Selfridge Air Show Opens to the Public

Come out to Selfridge Air Base this weekend for a spectacular aircraft show and STEAM Expo.

The Selfridge Air Show is one of Macomb County’s most popular events. There will also be a STEAM Expo this year. The Open House STEAM Expo’s theme is “Innovation Focused, STEAM Driven.” Many STEAM organizations will be there, including Macomb County Robotics teams to offer exhibits and demonstrations.

We spoke with Tom Line from Armada Fighting Pi about the robotics teams that will be at the event this weekend.

“There will be 28 teams here from Michigan, mainly from Macomb, Oakland, St. Clair and Wayne counties,” says Line. “A lot of what we’re doing at the event is outreach – to get people who have never seen it before interested in robots.”

He explains that kids coming to the STEAM Expo will get to drive and play interactive games with the robots, as well as take home buttons, lanyards and keychains.

“We’re hoping to catch their imagination early and get them into robotics,” he says.

Quick details about Selfridge Air Show

  • Address: Selfridge Air National Guard Base, 29553 George Ave., Harrison Township, MI 48045
  • Hours: Gates open at 8 a.m., Flying begins at 10 a.m. June 8-9, 2024
  • Cost: Free general admission and no ticket is required. You may enhance your viewing experience with preferred seating ($39.50-plus) and Flight Line Club VIP ($149-plus)

The performances that families will see include USAF Thunderbirds, Swamp Fox, Misty Blues, U.S. Army Golden Knights, Selfridge A-10 Thunderbolt II and KC-135 Stratotanker, Ace Maker Airshows, Canadian CF-18 Demo, Bill Stein Airshows, Franklin’s Flying Circus and Airshow, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, Warbird Thunder Airshows, Czech Mate, Coast Guard Air Station Detroit, Grant Nielsen Cap 232, U.S. Navy West Coast Rhino Team and U.S. Navy Legacy Flight.

Family tips for visiting Selfridge Air Show

  • Plan your day ahead of time using the map.
  • There are baby changing areas and rooms available for nursing mothers.
  • Bring your children to the Kids Zone, which offers bounce houses, arts and crafts and more.
  • Food and drinks will be available to purchase.
  • Strollers are allowed at this event.
  • Be sure to check out the list of prohibited items before coming to the event.

Other things to do with kids near Selfridge Air Base

Photo credit: Kari Zaffarano

For more information on living and learning in Macomb County, visit Make Macomb Your Home. Find more articles like this at Metro Parent’s A Family Guide to Macomb County.

Kari Zaffarano
Kari Zaffarano
Kari Zaffarano is a mom of one and Metro Parent's Audience Development Coordinator. She tracks down the best events every week and shares the inside scoop with families in print and online. She enjoys reading, traveling and exploring metro Detroit with her son.

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