Free Kid-Friendly Events in Metro Detroit

Searching for free things to do in southeast Michigan? Find great budget-friendly family fun at these events.

Want to try some events in metro Detroit that won’t cost you a fortune? 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 some activities within the event. But that’s it!

Don’t see an event that fits your fam? Check out our online calendar for more fun events. 

Free events in Macomb county 

HarvestFest at Freedom Hill County Park

Oct. 21-22, 2023

There will be a pumpkin patch, trick-or-treating, games, music, inflatables, hayrides, food trucks and more. Make sure to wear your costume. 

Halloween Puppet Show w/ Alex Thomas & Friends at Fraser Public Library

Oct. 28, 2023

Join the library for a Halloween themed puppet show by Alex Thomas & Friends. After the shows, there will be a meet and greet with the puppets. Registration required.

Halloween Parade at Sterling Heights Public Library

Oct. 30-31, 2023

Dress up in costume and join the library for some Halloween stories, a trick-or-treat parade and a short Halloween movie. For children in 6th grade and younger. No strollers or wagons allowed. Registration is not required. 

Terror on Tillson Street in Romeo 

Oct. 1-31, 2023

Each year, the residents of Tillson Street go all-out with their Halloween decorations. Drive through to check out the decor throughout the month and swing by on Halloween for a bit of trick-or-treating.

Free events in Oakland county 

Troy Farmers Market at the Jeanne M. Stine Community Park

Through Sept. 29, 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. 

Third Annual Festival of Hope at Novi Civic Center

Oct. 1, 2023

The Third Annual Festival of Hope, which allows community members to connect with local organizations as well as enjoy fun-filled activities for all ages. There will be a juggling show, giveaways and more.

Trunk or Treat at Acacia Park Cemetery

Oct. 21, 2023

Try this unique trunk-or-treat event that takes place in a cemetery. It will also feature costume contests for children, adults, pets, couples and group costumes.

Trick or Eat-Family Trunk or Treating at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church

Oct. 29, 2023

The Halloween fun includes Trunk or Treating, yard games, a pet costume parade and Little Lou’s Hot Chicken Food Truck.

Royal Oak Market: Art Fair Edition at the Royal Oak Farmers Market

Nov. 16-17, 2023

Check out artwork displayed by 60 artists along with live music, food, adult beverages and more at this annual event.

Free events in Washtenaw county 

Fishville Farms Booth or Treat A Craft & Vendor Show at Chelsea Community Fairgrounds

Oct. 14-15, 2023

Enjoy this family-friendly Fishville Farms Booth or Treat A Craft & Vendor Show at Chelsea Community Fairgrounds. Kids can trick or treat at all the vendors while you do your shopping.

A2 Artoberfest in Downtown Ann Arbor

Oct. 28-29, 2023

Explore the work of over 100 jury-selected fine artists at this event. There will also be live entertainment, food, drinks, shopping and more.

Halloween Puppet Show! at Ann Arbor District Library

Oct. 31, 2023

Kids in grades preschool-grade 3 can join AADL for a Halloween puppet show, stories, songs and more. 

All Hallows Illumination of Frog Island at Frog Island Park 

Nov. 1, 2023

Bring your carved jack-o’ lanterns to the Frog Island Amphitheater to light up the track at this 5th annual. Costumes are encouraged.

Fishville Farms Fall Festival Food Drive Craft & Vendor Show at Chelsea Community Fairgrounds

Nov. 11-12, 2023

Enjoy this family-friendly Fishville Farms Fall Festival Food Drive Craft & Vendor Show at Chelsea Community Fairgrounds. Shop from over 40 local vendors and enjoy food trucks and a gift basket giveaway.

Fishville Farms 2nd Annual Christmas Craft & Vendor Show at Chelsea Community Fairgrounds 

Dec. 9-10, 2023

Enjoy this family-friendly Fishville Farms 2nd Annual Christmas Craft & Vendor Show at Chelsea Community Fairgrounds. Shop from over 40 small businesses and enjoy food trucks and a gift basket giveaway.

Free events in Wayne county

Saturday in the Park at Nankin Mills Park Area

Sept. 30, 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.

2023 Fall Festival at Brownstown Event Center

Oct. 7, 2023

Families can check out this annual event, where there will be an array of crafters and vendors, food, raffles and more. 

Wilson Barn Pumpkin Fest at Wilson Barn

Oct. 7-8, 14-15, 21-22, 28-29, 2023

Pick the perfect pumpkin and enjoy cider, doughnuts, crafters, corn stalks, yard games and more.

Pumpkin Palooza in Downtown Plymouth

Oct. 22, 2023

  • Address: Downtown Plymouth area

Pumpkin Palooza is a family fun Halloween extravaganza costume contests, games, live entertainment and more for families.

Autism Fall Festival at Success On The Spectrum

Oct. 28, 2023

This fall festival will feature games, arts and crafts, food, a balloon artist and more. All ages and all abilities are welcome.

Howl-O-Ween Costume Contest Presented by Strategic Staffing Solutions at Grand Circus Park 

Oct. 28, 2023

At the 10th Annual Grand Circus Dog Park Howl-O-Ween Costume Party, owners are encouraged to dress their pup up for a chance to win a prize. There will also be a DJ, delicious treats for the fur-babies and their humans and more. 

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