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

Sept. 18, 25, Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, 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.

Pokemon Hangout at the Shelby Township Library

Sept. 22, 2018

Bring your Pokemon cards and handheld games to play and trade with other fans.

Paper Mache Pumpkins at the Roseville Public Library

Oct. 8, 2018

The library provides pre-made paper mache pumpkins for kids to decorate. Kids under 5 need an adult helper. Registration required.

Sterling Frights at Dodge Park in Sterling Heights

Oct. 20, 2018

There’s a corn maze, hayrides and live music at this annual. Good for ages 12 and under.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Scavenger Hunt in Clinton Township

Oct. 20-27, 2018

  • Address: Clinton-Macomb Public Library Main Branch, 35679 S. Gratiot Ave., Clinton Township
  • Time: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday
  • Contact and details: See the Metro Parent listing

Head to the library and search for items that made an appearance in the first 12 books of this series.

Monstrous Outdoor Movie Night at the Shelby Township Municipal Grounds

Oct. 26, 2018

  • Address: Shelby Township Municipal Grounds, 52700 Van Dyke Ave., Shelby Township
  • Time: 6:45 p.m.
  • Contact and details: See the Metro Parent listing

Register in advance and see Hocus Pocus (rated PG) on a giant outdoor screen. Costumes are encouraged.

Oakland County

DIY Street Fair in Downtown Ferndale

Sept. 21-23, 2018

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

See and purchase DIY art displays at this annual fair. There’s live music and entertainment too. The Funky Ferndale Art Fair runs in the same area.

Metro Parent Ed Expo at the Cranbrook Institute of Science in West Bloomfield

Sept. 30,  2018

Metro Parent puts on this annual so that families can learn about local schools and extracurricular activities.

Hay Day at Heritage Park in Farmington Hills

Oct. 2, 2018

Find hayrides, bounce houses and plenty of fall treats over a campfire.

Pinkalicious and Peterrific Party at the Royal Oak Public Library

Oct. 2, 2018

The library hosts a party to celebrate the story of a little girl and her obsession with the color pink. Registration required.

OktoBeer Festival in Downtown Ferndale

Oct. 5-7, 2018

  • Address: Downtown Ferndale area
  • Time: 4 p.m.-midnight Friday, noon-midnight Saturday, noon-9 p.m. Sunday
  • Contact and details: See the Metro Parent listing

Find tasty barbecue eats, beer, lawn games and more.

Pumpkinfest at Tollgate Farm in Novi

Oct. 6-7, 2018

Take a wagon ride out to the pumpkin patch to pick your favorite, visit with farm animals and more.

Washtenaw County

Saline’s Oktoberfest

Sept. 28-29, 2018

Learn about Saline’s relationship with Lindenberg, Germany, and experience German culture through food, dance, music and kid’s entertainment.

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

Sept. 29 and Oct. 27, 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.

Harvest Fest at the Campus Farm at Matthaei Botanical Gardens in Ann Arbor

Oct. 7, 2018

This fall celebration offers food music and more, courtesty of the Supporters of the University of Michigan Sustainable Food Program.

Kerry Tales: Simple Simon and Mother Goose at Kerrytown Market and Shops in Ann Arbor

Oct. 7, 2018

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

Ypsi Glow in Downtown Ypsilanti

Oct. 26, 2018

Glowing costumes and luminaries light up the streets at this Halloween event. Find music and dancing too.

Wayne County

Romulus Pumpkin Festival at Romulus Historical Park

Sept. 21-23, 2018

Ring in fall with a parade, music, games, crafts and more at this 20th annual.

Native American Heritage Day at Nankin Mills Park in Westland

Sept. 22, 2018

Celebrate Native American Culture with drumming, dancing, food, crafts and more.

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

Sept. 23, 2018

The plant is celebrating the birth of America’s “first” car with free Model T rides.

Scarecrow Festival in Trenton

Sept. 29-30, 2018

  • Address: Downtown Trenton area
  • Time: 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5:45 p.m. Sunday
  • Contact and details: See the Metro Parent listing

Welcome fall to town with this fest’s display of scarecrows. There’s vendors and live entertainment, too.

Wilson Barn Pumpkin Fest in Livonia

Oct. 1-30, 2018

  • Address: Wilson Barn, 29350 W. Chicago, Livonia
  • Time: 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
  • Contact and details: See the Metro Parent listing

Find pumpkins and corn stalks for sale during the week and hayrides, pony rides and a haunted barn on the weekends.

Huron Township Applefest

Oct. 6-7, 2018

  • Address: Downtown Huron Township area
  • Time: 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday
  • Contact and details: See the Metro Parent listing

Enjoy a wide variety of apple treats, a craft show, live entertainment and more.

Halloween Festival at Nankin Mills Park in Westland

Oct. 13, 2018

There’ll be Halloween games, live entertainment, hayrides, candy and more.

HarvestFest Detroit in the Dequindre Cut Greenway Area in Detroit

Oct. 27, 2018

Find roving princesses and superheroes, outdoor movie screenings, inflatables, hayrides and more.

Livingston County

Unicorn Day at the Cromaine District Library in Hartland

Sept. 22, 2018

Unicorns take center stage at this event. Hear stories about them, make some magical crafts, play some unicorn games and more. All ages welcome. Registration required.

LEGO Bricks Build It Challenge at the Brighton District Library

Sept. 29, 2018

Work alone or with a team to build some out-of-this-world Lego creations, which will be on display at the library until Oct. 29. All ages welcome. Registration required.

Legend of Sleepy Howell in Downtown Howell

Oct. 27, 2018

Dress up in this year’s Halloween costume and experience this 16th annual, which features trick-or-treating, a 5, hayrides and other fall fun.

This post is updated regularly.