Free Kid-Friendly Events in Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor

Searching for free things to do in southeast Michigan? Find great budget-friendly family fun in Livingston, Oakland, Macomb, Washtenaw and Wayne counties.

Two teens looking at artwork at the funky ferndale art fair
Photo via the Funky Ferndale Art Fair Facebook page

With kids in tow, seeing the latest stage show or attending that super popular special event can put a real dent in the ol’ bank account.

It’s great once in a while, but geez, where are all of the free southeast Michigan events this weekend?

Actually, there are plenty if you know where to look! Every activity listed here will cost you absolutely nothing for admission. Zilch. Maybe you’ll have to splurge a buck or two for parking. But that’s it!

Want to attend events in Detroit that won’t cost you a fortune? Searching for activities in Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties that won’t break the bank?

Then check back here regularly and mark your calendars so you don’t miss any of the free family fun happening over the next week or so.

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Note: Things change. We try our best to update details, but be sure to call ahead before attending just in case. Also, some events may require pre-registration. When noted, contact the organizer for more details.

Macomb County

Festival of the Senses at the Civic Center Sled Hill in Clinton Township

Sept. 21-22, 2019

  • Address: Civic Center Sled Hill, 40700 Romeo Plank Road, Clinton Township
  • Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily
  • Contact and details: See the Metro Parent listing

Find more than 100 different artists and food vendors, live performances and much more.

Jazz Concert at the Fraser Public Library 

Oct. 9, 2019

Enjoy a jazz performance by the Phil Hale Trio/Quartet.

SatARTdays at the Anton Art Center in Mount Clemens 

Oct. 12, 2019

Kids enjoy a dance class with the Old & Young Alumni Association of Mount Clemens Schools during October’s installment of this monthly.

Sterling Frights at Dodge Park in Sterling Heights 

Oct. 19, 2019

  • Address: Walter & Mary Burke Park, 36300 Front St., New Baltimore
  • Time: 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • Contact and details: See the Metro Parent listing

This annual Halloween event offers music, crafts and friendly Halloween activities for kids 12 and under.

Terror on Tillson Street in Romeo

Oct. 31, 2019

Tillson goes all out for Halloween. Swing by to take a look at the decorations, do some trick-or-treating and more.

Oakland County

Funky Ferndale Art Fair 

Sept. 20-22, 2019

  • Address: Downtown Ferndale area
  • Time: 3-7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday
  • Contact and details: See the Metro Parent listing

This annual art fair showcases an array of 2D, 3D and fashion art displays; plus caricatures, face painting, henna and more. Don’t forget to swing by the Metro Parent booth and give the phrase “Art Rocks” to nab some of our office swag.

Davisburg Heritage Festival 

Sept. 21, 2019

Offers a pancake breakfast, antique tractor displays, wagon rides, historical demos and much more.

STEAM + Learning Fair at the Troy Community Center

Sept. 28, 2019 

Metro Parent’s Education Expo has been re-imagined. At this new event find EdTalks, educational resources, STEAM-focused programming and more.

Hay Day at Heritage Park in Farmington Hills 

Oct. 8, 2019

Enjoy pumpkin painting, a campfire, hayrides and more fall fun.

Trick-or-Treat Trail at Clawson Park 

Oct. 27, 2019

Wear a costume walk along the Wood Chip Trail to collect candy and other goodies. Bring a flashlight and a bag for your items.

Washtenaw County

Downtown Saline Oktoberfest 

Sept. 20-21, 2019

Celebrate Saline’s relationship with Lindenberg, Germany with German food and drink, music, dance and a Kinderplatz play area for kids.

DIY Buttons & Magnets at the Dexter District Library 

Sept. 24, 2019

Teens and tweens can create one-of-a-kind buttons or magnets for their backpack or locker. Aimed at grades 4-12.

The Frog Prince at the Ann Arbor District Library Westgate Branch 

Sept. 28, 2019

  • Address: Ann Arbor District Library Westgate Branch, 2503 Jackson Ave., Ann Arbor
  • Time: 3-4 p.m.
  • Contact and details: See the Metro Parent listing

Black & Brown Theater puts their spin on the classic story, The Frog Prince.

Kerry Tales: Baa, Baa Black Sheep and Mother Goose at Kerrytown Market and Shops in Ann Arbor 

Oct. 6, 2019

Trudy Bulkley, aka Mother Goose, entertains kids with themed-stories and rhymes.

Diwali Celebration at the Ypsilanti District Library 

Oct. 26, 2019

Celebrate the Festival of Lights with music, dance, crafts and more.

Wayne County

Native American Heritage Day at Nankin Mills Park in Westland 

Sept. 21, 2019 

  • Address: Nankin Mills Park, at Hines Drive and Ann Arbor Trail, Westland
  • Time: 1-5 p.m.
  • Contact and details: See the Metro Parent listing

This annual event showcases Native American culture through dance performances, drumming, crafts, food and much more.

Scarecrow Festival in Downtown Trenton 

Sept. 28-29, 2019

Welcome the incoming fall season with scarecrow displays and crafts, live entertainment, vendors and tons of family fun.

Model T Birthday Celebration at the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant in Detroit

Sept. 29, 2019

Celebrate America’s “first” auto with a car display, free car rides, shows and more.

Wilson Barn Pumpkin Fest in Livonia 

Oct. 1-30, 2019

  • Address: Wilson Barn, 29350 W. Chicago St.,
  • Time: Noon-7 p.m. Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
  • Contact and details: See the Metro Parent listing

Find cider and donut treats, pumpkin and gourd picking, pony and hayrides and much more daily. The Haunted Barn happens on weekends.

Halloween Festival at Nankin Mills Park in Westland 

Oct. 12, 2019

  • Address: Nankin Mills Park, at Hines Drive and Ann Arbor Trail, Westland
  • Time: 1-3 p.m.
  • Contact and details: See the Metro Parent listing

This fest offers spooky games, hayrides and entertainment.

Livingston County 

Decoupage Halloween Pumpkin Craft at the Cromaine District Library 

Oct. 11, 2019

Create a pumpkin out of foam and pages from old books. All supplies provided. Registration required.

The Great Costume Parade at the Brighton District Library

Oct. 31, 2019

  • Address: Brighton District Library, 100 Library Drive, Brighton
  • Time: 10:15 -11:15 a.m.
  • Contact and details: See the Metro Parent listing

Bring your kids in costume for stories and crafts. After, kids will show off their costumes during the annual costume parade. Registration required.

This post is updated regularly.