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 some activities 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.

Big, Bright Light Show

Now-Jan. 03, 2022

The buildings and scenery in downtown Rochester glows with millions of colorful lights during this annual event.

The Big Reveal

Nov. 24, 2021

Local kids help “unwrap” the city’s storefronts for the holiday season.

America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Nov. 25, 2021

Ring in the holiday season this Thanksgiving with this 95th annual event, which is filled with floats, balloons, marching bands and entertainment.

Free Park Entry Day

Nov. 25, 2021

  • Address: All Oakland County Parks

Families can enjoy all that Oakland County’s parks have to offer free of charge.

Grosse Pointe Santa Claus Parade

Nov. 26, 2021 

This 46th annual steps off at 10 a.m. and brings the family together for holiday cheer the day after Thanksgiving.

Lights on the Lake

Nov. 26-Jan. 1, 2022

This light display features more than 15,000 LED lights synced to holiday music.

Santaland Parade

Nov. 27, 2021

The theme for this annual procession is “Six Decades of Christmas Magic.” Find bands, classic cars, mascots, performers and more.

Annual Christmas Parade

Nov. 27, 2021

Line the streets to see local bands and floats that are welcoming the incoming holidays.

Holly Dickens Festival and Parade

Nov. 27, 2021

The village of Holly turns into a scene from a Charles Dickens novel at this annual. Enjoy costumed characters, entertainment, vendors and more. Runs weekends only.

Berkley Holiday Lights Parade

Dec. 1, 2021 

This 14th annual parade heads along 12 Mile from Bacon Street to City Hall. Hot chocolate, donuts and a tree lighting afterwards.

Metro Parent ParentEd Talks

Dec. 1, 2021

  • Address: Virtual

Join in on these free parenting workshops. Discover how you can take control of your life and get yourself together on Dec. 1. Advance registration required.

Holiday Extravaganza Parade

Dec. 4, 2021

This annual event features an ice carving competition, petting zoo, craft for kids and much more. There’s even a parade through town.

Christmas Parade

Dec. 4, 2021

Line up for floats, music and performances. Visits with Santa happen after.

Holiday Parade

Dec. 4, 2021

Enjoy a procession filled with lights, music and plenty of entertainment! Visit with Santa and enjoy.

Orion Lighted Christmas Parade

Dec. 4, 2021

This annual event is the largest lighted Christmas parade in the state. This year’s theme is “Christmas in Toyland.”

Oxford Christmas Parade

Dec. 6, 2021 

Kids are welcome to write letters to Santa before the parade and meet with him after.

Annual Holiday Lights Celebration

Dec. 7, 2021

Watch the trees at City Hall be lit for the holidays, along with a 20-foot candle that represents the city’s commitment to peace and unity.

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