July Fairs and Festivals in Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor

Want to have some fun in metro Detroit this summer? Check out some of these hot July fairs and festivals Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties.

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July gets hot, hot, hot in southeast Michigan, but that’s no reason to hide indoors in the air conditioning all summer. There are tons of outdoor July fairs and festivals in Macomb, Washtenaw, Wayne and Oakland counties for you and your family to enjoy.

From events that celebrate different cultures, like the American Polish Festival and the Saline Celtic Festival, to music-centered events, extensive county fairs, and educational fests, there’s something for every southeast Michigan family this July.

Check out this Metro Parent guide to all of the fairs and festivals in July, cake on the sunscreen, and hit up your fave for all kinds of family fun.

Looking for even more family fun activities? Check out the Metro Parent calendar for details on happenings throughout the year. 

Clawson Fourth of July Festival

July 4, 2019

  • Where: City Park, West Elmwood and Main Streets, Clawson
  • Times: 10 a.m.
  • Cost: Fees apply, check ahead
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Celebrate the Fourth of July with this massive shebang with a fun run, games, rides, art on display and more. It all leads up to fireworks display at dusk.

Independence Fest

July 4, 2019

  • Where: Clintonwood Park, 6000 Clarkston Road, Clarkston
  • Times: 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m.
  • Cost: Fees apply

A parade themed to the kicks off this community tradition. A craft show, games, inflatables for kids and more follows the procession.

Michigan Rib Fest

July 4-7, 2019

  • Where: Canterbury Village, 2359 Joslyn Court, Lake Orion
  • Times: 3-11 p.m. Thursday, noon-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, noon-8 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: $3/general, free/kids under 12, fees/food and some activities

Find live musical performances, a Kidz Zone, monster truck rides, pig racing, adult beverages and tons of barbecue ribs.

Oakland County Fair

July 5-14, 2019

  • Where: Oakland County Fairgrounds, Springfield Oaks County Park, 12451 Andersonville Road, Davisburg
  • Times: 9 a.m.-11 p.m. daily (closes at 7 p.m. on Sunday, July 14
  • Cost: $12/car, $6/motorcycle or walk-ins, $18-$25/ride wristbands, $5-$10/grandstand shows

This annual hometown fair features games and rides; plus plenty of live entertainment including a rodeo, demolition derby, livestock contests, musical performances and more. Be sure to check out the Independence Day fireworks display, too!

Camaro Superfest

July 6-7, 2019

  • Where: Riverside Park, East Cross and North Huron Streets, Ypsilanti
  • Times: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
  • Cost: Free

If you go to Depot Town on Friday, you’ll get to tour Vanguard Motor Sales. Head out Saturday and Sunday to check out some driven and modified Camaros on display.

Metro Detroit Youth Day

July 10, 2019

  • Where: Belle Isle Park, Detroit
  • Time: 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Wednesday
  • Cost: Free

Kids ages 8-15 will enjoy a day full of free games, races and other contests; plus live entertainment, celebrity guests and more at this 36-year-old event.

Concert of Colors

July 10-18, 2019

  • Where: various locales in midtown, Detroit.
  • Times: Vary by date
  • Cost: Free

Detroit is full of different ethnicities and cultures. Celebrate these different cultures with live music and dance performances at this 27-year-old fest. There’s ethnic food, shopping and crafts, too.

Saline Celtic Festival

July 12-13, 2019

  • Where: Mill Pond Park, 565 W. Bennett St., Saline
  • Times: 5:30-11:30 p.m. daily.
  • Cost: Friday: $5/general, free/under 13, Saturday: $10-$15/adults, $5/ages 13-17, free/under 12

Enjoy live music and dancing throughout the park – and competitions for reels and jigs, wool spinning, sheep herding, lacemaking and jousting. There’s activities for wee-folks, too.

Plymouth Art in the Park

July 12-14, 2019

  • Where: Downtown Plymouth area
  • Times: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: Free

This annual Michigan favorite fills the downtown area with the work of some 400 artists from across the country. It offers food, music and family activities, too.

American Polish Festival & Craft Show

July 12-14, 2019

  • Where: American Polish Century Club, 33204 Maple Lane Drive, Sterling Heights
  • Times: 4 p.m.-midnight Friday, 11 a.m.-midnight Saturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: $5/admission, free/ages 17 and under, free/parking

This annual craft show and festival offers tons of one-of-a-kind items on display and for sale, homemade Polish and American eats, inflatables and other activities.

Festa Italiana

July 12-14, 2019

  • Where: Freedom Hill County Park, 14900 Metropolitan Parkway, Sterling Heights
  • Times: Vary by day
  • Cost: Free/general, $10/parking

Enjoy family fun with an Italian flair including Italian food, live entertainment, kids’ activities, imported beer, contests, a Family Fun Zone, a Holy Mass and more.

Farmington Founders Festival

July 18-21, 2019

  • Where: Shiawassee Park, Farmington
  • Times: 5-11 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: Free/admission, additional fees may apply

Celebrate the city of Farmington with a fireworks display, live entertainment, outdoor movies, hot air balloons, monster truck rides and more.

The Ann Arbor Art Fairs

July 18-21, 2019

  • Where: Downtown Ann Arbor
  • Times: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: Free

This annual event packs four art fairs into one on the streets of downtown Ann Arbor. Pencil in a time to hit each fair because the Street Art Fair, Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair, State Street Art Fair and South University Art Fair are all a little different from one another and are all really fun.

Michigan Elvisfest

July 19-20, 2019

  • Where: Historic Depot Town, Ypsilanti
  • Times: 5 p.m.-midnight Friday, noon-midnight Saturday (doors at 4 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. Saturday)
  • Cost: $25/Friday, $45/Saturday, $60/two-day ticket free/kids 12 and under

This annual fest brings the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll to life with live performances by some of the world’s best tribute artists; plus arts and crafts, face paintings, inflatables and more for those still growing into their sideburns.

PNC Roar on the River

July 19-21, 2019

  • Where: Elizabeth Park, 202 Grosse Ile Parkway, Trenton
  • Times: 5:30-11 p.m. Friday, 7 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Saturday, 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: Free/general, $30/Friday Tastefest, $5/parking donation

See fast boats, high-action Jet-Ski demonstrations, enjoy food and live music here. For kids, there are bouncy inflatables, games, face painting and more.

Pig & Whiskey

July 19-21, 2019

  • Where: East Troy Street between The WAB and the Emory, Ferndale
  • Times: 6 p.m.-midnight Friday, 11 a.m.-midnight Saturday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: Free/admission, fees apply for food and drinks

Head to Ferndale to enjoy live music, delicious barbecue from local eateries, adult beverages and more.

Festival of Chariots (Rath Yatra)

July 21, 2019

  • Where: Starts at Novi Civic Center, 45175 W. 10 Mile Road; ends at Fuerst Park at 10 Mile and Taft roads, Novi
  • Time: 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Cost: Free

This fest kicks off with a three-mile parade that ends with a grand celebration that showcases Indian culture with some 20 tents of food, shopping and henna; plus kids’ activities, music and more.

Washtenaw County 4-H Youth Show

July 21-26, 2019

  • Where: Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Road, Ann Arbor
  • Times: 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • Cost: Free

This event showcases the art projects and livestock that have been made and raised by local 4-H kids.

Sterlingfest Art & Music Fair

July 25-27, 2019

  • Where: City Campus, 40555 Utica Road, Sterling Heights
  • Times: 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Thursday-Saturday
  • Cost: Free/admission, fees/rides

This annual fest mixes art with music, games and rides to make the perfect event for the whole family. Be sure to take your kiddos to the Kids Tent for some great age-appropriate fun.

Sounds & Sights Festival

July 25-27, 2019

  • Where: Downtown Chelsea
  • Times: 6:30-11 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday
  • Cost: Free

This 30-plus-year-old fest will liven up your nights with great musical performances and a social ten, a classic car show, Kid Zone and open-air market.

Rally on the Ridge

July 27, 2019

  • Where: Preservation Park, 500 Ridge Road N., Canton
  • Times: 5:30-9 p.m. Tuesday
  • Cost: Free

Support the local Farmers Market at this annual event, which features a plethora of food trucks to taste-testing, music, inflatables, lawn games and more.

Maker Faire Detroit

July 27-28, 2019

  • Where: Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation, 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn
  • Times: 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
  • Cost: Fees apply

Check out mind-boggling electronic and robotic creations, rockets on display and other scientific contraptions at this annual event. There’s food and music, too.

Arab & Chaldean Festival

July 27-28, 2019

  • Where: Hart Plaza, Detroit
  • Times: Noon-midnight Saturday-Sunday
  • Cost: Free

This 48th annual event celebrates Arab and Chaldean culture with an Arab fashion show and calligraphy, children’s fair with inflatables and more.

Orchard Lake Fine Art Show

July 27-29, 2019

  • Where: West Bloomfield High School, 4925 Orchard Lake Road, West Bloomfield
  • Times: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
  • Cost: $5/admission, free/ages 13 and under, free/parking

Hundreds of top-notch local artists display their work at this top art show There’s kids’ activities and a kids’ art competition, too.

This post was originally published in 2012 and is updated regularly. 

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