August Fairs & Festivals in Southeast Michigan

Summer is on its way out, but there's still tons of fun to be had in August 2016! Visit one of these festivals in southeast Michigan to get in on the fun.

August Fairs and Festivals

The school year is creeping up really quickly, but there’s still tons of fun to be had this summer. In August, Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties are packed with a variety of fairs and festivals full of games and rides, classic car shows and live entertainment for families to enjoy. Put down the back-to-school to-do list and head out to one of these events and get your last summer shindig in before school starts.

Wixom Summer Family Fun Days

Aug. 4, 2016

  • Times: 5:30-7 p.m.
  • Address: Sibley Park, 48900 Pontiac Trail, Wixom
  • Phone: 248-624-2850
  • Cost: free/admission, $5/carnival rides

Kids enjoy a magic show, carnival, music and pizza at this summertime community celebration.

Farmington Family Funfest

Aug. 4-7, 2016

  • Times: 5-11 p.m. Thursday-Friday, noon-11 p.m. Saturday, noon-9 p.m. Sunday
  • Address: Founders Sports Park, 35500 W. Eight Mile Road, Farmington Hills
  • Phone: 248-755-0433
  • Costs: free/general, $1/ride ticket (each ride takes about three to four), $20/all-day wristbands

There are rides, games, food and tons of fun at this annual carnival.

Allen Park Street Fair

Aug. 5-6, 2016

  • Times: 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday
  • Address: downtown Allen Park
  • Phone: 734-258-7720
  • Costs: free

This 35th annual features crafters, food, live entertainment on two stages, kids’ activities and more.

Milan Summer Fest

Aug. 5-6, 2016

  • Times: Friday: 6 p.m./beer tent, 8 p.m./music, Saturday: 10 a.m.-4 p.m./carnival, 8 p.m./live music
  • Address: Wilson Park, 147 Wabash St., Milan.
  • Cost: $5/general, free/kids 12 and under and Saturday before 6 p.m.

Find some adult fun for parents on Friday and family-friendly activities, arts and crafts, games and more on Saturday.

Sidewalk Festival for the Performing Arts

Aug. 5-6, 2016

  • Times: 7-11 p.m. Friday, 2-10 p.m. Saturday
  • Address: Artist Village, on Lahser Road between Grand River Avenue and Orchard Street, Detroit
  • Cost: $10/suggested donation

See some outdoor performances, artwork on display and interactive exhibits. Plus, listen to live music by some of Detroit’s best independent and alternative artists.

Air Fair at Groveland Oaks

Aug. 5-7, 2016

  • Times: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday-Sunday
  • Address: Groveland Oaks Park, 14555 Dixie Highway, Holly
  • Phone: 248-634-9811
  • Costs: free/general, $5/resident parking, $12/non-resident parking

Set up a tent and enjoy a full weekend of outdoor fun including hot air balloons, remote control airplanes, kite-making, inflatables, crafts, hayrides and nature programs. Or, swing by for a day of fun.

Dearborn Homecoming Festival

Aug. 5-7, 2016

  • Times: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Sunday
  • Address: Ford Field Park, 22051 Cherry Hill St., Dearborn
  • Phone: 313-943-2350
  • Costs: free/general, $15-$22/ride wristbands

Celebrate the city with three days of midway rides, historical presentations, live music and art on display, plus fireworks.

Buy Michigan Now Festival

Aug. 5-7, 2016

  • Times: 4-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday
  • Address: Main and Center streets area, downtown Northville
  • Costs: free/general; fees apply for items on sale

Enjoy live music, a kids zone, tons of Michigan-made products all sold by Michigan-based businesses and tons of dining options, including beer and wine, all with a Michigan theme.

Bash at the Beach Car Show

Aug. 6, 2016

  • Times: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday
  • Address: Lake St. Clair Metropark, 31300 Metropolitan Parkway, Harrison Township
  • Phone: 586-463-4581
  • Cost: free/general, $10/vehicle entry

Browse some 500-600 classic, antique and muscle cars parked on the shores of Lake St. Clair.

Lone Ranger Festival

Aug. 6, 2016

  • Times: 10 a.m.-10 p.m./festival, 11 a.m./parade Saturday
  • Address: downtown Oxford
  • Phone: 248-628-2543
  • Costs: free

Celebrate the masked hero in his hometown at this annual fest, which features a parade, live entertainment, kids’ activities, an arts and craft show, car show and much more.

Colorfest Michigan

Aug. 6, 2016

  • Times: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday
  • Address: Fuerst Park, 45175 10 Mile Road, Novi
  • Phone: 734-355-9707
  • Cost: $8/basic entry, $20/premium entry (5 color packets), $30/signature entry (5 color packets and a T-shirt), free/kids under 10 and parking

This fest aims to bring a variety of cultures together to enjoy live music, kids’ activities, yoga and, for interested guests, a stain-free color throw.

Belle Isle Art Fair

Aug. 6-7, 2016

  • Times: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday
  • Address: Next to the fountain inside Belle Isle Park, Detroit
  • Cost: Free/general, $11/Recreation Passport

The work of some 75 juried artists is on display at this Detroit treasure.

Fine Art at the Village

Aug. 6-7, 2016

  • Times: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday
  • Address: The Village of Rochester Hills, 104 N. Adams Road
  • Cost: free

This fine art fair is packed with two days of juried artwork on display, free kids’ activities and family entertainment, live demonstrations, food and more.

Oak Park Summer Fest

Aug. 6-7, 2016

  • Times: noon-9 p.m. Saturday, noon-7 p.m. Sunday
  • Address: Oak Park Community Center, 14300 Oak Park Blvd.
  • Phone: 248-691-7404
  • Cost: free

There’s live music and food; plus family entertainment including inflatables, a rock climbing wall, an art fair and more.

Detroit Caribbean Cultural Festival

Aug. 6-7, 2016

  • Times: noon-11 p.m. Saturday, noon-10 p.m. Sunday
  • Address: New Center Park, 2998 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-255-2226
  • Cost: $3/3-6 p.m. $5/after 6 p.m. free/kids under 10 years, $1/kids over 10 years

Live performances, cultural dancers, food and music in celebration of Caribbean culture are in store at this annual fest.

Jazz on the River

Aug. 6-7, 2016

  • Times: 1-7:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
  • Address: Elizabeth Park, 4461 Elizabeth Drive, Trenton
  • Phone: 734-261-1990
  • Costs: free/admission $5/parking donation

Enjoy toe-tapping jazz performances by Kim Waters, Ruben Studdard, Thornetta Davis, Patti Austin and many others at this annual shebang.

Troy Traffic Jam

Aug. 7, 2016

  • Times: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday
  • Address: Columbia Center, 201 W. Big Beaver Road, Troy
  • Phone: 248-524-3570
  • Cost: free

See classic, vintage and specialty cars on display, enjoy tunes spun by DJ Bob Steel, food vendors and more.

Dexter Daze

Aug. 12-13, 2016

  • Times: 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday
  • Address: Mill Creek and Monument Park areas, downtown Dexter
  • Phone: 734-426-0887
  • Costs: free

This annual family-friendly festival offers art booths, live music and entertainment, magic shows, live animals, fireworks display and much more.

Saline’s Summerfest

Aug. 12-13, 2016

  • Times: 5-11 p.m. Friday, 7 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday
  • Address: Downtown area
  • Phone: 734-604-0051
  • Costs: free

Kids enjoy games, a craft show, inflatables and more, teens get their own party, and the whole family can get in on the fun at the electric car show, a 5K race, bike tour and more.

Milford Memories Summer Festival

Aug. 12-14, 2016

  • Times: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. today, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday
  • Address: downtown Milford area
  • Phone: 248-685-7129
  • Costs: free

This annual community celebration offers fun outdoor activities like fishing contests, a 5k race, sand volleyball and canoe races; plus live music, a rock climbing wall, arts and crafts and more.

Green Cruise

Aug. 13, 2016

  • Times: 8 a.m./42-mile ride, 9 a.m./22-mile ride, noon/4-mile ride
  • Address: Park at First United Methodist Church, 22331 Woodward Ave., Ferndale
  • Cost: $10-$15/long rides, free/family, parade

Bikers choose from a 42-mile ride, 22-mile ride or 4-mile family ride. There’s family-friendly fun after the rides, too.

Colonial Kensington

Aug. 13-14, 2016

  • Times: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday
  • Address: Kensington Metropark, 4570 Huron River Parkway, Milford
  • Phone: 810-227-8917
  • Cost: $2/person, $10/vehicle entry

Two hundred period-dressed re-enactors bring the 18th century to life with battle demonstrations, artillery firings, shopping and more.

Shelby Township Art Fair

Aug. 13-14, 2016

  • Times: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday
  • Address: Shelby Township Municipal Grounds, 52700 Van Dyke Ave.
  • Phone: 586-731-0300
  • Cost: Free

This 33rd annual packs the Municipal Grounds with tons of family-friendly activities, live entertainment and art on display and for sale.

Melvindale Street Fair

Aug. 13-14, 2016

  • Times: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
  • Address: At Oakwood Boulevard and Allen Road, downtown Melvindale
  • Phone: 313-429-1051
  • Costs: free

Find live entertainment, food and craft vendors, bounce houses and much more at this fifth annual fest.

Corn Festival

Aug. 14, 2016

  • Times: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday
  • Address: Municipal Parking Lot 6, Birmingham
  • Phone: 248-530-1200
  • Cost: free

Michigan is gearing up to harvest! Celebrate with kids’ crafts, live demonstrations, old-fashioned corn shelling, a traveling farm, and tons of yummy corn treats.

SASHA Farm Humane Fair

Aug. 14, 2016

  • Times: noon-4 p.m. Sunday
  • Address: SASHA Farm Animal Sanctuary, 17901 Mahrle Road, Manchester Village
  • Phone: 734-428-9617
  • Cost: $25/general admission, free/kids under 5

This second annual includes guided tours of the farm and sanctuary, meet-and-greets with the animals and a totally animal-friendly lunch. Advocate groups will be there to chat, too.

Armada Fair

Aug. 15-21, 2016

  • Times: 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Sunday
  • Address: Armada Fairgrounds, 74280 Fair St., Armada
  • Phone: 586-784-5488
  • Costs: $8/ages 13-plus, $2/ages 9-12, free/8 and under, free/grandstand admission, $5/daily parking pass, $25/weekly parking pass, $25/ride wristbands, $60/weekly ride wristbands

This 144th annual hometown fair brings a midway full of rides and games, demolition derby, rodeo, tractor pull, and live entertainment for the surrounding communities to enjoy.

Back to School Fun Fest

Aug. 18, 2016

  • Times: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday
  • Address: Wayne County Wellness Services, 33030 Van Born Road, Wayne
  • Phone: 734-727-7000
  • Cost: free

Get your kids the sports physicals, immunizations, dental screenings and haircuts that they need for the upcoming school year; plus educational and health information.

Greek Festival

Aug. 18-21, 2016

  • Times: 4-10 p.m. Thursday, 3-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday
  • Address: Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, 21800 Marter Road, St. Clair Shores
  • Phone: 586-779-6111
  • Costs: $2/adults, free/age 12 and under

Enjoy a celebration of Greek culture with authentic music and food, face painting, a carnival and more.

Northville Ford Field Festival

Aug. 19-20, 2016

  • Times: 5-11 p.m. Friday, 1-11 p.m. Saturday
  • Address: Ford Field Park, 700 Baseline Road, Northville
  • Phone: 248-349-7640
  • Cost: free

Enjoy tons of live music by local bands, food trucks on location, a beer garden and loads of fun.

African World Festival

Aug. 19-21, 2016

  • Times: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Sunday
  • Address: Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History (grounds and inside), 315 E. Warren Ave., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-494-5824
  • Costs: free

Some 150,000 visitors flock to this 35th annual event to celebrate African culture with African drumming and dance performances, poetry, art, vendors, ethnic food and more.

Howell Melon Festival

Aug. 19-21, 2016

  • Times: 5-11 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday
  • Address: 200 E. Grand River Ave., downtown Howell
  • Phone: 517-546-0693
  • Cost: free

Enjoy tons of melon treats, a fine art show, cars on display, train rides, an outdoor movie, kids’ area and more at this 56th annual fest.

Woodward Dream Cruise

Aug. 20, 2016 (unofficially starts earlier in week)

  • Times: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday
  • Address: Along Woodward Avenue through Berkley, Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Bloomfield Township, Ferndale, Huntington Woods, Pleasant Ridge, Pontiac and Royal Oak
  • Cost: free

Nine communities in Oakland County host concerts, dances and parades; plus, the highlight is tons of classic cars on display along Woodward Avenue.

India Day

Aug. 20, 2016

  • Times: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday
  • Address: Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave., Novi
  • Phone: 248-905-1809
  • Cost: free/general, $5/parking

Celebrate India’s Independence Day, history and culture with live music, dance performances, ethnic food and more.

Thunder Over Michigan Air Show

Aug. 20-21, 2016

  • Times: 9 a.m./gates open, 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m./performances, 5 p.m./gates close Saturday-Sunday
  • Address: Willow Run Airport, 47884 D St., Belleville (for GPS setting)
  • Phone: 734-483-4030
  • Costs: $40/general admission, free/age 15 and under, $20/parking

See high-flying aerial performances by the F-22 Raptor, MiG-23 Flogger and others, enjoy B-17 rides, a WWII Battle re-enactment and much more.

Michigan Renaissance Festival

Aug. 20-Oct. 2, 2016 (Saturdays and Sundays, plus Labor Day on Sept. 5 and Friday, Sept. 30)

  • Times: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays
  • Address: Hollygrove Grounds, 12600 Dixie Highway, Holly
  • Phone: 248-634-5552
  • Costs: $22.95/adult day pass, $20.95/senior day pass, $19.95/college student day pass, $13.95/child (ages 5-12) day pass, $10/dog day pass, $89.95/adult season pass, $49.95/child season pass, $50/dog season pass

The 16th century comes to life with full-contact jousting events, costumed characters, puppet performances, period food and more.

Monarch Butterfly Festival

Aug. 21, 2016

  • Times: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday
  • Address: Shiawassee Basin Preserve near Andersonville and Davisburg roads, Springfield Township
  • Phone: 248-846-6558
  • Cost: free/general, fees/crafts

Learn to identify the eggs of the Monarch Butterfly, explore their life cycles and get a caterpillar to take home and raise.

Chelsea Community Fair

Aug. 23-27, 2016

  • Times: 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m. today, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday; rides: 5 p.m. Tuesday, 1 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday
  • Address: Chelsea Community Fairgrounds, 20501 Old US-12 Highway, Chelsea
  • Phone: 734-475-1270
  • Costs: $7/admission, $20/ride wristbands, free/parking

For 79 years, this hometown fair has offered a demolition derby, livestock judging, truck and tractor pulls, exhibits, midway games and more.

Warren Birthday Bash

Aug. 25-28, 2016

  • Times: 4-10 p.m. Thursday, 4-11 p.m. Friday, noon-11 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
  • Address: Warren City Square, 1 City Square
  • Phone: 586-268-8400
  • Costs: free

Celebrate Warren’s birthday with four days of fun including fireworks, a laser light show, carnival, petting zoo and much more.

Dragon on the Lake in Lake Orion

Aug. 25-28, 2016

  • Times: 6-10 p.m. Thursday, 6-11:30 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday
  • Address: Downtown area, Lake Orion
  • Phone: 248-693-4986
  • Costs: free/general admission, $10/foam party, $5/lighted boat parade; other fees may apply

The legend of the dragon spotted on Lake Orion in the 1800s inspires this annual event, which features must-see dragon boat races, a lighted boat parade, foam party, Kidz Zone, an Xtreme zone for teens and more.

Ypsilanti Heritage Festival

Aug. 26-28, 2016

  • Times: noon-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday
  • Address: Riverside Park, on Cross St. in Depot Town, Ypsilanti
  • Phone: 734-483-6071
  • Costs: free/entry, fees/some events

Come to this annual event to enjoy some live music, art on display, kids’ activities, live entertainment and more. No minors will be admitted without an adult.

Spirit of Detroit HydroFest

Aug. 26-28, 2016

  • Times: 1-7 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday (gates open at 7 a.m.)
  • Address: Erma Henderson, Memorial Annex and Owen Park, Detroit
  • Phone: 313-329-8047
  • Cost: Free/Friday, $50/Grandstand seating, $25-$50/grandstand, $15-$25/parking

Head to the Detroit Riverfront to enjoy H1 Unlimited hydroplane racing, high-speed Grand Prix boats and more.

Lincoln Park Days

Aug. 26-28, 2016

  • Times: 4-11 p.m. Friday, noon-11 p.m. Saturday, noon-9 p.m. Sunday
  • Address: Youth Center Park, 3525 Dix Road, Lincoln Park
  • Phone: 734-560-1121
  • Costs: free/general, $5-$15/concert, fees/ride wristband

There’s a full-on carnival and midway, live music, games and more at this annual community celebration.

A Taste of Greece Festival

Aug. 26-28, 2016

  • Times: 5-11 p.m. Friday, noon-11 p.m. Saturday, noon-7 p.m. Sunday
  • Address: Nativity of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church, 39851 W. Five Mile Road, Plymouth
  • Phone: 734-420-0131
  • Cost: $2/adults or three non-perishable food items, free/kids 12 and under

Kids enjoy a full corner of slides and bouncers while parents get to try some traditional Greek food and check out traditional Greek dancing, too.

Haven Hill Festival

Aug. 27, 2016

  • Times: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Address: Highland State Recreation Area, 5300 Highland Road, White Lake
  • Phone: 586-752-5932
  • Cost: Free/general admission, $11/Recreation Passport

Check out a vintage Model A Ford Car on display, vintage baseball games and kids’ events at this annual.

Chesterfield Arts & Music Festival

Aug. 27-28, 2016

  • Times: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday
  • Address: Brandenburg Park, 50050 Jefferson Ave., Chesterfield Township
  • Phone: 586-949-0400
  • Cost: free/admission, $5/parking

There’s an art fair, live music and entertainment, food and drink vendors, kids’ activities and much more.

Slovak Festival

Aug. 26-28, 2016

  • Times: 6-11 p.m. Friday, noon-11 p.m. Saturday, noon-9 p.m. Sunday Address: Ss. Cyril & Methodius Church, 41233 Ryan Road, Sterling Heights
  • Phone: 586-726-6911
  • Cost: free

Celebrate Slovak culture with ethnic food and dance performances, live music, a kids’ area full of fun activities and much more at this annual fest.

Art on the Lake

Aug. 28, 2016

  • Times: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday
  • Address: Northfield Hills, 1750 Brentwood Drive, Troy
  • Phone: 248-641-9070
  • Cost: free

Find a variety of art on display, a kids’ booth, food vendors and more at this 42nd annual.

New Hope Family Fun Fest

Aug. 28, 2016

  • Times: 3-7 p.m. Sunday
  • Address: Maybury Farm, 50165 Eight Mile Road, Northville
  • Phone: 248-348-0115
  • Cost: $10/person, $25/families

This annual event doubles as a memorial celebration for lost loved ones and features kids’ activities, hayrides, petting farm, music, games and more.


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