Best Things to Do with Metro Detroit Kids in September

Planning your family fun for the month? We've got you covered with the best upcoming events in Macomb, Oakland, Wayne and Washtenaw counties.

There are always so many fun things to do with kids in southeast Michigan, so how is a busy parent supposed to keep track of it all? With our list of the best things to do this month, of course!

This September, we’ve found tons of family-friendly fun, including fall festivals for you to check out with your kids. We also have plenty of other fall activities, including cider mills and apple orchards and the best fall Michigan color tour spots.

Here is our curated list of the can’t-miss activities for metro Detroit and Ann Arbor in September 2023.

So, what are you waiting for? Take a look at our list and start the advanced prep for your next family outing.

Don’t see an event you love? Check out our online calendar for even more events and fun things to do. 

Macomb

Photo credit: Canterbury Village

Romeo Peach Festival in Downtown Romeo

Aug. 31-Sept. 4, 2023

This annual fest is fun for the whole family. Catch carnival rides, craft shows and peach treats. 

Summer Sounds at The Mall at Partridge Creek

Sept. 1-4, 2023

These weekend shows feature local artists. Make sure to bring a folding camp chair or low to the ground chair since seating is limited. Friday is American Ages Band, Saturday is Radio Wave, Sunday is Kat Orlando and Monday is KGB.

Art on the Bay at Walter & Mary Burke Park

Sept. 2-3, 2023

This annual art show features paintings, drawings, sculptures, candles and other crafts on display and for sale by more than 70 hand-picked artists and craftsmen.

Dino Dayze at Blake’s Orchard & Cider Mill

Sept. 2-4, 2023

Walk through and get up close with the dinosaurs at Blake’s. These dinos have advanced animatronics and sound technology that bring them to life. 

Movies in the Parks at Stony Creek Metropark

Sept. 2, 16, 2023

Enjoy a drive-in style movie night to see Minions the Rise of Gru on Sept. 2 and Top Gun Maverick on Sept. 16. Bring your own food and drinks.

Sunday Night Concert Series at Lake St. Clair Metropark

Sept. 3, 2023

Kick back and listen to cool tunes played live in the park.

Richmond Good Old Days Festival

Sept. 7-10, 2023

You’ll get the hometown fair experience at this fest, which features carnival games and rides, motorsports, parade and fireworks.

Metro Boat Show at Lake St. Clair Metropark

Sept. 14-17, 2023

Check out the boats, live music, kids zone, lawn games and more. Kids zone has crafts, water fun and face painting.

New Baltimore Lions Classic Cruise In at Walter & Mary Burke Park

Sept. 17, 2023

This annual Car Show “Cruise In Classic” hosted by the New Baltimore Lions Club features classic car displays, tractor displays, music, raffles and more. Arrive by car or boat.

Festival of the Senses at Clinton Township Civic Center

Sept. 23-24, 2023

The 16th annual festival boasts 100 different artists and food vendors as well as live performances by local talent.

Jammin’ at the Junction Car Show in Downtown Roseville

Sept. 23, 2023

  • Address: Utica Road between 12 Mile Road and Gratiot Avenue, Roseville
  • Cost: Free

Utica Road closes from Gratiot Avenue to 12 Mile Road for vendors, food, live music, car displays and more.

Made In Michigan & Craft Show at New Baltimore Trade Center

Sept. 23-24, 2023

Enjoy the annual show with Michigan-made products, food, art and crafts.

Oakland

Bottom of a running carnival ride
Photo credit: Troy Family Daze

Michigan State Fair at the Suburban Collection Showplace 

Aug. 31-Sept. 4, 2023

Walk the midway, see the circus, ride carnival rides, see demonstrations and more at the state fair that dates back to 1849. Other attractions include livestock shows, live entertainment and carnival eats.

Arts, Beats & Eats in Downtown Royal Oak

Sept. 1-4, 2023

Enjoy art at the juried fair, eats from food trucks and beats that include live music. The kids zone will have arts and crafts, bounce houses and interactive, educational and fun performances all weekend.

Corvette Fest at Canterbury Village

Sept. 2, 2023

See more than 150 Corvettes on display at Canterbury Village. Browse the village shops, too.

Michigan Renaissance Festival at the Hollygrove Grounds 

Sept. 2-4, 9-10, 16-17, 23-24, 30, 2023

Fair maids and merry men take a step back to the 16th century for jousting tournaments, comedy and theater shows, music, games and “real” mythological creatures. Every weekend has a different theme.

Annual Labor Day Round Up in Downtown Franklin

Sept. 4, 2023

This annual fair features a parade at noon, giant inflatables, pony rides, petting farm, magic show, jugglers, interactive circus, midway games, face painting and more.

Arts & Apples Festival at Rochester Municipal Park

Sept. 8-10, 2023

Experience the artwork of talented artists, the sights and sounds of the Main Stage, the fresh apple treats and food vendors found around the park. There will also be a Kids Art Zone and Creation Station.

Outdoor Movie Night at Booth Park

Sept. 8, 2023

Enjoy a showing of Toy Story at Birmingham’s outdoor Movie Night series.

Blake’s Lyon Township Fall Kick-off Celebration at Blake Farms South Lyon

Sept. 9, 2023

This event will offer free Funland admission, live music, cider garden, food trucks, cider and doughnuts, family activities and more.

BRICKLIVE at the Detroit Zoo

Through Sept. 10, 2023

Visit the Detroit Zoo to see more than 70 life-sized Lego animals on display as part of the zoo’s latest installation, BRICKLIVE.

Trilobite Treasures: Arthropods of the Ancient Seas at Cranbrook Institute of Science

Through Sept. 10, 2023

This family-friendly exhibit takes a journey through the prehistoric life of the ancient seas when arthropods were plentiful. Visitors have the opportunity to explore the unique life and death of these Paleozoic creatures that once roamed the Earth during the Cambrian Period, commonly known as the Age of Trilobites.

Troy Family Daze at the Troy Civic Center Grounds 

Sept. 14-17, 2023

There will be rides, games, children’s area, entertainment and food. Fireworks will be on Saturday at 9:30 p.m.

Movies in the Park at McHattie Park

Sept. 15, 2023

Head to McHattie Park for the Movies in the Park series! Movies begin at dusk. Sept. 15 is Top Gun Maverick.

Common Ground’s Birmingham Street Art Fair at Shain Park

Sept. 23-24, 2023

This art fest features the work of jury-selected artists and crafters showcasing their work in painting, glass, jewelry, printmaking, ceramics and more.

Michigan Fall Festival at Canterbury Village

Sept. 23-24, 2023

This family-friendly event features cider and doughnuts from Yates Cider Mill, fall-focused children’s games, pumpkin decorating, bounce houses, petting zoo, food selections and live music. There will also be costume contests for kids and dogs.

Sonya Clark: We Are Each Other at Cranbrook Art Museum

Through Sept. 24, 2023

Clark undertakes this exploration through everyday fiber materials — hair, flags, found fabric — and craft practices to show issues on race, history and reconciliation. 

Super Bounce Days at The Hawk – Farmington Hills Community Center

Sept. 24, 2023

Once a month on special mornings and afternoons staff members set up the inflatable bouncers in the gym to make an arena of fun! Kids will enjoy the big bouncer, bouncer obstacle course and giant inflatable slide.

The FRIENDS Experience at Great Lakes Crossing

Through Sept. 24, 2023

The FRIENDS Experience includes set recreations and photo ops, including Joey and Chandler’s apartment, Monica and Rachel’s kitchen and Central Perk. Props, costumes and “Friends” memorabilia that will excite even die-hard fans will be on display. Take a guided tour and purchase items in the gift shop (which is open to the public). 

American Speed Festival 2023 at M1 Concourse

Sept. 28-Oct. 1, 2023

This year’s event celebrates 70 years of the Chevrolet Corvette and the 100th Anniversary of Le Mans and their impact on sports cars. There will be live music, interactive displays from sponsors and auto vendors, plus food and drinks at this family-friendly experience.

The Great Fall Festival at the Maybury Farm 

Sept. 30-Oct. 1, 2023

This fest is filled with lots of activities for everyone. It offers tractor-drawn wagon rides, live music, farm animals, games, pumpkin decorating, corn maze, face painting and slime making.

Washtenaw

Little boy feeding goats
Photo credit: Saline Community Fair

2023 Saline Community Fair at Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds 

Aug. 30-Sept. 3, 2023 

Enjoy live music, rides, livestock, contests, live shows and more. Activities for all ages.

Yoga with Cats at Tiny Lions Lounge & Adoption Center

Sept. 3, 10, 17, 24, 2023

Ages 12 and up can join Tiny Lions Lounge & Adoption Center to practice yoga with their furry feline yoga masters on Sundays. You may bring your own yoga mat or borrow one of theirs. Pre-registration and advance payment required.

Little Paws Story Time at Humane Society of Huron Valley 

Sept. 7, 14, 21, 28, 2023

Bring your little ones aged 2-5 to the Humane Society of Huron Valley for a story time, which features stories, crafts, finger plays and animal interactions. Pre-registration is required.

Yoga with Cats at Tiny Lions Lounge & Adoption Center 

Sept. 7, 14, 21, 28, 2023

Ages 12 and up can join Tiny Lions Lounge & Adoption Center to practice yoga with their furry feline yoga masters on Thursdays. You may bring your own yoga mat or borrow one of theirs. Pre-registration and advance payment required.

Fishville Farms 2nd Annual Backpack Drive & Craft Show at Chelsea Community Fairgrounds

Sept. 9, 2023

Shop from more than 50 local vendors at this 2nd annual school supply drive for local foster students. There will be a food truck and coffee truck to purchase from.

Tiny Tails Story Time at Tiny Lions Lounge & Adoption Center

Sept. 13, 27, 2023

Come to Tiny Lions on Wednesday mornings for a story time designed for toddlers ages 2-5 with stories, crafts, finger plays and animal interactions. Pre-registration is required. | Register

Backyard Beer Garden at Palmer Commons

Sept. 30, 2023

There will be free games like cornhole, giant beer pong, giant flip cup, giant Yahtzee, giant Jenga and more at this annual event.

UN/EARTH at University of Michigan Museum of Natural History

Through Jan. 2, 2024

UN/EARTH explores science and art from a mile underground and features work by Gina Gibson.

Wayne

Disney on Ice Presents Frozen and Encanto
Photo credit: Feld Entertainment

Immersive Van Gogh at Lighthouse ArtSpace Detroit

Through Sept. 4, 2023

This immersive experience offers a look into the mind of the world’s most iconic impressionist artist, Vincent Van Gogh. The fully immersive exhibition allows visitors to transport into Van Gogh’s most famous masterpieces. 

Detroit Jazz Festival

Sept. 1-4, 2023

Listen to the greats and upcoming jazz artists at the ultimate jazz show happening at different locations in Detroit.

Music in the Air Concert Series at Kellogg Park 

Sept. 1, 2023

See live outdoor musical performances on the Hines Park Lincoln Stage in Kellogg Park throughout the summer. You can drop off your chairs and blankets at 3:30 p.m. on concert days.

Hamtramck Labor Day Festival

Sept. 2-4, 2023

This annual Labor Day Festival features a carnival, music, food, wrestling, canoe races, a parade and more.

Historic Base Ball Games at Greenfield Village

Sept. 2-4, 2023

Enjoy a game of baseball played with the 1867 rules on select Saturdays and Sundays.

Saturday in the Park at Nankin Mills Park Area

Sept. 2, 9, 16, 23, 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.

Farm Tours at Maybury Farm

Sept. 5-10, 12-17, 19-24, 26-30, 2023

Families can enjoy a hands-on farm experience that connects them to the animals and agriculture at Maybury Farm. All tours include a dedicated farm educator and use of the playground and picnic area. Register by calling 248-374-0200, press 2.

Watch-Me-Grow at Maybury Farm

Sept. 5, 2023

This preschool program is for children ages 3-5 and is filled with numerous hands-on activities, crafts, games and animal visits. Reservations required.

The Addams Family: A New Musical at Grosse Pointe Theatre

Sept. 8-10, 13-17, 2023

See this comical performance that embraces the wackiness in every family. Although it’s based on the Addams Family, it features an original story.

Parktoberfest at Campus Martius Park

Sept. 9-10, 2023

Visit Detroit and Faygo have joined forces to offer two full days of Bavarian fun, including live music, games, seasonal beer and kid-friendly beverages.

Julia Child: A Recipe for Life at The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation

Through Sept. 10, 2023

Julia Child: A Recipe for Life explores the key ingredients that led to Julia’s personal evolution and America’s culinary revolution. You’ll experience sounds and smells from Julia’s kitchen, videos, audio, photography, interactive The French Chef TV set and more.

If the River Could Sing: A Celebration of Writing and River with InsideOut at Robert C Valade Park

Sept. 14, 2023

This event will feature creative activation points inspired by the beauty and history of the riverfront. Centering on themes of arts & culture, wellness, and conservation, it culminates with a sunset showcase of music and poetry.

Story Festival: Let’s Go on an Adventure! at Ford House

Sept. 16, 2023

At this festival, young bookworms can enjoy hearing stories, meeting authors, hearing children’s music and playing with friends. Recommended for ages 7 and under.

Disney on Ice Presents Find Your Hero at Little Caesars Arena

Sept. 21-24, 2023

See Mirabel, Moana, Maui, Anna, Elsa and more as they perform in this ice skating show, hosted by Mickey and Minnie Mouse.

St. Joseph Oktoberfest at St. Joseph Shrine

Sept. 23-24, 2023

This annual event boasts everything from authentic German food and beer to live Bavarian music, kids’ games, vendors, raffles and more.

Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse Live in Concert at the Fisher Theatre

Sept. 24, 2023

Watch a screening of Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse while listening to a soundtrack that blends symphonic orchestral music with hip-hop. It will feature live musicians and turntables featuring a DJ scratcher live on stage.

Disney Animation: Immersive Experience at Lighthouse ArtSpace Detroit

Through Oct. 9, 2023

Sing along and experience your favorite Disney songs and movies in an all-new immersive experience.


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Kari Zaffarano
Kari Zaffarano
Kari Zaffarano is a mom of one and Metro Parent's Audience Development Coordinator. She tracks down the best events every week and shares the inside scoop with families in print and online. She enjoys reading, traveling and exploring metro Detroit with her son.

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