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.

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

PAWS for Reading at the Sterling Heights Public Library

Nov. 13 and 27, 2018 (Tuesdays)

  • Address: Sterling Heights Public Library, 40255 Dodge Park Road, Sterling Heights
  • Time: 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays
  • Contact and details: See the Metro Parent listing

Kids can practice reading to trained therapy dogs at the library.

Holiday Market at the Anton Art Center in Mount Clemens

Nov. 16-Dec. 22, 2018

  • Address: Anton Art Center, 125 Macomb Place, Mount Clemens
  • Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday, noon-4 p.m. Sunday
  • Contact and details: See the Metro Parent listing

Michigan artists sell their handcrafted gifts and decor at this holiday market. Note: Admission is free but fees do apply for goods on sale.

Numismatic Society Convention and Coin Show at Macomb Community College in Warren

Nov. 23-25, 2018

  • Address: Macomb Community College South Campus, Building P, 14500 Twelve Mile Road, Warren
  • Time: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday
  • Contact and details: See the Metro Parent listing

Coin collectors gather to see a variety of old coins, historical displays and more.

Holiday Tree Lighting and After Glow at the Macomb Township Recreation Center

Nov. 27, 2018

  • Address: Macomb Township Recreation Center, 20699 Macomb Drive, Macomb
  • Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Contact and details: See the Metro Parent listing

Santa visits to light the tree outside and then heads inside to join kids in crafts, “carol-o-ke” and more.

Escape the Room at the Clinton-Macomb Public Library Main Branch in Clinton Township

Dec. 1, 2018

  • Address: Clinton Township Public Library Main Branch, 40900 Romeo Plank Road, Clinton Township
  • Time: 1:30-2:15 and 2:45-3:40 p.m.
  • Contact and details: See the Metro Parent listing

Kids in grades 4-5 use clues hidden throughout the room to help Little Red find the hidden key and save her grannie from the Big Bad Wolf. Registration required.

Oakland County

The Big Reveal in Milford

Nov. 15, 2018

Local kids “unwrap” the city’s storefronts to reveal their festive holiday displays.

Festival of Trees at Rochester Community House

Nov. 17-18, 2018

  • Address: Rochester Community House, 816 Ludlow Ave., Rochester
  • Time: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m
  • Contact and details: See the Metro Parent listing

This annual display features tree, wreath, stocking and table displays.

Chanu-Con at Congregation Beth Shalom in Oak Park

Nov. 18, 2018

Find Vaad Kosher food, raffles, kids’ activities, vendors, live music and more at this Chanukah celebration.

Holly Dickens Festival in Holly

Nov. 23-25, Dec. 1-2 and 8-9, 2018

  • Address: Downtown Holly area
  • Time: 7:30 p.m. opening day, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays, noon-5 p.m. Sundays
  • Contact and details: See the Metro Parent listing

The streets of Holly turn into a scene straight out of a Charles Dickens story at this annual.

Lighted Christmas Parade in Downtown Lake Orion

Dec. 1, 2018

This annual procession features 75 lighted parade displays, music, characters and more.

Washtenaw County

Thanksgiving Story Time and Craft at the Dexter District Library

Nov. 17, 2018

Come to the library for a Thanksgiving story and a craft based on it.

Hometown Holiday in Downtown Chelsea

Nov. 30-Dec. 2, 2018

Enjoy a tree lighting ceremony with Santa, a carol concert, gingerbread house decorating, a lighted parade and much more.

Storytime at the Museum at the University of Michigan Museum of Art in Ann Arbor

Dec. 1, 2018

  • Address: University of Michigan Museum of Art, 525 S. State St., Ann Arbor
  • Time: 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
  • Contact and details: See the Metro Parent listing

Kids enjoy an art-inspired movie with the art that inspired it.

Downtown Milan Christmas Parade

Dec. 1, 2018

Get in the holiday spirit with parade floats, music and costumed characters themed to “Christmas Around the World.”

Kerry Tales: Old King Cole and Mother Goose at Kerrytown Market and Shops in Ann Arbor

Dec. 2, 2018

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

Wayne County

Lighted Christmas Parade in Allen Park

Nov. 16, 2018

Ring in the holiday season with an annual procession full of lights, floats, music and plenty of family fun.

English-Arabic Storytime at the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn

Nov. 17, 2018

Kids are invited to hear a classic story told in both English and Arabic. Ages 2-6.

America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in Detroit

Nov. 22, 2018

All of your favorite floats, big heads and marching bands return for this annual’s 92nd installment.

Santa Claus Parade in Grosse Pointe

Nov. 23, 2018

Santa Clause rings in the holiday season at this annual procession. See him and explore all the different ways people celebrate Christmas.

Santaland Parade in Garden City

Nov. 24, 2018

Marching bands, floats and dancers lead welcome in the holiday season.

Livingston County

Homemade Holiday at the Brighton District Library

Dec. 1, 2018

Create homemade gifts to give to your loved ones this holiday season. Ages 7-plus. Registration required.

Hartland’s Polar Express Day in Hartland’s Historic Village

Dec. 8, 2018

Find cookie decorating in the Chamber offices, hot cocoa at the Florence B. Dearing Museum, crafts at the Ore Creek Veterinary Clinic, larger-than-life games at Hartland United FC and much more.

This post is updated regularly.