Spring is here, and that means the 2016 fair and festival season is powering up. This May, (and early June) you’ll find oodles of these events all over southeast Michigan – including the Grosse Ile Islandfest and the St. Mary’s Polish Country Fair – to get your bunch off the couch and out and about. From eco-friendly fests, to cultural fairs, re-enactments and more, there’s something for everyone this spring. So grab a light jacket and head outdoors to one of these springtime fests, right in your backyard.
May 6-7, 2016
- Times: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday
- Address: Downtown Lake Orion area
- Phone: 248-693-9742
- Cost: free/admission, fees/plants
This 15th-annual sale offers tons of flowers, garden art and other home improvement items for sale by some 60 vendors.
May 7, 2016
- Times: 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
- Address: Holland Ponds, 50385 Ryan Road, Shelby Township
- Phone: 586-323-2478
- Cost: $2/ages 4-plus
There’s a live demonstration on how to identify and capture birds, wagon rides, a pond dip and a cookout for families.
May 7-8, 2016
- Times: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday
- Address: Shain Park, Merill Street, downtown Birmingham
- Phone: 734-662-3382
- Cost: free
See the work of some 150 juried artists skilled in painting, ceramics, photography, sculpture and others at this 35th annual.
May 7-8, 2016
- Times: 5-11 p.m. Saturday, 1-9 p.m. Sunday
- Address: St. Florian Roman Catholic Church, 2626 Poland St., Hamtramck
- Phone: 313-871-2778
- Cost: free
This annual event is put on by the Hamtramck Firefighters and celebrates Polish culture with authentic food, music and dance performances, strawberry desserts and a firefighters’ march and mass.
May 14, 2016
- Time: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
- Address: University of Michigan Museum of Natural History, 1109 Geddes Ave., Ann Arbor
- Phone: 734-764-0478
- Cost: $6/suggested donation
Check out butterflies up close, make your own butterfly wings, and help plant the museum’s butterfly garden.
May 14-15, 2016
- Times: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday
- Address: Historic Fort Wayne, 6325 W. Jefferson Ave., Detroit
- Phone: 313-628-0796
- Cost: $5/ages 12-plus, $5/parking
This local historical hotspot brings the Civil War to life with medical displays, living troop impersonators, live demonstrations and more.
May 19-23 and 26-29, 2016
- Times: 4-10 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays, 1-10 p.m. Saturdays, 1-9 p.m. Sundays, plus 4-9 p.m. May 23-25
- Address: Oakland Pointe Shopping Center, 402 N. Telegraph Road, Pontiac (across from Summit Place Mall)
- Phone: 248-622-8247
- Cost: free/admission, fees/ride wristband
It’s one of Michigan’s first big outdoor carnivals of the year and features rides, games, exhibits, live entertainment and more.
May 20-22, 2016
- Times: 4 p.m.-midnight Friday, 11 a.m.-midnight Saturday-Sunday (carnival times only)
- Address: Grosse Ile Municipal Airport area, 9601 Groh Road, Grosse Ile
- Phone: 734-675-2364
- Cost: Free/admission, fees/rides, some activities
There’s a full midway, complete with rides and games, a classic car show, live entertainment, fireworks and much more in celebration of summer.
May 20-June 5, 2016
- Times: Hours TBA
- Address: Gibraltar Trade Center, 237 N. River Road, Mount Clemens
- Phone: 586-465-6440
- Cost: Free/entry, fees/ride armbands
There’s a midway packed with carnival games and rides, food, live entertainment and more at this annual shindig.
May 26-30, 2016
- Times: 5 p.m.-midnight Thursday-Friday, noon-midnight Saturday-Sunday, noon-10 p.m. Monday
- Address: Sumpter Fairgrounds, 23501 Sumpter Road, Belleville
- Phone: 734-461-6201
- Cost: free/admission, fees/rides and games
Come for clowns, pony rides, magic shows and kids activities galore; plus a bingo, beer and casino tent for adults, carnival games, rides a demolition derby, car and craft show and much more.
May 27-30, 2016
- Times: 5-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday
- Address: Orchard Lake St. Mary’s campus, 3535 Indian Trail, Orchard Lake
- Phone: 248-706-6775
- Cost: $6/person, $15/family, free/3 and under, more/rides (cash only)
There’s more than 45 midway rides, including an 80-foot roller coaster, live music, shopping, authentic food and more at this 45-year-old Polish-themed event.
May 28-29, 2016
- Times: 10 a.m-6 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday
- Address: Rochester Municipal Park, 400 Sixth St., Rochester
- Phone: 248-656-0999
- Cost: free/admission
This event offers lumberjack shows, a Civil War encampment and historical displays, craft and car shows, live animals food, and much more.
May 28-30, 2016
- Times: noon-midnight Saturday-Monday
- Address: Hart Plaza, 1 Hart Plaza, Detroit
- Phone: 800-594-8499
- Cost: $75/single day, $175/three days, $300/VIP three day, free/kids 12 and under
This annual fest captures the essences of the techno roots that can be found here in Detroit with tons of techno performances, merch for sale, art on display and much more. Best for older kids and parents who are techno fans.
May 28-30, 2016
- Times: 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday-Monday
- Address: The Henry Ford, Greenfield Village, 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn
- Phone: 313-982-6001
- Cost: Free with admission:, $26/ages 13-plus, $19.50/5-12, free/4 and under, $6/parking
Kick off your Memorial Day celebration with Civil War reenactors in period dress, military and artillery demonstrations, hands-on activities, historian talks, live music and much more.