Father’s Day Events in Southeast Michigan

Dad's big Day is June 17, 2018. Celebrate with these pop-friendly Father's Day events, including fairs and festivals in Michigan and more.

Father’s Day is June 17, 2018, and you can celebrate all the things your old man does for the family with Father’s Day events happening throughout the entire month. Here, you can find all sorts of fun events and activities to enjoy with your dad. From outdoor cookouts, races and camping events, to indoor meals and shows, there’s something for every Macomb, Oakland, Wayne and Washtenaw County dad. Use this Detroit calendar of events as your guide to find the perfect event for you and your padre.

Tip: This guide lists all of the events happening close to Father’s Day. If you’re looking for even more June fun, check out our roundup of June fairs and festivals in Michigan’s southeast region!

Ann Arbor Summer Festival

June 5-July 4, 2018

  • Times: vary by date
  • Addresses: Top of the Park (767 N. University Ave.), Power Center (121 Fletcher St.) and the Ann Arbor Club (103 E Liberty St., Suite 300), Ann Arbor
  • Phone: 734-994-5999
  • Cost: free/outdoor shows, costs vary/indoor concerts

This annual fest offers hundreds of musical and theatrical performances, kids’ activities, art on display and much more.

Design a Father’s Day Mug at the Rochester Hills Public Library

June 6, 2018

  • Times: 3-5 p.m.
  • Address: Rochester Hills Public Library, 500 Olde Towne Road, Rochester
  • Phone: 248-656-2900
  • Cost: free; register ASAP in advance

Design a unique mug to gift dad this Father’s Day. All materials provided.

River Day on the Clinton River and Lake St. Clair

June 9, 2018

  • Times: times vary
  • Address: various parks in Macomb and Oakland counties
  • Phone: 248-601-0606
  • Cost: park or event fees may apply

Clean up the watersheds of some local waterways, and enjoy the rest of your day in the park at this annual event, which coincides with Michigan’s Free Fishing Weekend.

Historic Base Ball Games at Greenfield Village

June 9-Aug. 19, 2018

  • Times: 1:30 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays
  • Address: Greenfield Village, 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn
  • Phone: 313-982-6001
  • Cost: $28/ages 12-61, $25.50/ages 62-plus, $21/ages 5-11, free/kids 4 and under

Treat dad to a baseball game played by the original Henry Chadwick 1897 Base Ball Book of Reference rules.

Father’s Day: Spiders and Snakes at Lake Erie Metropark 

June 17, 2018

  • Times: 2 p.m.
  • Address: Stony Creek Metropark, 4300 Main Park Road, Shelby Township
  • Phone: 586-781-9113
  • Costs: $3/child, $5/adults, $10/park vehicle entry; preregistration required

Bring dad and grandpa out to explore these creepy critters up close and personal.

Grillin’ for Food Gatherers in Ann Arbor

June 10, 2018

  • Times: 3-8 p.m. Sunday
  • Address: Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Road, Ann Arbor
  • Phone: 734-761-2796
  • Cost: $75/ages 14-plus, $10/ages 3-13, free/under 3

Treat dad to some food made by local eateries, live music and a bar. There are kids’ activities, too. Best of all, you’ll be helping out the Food Gatherers of Ann Arbor.

Canton Liberty Fest

June 14-16, 2018

  • Times: 1-11 p.m. Thursday, 1-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday
  • Address: Heritage Park, 46202 Heritage Park Road, Canton
  • Phone: 734-394-5460
  • Cost: free/admission, $23-$30/ride wristbands

Canton Liberty Fest happens just before Father’s Day, earning it a spot on our Father’s Day Detroit calendar of events. Hit it up to enjoy local bands, midway games and rides galore. Plus fireworks and the Liberty Run.

Redford Township Festival at Bell Creek Park in Redford

June 14-17, 2018

  • Times: 6-10 p.m. Thursday, 6-11 p.m. Friday, noon-11 p.m. Saturday, noon-9 p.m. Sunday
  • Address: Bell Creek Park, 15145 Inkster Road, Redford
  • Phone: 313-387-2650
  • Cost: Free/general, fees/ride wristband

This annual fest offers games, rides and live entertainment for kids and dad to enjoy.

Father’s Day at Groveland Oaks in Holly

June 15-17, 2018

  • Times: set about a week before the event, Friday-Sunday
  • Address: Groveland Oaks County Park, 14555 Dixie Highway, Holly
  • Phone: 248-634-9811
  • Cost: free/admission, $5/resident vehicle pass, $12/nonresident vehicle pass

Bring dad out for a weekend of kayaking, paddle boating, fishing and other activities; plus hayrides a DJ and more.

Belleville National Strawberry Festival

June 15-17, 2018

  • Times: Noon-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday
  • Address: downtown Belleville
  • Phone: 313-383-8920
  • Cost: free/admission

When it comes to fairs and festivals in Michigan, this is a big one! Strawberries are the main highlight, but it also offers two midways full of games and rides, a parade, crafts on display, live music and entertainment, food and more.

Germanfest & Father’s Day Picnic in Sterling Heights

June 15-17, 2018

  • Times: 6-11 p.m. Friday, 4-11 p.m. Saturday, noon-9 p.m. Sunday
  • Address: Carpathia Club of Sterling Heights, 38000 Utica Road
  • Phone: 586-978-2292
  • Cost: $5/admission, free/parking

Bring dad for a day full of authentic German food, music and dance; plus kids’ activities and more.

Motor Muster at Greenfield Village in Dearborn

June 16-17, 2018

  • Times: 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.
  • Address: Greenfield Village at The Henry Ford, 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn
  • Phone: 313-982-6001
  • Cost: Free with museum entry: $28/ages 12-plus, $25.50/ages 62-plus, $21/ages 5-11, free/4 and under, $6/parking

See more than 500 vintage cars, motorcycles, special demonstrations and much more.

Plymouth YMCA Father’s Day Run

June 17, 2018

  • Times: 8 a.m./quarter-mile, 8:15 a.m./one-mile, 8:30 a.m./5K, 9 a.m./10K
  • Address: Plymouth Family YMCA, 248 Union St.
  • Phone: 734-453-2904
  • Cost: $25-$80; preregistration required

The local YMCA hosts this annual event, which has runs and walks for the entire family.

Father’s Day Fun at Punch Bowl Social in Detroit

June 18, 2017

  • Times: 9 a.m.-midnight
  • Address: Punch Bowl Social, 1331 Broadway St., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-749-9738
  • Cost: fees apply for food and drink

Dads try their luck on this spot’s bowling lanes and dart boards. Food and drink special available. Reservations required.

Fox Hills Father’s Day Brunch in Plymouth

June 17, 2018

  • Times: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday
  • Address: Fox Hills Golf Course & Banquet Center, Golden Fox Clubhouse, 8768 N. Territorial Road, Plymouth
  • Phone: 734-453-7272
  • Cost: $29.95/adults, $12.95/kids 3-12; reservations required

Make a reservation and enjoy a meal with dad.

Eyes on Design Car Show at the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House

June 17, 2018

  • Times: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Address: Edsel & Eleanor Ford House, 1100 Lake Shore Road, Grosse Pointe Shores
  • Phone: 313-884-4222
  • Cost: $25/adults, free/12 and under with a paying adult

Bring dad out to enjoy a variety of themed cars on display.

Hot Dogs & Wagon Rides with Dad at Wolcott Mill Metropark in Ray Township

June 17, 2018

  • Times: noon-3 p.m. Sunday
  • Address: Wolcott Mill Metropark Farm Center, 65775 Wolcott Road, Ray Township
  • Phone: 586-752-5932
  • Cost: free/dads, $5/person, $10/park vehicle entry

See the farm animals and garden, take a hayride and top your day off with a yummy grilled hot dog.

Dad’s Free Hayrides at Kensington Metropark in Milford

June 17, 2018

  • Times: noon-3 p.m. Sunday
  • Address: Kensington Metropark, 4570 Huron River Parkway, Milford
  • Phone: 810-227-8910
  • Cost: free/hayrides for dad, $5/kids and moms, $10/vehicle entry

Dads, bring your kids by for a day of fun on the farm and treat yourself to a free hayride while you’re there.

This post was originally published in 2017 and is updated regularly. 

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