Founders Festival in Farmington

Swing by the annual summer fest July 20-23, 2017 for entertainment, a Kids' Day, the Meijer Kids Zone and more family-friendly activities.


The Farmington Founders Festival is back, and your family can enjoy all of the great activities for kids and adults alike from July 20-23, 2017 in downtown Farmington.

On the first day of the fest, The YMCA is presenting Kids’ Day in the park from 10 a.m. till 3 p.m. at Shiawassee Park. Kids can enjoy tug o’ war, firemen and police visits, crafts, carnival games, crazy hair and face painting, the Tiny Tot Zone and more.

Also Thursday is the Farmington Friends of the Library used book sale 6-8 p.m. at the Farmington Community Library, located at 23500 Liberty St. It continues at 10 a.m. Friday until 5:45 p.m.

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And all weekend at Shiawassee Park, you can take a ride in a monster truck for $8 per person or $15 for two rides (times vary). Or, check out the hot air balloon from 7-9 p.m. in the park for $10 per person on Friday.

The Governor Warner Mansion will be open 1-5 p.m. Friday for a special Kids’ Day with a petting zoo, pony rides, balloon animals and more – just $7 per child.

Also on Friday, Shiawassee Park will host the free “Movie Under the Stars.” This year it’s MEGAMIND.

Saturday, the parade will begin at 10 a.m. and the mascot race will start just before at 9:40 a.m. and the day ends with fireworks at dusk.

Plus all weekend long, the Meijer Kids Zone will be open for plenty of play, performances, crafts and fun times. Bring your children down to hang out!

Adults can hit up the “Red, White and Brew” beer tent, open all weekend long, too. And every day, don’t miss the live entertainment.

Entry to the festival, which runs along Grand River Avenue downtown, is free. Hours are:

  • 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday
  • 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday
  • 8 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday
  • noon-5 p.m. Sunday

Get the scoop on all things 2017 Farmington Founders Festival in the Metro Parent calendar.

This post was originally published in 2016 and has been updated for 2017.