Family Events July Fairs & Festivals in Southeast Michigan Looking for some summertime fun in metro Detroit this July? Grab the fam and check out some of these hot 2016 summer events in Macomb, Oakland Wayne and Washtenaw counties. « Previous Next » Metro Parent Editorial • June 3, 2016 Add Comment Tweet July gets hot, hot, hot in southeast Michigan, but that’s no reason to hide indoors in the air conditioning all summer. There are tons of outdoor fairs and festivals in Macomb, Washtenaw, Wayne and Oakland counties for you and your family to enjoy. From events that celebrate different cultures, like the American Polish Festival and the Saline Celtic Festival, to music-centered events like the 99.5 WYCD Hoedown, extensive county fairs, and educational fests, there’s something for every southeast Michigan family this July. Check out this Metro Parent guide to all of the fairs and fests this July, cake on the sunscreen, and hit up your fave for all kinds of family fun. Clawson Fourth of July Festival June 22-July 4, 2016 Where: City Park, West Elmwood and Main Streets, Clawson Times: vary by date Cost: free/music, $2/midway entry, other fees may apply This annual celebration starts the Fourth of July festivities more than a week before the big day, and features such fun as an arts and crafts show, carnival, a fun run, midway games and rides. It all leads up to a massive fireworks display at dusk on July 4. Camaro Superfest July 2-3, 2016 Where: Riverside Park, East Cross and North Huron Streets, Ypsilanti Times: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday Cost: Free If you go to Depot Town on Friday, you’ll get to meet-and-greet with the owners of the Camaros in the show. Head out Saturday and Sunday to check out some driven and modified Camaros on display. Royal Oak Rib Fest July 1-4, 2016 Where: Royal Oak Farmers Market, 316 E. 11 Mile Road, Royal Oak Times: 5-11 p.m. Friday, noon-11 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, noon-8 p.m. Monday Cost: $5/general, $3/before 3 p.m. Find live musical performances, a Kids Zone, hot dog pig racing, adult beverages and tons of barbecue ribs. Gibraltar July Fourth Festival and Fireworks July 3-4, 2016 Where: Fireworks: Parsons Elementary School area (14473 Middle Gibraltar Road, Gibraltar). Festival: Community Center Field area (29340 S. Gibraltar Road, Rockwood) Times: noon-10 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday Cost: general admission prices TBA, $3/parking, fees/rides A carnival kicks off the fun on July 3. On the 4th, head out for a parade, petting zoo, fireworks display and more, all in addition to the carnival. Independence Fest July 4, 2016 Where: Clintonwood Park, 6000 Clarkston Road, Clarkston Times: 10 a.m. parade, 11 a.m.-dusk festival Cost: $5/parking until 6 p.m., $10/parking after 6 p.m. A parade themed to the “Land of the FREE, because of the BRAVE,” kicks off this community tradition. A craft show, games, inflatables for kids and more follows the procession Seymour Celebration July 7-9, 2016 Where: Seymour Lake area, Oxford Times: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Thursday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday Cost: $5/parking after 7 p.m., $20/unlimited ride wristbands There’s amusement rides, music, a splash pad for kids, two firework displays on Friday and Saturday, a movie in the park on Thursday and much more. Uncle Sam Jam July 7-10, 2016 Where: Civic Center Park, 23101 Hall Road, Woodhaven Times: 2-11 p.m. Thursday, 2 p.m.-midnight Friday, noon-midnight Saturday, noon-11 p.m. Sunday Cost: Free/general admission, $25/ride wristbands Enjoy another year of monster truck and camel rides, a petting zoo, fireworks display, bird encounter and a 30-plus-ride carnival. There’s a live musical performances by Vince Neil, Great White and 38 Special, too. Michigan Elvisfest July 8-9, 2016 Where: Historic Depot Town, Ypsilanti Times: 5 p.m.-midnight Friday, noon-midnight Saturday (doors at 4 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. Saturday) Cost: $20/Friday, $30/Saturday, free/kids 12 and under This annual fest brings the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll to life with live performances by some of the world’s best tribute artists; plus arts and crafts, face paintings, inflatables and more for those still growing into their sideburns. Saline Celtic Festival July 8-9, 2016 Where: Mill Pond Park, 565 W. Bennett St., Saline Times: 5:30-11:30 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Saturday Cost: $10/adults in advance, $15/adults at the gate, $5/ages 13-17, free/12 and under, ages 65-plus and active military, $80/groups of 10 Enjoy live music and dancing throughout the park – and competitions for reels and jigs, wool spinning, sheep herding, lacemaking and jousting. There’s activities for wee-folks, too. Plymouth Art in the Park July 8-10, 2016 Where: Downtown Plymouth area Times: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday Cost: Free This annual Michigan favorite fills the downtown area with the work of some 400 artists from across the country. It offers food, music and family activities, too. American Polish Festival & Craft Show July 8-10, 2016 Where: American Polish Century Club, 33204 Maple Lane Drive, Sterling Heights Times: 4 p.m.-1 a.m. Friday, 10 a.m-1 a.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday Cost: $2/admission, free/ages 17 and under, free/parking This annual craft show and festival offers tons of one-of-a-kind items on display and for sale, homemade Polish and American eats, inflatables and other activities. MEA Culture & Music Festival July 8-10, 2016 Where: Warren City Square, 1 City Square, Warren Times: 6-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 6-10 p.m. Sunday Cost: Free Celebrate Middle Eastern culture with three days of music, dance and food. Oakland County Fair July 8-17, 2016 Where: Oakland County Fairgrounds, Springfield Oaks County Park, 12451 Andersonville Road, Davisburg Times: Vary by day Cost: General: $10/park, $5/walk-in; $16-23/ride armbands except on Tuesday when ride wristbands are $12; grandstand: $10/adults, $5/ages 6-14, free/5 and under This annual hometown fair features games and rides; plus plenty of live entertainment including a rodeo, demolition derby, livestock contests, musical performances and more. Be sure to check out the Independence Day fireworks display on July 4. Medieval Days 2016 July 9-10, 2015 Where: Historic Fort Wayne, 6325 Jefferson Ave., Detroit Times: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost: Free/general admission, $5/guided tours, $5/parking See a live encampment that aims to show how the lords, ladies, knights, squires and surfs lived in medieval times. Huron River Day Festival July 10, 2016 Where: Gallup Park, 3000 Fuller Road, Ann Arbor Time: noon-4 p.m. Sunday Cost: Free; $5/canoe and kayak rentals There are all kinds of outdoor activities for families to enjoy, art and science activities, encounters with live animals, music, food and more. You can also rent a canoe or kayak and take a ride down the river. Summerfest July 11-27, 2016 (Mondays-Wednesdays) Where: Grosse Pointe War Memorial, 32 Lake Shore Drive, Grosse Pointe Farms Time: 6 p.m./gates open, 7:30 p.m./musical performances, dusk/movies start Cost: Free This three-week event offers live musical performances and movies under the stars, all in celebration of summer. Metro Detroit Youth Day July 13, 2016 Where: Belle Isle Park, Detroit Time: 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Wednesday Cost: Free Kids ages 8-15 will enjoy a day full of free games, races and other contests; plus live entertainment, celebrity guests and more at this 33-year-old event. Wyandotte Street Art Fair July 13-16, 2016 Where: Downtown Wyandotte, Biddle Avenue between Eureka and Oak streets Times: 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday Cost: Free The streets of downtown Wyandotte are filled with the artwork by 250 artists from around the country. There’s live music and kid’s activities, too. Concert of Colors July 14-17, 2016 Where: Charles H. Wright Museum, Detroit Institute of Arts, Max M. Fisher Music Center and other locales in Midtown, Detroit Times: Vary by date Cost: Free Detroit is full of different ethnicities and cultures. Celebrate these different cultures with live music and dance performances at this 24-year-old fest. There’s ethnic food, shopping and crafts, too. Farmington Founders Festival July 14-17, 2016 Where: Along Grand River Avenue, Downtown Farmington Times: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, 5-11 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday Cost: Free admission Celebrate the city of Farmington with a fireworks display (Saturday at dusk), live entertainment, outdoor movies, hot air balloons, monster truck rides and more. Kids get a special day on Thursday at Shiawassee Park. This day find tons of kids’ activities, games, a teddy bear parade and more. Lavender Festival July 15-17, 2016 Where: Blake’s Orchard & Cider Mill, 17985 Armada Center Road, Armada Times: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Sunday Cost: $6/adults, free/under 12; fees may apply for some activities There are tons of workshops and projects, plus food and lavender lemonade – all in celebration of the holistic benefits of this plant. PNC Roar on the River July 15-17, 2016 Where: Elizabeth Park, 202 Grosse Ile Parkway, Trenton Times: noon-midnight Friday, 7 a.m.-midnight. Saturday, 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday Cost: Free/general, $25/Friday taste party, $5/parking donation See fast boats, high-action Jet-Ski demonstrations, enjoy food and live music here. For kids, there are bouncy inflatables, games, face painting and more! Festa Italiana July 15-17, 2016 Where: Freedom Hill Amphitheatre, 14900 Metropolitan Parkway, Sterling Heights Times: 6-11 p.m. Friday, noon-11 p.m. Saturday, 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday Cost: Free/general, $10/parking Enjoy family fun with an Italian flair including Italian food, live entertainment, kids’ activities, imported beer, contests, a Family Fun Zone, a Holy Mass on Sunday and more. Pig & Whiskey July 15-17, 2016 Where: East Troy Street between The WAB and the Emory, Ferndale Times: 6 p.m.-midnight Friday, 11 a.m.-midnight Saturday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday Cost: Free/admission, fees apply for food and drinks Head to Ferndale to enjoy live music, delicious barbecue from local eateries, adult beverages and more. Old Mill Arts N’ Crafts Festival July 16-17, 2016 Where: Grant Park, Van Dyke Avenue and Hahn Street, Utica Times: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday Cost: Free This annual fest includes tons of food and art on display, live entertainment, a kids’ play area and more. Czech and Slovak Festival July 16-17, 2016 Where: Sokol Cultural Center, 23600 W. Warren Road, Dearborn Heights Times: 1:30-10 p.m. Saturday, 12:30-7:30 p.m. Sunday Cost: $5/admission per day, free/parking Celebrate Czech and Slovak culture with authentic food and dance, imported beer, a pastry area, live bands, handcrafted jewelry and more. Lyon Township Summerfest July 21-24, 2016 Where: 57494 Lyon Center Drive West, Lyon Township Times: TBA (Thursday is kids day) Cost: Free/admission, $5/parking, $22/ride wristbands (find discounted wristbands for $16 in advance at lyonevents.org) Families gather at this annual event for carnival games and rides, an exotic animal exhibit, live concerts and magic shows, bouncy inflatables for toddlers and, new this year, a special acrobatic shows by the Flying Wallendas. The Ann Arbor Art Fairs July 21-24, 2016 Where: Downtown Ann Arbor Times: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday Cost: Free This annual event packs four art fairs into one on the streets of downtown Ann Arbor. Pencil in a time to hit each fair because the Street Art Fair, Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair, State Street Art Fair and South University Art Fair are all a little different from one another and are all really fun. Vans Warped Tour July 22, 2016 Where: The Palace of Auburn Hills, 6 Championship Drive, Auburn Hills Times: 11 a.m. Friday Cost: $40.50-plus/ticket This year’s lineup at this annual alternative rock fest features Good Charlotte, 3OH!3, Atreyu, Emarosa, Mayday Parade, The May, We The Kings and others. Mardi Gras Gala July 22-24, 2016 Where: Groveland Oaks County Park, 14555 Dixie Highway, Holly Times: All weekend; specific times will be announced shortly before the event Cost: $5/residents $12/non-residents Enjoy a weekend full of Mardi Gras-themed fun including mask making, team games, face painting, beaded necklaces, a bike parade, hayrides, DJ and much more. Quake on the Lake July 22-24, 2016 Where: Pontiac Lake Recreation Area, on North Williams Lake Road, Waterford Times: 5-9 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday Cost: $10/adults, $5/ages 5-12, free/ages 4 and under, $10/pit passes Nighttime concerts, a car show and a craft fair accompany record-breaking performances and races at this annual event. Festival of Chariots (Rath Yatra) July 24, 2016 Where: Starts at Novi Civic Center, 45175 W. 10 Mile Road; ends at Fuerst Park at 10 Mile and Taft roads, Novi Time: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Cost: Free This fest kicks off with a three-mile parade that ends with a grand celebration that showcases Indian culture with some 20 tents of food, shopping and henna; plus kids’ activities, music and more. Washtenaw County 4-H Youth Show July 24-29, 2016 Where: Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Road, Ann Arbor Times: 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Cost: Free This event showcases the art projects and livestock that have been made and raised by local 4-H kids. Rally on the Ridge July 26, 2016 Where: Canton Farmers Market, 500 N. Ridge Road, Canton Times: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday Cost: Free Support the local Farmers Market at this annual event, which features a plethora of food trucks to taste-testing, music, inflatables, lawn games and more. Sterlingfest Art & Music Fair July 28-30, 2016 Where: City Campus, 40555 Utica Road, Sterling Heights Times: 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Thursday-Saturday Cost: Free/admission, $16/ride wristband in advance, $23/ride wristband at the gate This annual fest mixes art with music, games and rides to make the perfect event for the whole family. Be sure to take your kiddos to the Kids Tent for some great age-appropriate fun. Sounds & Sights Festival July 28-30, 2016 Where: Downtown Chelsea Times: 6:30-11 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday Cost: Free This 30-plus-year-old fest will liven up your nights with great musical performances and a social ten, a classic car show, Kid Zone and open-air market. New Country on the River July 30, 2016 Where: Elizabeth Park, West Jefferson Avenue south of West Road, Trenton Times: 1-9 p.m. Saturday Cost: free/admission, $5/parking donation Are you a country music fan? Park yourself along the river to hear some of your favorite songs today. Maker Faire Detroit July 30-31, 2016 Where: Henry Ford Museum and grounds, 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn Times: 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday Cost: $28/adults, $26/seniors, $19/ages 5-12, free/under 4, $6/parking Check out mind-boggling electronic and robotic creations, rockets on display and other scientific contraptions at this annual event. There’s food and music, too. Orchard Lake Fine Art Show July 30-31, 2016 Where: Powers and Daly streets, West Bloomfield Times: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday Cost: $5/admission, free/ages 12 and under, free/parking Hundreds of top-notch local artists display their work at this top art show There’s kids’ activities and a kids’ art competition, too. Arab & Chaldean Festival July 30-31, 2016 Where: Hart Plaza, Detroit Times: Noon Saturday-Sunday Cost: Free This 45th annual event celebrates Arab and Chaldean culture with an Arab fashion show and calligraphy, children’s fair with inflatables and more. 99.5 WYCD Hoedown July 31, 2016 Where: DTE Energy Music Theatre, 7774 Sashabaw Road, Clarkston Times: 2 p.m. Cost: $25/lawn seats, $31-$74/pavilion tickets See some of your favorite country artists including Brad Paisley and Chris Young at this 34-year-old country music event. This post was originally published in 2012 and has been updated for 2016 by Christina Clark.