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 2017 summer events in Macomb, Oakland Wayne and Washtenaw counties. « Previous Next » Metro Parent Editorial • June 5, 2017 Add Comment Total: 5 3 0 0 0 2 0 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 Vans Warped Tour, 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. Camaro Superfest June 30-July 2, 2017 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 and see Transformers 5. Head out Saturday and Sunday to check out some driven and modified Camaros on display. Royal Oak Rib Fest June 30-July 2, 2017 Where: downtown Royal Oak Times: 1-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, noon-9:30 p.m. Sunday Cost: Free/admission, fees/food and some activities Find live musical performances, monster truck rides, pig racing, adult beverages and tons of barbecue ribs. Clawson Fourth of July Festival July 3-4, 2017 Where: City Park, West Elmwood and Main Streets, Clawson Times: vary by date Cost: $2/general Celebrate the Fourth of July with this massive shebang with a fun run, games, rides, art on display and more. It all leads up to fireworks display at dusk on July 4. Independence Fest July 4, 2017 Where: Clintonwood Park, 6000 Clarkston Road, Clarkston Times: 10 a.m. parade, 11 a.m.-dusk festival Cost: fees apply A parade themed to the kicks off this community tradition. A craft show, games, inflatables for kids and more follows the procession. Seymour Celebration July 7-8, 2017 Where: Seymour Lake area, Oxford Times: noon-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday (carnival) Cost: $5/parking after 7 p.m., $20/unlimited ride wristbands There’s amusement rides, music, a splash pad for kids, two firework displays, inflatables and more. Michigan Elvisfest July 7-8, 2017 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: $18/Friday, $28/Saturday, $40/two-day ticket 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. Plymouth Art in the Park July 7-9, 2017 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 7-9, 2017 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 7-9, 2017 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 7-16, 2017 Where: Oakland County Fairgrounds, Springfield Oaks County Park, 12451 Andersonville Road, Davisburg Times: Vary by day Cost: General: $12/car, $6/motorcycle or walk-ins. Grandstand admission: $10/adults, $5/ages 6-14, free/kids 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, too! Huron River Day Festival July 9, 2017 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 10-26, 2017 (Mondays-Wednesdays) Where: Grosse Pointe War Memorial, 32 Lake Shore Drive, Grosse Pointe Farms Time: 6:30 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 12, 2017 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 35-year-old event. Wyandotte Street Art Fair July 12-15, 2017 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 12-16, 2017 Where: Arab American National Museum, Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit Historical Society 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 25-year-old fest. There’s ethnic food, shopping and crafts, too. Saline Celtic Festival July 14-15, 2017 Where: Mill Pond Park, 565 W. Bennett St., Saline Times: Times TBA Cost: $10/adults in advance, $15/adults at the gate, $5/ages 13-17, free/12 and under, $10/seniors $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. Lavender Festival July 14-16, 2017 Where: Blake’s Orchard & Cider Mill, 17985 Armada Center Road, Armada Times: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Sunday Cost: $7/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 14-16, 2017 Where: Elizabeth Park, 202 Grosse Ile Parkway, Trenton Times: 6 p.m.-midnight Friday, 7 a.m.-midnight Saturday, 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday Cost: Free/general, $25-$200/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 14-16, 2017 Where: Freedom Hill County Park, 14900 Metropolitan Parkway, Sterling Heights Times: 6-11 p.m. Friday, noon-11 p.m. Saturday, 11 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 and more. Pig & Whiskey July 14-16, 2017 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 and Antiques Festival July 22-23, 2017 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 Nab unique antiques and art at this 27th annual. Farmington Founders Festival July 20-23, 2017 Where: downtown Farmington area Times: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday Cost: Free admission Celebrate the city of Farmington with a fireworks display, live entertainment, outdoor movies, hot air balloons, monster truck rides and more. The Ann Arbor Art Fairs July 20-23, 2017 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 21, 2017 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 Hawthorne Heights, Dance Gavin Dance, Alestorm and others. Czech and Slovak Festival July 22-23, 2017 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. Festival of Chariots (Rath Yatra) July 23, 2017 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 23-28, 2017 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 25, 2017 Where: Canton Farmers Market, 500 N. Ridge Road, Canton Times: 5:30-9 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 27-29, 2017 Where: City Campus, 40555 Utica Road, Sterling Heights Times: 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Thursday-Saturday Cost: Free/admission, fees/rides 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 27-29, 2017 Where: Downtown Chelsea Times: 7-11 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. Maker Faire Detroit July 29-30, 2017 Where: Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation, 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn Times: 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday Cost: single day: $28/ages 12-plus, $26/ages 62-plus, $19/ages 3-11, free/kids 2 and under. Both days: $47/ages 12-plus, $44/ages 62-plus, $32.50/ages 30-11, free/kids 2 and under 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 29-30, 2017 Where: West Bloomfield High School, 4925 Orchard Lake Road, West Bloomfield Times: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday Cost: $5/admission, free/ages 13 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 29-30, 2017 Where: Hart Plaza, Detroit Times: Noon Saturday-Sunday Cost: Free This 46th annual event celebrates Arab and Chaldean culture with an Arab fashion show and calligraphy, children’s fair with inflatables and more. This post was originally published in 2012 and has been updated for 2017 by Christina Clark.