Father’s Day Month Events in Southeast Michigan

Celebrate dad with the kids and family at these fun 2014 festivals and activities happening in Macomb, Oakland, Wayne and Washtenaw counties.


June marks the month when we celebrate dad – and southeast Michigan knows how to do it right. Father’s Day is June 15, but throughout the month, families can find all sorts of fun events and activities to enjoy with pops. Stop by a festival or two, enjoy brunch, marvel at antique cars and cool airplanes or spend time fishing. It’s up to you how you tell dad just how much you appreciate him. With so many options, it’d be hard to go wrong!

Chevrolet Belle Isle Grand Prix in Detroit

May 30-June 1, 2014

  • Address: Raceway at Belle Isle Park, Detroit
  • Phone: 866-464-7749
  • Times: 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday (Comerica Bank Free Prix Day), 7:15 a.m.-7:45 p.m. Saturday, 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: Free/Friday only; $35/adults one weekend day, $65/adults Saturday-Sunday; free/12 and under with adult, $10/parking, free/shuttle, other prices/vary

Take dad to this annual racing event in Detroit for an early Father’s Day celebration. There’s much more than just car races: You’ll get music and extreme sports demos – plus kids hang out at the kids’ fun-zone.

Dearborn Heights Spirit Festival

June 4-8, 2014

  • Address: Canfield Center, 1801 N. Beech Daly Road, Dearborn Heights
  • Phone: 313-791-3600
  • Times: 4-11 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, 3 p.m.-midnight Friday, 1-11 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
  • Cost: Free/admission, fees/rides

Gear up for tons of family fun at this local festival. This Wayne County spot will feature carnival rides, live music and much more. See for yourself!

Comedy Showcase at Chelsea District Library

June 5-June 26, 2014

  • Address: Chelsea District Library, 221 S. Main St., Chelsea
  • Phone: 734-475-8732
  • Times: 6:30-8 p.m. Thursdays
  • 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.

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Michigan Fun Fest at Bryant Park in Livonia

June 5-8, 2014

  • Address: Bryant Park, 18000 Merriman Road, Livonia
  • Phone: 734-442-0010
  • Times: 4-10 p.m. Thursday, 4-11 p.m. Friday, 1 p.m.-midnight Saturday, 12:30-10 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: Free

Dad will have a blast at this sixth annual fest. Find face paining, music, rides, multicultural food booths and much more for your family to experience.

Redford Community Festival & Fireworks

June 5-8, 2014

  • Address: Bell Creek Park, Inkster and Five Mile roads, Redford
  • Phone: 313-387-2650
  • Times: 6-10 p.m. Thursday, 6-11 p.m. Friday, noon-11 p.m. Saturday, noon-9 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: Free/events, fees/rides

A festival and fireworks? You’ll find it in Redford during this weekend. Participate in the cornhole tournament Thursday, try the midway rides and games all weekend, and don’t forget about the fireworks show at dusk on Saturday.

Antique Gas Engine & Tractor Show at Hudson Mills Metropark

June 6-8, 2014

  • Address: Hudson Mills Metropark, 8801 N. Territorial Road, Dexter
  • Phone: 734-426-8211
  • Times: 9 a.m.-dusk Friday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: Free/general, $7/park vehicle entry

If dad is into antiques, engines and tractors, this event is right up his alley. The 23rd annual promises fun for the kids, too, like a kiddy train and tractor pulls.


River Day on Clinton River and Lake St. Clair

June 6-8, 2014

  • Address: Various locales
  • Phone: 248-601-0606
  • Times: Times vary Friday-Sunday
  • Cost: Prices vary/events

While River Day is officially June 7, families can find events happening across the region all weekend. The 16th annual River Day gives families the opportunity to enjoy the Clinton River and Lake St. Clair in various ways, including hikes, canoe trips and fishing derbies at various parks.

Youth Fishing Derby at Heritage Garden Lake in Shelby Township

June 7, 2014

  • Address: Heritage Garden Lake, 52700 Van Dyke Ave., Shelby Township
  • Phone: 586-731-0300
  • Times: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday
  • Cost: Free

Live in Shelby Township or Utica? At this 28th annual event, kids 15 and younger from these spots – with the accompaniment of an adult – can fish at the derby. Just register at the event, and don’t forget your equipment and bait!

Dexter Ice Cream Social & Chalk the Block Festival

June 7, 2014

  • Address: Monument Park, Ann Arbor Street, Dexter
  • Phone: 734-502-4257
  • Times: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (ice cream at 10 a.m.) Saturday
  • Cost: Free

Almost nothing says summer like ice cream! Get a scoop with dad and view the drawings and murals on Central Street along the park (the chalk event is new this year).

African American Downtown Festival in Ann Arbor

June 7, 2014

  • Address: Ann and Main Streets, Ann Arbor
  • Phone: 734-858-9121
  • Times: 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday
  • Cost: Free

It’s the 19th year for this festival in Tree Town. Bring the whole family for crafts and kids activities (noon-4 p.m.). Also, merchandise is available for purchase, as well as food. Enjoy music and dancing, too – plus much more.

Daddy Day at Lamaze Family Center in Ann Arbor

June 7, 2014

  • Address: Lamaze Family Center Ann Arbor, 2855 Boardwalk St., Ann Arbor
  • Phone: 734-973-1014
  • Times: 9:30-11 a.m. Saturday
  • Cost: $10/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.

Reel Fish & Fun Fishing Derby

June 7, 2014

  • Address: Haven Lake, corner of Platt and Elsworth roads, Pittsfield Township
  • Phone: 734-996-3015
  • Times: 10 a.m.-noon Saturday
  • Cost: Free

Test out the fishing skills dad taught you at this 13th annual fishing derby. Open to kids 12 and under. Bring your bait, too. You might win a prize!

Wayne County Parks Hobby Day

June 7, 2014

  • Address: Various parks in Northville and Plymouth (see description)
  • Phone: 734-261-1990
  • Times: 1-4 p.m. Saturday
  • Cost: Free

Get outdoors with pops and try some different hobbies! At Waterford Bend (Six Mile and Northville roads, Northville), make kites and fly them, try your hand at fishing and horseshoes. Head to Cass Benton Park (Hines Drive between Six and Seven Mile roads, Northville) for disc golf demos and bird watching. Or stop by Gunsolly Mill Park (Hines Drive between Haggerty and Wilcox roads, Plymouth) to play with remote-control cars and experience geocaching.

Fly Fishing Demo Days in Ypsilanti

June 7-8, 2014

  • Address: Riverside Park, Huron River Drive between East Cross Street and Michigan Avenue, Ypsilanti
  • Phone: 734-544-1781
  • Times: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: Free

No matter your skill or age, you’re welcome to learn all about fly-fishing at this third annual event.

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Peacefest in Waterford

June 7-8, 2014

  • Address: Grounds of L.A. Cafe & Java, 5815 Dixie Highway, Waterford
  • Phone: 248-623-1648
  • Times: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
  • Cost: Free

What can families find at Peacefest? One hundred artists, plus food trucks and tons of local music. Be sure to get a spray paint tattoo, too.

Art on the Grand in Downtown Farmington

June 7-8, 2014

  • Address: Grand River Avenue at Farmington Road, downtown Farmington
  • Phone: 248-473-1848
  • Times: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: Free/admission

Art on the Grand is back with more than 100 artists whose work is in all different types of media. Plus, the kids can find hands-on activities.

June on Jefferson in Detroit

June 7 and June 14, 2014

  • Address: Jefferson-Chalmers neighborhood, Detroit
  • Times: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 7, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. June 14; times vary for other events throughout the month
  • Cost: Free

As part of the month-long celebration, find mural painting, music and other family fun 10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 7. On June 14, watch a Detroit City Futbol League game for free, join the fishing workshop, take canal kayak tours and enjoy Kid’s Day. There will also be an outdoor concert.

Blast from the Past at Lake St. Clair Metropark

June 8, 2014

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

It’s a primo pre-Father’s Day outing. Check out the antique and classic cars local car clubs display, as well as the custom and muscle cars.

Grillin’ for Food Gatherers in Ann Arbor

June 8, 2014

  • Address: Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Road, Ann Arbor
  • Phone: 734-761-2796
  • Times: 3-8 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: $50/adults, $10/ages 3-13, free/under 3

Food is always a great way to celebrate! Bring the family to Ann Arbor for food from about 50 local restaurants. Check out the live music, kids activities and cash bar with Michigan brews, too. The best part? It goes toward a good cause, raising money for 750,000 meals for residents in need.

Canton Liberty Fest

June 12-14, 2014

  • Address: Heritage Park, 1010 S. Canton Road, Canton
  • Phone: 734-394-5360
  • Times: 1-11 p.m. Thursday, noon-11 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday
  • Cost: Free/admission, $20/Thursday ride wristbands, $22/Friday ride wristbands, $25/Saturday ride wristbands, $1/ticket or $40/50 tickets. Advance: $18/single day wristbands, $50/Mega Bands for all three days.

Happening just before Father’s Day, this local festival features local bands, midway games and rides galore. Fireworks are on Saturday, and so is Tony Lucca, who was on The Voice.

Germanfest & Father’s Day Picnic

June 13-15, 2014

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

Authentic German food, kids fun and folk dance performances are just a few of the fun features your family will find at this Father’s Day weekend event, celebrating its 10th this year.

Belleville National Strawberry Festival

June 13-15, 2014

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

While strawberries are a big draw for this annual fest, there are also plenty of other activities and foods here, too, including two midways, concerts and a children’s area. On Saturday, attend the 11 a.m. parade.


Ann Arbor Summer Festival

June 13-July 6, 2014

  • Address: Ann Arbor District Library, Ingalls Mall, Power Center, Hill Auditorium, various locations in Ann Arbor
  • Phone: 734-994-5999
  • Times: Vary
  • Cost: Vary

Everybody in the family can find something at this summer highlight. Live outdoor entertainment is a must while here, and don’t forget to check out the boutique and arts festival. For kids, Architects of Air: Miracoco, a giant inflatable walk-through sculpture (June 19-22 only), offers some serious excitement.

Berkley Art Bash

June 14, 2014

  • Address: 12 Mile Road from Wakefield Road to Tyler Avenue, downtown Berkley
  • Phone: 248-414-7222
  • Times: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday
  • Cost: Free

There will be no shortage of family fun here, with activities for the kids and, of course tons of art.

Clay, Glass & Metal Show in Royal Oak

June 14-15, 2014

  • Address: Washington Avenue between Fourth and Lincoln streets, downtown Royal Oak
  • Phone: 248-547-4000
  • Times: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: Free

At this event celebrating 20 years, celebrate dad! Make cards for dad while here, view art from 125-plus juried artists and get hands-on with pot throwing and demos.

Michigan First Summer in the Village

June 14, 2014

  • Address: Southfield Road between 11 and 12 Mile roads, Lathrup Village
  • Times: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday
  • Cost: Free/general, $2/beer

How about some barbecue for Father’s Day weekend? That’s what you’ll find at Michigan First Summer in the Village, where barbecue grill masters compete. Enjoy the outdoors with a kayak on Lathrup Pond, make crafts to take home and much more.

Art Fish Fun Festival in Pontiac

June 14, 2014

  • Address: Beaudette Park, Orchard Lake Road and Sylvan Court, Pontiac
  • Phone: 248-706-3304
  • Times: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday
  • Cost: Free

All ages are welcome to join in the family fun of fishing and art.

Michigan Beerfest

June 14, 2014

  • Address: DTE Energy Music Theatre, 7774 Sashabaw Road, Clarkston
  • Phone: 248-377-0100
  • Times: 1-5 p.m. Saturday
  • Cost: $30/advance, $35/door, $10/designated driver

It’s the second year for this Father’s Day weekend event. Adults can attend and get 10 four-ounce samples from tons of regional and national breweries. Plus, music and food trucks will be here, too.

Fireworks at Kensington Metropark in Milford

June 14, 2014

  • Address: Kensington Metropark, 2240 W. Buno Road, Milford
  • Phone: 810-227-8910
  • Times: Dusk (around 10 p.m.)
  • Cost: Free/show, $7/park vehicle entry

Fireworks, summer and celebrations go hand-in-hand. Check out the annual fireworks show at the park – and be sure to get there early to get the perfect spot!

Critters Up Close at Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum

June 14-15, 2014

  • Address: Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, 220 E. Ann St., Ann Arbor
  • Phone: 734-995-5439
  • Times: 1-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
  • Cost: Free with admission: $11/ages 2-plus

When Leslie Science & Nature Center comes to the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, they bring cool animals and creatures with them. Open to all ages, dads and kids who are fans of critters will enjoy the hands-on activities.


Rosedale June Day in Detroit

June 14, 2014

  • Address: North Rosedale Park Community House, 18445 Scarsdale Ave., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-837-3416
  • Times: 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday
  • Cost: Free

The day before Father’s Day, head to this community event for everything from midway games and a parade to a fun run, pony rides and more.

Motor Muster at Greenfield Village

June 14-15, 2014

  • Address: Greenfield Village, 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn
  • Phone: 313-982-6001
  • Times: 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: $24/adults, $17.50/kids, free/4 and under, $5/parking

Auto fans, rejoice! Motor Muster brings muscle cars and vintage cars to Greenfield Village. Saturday night, catch a cruise and show.

Father’s Day Top to Bottom Tour at Wolcott Mill Metropark

June 15, 2014

  • Address: Wolcott Mill Metropark, Historic Grist Mill, 65775 Wolcott Road, Ray Township
  • Phone: 586-749-5597
  • Times: Noon-4 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: $5/adult, $4/child, free/dads, $7/vehicle entry fee; pre-registration required

Explore each of the four floors of the Wolcott Grist Mill and learn about mill technology of the 1850s through 1960s. Enjoy the grounds and the trail with dad at this Father’s Day event.

Plymouth YMCA Father’s Day Run

June 15, 2014

  • Address: 248 S. Union St., Plymouth
  • Phone: 734-453-2904
  • Times: Vary; starts around 7:30 a.m.
  • Cost: $15-$70/general, free/Diaper Dash and Wee Walkers; preregistration required by June 12

Every member of the family can join in the Father’s Day Run! Starting at 7:30 a.m. and running at various times throughout the day, there’s a quarter-mile kids trot and jog, one-mile walk/run, 5K walk/run and 10K run/walk. For the runners in the family, there’s an option to participate in the 1K, 5K and 10K. Plus, the littlest of “runners” can partake in the Diaper Dash and Wee Walkers.

Hot Dogs & Wagon Rides with Dad at Wolcott Mills Metropark

June 15, 2014

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

Head to the farm center for wagon rides through the farm, fishing and visits with the animals. Don’t forget to pick up a grilled hot dog.

Father’s Day Creature Corner at Stony Creek Metropark

June 15, 2014

  • Address: Stony Creek Metropark, 4300 Main Park Road, Shelby Township
  • Phone: 586-781-9113
  • Times: Noon-2 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: $3/person, free/dad, $7/vehicle entry fee

This Father’s Day, get out to the nature center at Stony Creek to visit the critters, and roast hot dogs on a campfire.

MOCAD Family Day

June 15, 2014

  • Address: Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, 4454 Woodward Ave., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-832-6622
  • Times: Noon-2 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: Free; RSVP encouraged

Dianette Dye, a longtime Detroit artist, will be around today, while kids make a 26-letter/word mixed-media project focusing on self-affirmation.

Fox Hills Father’s Day Brunch in Plymouth

June 15, 2014

  • Address: Fox Hills Golf Course & Banquet Center Golden Fox Clubhouse, 8768 N. Territorial Road, Plymouth
  • Phone: 734-453-7272
  • Times: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: $25.95/adults, $12.95/ages 3-12; reservations required

Make your reservations for the Father’s Day Brunch at Fox Hills Golf Course & Banquet Center’s Golden Fox Clubhouse, where kids can enjoy a meal with dad.

Father’s Day Pancake Breakfast Fly-In in Canton

June 15, 2014

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

Breakfast and airplanes? Now that’s cool! Enjoy the event with dad, sponsored by the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 113. Find different types of airplanes, like vintage ones and home-built kit planes, plus helicopters. Breakfast is all-you-can-eat pancakes and sausage, juice and coffee. Kids can get their faces painted, too.

Pond Dipping with Dad at Indian Springs Metropark

June 15, 2014

  • Address: Indian Springs Metropark Environmental Discovery Center, 5175 Indian Trail, White Lake
  • Phone: 248-625-7280
  • Times: 1 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: $3/person, free/dad, $7/vehicle entry fee; preregistration required

Learn about life under the water with dad at the Indian Springs Metropark Environmental Discovery Center. Using dipping nets, kids and their dads can catch some of the pond’s inhabitants.

Father and Daughter/Son Day at the Michigan Science Center in Detroit

June 15, 2014

  • Address: Michigan Science Center, 5020 John R St., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-577-8400
  • Times: Two sessions: 1-2 p.m. and 3-4 p.m.
  • Cost: Members: $30/two participants; nonmembers: $35/two participants; registration required

The Michigan Science Center hosts this special Father’s Day event, where families can explore bugs and butterflies. Make your own butterfly garden! Plus, the museum is releasing the butterflies from the Wish Upon a Butterfly exhibit, which you’ll be invited to (it’s a private release).

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