Summer Festivals in Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor

Find information about the biggest festivals in Macomb, Oakland, Wayne and Washtenaw counties, which are back and better than ever in 2021.

Summer festivals are back, baby.

Michigan is flush with musicians, artists and performers, and every summer, the secretly gifted among us come out to show off their talents at local festivals. Even better, the majority of those festivals are geared toward families.

With designated kids zones and activities, taking little ones out on the town is totally doable, and after months of keeping to ourselves, spending some time around other people might be a good thing.

See a world-class jazz fest, watch dancers – or knights! – battle, sway to live music on the beach or try your hand at chalk art. Whatever you choose, it beats sitting on the couch.

Festivals in July

Ann Arbor Street Art Fair

July 15-17, 2021  

Stroll through the Ingalls Mall area in Ann Arbor to check out work from the area’s best artists and craftspeople.

Greater Farmington Founders Festival

July 15-27, 2021

Parades, food, crafts, vendors and kid-specific activities abound at this large city festival.

Detroit Festival of Books at Eastern Market

July 18, 2021

Book Lovers unite on July 18 at the festival made specifically for the bookworms. Food and music, too.

Orchard Lake Fine Arts Show

July 24-25, 2021

This esteemed fine art show also features a youth competition, live music from local bands and more.

Michigan Medieval Stroll

July 24-25, 2021

Spend time strolling the streets dressed as a lord or lady at this festival. Arts, crafts, vendors, live music and more, too.

Art in the Park in Lincoln Park

July 30-31, 2021

Vendors, live music and local artisans abound at this late July festival fit for the whole family.

Day on the Town in Birmingham

July 31, 2021

Downtown Birmingham’s biggest day of the year for deals in the city’s shopping district is back with something for everyone.

Festivals in August

Concert of Colors

Aug. 2-9, 2021

  • Address: Various locations, Detroit
  • Cost: Free

A mix of live and virtual events will take place for this annual global music and arts festival.

Hamtramck Music Fest

Aug. 5-8, 2021

Every nook in the city of Hamtramck will be filled with music from local artists at this partially indoor and outdoor festival.

Allen Park Street Fair

Aug. 6-7, 2021

Live music, crafts, arts and more at this street fair. Walk the streets of Allen Park with the whole family at this artisan-focused festival.

Ann Arbor Pride

Aug. 7, 2021

While this festival will take place virtually, participants can still bank on exciting, family-friendly entertainment and activities.

Berkley Street Art Fest

Aug. 7, 2021

Find chalk art, curated and handmade products, live music and much more on the streets of downtown Berkley.

Dexter Daze

Aug. 13-14, 2021

Chalk art, vendors, music, kid-friendly activities and more at this downtown Dexter festival back for its 50th year.

Saline’s Summerfest

Aug. 13-14, 2021

A parent versus child tricycle race is just one of the highlights at this family-friendly event in downtown Saline.

Ferndale Dream Cruise

Aug. 20-21, 2021  

Antique automobiles, unique cruisers and a Mustang alley are just some of the highlights at this car-focused fest.

African World Festival

Aug. 20-22, 2021

More than 125 vendors selling authentic African and Caribbean foods, clothes, accessories, health products and more will take over the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. Plus, live music and performances.

Woodward Dream Cruise

Aug. 21, 2021

  • Address: Along Woodward Avenue through Various Cities
  • Cost: Free

The world’s biggest cruise takes over Woodward again this year with more cool cruisers and awesome automobiles than ever before.

Michigan Renaissance Festival

Aug. 21-Oct. 2, 2021

Address: 12600 Dixie Highway, Holly

Cost: $13.50 ages 5-12; $21.95 ages 13 and up

Grab a mutton leg for the whole family at this long-running festival with different themed weekends, Aug. 21-Oct. 3. With more than 150 vendors, interactive games and live jousting, there’s something for everyone.

Hazel Park Art Fair at Green Acres Park

Aug. 28-29, 2021

Watch Hazel Park come alive Aug. 28-29 with local artisans, food vendors and live music. A designated kids activity spot, too.

Festivals in September

Michigan State Fair

Sept. 2-6, 2021

  • Address: Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave., Novi
  • Cost: $6 for children and $8 for adults, but $30 for a circus and carnival pass

Billed as Michigan’s number one family event, the state fair is sure to charm little ones with rides, animals, games, music, fireworks and more.

Soaring Eagle Arts, Beats and Eats

Sept. 3-6, 2021

Every year, thousands flock to Royal Oak for one of the largest festivals devoted to good art, food and music on Labor Day weekend.

Detroit Jazz Fest

Sept. 3-6, 2021

The world’s largest free jazz festival is ready to blow you away again Labor Day weekend with talented musicians including Dee Dee Bridgewater, Herbie Hancock and Gregory Porter.

Hamtramck Labor Day Festival

Sept. 4-6, 2021

The carnival comes to town at this family-friendly festival with boat races, parades, music and more on Labor Day weekend.

Detroit City Dance Festival

Sept. 8-10, 2021

Dance battles, masters classes, performances and more at this family-friendly festival at the Detroit Institute of Arts.

Festival of the Senses

Sept. 15-16, 2021

Specialty food vendors and talented artisans take over Clinton Township. Plus, kid-specific activities.

Motor City Pride

Sept. 18-19, 2021

The Motor City does Pride like no one else. Hart Plaza will be transformed into a celebration featuring a parade and festival and more.

Michigan Peach Festival

Date TBD

Romeo transforms with rides, music, food and more at this family-centered festival devoted to one of Michigan’s favorite fruits.

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