Best Things to Do with Kids in Southeast Michigan This July

Planning your family fun for the month? Metro Parent has you covered with the best upcoming events in Macomb, Oakland, Wayne and Washtenaw counties.

There’s 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 Metro Parent’s list of the best things to do this month, of course!

Here, we’ve researched all of the July fairs and festivals and Fourth of July events that are sure to keep your kids happy and engaged all month long. There are also tons of music in the park and movie in the park events to enjoy with your family.

Here is our curated list of the can’t-miss activities coming to metro Detroit and Ann Arbor in July, 2022. So, what are you waiting for? Take a look at our list and start advance 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 this weekend.

Note: We’re updating our website as quickly as we can, but changes may occur due to COVID-19 or other sudden happenings. Please double-check before heading out for the most updated information on safety precautions, vaccine requirements and any last-minute cancellations.

Macomb

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Sunday Night Concert Series at Lake St. Clair Metropark 

July 3-31, 2022 (Sundays)

Kick back every Sunday evening and listen to cool tunes played live in the park. Musicians range from Big Band to R&B and everything in between. July 3 is Sonic Freeway, July 10 is Yacht Seas, July 17 is KGB, July 24 is Julianne Ankley & the Rogues and July 31 is Bugs Beddow & the Good Stuff.

Movies in the Park at Brandenburg Park 

July 5-26, 2022 (Tuesdays)

Families can bring a chair, or a blanket, and some snacks to see a film in the park. July 5 is Luca, July 12 is Ponyo, July 19 is Dolphin Tale and July 26 is Raya and the Last Dragon.

Symphony by the Shores at Lake St. Clair Metropark 

July 5-26, 2022 (Tuesdays)

Bring blankets, chairs and even a picnic to enjoy while listening to the beautiful sounds of the symphony. Concerts will be held at Thomas Welsh Activity Center. For all ages. July 5 is Dixieland Band, July 12 is Jazz Quartet, July 19 is Woodwind Quintet and July 26 is Brass Quintet.

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.

Summer Concert Series at Stony Creek Metropark 

July 8 and 22, 2022

Enjoy the music of metro Detroit bands on Eastwood Beach. For all ages. July 8 is The Chris Canas Band and July 22 is Geff Phillips & Friends.

MEA Music & Cultural Festival 2022

July 9-10 2022

Each year, MEA TV & Radio and the City of Warren bring together Middle Eastern Americans from all over metro Detroit for this cultural experience, which features music, traditional dancing and delicious food.

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.

Festa Italiana

July 15-17, 2022

Enjoy family fun with an Italian flair including Italian food, live entertainment, kids’ activities, imported beer, contests, a Family Fun Zone and more.

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.

Oakland

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Dinosauria at the Detroit Zoo 

Now-Sept. 5, 2022

The zoo brings you an immersive walk-through experience that will take you back in time to the prehistoric era. Here, you will see 29 life-like animatronic dinosaurs, including a towering, 65-foot-long Brachiosaurus!

Cranbrook on the Green: Artist Designed Miniature Golf at the Cranbrook Art Museum 

Now-Sept. 25, 2022

Visit the new miniature golf course, inspired by the art and design of Cranbrook. There are ten holes for you to practice on. Tickets to the Green include admission to the Art Museum’s galleries.

Michigan Rib Fest

July 1-4, 2022

Find live musical performances, monster truck rides, pig racing, adult beverages and tons of barbecue ribs at this annual fest. 

Royal Oak Taco Fest 

July 1-4, 2022

This street festival includes eats from over 40 taquerias and eateries, ice-cold margaritas, three stages of live entertainment and more!

Fireworks at Kensington Metropark 

July 2, 2022

Catch a colorful display in the night sky with the whole family at the Kensington Metropark fireworks event. Fireworks begin at dusk.

Independence Fest 

July 2, 2022

Kick off your Fourth of July festivities with live music, a petting zoo, inflatables, rock wall, spray park, stilt-walker, face painting, balloon animals and more. Fireworks will begin at dusk.

M1 Concourse Cars & Coffee | Mopar Day in Pontiac 

July 2, 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.

Red, White and Blue Nature Hike at Indian Springs Metropark 

July 2, 2022

Enjoy a walk through Indian Springs Metropark to celebrate Independence Day. On the walk, you will visit park wetlands and prairies to look for plants, insects and other parts of the landscape that come in hues of red, white and blue.

Clawson 4th of July Freedom Festival 

July 3-4, 2022

Celebrate the Fourth of July with this massive shebang with live music, food contests, art on display and more. It all leads up to fireworks display at dusk.

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.

Oakland County Fair 

July 8-17, 2022

  • Address: Oakland County Fairgrounds, Springfield Oaks County Park, 12451 Andersonville Road, Davisburg
  • Cost: $12/car, $6/motorcycle or walk-ins; Carnival tickets vary by day

This annual hometown attraction features a carnival full of games, rides and arena shows. Also, find a demolition derby, live animals, a circus and more.

Cowboys & Cowgirls Festival 

July 9-10, 2022

  • Address: Canterbury Village, 2325 Joslyn Ct., Lake Orion
  • Cost: $10/person (not including ticket and processing fees), free/under 2, military and veterans, $5/parking (not including ticket and processing fees)

Enjoy live music, a pony carousel, petting zoo, family activities, cowboy stunt shows, magician juggler performances, the medicine man show, mechanical bull rides and more at this annual fest for cowboys and cowgirls. Make sure to dress the part. 

Yeti Fest Art Day – Bigfoot & Sasquatch Soiree 

July 9, 2022

This festival features Yeti-inspired arts and crafts, scavenger hunt, storytelling and music. Kids will be able to create a Sasquatch of their own. Great for all ages.

The Magical Music of Harry Potter at Meadow Brook Amphitheatre 

July 10, 2022

Enjoy the music of Harry Potter like never before with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO). Features music from all eight Harry Potter films.

ZooFest ‘A Wild Walk 4 Mental Health’ 

July 10, 2022

This family-friendly event includes a scavenger hunt, bagel breakfast, event t-shirt, music, raffle and other activities. All proceeds benefit our local communities by increasing mental health resources available specifically during, but not limited to, times of crisis. Registration required.

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.

Michigan Medieval Faire

July 16-24, 2022 (Saturdays & Sundays)

  • Address: Canterbury Village, 2325 Joslyn Ct., Lake Orion
  • Cost: $14.99/person (not including ticket and processing fees), free/under 2, military and veterans, $5/parking (not including ticket and processing fees)

Head to Canterbury Village and take a stroll through time. Celebrate with live music, food, arts, crafts, games and live re-enactments, including a jousting tournament. 

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.

Harry Potter’s Birthday Celebration at Canterbury Village  

July 30-31, 2022

  • Address: Canterbury Village, 2325 Joslyn Ct., Lake Orion
  • Cost: $7/person (not including ticket and processing fees), free/under 2, military and veterans, $5/parking (not including ticket and processing fees)

Come out to Canterbury Village to celebrate Harry Potter’s birthday. This outdoor event with has costume contests, music, a scavenger hunt and more.

Kids Fishing Day at Founders Sports Park 

July 30, 2022

The event will be able to provide each child with everything they need for a successful and safe fishing experience. They will receive their own high-quality rod and reel, stocked tackle box, how-to videos, informational packet and live bait. Pre-registration required.

Orchard Lake Fine Art Show 

July 30-31, 2022

Families can view the work of up to 150 juried and professional artists. This event has been voted one of the top 100 art shows in America for 11 years in a row.

Washtenaw

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Sounds & Sights on Thursday Nights at Palmer Commons 

July 7-28, 2022 (Thursdays)

Arts, entertainment and musical acts are performed at various and separate stages throughout historical downtown Chelsea every Thursday evening. For kids, there will be magicians, jugglers, face painters, balloon artists and more.

Saline Celtic Festival 

July 8-9, 2022

  • Address: Mill Pond Park, 565 W. Bennett St., Saline
  • Cost: $5-$8/Friday, $15-$18/Saturday adults, $8-$10/Saturday 65-plus tickets, $5/Saturday tickets 6-17, free/ages 5 and under and active military tickets

Celtic music and dance, traditional field events like jousting and Ancient Athletic Games, plus a “wee folks” area is in store at this annual.

Thunder Over Michigan at Willow Run Airport 

July 16-17, 2022

The morning shows features USAF F-16 Demo Team and the afternoon shows feature the USN Blue Angels. For ages 5-plus.

National Ice Cream Day at Hudson Mills Metropark

July 17, 2022

Learn about the history of ice cream and create your own homemade ice cream for National Ice Cream Day. For all ages. Pre-registration is required.

Ann Arbor Art Fair 2022 

July 21-23, 2022

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.

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.

Wayne

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“POPnology” Exhibit Blends Science with Science Fiction at the Michigan Science Center 

Now-Aug. 11, 2022

This limited time exhibition features more than 30 interactive exhibits that celebrate and explore the greatest works of innovation and imagination in pop culture history. Great for all ages.

Heroes & Villains: The Art of the Disney Costume at the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation 

Now-Jan. 1, 2023

  • Address: Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation, 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn
  • Cost: Free/members and children under 4, $20.25-$27/non-members        

See a costume exhibition presented by the Walt Disney Archives that will incorporate more than 70 original pieces, including ball gowns, military uniforms, sorcerers’ capes, tiaras and glass slippers. For all ages.

Immersive Van Gogh at Lighthouse ArtSpace Detroit

Now-Sept. 5, 2022

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 

Salute to America: Summer Stroll 

June 30-July 3, 2022

Wander through Greenfield Village and enjoy small ensembles from the Detroit Symphony Orchestra scattered around the open-air history museum. American history is proudly on display at the event with choral singing, ragtime, jazz and more on the setlist. Guests can enjoy marching fifes and drums and a booming fireworks display at the end of their evening.

Fireworks at Willow Metropark 

July 1, 2022

Willow Metropark sets off a dazzling firework display that’s fun for the whole family. Live entertainment provided by the Rick Lieder Trio beginning at 6 p.m. Fireworks display at 10 p.m.

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.

Saturday Storytime at 27th Letter Books 

July 2-30, 2022

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

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.

Lake Erie Metropark Fireworks

July 3, 2022

Pack your picnic basket and enjoy a night under the stars with a firework display at Lake Erie Metropark. Live entertainment provided by the Rick Lieder Trio beginning at 6 p.m. Fireworks display at 10 p.m.

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.

Uncle Sam Jam 

July 7-10, 2022

Grinder, Grand Funk Railroad, Dokken/Lynch and 50 Amp Fuse play during this outdoor concert celebration. Carnival, petting zoo, monster truck rides and fireworks, too.

Michigan Elvisfest 

July 8-9, 2022

  • Address: Wayne County Fairgrounds, 10871 Quirk Road, Belleville
  • Cost: $25/Friday, $45/Saturday, $60/two-day ticket, free/kids 12 and under, $5/day for parking

The best professional Elvis tribute artists in North America perform some of The King’s hottest hits at this annual. There are kids’ activities on Saturday, which include games, crafts, balloon-making and face painting.

Plymouth Art in the Park 

July 8-10, 2022

  • Address: Downtown Plymouth area
  • Cost: Free

This annual Michigan favorite fills the downtown area with the work of some 400 artists from across the country. It offers food, music and family activities, too.

Our Big Fat Family Reunion at Willow Metropark

July 9, 2022

There will be live DJs, bounce houses, yard games, hustle/ballroom lessons, live animals, guided hike, 3 on 3 basketball tournament and more. For all ages. Pre-registration required. 

Detroit Kite Festival 

July 10, 2022

  • Address: Belle Isle Cricket Field, 99 Pleasure Drive, Detroit
  • Cost: $11/car for Michigan residents, $31/car for non-Michigan residents

Head to Belle Isle for this annual kite flying fest. You can bring your own kite or borrow one while you’re there. There will be other activities including food trucks, too. No registration required.

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

July 13, 2022

Gather the kids and head to the Hamtramck Library for a 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.

Downtown Wyandotte Street Art Fair 

July 13-16, 2022

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

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

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.

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.

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.

Concert of Colors 

July 16-24, 2022

  • Address: Various locations in Detroit
  • Cost: Free

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.

Arab & Chaldean Festival

July 23-24, 2022

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

PNC Roar on the River 

July 23-24, 2022

See fast boats, high-action Jet-Ski demonstrations, enjoy food and live music here. For kids, there are bouncy inflatables, games, face painting 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,

This post is updated monthly.


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