatables for kids and more follows the procession

Seymour Celebration

July 7-9, 2016

  • 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

There’s amusement rides, music, a splash pad for kids, two firework displays on Friday and Saturday, a movie in the park on Thursday and much more.

Uncle Sam Jam

July 7-10, 2016

  • Where: Civic Center Park, 23101 Hall Road, Woodhaven
  • Times: 2-11 p.m. Thursday, 2 p.m.-midnight Friday, noon-midnight Saturday, noon-11 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: Free/general admission, $25/ride wristbands

Enjoy another year of monster truck and camel rides, a petting zoo, fireworks display, bird encounter and a 30-plus-ride carnival. There’s a live musical performances by Vince Neil, Great White and 38 Special, too.

Michigan Elvisfest

July 8-9, 2016

  • Where: Historic Depot Town, Ypsilanti
  • Times: 5 p.m.-midnight Friday, noon-midnight Saturday (doors at 4 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. Saturday)
  • Cost: $20/Friday, $30/Saturday, free/kids 12 and under

This annual fest brings the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll to life with live performances by some of the world’s best tribute artists; plus arts and crafts, face paintings, inflatables and more for those still growing into their sideburns.

Saline Celtic Festival

July 8-9, 2016

  • Where: Mill Pond Park, 565 W. Bennett St., Saline
  • Times: 5:30-11:30 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Saturday
  • Cost: $10/adults in advance, $15/adults at the gate, $5/ages 13-17, free/12 and under, ages 65-plus and active military, $80/groups of 10

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-folks, too.

Plymouth Art in the Park

July 8-10, 2016

  • 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 annual Michigan favorite fills the downtown area with the work of some 400 artists from across the country. It offers food, music and family activities, too.

American Polish Festival & Craft Show

July 8-10, 2016

  • 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, free/ages 17 and under, free/parking

This annual craft show and festival offers tons of one-of-a-kind items on display and for sale, homemade Polish and American eats, inflatables and other activities.

MEA Culture & Music Festival

July 8-10, 2016

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

Celebrate Middle Eastern culture with three days of music, dance and food.

Oakland County Fair

July 8-17, 2016

  • Where: Oakland County Fairgrounds, Springfield Oaks County Park, 12451 Andersonville Road, Davisburg
  • Times: Vary by day
  • Cost: General: $10/park, $5/walk-in; $16-23/ride armbands except on Tuesday when ride wristbands are $12; grandstand: $10/adults, $5/ages 6-14, free/5 and under

This annual hometown fair features games and rides; plus plenty of live entertainment including a rodeo, demolition derby, livestock contests, musical performances and more. Be sure to check out the Independence Day fireworks display on July 4.

Medieval Days 2016

July 9-10, 2015

  • Where: Historic Fort Wayne, 6325 Jefferson Ave., Detroit
  • Times: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Cost: Free/general admission, $5/guided tours, $5/parking

See a live encampment that aims to show how the lords, ladies, knights, squires and surfs lived in medieval times.

Huron River Day Festival

July 10, 2016

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

There are all kinds of outdoor activities for families to enjoy, art and science activities, encounters with live animals, music, food and more. You can also rent a canoe or kayak and take a ride down the river.

Summerfest

July 11-27, 2016 (Mondays-Wednesdays)

  • Where: Grosse Pointe War Memorial, 32 Lake Shore Drive, Grosse Pointe Farms
  • Time: 6 p.m./gates open, 7:30 p.m./musical performances, dusk/movies start
  • Cost: Free

This three-week event offers live musical performances and movies under the stars, all in celebration of summer.

Metro Detroit Youth Day

July 13, 2016

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

Kids ages 8-15 will enjoy a day full of free games, races and other contests; plus live entertainment, celebrity guests and more at this 33-year-old event.

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Wyandotte Street Art Fair

July 13-16, 2016

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

The streets of downtown Wyandotte are filled with the artwork by 250 artists from around the country. There’s live music and kid’s activities, too.

Concert of Colors

July 14-17, 2016

  • Where: Charles H. Wright Museum, Detroit Institute of Arts, Max M. Fisher Music Center and other locales in Midtown, Detroit
  • Times: Vary by date
  • Cost: Free

Detroit is full of different ethnicities and cultures. Celebrate these different cultures with live music and dance performances at this 24-year-old fest. There’s ethnic food, shopping and crafts, too.

Farmington Founders Festival

July 14-17, 2016

  • Where: Along Grand River Avenue, Downtown Farmington
  • Times: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, 5-11 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: Free admission

Celebrate the city of Farmington with a fireworks display (Saturday at dusk), live entertainment, outdoor movies, hot air balloons, monster truck rides and more. Kids get a special day on Thursday at Shiawassee Park. This day find tons of kids’ activities, games, a teddy bear parade and more.

Lavender Festival

July 15-17, 2016

  • Where: Blake’s Orchard & Cider Mill, 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

There are tons of workshops and projects, plus food and lavender lemonade – all in celebration of the holistic benefits of this plant.

PNC Roar on the River

July 15-17, 2016

  • Where: Elizabeth Park, 202 Grosse Ile Parkway, Trenton
  • Times: noon-midnight Friday, 7 a.m.-midnight. Saturday, 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: Free/general, $25/Friday taste party, $5/parking donation

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

Festa Italiana

July 15-17, 2016

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

Enjoy family fun with an Italian flair including Italian food, live entertainment, kids’ activities, imported beer, contests, a Family Fun Zone, a Holy Mass on Sunday and more.

Pig & Whiskey

July 15-17, 2016

  • Where: East Troy Street between The WAB and the Emory, 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

Head to Ferndale to enjoy live music, delicious barbecue from local eateries, adult beverages and more.

Old Mill Arts N’ Crafts Festival

July 16-17, 2016

  • 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

This annual fest includes tons of food and art on display, live entertainment, a kids’ play area and more.

Czech and Slovak Festival

July 16-17, 2016

  • Where: Sokol Cultural Center, 23600 W. Warren Road, Dearborn Heights
  • Times: 1:30-10 p.m. Saturday, 12:30-7:30 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: $5/admission per day, free/parking

Celebrate Czech and Slovak culture with authentic food and dance, imported beer, a pastry area, live bands, handcrafted jewelry and more.

Lyon Township Summerfest

July 21-24, 2016

  • Where: 57494 Lyon Center Drive West, Lyon Township
  • Times: TBA (Thursday is kids day)
  • Cost: Free/admission, $5/parking, $22/ride wristbands (find discounted wristbands for $16 in advance at lyonevents.org)

Families gather at this annual event for carnival games and rides, an exotic animal exhibit, live concerts and magic shows, bouncy inflatables for toddlers and, new this year, a special acrobatic shows by the Flying Wallendas.

The Ann Arbor Art Fairs

July 21-24, 2016

  • Where: Downtown Ann Arbor
  • Times: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: Free

This annual event packs four art fairs into one on the streets of downtown Ann Arbor. Pencil in a time to hit each fair because the Street Art Fair, Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair, State Street Art Fair and South University Art Fair are all a little different from one another and are all really fun.

Vans Warped Tour

July 22, 2016

  • Where: The Palace of Auburn Hills, 6 Championship Drive, Auburn Hills
  • Times: 11 a.m. Friday
  • Cost: $40.50-plus/ticket

This year’s lineup at this annual alternative rock fest features Good Charlotte, 3OH!3, Atreyu, Emarosa, Mayday Parade, The May, We The Kings and others.

Mardi Gras Gala

July 22-24, 2016

  • Where: Groveland Oaks County Park, 14555 Dixie Highway, Holly
  • Times: All weekend; specific times will be announced shortly before the event
  • Cost: $5/residents $12/non-residents

Enjoy a weekend full of Mardi Gras-themed fun including mask making, team games, face painting, beaded necklaces, a bike parade, hayrides, DJ and much more.

Quake on the Lake

July 22-24, 2016

  • Where: Pontiac Lake Recreation Area, on North Williams Lake Road, Waterford
  • Times: 5-9 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-8 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

Nighttime concerts, a car show and a craft fair accompany record-breaking performances and races at this annual event.

Festival of Chariots (Rath Yatra)

July 24, 2016

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

This fest kicks off with a three-mile parade that ends with a grand celebration that showcases Indian culture with some 20 tents of food, shopping and henna; plus kids’ activities, music and more.

Washtenaw County 4-H Youth Show

July 24-29, 2016

  • Where: Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Road, Ann Arbor
  • Times: 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • Cost: Free

This event showcases the art projects and livestock that have been made and raised by local 4-H kids.

Rally on the Ridge

July 26, 2016

  • Where: Canton Farmers Market, 500 N. Ridge Road, Canton
  • Times: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday
  • Cost: Free

Support the local Farmers Market at this annual event, which features a plethora of food trucks to taste-testing, music, inflatables, lawn games and more.

Sterlingfest Art & Music Fair

July 28-30, 2016

  • Where: City Campus, 40555 Utica Road, Sterling Heights
  • Times: 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Thursday-Saturday
  • Cost: Free/admission, $16/ride wristband in advance, $23/ride wristband at the gate

This annual fest mixes art with music, games and rides to make the perfect event for the whole family. Be sure to take your kiddos to the Kids Tent for some great age-appropriate fun.

Sounds & Sights Festival

July 28-30, 2016

  • 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

This 30-plus-year-old fest will liven up your nights with great musical performances and a social ten, a classic car show, Kid Zone and open-air market.

New Country on the River

July 30, 2016

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

Are you a country music fan? Park yourself along the river to hear some of your favorite songs today.

Maker Faire Detroit

July 30-31, 2016

  • Where: Henry Ford Museum and grounds, 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn
  • Times: 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
  • Cost: $28/adults, $26/seniors, $19/ages 5-12, free/under 4, $6/parking

Check out mind-boggling electronic and robotic creations, rockets on display and other scientific contraptions at this annual event. There’s food and music, too.

Orchard Lake Fine Art Show

July 30-31, 2016

  • 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

Hundreds of top-notch local artists display their work at this top art show There’s kids’ activities and a kids’ art competition, too.

Arab & Chaldean Festival

July 30-31, 2016

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

This 45th annual event celebrates Arab and Chaldean culture with an Arab fashion show and calligraphy, children’s fair with inflatables and more.

99.5 WYCD Hoedown

July 31, 2016

  • Where: DTE Energy Music Theatre, 7774 Sashabaw Road, Clarkston
  • Times: 2 p.m.
  • Cost: $25/lawn seats, $31-$74/pavilion tickets

See some of your favorite country artists including Brad Paisley and Chris Young at this 34-year-old country music event.

This post was originally published in 2012 and has been updated for 2016 by Christina Clark.

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