May Fairs & Festivals in Southeast Michigan

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Spring is here, and that means the 2017 fair and festival season is powering up. This May, (and early June) you’ll find oodles of these events all over southeast Michigan – including the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, 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 springtime fests, right in your backyard.

Heron Festival and Spring into Nature Celebration

May 6, 2017

  • Times: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Address: Holland Ponds, 50385 Ryan Road, Shelby Township
  • Phone: 586-323-2478
  • Cost: $2/ages 4-plus

Visit the site of a Great-Blue Heron nest, enjoy pond dipping, a cookout and more. Remember your buns, chips and beverages.

St. Florian Parish Strawberry Festival

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May 6-7, 2017

  • Times: 5-11 p.m. Saturday, 1-10 p.m. Sunday
  • 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.

Lake Orion Flower & Art Fair

May 12-13, 2017

  • Times: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday
  • Address: Downtown Lake Orion area
  • Phone: 248-693-9742
  • Cost: free/admission, fees/plants

This 16th-annual sale offers tons of flowers, garden art and other home improvement items for sale by some 60 vendors.

Butterfly Festival

May 13, 2017

  • Time: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Address: University of Michigan Museum of Natural History, 1109 Geddes Ave., Ann Arbor
  • Phone: 734-764-0478
  • Cost: $6/suggested donation

Check out butterflies up close, make your own butterfly wings, and help plant the museum’s butterfly garden.

Reptile Festival 

May 13, 2017

  • Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Address: Oakwoods Metropark, 32911 Willow Road, New Boston
  • Phone: 734-782-3956
  • Cost: $5/person, $10/parking

Snakes, turtle and other reptilian creatures take center stage so that you can learn all about them.

 Art Birmingham

May 13-14, 2017

  • Times: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday
  • Address: Shain Park, Merill Street, 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 36th annual.

Spring Palooza 

May 19, 2017

  • Times: 6-9 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.

Tons of Trucks

May 20, 2017

  • Times: 9 a.m.-noon
  • Address: Borden Park, 1400 E. Hamlin Road, Rochester Hills
  • Phone: 248-656-8308
  • Cost: Free

Police cruisers, fire trucks, ambulances and construction vehicles open their doors for kids to explore. Find bounce houses, slides and food trucks, too.

Nature Fest 

May 20, 2017

  • 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.

Greater Rochester Heritage Days

May 20-21, 2017

  • 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 Regional Chamber Carnival

May 24-29, 2017

  • Times: 4-9 p.m. Wednesday and Monday, 4-10 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 1-10 p.m. Saturday, 1-9 p.m. Sunday
  • Address: Oakland Pointe Shopping Center, 402 N. Telegraph Road, Pontiac (across from Summit Place Mall)
  • Phone: 248-622-8247
  • Cost: free/admission, fees/ride wristband

This fest, which is now known as the Pontiac Spring Carnival, is one of Michigan’s first big outdoor carnivals of the year and features rides, games, exhibits, live entertainment and more.

St. Mary’s Polish Country Fair

May 26-29, 2017

  • Times: 5-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday
  • Address: Orchard Lake St. Mary’s campus, 3535 Indian Trail, Orchard Lake
  • Phone: 248-706-6775
  • Cost: $6/person, $12/families of six, free/3 and under, fees/rides (cash only)

There’s more than 45 midway rides, including an 80-foot roller coaster, live music, shopping, authentic food and more at this 46-year-old Polish-themed event.

Sumpter Township Country Fest

May 26-29, 2017

  • Times: 5 p.m.-midnight Friday, noon-midnight Saturday-Sunday, noon-10 p.m. Monday
  • 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.

Macomb Fair & Expo

May 26-June 11, 2017

  • Times: 4-11 p.m. Wednesdays-Thursdays, 4 p.m.-midnight Fridays, noon-midnight Saturdays, noon-11 p.m. Sundays, noon-11 p.m. Memorial Day; closed Mondays and Tuesdays except Memorial Day (subject to change)
  • Address: Gibraltar Trade Center, 237 N. River Road, Mount Clemens
  • Phone: 586-465-6440
  • Cost: Free/entry, $25/ride wristbands

There’s a midway packed with carnival games and rides, food, live entertainment and more at this annual shindig.

Civil War Remembrance

May 27-29, 2017

  • Times: 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday
  • Address: The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation, Greenfield Village, 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn
  • Phone: 313-982-6001
  • Cost: Free with admission: $27/ages 12-plus, $20.25/ages 3-11, free/ages 2 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 27-29, 2017

  • Times: noon-midnight Saturday, 1 p.m.-midnight Sunday-Monday
  • Address: Hart Plaza, 1 Hart Plaza, Detroit
  • Phone: 800-594-8499
  • Cost: $80/single day, $175/three days, $300/VIP three day, free/kids 12 and under

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.

This post was originally published in 2016 and has been updated for 2017 

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