September Festivals and Fairs in Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor

Summer fun isn't totally done. Get in one last fling at one of these September festivals happening in Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties in 2018.

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The leaves are changing colors and the chilly wind is beginning to blow your summer buzz right out the door – but don’t fret, summer isn’t over just yet. In September in metro Detroit, we have tons of last-minute fairs and festivals to make sure you get in one last bash before the hustle and bustle of the school year totally harshes your mellow. From hometown fairs to fall fests and pre-Halloween celebrations, there’s sure to be one more shindig that your whole family will be into. Check out this list of upcoming September festivals to find the right one.

Renaissance Festival

Aug. 18-Sept. 30, 2018 (Saturdays and Sunday; plus Sept. 28)

  • Address: Hollygrove Grounds, 12600 Dixie Highway, Holly
  • Times: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays; plus Friday, Sept. 29
  • Phone: 248-634-5552
  • Cost: Check ahead for prices online and at the gate

Experience the 16th century with themed weekends full of full-contact jousting competitions, kids’ shows, and feasts; plus live mermaids and other costumed characters, puppet shows and street performances. Dress in your best costume to top off your trip.

Saline Community Fair

Aug. 29-Sept. 3, 2018

  • Address: Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Road, Ann Arbor
  • Times: Fair: 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Wednesday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Rides: 3 p.m. Wednesday, noon Thursday, 2 p.m. Friday, 1 p.m. Saturday-Monday
  • Cost: $7/general, $5/track events, $10-$18/single day ride wristbands, $35/weekend ride pass
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A parade kicks off this annual fair on Aug. 28, followed by a week of rides, livestock exhibits, games, live entertainment and much more.

Fifth Third Bank Michigan State Fair

Aug. 30-Sept. 3, 2018

  • Address: Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave., Novi
  • Times: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Thursday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday
  • Phone: 248-348-6942
  • Cost: $6-$8/fair, $17/circus, $23/ride wristband, $10/parking

This annual Michigan tradition brings back the ever-popular pig races, livestock exhibits and agricultural displays, live entertainment, a midway full of games and rides and performances by the Detroit Shrine Circus (for an additional charge).

Arts, Beats and Eats

Aug. 31-Sept. 3, 2018

  • Address: Downtown Royal Oak
  • Times: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Monday
  • Phone: 248-541-7550
  • Cost: Saturday-Sunday and Monday: $3/until 3 p.m., $5/after 3 p.m. Friday: free/until 5 p.m. $7/after 5 p.m, $2.40-$3.75/ride

This 21st annual fills the streets with the community’s best music, food and artwork for families to enjoy.

Detroit Jazz Festival

Aug. 31-Sept. 3, 2018

  • Address: Hart Plaza to Campus Martius Park, downtown Detroit
  • Times: vary, check ahead
  • Phone: 313-469-6564
  • Cost: free

Introduce your kiddos to the smooth music of some seriously cool cats at this annual four-day fest. Offers jazz talks and jam sessions, too.

New Baltimore Art on the Bay

Sept. 1-2, 2018

  • Address: Walter & Mary Burke Park, downtown New Baltimore
  • Times: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
  • Phone: 586-725-0291
  • Cost: free

This New Baltimore tradition sets up on the banks of Lake St. Clair and features two days of live music, food and artwork on display.

Hamtramck Labor Day Festival

Sept. 1-3, 2018

  • Address: Downtown Hamtramck area
  • Times: noon-10 p.m. daily
  • Cost: free/general, $5/parking; fees apply for some events

Hamtown celebrates Labor Day and Polish culture with a parade, 5K and kiddy races, art displays, live music, a carnival and more.

Labor Day Roundup

Sept. 3, 2018

  • Address: Downtown Franklin area
  • Times: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Phone: 248-626-2231
  • Cost: free

Find a parade at noon followed by midway games and inflatables, magic and juggling performances, a car show and more. Be sure to swing by Franklin’s Art in the Village, which runs concurrently, and features artwork by local artists on display.

Richmond Area Good Old Days Festival

Sept. 6-9, 2018

  • Address: downtown Richmond area
  • Times: 5-11 p.m. Thursday, 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday
  • Phone: 586-727-1320
  • Cost: free/admission, fees/rides

Now in its 55th year, this fest offers classic carnival fun like games, rides and livestock displays; plus a demolition derby, classic cars on display, a parade and more.

Plymouth Fall Festival

Sept. 7-9, 2018

  • Address: downtown Plymouth area
  • Times: noon-11 p.m. Friday, 7 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday
  • Phone: 734-335-0199
  • Cost: free/admission, $25/ride wristbands

Send summer off with a bang at this annual fest, which features a car show, craft show, pet show, food, live music and entertainment; plus a big ol’ carnival.

Art & Apples Festival

Sept. 7-9, 2018

  • Address: downtown Rochester area
  • Times: 4-7:30 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday
  • Phone: 248-651-4110
  • Cost: free, $5/suggested donation

Apple treats and the work of some 300 artists are the highlight of this annual festival, which is hosted by the Paint Creek Center for the Arts. Find live music and entertainment, and a kids’ area, too.

Dally in the Alley

Sept. 8, 2018

  • Address: North Cass area, boxed by Anthony Wayne Drive, West Hancock Street and West Forest and Second avenues, Detroit
  • Times: 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
  • Cost: free

Find art on display, live food, tons of eats and fun for kids at this 41st annual. Note: Rain day is Sunday.

Old Car Festival

Sept. 8-9, 2018

  • Address: Greenfield Village, 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn
  • Times: 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday
  • Phone: 313-982-6001
  • Cost: $21-$25.50, $6/parking

This annual boasts being the longest-running antique car show and features tons of authentic classic and antique cars on display.

Kelley-Fisk Farm Festival

Sept. 8-9, 2018

  • Address: Fisk Farm, 9180 Highland Road, White Lake
  • Times: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
  • Cost: free/admission; donations welcome

Visit this historical White Lake farm for pie-eating contests, crafts, live entertainment, storytelling and more.

Harvest Festival & Corn Day

Sept. 9, 2018

  • Address: Wolcott Mill Metropark Farm Center, 65775 Wolcott Road, Ray Township
  • Times: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Phone: 586-749-5997
  • Cost: $5/person, $10/vehicle permit

Swing by the farm center for candle-dipping, horseback riding, crafts and other activities; plus tons of produce for sale.

Metro Boat Show

Sept. 13-16, 2018

  • Address: Lake St. Clair Metropark, 31300 Metropolitan Parkway, Harrison Township
  • Times: Noon-7:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday
  • Phone: 734-261-0123
  • Cost: $10/adults, free/kids 12 and under, $10/parking

Those that prefer to live life on the waves celebrate the art of boating with live music, art on display and kids’ activities; plus a boat and watercraft show, swimming, demonstrations and more.

Troy Family Daze

Sept. 13-16, 2018

  • Address: Troy Civic Center, 3425 Civic Center Drive
  • Times: 4-9 p.m. Thursday, 4-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, noon-9 p.m. Sunday
  • Phone: 248-909-0977
  • Cost: $3/person, free/under age 6

Come together with your community for four days of food, family entertainment, live animal, a cirque show, carnival and more.

Oktoberfest Sterling Heights

Sept. 14-16, 2018

  • Address: Caparthia Club, 38000 Utica Road, Sterling Heights
  • Times: TBD
  • Phone: 586-978-2292
  • Cost: $5/general, free/parking

Find authentic German food, music and beer, dancing, kids’ activities and more.

Northville Heritage Festival

Sept. 14-16, 2018

  • Address: downtown Northville
  • Time: 5-11 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m.-10 pm. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday
  • Phone: 248-349-7640
  • Cost: free/admission, fees apply for some activities

Find kids’ games, vintage baseball, a farmers’ market, historical tours and more at this fest, which used to be known as the Victorian Festival.

Hawkfest 

Sept. 15-16, 2018 

  • Address: Lake Erie Metropark Marshland Museum, 32481 W Jefferson Ave., Brownstown
  • Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Phone:734-379-5020
  • Cost: $2/person, $10/parking

Take a look at eagles, hawks, falcons, owls and other birds of prey. There’s games and crafts, too. Registration required.

Common Ground’s Birmingham Street Art Fair

Sept. 15-16, 2018

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

This 44-year-old fair packs the streets with the works of some 160 artists, food, kids’ activities and more.

Russian Festival

Sept. 15-16, 2018

  • Address: St. Vladimir Orthodox Church, 9900 Jackson Road, Dexter
  • Times: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 1-7 p.m. Sunday
  • Phone: 734-678-8042 (general inquiries; ask for Nathan)
  • Cost: fees apply

Enjoy two full days of cultural fun including authentic Russian food and music; plus dancing, a kids’ area, shopping, and more.

Monarch Migration Festival

Sept. 16, 2018 

  • Leslie Science and Nature Center, 1831 Traver Road, Ann Arbor
  • Time: 1-3 p.m.
  • Phone: 734-997-1553
  • Cost: $5/person

These beautiful bugs make the long trek south every winter. Learn why and meet some up close. Face painting, crafts and games in store. Registration required.

Romulus Pumpkin Festival

Sept. 21-23, 2018

  • Address: Historical Park, 11147 Hunt St., Romulus
  • Times: TBD
  • Phone: 734-955-4577
  • Cost: free

This 21st annual kicks off with a parade and fills the entire weekend with fall-themed fun like pie baking, pumpkin rolling and sunflower growing, kids’ activities, live entertainment and more.

DIY Street Fair

Sept. 21-23, 2018

  • Address: Nine Mile Road and Woodward Avenue, downtown Ferndale
  • Times: 6 p.m.-midnight Friday, 11 a.m.-midnight Saturday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: free

Find tons of cool do-it-yourself artwork for sale and on display, live music, food, kids’ activities and more.

Funky Ferndale Art Fair

Sept. 21-23, 2018

  • Address: downtown Ferndale area
  • Times: 3-7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday
  • Phone: 248-546-1632
  • Cost: free

More than 120 edgy artists show off their work at this annual display – plus food and fun for the kids, too.

Davisburg Heritage Festival

Sept. 22, 2018

  • Address: downtown Davisburg area
  • Times: 9 a.m.-11 p.m.
  • Phone: 248-846-6558
  • Cost: free/admission, fees apply for some activities

Get your fill at a pancake breakfast in the morning and stick around for tractor and fire truck displays, wagon rides, historical demonstrations, a craft show and much more.

Rendez-vous Festival

Sept. 22-23, 2018

  • Address: Ste. Anne Parish de Detroit, 1000 St Anne St, Detroit
  • Times: noon-6:30 p.m.
  • Phone: 313-496-1701
  • Cost: $10/adults, $5/seniors and kids, free/kids under 5

This first annual fest celebrates the French Canadian and Native American people that once inhabited the Detroit area. Find kids’ activities, food, music and dancing, re-enactors, cultural exhibits, artisans and more.

South Lyon Area Pumpkinfest

Sept. 28-30, 2018

  • Address: downtown South Lyon
  • Times: 6-11 p.m. Friday (adults), 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday
  • Phone: 248-437-1735
  • Cost: free

On Friday, grown-ups enjoy a biergarten and main stage entertainment, while the whole family enjoys inflatables, a craft show, farmers market, and tons of pumpkin-themed fun on Saturday and Sunday.

Saline Main Street’s Oktoberfest

Sept. 28-29, 2018

  • Address: Main Street area, Saline
  • Times: 5-11 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday
  • Cost: Fees apply

German eats, authentic rock and folk music, a biergarten, a play area for kids and other activities are in store at this annual.

Diehl’s Ciderfest

Sept. 29-30, 2018

  • Address: Diehl’s Orchard & Cider Mill, 1479 Ranch Road, Holly
  • Times: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily
  • Phone: 248-634-8981
  • Cost: free

Now in year No. 37, this annual fest offers up tons of family-friendly fun and entertainment like hayrides, a corn maze, petting farm, a craft show and more.

Deneweth’s Fall Fun Fest

Sept. 29-Oct. 28, 2018 (Saturdays and Sundays)

  • Address: Deneweth’s Garden Center, 16125 22 Mile Road, Macomb Township
  • Times: noon-5 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays
  • Phone: 586-247-5533
  • Cost: $10/kids, free/adults

Celebrate the Halloween season with a spooky train ride or in the spooky barn. There’s also an inflatable haunted house, a corn maze and straw climbing mound, games, pumpkin painting, and tons of yummy cider and doughnuts.

This post was originally published in 2016 and is updated regularly. 

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