Best Things to Do with Metro Detroit Kids in August

Planning your family fun for the month? We've got you covered with the best upcoming events in Macomb, Oakland, Wayne and Washtenaw counties.

There are always so many fun things to do with kids in southeast Michigan, so how is a busy parent supposed to keep track of it all? With our list of the best things to do this month, of course!

This August, we’ve found tons of family-friendly fun, including summer festivals for you to check out with your kids. We also have music in the park and movie in the park events perfect for a summer night.

Here is our curated list of the can’t-miss activities for metro Detroit and Ann Arbor in August 2023.

So, what are you waiting for? Take a look at our list and start the advanced prep for your next family outing.

Don’t see an event you love? Check out our online calendar for even more events and fun things to do. 

Macomb

Two Greek flags on a blue background
Photo credit: Assumption Greek Festival

Library Outdoor Movie Nights at Chesterfield Parks and Recreation Department

Aug. 1, 2023

Watch a family-friendly film in the community center backyard. Bring your own chairs. Aug. 1 is Sing 2.

Music in the Park at Macomb Corners

Aug. 3, 2023

Enjoy live music, inflatables, games and more at the summertime event at Macomb Corners Park. Aug. 3 is Fifty Amp Fuse.

Outdoor Concert Series at Brandenburg Park 

Aug. 3, 10, 17, 24, 2023

Bring your lawn chairs out for Brandenburg Park’s outdoor concert series. Aug 3 is Sonic Freeway, Aug. 10 is Swift Brothers, Aug. 17 is Meldrum Brothers and Aug. 24 is Bandwagon.

Summer Concert Series at Stony Creek Metropark

Aug. 4, 18, 2023

Enjoy the music of metro Detroit bands on Eastwood Beach. For all ages. Aug. 4 is The Firewalkers and Aug. 18 is Dave Hamilton Band.

Summer Sounds at The Mall at Partridge Creek

Aug. 4-6, 11-13, 18-20, 25-27, 2023

These weekend shows feature nearly 40 local artists. Make sure to bring a folding camp chair or low to the ground chair since seating is limited.

Sunday Night Concert Series at Lake St. Clair Metropark

Aug. 6, 13, 20, 27, 2023

Kick back every Sunday evening and listen to cool tunes played live in the park. Musicians range from big band to soul to everything in between. Aug. 6 is Shattered, Aug. 13 is Weekend Comeback, Aug. 20 is Sax Maniacs Soul Train Tribute and Aug. 27 is Dig-A-Phony.

Blake’s Sunflower Festival at Blake’s Orchard & Cider Mill

Aug. 11-13, 2023

Stroll through the fields of sunflowers, shop at the artisan market and enjoy sunflower inspired treats at this fest. There will be free classes, speakers, demos and workshops at this annual event.

Movie Under the Stars at Macomb Corners Park 

Aug. 11, 2023

Come for a family-friendly movie, inflatables, games and more at Macomb Corners Park. Free glow bracelets along with a family-friendly bug spray station will be provided at dusk.

Shelby Township Art Fair in River Bends Park 

Aug. 12-13, 2023

Visit this annual fair in River Bends Park to see some of the best work by Michigan’s artists and crafters. There will be food, musical entertainment, a kids craft area and more.

Armada Fair at the Armada Fairgrounds

Aug. 14-20, 2023

  • Address: 74280 Fair St., Armada
  • Cost: $10/ages 13-plus, $5/ages 10-12, free/ages 9 and under; $10/daily parking, $40/weekly parking (cash only for parking)

This old-school fair offers everything from carnival rides and games to livestock displays, demolition derby, tractor pulls, rodeo, monster trucks and much more.

Assumption Greek Festival at Assumption Greek Orthodox Church

Aug. 17-20, 2023

Celebrate Greek culture through food, music and dancing at this annual festival. There are special activities for the kids, too!

Movies in the Parks at Stony Creek Metropark

Aug. 19, 2023

Families can enjoy a drive-in style movie night at Stony Creek Metropark. Bring your own food and drinks. Puss in Boots: The Last Wish is on Aug. 19.

Oakland

Photo credit: Original X Productions

Marshbank Music Series at Marshbank Park

Aug. 2, 2023

Each concert features music from different genres, food trucks and a beer and wine tent. Aug. 2 is Katmandu.

Movin’ & Groovin’ at The Village of Rochester Hills

Aug. 2, 9, 2023

Each week, the village of Rochester Hills hosts free, family-friendly events, including Movie’ & Groovin’ with North Oakland Dance Company. Experience the love of dance and learn proper techniques and moves that will have you coming back for more week after week.

Royal Oak Summer Concert Series at Centennial Commons Park 

Aug. 3, 10, 17, 2023

Families can enjoy a weekly summer concert with all types of genres, including blues, Irish-American rock, modern country, swing and more. Pre-show is with The Detroit School of Rock and Pop Music and DJ Invisible spins between sets.

Stars in the Park at Heritage Park

Aug. 3, 10, 17, 2023

Families are encouraged to bring blankets, lawn chairs and a picnic dinner to enjoy a live show in Heritage Park. Aug. 3 is The Groove Council, Aug. 10 is Mollywop Jams and Aug. 17 is Farmington Chorus.

Canterbury Barbecue Festival 2023 at Canterbury Village 

Aug. 4-6, 2023

Enjoy this BBQ festival, which features five stages of entertainment and activities, delicious food and more.

Food & Fun at The Village of Rochester Hills

Aug. 4, 11, 18, 25, 2023

Every Friday evening, families can join the village of Rochester Hills for a variety of family-friendly events. There will be performances by local talent, food trucks and more. Bring your own lawn chairs and blankets.

Friday Nights Music Series at Riverside Park

Aug. 4, 11, 18, 25, 2023

Start your weekend off with live music every Friday night at the Knight Amphitheater. See Jovi, a Bon Jovi Tribute, on Aug. 4, American Ages on Aug. 11, Merge on Aug. 18 and Family Tradition on Aug. 25.

Movies in the Parks at Kensington Metropark

Aug. 4, 2023

Make sure to bring blankets, chairs, snacks, drinks and picnic dinner for a showing of Puss in Boots: The Last Wish.

Rhythms in Riley Park 

Aug. 4, 11, 18, 25, 2023

Families can enjoy a free night concert in downtown Farmington featuring genres such as country, rock, Americana, rockabilly and blues. Make sure to bring your own chairs and blankets.

Troy Farmers Market at the Jeanne M. Stine Community Park

Aug. 4, 11, 18, 25, 2023

Find quality local produce, an array of Michigan-made products, honey, eggs, beef, pork, chicken, flowers, plants and more at Troy Farmers Market. Food trucks will be there on select days.

Kidz Bop “Never Stop Live Tour” at Pine Knob

Aug. 5, 2023

Children and their parents can rock out to live performances of today’s best hits by kids, for kids. KIDZ BOP Kids will perform live on stage, including “Anti Hero,” “About That Time” and more.

Movies in the Moonlight in Downtown Rochester

Aug. 5, 2023

Come out to the parking lot at the corner of East Third and Water, one block east of Main, for a showing of Moana. The movie begins at dusk (about 9:15 p.m.), pre-shows start at 8:30 p.m. Bring your own chairs.

Bugs on Wheels at The Village of Rochester Hills

Aug. 8, 22, 2023

Families can come out to the village of Rochester Hills to see Bugs on Wheels throughout the summer. It will feature free visits with bug experts during two sessions where those attending will be educated and entertained as they see, touch and hold bugs. Little Donut Factory will be on-site selling doughnuts.

Rock Around The Hawk at The Hawk – Farmington Hills Community Center

Aug. 10, 2023

Ages 18 months to 5 years can join for a morning of music, activities and fun in the Blackbox Theater. August’s theme is Seashella.

Summer Sensation Concert Series at Boulan Park

Aug. 10, 24, 2023

Come out to the park on select Thursdays this summer to enjoy a variety of genres. There will be food trucks, too. See Air Margaritaville is on Aug. 10 and Thornetta Davis – Detroit’s Queen of the Blues in on Aug. 24.

Milford Memories Summer Festival

Aug. 11, 2023

Families can enjoy a three-day art festival, live musical entertainment, sports tournaments, rock climbing tower and more at this annual event.

Outdoor Movie Night at Booth Park

Aug. 11, 2023

Birmingham’s popular outdoor Movie Night is held at Booth Park.

Canterbury Dog Fest at Canterbury Village

Aug. 11-12, 2023

Bring your doggie out to this free fest at Canterbury Village. There will be plenty of vendors.

Music & Me at The Village Of Rochester Hills

Aug. 16, 23, 30, 2023

Families can bring their little one to Music and Me, a free music and me program on select Wednesdays. Bring a blanket. For ages 0-5.

Movies in the Park at McHattie Park 

Aug. 18, 2023

Head to McHattie Park for this summer’s Movies in the Park series. Movies will begin at dusk. Aug. 18 is Back to the Future.

Michigan Renaissance Festival at the Hollygrove Grounds 

Aug. 19-20, 26-27, 2023

Fair maids and merry men take a step back to the 16th century for jousting tournaments, comedy and theater shows, music, games and “real” mythological creatures. Each weekend is themed so check on it before you head out.

Friday Night Live Concert Series at the Center Street Gazebo

Aug. 25, 2023

Meet downtown at the Center Street Gazebo on the fourth Friday of every month. Aug. 25 features Arthur Littsey & the Detroit Social Club.

Blue Moon at the Beach Concert at Kensington Metropark 

Aug. 26, 2023

Dress in your ‘90s and early 2000s threads and enjoy a night concert by The Persuasion Band. Bring your own chair or blanket. There will also be food trucks, a live astronomy presentation and telescope viewing opportunities.

Dueling Pianos at The Village of Rochester Hills

Aug. 26, 2023

Each month Mobile Dueling Pianos will be on-site in Festival Park with a free high-energy, interactive rock n roll, comedy show. Bring your own chair or blanket. For all ages.

Michigan State Fair at the Suburban Collection Showplace 

Aug. 31-Sept. 4, 2023

Walk the midway, see the circus, ride carnival rides, see demonstrations and more at the state fair that dates back to 1849. Other attractions include livestock shows, live entertainment, carnival eats and more.

Trilobite Treasures: Arthropods of the Ancient Seas at Cranbrook Institute of Science

Through Sept. 10, 2023

This family-friendly exhibit takes a journey through the prehistoric life of the ancient seas when arthropods were plentiful. Visitors have the opportunity to explore the unique life and death of these Paleozoic creatures that once roamed the Earth during the Cambrian Period, commonly known as the Age of Trilobites.

Sonya Clark: We Are Each Other at Cranbrook Art Museum

Through Sept. 24, 2023

Clark undertakes this exploration through everyday fiber materials — hair, flags, found fabric — and craft practices to show issues on race, history and reconciliation. 

The FRIENDS Experience at Great Lakes Crossing

Through Sept. 24, 2023

The FRIENDS Experience includes set recreations and photo ops, including Joey and Chandler’s apartment, Monica and Rachel’s kitchen and Central Perk. Props, costumes and “Friends” memorabilia that will excite even die-hard fans will be on display. Take a guided tour and purchase items in the gift shop (which is open to the public). 

Washtenaw

Little boy feeding goats
Photo credit: Saline Community Fair

Yoga with Cats at Tiny Lions Lounge & Adoption Center 

Aug. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, 2023

Ages 12 and up can join Tiny Lions Lounge & Adoption Center to practice yoga with their furry feline yoga masters. You may bring your own yoga mat or borrow one of theirs. Pre-registration and advance payment required.

Music & Moves for Kids at Hudson Mills Metropark

Aug. 5, 2023

Families can come out to the park for an afternoon of music, dancing, School of Rock concert, inflatables, face painting, yard games and more. For all ages.

Yoga with Cats at Tiny Lions Lounge & Adoption Center

Aug. 6, 13, 20, 27, 2023

Ages 12 and up can join Tiny Lions Lounge & Adoption Center to practice yoga with their furry feline yoga masters. You may bring your own yoga mat or borrow one of theirs. Pre-registration and advance payment required.

Dexter Daze at Monument Park

Aug. 11-12, 2023 

This annual summer fest features live stage performances, food, a parade, fireworks and more.

Saline’s Summerfest in Downtown Saline

Aug. 11-12, 2023

The streets of downtown Saline fill with hot rods, arts and crafts, live music and more for families during this summertime soiree.

Chelsea Community Fair at the Chelsea Community Fairgrounds

Aug. 22-26, 2023

  • Address: 20501 Old US-12 Hwy., Chelsea
  • Cost: $10/daily pass, $30/season pass, $20/student, senior and veteran season pass, free/ages 10 and under; additional fees for rides and carnival games 

Families can enjoy old-fashioned fair fun, including a tractor pull, demolition derby, figure 8 derby, livestock shows and sales plus diesel truck pulls. Rides, carnival games, food, live animals and musical entertainment, too.

2023 Saline Community Fair at Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds 

Aug. 30-Sept. 3, 2023 

Come out to the annual fair and enjoy live music, rides, livestock, contests, live shows and more. Activities for all ages.

UN/EARTH at University of Michigan Museum of Natural History

Through Jan. 2, 2024

UN/EARTH explores science and art from a mile underground and features work by Gina Gibson.

Wayne

Disney Animation Immersive Experience in Detroit
Photo credit: Carol Fox and Associates Public Relations

Farm Tours at Maybury Farm

Aug. 1-6, 8-13, 15-20, 22-27, 29-31, 2023

Families can enjoy a hands-on farm experience that connects them to the animals and agriculture at Maybury Farm. All tours include a dedicated farm educator and use of the playground and picnic area. Register by calling 248-374-0200, press 2.

Tuesdays are Terrific Concert Series at Heritage Park

Aug. 1, 8, 2023

Kids can enjoy music, food and fun at Heritage Park. Bring your own blankets or folding chairs while you relax and enjoy the music on the Amphitheater lawn.

Watch-Me-Grow at Maybury Farm

Aug. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 2023

This preschool program is for children ages 3-5 and is filled with numerous hands-on activities, crafts, games and animal visits. Reservations required.

Movie Nights in the D at Campus Martius

Aug. 2, 9, 16, 23, 2023

Head downtown to see a movie with your friends or family. Aug. 2 is Trolls, Aug. 9 is The Lost City, Aug. 16 is Top Gun Maverick and Aug. 23 is Aladdin. Bring your own blanket or chair. Popcorn and drinks will be available to purchase.

Movie in the Park at Gabriel Richard Park

Aug. 3, 2023

Families can enjoy an outdoor showing of Wakanda Forever on the Detroit Riverfront. Bring your own chairs, blankets and snacks.

Thursday Night Live Concert Series at Heritage Park

Aug. 3, 10, 2023

Bring your own blanket and chairs and enjoy music and fun at the amphitheater in Heritage Park. A variety of food trucks and Maraschinos Pub will be on site selling snacks, beer and wine. See Oneders on Aug. 3 and American Ages on Aug. 10.

Buy Michigan Now Festival in Downtown Northville

Aug. 4-6, 2023

This fest is the ultimate party to celebrate our state’s annual Buy Michigan Week. There will be Michigan-made products including accessories, apparel, art, beverages, candles, foods, jewelry, home decor, skincare, woodwork and more. There will also be live entertainment and a kids zone.

Dearborn Homecoming Festival at Ford Field Park

Aug. 4-6, 2023

Celebrate the city of Dearborn with live music, carnival rides, food and a fireworks display at this 42nd annual event.

Movie at Hunter Park

Aug. 4, 2023

See a showing of The Bad Guys at Hunter Park, near Hunter Elementary School. Bring your own blanket or lawn chairs. Activities for kids take place one hour prior to the movie.

Music in the Air Concert Series at Kellogg Park 

Aug. 4, 11, 18, 25, 2023

See live outdoor musical performances on the Hines Park Lincoln Stage in Kellogg Park throughout the summer. You can drop off your chairs and blankets at 3:30 p.m. on concert days.

Belle Isle Art Fair at Belle Isle

Aug. 5-6, 2023

Enjoy juried artists who set up their work near the beautiful Scott Fountain at the Motor City gem. Enjoy make-and-take projects, international food, music and more.

Jazz on the River at Elizabeth Park

Aug. 5-6, 2023

This weekend event is celebrating its 31st year. See different jazz performances and there will be food, drinks and vendor items available to purchase at this summer festival.

Saturday in the Park at Nankin Mills Park Area

Aug. 5, 12, 19, 26, 2023

Families can walk, run, skate or cycle safely on the six miles of Hines Drive at Nankin Mills Park Area. Hines Drive will be closed from Outer Drive to Ann Arbor Trail.

Sensory Friendly Viewings for Immersive Disney Animation at Lighthouse ArtSpace Detroit

Aug. 12, 2023

Families with audience members in need of sensory-friendly accommodations can view Immersive Disney Animation. These accommodations include reduced sound volume, reduced capacity, comfortable gallery lighting at all times with no blackouts, sensitivity warnings for potentially agitating content and quiet areas outside the gallery where visitors can take a break from the show.

St. Rafka Church Festival at St. Rafka Maronite Catholic Church

Aug. 18-20, 2023

The annual festival at St. Rafka Church is an opportunity for families to come together and celebrate the beautiful aspects of Middle Eastern and American culture. Children’s activities include giant inflatables, face painting and train rides. Other activities include henna tattoos, premium bar, hookah lounge, Arabic dancing and more.

Food ‘n’ Tunes at Willow Metropark

Aug. 19, 2023

Bring a chair or a blanket, and kick back to some fun tunes at the Pool Activity Area. Bands To Be Determined (classic rock) on Aug. 19. There will be a kids zone and food trucks, too.

Lincoln Park Days in Downtown Lincoln Park

Aug. 25-27, 2023

  • Address: Downtown Lincoln Park area
  • Cost: $30/wristband for rides

Enjoy carnival rides, games, live entertainment, food, vendors, animal exhibits, car show and more at this annual event.

Movies in the Park at Lower Huron Metropark

Aug. 26, 2023

Enjoy an outdoor showing of Super Mario Bros at Lower Huron Metropark. Bring your own chairs, blankets and snacks.

Movies in the Park at the Brownstown Event Center

Aug. 31, 2023

Enjoy an outdoor viewing of the movie, Lyle, Lyle Crocodile, behind the event center.

Disney Animation: Immersive Experience at Lighthouse ArtSpace Detroit

Through Sept. 9, 2023

Sing along and experience your favorite Disney songs and movies in an all-new immersive experience.

Julia Child: A Recipe for Life at The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation

Through Sept. 10, 2023

Julia Child: A Recipe for Life explores the key ingredients that led to Julia’s personal evolution and America’s culinary revolution. You’ll experience sounds and smells from Julia’s kitchen, videos, audio, photography, interactive The French Chef TV set and more.


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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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