May Fairs and Festivals in Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor this May

Spring is here, meaning the outdoor fun season in Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties is starting. Find out about May fairs and festivals here.

Three Polish dancers and musicians at a fair

Spring is here, and that means the 2019 fair and festival season is powering up.

This May, (and early June) you’ll find oodles of these events all over southeast Michigan – including St. Mary’s Polish Country Fair and the Movement Electronic Music Festival – to get your bunch off the couch and out and about.

From eco-friendly fests, to cultural fairs, re-enactments and more, there’s something for everyone this spring.

So grab a light jacket and head outdoors to one of these spring festivals right in your backyard.

Heron Festival 

May 4, 2019

  • Times: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Address: Holland Ponds, 50385 Ryan Road, Shelby Township
  • Phone: 586-323-2478
  • Cost: $3/person
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Visit the site of a Great-Blue Heron nest, enjoy pond dipping, a cookout and more. Remember your buns, chips and beverages.

Koi Festival 

May 4, 2019 

  • Times: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Address: Belle Isle Aquarium, 3 Inselruhe Ave., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-402-0466
  • Cost: Free/admission, $11/recreation passport

Celebrate Japanese culture and the special role that the Koi fish plays in it during this fun annual event.

St. Florian Parish Strawberry Festival

May 4-5, 2019

  • Times: TBD
  • Address: St. Florian Roman Catholic Church, 2626 Poland St., Hamtramck
  • Phone: 313-871-2778
  • Cost: Free

This annual event is put on by the Hamtramck Firefighters and celebrates Polish culture with authentic food, music and dance performances, strawberry desserts and a firefighters’ march and mass.

Spring Fling

May 5, 2019 

  • Times: noon-4 p.m.
  • Address: Cobblestone Farm Museum, 2781 Packard St., Ann Arbor
  • Phone: 734-794-6230
  • Cost: $2/person, $5/family, free/under 3

There’s games and museum tours; plus historical demonstrations.

Northville Spring Carnival

May 9-12, 2019 

  • Times: 4-10 p.m. Thursday, 4-11 p.m. Friday, noon-11 p.m. Saturday, 1-9 p.m. Sunday
  • Address: Northville Downs Parking Lot, 301 S Center St., Northville
  • Phone: 248-349-7640
  • Cost: $15-$20/ride wristbands

This annual features festival games, carnival rides, loads of food and fun for all ages.

Lake Orion Flower & Art Fair

May 10-11, 2019

  • Times: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday
  • Address: Downtown Lake Orion area
  • Phone: 248-693-9742
  • Cost: Free/admission, fees/plants

This 19th-annual sale offers tons of flowers, garden art and other home improvement items for sale by some 60 vendors.

Art Birmingham

May 11-12, 2019

  • Times: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday
  • Address: City Park, downtown Birmingham
  • Phone: 734-662-3382
  • Cost: Free

See the work of some 150 juried artists skilled in painting, ceramics, photography, sculpture and others at this 38th annual.

Spring Palooza

May 17, 2019

  • Times: 6-8:30 p.m.
  • Address: Novi Civic Center Campus, 45175 W. 10 Mile Road, Novi
  • Phone: 248-347-0400
  • Cost: Free

The police and fire departments host live demonstrations alongside live entertainment and a movie under the stars.

Highland Founders Day Celebration

May 9-19, 2019 

  • Times: 10 a.m.
  • Address: Downtown Highland area
  • Phone: 248-887-3791
  • Cost: Free

This annual offering has a parade and more family fun.

Spring Fling

May 18, 2019

  • Times: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Address: Fraser Public Library, 16330 E 14 Mile Road, Fraser
  • Phone: 586-293-2055
  • Cost: Free

Find live animals, face painting, crafts, stories and more at the library.

Nature Fest

May 18, 2019

  • Times: 1-4 p.m.
  • Address: Crosswinds Marsh, 27600 Haggerty Road, New Boston
  • Phone: 734-654-1220
  • Cost: Free

This annual features nature-themed games and crafts, face painting, canoeing, live animal presentation, petting zoo and more.

Michigan Vintage Volkswagen Festival

May 19, 2019

  • Times: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Address: Riverside Park, 2 E. Cross St., Ypsilanti
  • Cost: $5/person

This annual boasts a wide array of original and restored Beatles on display.

Greater Rochester Heritage Days

May 18-19, 2019

  • Times: 11 a.m-6 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday
  • Address: Rochester Municipal Park, 400 Sixth St., Rochester
  • Phone: 248-656-0999
  • Cost: Free/admission

This event offers lumberjack shows, a Civil War encampment and historical displays, craft and car shows, live animals food, and much more.

Pontiac Spring Carnival

May 23-26, 2019

  • Times: 4 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 1 p.m. Saturday-Monday
  • Address: Oakland Pointe Shopping Center, 402 N. Telegraph Road, Pontiac
  • Phone: 248-622-8247
  • Cost: Free/admission, $22/ride wristband

Find a carnival full of classic games and awesome rides, live entertainment, food and more.

St. Mary’s Polish Country Fair

May 24-27, 2019

  • Times: 5-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday
  • Address: Orchard Lake St. Mary’s campus, 3535 Indian Trail, Orchard Lake
  • Phone: 248-706-6775
  • Cost: $5/person, $20/families, free/3 and under, fees/rides (cash only)

There’s more than 45 midway rides, including an 33-foot roller coaster, live music, shopping, authentic food and more at this 48-year-old Polish-themed event.

Sumpter Township Country Fest

May 24-27, 2019

  • Times: TBD
  • Address: Sumpter Fairgrounds, 23501 Sumpter Road, Belleville
  • Phone: 734-461-6201
  • Cost: Free/admission, fees/rides and games

Come for clowns, pony rides, magic shows and kids activities galore; plus a bingo, beer and casino tent for adults, carnival games, rides a demolition derby, car and craft show and much more.

Civil War Remembrance

May 25-27, 2019

  • Times: 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily with extended hours on Saturday
  • Address: The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation, Greenfield Village, 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn
  • Phone: 313-982-6001
  • Cost: $21-$28/general, free/4 and under, $6/parking

Kick off your Memorial Day celebration with Civil War reenactors in period dress, military and artillery demonstrations, hands-on activities, historian talks, live music and much more.

Movement Electronic Music Festival

May 25-27, 2019

  • Times: noon-midnight Saturday, 1 p.m.-midnight Sunday-Monday
  • Address: Hart Plaza, 1 Hart Plaza, Detroit
  • Phone: 800-594-8499
  • Cost: $85-$470

This annual fest captures the essences of the techno roots that can be found here in Detroit with tons of techno performances, merch for sale, art on display and much more. Best for older kids and parents who are techno fans.

The Milan Fair

May 30-June 1, 2019 

  • Times: 4-11 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday
  • Address: Wilson Park, 147 Wabash St., Milan
  • Phone: 734-439-1501
  • Cost: Free/admission, $fees/ride wristbands

This annual fest features live music, food a parade and a big ol’ carnival full of games and rides for families.

Birmingham Village Fair 

May 30-June 2, 2019 

  • Times: 2-10 p.m. Thursday, noon-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, noon-9 p.m. Sunday
  • Address: Shain Park, 270 W. Merrill St., Birmingham
  • Phone: 248-644-1700
  • Cost: Free/general, fees/rides

This 56th hometown fest offers rides, games, sweet treats and more.

Michigan Fun Fest

May 30-June 2, 2019

  • Times: 4-11 p.m. Thursday, 4 p.m.-midnight Friday, noon-midnight Saturday, 12:30 -10 p.m. Sunday
  • Address: Merriman Road between Six and Seven Mile Roads, Livonia
  • Cost: Free/admission, $5/parking, fees/ride wristbands

Find Middle Eastern eats, live music, carnival rides, games and more.

Chevrolet Belle Isle Grand Prix 

May 31-June 2, 2019

  • Times: 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
  • Address: Belle Isle, Detroit
  • Cost: Free/Friday, $55-$90/adults, $45-$80/kids, $140-$160/two-day pass

Fill your weekend with high-energy IndyCar races, extreme sports demos and live music.

Grosse Ile Island Fest 

May 31-June 2, 2019 

  • Times: 6 p.m. Friday, noon Saturday-Sunday
  • Address: Grosse Ile Municipal Airport, 9601 Groh Road, Grosse Ile Township
  • Cost: Free/admission, $20-$25/carnival, additional fees may apply

This annual offers up rides and games for kids, a sampling of beer for grown-ups, crafts, food, live music and more.

Looking for even more family fun things to do this weekend and beyond? Check out the Metro Parent calendar for more. 

This post is updated regularly.

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