Father’s Day Month Events in Southeast Michigan

Dad's big Day is June 19, 2016. Celebrate his day with these pop-friendly Metro Detroit events, including fairs and festivals in Michigan and more.


Father’s Day is June 19, 2016, and you can celebrate all the things your old man does for the family with Father’s Day events happening throughout the entire month. Here, you can find all sorts of fun events and activities to enjoy with your dad. From outdoor cookouts, races and camping events, to indoor meals and shows, there’s something for every Macomb, Oakland, Wayne and Washtenaw County dad. Use this Detroit calendar of events as your guide to find the perfect event for you and your padre. Tip: This guide lists all of the events happening close to Father’s Day. If you’re looking for even more June fun, check out our roundup of June fairs and festivals in Michigan’s southeast region!


Chevrolet Belle Isle Grand Prix in Detroit

June 3-5, 2016

  • Address: Raceway at Belle Isle Park, Detroit
  • Phone: 866-464-7749
  • Times: 7:30 a.m.-6:05 p.m. Friday, 7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Saturday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: Free/Friday, $40/adults Saturday-Sunday, free/kids 12 and under (limit 2), $75-$115/two-day pass

This annual racing event offers more than just car races including music and extreme sports demos – plus a fun zone for kids.

Voyageur Canoe Events at Lake St. Clair Metropark in Harrison Township

June 4, 10, 11 and 17, 2016

  • Times: 9 a.m. June 4 and 11, 7 p.m. June 10 and 17
  • Address: 31300 Metropolitan Parkway, Harrison Township
  • Phone: 586-463-4581
  • Cost: $5/person, $10/park vehicle entry; preregistration required

Take dad out for a day on the lake to learn history in a 34-foot canoe. Choose from morning or evening events including Morning in the Marsh (June 4), Evening Voyageur Canoe (June 10 and 17), and Celebrate River Day (June 11).

Comedy Showcase at Chelsea District Library

June 9, 16, 23 and 30, 2016

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

Bring a blanket and spread it out on the lawn to enjoy the standup comedy acts that make up this annual show.

Ann Arbor Summer Festival

June 10-July 3, 2016

  • Times: vary by date
  • Addresses: Top of the Park (767 N. University Ave.), Power Center (121 Fletcher St.), Michigan Theater (603 E. Liberty St.) and Hill Auditorium (825 N. University Ave.), Ann Arbor
  • Phone: 734-994-5999
  • Cost: free/outdoor shows, costs vary/indoor concerts

This annual fest offers hundreds of musical and theatrical performances, kids’ activities, art on display and much more.

Vernors 150th Anniversary Party at Detroit Historical Museum

June 11, 2016

  • Times: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Address: 5401 Woodward Ave., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-833-1805
  • Cost: Free

Take dad downtown, where the building will light up yellow and green, to relive some of his greatest memories with this Detroit drink. There will be Boston coolers for sale, historical presentations, a poker run and more.

River Day on the Clinton River and Lake St. Clair

June 11-12, 2016

  • Times: times vary
  • Address: various parks in Macomb and Oakland counties
  • Phone: 248-601-0606
  • Cost: park or event fees may apply

Clean up the watersheds of some local waterways, and enjoy the rest of your day in the park at this annual event, which coincides with Michigan’s Free Fishing Weekend.

Historic Base Ball Games at Greenfield Village

June 11-Aug. 21, 2016

  • Times: 1:30 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays
  • Address: Greenfield Village, 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn
  • Phone: 313-982-6001
  • Cost: $26/adults, $19.50/kids 5-12, free/kids 4 and under

Treat dad to a baseball game played by the original Henry Chadwick 1897 Base Ball Book of Reference rules.

Grillin’ for Food Gatherers in Ann Arbor

June 12, 2016

  • Times: 3-8 p.m. Sunday
  • Address: Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Road, Ann Arbor
  • Phone: 734-761-2796
  • Cost: $75/ages 14-plus, $10/ages 3-13, free/under 3

Treat dad to some food made by local eateries, live music and a bar. There are kids’ activities, too. Best of all, you’ll be helping out the Food Gatherers of Ann Arbor.

Canton Liberty Fest

June 16-18, 2016

  • 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-$27/ride wristbands

Canton Liberty Fest happens just before Father’s Day, earning it a spot on our Father’s Day Detroit calendar of events. Hit it up to enjoy local bands, midway games and rides galore. Plus fireworks and the Liberty Run. Be sure to stop by the Metro Parent table, too, on June 18.

Redford Township Festival at Bell Creek Park in Redford

June 16-19, 2016

  • Times: 6-10 p.m. Thursday, 6-11 p.m. Friday, noon-11 p.m. Saturday, noon-9 p.m. Sunday
  • Address: Bell Creek Park, 15145 Inkster Road, Redford
  • Phone: 313-387-2650
  • Cost: Free/general, $17-$20/ride wristband

This annual fest offers games, rides and live entertainment for kids and dad to enjoy.

Father’s Day at Addison Oaks in Leonard

June 17-18, 2016

  • 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/resident vehicle pass, $12/nonresident vehicle pass

Bring dad for tons of outdoor activities, team games, a dance and more.


Father’s Day at Groveland Oaks in Holly

June 17-19, 2016

  • 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/residents, $12/nonresidents

Bring dad out for a weekend of kayaking, paddle boating, fishing and other activities; plus hayrides a DJ and more.

Belleville National Strawberry Festival

June 17-19, 2016

  • Times: noon-midnight Friday-Saturday, noon-8 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 highlight, but it also offers two midways full of games and rides, a parade, crafts on display, live music and entertainment, food and more.

Northville Summer Carnival at Northville Downs Race Track

June 17-19, 2016

  • Times: 4-11 p.m. Friday, 1-11 p.m. Saturday, 1-8 p.m. Sunday
  • Address: Northville Downs race track parking lot, Seven Mile and Center streets
  • Phone: 248-349-7640
  • Cost: Free/general, fees/rides

Enjoy Father’s Day weekend at this annual carnival, which offers three days of rides and games, live entertainment and more.

Germanfest & Father’s Day Picnic in Sterling Heights

June 17-19, 2016

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

Bring dad for a day full of authentic German food, music and dance; plus kids’ activities and more.

Michigan First Summer in the Village in Lathrup Village

June 18, 2016

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

There’s an amateur barbecue competition, outdoor activities, crafts, music and more.

Veggie Car Races at the Rochester Hills Public Library

June 18, 2016

  • Times: 2-3 p.m.
  • Address: Rochester Hills Public Library, 500 Olde Towne Road, Rochester
  • Phone: 248-656-2900
  • Cost: free; register ASAP in advance (registration starts June 11)

Dads and kids build a car made of vegetables together and then race against other father-child teams.

Young Fathers Standing United Father’s Day Event at Hines Park in Westland

June 18, 2016

  • Times: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday
  • Address: Hines Park, 33275 Hines Drive, Westland
  • Phone: 313-731-2685
  • Cost: Free

An annual event held to celebrate fathers, unite families and honor six fathers with annual A Good Father is a Good Man award. Celebration includes food, guest speakers, poets, live performances and a DJ.

Motor Muster at Greenfield Village in Dearborn

June 18-19, 2016

  • 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: $26/ages 13-plus, $19.50/5-12, free/4 and younger, $6/parking

See more than 500 vintage cars, motorcycles, special demonstrations and much more.

Father’s Day Pancake Breakfast Fly-In in Canton

June 19, 2016

  • Times: 7-11 a.m. Sunday
  • Address: Mettetal Airport, 8550 N. Lilley Road, Canton
  • Phone: 248-890-6767
  • Cost: free/admission; food: $6/ages 13-plus, $4/12 and under, $25-$30/rides

The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 113 hosts this annual event, which offers different types of airplanes and helicopters on display, and an all-you-can-eat breakfast for dad.

Plymouth YMCA Father’s Day Run

June 19, 2016

  • Times: 8 a.m./one-mile, 8:30 a.m./5K and 10K Sunday
  • Address: Plymouth Family YMCA, 248 Union St.
  • Phone: 734-453-2904
  • Cost: $20/one mile, $39/5K, $44/10K; preregistration required

The local YMCA hosts this annual event, which has runs and walks for the entire family.

Fox Hills Father’s Day Brunch in Plymouth

June 19, 2016

  • 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: $29.95/adults, $12.95/kids 3-12; reservations required

Make a reservation and enjoy a meal with dad.

Eyes on Design Car Show at the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House

June 19, 2016

  • Times: 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • Address: Edsel & Eleanor Ford House, 1100 Lake Shore Road, Grosse Pointe Shores
  • Phone: 313-884-5977
  • Cost: $25/adults, free/12 and under with a paying adult

Bring dad out to enjoy a variety of themed cars on display to benefit Henry Ford Health System’s Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology,

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

June 19, 2016

  • Times: noon-2 p.m. Sunday
  • Address: Stony Creek Metropark, 4300 Main Park Road, Shelby Township
  • Phone: 586-781-4242
  • Costs: free/dads, $4/person (hot dog lunch), $10/park vehicle entry

Bring dad by to meet and learn about different critters. Then top the day off with a hot dog lunch.

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

June 19, 2016

  • 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, $10/park vehicle entry

See the farm animals and garden, take a hayride and top your day off with a yummy grilled hot dog.

Dad’s Free Hayrides at Kensington Metropark in Milford

June 19, 2016

  • Times: noon-4 p.m. Sunday
  • Address: Kensington Metropark, 4570 Huron River Parkway, Milford
  • Phone: 810-227-8910
  • Cost: free/hayrides for dad, $5/adults, $3/seniors and kids 3-12, free/kids 2 and under; $10/vehicle entry

Father’s Day Comedy Explosion at the Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts in Detroit

June 19, 2016

  • Time: 8 p.m. Sunday
  • Address: Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts, 350 Madison St., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-887-8500
  • Cost: $43.50-$75.50

Dads enjoy a night of hilarious performances by comedians Capone, Lil Duvall, and Donnell Rawlings.


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