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The summer days are dwindling down and the kids will be back at school before we know it. Plan a trip to a U-Pick farm and find the perfect place to have a picnic. Stay up late for a movie under the stars and don’t forget the ice cream. Turn off the phones, unplug from the world and plan a last-hurrah with one of these unique family activities. There’s so much to do, so little time – enjoy every minute!
Friday, August 3 – Sunday, August 5
@ Ford Field, Dearborn
Dearborn’s 39th Annual Homecoming Celebration will take place August 3-5 at Ford Field in west Dearborn and will feature a variety of food options, wacky contests, live entertainment, free organized activities for kids, carnival rides and of course, fireworks.
Friday, August 3 / 11:00 am – 7:30 pm
@ Troy Family Aquatic Center
Aloha! The Aquatic Center is throwing a luau party. So wear your favorite Hawaiian shirt or grass skirt and join us for games, splashes, and limbo with staff. Free lei gear with admission for kids.
Friday, August 3 – Saturday, August 4
@ 17336 Lahser Rd, Detroit
Over the course of 2 days, Sidewalk Festival invites artists and guests to check out the art in alleys, storefronts, sidewalks, parking lots, the roofless warehouses of Artist Village and the street itself.
Saturday, August 4 – Sunday, August 5
@ Belle Isle State Park, Detroit
Come experience the juried fine art fair next to the famous fountain on Belle Isle in Detroit. Paintings, sculpture, prints, functional & decorative art create a fun environment for families to explore and appreciate art!
Saturday, August 4 / 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
@ Detroit Institute of Arts
The creative staff at Vault of Midnight invite the whole family to explore the iconic nature of the comic arts. Local comic artists will display their works as well as lead participants new to the comic arts in developing their own characters and panels or help budding artists with stories in progress.
Sunday, August 5 / 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
@ Columbia Center, Troy
Join us at the Troy Traffic Jam Classic Car Show on the beautiful grounds of the Columbia Center for a free, fun, and family-friendly event. See over 200 classic cars, hot rods, muscle cars, and specialty vehicles.
Wednesday, August 8 – Sunday, September 2
@ The Detroit Opera House
WICKED, the Broadway sensation, looks at what happened in the Land of Oz… but from a different angle. Long before Dorothy arrives, there is another young woman, born with emerald-green skin- smart, fiery, misunderstood and possessing an extraordinary talent. When she meets a bubbly blonde who is exceptionally popular, their initial rivalry turns into the unlikeliest of friendships… until the world decides to call one “good,” and the other one “wicked.”
Friday, August 10 – Saturday, August 11
@ Downtown Saline
On one fine summer weekend, on the streets of Downtown Saline, a wonderful assortment of activities, attractions, and amusements will bring together people of all ages and interests. It’s a super hometown celebration.
Saturday, August 11 – Sunday, August 12
@ Sweetest Heart of Mary Church, Detroit
One of the region’s most popular — and delicious — festivals will be here soon. Thousands of people will come to enjoy Polish cuisine & culture, music, dance, games, vendors, beverages, and even includes a kids playland.
Saturday, August 11 – Sunday, August 12
@ Hines Drive, Westland
Get the family ready for a fun all-American camp out! Activities include nature hikes, scavenger hunt, storytelling, campfire and much more!
Sunday, August 12 / 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
@ Birmingham Farmers Market
Come celebrate one of Michigan’s sweetest harvests with games, special kids crafts, corn eating contest, demonstrations, and old-fashioned corn shelling. Enjoy fresh prepared corn recipes including roasted corn, kettle popcorn, corn bread and other homemade recipes.
Sunday, August 12 / 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
@ Yankee Air Museum, Belleville
Join the Yankee Air Museum as they host their 4th annual Willow Run Victory Car Show!! Registration for cars begins at 9am ($20/ on site only). All Proceeds benefit Yankee Air Museum.
Tuesday, August 14 / 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
@ Heritage Park, Farmington
Race to collect the marshmallows and turn them in for a bag of goodies! Cook hot dogs and s’mores over the fire or purchase already cooked hot dogs. Enjoy games, bouncers and more! Hot dogs and s’mores can be purchased at the event.
Friday, August 17 / 10:00 am – Sunday, August 19 /3:00 pm
Friday, August 24 / 10:00 am – Sunday, August 26 /3:00 pm
@ Crossroads Village and Huckleyberry Railroad
Day Out With Thomas™ is a family event that offers aspiring engineers and their families the unique opportunity to take a ride with the classic storybook engine, Thomas the Tank Engine™, at regional heritage railroads across the country. Sir Topham Hatt will also take time away from his busy schedule as Controller of the Railway on the Island of Sodor to meet and take pictures with guests.
Friday, August 17 / 11:00 am – Sunday, August 19 /11:00 pm
@ Charles H Wright Museum, Detroit
This FREE 3-day festival is for the entire family, featuring performances, poetry, arts and crafts, African drumming and dance, hundreds of vendors, ethnic foods, and events for all ages!
Friday, August 17 / 12:00 pm – Sunday, August 19 / 5:00 pm
@ Cobo Center, Detroit
Michigan Comic Con features comic books, toys, celebrity guests, comic creators, cosplay, panels, and so much more! The convention caters to a wide-spectrum of interests including comic books, magazines, toys, games, Star Wars, Star Trek, anime, manga, cosplay, artwork, sketches and apparel.
Saturday, August 18 / 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
It’s the time of year when 40,000+ classic cars and more than one million people line Woodward Avenue to attend the world’s largest one-day automotive event, the Woodward Dream Cruise. The Birmingham Cruise Event is located on South Old Woodward from Merrill to Lincoln. It features 300 classic cars of all makes and models, live entertainment, live broadcasts and more.
Saturday, August 18 / 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
@ Woodward Avenue
The Woodward Dream Cruise is the world’s largest one-day celebration of car culture, attracting more than 1 million visitors and over 50,000 muscle cars, street rods, custom, collector and special interest vehicles to Metro Detroit.
Saturday, August 18 / 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
@ Michigan Renaissance Festival Grounds, Holly
Take a time-travel adventure into the 16th century at the annual Michigan Renaissance Festival! 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!
Saturday, August 18 / 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
@ Belle Isle Nature Center
The Nature Center buzzes with excitement the third Saturday of August in celebration of National Honey Bee Day. This annual event focuses on the critical role of bees in our ecosystem and features beekeeper talks, music, crafts, demonstrations on how to plant and maintain a bee-friendly garden, and a bee costume parade for children.
Sunday, August 19 / 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
@ Wolcott Mill Metropark, Ray
Take the afternoon and learn about lumbering and master some historic skills at Wolcott Mill. Some of the activities we will be explore are rope making, blacksmithing, candle dipping and making homemade butter.
Friday, August 24 / 9:00 am – Sunday, August 26 / 5:00 pm
@ Detroit Riverfront
A fleet of eight H1 Unlimited teams will be competing for the Gold Cup, the oldest active motorsports trophy, on the Detroit River at speeds over 150 miles per hour.
Friday, August 24 / 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
@ Troy Family Aquatic Center
Glow games from 7–9 pm. Come celebrate one of the last weekends of the year before going back to school with special rates and neon gear!
Friday, August 24 / 12:00 pm – Sunday, August 26 / 8:00 pm
@ Ypsilanti, MI
Ypsilanti’s premiere festival features live music, crafts and food. Children entertainment includes a “Light Parade”, movie night, touch-a-truck, a rubber ducky race and more. New addition this year – hot air balloons!
Saturday, August 25 / 8:00 am – Sunday, August 26 / 5:00 pm
@ Yankee Air Museum, Belleville
Commemorative airplanes will take to the skies once again and perform a show for Michigan families to enjoy! Kids 15 and under are free.
Tuesday, August 28 / 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
@ DTE Energy Music Theatre, Clarkston
One Direction fans will rejoice as Niall Horan brings his “Flicker World Tour 2018” with country superstar and “Seeing Blind” collaborator Maren Morris to DTE Energy Music Theatre on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 at 7 p.m.
Thursday, August 30 – Friday, August 31
@ Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi
Over LABOR DAY WEEKEND, the Fair will feature family friendly activities, eating contests, equestrian shows, petting farms, carnival rides, Shrine Circus, pig racing and so much more!
Thursday, August 30 / 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
@ Summit Canton
Are you looking for something fun to do that will bring your family together? Come join the 5th Annual Cardboard Boat Race! Build your custom vessel using nothing but cardboard, duct tape and paint. Line up your crew and register today!
Friday, August 31 – Monday, September 3
@ Downtown Royal Oak
The 21st Annual Ford Arts, Beats & Eats offers more than 200 performances on nine stages, a highly ranked Juried Fine Arts Show, and local restaurants with some of the finest cuisine in Metro-Detroit. For four days the Kids Stage will feature puppet shows, magic tricks, music and more. Kids can try the Detroit Red Wings Hockey Skills Challenge, hop in moonwalks, go for a rides at the carnival and MORE!
Friday, August 31 / 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
@ Pier Park, Grosse Pointe Farms
Summer has come and gone again, to say goodbye, the fire pit will be ablaze on the beach with music playing and fun activities for the kids (and adults). Bring your own s’mores, drinks, snacks, etc. The first 200 kids will receive a glow bracelet. Registration is not required.
Hold on to the final days of summer. Check out these ideas for how to enjoy the long days and warm nights.
- 5 Beaches the Kids Will Love in Metro Detroit
- Family Guide to Free Outdoor Movies in Metro Detroit
- Guide to Metro Detroit Picnic Spots, Splash Parks + Waterparks
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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.