Free Kid-Friendly Events in Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor

Searching for free things to do in southeast Michigan? Find great budget-friendly family fun in Livingston, Oakland, Macomb, Washtenaw and Wayne counties.

With kids in tow, seeing the latest stage show or attending that super popular special event can put a real dent in the ol’ bank account. It’s great once in a while, but geez, where are all of the free southeast Michigan events this weekend?

Turns out, there are plenty of free events to choose from, and we’ve rounded up the best options happening this weekend in this convenient spot.

Every activity listed here will cost you absolutely nothing for admission. Zilch. Maybe you’ll have to splurge a few bucks for parking and a little for events within the event. But that’s it!

Want to try some events in Detroit that won’t cost you a fortune? Searching for online activities in Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties that won’t break the bank?

Then check back here regularly and mark your calendars so you don’t miss any of the free family fun happening over the next week or so.

Note: We’ve done our best to provide you with the most up-to-date information on these events but things can still change. Be sure to check ahead before heading out.

Saturday in the Park on Hines Drive in Westland

Now-Sept. 25, 2021

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

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.  

Northville Heritage Festival

Sept. 17-19, 2021

Enjoy a Victorian Parade on Friday. Return the rest of the weekend for live entertainment, crafts and a petting farm.

Romulus Pumpkin Festival

Sept. 17-19, 2021

This event kicks off with a night parade and offers food, music, games and crafts. Plus, plenty of pumpkin fun. 


Sept. 18, 2021

Halloween comes early at the Historic Fort Wayne with spooky exhibits, paranormal experts, art displays, a car show and more. 

Birmingham Street Art Fair

Sept. 18-19, 2021

  • Address: S. Old Woodward area, Birmingham 

This juried art fair features the work of more than 150 artists and crafters.

Russian Festival

Sept. 18-19, 2021

This 8th annual fest offers ethnic food, music and dance performances, a children’s area, shopping and so much more. 

Metro Parent ParentEd Talks: Learning from the Past: Why Educating Kids on Race Matters

Sept. 23, 2021 

  • Address: Virtual

This event is the first in our 10-part series of ParentEd Talks. Two experts will discuss the importance of teaching kids about race. Register in advance.

Funky Ferndale Art Fair

Sept. 24-26, 2021 

Check out the work of 100 juried artists at this downtown event. Plus, hair and body demos, a community mural, music, food and the new author tent.

Diehl’s Ciderfest

Sept. 25-26, 2021 

This annual festival is now in its 41st year and offers up tons of fall family fun such as hayrides, corn mazes, petting farms, crafts and more.

Festival of the Senses

Sept. 25-26, 2021

Find more than 100 different artists, food vendors and live performances.

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