30 Best Events in Metro Detroit for August 2021

Where are the Best August Events in Detroit, MI?We live in a beautiful state, and it doesn’t get any better than getting out with the family to enjoy summertime in Michigan!

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Here is our list of the TOP 5 things to do in Metro Detroit for August 2021! These family-friendly events are great for all ages and cover Oakland, Livingston, Macomb, Wayne, and Washtenaw counties. We also threw in some other great happenings in each county during August to help you plan out some fun adventures for your whole family!

Let’s get started with the best August events in Detroit below.

August Events in Oakland County

#1. Milford Memories
August 13-15
317 Union St, Milford, MI 48381

After a break in 2020, The Milford Memories Summer Festival returns August 13-15 and provides the opportunity for many groups and organizations within the community to raise money and market their businesses. It includes a whole host of activities, including an Art Fair with over 250 artists, Early morning Fitness, 3 on 3, Sand Volleyball & Cornhole Tournaments, 5K Run, Rock Climbing Tower, Blind Canoe Race, Central Park Beer Tent & 3 stages with Live Music! Be sure to get out with the whole family to take in all of this fun on this one!

For more information and a full list of events, visit https://www.milfordmemories.com/

Other Notable Activities in Oakland County this August

Michigan Taco Fest

  • August 13th–15th
  • Spring Oaks County Park
  • 12451 Andersonville Road, Davisburg, MI 48350
  • Features Include: Live Music, Food Eating Contest, Cutest Chihuahua Contest, Lucha Libre Wrestling, Specialty Food & drinks
  • For more information, visit https://www.michigantacofest.com/

Michigan Hippie Fest 2021

City Of Walled Lake - Concerts in the Park

Ferndale Dream Cruise

Family Fun Day Skull Island Camp

  • Sat August, 14th 11 am-4 pm
  • 8226 Highland Rd, White Lake Charter Twp, MI, 48386
  • Benefits local children’s cancer charities
  • Features Include: Trail Hikes, Sports, Zip Lining, Fishing, Paddle Boats, Kayaks, Pontoon Boat Shuttles, Floating Water Park
  • For more information, visit https://skullislandcamp.com/events/family-fun-day

August Events in Livingston County

#2. Howell Melon Festival - Livingston County
August 9–15
200 E. Grand River Ave, Howell, MI 48843

This community tradition celebrates its 61st year, the 2nd week of this August! With a multitude of events attracting over 20K visitors, there is something for everyone. Family-friendly activities include The Melon Ball (Sweetheart Dance) each evening between Aug 9-11 (advanced registration necessary), the Howell Melon Run, Doc May Memorial Bike Ride, Mascot Dash, Kids events & entertainment, a Fine Arts & Crafts Show, Car Show and more! Be sure to try some melon ice cream while you’re there also!

For all events, information visit https://www.howellmelonfestival.com/

Other Notable Activities in Livingston County this August

Brighton Main Street Wine Arts Music Festival

  • August 1, 10 am–3 pm
  • Features Include: Fine Arts & Crafts, Vintage Market, Food, Wine & Music
  • For more information visit
  • https://www.littleguidedetroit.com/event/brighton-main-street-wine-art-music-festival/2021-08-01/

Dueling Pianos

Brighton Farmers Market

  • Every Saturday through October 8 am–1 pm
  • City's Municipal Parking Lot
  • 200 N. First Street in downtown Brighton
  • Features include: Food Directly Sold from Local Farmers, Artisan Focus, Arts & Crafts, and Food Vendors
  • For more information, visit https://www.brightoncoc.org/farmers-market

August Events in Macomb County

#3. Armada Fair
August 16–22
74280 Fair St., Armada, MI 48005

The Armada Fair, “A True Country Fair,” commences its 149th consecutive year beginning August 16 and combines all things country into an exciting week-long event packed with activities! Grab your hat and boots, bring the family and come out to enjoy the festivities, including a Carnival, Concerts, Rodeos, Truck and Tractor Pulls, Monster Trucks, Contests, Vendors, Food, and even a Livestock Sale! This is sure to be a good time!

For more information and a full line of events, visit https://www.armadafair.org/

Other Notable Activities in Macomb County this August

The 38th Annual Shelby Township Art Fair

Cider Dayze Festival - Michigan’s Premium Craft & Cider Beer Festival (21 & Up)

  • August 28th-29th
  • Blake’s Orchard & Cider Mill
  • 17985 Armada Center Rd, Armada, MI 48005
  • Blake's Orchard & Cider Mill 17985 Armada Center Road, Armada
  • Features Include: Breweries, Cideries, and Wineries, food, games & live music!

Relay For Life Of Northeastern Macomb

Family Concert And Movie Night

August Events in Wayne County

#4. Vincent Van Gogh Art Exhibit
Cobo Hall (TCF Center, Hall D)
Now - Oct, 3
5200 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48202


#4. The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited
Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation
Now - Sept 6, 2021
20900 Oakwood Blvd, Dearborn, MI 48124

If you’re looking to escape the summer heat, or are more of an art buff, look no further than the impressive museums of Wayne County to open your eyes to a world of history, art, and more! Running now through early October at Cobo Hall, you can find an awe-inspiring exhibition of Van Gogh’s artwork like you have never experienced before! This is truly a spectacle for the senses through a 360-degree projection display and using his dreams, thoughts, and words as a narrative!

For more information on the Van Gogh Exhibit click https://vangoghdetroit.com/

If Van Gogh isn’t your style, maybe a pop-culture trip down memory lane with everyone’s favorite puppeteer is more your style. Happening now through Sept 6, you can experience The Jim Henson Imagination Unlimited Exhibition at the Henry Ford with more than 100 original artifacts (including 25 puppets), character sketches, costumes & more! As the creator of some of America’s favorite characters, such as the Muppets and Sesame Street, this is sure to be fun for all ages - and maybe a bit more nostalgic for some than others.

For more information on the Jim Henson Exhibit, please visit https://www.thehenryford.org/

Other Notable Activities in Wayne County this August

Wayne County Fair

Ribs R&B Music Festival

  • August 13th–15th
  • Hart Plaza - Detroit River Front
  • Features include: An outstanding lineup of local barbecue experts & grilling gurus serving up tasty ribs, brisket, and chicken. Show after show featuring a variety of talented R&B and soul singers—over 100 different Vendors.
  • For more information, visit: https://www.ribsrnbmusicfestival.com/

Vibes With Tribes - Michigan's First Native American Music Festival

A Taste Of Greece Cultural Festival

  • August 26th–29th
  • Nativity Of The Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church
  • 39851 West Five Mile Rd, Plymouth, MI 48170
  • Features include: Authentic Greek Dancing, Live Music, Greek Marketplace, Kids Corner, Church Tour.
  • For more information, visit: https://www.michigangreekfestival.com/

Belle Isle Art Fair

  • August 7, 2021
  • Belle Isle - James Scott Memorial Fountain
  • Sunset Dr, Detroit, MI 48207
  • Features include: Over 100 Different Juried Artists, Art, Crafts For Kids, Food, Beer Tent & more!
  • For more information, visit: https://www.belleisleartfair.com/

August Events in Washtenaw County

#5. Thunder Over Michigan Air Show
August 7th–8th

Willow Run Airport
801 Willow Run Airport, Ypsilanti, MI 48198

You won’t want to miss the excitement of Thunder Over Michigan 2021! This drive-in airshow features death-defying performances by the USN Blue Angels & USAF F-35 Demo Team during morning shows and the USAF Thunderbirds for afternoon shows. In addition, the world’s largest gathering of Mitchell B-25 Bombers will be on hand for view during all four shows! Be sure to bring ear protection - these babies ROAR!

For more information, please visit https://yankeeairmuseum.org/airshow/

Other Notable Activities in Washtenaw County

Dexter Daze Festival — 50th Anniversary

  • August 13th–15th
  • Monument Park - Downtown Dexter
  • Features Include: Parade, Art Vendors, Food, Music & Entertainment, Kids Train, Inflatable Area & Putt-Putt
  • For more information, visit: https://www.dexterdaze.org/

76th Manchester Community Fair

  • August 10th–15th, 2021
  • Manchester Community Fair Grounds
  • 600 E Duncan St, Manchester, MI 48158
  • Features Include: Fair, Parade, Demolition Derby, Tractor Pull, Rodeo, Drag Racing
  • For more information, visit: https://manchesterfair.org/

Fun Fest 2021

  • August 7th (2 pm–10 pm)
  • Frog Island Park Amphitheater
  • 699 Rice St, Ypsilanti, MI 48198
  • Features include: Local Artist, Local Vendors

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