Metro Detroit Fall Festival + Fair GuideBundle up and get ready for fall fun! From hayrides and apple cider to circus acts and carnival rides, there are lots of festivals and fairs heading to metro Detroit. Michigan... Metro Detroit Fall Festival + Fair Guide skip to Main Content

Metro Detroit Fall Festival + Fair Guide

African sister and brother holding pumpkins

Bundle up and get ready for fall fun! From hayrides and apple cider to circus acts and carnival rides, there are lots of festivals and fairs heading to metro Detroit.


Michigan Renaissance Festival

Weekend – Saturday, August 18 – Sunday, September 30

@ Holly, MI

Take a time-travel adventure into the 16th century at the annual Michigan Renaissance Festival! Inside the turreted gates, visitors enjoy the sights and sounds of a 17-acre village, complete with building reproductions of Renaissance shops, taverns and a magnificent castle. Continuous entertainment takes place on the streets and on 17 themed stages; featuring full-contact armored jousting, comedy and theater shows, music, games, people-powered rides and so much more! Fabulous food and more than 150 artisans displaying their gallery-quality works complete the experience!


Universoul Circus

Thursday, September 6 – Sunday, September 30

@ Chene Park, Detroit

A spectacle of global proportions, the extra special 25th Anniversary edition of everybody’s favorite circus will take you on an unforgettable journey of electrifying, edge-of-your-seat performances! Bringing you brand new acts from Russia, Trinidad, South Africa, Mongolia, Cuba, China, Ethiopia, and the good ole USA…get ready for a bigger, faster, louder, funkier show like no other with EVEN MORE SOUL!


Art & Apples Festival

Friday, September 7 – Sunday, September 9

@ Rochester Municipal Park

For 50 years, the Art & Apples Festival® has transformed the 30-acre Rochester Park into one of the nation’s top fine art fairs with over 290 exhibiting artists from across the country. PCCA works year-round to advance its mission of enhancing life in the region by promoting, encouraging and creating opportunities to participate in and appreciate the arts. 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.


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!


County Oakland Irish Fest

Friday, September 7 – Saturday, September 8

@ 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.


Apple Festival

Saturday, September 8 – Sunday, September 9

@ Erie Orchards & Cider Mill

This is our first big apple weekend with good apple picking and all our activities including pony and hay rides, inflatables, and a corn maze. We will have our annual Chicken BBQ on Sunday only September 9. Crafters are also here.


Harvest Festival & Corn Day

Sunday, September 9

@ Wolcott Mill Farm Center, Ray

Good old-fashioned fun, with something for everyone!  Join us for activities such as, candle dipping, blacksmithing, games, crafts, horse demonstrations, dog agility and much more.  Don’t miss the corn eating contest! Vendors will be on site with their handmade crafts, art and local food.  Wagon rides will also be included.


Troy Family Daze

Thursday, September 13 – Sunday, September 16

@  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. A myriad of Business, community and food booths showcase the lifeblood, volunteer opportunities and regional cuisine that make up our vibrant and progressive communities. Family activities include free stage shows, talent shows, amusement rides, youth/parent contests, a youth area with entertainment, games and crafts, fireworks and more.


Northville Heritage Festival

Friday, September 14 – Sunday, September 16

@  Downtown Northville

The Heritage Festival, formerly known as the Northville Victorian Festival, provides an opportunity for residents of Northville, both past and present, to reminisce, enjoy and celebrate the wonderful town that we’ve all called home.  It’s our pleasure to share our community with visitors who come to shop, dine, attend theaters, work and play.


Flat Rock Riverfest

Friday, September 14 – Sunday, September 16

@  Huroc Park

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!


Taiwan Festival

Saturday, September 15 – Sunday, September 16

@ 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.


Harvest Festival

Sunday, September 16

@ Birmingham Farmer’s Market

This event will feature barn animals from Bowers School Farm, antique corn shelling machines, food trucks, kids craft, live music and more.


Romulus DDA Pumpkin Festival

Friday, September 21 – Sunday, September 23 

@ Romulus Historical Park

The annual Pumpkin Festival is a 3 day event that starts on the third Friday in September; our festival begins 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. Our Downtown Festival is a celebration of friends and family; a harvest celebration that generates enthusiastic spirit and regenerates our sense of Community.


New York International Children’s Film Festival

Saturday, September 22

@ Detroit Film Theatre

Explore new worlds without leaving the theater! Kid Flicks features audience favorites and award-winners from the 2018 New York International Children’s Film Festival, the largest film festival for kids and teens in North America. Each year, NYICFF scours the globe for the best new films from around the world. Find your story in films that encourage exploration, empathy, learning, and, of course, tons of fun!


Native American Heritage Day

Saturday, September 22

@ Nankin Mills Recreation Area

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.


Fall Fun Fest

Saturday, September 22

@ 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, Vintage Baseball Game, Sports Inflatables, 70 Foot Obstacle Course, Free Donuts and Cider, 16 Foot Soccer Dart Game, Nerf Battle Zone and more!


DIY Street Fair

Saturday, September 22 – Monday, September 24

@ 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!


Comerica Bank Park Party

Saturday, September 29

@ Comerica Park, Detroit

Fans of all ages are invited to Comerica Park’s Park Perks Season-Finale Celebration. The proceeds of the event on Saturday, September 29 will help support local Detroit organizations. Admission will include complimentary carousel and Ferris wheel rides, access to speed pitch booths and batting cages, photo opportunities, meet and greet with PAWS, a behind-the-scene tour of Comerica Park, Tigers alumni appearances and access to complimentary face painters and sketch artists. For each dollar in ticket sales, Comerica Bank will give back the equivalent amount to Read to a Child and Downtown Boxing Gym youth programs through their charitable giving program.


Pumpkin Festival

Saturday, September 29 – Sunday, September 30

@ Erie Orchards & Cider Mill

The pumpkin fields are open for picking. Come and get the biggest and best. Apple picking is great this weekend. We have entertainment, a corn maze, pony and hay rides and crafters on site.


Hay Day

Tuesday, October 2

@ Heritage Park, Farmington

Hay! Check out these unbe-leaf-able activities: hayrides, pumpkin painting, hiking, bouncing on the bounce house, touring the Fire Department’s fire tuck, roasting marshmallows and hot dogs over Farmington Hills largest camp fire, and watching the trees change color. Food, hayrides, and other items will be available for purchase.



Saturday, October 6

MSU Tollgate Farm Children’s Garden, Novi

Come, take a wagon ride to the pumpkin patch to pick your perfect pumpkin. Food, music, farm animals, educational exhibits, and children’s activities all make for a fun fall outing for all ages. The Novi and Wixom Public Library will participate in this special fundraiser for educational programming at the farm with story times throughout the day and children’s authors reading their stories. In addition to a children’s straw maze and pumpkin bowling, we’ll have antique tractors and the MSU Bug House. Jeff Pavlik returns to the farm with a foodways reenactment near the pumpkin patch. Entry, educational exhibits, children’s Strawland and music are free of charge. Tickets sold for cash or credit for pumpkins, food, and select children’s activities.


Maybury Farm Great Punmpkin Festival

Friday, October 12

@ Maybury Farm, Northville

Pumpkin themed activities for kids, face painting, corn maze, pumpkin painting, storytime and more!  Fun for the whole family!



Weekends beginning October 12 – October 28

@ Greenfield Village, Dearborn

Step inside Hallowe’en’s classic tales as you stroll a reimagined path in Greenfield Village lit by 1,000 jack-o-lanterns. Meet new and favorite characters and strange worlds along the way. Your experience includes: More than 1,000 Hand-Carved Pumpkins, Costumed Characters, Dramatic Performances, Treat Station, Live Music and more.


Halloween Festival

Saturday, October 13

@ Nankin Mills Recreation Area, Westland

Games, entertainment, hayrides, candy and fun await the children at this FREE special event hosted by Wayne County Parks & Rec at Nankin Mills.


Appleumpkin Festival

Saturday, October 13 – Sunday, October 14

@ Tecumseh

You’ll want to bring the whole gang to town for this one. The kids will enjoy the midway rides, carnival games, inflatables and make-it-take-it crafts, corn box and kid’s putt putt golf. Plus, helicopter and monster truck rides! TheAntique Street Fair and Flea Market will keep you captivated for hours.


Harvest Festival

Saturday, October 20

@ Crosswinds Marsh Wetland Interpretive Preserve, New Boston

Join us for Harvest Festival at Crosswinds Marsh. Enjoy a beautiful hayride along a forested trail and gather around the bonfire for kid-friendly stories while enjoying cider, hot chocolate and donuts. You can also demonstrate your pumpkin carving skills, try out our fall crafts and games and even participate in a scavenger hunt.


Pumpkin Palooza

Sunday, October 21

@ Downtown Plymouth

Come and enjoy a safe and haunted Halloween experience. Pumpkin Palooza is a family fun Halloween extravaganza with games, costume contests, dancing, entertainment, petting zoo, and candy.




About Carrie Budzinski

Carrie Budzinski is the Vice President of LittleGuide Detroit. She grew up in Livonia and Detroit and continues to live life in both cities. Carrie loves exploring the city and finding hidden gems in the suburbs..

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