Father’s Day Month Events in Southeast Michigan

Celebrate dad with the kids and family in 2015 with this pops-geared Detroit calendar of events, including fairs and festivals in Michigan and more


Sunday, June 21 is dad’s big day! Throughout the month, families can find all sorts of fun events and activities to enjoy with pops. Enjoy a grilled meal or a little dancing – or take him for the fresh Robot Lab exhibit at Michigan Science Center. From airplanes to fishing and outdoor events, this dad-geared Detroit calendar of events has fun throughout southeast Michigan. Tip: This guide mostly includes events happening close to the actual holiday. But for even more June fun, be sure to check out our roundup of June fairs and festivals in Michigan’s southeast region!

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Comedy Showcase at Chelsea District Library

June 4, 11 and 18, 2015

  • Times: 7 p.m. Thursdays
  • Address: Chelsea District Library, 221 S. Main St., Chelsea
  • Phone: 734-475-8732
  • Cost: free

Some good standup comedy will have everybody laughing. Bring a blanket, spread it out on the lawn and relax with the family with some jokes.

Ann Arbor Summer Festival

June 12-July 5, 2015

  • Times: vary by date
  • Addresses: Ingalls Mall, Power Center and Hill Auditorium and surrounding grounds, Ann Arbor
  • Phone: 734-994-5999
  • Cost: free/outdoor shows, costs vary/indoor concerts

One of the great fairs and festivals in Michigan, this one has 140-plus concerts and events to enjoy. There’s lots of free outdoor entertainment, plus ticketed indoor concerts (Father’s Day weekend, June 20-21, brings the Golden Dragon Acrobats).

River Day on Clinton River and Lake St. Clair

June 13-14, 2015

  • Times: times vary; primarily Saturday-Sunday
  • Address: 38 total parks in Macomb and Oakland counties
  • Phone: 248-601-0606
  • Cost: park or event fees may apply

Celebrate the Clinton River and St. Clair waterways with hiking, biking, fishing and more, coinciding with Michigan’s Free Fishing Weekend.

Blast from the Past at Lake St. Clair Metropark in Harrison Township

June 14, 2015

  • Times: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday
  • Address: Lake St. Clair Metropark, 31300 Metropolitan Parkway, Harrison Township
  • Phone: 586-463-4581
  • Cost: free/event, $7/park vehicle entry

Check out the antique and classic cars local car clubs display, as well as the custom and muscle cars, at this 18th annual event.

Grillin’ for Food Gatherers in Ann Arbor

June 14, 2015

  • Times: 3-8 p.m. Sunday
  • Address: Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Road, Ann Arbor
  • Phone: 734-761-2796
  • Cost: $75/adults, $10/ages 3-13, free/under 3

Treat dad to food from about 50 local restaurants; there’s also live music, kids activities and a cash bar with Michigan brews. It goes toward a good cause, raising money for 750,000 meals for residents in need.

Canton Liberty Fest

June 18-20, 2015

  • Times: 1-11 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday
  • Address: Heritage Park, 46202 Heritage Park Road, Canton
  • Phone: 734-394-5460
  • Cost: free/admission, $22-$28/ride wristbands

Happening right before Father’s Day, the Canton Liberty Fest earns a spot on our Father’s Day Detroit calendar of events with its local bands, midway games and rides galore. Plus fireworks and the Liberty Run on Saturday.

Father’s Day at Addison Oaks in Leonard

June 19-20, 2015

  • Times: set about a week before the event, Friday-Saturday
  • Address, Addison Oaks County Park, 1480 W. Romeo Road, Leonard
  • Phone: 248-693-2432
  • Cost: free/admission, $5-$10/vehicle pass

Enjoy fishing, family team games, paddleboat races and more.

Belleville National Strawberry Festival

June 19-21, 2015

  • Times: noon-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, noon-7 p.m. Sunday
  • Address: downtown Belleville
  • Phone: 313-383-8920
  • Cost: free/admission

When it comes to fairs and festivals in Michigan, this is a big one! Strawberries are the main draw, there are also plenty of activities and foods here, too, including two midways, concerts and a children’s area. On Saturday, attend the 11 a.m. parade.

Father’s Day at Groveland Oaks in Holly

June 19-21, 2015

  • Times: set about a week before the event, Friday-Sunday
  • Address: Groveland Oaks County Park, 14555 Dixie Highway, Holly
  • Phone: 248-634-9811
  • Cost: free/admission, $5-$10/vehicle pass

Bring dad out for a weekend of kayaking, paddle boating, fishing, biking, hayrides a DJ and more.

Germanfest & Father’s Day Picnic in Sterling Heights

June 19-21, 2015

  • Times: 5-11 p.m. Friday, 2-11 p.m. Saturday, noon-8 p.m. Sunday
  • Address: Carpathia Club of Sterling Heights, 38000 Utica Road, Sterling Heights
  • Phone: 586-978-2292
  • Cost: $3/admission, free/parking

Authentic German food, kids fun and folk dance are just a few of the fun highlights at this 11th annual event, all topped off by the Sunday picnic in honor of dad.

Daddy Day at Lamaze Family Center in Ann Arbor

June 20, 2015

  • Times: 9:30-11 a.m. Saturday
  • Address: Lamaze Family Center, 2855 Boardwalk St., Ann Arbor
  • Phone: 734-973-1014
  • Cost: $12/child; sibling discount available

Fun with dad is what it’s all about today at Lamaze Family Center. Play with cars, trucks, Legos and more. Then, read a special book and have a snack.

Michigan First Summer in the Village in Lathrup Village

June 20, 2015

  • Time: 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Saturday
  • Address: Lathrup Village Municipal Park, 27400 Southfield Road, Lathrup Village
  • Phone: 248-557-2600, ext. 224
  • Cost: free/admission and parking

This event has an amateur barbecue competition; plus enjoy the outdoors with a kayak on Lathrup Pond, craft making, music and more.

Father’s Day Movie and Card Making at Leanna Hicks Public Library in Inkster

June 20, 2015

  • Time: noon
  • Address: 2005 Inkster Road, Inkster
  • Phone: 313-563-2822
  • Cost: free

Kids are invited to see movie Annie and create a card for dad’s big day.

Veggie Car Races at the Rochester Hills Public Library

June 20, 2015

  • Times: 2-3 p.m.
  • Address: 500 Olde Towne Road, Rochester
  • Phone: 248-656-2900
  • Cost: free; register ASAP in advance (registration starts June 13)

Dads and their kids can build a vegetable car to race with other veggie cars.

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Father-Daughter Dinner Dance in Southfield

June 20, 2015

  • Times: 6-10 p.m.
  • Address, 28847 Franklin Road, Southfield
  • Phone: 877-834-2696
  • Cost: $35/advance, $45/day of

Dads bring their girls for a dance, dinner, photo op and more.

Motor Muster at Greenfield Village in Dearborn

June 20-21, 2015

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

Hundreds of vintage autos, motorcycles and more cruise Saturday night. Catch classic cars, vintage trucks and more, plus special demos and dancing in the streets.

Robot Lab at Michigan Science Center in Detroit

June 20-end of summer 2015

  • Times: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays, noon-6 p.m. Sundays
  • Address: Michigan Science Center, 5020 John R St., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-577-8400
  • Cost: $14/adults, $11/ages 2-12, free/under 12

This cool new exhibit is all about robotic stuff, including the basics of computer language, controlling a Finch robot and tackling a daily robot challenge. Catch it through summer.

Father’s Day Pancake Breakfast Fly-In in Canton

June 21, 2015

  • Times: 7-11 a.m. Sunday
  • Address: Mettetal Airport, 8550 N. Lilley Road, Canton
  • Phone: 248-890-6767
  • Cost: free/admission, breakfast: $6/adults, $4/kids

This event, hosted by the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 113, has different types of airplanes and helicopters on view. Breakfast is all-you-can-eat pancakes and sausage, juice and coffee.

Plymouth YMCA Father’s Day Run

June 21, 2015

  • Times: 7:30 a.m./kids races, 8 a.m./one mile, 8:15 a.m./5K, 8:45 a.m./10K; other times may vary; Sunday
  • Address: Main Street and Penniman Avenue, downtown Plymouth
  • Phone: 734-453-2904
  • Cost: $15-$75/general, free/Diaper Dash and Wee Walkers; preregistration required

This 36th annual event, hosted by the local YMCA, has runs and walks for the entire family.

Father’s Day Voyageur Canoe at Lake St. Clair Metropark in Harrison Township

June 21, 2015

  • Times: 9 a.m. Sunday
  • Address: 31300 Metropolitan Parkway, Harrison Township
  • Phone: 586-463-4581
  • Cost: $5/person, free/dads, $7/park vehicle entry; preregistration required

Explore the lake and learn history in a 34-foot canoe at this Metroparks event – one of several for dads in its local Detroit calendar of events.

Fox Hills Father’s Day Brunch in Plymouth

June 21, 2015

  • Times: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday
  • Address: Fox Hills Golf Course & Banquet Center Golden Fox Clubhouse, 8768 N. Territorial Road, Plymouth
  • Phone: 734-453-7272
  • Cost: $28.95/adults, $12.95/ages 3-12; reservations required

Make your reservations for the Father’s Day brunch here, where kids can enjoy a meal with dad.

Hot Dogs & Wagon Rides with Dad at Wolcott Mills Metropark in Ray Township

June 21, 2015

  • Times: noon-3 p.m. Sunday
  • Address: Wolcott Mill Metropark Farm Center, 65775 Wolcott Road, Ray Township
  • Phone: 586-752-5932
  • Cost: free/dads, $5/person, $7/park vehicle entry

Head to the farm center for wagon rides and fishing. Top it with a grilled hot dog.

Father’s Day Creature Corner ‘n’ Hot Dogs at Stony Creek Metropark in Shelby Township

June 21, 2015

  • Times: noon Sunday
  • Address: 4300 Main Park Road, Shelby Township
  • Phone: 586-781-4242
  • Costs: free/dads, $5/adults, $3/kids, $7/park vehicle entry

Bring dad to meet live critters; then roast hot dogs over a campfire and enjoy lunch. All ages.

GPS Hot Dog Hunt with Dad at Indian Trail Metropark in White Lake

June 21, 2015

  • Times: 12:30 p.m. Sunday
  • Address: 5200 Indian Trail, White Lake
  • Phone: 248-625-6640
  • Costs: free/dads, $8/person, $7/park vehicle entry; preregistration required

Learn the art of geocaching and enjoy lunch with dad. Ages 6-plus.

Father’s Day Brunch at The Community House in Birmingham

June 21, 2015

  • Times: 1 p.m. Sunday
  • Address: 380 S. Bates St., Birmingham
  • Phone: 248-644-5832
  • Costs: $30/adults, $15/kids; call ahead for reservation

Honor dad with bacon and sausage, garlic mashed potatoes, barbecue chicken, desserts and plenty more.

This guide was updated for 2015 by Christina Clark.

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