August Fairs and Festivals in Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor

Summer is on its way out, but there's still tons of fun to be had in August 2019! Visit one or more of these great August fairs and festivals in metro Detroit and Ann Arbor.

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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.

Sidewalk Festival for the Performing Arts

Aug. 1-3, 2019

  • Times: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, 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.

Allen Park Street Fair

Aug. 2-3, 2019

  • Times: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. daily
  • Address: Downtown Allen Park area
  • Phone: 734-258-7720
  • Costs: Free
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This 38th annual features crafters, food, live entertainment on two stages, kids’ activities and more.

Dearborn Homecoming Festival

Aug. 2-4, 2019

  • Times: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. daily
  • Address: Ford Field Park, 500 Monroe St., Dearborn
  • Phone: 313-943-2350
  • Costs: Free/general, $22/ride wristbands

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

Buy Michigan Now Festival

Aug. 2-4, 2019

  • Times: 4-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday
  • Address: Downtown Northville area
  • 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. Don’t forget to stop by the Metro Parent booth!

Groveland Oaks Air Fair 

Aug. 3, 2019 

  • Times: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
  • Address: Groveland Oaks County Park, 14555 Dixie Highway, Holly
  • Costs: $5/resident park, $12/non-resident park

Find artwork on display, hot air balloons, family entertainment and much more.

Thunder Over Michigan 

Aug. 3-4, 2019

  • Times: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily
  • Address: Willow Run Airport, 801 Willow Run Airport, Ypsilanti
  • Phone: 734-485-6666
  • Cost: $40/advance, $45/gate, free/15 and under, $15-$20/park

Airplane acrobatics by Corsair Crazy and Screamin’ Sasquatch airplane rides and more in store.

Belle Isle Art Fair

Aug. 3-4, 2019

  • 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 100 artists; plus food, live music and more. Be sure to check out the many perks of the island while you’re there, too.

Fine Art at the Village

Aug. 3-4, 2019

  • 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. 3-4, 2019

  • Times: 1 p.m. daily
  • Address: Elizabeth Park, 4461 Elizabeth Drive, Trenton
  • Phone: 734-261-1990
  • Costs: Free/admission

Tap your toes to the beat of some of the best cats in the jazz game at this 24th annual.

St. Rafka Church Festival 

Aug. 3-4, 2019 

  • Times: 4-11:30 p.m. Saturday, 1-8 p.m. Sunday
  • Address: St. Rafka Maronite Catholic Church, 32765 Lyndon, Livonia
  • Phone: 734-525-2828
  • Costs: Free

This festival celebrates Middle Eastern and American culture. Find food, music and dance, giant inflatables, train rides and more.

Troy Traffic Jam

Aug. 4, 2019

  • 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. 9-10, 2019

  • Times: 10 a.m.-11 p.m. daily
  • 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. 9-10, 2019

  • Times: 5-11 p.m. Friday, 7 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. 9-11, 2019

  • Times: Noon-5 p.m. daily
  • Address: Downtown Milford area
  • 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.

Shelby Township Art Fair

Aug. 10-11, 2019

  • 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 36th annual packs the Municipal Grounds with tons of family-friendly activities, live entertainment and art on display and for sale.

Colonial Kensington

Aug. 10-11, 2019

  • 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, free/3 and under $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.

Detroit Caribbean Cultural Festival

Aug. 10-11, 2019

  • Times: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, noon-10 p.m. Sunday
  • Address: City Hall Park, 13615 Michigan Ave., Dearborn
  • 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.

Corn Festival

Aug. 11, 2019

  • 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. 12-18, 2019

  • Times: 8 a.m.-midnight daily
  • Address: Armada Fairgrounds, 74280 Fair St., Armada
  • Phone: 586-784-5488
  • Costs: $8/adults, $2/kids, $5/daily park, $25/fair-long park, $25/daily ride, $60/fair-long ride; additional fees may apply

This 147th 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.

Assumption Greek Festival

Aug. 15-18, 2019

  • Times: 4-10 p.m. Thursday, 3-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • Address: Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, 21800 Marter Road, St. Clair Shores
  • Phone: 586-779-6111
  • Costs: $2/person

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

African World Festival

Aug. 16-17, 2019

  • 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 38th annual event to celebrate African culture with African drumming and dance performances, poetry, art, vendors, ethnic food and more.

Howell Melon Festival

Aug. 16-18, 2019

  • Times: 5-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-midnight Saturday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday
  • 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 59th annual fest.

Woodward Dream Cruise

Aug. 17, 2019 (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, 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. 17, 2019

  • 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. 17-Sept. 29, 2019 (Saturdays and Sundays, plus Friday, Sept. 27)

  • Times: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays
  • Address: Hollygrove Grounds, 12600 Dixie Highway, Holly
  • Phone: 248-634-5552
  • Costs: $23.95/adults, $14.95/ages 5-12, free/4 and under

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.

Michigan Jewish Food Festival 

Aug. 18, 2019 

  • 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.

Chelsea Community Fair

Aug. 20-24, 2019

  • Times: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. daily, 5 p.m./Tuesday rides, 3 p.m./Wednesday rides, 5 p.m./Thursday rides, noon/Friday rides, 1 p.m./Saturday rides
  • Address: Chelsea Community Fairgrounds, 20501 Old US-12 Highway, Chelsea
  • Phone: 734-475-1270
  • Costs: $10/daily pass, $30/season pass, free/ages 10 and under, $25/ride wristbands, free/park

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. 22-25, 2019

  • Times: Call for details
  • 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. 22-25, 2019

  • 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.

A Taste of Greece Festival

Aug. 22-25, 2019

  • Times: 6-10 p.m. Thursday, 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: $3/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.

YpsiFest

Aug. 23-25, 2019

  • Times: Noon-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday
  • 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. 23-25, 2019

  • Times: 4-11 p.m. Friday, noon-11 p.m. Saturday, noon-9 p.m. Sunday
  • Address: Downtown Lincoln Park 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.

Slovak Festival

Aug. 23-25, 2019

  • Times: 6-11 p.m. Friday, 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.

Spirit of Detroit HydroFest

Aug. 24-25, 2019

  • Times: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sunday
  • Address: Erma Henderson, Memorial Annex and Owen Park, Detroit
  • Phone: 313-329-8047
  • Cost: $10/general, $20-$75/grandstand, $100/pit tower, $10/pit passes. $20-$25/park

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

Art on the Lake

Aug. 25, 2019

  • 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.

Saline Community Fair

Aug. 28-Sept. 1, 2019

  • Times: 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday
  • Address: Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd, Ann Arbor
  • Phone: 734-429-3145
  • Cost: $5-$7/person $10-$18/ride wristbands

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

Michigan State Fair

Aug. 29-Sept. 2, 2019

  • 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: $6-$8/fair only, $23/ride wristbands, $17/circus, $30/fair, circus and rides

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.

Romeo Peach Festival 

Aug. 29-Sept. 2, 2019

  • Times: TBD
  • Address: Romeo Lions Fieldhouse and Grounds, 269 E Washington St, Romeo
  • Phone: 586-752-4436
  • Cost: Free/general; additional fees may apply

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

Arts, Beats & Eats 

Aug. 30-Sept. 2, 2019 

  • Times: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Monday
  • Address: Downtown Royal Oak area
  • Cost: $7/Friday after 5 p.m. $3/before 3 p.m., $5/after 5 p.m. and $7/after 5 p.m. Saturday-Monday, free/kids under 3

Experience the area’s best artwork, music and food at this annual. Live entertainment and kids’ fun, too.

Detroit Jazz Festival 

Aug. 30-Sept. 2, 2019 

  • Times: Vary by performance
  • Address: Hart Plaza and Campus Martius area, Detroit
  • Cost: Free

Introduce your kiddos to jazz music at this annual music fest.

Art on the Bay 

Aug. 31-Sept. 1, 2019 

  • Times: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily
  • Address: Walter & Mary Burke Park, 36300 Front St., New Baltimore
  • Cost: Free

Check out paintings, drawings, sculptures and other art displays. Crafts for kids, music, food and more.

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

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