Top Fairs & Festivals of Northville Michigan

Northville Michigan has no shortage of fairs and festivals, which is one of the things we love about this town and one reason why it’s so popular with our home buyers. Throughout the year residents and visitors alike can enjoy an array of events held special for holidays and much more.

Whether you enjoy crafts, food, parades, carnivals, are a die hard Halloween fan, or love getting in the Christmas spirit, there is certainly a Northville event that will appeal to you. Below are our top picks that you won’t want to miss!

Chili’in the Ville

February - Downtown Northville

The Northville Chili’in the Ville is an annual Chili cookoff and competition, which typically takes place in late February. Each year the city itself, the fire department and local restaurants compete for the title of best Chili and attendees get to vote for their favorites. The 2022 Chili competitors were Browndog and Barlor Restaurant (go there for ice cream!), The Lava Grill, Lucy and the Wolf, the Northville City Fire Department, Northville Township Fire Department, Sweet Brew n’ Spice, Toria, and Tuscan Cafe. This is a family friendly event and in 2022 featured Disney’s Frozen themed ice sculptures along the streets of Center & Main, as well as being visited by Elsa the Ice Queen and her sister Anna show up as well.

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Bridgerton Ladies’ Shopping Night
March - Downtown Northville

This may not technically be a fair or a festival, but well worth adding to the list. Bridgerton Ladies Shopping Night is based around the idea of the eight siblings from the popular Bridgerton books written by Julia Quinn. This event typically takes place on a Thursday in late March, running from 6pm to 9pm in Downtown Northville and consists of a night of shopping, raffles, discounts and of course a costume contest! In 2022 The Dancing Eye Gallery hosted a raffle for Bridgerton themed merchandise, the Tuscan Cafe provided lavender tea, cookies and lattes, while Orin hosted the costume contest. It sounds like a great time to visit Downtown Northville. Besides, who doesn’t like getting dressed up?!

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Northville Farmers Market
May through October  - Downtown Northville

Running May 6th through October 28th is the Northville Farmers Market, hosted by the Northville Chamber of Commerce. Located at the corner of 7 Mile Road and Center Street every Thursday from 7am to 3pm, you will find 75 stalls providing fresh produce, plants, flowers, foods and crafts. They work really hard to stay true to supporting local businesses with an array of Michigan made and Michigan grown items including honey, baked goods, local crafters, jewelry, furniture, woodworking and home decor. This is a fantastic place to stop each week to browse the items and pick up some fresh food items for the week ahead.

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Northville Spring Carnival
June - Northville Downs

This event was held the first weekend in June for 2022, but has taken place earlier in previous years. Northville Spring Carnival, located at Northville Downs and hosted by the Northville Chamber of Commerce, features Elliot Amusements for a spectacular carnival. From spectacular and  thrilling rides such as the Ali Baba and Cortina Bob to family and kiddie rides, there is a little something for everyone, making this event enjoyable for those of all ages. Wristbands can be purchased for unlimited riding per day as well! For those wanting to try their luck, there are a ton of midway games, many of them kids can play until they win. Of course no carnival would be complete without traits such as funnel cakes, elephant ears, or popcorn, which we are pretty sure account for 3 of the 5 food groups.

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Arts & Acts Festival
June - Northville Art House

The Arts & Acts Festival typically takes place the third week of each June at the Northville Art House and is always fun to attend. The 2022 festival marked the 34th year for this event and showcased contemporary art, handicraft work, and unique creations from 81 local and nationally recognized artisans. Attendees can expect to see a wide variety of media used including ceramics, paintings, textiles, metal works, wood, and of course photography. There is also live music and great food as an added bonus to the phenomenal artwork!

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Northville Independence Day Parade
July 5 - Downtown Northville

On July 5th starting at 10am the Northville Chamber of Commerce organizes and puts on the Northville Independence Day Parade celebrating our independence as a nation from Great Britain and commemorating the passage of the Declaration of Independence. The parade features bands, floats, appearances from mascots, antique cars, clowns, jugglers, the Northville Marching Band and the Mayor of Northville, Brian Turnbull.

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Buy Michigan Now Festival
August 5-7, 2022 - Downtown Northville

The Buy Michigan Now Festival is a weekend-long event taking place in early August celebrating our state’s Buy Michigan Week. This festival is in its 12th year and is packed with Michigan business owners with products made locally and across the state. Small business owners will be mingling with patrons and selling goods including apparel, accessories, jewelry, foods, home decor, and much more. In Northville’s Social district you can also get a cold beverage to sip while you shop. Restaurants and vendors will be on hand with plenty of delicious foods to enjoy as well. There is also live entertainment, demonstrations, and book signings. Don’t miss the Kids Zone to entertain the young ones where there will be a bounce house, climbing wall, crafts and art.

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Northville Grub Crawl
July - Northville

For any foodies out there, this event is for you! Late in July is the Northville Grub Crawl! For this event you get a flyer and map that highlights the Grub Crawl. A free shuttle operating in 15 minute intervals rotates through the stops to take patrons in between destinations, or you can crawl on your own. There’s no requirement to move along, so if you find a place you’d like to stay you can take your time and move at your own pace.  The crawl showcases Northville restaurants, but does include some outside of the community as well. Past restaurants have included Brann’s steakhouse, Edwards Cafe, North Center Brewing Company, 160 Main, Le George, Mission BBQ, Twin Peaks, Northville Sports Den, Northville Winery and Brewing Company, and Genetti’s Hole in the Wall.

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Northville Heritage Festival
September 16-18, 2022 - Downtown Northville

Presented by the local Chamber of Commerce every September, don’t miss the annual Heritage Festival celebrating the founding of and small town charm of Northville. This weekend-long event runs September 16th to 18th in 2022, beginning with the Heritage Parade. The Shawn Riley Band will be playing Friday from 7pm to 10pm, which each year there’s always a great band providing live music for entertainment. There are also carnival rides and bounce houses for the kids, a craft show and more events throughout the weekend to enjoy. Northville was founded in 1867 and over the next 10 years a local newspaper was started, the Northville Record, as well as the opening of Parmenter's Cider Mill. This is one of the better attended local festivals with just over 6,000 in attendance yearly. Each year they also honor a notable Northvillian that contributed to Northville’s rich history in the past.

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The Skeletons Are Alive!
October - Downtown Northville

October in Northville truly doesn’t disappoint and is packed with festivals and events, beginning with The Skeletons Are Alive! Every year in October Northville welcomes over 120 life sized themed skeletons, created by the Begonia Brothers of Northville, many of which are decorated to resemble the businesses they are put up in front of throughout the downtown area. This year (2022) kicks off on October 7th from 6pm to 9pm, beginning with the Skeletons Are Alive Launch Party in Times Square. The public is welcome to attend this free event, which features music, food trucks, a photo booth and entertainment.

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Oakwood Cemetery Walk in Northville
October - Oakwood Cemetery, Northville

The first weekend in October is the Oakwood Cemetery Walk in Northville, being a celebration of the lives of the people who lived in and founded Northville. Many of the graves found here date back to the 19th century and belong to early founders of Northville and others who had a large impact on the town. Another main focuses is the Civil War, as Northville played a role in the Underground Railroad and had several families that had members fight in and effected by the Cival War to abolish slavery.

Great Pumpkin (Fall) Festival
October 1-2, 2022 - Maybury Farm

The 1st & 2nd of October don’t miss the Great Pumpkin Festival at Maybury Park! Tickets are only $10 dollars per person, or $16 if you want to partake in the corn maze and wagon ride. In addition there is live music, pumpkin decorating, Food Trucks, cider & donuts, a bonfire with smores, and of course a pumpkin patch. This is the perfect way to get in the Fall & Halloween spirit with fun for the whole family. Don’t forget to grab some pumpkins for your Jack-o-lanterns!

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Fall Fair & Craft Show
October 7-8, 2022 - Embassy Suites, Livonia (new location)

The second weekend in October is the Fall Fair & Craft Show with the event now being hosted at a new location for 2022. The two day event is now being hosted at the Embassy suites of Livonia, just 10 minutes from the Northville community Center. Here visitors will find an assortment of handmade items, specialty foods, décor, jewelry and more from over 80 artists throughout the midwest.

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Trick or Treat Trail
October - Mill Race Village

Around the third weekend of October is the Trick Or Treat Trail at Northville’s historic Mill Race Village. Patrons are all encouraged to dress up (even adults) and bring a bag to Trick or Treat around the not-so-spooky houses around the village. Dates for 2022 TBA.

Streets of Treats & Costume Parade
October 29, 2022 - Downtown Northville 

October 29th in 2022 from 10am to 11:30am is the family friendly Streets of Treats, beginning with the kid’s Costume Parade. Children then can trick or treat at all of the local businesses while enjoying the Halloween decorations of Northville.

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Witches & Herbs Tea
October - Mill Race Village

Back at Mill Race Village in October is Witches & Herbs Tea. Information for 2022 is yet to be announced, but we are keeping our eyes open for this one as Mill Race Village is such a wonderful and historical place to visit and is especially fun in the Fall.

Northville Costume Contest
October - Downtown Northville

Rounding out the list of October events in Northvilles is the Costume Contest. This one we are also awaiting the announcement for, but it typically takes place the weekend closest to Halloween.

Holiday Lighted Parade
November 18, 2022 - Downtown Northville

Mid way through November means Christmas is just around the corner and it’s time to get the holiday spirit going, making this the perfect time for the Holiday Lighted Parade! This community celebration kicks off the holiday season with a gorgeous parade going down Cady Street up to Dunlap and over to Wing Street, ending with the ceremonial lighting of the Christmas tree in Town Square. Just as for Halloween, Northville does a phenomenal job on their lights & Christmas decorations, so we highly recommend bringing the family down to celebrate.

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Holiday Greens Market
November 19-20, 2022 - Downtown Northville

After getting into the Christmas spirit from the Lighted Parade, on November 19th and 20th don’t miss the Holiday Greens Market. Located in the same lot as the Farmer’s Market (corner of 7 Mile and Center St), this market is the place to go to pick out a tree, get your front door wreath, and browse through all sorts of holiday decor made by the artisans on hand.

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Military Banner Program
November - Downtown Northville

Although not a festival or a fair, a unique Northville tradition that we find extremely heartwarming is the Military Banner Program. During the entire Month of November the Northville Chamber of Commerce displays 136 banners hung on the downtown street lamps to honor the brave individuals who are serving or have served in the United States Armed Forces.  Heroes honored include those that fought in the Civil War, World War One, World War Two, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan and people actively serving today.  Each of their stores are on the website, where we encourage everyone to take a little time to look at the stories.

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A Holiday to Remember
December - Northville

Closing out the year is an event which was new for 2021 that we are eagerly awaiting the return of for 2022 - A Holiday to Remember. Taking place over the first three weekends in December and sponsored by the Northville DDA, A Holiday to Remember runs Fridays & Saturdays 6-9, and Sunday 3-5pm downtown in Northville’s Social District. Fridays feature live holiday music, with horse & wagon rides on Saturdays, and reindeer & special holiday characters visiting each Sunday.

Based on 2021, each weekend also features different events around Northville, including Small Works Art at the Northville Art House, A Christmas Carol performed at the Tipping Point Theater, Christmas in the Village at the Mill Race Village, the Merry Little Christmas Party put on by New Hope, Pancakes and Pajamas put on by Parks and Rec, Tinsel and Treasure Hunt at the Community Center, Holiday Fun at the Farm at Maybury Farm, and last but not least Kids Holiday Shopping Day & Art Workshop put on by the Northville Art House. Be sure to stay tuned as finalized dates are released for the numerous events and activities throughout Northville this December!

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Northville is truly one of our favorite cities in Metro Detroit, and for good reason. Its rich history, fantastic downtown, beautiful parks and tight knit community make it a wonderful place to live or visit, and the numerous fairs, festivals and events throughout the year make it just that much more enjoyable. If you have yet to visit Northville, make sure to do so this year to see what you have been missing.

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