September Fairs and Festivals in Southeast Michigan

Break in the school month the fun way and get your family together for these 2014 fall festivals in Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties

September Fairs and Festivals in Southeast Michigan

With the changing of the leaves and arrival of chilly weather comes homework and hectic schedules – but don’t let the hustle and bustle of autumn kill your family fun. Here in metro Detroit and beyond, you’ll find plenty of September fairs and festivals sure to keep you and your kiddos entertained! Peruse this list of upcoming events, gather up the kiddos and head out for school-season good times.

Renaissance Festival

Aug. 16-Sept. 28, 2014 (weekends)

  • Address: Hollygrove Grounds, 12600 Dixie Highway, Holly
  • Times: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays; plus Monday, Sept. 1 and Friday, Sept. 26
  • Cost: $21.95/adults, $12.95/kids ages 5-12
  • Phone: 800-601-4848

Experience the 16th century like nowhere else with full-contact armor jousting, shows for kids and parents, themed weekends and hearty feasts; plus mermaids, puppets, street entertainers and more. Patrons are encouraged to dress up if they wish.

Detroit Jazz Festival

Aug. 29-Sept. 1, 2014

  • Address: Hart Plaza to Campus Martius, downtown Detroit
  • Times: 7-11 p.m. Friday, 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, 1:30-7:30 p.m. Monday
  • Phone: 313-447-1248
  • Cost: free

Celebrate Detroit’s legacy in jazz culture at this 35th annual four-day festival. North of 100 talented artists, including Ramsey Lewis and Diane Schuur among others, will perform on five different stages across several city blocks.

Fifth Third Bank Michigan State Fair

Aug. 29-Sept. 1, 2014

  • Address: Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave., Novi
  • Times: 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday
  • Cost, with rides and one circus show: $25/advance, $30/gate ultimate
  • Cost, fair only: advance: $6/ages 12-plus, $5/ages 11 and under; gate: $8/ages 12-plus, $6/ages 11 and under
  • Parking: $5
  • Phone: 248-348-6942

The racing pigs are back, along with a life-size butter cow, an expanded carnival midway and hundreds of exhibits. Detroit Shrine Circus and its exciting performances is included for an additional cost.

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Old St. Patrick Labor Day Festival

Aug. 30-31, 2014

  • Address: Old St. Patrick Catholic Church, 5671 Whitmore Lake Road, Ann Arbor
  • Times: noon-11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
  • Cost: free
  • Phone: 734-662-8141

Kids’ activities include a petting zoo, face painting, rock climbing wall, hatchet throw and inflatables. Also enjoy live stage performances, a country store, used bookstore, silent raffle and more.

New Baltimore Art on the Bay

Aug. 30-31, 2014

  • Address: Walter & Mary Burke Park, downtown New Baltimore
  • Times: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
  • Cost: free
  • Phone: 586-725-2151

Enjoy the works of more than 100 artists, chefs and musicians at this two-day fine arts and crafts show on the banks of Lake St. Clair.

Richmond Area Good Old Days Festival

Sept. 4-7, 2014

  • Address: downtown Richmond
  • Times: 5-10 p.m. Thursday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: free; some costs for attractions

Now celebrating 51 years, this fest has a classic car parade and cruise, Little Miss Richmond contest, strawberry shortcake social, outhouse races and arm wrestling and horseshoe contests, along with and a children’s parade down Main Street.

Art & Apples Festival

Sept. 5-7, 2014

  • 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 per person

Plenty of food (especially apples) accompanies the nearly 300 artists hosted by Paint Creek Center for the Arts. Look for live music, entertainment and a popular kids’ fun area, too.

Plymouth Community Fall Festival

Sept. 5-7, 2014

  • Address: downtown Plymouth
  • Times: noon-11 p.m. Friday, 7 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday
  • Phone: 734-455-1614
  • Cost: free

Sporting a section of rides for little kids, this community event has carnival rides, pet and car shows, a Friday taste fest, all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner on Saturday and a Rotary chicken barbecue on Sunday.

Grosse Pointe VillageFest

Sept. 6-7, 2014

  • Address: Kercheval Avenue in The Village, downtown Grosse Pointe
  • Times: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday
  • Phone: 313-886-7474
  • Cost: free

This event lets you get a sample of food, music, and art; plus, kids’ activities, shopping and a dance party with The Sun Messengers.

Troy Family Daze

Sept. 11-14, 2014

  • Address: Zion Christian Church, 3668 Livernois Road, Troy
  • Times: 4-9 p.m. Thursday, 4-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, noon-9 p.m. Sunday
  • Phone: 248-918-4559
  • Cost: free

It’s a family outing with free stage shows, talent shows, amusement rides, youth/parent contests, entertainment, games crafts and fireworks. On Sunday, check out the new Adventure Theatre where kids can dress up and perform.

Boating and Outdoor Festival

Sept. 11-14, 2014

  • 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, $7/vehicle entry

Celebrate life on the water with live music, art, kids activities, a boat show, the new dog agility area, “bark park,” and, of course, swimming and boating. Plus, live Flyboard and Quadski demonstrations and more.

DIY Street Fair

Sept. 12-14, 2014

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

Due to a delay in local roadwork, the previously called-off event is on for this year! Check out local crafters, food, kids’ fun and more! Note: Held same dates as the nearby Funky Ferndale Art Fair.

Oktoberfest Sterling Heights

Sept. 12-14, 2014

  • Address: Caparthia Club, 38000 Utica Road, Sterling Heights
  • Times: 5-11 p.m. Friday, 2-11 p.m. Saturday, noon-9 p.m. Sunday
  • Phone: 586-978-2292
  • Cost: $3

Features authentic German food, great bands and wooden dance floor all under a big tent, plus a children’s play area.

Funky Ferndale Art Fair

Sept. 12-14, 2014

  • Address: Nine Mile Road west of Woodward Avenue, downtown Ferndale
  • Times: 5-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday
  • Phone: 248-546-1632
  • Cost: free

Find edgy works from 120 artists, plus food and kids’ art fun. This year, the fair expands to include the Michigan Makers Market. Note: Held same dates as the nearby DIY Street Fair.

Victorian Festival

Sept. 12-14, 2014

  • 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

This festival has strolling entertainers, old-fashioned games, vintage baseball, a parade, food and much more all themed to lumbering.

Harvest Moon Celebration

Sept. 18-20, 2014

  • Address: Riley Park, 33113 Grand River Ave., Farmington
  • Times: 6-11 p.m. Thursday-Friday (adults), 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday (kids’ activities)
  • Phone: 248-473-7276
  • Cost: $6/advance, $8/at the door

The Sundquist Pavilion has harvest food pairings, a cozy fire, pig roast, music and cider, artisan ales and more. Saturday features kids’ activities.

Oktoberfest Birmingham

Sept. 19-20, 2014

  • Address: Our Shepherd Lutheran Church, 2225 E. 14 Mile Road, Birmingham
  • Times: 6-11 p.m. Friday, noon-11 p.m. Saturday
  • Phone: 248-646-6100
  • Cost: $5/admission

Designed for families, this 11th annual event has German and polka music, a petting zoo for the kids, balloon art, face painting, food and even an outdoor movie at dusk.

Romulus Pumpkin Festival

Sept. 19-21, 2014

  • Address: Historical Park, 11147 Hunt St., Romulus
  • Times: 6 p.m.-midnight Friday, 11 a.m.-midnight Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday
  • Phone: 734-955-4577
  • Cost: free

A lighted parade kicks off this weekend’s festivities, which include food, car and tractor shows, music – and pumpkin-rolling, pie-eating and pumpkin-seed-spitting contests.

Davisburg Heritage Festival

Sept. 20, 2014

  • Address: downtown Davisburg
  • Times: 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • Phone: 248-846-6558
  • Cost: free/most activities; breakfast: $5/ages 7-plus, $3/ages 3-6, free/2 and under

Enjoy a pancake breakfast, antique tractor and fire truck display, petting zoo, cow-pie bingo, a beer tent and a parade at noon.

Common Ground Art Fair

Sept. 20-21, 2014

  • Address: south of Old Woodward Avenue from Maple to Hazel roads, Birmingham
  • Times: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday
  • Phone: 734-662-3382
  • Cost: free

It’s the 40th year for the Birmingham Street Art Fair. Explore more than 160 artists; find food and kids’ hands-on activities, too.

DLECTRICITY

Sept. 26-27, 2014

  • Address: Woodward Avenue between the Detroit Institute of Arts and Max M. Fisher Music Center, Detroit
  • Times: 7 p.m.-midnight Friday-Saturday
  • Cost: free

Back for its second year – after debuting in 2012 – this event lights up the night with 35 electric installations sure to dazzle. There’s an 8 p.m. Saturday bike parade too (register at 6 p.m.).

South Lyon Area Pumpkinfest

Sept. 26-28, 2014

  • Address: downtown South Lyon
  • Times: 7-11 p.m. Wednesday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday
  • Phone: 248-974-3121 (talk to RoseAna)
  • Cost: free

A pumpkin parade kicks it off; then look for a craft show, farmers market and much more.

Diehl’s Ciderfest

Sept. 27-28, 2014

  • 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

Here’s a great fall family outing with hayrides, corn maze, crafts, face painting, apple pies, music and more.

Deneweth’s Fall Fun Fest

Sept. 27-Oct. 26 (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

A spooky train ride starts off your fall festivities; then go on to a haunted house, corn and mazes, hayride, games and pumpkin painting.

Metro Parent Education Expo

Sept. 28, 2014

  • Address: Michigan Science Center, 5020 John R St., Detroit
  • Times: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday
  • Phone: 248-398-3400
  • Cost: free

Learn about the area’s top educational and cultural institutions and extracurricular activities. Plus fun, hands-on activities, contests and Education Expedition for the kiddos – all absolutely free!

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