Family Events September Fairs and Festivals in Southeast Michigan School is back in session, but summer fun isn't totally done. Get in one last fling at one of these fests happening in Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties in September 2016. « Previous Next » Christina Clark • August 19, 2016 Add Comment Tweet The leaves are changing colors and the chilly wind is beginning to blow your summer buzz right out the door – but don’t fret, summer isn’t over just yet. In September in metro Detroit, we have tons of last-minute fairs and festivals to make sure you get in one last bash before the hustle and bustle of the school year totally harshes your mellow. From hometown fairs to fall fests and pre-Halloween celebrations, there’s sure to be one more shindig that your whole family will be into. Check out this list of upcoming events to find the right one. Renaissance Festival Aug. 20-Oct. 2, 2016 (Saturdays and Sunday; plus Sept. 5 and 30) Address: Hollygrove Grounds, 12600 Dixie Highway, Holly Times: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays; plus Labor Day and Friday, Sept. 30 Cost: $22.95/adults, $19.95/college students, $13.95/ages 5-12 Phone: 248-634-5552 Experience the 16th century with themed weekends full of full-contact jousting competitions, kids’ shows, and feasts; plus live mermaids and other costumed characters, puppet shows and street performances. Dress in your best costume to top off your trip. Saline Community Fair Aug. 31-Sept. 5, 2016 Address: Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Road, Ann Arbor Times: 9 a.m.-midnight Wednesday-Sunday, 1-6 p.m. Monday Cost: $7/ages 11-plus, $18/ride wristband; free admission/Monday (rides only), $10/arm bands on Monday A parade kicks off this annual fair on Aug. 31, followed by a week of rides, livestock exhibits, games, live entertainment and much more. Fifth Third Bank Michigan State Fair Sept. 1-5, 2016 Address: Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave., Novi Times: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Thursday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday (interior exhibit hall closes at 5 p.m.) Phone: 248-348-6942 Cost: $8/adults, $6/kids 2-11, free/2 and under, $23/fair and rides or fair and circus, $30/fair, rides and circus, $5/parking This annual Michigan tradition brings back the ever-popular pig races, livestock exhibits and agricultural displays, live entertainment, a midway full of games and rides and performances by the Detroit Shrine Circus (for an additional charge). Michigan Peach Festival Sept. 1-5, 2016 Address: Downtown Romeo Times: 4-10 p.m. Thursday, 4-11 p.m. Friday, noon-11 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, noon Monday Phone: 586-752-6543 Cost: free/admission, $25/unlimited ride wristband This peachy-keen fest offers a 5K or 10K run, kids’ parade, craft and car shows, and plenty of yummy peach treats. Arts, Beats and Eats Sept. 2-5, 2016 Address: Downtown Royal Oak Times: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Monday Phone: 248-541-7550 Cost: $3/general admission until 3 p.m., $5/general admission after 3 p.m., free/kids under 3, $10/food and beverage tickets, $2.50-$3.75/ride This 19th annual fills the streets with the community’s best music, food and artwork for families to enjoy. Detroit Jazz Festival Sept. 2-5, 2016 Address: Hart Plaza to Campus Martius Park, downtown Detroit Times: 7-10:30 p.m. Friday, 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday, noon-8 p.m. Monday Phone: 855-529-9338 Cost: free Celebrate Detroit’s jazz culture at this 37th annual four-day festival with performances by huge names like George Benson, The Soul Rebels, the Charlie Gabriel Quartet and many others; plus jazz talks and jam sessions, too. New Baltimore Art on the Bay Sept. 3-4, 2016 Address: Walter & Mary Burke Park, downtown New Baltimore Times: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday Phone: 586-725-0291 Cost: free This New Baltimore tradition sets up on the banks of Lake St. Clair and features two days of live music, food and artwork on display. Hamtramck Labor Day Festival Sept. 3-5, 2016 Address: Downtown Hamtramck area Times: noon-10 p.m. Saturday-Monday Phone: 313-333-7523 Cost: free/general, $5/parking; fees apply for some events Hamtown celebrates Labor Day and Polish culture with a parade, 5K and kiddy races, art displays, live music, a carnival and more. Labor Day Roundup Sept. 5, 2016 Address: Downtown Franklin area Times: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday Phone: 248-626-2231 Cost: free Find a parade at noon followed by midway games and inflatables, magic and juggling performances, a car show and more. Be sure to swing by Franklin’s Art in the Village, which runs concurrently, and features artwork by local artists on display. Richmond Area Good Old Days Festival Sept. 8-11, 2016 Address: downtown Richmond area Times: 5-10 p.m. Thursday, 4-11 p.m. Friday, noon-11 p.m. Saturday, 1-9 p.m. Sunday Phone: 586-727-1320 Cost: Free/admission, $4/kid motor sports tickets, $8/adult motor sports tickets, $20/ride wristbands Now in its 53rd year, this fest offers classic carnival fun like games, rides and livestock displays; plus a demolition derby, classic cars on display, a parade and more. Plymouth Fall Festival Sept. 9-11, 2016 Address: downtown Plymouth area Times: noon-11 p.m. Friday, 7 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday Phone: 734-335-0199 Cost: free/admission, $25/ride wristbands Find a variety of rides and games for kids on the midway, car, craft and pet shows, live entertainment, and tons of food at the taste fest (Friday), the Spaghetti Dinner (Saturday) and the Rotary Barbecue (Sunday), all in celebration of the incoming fall season. Art & Apples Festival Sept. 9-11, 2016 Address: Rochester Municipal Park, Sixth and Pine streets, downtown Rochester Times: 4-7:30 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday Phone: 248-651-4110 Cost: free, $5/suggested donation Apple treats and the work of some 300 artists are the highlight of this annual festival, which is hosted by the Paint Creek Center for the Arts. Find live music and entertainment, and a kids’ area, too. Grosse Pointe VillageFest Sept. 9-11, 2016 Address: The Village, Kercheval Avenue between Cadieux and Neff roads, Grosse Pointe Times: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, noon-10 p.m. Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday Phone: 313-886-7474 Cost: free/festival admission, $100/Friday benefit On Friday, there’s a benefit reception, “Kick-Off for Kids” for the Holy Cross Children’s Services ($100), and tons of kid-friendly activities, live music, a car show and other free family fun on Saturday and Sunday. Highland Heritage Festival Sept. 9-11, 2016 Address: Highland Township Hall area, 205 N. John St., Highland Township Times: 5:30-11:30 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday Phone: 248-820-6904 Cost: free Kids enjoy a “bounce city” full of inflatables and other kids fun on Saturday and Sunday while adults get a pig roast and beer tent on Friday; plus craft vendors, a farmers market, live music and more all weekend. Dally in the Alley Sept. 10, 2016 Address: North Cass area, boxed by Anthony Wayne Drive, West Hancock Street and West Forest and Second avenues, Detroit Times: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday Cost: free Find art on display, live food, tons of eats and fun for kids at this 39th annual. Note: Rain day is Sunday. HomeGrown Festival Sept. 10, 2016 Address: Ann Arbor Farmers Market, 315 Detroit St., Time: 6-10 p.m. Saturday Phone: 734-707-8488 Cost: free/admission, fees/some activities There’s food, prepared by area chefs and sourced from Michigan farms, live music, educational activities and more. Kelley-Fisk Farm Festival Sept. 10-11, 2016 Address: Fisk Farm, 9180 Highland Road, White Lake Times: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday Phone: 248-684-5721 Cost: free/admission; donations welcome Visit this historical White Lake farm for pie-eating contests, crafts, live entertainment, storytelling and more. Old Car Festival Sept. 10-11, 2016 Address: Greenfield Village, 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn Times: 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday Phone: 313-982-6001 Cost: Free with museum admission: $26/adults, $19.50/kids 3-11, free/kids 2 and under; $6/parking This annual boasts being the longest-running antique car show and features tons of authentic classic and antique cars on display. Kids Fest Sept. 10-11, 2016 Address: Kings Court Castle at Canterbury Village, 2325 Joslyn Road, Lake Orion Times: noon-5 p.m. Saturday, noon-4 p.m. Sunday Cost: $10/kids, $5/adults; buy one ticket and bring three cans of food get a second ticket free Find monster truck rides, face painters, bounce houses, a petting zoo, pony rides, live entertainment and more. Paul Bunyan Festival Sept. 11, 2016 Address: Wolcott Mill Metropark Farm Center, 65775 Wolcott Road, Ray Township Times: noon-4 p.m. Sunday Phone: 586-749-5997 Cost: $5/person, $10/vehicle permit Celebrate the mythical man with the big blue ox and learn about Michigan’s 1850’s logging days with themed activities, demonstrations and songs. Note: Runs concurrently with Harvest Festival and Corn Day, add $3 for both festivals. Harvest Festival & Corn Day Sept. 11, 2016 Address: Wolcott Mill Metropark Farm Center, 65775 Wolcott Road, Ray Township Times: noon-4 p.m. Phone: 586-749-5997 Cost: $5/person, $10/vehicle permit Swing by the farm center for candle-dipping, horseback riding, crafts and other activities; plus tons of produce for sale. Note: Runs concurrently with the Paul Bunyan Festival, add $3 for both festivals. Dawn Farm Jamboree Sept. 11, 2016 Address: Dawn Farm, 6633 Stony Creek Road, Ypsilanti Times: 1-6 p.m. Sunday Phone: 734-485-8725 Cost: Free This 43rd annual celebrates the founding day of this Washtenaw County recovery center with live music and entertainment, a kids’ tent, hayrides, live animals and more. Harvest Moon Celebration Sept. 15-16, 2016 Address: Riley Park, downtown Farmington Times: 6-11 p.m. Thursday-Friday Phone: 248-473-7276 Cost: $6/in advance, $8/at the door Ages 21-plus enjoy beer, wine and cider tasting on Thursday and the Harvest Moon Dance, which has music, food and brews on Friday. Boating and Outdoor Festival Sept. 15-18, 2016 Address: Lake St. Clair Metropark, 31300 Metropolitan Parkway, Harrison Township Times: noon-7:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday Phone: 734-261-0123 Cost: $10/adults, free/12 and under with the purchase of an adult ticket, $10/vehicle permit Those that prefer to live life on the waves celebrate the art of boating with live music, art on display and kids’ activities; plus a boat and watercraft show, swimming, demonstrations and more. Troy Family Daze Sept. 15-18, 2016 Address: Troy Civic Center, 3425 Civic Center Drive Times: 4-9 p.m. Thursday, 4-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, noon-9 p.m. Sunday Phone: 248-866-6093 (ask for Tom) Cost: $2/person, free/under age 3 This annual community fair offers a giant midway full of games and rides, stages packed with live musical performances, games and crafts; plus a kids’ area full of fun kid-friendly activities like magic shows, a petting zoo, performances by Rosco the Clown and more. Oktoberfest Sterling Heights Sept. 16-18, 2016 Address: Caparthia Club, 38000 Utica Road, Sterling Heights Times: 6-11 p.m. Friday, 4-11 p.m. Saturday, noon-8 p.m. Sunday Phone: 586-978-2292 Cost: $3 Find authentic German food, music and beer, dancing, kids’ activities and more. Northville Heritage Festival Sept. 16-18, 2016 Address: downtown Northville Time: 4-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday Phone: 248-349-7640 Cost: free/admission, fees apply for some activities Find kids’ games, vintage baseball, a farmers’ market, historical tours and more at this fest, which used to be known as the Victorian Festival. Romulus Pumpkin Festival Sept. 16-18, 2016 Address: Historical Park, 11147 Hunt St., Romulus Times: 6 p.m.-midnight Friday, 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday Phone: 734-955-4577 Cost: free This 19th annual kicks off with a parade and fills the entire weekend with fall-themed fun like pie baking, pumpkin rolling and sunflower growing, kids’ activities, live entertainment and more. DIY Street Fair Sept. 16-18, 2016 Address: Nine Mile Road and Woodward Avenue, downtown Ferndale Times: 6 p.m.-midnight Friday, 11 a.m.-midnight Saturday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday Cost: free Find tons of cool do-it-yourself artwork for sale and on display, live music, food, kids’ activities and more. Fall Fair Sept. 17, 2016 Address: MSU Tollgate Education Center, 28115 Meadowbrook Road, Novi Times: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday Phone: 248-347-3860 Cost: Free Catch live animal demonstrations, music, fishing, hayrides, crafts and more at this fest. Great Lakes Bat Festival Sept. 17, 2016 Address: Macomb ISD, 44001 Garfield Road, Clinton Township Times: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday Phone: 248-645-3232 Cost: free Kids and grown-ups are invited to this yearly affair, which will introduce you to some local nocturnal creatures and teach you how they affect their ecosystems through live demonstrations. Barn Daze Sept. 17, 2016 Address: Friendship Park, 3380 W. Clarkston Road, Orion Township Times: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday Phone: 248-391-0304, ext. 305 Cost: free/admission, $5/parking The leaves are changing and the air is getting crisp. Ring in the autumn season with tons of fall-themed events like a petting farm, pony and wagon rides, carnival games, inflatables and more. Common Ground’s Birmingham Street Art Fair Sept. 17-18, 2016 Address: South Old Woodward Avenue between Maple Road and Frank Street, Birmingham Times: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday Phone: 734-662-3382 Cost: free This 42-year-old fair packs the streets with the works of some 160 artists, food, kids’ activities and more. Russian Festival Sept. 17-18, 2016 Address: St. Vladimir Orthodox Church, 9900 Jackson Road, Dexter Times: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 1-7 p.m. Sunday Phone: 734-678-8042 (general inquiries; ask for Nathan) Cost: $1/admission, free/ages 7 and under Enjoy two full days of cultural fun including authentic Russian food and music; plus dancing, a kids’ area, shopping, and more. Patriot Festival Sept. 18, 2016 Address: Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm, 1005 Van Hoosen Road, Rochester Hills Times: 1-5 p.m. Sunday Cost: Free/admission Head to the farm to celebrate Patriot Week with food, crafts, games, re-enactors, performances, and Rochester Hills Museum tours. The Patriot Festival caps off Patriot Week, Sept. 11-17, 2016. Families who would like to celebrate throughout the week of Sept. 11-17 will find a number of events around southeast Michigan. Visit patriotweek.org for more. Saline Main Street’s Oktoberfest Sept. 23-24, 2016 Address: Main Street area, Saline Times: 5-11 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday Cost: $5/ages 21-plus, free/20 and under German eats, authentic rock and folk music, a biergarten, a play area for kids and other activities are in store at this annual. Funky Ferndale Art Fair Sept. 23-25, 2016 Address: Nine Mile Road west of Woodward Avenue, downtown Ferndale Times: 3-7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday Phone: 248-546-1632 Cost: free More than 120 edgy artists show off their work at this annual display – plus food and fun for the kids, too. South Lyon Area Pumpkinfest Sept. 23-25, 2016 Address: downtown South Lyon Times: 6-11 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday Phone: 248-437-1735 Cost: free On Friday, grown-ups enjoy a biergarten and main stage entertainment, while the whole family enjoys inflatables, a craft show, farmers market, and tons of pumpkin-themed fun on Saturday and Sunday. Davisburg Heritage Festival Sept. 24, 2016 Address: downtown Davisburg area Times: 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday Phone: 248-846-6558 Cost: free/most activities, $5/pancake breakfast Get your fill at a pancake breakfast in the morning and stick around for tractor and fire truck displays, wagon rides, historical demonstrations, a craft show and much more. Diehl’s Ciderfest Sept. 24-25, 2016 Address: Diehl’s Orchard & Cider Mill, 1479 Ranch Road, Holly Times: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday Phone: 248-634-8981 Cost: free Now in year No. 35, this annual fest offers up tons of family-friendly fun and entertainment like hayrides, a corn maze, petting farm, a craft show and more. Deneweth’s Fall Fun Fest Sept. 24-Oct. 30 (Saturdays and Sundays) Address: Deneweth’s Garden Center, 16125 22 Mile Road, Macomb Township Times: noon-5 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays Phone: 586-247-5533 Cost: $10/kids, free/adults Celebrate the Halloween season with a spooky train ride or in the spooky barn. There’s also an inflatable haunted house, a corn maze and straw climbing mound, games, pumpkin painting, and tons of yummy cider and doughnuts.