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Top Things to do with KIDS in September

Cute Little Girls Pulling Their Pumpkins In A Wagon At A Pumpkin Patch One Fall Day.

It’s back to school, extra-curricular sports and apple orchard season! Yes the calendar is filled with parent teaching meetings and birthday parties but don’t forget about family time. There’s so much to do, so little time – enjoy every minute!

 

SALINE COMMUNITY FAIR

Wednesday, August 29 – Monday, September 3

@ Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds

Get ready for carnival rides and family fun! Wednesday is Agriculture Day, Thursday is Children’s Day with a Touch-A-Truck from 10am to noon, Sunday is Family Day with a free Foam Dance Party from 6pm to 1pm. Monday there’s no charge to enter the fair.

 

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!

 

MICHIGAN RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL

August 18 – September 30

@ Michigan Renaissance Festival Grounds, Holly

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!

 

MICHIGAN STATE FAIR

August 30 – September 3

@ Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi

Over LABOR DAY WEEKEND! The Michigan State Fair has found a new home at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi! The Fair features family friendly activities, eating contests, equestrian shows, petting farms, carnival rides, Shrine Circus, pig racing and so much more!

 

ARTS, BEATS & EATS

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!

 

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!

 

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.

 

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.

 

APPLE FESTIVAL

Saturday, September 8 – Sunday, September 9

@ Erie Orchards & Cider Mill, Erie

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.

 

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!

 

RUN WILD FOR THE DETROIT ZOO

Sunday, September 9 / 8:00 am – 11:00 pm

@ Detroit Zoo

Join thousands of runners and walkers as they lace up their running shoes for the annual Run Wild for the Detroit Zoo.  The event includes 5K and 10K runs, the Too Wild! 5K+10K combo, plus a non-competitive 1.5-mile Fun Walk. New this year – runners will cross the finish line INSIDE the Zoo!

 

HARVEST FESTIVAL & CORN DAY

Sunday, September 9 / 10:00 am – 4:00

@ Wolcott Mill Farm, 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 / 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 – Sunday, September 16

@ 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.

 

HAWKFEST

Saturday, September 15 / 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

@ Lake Erie Metropark, Brownstown

Hawkfest is a two-day event for the whole family focusing on birds of prey (eagles, hawks, falcons, and owls) and the annual fall hawk migration over Lake Erie Metropark. Join us for a great weekend of games, crafts, guest speakers, and fun. Live birds of prey will be on hand!

 

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.

 

MONARCH MIGRATION FESTIVAL

Sunday, September 16 / 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

@ Leslie Science & Nature Center, Ann Arbor

Every year, waves of monarch butterflies migrate over mountains, forests, and deserts in the United States to reach their wintering grounds in Mexico. Join LSNC in a celebration of the monarch butterfly’s migration, and help contribute to conservation efforts for monarchs by engaging in a variety of butterfly-related activities.

 

MOTHER & SON DATE NIGHT

Monday, September 17 / 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

@ RARA Recreation Complex, Rochester

Share a special evening with your favorite little man and make a memory to last a lifetime. Before you dance the night away you will be able to enjoy a child friendly buffet. DJ Tom Moyer will be spinning favorite dance hits. You can take a break from boogeying at our interactive Selfie Station.

 

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 – Sunday, September 23

@ 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.

 

EVENING SHUTTLE RIDE & CAMPFIRE

Friday, September 21 / 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

@ Lake Erie Metropark, Brownstown

Come out for an evening adventure as we tour Lake St. Clare Metropark on the shuttle. Enjoy s’mores at the campfire after the tour.

 

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.

 

HARVEST FESTIVAL

Saturday, September 22 – Sunday, September 23

@ Erie Orchards & Cider Mill, Erie

The apples are ripe for picking and the corn maze and pony and hayrides are going for all. There is also a magic show on Sunday September 23 for the children 1-5pm.

 

DIY STREET FAIR

Saturday, September 22 / 11:00 am – Monday, September 24 / 11:00 pm

@ 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!

 

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 lawn chairs as seats are limited.

 

THE BEST OF 2018 NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S FILM FESTIVAL

Saturday, September 22 / 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

@ Detroit Film Theatre

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!

 

MUSEUM DAY

Sunday, September 23

ALL DAY

@ Michigan Science Center

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!

 

KIDFEST ROCHESTER HILLS

Sunday, September 23 / 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

@ Bloomer Park, Rochester

Join us for a great time rain or shine!!! Enjoy a day with your family at Kidsfest Rochester Hills on Sunday, September 23rd where kids will be celebrated from 12 noon to 5:00 pm. This exciting, fun-filled day will take place at Bloomer Park in Rochester Hills.

 

FOUR FEET DOWN THE TRAIL- THE FOUR FOOT APPLE FESTIVAL

Monday, September 24 / 9:30 am – 11:00 am

@ Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve, Rochester

We love the fall because one of our favorite snacks becomes available; apples! Join us as we paint with apples, snack no apples and even go on an apple scavenger hunt. This popular program is designed to be a special time for preschoolers ages 2-4 and their parent, grandparent or caregiver.

 

PUMPKIN FESTIVAL

Saturday, September 29 – Sunday, September 30

@ Erie Orchards & Cider Mill, Erie

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.

 

FALL FLAVOR WEEKENDS

Saturday, September 29 / 9:30 am – 5:00 pm

@ Greenfield Village, Dearborn

Knowing about food is one of the most deeply rooted ways of understanding American history. In Greenfield Village, we share countless food stories, from the sowing of seeds to the setting of tables. Learn to make seasonal recipes from simple, freshly harvested ingredients prepared in the kitchen of our historic homes and farms.

 

AUTUMN ADVENTURE HAYRIDES

Saturday, September 29 / 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

@ Oakwoods Metropark

Enjoy a leisurely hayride as we point out some of the awesome autumn happenings within the park. We will make a pit-stop for cider and donuts.

 

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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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