Top Ann Arbor and Metro Detroit Festivals in August

Summer is on its way out, but there's still tons of fun to be had in August 2018! Visit one or more of these Ann Arbor and Detroit festivals to get in on the fun.

The school year is creeping up really quickly, but there’s still tons of fun to be had this summer. In August, Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties are packed with a variety of fairs and festivals full of games and rides, classic car shows and live entertainment for families to enjoy. Put down the back-to-school to-do list and head out to one of these great Detroit festivals or Ann Arbor Fairs and get your last summer shindig in before school starts.

Allen Park Street Art Fair 

Aug. 3-4, 2018

  • Times: 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday
  • Address: downtown Allen Park
  • Phone: 734-258-7720
  • Costs: free

This 37th annual features crafters, food, live entertainment on two stages, kids’ activities and more.

Sidewalk Festival for the Performing Arts

Aug. 3-4, 2018

  • Times: 7-10 p.m. Friday, 3-10 p.m. Saturday
  • Address: Artist Village, 17336 Lahser Road, Detroit
  • Cost: Free, but donations are welcome

See some outdoor performances, artwork on display and interactive exhibits. Plus, listen to live music by some of Detroit’s best independent and alternative artists.

Dearborn Homecoming Festival

Aug. 3-5, 2018

  • Times: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Sunday
  • Address: Ford Field Park, 22051 Cherry Hill St., Dearborn
  • Phone: 313-943-2350
  • Costs: free/general, $fees/rides

Celebrate the city with three days of midway rides, historical presentations, live music and art on display, plus fireworks.

Buy Michigan Now Festival

Aug. 3-5, 2018

  • Times: 4-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday
  • Address: downtown Northville
  • Costs: free/general; fees apply for items on sale

Enjoy live music, a kids zone, tons of Michigan-made products all sold by Michigan-based businesses and tons of dining options, including beer and wine, all with a Michigan theme.

Lone Ranger Festival

Aug. 4, 2018

  • Times: 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • Address: downtown Oxford
  • Phone: 248-628-2543
  • Costs: free

Celebrate the masked hero in his hometown at this annual fest, which features a parade, live entertainment, kids’ activities, crafts and more.

Belle Isle Art Fair

Aug. 4-5, 2018

  • Times: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday
  • Address: Next to the fountain inside Belle Isle Park, Detroit
  • Cost: Free/general, $11/Recreation Passport

Head to the newly restored park in the heart of Detroit to see the work of more than 75 artists; plus food, live music, circus performances and more. Be sure to check out the many perks of the island while you’re there, too.

Fine Art at the Village

Aug. 4-5, 2018

  • Times: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday
  • Address: downtown Rochester area
  • Cost: free

This fine art fair is packed with two days of juried artwork on display, free kids’ activities and family entertainment, live demonstrations, food and more.

Jazz on the River

Aug. 4-5, 2018

  • Times: 1 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
  • Address: Elizabeth Park, 4461 Elizabeth Drive, Trenton
  • Phone: 734-261-1990
  • Costs: free/admission $5/parking donation

Tap your toes to the beat of some of the best cats in the jazz game at this 23rd annual.

Troy Traffic Jam

Aug. 5, 2018

  • Times: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday
  • Address: Columbia Center, 201 W. Big Beaver Road, Troy
  • Phone: 248-524-3570
  • Cost: free

Peruse more than 200 classic cars, hot rods, muscle cars and specialty rides at this annual. Food and music also in store.

Dexter Daze

Aug. 10-11, 2018

  • Times: 10 a.m.-11 p.m. daily (booths close 8 p.m. Friday and 6 p.m. Saturday)
  • Address: Mill Creek and Monument Park areas, downtown Dexter
  • Phone: 734-426-0887
  • Costs: free

This annual family-friendly festival offers art booths, live music and entertainment, magic shows, live animals, fireworks display and much more.

Saline’s Summerfest

Aug. 10-11, 2018

  • Times: 5-11 p.m. Friday, 7:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday
  • Address: Downtown area
  • Phone: 734-604-0051
  • Costs: free

This annual rings in the hottest summer month with even hotter activities. Find the “Street Machine” hot rod show, crafts for kids, a party for teens, historic trolleys, food and more.

Milford Memories Summer Festival

Aug. 10-12, 2018

  • Times: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday
  • Address: downtown Milford
  • Phone: 248-685-7129
  • Costs: free

This annual community celebration offers fun outdoor activities like fishing contests, a 5k race, sand volleyball and canoe races; plus live music, a rock climbing wall, arts and crafts and more.

Detroit Caribbean Cultural Festival

Aug. 11-12, 2018

  • Times: noon-11 p.m. Saturday, noon-10 p.m. Sunday
  • Address: New Center Park, 2998 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-255-2226
  • Cost: Free

Live performances, cultural dancers, food and music in celebration of Caribbean culture are in store at this annual fest.

Shelby Township Art Fair

Aug. 11-12, 2018

  • Times: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday
  • Address: Shelby Township Municipal Grounds, 52700 Van Dyke Ave.
  • Phone: 586-731-0300
  • Cost: Free

This 35th annual packs the Municipal Grounds with tons of family-friendly activities, live entertainment and art on display and for sale.

Colonial Kensington

Aug. 11-12, 2018

  • Times: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday
  • Address: Kensington Metropark, 4570 Huron River Parkway, Milford
  • Phone: 810-227-8917
  • Cost: $2/person, $10/vehicle entry

Ever wonder what life was like before cell phones and running water? Kensington Metropark is taking you way back to the 1700s so that you can find out just how folks lived back then. Offers crafts and historic merchants, too.

Corn Festival

Aug. 12, 2018

  • Times: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday
  • Address: Municipal Parking Lot 6, Birmingham
  • Phone: 248-530-1200
  • Cost: free

Michigan is gearing up to harvest! Celebrate with kids’ crafts, live demonstrations, old-fashioned corn shelling, a traveling farm, and tons of yummy corn treats.

Armada Fair

Aug. 13-19, 2018

  • Times: 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Sunday
  • Address: Armada Fairgrounds, 74280 Fair St., Armada
  • Phone: 586-784-5488
  • Costs: $8-$10/13-plus, $2/9-12, free/8 and under, $25/daily ride wristband, $60/weeklong ride pass

This 146th annual hometown fair brings a midway full of rides and games, demolition derby, rodeo, tractor pull, and live entertainment for the surrounding communities to enjoy.

Greek Festival

Aug. 16-19, 2018

  • Times: TBD
  • Address: Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, 21800 Marter Road, St. Clair Shores
  • Phone: 586-779-6111
  • Costs: Fees apply

Enjoy a celebration of Greek culture with authentic music and food, face painting, a carnival and more.

African World Festival

Aug. 17-19, 2018

  • Times: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Sunday
  • Address: Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History (grounds and inside), 315 E. Warren Ave., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-494-5824
  • Costs: free, but parking fees apply

Some 150,000 visitors flock to this 37th annual event to celebrate African culture with African drumming and dance performances, poetry, art, vendors, ethnic food and more.

Howell Melon Festival

Aug. 17-19, 2018

  • Times: Kids Carnival hours: 4-9 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday (check website for specific event details)
  • Address: downtown Howell area
  • Phone: 517-546-0693
  • Cost: free

Enjoy tons of melon treats, a fine art show, cars on display, train rides, an outdoor movie, kids’ area and more at this 58th annual fest.

Woodward Dream Cruise

Aug. 18, 2018 (unofficially starts earlier in week)

  • Times: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday
  • Address: Along Woodward Avenue through Berkley, Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Bloomfield Township, Ferndale, Huntington Woods, Pleasant Ridge, Pontiac and Royal Oak
  • Cost: free

Nine communities in Oakland County host concerts, dances and parades; plus, the highlight is tons of classic cars on display along Woodward Avenue.

After-School Back-to-School College Fair

Aug. 18, 2018

  • Times: noon-4 p.m.
  • Address: Belle Isle, Detroit
  • Phone: 734-727-7000
  • Cost: free/admission, $11/recreation passport

It’s almost time for the yellow cheese wagon to pick you up and take you to the schoolhouse and this annual will make sure that your ready with free school supplies, after-school sign-ups, health screenings and more.

Michigan Renaissance Festival

Aug. 18-Sept. 30, 2018 (Saturdays and Sundays, plus Friday, Sept. 28)

  • Times: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays
  • Address: Hollygrove Grounds, 12600 Dixie Highway, Holly
  • Phone: 248-634-5552
  • Costs: Online: $20.95/adults, $12.95/kids 5-12; check ahead for gate prices

The 16th century is the name of the game at this annual. Find jousting competitions, theater shows, artisan displays, mermaids, themed weekends and more. Come in costume and enjoy.

Chelsea Community Fair

Aug. 21-25, 2018

  • Times: Gates: 10 a.m. Tuesday-Saturday, Rides: 5 p.m. Tuesday, 3 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, 1 p.m. Saturday
  • Address: Chelsea Community Fairgrounds, 20501 Old US-12 Highway, Chelsea
  • Phone: 734-475-1270
  • Costs: $8/daily pass, $30/season pass, free/parking, fees/rides

Fair rides are really the huge draw but you’ll find a demolition derby, rodeo, truck pulls, live animals and more at this fair.

Dragon on the Lake in Lake Orion

Aug. 23-26, 2018

  • Times: 4:30-10 p.m. Thursday, 6-11:30 p.m. Friday (boat parade at 8:30 p.m.), 10 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Saturday (dragon boat races at 10 a.m.), 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday
  • Address: Downtown area, Lake Orion
  • Phone: 248-693-4986
  • Costs: Free/admission; other fees may apply

The legend of the dragon spotted on Lake Orion in the 1800s inspires this annual event, which features must-see dragon boat races, a lighted boat parade, foam party, Kidz Zone, an Xtreme zone for teens and more.

Warren Birthday Bash

Aug. 23-26, 2018

  • Times: 4-10 p.m. Thursday-Friday, noon-11 p.m. Saturday, noon-10 p.m. Sunday
  • Address: Warren City Square, 1 City Square
  • Phone: 586-268-8400
  • Costs: free/admission, fees/rides

Happy Birthday Warren! Help the city celebrate at this annual bash, which features live concerts, a laser light show, fireworks, live animals a carnival and more.

Spirit of Detroit HydroFest

Aug. 24-26, 2018

  • Times: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday, 7 a.m.-4:40 p.m. Saturday, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday
  • Address: Erma Henderson, Memorial Annex and Owen Park, Detroit
  • Phone: 313-329-8047
  • Cost: $10/general, $25-$200/VIP, $15-$30/daily parking, $55-$80/weekend parking pass, $10-$20/pit passes

Head to the Detroit Riverfront to enjoy H1 Unlimited hydroplane racing, high-speed Grand Prix boats and more.

YpsiFest

Aug. 24-26, 2018

  • Times: TBD
  • Address: Riverside Park, on Cross St. in Depot Town, Ypsilanti
  • Phone: 734-483-6071
  • Costs: free/entry, fees/some events

Come to this annual event to enjoy some live music, art on display, kids’ activities, live entertainment and more. No minors will be admitted without an adult.

Lincoln Park Days

Aug. 24-26, 2018

  • Times: TBD
  • Address: downtown area
  • Phone: 734-560-1121
  • Costs: Free/admission, fees apply for rides, concerts and parking

There’s a full-on carnival and midway, live music, games and more at this annual community celebration.

A Taste of Greece Festival

Aug. 24-26, 2018

  • Times: 5-11 p.m. Friday, noon-11 p.m. Saturday, noon-7 p.m. Sunday
  • Address: Nativity of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church, 39851 W. Five Mile Road, Plymouth
  • Phone: 734-420-0131
  • Cost: $2/adults or three non-perishable food items, free/kids 12 and under

Kids enjoy a full corner of slides and bouncers while parents get to try some traditional Greek food and check out traditional Greek dancing, too.

Haven Hill Festival

Aug. 25, 2018

  • Times: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Address: Highland State Recreation Area, 5300 Highland Road, White Lake
  • Phone: 586-752-5932
  • Cost: Free/general admission, $11/Recreation Passport

Take a step back in time in celebration of this historic estate through a Model A Ford Car display, vintage baseball games, an antique sale, kids’ activities and more.

Slovak Festival

Aug. 25-26, 2018

  • Times: 1- 11 p.m. Saturday, noon-9 p.m. Sunday
  • Address: Ss. Cyril & Methodius Church, 41233 Ryan Road, Sterling Heights
  • Phone: 586-726-6911
  • Cost: free

Celebrate Slovak culture with ethnic food and dance performances, live music, a kids’ area full of fun activities and much more at this annual fest.

Chesterfield Arts & Music Festival

Aug. 25-26, 2018

  • Times: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday
  • Address: Brandenburg Park, 50050 Jefferson Ave., Chesterfield Township
  • Phone: 586-949-0400
  • Cost: free/admission, $5/parking

There’s an art fair, live music and entertainment, food and drink vendors, kids’ activities and much more.

Thunder Over Michigan 

Aug. 25-26, 2018 

  • Times: TBD
  • Address: Willow Run Airport, 801 Willow Run Airport, Ypsilanti
  • Phone: 734-485-6666
  • Cost: $35/advance, $40/gate, free/15 and under, $15-$20/parking

Airplane acrobatics by the United States Air Force Thunderbirds, airplane rides and more in store.

Art on the Lake

Aug. 26, 2018

  • Times: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday
  • Address: Northfield Hills, 1750 Brentwood Drive, Troy
  • Phone: 248-641-9070
  • Cost: free

Find a variety of art on display, a kids’ booth, food vendors and more at this 43rd annual.

Michigan Jewish Food Festival 

Aug. 26, 2018 

  • Times: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Address: Eastern Market Shed 5 and 6, Detroit
  • Phone: 248-997-6344
  • Cost: Free

Celebrate Jewish traditions with food, kids’ activities and more.

Saline Community Fair

Aug. 29-Sept. 3, 2018

  • Times: Fair: 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Wednesday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Rides: 3 p.m. Wednesday, noon Thursday, 2 p.m. Friday, 1 p.m. Saturday-Monday
  • Address: Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd, Ann Arbor
  • Phone: 734-429-3145
  • Cost: $7/general, $5/track events, $10-$18/single day ride wristbands, $35/weekend ride pass

This annual offers up traditional fair events like the demolition derby and tractor pulls; plus a carnival, livestock exhibits and more.

Romeo Peach Festival 

Aug. 30-Sept. 3, 2018 

  • Times: TBD
  • Address: Romeo Lions Fieldhouse and Grounds, 269 E Washington St, Romeo
  • Phone: 586-752-4436
  • Cost: TBD

Enjoy a family day out and tons of sweet treats at the second oldest festival in the state.

Michigan State Fair

Aug. 30-Sept. 3, 2018

  • Times: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Thursday-Sunday. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday
  • Address: Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave, Novi
  • Phone: 248-348-6942
  • Cost: Fair admission: $8/adults, $6/ages 2-11, $1.25/ride tickets, Ride, Fair and Circus combo: $30

Find a massive carnival midway, livestock, performances by the Shrine Circus, a farmer’s market, grandstand events live music and more at this, the king of all Michigan fairs.

This post was originally published in 2016 and is updated regularly. 

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