Family Fun Things to Do This Weekend in Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor

Looking for some family fun? Check out our list of events and other things to do this weekend.

Looking for something fun to do this weekend in Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor? Metro Parent has you covered with our weekend picks.

Here, you’ll find all the details on the coolest local happenings that have been reworked for COVID in order to offer safe family fun.

Plus, we’ve revamped our weekly list of things to do to include some activities to do near your home, too. This way, all families are covered with fun all weekend long.

So what are you waiting for? Take a look at what’s happening Sept. 24-26, 2021, and get to planning family fun.

Remember, if you choose to head out to an in-person event you should still be practicing social distancing, washing your hands often and wearing a mask whenever social distancing is not possible. Check with each event listed before heading out for other safety protocols that might be in place.

Around town

Feel like venturing out of the house? Try one of these in-person events, which have been re-worked to make the event safe for you and your family.

Saturday in the Park on Hines Drive in Westland

Now-Sept. 25, 2021

  • Address: Hines Drive from Ann Arbor Trail to Outer Drive
  • Cost: Free

This weekend kicks off the annual event, which closes Hines Drive so that local families can run, walk or bike the area without vehicle traffic.

Michigan Renaissance Festival

Now-Oct. 3, 2021

Take a step back to the 16th century for jousting tournaments, comedy and theater shows, live music, renaissance games and more. Runs weekly Saturday-Sunday.

    Motor Bella

    Sept. 23-26, 2021

    Fans of the annual North American International Auto Show will see new cars and automobile demonstrations on this 1.5-mile outdoor track.

    South Lyon Area Pumpkinfest

    Sept. 24-26, 2021

    This 36th annual offers pumpkin decorating, a scarecrow contest, inflatables and plenty of pumpkin fun.

    Funky Ferndale Art Fair

    Sept. 24-26, 2021

    This juried art fair features the works of over 100 artists. New this year is the author tent. Hair and body art, a community mural, music and food, too.

    DIY Street Fair

    Sept. 24-26, 2021

    Find food trucks, live music, crafts and artwork for sale and much more.

    Story Festival

    Sept. 25, 2021

    Stories take center stage at this event, which features creative activities, performances and story readings.

    Diehl’s Ciderfest

    Sept. 25-26, 2021

    This 41st annual event offers tons of fall fun including hayrides, a corn maze, petting farm, crafts and live entertainment.

    Festival of the Senses

    Sept. 25-26, 2021

    Find 100 different artists and food vendors, live performances, dog races and vintage baseball games.

    Brickworld Detroit 2021

    Sept. 25-26, 2021

    See spectacular creations made entirely out of Lego bricks. Interactive activities, and lego sets for sale, too.

    Ofrendas: Celebrating Dîa de los Muertos

    Sept. 25-Nov. 7, 2021

    • Address: Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit
    • Cost: Free/residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb Counties; $6-$14/others $7/parking

    This annual art installation celebrates The Day of the Dead with a display of traditional offend altars made my members of the community.

    Model T Birthday Celebration

    Sept. 26, 2021

    America’s first auto is having a birthday! Celebrate it at this vintage car show. Expect live entertainment, children’s stories, crafts and vendors, too.


    Looking for event more fun activities that are easier for social distancing? Try some of these ideas…

    Get lost in a corn maze

    Photo credit: iStock

    For a fall-themed family fun experience, visit one of these corn mazes in metro Detroit and beyond in 2021.

    Visit a local apple orchard

    Close-up of an apple on a tree

    Here are some of the best cider mills and u-pick orchards in metro Detroit and Ann Arbor to visit in 2021.

    Explore a local farm

    A barn at a local farm in Metro Detroit
    Photo credit: The Petting Farm at Domino’s Farm

    Get in on all of this fall farm fun and sample the simple life with your kids at these agricultural havens.

    Take your annual trip to Cedar Point

    Zombie stature in front of Kiddie Kingdom at Cedar Point
    Photo credit: Cedar Point

    The Sandusky, Ohio park celebrates the holiday in a huge way Sept. 17-Oct. 31, 2021.

    Bounce off energy at a trampoline or inflatable park

    Photo credit: iStock/FamVeld

    Let the kids bounce off energy at one of the 10 inflatable parks and trampoline parks on our list.

    Take a spin at a local roller rink

    A pair of rental skates at a roller rink

    Lace up your skates and enjoy an evening of old-school fun with your family at one near you.

    Stream a new movie or TV show

    Photo 1 Credit: Cinderella/Amazon Prime, Photo 2 Credit: Trolls: Trollstopia: Complete Season 4/Hulu

    Looking for something that the whole family can watch together? Check out these movies and shows that just hit streaming services

    Looking for even more fun things to do this weekend? Check out our online calendar.

    This post is updated weekly.

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