May Fairs & Festivals in Southeast Michigan

Spring is upon us, which means fair and festival season is revving up in Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne Counties. Find out what's in store in 2015.


Spring is known for its flowers and showers, but what about its fairs and fests? As the warm weather rolls in, festival season is sure to begin. This May, you’ll find oodles of fairs and fests – including the Grosse Ile Islandfest, St. Mary’s Polish Country Fair and Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix – to get your bunch off the couch and out and about. From eco-friendly fairs, to cultural fun, re-enactments and more, southeast Michigan is packed with festivals galore. So grab a light jacket and head outdoors to one of these springtime fests right in your backyard and beyond.

Pontiac Regional Chamber Carnival

May 1-10, 2015

  • Times: noon-11 p.m. May 1-2, noon-9 p.m. May 3, 4-10 p.m. May 4-7, noon-11 p.m. May 8-9, noon-9 p.m. May 10
  • Address: Oakland Pointe Shopping Center, 402 N. Telegraph Road, Pontiac (across from Summit Place Mall)
  • Phone: 248-335-9600
  • Cost: free/admission, $20/ride wristband

It’s one of Michigan’s first big outdoor carnivals of the year and features 10 days of rides, games, exhibits, live entertainment and more.

Art Birmingham

May 9-10, 2015

  • Times: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday
  • Address: Shain Park, South Bates and West Merrill streets, downtown Birmingham
  • Phone: 734-662-3382
  • Cost: free

This 34-year-old celebration features the work of some 150-juried artists. Browse and shop during this two-day fest.

Berkley Days

  • Times: Midway: 5-11 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday. Note: Midway may close earlier due to lack of participants or weather
  • Address: Berkley Ice Arena, 2400 Robina Ave., Berkley
  • Cost: Wristbands: $18/Thursday, Friday and Sunday, $23/Saturday; Additional costs for food

This celebration has been a part of the Berkley community since 1926! Join in the fun with midway rides, a pancake breakfast (8 a.m.-noon Saturday featuring Elsa and Spiderman from 10 a.m.-noon, 8 a.m.-noon Sunday featuring Cinderella and Batman 10 a.m.-noon). Find a craft show, pooch pageant, food and much more.

Butterfly Festival

May 16, 2015

  • Time: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Address: University of Michigan Museum of Natural History, 1109 Geddes Ave., Ann Arbor
  • Phone: 734-764-0478
  • Cost: free

You’ll see live butterflies at the museum’s sanctuary. Use microscopes to see them up close, plus make a pair of your own butterfly wings.

Sumpter Township Country Fest

May 22-25, 2015

  • Times: 5 p.m.-midnight Friday, noon-midnight Saturday-Sunday, noon-10 p.m. Monday
  • Address: Sumpter Fairgrounds, 23501 Sumpter Road, Belleville
  • Phone: 734-461-6201
  • Cost: free/admission, fees/rides and games

This annual blowout features clowns, pony rides, magicians and kids activities galore. You’ll also find bingo, a beer tent and casino for adults, plus a carnival, demolition derby and a car show.

St. Mary’s Polish Country Fair

May 22-25, 2015

  • Times: 5-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday
  • Address: campus of St. Mary Preparatory School, 3535 Indian Trail, Orchard Lake
  • Phone: 248-683-0514
  • Cost: $5/person, $10/family of six

This Polish-themed fest features more than 45 rides, including an 80-foot roller coaster, games, live entertainment and tons of traditional Polish cuisine.

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Greater Rochester Heritage Days

May 23-24, 2015

  • Times: 10 a.m-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday
  • Address: Rochester Municipal Park, Sixth and Pine streets, Rochester
  • Phone: 248-656-0999
  • Cost: free/admission

Here, you’ll find lumberjack log-rolling, axe throwing and other woodworking shows along with arts and crafts, historical displays, live animals and much more. There’s even a custom and classic car show.

Movement Electronic Music Festival

May 23-25, 2015

  • Times: noon-midnight Saturday-Monday
  • Address: Hart Plaza, 1 Hart Plaza, Detroit
  • Phone: 800-594-8499
  • Cost: $65/single day, $150/three days, $260/VIP three day

Techno has roots here in the D, and this annual fest captures the essence of those roots. Here, you will find the tunes of over 140 performers, along with a tech area, merch for sale, art on display and more. Best for older kids and parents who are techno fans.

Civil War Remembrance

May 23-25, 2015

  • Times: 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday-Monday
  • Address: The Henry Ford, Greenfield Village, 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn
  • Phone: 313-982-6001
  • Cost: free with admission: $22.50-$25/adults, $17-$18.75/kids, free/4 and under; $6/parking

This historic spot will help you kick off your Memorial Day celebration in a big way. This annual event honors veterans with some 450 military re-enactors and an authentic encampment. There’s artillery demos, 19th century music, hands-on activities and a parade, too.

Milan Community Fair

May 28-30, 2015

  • Times: 4 p.m.-midnight Thursday-Friday, noon-midnight Saturday
  • Address: downtown Milan area
  • Phone: 734-439-1501
  • Cost: Free/admission, fees/rides and other activities

This party has been going on since 1949 and it has no intentions of slowing down. This hometown hoedown includes tons of food, a parade (6 p.m. on Thursday), art on display and a petting zoo. Be sure to stay for the fireworks on Kids’ Day (Saturday). They’ll kick off around 10:05 p.m.

Macomb Fair & Expo

May 28-June 14, 2015

  • Times: 3-11 p.m. Wednesdays-Thursdays, 3 p.m.-midnight Fridays-Saturdays, noon-11 p.m. Sundays
  • Address: Gibraltar Trade Center, 237 N. River Road, Mount Clemens
  • Phone: 586-465-6440
  • Cost: free/admission, $22-$25/unlimited wristband on site

Enjoy a full midway packed with games and rides, plus food and much more at this annual fest.

Birmingham Village Fair

May 28-31, 2015

  • Times: noon-10 p.m. Thursday, noon-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, noon-9 p.m. Sunday
  • Address: streets surrounding Shain Park, downtown Birmingham
  • Phone: 248-644-1700
  • Cost: free/admission, $25-$20/ride wristbands

This 52-year-old classic community fairy has food booths, carnival games and tons of rides.

Chevrolet Belle Isle Grand Prix

May 29-31, 2015

  • Times: 7:30 a.m.-6:10 p.m. Friday, 7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Saturday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday
  • Address: Raceway at Belle Isle Park, Detroit
  • Phone: 866-464-7749
  • Cost: Free/Friday, $35/Saturday-Sunday, free/12 and under with paying adult; $45-$80/reserved

See Indy-car and off-road races by some fan favorites, extreme sport demonstrations, live music and more at Chevrolet’s Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix.

Grosse Ile Islandfest

May 29-31, 2015

  • Times: 4 p.m.-midnight Friday, 10 a.m.-midnight Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday
  • Address: Grosse Ile Municipal Airport area, 9601 Groh Road, Grosse Ile
  • Phone: 734-675-2364
  • Cost: free/admission

Celebrate the coming of summer with a full midway, games, a classic car show, monster truck display and much more.

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