FREE Family-Friendly Events in Metro Detroit in SeptemberWe know…kids are expensive, so we’ve put together the top FREE events to enjoy as a family this month! HAMTRAMCK LABOR DAY FESTIVAL Saturday, September 1 - Monday, September 3 @... FREE Family-Friendly Events in Metro Detroit in September skip to Main Content

FREE Family-Friendly Events in Metro Detroit in September

children having fun on the farm. happy boys sit on a cart with hay and keep a basket with apples

We know…kids are expensive, so we’ve put together the top FREE events to enjoy as a family this month!

 

HAMTRAMCK LABOR DAY FESTIVAL

Saturday, September 1 – Monday, September 3

@ Downtown Hamtramck

Welcome to the city of Hamtramck. This year’s celebration features the yacht races down Jos. Campau (a Hamtramck tradition), and an assortment of crowd-pleasing events for kids and adults of all ages. As always, there will be plenty of music, food and fun. With two separate stages, booths from a number of restaurants and a full line-up of carnival rides, there’s never a dull moment at the Hamtramck Labor Day Festival.

 

ROMEO PEACH FESTIVAL

Thursday, August 30 – Monday, September 3

@ Downtown Romeo

Every Labor Day weekend, Romeo hosts many events based around its prized crop: the peach. Say so long to summer with parades, games, music, food, runs and races, and the coronation of 2018’s Peach Queen. The fest is designed with family in mind, and it’s all centered on the city’s prized crop: the peach!

 

COUNTY OAKLAND IRISH FEST

Friday, September 7 / 10:00 am – 11:00 pm

@ Downtown Berkley

Fun for all ages – there will be Irish music, Irish dancers, pipers, a children’s craft and game area. An Irish history tent will be available to learn more about the heritage.

 

PLYMOUTH FALL FESTIVAL

Friday, September 7 – Sunday, September 9

@ Downtown Plymouth

The Plymouth Fall Festival is a world-class event in beautiful downtown Plymouth that is exciting and fun for the whole family. The event is committed to providing an opportunity for non-profit community organization to fundraise and continue the great work they do!

 

ART & APPLES FESTIVAL

Friday, September 7 – Sunday, September 9

@ Rochester Municipal Park, Rochester

We invite you to experience what the festival has to offer; from the fine artwork of our talented artists, to the sights and sounds of the Main Stage; from the fresh apple treats found around the park to the fun and energy of the Kids Art Zone, there is something for everyone.

 

DALLY IN THE ALLEY

Saturday, September 8 / 11:00 am – 11:00 pm

@ Midtown Detroit

Beer, music, food, fun, YOU. The usual. Join us for the 41st Dally in the Alley! This year, we’ve added an expanded Kid’s Fair, an additional Beer Garden, an extra merchandise booth, more art for your viewing pleasure, upgraded sound at the stage and, of course, the hottest music acts in the city!

 

TROY FAMILY DAZE

Thursday, September 13 / 9:00 am – 10:00 pm

@ Troy Community Center

Each September, the Troy Family Daze Festival attracts people from surrounding communities to celebrate our diversity and heritage. An array of activities offers fun for the entire family. Family activities include free stage shows, talent shows, amusement rides, youth/parent contests, a youth area with entertainment, games and crafts, fireworks and more.

 

FLAT ROCK RIVERFEST

Friday, September 14 – Sunday, September 16

@ Huroc Park, Flat Rock

The 2018 Flat Rock Riverfest presented by Meijer will take place September 14, 15 & 16th at Huroc Park! Join us for three days of family fun and great entertainment!

 

NORTHVILLE HERITAGE FESTIVAL

Friday, September 14 / 5:00 pm – Sunday, September 16 / 4:00 pm

@ Downtown Northville

Held each September in beautiful Downtown Northville, the Northville Heritage Festival celebrates the rich history and small town charm of the Northville community. It’s our pleasure to share our community with visitors who come to shop, dine, attend theaters, work and play.

 

TAIWAN FESTIVAL

Saturday, September 15 / 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

@ Detroit Institute of Arts

To kick off the DIA’s celebration of our soon-to-open Asian Galleries, members of DIA’s auxiliary, the Friends of Asian Arts and Cultures, invite you to explore the traditional beauty and modern relevance of Taiwan through a weekend of films, performances, cooking demonstrations, traditional arts & crafts, hands-on shadow puppets and displays.

 

FREC CITY SATURDAY

Saturday, September 15 / 2:00 pm – 11:00 pm

@ Ford Resource & Engagement Center

Come out for FREE Live Concert and family fun that includes Carnival Games, Cotton Candy, Face Painting, Food, Circus Performers, Movie (outdoors starts at 9pm), Ticket Raffle… (Detroit Zoo, Greenfield Village, Henry Ford Museum) and more!

 

HARVEST FESTIVAL

Sunday, September 16 / 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

@ Birmingham Farmers Market

Join the Birmingham Farmers Market for our Harvest Festival that features barn animals from Bowers School Farm, antique corn shelling machines, food trucks, kids craft, live music and more.

 

SOMEWHERE IN TIME

Sunday, September 16 / 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

@ Elizabeth Park, Trenton

Antique auto displays, riverboat rides, musical entertainment and the children’s games and entertainment area is a sure hit for all ages as Elizabeth Park is turned back to the 1920’s.

 

MOVIE UNDER THE STARS – THE SANDLOT

Friday, September 21 / 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

@ Corner Ballpark

Communities First, Inc presents Movies Under The Stars in Corktown in partnership with Detroit PAL to bring a night of memories for Detroit families! Bring the entire family. to enjoy the pre-party which includes lawn games, dance party, bounce houses and top off the evening at dusk with the classic The Sandlot on a 30ft movie screen! Bring your blankets and lawn chairs. We wiil have free popcorn and snacks for the first 1,000 and other great giveaways!

 

FUNKY FERNDALE ART FAIR

Friday, September 21 / 10:00 am – Sunday, September 23 / 6:00 pm

@ Downtown Ferndale

The Funky Ferndale Art Fair is takes over Nine Mile Road west of Woodward Avenue and is lined with amazing art, displays, food and vendors fun for all ages.

 

ROMULUS DDA PUMPKIN FESTIVAL

Friday, September 21 – Sunday, September 23

@ Romulus Historical Park

The annual Pumpkin Festival is a 3-day event that starts with a night parade where everything is lighted from bicycles to cement trucks. Thousands of people line Goddard Road to wait for the fun. Our street festival offers wonderful music, food, crafts and games for all ages. You can enter a pumpkin rolling, pumpkin pie eating or a pumpkin seed-spitting contest. Visit or enter our Classic Car Show, our classic Tractor Show or just relax and listen to music.

 

DIY STREET FAIR

Friday, September 21 – Sunday, September 23

@ Downtown Ferndale

The 10th annual DIY Street Fair returns on September 22-24th with food, art, music and fun for the whole family! Kid Zone includes Make and Take Crafts, an invention and innovation space, creative pop-ups and workshops, bounce house, inflatable obstacle courses and kids open jam!

 

TOUCH-A-TRUCK

Saturday, September 22 / 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

@ Allen Park

Hey kids! Come take the driver’s seat in real-life trucks and cool vehicles! Climbing, touching, and exploring encouraged! Siren free hour 11:00-12:00 for kids who might find the horns overwhelming.

 

FALL FUN FEST

Saturday, September 22 / 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

@ Macomb Corners Park

Enjoy a great day of fun for the whole family!  There will be plenty of things on hand for you to do and keep busy such as music in the park, farmers market, free raffles, vintage baseball game, family fun run, inflatables, 70 foot obstacle course, good, and more!

 

NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE DAY

Saturday, September 22 / 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

@ Nankin Mills Recreation Center, Westland

Join us to experience the culture of Michigan’s First People with drumming circles, dancers in their beautiful regalia, native crafts and food. Bring your own lawnchairs as seats are limited.

 

MUSEUM DAY

Sunday, September 23

ALL DAY

@ Michigan Science Center, Detroit

Museum Day is an annual celebration of boundless curiosity hosted by Smithsonian magazine. Participating museums and cultural institutions across the country provide free entry to anyone presenting a Museum Day ticket. The Museum Day ticket provides free admission for two people on Saturday, September 22, 2018. Participating Museums:

  • Michigan Science Center
  • Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit
  • Cranbrook Art Museum
  • Meadow Brook Hall
  • Plymouth Historical Museum
  • Anton Art Center
  • Yankee Air Museum & More!

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About Chrissy Hartig

Chrissy Hartig is a recent graduate of Wayne State University and contributing writer for Little Guide Detroit. Born in the Metro Detroit suburbs, she moved to Midtown to be closer to the excitement of the city. She loves spending her time outdoors and enjoying nature in places like Belle Isle and the Riverwalk.

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