July Fairs & Festivals in Southeast Michigan

Want to have some fun in metro Detroit this July 2017? Check out all the hot summer events happening in 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 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 like the Vans Warped Tour, 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 fests this July, cake on the sunscreen, and hit up your fave for all kinds of family fun.

Camaro Superfest

June 30-July 2, 2017

  • 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 meet-and-greet with the owners of the Camaros in the show and see Transformers 5. Head out Saturday and Sunday to check out some driven and modified Camaros on display.

Royal Oak Rib Fest

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June 30-July 2, 2017

  • Where: downtown Royal Oak
  • Times: 1-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, noon-9:30 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: Free/admission, fees/food and some activities

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

Clawson Fourth of July Festival

July 3-4, 2017

  • Where: City Park, West Elmwood and Main Streets, Clawson
  • Times: vary by date
  • Cost: $2/general

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 on July 4.

Independence Fest

July 4, 2017

  • Where: Clintonwood Park, 6000 Clarkston Road, Clarkston
  • Times: 10 a.m. parade, 11 a.m.-dusk festival
  • 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.

Seymour Celebration

July 7-8, 2017

  • Where: Seymour Lake area, Oxford
  • Times: noon-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday (carnival)
  • Cost: $5/parking after 7 p.m., $20/unlimited ride wristbands

There’s amusement rides, music, a splash pad for kids, two firework displays, inflatables and more.

Michigan Elvisfest

July 7-8, 2017

  • 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: $18/Friday, $28/Saturday, $40/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.

Plymouth Art in the Park

July 7-9, 2017

  • 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 7-9, 2017

  • Where: American Polish Century Club, 33204 Maple Lane Drive, Sterling Heights
  • Times: 4 p.m.-1 a.m. Friday, 10 a.m-1 a.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: $2/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.

MEA Culture & Music Festival

July 7-9, 2017

  • Where: Warren City Square, 1 City Square, Warren
  • Times: 6-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 6-10 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: Free

Celebrate Middle Eastern culture with three days of music, dance and food.

Oakland County Fair

July 7-16, 2017

  • Where: Oakland County Fairgrounds, Springfield Oaks County Park, 12451 Andersonville Road, Davisburg
  • Times: Vary by day
  • Cost: General: $12/car, $6/motorcycle or walk-ins. Grandstand admission: $10/adults, $5/ages 6-14, free/kids 5 and under

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!

Huron River Day Festival

July 9, 2017

  • Where: Gallup Park, 3000 Fuller Road, Ann Arbor
  • Time: noon-4 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: Free; $5/canoe and kayak rentals

There are all kinds of outdoor activities for families to enjoy, art and science activities, encounters with live animals, music, food and more. You can also rent a canoe or kayak and take a ride down the river.

Summerfest

July 10-26, 2017 (Mondays-Wednesdays)

  • Where: Grosse Pointe War Memorial, 32 Lake Shore Drive, Grosse Pointe Farms
  • Time: 6:30 p.m./gates open, 7:30 p.m./musical performances, dusk/movies start
  • Cost: Free

This three-week event offers live musical performances and movies under the stars, all in celebration of summer.

Metro Detroit Youth Day

July 12, 2017

  • 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 35-year-old event.

Wyandotte Street Art Fair

July 12-15, 2017

  • Where: Downtown Wyandotte, Biddle Avenue between Eureka and Oak streets
  • Times: 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday
  • Cost: Free

The streets of downtown Wyandotte are filled with the artwork by 250 artists from around the country. There’s live music and kid’s activities, too.

Concert of Colors

July 12-16, 2017

  • Where: Arab American National Museum, Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit Historical Society and other 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 25-year-old fest. There’s ethnic food, shopping and crafts, too.

Saline Celtic Festival

July 14-15, 2017

  • Where: Mill Pond Park, 565 W. Bennett St., Saline
  • Times: Times TBA
  • Cost: $10/adults in advance, $15/adults at the gate, $5/ages 13-17, free/12 and under, $10/seniors $80/groups of 10

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.

Lavender Festival

July 14-16, 2017

  • Where: Blake’s Orchard & Cider Mill, 17985 Armada Center Road, Armada
  • Times: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Sunday
  • Cost: $7/adults, free/under 12; fees may apply for some activities

There are tons of workshops and projects, plus food and lavender lemonade – all in celebration of the holistic benefits of this plant.

PNC Roar on the River

July 14-16, 2017

  • Where: Elizabeth Park, 202 Grosse Ile Parkway, Trenton
  • Times: 6 p.m.-midnight Friday, 7 a.m.-midnight Saturday, 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: Free/general, $25-$200/Friday taste party, $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.

Festa Italiana

July 14-16, 2017

  • Where: Freedom Hill County Park, 14900 Metropolitan Parkway, Sterling Heights
  • Times: 6-11 p.m. Friday, noon-11 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday
  • 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.

Pig & Whiskey

July 14-16, 2017

  • 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.

Old Mill Arts and Antiques Festival

July 22-23, 2017

  • Where: Grant Park, Van Dyke Avenue and Hahn Street, Utica
  • Times: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: Free

Nab unique antiques and art at this 27th annual.

Farmington Founders Festival

July 20-23, 2017

  • Where: downtown Farmington area
  • Times: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: Free admission

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 20-23, 2017

  • 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.

Vans Warped Tour

July 21, 2017

  • Where: The Palace of Auburn Hills, 6 Championship Drive, Auburn Hills
  • Times: 11 a.m. Friday
  • Cost: $40.50-plus/ticket

This year’s lineup at this annual alternative rock fest features Hawthorne Heights, Dance Gavin Dance, Alestorm and others.

Czech and Slovak Festival

July 22-23, 2017

  • Where: Sokol Cultural Center, 23600 W. Warren Road, Dearborn Heights
  • Times: 1:30-10 p.m. Saturday, 12:30-7:30 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: $5/admission per day, free/parking

Celebrate Czech and Slovak culture with authentic food and dance, imported beer, a pastry area, live bands, handcrafted jewelry and more.

Festival of Chariots (Rath Yatra)

July 23, 2017

  • 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 23-28, 2017

  • 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.

Rally on the Ridge

July 25, 2017

  • Where: Canton Farmers Market, 500 N. Ridge Road, 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.

Sterlingfest Art & Music Fair

July 27-29, 2017

  • 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 27-29, 2017

  • Where: Downtown Chelsea
  • Times: 7-11 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.

Maker Faire Detroit

July 29-30, 2017

  • Where: Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation, 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn
  • Times: 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
  • Cost: single day: $28/ages 12-plus, $26/ages 62-plus, $19/ages 3-11, free/kids 2 and under. Both days: $47/ages 12-plus, $44/ages 62-plus, $32.50/ages 30-11, free/kids 2 and under

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.

Orchard Lake Fine Art Show

July 29-30, 2017

  • Where: West Bloomfield High School, 4925 Orchard Lake Road, West Bloomfield
  • Times: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 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.

Arab & Chaldean Festival

July 29-30, 2017

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

This 46th annual event celebrates Arab and Chaldean culture with an Arab fashion show and calligraphy, children’s fair with inflatables and more.

This post was originally published in 2012 and has been updated for 2017 by Christina Clark.

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