Best Cheap and Free Family Events in Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor this July

Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor are jam-packed with family fun for those on a budget all year round. Here are some of our favorite cheap and free family events happening in July.

What are the best cheap and free family events happening this month? Looking for things to do with kids that won’t break the bank? We’ve got you covered.

Metro Parent is partnering with WDET 101.9 FM to offer southeast Michigan families a roundup of some of the best cheap (under $20 for a family of four) and free weekend events and activities each month.

In July, families can celebration our Nation’s independence at some fantastic Fourth of July fireworks displays, hit up a July fair or festival, explore artwork and much more!

It’s a month full of fun and you don’t want to miss out, so cake on the sunscreen and hit up some of these hot cheap and free family events this July

For the weekend of July 4-7

Milford 4th of July Parade

July 4, 2019

This annual procession features marching bands, fire trucks, community groups and veteran soldiers. Line the streets to see it march by.

Independence Fest

July 4, 2019

Find kids’ games, live entertainment and historical displays that celebrate our nation’s independence.

Michigan RibFest

July 4-7, 2019

  •  Address: Canterbury Village, 2359 Joslyn Court, Lake Orion
  • Time: Noon-11 p.m. Thursday-Friday, noon.-11 p.m. Saturday, noon-8 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: $3/person, free/kids under 12; additional fees apply for food and other activities
  • Contact and details: See the Metro Parent calendar listing

 Bring the wet naps and try some delicious barbecue ribs from local eateries. Monster truck rides, games and live music included.

Camaro Superfest

July 6-7, 2019

Stop by this car show to see the largest display of Camaros in the country. Shopping and a cruise, too.

Royal Oak Outdoor Art Fair

July 6-7, 2019

 This 49th annual features jewelry, wood, metal, acrylic and other art displays by more than 100 artists.

Beacon Park Family Fun Days

July 7, 14, 21 and 28, 2019

Swing by every Sunday this summer for make-and-take crafts, inflatables, face painting and lawn games. Themes include “Get Up and Move” on July 7, “Passport” on July 14, “Birthday Party” on July 21 and “STEM and Literacy” on July 28.

 For the weekend of July 12-14

 Art in the Park

July 12-14, 2019

 Check out the work of more than 400 artists from all over the United States during this 40th annual art fair.

American Polish Festival

July 12-14, 2019

  • Address: American Polish Century Club, 33204 Maple Lane Sterling Heights
  • Time: 4 p.m.-midnight Friday, 11 a.m.-midnight Saturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: $5/general, free/kids 17 and under
  • Contact and details: See the Metro Parent calendar listing

 Celebrate Polish culture with food, music dancing and plenty of family fun.

Wayne County Parks 100th Anniversary Fun Fest

July 13, 2019

  • Address: Nankin Mills Park, 33175 Ann Arbor Trail, Westland
  • Time: 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
  • Cost: Free/admission; fees apply for some activities
  • Contact and details: See the Metro Parent calendar listing

Wayne County Parks is celebrating 100 years! Join the fun and enjoy inflatables, hayrides, live music, carnival rides and much more.

Butterfly Parade

July 13, 2019

Kids explore different butterflies in the Butterfly Tent, search for caterpillars, make butterfly crafts and much more. The official Butterfly Parade starts at 3 p.m. Pre-registration required.

Medieval Days

July 13-14, 2019

  • Address: Historic Fort Wayne, 6325 W. Jefferson Ave., Detroit
  • Time: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: Free/admission, $5/parking, $5/fort tours
  • Contact and details: See the Metro Parent calendar listing

Lords and ladies gather for 12th century-style fun on the historic grounds.

Detroit Kite Festival

July 14, 2019

Professional kite flyers perform incredible kite tricks during this annual. Enjoy live entertainment, food and crafts too.

For the weekend of July 19-21

Ann Arbor Art Fairs

July 18-21, 2019

Four award-winning art fairs come together to create one of the largest outdoor art fairs in the country – and it’s right in our backyard.

Farmington Founders Festival

July 18-21, 2019

  • Address: Shiawassee Park, Shiawassee St. and Power Road, Farmington
  • Time: 7-11 p.m. Thursday, 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: Free
  • Contact and details: See the Metro Parent calendar listing

Farmington celebrates its founding with a parade, live musical entertainment and a fireworks display on Saturday. Don’t forget to bring the kids to the Kids’ Carnival and Fido Fest.

Apollo 11: 50th Anniversary Celebration

July 20, 2019

  • Hudson Mills Metropark, 8801 N. Territorial Road, Dexter
  • Time: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Cost: Free/admission; fees apply for some activities, $10/parking
  • Contact and details: See the Metro Parent calendar listing

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing by taking a tour of the constellations and the moon, making a moon-themed craft and listening to moon and Apollo 11 stories.

Festival of Chariots (Rath Yatra)

July 21, 2019

 A parade leads you to a giant celebration of Indian culture that features henna, yoga and shopping along with ethnic food, music and dancing. Kids’ activities, too.

For the weekend of July 26-28

 Sounds & Sights Festival

July 25-27, 2019

  • Address: Downtown Chelsea area
  • Time: 6:30-11 p.m. Thursday, 8 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday0\-Saturday
  • Cost: Free/festival, $5/social tent
  • Contact and details: See the Metro Parent calendar listing

 Enjoy two days and three nights of live musical performances and kids’ entertainment. Plus, find an art market, KidZone, pet parade and classic car show.


July 27, 2019

 Kids climb behind the wheel of police cars, fire tricks, construction equipment, landscaping vehicles and other working rides. Sensory-friendly quiet hours run 9-10 a.m.

Christmas in July

July 27, 2019

 Santa and Mrs. Claus make a summertime trip to the farm to visit with all the good little boys and girls.

Arab and Chaldean Festival

July 27-28, 2019

Explore exhibits and Arab folklore, medicine and calligraphy, watch a culturally inspired fashion show, get a Hanna tattoo and enjoy delicious Arabic eats.

Events are subject to change. Please be sure to verify dates and times before heading out – and if you’re looking for more cheap and free family events this month and beyond, visit the Metro Parent calendar

This post is updated monthly. 

Metro Parent Editorial Team
Metro Parent Editorial Team
Since 1986, the Metro Parent editorial team is trained to be the go-to source for metro Detroit families, offering a rich blend of expert advice, compelling stories, and the top local activities for kids. Renowned for their award-winning content, the team of editors and writers are dedicated to enriching family life by connecting parents with the finest resources and experiences our community has to offer.


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