See the city from atop a Ferris Wheel, eat food off a stick, watch unique entertainment performances and make memories that last a lifetime at a local festival or fair this summer.


Berkley Days

@ Downtown Berkley

Berkley Days is a celebration of one of the greatest little cities in metro Detroit. It has taken place for over 90 years. It is a tradition that signals the end of the school year and the start of summer with carnival and pony rides, music, a craft show and bike parade.


Greater Rochester Heritage Days

Saturday, May 19 – Sunday, May 20

@ Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve

This two-day festival features a huge variety of activities including an arts and craft show and sale, Rochester Lions car shows, live music, Civil War reenactments, demonstrations, antique fire trucks, and more.


Wixom Founders Day

Sunday, May 20

@ Gibson House

Celebrate the city of Wixom with a pie eating contest, farm animal show, Antique & Classic Cars and Tractors, pony and train rides, Lumber Jack & Sheepshank Sam, an art station, inflatable bouncers and more.


St. Mary’s Polish Country Fair

Saturday, May 26

@ Orchard Lake St. Mary’s Campus

Michigan’s largest Country Fair annually plays host to 110,000 “Stay-cationers” who avoid the traffic, frustration and outrageous gas prices to enjoy weekend bliss of: Carnival Rides, Authentic Polish and All-American Favorite Food, dancing, music, and entertainment! Also enjoy unique shopping opportunities from Polish pottery and t-shirts to tattoos and handmade jewelry handbags. There is also a kids area that featres face painting, balloon animals, magic shows, and the opportunity to create unique items.


Milan Fair

Thursday, May 31 – Saturday, June 2

@ Wilson Park

Milan fair has carnival rides, live music & entertainment (including Singing & Dancing with Trolls’ Poppy and Branch), a vendor market, delicious food and a fireworks display!


Michigan Fun Fest

Thursday, May 31 – Sunday, June 3

@ Basilica of St. Mary Antiochian Orthodox

The Michigan Fun Fest will feature exciting entertainment that includes multiple carnival rides, a casino, lots of live music, and many vendors featuring food booths with fresh exotic offerings. It will be a great time for the entire family!


Grosse Ile IslandFest

Friday, June 1 – Sunday, June 3

@ Grosse Ile Municipal Airport

From its very humble beginnings at Westcroft Gardens in 1984 IslandFest has grown to be one of the largest and most well attended festivals in the area.  Annual favorites, like the TAILS auction and Jazzapalooza have been part of the festivities for over ten years. Many activities have been part of the Festival from the start; the Macomb Street Parade, arts and craft show, and the carnival.  


Birmingham Villae Fair

Saturday, June 2 

@ Shain Park

Your entire family will enjoy four fun-filled days at this year’s Village Fair. Find entertainment, carnival rides, games and food on the streets surrounding Shain Park in downtown Birmingham!


Palmer Park Art Fair

Saturday, June 2 – Sunday, June 3

@ Palmer Park

The Palmer Park Art Fair delights guests & supports artists & the park. Art Projects include making a kite to fly at the Detroit Kite Festival, creatin an Aziza Door with Arts & Scraps & DJM, a fiber project with Live Coal Gallery, Face Painting and Henna Tattoos. Also enjoy food trucks & live music


Melvindale Days

Thursday, June 7 – Sunday, June 10

@  Kessey Fieldhouse 

Melvindale Days is held near the Kessey Fieldhouse on the corner of Greenfield and Allen Road. Bring the family and enjoy the Carnival, Crafters & Vendors, Live Music and Delicious Food!


Berkley Art Bash

Saturday, June 9

@  Downtown Berkley

Over 150 artists, food trucks, kids activities and live entertainment will be in downtown Berkley.


Canton Liberty Fest

Thursday, June 14 – Saturday, June 16

@ Heritage Park

Join us for three action-packed fun-filled days that the whole family will enjoy in beautiful Heritage Park. Activities include carnival rides, live entertainment, marketplace and food vendors, the Car & Truck Show and the 6th Annual Liberty Family Fun Run.


Summerfest in Marysville

Thursday, June 14 – Sunday, June 17 

@ Marysville Municipal Park

There will be a large carnival midway, live local music, monster truck rides, a petting zoo, and more fun that the whole family can enjoy!


Motor City Irish Fest

Friday, June 15 – Sunday, June 17

@ Greenmead Historical Park

The Motor City Irish Fest will feature over twenty Irish bands, five Irish dance groups, pipe & drum bands, an wonderful cultural tent, Ring of Steel (stunt group from Ann Arbor – comedy, fire acts, swords, & audience participation) and an area especially for children of all ages.


Strawberry Festival

Friday, June 15 – Sunday, June 17

@ St. Anthony Catholic Church, Belleville

The Strawberry Festival in Belleville, Michigan offers something for everyone with three days of nonstop events. The Strawberry Festival celebrates the strawberry season with free special events for the entire family, beginning with Two Midways, beer tent, music and bingo, crafters, magnificent food, strawberry treats, a children’s area and Strawberry Queen.


Liberty Fest

Thursday, June 14 – Saturday, June 16

@ Heritage Park, Canton

Celebrating the 27th year of Canton’s Annual Liberty Fest in 2018! As in years past, this exciting festival will be filled with plenty of family fun, live entertainment, festival food, adult beverages and more. These three fun-filled days will also feature a carnival, midway games, an International Festival, a spectacular fireworks display and much more. Canton’s largest community celebration will continue its tradition of offering plenty of fabulous fun for all ages, so don’t miss the festivities!



Livonia’s Spree 68

Thursday, June 21 – Saturday, June 23

@ Ford Field Livonia

Livonia Spree has something for everyone in the family:  delicious food; great music ranging from Country to jazz; a fantastic family carnival; and of course, the Grand Finale Fireworks Extravaganza on Sunday night.


Lake Orion Jubilee

Thursday, June 21 – Sunday, June 24

@ Downtown Lake Orion

The annual Lake Orion Lions Club Jubilee carnival & fireworks features midway rides, games, live entertainment, fireworks on Saturday night, a beer tent and more.


GM River Days

Friday, June 22 – Sunday, June 24

@ Downtown Detroit

This one of a kind festival takes place along the Detroit Riverfront – from the Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority Terminal & Dock just west of the GM Renaissance Center, to Rivard Plaza and the William G. Milliken State Park. River Days is a celebration of Detroit’s RiverWalk with activities on land and water. Experience all the RiverWalk has to offer, from the jet-ski demos to live music, sand sculptures, carnival rides, delicious eats and much more!


Fairy Tale Festival

Saturday, June 23

@ Edsel & Eleanor Ford House

This year, Robin Hood and his band of Merry Men will take you on an adventure around the grounds of the historic estate, which will be transformed into Nottingham and Sherwood Forest! At the festival, you can immerse yourself in the classic tale with performances, music, games, storytelling, puppet shows, activities and more.  Be on the lookout for the sheriff, or you may spend time in the stockade! Is there an outlaw on the loose? See if you can find out where Robin and his jolly gang have been hiding out. Take part in archery, a traditional Maypole dance, stilt-walking, crafts, pony rides, and other fun activities inspired by the legend of Robin Hood.


Trenton Summer Festival

Saturday, June 23

@ Downtown Trenton

Over 100,000 visitors, over 200 artists, craftsmen and many of your favorite festival food vendors for our annual Trenton Summer Festival! Detroit Institute of Arts will be offering fun and accessible art-making drop-in workshops! Art projects rotate throughout the year, focusing on current exhibitions, creative work from different cultures, various techniques, and concepts of identity –all designed to be completed within 15 minutes to an hour.


Taylor Summer Fest

Thursday, June 28 – Sunday, July 1 

Elliott’s Amusements is once again the carnival provider for the Taylor Summer Festival. Come out for Hot air balloon display and colorful “glowing” presentation, live music, BBQ food and a fun run.


Stars & Stripes Festival

Thursday, June 28 – Wednesday, July 4 

@ Suburban Collection Showplace Novi

The festival highlights what America has to offer, featuring world-class recording artists, both national and local acts, cuisines from all over the world, art exhibits, carnival rides, specialty attractions, and a spectacular fireworks display.


2018 Independence Fest (Clarkston)

Wednesday, July 4th 

@ Clintonwood Park

Bring your friends and family to Clintonwood Park, 11am, where we honor tradition, family-time and our troops.  There will be over 10 carnival style games and over 6 inflatables for your child’s enjoyment. Fireworks show is at 10 pm.


Gibraltar July 4th Festival

Tuesday, July 3 – Wednesday, July 4 

@ Gibraltar Community Center

Activities at the Community Center and Park will follow the parade. Events will include amusement rides, music, food vendors, bingo, craft vendors, beer tent, a petting farm, face painting, and a clown show ending with the annual fireworks display on the 4th.


Michigan Lavender Festival

Friday, July 13 – Sunday, July 15

@ Blake’s Orchard

The Michigan Lavender Festival is proud to be a “Made-In-Michigan” Event, featuring over 100 Michigan artists, craftspeople and local area farms. Festival highlights include lavender workshops, wellness classes, U-pick orchard fruit and wagon rides to tour the farm & orchards.


Detroit Kite Festival

Sunday, July 15

@ Belle Isle State Park

The Detroit Kite Festival is completely free, and no tickets are necessary. It will feature on-site kite making and kite-related activities, professional kite flyers, with participation from local businesses and organizations.


Dearborn Homecoming Festival

Friday, August 3 – Sunday, August 5

@ Ford Field Park

Homecoming offers free stage entertainment, free family activities, carnival rides, lots of food, corn hole tournament, 5K and family fun run, and two nights of outstanding fireworks.


Michigan State Fair

Thursday, August 30 – Monday, September 3

@ Suburban Collection Showplace 

The State Fair celebrate the agricultural traditions of Michigan by showcasing fresh produce, live stock and locally produced items. Families can also enjoy a carnival, circus and more!


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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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