Family Events May Fairs & Festivals in Southeast Michigan Spring is here, and that means that fair and festival season in Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties is kicking into gear. Find out the events coming up for spring 2016. « Previous Next » Christina Clark • April 22, 2016 Add Comment Tweet 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. Lake Orion Flower & Art Fair 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. Heron Festival and Spring Festival 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. Art Birmingham 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. St. Florian Parish Strawberry Festival 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. Butterfly Festival 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. Civil War Days at Historic Fort Wayne in Detroit 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. Pontiac Regional Chamber Carnival 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. Grosse Ile Islandfest 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. Macomb Fair & Expo 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. Sumpter Township Country Fest 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. St. Mary’s Polish Country Fair 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. Greater Rochester Heritage Days 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. Movement Electronic Music Festival 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. Civil War Remembrance 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.