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.

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

Macomb

Music in the Park at Macomb Corners Park

July 7-28, 2022 (Thursdays)

Come for live music, inflatables, games and more at the summertime event at Macomb Corners Park.

Concerts in the Park at Chesterfield Parks and Recreation  

July 8-29, 2022 (Fridays)

Enjoy music in the park along with food trucks available for you to purchase from. Bring your own food and lawn chairs to the concert. July 8 is Sonic Freeway, July 15 is The Meldrum Brothers, July 22 is American Ages and July 29 is Mainstream Drive.

Music and Movies in the Park at the Civic Center 

July 13-27, 2022 (Wednesdays)

Enjoy pre-show activities like backyard games, food trucks and inflatables. Then, enjoy music and a movie afterwards. July 13 is Weekend Comback and Sing 2. July 20 is Room 13 and The Mitchell’s vs. the Machines. July 27 is Collision Six and Encanto.

Movies in the Park at Walter and Mary Burke Park 

July 28, 2022

Families can enjoy a story and a movie in the park, courtesy of the MacDonald Public Library. Concessions and a food truck will be on site to purchase.

Sterlingfest 

July 28-30, 2022

Families can check out art on display, get their fill of tasty fair food and spin swing and slide on carnival rides at this annual.

Movie Under the Stars at Macomb Corners Park

Aug. 5, 2022

Come for a family-friendly movie, inflatables, games and more at the summertime event at Macomb Corners Park. Free glow bracelets along with a family friendly bug spray station will be provided at dusk.

Oakland

Lathrup Village Free Summer Concerts 2022 at Lathrup Village Municipal Park 

July 6-27, 2022 (Wednesdays) 

See some local talents at these outdoor concerts on Wednesday evenings in the summer. Bring your own chair, blanket and picnic meal. July 6 is Nicky T and the Snake Charmers, July 13 is The Grey Cats Band, July 20 is Demetrius Nabors and July 27 is Ollice Cooper 313 Experience.

Movie Night Under the Stars at the Jeanne M. Stine Community Park 

July 6 and 20, 2022

Bring the family, lawn chairs or blankets and relax with a variety of family-friendly movies that are shown at sunset. Concessions will be available for purchase. July 6 is Luca and July 20 is American Underdog — The Kurt Warner Story.

Concert in the Park at Central Park 

July 7-28, 2022 (Thursdays)

Families can enjoy music of all types every Thursday evening in June and July at Central Park. Hot dogs, burgers, ice cream and drinks will be available to purchase.

Farmington Founders Festival 

July 14-16, 2022

Celebrate the city of Farmington with a fireworks display, live entertainment, outdoor movies, hot air balloons, monster truck rides and more.

Outdoor Movie Night at Booth Park 

July 15, 2022

Birmingham’s popular outdoor Movie Night series returns to Booth Park on select Friday nights this summer. Bring your own blankets and chairs to see a showing of Home Alone. Pre-show entertainment begins at 6:30 p.m.

Festival of Chariots (Rath Yatra) 

July 17, 2022

A big parade kicks off this Indian cultural fest. There will be live music, free food, Yoga, kid’s activities and more.

Movies in the Park at Central Park

Aug. 3-24, 2022 (Wednesdays)

Families can enjoy a movie in Central Park on various Wednesdays in August. Aug. 3 is Encanto, Aug. 17 isRaya and the Last Dragon. Aug. 24 is Scoob!

M1 Concourse Cars & Coffee | GM, Chevrolet, & Pontiac Day

Aug. 6, 2022 

Join M1 Concourse on the first Saturday of each month for the largest Cars & Coffee event in Michigan! Share this massive monthly tradition with your fellow auto-enthusiasts to showcase their vehicles. This is a kid-friendly event.

Marshmallow Fly & Fry at Heritage Park

Aug. 9, 2022 

Over 1,000 Marshmallows will fall from the sky in Heritage Park. Children will have to race to collect the marshmallows and turn them in for goodies! There will be hot dogs, chips, drinks and s’mores available to purchase. Enjoy games, inflatables, and more! Great for all ages.

Milford Memories Summer Festival

Aug. 12-14, 2022 

Families can enjoy a three-day art festival, live musical entertainment, sports tournaments, rock climbing tower, and more at this annual event.

Washtenaw

Sounds & Sights on Thursday Nights

July 7-28, 2022 (Thursdays)

Entertainment, arts and musical acts are performed at various and separate stages through historical downtown Chelsea every Thursday evening. For kids, there will be face painters, balloon artists, circus acts, jugglers, magicians, ‘How to Chalk’ themed art stage and more.

Washtenaw County 4-H Youth Show 

July 24-30, 2022

This event showcases the art projects and livestock that have been made and raised by local 4-H kids.

Sounds & Sights Festival

July 29-30, 2022

There will be live music at the social tent, car show, farmers market, kid zone, chalk art, art market, food court and more at this annual.

Dexter Daze at Monument Park

Aug. 12-13, 2022

This annual summer fest features live stage performances, food, a parade, fireworks and much more.

Wayne

Saturday in the Park on Hines Drive

Now-Sept. 24, 2022 (Saturdays)

  • Address: Ann Arbor Trail to Outer Drive, Westland

Hines Drive will be closed from Ann Arbor Trail to Outer Drive for families to run, walk or bike safely without vehicle traffic. 

Saturday Storytime

Now-Dec. 31, 2022 (Saturdays)

Join 27th Letter Books for their weekly story offering, made bilingual in Spanish & English.  Following the reading, you will be invited to stay and explore the book themes through art studio time or an interactive activity

Story Time with Mr. Jim

Now-Dec. 29, 2022 (Thursdays)

Caroline Kennedy Library offers simple stories, music, crafts, bubbles and fun for little ones and their caregivers every Thursday. Recommended for ages 2-3, but all ages are welcome.

Friday Night Film’s at New Center Park

July 1-Aug. 26, 2022 (Fridays)

This year’s summer series at New Center Park kicks off on June 3. Gates open at 8 p.m. and the movies will start at dusk. Visitors can grab a chair or bring a blanket, enjoy some free popcorn and settle in for a film in the open-air theater.

Family Fun Day at Beacon Park 

July 3-Aug. 28, 2022 (Sundays)

Come to Beacon Park with the whole family to enjoy make-and-take activities, lawn games and crafts. Each week will feature unique themes including field day activities, music, art and live performances.

Movie Nights in the D at Campus Martius 

July 7-28, 2022 (Thursdays)

Head downtown to see a movie with your friends or family. July 7 is Black Widow, July 14 is Encanto, July 21 is Mamma Mia and July 28 is Anchor Man.

Downtown Wyandotte Street Art Fair 

July 13-16, 2022

  • Address: Biddle Avenue between Eureka and Oak Streets, Wyandotte

See the work of more than 200 artists, enjoy eats from area restaurants and peruse a wide variety of local merchants.

Fun Comedy Magic Show with Gordon the Magician at the Hamtramck Library

July 13, 2022

Gather the kids and head to Hamtramck Library for a fun, comedy magic show with Gordon the Magician along with his sidekick, George the Raccoon. Create a “pick me” sign because Gordon will ask for volunteers.

Metro Detroit Youth Day

July 13, 2022

Kids ages 8-15 will enjoy a day full of free games, races and other contests. There’s also live entertainment, celebrity guests and more at this 38-year-old event.

Thursday Night Live Concert Series at Heritage Park

July 14, 21 and 28, 2022

Bring your own blanket and chairs, and enjoy music and fun, at the amphitheater in Heritage Park. A variety of food trucks and Maraschinos Pub will be on site selling snacks, beer, wine, and Coldstone ice cream.

African World Festival 

July 15-17, 2022

Join other families for African-inspired dance and music performances, art, fashion, workshops, food and more. All ages are welcome.

Movies in the Park at Dearborn City Hall Park 

July 15, 2022

Bring a lawn chair or blanket to enjoy a showing of Ford v Ferrari at City Hall. Movie begins at dusk.

Concert of Colors 

July 16-24, 2022

  • Address: Various locations in Detroit

Enjoy this annual diversity-themed music festival. Although music is its main focus, it also offers ethnic food, poetry, movies, merchandise vendors, children’s activities and more. You can broadcast it at home, as well.

Ann Arbor Art Fair 2022

July 21-23, 2022 

Check out the largest juried art fair in the nation, which features nearly 1,000 artists, which spans over three days. Offers a wide selection of media including drawing, painting, sculpture, glass, ceramics, jewelry, mixed media and more. There will also be live music, sidewalk sales and culinary treats.

Arab & Chaldean Festival

July 23-24, 2022

Thousands gather each year to experience Arab and Chaldean culture through art, fashion, music, dance and more.

Touch-a-Truck in Downtown Allen Park 

July 23, 2022

Spend the day in the driver’s seat of different trucks. Climb, touch, and explore real-life trucks and cool vehicles of all sizes. It will be siren-free for the first hour.

Movies in the Park at Wagner Park

July 29, 2022

Bring your own chair or blanket to Wagner Park to enjoy a movie. July 29 is Encanto.

Buy Michigan Now at Main and Center Streets

Aug. 5-7, 2022

  • Address: Downtown Northville

This 12th annual street fair offers locally made products for sale, music, kids activities and more, in celebration of Buy Michigan Week.

Camaro Superfest at Lou LaRiche Chevrolet

Aug. 12-14, 2022

The largest and longest-running all-Camaro show returns with displays, demos and presentations. Awards given, too.

Michigan Jewish Food Festival at DNR Outdoor Adventure Center

Aug. 21, 2022

Enjoy outdoor activities, art-making opportunities and complimentary admission to the DNR’s Outdoor Adventure Center along the Detroit Riverfront. Engage in hands-on workshops and activities and purchase food from local food businesses and food trucks.

This post is updated regularly. 


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