September Fairs and Festivals in Southeast Michigan

School is back in session, but summer fun isn't totally done. Get in one last fling at one of these fests happening in Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties in September 2016.

September Fairs and Festivals in Southeast Michigan

The leaves are changing colors and the chilly wind is beginning to blow your summer buzz right out the door – but don’t fret, summer isn’t over just yet. In September in metro Detroit, we have tons of last-minute fairs and festivals to make sure you get in one last bash before the hustle and bustle of the school year totally harshes your mellow. From hometown fairs to fall fests and pre-Halloween celebrations, there’s sure to be one more shindig that your whole family will be into. Check out this list of upcoming events to find the right one.

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Renaissance Festival

Aug. 20-Oct. 2, 2016 (Saturdays and Sunday; plus Sept. 5 and 30)

  • Address: Hollygrove Grounds, 12600 Dixie Highway, Holly
  • Times: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays; plus Labor Day and Friday, Sept. 30
  • Cost: $22.95/adults, $19.95/college students, $13.95/ages 5-12
  • Phone: 248-634-5552

Experience the 16th century with themed weekends full of full-contact jousting competitions, kids’ shows, and feasts; plus live mermaids and other costumed characters, puppet shows and street performances. Dress in your best costume to top off your trip.

Saline Community Fair

Aug. 31-Sept. 5, 2016

  • Address: Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Road, Ann Arbor
  • Times: 9 a.m.-midnight Wednesday-Sunday, 1-6 p.m. Monday
  • Cost: $7/ages 11-plus, $18/ride wristband; free admission/Monday (rides only), $10/arm bands on Monday

A parade kicks off this annual fair on Aug. 31, followed by a week of rides, livestock exhibits, games, live entertainment and much more.

Fifth Third Bank Michigan State Fair

Sept. 1-5, 2016

  • Address: Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave., Novi
  • Times: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Thursday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday (interior exhibit hall closes at 5 p.m.)
  • Phone: 248-348-6942
  • Cost: $8/adults, $6/kids 2-11, free/2 and under, $23/fair and rides or fair and circus, $30/fair, rides and circus, $5/parking

This annual Michigan tradition brings back the ever-popular pig races, livestock exhibits and agricultural displays, live entertainment, a midway full of games and rides and performances by the Detroit Shrine Circus (for an additional charge).

Michigan Peach Festival

Sept. 1-5, 2016

  • Address: Downtown Romeo between 35 and 36 Mile roads
  • Times: 4-10 p.m. Thursday, 4-11 p.m. Friday, noon-11 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, noon Monday
  • Phone: 586-752-6543
  • Cost: free/admission, $25/unlimited ride wristband

This peachy-keen fest offers a 5K or 10K run, kids’ parade, craft and car shows, and plenty of yummy peach treats.

Arts, Beats and Eats

Sept. 2-5, 2016

  • Address: Downtown Royal Oak
  • Times: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Monday
  • Phone: 248-541-7550
  • Cost: $3/general admission until 3 p.m., $5/general admission after 3 p.m., free/kids under 3, $10/food and beverage tickets, $2.50-$3.75/ride

This 19th annual fills the streets with the community’s best music, food and artwork for families to enjoy.

Detroit Jazz Festival

Sept. 2-5, 2016

  • Address: Hart Plaza to Campus Martius Park, downtown Detroit
  • Times: 7-10:30 p.m. Friday, 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday, noon-8 p.m. Monday
  • Phone: 855-529-9338
  • Cost: free

Celebrate Detroit’s jazz culture at this 37th annual four-day festival with performances by huge names like George Benson, The Soul Rebels, the Charlie Gabriel Quartet and many others; plus jazz talks and jam sessions, too.

New Baltimore Art on the Bay

Sept. 3-4, 2016

  • Address: Walter & Mary Burke Park, downtown New Baltimore
  • Times: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
  • Phone: 586-725-0291
  • Cost: free

This New Baltimore tradition sets up on the banks of Lake St. Clair and features two days of live music, food and artwork on display.

Hamtramck Labor Day Festival

Sept. 3-5, 2016

  • Address: Downtown Hamtramck area
  • Times: noon-10 p.m. Saturday-Monday
  • Phone: 313-333-7523
  • Cost: free/general, $5/parking; fees apply for some events

Hamtown celebrates Labor Day and Polish culture with a parade, 5K and kiddy races, art displays, live music, a carnival and more.

Labor Day Roundup

Sept. 5, 2016

  • Address: Downtown Franklin area
  • Times: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday
  • Phone: 248-626-2231
  • Cost: free

Find a parade at noon followed by midway games and inflatables, magic and juggling performances, a car show and more. Be sure to swing by Franklin’s Art in the Village, which runs concurrently, and features artwork by local artists on display.

Richmond Area Good Old Days Festival

Sept. 8-11, 2016

  • Address: downtown Richmond area
  • Times: 5-10 p.m. Thursday, 4-11 p.m. Friday, noon-11 p.m. Saturday, 1-9 p.m. Sunday
  • Phone: 586-727-1320
  • Cost: Free/admission, $4/kid motor sports tickets, $8/adult motor sports tickets, $20/ride wristbands

Now in its 53rd year, this fest offers classic carnival fun like games, rides and livestock displays; plus a demolition derby, classic cars on display, a parade and more.

Plymouth Fall Festival

Sept. 9-11, 2016

  • Address: downtown Plymouth area
  • Times: noon-11 p.m. Friday, 7 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday
  • Phone: 734-335-0199
  • Cost: free/admission, $25/ride wristbands

Find a variety of rides and games for kids on the midway, car, craft and pet shows, live entertainment, and tons of food at the taste fest (Friday), the Spaghetti Dinner (Saturday) and the Rotary Barbecue (Sunday), all in celebration of the incoming fall season.

Art & Apples Festival

Sept. 9-11, 2016

  • Address: Rochester Municipal Park, Sixth and Pine streets, 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, $5/suggested donation

Apple treats and the work of some 300 artists are the highlight of this annual festival, which is hosted by the Paint Creek Center for the Arts. Find live music and entertainment, and a kids’ area, too.

Grosse Pointe VillageFest

Sept. 9-11, 2016

  • Address: The Village, Kercheval Avenue between Cadieux and Neff roads, Grosse Pointe
  • Times: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, noon-10 p.m. Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday
  • Phone: 313-886-7474
  • Cost: free/festival admission, $100/Friday benefit

On Friday, there’s a benefit reception, “Kick-Off for Kids” for the Holy Cross Children’s Services ($100), and tons of kid-friendly activities, live music, a car show and other free family fun on Saturday and Sunday.

Highland Heritage Festival

Sept. 9-11, 2016

  • Address: Highland Township Hall area, 205 N. John St., Highland Township
  • Times: 5:30-11:30 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday
  • Phone: 248-820-6904
  • Cost: free

Kids enjoy a “bounce city” full of inflatables and other kids fun on Saturday and Sunday while adults get a pig roast and beer tent on Friday; plus craft vendors, a farmers market, live music and more all weekend.

Dally in the Alley

Sept. 10, 2016

  • Address: North Cass area, boxed by Anthony Wayne Drive, West Hancock Street and West Forest and Second avenues, Detroit
  • Times: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday
  • Cost: free

Find art on display, live food, tons of eats and fun for kids at this 39th annual. Note: Rain day is Sunday.

HomeGrown Festival

Sept. 10, 2016

  • Address: Ann Arbor Farmers Market, 315 Detroit St.,
  • Time: 6-10 p.m. Saturday
  • Phone: 734-707-8488
  • Cost: free/admission, fees/some activities

There’s food, prepared by area chefs and sourced from Michigan farms, live music, educational activities and more.

Kelley-Fisk Farm Festival

Sept. 10-11, 2016

  • Address: Fisk Farm, 9180 Highland Road, White Lake
  • Times: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
  • Phone: 248-684-5721
  • Cost: free/admission; donations welcome

Visit this historical White Lake farm for pie-eating contests, crafts, live entertainment, storytelling and more.

Old Car Festival

Sept. 10-11, 2016

  • Address: Greenfield Village, 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn
  • Times: 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday
  • Phone: 313-982-6001
  • Cost: Free with museum admission: $26/adults, $19.50/kids 3-11, free/kids 2 and under; $6/parking

This annual boasts being the longest-running antique car show and features tons of authentic classic and antique cars on display.

Kids Fest

Sept. 10-11, 2016

  • Address: Kings Court Castle at Canterbury Village, 2325 Joslyn Road, Lake Orion
  • Times: noon-5 p.m. Saturday, noon-4 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: $10/kids, $5/adults; buy one ticket and bring three cans of food get a second ticket free

Find monster truck rides, face painters, bounce houses, a petting zoo, pony rides, live entertainment and more.

Paul Bunyan Festival

Sept. 11, 2016

  • Address: Wolcott Mill Metropark Farm Center, 65775 Wolcott Road, Ray Township
  • Times: noon-4 p.m. Sunday
  • Phone: 586-749-5997
  • Cost: $5/person, $10/vehicle permit

Celebrate the mythical man with the big blue ox and learn about Michigan’s 1850’s logging days with themed activities, demonstrations and songs. Note: Runs concurrently with Harvest Festival and Corn Day, add $3 for both festivals.

Harvest Festival & Corn Day

Sept. 11, 2016

  • Address: Wolcott Mill Metropark Farm Center, 65775 Wolcott Road, Ray Township
  • Times: noon-4 p.m.
  • Phone: 586-749-5997
  • Cost: $5/person, $10/vehicle permit

Swing by the farm center for candle-dipping, horseback riding, crafts and other activities; plus tons of produce for sale. Note: Runs concurrently with the Paul Bunyan Festival, add $3 for both festivals.

Dawn Farm Jamboree

Sept. 11, 2016

  • Address: Dawn Farm, 6633 Stony Creek Road, Ypsilanti
  • Times: 1-6 p.m. Sunday
  • Phone: 734-485-8725
  • Cost: Free

This 43rd annual celebrates the founding day of this Washtenaw County recovery center with live music and entertainment, a kids’ tent, hayrides, live animals and more.

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Harvest Moon Celebration

Sept. 15-16, 2016

  • Address: Riley Park, downtown Farmington
  • Times: 6-11 p.m. Thursday-Friday
  • Phone: 248-473-7276
  • Cost: $6/in advance, $8/at the door

Ages 21-plus enjoy beer, wine and cider tasting on Thursday and the Harvest Moon Dance, which has music, food and brews on Friday.

Boating and Outdoor Festival

Sept. 15-18, 2016

  • Address: Lake St. Clair Metropark, 31300 Metropolitan Parkway, Harrison Township
  • Times: noon-7:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday
  • Phone: 734-261-0123
  • Cost: $10/adults, free/12 and under with the purchase of an adult ticket, $10/vehicle permit

Those that prefer to live life on the waves celebrate the art of boating with live music, art on display and kids’ activities; plus a boat and watercraft show, swimming, demonstrations and more.

Troy Family Daze

Sept. 15-18, 2016

  • Address: Troy Civic Center, 3425 Civic Center Drive
  • Times: 4-9 p.m. Thursday, 4-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, noon-9 p.m. Sunday
  • Phone: 248-866-6093 (ask for Tom)
  • Cost: $2/person, free/under age 3

This annual community fair offers a giant midway full of games and rides, stages packed with live musical performances, games and crafts; plus a kids’ area full of fun kid-friendly activities like magic shows, a petting zoo, performances by Rosco the Clown and more.

Oktoberfest Sterling Heights

Sept. 16-18, 2016

  • Address: Caparthia Club, 38000 Utica Road, Sterling Heights
  • Times: 6-11 p.m. Friday, 4-11 p.m. Saturday, noon-8 p.m. Sunday
  • Phone: 586-978-2292
  • Cost: $3

Find authentic German food, music and beer, dancing, kids’ activities and more.

Northville Heritage Festival

Sept. 16-18, 2016

  • Address: downtown Northville
  • Time: 4-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday
  • Phone: 248-349-7640
  • Cost: free/admission, fees apply for some activities

Find kids’ games, vintage baseball, a farmers’ market, historical tours and more at this fest, which used to be known as the Victorian Festival.

Romulus Pumpkin Festival

Sept. 16-18, 2016

  • Address: Historical Park, 11147 Hunt St., Romulus
  • Times: 6 p.m.-midnight Friday, 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday
  • Phone: 734-955-4577
  • Cost: free

This 19th annual kicks off with a parade and fills the entire weekend with fall-themed fun like pie baking, pumpkin rolling and sunflower growing, kids’ activities, live entertainment and more.

DIY Street Fair

Sept. 16-18, 2016

  • Address: Nine Mile Road and Woodward Avenue, downtown Ferndale
  • Times: 6 p.m.-midnight Friday, 11 a.m.-midnight Saturday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: free

Find tons of cool do-it-yourself artwork for sale and on display, live music, food, kids’ activities and more.

Fall Fair

Sept. 17, 2016

  • Address: MSU Tollgate Education Center, 28115 Meadowbrook Road, Novi
  • Times: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday
  • Phone: 248-347-3860
  • Cost: Free

Catch live animal demonstrations, music, fishing, hayrides, crafts and more at this fest.

Great Lakes Bat Festival

Sept. 17, 2016

  • Address: Macomb ISD, 44001 Garfield Road, Clinton Township
  • Times: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday
  • Phone: 248-645-3232
  • Cost: free

Kids and grown-ups are invited to this yearly affair, which will introduce you to some local nocturnal creatures and teach you how they affect their ecosystems through live demonstrations.

Barn Daze

Sept. 17, 2016

  • Address: Friendship Park, 3380 W. Clarkston Road, Orion Township
  • Times: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday
  • Phone: 248-391-0304, ext. 305
  • Cost: free/admission, $5/parking

The leaves are changing and the air is getting crisp. Ring in the autumn season with tons of fall-themed events like a petting farm, pony and wagon rides, carnival games, inflatables and more.

Common Ground’s Birmingham Street Art Fair

Sept. 17-18, 2016

  • Address: South Old Woodward Avenue between Maple Road and Frank Street, Birmingham
  • Times: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday
  • Phone: 734-662-3382
  • Cost: free

This 42-year-old fair packs the streets with the works of some 160 artists, food, kids’ activities and more.

Russian Festival

Sept. 17-18, 2016

  • Address: St. Vladimir Orthodox Church, 9900 Jackson Road, Dexter
  • Times: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 1-7 p.m. Sunday
  • Phone: 734-678-8042 (general inquiries; ask for Nathan)
  • Cost: $1/admission, free/ages 7 and under

Enjoy two full days of cultural fun including authentic Russian food and music; plus dancing, a kids’ area, shopping, and more.

Saline Main Street’s Oktoberfest

Sept. 23-24, 2016

  • Address: Main Street area, Saline
  • Times: 5-11 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday
  • Cost: $5/ages 21-plus, free/20 and under

German eats, authentic rock and folk music, a biergarten, a play area for kids and other activities are in store at this annual.

Funky Ferndale Art Fair

Sept. 23-25, 2016

  • Address: Nine Mile Road west of Woodward Avenue, downtown Ferndale
  • Times: 3-7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday
  • Phone: 248-546-1632
  • Cost: free

More than 120 edgy artists show off their work at this annual display – plus food and fun for the kids, too.

South Lyon Area Pumpkinfest

Sept. 23-25, 2016

  • Address: downtown South Lyon
  • Times: 6-11 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday
  • Phone: 248-437-1735
  • Cost: free

On Friday, grown-ups enjoy a biergarten and main stage entertainment, while the whole family enjoys inflatables, a craft show, farmers market, and tons of pumpkin-themed fun on Saturday and Sunday.

Davisburg Heritage Festival

Sept. 24, 2016

  • Address: downtown Davisburg area
  • Times: 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday
  • Phone: 248-846-6558
  • Cost: free/most activities, $5/pancake breakfast

Get your fill at a pancake breakfast in the morning and stick around for tractor and fire truck displays, wagon rides, historical demonstrations, a craft show and much more.

Diehl’s Ciderfest

Sept. 24-25, 2016

  • Address: Diehl’s Orchard & Cider Mill, 1479 Ranch Road, Holly
  • Times: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
  • Phone: 248-634-8981
  • Cost: free

Now in year No. 35, this annual fest offers up tons of family-friendly fun and entertainment like hayrides, a corn maze, petting farm, a craft show and more.

Deneweth’s Fall Fun Fest

Sept. 24-Oct. 30 (Saturdays and Sundays)

  • Address: Deneweth’s Garden Center, 16125 22 Mile Road, Macomb Township
  • Times: noon-5 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays
  • Phone: 586-247-5533
  • Cost: $10/kids, free/adults

Celebrate the Halloween season with a spooky train ride or in the spooky barn. There’s also an inflatable haunted house, a corn maze and straw climbing mound, games, pumpkin painting, and tons of yummy cider and doughnuts.

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