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Take advantage of your weekends and plan something fun for the whole family to enjoy! Explore somewhere different, take a class or enjoy a local festival. Here’s our top picks for what to do and where to go this weekend!
Friday, September 7 – 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!
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.
Friday, September 7 – Sunday, September 8
@ Downtown Plymouth
The Plymouth Fall Festival is a world-class event in beautiful downtown Plymouth that is exciting and fun for the whole family. Come out and enjoy a carnival full or rides and games, a car show, taste fest, pet show and much more!
Friday, September 7 – Sunday, September 9
@ Rochester Municipal Park
Come experience the fine artwork of 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.
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.
Saturday, September 8 / 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! 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.
Friday, September 7 / 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
@ Nature’s Playhouse, Ferndale
Nature’s Playhouse offers a non-toxic yesteryear playtime experience with our all-natural play environment. At Nature’s Playhouse we take pride in hosting only hand-crafted toys and play elements made exclusively from natural wood or cloth products.
Friday, September 7 / 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
@ Detroit Public Library – Main
Bring your littles to enjoy story time, followed by play time and snacks at the Detroit Public Library – Main Branch.
Friday, September 7 / 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
@ St. Anthony’s Hall, Detroit
Join Southwest Solutions for movie night! Refreshments, arts and crafts, and food available for free!
Saturday, September 8 / 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
@ Birmingham Farmers Market
This September, the BBAC will take its monthly Sunday @ the Center drop-in workshop on the road, with a FREE art activity for children 12 and under at the Birmingham Farmer’s Market (Kids Zone). Young artists will enjoy a chance to create and take home scratch-art animal masks.
Saturday, September 8 / 9:30 am – 11:00 am
@ Indian Springs Metropark
The park is full of birds, from tiny sparrows to gigantic hawks. Learn how to use binoculars, what key features can be used to identify different species, and then head out with an interpreter to go birding.
Saturday, September 8 / 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
@ Sloan Museum, Flint
Join us for a morning of dinosaur fun! Make a dinosaur craft and listen to a dinosaur story. Includes admission to Dinosaurs Unearthed!
Saturday, September 8 / 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
@ Detroit Zoo
Join us as we celebrate World Great Ape Day with the three silverback gorillas and 11 chimpanzees – including baby Jane – who live in the 4-acre Great Apes of Harambee. Learn fun facts about these primates that share 98 percent of the same genetic material with humans as well as efforts to conserve their wild counterparts.
Saturday, September 8 / 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
@ Civic Center Waterford
Did you ever want to see big rigs up close? Don’t miss your opportunity to climb aboard some large trucks, equipment and see other unusual vehicles at this attention-grabbing event
Saturday, September 8 / 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
@ Midtown Detroit
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!
Saturday, September 8 / 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
@ Brightmoor Artisans Collective, Detroit
Grilled cheese is such a childhood classic. We’ll be jazzing up this favorite with our own flair. We’ll be making Spinach Pesto Grilled Cheese, Blackberry and Bacon Grilled Cheese, Tomato Soup, and Corn Summer Salad.
Saturday, September 8 / 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
@ Ferndale Public Library
Learn new games and play old favorites. Come alone or bring others! No experience required. All ages are welcome, children under 12 should be accompanied by an adult.
Saturday, September 8 / 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
@ Troy Public Library
Celebrate the 20th anniversary of the US publication of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone with this interactive movie event! Follow a script and relive the magic of Harry Potter!
Saturday, September 8 / 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
@ Stony Creek Nature Center, SHelby Township
Create a beautiful art piece with the guidance of an Interpreter. Art supplies and refreshments included. Ages 7 and up.
Saturday, September 8 / 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
@ Charles H Wright Museum
Enjoy The Wright Museum with this FREE Saturday activity series for the whole family. Whether art, music, dance, acting, or more, you and your children are sure to have a great time!
Saturday, September 8 / 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
@ Sky Zone, Taylor
Drop-off is from 6-6:30pm, pick-up will be from 8:30-9pm. For ages 5-12. Includes jump time, pizza, fountain drink and lots of fun activities!
Saturday, September 8 / 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
@ Kensington Metropark, Milford
Go batty with this short evening walk at Kensington Nature Center. Learn to discover and identify our resident bats. Plan on being both indoors and outdoors. Ages 6 and up.
Sunday, September 9 / 8:00 am – 11:00 pm
@ Detroit Zoo
The event includes 5K and 10K runs, the Too Wild! 5K+10K combo, plus a non-competitive 1.5-mile Fun Walk. Runners in the 5K and 10K events start at the Zoo’s 10 Mile Road entrance and wind through the scenic streets of Huntington Woods.
Sunday, September 9 / 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
@ 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!
Sunday, September 9 / 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
@ Michigan Firehouse Museum, Ypsilanti
The Michigan Firehouse Museum and Education Center’s mission is to enhance the appreciation of firefighting history through engaging and informative exhibits, as well as teaching and promoting fire safety and prevention.
Sunday, September 9 / 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
@ Ann Arbor Hands On Museum
Every month, our visitors get up close and personal with some of our favorite critters from the natural world, thanks to our friends at Leslie Science & Nature Center! This month the featured critters are arachnids, and they are ready for their close up!
Sunday, September 9 / 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
@ Charles H Wright Museum, Detroit
Bring your family and friends to experience the wonder of The Wright Museum with free admission every second Sunday of the month courtesy of the DTE Energy Foundation! Enjoy the many exhibitions on display as well as engaging programming for the entire family.
Sunday, September 9 / 2:00 pm – 2:30 pm
@ Michigan Science Center
Is black ink really just made of black dye? Can you create a rainbow just by adding water? Visitors will grab some markers and filter paper and explore the magic behind a colorful chemical process in our Centennial Lab.
Summer is HERE! Check out these ideas for how to enjoy the long days and warm nights.
- FREE Family-Friendly Events in September
- Top Things To Do With Kids in September
- Metro Detroit Fall Festival and Fair Guide
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.